Friday, August 31, 2012


We are celebrating here in Kansas today.  Our 90 day drought is OVER.

We're using the windshield wipers!!!!

See the raindrops.

Hope you all have a very blessed weekend.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Red Wednesday

I'd like to share a frame I painted and emblished with muslin and gunny sack flowers that I also made. I will be selling this in a fall craft fair.

Hoping you all are enjoying your midweek.  Do you have plans for Labor Day?  We're going to a 500 booth antique show.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

G is for Genealogy

ABC Wednesday - G is for GENEALOGY

One of my favorite activities is researching our families GENEALOGY I have spent several years working on my paternal and maternal lineage and my husbands also.

I have found information from old family bible records found on a website with birth, marriage and death dates.  I have discovered  cousins and shared pictures of our great-grandfathers who were brothers. 

My Father wrote a journal when he found out he was ill and gave me so much information that he had heard of just from word of mouth that I was able to research from. He named small towns and counties which really helped in my research.

It's so fun to find out you were named after a great-great grandmother or grandfather. 

I have discovered one of our lineage family crests and information on how the spelling of my maiden name was changed over the years.

I have discovered I am related to Katherine Hepburn (6th cousin) and Thomas Jefferson to name a few.

Below is  a picture of my husbands Great-Grandfather in the civil war.  My MIL was given his civil war buttons from his uniform and she gave them to me.

He was shot in the shoulder and receieved a pension.  He was awarded $8.00 per month and tried to get it increased for years because it totally disabled him but never accomplished that.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


                                                                   F  IS  FOR  FELLOWSHIP

Who do you do life with?  Sounds like an odd question, but most people only have about 12 close friends who they share their life with.  This could be going to church, dinner, activities, just life in general.

We attend a church that has about 3,000 members so they have established life groups to FELLOWSHIP with.  We meet twice a month (our group meets in our home) and do a study together plus share each others concerns, joys and everything else in between.

We have been with the same 10 other people for 3 years now. We have taken on projects to help struggling families at Thanksgiving and Christmas and cleaned single and widowed ladies homes and done landscaping for them.

We have also had lots of fun, trying to bowl and mini golf and play baseball (oh my).

Here's a few pics of our group FELLOWSHIPING together.

Kent trying to sit in a hammock.

Barbeque time
Wrapping presents for our adopted family

Last summer all together.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Vintage card holder

Today I am featuring a vintage card holder that I have had for quite awhile but rarely use.  I decided to use this in my craft booth to display gift tags that I am making.

It is a metal that is painted cream and decorated with a variety of different colored flowers.

I have been trying to find info on the maker or date of manufacturing but cannot find anything at this time.

Linking with Suzanne @  for Vintage Thingie Thursday.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012



In our changing medical programs for America, can we ENVISION and new method to treat patients?  Our Son is the paramedic in the picture below and he is EMBRASING  and new career path.

EAGLE, Colorado — Since it officially launched June 1, Western Eagle County Ambulance District's Community Paramedics program has received national attention.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise ran a story on the futuristic program in July 2010, and since then, the Associated Press, New York Times and MSNBC have come to Eagle County to see for themselves.

“It's crazy how the idea has blown up,” said Lisa Ward, the Community Paramedics coordinator. “When you have a program that is proving to be successful, everyone wants to know how you've done it.”

In a nutshell, the program is intended to be an extension of primary medical care. After receiving doctor referrals, specially trained paramedics can now visit patients at their homes.

The goal is preventative care. Tasks for community paramedics include taking vital signs, drawing blood, giving shots, changing bandages and — perhaps most importantly — keeping tabs on how patients are caring for themselves at home.

“We are an extension of the physician,” said Kevin Creek, one of the county's two community paramedics. “A doctor doesn't see how a patient is at home, but we do.”

Creek writes a detailed report for every visit he makes. He observes patients' health habits, such as how they appear to be eating, and does home safety checks.

WECAD Chief Chris Montera said two goals of the Community Paramedics are to reduce hospital readmission rates by 50 percent and to ensure all patients have a “medical home” (primary-care physician).

