Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We had dinner with Trav's family, at his sisters house, and you should have seen that table! It was incredibly beautiful, she did a Splendid job on the decorations and place settings. And she MADE THEM!! Her talent is awesome. It didn't stop there, the turkey could have been featured in Martha's magazine...it was beautiful, perfectly browned and sitting there like a beauty queen just waiting to be crowned. The really good part about that is how good it tasted! Then there was the bread that the soon to be family member made, sour dough from brand new starter, so not too sour yet, with some flavorings mixed to give it added Umph! Then there were two types of squash made by her fiance, not bad for a food I hate! Next came the home made creamed corn and brushsetta and mashed potatoes that we brought, pretty good, if I do say so myself. The sweet potatoes that his mom made were definitely up to her usual standards, even if she did make them in the slow cooker for the first time ever, yum! And of course we mustn't forget the pies! His other sister made 3 kinds, pumpkin, mincemeat and a pink confection that I can't for the life of me name right now, but they were all delicious. Then his niece's chocolate, pecan, cheesecake conglomerate, that was rather unusual, but beautiful and tasty. Over all, there wasn't anything we could have added to that meal to make it any better then it already was. And we all ate til we were as stuffed as that turkey had been. Thank you to each of you for your hard work in making that a success! And also a big Thank you to A & J for sharing your home with us as well as feeding us, we enjoyed ourselves. The family time aside from the meal was enjoyed as well, great day all around. As I said earlier, WE ARE BLESSED. Thank you God for all your gifts, but most especially for your gift of family, whether born to, or adopted to, or married to, there is nothing more wonderful then this.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I just started visiting this blog earlier this week and I am amazed at the community feel it has, I think that it has helped me see the opportunities that blogging gives me. Here are five blogs that I have found thru the SITStahood!
Keeping up with yesterday
American in Norway
Eat your veggies
Not so SAHM
There you have it folks, hop on over there and enjoy!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Right now we are not sure about all the details, but I have a couple people at work who are going to help out...we will be dead this time...and Vicki and I are getting married with a flower girl, a best man and a maid of honor, so far - going for my fitting tonight, as a matter of fact - lol! I'll let you know more as the plans develop.
Tata for now!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
I don't blame him tho, the pedal boat is nice, but it's really kinda small and there isn't any place to put stuff...and while this is also a small boat, it is more open and there is room to move around - not so confining. So I think he will be content with this one for a couple of months...hopefully. After that, we'll see.
Hope you had a nice weekend too.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
We started this great nite out by meeting Althea and Jesse at panera's for dinner. As usual I really like that, love their onion soup. Then we went to the Phillips center and listened to the piper play in the lobby, very very nice. We hung out and talked until we could go up to our seats. I led the way, and about 15 minutes after we sat down, found out that I led the way to THE WRONG SEATS!!!! We had to move over one section lol. no biggie...the new seats were better ones, so that made me even happier - oh well, not such a bad thing right?
Afterwards we went to a local coffee cafe and had a treat before heading for home. We sat and talked for almost an hour before we left. I must say that the entire evening was enjoyable, from beginning to end. I do so enjoy their company and chatting with them. It is never boring or uncomfortable.
There it is folks, the joy of culture!
ok, once we get on the way today, we are going to the lake, and I will report on that as soon as possible - later
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I'll come back either later tonight or in the morning to tell you how it went...probably tomorrow, it will be late when we get home...but well worth it.
Tomorrow we are taking our new baby boat out for her maiden voyage, wish us luck!!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Her name is Frances Margay Schee, she went by Margay. Her family will never be able to understand why this had to happen, and most likely they will have nightmares about what their daughter went through before she died. Just as an aside, the dad is awaiting a heart transplant, sometimes life really really sucks.
You can read the entire story here, but the bottom line is, someone was careless and a child died.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I think that the prices that are being asked for small boats are simply too much. These are small watercraft, not gold encrusted luxury liners for heaven's sake! So we figured we would have to really save up to find something for next year...then he was perusing Craig's list and found a little pedal boat for a reasonable price. He emailed back and forth a few times with the seller and we went to look at it. We bought it - half the retail for a boat that's only been in the water a few times. and it would take a major event to sink or capsize this baby! I think his camera will be safe. And we can get some exersise mixed in there too. Wish us luck, I almost guarentee that we will be on the water somewhere this coming weekend lol
here is a link to one like it... boat
Thursday, September 18, 2008
quoted from their website "Talk Like A Pirate Day is an original concept created in a moment of temporary insanity by John Baur and Mark Summers."
go here to find out more and enjoy the day http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html
Sunday, September 7, 2008
in the end there were 250 bikes registered and a number of folks seemed to sort of just join in as the ride progressed, including a couple of SUVs lol. We do not really know how many people there were, but we do know that there were a lot! and we raised $9000!!!!! It was a lot of work and a lot of uncertainty, but in the end LARC has won the day!!! Thank you thank you thank you!
There will be pictures and hopefully some video up on the site soon...takes a little time to get them all sorted out and put up there, but they will be. http://ridetoprovide.net/ Unfortunately the bi-plane didn't start so there are no aerial shots, but there are lots of others. We had a lot of help in that arena, Jesse, Althea and Kaleb were wonderful photographers and did an excellent job of capturing the essence of the ride and the riders, we thank them for their assistance.
I hope everyone who attended this year is planning on attending next year and I also hope that they are going to bring a friend or two.!!!
