Yeah, this is Loleta.
Population about 750
Oh, there are a few more store fronts,
but basically this is it.
I was born in a small town and grew up in a
slightly larger town, but not even close to this
small. Oh sure, it's different here than in
Indiana where there were more than a few
miles between towns and here we are almost
a suburb of either Fortuna or Eureka. Two
other bigger towns. I dwell on this
because I came from Los Angeles which
is HUGE. And now I am back where I feel
cozy and safe, like when growing up.
 This Dawn from the Post Office. She can
sell you stamps, mail your packages and
also keep you 'posted' on everything
that happens in town. 
 The Loleta Bakery is busy daily except Sunday
and Monday with the best and most delightful
lunches and pastries. Folks come from all over
the county to charm their taste buds.
 And this is the lady that makes it all happen.
Jeanne (I'm in the pink) won't settle
for anything but the best.
The bakery is expanding to next door
 where the meat market was.
 Pixie has moved the Loleta Meat Market
down the street next to the Gilded Rose.
 The move is so recent that Pixie
hasn't received her new sign yet,
but the front is quite attractive with
loads of parking.
 The side window of the Meat market is
all ready for Halloween. I wonder if
they will treat!

 The Loleta Cheese Factory
is fairly well known everywhere
for the flavorful cheeses that they
make on site.
And will mail gift baskets anywhere.
I once told my friend Andrea that she
could do this for her relatives back in
Wisconsin. I didn't get my faux pas,
until she glared at me! 
A viewing window where one can
watch the magic happen.
 The opportunity to taste a variety
of cheese before purchase can be
a lot of fun!
Here with sampling available are
the Specialty Cheeses
a real treat for the palate.
I've had them and they literally
melt in the mouth. 
 A large room to the far left of the store
displaces and an extensive Gift Shop
with foods and pottery ware to delight.
I know that I am sounding like a
commercial, but my home town
is so very special and lucky to have
such specialty business to rival anywhere.
 Out the side door from the gift shop
is a delightful well kept garden
with tables and chairs where one
may eat their cheese snacks or bring
their lunch.
The above picture is of the succulent  garden.

 The rose garden which is almost done
for the season has a few blooms left.
In the background
the old unused weathered red brick
powdered milk factory still stands.
It takes up the whole block across
from the Cheese Factory.
I could go on more about of the richness
of my home town since these are just
the main highlights, but I will cover
in time, some other places and areas as I
describe more about my experiences.
Oh yes, there are the ducks, the chickens,
the cows, the ocean, the sunsets and
Cannibal Road (but I don't go down there). 


FOR MEN ONLY!!! yeah sure.!


It's time for something funny to post.
Now if that one didn't amuse you
maybe this one will.

If you're not on the floor laughing by
now. You need to lighten up!




Lesson 1 : 

A priest offered a Nun a lift...
She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.
The priest nearly had an accident.
After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.....
The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'
The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'
The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.'
Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.
On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.' 


Moral of the story:  

If you are not well informed in your job

 you might miss a great opportunity.

Lesson 2 : 

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. 
They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'
'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk.. 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world..' Poof! She's gone.
'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas, and the love of my life.' Poof! He's gone.  

Finally,  'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager. 'What's your wish'. The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch'.


Moral of the story: 


Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 3: 

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?' The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.

(pretend I'm a fox)

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it. 

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 4: 

A turkey was chatting with a bull. 'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'
'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. It's full of nutrients.'
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch..
Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree. 

Moral of the story:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there...

Lesson 5:

A little bird was flying south for the winter. 

It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.
While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.
The dung was actually thawing him out!
He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. ..
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!





All card making is fun especially Halloween which features cards from scary to cute
This card with spider web paper
and orange vellum overlay was
fun with the spiders peeking  through.
The specialty button with threaded
ribbon fits well.
Pumpkin on risers and spongy
black cat finish the look.
Pumpkins in the graveyard
on a starry night
look frightened not by a ghost
but by the glitter legged spider
with the red gem abdomen 
threatening to descend.
These two cards are from
'Why Paint Cats'
published by Ten Speed Press
The real painted skeleton cat is
especially eerie, to which I added
glitter green eyes.
The following cards were made with
ATC's or Artist Trading Cards
ATC's are 2 1/2 x3" cards which
are only traded and never sold.
They can be added to cards
like here, or in scrapbooking.
I've been looking for a new group to
trade with for awhile.
An embossed bat pendant
with red beady eyes lays
on shimmery card stock.
This ATC is one of my favorites.
The haunted house sits embossed
under a glittered full moon with
real beach sand and shells
at it's feet. The card paper overlay
is thick black handmade paper.
My friend and gardener Steve
gave me a few vintage Halloween
photos to use on my cards.
This one I made for him.
I colored the B&W photo with
artist's colored pencils, then fun
embellishments. I overlaid the
finished photo with white vellum
to convey the vintage look of the
To see Rexy's Halloween cards


I've rented my guest room to a young man in the 3rd phase of the CR police Academy.
It is amazing to me that Nathan is up and on his way to campus between 5 and 6am. And I, when working came sliding in at work about 7:30 for my first case. And hated being up that early.feeling sleepy.



The follow example is just a sample of the beautiful
technique of paper quilling work.
This inspires me to try some of my own.



Address for extraordinary Quilling artwork pieces.
See more wonderous designs



This Album was 1st publish in 2009. Since I am
doing more paper crafting, I thought that it should
be re-introduced.

The images were a challenge
since they mostly consisted of dated Polaroid
snaps, many faded and poorly composed. To have
them done professionally would have been cost
prohibitive, I just started by taking them to
Wallgreens and copying them. They turned
out so well and then scrapbooking flaws turned out
charming. The first challenge
here was to learn how to use my camera well
enough to be able to take a picture of the
scrapbook page. I had to get close, but didn't want
blurry pictures. I had to figure out how to turn off
the flash since it reflected because of the closeness.
I got a simple auto because I never wanted to do
any of this. Well I knew that I had to since I wasn't
happy with the close up photos I did for Spring's
Garden. So, I hunted around and found the manual
and did my homework. They turned out pretty well.

Stacey was born in Puerto Rico and
this picture was taken soon after
we came home from the hospital.
I bought this album kit knowing that
I had to do a wreath around her
composed of pastel baby animals.
I was lucky to have the
pastel velum dot paper.

Extra butterfly cut outs are a nice touch.
These pictures were taken in our living room
in Puerto Rico. In this tropical climate as
little clothing as possible is the most comfortable.

I did a rather exotic layout here due
to Stacey's red booties and the
tropical country

The glued on sequins were fun to do


Family in Southern California had a baby
shower for us and then sent the gifts.

Stacey's first Christmas back in California
I loved this paper, it matched my dress so well.

I love the casualness of these photos
with the palms in the background of
the typical Southern California City.
It was a good choice not to edit any
of it out.

Cute layout, don't ya think?!

I love scrapbooking. I think that my style is
simple, but bold.

Felt embellishments are so hot in
scrapbooking right now

I must have the right paper for every

Finally: I did think of scanning in my
pages, but I don't know how to use
my scanner yet either.
So much to learn! What fun!