Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Happy Holidays 2008
This has definitely been a year to show us that God works in mysterious ways. Things happen that at first glance seem to be negative after time & reflection turn out to be a blessing, although I'm still waiting to see the positive of some ;) We received orders for Germany early on last year. It took some real mental adjustment as we thought we were approaching retirement. Now with the economic climate, it is a relief to be secure. There is a housing shortage in Bamberg, (our destination,) so the kids & I had to stay back while waiting for something to become available. Rob deployed to Iraq for a year in September. Our wait for housing should be done by mid December, so we are going home for Christmas before we move. We're looking forward to living in Europe again, now that the kids are old enough to really appreciate it. I am back to being a stay at home mom. We felt it was best for everyone for me to be able to focus on the family. I was very surprised by how even the boys really like having me home. I have rediscovered my love of cooking & the kids are reaping the benefits. I have also found it is much easier to be eco-friendly when you are not constantly rushing around. Rob enjoys calling me a tree-hugger. I am so very thankful for the internet so that Rob & I can talk most every day. It makes it much easier than previous deployments. We found homes for all but Sera & Catamia. We felt those 2 would do ok with the move & new environment. May God bless you & keep you now & all year.
I asked the family to each write a paragraph about the past year, so here it is, unedited…
“Well this past year has been a little different for me. I went from my nice office job at Ft. Leonard Wood to a brand new unit in Germany. Thought that i was going to retire, but how many chances does one get to go to Europe and explore? So me and Heather talked about it and decided that this would be a good thing for us and the kids. they are old enough to remember it this time around and Ivy can see the Country that she was born in. The unit that I am in is a brand new unit and they are still not sure how or what Military police do in their unit. We are all learning together so that makes this deployment to Iraq a little different. For the first time in my career as an MP i am not out driving around in the local area. I am on the base and doing what MP's do in the states, drive around and give people tickets. Well I hope that every one has a good Christmas and a very merry New Year.”
“Over the past year I got my drivers license & grew out my hair a little until November. It is pretty fun to drive around in my opinion. The reason I cut my hair was because it kept getting in my eyes, & in the wind it would hurt my eyes. Zach would give me weird looks when it was fall because I was warm while he was wearing coats.”
“Over the past year, I let my hair grow out & get longer. My friend Chelsea & I went out for a little while. I have grown tall, so now I’m taller than my mom. Robin, mom, & Ivy call me a reptile because I don’t sweat as much as them.”
“This year I became a junior in Girl Scouts. I was in the Christmas Parade dressed up as a Peanut Butter Patty. I help the special needs kids in my class. This year was awesome except for my daddy leaving. “
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
my flamingo's died. fell down & lost their heads.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
One last thing though; Katie asked the other day a cpl of questions reguarding the pig eggs. 1st, pigs b/c I loaned out my chicken mold ;) 2nd I use the Tovolo Ice cream sandwich maker as an egg press. Boil eggs, peel while hot & place in mold. Secure lid, (in this case w/ rubber bands,) & place in cold water bath for 10 min. After that they will retain their shape. It's super cool. Love you all, g'night.
Friday, December 5, 2008
I am crafting & sewing like there's no tomorrow, but I can't post any of it as it's Christmas presents & I don't want the recieving parties to be privvy to their presents. (You know who you are.) I did get Ivy's pants hemmed though & turned a pair of hand-me-down jeans & a too small skirt from goodwill into an adorable skirt.
I'm very annoyed w/ the Army. Can't fly out of Greensboro & the ppl who were getting my tickets & passports were quite rude about it too. Could've avoided being snotty, oh well. So will have to make our way back to St Louis to fly out. I need to find a good deal on a nationwide rental or on plane tickets.
Nothing else to add right now, take care & TTYL
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I just wasted the last hour or so watching YouTube videos. I blame Zach. He sent me one by Mike Mozart of Jeepers Media & I was hooked. Soooo funny. If you want to get a giggle & can restrain yourself from watching too too much, head on over & check it out.
The book fair stuff is running late, hopefully can set up tomorrow. I do have to get my sewing & crafting done while I can. I know these posts have been less than satisfying lately - sorry. Might have to go invest in a good chocolate bar, or maybe double my dose of prozac. Either way, have to cheer up. Really want to decorate to get in the season, but is just stupid w/ move so imminent. Oh well. Have a good night & should be better tomorrow.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I am thankful for Craigslist. What a wonderful innovation.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Worked on my usual pile 'o stuff today. (I swear it procreates overnight.) I can never seem to make the clutter disappear. There is always something I need to go through. Had a great time at Danielle's party last night. The only problem is that now, there is too much I want. I have to be good though. Trying to get the kids interested in buying something for me for Christmas ;)
Crud, it's LATE! I still have to make lunches & sat here spacing it. Have been sorting through crafts stuff. Got my stuff gone through, but got side tracked in craft supplies. Ah, sweet addictive crafts. Esp. origami. I love origami. Esp using recycled catalogs w/ purty pics. Have you ever made the chinese wishing stars? Folding Trees has a great tutorial.