It's a new idea — something in high demand during a time when the nation is reconsidering its health care system. The hope is that programs such as Community Paramedics will eventually save money, as well as lives.

“Agencies all over the U.S. and Colorado want it, and they want it yesterday,” Ward said.

WECAD community paramedics have had 22 patients and 52 patient visits since they started in June.

Creek said the doctors in the area are still forgetting that they have the community paramedic option for some of their patients.

“We want more local awareness,” Ward said. “People here still don't know what I do. We've gained all this national attention, but this program is intended for our community.”

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Thanks for taking time to read my lengthy post today.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tin and Sparkle Booth Sign

I recently opened a booth at a consignment shop here in our area.  I named the booth "Tin and Sparkle" to tie it to my blog.

Years ago my hubby built two sets of frames for me and we tin-punched the centers.  We have changed the kitchen since then but I held on to these windows.  So glad I did.

I purchased letters and spray painted them and added sparkle.  I will attach this to a metal shelf for my booth.

I love the way it turned out, it has everything I LOVE.

Linking with Beverly @  for PINK SATURDAY

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

D is for DESIGN


Last evening we attended the musical Aida at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City,  Mo. This has been a 5 year project and the building is phenomenol. The Kauffman Center was built to enrich the lives of communities throughout our region.

The building is DESIGNED with 40,000 feet of glass, 25,000 cubic yards of concrete and 27 steel cables.  You can learn so much more from Wickipedia about the architect and other information which is so interesting.

This picture is from Wickipedia.

The following pictures I took last night at the performance,

The glass gives a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline.

One of the very hugh cables.

The Kauffman Center is the home to the Kansas City Symphony, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

The show Aida was wonderful, I really enjoy this beautiful love story.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

World Globes

My sister Lori and I spent all day Saturday at a weekend flea market in Kansas City Mo. One of the stores is Good JuJu.  There are around 20 or more stores located in the old manufacturing district of the city, called the West Bottoms.  The old building are so beautiful---perfect to display vintage, architectual and collecibles items. 

I purchased five world globes and have decorated the top of my living room cabinet. 

There is a silver sphere in the middle to represent the shape--a little hard to see in the pic.

The  favorite one I found was of the moon--never seen one like this before.

The flea market is open the first weekend of every month, It is well worth the trip to Kansas City.  They have several food vendors that sell wonderful lunch, snacks. The  one we tried and LOVED was a Louisana style Snow Ball.  I had Alligator Chocolate Mud with mint--to die for!!!! Lori had a Dream Cycle-they both tasted like the best ice cream we had ever tasted.

Linking with Sally @  for Blue Monday


Friday, August 3, 2012

New purchases

Pink Saturday is a fun day to share all of the new "must haves" we recently purchased or ones that have been stored away.

My granddaughters and I are getting ready to put a "fairy garden" together.  I have been looking at garden centers, thrift stores and sales for items for our garden.  At Hobby Lobby today I found this garden brick at 80% off.  How cute this will be in our garden.

The S is the first letter of their last name.

I also picked this pretty cigar box at an antique shop a few months ago.

I think the little pink cherubs are cute. I was going to cover it and decorate but I think I'll just store trinkets in it.

The heat still feels like Summer, but Hobby Lobby has all their shelves filled with fall and Christmas decorations!!!!!!

My grands start school Mon, Aug 13th.   They are saying "say it's NOT so!!".

for Pink Saturday.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

- Big CHIEF Tablets and Crayola Crayons

                           BIG   CHIEF TABLET AND CRAYOLA CRAYONS

For the letter C today I am reminiscing about elementary school in the 1950's and 1960's.   We took our granddaughters to purchase school supplies yesterday and it reminded me of elementary school.   Do you ever get a box of Crayola Crayons and the smell takes you back to 3rd or 4th grade.?   It does me and I love the memory.

The BIG CHIEF tablet I will never forget doing my penmanship-do you remember that?

I used to love to buy a new box of Crayola Crayons in September.

Am I sparking any memories??????

When I started 2nd grade I went to CHELSE GRADE SCHOOL. 

School CLOTHES in 1959--me in 6th grade.

During the entire time I went to school, even high school, we were never allowed to wear jeans or pants.
How times have changed.

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