Sunday, June 03, 2007

(bugs, boy-things, solids and cool gradients)

If you RIGHT CLICK on the download link, and choose the option "Open in New Window" you won't be taken away from my blog entry, rather you will be able to download the element and still read today's entry.

You folks are TOO KIND! I know you're all so busy - we all are, but you took the time to leave some appreciation, and it means a lot to me. Thanks also to you for your suggestions for new tapes. I've compiled a BIG list of ideas - so I hope you won't get tired of them. Keep the ideas rolling - you dream, I'll create!

7 a.m. BOAT RIDE...

Yesterday WAS fun! Believe it or not, we were up and out on the lake by 7 a.m. with a friend for a ride in a boat. The water was a sheet of glass and the air was buttery soft. We were out for about an hour, making a large loop along the shores of our beautiful lake. It was an eye-opener to see all the development along the shores - you just can't see it all from the roads. It was thrilling to watch the shore slip by in a spray of water, glinting like diamonds!

If this were not enough, Miles took me to yard sales, where we scooped several 'treasures'. He was horrified as I 'bargained' with some folks for what he already considered a great deal - but was in admiration when they actually reduced the prices for me! Seemed like most sales yesterday were the type where no reasonable offer was refused. It was breakfast at McD's - yes, sad as it is, I crave a nice greasy, fattening sausage McMuffin someday!

I C U... DO U C ME?

And, then we drove east of town and up into the hills to get some photos of the beautiful wildflowers and critters. There are many new developments happening up among the hills to the east - and we were wowwed by how much our town is swelling. Pretty prestigious up there!


I thought I might share some of my heart from this past week with you. This has been such a week of encouragement. Encouragement from you to me, and encouragement I find I've been receiving and unbeknown to me until now, giving. I had a dear friend sit next to me at the school and tell me that she found simply to sit next to me and soak up my presence, was encouraging to her. I can't tell you how this moved me... our friend is an older woman who has in her past, been a missionary in India for years in her past. She's a fount of Godly Wisdom and kind words and has been a complete inspiration to both Miles and I over the years. Lately she's been struggling - she's been feeling dry, very dry and uninspired, and uninspiring, we've all been there before. What a blessing to be used to 'whet' her... to whet her appetite for desire to be creative, to fellowship with me as a sister. What an honour the Lord would use me, a younger woman, with far less experience and knowledge, to encourage her at her time of need.

I've had several other gifts of encouragement over the past short while, and each time it's been like receiving a jewel. Won't you reach out to someone you know and encourage them? Whether its someone close to you, or someone you know barely - pray and ask the Lord to use you to bless someone's life. Trust that whom you choose to build up is in need of the words or kind deed you can give them. Somehow, I always find, that by giving - I receive something special in return in the form of fellowship, friendship and gratitude.

Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from his neck saying, "Make me feel important"

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Friendship is God's special way of loving us through someone else.

"A friend loves at all times"

Proverbs 17:17

Life goes headlong. We chase some flying scheme, or we are hunted by some fear or command behind us. But if suddenly we encounter a friend, we pause, our heat and hurry look foolish enough; now pause, now possession, is required, and the power to swell the moment from the resources of the heart. The moment is all, in all noble relations... A friend is the hope of the heart. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Today in History:

1539 - Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain

1621 - Dutch West India Company receives charter for "New Netherlands"

1789 - Alex Mackenzie began exploration of Mackenzie River

1888 - Casey at the Bat published (SF Examiner)

1934 - Dr Frederick Banting co-discoverer of insulin knighted

1935 - Atlantic crossing record French "Normandie": 1077 hours

1948 - 200 inch Hale telescope dedicated at Palomar Observatory

1949 - Dragnet's 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in LA)

1957 - Howard Cosell's 1st TV show

1959 - 1st US Air Force Academy graduation

1966 - Gemini 9 launched; 7th U.S. 2-man flight

1976 - US presented with oldest known copy of Magna Carta

1979 - Ixtoc I rig in Gulf of Mexico blows; 3 million bbl of oil spilled

1981 - Pope John Paul II released from hospital after attempt on life


It sounds WILD!

Wild Sanctuary is home to the world's largest private archive of natural sound ANYWHERE!

You can download a special layer for Google Earth or Google Maps here by clicking on the link above the graphic, which will then allow you to listen to little soundbites of natural recordings from all over the world!



  1. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Even more great tape elements - thank you!

  2. TY so very much for these awesome tapes!!!
    Sounds loke you had a fantastic day!!
    Love the chipmucks!
    Spent a half hour this morning watching one on my deck this morning eating from my bird treat feeders!

