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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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Friday, March 8, 2019


      I’ve recently had to change the title of my blog recently, because my site was hijacked by some kind of Widget.  Very discouraging!  Please leave a small post at the end of this post, so I’ll know whether I’m just writing to myself or not.  Here are a few photos of my recent 2 week trip to Florida:

 This is the shirt that Michael Jackson wore in the “Thriller”. Ideo.  We saw it at  a Hard Rock Cafe at Bayfront Park in Miami.

 Tthis is a view of the Miami skyline near Bayfront Park, just across the bay from South a Beach.
 Here we are at the Brightline terminal, which is the fairly new high speed train that we rode from West Palm Beach To Miami.
 Bayfront Park (lots of food and shops) in Miami.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Since Feb. 9th, I’ve been enjoying The sunny climate of South Florida -Jupiter, to be exact.  Tennessee gets so dreary this time of year, withe lots of cold, rainy dreary days.  It doesn’t hardly snow at all anymore, probably due to global warming.  When we first moved to Tennessee in 1977, we would get quite a bit of good snows, but now it’s mostly cold rain.  I am totally convinced that global warming is a rea thing!
     It seems like everyone in my daughter’s family is just gettingor just getting over cold,, so I’m probably doomed to get one too.  I’ve been taking my vitamin a regularly in hopes I can stay healthy.
Right before I left home, I did make a number of cards with some of the new Close To My Heart paper.  Here are a few examples:

Monday, January 21, 2019


Last week two good friends and I went on a week long scrapbook retreat to Pigeon Forge, TN.  We rented a lively 3 bedroom, 4 bath cabin on the top of a hill in Oak Haven Resort.  We each paid $20.00 extra for tables, and we had them put up where we would have a great view of the mountains.  The weather was rainy and foggy, but the view from where we were was quite beautiful:

Thursday, December 6, 2018


My daughter has a vacation house down by the lake, and we all gathered there during the Thanksgiving Holidays.  I’m the one on bottom row right, my sister is on the bottom row left, and my brother is the tallest one in the middle of the back row.  The rest are our daughters and their families.
One of our daughters (the one from Florida)) and her family are hosting a 16 year old exchange student from Denmark named Viktor.  He is so cute and fun, so I’m including his picture too.

He’s 6’2”, with this beautiful curly blonde hair and clear blue eyes.  He’ll stay with them through the rest of the school year.


My blog was kidnapped by some stupid widget server site, so now I’m sort of starting all over again. It’s about to drive me crazy trying to get this thing up and running again - with absolutely NO help from Google!!  I will be careful about signing out from now on, so that this doesn’t happen again.  Please make note of my new blog address:  it’s “My Creating Heart”.  I changed the name because this blog is really about more than just Scrapbooking.  It’s about being creative in all aspects of life and using the talents that God gave me to keep life fulfilling.  So, stick with me in the days to come, and let’s just see what life brings.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Raging River Rampage

Our oldest grandson is a whitewater rafting guide near Newport, Tennessee, this summer,and a couple of weeks ago some of our family members went and took a trip down the river with him.  My sister and my husband went, along with our granddaughter and our youngest grandson.  A good time was had by all.


     Two days after Christmas I flew down to South Florida to stay with our oldest daughter, who lives in Jupiter.  I about froze to death down there,  All I had were shorts and cropped pants, so I had to go shopping for a few warmer outfits.  Of course, back here in Tennessee, the temps were down into the single digits at night, so I felt lucky.  I did take some photos, though.  Here are a few:

The top picture is me and my sister, Janet, anthe bottom picture is of my daughter, Laura and me.  Christmas decorations were still up and the weather was balmy.  We had just gone to see “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman.  Loved it!  It had some really great music.

While we were enjoying sunny weather in Florida, Laura’s husband and son were latterly freezing in Vermont.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Even today I tend to brush the bottoms of my bare feet off before I get into bed at night - old habits die hard!  As a child in Florida, it was “required” to brush the sand off your feet at night, so it wouldn’t get in your sheets and drive you crazy.  I couldn’t stand that feeling!  It didn’t bother my brother at all, and his bed felt like a sand pile.  I never could figure out how he could sleep that way, but he had no problem.

I thought my brother, who was almost 3 years younger than me, was really lucky because he had his own private room with a full bath and covered porch with French doors over the garage.  He could hole up in his room all day, if he wanted too.  He had bunk beds, so occasionally I would spend the night upstairs with him.  Otherwise I shared a bedroom with my baby sister, who was 8 years younger than me.  To this day, she is my best friend, and still lives in Florida.

But I digress - back to the sand between my toes..... The fact was, we ran around barefooted and scantily clothed most of the time.  The heat was heavenly to us kids.  There was another drawback, besides sandy feet, to going without shoes - sandspurs!  Those wicked, painful, thorny burrs were always laying in wait for the unsuspecting bare foot to land in a patch of them.  These things would bring on the tears, because the thorns were difficult to remove, often requiring tweezer extraction by a sympathetic parent.

The first time my brother ever stepped on a sandspur was while we were playing in a park down the street from our house.  He sat down and squalled like a baby - and Loudly!  A man living right next to the park had seen what happened, and he came over carrying a small handsaw and offered to saw my brother’s foot off, of all things.  He said it as a joke, but my brother saw no humor in it - he just cried harder.

Eventually, the bottoms of our feet got so tough that those nasty thorns couldn’t get through the skin.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Here we are in our swim suits, ready to go to the local beach, which we did every chance we got.  In this photo, our parents still had to drive us over, but within a couple of years, we were able to ride our bikes over the old bridge and go to the beach ourselves.  It was only about a mile and a half away, and we could ride on the sidewalk going over the bridge.  Did we ever wear sunscreen??  Only when our mom made us, and the only things available were Coppertone and Sea and Ski - both rather ineffective.  My brother spent his entire young life with a blistered nose healing from a sunburn.  I just got red all over.  It took me many years to learn that redheads just don't tan easily, if at all. They just get more freckles, and then skin cancers later on.