Saturday, May 31, 2008

Some allegorical tales to remember...

Law of the Garbage Truck
How often do you let other people change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels.

However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly she/he can get back her/his focus on what's important. Five years ago I learned this lesson in the back of a taxi cab in Denver. Here's what happened: I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So I asked, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!" This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.

Check out the Beware of Garbage Trucks website and David J. Pollay's blog. Take back control of your life. Be happy. Be successful.

Run Through the Rain
A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing as carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in "Mom let's run through the rain," she said.

"What?" Mom asked.

"Lets run through the rain!" She repeated.

"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied.

This young child waited about another minute and repeated: "Mom, let's run through the rain."

"We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said.

"No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.

"This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?"

"Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, 'If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!'" The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.

Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing," Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.

And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories... So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN THROUGH THE RAIN.


It has been a long tiring week for me... Ok, so it was only 3 days of actual work, but I still feel like I shoved the whole 5 days into those three.

Wednesday I covered collaboration meetings (where all the teachers in one grade get together to discuss curriculum, etc.) and spent 1/2 a day in 5th grade and the other 1/2 in 4th. They really weren't too bad at all.

Thursday I covered CSE meetings. (No I really am not sure what the CSE stands for, but they are the meetings between the classroom teachers, special ed teachers, parents, and administrators to discuss the student's progress and goals, etc. ETA: OMG they have rules that include the offering of beverages: CSE - During the Meeting) I spent about 30 minutes in each room basically babysitting until the teacher returned. Again not too bad.

And yesterday I got a nice change of pace and worked in the library all day. Only 3 classes at the end of the day, K, 1st, and 3rd, only for about 40-45 mins each. The morning was spent chit chatting with the other librarian, checking shelves to make sure they were in order, and scanning books in & out for a few random students. Of course those 3 classes were *SO* out of control; I was glad when they left and the library was quiet again...

Of course this means a short paycheck. And for last week too, because I didn't work Thursday or Friday. And there's so little time left in the school year, I assume a lot of teachers are *not* going to need subs... Hopefully I can find something for the summer that doesn't mess up our plans for fun!

Speaking of money.... Here are a few things from AC; the first is from Jacqueline and I have been waiting FOREVER for it to post so I could read it! The second is a short story from Jaie which is very good IMHO.

10 Films to Teach World War I in the Social Studies Classroom
Joleene's Mama (Hmmm... the end of the story's been cut off... :\ )

So we got 2 chairs and a king-sized mattress from FreeCycle the other day, and Jacqueline and the kids did a huge amount of work cleaning up the living room and moving our old sofa out. I can't wait to finish up all the organizing; it looks great so far! Today's project is to make room for the mattress in here - hehehe... I'm off!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Blog Contents

So perhaps you noticed that the poll has closed... Here are the results!

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So obviously this means more scrapbook LOs and general craftiness! Then more reviews, and for good measure, I'll be throwing in the occasional recipe, photos, and personal anecdotes! Not so much on the how-tos though, but don't think I won't be adding any, because I can think of some cool scrapping how-tos that will seriously rock!

So, thanks for reading and especially for voting! I wish they allowed me to know who had voted so I could send a special thankie-gift, but I guess not. Maybe next time...

Cop Cos-Play?

Any of you want to hang out in Las Vegas with Brass from CSI? Maybe you prefer Horatio in Miami or Mac in NY? Or maybe you just totally dig the comfort and functionality of police gear... (Or heck, maybe you even *are* a cop!) Whatever your reason, you'll want to check out LA Police Gear, where you can find holsters, footwear, handcuffs, clothes, and even those crazy 511 Tactical Shorts! They're not just for cops anymore! ~_^

Just passing the word along

How do they do that? Sites like Amazon and Netflix make recommendations based on past purchases. I’m conducting experiments to build such a system. To do that, I need raw data. Would you help me by filling out my survey?

Click HERE to take the survey NOW

I’m doing this in my spare time as a hobby. I am a computer system administrator and author but this is a side-project. I’ll keep the data private and secure. I’m not collecting names or email addresses thus the data is useless to marketing companies and spammers.

All that I ask is that you answer the questions honestly.

Monday, May 26, 2008


I've spent the last hour trying to upload pics - just drag & drop it says! - and make a quick post here. It's not been quick and it's been a huge frustration. So I'll not be sharing any pics... :P

First off, less than 24 hours to vote on my blog content! Any last minute voters out there?

Second, I've had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, I got a wonderful package from friends, including a beautiful pendant which they handmake. Check them out!

