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Submission (Part 1)

2011-12-12T10:05:25.787-08:00

For a while now, I've been working on a joint blog post with another blogger, Kate of Teaching What is Good. I knew we had different views on this subject, so I thought a conversation would be interesting. For a couple months (interrupted by "real life" on both ends) we corresponded by email, discussing this. What follows is our post. We did not have an outline or plan, just an honest discussion.Me: Recently, our local newspaper ran a story about submission. Specifically, wives submitting to their husbands. I know this isn't a new idea, but has literally been around for centuries. It's also not an extinct idea, either. I don't agree with this idea, but I really wanted to explore it with someone who does. Personally, the thought of "submitting" makes my skin crawl. Don't get me wrong - I love my husband very much. I would not have married him if I didn't! I also respect my husband. BUT I don't think that just because he's the man that he has control over me. I see our marriage as a partnership - we make decisions together, having equal input. There are times where I leave the decision up to him if it's something I don't understand, and likewise there are decisions he defers to me. He doesn't tell me what to do, and I don't tell him what to do, either. Kate: I love dialogue and am very excited to be discussing this topic with Christine. Submission is such a hot topic, and one that, about 32 years ago, gave me the same reaction as it does Christine! I'd like to start out saying that I COMPLETELY agree with Christine that marriage is a partnership. I believe that we should work as hard as we can to come to unity on decisions before they are made. And I absolutely agree that there will be times when we may disagree and one of us will defer to the other's preference.So what am I even writing about? I'm writing about the times when we can't come to agreement and the decision is important enough that neither one of us want to defer to the other. We are CONVINCED our way is the right way. What do we do? Maybe you haven't ever gotten to that point in your marriage - and that's great! I had a friend once who said, "For years I always thought I was very submissive until we clashed on something. Then I realized it was only that we were always in agreement!"For me, the heart of submission comes down to who has the final say when a point of unity cannot be reached and no one wants to defer to the other. And I believe that the final decision rests with the husband. Not because he is better or smarter than I am. Just because that is his responsibility.Me: Ok, I understand deferring to one another when that other person knows more about the subject, or if one just isn't interested as much. That sounds cold, but we all have things that come up in everyday life that matters to one but not the other. Where to get a part for a vehicle? I don't have a clue which business is better. I do stay away from one chain in particular, but that is based on how they treated me when I was there as a woman by myself, as opposed to when my husband went in with me. As long as we don't buy anything there, I don't care where he gets it. When we were making Sophie's nursery, he left the colors and design up to me.  But what about when it's something important, and you as an intelligent, educated woman just cannot let yourself give in about? Is it right or fair to expect the wife to do that? And what about politics? My husband and I have vastly different views there. If we discussed politics, am I supposed to ignore my own feelings and vote how he prefers? And religion? We were raised in different denominations. It wasn't a problem at first, but once we were going to that church every week and I got to know more about it, the more miserable I became, to the point where we stopped going to church because I hated it so badly. After a couple years of not going at all, my grandmother died and I could see the comfort and support my parents got from their church family, the one I grew up with. I began going to[...]



Regret

2011-12-12T10:05:25.787-08:00

Monday, December 12: What gift do you regret losing?

After a minute's thought, this one was easy. The gift wasn't a Christmas gift, but a family heirloom handed down to me. One of my great-aunts died when I was probably close to Emma's age. My great-uncle, going through her things, found two identical diamond rings. They were solitaires, in gold bands with beautiful white gold sections on either side of the stone that could be replaced with more diamonds if desired. He did not know how she had two rings, but since at the time there were only two girls in the family he gave us each one of them.

My freshman year of college, I lived in the dorm. Of course I had my favorite jewelry with me. I always took it home on weekends, though. One week I was very sick. I was so sick I couldn't go home for several days, and when I finally was able to leave, I forgot to take my jewelry with me. One of my dorm-mates broke into my room and stole several items, including that ring.

I was so upset I threw up. I had envisioned this ring as my someday engagement ring, and passing it down to my someday children. I was terrified to tell my parents, and didn't until Christmas break. They took the news very well, though, although I punished myself mentally.

If only I had taken it home with me!


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An underrated picture.

2011-12-12T10:05:25.787-08:00

This is a snap taken by my hubby on one of his "bachelor trips" to Salalah, a place near Muscat. It was the time he assumed bachelor status, as I had gone to India with my new born for the customary functions with subsequent pampering and eating spree( also known as maternity leave )  in which he had absolutely no role, so he stayed back and enjoyed his short term freedom to the maximum !

He has a passion - or should I say a growing passion for photography and had spent an astronomic amount for a camera, which supersedes my six month old in size and weight. Anyway, I should mention that he is not much into portraits yet, but some landscapes and nature photography which he had done is brilliant and I fished some of them out of the 'My Pictures' folder of his laptop.I think these are stuff which are to be shared, and not be archived under folders.

This picture, of two camels, one behind another is a momentary capture, and I guess that is the essence of photography . A minute later one wouldn't have got the same picture. So I am posting it over here as I am very proud of him for this picture. I also think it is the most underrated one, from his collection.






SM City Cebu's Christmas Village of Hope

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SM City Cebu formally opened the Christmas Village of Hope at the Northwing Atrium on November 26, 2011. No less than the president of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Mr. Hans Sy, and his sister Ms. Elizabeth Sy, the president of SM Hotels and Conventions led the unveiling ceremony.An overview of the 70 square-meter Christmas Village of Hope at the Northwing AtriumThe event started with a performance from Cebu’s Double String Quartet and the University of Cebu Chorus. The award-winning choir group, Mandaue Children and Youth Chorus also sang Christmas songs. Conductor Mr. Dennis Gregory Sugarol led the young boys and girls to an outstanding performance. The choir group sang the SM Christmas ChriSMs jingle version of Youtube sensation Maria Aragon. SM Supermalls chose International YouTube sensation Maria Aragon to sing the SM Supermalls’ official holiday tune, SM Christmas ChriSMs Bop, to make the Christmas celebration extra special for its shoppers and loyal patrons. Mr. Hans Sy and Ms. Elizabeth Sy led the ceremonial lighting of the symbolic Christmas Tree which opened the curtain exposing the over 70 square-meter Christmas Village of Hope. Witnessing the opening of the Christmas Village was also Ms. Marissa Fernan, vice president of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Left to Right: Clayton Tugonon, Joji Tugonon, Lala Sotto-Antonio, Elizabeth Sy, Hans Sy, Marissa FernanThe Christmas Village collection is owned by couple, Clayton and Joji Tugonon. Joji started her collection of miniature houses eighteen years ago. A miniature Christmas village was set-up in her home in Cebu. Year after year, she added her collection little by little until her modest village set grew to 440 pieces with trains and dozens of miniature vignettes now worth about P3 million. Joji’s husband, Clayton, a renowned furniture designer and manufacturer, helped Joji design the Christmas Village.In 2008, a foundation that supports children with autism asked the Tugonons if they were willing to receive the children in their house to view the Christmas Village. The management of a hotel in Cebu City also read about their collection and offered them the hotel as venue to showcase the Christmas Village. The Tugonons agreed provided that the set-up should have a charity component. Hans Sy, Marissa Fernan and Santa with the children with cancerThe Tugonons chose the Kythe Foundation, a foundation that takes care of children with cancer. Joji Tugonon, who is childless, had a nanny whose child has cancer. Sometimes she would accompany the nanny and the child when the child got treatment. Touched by the plight of the other children, Joji spoke to her husband Clayton about her plan to help.  Clayton then arranged a  car caravan on New Year’s Day of 2008 to raise funds for the cancer patients. The Tugonons raised P100,000 during the car caravan. In 2009, their first exhibit in Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu raised P1.4 million for the Christmas Village, and in 2010, they raised P1.9 million plus a P5M donation from Sen. Tito Sotto. This year, the couple aims to raise P2.7M in SM City Cebu. The Christmas Village of Hope aims to raise funds for the indigent children with cancer under the care of Kythe Foundation Inc. The funds are intended for the chemotherapy of the children. The proceeds will also help fund the laboratory and imaging procedures, medicines as well as the Kythe sponsored celebrate life parties and events. Survivor, Kianna, speaks in behalf of the children with cancerInterested donors may visit the Northwing Atrium for their donations (house adoption) and pledges. One may also check the Facebook account bearing the name "CHRISTMAS HOPE"  to choose the “Christmas Houses” they wish to adopt or sponsor. They can get in touch with Joji Tugonon through the following contact numbers: 032-5149899, 032- 3163730, 0917 716 7705 & 0922 8222 167, or email at jorpz_yuman@yahoo.com.ph. Each of the miniature houses cost P5,000, while the train/carriage is for adoption at P2[...]



A Little Holiday Nostalgia

2011-12-12T10:05:25.788-08:00

It's that time of year when one thinks back to Christmases past... and all the excitement and anticipation... and searching thru the Christmas editions of catalogs at all the toys!

Photo of catalog page courtesy of SmellsLikeSalad!

Television cowboy shows were popular when I was little and we all wanted to be like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans... or Gene Autry.... or The Lone Ranger....  and the catalogs were full of all sorts of things so we could be cowboys too!

Photo taken 1-4-56 at my grandparents' house

Me... I had a major crush on Gene Autry, The Singing Cowboy, who wrote the words to Here Comes Santa Claus as well as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!



