Monday, November 27, 2006

Peace Wreath - Anti-war or Satan???

By Robert Weller, Associated Press Writer
Sunday Novermber 26, 2006

DENVER - A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.

Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan.

Three or four residents complained, he said.

"Somebody could put up signs that say drop bombs on Iraq. If you let one go up you have to let them all go up," he said in a telephone interview Sunday.

Lisa Jensen said she wasn't thing of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, "Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing."

Jensen, a past association president, calculates the fines will cost her about $1000, and doubts they will be able to make her pay. But she said she's not going to take it down until after Christmas.

"Now that it has come to this I feel I can't get bullied," she said. "What if they don't like my Santa Claus?"

The association in this 200-home subdivision 270 miles southwest of Denver has sent a letter to her saying that residents were offended by the sign and board "will not allow signs, flags, etc. that can be considered divisive." The subdivision's rules say no signs, billboards or advertising are permitted without the consent of the architectural control committee.

Kearns ordered the committee to require Jensen to remove the wreath, but members refused after concluding that it was merely a seasonal symbol that didn't say anything. Kearns fired all five committee members.

Yes, I'm a baby boomer!!!!!!!! I always thought that this was a universal symbol for PEACE. Have I misunderstood the meaning for all these years???????????

Why is it that it just takes a few people to upset the whole applecart???????? I agree with the lady in the article..........what's next.........Santa and his reindeer, Frosty the Snowman..............maybe the Grinch??????????

It's too bad that some people have nothing better to do than mind somebody else's business and not their own!!!!!!!!


Imagine my surprise when I looked out the kitchen window and it was snowing around 8am this morning.. The snowflakes were huge. The middle photo is looking out my kitchen window. By 10am it had all melted. BooHoo!! I love the snow. That is one thing I miss about living in South Lake Tahoe, CA..............the snow.


Hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our's was quiet. Dad and Mae came over for dinner and spent the afternoon. Rich's sister Barb and her husband were unable to make it down to visit.

This year I roasted turkey. The first one I have done in over 6 years. We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Roast turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green beans, corn, dinner rolls. For dessert we had pumpkin, coconut cream and pecan pie.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

November 16 - 30 Menu

Main Entree's

Stuffed Peppers
Weiner Wraps
Beef Macaroni Skillet
French Toast
Salmon Fillets
Taco Salad
Chili Burgers
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken Fried Steak
Creamy Hamburger Chowder
Chicken Strips
Tuna Casserole
Biscuits and Gravy
Macaroni and Cheese

Desserts and for Lunchs
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Crazy Chocolate Cake
Ice Cream with Homemade Chocolate Syrup


4 loaves of Bread
Poppy Seed Muffins
Chocolate Chip Muffins

Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Fall Crop at Scrap101 - Last Day

Challenge #14 - To use paint or paintchips on a layout. I think I'm going to go back and stamp some designs on the 3 paint chips.
Challenge #11 - Distress your layout. Scrapp101 Friends Tanya and Robert Atkinson. I need to learn more about distressing.
Challenge #15 - Create a layout about what you are Thankful for. My awesome hubby, Rich.
Challenge #13 - Use a movie title for you layout's title - Play Misty for Me is a Clint Eastwood movie.
Challenge #12 - Use arrow(s) on a layout. Our handsome nephew, Jermaine. I will finish the arrow when I find out graduation year from Barb.

I had so much fun participating in the Fall Crop at Scrap101. I was able to get all 15 challenges done. I think I was the only one to do all 15 challenges.

Every year at Scrap101 we set a goal for how many layouts we would like to finish. This is the 2nd year that I have participated. The first year I set my goals for 100 layouts and I met that goal by June. So this year I decided to up my goal to 365 layouts.

I met my goal on Saturday. As of today I have 373 layouts done this year.

I think I will set my goal for 500 layouts next year.

I would love to thank my wonderful husband, Rich for being so understanding with me and my scrapbooking.


