Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I managed to get through another day . . .

Today's Writing Prompt: Time Capsule

Imagine you buried a time capsule 20 years ago.  Today you get to open it!  What would you have placed inside?

I would have been 34 and I have to say I can't really remember what I was doing then.  Probably working, looking after my family and volunteering.  I may have included a journal I'd just filled, a newspaper for the date the capsule was buried, some favourite photos, a favourite book, something I had made by hand like a scarf or some mitts.  I'm sure I would have added a photo of my family.

January 11

Milk Day

Secret Pal Day

International Thank You Day
We all have important people in our lives that have helped us get to where we are now.  Make a point to recognize their contribution in your life.  Whether it is by telephone, e-mail, fax, letter, or in person, make a point to thank aat least five mentors today.

1922:  Canadian Leonard Thompson, 14, became the first diabetic patient to be successfully treated with insulin.

1935: Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight from Hawaii to California.
Sir John A. Macdonald, first Canadian prime minister (1815)

Thomas F. Dixon, writer (1864)

Stanley Tucci, director (1960)

Today is January 10th In My World although it is October in yours . . . LOL

January 10th must not have been too exciting In My World.  There is no one-minute journaling post.  I took no photos.  I do know we were babysitting Cameron and that we ate turkey leftovers.  But I did manage to post to this blog and I do have several of interesting scrapbooking ideas to share.

Here's a link on how to photograph your layouts:

And I also posted a book review for a very good book:

January 10th is . . . 

Peculiar People Day

1920:  Canada became a founding member of the League of Nations. 

1946: The first meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations convenes in London, England.   Canada was represented on the Atomic Energy Commission, the Economic and Social Council, and the International Court of Justice.

1949: RCA announces the seven-inch, 45-rpm record.

1960: Marty Robbins holds the record for the longest playing number-one song in history, "El Paso," at five minutes, 19 seconds.

Ray Bolger, actor (1904)

Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?

Sal Mineo, actor (1939)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Banned Books and the Flu

Today's Writing Prompt: Banned Books
Unfortunately, your country is now under the control of an extremist regime, and all literature other than religious texts has been banned.  Do you give up your books to stay safe? Or are there certain books you make an effort to conceal and preserve? If so, which ones are worth the cost to you?

I`m probably going to hear a lot of flak for this answer. But I can`t think of a single book that is worth risking my life for. I love books. They are a very important part of my life. If I could think of a way to save them without risking my life too much I would. But they are not as important as breathing. Close, but not quite.

The next Freedom to Read week is February 22-28, 2015.

They say we are going to have a rough flu season this year. I hope not. But I`m also not naive so you can be sure I will be finding the next flu immunization clinic. Some illnesses just can`t be avoided but I just cannot understand getting sick and sharing that illness when it is controllable.

Blog posts from January 8th:

Blog posts from January 9th:

January 9

National Apricot Day

National Static Electricity Day

Feast Day of Saint Julian
Saint Julian is the patron saint of hospitality, pilgrims, hotel keepers and travellers.

1839: French painter L. J. M. Daguerre announces to the French Academy of Arts and Science the first practical photographic process.

1951: The United Nations headquarters open.

1988: Sylvana Tomaselli married the Earl of St. Andrews at Leith, Scotland and became the first Canadian to marry into the Royal Family.

Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer and pianist (1810)

Joan Baez, American folksinger (1941)

Jimmy Page, rock guitarist (1944)

Gypsy Rose Lee, American entertainer (1914)

Lee Van Cleef, actor (1925)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

And now it is January 8 in my world . . .


Have you ever spoken up when you saw something going on that was wrong? Were you scared? What ended up happening?

I often try to speak up when I see something going on that is wrong.  Yes, I'm usually scared.  Like many others, I would rather avoid confrontations.  Usually, it has turned out okay when I can keep calm and explain my feelings.  But I can't always manage to keep calm.

