Tuesday, July 17, 2007

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Remember the weekday to keep it holy.

"If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily,
and follow Me."

Luke 9:23

God made sun and moon to distinguish seasons, and day, and night, and we cannot have the fruits of the earth but in their seasons. But God hath made no decree to distinguish the seasons of his mercies. In paradise the fruits were ripe the first minute, and in heaven it is always autumn, his mercies are ever in their maturity. We ask our daily bread, and God never says you should have come yesterday, He never says you must again tomorrow, but today if you will hear His voice, today He will hear you.

by John Donne, poet and Dean of St Paul's a the seventeenth century sermon.

Right, first things first, thank all of you for your prayers and good thoughts regarding my knee... must have worked as I'm well healed (like a good dog, well heeled... haha) I'm able to put weight on it, and even walk - its only when I move it to the side that I get a good reminder not to do that particular maneuver. I am hoping if I don't do anything silly between now and Wednesday I will be able to go for a bike ride with Bonnie.

Thanks too, for your feedback about the cloud pictures - and especially to Olga who sent me a link to the Cloud Appreciation Society - what a terrific website - I don't even have to leave my computer to sit back and enjoy the cloudscapes! If you would like to visit the website for yourself just click here.

Sundog in Osoyoos Evening Sky

And while we are still on the subject of sky... we spent a lovely evening on the beach with our friends Bonnie and Roman, playing music together. Miles and Roman both play guitar and they sound great. Me and Bonnie, well we thumped away on both a set of bongos and a djembe and we just had fun! As we played, the sunset played along the horizon - and we were treated to a phenomenon known as a sundog. Have you ever seen one of these? Rather than me giving you an explanation (which would be a mashup of my limited knowledge) I will refer you to the wikipedia page by clicking here.

Alternately, you can get a visual explanation by clicking here.

layout by blog reader Jimtown

Thanks for sharing with us!
(Jimtown has a sweet template for giveaway too, called Hole in the Barn Door)
template: Super by Rachel Hansen
papers: Diva by Daniela Peuss
element: 50's glasses by Barb Derksen

I just found something very thrilling! Something thrilling for me and for Miles. Thrilling for me because it's a new service which has become through our library system... it means I can download audio books to my computer using my library card! Thrilling for Miles because it should reduce some of my big library fines.

If you live in British Columbia you will be wanting to check out this service... I think of my bookaholic Sis Nina will be diggin' this for sure. With this service you are able to listen to audio clips of the books too! Way Cool! Just click on the following link to learn more:

British Columbia's Library To Go

Layout by Julie

Thanks to you too, Julie! I LOVE seeing my kits and elements in use - please send me your links if you'd like to be featured on my blog. Truly, my blog es su bloggie!

Diva Kit/Kristine/WenchdGrafix Designs/Pink Dot paper, Diva word art; Barb Derksen/Pink Poppy Blog Freebie/Pink and White background paper; Robin/Back To Basics/Black Velvet Paper; Doodles/Scrapgirls/Merry Mine, Tasty Tattoos, I made This Today blog freebie; Flowers/Christina Renne/Urban Buds; Bling element/Camo Lace and Bling Blog Freebie/Jannidee of JanniScraps Designs; Negative strip/KarikaiaQ Blog freebie

woo - you used a whole mixed - bag on this layout Julie, but it worked nicely for you!

I saw this amazing car ad the other day, about a car cake - or a cake car. Wow, thats on a bit bigger baking scale than just cooking for the two of us... You can read the article behind this ad by clicking here

Our new Town Clock

Recently our town got a new clock. Its no ordinary clock, it was commissioned by the town and built by a talented clock maker - and it took a long time and a lot ($20,000) of money - and that was at cost! I hear murmurs on both sides of the approval/disapproval scale, however it's here, it's now an attractive landmark and hey, it's a great place to have your photo taken. I wore my pretty thrift store skirt for the first time!