It was also Jacqueline's 41st birthday - OMG! We had a lovely lunch out, just the two of us, where there was great food for small change; we shopped and had fun; and we finished the day with CAKE. Pretty yellow cake with PINK frosting, and STRAWBERRIES... Yum!

Saturday we relaxed around the house after a quick run to take the recycleables to the transfer station. I finally got to show Jacqueline the fuzzy, funny little alpacas! ^_^

Sunday, we all headed to the big city for a BBQ at Jacqueline's parent's house. First grilled hangaburgs of the season! W00T! And the whole family was there, which is always lots of fun! ^_^

Sunday was also a day for the birds! Jacqueline woke me early for our first sighting of the indigo bunting, and later their were blue jays fighting for the platform feeder, and after we got home... Oh. Em. Gee. A hummingbird flew right into the kitchen, hovered not even 6 feet beside me, flew in & out several times, before deciding there was nothing in here for him... Talk about AMAZING!

Today was another relaxing day: it sunned, the kids went to friends' homes, it rained, it cleared up... And the neighborhood was so very quiet; I could hear all the birds and bugs and probably frogs... SO peaceful....

Ok... I'll try the pics again, but don't expect them formatted all cool... :P


Jacqueline on her birthday!

Hangin' laundry...

Ant, Es, & Jo at the BBQ

Sisters Es, Em, & Jo

Mother & Child

Dizzyingly dull day...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Day in the Life of my Favorite Pants...

Welcome to my life. I spend 90% of my time, curled sleeping in a peaceful pile with my friends, Bondage, Cut-Off, and Khaki, in the drawer, but sometimes I get a day out. This is the story of what happened to me on one of those days...

After being rudely torn from my snug dresser drawer, I was carelessly tossed on the bed with a tan shirt and some pajama bottoms, where I waited until the body had been washed and dried.

After being put on, we just sat around in the desk chair for a while. I guess we were waiting for something, but I dunno what; no one ever tells me anything...

Finally we got to go do something! A ride in the car, sun streaming in, music up... I couldn’t wait to see where we’d end up!

When we get there, there’s not much to see. It’s just a boring parking lot, and then some kind of diner or something. I wish I could have seen what they were having, it smelled good, but they didn’t share. -_-

The next stop was grocery shopping. How dull. It was a different store than usual; so I guess it could have been less interesting than it was. Oh, but on the way home, they made me tramp through POISON IVY to take pics of some dumb trees. They are so lucky I’m not allergic...

After another all-to-brief car ride, we were back home and back inside. The rest of the day was just as dull as the morning. Mostly spent in the desk chair...

...except for when we wandered about the house. There was no dancing, no playing in the sun, nothing exciting at all...

In the end, I spent the night in a crumpled cold heap on the floor, and in the morning wound up buried in a pile of stinky clothes in a dark closet.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Moar Pics?

If anyone is interested in seeing more pics of the family, feel free to check out the Faerie Gardens Family Fotoblog; the link has been added to the Links of Interest at the left...

Wishes come true...

Sometimes, when you ask the universe cheerily for things, things that you really need, that you're not being greedy about, that you're trying so very hard to not whine & mope & cry about, sometimes, you get what you need...

Thank you!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Today at the Giant Omelette...

Something has happened!
OH NO! There has been an avalanche in Tyrannia, and Giant Omelette has been buried. In order to get rid of all of the boulders why not play a game of Destruct-O-Match III.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Poll

Well, I've decided to add a little poll to see what my readers want more of...

If I've not mentioned something that you'd like to see more of, please feel free to leave a comment here...

Thanks for reading!

The Case of the Mysterious Poop

As you may be aware, we have recently adopted a Guinea pig into our family, and her home until we can rearrange the living room is on our kitchen table. (It rarely is used for eating, and she takes up less than 1/2 of it...) Occasionally she tosses out some bedding or some gets on the table when she gets cleaned (part of the family's evening routine), but this morning, there seemed to be an abundance of bedding, and some poops clear across on the other end of the table!

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Note the bedding by the little hole in her cage and the stray poops,
2 near the center, and one way at the very edge on the opposite side!

Jacqueline wondered if maybe she managed to get out of her cage and wandered about the table, leaving the bedding and poop all over, then got back in before we got up... *eyebrow raised* But I have a different theory: Those little poops aren't hers. Nope. They are from her boyfriend, El Ratto, who sneaks into our kitchen in the night and has midnight (or later depending on when the kids go to bed) rendezvous with his little caged lover. One day he's going to break her out and they will run away together to Mexico...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New Foamy!

