Monday, May 28, 2012

This Amuses Me...

Let's face it, some people are just easy to amuse. 
I am one of those people. 
Today, I will share something with you lucky viewers that amuses me:  
a cat eating noodles

No, no. I already know what you're thinking, "What does this have to do with anything?" That, my dear friends, is the point. It has nothing to do with anything. Just how I like it. Why complicate your evening by talking about things that only make you mad/sad/confused? Just look at that cat eating noodles! It's glorious! Ok, maybe not glorious. 
But it made you smile right?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Picture This..

Here are some pictures I thought I'd share!

Words of Wisdom

Hey y'all! I know it's been a little while since my last post, but I haven't had time to jump online much! But today, I have a little bit to show you guys this week's Words of Wisdom. Hope you enjoy!

I wish you would realize that you always make my day.
Just get me near the sea. It's the Earth's most potent remedy.

And remember, you can follow me on Pinterest!

Clothespin Crosses

Today I thought I'd share with you a simple, yet oh so pretty craft made of clothespins. If your laundry is like mine, you probably have more than a few extra clothespin laying around. This craft is the perfect way to put them to use! (Click on any of the images to enlarge.)

Figure 1- All the supplies you'll need!
What You'll Need:
-8 clothespins
-2 large Popsicle sticks
-Elmer's glue, wood glue, or a hot glue gun
-Artificial flowers
-Scrap ribbon

(1) Lay the Popsicle sticks in a cross position and glue one on top of the other.
Figure 2
(2) Take two clothespins separate the parts (as seen) and they will be laid out in a fan shape.

(3) Step two will be done to both left and right sides, and the top of the cross.

(4) The bottom of the cross is a little different. Take a clothespin and separate the pieces and put them together like the middle of step 2. The large part will be near the center of the cross with the pointed tip going down.

(5) Take another clothespin that has been separated and put them against the pointed tip as show in the center of figure 2. The bottom of your cross should touch as seen.
Figure 3- Fan shape
(6) Take the artificial flower and/or greenery and glue it into the center of the cross.
(7) The scrap ribbon will be used as a hanger on the back. (See figure 2). Glue the ribbon in an X fashion onto the back on the top of the cross.

Figure 4- Finished!

(8) Hang on the wall and enjoy your new cross!

And believe it or not, this craft was done at a youth VBS and even the teenagers enjoyed it!
(Can be found for purchase here.)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

99 Things!

I thought this looked like fun and wanted to share! Mhmm.. I haven't done a whole lot apparently (though some things I'm not so sure I wanna do lol). How much have you done? ☺

99 Things
Bold or cross out the things that you have done on the list. (I've crossed out.)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld
Number 18- Tomatoes!
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis 
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (I call them "mental health days")
24. Built a snow fort
Number 26- to West Virginia
25. Held a lamb
26. Been on a mission trip
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Fallen in love
Number 38 ♥

39. Gone rock climbing 
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Gotten a ticket
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie 
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Bought a house
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Gotten married
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Moved more than 4 times
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Got a kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve
Number 93
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Been white water rafting
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit 
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Post- My Enemy's Cradle

This is a book that some history buffs might like. During World War II, Lebensborns were set up to aid woman pregnant with children of German soldiers. But the women often had to give the children up to Aryan families who were considered "racially pure." This book can be hard to read, but it's on a subject not covered in most history classes. Sara Young's writing is very engrossing.

Book Description:
January 14, 2008

Cyrla's neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies. But Anneke's soldier has disappeared, and Lebensborn babies are only ever released to their father's custody-- or taken away.

A note is left under the mat. Someone knows that Cyrla, sent from Poland years before for safekeeping with her Dutch relatives, is Jewish. The Nazis are imposing more and more restrictions; she won't be safe there for long.

And then in the space of an afternoon, life falls apart. Cyrla must choose between certain discovery in her cousin's home and taking Anneke's place in the Lebensborn--Cyrla and Anneke are nearly identical. If she takes refuge in the enemy's lair, can Cyrla fool the doctors, nurses, guards, and other mothers-to-be? Can she escape before they discover she is not who she claims?

Mining a lost piece of history, Sara Young takes us deep into the lives of women living in the worst of times. Part love story and part elegy for the terrible choices we must often make to survive, MY ENEMY'S CRADLE keens for what we lose in war and sings for the hope we sometimes find. - as on