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Runs with Scissors

November 24, 2018

Hello, Penny Black friends. As you read this, I am in Minneapolis spending time with three of my adult kids and the two youngest grandkids. We are calling this our second annual Turkey Fest and by now are enjoying turkey leftovers and each other’s company.

My daughter is hosting and she does it well!  We will be attending “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” later today and sometime during the weekend there is a Minnesota Gopher hockey game.   Oh, and as you might imagine, it is very cold here.  I am thankful I never parted with my Wisconsin down coat.  I just realized that coat is at least fifteen years old.  I am also thankful that I bought it too big and it finally fits.

Of course I hope all of you had a good holiday, no matter how you celebrated.  I discussed Thanksgiving dinner with several friends before I left for Minneapolis and was surprised at the variety of menus.  Not everyone is cooking turkey!  Ham, roast beef and even leg of lamb were alternate choices.  Some friends were having dinner catered, with the addition of a few family favorites. So many ways to live a life!

I hope no one minds that Cooper will take over the story telling part of today’s Run with Scissors. I’ve been so busy being a Kitchen Angel, planning and packing for my trip, and cooking ahead for Mr. RWS that I ran out of time.  My instructions to Cooper were to remain positive and spread cheer.  I am counting on him.

I did make time to make more cards from the new releases, Welcome Winter 2018 and Christmas 2018.  Oh, and the last card is a little surprise.

I am always pleased to find a way to feature the large Penny Black sentiments.  This Christmas Foliage stamp is a great background for the peace, love and happiness sentiment included in the Joyful Sentiments transparent set.  I added a few enamel dots and some sparkly Nuvo drops to add some interest, but that sentiment can hold its own!

The Snow Trails cling stamp is the focus of this card, but the little snowman from the Christmas Bunch set and the sentiment from the Christmas Sentiment set enjoy their one third of the card, too.  I first stamped the Snow Trails image using dark green and brown inks with the card face in my MISTI stamp positioner. I then over stamped that image with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear.  After the embossing was done, I applied Distress Oxide inks with one of the brushes in my new makeup brush set to create the wintry sky.  I like the symmetry of this card and the combination of stamp styles.

This Arctic Friends image is the type of “polar-ization” I approve of! I colored the bear and penguin with Copic markers and then fussy cut the image.  I placed the Arctic Friends cut out on the background I created using Memento inks and my blending brush. I added white embossed snowflakes with a touch of Novu drops.  Love those bears!

Crabby Cooper

 “Between the dark and the daylight

When the light is beginning to lower

Comes a pause in the day’s occupations

That’s known as the children’s canine’s hour.”

When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote that lovely poem celebrating the time he spent with his children at the end of his workday, he did not have to take into consideration the interruption of family routines caused by Daylight Savings Time.

Yes, the title of this part of Runs with Scissors is “Crabby Cooper” and that’s me!  And I can trace my attack of the crabbies to November 4thwhen the clocks were rolled back one hour, making the mornings darker, the evenings longer, and meal times later.

That Woman has gotten on my nerves lately with her positive attitude and her “go with the flow” way of managing life.  I have tried to do the same, but seriously, when your three meals a day are all served one hour late, how can a dog remain cheerful?

I know that humans depend on that thing called a “clock” to plan their routines, which includes meal times. My stomach knows when it is breakfast, lunch and dinner times;  I don’t need a “clock” to argue with me.  That Woman does not respond to my pleading eyes, restless jitters, or deep throated gruffs when I approach her for my four p.m. meal.  Her “clock” now says it is 3 p.m. and she warns me that I have to wait another hour.  A whole hour!!  And it’s not like I can go into the refrigerator for some cheese and crackers or something to hold me over (like she does).  I am required to tough it out and deal with being “hangry”.