Scrapbooking and Journaling Ideas for January 8

Show & Tell Day at Work

Feast of Saint Gudula
                The Feast of Saint Gudula, patron saint of Brussels, celebrates with great solemnity the anniversary of the seventh-century saint who is always portrayed in the company of an angel who is lighting her lantern.  

1889: American inventor Herman Hollerith patents his electric counting machine.

1948:  William Lyon Mackenzie King set a Canadian and Commonwealth record as the longest serving Prime Minister with 7,825 days in office.

1976:  It was announced that Canada, the US, the Soviet Union, Sweden, Finland, and Czechoslovakia had agreed to take part in an invitational hockey tournament in September, known as the Canada Cup.

Elvis Presley, American singer and actor (1935)
                Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes.  Elvis’ songs make great page titles. 

David Bowie, British singer and songwriter (1947)

William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), English novelist is remembered for The Woman in White and The Moonstone.

Lowell Mason (1792-1872), American music educator and hymn writer composed such familiar hymns as Nearer, My God to Thee and From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.

Midwives’ Day
                A veritable bevy of ancient goddesses watched over mothers-to-be and women in childbirth.  And midwives were these goddesses’ earthly helpers.  Thus, in the mountains of Green Macedonia, this date was long ago set aside for the honouring—for the toasting, anointing, propitiating, and venerating—of village midwives.

January 8-14, 2014 is Universal Letter Writing Week
                Some say the art of letter writing is ancient history.  But if you were to take a poll, most would admit that the sight of a letter in their mailbox is thrilling.  E-mail is efficient, but it lacks the intimacy of handwriting.  In fact, letters are so valuable to most of us that we cannot bear to throw them away.  Honour this old-fashioned tradition by writing letters to your loved ones this week.  If you have small children, request that they, too, write some.  These keepsakes will make wonderful additions to future scrapbooks.
                A new year is a wonderful time to write letters to those people who are most important to us.  Why not make this an annual tradition in January?  Write a letter to your spouse, children, parents, siblings or close friends – sharing your dreams, hopes, fears and love for the coming year.  Use acid-free papers and permanent pens to ensure the longevity of the letter.  Be sure to include the full date on the letter.
                If the letter to be contained within your album is very old or valuable, consider making a copy of it and then storing the letter in a safe place.  If you decide to copy a letter, you have the option of reducing the original letter down for an easier fit on your page.  If you want to place the original letter in your album, you can use photo corners to attach your envelope to the page, leaving it free to be removed later so you can take out the letter for reading.  You can also make a pocket page or use a top-loading page protector to hold your letters.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sketch #37

Sketch has been taken from More Scrapbooking with Sketches

What do you think is the most important thing for today's kids to learn in school?

I'm definitely not an expert in the subject but it seems to me kids need to learn the basics --reading, spelling, writing, comprehension, math.  Without these basic skills how are they to accomplish the things that they need to do?  How do you write a resume and cover letter when your writing skills aren't honed?  I think we need more art, music and physical education.  

This question came from

January 7th was another very cold day.  People were using words like "polar vortex" to describe the weather.  We were nice and warm playing board games for money . . . the money went into our Relay for Life team's fund.

January 7

Christmas, observed by the Russian Orthodox Church according to the Julian Calendar.  Christmas Eve supper usually consists of twelve meatless dishes in honour of the twelve apostles. 

1955:  The opening of Parliament was telecast for the first time.

Old Rock Day

1610: Italian astronomer Galileo observes three satellites orbiting Jupiter.

1785: French aeronaut Jean Pierre Blanchard and American physician John Jeffries of Boston are the first to successfully cross the English Channel in a gas balloon.

1913: The process to obtain gasoline from crude oil is patented.

1927: Commercial phone service across the Atlantic begins.

Albert Bierstadt, American painter (1830)

January 6 – 10, 2014 – Thank Your Customer Week

Organizing Life with Less: Spring Cleaning 101: Outdoors

You may have noticed by now that I love this blog.  Just passing along the link to you . . . 