  3. Good Morning Barb:)
    I have to say "ditto".Thank you so much for the fantastic comment you left for me.You are a true friend.:)I love your visits.!!
    As a matter of DH woke up with a praise song this morning.He said all morning he would wake up off and on and there was that same praise song going through his mind.Isn't it wonderful when the Lord wakes you up to praise? Needless to say we had a wonderful time with the Lord today.:)He is soo good!
    The only wish I could have for you right a day like we have had.:)
    Thanks for the wonderful tapes:)They add soo much to a layout.:)
    We are planning a trip to town later this afternoon..going out for supper and then stop at the grocery store to get a few things we need.:)Nothing fancy..but I won't have to cook!!LOL


  4. love them ....when we get there you will have to show Missy that Sasquatch guy....have a great day ...

  5. Ladybugs! Ladybugs! *doin' my happy dance*! TY!!!

  6. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Barb - I am listening to the sound bits off the site... did you buy any of these? I really like them! I have a cd w/ something like this - but I think these are the best I have heard. LMK if you bought them, which ones... how you like them.~G

    BTW - I am posting annon, cause blogger hates me lately and won't let me log in, although I have an acct. Weird!!!

  7. Thank you for these fabulous tapes - LOVE them! What a wonderful compliment from your friend at school - love your photos too - glad Miles saved you from Sasquatch - LOL!

  8. OH thanks so much for more great tapes!!!

  9. Ah ... boating on a lake ... sounds divine. I just came in from the heat after planting a few more potatoes, carrots, beets and radish. It is some hot out there. Whew.

    Anyway, I looked on my blog and found first one, then two, then THREE new comments. Whahooo ... comments! I was chuffed. Thanks for stopping by. I couldn't understand how no one commented on that luscious looking piece of pie ... oh for another piece. Next year.

    The chipmunks ARE cute ... especially the I C U one! Critters are so fun.

    Oh, and the sasquatch pic ... FUN!

  10. P.S. I can't believe you ate at MacDonald's!!!!

  11. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    I see you found our friendly Sasquatch! My dear brother worked there last year fueling the generators for the water wells, I guess the water table needed to be tested before they moved forward with the homes, I have been told there are several other division markers, Black tailed deer for one, did you see him, he really was a white tail deer but painted with black, some kind of order mix up, the developer doesn't even know! So it's between you and me, K!? I love the critter tapes so kuel! Take care Barb.

  12. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Thanks for these great tapes - love them :)

  13. Thank you for sharing your funny tapes!!
    If you want I've got a little fish on my blog for you!!!

  14. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Hi Barb, Thanks again for sharing your awesome creativity. I also love the pic with you and the sasquatch...Very cute. I hope you're having a wonderful wekend.

    Take care,


  15. i have just one word for your story with the older woman.... BEAUTIFUL!!!! thank you for sharing such a wonderful part of your day! :)

  16. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Thank you so much for these tapes!! I love them and cannot wait to use them!

  17. I love these tapes! Thank you so much!

  18. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Thanks for the tapes today. They are awesome. Love the animal pictures today. I love garage sales too. Have a great week.

  19. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    These tapes are so cool. Thanks so much for sharing them. And thank you for the lovely story about your friend. Truly inspiring.

  20. Thank you, these are cool!

  21. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    These are so cute. Thank you so much.

  22. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Thank you for all the fabulous tapes!

  23. Ahhh, a girl after my own heart! I love yard sales!!!! Love the sasquatch picture too. And of course, the tapes. Thank you!

  24. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Thanks for the tapes, Barb--I especially like the lady bugs. ;-)

  25. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Thank you so much.

  26. AnonymousJune 03, 2007

    Yay, ladybugs! Love the gradients too. I'm sure you have lots of ideas, but dots, stripes & plaids are always good....actually I like them all so I'm grateful for anything you're willing to make for us! Thanks so much.

  27. AnonymousJune 04, 2007

    Thank you for sharing stories about that little town that I HEART so very much. Your pictures are always a treat to me. Have a great week. Hugs! Valerie

  28. hey thanks for the next set of tapes... ever thought about doing some animal print tapes to go with the zoo series?? Thanks again!

  29. PS I have an uncontrollable urge to go up there & wrap a ginormous pink Tu-Tu around that ghastly sasquatch! hehehe Or the biggest girlie bra I can find!!

    I will try to control the urge but if you ever read in the Osoyoos Times "Sasquatch in a tu-tu" you'll know I've given in to the temptation & done something drastic.


    Cute pic!!!

  30. PSS - I eat McBreakfast every Friday morning at work - its my treat for surviving the week! You are not alone in your McBreaky closet addiction. hehe It used to be only the bacon & egg McBagel but now I've become enraptured with the breakfast burritos. Divine!

  31. AnonymousJune 05, 2007

    I love your tapes. They are terrific. How about one with dragonflies on it! I would love that.

    You've done ladybugs and I think that dragonflies would be great. I also love the tie-dye tapes. Perfect for a page on my husband and his tie-dye t-shirt collection!

    Thanks. Keep up the good work.



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