I am thankful for free catalogs. I love home window shopping, esp here where there aren't many shops. I know I can look at stuff online, but I really like having something physical to hold. (Now before you feel too bad for the companies, I do occasionally buy stuff.)
Friday, November 28, 2008
The computer had m in a fit again today. The desktop as I said has been having issues. The disc drive is all wonky, bu when the boys were messing w/ it, trying to fix it, they unplugged the printer from te computer. I have been going nuts today trying to figure out what is wrong w/ this thing. Really, throwing a lovely little fit, esp after buying all new inks. Then happened to notice cord was loose, tugged at it & it came right up. not connected. grr. *sigh* I'm ok now.
The weather must be bad in the dessert tonight, no contact at all from Rob & theonly reason that would happen is if his internet was down. I just hope he didn't frustrate himself too bad.
Tonight is Danielle's Pampered Chef party, So I'm looking forward to a nice evening. Iplanon relaxing when I get home, so am going to go ahead & post this. Good day one & all. :)
I am thankful for hot & cold running water. One of those things you don't think about much, but w/ Rob being in the dessert, it makes me aware of how lucky we are to be able to take long hot showers, & give the dog a bath. She would be pretty ripe otherwise.
Have a GREAT day & ttyl
PS - finally listed the truck on craigslist, check it out & if you have any suggestions, let me know.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
All that's needed for this project is a strong pair of scissors, a cork-backed table mat, a pointed object (a scriber or just a ballpoint pen), a little bit of tape and some fine abrasive paper.
Plus of course an empty aluminium drink can - this one contained 'Emerge' - an energy drink containing caffeine and taurine, with a flavour and aroma that perfectly reproduces the experience of drinking something fizzy and anonymously fruity next to a public urinal.
First, I cut the can down one side, then cut carefully around the ends.
Extreme care is required here, as the edges of the thin metal are sharp and jagged.
Then I opened out the side into a flattish sheet and gave it another trim to remove the worst of the jagged points.
It's always a bit surprising how much material such an apparently small cylinder yields - I think it's just not all that easy to intuitively estimate the circumference of a circle.
I taped the metal down flat onto the cork back of a table mat, then used a piece of fine abrasive paper to remove the printing.
It isn't strictly necessary to remove the paint from the can, but it does make forming a pattern easier later on.
Then I used the scriber (and later, an ordinary ballpoint pen) to mark out a decorative pattern on the metal.
- Pressing just hard enough to crease the material, but not hard enough to puncture or score it
Once the design has been pressed into the metal, it tends to prevent it recoiling back into a cylinder - the work can be removed from the cork board.
I've decorated this one with a simple pattern consisting of geometric shapes, swirls and spirals - but obviously other designs are possible.
It may even be possible, with a little care and skill, to reproduce a picture in beaten relief style.
I cut the piece to shape with the scissors...
Again, great care is needed here to avoid cuts from the sharp edges.
The end result is a little metal box with an embossed pattern.
Not bad for a first effort - I'd do a few things differently next time, such as leaving an extra bit on the edge and folding it over inwards, so the box doesn't have any exposed sharp edges.
It Gets Better
I found a way of getting the design to stand out in sharper relief.
I traced the entire design as normal, then (before any folding) flipped over the metal and using the same kind of embossing technique, traced around the raised pattern elements from the other side - following the inside and outside edges of all the raised elements.
Then I flipped it over and re-traced the original design once more. The result is a much clearer, bolder embossed design.
It was also pretty simple to make the box with turned-over edges that were not so sharp - by leaving an extra tab on each side
The diagonal scored lines (marked in red) are embossed from the front surface of the work - enabling the corners to be folded inwards.
The lines scored to enable the edge flaps to be finally tucked in are marked in blue on this diagram - they're embossed from the back, like most of the other work, but I found it necessary to make them from a pair of closely-spaced parallel lines - as the thin metal tends to snap if creased into a really tight fold.
And Better Still
Finally, it's quite easy to tweak the measurements for a second box so that one fits snugly over the other.
I found that by reducing the central square region by about a quarter inch and increasing the height of the sides by a similar amount, the resulting box was just small enough to push inside the other as a base.
Remember which way up it's going to be when you're applying the designs though.
I lined my box with a little scrap of tapestry-style fabric, held in place with all-purpose glue.
Felt or velvet would also work just as well - I think it's even possible to get self-adhesive versions of these, which would probably be ideal.