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A Proactive Response from AfriGeneas Chat

2011-12-12T10:05:25.788-08:00

Every Sunday morning, on AfriGeneas, a group of African American focused researchers meet for our Sunday Morning Brunch chat.  All topics are open from latest genealogy finds, challenges, issues, concerns. Sunday's chat was similar and it was a lively one.Many  members shared enthusiasm about the presentation on Slave era research on Blog Radio that aired earlier this week on the Bernice Bennet hosted program. The discussion then turned to upcoming events, including the NGS Conference for 2012. Of interest was the fact that only one speaker out of four presenting African American subjects, is actually African American. Much discussion arose asking why this was the case, and what the possible reasons were.Some of the dialogue involved a good discussion of the actual presence of African American genealogists on a national level. Is there a strong presence of African American researchers? Are we submitting proposals as much as we can and should be?  Is there an effort to overlook presenters who are persons of color?  Is there a policy of inclusion or of exclusion?  If there is exclusion is this intentional or by design?Discussion then turned to observations that on a national level that there are persons who are emerging as recognized "authorities" on African American research, who are not a part of the community.  But again,is this an area of concern, and should it be? Well before such question can be answered, self exploration has to be addressed.The question arose then, where are we, researchers of color in the greater genealogical community? I must say that I was quite proud of the group and of the dialogue. The chat could have turned into a gripe session, but it actually became a truly insightful and a thought provoking one.Questions asked:How many of us, in the community support other researchers? How many of us write?How many of us teach?And how many of us share?When we see an article of interest, do we admire and just say, "how nice" or do we share the article with others or a large scale?Do we make an effort to also acknowledge other researchers or do we simply speak or write (or tweet)  about ourselves? Many of us are active on Twitter, Facebook, Genealogy Wise and other places. Are we actively sharing information that we glean from our colleagues?Quite a few of us in the discussion mentioned that we are active on some of the social networks and it was noted that we could use them all more energetically. There is a possibility that we might be invisible to others because we are also indivisible to ourselves! So, we made a decision to truly become active--to show support of all researchers, to re-tweet messages of interest to the historical and genealogical community.Many admitted that they do not always re-tweet posts and fewer even used the hashtag feature. Few use the #genealogy group and fewer have considered creating a new group of their own.So why not create a group for those who research persons of color?This would include persons of African Ancestry as well as other backgrounds also of color. This would/could include those who research persons from other communities, and countries.The concept of inclusion means inclusion on our own parts, just as much as inclusion by others. And sometimes inclusion also means embracing those outside of our own small circles.A hashtag group was formed as a result:  #POCGenealogyThose who have data to share on persons in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and and elsewhere, are welcomed to place, queries, notices, articles and website in this group.After several hours several dozen posts emerged on Twitter with the new hashtag group.It is hoped that many will embrace the interest in posting African American focused genealogy and history posts!We begin by sharing.We grow by promotingand We are empowered by each other.[...]



Christmas pictures!

2011-12-12T10:05:25.788-08:00

This weekend I've (finally) been taking photos of the girls to use for our Christmas cards. Last night we braved the mall to see Santa, and today I took some pictures of the girls after church in front of the big beautiful tree there.Here are some of the results (but not the card picture - you'll have to wait for that).[...]



Five Dock, Domremy College

2011-12-12T03:17:22.095-08:00

The administration building of Domremy College is located on First Avenue in the inner west suburb of Five Dock. It had been a magnificent house built in 1882 in the Victorian Architectural style, called “Delapre” after an old Benedictine Abbey in Northampton, in England. It was renamed "Domremy" when the Catholic church bought it in 1911 and established a private school, administered by the Presentation Order Sisters until 1997. It had developed infants, primary and secondary departments but became a girls high school in 1966.



Civil War Block 50: Grapes of Wrath

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A great history lesson was included with today's block: Grapes of Wrath


I only had one purple fabric but found some small remnants of the dark blue, which I'm pretending are Concord grapes.

Only three more blocks left...







Сoncept device - Nokia Essence

2011-12-12T10:05:25.788-08:00

 Nokia Essence is quite attention-grabbing and features a touch pad on the other side, which can be used to control many applications. This can be flexibly used as a remote control for different pieces of equipment or wireless touch pad while making presentations. This a future communication device named Nokia Essence. The concept will make good use of the internet and will work like computers that can connect globally. Phones are turning into mini computers that solve additional purposes than just dialing or receiving calls.  Nokia Essence Nokia Essence Nokia Essence Nokia Essence Сoncept deviceNokia Essence[...]



Friday Night Sew In Progress

2011-12-12T10:05:25.788-08:00


It was a very long week so I decided to pop in a movie, hold down the sofa, and knit....


...making progress on the scarf!








Lindsay Lohan Playboy Magazine Cover

2011-12-12T10:05:25.789-08:00

The super-hyped edition of Playboy Magazine with actress Lindsay Lohan on the cover has been leaked on the Internet. Porn critics are already complaining that the photo doesn't reveal much...other than what a degenerate meth lizard Lindsay has become. Meat massagers, take heart. Editors at Playboy rallied to reassure their horny "readers" that there will be lots of other, better looking skanks in this edition for them to masturbate to.
 Lindsay Lohan Playboy Magazine Cover

 Lindsay Lohan Playboy Magazine Cover
 Lindsay Lohan Playboy Magazine Cover
Lindsay Lohan Playboy Magazine Cover



Iron Cove Bridge

2011-12-12T03:17:22.096-08:00

The Iron Cove Bridge crosses Iron Cove and links the inner west suburbs of Rozelle and Drummoyne. The old truss span bridge which opened in 1955 is obscured here by the new duplicated concrete box girder bridge which opened in 2011. They are bathed in the golden glow of sunset.



Caution: Fragile

2011-12-12T10:05:25.789-08:00

Friday, December 9, 2011
What gift do you regret breaking?

Oh, wow.
Everything that's ever been broken! I always feel horrible guilt and regret when I break something.

I remember breaking a gift I had purchased, also, one year. I had bought a beautiful porcelain candle holder. It was the last one in the store, and the store was a good distance away. As I was walking into our building, I dropped the bag on the sidewalk. Luckily I was able to glue it together and it wasn't obvious that it had been broken.



Tim Horton`s Free Skating during the Holidays

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Remember to mark your calendars because Tim Horton`s is back with their free skating. Having attended this event many times over the years I find that really it is not overly busy and two it is free and family time. Two of my loves combined.For a complete list of the scheduling please visit Tim Horton`s or for those local to me the schedule is posted below.Belmont ArenaDecember 18 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmDecember 23 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmDecember 28 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmDecember 30 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmPort Stanley ArenaDecember 18 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmDecember 23 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmDecember 28 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmJanuary 01 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmSt. Thomas Timken Community CentreDecember 19 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmDecember 20 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmDecember 21 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmDecember 22 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmDecember 27 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmDecember 28 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmDecember 29 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmDecember 30 12:15 pm - 1:45 pmand for London and AreaArgyle ArenaDecember 23 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmDecember 27 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmDecember 29 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmJanuary 03 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmJanuary 06 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmCarling ArenaDecember 23 8:30 pm - 10:30 pmDecember 24 9:00 am - 11:00 amDecember 29 10:00 am - 12:00 pmJanuary 02 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmJanuary 03 10:30 am - 12:30 pmJanuary 06 8:30 pm - 10:30 pmDorchester Community Centre*December 20 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm*December 24 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm*December 26 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm*December 31 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm*January 02 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmEarl Nichols ArenaDecember 23 8:15 pm - 10:15 pmDecember 24 9:00 am - 11:00 amDecember 26 3:30 pm - 5:30 pmDecember 27 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmJanuary 03 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmJanuary 06 8:15 pm - 10:15 pmJanuary 07 2:15 pm - 4:30 pmFarquharson ArenaDecember 27 11:00 am - 1:00 pmJanuary 03 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmIlderton ArenaDecember 28 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmDecember 30 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmJanuary 03 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmJanuary 05 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmKinsmen Recreation CentreDecember 23 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmDecember 24 9:00 am - 10:30 amDecember 26 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmDecember 27 11:30 am - 1:30 pmJanuary 02 11:00 am - 1:30 pmJanuary 06 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmKomoka Wellness Centre*December 27 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm*December 29 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm*January 02 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm*January 04 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm*January 06 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLambeth ArenaDecember 23 10:00 am - 11:30 amJanuary 02 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmJanuary 03 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmMedway ArenaDecember 27 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmDecember 29 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmJanuary 02 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmJanuary 03 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmJanuary 07 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmOakridge ArenaDecember 23 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmJanuary 06 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmStorybook Gardens - Skating TrailDecember 24 10:00 am - 12:00 pmDecember 27 10:00 am - 12:00 pmJanuary 02 10:00 am - 12:00 pmJanuary 03 10:00 am - 12:00 pmStronach ArenaJanuary 02 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmJanuary 03 11:00 am - 1:00 pmJanuary 07 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm* Everyone on the ice requires a CSA-Approved Helmet[...]



www.itsjustmylife.ca

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I can now be found at http://www.itsjustmylife.ca I am not sure what took my so long to do this and why it took me so long to do this but it is done now. It is official!


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In the sidebar you will also find my button to link back to my blog. I would love it if you could link back to me if you are a fellow blogger.

I also want to add a few things here. I had no idea where my blog would take me years ago when I started my first blog. My only regret is that I deleted my first original blog years ago and I think it would have been neat to keep it so I could see how far I have come. Anyway through my blog and social media I have met so many wonderful people that I could not even mentionthem personally in this article because it would make the article way to long. With what we have been going through in our life I have found it very encouraging to be able to blog about my life. My real life. Please remember to change my link in your bookmarks so you can continue to find me and It's just my life...

Share the love and help change the world one day at a time!



Best Photography Ever

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You have seen  many photographers work. some are innocent and someone are delightful. mostly photographer focus on harmful photography. but this time we push this post based on lung Julia photography. he is and old photographer from south Korea.   he is famous for his vintage photography. he is on his 75Th years and alive yet. we share his work and we hope people like these and give some tribute  Photography Photography Photography Photography Photography Photography Photography Photography Photography[...]



