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Judy G.
I was raised in South Florida back in the years when it was a peaceful and wonderfully safe place to live. We lived a mile from the beach and could ride our bikes over the intercoastal bridge right to the best beach around. All my years of growing up I was a competitive swimmer and belonged to AAU. I granduated from Florida State University with a BS degree in nursing. I am recently retired but I'm thinking of going back to work to support my hobbies.
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Monday, December 11, 2017


     How wonderful it was discovering all the new things that life in a tropical paradise had to offer!  Our house had no air conditioning in 1952, but then no one else's house didn't either.  In Illinois, there was no such thing, so we didn't miss it at all.  I can't remember, as a child, being bothered by the heat and humidity, mainly because we ran around all the time only half dressed and barefooted.  Fans were used at night to sleep, and there was an exhaust window fan that was in one of the windows in our "Florida Room" that pulled the hot air out of the house so that the cool night air could get in.  Of course it pulled the mosquitoes in too!  Every night, before we went to bed, we had a mosquito check and swatted those that we could see.  Sometimes our walls got kind of bloody.  Ha!
     As you can see, we enjoyed eating outside on our patio, and did it often.  Our dad also took us fishing at an inlet nearby, which became one of our favorite pastimes.  We lived right near the Intercoastal Waterway, and we would climb in one of the mangrove trees over the water and spend hours fishing for "toadies", which were toad fish or puffer fish, that were excellent eating.  Of course, everything we caught, we had to clean.  Toad fish were delicious, but their livers were poisonous.  We cleaned them by cutting off their heads and then turned them inside out by peeling the skin back.  The skin was kind of leathery and had no scales.  Toadies were weird fish, with front teeth that looked like human teeth.  They were shellcrackers and needed these teeth to break open barnacles.

                                               The scrapbook page I made with these pictures.

               Fishing at the inlet.  I had the toad
               fish, and my brother had a channel

               catfish that had a really sharp spine
               on it's back that could give you a
               painful sting.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


     For the past week I've started re-doing the scrapbook my mother kept of when we were children, growing up in south Florida - way back in the early 1950's.  What a wonderful life it was!
     I was actually born in Illinois, not too far from Chicago, and our summers were short, and the winters were horrible!  I can remember getting bundled up in that cumbersome snowsuit to go out and play in the snow for 5 minutes, and then wanting to come back in because it was too cold.  Apparently, my parents were ready to make a change, so in 1952, my dad, who was a beauty supplies salesman, and mom sold our house and moved to Florida in the summer of 1952.  He went down a month or so before us, because my mom had just had a baby girl in April, but in June we all got on our first plane - my grandmother, my mom with our 3 month old baby sister, my brother (age 5), and me (age 8).  These first photos are of us leaving, arriving, seeing our new house, and the scrapbook page I did of the plane ride.  We got off at Palm Beach Airport, which was a lot smaller than it is now.  More will come later.

                                            I'm the little girl in the yellow dress. 

Growing up in south Florida in 1952 was an amazing experience, and you'll hear more about it soon.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Two days ago, I was in for the shock of my life when I came home after volunteering at the local hospital. It's a sad, sad, story, and anyone who scrapbooks or makes cards will understand.  
      I had been cleaning out my craft room, and I had put an old printer out in the living room, so my husband could take it to the dump.  It was old and no longer worked.  Well,  it sat there for a couple of months and went nowhere, but I didn't bug him about it.  I knew he would take it eventually.
     I had also started cleaning of my craft table, and I put my beloved Cricut Explore out in the living room too, in order to get it out of the mess on the table.  Well, two days ago was when my husband decided that he was going to go to the dump, and he took BOTH the old printer AND my Cricut Explore.  I noticed that it was no longer in the living room, and either was the old printer, so I knew immediately what had happened.  I had a total meltdown, and then immediately got on my iPad and ordered a new Anna Griffin Explore Air 2 from HSN.  It was Karma, I told myself.  I was meant to have this machine, because I had spent months purging the junk out of the craft room.  It isn't here yet, but I am going to totally enjoy it - especially because he had to pay for it.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017


I love making these albums for a friend of mine. Apparently everyone she knows is having babies, because she orders a lot of books from me. I am also selling some of my albums on Take a look when you have time. All Of my grandchildren have started back to school. Our oldest grandson is actually going to University of Tennessee this fall and arrives to check into his dorm this week-end. Yikes! How the time does fly.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


I really must apologize to all of you for dropping my blogging for quite a while.  I've been in the process of totally re-doing my craft room - AGAIN, because I had "stuff" spread out all over the house, and some of it had just been laying there for years and months.  Stuff I had forgotten I even had, or else, knew I had it, but couldn't find it.  Soooo.... my sister spent most of the summer up here, and she's a true saint!  With her help, I have totally purged my craft room.  I took every thing out of it - including the contents of the drawers and shelves ( except for one set of shelves I haven't tackled yet), put it all over the living room floor.  Then we went through everything one at a time and decided whether it was a "keeper", "tosser", or "yard sale".  It literally took us 2 months to do this, but now, after 2 yard sales and three garbage bags-full of "tossers", I can actually see the floor in my craft room again!  My sweet husband had some shelving he wasn't using in his wood shop, and he put them up in my craft room, and I have almost everything stored away, and labeled, in Iris Craft containers from Michaels in these shelves.  Such a weight has been lifted from my shoulders!  I really should never have to buy another craft product for the rest of my life, but, of course, I will.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


You can't tell by this video how tiny these little marine crabs are, but they're about the size of a small pecan.  The tank was full of these creatures, and they were so interesting.  I stood for quite a while and watched them.  Up at the top, there is a spider crab eating a small shrimp.  I hope it's in the video.


I was recently in Florida, and, Florida Power and Light Company has a large station on the Intercoastal Waterway in Riviera Beach.  The water is very warm there because of the power plant keeping the water warm, and if the weather is cool, the manatees gather in the lagoon next to the plant to keep warm.  They have a nice viewing area, and quite a few people were there.  I shot this video with my iPhone, so it's not the best.  Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Minimize Your Make Up Routine

I hesitate to show everone what I look like with no make-up, but hopefully my "transformance" will inspire all of you to minimize your own routines when it comes to make-up. Celebrate the way you look at the age you are. I'm 72.