Monday, March 30, 2009

ST. Baldrick's Follow Up

Hello Everyone!!!!

I hope that you all are enjoying your Monday!

This post is a follow up to my last. This past Friday evening, March 27, my husband Jim participated at our local St. Baldrick's Day event. We appreciate all of those who have sponsored him!!!

Like anything, when you are in a group of people, different things come up. My husband was asked what it would take to shave his full beard off. His answer $500. So announcements were made and our daughter worked the crowd and managed to raise $375 in a lovely green bowler hat. Jimmy was happy with that amount and sat down for the shaving. He also got to keep the hat!!!

Here is video of both his head shaving and the beard shaving. The beard segment begins at the 5:33 mark.

Well I certainly have to say the my dear Jimmy looks wayyyy different! But what a fantastic cause!

The St. Baldrick's organization, takes donations year round and if you feel so inclined to take part you can still sponsor my husband after the fact. You can click here and you will be taken right to his St. Baldrick's page to make a donation.

Also, through the end of the year, if you make a purchase at my stores and put STB09 in the message to seller box, 10% of your purchase will be donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation!

Thank you all again, for your sponsorship to such a great cause!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

St. Baldrick's My Husband is Going Bald

Today I am blogging to ask a question, Can you spare $5 or maybe even $10? The reason I am asking is can you sponsor my husband Jim? He is shaving his head for St. Baldrick's on March 27th. In just a few days he will be going bald to show solidarity with all of those who have lost their hair during their battle with cancer.

This is Jim's fourth time participating. The first year was 2004 when my Dad was fighting his battle with Non-Hogdkin's Lymphoma and Dad was uncomfortable with his hair loss. The guy's at Jim's work were forming a team for St. Baldrick's Day to raise money for childhood cancer research and how could Jim resist? He didn't want my Dad to be the only bald guy in the room!

Participating in St. Baldrick's was a double blessing for us. Our dear friends Rob and Lori, their middle daughter Katie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma at ten months old. She has had surgeries, chemo and therapies. Grueling things that would put the average person down and yet eight years later, Katie is thriving, cancer free, determined to do anything she wants to. Our local paper wrote a story about her, you can read it here.

Sadly my Dad passed away in May of 2004. We all still miss him dearly. In fact my youngest son has never met my Dad, well not on earth at least.

We have other friends that are fighting this battle right now and I know that you have too.

While the St. Baldrick's foundation focuses their research on childhood cancers, in my mind research is research. If they make a breakthrough in one type of cancer, it will eventually lead to a breakthrough somewhere else. Perhaps we will see the end of this suffering in our lifetimes!

So I end this asking three things of you. Tell all the people you love, that you love them, life is too short. Please go here to the St. Baldrick's Foundation and sponsor my husband Jim Guthrie for at least $5 so we can reach our goal of $500 by Friday's event. Also would you please pass a link to my blog to everyone in your address book? The more people that can help the better!

Thank you for listening and considering to donate. We are all facing tough times, but we still have to find a cure for cancer!

Many Blessings!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Just Touching Base

Well, I am sure that when you clicked in you saw a few changes. I am getting the hang of this whole photo thing so I took a cool picture and added it to everything!!

I just added a whole bunch of new things to my etsy shop. You have to check it out!

Back to the grindstone!

Friday, March 13, 2009

So I Have Been...

Lazy about my blog!

My poor blog is like the fish you loved the first week and in spite of all the promises you mentally made to feed it, it is a real struggle to do just that. What happened to my creed?

It has been an interesting week, trying to recover from all the hoopla of the weekend. My DD's competition rocked!!! She is in 6 dances and they took 2 gold ribbons and 4 silver ribbons and the large dance "production" which has all 27 dancers took third place in points overall. We are so proud of her and her hard work!

Nothing else exciting, not working as much as I should be, but this evening I seem to be more inspired so let's see what I can create!

Have a great night!

Friday, March 6, 2009

How Do I Love Thee?

