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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Fall Food Drive Display

Here's the display I did in the lobby of our church for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Originally the banner was supposed to read "Share The Harvest" but there wasn't enough space to put all those individual pennants. So, it just says "Harvest". I made each pennant from a 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock paper, with each one being 8" at the top and 12" long. I used 5" Gothic Style stencils to cut the letters out of scrapbook paper and just glued each letter onto a pennant. Not my best work, but I was uninspired and not in the mood to do a display. Usually when I do work of this kind, I have Esther there to help me and bounce ideas off of, and just give general inspiration. But she was out of town yesterday when I did it, so I was alone, and as I said, uninspired.
This table is in one corner of the lobby. Esther made the lampshade cover.
This the cornucopia display I did on top of the piano in the sanctuary. The wall hanging above it, and another one just like it on the other side of the room, were made a couple of years ago by Esther and me.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Happy Birthday, Hubs, and Greased Lightenin'!

Today is hubby's birthday. He's an old man of 56 years. Last night we celebrated by going to the Elizabeth Howared Curtain Call Dinner Theater. We saw GREASE. I was so curious as to how they would do that show as a stage production. After all, I fell in love with the movie version in 1978 and remembered all the very active outdoor scenes that were in it. Now I knew they would have to change things a bit to put it on stage, and they definately did make changes. Maybe this was actually more like the original stage production, and the movie took "license" with it. But I have to say, I liked the movie much better. However, this is a small theater and the actors relatively unknowns, but we have never seen a bad production at this venue. I was just disappointed that it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. But we had good food, and a nice evening, and I did enjoy the show in spite of my disappointment in the differences. They even had a smoothie called "Greased Lightenin' Smoothie", a kind of take on the old 50/50 Ice Cream bars. And Hubby enjoyed it and it was for his birthday, so I really can't complain. It was a nice night out and a nice change of pace and I didn't have to cook and that was the best part. In November they will begin a production of "It's A Wonderful Life" at this same theater and I think it might be "wonderful" to see.

Today I've been working on a pennant banner for a display I'll be building next week at church. The display will be to "advertise and collect" food for the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets our church provides to the needy in our area. The pennants will spell out "Share The Harvest". After the display is "built", I'll post some pics. I did this a few years ago with a group of about 10 ten yr.old girls who were in my Missionettes )Christian Scouting Program) club. I threw all the materials out in the floor and told the girls to go for it and they came up with a great display, and then they presented the project to the church and those little girls came up with enough food to feed 25 families. So I figured if it worked then for the kids, maybe it will work again for moi, the Pastor's wife! Ha ha, you think?!! LOL Okay, pics will follow later. TTFN and all that jazz, :)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

So, last Saturday at our monthly Women's Fellowship, one of the ladies said to me, "You know, I'm cleaning a lot of stuff out of my front bedroom and I have a corner shelf thing that I need to get rid of. Would you be interested?" I asked her what it looked like and what she described to me sounded like a white metal corner shelf. Then she told me it had a little glass door on the front, so I'm thinking it's probably an old medicine cabinet. I told her to bring it to church the next day. By Sunday, I had forgotten about it. She didn't mention it, and I left before she did. I remembered it Sunday afternoon when we were driving back to church for evening service. I told hubby that I had forgotten to ask her in the morning about it. He said she probably forgot too. O well! Imagine my surprise when we got to church and walked into the Fellowship Hall, sitting on a table, there it was! She had brought it in after I left and left it for me on the table. So, like I said, I was expecting a white metal medicine cabinet and what I got...was this beauty!
And here it is, hung and filled with "treasures". And the teapot on the very top was also a gift from another lady in our church. She had made and painted it just for me! I know it looks like it's hanging crooked, but it really isn't. I'm just not a very good photographer.
Here's the lamp I got a couple of weeks ago at Marshall's. It is so pretty with the big roses around the bottom. I love that it's so "girly"...
I got these jars, the tall one at TJ Max and filled it with roses. The other two came from Michael's, and even with a 40% coupon, I paid almost as much for each of them as the large one from TJM...
This is the top of my craft table and the wall above it...
This is the top of my desk...
All of these pics came out orange-y, but the colors really are a very soft baby pink plus dark pink.
My office/craft room is now completed, except for organizing the closet and the desk/craft table with all my craft supplies. Now maybe I can actually get some stuff done that I've been wanting to do lately!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Yesterday I decided to move my bookcase and all my books in from hubby's office to mine. I didn't realize that I had so many books. I threw out a bunch of stuff I had already read, plus about a million catalogs from Oriental Trading Company, and I still didn't have enough room for all my books. I came across a huge stack of old Victoria magazines that I forgot I had, but didn't want to get rid of them. They were taking up too much space in the bookcase, so I decided I'd get some of those nifty magazine file thingies to store them in. I wanted them to be decorative because I wanted to put them on the little shelves that are at the end of my craft table (aka: #1 daughter's old computer desk). Esther told me that WalMart had them and at a good price. So off I went this morning to WallyWorld. All I could find there were hot pink or bright blue ones with that fuzzy stuff made into designs on them. Or they had brown and blue striped ones. Well, since my room is pink and green, none of these options would work. I went to the next aisle and they had the little cheap-o ones for 2 buckeroos, but they were black. So next stop was over at the paint department for some white primer and a can of pink spray paint. Took them home and painted them, and remembered I had this green ribbon stashed in the hall closet from another project, so decided to "decorate" the magazine holders with the ribbon. Here they are. I think they turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. I made three of them, and have them displayed with another green bin holding still more magazines and tea books.

