Thursday, May 31, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
At the flags upon these graves
Know these flags represent
A few of the true American brave.
They fought for their Country
As man has through all of time
Except that these soldiers lying here
Fought for your country and mine
As we all are gathered here
To pay them our respect
Let's pass this word to others
It's what they would expect
I'm sure that they would do it
If it were me or you
To show we did not die in vein
But for the red, white and blue.
Let's pass on to our children
And to those who never knew
What these soldiers died for
It's the least we can do
Let's not forget their families
Great pain they had to bear
Losing a son, father or husband
They need to know we still care
No matter which war was fought
On the day that they died
I stand here looking at these flags
Filled with American pride.
So as the bugler plays out Taps
With its sweet and eerie sound
Pray for these soldiers lying hereIn this sacred, hallowed ground.
Take home with you a sense of pride
You were here Memorial Day.
Celebrating the way Americans should
On this solemnest of days.
-1999 Michele Keim, Commander of Royersford VFW Post 6341 in Pennsylvania.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
For just a little weird twist to your day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
As you can see, a lot of the squares are already gone after only being in my possession for a few hours. I can't take full credit, unfortunately. Every time I get a box of chocolate as a gift, the pleas of "can I have a piece?" start almost instantly. My kids, I trained them well.
I took samples of each of the chocolates but they are too small to read. The first square is sao tome' 74%. The description on the back says Extra Bittre Chocolade. Very sharp taste. The second is Madagascar, which is like a milk chocolate. The third is Occumare Venezuela 71%, another extra bittre. The last is West Africa 72%, also extra bittre.
A square of pure heaven. Letting the chocolate melt on your tongue is the best way to eat it. Leaves your whole mouth covered in chocolate. Can anything be better than that?
"And Charlie, don't forget about what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted. He lived happily ever after."
-Roald Dahl- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I was never one much for needlecrafts, sewing whatever, until a co worker brought in a quilt she was making. I was curious and Janie, always the one with a lesson up her sleeve and the patience of a saint, took the opportunity and pulled me right in to the world of patterns, thread and glorious fabric. I've been hooked since.
Each of my kids have gotten a quilt from me, though my poor eldest daughter was the victim my first attempt at bed size quilt (I owe her a replacement). The quilt in the picture is my son's, which is starting to show some wear (yippee! a well loved quilt is the best quilt).
I took a chance a few years ago and made some table runners to sell on Ebay. I really enjoyed it, but after a while I got severely burned out trying to take care of my usual work plus find time to make and sell the quilts. It was great experience, though.
I am now working on a flannel quilt for my husband. I am not too happy with how it's coming out so it's still being "worked" on- i.e. I am avoiding it. My husband gently reminds me every so often to work on it by saying, "Where is that quilt you promised me?". Whoops. I should even be working on it now instead of writing in my blog but if you won't tell, I won't either.
"How much piecin' a quilt's like living a life....The Lord sends us the pieces, but we can cut'em out and put'em together pretty much to suit ourselves...."
"The one with the most fabric at the end, WINS!"
Monday, May 14, 2007
I love you, always.
"The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him"
In the picture above, they all are boarding the plane. There was not much room in that plane, especially for four people. Eek! Better them than me....
Take off time. After a lot of plane and control checks by the pilot and a lot of strapping in of passengers, the engine revved. Nerves all around!
Ok, they are going to take off sometime today, right? It took longer than I thought it would for the plane start, warm up (do planes warm up?) and to taxi down the runway and take off. But once they were in the air, the trip was over quickly. I was surprised how fast they were able to tour downtown and surrounding areas. My husband said they saw a lot in a half hour. Whew! I am just glad they had fun and are now back on terra ferma. Not a fly girl myself...
"I watch out my window as the planes take off into space. Oh, that I could fly away and start fresh. But I must realize that fresh starts also come in the pretty wrapped gift called 'tomorrow'. "
Sunday, May 13, 2007
"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother."
- Lin Yutang
"The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother—which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician."
- Sydney J. Harris
Friday, May 11, 2007
I first got a Friendship/Amish bread starter about 10 years ago from a co worker. I had no idea what on earth this stuff was, nor had I ever heard of it. My co worker handed me a gallon size zip lock bag and a page of instructions on what to do with the batter. I ended up following the instructions and making the bread. Boy, it was good!
Last week, my sister asked me if I wanted another bag of starter. Sure, why not. Well, I found out this version is even better. Someone added to the basic recipe somewhere along the line (or my memory is gone) cause this is the best bread I've ever tasted. It makes two loaves and my family eats it before I can even consider freezing the second loaf for later. And now, the basic starter recipe is available on line so anyone can make it without having to wait for a starter to come their way.
To remaining batter add:
"No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth"
Monday, May 7, 2007
From Iraq with gratitude: Your care packages give us a boost
I am writing because I got a chance to read Brian O'Neill's column "For Our Soldiers in Iraq, a Little Means a Lot" (March 22), about the work of the "Yellow Ribbon Girls" who send care packages and Girl Scout cookies to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen in war zones. The article arrived in a package sent to me from the Yellow Ribbon Girls.
I want to tell them publicly: Thank you for what you are doing to support your troops over here.
I am currently the division chief for my squadron's Airframes Division. We have hard-charging Marines who work 12 to 15 hours every day without moaning or complaining about why they are over here. For many of them, this is their first deployment. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else but with them.
When we get mail call out here, you can see it from the youngest Marine to the crusty old guys who have had their fair share of deployments -- it is like Christmas. When you hear your name called, you feel that pride that someone back home does care what you are doing out here. We all ask each other: What what do you want to trade? Most of the time, though, we put everything on the shelf and make it free for the taking -- the Airframes Division is like our family away from home.
During my first deployment my daughter, Kaitlyn, was born. She was 2 months old when I finally came home. I got married in July 2000, but we never did get to take a honeymoon -- I had to deploy again to get ready to head back over here to the area. I can only imagine how hard it is on my wife and my daughter with me gone so much. But the military is something I always wanted to do. There are some sacrifices that my family and other families have to make.
Next month will be my daughter's 7th birthday. I will miss it again. That is the hardest thing I think there is when it comes to being deployed -- not seeing my little girl's face when she wakes up in the morning.
Again, I want to thank Yellow Ribbon Girls (http://www.yellowribbongirls.com/) for giving me a taste of home. You will be in my thoughts when I sleep on my pillow with your case covering it that you gave me. "SEMPER FI" (Always Faithful).
GUNNERY SGT. DAVID C. FREED U.S. Marine Corps Al Asad, Iraq
"The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect."
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Happy Birthday, Kathleen!
"I smile because you are my sister, I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it!"
"Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe."