Blog Candy @ Elan Creations


It’s a holiday weekend, its the end of summer and I’m feeling SNAPPY. I’d like to do our first ever BLOG CANDY giveaway here at Elan Creations. Here’s how its works:

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I’ll number each comment and by random draw for the winner next Sunday, September 11, 2016.

The winner gets an unframed print of his/her choice.

Hello Fall

This is my absolute favorite time of year!!!  The weather is perrrrrfect for just about everything.  Low stress season.  Holidays are still far off, days are getting shorter.  The planner is just waiting to be opened and reading a book and watching tv is something to look forward too.  Cooking, baking, menu planning is starting.  I love making a pot of soup or baking an apple pie.  It’s too soon for pumpkin pie but the apples are just great this time of year.  Let’s not forget the carmel apples.  The candy shop in town makes the best !!!  

This weekend will be great.  We are making it a 4 day weekend instead of a 3 day.  Husband has to go to Doctor’s tomorrow.  I’m making him get this mole taken off his face.  Don’t like the looks of it so that will be tomorrow.  Then working in the garage.  Saturday going to the farmer’s market to get that last bit of vegetable goodness.  So sad that has to end.  Didn’t get there nearly enough this year but I’m grateful for getting there at all.  Sunday going to the movies and that’s always a blast.  Oh I forgot about all the sleeping in and nap taking this weekend, that’s always welcome 🙂 … Then on Monday, Labor Day just tying up all the loose ends that we didn’t finish on the first 3 days.  I hope we get the garage done enough to at least pull the car in.  We still have so much to throw away.  I refuse to find a space for it and I’m not going to rent a space.  It’s going in the garbage.  I’m through moving it.   

The only thing I’m moving from now on is me.  Well that is I’m moving on in my life.  This really is my new start, my box.  I should say, “Our” because I’ll keep the husband around.  He’s good for a lot of stuff.  He takes care of me and the family, he works very hard.  He’s so much fun to hang around with.  I wouldn’t have anyone to go to the hockey games with.  He makes me smile and laugh and who would take the dogs out when the weather is bad and change the kitty litter ??  So he’s staying ❤  Life is good and I am grateful.  Gratitude is the best medicine for life.  My sister reminded me of that yesterday, thank you sister ❤ …

Going to do my planner and get this day rolling.  Weekend maintenance today, a few errands and I’m going to try to get dinner made.  The weather is suppose to be fantastic this weekend so we will enjoy that.  Have a great day, love ya bloggers ❤

Share Your World – 2016 Week 35

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

  1. I’m happy to be alive and healthy, the future 😉     
  2. I’m happy that I am loved ❤ and have friends.  

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

     I’m thinking it would be writing a story about Maine, Bar Harbor to be exact.  It was such a great vaca last year.  A very cerebral place to be.  It was beautius, everywhere ❤  I would love, love, love to live there !!!

Should children be seen and not heard?

Definitely not, that’s what makes them so much fun.  They say the funniest things and they can be so brutally honest 🙂  

List at least five of your favorite first names.

  1. Connor
  2. Bella
  3. Matthew
  4. Beth
  5. Michael

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I was grateful for my 37th wedding anniversary celebration with my husband and payday. Paydays are always good 😉  I am looking forward to Labor Day and having a 3 day weekend to sleep in with my husband.  I think we are going to go to Lobsterfest downtown.  


Good Monday Morning

Up early today, had a pretty good night’s sleep, the sun is shining and it’s still warm.  So that pretty much sums it up for a good start to this last week of summer.  I have already hit the planner, B O O M !!! and I have a plan for today.  

It was a pretty good anniversary weekend.  We are not really that big of party people.   We find it better to just keep it simple and lay low.  Fly under the radar.  We went out for dinner on Friday night downtown.  It was lovely.  Great food and even better company, the husband.  We had so much fun and we do what we do best, Laugh 🙂  This ones for you Husband ❤   


IMG_4706 IMG_4707He’s still the one after all these years, we’re still having fun and he’s still the one !!!  

So now it’s time to get ready for the fall.  First thing I’m going to do is plan something fun for this Labor Day Weekend…Then I’m going to start work on an editorial calendar.  I’m going to look at the blog and get it freshened up and start posting more with my planner.  That’s just for starters 🙂  Then I’m really going to put a full court press on with our business, Elan Creations.   This is the link I always put up for you to go look at.

