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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Nobody Believes Old People...Everyone Thinks We Are Senile!

An elderly couple who were childhood sweethearts had married and settled down in their old neighborhood and are celebrating their sixtieth wedding anniversary. They walk down the street to their old school There, they hold hands as they find the old desk they'd shared and where he had carved "I love you, Sally."
On their way back home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car practically at their feet. She quickly picks it up, but they don't know what to do with it so they take it home. There, she counts the money, and it's fifty-thousand dollars.
The husband says, "We've got to give it back." She says, "Finders keepers." And she puts the money back in the bag and hides it up in their attic.
The next day, two FBI men are going door-to-door in the neighborhood looking for the money and show up at their home. They say, "Pardon me, but did either of you find any money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?"
She says, "No."
The husband says, "She's lying. She hid it up in the attic."
She says, "Don't believe him, he's getting senile."
But the agents sit the man down and begin to question him. One says, "Tell us the story from the beginning.
The old man says, "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday..."
The FBI guy looks at his partner and says, "We're outta here..."

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Hands Reaching Across The World

Today was our monthly Women's Fellowship at church. This month, as we do each time this year, our focus/theme was World Missions. Our Ladies' group has "adopted" an orphanage in India, and we ask each of our ladies to support with $15 per month. The missionary has told us that amount will feed, clothe, house, and educate one child for one month. We have been supporting this orphanage for three years, now, and today we renewed our pledge for a fourth year. Here's some pics of the day. For the invitations, Esther made these little pocket envelopes with the invitation printed on the outside...
And she cut out the tiny little hands from scrapbook paper and glued them onto bookmarks she made, and slipped them inside the envelopes...We hand deliver these to each of our ladies during the Sunday morning service prior to our Saturday meeting.
Two of our ladies, Regina and Becky, do the decorating each month for our meeting, according to whatever our theme is for that month. Since this month was our Missions focus and our "hands" reaching across the world, they put up lots of maps surrounded by handprints, and a bulletin board of pictures from the orphanage our ladies support...

It's kind of hard to see, but last Sunday in children's church the kids made these banners with their handprints, and Regina & Becky used them as table runners...
I made these little napkin thingies...
And these little coasters...
For our food, we had an "international" potluck. There was enchiladas, taquitos, lasagna, chicken & veggies, yummy spinach. leek, & corn chowder, and my fave salad with cranberries & nuts mixed in with the greens, plus desserts. It definately was a feast!
I made these little handprint cookies...
One of the ladies put her handprint cookie inside her napkin thingy to take it home...
We also did a little craft of painting/decorating little wooden hands, then putting a clothespin and magnet on the back to put on our refrigerators. The clothespins hold twelve little envelopes for our monthly offerings to support the orphanage. I don't have any pics of these, because mine turned out ugly and I didn't get pics of anybody else's. So you'll just have to take my word for it! lol TTNT :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Color Is Good!

Yesterday I went to the doctor for my yearly physical. My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high, I'd gained some weight, and I didn't feel so hot. My doctor said eating right doesn't have to be complicated and it would solve my physical problems. He said just think in colors...Fill your plate with bright colors... greens, yellows, reds, etc.

I went right home and ate an entire bowl of :
And sure enough, I felt better immediately. I never knew eating right could be so easy.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Wedding Woes!

This past Saturday, I was the wedding coordinator for a wedding at my church. It was, how would one put it, different, to say the least. I was asked on Friday to put up some decorations. Quote: "If you have any flowers or anything, just throw them out there". Our church does have a wedding arch and white tuelle for draping from the pews along the center aisle. But I had no decorations for the arch, nor did I have any kind of color scheme information from the bride or groom. I was told that there would be only one attendant each for the bride and groom, and I knew that this wouldn't be a really formal wedding, so I put up the arch and went to Michaels' for some white silk florals and did these three arrangements for it.
This is the floral spray I did for the top of the wedding arch.
I made these little bouquets and put them on each side of the arch.
Here's the arch and surrounding greenery once I got it all decorated.
We have a lot of silk trees and plants in the church, so I pulled them around the arch and lit the trees with white mini christmas lights. It actually came together and looked pretty good. O, and when the groom arrived 20 minutes before the wedding time, he handed me a unity candle set, with one fat candle for the center and 2 tapers for the sides. I didn't know they were going to have it, and so at the very last minute we had to move the communion table up onto the stage and then I had to find candle holders for the candles. I was a bit flustered at this point, but, okay, this wasn't a major thing, so I could roll with it. Got it all set up and now we're ready to begin the wedding. Except, the bride hasn't arrived yet. She ended up being almost an hour late. Guests who had been there since about 15 minutes before the original start time were beginning to get very restless. Children were running amuck, and by this time, I was getting very upset. I was also informed at the last minute that there would be one person added to the bridal party. Okay, it's their wedding, if that's what they want, okay. Again, not that big of a deal, so I can deal. Finally the bride arrived, and we're ready to begin the wedding. As I'm opening the doors to the sanctuary to start the wedding party down the aisle, the bride's teenage daughter decideds that she wants to be in the wedding, too. So she and the extra "matron of honor" walked down the aisle together. So there ended up being a maid of honor and best man, a matron of honor, and a bridesmaid.
Well, finally we got everyone down the aisle, the ceremony was concluded, they took some pics and finally everyone was out of there! What a day! Here's a pic of the bride and groom...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

84 Days 'Til Christmas!

I know it's only the beginning of October and everyone else is thinking about Halloween and Thanksgiving and all the Fall-ish decorations that go with this time of year. I like all that too, but I'm getting a jump on Christmas. Every year our Women's Fellowship at church has a Christmas party, and this year I'll be doing all the decorations for it. So I was on my way to Michael's cause I have a 40% coupon and they have a sale going on this week anyhow, and I decided to stop in at the Dollar Tree first. I haven't been there in a while, so imagine my surprise when I walked in and found they have begun stocking Christmas floral items!
I got these, which will be in bunches in vases sitting on the tables (each bunch has 6 flowers and I got 8 bunches)...
And these...they are like the kind you pay $4 - $5 each for at Michael's...
And these...
This ribbon is so pretty. The gold is actually a mesh, and the red has a brocade pattern in it. The foam rings are the perfect size to fit in the bowls to do the florals.
I got these at WalMart and I'll spray paint them gold. They will go into the floral arrangements, too.
I got these at the 99 cent store the other day. I'll spray paint them gold and do the florals in them.
These are the little napkin envelope thingies that I've been obsessed with making lately. These will also be for our Christmas party, with each containing a red napkin and gold eating utensils.
I can't for the life of me figure out why, but I have become obsessed with collecting these jars. I just think they're so beautiful, and all the different shapes and sizes look so great together. It is very unlike me to like things that are not symetrical, but no two of these are the same size or shape, and I just love the look of them grouped together.

Monday, October 1, 2007