Now … back to that “canine hour” mentioned in Mr. Longfellow’s poem:

Before November 4th, our family routine (yes, we are a family) was dinner, dishes and then time spent watching Jeopardy! and being together.  That thirty minutes was mine, all mine.  I got my toothpaste, combing, and play time.  We all played tug of war with my “blankie”, tossed my “froggie”, and then it was time for some lap sitting and cuddling.  When Jeopardy was over, I made one last trip outdoors before settling down for the night.  By that time it was 7 p.m. and a reasonable time for a dog of my age to retire.

But now, the “canine hour”, between the dark and the daylight, occurs before 4:30 p.m. and bedtime has become 6 p.m.  Now, I may be getting older, but I am not old enough to go to bed for the night at 6 p.m. I am sure I am the talk of the canine community.  I have noticed a few pity glances lately as I walk around the block with Mr. RWS.

Maybe I should convince my family to move to Arizona where they don’t tolerate cutting an hour off one end of their day and attaching it to the other.

As if all of that were not enough to make any sweet dog crabby, That Woman once again didn’t manage her time well and needed me to fill in for this week’s Runs with Scissors.  I knew something was up when Mr. RWS brought that four wheeled, black and white thing down from the attic.  Looks like That Woman is about to leave again.  It’s something to do with those little humans that live far away.  I mean, aren’t I cute enough?  She needs more cute?

I wish I could understand what That Woman tells me.  She spends lots of time talking to me, but I only understand a few words she says. I’m sure she has told me how long she will be gone, but since I have no sense of time, all I can manage is laying by the front door until she comes back.  I think if you stare at the door long enough and hard enough eventually it opens and your human is back.  At least that’s how it works for me.   Of course, I expect a treat no matter if That Woman has gone to church and is back pretty quick, or if she gets on that airplane thing and is gone for many suppers.  Once Mr. RWS went to a place called Arizona and was gone for ten days.  That Woman says he can’t do that again as I almost wore out the spot in front of the door.

There is one more thing making me crabby lately:

It’s the weather.  I haven’t had my sunny spot on the rug in front of the door for more than a week.  And that water that comes out of the sky and splashes on the sidewalk has been doing that for days and days.  It is getting hard to distinguish between “the dark and the daylight” lately. Gloom, gloom, gloom all around! It’s no fun sniffing the mail box post, or the community grass patches where we neighborhood dogs leave our sniff mail for each other.  That sky water has washed away all our messages.  Wet fur and wet paws and an impatient Mr. RWS have done nothing to improve my mood.

Hmmm … perhaps all this crabby complaining will teach That Woman not to put me in charge of Runs with Scissors again.  The treat she brings home for me better make my extra work worthwhile.  I am thinking BIG.

Oh, and another thing. Eating turkey makes me sick so I don’t even get to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal.  No wonder I am crabby!  I hope That Woman forgets to read this week’s Runs with Scissors. This isn’t the cheerful message she was hoping for.

This is the second card I’ve made using the St. Nick image from the mini stamp set.  This time I wanted to demonstrate the Merry die cut. Who doesn’t love a Santa?  So fun to color and cut.

How did Snowy sneak in?  I guess it wouldn’t be Christmas card making time without at least one Snowy!  Here he is standing in front of the Neighborhood Border. I used some glossy paper I found in my stash for both Snowy and the Neighborhood Border.  The Copic ink “floated” on the glossy surface, giving me time to swirl it a bit and blot it and recolor.  I like the texture this technique gave the trees and Snowy’s hat and scarf.  I am hoping Snowy isn’t expecting to be featured every week.  However, he is my favorite snowman of all time so who knows?

Every since Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, the royal family has been in the news.  I know Meghan is a dog lover and has rescued two dogs. I am sure they are cute, but I am not sure how royal they look.  If one is looking for a dog with a royal look and attitude, look no further … may I present Prince Cooper!