And on another note, I wanted to mention something that happened on Friday night that reminded Trav and me that this is a really really small world after all....
On the way home from work, we came upon a minor accident, a motorcycle vs an SUV...minor injuries (minor but there, she was bleeding and sore, but in the end not bad at all, thank God) but they were on the end of the exit ramp from I75---we stopped and Trav got out to assess the situation and lend a hand if needed in moving the vehicles. I stayed in the truck with the flashers on in an effort to safeguard them as much as possible. The young lady who was riding the bike made a comment to Trav that she "hoped the bike was ok because she was riding in a benefit tomorrow''. he looked at her and said "Ride to Provide?" and she said "Yes" and he said "Well, then we will see you tomorrow". lol I ran into her at LARC and introduced myself and helped her locate Trav as she wanted to thank him for his help. The next thing we find out is that we know her dad!!! Have known him for a really long time lol...talk about a small world? maybe I'll post a pic when I remember.
So that just goes to show you, what goes around comes around...she was one of the wonderful people who helped raise all that money for LARC...God looks out for his angels, and each and every one of you that helped can be called one of God's Angels. Thank you.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
And it WAS a wonderful weekend. Trav did the laundry for me on Friday so I didn't have to worry about it. We got our groceries early and the rest of the weekend was pure relaxation. Well, except for mowing the lawn. And falling. Other than that it was great! what? huh? oh, mowing the lawn takes up a few hours...it's not all that big really, just lots of trees, a hitching post, and of course the drive and the sides of the road (the county doesn't maintain our roads back here, we are the red headed step child). So I ran the poor mower smack out of gas! Thought I had broken it, again. lol
hmm? what's that? oh, you want to know what I mean 'falling'? I mean I fell down. No big deal...got a bump and a bruise. That's it. How you ask? well, we were coming in the front door and the next thing I knew I was yelping and trying to catch anything in reach to keep my footing. Don't know for sure what happened, but think that the strap on my bag caught on the door knob and yanked me backward just as the dogs went by me, so I stumbled off the the threshold - then I was reeling towards the cement steps and just knew I was going to break myself. Next thing I knew I had bounced off the railing and was falling backwards, when my hand was almost yanked off my arm!! That same bag that tripped me up saved my bacon. It was still caught on the doorknob and snatched my hand and held me on the porch. That hurt! But a lot less than falling down the steps would have. lol. I have a few bruises and this morning my back was giving me a bit of a fit from the twisting and hitting the cement porch so hard, but otherwise, I'm just dandy. Spilled my tea :o( but didn't drop my PDA lol and my leftovers were still in my hand when the dust settled. God was looking out for me, let me tell you!!! Trav was a bit upset, he turned around when I yelped but it was happening too fast and he was too far away to prevent it, he agreed that he thought I was going down those steps! But I didn't and I'm fine and he got over the scare. but like I said, other than that it was a great weekend. Finished up 4 Ride to Provide paper bag albums for door prizes and made an accordion fold file box from scratch, looks pretty good. Messed with the KNK and almost got the flowers to cut out right lol and spent time cuddlin....one of Trav's favorite pastimes (I like it too, but don't tell Trav (g))
Now we are just watching the weather and hoping and praying that the storms don't interfere with the Ride Saturday - we have at least 100 people signed up on line already and expect more to show up at the registration table on Saturday morning...it looks to be a huge success, as long as the rain holds off. Pray with us???? Please?
Check out the website Ride To Provide
and wish us luck! Thanks, later all.
Friday, August 29, 2008
I haven’t really blogged about this yet, wonder why? Too busy getting stuff done for it I guess. Anyways, next Saturday, September 6 is the 3rd annual Ride to Provide for Levy ARC. This is an 88 mile motorcycle ride thru Levy County to help raise money for this very worthy cause.
Trav is supposed to be going up in a Bi-Plane to take pictures and video – he is rather excited about that! I will be on the ground taking pictures and video as well. Thought I was going to be all alone, but then we got this Great Idea! Ask Kaleb if he wanted to help. So, I called the nephew last nite and asked if he would like to have a paying gig (he’s 12) and he jumped at the chance. Then asked, doing what? Lol
He is going to be my photographers assistant for the RTP next Saturday – he takes some really good pics and I will need more than one camera to cover it all til Trav gets there.(I will most likely talk some more about this again but for now, I wanted to make you aware of this event.)
So, please go to the RTP website and consider either joining us or donating something to help them out. They deserve better than they are getting and we are determined to make up for that in some small measure. Thank you.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Today is a special day ya know…it is our 15th Wedding Anniversary. I feel so Blessed. We have had our ups and downs thru the years, but it has finally started to come together. We are a team and although we still have rough spots, I have to say, I am Happy. I do not know what else I could want in a partner – he is kind, sweet, romantic, computer literate, quite a handyman, does dishes and cooks, likes animals and is cute to boot.
I just wanted to share my joy. Thank you Trav, for giving me my life back and for making it worth living. I love you.
She has a great blog, even when she is not giving anything away lol lot's of family fun type things, like kids face painting and discipline for children
so Check it out and enjoy her blog, she's great!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
I've been working on cards. Made a little bet with my self that I could get at least one card a nite and see how that helps me prepare for unexpected occasions. I have done pretty good for about a week now..got two done last nite for Trav and two others to have on hand. Have finished one so far today and am mostly done with a second.
