October Blog Hop – Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
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email:  therushranch@gmail.com

My blog is filled with random thoughts this month.

 1.  My friend George died today.  He had been experiencing several health issues this past year.  He was a neighbor and the former Treasurer of our church.  I took over the position when he decided that it was time to pass the work on to another.  I had been his Assistant Treasurer for about four years before I assumed the Treasurer position in April of this year. 

Death of a loved one is greeted with both sorrow and joy – joy that they no longer suffer, that they have walked into the arms of a loving God.  Knowing that we shall see them again as they once were, healthy and strong.   Of course there is the inevitable sorrow at the loss of their companionship.  But we can use that sorrow to inspire us, to examine our own lives, to declutter ourselves from things that don’t really matter.  To grasp with gusto and hold dear to all that is relevant and important and LOVED.  Each passing of a friend or loved one should inspire us to make our own last years – whether that be 5 or 50 – to count.  To matter.  To make a difference.  To establish and nurture a perpetual wave of goodness and kindness, to flourish and thrive.  May it be so.  May I honor George with being better at what and who I am supposed to be in this world. 

2.  I have often thought that there are no downsides of teaching little kids in Sunday School.  But actually, there are two.  One is that I miss them very much, when someone moves away.  I get attached very easily to them – they feel like my own grandchildren.   I don’t have the ability to NOT love them.   The other downside is demonstrated by a conversation I had with one of the kids this Sunday.  I asked her if she had a good week at school, and she informed me that she didn’t go to school all week because she had strep throat!  Gads.  I hope the other kids don’t come down with it!  At other times my heart is heavy for one or more of them because of their tough family situations – but, I don’t consider that a downside – I think that I was placed there in that classroom to help them emotionally “weather their storm”.  To “be there” for them, and let them know that they are not alone in their trials, that I care, that I love them unconditionally, and so does the Lord. We always do a craft in the last half of our class to support our lessons, and art can be very healing, too.   

3.  I think that I use too many commas in my writing………Not sure why I use them at all, but I suppose it is a remnant left over from a very strict English Teacher back in the day.  I was not a good English student, because I never saw the value in diagramming a sentence – I mean, who does that in real life!?  I just wanted to write what my head and heart was saying, and forget the punctuation.   A stream of consciousness doesn’t care about such things.  I am a flawed human.

4.  Another flaw:  I have a hard time making decisions.  There.  I put it out there in black and white.  I didn’t have that issue on the job when a critical decision needed to be made, in fact, I could make a decision within a second of reviewing the best options.  But ask me where I wanted to go for dinner, or where to sit in a movie theatre……..it wasn’t important enough to let my personal opinion override anyone else’s. My decision-making skills have grown lax since I have retired.  I could use the excuse that I am just easy-going and affable – but I wonder if, depending upon the subject, I am just a little afraid of the outcome.

One of the issues that I am having regarding decision making, is regarding the promotion at Pixel Scrapper to a level 3 designer.  The regulations for that level say that any designs I post to the Commons on Pixel Scrapper become the property of Pixel Scrapper, and I can’t share them anywhere else.  (This doesn’t apply to the blog hops unless I post the blog hop kit in the Commons.)  So, my dilemma is …… do I want to become exclusive to the Commons on all designs besides the blog hops, or do I focus on sharing the majority my designs on my blog? Am I being prideful and boastful by seeking designer advancement, or is that effort truly helping me to advance my personal goals?

My goal is always, ALWAYS to express kindness when I can.  I hope that I am making a difference in this world by providing free downloads to be used for any purpose, including commercial use.  My designs are humble and not at the peak of perfection, but it is what I currently have to offer. So, what would you do, if you were me?  Would you post exclusively to the Commons and continue your advancement level as a designer at PS, or would you choose to post the majority of your work on your blog?

5.  Over at the Pixel Scrapper site, the Blog Hop theme for October is “Pumpkin Spice”.  I love that title for fall!  The palette was a bit of a challenge as there were none of the normal golden brown, rust, burgundy and yellow colors normally associated with fall.  And I think that was the whole idea, to challenge designers with different palettes and see what develops!  You can find the rest of the Blog Hop designer links here, at the Forum.


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Wishing you a very special October –

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32


40 thoughts on “October Blog Hop – Pumpkin Spice

  1. There are very few diamonds that are not flawed, and, remember, God alone is perfect! (Did you see I threw in some comma’s). Although we have not physically met, I have always thought you a great designer and wonderfully “giving”. There is always something new to learn with computer craft design, so always room for growth, but isn’t that the same with whatever we do? Does it have to be an either or situation? If you feel your either your blog or posting in the commons is too much pressure, give it up! You can still continue to learn. My problem has always been that I am not content to use other people’s stuff, I want to design and learn how to do it myself. However, sometimes it’s like being a kid in the candy store and I can’t help downloading lovely stuff. I love to help people, but I don’t know if I’m much good at it. xx


  2. My condolences on the passing of your friend George. I so appreciate your words and find them comforting and uplifting as my family suffered our own loss with the unexpected death of my baby brother a week ago. Thank you.

    This kit is beautiful. Thank you so much for it. Your generosity is a blessing.

    I know exactly what I would do in your position…but I’m not you. We each have our own decisions to make and paths to take. Do what seems/feels right to you.


  3. Thank you so much for the beautiful fall kit.

    As for what you do as a designer? Continue to pray until God reveals what will please Him the most.


  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings here. The passing of a loved person really does put us in a contemplative frame of mind. Being told your passing may be coming sooner than you thought takes it to new places. Regarding your decision at Pixelscrapper, I think you are one of their very best designers. That said, if the lower pressure and freedom of giving away designs (or not, as time allows) appeals more than career advancement, I’d say, do what you love. If this is an opportunity you have dreamed of, go for it-you are good enough. Thank you for this blog hop. I don’t download everyone’s designs, but I always get yours. Your papers are especially lovely!


  5. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend George. It’s never easy to lose a loved one.
    Thank you for your beautiful kit – and as always for your generosity. I really loved the textured papers. Follow your heart with your designs. I know, easier said than done! Thank you once again.


  6. I would love to give you my opinion, but I cant find your e-mailadress anywhere… Maybe an idea is to put your e-mailadress somewhere on your blog?

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. It’s Always hard, but love the way you deal with this loss.


  7. Thank you so much .. as always, your kit is beautiful!! I totally love embossed papers 🙂 My sincere sympathy on the loss of your friend George; and for your wonderful words about the passing of loved ones. I also believe that we will all meet again once I too pass; and it gives me great comfort.
    The more I read your blog, the more alike I think we are!! I don’t have children myself (not my decision .. just the way things turned out) but I have always had great relationships with all children. I love them as if they were my own, and I have looked after many, many children in my time. And I have been very blessed by their loving me too.
    I always know my mind when it comes to big decisions, but hold out two ice creams and ask me which one I want ??? They will both melt down your hands while I try to made that decision!!!!
    My two cents worth about your designing dillemna?? You are very definitely more than good enough to move up, if that is your heart’s desire. But only you can make that decision .. I would just say .. follow your heart; and do what will give you joy!
    Thanks again, and hope you have a wonderful October 🙂


  8. I first want to thank you for this month’s awesome kit you have designed. Secondly, I sympathize with the loss of your dear friend George.

    On the subject of making hard decisions, I tell my kids, grandkids and my great-grandkids, to pray about the situation seeking God’s guidance and wisdom, and if you feel peace about the decision or uncomfort, then you will know. I just had to have my adult granddaughter make a very hard decision about changing a job from one she totally loves and would never leave, to one where she was sought after for her talents and the ability to grow in a company that would take her further than where she currently was.

    She was scared, didn’t know what to do, felt the pressure from the new company desperately wanting her, and I had her calm down, pray about it, and I did too, and she finally made up her mind to accept the new position. It has only been a week and she is beginning to realize that she did make the right decision and she feels so much better in that she has a lot to offer to this company and that she will be a valuable asset. (Whew!!)

    You too Sunny will make the right decision for you.


  9. Sunny,
    My condolences on the loss of your friend, George. While I know that you celebrate his move into forever after, I am sure that you must still feel the loss of a good friend and mentor.
    Secondly (third on your list), there is no such thing as too many commas! LOL. A wise, and also strict, English teacher told me that commas are pauses that you want people to take in reading what you write and that if you think there are too many commas, then maybe your sentence is too long. As you can guess, I never think that the sentence is too long. LOL.
    The decision about PS is very difficult. My only advice would be to do what brings you the most joy. You are obviously a very giving, loving person so you might consider the joy you get from designing (be it as an advanced designer or as a blogger) to be one of the ways that the good Lord returns that giving to you. {Personally, I vote for you to keep blogging that is totally a selfish response. :)}
    Last, but not least, my appreciation for your lovely contribution to the blog train. THANK-YOU for your continued generosity.
    Blessed Be


  10. Your work is always gorgeous!!! Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful talent!!! I am sorry about your friend and I hope you find peace and comfort!!!


  11. Thank you so much for the awesome goodies this month !!!!!
    Sorry to hear of your friends passing……it is always hard to say goodbye to a friend.
    I love your creations and I would say to follow your heart on your designing. I will find you no matter where you post your goodies 🙂 Have a wonderful day 🙂


  12. Большое спасибо за Ваш великолепный набор! Надеюсь занимаясь любимым делом,вы найдете успокоение…


  13. My sympathy on the loss of your friend. May he rest in peace.
    As a former instructor of composition at the university level, ket me tell you that the trend now is to put greatest focus on clearly getting your message across. You do that well and your blog makes for enjoyable reading.
    As for Pixel Scrapper and “moving up,” I certainly see the limitations and know first hand what that can be like. I used to sell my designs in a number of stores and, for me, much of the joy of creating disappeared in the face of demands made by the stores. Also I notice you did not talk about what the advantages would be if you decide to go to level 3. As former co-owner of a scrap store I can safely say that your designs are excellent quality. If you wanted to begin selling your work, you would have no difficulty finding stores happy to have you on their designer list.
    The main thing, I believe, is figuring out what is the most important aspect of digital scrapbook design for you. What do you hope to receive in turn for your efforts? You will find the right answer.


  14. First…I’m sorry for your loss and I also understand the joy of knowing that a friend/loved one is in heaven and you will see them again someday.

    Second…you do NOT use too many commas. 🙂 A commas purpose is to tell us to “take a breath” while reading the sentence or to “take a short pause.” You use them well. 🙂 (No, I’m not an English teacher) 🙂

    Third…I know you bring joy to many people with your designs. Whether you choose to go “professional” or not isn’t the question so much as whether or not you will continue to enjoy creating when you have more deadlines and requirements. Some people do. 🙂 I wouldn’t be one of them. I create things for the enjoyment that I get from creating and seeing others enjoy the items.

    Lastly, but definitely not least, Thank You so much for all of your creations and your generous heart. I am one of many who appreciate you and your creations.


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