Monday, December 04, 2006


Yesterday, at church, we celebrated Dave and Cathy's 50th wedding anniversary. There is a tremendous joy in hearing someone say that they met and married their true love at 16. Some people don't know that at 30, 40 or even later in life. What a blessing for Dave and Cathy to have shared all this time together as best friends. It brings me to my knees, thanking the Lord good marriages.

Ephesians 5:33

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself,

and the wife must respect her husband.

A funny thing happened to me as well... Miles and I took care of the first 1/2 of the music for worship and Pastor Judy and her daughter Rebecca the second. Now, you know if you read yesterday's blog, that I have a hard time with singing in front of the congregation. Get me out in the congregation and Miles has to tame me down sometimes. Anyway, we got thru, despite Miles fingers being frozen for the first few songs. Someone had turned the heat right down to 47 degrees and though the first arriavals had turned it back up, the piano was like playing a sheet of ice. So we sang. Afterward, over anniversary cake and coffee, this sweet little bird of a woman comes to me and says "Were you the girl who was singing this morning, by the piano?" I said "yes..." She said "You have a LOVELY voice" I say "er... THANK YOU..." Then, she says "Didn't you have your hair pulled back?" and I say... "Uh, no, that was Rebecca" so she says "well, your voice is nice too, dear." LOL - that bad hey? But as I've mentioned before, they don't hold their ears screaming...

You begged, you recieve. Don't want any tears or tantrums out there in Blogland. Now you have to know that there were no furry coats/hats and we were never in front of the lake, either. We were in (reluctantly) front of a green sheet draped over a projector screen in our front room, with the camera perched precariously on a bunch of pillows on our kitchen counter. (no tripod) With a little bit of magic and manipulation I managed to give the picture an aged look. First I masked us out of the original pic, painted on the furry stuff, opened the lake photo and placed us, in furry stuff, and then merged it all together. To get the poloroid look basically I now open the merged photo in Photoshop, duplicate the layer, put a soft black and white filter on one layer and then blend or back off the transparency until it has 'that look'. After this, I ctrl+a and stroke the entire picture with white border to about 50 px (depends on the size of the photo) for the white edge. After this its simply a matter of putting a bit of drop shadow to it. I printed this out as 4 x 6 postcards, so no need to buy envelopes, just cut out, draw a line, address right, sentiment left, kiss, stamp and mail.


Now that I've got you all Christmassy-mooded, you have to get a chuckle out of the following site:



Your daily oxymorons:

icy hot

idly laborious

ignorant professor

ill fortune

ill health

immigration control

impatient patient

important trivia

inarticulate writer

tncome tax

incomplete cure

increasing declines

increasingly little

incredibly common

incredibly dul

lincredibly real

Indecent exposure

indifferently attentive

indirect communication

industrial park

inexpensive car

inexpensive house

inexpensive medical care

I also found this sweet little joke to share with you as well - brighten up your monday:

That's My Mom!

4 YEARS OF AGE My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.

16 YEARS OF AGE Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 YEARS OF AGE That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE Wish I could talk it over with Mom.....


DIY Surround Sound...

This one's really funny... just something I came up with through our 'lean and mean' financial days... If you want to fill your house with holdiday music this festive season; if you live within range of a good radio station; go to your local thrift store and buy several radios(up to 5 - the amount typical of surround sound) We've bought them for as little as $1 apiece. Put one in the main rooms of your house. Then, turn them all on at the same time to the same station. This really works pretty well.


  1. Okay, it has taken me close to 30 minutes to download your frosted flakes frames! Not because I had trouble but I just could not stop reading!! Thanks for the gifts, the giggles, the tips, the inspiration and the words of encouragement!

  2. Hey, I see you found my blog! :) Thanks for posting to it...I'll have to investigate that software you recommended.

    I've had your blog on RSS for about a month now. You do an awesome job with it! Not only do you give away great freebies, but you take the time to make it interesting to read. I only hope I can do the same. :) I'm trying.

    Did you know that we mentioned you on our team blog the other day? >giggle> You were in a competition and didn't even know it! It's at

    Have a blessed December!

  3. Thank You for another of your awesome Christmas freebies

  4. I had 3 blog entries to read today as I was away all weekend. Busy busy busy!

    Love the photos today - amazing ice picture & love the paws!

    Very cute Christmas card!

    Too funny about the 'lovely voice' comments at church!

    Was good to see you guys Friday night. We zipped home pretty quick after the parade for warmth & a movie! Cold toes!!!

    Maybe chat tonight!

  5. The papers and bulbs are gorgeous! Thank you!

  6. Velvet Crush is so pretty... How DO you do that!???? You are one awesome lady! I immediately had to look at the ornaments up close... such an array of pretty colors!

    And the Christmas card is so nifty! And thank you for telling us how you did it!

    Thanks again for all your lovely thoughts & freebies.

  7. Great pictures! And lovely papers and bulbs! Good job!

  8. You are a blessed woman. God has given you great talent and a compassionate heart.

  9. You are so creative and toghtful! I hope you and Mr Miles are having a blessed holiday season! Thanks for the lovely freebie!

  10. thanks for sharing your love of the Lord and the love of family and friends...I know I love reading and seeing you talent sis

  11. This is so pretty. I love the bulbs and also the papers. Thank you for sharing it.


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