Saturday, August 11, 2007

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Today's element was inspired to me by a Drive In movie sign we pass every time we go across the U.S. border. I used to go to the actual Drive In as a kid, with my family, but it's fallen into disrepair over the years. I wanted to be sure to take a photo of this unique sign before it succumbs to the elements. Now, it's an element for you!

I can't comprehend the fact that summer vacation is coming to an end. I was brought up short when looking at the calendar yesterday - I guess I've been in denial that the days march by without my permission. Usually we've been 5 weeks gone, camping in our VW, but this year we've just stayed put. Don't get me wrong, the Okanagan Valley is THE place to be - as the ads say "the best place on earth"... but it just threw me off time-wise.


We had two busy weeks of company, first with our daughter and then four days with my sister Nina. We don't live close to each other, so we don't get loads of time together - so when we do we pack a LOT in. She was on a mission to gather fruit and and veg at the same time (No, she's not an 'earth mother' or anything like that. We managed to make four types of jams - pineapple/peach, damson plum, chokecherry and cherry. Besides these, we dried a plethora of stuff - peppers, apples, peaches, plums, cherries and nectarines.

We did all the 'touristy' tours about our fine little town - well most things, we did save some things for 'next time'. Fanks for the bestest visit together Sis! You're not so hard to be around! ;) I'm already counting the days until our next visit!

Miles baked too, one of his own delectable creations, this time a coconut ball & pecan cheesecake... mmmm

So here's some trivia and fun things I've hunted up to share with you-all over the past week.

I found these sweet small cube containers which I thought would be perfect to store freezer jam in. Being there's only two of us, these would be ideal! Priced at $6.50 for ten these would be a perfect item to have. They are meant to be the right size for single serving baby-foods - but so what! To view, just click
here - oh, and if you actually have small children, you will love this entire site!

At another site from a Parents magazine, I found this terrific idea, which will appeal to the scrapper in all of us... its a site where you can have photos of your loved ones put into neat items such as cuff-links for your guy, even items for your pet... Just click here

Ever wanted to try on a new hairdo - or makeup, but did not want to have to purchase a computer program? Now you can do it at the Sunsilk site, just upload a picture of yourself and let the fun begin! Just click here to start.

You EAT - or else!

I've been thinking on the word 'rescue' lately, both in terms of the dictionary meaning and in spiritual terms for my life. The dictionary defines rescue as follows:

  • to free from confinement, danger, or evil

  • to take (as a prisoner) forcibly from custody

  • to recover (as a prize) by force

  • to recover (as a prize) by force

So these are the 'official' definitions of the word rescue, but my thoughts were along the path that I've been rescued many, many times in my life. I'm not talking about someone physically taking me from danger, although I am sure that must have occurred as a child (who does not have some things to be rescued from, as we are too young to identify danger?) I was thinking more along the lines of being rescued in other ways. Like when you say something stupid (regretting it instantly too...) and someone 'rescues' you because they see what you need. Or, you get in over your head, financially, and someone rescues you by giving you money (like my Sis did during her visit, when I insisted to pay for the groceries only to arrive at the till and realize I left my wallet at home... really!) Or, you're painting your nails and drop some polish on your fave dress (yes, you never should have painted your nails in your best outfit) and someone does a spot clean with the remover. But its even bigger than this at times...

Do you notice that when someone 'rescues' you, it mostly involves some type of personal sacrifice? That when someone steps up to the plate for you, they shoulder the blame, take the flak? Sometimes, we don't even know we are in any sort of danger, but our 'rescuer' sees what we don't, and they step in to save us from sure pain or sorrow.

And I was thinking how God has rescued me so many times. And mostly, I could not see His hand in it until much later. He has saved me from situations ... and at the time I was completely unaware. In fact, I'm sure that some of the things I prayed for, He denied me, because they would not have been right for me, and when I was disappointed, I should have been grateful He rescued me from some unknown.

Do you know, the bible mentions the word 'rescue' some 122 times? In fact, the entire bible and faith is based on the premise of being rescued, from the world, from evil, from sin, from shame. And after the rescue comes a delivery. Remember, no matter what your situation, our Lord is waiting to rescue you.. . there's no situation He can't help you overcome, if you'll simply ask. I've seen it in my own likfe so many times. Following are a few scriptures and such which impress me and I'd like to share with you.

2 Samuel 22:18

He rescued me from my powerful enemy,

from my foes, who were too strong for me.

2 Samuel 22:20

He brought me out into a spacious place;

he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Nehemiah 9:27

So you handed them over to their enemies, who oppressed them.

But when they were oppressed they cried out to you.

From heaven you heard them,

and in your great compassion

you gave them deliverers,

who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.

