Free Download – May Blog Hop

Destination Oregon
Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
WX: 38F, rain, snow showers
Listening to: Glen Campbell, Wichita Lineman

Feeling melancholy. Listening to mood music, etc. It’s been raining for days, weeks, but I was gifted with the sight of a most lovely, red hummingbird this morning! I’ve never seen one that was so completely red before. It was magical. I wanted to run outside and strike up a conversation to find out where he chose to winter this year and did he have a family. But he soon darted off into the rain, heading somewhere into the safety of the trees near the creek across the street. I have two hummingbird feeders ready for them and will put out more as they grow in number.

I am soaking my nasturtium seeds overnight, to get them ready to plant in their pots tomorrow. Nasties don’t mind the rain, in fact, they love it. Rainfall, feed my crops and trees. Bring the bees back home soon, to nestle among the daisies. Make the world right, make the world turn its face toward the sun, and shine upon what is right and good for all.

Thank you to those sweet and kind souls that shared with me some of their favorite ways to express kindness to others. I loved every one of your ideas, and some were ones I had not even thought of. Yes, thank you, for being the brave ones to step forward and, without want of reward or return, you are being kind, being compassionate, being THERE, being PRESENT in the lives of others. You fill me with joy – you really do.

I’m the eldest of my siblings, at the age of 65. I grew up with five other children weaving in and out between legs, between smiles and frustration, between childhood and adulthood. Four girls, and two boys. We lost the youngest brother, David, the day after Christmas in 2010. I don’t talk about his passing much. I’ll write about it one day when remembrance isn’t so rough and raw. We are spread out across the country now, but it is so precious and important to get together at least once a year. We have rented a wonderful cabin in the heart of the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee this summer, and I can hardly wait to see everyone. They have my heart. I love them so hard and so strong, the older I become the more I treasure them. There are no words that truly describe nor express my heart for them. Perhaps a beautiful symphony could. Perhaps.

On to more colorful subjects – the Pixel Scrapper Blog Hop this month is an interesting one, because we were challenged to design a kit about a destination, or the place we lived. So many different destinations are in this hop! And some amazing designs, too. All free. Please visit this link to see the rest of the participant list. My destination is Oregon. Some of my elements and papers are more general, so even if Oregon isn’t your port of call, hopefully you will find some interesting pieces to use. As always, my kits are free to you to use however you wish, including commercial use. I only ask that you perform some random act of kindness this month, to be the change in this world.
My TOU is at the bottom of this post.
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Month of May
Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  62F overcast, windy

I was thinking the other day, as the rain pounded down upon this soggy earth, that you can tell a lot about a person by HOW they walk in the rain.  Maybe.  There are those that make a mad dash for cover to protect their hair or clothes, detesting the weather.  Then there are others that just hunker down, resigned to it all as they move from one place to another, shoulders bent, determined to tolerate and persevere.  And then there are those that seem to revel in the rain.  Kids, especially.  They turn their face toward the sky, run about with arms wide, and make every effort to make each splash bigger than the one before.   Sometimes, I wish we were all kids again, experiencing everything through child-like innocence and delight.  I think that I am going to go outside right after this post, raise my face toward the sky and feel the rain upon my face.

Have you done something nice for someone lately?  A random act that was unexpected?  Could you drop me a note in the comment section below, and share some ideas or actions that you did?  I’m looking for more ideas regarding performing Random Acts of Kindness. The world really needs that right now.

I don’t have a kit for you today but I will have one on May 1st.  Instead, I have made a background for your laptop or computer.  It is rather pastel, so it won’t be popular with those that prefer a more universal design.  There are several sizes, depending upon your screen resolution.  Please let me know if it is something that you would find useful, and I will make one for each month with different themes.  If not, no worries.  I also included a page for those building family trees, as in Genealogy.  You may use these for any use you choose, including commercial.  My official TOU is at the end of this post.

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Thank you for visiting, and I look forward to sharing the May Blog Hop with you soon!





Digital Download – Collaboration

Gamer Girl
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  51F, cloudy, windy

My husband and I have some lovely grandchildren – Well, don’t all grandparents have lovely grandchildren?  Aren’t they all kind, intelligent and talented children?  I believe so.  Our young grandson Jack has learned how to address a mailing envelope, so he has been writing letters to us, and they could not be more precious to us.  Jack lives in Alaska, by the way.  He usually includes a drawing of an animal or people in his letters – let’s see…….he drew a wolf in the last letter.  I have scanned them and intend to add a little color to them and then print them out for framing.  This may sound silly but when you reach my young age of 65 years old, the framed letters from grandchildren are more precious than a framed Rembrandt or Reubens.

An email isn’t as personal or as creative as a letter.  A letter conveys much more than pencil or ink upon the page – time, energy, thought, expense, choices of pen and paper, the artful craft of words, etc.  I can’t explain it, but it seems a mighty lost art. A beautiful form of communication that gets lost in the massive wave and dash of emails.

So we are gathered here today because a team of Pixel Scrapper designers got together and made a collaborative kit to share.  You can also find the links to the other Collaborative teams here.   There are three teams.   Our group was able to come to an agreement on a color scheme and theme.  Since most of our lovely designers are much younger than I, they chose a theme that I am not as familiar with as I should be – the world of gaming.  In my day there was Donkey Kong and the Mario Brothers video games, but now – my goodness!  They have become so popular that movies are being made about them!  I saw the previews to “Assassin’s Creed” just the other day.  And remember “Laura Croft, Tomb Raider”?   I’m sure that there are others that I am not remembering.

The most important thing to tell you is that because this is a collaboration of several designers, these items are intended only for Personal Use.  Normally downloads on this blog are for open use, but due to the different designers involved, these must be classified as Personal Use, only.  The individual designer TOU’s are included in the downloads.  I hope that you have fun putting together some scrapbook pages for your own sweet “gamers”!

The download links:
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Let me know if you have any issues with the downloads or graphics.



Be well my friends.  Hug the ones you love.