Better late than never! I have no problem with camouflage, but I do agree that sometimes it's just... well... unattractive and silly.

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Today I celebrate my blessings...

Yes I do realize it's a Christmas mug, but it's one of my favorites (from the dollar store no less), and when I pulled it out of the cupboard today, I declared that today will be a Celebration of .... and paused because I couldn't think of any reason to celebrate at that moment. Well, since then I've thought of several good reasons to celebrate, thanks to a little nudging from the Pangea Day films... (And yes, I celebrate that I have coffee! ^_^ )

I celebrate my ability to dance...
I celebrate my ability to see...
I celebrate that I live in the country...
I celebrate that I have a washing machine...
I celebrate that tragic world events have not yet touched me or my loves ones...
I celebrate that war has not forced me to leave my country, leaving behind friends, and never knowing what happens...

OK... enough touching films for one day... I am off to celebrate the wonders of computers, the internet, and my creativity... ^_^

People are funny

Snopes has declared this as likely an "amalgam of entries collected from a variety of sources, a mixture of both real and bogus items, or nothing but a bit of creative humor."1 Whatever it is, it's funny, and I thank [info]whirlwitch for sharing it! ^_^

After every flight, Quantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Quantas' pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. By the way, Quantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a man with a little hammer.
S: Took little hammer away from man

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Warning: Under Construction!

If you happen to be viewing this during the upcoming week, you may experience some oddness as I am working on a custom template, and making many changes during the process...

Work in Progress

Articles from Jacqueline

I remember now the randomness from yesterday... hehehe... It was the bit about the Pangea movies, and these two articles from Jacqueline:

Lesbian Sex: 10 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive
Lesbian Sex: Five Books to Improve Your Sex Life

Although they both are aimed at the lesbian community, these tips could also be applied to heterosexual and other relationship permutations, and who couldn't use a little improvement in their relationship!

Friday, May 16, 2008


I has it... XD

Anyway... May 10th was Pangea Day, and I missed all the movies because I was visiting my mom. {{{huggles to Mommy}}} But the Pangea Day people are so nice; they've put all the movies on their site for us to view as we please...

Check them out...

And I can't believe I haven't posted all week! Yeah, Tuesday's post doesn't count... :P

Man, I had so much more to talk about, but I'll be damned if I can remember it... So much for all the randomness, eh?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Article from Jacqueline

I suppose this article isn't too timely, as the SU students have gone home for the summer, but there will be a fresh batch coming in for summer classes and in the fall! Let the partying begin!

The Five Best Bars for Syracuse University Students

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mothers out there, those who chose motherhood, those who didn't have the choice, those who chased it, and those who fell into it unknowingly, may your day be bright and sunny and filled with the best love ever, the love of your child.

And especially to my Mommy, I know you're at work and hating it, but know that I am thinking of you and love you bunches.

My Mom, September 10, 1982

Article from Jacqueline

Too bad she didn't get paid for this article; they said it was just a website review...

Use SocialSpark to Make Money with Your Blog

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Salad for Saturday

Yummeh new salad!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Salad
Created by me, Jacqueline, and Mommy

1 chicken breast, cut into pieces
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 small onion, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T oil
3 pinches of sea salt
3 twists of fresh ground pepper
3/4 cup of white wine
1 1/2 bags ready-made salad
3 baby carrots, chopped
3 stems of fresh thyme, chopped
1 stem fresh oregano, chopped
3 stems of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 T fresh garlic chives, snipped
6 slices deli ham, julienned
3 slices deli swiss cheese, julienned
1/4 cup Good Seasons Italian dressing
freshly grated Asiago cheese to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in frying pan. Sauté the chicken with the onion and garlic, season with salt & pepper, and herbs as desired. Set aside.

  2. Chop veggies, meats, cheeses, and herbs. Toss with salad mix. Top with dressing and extra Asiago & pepper as desired. Toss well.

  3. Serve with some well-flavored crackers (such as Roasted Garlic Triscuits or Sundried Tomato & Basil Wheat Thins) and wine (your favorite kind is best, we had red, although some might suggest a white wine).
We made this for our dinner tonight, just the 3 of us, and we ate every bite. Sorry, Frank!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Friday Facts

I had planned to do this earlier today, then I talked to my mom, and I came up with something else after talking to her, but I can't remember what I was going to write... And now it's late again and I am exhausted... SO!