Psalm 81:7

In your distress you called and I rescued you,

I answered you out of a thundercloud;

I tested you at the waters of Meribah.


Jeremiah 1:8

Do not be afraid of them,

for I am with you and will rescue you,"

declares the LORD.

Do you know someone YOU can rescue today?

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.

by John Wesley

Today in History:

1492 - Spanish-born Rodrigo de Borja was proclaimed pope, upon which he changed his name to Alexander VI. His historical record appeared to have been mixed: While historians have charged Alexander VI with corruption, including the buying out of church officials to obtain the papacy, he did adopt a policy of tolerance and respect towards Jews.

1860 - The nation's first successful silver mill began operation near Virginia City, Nevada.

1874 - Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, Connecticut got a patent for the sprinkler head.

1877 - U.S. astronomer Asaph Hall discovered Deimos, a satellite of Mars.

1896 - The pull-chain electric-light socket was patented by Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1906 - The first sound-on-film motion picture was patented on this date by Eugene Augustin Lauste of Paris, France. The first all-talking movie would not be available for another twelve years.

1909 - The first United States ship to use the "SOS" radio distress call was the liner "Arapahoe". Finding itself in trouble off the coast of North Carolina, the ship sent out an SOS signal which would be received by a ship nearby. SOS does not stand for anything, it was merely adopted as an international distress signal because it is easily transmitted and interpreted.

1919 - Scottish-born American industrialist Andrew Carnegie died at 83. His business grew into one of the largest iron and steel works in the United States from which he made huge bequests, including public libraries in the U.S. and Britain.

1924 - In Washington, DC, the first newsreel pictures of United States presidential candidates were taken.

1934 - The first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

1951 - New York City's WCBS-TV broadcast the first color doublheader baseball game. The featured teams were the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves, with a Dodgers win, 8-1.

1965 - The Beatles' second movie, Help!, opened in New York to hundreds of waiting teenage fans.

1965 - Karen Yvett Muir, age 12, became the youngest person to break a world record when she swam the 100-yard backstroke in 8.7 seconds at Blackpool, England.

1965 - A minor incident between Marquette Frye, a 21-year-old African American, and two White policemen set off six days of riots in the Los Angeles's South Central neighborhood of Watts. The rioting, during which 34 people died, was caused by a growing racial tension and poor socio-economic conditions among African Americans.

1968 - It was the start of National Apple Week in England. The Beatles launched their new record label, Apple.

Barb's Handy Tip #298

'Do' Your Desktop!

With a zillion really nice desktops out there, it has to be pretty special to interest me... and there are several at the following website that do. I can hardly decide which, in fact, and they are of the highest quality. And they are FREE. And, for my sis-in-law, Judy, theres even some very nice ones for her Vista. Enjoy!



  1. FUN FUN FUN! and oh the memories of the ol' drive in!! VERY cool & thank you so much!!! Should wish i could try some of your homemade jellies & stuff ohhhhhh yummmmmmm! lol Thanks for the awesome pictures, verses, freebie, ahhh just EVERYTHING!!! Have a WONDERFUL weekend! and yea, i am already missing the summer too! lol ;)

  2. oops hope i caught that, was not suppose to be 'SHOULD like to eat your jellies, but SURE would like to eat your.... i tried to change it before i saved it, but not SURE if i got it in time; soo sorryyy but i was drooling at the time lol :D

  3. Really nice to know that you had a nice holiday visiting your sister and time to make some tourism. :)

    The Sunsilk website was very interesting and your thoughts about the word rescue were also very interesting as well. :)

    Thanks so much for including in your posts the little tid-bits about history. :)

    Have a great weekend and best wishes. :O)

  4. Hi Barb,
    Oh You've made me miss my "Sis"- haha, She lives in a different provence to me and like 'you and yours'- I don't see her as often as I'd like! She's pregnant now with her first- and I'm sooo excited that I am going to be an "Aunt"!! It's funny that when we were younger we faught like cat and dog-LOL, and it's taken maturety and a few crises to make us thick as theaves! I'm glad you had a good time!
    And MAN- those jams look devine! Never tried that- LOL, gee's I have problem getting a simple sponge cake to rise in the middle! ROTF
    And as for the scooter- I'm banned from it! Sons words- hahahahaha, I have this thing for speed and he knows me well enough to tell me I'm NOT allowed to ride it- ROTF.
    Phew this is becoming a letter- lol.
    The last time I went to a Drive-in was with Wayne when we were about 19 I think (eeek- now that's a while ago-hahahah). They eventually closed them down here when I was in my 20's! But oh I remember the family outings with my parents and sisters- picnick basket packet and all excited! Until my Mom got in the wrong car the one night- that left us in hysterical laughter for a long time-.
    Thanks for all the flashbacks, really enjoyed reading your post as it brought back lots of memories I had forgotten about-hahahahaha.
    Hugs Kim

  5. Thank you! The DigiFree freebie search engine is about to list this blog post at

  6. Thanks so much for the precious reminders of our heavenly Father and His way of keeping us grounded (rescued). I got such a kick out of the drive-in freebie you posted -- thanks for that! By the way, I talked about you today on my blog -- Sunday, Aug 12. Take care of YOU.