Organizing Life with Less: Spring Cleaning 101: Outdoors: Curb appeal  When we think about living with less and organizing our homes, we can easily forget about the outside of our homes. The thing is, the inside of a home can be as neat as can be, but the outside may look like a disaster, which gives off the impression that that is what the inside of the home looks like as well, even though it may not be true.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Moving right along . . . January 6

From the St. Thomas Times-Journal
What's an important lesson you've learned from an adult in your life?

I could probably write an essay on this topic . . . but the purpose is to say something in one minute.  I like to surround myself with intelligent women who all have something to teach me.  From my grandmother I have learned how to behave like a lady and how to knit, crochet and sew.  My mother taught me grace under fire and how to be a giving person.

January 6th was bitterly cold and by evening we were having a major snow storm . . . again.  That is probably why I had time for four blog posts.

I have never been back to the Beanery to see what else they have on their menu.  I'm kind of sad about this and I think we will be making the effort to go again very soon.

I've used this chili powder a few times this year and I really like it a lot.  The only extra seasoning I have to add to my chili is hot sauce.

January 6

2000:  Scotty Bowman became the first person in NHL history to coach in five decades.

                Epiphany Eve, or Twelfth Night, has a history of centuries of merrymaking.  Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night was specifically written for this celebration, and some ceremonies, such as cutting the Baddeley, or Twelfth Night, cake at the theatre Royal in London are still carried on.
                The story goes that three Wise Men came to Jerusalem to inquire for the King.  They were told by Herod to seek him in Bethlehem and to return and report if they had found him.  On their way to Bethlehem, they met an old lady.  They asked her to go along and honour the newborn King.  But she was busy with her household tasks and begged to be allowed to finish her work.  So they went on and found the King.  The old lady started when she had finished her work, but she could never find the way.  The Italians call this old lady Befana.
                Did you know that the twelve days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day and end on Twelfth Day or Epiphany?  The Feast of Epiphany is the oldest festival on the church calendar, going back to the second century in Asia Minor and Egypt.  Epiphany, meaning “manifestation,” commemorates the star leading the Magi to the manger at Bethlehem.  The day is also called the Feast of Kings, Twelfth Day, Twelfthtide, Three Kings’ Day, Day of the Three Wise Men, or Old Christmas
                According to an old custom, the Twelfth Day is a day of kings, cakes and wassailing.  A Twelfth Day cake was traditionally lavishly decorated with coloured confectionery designed as stars, palaces and dragons, and should have a bean and a pea baked inside.  The person who receives the pea is queen.  Make some paper crowns and have fun celebrating with the “royalty of the day.”
                It is bad luck to leave Christmas decorations up after Twelfth Day.  Take down the tree, put away the lights, and burn the decorative greens in the fireplace for luck.  Just as we take photographs when we decorate for the holidays, let’s take photographs as we pack away the ornaments, lights, and tinsel into the attic until next year.
                In times past, the last day of the Christmas season was traditionally the day that Christmas trees were taken down and burnt in big bonfires.  For the children this was an especially joyous occasion because, associated with taking down the tree goes the “Plündern” or “raiding of the tree.”  The sweets, chocolate ornaments wrapped in foil or cookies on the tree are the raiders’ reward.  Even though we do not often decorate our trees with candy and cookies, we can still have the bonfire.  Roast some marshmallows and sandwich them inside chocolate and graham cracker cookies.  Our ancestors would have loved our s’mores.

Bean Day

Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday. 
This fictional detective is the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Celebrated on or near this date by the Baker Street irregulars, a society of Holmes enthusiasts and other aficionados.

1942: Pan American Airlines completes the first around-the-world commercial flight.

Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, folklorist  and biographer (1878)

E. L. Doctorow, American novelist (1931)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paper Piecing: Butterfly with Scissors

This piecing is 3" x 5" and made using acid-free products.
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Paper Piecing: Bunny #1

This piecing is 5" x 6" and made using acid-free products.
$3.00 + shipping
Shipping: in Canada $1.00 - in US $2.00 - Other $3.00
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