I love this weather!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
They got our hopes up and then they were dashed again...she is here, but is really just a fitful thunderstorm. I am so bummed. I was really hoping that she would be nicer to me lol.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Ok, here I sit, bemoaning the fact that Fay is not heading towards us any longer…I know, that makes me a bit weird, but I LIKE hurricanes!!! I grew up in Miami with parents that knew how to prepare and deal with the awesome storms. I always felt safe and protected as a child and the wildness of nature was always so breathtaking. I LOVED it. Now, as an adult, I am not feeling quite as safe, but my fascination with them hasn’t changed. I know they are dangerous, and I know that they are a real inconvenience to most people, loosing power and missed work, as well as damage to property….I know all that. But I STILL love them. Back during the season with Charlie and Jeanne we lost power and all our food and had to take showers at my DH’s place of work, but I still loved it. I am bummed, Fay is disappointing me, sigh. Maybe next time.
(still holding out a tad bit of hope that she will turn left sometime tonight) lol
Thursday, August 14, 2008
As Trav waits with sure trepidation for the dentist to call him back for his treatment, I cower out here in the truck. I am dentist phobic…I’m sure that there is a name for this phobia, but I never bothered to look it up. I just know that I cannot spend time in a dentist office without some major panic attack symptoms. This is in part, I am sure, due to the difficulties I had as a child with bad teeth. My mom was anemic when she was carrying me so they gave her iron supplements. These supplements caused my teeth to have to problems, one was a yellowish cast that never really looked quite right and the other was that the insides of my teeth sorta never developed correctly. By that I mean that if I got a minor cavity or a scratch on the surface enamel then the inside would just go away and the tooth would be just a shell. The next thing to happen would be that the tooth would either get infected because the nerve ended up exposed or the tooth would simply break. One dentist told me that I needed to come in as soon as something happened because if they filled it soon enough it would prevent the problem….nope, didn’t work, filling fell right out. So it turns out that when my parents took me to the dentist for routine cleanings, they were actually – inadvertently – contributing to the problem. They used metal instruments for cleaning and they would leave minute scratches or etches in the enamel…which in turn became breaches that evolved into cavities at the gum line. So guess where the tooth would break? You got it! So anyways, I am dental phobic. Which brings us back to Trav. Poor baby, he has a tooth that he has had trouble with for quite some time and instead of being a simple filling or extraction has become rather complicated. You see, he has a tooth under the gumline, one that never completely erupted so they are going to have to remove the problem tooth…this will leave a rather large breach in his jaw bone…which will make it difficult if not impossible to do implants should he choose to do that later, and will make his jaw unstable….a ‘glass jaw’ if you will. So when they extract those two teeth they are going to do a bone graft. Ugh!!! Makes me shudder just to think of it! He seems fine with it, a little nervous, but not really bad. He is so glad to be getting this tooth taken care of that the nerves thing is falling by the way side. The dentist told him that it would be a fairly simple procedure – despite what it sounds like – and that he will be able to go home and be pretty comfortable afterward. They did tell him not to go back to work tho, so it won’t be THAT simple. So I took the day off to take him to the dentist. He understood at the time that I am a terrible wife and I would NOT be sitting in the dentist office waiting with him or for him. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Ok, well, we are home now and he is sleeping. He says it wasn’t to bad, after she got the tooth out. She had to break it into several different pieces!!!!! Ugh. He said the hardest part was keeping his mouth open that far for that long. Poor baby.
Well, just wanted you to know he is ok.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Somehow I never thought I would be blogging about undergarments!!! But it seems that my DH and a male co-worker are having some form of mild disagreement over which is more important. One says underwear and the other says socks....well to be more precise....the discussion is over which should be purchased first when both are needed...one says UW and the other Socks. Now, every mother knows the answer to this question....UW. Remember your mom telling you to always wear clean ones in case you get in an accident and they have to take you to the hospital...so I told my DH that and he agrees that it could effect your level of care if the entire ER/ED is laughing at your old ratty UW...whereas they would just as soon not notice your socks and might just say that holey socks are just an effort to ventilate your toes so they don't smell so bad! lol
what do you think?
I was just informed that the word Underwear encompasses socks britches and under shirts - I beg to differ - I believe that under GARMENTS handles all those critters and under WEAR is what covers ones arse!!! lol
what do you think?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
David in his Dolphin colors - boy was he ever a fan!
Ok, well I did say I would add some pics and as soon as the other puter boots up I'll do that. I wanted to give a brief run down on yesterdays Memorial...
David Wayne Moss Memorial Service:
It started with the bagpipes, Robert (Robin) Hendrickson, Alachua County Fire Rescue was gracious enough to play for us - I love bagpipes - they have such a haunting flavor, and he played them very very well. As he was, playing Chief Davis escorted me out to the Memorial. The wreath was then placed right in front of where we were standing, it was beautiful (as were the flowers that they gave me prior to the ceremony).
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Color Guard preformed the lowering of the flag and Chief presented it to me. Then the Color Guard raised the new flag and lowered it to half mast. And then played Taps.
After this a member of the Color Guard came up and read, then presented me, with a Remembrance Certificate from the United States Air Force. I found that to be a very sweet thing to do...he was, after all, a member of the Air Force, & even if we were not at war, he still did his duty.
Chief Daniel M. Davis made the opening remarks and gave a general overview of what happened that day. Reverend Dave Methany lead us in prayer.
Then there were several folks who had something to say or Chief invited them up to say a few words, the first of which was Gene Hartman. Gene was the Chief at the time that David was killed.
