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Friday, May 30, 2008

Friendship Award


My SBS-15 sister gave me this friendship award and I am just now getting around to posting it. Shame on me! SBS-15 is a group of stamping sisters who try to keep in touch and inspire one another. It is great fun!

Thanks Sammi, and all my other SBS-15 sisters for the friendship we share.


Monday, May 26, 2008

It's a jungle...

Here is one of my favorite photos of Thor...he was chasing butterflies in the backyard. I was able to catch him "thinking" of his next move!
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Max, meet Baloo!

My friend Kip welcomed Max into her home this weekend. Max was rescued, and is quite adorable. He joins Mudgy, and they are having a great laid back weekend together. Kip was saying that Max likes to hang out on her shoulder. I was telling her that Baloo loves to perch on shoulders, and the back of sofas and chairs. Here he is, caught in the act...as the boys sit and watch him!
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Let the summer begin!



Well, Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be the official start of summer. Here at our house, summer lasts about 9 months of the year. Mom and Dad came down for a visit on Sunday. We hung out in the pool and had a quiet lunch. Here Peter and Gary hang out in one of our new tubes...it is quite relaxing to climb on board and just float around the pool! Dad and Ben thought the water was too cold, and didn't come in the pool with us....the pool temp was about 80, and the air temp was higher!
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Got camouflage?!



We went outside to check on something the other night and this little guy was hanging out by our front entryway. He made himself at home in our plant! This is our supposedly rare pinecone bromeliad. It has flowers that look like pinecones. The gecko apparently thought he could hide by looking like one of the flowers. Peter was so fascinated, he said we needed to take a photo!
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Saturday, May 17, 2008

KNK Spring Crop





Hi everyone!

Kelcey came over today and we got to play from 10-6....KNK, our wonderful kit club that has a fantastic message board community is holding their cyber-crop this weekend. WOW....we were pretty busy working on challenges, playing bingo, watching over 5 teenage boys (yes, we are crazy)...and having fun, fun fun!

There were 6 challenges posted today, and we finished all but 1. Here are photos of most of my projects. The crop continues tomorrow, and I am looking forward to another day with my cyber-scrappers!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

timely quote

I read a quote from Herbert Hoover that rings as true today as when he first said it in public.

About the time we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

Just wanted to share this with you...hugs!

Views of the devastation















We were finally able to go into areas to check on homes of some of our friends. I have been trying to contact 2 of the families from school, but without any success. Today Jody, Linda and I drove around specifically to check on Joseph and Steven. Both families have their homes intact, although the fires came literally up to their doorsteps. The yards are charred, Steven's family had the fence burn, and the houses right next to them are gone. Somebody was looking out for our families....We were pretty surprised to see a UPS truck making deliveries literally amid the ashes, and the mechanics sent to help with the power lines were just looking, and shaking their heads as if to say "What are we supposed to do with this mess?"





















Tuesday, May 13, 2008

FIRES....but we are safe

Yesterday afternoon the brush fires hit close to home. I was at school when I found out that they were evacuating the local high school and one elementary school. Peter was at home, and he called me in a panic at about 2 pm....telling me that the sky was filling with smoke and he could see flames from down the street. I rushed home, learning that the fires were only about a mile from our house. We are lucky that the wind was blowing the way it was, or else the fires would have spread toward us. They were springing up all over, jumping from lot to lot, house to house. They did call for evacuations from houses just 1/2 mile down the road from us. Road closures made it hard for Gary and Ben to get home from school. We stayed in the house all night, listening to the sirens, helicopters and watching things unfold in the news. School was closed in Palm Bay for today, but Gary and Ben had to go to school. Peter was so upset by the turmoil, that he could not face school...he is worried. This morning, we see little smoke and blue skies. It is a beautiful day. Winids are due to pick up in the afternoon....threatening to rekindle the fires.
Jody and Michael came to hang out with us. We took a drive around town to see the damage. All I can say is that there are lots of lucky people....and many others who have damage to their homes. There are still many people with no power, and we saw people packing their belongings to leave. We saw lots of smoking areas, and lots of areas still in flames. There has not been a decision on whether or not we will have school tomorrow...but they are meeting and will know soon.
The saddest part of the story is that the fires are believed to be set by someone with Molotov Cocktails. Hopefully, they will catch the jerk(s) who did this and no lives will be lost.
Hug your family a little tighter tonight!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

No...we aren't moving but.....