Name: Mommy (and other pseudonyms)
Age: 47 (give or take a few)
Birthday: July 12th

Likes: Cats, wine, books, Fox Mulder, Harrison Ford, Kevin Costner, gorillas, tea...
Dislikes: Rasslin', retail, Nedry from Jurassic Park...
Music: Beethoven, other classical, some country, anything you can sing to...
Books: The Cat who... series, other bestsellers...
Colors: Peach, lavender...
TV: CSI, Moonlight, Numb3rs...
Movies: Jaws, Robin Hood, Jurassic Park...

I cannot believe how my mind has gone blank when trying to fill these silly things out... Of course, she told me today that she has no recollection of several of the things I mentioned before! LOL! I wonder if she remembers driving around the block to check out the hawt roofer dudes again, and again, and again...??? ROTFL!

I need to sleep now... is past my bedtime...

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Three for Thursday

Short & sweet because it's so late & I am so tired...

Judy, Aunt Sue, and my mom...

Also known as the 3 drunks, although I'm not sure why...

They just like their wine.

And their beers at picnics.

And they *never* overindulge... ~_^

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Wacky and Weird Wednesday (and a little wonderful too...)

Yes, another installment of mother-inspired silliness. This one will demonstrate the craziness that *is* my mom in several short vignettes...

A long time ago, I cooked more frequently than I do now, and my mom often helped. Ok, so I tried and Mom taught, as it should be. Anyway, I remember this one time (not at band camp) when I was making some cookies that called for chopped walnuts, and mom had purchased walnut halves in the bulk food department, and my boyfriend-at-the-time and I were breaking them into smaller pieces with our fingers and adding them in. Mom wandered in and said she knew a better way. And she grabbed the bag and proceeded to knock it against the table 5 or 6 times, which I am sure would have worked well, if the bag hadn't broken the first time it hit the table, sending walnut halves all over the kitchen!

I attemped to make my very first pie crust from scratch. I don't remember what I was having trouble getting it to do, probably getting it to that cornmeal-like stage, and she & the same boyfriend-at-the-time kept trying to give me advice, and it was just. not. working. and I lost it. I threw the pastry blender down, probably screamed obscenities at them, and ran off to my room to cry. My mom finished the crust for me and probably baked the pie too... Isn't she the greatest?

Ok, enough cooking, you wanna know how my mom used to wake me up? She would do things like throw open the bedroom door and yell, "Did you know Amazon women used to cut off their left breast off?" Then slam the door shut, leaving one confused and sleepy girl in bed, searching for reasons. Of course I got up and asked why. (So they could hold their bows better.)

And she taught me silly songs, like the little skunk song and the lighthouse keeper song, and we'd sing these and many others at the top of our lungs while driving in the car, or just around the house for amusement... Or was it to annoy Frank... ^_^

I have lots of other good things to share, but now it's time for bed... yes I know, far too early! LOL!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tale for Mother's Day

Since we had a moment on Monday, today, Tuesday, we shall have a tale about my mother. This is short but funny - much like yesterday's video clip - only today, the embarrassment is my mom's... hehehe... ^_^

When I was still a very little girl, waaaaay back in the 70s, iron-ons were all the rage. You could buy iron-ons cheap in lots of stores, and they even had specialty stores where you could choose from TONS of iron-ons and TONS of shirts, sweatshirts, hats, bags, whatever... and the store would them iron them on for you! Groovy!

Anyway, my mom, being the crafty individual she is (she used to sew us matching outfits, ya know!), she got herself a pretty daisy with the saying, "A man can work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done," framing it. She took it into the basement, set up the ironing board, and waited for the iron to get hot. She carefully laid out her t-shirt, put the transfer on, and covered it with a dish towel. Then she pressed the iron down over the whole thing for a while until the iron-on was stuck. It was taking so long and we were so excited to see it!

Finally, she took the dish towel off, and slowly peeled back the paper. (And I know how hard it is to do that! I did it too quick once and wound up with an iron on with lots of tiny holes... :\) Anyway, she pulled the paper off, and it was upside down!!! XD I think she may have cried at the time, and I know Daddy teased her mercilessly about a woman's work never being done because they don't do it right, but it's laughable now... ^_^

I love you, Mommy!

Another from Jacqueline...

This article was interesting to me as I didn't know a single thing about this!

Tomatis Listening Therapy: Hope for the Autistic Child

Monday, May 05, 2008

Embarrassing Moment for Mother's Day

Because Mother's Day is less than a week away, I have decided to share tidbits about my mom all week...