Next came Lt. Clay Connolly, a very good friend to David and I. He has remained at the department and risen thru the ranks, I'm so Proud. He has been a good friend to Trav and I as well. He explained why Trav was going to be telling the details of that fateful night this time, instead of him or Bruce.
Next Trav comes up and makes some comments and requests that all LEOs remember David and how that hot July night became David's last night with us. First tho, he presented Chief with a copy of our book...they came in on time and look really good, he did Such a good job with that. Trav read the details right from the pages of that book.
Then Chief asked Mayor Heathcoat to read the resolution naming SW Main Street "Cpl. David Wayne Moss Street" Gerald addressed some very nice comments to me regarding the time he knew David.
I think it looks just wonderful, don't you?
Then it was my turn to say a few words. I'm not much in the public speaking department so I basically read from my index cards and tried not to stumble too much. If you are wondering why we keep calling it a Memorial...it's because a few years ago Chief had a plaque made and if you look really close you can see it to the far right of the above picture.
and this is what that plaque looks like, they planted a magnolia tree there and keep it beautiful with flowers.
After all the remarks, we held the closing prayer and Robin played Amazing Grace as Chief walked me back into the station. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony and I was truly honored by the care they took to make it so. I deeply appreciate their efforts.
but it seemed to go well
Here is the actual interview taking place.
I think that remembering people is the only way to keep them alive...if we forget, then they are gone forever. Every time a Police Officer is killed the other officers rally around the family and make sure they are treated with respect and caring. All of Law Enforcement keeps those survivors in a special place as a way to honor their fallen brother or sister. They cannot dwell on the deaths or the possibility of their own death, but they do remember it, always.
Thank you All, you have done David Proud!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Anyway, I’ll update when they come in and as we get more info…
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
"The July issue of SheetLoad Mini, our first Mini issue ever, is ready to download.
This month's mini features; appropriately enough, a mini card sketch and cutting diagrams! You will be able to create 6 - 3" square cards using just a few sheets of paper.
The artist for July is Ann Seleshanko. Make sure to check out her blog for more of her work."
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Okay, I know there are lots of us who are jealous that we can't buy Hanglar Stanglar stamps. Here is your chance to win a whole bag full of stamped images!
Go check out Maya's blog for more info!
just scroll down, she does tell you in english what to do...lol
Friday, July 11, 2008
Pink Christmas - What is it?
Pink Christmas is a annual Girlfriend Give and Get. You make a handmade Christmas Gift(or you can purchase a handmade gift from one of our sponsors if you want to join but don't think you are crafty) for a mystery girlfriend around the world and another girlfriend will be making something for you - only to opened on Christmas morning.
It is only a $15.00 donation to sign up. Sign up fee is donated to the Pink Christmas Family or individual for 2008.
Each year the funds collected for sign ups are given to a family to give them a "Pink Christmas"
Do you want to be a Pink Christmas Sponsor? Sponsorship is $30.00 and 100% of your sponsorship goes to pay for every one's awesome Pink Envelope that everyone will get in the mail revealing to them their Girlfriend for Christmas. In that envelope you will be able to send ANYTHING that fits in a large envelope to promote your company - coupons, free shipping a sampling of your product - get creative because that Pink Envelope is like early Christmas for all who sign up. You will also be added to the sidebar of Pink Christmas and gets lots of bragging on this blog and my personal blog. if you want to be a sponsor email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and write sponsor in the subject line
Sign ups will open at 8:00 am on July 1st and run through July 31th. So tell your friends.
You will also get the new 2008 graphic "Last year my Christmas was Pink" to put on your side bar. Or you can get the cute new line of T-shirts coming out this fall.
Make this Christmas special by making a handmade gift and donating a small amount of money to really make someones Christmas special.
so, visit their blog and read all about it - then sign up and lets have some fun!!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The sign ups for Pink Christmas have begun! You can sign up to participate anytime from July 1-31st. Come celebrate Christmas, have a little fun, meet new friends but most importantly.. benefit a family in need.
Pink Christmas is a fun gift swap that is organized by Kristi and Everything Pink. You do not have to have a blog to join.
Click here to sign up!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Hope your Fourth was happy and safe. And a Great Big THANK YOU to all of you who help(ed) make this a free country and are keeping it that way.
Monday, June 30, 2008
ok, here they are - to most of you this will still look like a disaster in the making, but to those that know me - it will look like paradise lol.
and of course, I could never feel completely comfortable without a companion, and here you see Lover Boy, he has been our friend for over 15 years now, and we are SO blessed to be able to share our lives with him.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
my new toy is harder to use than I thought it would be, but I think I am getting a handle on the program, just a little. Have made a couple of things, but am not really satisfied with my creations yet. Will get there soon.
hhmm, let’s see, what has happened since I talked to you last? not much..that’s bad, nothing to write about?
Trav is getting down to the wire with the David Book, should be done really really soon, I know he will be happy to have that finished. He has been spending every spare moment, when not trying to finish the book, setting up his new Online Magazine…it is really really kewl!!!! Go visit and see what YOU think…let us know what you would like to see and maybe he can do it, he’s pretty good ya know.
Watched Water Horse last nite, pretty good movie, I think Trav is going to review it on his site….
boy that was short and sweet wasn’t it? sorry, will do better next time, must be out of practice.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I spent some time on it this weekend and I am just now starting to get comfortable enough to start cutting things out. And then you know what happened?
The Power went OUT!!! and when it finally came back up…my computer wouldn’t boot up!!!!! So I cannot play with it at ALL!!!!