Thankful part 2

2011-12-12T10:05:25.789-08:00

I know I did a "thankful" post last month, but I keep thinking of more things I'm thankful for. So here is another installment.

Sesame Street
Coffee
Peppermint mocha creamer
Heaters
Boots
Socks
Blankets
Snuggles
Hugs
Kisses
New words
Warm clothes
DVR
On Demand television
Online shopping
Free shipping
Amazon Prime
Smiles
Health insurance
Dental insurance
Maxalt
Ibuprofen
Children's allergy medicine
Warm coats
Gloves
Pay-at-pump gas stations
Water heaters

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Friday's Favorites

2011-12-12T10:05:25.789-08:00

Oh happy Friday my darlings!! Not sure how your week has been but I am very thankful this week is coming to an end.. especially due to the first few days of this week..But I also have to keep in mind as hectic as these past days have been, can you believe its already almost mid-December.. I know I will blink and there goes Christmas..so I am trying to promise myself not to rush these precious holiday days!Here are some of my Friday favorites this week.. starting with FLANNEL..  aka I cannot get enough of it lately, never thought I would say this but between its comfy-ness (yes I know that's not a word) its bright colors and its warmth its been one of my favorites these last few weeks and I don't think anything will change in the near future!Next is thanks to my roommate, and her newest nail color from Essie.. loving my nude nails!For the extra sparkle add the one glitter nail..Love this!Next is oh one of my FAVORITES of the entire season..  Christmas music, Mariah has to be my all-time favorite and I am loving Michael Buble's Christmas as well Finally like I said earlier this week has definitely been quite stressful, just as many of you probably can relate to but I do fully believe in this and may it help us all in our daily lives! Hope you all have a terrific weekend.. do you have anything fun planned..any fun holiday adventures? Happy weekend my darlings![...]



Rozelle, pump house

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This building stands in Bridgewater Park, beside Iron Cove, in the inner west suburb of Rozelle. It was constructed in 1934 as the pump house for the former Balmain Power Station. Cool water was drawn in from the river and pumped up to the station using electronically driven pumps. The water was used to cool the condensers and was then pumped back into the river. The power station was constructed in 1909 and supplied electricity to the local area until it was decommissioned in 1976.The power station was demolished and the land was redeveloped into residential apartments and this park along the foreshore.



Grandmother's Fan

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I wanted to include a grandmother's fan block but could not find a pattern online in an 8" finished block size.  So, I got out my Dresden template and played around a bit...


The block is way dark on the bottom edge because that's the shadow of my arm... so difficult taking photos at night...




The Origin of the Christmas Stocking

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Christmas Stockings hung with careIf you came to this entry looking for the definitive answer on where the Christmas Stocking came from then you might come away slightly disappointed.  Fact is, that even the Internet turns up to be a rather disappointing resource for this topic.  There are references to pretended lineage to our ancestors leaving boots or shoes full of treats as an offering to the Norse God Odin of ancient times, but most historians would argue that the leap between that tradition, and Christmas Stockings is too great to be considered legitimate.  As we know, not everything in history which contains a similarity is connected.Sinterklaas also known asSt. NicholasThe earliest known story of leaving treats or coins in footwear comes to us from the Netherlands; it's the story of Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas)which dates back to the Middle Ages. Sinterklaas who represented the Bishop (and all that is good) would be accompanied by Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) who represented mischief and evil.  Sinterklaas and Black Peter were roles played which were included as part of a public religious Feast similar to Carnival. The Feast included public drinking and the making of offerings of coins or food to the poor, particularly children.  Over time, the tradition morphed into a lesson for children on good and evil behavior.  Sinterklaas would come on the evening of December 5th and reward those children who were good by leaving coins or fruits in shoes.  That tradition has morphed into December 5th-December 6th gift-giving for children that occurs today.  Christmas in Holland is celebrated as a family-religious day with most gift-giving having occurred in early December; although adults tend to exchange gifts on Christmas Eve (December 24).Even today, Sinterklaas and Black Peter parade annually through Amsterdam In a previous posting, I covered the origin of the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (Twas the Night Before Christmas) first published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel in 1823 (attributed to Henry Livingston) which contains the distinct reference to the hanging of stockings by the fireplace.  You'll recall the words:The Stocking were hung by the Chimney with care,in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Another popular theory about the legend of the Christmas Stocking has no timestamp so it's likely a fable that was inspired by Livingston's Poem, or Thomas Hast's well-known illustration of St. Nicholas.  It is the Legend of the Nobleman and his three daughters (reproduced below): Many believe there was once a kind nobleman whose wife had died of an illness leaving the man and his three daughters in despair. After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions, the nobleman and his daughters had to move into a peasant's cottage. When it came time for the daughters to marry, the father became even more depressed as his daughters could not marry without dowries. One night after the daughters had washed out their clothing, they hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the nobleman's house after the family had gone to bed. He peeked in the window and saw the daughters' stockings hanging by the fire. Inspiration struck Saint Nicholas, and he took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them carefully, one by one, down the chimney into the st[...]



Our next episode of "I made it from Pinterest"

2011-12-12T10:05:25.790-08:00

I've been making some fun things that I found on Pinterest lately! Some have had incredible results, others... not so much.
I was excited to find these instructions for homemade, non-toxic glitter. (There are tons of other recipes non-toxic craft supplies on this site also) It seemed simple, so I tried it while making dinner one night.
First, baking salt STINKS. Seriously. Second, the glitter does not magically turn glittery and sparkly like in the picture. A few crystals did, but it looks more like colored sand than glitter. We haven't tried crafting with it yet, so I have no idea how it will work then. Time will tell.

The girls and I also made handprint/footprint reindeer. It was a craft on our Advent calendar. This one was fun, and turned out great! 


Saturday, for breakfast, I made this recipe. It was absolutely, amazingly, delicious. And super easy! I used my cast iron pan for the first time in at least a decade. I brushed it with melted butter like the directions said, then put the biscuits in the bottom. I then brushed what was left of the butter over the biscuits before adding the first layer of cheese. This was a big hit with the family.

Finally, there is the macaroni and cheese. It looks good, doesn't it? We thought so, too. Unfortunately, even though I followed the recipe down to the freshly-grated cheese, it was so very bland. There just wasn't any taste to this at all! I think the small amount of butter is the problem.



NaNoPoBlown away...

2011-12-12T10:05:25.790-08:00

I seem to be falling behind! So here's a quick catch-up post.

December 7: What was the strangest thing that ever made your gift wish list?

A visit by Stanley Steamer. Seriously. Is that strange? When you combine children, dogs, and cats with carpeting, I don't think it's so strange. But it has yet to appear under my tree...

December 8: What was your favourite thing you received below the age of 10?

Hmm.... I feel like I'm getting repetitive here!  I've already mentioned Kasie, and my Barbies. I also remember getting a beautiful Austrian crystal heart-shaped necklace I was fascinated with. I just couldn't pick one favorite thing!



Happy Howlidays!!

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We hope you enjoy all our holiday goodies! This pawpawty we will be supporting the six shelters that are a part of the Santa Paws Drive project (go check out the shelters here and while you there enter the raffle!). There are donation widgets, here at The Cookie Cafe, at the Jabba Jazz Holiday Cafe and at several of the anipal's blogs, so go visit all your friends for the Holidays!☆҉☆´*•‿↗⁀✯‿↗⁀•*´☆҉ ☆ And now for our Holiday Treats!Tasty little Angel cookies! Frosted sugar cookies in Nip and Bacon! flavors."Sweetly Singing o'er the Plains""The Stars are Brightly Shining!" Sparkly shortbread cookies with nip!"Oh, Christmas Tree!" Gayly decorated Beef-bone flavored sugar cookie mmmmmm, Chocolate covered Bacon! and Butter Toffee! Nicely sweet and crunchy! "You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Comet and Vixen..." but do remember Fred the Bear?...snicker...our tasty little Gingerbread and Nip cookieOoooh, Truffles! In all of your favorite Sugar Plum dream flavors! Lemon and Nip, Bacon! and Raspberry, Beefbone and Chili Chocolate!☆҉☆´*•‿↗⁀✯‿↗⁀•*´☆҉ ☆ Remember the wonderful folks at Greenies are matching our donations up to $1000  Cinnamon and Rice Krispies Polar Bears! Sure to hit the spot with just that right touch of nip!Frosty! Orange Sugar Meringue cookies with just a hint of Bacon! Our almost traditional Zacher Torte! With a Bacon! and Raspberry filling Of course we have some Hanukkah treats! Very light powered sugar cookie with Lemon and Nip Some tasty marzipan fruit in Lemon, Nip and Bacon! flavors!Oooooh! Divinity! In Cinnamon Nip and Peppermint Beefbone!The Bears tell me that a Battenburg cake is a special treat! This one is made with extra Butter and Honey just for them, but I bet everyone will like it!Some folks don't like Fruitcake, maybe they should stop using tea & soak it in brandy like I do! Available in Bacon! and extra Nip varietiesWe hope you are enjoying our treats! Be sure and visit the Jabba Jazz for some tasty Howliday noms and if you can please donate to @SantaPawsDrive to help our shelters. Just ask, we'll point you to the donation widgets!☆҉☆´*•‿↗⁀✯‿↗⁀•*´☆҉ ☆ Some Special Holiday DrinksOur special Hot Chocolate with a splash of Peppermint and Nip. A Splash of Rum on request!Festive Eggnog! Made with Fresh Cream and just a hint of Bacon! to complement that Brandy!Our Christmas Cookie Cocktail, with just a splash of Lemon and Nip  Of course we have lots of hor doevers on the bar! A special favorite is the Bacon! Bouquet! Help yourselves and be sure to get one for that special someone! Carmel Appletinis are always tasty! Especially with a side of Bacon!Tasty Barkaritas or Sangria in festive Howliday colorsA festive treat for both Cats and Mice! Our Tom and Jerry's are nicely accented with Nutmeg and Nip.Oooh! Ribbon Candy! Ours comes in Peppermint and Nip, and Cinnamon and Bacon! flavors  Meojitos! Made with the finest Rum, Mint and Nip! Feel free to eat the flowers!It wouldn't be a pawty without Hank's Bacon! Beer in a Bacon! Mug, would it?And of course, we have Hank's Bacon! Root Beer for the younger crowd, and those who want something non-alcoholicOur tasty cappuchinos,with just a hint of Nip!Our wonderful Kona Coffee is availa[...]



Christmas Contest 2011!

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(image) Be sure and enter our Christmas Contest at your next appointment!


Winner will receive a Kindle!!!


Contest ends December 30th!


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

from TS Orthodontics!!!



Tangerine Tango - Pantone’s Color for 2012

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Pantone's Tangerine TangoIt’s out!  It’s out!  Pantone, the color authority that determines the  popular hues for many industries , has proclaimed the 2012 color of the year!  It is…… Tangerine Tango! According to Leatrice  Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Institute, “…Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth in it…it marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow to form a highly visible magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”Tangerine Tango Makes an Impact in Clothing and AccessoriesLast year, we saw plenty of  Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2011, Honeysuckle, in paint color, , furnishings, clothing and cosmetics.   How many of you added this color to your wardrobe or decorating accessories?    It definitely wasn’t a color for the faint of heart!  This year’s color is bold, also. However, we will be seeing plenty of orange in a range of hues. I think orange is a color you either love or hate.  There are probably more people who shy away from it than gravitate toward it.   However, colors in the orange family are associated with excitement, affection, radiance and heat.  They are warm, friendly, inviting, and denote a sense of home.  Deep oranges like Tango Tangerine are associated with dependability , strength, rich beauty, wealth and fame.  Lighter hues provide comfort and can relieve stress. Orange is known to increase the appetite, induce relaxation, slow down the rates of blood flow, and  increase the potential for sleep. Good rooms for orange are the dining room, the family room, the guest bedroom, and the entryway. A color like Tangerine Tango could be used as an accent wall or in your decorating accessories. Sherwin-Williams includes a reddish-orange color in their 2012 Color Mix  palette  called Daredevil SW 6882.  (need I say more?) Tangerine Tango in Design - SourceAdding Some Fun Colors in This Boys' Bedroom - Daredevil,SW6882 and Major Blue, SW6795I am really excited about Tango Tangerine for 2012.   It’s a warm color that will really pop especially when paired with a cool color like blue, red-violet,  or blue–green.   Just think about all of the fun you can have with this color.  The next time you visit a department store, notice all of the orange in the clothing, jewelry,  and other accessories.  Go to the bed and bath sections and you’ll see lots of  orange in the towels, bedding, rugs, and bath accessories.  The cosmetic counters will feature plenty of reddish-orange lip colors and nail polishes. How many orange cars do you see on the road?  Color is powerful. It influences our lives in so many ways.[...]



Smoky Eyes Home-made photos

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 My previous post on Smoky eyes break all my traffic records on this blog. so i push again a post with new photos but with same previous topic but also with some extension. home-made smoky eyes tutorial is also blockbuster post and i hope my unique visitors also like it as my previous post.Smoky Eyes Smoky Eyes Smoky Eyes Smoky Eyes Smoky Eyes Smoky EyesSmoky Eyes[...]



Happy Holidays.. Gingerbread Houses!

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Have you ever made a Gingerbread House? Do you make one every year? I have made a few in my day..  probably the most memorable was one that my mom and I helped do while we were watching a neighborhood kid!    I don't really remember making a lot of houses as a child so this was one of my first memories.. I think I was in middle school and we were watching our neighbors grandson while they were out, and as a "fun" activity they brought over a Gingerbread house kit.. what was suppose to be fun and easy turned into duck-tape.. staple gun and the most UN-edible Gingerbread house ever!  But like I said although it didn't turn out exactly how planned it sure did make it memorable and believe it or not I have made a few since!This year I picked up a kit from Trader Joe's my roommates and I are planning on creating our house this weekend!  I'll let you know if any glue guns or duck tape are needed!Love the simplicity of this one! Check this out...Have you ever made a homemade one? and how cute are these tiny ones...Happy Holidays and a Very Happy Thursday to you all.. only 16 days til Christmas!!![...]



Cracked iPhone

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Have you ever seen the iPhone Screen Crashed? Smacked on to the Wall? Have you ever seen a Cracked iPhone 4, iPhone 4Gs Cracked ? iPhone 3Gs Cracked? or maybe iPhone 5 Cracked? well we Have been collecting some rare pictures from our users of Cracked iPhones and we think you might find them amusing or interesting or maybe Entertaining :) Cracked iPhone Cracked iPhone Cracked iPhone Cracked iPhone Cracked iPhone Cracked iPhone Cracked iPhone Cracked iPhone Cracked iPhoneCracked iPhone[...]



Anzac Bridge, sunset

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A pastel sunset over the inner west suburbs of Glebe, viewed from Anzac Bridge.



Windmill

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Another block I found online... this one is called Windmill 2..


The usual lousy photography but you can get the idea...


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Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming FNSI!   Heidi and Bobbi are running TWO FNSIs this month because we all need help getting things finished!  





Cracked Cell Phone

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 We push this post and add some home made photos of cracked iPhone and other cell phones. its a rubbish thing if you have a cell phone but have not any care about them.so please keep your cell phones in safety packsCracked Cell iPhone Cracked black berry  Cracked Cell Phone Cracked Cell iPhone 4gs Cracked Cell Phone Cracked Cell PhoneCracked Cell Phone[...]



Kristin Chenoweth 2011

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Kristin Chenoweth  is an American actress and singer, with credits inmusical theatre, film and television. She is best known on Broadway for her performance asSally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999), for which she won a Tony Award, and for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked (2003). Her best-known television role isAnnabeth Schott in NBC's The West Wing. As Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, she won a 2009 Emmy Award.An Oklahoma native, Chenoweth sang gospel music as a child and studied opera before deciding to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 1997, she made her Broadway debut in Steel Pier. Besides You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked, Chenoweth's stage work includes five City Center Encores! productions, Broadway's The Apple Tree in 2006 and Promises, Promises in 2010, as well as Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions.Chenoweth had her own TV series Kristin in 2001, and has guest starred on many shows, including Sesame Street and Glee, for which she was nominated for Emmy awards in 2010 and 2011. In films, she has played mostly character roles, such as in Bewitched (2005), The Pink Panther (2006) and RV (2006). She has also played roles in made-for-TV movies, done voice work in animated films and the animated TV series Sit Down, Shut Up, hosted several award shows and released several albums of songs, including A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas(2008). Chenoweth also penned a 2009 memoir, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages. Adopted at birth, Kristi Dawn Chenoweth was born and grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has said that she is one-quarter Cherokee. At an early age, she performed gospel songs for local churches. A performing highlight of her childhood was a solo appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention national conference at the age of 12, where she performed the Evie Tornquist-Karlsson song "Four Feet Eleven". The chorus begins, "I'm only 4 feet 11, but I'm going to Heaven" (Chenoweth is 4 ft 11 in (150 cm) in height). Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth with an apple Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth[...]



Remembering Dorie Miller--A Pearl Harbor Hero

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Video About the Actions of Dorie Miller


On this day in 1941, an ordinary man became a hero. Dorie Miller was a Navy cook. He was a man untrained in military weapons because of his color, and it was policy to have black men serve as cooks only in the US Navy. But in the early morning on that December day, Miller was forced to train himself on weaponry.  The ship he served on was the USS West Virginia, and it, like others at Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Miller ran to the deck, helped one of his officers who was gravely wounded. Then he went on deck, took a weapon into his hands and shot at several Japanese planes and actually prevented one from striking the ship.  He was awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery, the first African American to be so honored.

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Today few people know his name---although there is a Dorie Miller park in Hawaii that bears his name and he was a true American Hero. He would never live to see the freedoms he fought for, but shall not be forgotten.

He was honored on a US postage stamp in 2010 on a series honoring heroes from the American Navy.


Rest in Peace Dorie Miller. We honor you, on this day!




Oatley, Baptist Church

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The Mortdale-Oatley Baptist Church is located on the corner of Boundary Road and Woronora Parade, in the southern suburb of Oatley. The Mortdale Baptist Church dates back to 1896 when  it began as the Mortdale Mission, with services held in a small wooden hall known as the ‘Hut’ in Morts Road at  neighbouring Mortdale. The church has been at this site in Oatley since 1919 but only became known as the Mortdale-Oatley Baptist Church in 1998. In these days of dwindling church attendances, mergers of parishes and church closures, some churches are using these sorts of trendy signs with catchy slogans and websites as advertisements to attract parishioners.



Photos Of Partially Assembled iPhone 4s iPhone 5 Leak!

