Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Scrapbooking | March 2020 By The Numbers

This year, as I process each month's photos, I'm creating a digital layout featuring six photos and journaling "by the numbers." I'm using a digital template and various papers from my stash. My plan is to include a photo of me and Robbie and a photo of my mantel display as the top line of photos each month.

Here's how the numbers add up for March.

* 1 trading card show attended.
* 0 packages of toilet paper on the shelves at Wal-Mart and Kroger!
* 15 Days to Slow the Spread - President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America beginning Monday, March 16.
* COVID-19 pandemic!
* 17 days Robbie worked from home.
* 1 virtual crop with friends.
* 3 hours spent pressure washing the patio & outdoor furniture.
* 1 game of canasta won by Robbie.
* 2 rainbows viewed - beautiful!
* 6 feet for proper social distancing.
* 20 seconds of hand washing needed.
* 2 individuals reported for the 2020 Census.
* 5 movies watched: Captain Ron, Nixon, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, I Still Believe, and Schindler’s List.
* 22 layouts completed, 3 art journal pages created, 5 Bible pages illustrated, 1 card made & 13 blog post published.

The movies we watched in March were quite an eclectic mix. Captain Ron is a funny show about a family that inherits a vintage yacht and flies to a remote Caribbean island planning to sail the boat to Miami. They hire Captain Ron and set out on an adventure that involves more trouble than they could have imagined, but one that brings them together in the end. In contrast, the Nixon movie is a serious look at former US President Richard M. Nixon and how his thirst for power and the threat of impeachment led to his being the first president to resign from office. The cinematography in this movie was extremely distracting (flashing from black & white to color and moving jarringly from one angle to another) and the plot would be difficult to follow if you were not already very familiar with the history or Nixon's presidency. (Luckily I could pause the movie and have Robbie, a presidential history buff, fill in any gaps in my knowledge!) 

We watched A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood after I finished reading Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers. I'm so glad I read the book first as the movie is based on just one story (of the many) about how Mr. Rogers impacted someone's life, in this case the journalist Tom Junod. The movie is well-done and Tom Hanks plays Mr. Rogers wonderfully! We watched Schindler's List, the historical film based on the real life Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of 1100 Jews during World War II, because I wanted to see it again after reading Leon Leyson's memoir, The Boy on the Wooden Box, earlier this year. It's been years since we first saw this movie. It's difficult to watch the atrocities of the Nazis portrayed (it's rated R for "language, some sexuality and actuality violence"), but it's an extremely well-done historical film.

I Still Believe was supposed to be released in theaters March 13; however, with everything being closed due to the coronavirus, the movie was released On Demand and we rented it from Amazon Prime Video. This is a beautiful story about Christian music star Jeremy Camp and his wife, who was diagnosed with cancer while they were dating. Honestly, we much preferred the option to watch the movie here at home rather than at a theater. I wonder if this type of new movie release will continue once things return to "normal."


  1. That's a great numbers page. We also enjoyed A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood. I did not know that he had two sons; I'd like to hear their story now.

  2. A lovely compilation of numbers. TBC and I saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - I chose it simply because Tom Hanks is in it, not knowing anything about Mr Rogers, and we both enjoyed it.

  3. I once tried these "by the numbers" pages, but I could never remember to keep track of everything. I just love the concept, and you do a great job of it!


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