I guess when I can, I will post some more, :o( sniff sniff…until then….take care.
This ends my multi day post, I hope you enjoyed it...be sure to stop by Trav's Online General Interest Magazine and check out all the things he's been doing. Bye for now.
Friday, June 13, 2008
We ordered the Klic-N-Kut on Wednesday, June 4th – and when I got the tracking info was astonished that it was going to be delivered on Thursday, June 5th!!! I eagerly watched the computer, waiting to see it changed from “out for delivery” to “delivered”. Imagine my dismay when it changed, not to “delivered” but to “Delivery exception” Customer not available or business closed
I was very upset! What did THAT mean? We have a signature on file, so that when we are at work they can still deliver!! So I went to the FedEx site and started looking around. Did you know that if the insured value of a shipment is over a specific amount, then a real live human being MUST sign for it? And if no one does after 3 tries it will be returned to sender!
Oh NO! That would be unacceptable! So, Trav called the 800 number and arranged for them to hold the package at the Ocala warehouse the next morning and we would drive over and pick it up after work. Still disappointing that I couldn’t have it that night, but better than being sent back.
On Friday morning I pulled up the tracking screen and watched to see if it would say what it should say…and it did NOT!!! At 7:01am it stated “On FedEx vehicle for delivery”! We got the number to the ware house and they said that they had not received a hold for that package.
They were kind enough to give me the drivers cell number tho, and suggested that we call him and see what we could arrange. Trav called around and found someone in town willing to sign for and hold it for us, then he called the driver and he agreed to change the delivery location. At 10:20am, Friday I saw that exciting word on the FedEx Site “DELIVERED” !!! We planned on picking it up on the way home. That would give me the whole weekend to play with my new toy.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I’m not sure if I have written on here yet about my die cutting machine journey…I don’t think so.
Back at Thanksgiving we bit the bullet and purchased a Cricut Expression electronic die cutting machine to use with my card making and scrapbooking. It is a pretty awesome machine and really does a wonderful job.
However, it is constrained by the requirement of cartridges in order to cut things…if it’s not on the cartridge that you own, you have to buy the one it IS on….and at anywhere from $50 to $90 a cartridge, that gets expensive fast!!! They do have a program that allows you to do more, ($89) but it will only allow you to cut what you have cartridges for, no matter that it allows you to design with ALL of them on the screen. Limiting again.
Trav and I did a lot of research and decided to sell the expression and upgrade to a Craft Robo. This machine was a bit more expensive, but it allows you to cut designs from your computer, and is only limited by your imagination. It is said to cut vellum, paper, cardstock and other materials of similar thickness.
This interested us quite a bit…so we did a little more research…and discovered that although it cuts a large number of materials, it was limited in the thickness and would not cut something like chipboard, mat board or similar items. This was disappointing as we do have a photography business and cutting photo mats would be really helpful. So, back to the research.
Guess what we found? It’s called a Klic-n-Kut and yes, it Does cost more, but…it will cut MATBOARD!!! and vinyl, and chipboard, and vellum and will etch metal and emboss and score and draw pretty much anything else we have been able to think of. So, we sold the Cricut and ordered the Klic-n-Kut (KNK). Boy was I excited!! My thought was “This is going to be SO much FUN!!”
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Trav is a morning person...he sings, he talks, he whistles - I think he would even dance a jig if he thought I wouldn't throw something at him! I am a night person - mornings are an abomination to me, truly distasteful. There is a song out there from a long time ago with the phrase "breaking up is hard to do" I have changed that to "Waking up is hard on you". I think that we should write a law that says that morning people have to be silent for the first hour of a night person's day! NO SINGING!! DON'T talk to me! Do NOT ask me any important questions! Just give me something to drink, water, coffee, tea, what ever...let me sit hunched up in front of my computer, keep the critters away until I become human...or relatively less homicidal. I know, I know, you morning people just don't understand what could possibly be so horrible about mornings, they are great for you. You wake up ready to face the day, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, all is right with the world. We wake up to clouds and croaking toads...but...when you are done for the day, ready to hit the hay, so tired your eyelids are falling of their own accord, WE are coming into our own...WE are bouncy, cheerful, all geared up and ready to go - the whole world and you are going to go to sleep now. NO you MUST stay awake and be TORMENTED by my cheerful happy mood!!!! It's only fair!
Always remember and never forget...NO SINGING IN THE MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Well Sunday was a normal day for us - right up til the STORM!!! lol It was a doozie too...we needed rain, but I think it might have been better if it had maybe slowed down just a trifle and then hung around a little longer, but I'm begging, so I won't be that choosy. The hail was fun to watch tho lol
Then the power went out at about 4. ho boy...I still have THREE loads of laundry pending!!! one in the washer...so, go open the door (so they don't smell) and sat back to listen to the UPS scream. Usually they quit after about 20 minutes, but not that one...it was still screaming 2 hours later. And Yes, we were still without power then. I convinced him about then that we needed to go out to dinner cuz -you know - how could we cook with no power? We have a gas stove, but no water, so anyways...he aquiessed and that is how we found BubbaQues in Bronson...(GO SEE HIS BLOG FOR DETAILS!!!!! http://travelerstales.wordpress.com/ )
We followed the power lines all the way out and didn't see anyone or anything that might have caused an outage of that length...well, we still didn't have power when we got back! So Trav called them again, and asked that they please call us and let us know what was going on as he needed power for his CPAP. No call...so he goes out looking to see if any of our neighbors had power...while he was gone it came back on!!! :YYYEEEAAAAYYYY Got to blow out all the oil lamps as it was well past 9 by now and a little bit dark. So, alls well that ends well, right? Oh yeah, they did have their little robot system call to see if the power was on...joy.
anyways...talk at ya tomorrow - maybe lol
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Then today I worked a little in the yard - planted a couple of things, watered everything, just spent a little time outside, that was nice.