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MacPost acquired leaked photos of an iPhone 4s prototype all torn apart, its entrails dragged out from within its body. (See the gory photo above.) This purported iPhone 4s looks much like a white iPhone 4, though MacPost says it features the new A5 chip and a "similar form factor." The iPhone 4s is rumored to be the cheaper of the two iPhones supposedly being released by Apple this year, a lower-cost version of theiPhone 4 for budget shoppers. Head over to MacPost for more pictures of the iPhone 4s prototype in all its disembowelled glory. How do we know the iPhone 5 is coming soon? Sources, of course. All of these sources had been anonymous, however, until one big, famous, Vice Presidential, lockbox-y man came forward with an iPhone 5 rumor of his own...[...]



iPhone 4S Pictures

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 Introducing the Apple iPhone 4S, the long awaited and eagerly anticipated successor to theiPhone 4.The Apple 4S is finally upon us. After the myriad of rumors, fake reviews, and leaked emails we finally have the lowdown on what to expect from the next outing of iPhone goodness.While the design of the iPhone 4S remains mostly unchanged, (iPhone 4 users can breathe a collective sigh of relief over the new antenna design) keeping the same screen real estate as the the iPhone 4, it’s what’s under the hood and the new features sprinkled throughout that are of note, namely iCloud support (which will allow user to back-up docs, media, and photos via Photo Stream),  and the eagerly awaited iOS 5. Apple also introduced a sophisticated voice control feature and mini personal assistant named Siri, which will allow you to talk to your phone, ask it questions, send emails/reminders, and other tasks like informing you on what the weather forecast for the day will be. iPhone 4S Pictures iPhone 4S Pictures iPhone 4S Pictures iPhone 4S PicturesThe iPhone 4S will also feature, as expected, a new dual-core A5 processor, similar to the one used in the iPad 2, which undoubtedly will help a lot with gaming.The camera on the 4S has also received a face-lift in the form of an 8MP camera, offering 60 percent more pixels than the iPhone 4 and shoots 1.3 faster with a high-end IR filter for increased uniformity. Connection wise the iPhone 4S will features HSPA+, but sadly no support for 4G LTE.Pre-orders for the 4S will begin October 7th, with a release date  scheduled for October 14th. Pricing for the new iPhone 4S is set at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB with 2 year contract.And finally, joining AT&T and Verizon to the exclusive list of iPhone carries is Sprint, who will now be able to offer the iPhone 4S to its customers.[...]



Soon & Very Soon

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Sorry I've been offline. I'm in the throes of finals. Should be back next week.

Hope your Advent has been blest. (How about that new liturgy???)



Civil War Block 49: Yankee Puzzle

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This week's block was a simple one...



Forty-nine down, four more to go!


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It's time for the first of TWO FNSIs so don't forget to sign up!    Don't know about you but I got quite a bit of sewing left to do....









Who manufactures the best stainless steel watches?

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Have you noticed this trend? The preference for light weighted gadgets does not apply to watches alone. We prefer feather light mobiles, iPods that weigh less than 50 grams but we like to wear a stainless steel watch. Doesn’t it strike odd? Another oddity is, even though we like to feel the weight of the watch on our wrist, we use only (mostly) leather or rubber watch strap. Inexplicably, we don’t like to use a steel watch strap which was in vogue during our grandfather’s time. I recently saw in a fashion magazine a lovely looking stainless steel watch with golden hands. It is made by Teno, not so well known in India but people here are aware of this watch brand. Look the image of it here. Looks really beautiful-right?[...]



Want to look beautiful?

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It has been my long wish to start a blog on various makeup items, diet, exercise and tips to look beautiful. It might have been my lack of opportunities to make myself appear attractive that probably urged me to read hundreds of articles on fashion, appearance etc that I wanted to share.

I know there is stiff competition to rank high for beauty niche. Nevertheless, I love the challenge to compete with them. I am confident of my blog marketing skills plus I have compiled extraordinary resources for my beauty blog.

I request you to visit my new Beauty blog and offer your feedback.



Hot Chocolate Powder Mix

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1-1/2 C Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey's)
3 C Powdered Sugar
5 C Powdered Milk
1 C Powdered Creamer

I mix together all the ingredients and run in through a strainer of sifter so that it mixes more quickly in the warm water.

When serving mix 3 tablespoons with a cup of warm water, top with whipped cream or marshmellows.

This mix is also good to give as gifts in jars as well.

You can make a few quick modifications to the recipes to make:

Mexican Hot Chocolate
- add 2 tsp of ground cinnamon

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
I put about 8 to 10 candy canes in the blender and add it to the mix to make Candy Cane Cocoa the kids love this!



Guessing games

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Do you like to try to guess your gifts ahead of time?


Oh, who am I kidding? Of course I try to guess! I'm dying to know! At the same time, though, I always hope I'm wrong because I hate knowing what I'm going to get. I like the surprise!

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We put up our Christmas tree on Sunday. We have an artificial tree, and Emma and I brought it in the house from our storage building and assembled it.
I knew we had a mouse in the building, because this summer we could hear it in there. We'd also see evidence here and there. I left it alone, though, because most things are in the plastic Rubbermaid tubs, and honestly I didn't want to have it crawl into our things to die and then smell. Ew.
Em saw some of the shredded-up paper and got excited: Can we put it in a cage and keep it? I told her no, because 1. it would die and 2. EW. She asked me what they ate, and I had to guess. Clothes? Boxes? No idea what else.
As we were putting the branches on our tree, we made a gruesome discovery: the mouse, mummified. How in the world it got into the tub with the tree, I have no idea! At least there was no damage. Emma was sad.
We also have our ornaments in tubs, except for a cardboard ornament storage box from my mother-in-law. It has 3 pull-out drawers, and is full of ornaments she gave us when she downsized a few years back. When I opened the middle drawer, I could answer Emma's question about what mice eat: acorns! I found the nest. Luckily none of the ornaments were disturbed at all, but I can't say the same for the tissue paper they were wrapped in.



HOTTEST WOMEN OF SPORTS

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ROMI BEAN ALISSON STOKKEAMANDA BEARDHALEY COPE sexy DANIELA CICARELLIBIA E BRANCAANA KOURNIKOVAMARIA SHARAPOVA[...]



Monterey, sea wall

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This sea wall or rock groyne is located on Botany Bay, in the southern suburb of Monterey. It is one of five sea walls along Lady Robinson Beach that have been built to protect the sandy foreshore



A fun little holiday quiz-like thing

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I found this holiday quiz at Glenneth's blog, Let's Talk and Walk. If you're into healthy living, check out her blog! 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I do a mix of both, but haven't used bows or ribbons in years. Too tempting for cats and small children!2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. 3. When do you put up the tree? After Thanksgiving. 4. When do you take the tree down? Between Christmas and New Years.5. Do you like eggnog? I can't stand the stuff. 6. Favorite gift received as a child? OMG that's hard! Depends on my age I guess. My Cabbage Patch doll, Barbie home and office, CD player...7. Hardest person to buy for? my father8. Easiest person to buy for? the girls9. Mail or email Holiday cards? mail. Although every year it's "pray they make it before New Year."10. Worst gift you ever received? knick-nacks11. Favorite Holiday Movie? White Christmas12. When do you start shopping for the holidays? I don't have a set shopping date really. I start picking up things here and there in October or November, unless i find something amazing earlier.13. Have you ever recycled a present? not that I remember14. Favorite thing to eat during the holidays? chocolate, Norwegian cookies15. Lights on the tree? Yes16. Favorite Holiday song? Santa Baby, Christmas Wrapping17. Travel during Holidays or stay home? We usually stay home18. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s? Of course. 19. Angel on the tree top or a star? Neither. It's a tall glass pointy-bulby-thingy, similar to this: 20. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Bills, and most people's attitudes21. Favorite ornament theme or color? We don't have a theme or color scheme. Our ornaments are a mix of ornaments from both our childhoods, and special ones we've bought or have been made during our marriage.22. Favorite holiday dinner? I really don't have a favorite. 23. What gift are you hoping to receive this year? Books and the Sims 3 newest expansions.Want to play along? Answer in the comment section below or link to your blog post![...]



Third Round of Auditions

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All that pondering and all the great suggestions and we have a third round of auditions.I like the dark blue with the lighter blocks and prefer the shirting stripe with the darker blocks.  So... a compromise...All the pondering left me too tired to sew so I popped in a movie, held down the sofa, and knitted for a while...~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Have you signed up for the FNSI yet?   Plenty of time and remember... there will be TWO FNSIs this month!   Are you done with your Christmas sewing yet?[...]



Your SureSmile Arch Wires Appointment

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Getting your custom archwire is the next phase of SureSmile after getting your braces on and having your SureSmile scan! WHAT DO WIRES HAVE TO DO WITH WEARING BRACES?In order to move your teeth, Dr. Scanlan places a wire through each bracket on each tooth. The bracket is the “handle” for keeping the wire in place. Once the wire is in place (within each bracket) a force is applied allowing the teeth to move.HOW ARE SURESMILE WIRES DIFFERENT?REGULAR WIRES: In traditional orthodontics, the orthodontist inserts a stiffer wire and uses special pliers to make bends that he estimates will achieve the desired results for your teeth to achieve the specific movements necessary. These changes may affect other teeth and even your bite; therefore, the orthodontist makes adjustments to the wire over several appointments to achieve the goals set.SURESMILE WIRES: SureSmile wires are created by the SureSmile robot from the prescription that Dr. Scanlan has prescribed so that the wires are more accurately bent than humanly possible, less allowing for fewer appointments and fewer wire changes.HOW ARE MY SURESMILE WIRES MADE?The process began at your SureSmile scan (your last appointment). As you remember, from your scan, Dr. Scanlan obtained a 3-D model that he used to plan the final outcome of your treatment. Once Dr. Scanlan has completed the wire design and the prescription, the prescription is then sent to the robot. Within 5 minutes, all of the bends prescribed by Dr. Scanlan are placed into the wires, a process requiring adjustments over weeks or months manually.DO I NEED TO BE MORE CAREFUL WITH THE SURESMILE WIRES?Since the wires and brackets work together, it is important to follow Dr. Scanlan’s instructions to avoid breaking or damaging your brackets and/or wires. Throughout treatment, any broken brackets and/or wires may result in longer treatment.ARE SURESMILE WIRES MORE COMFORTABLE?SureSmile wires are more comfortable for two reasons:A. Discomfort is often due to wire changes. Since SureSmile archwires are custom-designed especially for you, the archwires do not need to be changed constantly in order to advance treatment.B. SureSmile archwires consist of a material called Copper Ni-Ti® which is easily bent at very high temperatures. Therefore, the robot heats the wire to a very high temperature and then custom bends the wire as prescribed by Dr. Scanlan. This wire is more flexible while effectively moving the teeth more accurately. HOW DO SURESMILE WIRES SHORTEN TREATMENT TIME?As we said, SureSmile allows Dr. Scanlan to plan your treatment and prescribe your custom wires to consolidate months of appointments. Last, because these bends allow your teeth to move more precisely, there are fewer archwire changes and fewer appointments neede[...]



