Thursday, June 07, 2007

( Dads - Father's Day )

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.

Thanks for all your suggestions - the list grows... and grows! Thanks for today's tape theme which was suggested by Silvia - who I've added to my permanent links on my blog sidebar today. She's got a good list of giveaways going there!

Just leave a comment on my blog if you have a tapes theme you'd like to see!

A note for Trudy from Saudi Arabia - just email me ( and perhaps we can work something out that works for you.


(my loving Sister-in-Law)

credits: my tapes and confetti

unfortunately don't know who to credit the rest too :(

GREAT JOB JUDY! - this layout is of Judy's freind Sharley's son, who just turned three.

Yesterday I promised to share the lightening story when I recieved permission from my friend Mavis to do so. This is what has happened to her in past lightening storms - a real eye-opener to those of you who may scoff at the dangers of an electrical storm!

"A few years ago lightning hit a power pole at the commercial building next to our home. It knocked out two TV's, our computer, two surge protectors, scanner and telephone.

When the power surge fried our computer it also travelled through the phone line and destroyed the modem according to the computer repair person who handled our insurance claim.

Another time I was lying down on the couch and a lightning bolt came through a power outlet and went above my body into the outlet on the other side. Lightning also travels through telephone lines. Don't talk on the phone during a storm, we have had lighting "ring" our phone numerous times."

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mavis! I'm sure it might wake a few people up. Do YOU have a story to share with us, about a lightening storm - the damage you have seen it do?



brown paper + yellow flower by Nandinha Menezes Designs..both pennants by Calico Designs..bent frame by lemonaidlucy..frame on the left by JanaM Designs.. stitches by Lisbon lioness+Melly.. mint flower by Janosch Designs..tape by Mrs. Miles Barb Derksen..button heart by Karel flower by Danielle Engebretson..ribbon, flowers..+button by Nana's Attic..cow bow by Redju..butterfly by Jill D-Zines..doodle arrow+flower sticker by Beth..adorable stamp byKrizomel..old pages by KimB..beaded safty pin by Rachel Young..bead element by Nachtamazone..striped bow+ twine tie by Mindy Designs

WOW! - thats a lot of designers contributing to this one layout!

I have a personal hint for you IF you use PS and are creating a layout which uses a lot of different bits of kits... I've found its hard, if not impossible to remember who all's stuff you used unless you make a note. Yes, we all keep the pen and paper at hand, and thats great at the time... but there's a better way. PS has a feature called notes - its the little icon 10th down on the left side row of icons. If you click on it you can add a 'note' to your layout. I put all the info on all the kits, fonts etc there... that way, later I can open my note and copy and paste all that valuable info whereever I want. The notes DO NOT show up in any jpg files you save - so don't worry you might have a little icon in the middle of your jpg pics. You can also create audio notes - which is handy too. Practice and you will wonder how you lived without this feature!


Yesterday was a day for learning the things I can do to keep our place in ship-shape - all sorts of maintainence jobs and things I can do while outside walking about. Bonnie and I spent a big portion of our morning exploring the lakeshore. We found some interesting things bumping up against the shore, including several bottles, a beer can and a stinky 'ol carp! This thing must have wieghed close to 20 lb, I would think... She brought it out of the water using a stick and left it to melt back into the ground. Hauling big carps around is good exercise!

My exersize consisted of raking and moving some gravel up a road which had washed away in our big rainstorm. There was a virtual canyon dug down the center of the road and all the nice crushed gravel created a mound at the first bit of level ground. I put my shoulders into shovelling some of it back up the hill so it could be graded smooth later. The road looks good as new today, as it got graded later on.

My friend Becks came out later on and we took a walk (in my pajamas, no less! - I'd had a bath after my shovelling and with it being such a bleak cold day, I was drawn to my 'fuzzer' jammies...) Later, I was Beck's practice model for her to try out an external flash. She has some upcoming photography jobs. I sat and read her all of the great ideas from a back issue of Martha Stewart while she snapped away! Today is Beck's last day at her OFFICIAL job. She's leaning on the Lord to provide what she needs and is excited to see what's in store for her future. Won't you slip by and leave a word of encouragement for her at her blog? Her blog's always got a good word for YOU!

Becky, I hope you enjoy the following lyrics from a song which has been playing a lot and is reaching deep inside of me - it too, is a song of knowing the Lord is walking with us, always!


by Jeremy Camp

All the world is Watching

All the world does care

Even when the world weighs on my shoulder now,

These feelings I can bare

Because I know,

That you’re here,


Everywhere I go,

I know your not far away,

Your right here

Your right here, yeah (x2)

All these thoughts I’ve wasted,

All these thoughts I fear,

Even when these thoughts have faded,

I still know that you’re here,

So I can rest my hope in you


Many of times that I have felt alone,

Many of times that I have the world was crashing down upon me,

You always stood here by my side,

You were always there

Everywhere I go,

I know your not far away,

Your right here Your right here, yeah (x4)


You might want to slip by and pick up the latest June scripture desktops from Crosscards - just click HERE.