Then there was a major rainstorm!!! complete with marble size hail!! I got the Cricut sold and was packing it up when the storm hit...had to go out on the porch and watch the hail bounce around...then the wind changed direction and the hail was hitting up on the porch where we were!!! lol so I came back in and was about to print the packing slips so I could seal up the box, and the power went off. That was at 4:07 pm...it just came back on at 9:24 pm...we had to call twice - I HATE when that happens. But it's on now and I'm going to print that right now before something else happens....lol
I also have to work on a wedding invitation keepsake, and a charity ride logo...gonna be a busy week.
Talk at ya tomorrow!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Sorry I missed ya yesterday, too busy to think of something to write!
Still working in the Craft Room! You are about tired of hearing that aren't you? I know I would be lol
Going to Althea's house today to work on some projects...that should be lots of fun, she is SUCH a talented lady....it's a joy to watch her create things...and she is starting to get really involved in scrapbooking. Today I get to see some of that first hand and I am excited!
Trav is off trying to interview someone for David's book, haven't been able to get with this person even tho they say they want to talk about him, they have not made themselves available...this is the last chance.
My sister Annilee, sent me an email with some of her recollections - Trav will work on that tonight. Not everyone who is contributing will be named personally in the book, but we really appreciate any and all who have helped us out with it...this is a real important project - to us definitely - and we HOPE to others as well.
Well, that's my post for today..gotta get busy putting stuff together to take with me. Talk at ya tomorrow.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Trav's Uncle Bill and Aunt June were visiting his folks yesterday, we got to spend a little time with them before they had to go. That was fun. They are interesting and I hope we get to go out to dinner with them in the near future.
While we were at the folks house we helped fix a couple of minor problems with their computer...Trav is the family Guru and sometimes that makes him a hero! and sometimes it doesn't :o(. oh well, can't win them all.
Tonight it's back into the craft room for an hour or so, gotta keep at it til I get it right, I really want that room to be a place that I can comfortably create & it really hasn't been up til now...so I am starting to get excited!!! Have I said that already? Probably lol
Anyway, that's about it for right now...talk at you tomorrow!!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I got back into the craft room last nite, Trav had to go do an interview with Sean regarding David, so I had a couple of hours without interruption - managed to get most of the paper separated and put into more useful places. Means I emptied another tote! I know, it doesn't sound like much, but it's another step in the right direction...and I need all of those I can get.
On a more creative note, I made a layout for a photo swap, here is the link if you would like to see it,
Gotta Pixel Gallery
that is always fun, it's not my photo and so I am free to interprit and create. Thanks Gotta Pixel & Tbog for hosting this swap.
Later folks, work now.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Finally got some time to spend in the Craft room! Still not done, probably never will be, but it's further along then it was. We have my paper rack up now and all my 12 x 12 paper is in it!!! YYEEAAHH - and my filing system will now be used for the 8 1/2 x 11 and scraps, that way they are not sitting in boxes on a shelf. All my ribbons are either in the ribbon boxes or in a drawer and all my material is in a drawer as are all my fibers, I think. My books and magazines are on a shelf, in holders to keep them handy and neat. Stickers and rub ons in a drawer as are metal embellishments and then misc embellishments have their own drawer too. Pens/pencils/markers in their own drawer. Adhesives in a drawer - those that will fit anyway, the xyron and bigger/bulkier items are on a shelf. All the punches have drawers. And that is how we are organizing that room...a piece at a time. It's starting to shape up and I am starting to get just a little excited for the finished product. No telling how long it will take, but I will get it done someday and then I will share some pics with you.
Talk to you later, gotta go get some stuff done here.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
There are just SO many things that we can/have to do on a long weekend that sometimes it can seem overwhelming!! But we handle it well, we pick a couple and do those, enjoy ourselves and then lament the lack of time needed to do the rest! What a strange people we are.
Our weekend will consist of our normal grocery shopping trip to Ocala, then me back in my craft room (which I have neglected horribly as I seemed to be unable to get anywhere with the chore - kept finding projects that needed doing lol) and working on David's book. That seems kinda fitting doesn't it? It being Memorial Day and all?
Speaking of that book, it's getting down to the wire now, only about two weeks before we need to send it to the publishing company! It seems like we just started this project but when I look back, it's been a long time in the making. The time has flown by and the deadline approaches and we realize that there are SO many people that have stories & we can't find them...it saddens me. But we have done the best we could and will be proud of the end product. I am SO very proud of Trav and all the effort and artistry he has devoted to this. Once again I must say, He is the wind beneath my wings.
you can see that layout here layout
Friday, May 23, 2008
Just wanted to make sure you all know about My Scrap Shop. This is such a fun site to visit. The people there are super friendly and fun! We just finished a round of Bingo and if you go read that thread you will understand what I mean lol
go check it out.