Thank you for being so understanding with me and my scrapbooking. You are always so excited when I show you my layouts. I also love your suggestions when I ask for help with a layout. I owe you for all the times you have patiently waited for me to shop at Michaels, Rubberstamping and Scrapbooking Too!, ect. I don't know how you put up with me always wanting to take photos no matter where we go. Remember when we went to Virginia City, NV last year and I took over 700 photos..............and we were only gone 5 days.

Love, Shirley"

Fun is over..................back to household chores.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Fall Crop Challenges - Day Three

Challenge #10 - Use buttons on layout.
Challenge #9 - Use chipboard on layout - side dish and brackets are chipboard.
Challenge #7 - Use song lyrics on layout.
Challenge #8 - Ad inspiration

No matter what I do I just can't seem to get the photos uploaded in the order I want. Is it me or is it Blogspot???????????????

I've been having a ball this weekend participating in the Fall Crop at Scrap101.

I'm off to do more layouts. We have 5 challenges today. The next challenge is distressing. I'm not very good at it.........but I'm going to give it a try. There's a total of 15 challenges this weekend and I want to do them all.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

More Challenge Layouts

Challenge #5 - use 2 different stamps on a layout. This is the layout I'm going to use as my first page in a Princess Diana album.
Challenge #6 - use ribbon on a layout. I scraplifted this idea from Jen16 at Transparencies and Tags.

We had a Bingo usual I needed just one word and Jen went BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Back to scrapping!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fall Crop at Scrap101 Day Two

Challenge #4 - use blue, green and brown colors with black and white as accents
Challenge #3 - BOM-layout about something that makes you happy

Yesterday was so much fun at the Fall Crop at Scrap101. We had games, challenges and fun, fun, fun!!!!!!!! I won 2 games and finished 4 challenges. Today we have played Bingo and more challenges. I'm working on Challenge #5 now. It's using 2 different stamp designs on a layout.

Back to the fun!!!!!!!!!! I'll upload more layouts when I get them finished.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Thanks to all Veterans


I watched the flag pass by one day.

It fluttered in the breeze

A young soldier saluted it,

and then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform

So young, so tall, so proud

With hair cut square and eyes alert

He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him

Had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign soil?

How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?

How many foxholes, soldiers' graves?

And remembered then,

No freedom isn't free

I heard the sound of taps one night,

When everything was still.

I listened to the bugler play

And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That taps had meant "Amen".

When a flag had draped a coffin

Of a brother, sister, friend.

I thought of all the children,

Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and husbands

With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea

Of unmarked graves in Arlington........

No-----------------freedom isn't free.

Cadet Major Kelly Strong

Air Force Junior ROTC

Fall Crop at Scrap101

Challenge #1 - use a flower on a layout.
Challenge #2 - use a sketch for a layout - left side.
Challlenge #2 - use a sketch for a layout - right side.

This weekend we are having a FALL CROP at Scrap101. So far I've got the first two challenges done and won a game of What Am I? I lost out on Bingo by 1 minute to Barbie. That's okay! I don't want to be piggy and win everything.

Back to scrapping! More to come................

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Progress on my weekly goal

I've been making progress on my weekly goal of reorganizing my kitchen. I've had to be real creative in storage of items I don't use everyday..........extra bread machine, crockpot, canner, donut maker, ChipShot, cake decorating supplies, etc. The kitchen is looking better.........but far from finished.

I know that I will never have a kitchen that will make the pages of Home Beautiful. I just want my kitchen to be warm and cozy and be a reflection of me.

I want to showcase some of my collections.........watermelons, baskets, tins, etc. in the kitchen and dining area.

Off to work on my goal.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Weekly Goal

At Scrap 101 we are doing a weekly goal list. My weekly goal this week is to declutter kitchen and rearrange cupboards.

As you can see in the photos I have a fairly compact kitchen. It has been hard for me to arrange the cupboards so they feel comfortable when I'm cooking. The way some kitchens are designed I wonder if the designers even know how to cook. I love to bake so I'm trying to get all my baking supplies in one area.