This first post is all about how my mom embarrassed me to *death* when I was in high school. As a Cancerian, I may have a thick outer shell, but my insides are all soft and easily bruised, and this was not the way I wanted to come out of my shell and make new friends! LOL! Looking back now, of course I can laugh about it, but back then....

I'll let you watch:

Counting sentences and other things...

  1. 1. I am livid right now.

  2. 2. I had a very bad day at work.

  3. 3. I was in a classroom full of students who would not show me the common courtesy of not talking while I was trying to teach.

  4. 4. Sending students to the office did not improve the behavior of anyone else.

  5. 5. By the end of the day, I had chewed my finger bloody and probably the inside of my lips too.


  7. 7. Then I come home and find out that SocialSpark won't approve my very first sponsored post from them - because I need to "make sure [my] interim posts are at least 3-5 sentences."

  8. 8. And they didn't send it to me once, they sent it twice!

  9. 9. IMHO, since every post before my VERY FIRST post should count as *interim* posts, and I've not posted since, I'd say there's quite a bit more than 3 sentences.

  10. 10. A hundred thirty-four posts worth of sentences!

  11. 11. I really think whoever does the approving should check just a little more carefully.

  12. 12. I'm going to try and relax now.

  13. 13. I have just had enough for one day.

Another article from Jacqueline!

This one she wrote in an effort to find information for a friend of our who has a Quaker parrot. It's such a cute little bird, but has been picking at her feathers and squawking loudly too early in the morning. I hope this is some help!

How to Keep a Quaker Parrot Quiet and Happy

Ugh... I've got to figure out why semagic doesn't put these on the correct time...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Results

And here are some samples of what I did with my sketch:

I had no idea I had lined both of those ribbons up exactly the same...!

Anyway, I seem to have misjudged the sizes of my flowers and buttons so on one I used a gem instead. So many other fun ways to mix up the sketch! If you use it, I'd love to see your results! Just leave a link in the comments here or there... Thanks for looking!

New Foamy

Better late than never!

Click here to see...


True, but why do we have to add so much swearing and ... um ... the gore at the end?

Last of the kitty breed profiles...

She'll be moving on to bunnies next!

Turkish Van Cats: Breed Profile

Happy {inter} National Scrapbooking Day!

In honor of the SDM Blog Party, I present my very first card sketch! Yay!

Later I will be uploading my version!

Don't forget to visit all these other great blogs for more sketches!

Julie Ann Shahin Designs
Everyday Digital Scrapbooking
Dragon Flaire Studios
Sarah PSP Devotees Blog
Life & Art in Angeltown
Bits of Ivory
Scrapbooking the Scriptures
Karen's Dreaming Big
Michelle's Ink
DigiScrap Chat
Time on my Hands
A Fairytale Life
Cactus Mango Designs
Juliana Gordon
Elemental Scraps
Shaker Box Blog
Sandy's blog
Flutterinby Girl
The World of Just Jana
Scrapbook Trends
Country Liv's Scrap Blog

Friday, May 02, 2008

(Inter)National Scrapping Day!

Tomorrow, I am going to be spending the day scrapping and taking part in a huge online party!

If you'd like to join us, all you have to do is join the official list at, then to participate on National Scrapbook Day:
  1. Post the Blog Party Information on your blog before May 3rd (oops! I'm late!) and invite others to join

  2. Add your name to the participating party-goers list

  3. Create a layered template or sketch for a hybrid card

  4. Make a sample card if you wish

  5. Upload your template to a file-sharing service

  6. On May 3rd, post your template and Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine Party Banner on your blog, along with the list of party-goers so readers can blog hop to all our blogs!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

More from Jacqueline...

In her cat profile series:

Norwegian Forest Cat: Breed Profile

Oriental Cats: Breed Profile

Ragamuffin Cats: Breed Profile

Russian Blue Cats: Breed Profile

Selkirk Rex Cats: Breed Profile

Siberian Cats: Breed Profile

Somali Cats: Breed Profile

Today's Horoscope

Cancer (6/22-7/22)
Good energy is coming your way early today, which is good -- because you will need it to help you get prepared for something big that's coming your way later on today. Fun, creativity and even a tiny bit of exciting drama are all in your near future, but you'll have to get rid of all the boring errands first. Hit the ground running -- the sooner you get the work done, the sooner you will get to the good times. This is a time when your energy is surging, and you're going to be on a roll!

This of course sounds promising since I have had very little energy lately!