Thursday, October 04, 2007

My friend Olivia, since she does not have a blog started yet – asked me to host her give-away here on my blog for you! She's promising a few more to come, in celebration of her Spooky Kit add-on at the Shoppe. In case you haven't been to visit her at the shoppe, you can find her HERE. Her full name is Olivia Dorazio – check out her wonderful designs while you're browsing, as well as the other talented artists! Its an exciting time for Olivia and she could use your support. Truly, you GOTTA see the other cute/ugly critters she's got in her add-on which will debut Monday. I've got her second give-away all queued up for Monday! Click
HERE to go to the Shoppe!

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, this weekend... so I'm taking some down-days. I will rest up for to be good for you all next week. Wishing you all some Blessed time with family and friends. For you folks in the USA – I understand its Columbus Day, and though I haven't delved into the full meaning of your day (course I get the gist of it) I hear many of you have at least a day off from work. I hope you enjoy! KimB – if you're reading this, when are the big holidays in good 'ol South Africa?

I got an awaaaarrddd neener, neener, neeeeener. My Amy alternately emotionally beats on me (well, I BEG for it) and then rewards me with nice stuff. Whew, what an exhausting friendship we have! Thanks Amy, sames for you as me. Soooooooooooooo... I will put my thinker to work over this weekend to consider who I'm going to 'pay forward' this great honour to.

Amy Watson's SOFTNESS Kit

Even though I spend countless hours trying to get Amy 'off track'... she still manages to design some killer kits. Like for 'zample, she put together amazing kit while I was chatting her lil ear off! You could be the almost first person to buy it if you hurry! She's got a zillion other beautiful items for sale there too... you'll be thanking me for sending you to her shop. Just click HERE to be instantly transported!

Lately, it's been so very busy and I've found a day can fly by without me taking any quiet time out at all. This is not good, because I've personally found that God speaks to me in the quiet times – or perhaps thats mostly just when I actually HEAR His voice. I came across this poem which is a good reminder of this very fact, so I'm going to share it with you.

“STAND STILL” my soul, for so thy Lord commands:
E'en when thy way seems blocked, leave it in His wise hands;
His arm is mighty to divide the wave.
“Stand still” my soul, “stand still” and thou shalt see
How God can work the “impossible” for thee,
For with a great deliverence He doth save.

Be not impatient, but in stillness stand,
Even when compassed 'round on every hand,
In ways thy spirit does not comprehend.
God cannot clear thy way till thou art still,
That He may work in thee His blessed will,
And all they heart and will to Him do bend.

“BE STILL” my soul, for just as thou art still,
Can God reveal Himself to thee; until
Through thee His love and light and life can freely flow;
In stillness God can work through thee and reach
the souls around thee. He then through thee can teach
His lessons, and His power in weakness show.

“BE STILL” - a deeper step in faith and rest.
“Be still and know” they Father knoweth best
The way to lead His child to that fair land,
A “summer” land, where quiet waters flow;
Where longing souls are satisfied, and “know
Their God” and praise for all that He has planned.

~author unknown

I hope you can find a quiet time in your day. Whether you have Faith in God, or not, if you're seeking Him, He is often found in those peaceful, reflective moments. Won't you open your heart to hear His voice? He's waiting to hear from you...

mmm.... grasshopper is to mantis as steak is to humans...

These two pictures were ones I took recently

on a walk through a local nature preserve.

I recieved a link for the following two videos in an email recently, and I think they are done very well. I have a very tender spot for our young women of today... of how much pressure they recieve to 'look' a certain way. There's such a huge amount of pressure for them to live up to impossible standards, thanks in a great part to all the media which bombards them daily. Just thought I would share them with you. Unfortunatly, the second movie has no embed link, but I'm providing an url... so you can click to watch. Its worth it!

Video 2 Link

I also saw the SWEETEST video of this little walking atlas-gurl... she knows more, at the age of 2, than I know today!

Today in History

1535 - The first complete English translation of the Bible was printed in Zurich, Switzerland.

1582 - Today was the last day of the Julian Calendar in the Papal states, Spain and Portugal. Pope Gregory's Gregorian calendar took effect the next day, which became 15 October to allow for the 10-day error which the Julian system had accumulated.

1824 - The republic of Mexico was proclaimed.

1854 - Abraham Lincoln made his first political speech while at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

1878 - The first Chinese embassy opened in the United States when Chen Lan-Pin presented his papers as envoy to President Hayes.

1881 - Edward H. Leveaux of Surrey, England received a United States patent for his completely automatic player piano.

1895 - The first United States Open golf tournament was held at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.

1931 - The "Dick Tracy" comic strip, created by Chester Gould, made its first appearence in the Detroit Mirror. The strip originally was called "Plainclothes Tracy".

1939 - With the Ted Weems Orchestra, a barber from Canonsburg (near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), recorded "That Old Gang of Mine". The singing barber was the feature of the Weems band for years before going solo on radio, television and stage. Today he is known as Perry Como, and his hits for RCA Victor span four decades.

1952 - The first pacemaker to control the body's heartbeat, developed by Dr. Paul Zoll of Harvard University, was fitted externally to David Schwartz.

1957 - On ABC-TV, "Leave It to Beaver" premiered. Jerry Mathers played the Beaver, Hugh Beaumont played patriarch Ward Cleaver, Tony Dow was big brother Wally, and Barbara Billingsley was mopther June Cleaver. The Cleavers lived the Hollywood verision of American life with June doing housework in three strands of pearls, fashion plate dresses, makeup and heels.