Fair is fair... since I recently published some entries regarding how much bottled water we all consume and the waste created by them, it's only reasonable that I follow up with another article from National Public Radio which deals with what all those plastic bottles get used for! The sale of bottles is now a competative market even! To read or listen to this article just click here

Today in History:

1861 - Congress authorized the Treasury Department to print and circulate paper money for the first time. Pressed for money to finance the Civil War, the government issued "Demand Notes", replaced a year later by "Legal Tender Notes". These were the predecessors of the dollar bills used today, the "Federal Reserve Notes"

1866 - The tunnel built under the Chicago River was authorized. The project would be completed three years later, at the cost of $512,709.

1867 - The first dental school in the United States, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, was established in Boston, Massachusetts.

1938 - Unemployed airplane mechanic, Douglas Corrigan, left Floyd Bennett Field in New York, allegedly for Los Angeles. Twenty-eight hours later, he landed the 1929 Curtiss Robin monoplane in Ireland at Dublin’s Baldonnel Field. the 3,150 mile flight was made with a radio or any other navigational device, except a compass. Corrigan was welcomed home as a hero, but was forever known as "Wrong Way" Corrigan.

1955 - In Anaheim, Calfornia, Disneyland opened the gates to "The Happiest Place on Earth." In the theme park’s first year of operation, about four million people would visit its attractions at Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland. Disneyland held a gala television broadcast featuring Walt Disney, Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan on its opening day.

1959 - Paleontologist Mary Leakey discovered one of the oldest hominid skulls in the Olduvai Gorge, northern Tanzania. At first she found several parts of the skull, and in the following few weeks, with her husband Louis Leakey, they uncovered more than 400 skull pieces. Originally named "Zinjanthropus" (East African Man), the skull was later renamed "Australopithecus boisei". The Leakey's estimated that the skull's age was 1.75 million years old.

1960 - The Beatles began a three-month engagement at The Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, their first appearance outside of England.

1989 - Rebecca Schaeffer, the attractive 21-year-old co-star of the CBS situation comedy My Sister Sam, was shot and murdered as she opened the front door of her Los Angeles apartment by Robert John Bardo, an unbalance fan. Two years earlier, the obsessed Bardo had arrived at the Burbank Studios, wanting to see her, but he was turned away. With him, he carried a bouquet of flowers and a 5-foot-tall teddy bear. It was reported that Bardo, age 21, easily obtained Schaeffer's home address through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The incident prompted many entertainers to demand protection of their privacy through the phone company, and to beef up their personal bodyguard entourage. Bardo was later sentenced to life imprisonment.

Barb's Handy Tip # 292
Keep Your Kids Safe on the Net!

What is it?
Its a Flash based web browser for kids!

How does it work?
Its really simple really. Instead of letting the browser have access to the whole world wide web & 'trying' to filter out the bad content, like most childrens internet browsers & filtering software do. We blocked out the entire internet & only let the browser access limited, top quality, child related sites that we programmed into it!
Its kind of a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach, but it works great!

Kidrocket has many cool features too:

Full featured childrens web browser
Fun, family friendly web sites for kids
Integrated Starfall reading program (Alphabet-ABCs).
Interactive math flashcards.
Configurable math equations.
Customizable browser colors (almost 250 colors)
Time in Use: timer
Digital Clock
Built-in popup blocker
Internet filter - Web blocker, except for approved sites
No expiration date.
New Kidrocket.org website & KidSafe version in web browser.
Fullscreen feature for all games on Kidrocket.org
Improved "Lockdown" with ctrl+alt+delete disabling.



  1. Glad to hear that the knee is well on the way to being mended.

    That library service sounds great. Of course I have a Mac and it won't work for me but D has a PC. I'm wondering if our library has that service yet. I'll have to check it out.

    Quite the cake car! ... it would have to be for one BIG party.

    Cute skirt ... you young thing you ... lookin' so pert and pretty by that pricey clock!

