Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Source: 123greetings free online greeting cards
We’re celebrating Hogmanay tonight in our neighborhood--and I’ll be doing well if I can stay awake to the midnight hour. Assuming I manage to keep my eyes open, my First Footing offering is Scottish Black Bun just like last year. You can find my picture and the recipe link here.
May light, warmth and tonight’s festivities chase away mid-winter’s darkness and bring you joy!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Photo by Dub Scroggin Dec. 26, 2008
My sisters, nieces, and I shivered our way through Tucson’s many antique stores while our husbands and brother went adventuring into the desert where this photo was taken.
Today we’re back to t-shirts and flip-flops as we enjoy a sunny 74 degrees. We are weather confused here in Tucson.
Monday, December 29, 2008
I gave sweepstakes a go over Christmas week. Since I couldn’t sleep, some quiet activity was in order as visiting family slept snug in their beds. Playing around online in the middle of the night brought some sweepstakes fun.
Amazingly, it worked—although the ever-elusive pot of gold has yet to find its way to my house. I actually won a few small sweepstakes prizes—a gas gift card from Chevron and a year’s subscription to Good Housekeeping in Sears’ Search for the Golden Wish Ticket sweepstakes. Thank you to both companies!
You can find loads of sweepstakes opportunities and tips at Sandra's Contests Blog. Here are a few contests to get you started:
- 24: Dossier Navigated by Garmin Sweepstakes
I’ve entered these same sweepstakes. Am I worried about the competition? No, as we can’t predict the sponsor’s methodology for choosing the winning entry. It is what it is, and I’ll settle for the experience of imagining a possible win on my sleepless nights.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Source: CAP National Headquarters Public Affairs
Both of my parents and my husband’s father are buried at Arlington. We are grateful to Worcester Wreath for this special remembrance. Since our parents are already honored, my husband and I wanted to do something in tribute to American military men and women in other veteran cemeteries.
CAP members at Hot Springs National Cemetery on Dec. 15; source: VFW Post 3442
This year we gave a donation to purchase wreaths through Civil Air Patrol SD-068 Crazy Horse Composite Squadron led by Major Vicky Marking. On December 15, the wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans at South Dakota’s Hot Springs National Cemetery.
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadrons team with Wreaths Across America (WAA) to provide wreaths as a reminder of the sacrifices America's service members gave to their country. Volunteers nationwide place the wreaths in state and national veterans cemeteries, veteran memorials and other designated sites.
Source: Wreaths Across America
WAA is a non-profit corporation (501-C3 status) with a mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
My sister Connie and I hosted our annual Blow Your Own Ball party on Dec. 6; here’s the glass ornament I made this year.
This afternoon we’re taking visiting family members to Sonoran Glass Art Academy so they can make ornaments, too. I'll make and add another ornament to my collection.
I made a new supply of Magic Reindeer Feed for the young ones in our family and our usual distribution to the neighborhood children is done—my scheduled day to make it had to be moved up because kids were knocking on our door worried they wouldn’t have any to entice the reindeer to bring Santa.
No recipe is needed; I simply use a mix of cheap, colorful cereal and oats. Although you’ll see it listed in various online recipes, please don’t use glitter--it’s not healthy for reindeer (or children and wildlife who might sample the wares). I tuck the feed into glassine bags and created labels using Microsoft Word, then printed them on cardstock.
A simple Google search using the phrase “Magic Reindeer Feed picture” wields numerous packaging ideas, but here are two links to get you started:
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
photo by Dub Scroggin
I’m also honoring this turn of time’s wheel by making my annual Yule bread.
I posted the recipe last year, but here it is again (click to enlarge and print).
Have a wonderful Winter Solstice!
Friday, December 19, 2008
My friend Kristie saw a car yesterday that made her wonder if I’d made drastic changes to mine. It’s the same model Honda CRV I drive, except mine is green.
Source: Kristie of Fresh on Fridays; I’ve blurred the license number to protect the owner’s privacy
The owner modified the spare tire cover by adding dragonflies and inscribing “June Bug” across the bottom (click on the picture to enlarge for detail).
Source: Texas Cooperative Extension/The Texas A&M University System
I love that there is someone else in town obviously with the name June. And it’s wonderful how this mysterious but creative “June Bug” personalized her car this way, a fun DIY project that now I’m pondering how to emulate. As best I can tell, the decorative detail is hand-painted and embellished with glitter paint.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The fabrics are Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern. The colors are more spring-like than winter, but I’m okay with that.
By the way, Amy offers pattern corrections for those projects where she previously called for using Timtex™. You may want to check it out and update your patterns.
The pattern is Charming Log Cabin from Threaded Pear’s online store.
It’s not a fancy or elaborate quilt but perfect for a beginner. The finished size is 66”x88”—as Goldilocks said, “It’s just right.”
It turned out quite nice, thank you, and will be perfect for my young niece to snuggle under when she’s here at Christmas.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
They all say “Merry Christmas”.
My husband works with a lot of folks from different countries. To be respectful, he personalizes the Christmas cards he writes for each person by saying “Merry Christmas” in their language.
A list of “Merry Christmas” translated to other languages may be found here.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This presupposes actually knowing one’s particular purpose; sometimes it’s an act of meandering along while hoping a purpose will eventually make itself known—defined by me as getting through life. Tell me someone who has never made a false turn on their path and I’ll add their name to my Big Liar List.
Thus were my thoughts whilst compiling songs for the annual Shenry Christmas CD utilizing the theme “The Path,” make of it what you will. I’ve opted for reflecting my inherent confusion about life’s convoluted path and end with the point at which I am now.
My resulting song compilation is as follows:
- Nowhere Man (The Beatles)
- Fakin’ It (Simon & Garfunkel)
- T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do (Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women)
- Gone Fishin’ (General Johnson & The Chairman of the Board)
- Everytime You Go Away (Paul Young)
- Wherever You Will Go (The Calling)
- Don’t Look Back (The Temptations)
- Bump in the Road (Johnny Lang)
- Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
- Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)
- Long As I Can See the Light (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
- The River of Dreams (Billy Joel)
- As Long as You Follow (Fleetwood Mac)
- End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys)
- Good Intentions (Toad The Wet Sprocket)
- Dignity (Bob Dylan)
- Change the World (Eric Clapton)
- At Last (Etta James)
- Roadrunner (Microwave Dave & The Nukes)