I think the problem is that I have way too many items I want in my baking area. I have my bread machine, hand-cranked flour mill, numerous baking pans, numerous mixing bowls............see what I mean. I'm going to have to go through and decide exactly how important each item is and where it needs to be.

The photos were taken the day we bought our mobile.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Weekend Warrior Challenge at Scrap 101

This is a layout I did of some of Misty's first photos after we brought her home yesterday. She is very playful. She awoke me at 5am this morning playing on the end of the bed. She played and ran through the house for about 5 hours this morning. Then she curled up on Rich's lap and went to sleep. Seems that she is a early riser. That's okay as we get up at 4am on workdays.

Her Royal Highness Misty

Yesterday Rich and I went shopping for groceries. Rich had already gone to the van and I was coming out of the kittens. Rich and I have been looking for a kitten for a while. I looked into the box and there was a kitten with Siamese markings and a fuzzy black one. I started asking the man questions...........boys or girls? Both the kittens were girls. Were they part Siamese? Yes! I then picked up the kitten with Siamese markings to check her out. I checked her eyes, nose, and ears. Her eyes were clear, clean little nose, and no ear mites. I then checked out her fur. Her fur was soft and clean and no sign of fleas. I told the man I would love to have the kitten. He told me Thank You for giving her a home.

So off to the car I go with the little kitten tucked under my jacket. When I got to the van I handed her to Rich. He was so excited. He loves any kind of kittens or matter how big they are.

Now I have to go back into the store for kitten food and kitty litter. It's been a long time since I have bought pet food.

When I get back to the van...............kitten is fast asleep on Rich's chest. She knew she had found a safe home already.

Rich and I both were thinking of names for her on the way home. I had thought Misty would be cute as she has misty bluish eyes. I didn't say anything. Rich looked down at her and told the kitten that she looked like Misty to him. I told Rich that was the name I thought of too!!!! So we named her Misty. Of course Her Royal Highness goes with it.

We get home and I go in the house first and prepare a box with kitty litter. Rich brings her in and sets her down on the carpet. Shes off and running. She explores the house for a while. We show her where her potty and food are located.

After a couple of hours exploring shes tired and climbs up on Rich's lap and goes to sleep.

I'm sure there will be more adventures with Misty to come.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Favorite Pizza

This is my BOM Challenge I did for last week. I had to do a layout about my favorite pizza. That would be Mushroom with Extra Cheese. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Yikes!! It's November Already!!

It's so hard to believe it's already November. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.

I've been busy preparing my menu for the first half of November. I've been adding more recipes that are heartier to our menu. One of the ones we love in the autumn and winter is Hearty Hamburger Chowder. As we don't eat red meat I use Morningstar Crumbles instead of hamburger. Honestly I can't tell the difference with the veggie meat instead of the hamburger I used to use to make the recipe.

Rich and I spent last Sunday night at Bobbie's. She made Potato Soup in the crockpot for dinner to serve with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Since it had bacon Rich and I didn't want any. She was so sweet to prepare Veggie Chili instead for Rich and I. We always have a wonderful time when we spend a night with Bobbie, Mike and Heather.

On Monday afternoon before we went back home we stopped and had ice cream where Heather works. Of course Rich had to have Black Licorice and I had to have Rocky Road. It was so yummy.

November 1 - 15 Menu
We are Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians that will occasionally eat fish.

Homemade Pizza
Tacos using Morningstar Crumbles
Chicken and Dumplings using Morningstar Chicken Strips
Vegetarian Enchiladas
Chili Burgers
Biscuits and Gravy
Stuffed Peppers
Creamy Hamburger Chowder
Tuna Casserole
Salmon Patties
Beef Taco Bake
Weiner Wraps
Beef-Macaroni Skillet
French Toast
Chicken Nuggets using Morningstar Chicken Strips
Baked Fish

Off to make out my grocery list for Saturday. I've budgeted $150 for groceries this month. That includes all household items.