Scrapping Whispers

Family

Winter Wonderland Spreads

It was the middle of winter and snow was all about, covering lawns and walkways and even the street. It was a heavy fall typical of our region. While we don’t like shoveling snow to free the car from the driveway, we do like a great day of snow tubing with the kids. We read the reviews and bought a new snow tube to replace the old worn out one. We also found suggestions for new places to practice this sport. Our heart is always in it. We bundle up so we don’t feel the cold. Who doesn’t like whizzing through the snow at a respectable speed. We always look forward to this trip. We take lots of photos for scrapbooking so we can select the best. Everyone gets into the picture. It is a family album that chronicles our lives. No one gets left out. I am in charge of making sure of that.

My scrapbooks cover a year or more so no two pages are alike. Yes, I have seasonal offerings but I vary the look of these pages with different cut outs and lettering. I am working now on winter wonderland spreads. I will use fir trees with branches dipped in snow, a deep blue sky, and rolling hills of white splendor. The pictures are interspersed strategically on these pages. Winter offers so much in the way of imagery. You can have scenes of the park off season or interior shots by the fireplace. Candles are symbols of winter warmth as our quilts and cushions.

Sometimes the kids want to get into the act and cut up colored paper for me as background. They cut the tubing photos to zero in on the people. It is a picture of fun and frolic and the scrapbook page radiates love. They are getting pretty good at it and have a good eye for composition and placement. That is the key to good scrapbooking. You have to have a sense of artistry to create a unique page that tells a story about a time and a place. Of course they have seen dozens of my scrapbooks over the years. They are a true archive of our family and we love going back over them from time to time. They contain our history in an artful way. There is nothing more creative than scrapbooking. Never think of just pasting pictures in a row. That is a dull way to go. Use your ingenuity to fabricate a storybook feeling. As the family grows and expands, so will the scrapbook collection. I keep them all in a special place in the den in a bookcase. Then anyone can go and look at will. Right now we are absorbed by the newest one and it is only half finished. Remember, we took a break and went snow tubing for a day! Soon the book will move on to spring and summer and the images will be completely different. A new page or two will be born.

Taking Care of Family

A person who enjoys scrapbooking, also enjoys documenting family life on a regular basis. They don’t want important good times to slip through the cracks. Being domestic and wanting to take care of family go hand in hand, don’t you think. Of course, taking care of one’s family entails far more than placing photos artfully in an album. There is a myriad of responsibilities. I, for one, am in charge of my ailing grandmother who hasn’t been doing well since she transitioned to a new blood pressure medication. My job is to take her blood pressure daily and enter it into a log so I can report back to the doctor on the efficacy of the drugs. We have changed her prescription numerous times making this a very important task. I am happy to be the one to help.

It is important to get an accurate reading with your blood pressure cuff. Sphygmomanometers are the device most often used in the traditional form since you get clear and easy-to-read displays. They are of durable construction compared to other gauges. I know the wrist models are getting popular. They go on with a bit of Velcro, you position an image of the heart at a certain point in the wrist, and you press a button for a digital reading. Professionals use the larger units for their quality and reliability. They can choose between a cotton version or a nylon blood pressure cuff. You want it to be latex free for allergy purposes. Just be sure to buy a reputable manufacturer so you are guaranteed of longevity and accuracy. You want one that is suitable for your particular healthcare setting. If you get one of the newer designs, you will be ahead of the curve. In any case, use something comfortable for a senior citizen. You won’t want to have to keep repeating the measurement if you are not doing it right. Have someone show you how to take a blood pressure reading at least one time.

At first I tried a couple of different units and took ten readings over the course of a day. I compared the results with the different brands looking for repetitive accuracy. My grandmother is super important to me and I don’t want to be party to any mistakes in judging her medication. I am thrilled when I see her rally and she is able to assist me with my scrapbooking because she feels up to it. She is a great judge of what photos should be included and what decorative artwork should surround them. She remembers all the major family events and has a wonderful story to tell about so many. We sit together, once the blood pressure duty is over, and talk about the past. I have a lot of holes in my own memory about family events, especially those that date pretty far back. My grandmother is a repository of family history. I am glad someone is. It someday could be me if I pay strict attention and absorb all her lore.