1958 - The first trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation with flights between London and New York.

1978 - Tammy Wynette, popular country music singer, was abducted, beaten and held in her car for two hours by a kidnapper wearing a ski mask. He held a gun on her and forced her to drive 90 miles from Nashville, Tennessee. She was later released, and the kidnapper escaped.

1986 - In New York City, Dan Rather of "The CBS Evening News", was mugged by two men.

1989 - Secretariat, the first Triple Crown winner since Citation in 1948, died on this date at the age of 19. He won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes in 1973, was voted Horse of the Year in 1972 and 1973, and was widely acknowledged as the greatest racehorse of the last 40 years.

1994 - South African President Nelson Mandela was welcomed to the White House by United States President Bill Clinton.

Barb's Handy Tip #311
Cookin' Videos Up... theirs and YOURS!

Cook It
Prepare your favorite meals and have fun doing it!

Film It
Become a star and record yourself cooking your masterpeice!

Share It
Easily share your videos with everyone, public or private

This site is a way-cool idea... I hope I see some of YOUR videos here in the future, be sure to send me an email so I can watch! I do have to tell you the FUNNIEST one here I think is one done by Actor Christopher Walken making his own version of chicken and pears. Really, he's so down to earth, not one of these fancy-scmancy videos despite being famous.

To see the Cooking Video with Christopher Walken HERE



  1. Barb!
    You're too sweet. Thanks for hosting Olivia's ratty rat frame and for plugging my new kit. You did help me some with the elemetns so we weren't "just" chatting. I figured she'd make me host her next goodie but if she has you doing the slave labor all the better I say. LOL! Hugs to you!

  2. This freebie is great not only for Halloween, but did you know that the next Chinese New Year (starting in 2008) is going to be the year of the Rat? (I wouldn't know, ordinarily, but our Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet theme for next February is Chinese New Year, so I've been doing a lot of research and planning!). I can just see all my little Cub Scouts' faces in this frame! lol!!

  3. See that?! i learn from your blog AND the comments above LOL
    Thank you so much for all that you offer! i LOVE the pix & verses and the VIDEOS!! oh how can i NOT love it ALLLLL!! absolutely WONDERFUL, Barb thank you for the warm smiles!!! and the AWESOME freebie :D Have a safe and happy holiday! hugs :D

  4. I didn't know about the next Chinese year being the year of the Rat until I read Jan's comment. :) I hope it's a great year. :)

    It's really nice that you are hosting your friend's giveaways until she as a blog. :) And the Qp is really funny and cute. :) Thanks so much for it. :)

    Congratulations on being awarded the "I love your blog" award. :) Many people would surely agree with it as it's always really interesting to come by and read all those little bits of information you always have in your blog. :) The videos look very interesting and I will have to check them later on. Thanks so much for the link to them. :)
    I hope you have a great time during the holiday and some quiet resting time. You surely need it if things are so hectic around there. :) Have a nice Thanksgiving day!!

    Thanks so much for everything and best wishes.:O)

  5. Good Morning Barb:)
    This is such a cool frame.LOL How did she know I have a ratty face?LOL I hope she reads your comment section cause I would love to thank her.:)Thanks Olivia!!:)
    Isn't that little girl sooo cute and smart as a my Mom would say.:)Wow! Thanks for showing this to me..gotta share it with my family when they wake up.:)
    So..are you cooking and cooking this weekend? That pie you had on here a while back and your cheesy biscuits....mmmmm...:)Have a wonderful weekend! Hope you can find some of that quiet time.You are right..we need to listen to him and if we are so busy doing other things..we don't hear him.He's ALWAYS there...sometimes we're not.:)


  6. Good afternoon sweet Barb,

    Just dropping by to get fresh news .. Love the Fall pictures. I took some myself and am hoping to have the time to post a few of them soon. On a sadder note but not a tragic one. Mr. Employer has blocked a few site .. this one is probably a matter of time. *Sigh* No more peaking during lunch time .. anyway! Love you Darling. You are doing a wonderful job. XXX

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

  8. TY so very much for sharing your friends cool freebie!!!!
    Hope your having a wonderful holiday weekend!!!!!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    Ratty Faces and self esteem videos all in one blog! Ha, ha ... but that ratty element IS real cute.

    Great Mantis pics for sure!

    That first video ... very effective. Young minds are SO influenced by the media ... it is scary. Old minds are brainwashed too but fortunately we grew up knowing something different.

    That little Lily sure knows her stuff! Amazing. Yeah Lily!!

    D loved the cooking videos ... I lost him and the computer for a while there!

    Happy eating ... and visiting ... and quiet timing ... over the weekend!

    Ta, ta

    Ciceroo from the Cariboo!

  10. Good Evening Barb:)
    Just stopped by to see if you had any left overs for me.:)
    Hope you have had a terrific weekend.!!


  11. Hey Mrs Miles- hee hee, Oh Ammers and I had the same idea- LOL. I think we both nominated you on the same week- hahahaha. But you sure deserve it! I hope you ate for me too ( well at least a little Turkey-LOL) . Hope you had a fantastic Thanks giving and a much needed rest! PS- Just LOVE that QP!- too funny!
    Sending hugs
    OH- our major hols are basically Christmas and Easter with 'Special day's' in between.- We just had Heritage day which made up a long weekend- celebrating our South African heritage and culture.
    Will let you know as the others pop up and a little of the history behind them-

  12. Awww I had to have this rat frame! Many thanks to you and Olivia.


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