Winner & More Giveaways

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Thank you to everyone who entered my Christmas Giveaway. Thanks to Random.org we have a winner .....

Congratulations Anya from Anya Adores! Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Anya has a wonderfully written blog filled with many gorgeous images of her daily finds and treasures. Pop over for a visit, I know you will be inspired, and she would love to hear from you.

Now, I did promise another giveaway.....


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The wonderful Romi from The Dreamy Tree is holding weekly giveaways until Christmas. This week you have a chance to win a little print from moi! It's easy to enter - just become a follower of hers and leave a comment!

Enjoy
Michelle




Handmade with love

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What was the first gift you ever made another person?

I don't remember what the first gift I ever made someone was, but I do remember the first "real" gift I made someone (not kids' crafts). Several years ago, I had stopped working to go back to school full-time to finish my degree. My husband was making enough to cover my income, and it seemed like the best time to do it. Then, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit. We are fortunate enough to not live in areas directly hit, but when your now only source of income is commission based in an industry affected by such things, let's just say suddenly money was very tight. I did go back to work part time until the end of the semester and full time again as soon as the semester ended, but that was a small Christmas. I made my mother's gift that year, a black scarf. It was my first time ever doing anything like that, and I was proud of that scarf! It took ages to finish, but I did it.



Monday Mapping Exercise: Finding African American History on Maps

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Detail from 1878 Map of Hampton VirginiaLast summer I attended a wonderful class at Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research where I enrolled in the Maps Class. I blogged about the experience the entire week.The first point emphasized by Rick Sayre, one of the faculty members, was that maps tell a story. The entire week we were exposed to a number of maps telling some of these stories.  One map caught my attention right away--a map of Camp Nelson Kentucky revealing the location of a contraband camp.Civil War Era Map of Camp Nelson KY Showing Contraband CampI was so thrilled to have seen this image!  I have ancestors who were contrabands, and seeing this map outlining details of the camp was so amazing and enlightening.A genealogy friend of mine in Virginia, shared an amazing map with me, also. It was a map from 1878 reflecting Hampton Virginia.  The details once again caught my attention and told me so much! In fact I found ten different features of interest to anyone studing African American history in the Hampton Roads area.The map itself was printed in 1878, more than 10 years after the war, however, the city of Hampton was still recovering from the war, and some of the Civil War era sites were still there.Map Title Reflects the Territory and DetailsI found several features highlighted on the map that reflected the rich history of the area, including several black cemeteries, (see image at the top) schools and a detailed outline of the campus of Hampton Institute!Hampton Institute Found on 1878 Map Reflecting Buildings and OrchardsOne of the things that I learned from the maps class was that maps tell a story--sometimes by what they show and also by what they don't show.Last year on another blog I wrote a piece about an old "Negro Settlement" that existed for about thirty years, in what eventually became Oklahoma, and then it disappeared. I was able to tell the story from several images of maps that reflected this settlement.This unknown and unnamed settlement existed for 3 decades in Indian Territory, now OklahomaOn that blog post I illustrated how the community was depicted on maps by a number of publishers, and then, suddenly it vanished. No history of the community has been written. Who were they? Where did they go? To date, nothing has been discovered, although I have heard from a few curious people who live in the area, who are also asking the same question. One visitor to the page found an old map in the local Cleveland County Oklahoma Courthouse and found a local map that also showed the same community.  Of course there are also some wonderful online sites that have created maps to specifica[...]



Disappointment

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Let me begin by saying that yes, my husband pointed out my mistake in Thursday's blog post. December 1 was NOT a Monday. In my defense, I copied and pasted from the NaBloPoMo page! Oops.

We've had sickness in our house, so Friday's  post is a little late. The prompt: What was the most disappointing gift you received as a child?

Wow.
I can't think of any, really!

Ok that's not entirely true. Some things I was disappointed with at first, but then grew to love. There was one outfit in middle school that I hated when I first opened it, but it became one of my favorites. Then there was the silverware set. If I remember correctly, I was 12 when I recieved that "for my hope chest." Just what every girl wants, right? A Christmas present that she can't use or enjoy at all at that age, and something she won't even really get until she's older. It was Onieda flatware, the complete set with serving pieces and all. However, once I was married, it was amazing! We're using a different set now (because somehow most of the forks vanished during Emma's small years) but I still have the set.



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Rose Bay, St Paul's Anglican Church

2011-12-12T03:17:22.098-08:00

The former St Paul’s Anglican Church on Newcastle Street at Rose Bay. This brick church was built in 1929 in an inter-war architectural style. The original church next door, that I showed yesterday, became the parish hall. It’s lucky that I photographed these recently since they are both due to be demolished soon, to make way for residential flats and a new childcare centre.



SM City Calamba's Giant Snow Globe!

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This Christmas, SM has a lot of Gigantic life-size surprises for you and your family. Introducing Frosty the Snowman at SM Calamba, present there to wish you good tidings during this Christmas season especially for you and your family who are loyal shoppers at SM. Like all SM Malls every Christmas, SM City Calamba welcomes the yuletide season with a giant centrepiece that comprises of a whimsically 22ft diameter giant snow globe in which an adorable snowman sits on a wintry landscape.  Present at the unveiling of the centrepiece was the lavishing SM Managers and employees. To welcome the people to the festive season through the Christmas Centrepiece launch was the Mall Manager Lorenz Calingasan who was the host of the launch on November 12, 2011. The audience was in awe as they unveiled the giant snow globe. Adding more festive flair and cheer to this year’s Christmas centrepiece are 2 giant toy soldiers (12ft tall) and a giant Christmas red chair underneath a colossal 15ft-tall Christmas wreath. The audience undoubtedly couldn’t wait to get their photos taken with the centrepiece as it was one of a kind and a first at SM City Calamba.With an orchestra playing alongside the stage, this event couldn’t get any better. If you think that’s all, the audience was given another bonus surprise when Santa Claus himself showed up at the event. With moments like these, who wouldn’t be excited for the Christmas season so get snowbound for the holidays at SM City Calamba! Visit the atrium and get your picture taken beside the Giant Snow Globe with Frosty himself.  Come visit us at SM CityCalamba today! See you there![...]



What you should know about types cable protectors.

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Learning something new happens in two ways mainly. 1. You seek the knowledge 2. Knowledge seeks you Both are good ways but the second way is full of surprises. You stumble onto useful knowledge that we may never seek but still would find it handy within days of gaining insight. Till yesterday, I knew only one type of cord cover-the rubber sleeves that are used to hide the cables of electric wire, telephone cords and cables for viewing satellite television channels. I was casually browsing some of my regular websites yesterday afternoon when I landed on electriduct.com. For the next 20 minutes I went on learning about myriad types cord covers that conceal wires and cables in various locations based on the foot or vehicular traffic the cord covers are subjected to. The image below would give you an idea of what I am referring to. To read more, please visit electriduct.com/Eagle-Parking-Stops-Speed-Bumps.html A very useful afternoon I would say.[...]



Christmas images, Christmas graphics,Santa claus pictures,Victorian Christmas photos

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Christmas images and Wallpapers, Christmas graphics,Santa claus pictures,Victorian Christmas photosThis winter season celebrate Xmas with downloading our free christmas wallpapers for your laptops and desktop pc. Christmas Hd backgrounds to display on your notebooks in widescreen.High definition santa claus and victorian christmas photos for your ipads and mobile phones.Animated christmas decoration pics and that of Jesus christ for your linux and windows7.Christian Christmas clip art illustrating of Christmas angels and poinsettias with kids and children playing in winter holidays.Pixie Christmas, mistletoe, Elf Angels, christmas greetings and Christmas balls decoration for your pcs background with macintosh perating system.Christmas decoration background twitter, myspace,orkutChristmas tree deocation for xmas festival for christianssanta claus pics for kids and children laptopschildren waiting for santa claus on xmas photoschristmas winter home for kids to play and decorate homechristmas cute baby background picturessanta claus pictures with reindeerchristmas time 12 o clock midnight wallpaper[...]



A Magical Kingdom of Christmas at SM City Fairview

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 The SM City Fairview Christmas LaunchNovember 12, 2011/6 pmOnce upon a time, in a land of ice and snow, there was a magical kingdom protected by a beautiful fairy queen. She was a kind and fair ruler who loved her people and did everything she could to keep them safe and happy. Everyone lived in harmony with each other – even the animals. It was a hidden paradise filled with magic and fantasy.Fearless wolves guard the gates to this kingdom. Pegasus, the winged horse, patrols from the skies while silent reindeers watch over the land and the forest. Travelers say that they have seen the shining towers of the castle twinkling from afar. Sometimes when the wind blew over the mountains, they say you can hear the haunting strains of song and fairy music. To keep her kingdom safe, the fairy queen cast a spell on the castle and the entire land. It’s a powerful spell to test anyone who wishes to enter the Magical Kingdom. As the legend goes, to enter this magical land one must pass three magical tests First, only someone with a good heart will be allowed past the wolves and the enchanted gate. Second, only someone brave can cross the enchanted ravine towards the fairy castle.And the third test is that hardest of them all. Once you enter the enchanted castle, the fairy queen will only reveal herself to someone with the true Christmas spirit. Come and see the Magical Kingdom of Christmas. Maybe you will be the one to see the fairy queen![...]