And while you are on the site, check out the free gift for joining the forum
what are you waiting for??? GO!!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Friday, May 16, 2008
We are here in beautiful
Each year they try to do something wonderful for their guests and this year is no exception. They arranged an excursion to Arabian Nights, in Orlando, for dinner and a show. That was SO much fun! They had 4 buses here by 3:45 and over 200 survivors eagerly awaiting the trip. It was about an hour and 15 minutes to the attraction and it was rather uneventful (meaning I took a nap) and we arrived in good time to get everyone inside, seated and comfortable before the show…but not so long as to be bored by the time it started.
This is not your typical seating arrangement…instead of tables there are long benches with backs and almost a trestle type table to eat on, about 18” wide and 15 people long with a 3” raised ledge on the front portion, so you don’t accidentally send your food down the back of a diner at the ‘table’ in front of you. These tables are set up in a ‘stadium seating’ type of arrangement so all can easily view the entertainment, which takes place in the arena below. We were really excited to see this show! It is a loosely woven story of an Arabian Princess coming into her own and being introduced to her own personal Genie, who is rather inexperienced and needs the practice to protect her new mistress. In the course of this tale we are treated to a visual extravaganza of horses in various settings, the Wild West doing a square dance on horseback, the Native American with symbols painted on her steed, the chariots of yore – complete with a very competitive race in which the two sides of the arena cheer on their champion – trick riders jumping rope, jumping through flaming hoops and doing back flips – all while riding bareback on beautiful horses. And of course they evoked the Black Stallion! There was a nice mix of suspense, yearning and comedy. It was a delightful show and I would feel comfortable recommending it to you as a nice bit of light entertainment. Of course if you have a horse crazy child it might end up causing trouble as they will almost certainly want to do those things themselves and I think that might be something you would want to discourage. Lol
We were a little concerned about the quality of the meal. I’m sure you have all been to places that mass serve, and usually that means inferior quality. We had a choice of one of the following menu items…
Grilled chicken breast
Certified Black Angus chopped sirloin with gravy
Children’s chicken tenders or
Primavera penne pasta bowl (vegetarian/vegan option)
Almost all the folks at our ‘table’ chose the New York Strip. When our food arrived it really didn’t look that great…the Strip was coated in pepper and looked dry, we had mashed potatoes and a broccoli/carrot mix, and a roll. I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first bite of that steak…it was tender, juicy and flavorful, despite the pepper (which I’m sure you know I DON’T DO PEPPER, so that’s a pretty high accolade from me). The vegetables were tender and with a little butter on top the potatoes were really good. It was a bit difficult to eat in the dark whilst screaming, er I mean cheering on our champions, but we managed without any mishaps. (unless you count the butter that somehow managed to fly through the air and attack Larry a row behind us) Our waitress had a great sense of humor and was really quite good even with all the people she was serving; I think she had either two or three of those long tables. The entire experience was one I would happily repeat if the opportunity arose and I hope you all get a chance to do the same.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Ya might leave him a comment to let him know that I sent you...I get points for that sorta thing - hey life's a game, even when you're married, why not have fun while you play?
Anyways, I've been totally unable to write anything more than my name lately, and I don't know why, but - that is going to change...I will be back in full force soon. We are going to Titusville next week for the Annual Police Memorial Day Ceremonies, so maybe I'll even have something to write about! There will be at least one post on the Memorial - that is a promise.
So, I'll see you soon...go see Trav!!!
Monday, April 14, 2008
ok, so we got some more done on the craft room this weekend…it’s not finished, but most of the construction stage is done…got new flooring down, have the shelves cut back and lined and trimmed…got most of the new under counter drawers in…have the counter installed. all that’s left now is the organized re-entry of ALL MY STUFF!!!!
That is going to be interesting…to put it mildly.
I am really excited tho, even if it IS taking a lot of time and effort…I’ll be able to find all the things I KNOW I have, but cannot locate. That will be worth a lot to me, and I can get my craft stuff off the kitchen table and counters, THAT will be worth a lot to Trav lol.
Updates to follow with a pic of the finished project.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
When we first discussed what we needed to do in there I envisioned a row of storage totes all labeled with craft components and just Waiting for me to drop pieces and parts into them in preparation of redoing that room. Reality once again rears it’s ugly head…somehow we ended up starting willy nilly – without a shred of organization, just jumped in and started pulling things out!!! Oh NO!!!! I am traumatized – sniff sniff - I think I’ll stop this line of self pity right here…just know that I DIDN’T LIKE IT one bit! and Trav found a way to make it a little easier on me, so…onward…
I‘m not really sure where we are going from here…we really need to put something different on the floor or go to the bare wood look, but not just an area thing, all or nothing I think. And something easy to keep clean.
I don’t know…I’ll give you an update when we have something new going on and after we are done I will upload a pic so you can see by beautiful new crafting area!!!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
hhmm, I promised you a wild animal story didn’t I….guess I should tell you about it then….
Once upon a time, there was a family with 3 dogs (Micheal, a maremma, Tug, a jack russel/spitz and Spunky, a pomeranian) and a cat (domestic shorthair gray tabby, Loverboy), that lived in the woods outside of town. Every now and then different animals would wander into the yard and the dogs or cat would take after them and the family would have to go save them. Some times it would be too late, and sometimes the ending was happy. And sometimes they weren’t sure which of those it was….
Ok, so let’s just say that last Monday, the lady of the house stayed home from work to play with all the new toys she got from the Scrapbook Expo. And let’s say that first thing that morning, before she was even dressed, one of those three dogs was barking funny in the front yard. And let’s say that this lady went to the window to see what was the matter. and found….
