Saturday, November 29, 2008

black friday

Well I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving and survived Black Friday. I ate to much as usual, and was up at 3:00 a.m. (thanks to my brother) to be in Yakima and in line at Best Buy by 4:00 a.m. But first, I have to tell you about what my lovely dog Murphy did. While I was gone and my husband Mike was on his way to go hunting, Murphy was able to snag my apple pie and finish it off. I was so not a happy camper. But, on a happy note he did not get my huckleberry pie. That would of been a true tragedy. Not only would it have stained and basically made a mess that clean up would of been a nightmare; but it is my favorite pie and I only get it once a year. Eating that pie would of probably gotten him a stay outside for a very long time. Moving on.

Black friday was not as bad as usual. I am not sure if it is because of the economy or because we decided to go into Yakima instead of the Tri-Cities. No matter which place we were I will say it was damn cold and people are funny. Of course I am including us in that sentence. How crazy is it to get up at 3:00 a.m. to be in line to buy stuff. Deals were good, but even if a deal is good it certainly does not mean you should indulge. But, of course I did. I even purchased a laptop I did not need because I got so caught up in the crowd mentality. A young gentlemen heard me saying how I was not looking forward to bring it back. He purchased it from me right then and there. Thanks goodness I so did not want to stand in line to return it. One disaster averted with very little mess (and Mike not finding out) that is so such a good thing.

During this weekend I have been busy working on some ATC cards for 3 swaps. I am so behind in creating these and getting my circle journal out. I am going to be taking a break from joining any other swaps. It is hard because they are so much fun to make but if I don't I will never get anything completed for Christmas. Not to mention getting my Etsy shop up and running.
The following cards are some of what I have been busy creating. I have really gotten into using beeswax. I also like using ink as a background. It makes the background very vintage and distressed. For the month of December I am going to be experimenting with different backgrounds. Gesso is also a very cool product. You can create so many different looks with it. Drop me an email and let me know what you think of the cards. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Have a great Sunday and following week.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans day

I would like to dedicate this post to those that have shed their blood, sweat and tears in their tireless effort in service to this country the USA. They have made it possible for us to vote or not to vote, to protest, for us to speak freely, and keep us safe.

We ALL should praise them for this sacrifice they make freely. Because they sign on the dotted line freely I believe the sacrifice all the more important, and we should never take this for granted. They sign on the dotted line because they believe in a greater good then themselves and because the signing is done freely without prompting I praise them all the more for it.

I salute them and keep them in my prayers nightly. I praise those that where before, I praise those that are serving now, and I praise those who are to come. There is no greater service then what they do.

Now, I would also like to salute another branch of the service. The K9's and their handlers. The handlers; because the bonding is so important in the partnership yet the ability for them (the handlers) to let go when necessary. It is simply amazing to me.

I work a Search and Rescue dog. I understand the importance of the bonding process where you are no longer just a handler and a dog; you are a team. Yet, I have not even come close to what these teams "feel" for each other. Their lives depend absolutely on each other at times. I cannot imagine the feelings these handlers have when they send their partners out to do what they where trained to do, and knowing there is a chance they may not come back. This partnership truly goes further than just man loving his dog. We (meaning handlers) go through so much emotional baggage when working with our dogs (partners). Dogs do not have this emotional baggage. They are pleased; no that is not right, they do this with total and absolute joy. There is no hesitation; it gives them such pleasure to do what they where bred to do. WORK.

Do not feed into the propaganda of thinking that they are "drafted" into service. Poor dogs forced to die, and work in harsh environments. The breed of dogs used are dogs that where, are bred to work. In this country dogs are treated as spoiled pets and when they become bored and "destroy" they end up in shelters or put down. There are dogs that are bred to be just that spoiled loved ones. But, these are working dogs bred to do a job and they are truly unhappy setting around or just taking short little walks around the yard or neighborhood. So, please do not lessen their service by "feeling sorry" for them. Salute them, praise them and be proud of what they have and will accomplish. They are hero's in their own right and deserve that distinction not your pity. Only your pride!

Though these two dogs are not veterans of the military they do serve their communities and country. Please keep them in your prayers when they are out searching and doing their duties.

Please follow the link below to find out more about the K9's serving in the military.
Remember they need your prayers of safety as well. Be safe all, and know you are honored as you where meant to be. I thank you!