Time to stow the scissors and say goodbye for now.  I hope Cooper has brightened your day with a lovely uplifting story of how to keep your sunny side up.  I am counting on him.  I can’t wait to read his post.  Until next time, happy stamping and keep posting in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.  Penny Black folks do notice!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1:  30-512 Joyful Sentiments, 40-632 Christmas Foliage, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 2:  30-504 Christmas Sentiments, 30-520 Christmas Bunch, 40-655 Snow Trails, 51-418 Wavy Stitch Edges, 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles

Card No. 3:  30-514 Season’s Marvel, 30-519 Arctic Friends

Card No. 4:  30-502 St. Nick, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles, 51-464 Merry

Card No. 5:  2521K Snowy, 51-060 Exultations, 51-435 Curved Stitch, 51-459 Neighborhood Border


21 Comments leave one →
  1. Roxanne M Wall permalink
    November 24, 2018 3:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Judy! Loved hearing you spent it in Minnesota, although it made me a bit homesick. We moved to Florida 4 years ago. We go home during the summer to visit but have yet to venture back to the cold,snowy winter. Your cards are beautiful and Coopers commentary delightful! Safe travels home.

  2. Peg permalink
    November 24, 2018 3:24 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Judy. Thanks for sharing your cards this week. I’m so glad to hear of other dogs who are having troubles with the time change! Oliver is ready for bed at the same time Cooper is but the problem is he wants to get up at 2 am, go outside, and eat breakfast!

  3. Sue CD permalink
    November 24, 2018 4:24 am

    Oh Cooper, I feel your pain! Here in NE Ohio we had our coldest Thanksgiving Day since 1958 – 25 degrees. Today it is raining and next week it will be snowing and windy. One hardly knows what to wear. My nineteen year old cat agrees with you about DST. Every time the clock changes in the fall we get up an hour earlier – doesn’t make sense to the human who lives here but that is the way it is done. Unless I want to listen to howling I get out of bed and start my day. Right now that means 3 a.m. I have learned to just go with the flow as your human has urged you. I have also learned that I can get much accomplished early in the morning. I know what you mean about early bedtime. I probably am getting in bed the same time as you. Your human has given me some good inspiration for making Christmas cards so I will get on that this coming week. I think it’s time to get a snowman stamp as I always like those cards.

    Judy, hope your time in Minn. was joyful and your health concerns cooperated to let you participate to the fullest. Safe travels home.

  4. creatingincolors permalink
    November 24, 2018 4:30 am

    Not to worry, Cooper! You are not alone in being crabby about the juggling of the hours of the day. I don’t like it either. Best wishes to all for this holiday weekend, and now I’m off to make some cards inspired by the beautiful ones created by That Woman. 🙂

  5. Kay Carlson permalink
    November 24, 2018 5:04 am

    I hope you enjoy your time “Up Nord”! My DD lives in Mpls, and if you’d jump in the Mississippi River and swam an hour south, you’d be in Red Wing, where I live! Enjoy your time w/you family 🙂

  6. November 24, 2018 6:24 am

    Oh poor Cooper. I am with you on the time change and even though I say I go by the sun
    ( like a farmer should) something does change and it takes several weeks to get strightend out. Judy I’m sure you had a wonderful visit and that Mr. RWS took good care of Cooper but now…back to normal. What ever that is. We can be thankful for all of Penny Blacks creative doing.

  7. Ginger permalink
    November 24, 2018 6:47 am

    So glad to see you back. As always Prince Cooper tells it like it is. Hope to see more of Snowy soon. Now take good care and Blessed Thanksgiving.

  8. Jan Castle permalink
    November 24, 2018 10:14 am

    Happy, Happy Thanksgiving Judy…glad you were blessed to be able to spend it with your family – bet Mr. RWS and Cooper missed you BIG time!!!! I spent my Thanksgiving with friends and although we did not have our usual turkey, the ham was delicious and the fellowship grand!
    The best thing about Cooper is that he will forgive and forget that you were gone…as soon as you walk in that door! I especially liked Snowy and you can never have him show up too many times for me!!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  9. Linda S in NE permalink
    November 24, 2018 10:58 am

    Judy, No worries about Cooper’s ability to keep us entertained. He did a fine, fine job. Actually, I am a kindred soul to his feelings. Great picture of his highness.

  10. Kathy H permalink
    November 24, 2018 11:23 am

    HA ha ha. I just love Cooper even when he’s grouchy! We share many of the same opinions especially on Daylight Savings Time!

  11. Marisela Delgado permalink
    November 24, 2018 1:33 pm

    Great to hear from you. How are you?? I always LOVE to see Cooper. He is hands down a Crown Prince. =)

  12. Debbie P permalink
    November 24, 2018 2:45 pm

    Great cards. Good to hear from you. How are you feeling . Copper is great .

  13. DebbieP permalink
    November 24, 2018 4:16 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to the Jung Family, including Prince Cooper! Hope your celebrations were all you hoped.

  14. mckcampbell permalink
    November 24, 2018 5:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, not only are your art talents exceptional, but your way with words are to be congratulated on. I love your stories “Runs with Scissors” I always look forward to reading them. Today was exceptionally awesome. Thanks for your humor. Always puts a smile on my face and yes even in my heart. God Bless you all. Cooper you are the best!!!

  15. Kathy B permalink
    November 24, 2018 8:06 pm

    Oh, Cooper. My Geena commiserates with you regarding feeding times. We did move to sunny Arizona this summer so we didn’t have to “fall back” but we did “spring forward” before we left Arkansas. It took me awhile to adjust to the time here and to the differences in time in the other parts of the country, but we’re good now. Geena has a very good internal clock, so not having the time change this fall was a very good thing. She and her brother eat at 4:45 during the week, but her clock sets to 4pm on weekends when daddy is home all day. It was 4:01 when she put in her request today, after being told at 3 she had an hour to wait. Geena says if you ever move to Arizona, you would like it. Almost every day is sunny in Tucson, and we only get about 11 inches of rain in a YEAR! We like it much better than Arkansas, except we do miss grass sometimes. Your mom’s cards are beautiful Cooper. Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Pat Gasko permalink
    November 25, 2018 5:08 am

    Cooper I really feel for you and my Bailey makes the same noises you do but we can’t give in until the clock says it’s time. DST is a real bother and I wish they’d stop the changing it not only confuses our furry friends but us too. Judy your cards are just fantastic and of course Snowy is welcome to pop in at any time. I have Snowy and a few of his family so I’ll have to use your idea with copics and glossy paper. Thanks for all your inspiration and it was good to hear you made your trip to Wisconsin. Hugs to you and your family.

  17. Jane Harrah permalink
    November 25, 2018 8:07 am

    I am with Cooper, I hate the time changes. They make no sense today! Love the cards and hope your holiday was fantastic. Love Snowy, my absolutely favorite Snowman! He is a looker. Just like Cooper. He has some swag to him. Hope you are feeling well.

  18. November 25, 2018 1:01 pm

    I had to let you know how much I enjoy your columns and those co-written by Cooper! He reminds me so much of our (dare-I-say-it) cat Herry. The time change surely affects their attitudes, doesn’t it? I hope you are doing well this holiday season. Hugs and Keep Stamping.

  19. November 26, 2018 8:50 am

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving in the north, Judy! I’m really loving your cards–all of them! The glossy paper with the Copics is really neat & I do love that big tree & sentiment! Cooper is a cutie & very princely looking indeed! Imagine he’ll adjust to the time change just before it happens again–haha! Happy Holidays to you, Mr RWS & Cooper!

  20. November 29, 2018 3:12 am

    Cooper, I feel your pain. Hang in there!!!

  21. Julie permalink
    December 1, 2018 12:09 pm

    I love your favorite “snowy” and the technique of floating alcohol markers to achieve texture/blending. Our Thanksgiving here in Butte County was one of blessings amidst tragedy. Rain, blessed rain, fell the day before, improving air and fire conditions. Then Chef Andres’ team prepared 15,000 meals for fire evacuees. So many acts of kindness on display during this time of devastation and loss. I was grateful for my home and knowing my friends and coworkers escaped and will come through this.

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