Now it is not unusual to have critters out there, but usually Trav (the man of the house) is home to handle things…not this time…he went to work. That left me….and as I mentioned above, I wasn’t exactly dressed to go wild animal taming. But something needed to be done, soon, so…in my flip flops and sleep shirt, off to the rescue I go. I grabbed the broom off the front porch on the way out and started hollering at the dog to leave it be (as I do not know the gender of our visitor I will hereafter refer to it as ‘he’ for ease of reference). Of course Tug ignored me and started really going at the attack and I was terrified that he would get hurt so I jumped right in with that broom and tried to separate them. That worked.-.sorta…every time I poked the ‘possum it
would show me ALL those teeth and gggrroowwll and that would set Tug off again!
Finally got Tug to listen a little and back off and so I started trying to herd that poor ‘possum towards the gate to get him to safety…once he figured out that I was pushing him in the direction HE wanted to go he stopped fighting me so hard and sorta ambled in that direction.
Things went quite well until….about 5 feet from the gate. At that point he decided that he wanted to go to the back yard (which is probably where he came in) NOT out the gate and turned on me….man, was THAT scary. Have you ever tried to keep an angry ‘possum at bay with a broom? and no pants on? and open toed shoes? I was feeling so exposed – more than I can remember in my whole life. But what could I do at that point? so I ran around him and opened the gate and then back to the other side to give it my best. Wasn’t enough, he managed to scoot by me and into the bush at the base of the tree that grows next to the front porch. And as soon as he did Tug went in the other side of the bush and Spunky thought it would be fun to get involved too!! I yelled at them both and Spunk backed off, Tug I had to broom again. Finally I got them to go in the house and I sorta locked us in.
I never did get that wild animal out of the yard, but by the time I allowed the dogs back out, he was gone. As far as I could determine, Tug was completely uninjured. The ‘possum had a couple of what looked like minor bite marks on his side, but nothing major that I could see.
And as far as I could tell, Michael never even woke up. Great watch dog, gotta tell ya. But given the choice of having him in that mix as well, I’ll take a grumpy sleepy mutt to an alert attack dog any day!
Did I live up to my promise?
Friday, April 4, 2008
Hi Ya’ll, I’m Back!
Have you been breathlessly awaiting today’s installment? Well? Have you? oh, not really? sigh, I was afraid of that….Oh well, I’m here now, so I will tell you the rest of the story!
Ok then, the day started at 7, got up, got all my stuff together, went downstairs and got some French toast and coffee and headed out. The first class was at 9.
The first one was A boys life chipboard album, by Rusty Pickle. Parking was horrendous so our instructor was a trifle late and flustered, but her Teacher’s Assistant (TA) had everything well under control…we already had our kits, she had already collected our ticket stubs and we were all ready when she walked in at 5 minutes til class time. That was a fun class, it was rather fast but not frantic…we did not finish the album of course, that rarely happens in a workshop, but it was fun anyway. I finished that one when I got home and it’s really cute.
Then came the marathon! I signed up for FOUR S.E.I. classes! one right after the other, one at 11, one at 12:30, the next at 2:30 and then the last at 4:30. That is with a half hour between each class for clean up and set up.
Ok, the first one was to teach us 4 ribbon techniques. And although I don’t have a picture up of that one, it was really cute. It is the word Friends, cut out and embellished. We only had an hour for that class and it really wasn’t long enough to get it all done…that one was truly frantic! But with everyone helping each other, we finished on time with a great little album.
Second came the 4 album enhancing techniques – In that class we worked on a “scrapbook in a box” and learned how to make French knots – work with linen paper – doodle with a stencil and ink edges. That was an hour and a half and it took a bit of work to keep up, but it was still fun. We almost finished a 20 page 8x8 album. I finished it when I got home and now need to find photos that will do it justice.
Third was a 2 page spread to learn how to have motion on the page. We learned how to cut page protectors and make slides and folded papers to hide then reveal the photos or journaling. This class was a little more leisurely and we did finish everything there. Again I need to find the ‘right’ pics.
Last, but certainly not least, was the Velvet paper techniques. We were supposed to learn 4 ways to work with/enhance/embellish velvet paper. Inking, stamping, embossing and rub ons. That was a 6 panel accordion album made out of heavy chipboard and is really kewl! It is one of my favorites. That was a really laid back class since it was the last one of the day and we didn’t have to be out by any specific time. It was a lot of fun and I would really like to do one like that again.
I didn’t really have any time left over for make & takes, so when I had a couple minutes between the S.E.I. classes I ran around the exhibit floor and bought my stuff and purchased the M&T kits to bring home and do.
I also bought a Zutter Bind-it-all system! www.binditall.com That is going to make some of the paper crafts I do SSSOO much easier! That is how I bound this word bloom album that was one of the M&Ts.
And I also used it to punch the holes in one of my coaster boxes (not this one of course, but the other one lol).
The trip home was pretty uneventful, except that Trav was the navigator, since I was driving, and he sent us the wrong way on I-4 and we ended up going approx. 24 miles before turning around and heading back. Got caught in the traffic madhouse by Disney and that took some time to work thru, but once we were past that it was smooth sailing all the way home.
I had taken Monday off from work too just cuz I KNEW I would want to play with all my new treasures, so I just planned to craft. And except for a little run in with a wild animal early on in the day, it went relatively nicely. (and I’ll tell you THAT story in a day or two lol)
So there you have it folks…the continuing saga of the crazy lady with the funny name. (read that in a radio announcers voice….bet you can’t help but laugh!)