Here's the side view...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Alive and Well!

Since my last post, we've been doing lots of driving with darling daughter! It's been a while, and maybe you all thought I was dead from her driving. Not so, she's actually improving with every outing. On her second driving excursion, she did run into the curb and knocked the hubcap off my car and probably knocked out the alignment of the front end, but o well, at least it was a curb and not a car or a person. She's had approximately 2 hours behind-the-wheel time now, and as I said, she is improving. I'm a lot less nervous when I'm in the front seat with her rather than hubs, who makes us both "crazy" by constantly grabbing the wheel and turning it when she least expects him to do so.
Onto to more fun things. Today I finally redid my bulleting board for my office. It was done in blue and white for the wedding shower and I've been putting off redoing it in pink and green to go with my office decor. So today I got out the trusty glue gun and my newest stash of scrapbook papers and went to work. I used some of the stuff I got from my swap partner in the Tussie Mussie swap, plus decided that the tussie mussie I got from Jean Knee would look really good on it, too. So here it is, in living color, all ready to hang on my wall. Now, to decide where to hang it. TTNT, :D

Thursday, September 6, 2007


So today my baby girl got her learner's permit. After she got home from school, she wanted to go driving. We needed to go to WalMart, so hubs and I decided to let this be her first driving lesson. It was very scary! She hasn't had the behind-the-wheel training part of her driving school yet. My car is a mini van with power steering and power brakes and automatic transmission. VERY easy to steer, turn, etc. Well, darling daughter of mine decides that she needs to use both feet on the gas pedal and the brake pedal. Hubs is in the front seat with her. He keeps telling her to use only one foot. He tells her to go. ZOOM! She hits the gas and away we go down our residential street at about 35 miles per hour, heading straight for the curb! Hubs and I both yell "STOP!" She hits the brake and we stop just before we hit the curb! Me: "Okay, this isn't your Barbie car that you used to deliberately drive into the bushes when you were four. This is a real car and you need to try to keep it going straight!" Hubs calmly says, "That's okay, hon,you're doing good. Just try not to give it too much gas all at once." As the color returns to his face, he says, okay, try it again. After she drove around the block a couple of times, she was "ready" (and I use that term VERY lightly) to go out into traffic. She was nervous and the traffic was pretty heavy for the time of day it was, but we made the four mile trip to WalMart without crashing into anything. And, considering it was her first time behind the wheel, and the traffic level that was out there, she actually did very well, and I'm proud of her. It was just very hard not to yell from the back seat. When we got to WalMart, hubby said "I think I should drive home, because by the time we finish our shopping, the traffic will be even worse and you don't have enough experience yet to drive in heavy traffic." I breath a huge sigh of relief!
Now she's wanting to get a note of permission to drive to school next week by herself. We keep telling her that with only a permit, she is not allowed to drive alone. She must have a licensed driver with her at all times. She can't get that concept. Keeps saying, "There's five exceptions. I read it in the driver's manual." We told her, "there may be five exceptions, but you don't meet the requirements of those exceptions and you will not drive alone until you have a license!" What can I say, she's 16. How many of us believed everything our parents told us at that age?
Well, tomorrow's another day, and I'm sure, another driving opportunity. What, my hair isn't gray enough? Sigh!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Lord's Baseball Game

Freddy and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord's team was playing Satan's team.
The Lord's team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate named 'Love.'
Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because " Love never fails."
The next batter was named Faith , who also got a single because Faith works with Love .
The next batter up was named Godly Wisdom . Satan wound up and threw the first pitch.
Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass: Ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked because he never swings at what Satan throws.
The bases were now loaded. The Lord then turned to Freddy and told him He was now going to bring in His star player. Up to the plate stepped Grace. Freddy said, "He sure doesn't look like much!"
Satan's whole team relaxed when they saw Grace . Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen! But Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by.
He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing on the ground; the roaring crowds went wild as the ball continued over the fence . . . for a home run !
The Lord's team won!
The Lord then asked Freddy if he knew why Love , Faith and Godly Wisdom could get on base but couldn't win the game. Freddy answered that he didn't know why.
The Lord explained, "If your love , faith and wisdom had won the game, you would think you had done it by yourself. Love , Faith and Wisdom will get you on base but only My Grace can get you Home:
'For by Grace are you saved, it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
Psalm 84:11, "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."
Jesus' Test
This is an easy test; you score 100 or zero. It's your choice. If you aren't ashamed to do this, please follow the directions. Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father."
Not ashamed!! Pass this on, if you mean it.
I do Love God. He is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each and everyday. Without Him, I am nothing, but with him:
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

Saturday, September 1, 2007

To All The Kids Who Survived the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants &children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms........
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'