 He’s working with oils now and really liking it.  Go check it out ❤

Well I better get going if I’m going to make, “Target Time.”  That was noon and daylight is burning.  Have a great day, bloggers ❤ … 




There is Love

Yes this was played at the Wedding and I still love it today ❤

So today is our 37th wedding anniversary.  I can’t believe that much time has gone by.  Our life together has been the most wonderful thing ever.  Now when I say that I don’t mean we have had  a glorious journey of love and happiness.  That would be nothing short of lie.  We have had a journey of love and happiness but not the kind you would think of when I say that.  So I guess the story of Mike and Patti should start from the beginning.  Now I’m not going to share all of the details with you because I don’t believe in putting everything out there for the world to know.  Just the facts ma’am to show you what I think better or worse means, richer or poorer is all about, sickness and health till death do you part.  So here we go.  Also I’m going to try to get this all in one post so I will also use brevity in my writing, sort of an exercise.

We started out when I was just a teenager and he was in college, Junior/Junior.  I was smitten with a college man, a Big 10 college no less.   He was tall, dark and handsome.  I really think I fell head over heels the first time I saw him.  There were 4 girls in my family and my oldest sister and her husband were friends with him.  They introduced us.  After we met at my childhood home, I went into the kitchen where my sister was and said, “Who was that gorgeous guy you just introduced me too??”  We had both attended the same high school only he was a senior when I was a freshman and we never crossed paths which was a good thing because we were in two totally opposite groups.  He was a jock (high school athlete) and I was a freak (1970’s hippy).  Really oil and water.  So it was good the God’s did not think it prudent that our path’s cross for a couple of years until I grew out of that rebel girl phase.  At the time we met, he had grown into a politically conservative poli-sci major.  So you see it never would have worked back in the day.

Our courtship grew.  I graduated high school on the fast track so I could catch up to him in college.  I thought becoming more of his peer would help the relationship or at least it wouldn’t hurt it.  I ended up going to the local community college, but it was college none the less.  After 2 years into the relationship, he was graduating college so once again he was leaving the education world we both shared and going out into the working world.  I once again thought it would be best to enter the work force with him even though I had only 1 year of secretarial science (that’s really dating myself, but that’s what it was).  I had to learn shorthand.  I’m pretty sure they don’t even use that now.  

I knew what I wanted and that was him.  I wanted to marry him and build a life.  He was my perfect man.  Educated, ambitious, conservative, Catholic, and very handsome.  He didn’t have money, yet.  As he puts it, “He wasn’t a guy who woke up on third base and thought hit a triple 🙂 )  His father had died when he was nine.  So anyone who can get himself through life and a Big 10 school on his own, I knew it was just a matter of time for him to make his riches.  Let’s face it, money is not a bad thing if you don’t view it as the only thing.  

I was a pretty simple girl.  I wanted to be a wife, mother and a homemaker with a lot of children.  That’s all, I didn’t need to have a palace for a home.  I didn’t have to have the crown jewel in my jewelry case.  I didn’t need European Vacations.  Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t think any of that is not great to do and that people who do have the wrong values.  I’m just saying that was not who I was and it was not who he was.  Although he did go to Europe when he graduated college as a gift from is mom.  I knew when he got back from Europe I would soon be engaged.   He would ask me to be his wife.  How did I know ??  Well the gift he brought me home from Ireland was 8 glasses of Waterford Cystal.  Much better than an engagement ring b/c I knew then it would just be a matter of time and it was.  He wasn’t going to let me get away with that crystal, I mean really.

So yes he asked me to marry him and I said yes.  He bought me the most beautiful diamond ring I could’ve ever hoped for.  We both had good jobs but after we married he wanted me to return to school to get my degree.  We had about a 14 month engagement and the perfect wedding.  It was simple but elegant.  Our honeymoon wasn’t to some destination like now, but it was loving and intimate.  We came home not to a big new home, it was a 3rd floor apartment.  Starting out our new life together, now looking back on it was really very perfect.  That was 37 years ago today ❤

 It’s been a journey, it’s evolved.  Those vows really do mean something…Richer/Poorer, Good times and Bad, Sickness & Health till death do us part.  I’d do it all again and I wouldn’t change one little thing.  I love you husband ❤  

Push through it, no matter…


So today I will, push through life it that is.  Life can be so cruel, so unjust, so just damn unfair.  Who cares though.  That really doesn’t change anything.  The only thing that accomplishes, you lose  (because you are too busy at your pity party to notice your options) and life’s injustices have prevailed.  I may have mentioned this in a previous blog about the bet me and the husband have.  Our bet is to see who quits first because of the crap life throws our way.  I told him, “I’ll take that bet and I’ll win.”  I don’t quit, I won’t quit because I have stood in line to long to give up.  He has taken the bet too !!!  He says he definitely will win, not.  He does not know what a formidable challenger he has married.  My philosophy on life is simply this, “Fate whisper’s to the…

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