Here is a card that I made for Amy at Simply Sistahs. She has some really cute stamps that feature household furnishings (stove, refrigerator, lamps etc) and I was trying to figure out how to be creative with them...in addition to being "punny" with witty sayings. So, with all the weddings and stuff coming up as summer approaches, I thought it would make a nice change of address notification. What do you think?
The card is sparkly because I highlighted areas with one of my favorite embellishments....stickles!
Hope you had a super day!
HUGS....

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!



Today is Mother's Day, and that means many things to many different people. In our house, we try to believe that every day is Mother's Day, and Father's Day, and Valentine's etc etc. However, my boys have a tradition of making me breakfast and serving it to me in bed. Today I was served a bagel with cream cheese, fresh tangerine juice, carnations (which Peter held in his teeth as he brought me breakfast) and the morning paper. Of course, the dogs pounced on the bed, and then laid down hoping for handouts! My wonderful boys thought of everything, except the camera to take photos. After my breakfast was finished, they re-entered holding gifts. Ben had a beautiful new windchime for the patio, Peter had a coffee mug that says "Good morning, Let the stress begin!" and Gary handed me a box from downtown with an assortment of homemade fudge. Even though someone had a major meltdown today, three of us managed to float around the pool for a few hours this afternoon, enjoying the 95 degree weather from new innertubes. The store was out of the new float the boys had planned to get for me....I am thankful for my family, even with all their craziness and the roller coaster ride that we take every day, living life to it's fullest, battling the little gremlin called bi-polar disorder that has invaded our lives.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

You are appreciated!


For those who don't know, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. My boys are out of elementary school, so we do not send in cutesy goodies for the teachers ( each son has 7 teachers, too). However, I did take time to make about 20 cards for the teachers they have as well as those who help us out on a regular basis. Peter seems to spend quite a bit of time with the guidance counselor and one of the deans, so I made them cards, too. I used some retired Stampin Up paper from last year and one of my favorite stamps from Penny Black. Even though I am hoping this drink looks like lemonade (because it is a school related thing), I used my caribbean card scent so it smells like pina colada!!!
Kiss my Brain, because I remembered to make my own sentiment....on the 'puter! And yes, each card is a little different on the outside, and I wrote an individual note to each specific person. I feel a little guilty because I made them a little plainer than usual, but I didn't really want to use a lot of ribbon or bling, as I didn't know if the cards were going to be kept or not....
For those teachers reading this....YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!!
Just like Mother's Day, Father's Day and Valentine's Day, it should be teacher appreciation week every week as far as I am
concerned!
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Monday, May 5, 2008

While the cat's away....

Well...while most of us were in the pool (Ben was inside doing homework) Baloo and Loki took advantage of us and rested on the chair. HMMM....I know they both have hunting dog in them, but didn't realize that they liked to perch! What goofballs!
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Is this really Monday??

After a long day at work and school, a dip in the pool is just what we need to relax! It is days like this when we are happy that we live in Florida. Today, we all were really tired after school. By 4:15 we were all in the pool, cooling off and "chilling" out. It is now 5:41, and I have put dinner in the oven, taken a shower, and am relaxed enough to make for an enjoyable evening! Off to read some mail before dinner, and I will probably get some crafting done tonight, too.
For those who live where it isn't quite pool weather yet, I am sorry to tempt you with such a fun afternoon!
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Sunday, May 4, 2008

SAY WHAT???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

21 Reasons why the English language is so hard to learn:

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.


21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Friday, May 2, 2008

Thursday night creation


I found this merman at StampFrancisco Stamps. With Gary's fascination with the ocean, I have been drawn to look for fantasy sea creatures. This one Peter named "Fabio"! I used stampin up Blue Bayou, River Rock, and Soft Sky along with an off-white to stamp on. I liked the look of the distressing with the cuttlebug, but then we got goofy and said he needed to be sparkly! So...stickles were added to the river rock and less to highlight the water drops. As you can see, Peter went in and stickled his torso, too. (A little too sparkly, but Peter was happy). Fabio is colored with twinkling H2O's, and looks fantastic in person. Don't know who the lucky recipients will be, but I made a batch of 10 and just need to color the rest.
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