Second Round of Auditions

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I had a nice time playing with and looking at the first set of fabrics being auditioned for the sashings and borders but....  one needs to audition more than just one, yes?Moda Bella Solid "Paper Bag"...with cream inner border and outer border.Moda Bella Solid "American (or Air Force) Blue"...with cream inner border and outer border.Moda Bella Solid "Sage"...with cream inner border and outer border.~ ~ ~ ~ ~It's that time, don't forget to sign up!   And if you can't join in this week, remember there are TWO FNSIs this month!   We all got a lot of sewing to do before Santa Clause arrives, yes?[...]



Unbelievable Internet marketing ideas.

2011-12-12T03:17:22.099-08:00

Look where the Internet marketing has gone! It is so amazing to note the IM has at last bringing out the best of creative minds.

This video below is actually a Fiverr gig which is located at http://fiverr.com/terry_oi/magically-reveal-your-logo-or-message-from-my-magic-cup-in-a-hd-video?autoplay=true

Don't you think gone are the days of classified advertisements and RSS Feed submission to attract visitors to a website or blog? Fiverr is motivating hundreds of creative people to come out with unbelievable Internet marketing ideas.

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MYSTICAL CHRISTMAS LAUNCH AT SM CITY ILOILO

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A Mystical Christmas filled with elves and fairies was unveiled at SM City Iloilo last November 12, 2011. This grand Christmas celebration was launched simultaneously with all SM Supermalls nationwide.The program started with a dramatic unveiling of the centerpiece while Iloilo’s top chorale groups. Standing at the lower and upper ground floors with their hand-held lit stars was the Chorale singing “Carol of the Bells”. As the Christmas Centerpiece was unveiled, SM Little Stars winners, Precious Pearl Banaban, Kian Benz Bastian and Mico Hendrix Chua joined SM Group Marketing Manager, Kristine Joyce Yap, 1 Meal Board of Director, Ms. Chona Layson-Bondoc, and SM City Iloilo Mall Manager Girlie Liboon during the lighting of the Christmas Centerpiece. University of St. La Salle Stingers Aerialists, Pilipinas Got Talent Finalists, who acted as fairies during the program awed everyone with a breathtaking number as they showcased their aerial performance with such ease and expertise. Everyone was literally up in their seats as the performers soared high in the air.After the unveiling program, Santa Claus with his faithful elves distributed gifts to elementary kids from St. Abeto Elementary School, a beneficiary of the 1 Meal program. 1 Meal program is a non-profit organization which aims to improve facilities in less privileged public schools by actively involving the private sector.The Christmas Centerpiece at  SM City Iloilo features three giant Christmas trees as high as 20 feet, featuring playful elves, giant red polka dotted mushrooms and other unique Christmas ornaments.  [...]



MAGICAL CHRISTMAS IN SM CITY CEBU BEGINS

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SM City Cebu launched its Christmas campaign and the SM Supermalls Christmas jingle on November 12 at the Northwing Atrium.  The Christmas campaign launch was well attended by guests from the Cebu City government, media and shoppers.The Christmas launch started with performances from stiltwalkers and magicians.  The very talented young Cebuano violinist Jake Gacang serenaded the audience with his renditions of Christmas songs. A performance from the Voice of Cebu Chorale awed the audience with their powerful voices singing Christmas melodies.Ms. Sherry Tuvilla, mall manager of SM City Cebu said during her welcome message that “Truly, the best gift to mankind is the child Jesus: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.”  But the best gift we can receive is knowing the delight that our customers get, in the little shrieks we hear, as we feature the unique centrepiece that SM is known for - serving as a convergence of families across the land.  Highlighting the Christmas launch was the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas Trees by Cebu City Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young, Cebuana socialite and event specialist,  Ms. Teresin Mendezona together with the Vice President for SM Prime Holdings Ms. Marissa Fernan through the “magic wand”. American Idol Season 10 contestant and Cebu’s very own talented singer Monique de los Santos sang the SM Christmas Jingle originally sang by international youtube sensation Maria Aragon. The 11 year old singer is now the official voice of SM Christmas ChriSM.  The 11 year old, Maria Aragon has come a long way ever since she uploaded a video of her breakthrough acoustic rendition of Lady Gaga’s song, Born This Way, back in February of this year.The launch capped with a performance from Monique de los Santos singing O Holy Night and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.The SM City Cebu Christmas Village was also featured on Philippine Daily Inquirer last Sunday, December 4!  Here is a copy for those of you who missed it, or better yet, head on to SM City Cebu to see it!      [...]



2011 Christmas Wallpapers

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Wish Merry Christmas to your loved ones this year by giving them any of these 2011 Christmas Wallpapers available for free to all. Freshly added backgrounds are HD in quality and in latest variety to suit every visitor requirement of decorating his/her computer screen.[...]



Christmas Fantasy Wallpapers

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Christmas has many fantasies associated with its celebration among not only kids but other people also desire to be part of the fantasy World. Here, we have pictures of some Christmas Fantasy Wallpapers based on animation and the view of Disneyland.

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Christmas Victorian Wallpapers

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Enjoy the scenic view of landscapes, village and celebrations of victorian era best expressing how people used to exchange Christmas greetings with each other. Select from these listed Christmas Victorian Wallpacpers to get free download of these backgrounds.[...]



Christmas Fairy Wallpapers

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Let this magical fairy be part of your routine work on computer system where you can look at her while switching on your PC during December holidays to feel the festive fervor. Select from these Christmas Fairy Wallpapers for a pleasing morning and evening on your screen.

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Jennifer Garner

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Rose Bay, St Paul's Anglican Church

2011-12-12T03:17:22.099-08:00

The former St Paul’s Anglican Church is located on the corner of Newcaslte Street and Old South Head Road in teh eastern suburb of Rose Bay. It was built in 1918 and later became the church hall when a new church was built next door in 1929. Both are now deconsecrated and the hall is currently being used as a pre-school. While researching the history of these buildings, I discovered that the church, the parish hall and two neighbouring houses are due to be demolished soon to make way for residential flats and a new childcare centre.



Brooke Mueller

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Brooke Mueller was born in Palm Beach, Florida. She became a cheerleader at the Benjamin School, where tuition for high-school students is $23,000 a year. Her father was Lutheran and her mother Jewish. Two years after her father's death, her mother married a billionaire.  She is the stepdaughter of actor Jon Fiore. Her half-sister is Sydney Wolofsky. Mueller has tried acting, real estate, and even had a stint as a special correspondent on Extra. Mueller's best known role was as Janet in the 1999 film Witchouse. She also played Cassandra in the 2008 comedy film Strictly Sexual (credited as Brooke Allen). In 2011 Mueller co-starred in the Paris Hilton reality show The World According to Paris. Brooke Mueller Brooke Mueller Brooke Mueller Brooke Mueller Brooke MuellerBrooke Mueller[...]



Motherhood Makeover !

2011-12-12T10:05:25.797-08:00

When I was single, I thought my life couldn’t be better. And then, I got married. Then I thought oh it’s not that bad…its good atleast until a kid comes into picture. And then the kid came. And I am still the same with a few teeny tiny details changed.I hear myself telling the beautician that I’m unable to book a prior appointment, and my arrival depends on the mood of the baby and availability of my husband.I find myself in a rocking motion even when I am not holding the baby.Soaps and shampoos do not form lather on my hair or skin as they are washed off before that. I wonder what I did during my forty minute bath before. And what a lather looks like.Hormonal imbalances took half of my hair, and the rest were uprooted by my baby.At malls I make mental guesses of the age in months of any babies I see around and compare them with my own.I browse through babycenter as much as facebook and twitter.My mobile reminders consist of vaccination dates.I've given strict instructions to everyone in the house to talk in hushed tones when the baby is asleep.That guy who honks in front of our house exactly when the baby is sleeping is going to hell .My maid is trained to treat vessels like flowers so that no noise comes out of the kitchen.Packets with plastic covers which need to be opened while the baby is asleep either has to wait or will be opened outside the apartment.If the shoe polish is not found around in the last minute, baby wipes will be used. If I meet anyone who has a baby the first thing I check with them would be about the pediatrician they consult, or about the reputation of ours.I started folding our clothes to form small squared lumps so that they fit in the corner allotted to me and hubby. The rest of the wardrobe belongs to the baby.I have stopped wearing watch, bangles or bracelets for the fear of hurting my baby as I hold him.I have also stopped wearing long earrings as when I wear them my baby thinks they are hoops to which he can hang on.I sleep at the edge [...]



Auditions

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Cleared the dining room table for auditions... ...and laid out the blocks on the tan shirting fabric, adding square of the dark blue.Next, added the border fabric...Not sure about the dark blue cornerstones yet but I do like cornerstones... and I'm thinking about adding a narrow inside border in a solid cream.[...]