    We decided not to go fruit shopping today. My Aunt in Salmon Arm is going to check out their fruit stands and tell me how things are looking ... she will let me know this evening. Then we might go Wednesday/Thursday.

    A nice grey day here. Temperatures are just right! Should get out for a walk soon.

    Catch you tomorrow!


  2. AnonymousJuly 17, 2007

    These are so cute; thanks!

  3. Good Morning Barb

    I just watched your cake car or car cake... Funny I want to go for a drive to get something to eat.

    Bless you guys, Judi and I sure appreciate the two of you (I will not use the word Hubby).

    See you Sunday - Ed

  4. Thank you for the awesome freebie! LOVE your creations!! i am soo amazed at the links you share tho lol
    i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the car video!!! LOL will be sharing THAT with hubby for sure! It's always a WONDERFUL day, after reading your blog!! Hope your day is totally WONDERFUL too! Thanks again for ALLLLL you do! hugs! :D

  5. Love the pic of you in your new skirt. Adorable.

    I read the entire book 2 on Sunday afternoon. Eeek! Loved it!

    Both are safely deposited in the book drop at the library. (Will have to check out the d/l audio books too)

    Enjoying the cooler day of today - its only 30 out. Yippee!

    Heal up good my friend!

  6. Look at you. I take a few days off and you go crazy. Making stuff, and having as always one of the coolest blogs around. This weekend is CIJ at my shop and then I have to do my monthly kits but come the beginning of the month I want to crack down on our project before I go to CA.

  7. AnonymousJuly 17, 2007

    Thanks so much for these neat stitched elements!

  8. I notice Becky read an entire book 2 ... it wasn't from the Mitford series was it? ... have you tried that series yet? Just curious! Can't help myself.

    Cis ...

  9. Thank you so much for the gorgeous freebie! This blog post has been added to the freebies list at digifree.blogspot.com

  10. AnonymousJuly 17, 2007

    Hi thank you for sharing your talent love them.

  11. Glad to hear that your knee is feeling better, and I hope it completely heals soon. :)
    Also very glad that you find interesting the link and you included it in your blog. The links, stories and other tit-bits in your blog make it really interesting. :) As the photo of the sun do phenomenon. I had never heard of it, and it's really impressive. Thanks so much for sharing the photos and the links with the information about it. :)

    The clock in your town is beautiful, but those projects if they are expensive always generate controversy.

    The cake video is quite interesting, I suddenly have a crave of cake. LOL It's a different type of car LOL

    Thanks so much for the stiches, they are lovely. :)And many thanks for sharing the layouts with your elements.:)

    Best wishes. :O)

  12. Good Morning Barb:)
    Thank you so much for coming to see me and leaving such wonderful comments.:)I look forward to your visits.:)
    You look soo cute next to that big clock.:)..I was going to say..you have time on your hands..but thought better of it.LOL
    I watched the cake car video.Now I feel humbled.LOL I never did a cake that size or stature in all the cake decorating I did while being a Bakery Manager.I will have to rethink my accomplishments now.:)Humble is good..right?:)hehe
    I am soo glad your knee is doing better.Hope you get to go on that bike ride with your friend.:)
    So..you didn't tape your band so we could hear it? :( I bet it was a lot of fun.:)Great sunset BTW.I had never heard of a Sundog before...I will have to read more about it so I can figure out why they call it that.:)
    Thank you so much for the stitches...they are soo cool!
    Guess I had better leave some room for others to comment.LOL

    Have a fantastic day!

  13. AnonymousJuly 18, 2007

    Thanks so much for the stitches!

  14. Thank you so much for the gorgeous freebie! This blog post has been added to the freebies list at digifree.blogspot.com

  15. AnonymousJuly 19, 2007

    Hi there Mrs. Miles..havent said hello in a while..thank you for the summer freebie..this is perfect for when I get back home from my vacation..love the pic with you in it..looks darling..have a great day..big Hugs Silvia

  16. glad to hear your knee is doing great...we are back online..hope to see you online..so we can chat


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