  7. Glad you had such a nice visit with your sis. My bro & wife are coming to the valley for two weeks (staying in Penticton where she has her training) so I hope we get to spend lots of time with them too.

    All that jam making sounds yummy. Its almost time to can peaches with my mom, maybe next weekend if she's ready. Time to clean out all the jars & pick out the dead spider carcasses. I have learned over the years to always store jars upside down to avoid finding all the dead bodies in them the following summer. EW!

    A visit this week perhaps??

    Miss you!

  8. Thanks for turning us on to the wallpapers and tutorial at Vladstudio. They are very quite cool.

  9. Love the sign. We were talking about the drive in last night! There are still a few around.

  10. Hi there :)
    I can absolutely understand thay you feel a little sad by the fact that your holiday is soon over! Sometimes we think it could stay in the holiday for ;)
    It sounds like your vacation has been great!

    I love that tj&co-site, and the words by John Wesley did something to me - thanks for posting.


  11. Hi Mrs. Miles. Thanks so much for visiting!

    Glad you had a really good visit with your real Sis! I might see mine a week Tuesday but only for a couple of hours. My own is 8 years older than myself (I'm the baby) and her health is precarious.

    Those little ice block containers look like something I/we could use!

    Sweetie's heel is heeling nicely. I used Neem Oil on it ... really slopped in on Saturday night. I've heard of its healing properties and was amazed at how much better it was Sunday a.m. We went for a walk this afternoon (Sunday) ... no problemo. I oiled his whole foot before we went on the hike as extra insurance.

    An Ortego song is on at the moment ... do you like his stuff? I find him quite pleasant.

    I envy you your industry in preserving all that good fruit etc. Sounds like you think a dehydrator is worth it? Maybe we should invest in one. We'll think about it. As for jam, we use so little of it ... I'm still trying to use up last year's supply. Last year I tried a tomato marmalade ... very good ... different!

    Some little American towns are neat. When we were into camping more, I have to confess, we like the American sites better then the Canadian! Smack me!!!

    That cheese cake of Mile's ... sounds amazing. Drool!

    I don't think I'll try doing anything with those lemonweed seeds ... they are quite small and I don't know how those ladies managed to string them!

    D just left ... gone until tomorrow night ... hence I've time to read and respond to your blog!

    Anyway, I'm longing for a latte so I think I'll go and make one.

    Catch up with you soon ...

    Ciceroo from the Cariboo

  12. Good Morning Barb:)
    Well..I have finally got the puter up and running..but must find all the files I want to reinstall.LOL I saved the ones I could remember I would need.I will have to do that as my back lets me sit here at the desk.:)
    I just wanted to stop and say Hi and thank you so much for coming to see me and saying all the right things.:)
    Have a wonderful day today..gonna go check out your wallpapers site.:)Thanks for the link:

  13. Thanks for the Sign!

  14. Morning Mrs Miles. Great post, and lots of interesting links. I love how you shared about being rescued - you are able to share your faith in such a natural way.
    PS - I blogged the other night again - please drop by :)

  15. Man you didn't come down and not visit with me did you?? hmm hmm? I'll be so sad if you did :(

    Hope all is well! :) hugs!

  16. Good Morning Barb:)
    Just wondered if you had left the planet.LOL Miss You!!


  17. SOOOO glad to see you are BAAAAACk!!

    I didn't KEEP the new camera. Returned it. Back to square one. Going to wait until the new models come out and then maybe I'll find what I REALLY want!!! I sure hope so. This one takes good pics ... just a long delay ... especially when one has mobile objects!!

    TTFN ... Eileen

    P.S. ... glad you had a good trip to the coast. We are still here and I can't WAIT to get home. Tomorrow with my own Sis and Mom and then Wednesday, we pick up our 50 lbs of blueberries, hopefully a few peaches, a wee visit with Mom and we hit on the open road. Yippee ... home is in sight!!!

  18. Good morning Barb!!:)

    You can come out now.LOL

    Mentioned you on my blog..come see.:)


  19. The Life of Mrs Miles Is the best Blog I have ever ran across the net I love how you share all your treasures with us and the encouragement thru out truely lifts ones soul thankyou so much for creating this & sharing it !


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