Thursday, April 30, 2009


This is an oldie, but I laugh EVERY TIME I hear it, and hope you will enjoy it AGAIN!

A Crazy Test

Visiting the psych ward, a man asked how doctors decide to institutionalize a patient.

"Well," the director said, "we fill a bathtub, then offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient, and ask him to empty the tub."

"I get it," the visitor said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's the biggest."

"No," the director said. "A normal person would pull the plug."

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Scrap Girls meet in Portland OR...

Sally and I drove the three hours to west Portland today. Along the way Sally took a myriad of photos from the window and thru the sunroof. We saw some amazing spring green hills and fluffy clouds, and even some clouds that looked like a school of fish swimming by!

Our hostess was April Martell and she shared some of her sewing handiwork with us, including a lovely yellow and blue star quilt, and several formal dresses.

We took a few shots of our group: Vaughnde Edwards, Sally Gregson, Kay Ott (seated at end of table), designer Jacelen Deinema, April Martell. Gayle Starker and I took turns taking the pic.
After our fiesta, we picked April's brain about digital "how to" and learned so much!
It was a helpful and fun event... can't wait for another chance to meet and greet more Scrap Girls. Next meeting is scheduled for July 18 when Dr Sandi visits from St Louis!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Safe at HOME...

Grandson David ran "HOME" in his game tonight. He played so well in every position he played! The slide to home reminded me of last Sunday's sermon of the same name, complete with a Mariner jersey!

The objective of baseball is to get home, and be safe- SAFE AT HOME!
That is also the objective of salvation, "To arrive safe at home in heaven."
I want you to see how you can be SAFE AT HOME when you die.
To arrive "safe at home" you must TOUCH ALL THE BASES.

1st BASE: You must acknowledge you are a sinner. (Romans 3:10-23)
2nd BASE: You must believe Jesus died for YOUR sins (Romans 5:8)
3rd BASE: You must TRUST and RECEIVE Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior (John 1:12; Acts 16:31)
HOME PLATE: The umpire's decision is FINAL! He decides who is SAFE and who is OUT.


The road home may be hard and long,
Storms may beat across my path;
Trusting Christ I can't go wrong.
He'll take me safe at home, at last.

My journey's end is coming near,
The years have come and passed;
There's nothing now I have to fear,
I'll soon be safe at home, at last.

There's no place as safe as home,
Secure from all Satan's blast;
As I enter heaven's gates, no more to roam,
I'll shout, "I'm safe at home, at last!"
-Al Hughes, April 18, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I can't believe I did this!

Last month in Arizona we saw Gordie & Bev Raatz, whom we met in 1967-68. Gordie is now in his 80's and this photo [on the left] is the only photo he had of himself as a child. It was in poor condition and well protected in their family album.

I scanned the photo and brought it home to attempt a restoration for them. Next week I will send them 3- 5x7 copies for them and their two daughters. In years past I have done some photo work for Alice's paper dolls, but nothing was this badly damaged. Do you think they will like it? I do!

Next I will make Bev a photo of her dad, from the only photo she has of him... in her wedding party! She will love a 5x7 to frame next to her mom's photo! Then I will begin to scrap their wedding album for their 57th anniversary gift in September.


Tombstone- the rest of the story

In March we visited Tombstone AZ, and we just had these photos developed this week. [Our camera battery died just as we got to town and we had to buy disposable cameras... whatever works, you know?]

We went to see the re-enactment of the gunfight at the OK Corral (above) next to the site of the original fight. We heard the "other side" of the Hollywood story, from the "cowboys" viewpoint. Interesting rendition and well acted. We particularly enjoyed the Doc Holiday actor, who was a great mimic of the Val Kilmer version.

In the above photo, through the gates of the theatre, you can see the "body doubles" of the Earps and Cowboys at nearly the same place the shootout occurred.

Enjoyable outing! SO glad we went!

After the show, we were able to get photos with the actors. Preacher is shown above with Morgan and Virgil Earp. Below, Barb is with Ike Clanton, the only cowboy to survive the shootout. Doesn't he look good for his age? (Just kidding!)

As we waited to take our western photo, SEEN HERE we spied the actors wandering the streets and hijacked them for a photo op! Here Virgil & Morgan Earp and Doc Holiday posed with Barb. (Morgan was such a gentleman, taking my arm like so!)

Before we left, Preacher posed with a dead man on the main strip and we thought of the Ezekial account of "Dem bones" gonna live! (Ezek. 37)

The day was a wonderful western romp! The old town is so well preserved and historical! Try to go when you can! Its a treat for all ages!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Birthday BLESSINGS...

My birthday this year included a surprise ocean getaway! At Ocean Shores, we strolled the beaches, worked out in the hotel exercise room, swam in the pool and hot tub, and other tourist activities! I found 3 sand dollars and joked we were on our way to paying off our hotel bill!

We saw the remains of somebody's sand castle crumbling on the shore as the ocean reclaimed its territory.

We enjoyed a delightful birthday dinner, complete with snicker cheesecake and a candle for me, and carrot cake for him (of course!). While we ate, we watched the sunset and let me SHOW you what God did for my birthday blessing (scroll down!)

WOWWEEE...Can't God do good things for us? What a blessing!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Heads or Tails?

Sometimes we forget Sir Dewey and Princess Phoebe are pets, not people! This was a fun scrap page after a HUMOR CHALLENGE on Scrap Girls! [AMC Jake & Emma kit from Scrap Girls]