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Decorating Your Front Porch for the Holidays

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A Festive Look Is Created From the Walkway to the Front Door - SourceWhere should you start decorating your home for the holidays?  Why not start on your front porch?  It will take you less time to put a few things on the porch than it will  to dress your interior and you'll give the impression that you are ready for  the holidays.  Let’s take a look at some ideas for creating a festive front porch.     Group lanterns or glass hurricane lamps along the front steps or porch ledges to welcome guests by candlelight.Lanterns Light the Way to This Home - Pinterest  Change things up with an asymmetrical  look.  In other words, don’t make everything on the right of your door the same as what’s on the left.  In the picture below, the homeowner placed the taller branches  on the left of the front door and the chair and wreath on the right.An Asymmetrical Arrangement of Holiday Decor Gives an Unexpected Look - The Inspired Room  Incorporate some natural elements in your decorations such as grapevine garland, fruit, pine cones, etc. as pictured below. Hang something on the diagonal on your door for a different look.  I love the metal container with the greenery and fruit.Notice All of the Different Textures Present in This Holiday Decorating Scheme - My Home Ideas  Swap your doormat for one that has a festive color or holiday theme.  This homeowner has a lime green and red color scheme which is popular this year. Likewise,  lime green and purple combinations are  also a trend for holiday decorating this season. Make sure the color scheme you choose complements the colors on your exterior.  A Lime Green/Red Color Scheme [...]



Rose Bay, St George Greek Orthodox Church

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St. George Greek Orthodox Church is located on Newcastle Street, in the eastern suburb of Rose Bay. It was built in 1962 and combines elements of traditional Greek Orthodox Church architecture with contemporary designs of that era.



Memory Wreath

2011-12-12T10:05:25.798-08:00

It is estimated that at least 618,000 Americans on both sides died during the Civil War*... and these casualties exceed the nation's loss in all its other wars, from the Revolution through Vietnam.   I thought it appropriate to make a "Memory Wreath" block to include in my quilt...This block was made with templates... or paper patterns for those of us who started out as dressmakers.  It wasn't much fun trying to fussy cut the little triangles but the block went together smoothly.* If you'd like to read more about the casualties of the Civil War, check out this site.  One startling fact is that more died from disease, etc. than died in battle.[...]



What is the best price for a refurbished desktop PC?

2011-12-12T03:17:22.099-08:00

I was stunned when I began my search for refurbished computers that I need to buy for my mathematics academy, not because of the various options but because of confusing words. Refurbished computers are also sold as ‘reused computers’, ‘recycled computers’ and ‘end of life computers’. Naturally, I had to postpone my purchase before I educated myself properly about what are the differences between them. Though the computer prices have fallen a lot since I bought my first computer 12 years ago, I know it is not advisable to buy new computers to teach school students who are not likely to use them with caution. In addition, I have no budget for 8 new computers; that is the reason for my shopping for used computers that are sold after refurbishing and still come with limited period warranty. What do you think is the best price for a refurbished desktop PC that has a one year old configuration? [...]



Great Nascar Moment...

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I love a certain race car driver and because of that I just had to post this...



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Rose Bay

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These yachts are moored in Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour, with the eastern suburbs of Vaucluse and Rose Bay as a backdrop.



Sickle Variation

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No story with this block... Sickle Variation... just that I like it and it gave me a chance to use some of the smaller remnants of which I seem to have a plethora...The potential candidates for the sashing were awaiting me on the doorstep when I got home from work this afternoon... always a good thing to have new fabric to pet!The stripe shirting is darker than I thought but I like it....  the blue is about what I thought it would be... and quite nice.  I think I would call Air Force blue...This weekend, I'll get some of these two fabrics up on the wall and take photos.... and then ponder on it for a while.  It'll get figured out... [...]



NaBloPoMo

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If you're not familiar with  NaBloPoMo, it's "National Blog Posting Month." So yes, another challenge. This is how many in a row now? But, I like these. Challenges prevent me from becoming a lazy blogger. And fresh ideas is always a plus, right?
The theme for December is gifts. What a lovely theme! Here is today's prompt:

Monday, December 1, 2011
What was the first tangible gift you remember receiving?


I had to stop and think about this one for a while. I remember many gifts over the years, but what was the earliest one? I think it was my Cabbage Patch doll, Kasie. I got her for Christmas when I was five, and she was my constant companion for years. She had long brown hair in pigtails. I had written to Santa asking for a Cabbage Patch doll (that was the year they were incredibly popular) and recieving her made me just KNOW he was real! She was later joined by a little brother, Scottty, but she was my special favorite. We still have her; Emma played with her and now she is in storage waiting for Sophie. It won't be long now, though, until she will be out to be loved by another member of our family.



Rosa Parks, Daisy Bates, Fannie Lou Hamer -- Three Women Who Changed America

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One woman took a seat, another mentored nine students and another one told her story. All three of these women helped to change America.~ ~ ~Rosa Parks Source: Library of CongressOn this day in history a small fragile woman got on a bus to go home. She paid her fare and took her seat. By the day's end she would be in jail for riding that bus.Shortly, after taking her seat she was asked to move and give her seat to a man. She was tired and she only wanted to go home. She was arrested for not giving her seat to the man.  Her crime was that she was a woman of color and was not allowed by law to sit where she chose to sit. The man who needed the seat was white, as was the driver of the bus. Within an hour she was arrested and taken to jail. Her name was Rosa Parks. Her arrest initiated a boycott of the Montgomery Alabama bus system, and through non-violence, a system was changed in America.I was a child and never heard much about Rosa Parks until years later. While I was a small child in western Arkansas, we  had a bus service and I remember riding the bus with my grandmother and I loved watching the fare box where people put the change. I would not know until years later that I could sit in the front because of a small framed woman in Alabama who quietly took her seat a few months before. Rosa Parks had helped to change America.~Daisy Bates, Mentor to the Little Rock NineA few years later I had started elementary school. My mother was a native of Little Rock Arkansas, and I can only reca[...]



endless SCARVES!

2011-12-12T10:05:25.799-08:00

Ok so if you haven't realized this yet.. I am slightly obsessed with scarves!  I know it's a problem but with the temperatures dropping quickly, and because we can only wear so many layers a scarf is an absolute must for the season!And for all of those who have been hiding under a box for the last few years.. check out all the endless options of scares these days.. whether your dressing up, dressing down, a guy or a gal, old or young there's PLENTY of amazing and quite inexpensive options out there for you!Happy Friday... bundle up![...]



Happy December!

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Wow..can you believe it's already December?  as crazy as this year as FLOWN by I couldn't feel more blessed and so excited to fully embrace everything holiday!!So appropriately, today starts the first day of Advent, do you all have Advent Calendars?  I grew up having one, and it is one of my most favorite traditions!  I love opening up each day and counting down til Christmas! and in my family my mom would always surprise us with fun little gifts for each day too! this year, my mom actually brought us back traditional German advent calendars! (just like the one here)Happy December my dears..only 24 days til Santa comes to town! [...]



Advent is here

2011-12-12T10:05:25.800-08:00

Ready and waiting!(This post is a repeat from September, when I made the calendar. The picture above is of the filled calendar this morning, though.)Christmas is coming!I realized recently that we don't have an Advent calendar. I loved using ours as a child. I remember sitting in my father's lap, reading the verse for that night and putting the ornament on the fabric tree. I wanted to make one for our family to use  now, but one problem - I don't sew.I found a ready-to-be decorated calendar at a craft store. I wasn't even looking for it!  I also found a felt nativity set. I glued the figures onto the calendar. That was the easy part.My original idea was to make something similar to what I had grown up with - 24 pieces of scripture that corresponded with the 24 ornaments. Since I didn't make the same design, that wouldn't work. Instead, I printed up a list of 24 different things to do. It took a while to come up with that many ideas, but I did it! I used Excel to make "blocks" of paper that will be easier to cut out. I'll print them, cut out, and fold each one and put into the calendar. Each day the girls can take out the paper and we'll do the activity as a family.I can't wait.Here is my list of things to do:Make cookiesRead the Christmas storyWatch White ChristmasDecorate bedroom doorsBreakfast for dinnerMake handprint/footprint reindeerMake S'moresPlay board games togetherWatch Polar Express in PJsDo someth[...]



The Thanksgiving Post

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Kent and I went to Fayetteville for Thanksgiving. We alternate holidays with one family each year so that we can spend a good amount of quality time with that one family instead of rushing to drive all around Arkansas. It makes the holidays relaxing instead of a stressful fuzzy memory.My Dad and Spencer went on a Turkey Trot (12 miles) without me. While I stayed at the house and baked sweet potato cassarole, chocolate pecan chess pie and did one of the THREE turkeys! I brined my turkey for the first time in a bourbon-apple juice mixture and it was crazy moist. I will do this again next year for sure. Clean up after dinner crew:My parents cat scratched Captain Jack in the eyeball so he spent most of our trip with only one good eye. Kent felt REALLY sorry for him and kept sneaking him turkey. After our big dinner we ventured outside to take some family pictures. Here is the whole crew!Me, Drewa, KK & MomI LOVE this picture of my parents!Me and my momma!We had a wonderful time in Fayetteville and are especially "thankful" for our wonderful families![...]



Baby Showers for Baby McClure!

2011-12-12T10:05:25.800-08:00

Our first shower was in Benton at my friend Bev Brown's house. She went above and beyond on all the details. We still had not chosen a name for Baby McClure at this point, so that's why it says "baby" everywhere. I loved it all!Mine & Kent's baby pictures.Aunt KK, me and the new GRANDMOTHER to be!My mom's sister, Kathy, me and my Mom.Megan was so sweet to help host and drive down from Conway!LOVED this burlap wreath that I got to keep! I'll change the initial for the baby's name.Me and all the hostesses. This shower was a hodge-podge of bootcamp friends, old friends from Conway and new friends in Benton. It was so fun and special. The Fayetteville shower was so fun for me because it was thrown and attended by wonderful women that I never get to just sit down and catch up with. I've known some of these women my entire life! Heidi (Nelson) Clark, me and Karen Nelson.  Amber & Steph loving on my big ole bump! Me, my Mom, Amber, Stephanie and Aunt KK!Me & Tiffany Haas All of our loot! Kent and I are so grateful for all the time, effort and resources that each person who attended either shower contributed to helping us get ready for Baby McClure's arrival. We have less than 8 weeks to go until we get to meet him![...]