Today in History:

1654 - Louis XIV crowned king of France

1769 - Daniel Boone begins exploring the Bluegrass State of Ky

1776 - Richard Lee Virginia calls for Declaration of Independence

1839 - Hawaiian Declaration of Rights is signed

1864 - Abe Lincoln renominated for Pres by Republican Party

1929 - Vatican City becomes a soverign state

1938 - Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat 1st flown by Eddie Allen

1953 - 1st color network telecast in compatible color Boston Mass

1954 - 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated - New Brunswick NJ

1955 - 1st President to appear on television in color - DD Eisenhow

1965 - Judy Holiday dies at 42

1967 - Israel captures Wailing Wall

1968 - Sirhan Sirhan indicted for Bobby Kennedy assassination

1982 - Pres Reagan meets Pope John Paul II & Queen Elizabeth


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  1. AnonymousJune 07, 2007

    Aaaawwww Mrs. Miles..Im sitting here with tears in my are such a Sweetheart...thank you so much for posting my lo on your site and for those wonderful tapes and of course for adding me to your favorite link...Im made my feels good to know that someone appreciates what I do..thank you
    God bless you
    Big, big hugs Silvia

  2. i think i am caught up on you lol i LOVE your blog!! such a lift each day!! beautiful pictures, stories and wonderful links and freebies!thank YOU :) Enjoy your day!! you make mine! :D

  3. AnonymousJune 07, 2007

    Thanks for the great tapes today. As always they are awesome.

  4. AnonymousJune 07, 2007

    Great job - I will definitely make use of these for Father's Day - thanks!

  5. Beautiful song words! Thanks friend! I had a great visit yesterday as always. Typical though, I crashed early & didn't even get the chance to download any of those photos yet. Will be peeking at them tonight for sure!

    Very excited its my last day. I will try & blog about it tomorrow maybe :)

    HUGS to you!

  6. AnonymousJune 07, 2007

    I have been downloading all of your awesome tapes, they are great and sooo useful - thanks :)

  7. Thanks a lot for your tapes!!! Funny!!!
    If you want I've got a little freebie for you on my blog...

  8. Wonderful tapes - thank you! Left a note for your friend on her blog. And thank you for the tip on MIT courses - I'll try it out!

  9. AnonymousJune 07, 2007

    Hi Barb, Thank you for the wonderful gift.

    I was thinking about your friend with all the close encounters with lightning, we had a scare the first year I moved to the ranch. My sister-in-law has several horses and the storm was striking the ground where the horses were standing, I don't even think they knew the strikes were so close, because the horses never moved. I was so scared, I unplugged everything and went to a room with my two kids and hubby and waited out the storm. The horses survived the storm and so did we. I know we don't worry much about storms but I never bath the kids during one even if the storm is a fair distance away, lightning can strike anywhere at anytime.

    I love your stories and insights Barb, keep up your wonderful Blog! I have another suggestion if you don't have enough, lol. How about okanagans summer delights, apples, peaches, cherries, pears, grapes, you could also add watermelons(Amanda & Victoria's favorite) and strawberries, I could go on and on.

    I have been busy getting my home just so, Amanda is turning 4 this weekend and if weather permits we are having it outdoors but just in case the weather is poor the party will be indoors, so Cinderella has to go back to work!

    Thanks again...Lucy

  10. Don't have a lightening story, but do have one from when a tropical storm hit our area ... 3 AM, thunder sounding like a kettle drum and the sky alternating between sheet lightening and forked. I was looking out the window and saw some lightening strike something metalic [car? truck?], the metalic thing "glow" and then lightening seeming to arc up toward a telephone/power pole and just, well, turn into a bunch of fireworks. Instant blackout, except for the hissing of the pole and continued sparks. Unfort I can't recall if the fire department came out, if the rain put out the sparks or what ...

    Thanks for the tapes - am loving the collection. BTW, any possibility for rescue vehicles? Fire trucks, ambulances, police cars? Thanks much for the sports ones, too, btw. :-)

  11. AnonymousJune 07, 2007

    Thank you!

  12. AnonymousJune 07, 2007

    ohhhhh I love these dad tapes!!! thanks so much.

  13. AnonymousJune 07, 2007

    Thank you for the father's day set of tapes - very cool :-)

  14. awesome tapes ..sorry I am late checking your blog busy and so sore....thanks for the prayers

  15. AnonymousJune 08, 2007

    Also wanted to thank you for your lovely message in my blog! Glad you found the paperclip useful :)

  16. Great tapes!
    Thank you so much for sharing them!

  17. Great tapes!
    Thank you so much for sharing them!

  18. Thanks so much for the links in your blog and all the information you put in it. It's really helpful and really nice of you sharing it with us. :)

    Best wishes. :o)

  19. Not nearly as interesting as your friend's lightning stories (although I had a modem fried by lightning through the phone line. Weird because it went through Dh's puter first and didn't effect his but fried mine.): A couple weeks ago, we were getting a bit of a storm. At the exact same moment, we saw the lightning and heard the thunder (making my DD and myself jump & look at each other). My 17yo DS came downstairs to tell us he just saw the coolest thing: When the lightning hit, it apparently hit a pole across the street from us. No damage, fire, etc. but he said it was the "hugest" ball of fire he'd ever seen...and it was totally random that he happened to be looking out his window at that exact moment.

  20. Thank you for more tapes!

  21. Thanks for the great Dad Tapes!

  22. ummmmm the link isnt working grrrrrrrrrrrr...


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