Good Afternoon to All!

I seem to be catching an early case of spring fever. It is 60 outside and the last thing I want to be doing is anything in my house! Such as it is!

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Poet Elizabeth Barett Browning. She wrote many great works including Sonnet 43:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

What beautiful sentiment! Thank you for your contributions Mrs. Barett Browning!

This weekend is a little mixed up, but for good reasons. My daughter is competing at dance. This is a big competition year for her, she is in 6 numbers, that is a ton of costume changes! She seems to thrive on it all!

So I wish to you all a great weekend!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Taking the Facebook Plunge

Hello To All!

This is the second time I woke up this morning. The first I was up at 3:15 am to get my husband off to work, I blogged on my other blog, Twittered a bit and then hit the hay for two more hours. Now I am up for sure to do the rest of my day!

My etsy store. I have some new and improved photography on some of the listings. The rest will be improved soon with new listings as well!

I took the Facebook plunge last night. Actually I had signed up for Facebook in 2007 and never went on it or anything. It had been so long that I had to reset my password. I searched around on there, saw some people I know, it was cool. My main purpose is to meet more people to do business with. You never know!

On Twitter a fellow tweeter @janeblogs gave this link for funny shoes. You have to check out the site. My personal fav is the bird sandals about two-thirds of the way down the page.

I have been trying to ignore the whole Rush Limbaugh vs.White House banter but now it gets absurd! Check out this story. RL wants to debate the President to see who "owns" America.

For starters, I am an American and I am not owned by anyone!

Secondly, I read the article and there are points in there that I could agree with, then it goes beyond agreeable to RL just being the arse that he is. I might remind RL that the President might not do anything/everything right. It is really a crapshoot. But, considering the pit that the other party left us in, the one that we are trying to claw ourselves out of, RL should just put a sock in it! Own America my butt!

Today's birthday shout out is for the late Andy Gibb. He would have been 51. (I did a double take when I figured this out then realized that I am 44 so 51 works for him!) He had a great career and unfortunately he got caught up in the fame, got addicted to drugs, got clean and died of a heart infection shortly after. What a shame.

I have the most pleasant memories of the time he was popular, hanging out with my friend Ann from across the street or Melody from two doors down. I had an AM transistor radio, one that was shaped like the smiley face and we would listen all the time WLS-AM and hear Andy Gibb, the BeeGees, Elton John, Donny Osmond and all the others. We were so cool! And we were so sure Andy was singing right to us....big sigh.

So now I leave you with my fav Andy Gibb song. Mr. Gibb, thank you!

Have a great day! Look for me on Twitter and Facebook!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Bloggers Creed....Turning Up the Crock Pot

Good Morning,

I hope that all is well with everyone. I think I am finally getting over the head part of the cold that has been kicking my butt severely since Saturday! It will now move into my chest, but at least I can function! Enough about that!

In my posting absence I missed posting about my Mom's birthday yesterday the 3rd. Happy belated birthday Mom!

Also, our close friends Rob and Lori, their youngest Gianna celebrated her 1st birthday on the 1st. Belated birthday wishes to you as well!

I think from here on out, I will take the Postman's creed, "Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

Maybe there should be the bloggers creed "Neither time constraints nor illness nor lack of creativity shall stay these bloggers from posting great content that followers love to read." That is the creed I will follow and BTW, my post office ROCKS!

I was watching GMA this morning and they had a segment about the economy. They had their usual cast of characters including Mellody Hobson, James Stewart (this is the first time I've seen him) and Dave Ramsey. The three debated what would turn things around, Melody said jobs, James said real estate and Dave said time. His quote is "We are a microwave culture and this is a crock pot has to cook up."

Okay so I get that all things heal with time, but did he not just scare everyone that much more implying that it is going to take forever to turn this around?

So, I love to make pot roast in the crock pot. It is a no fuss, no muss, type of a meal that my family devours. In fact, I just made it this past Sunday. Most times, I start everything in the morning when the kids have left for school setting the crock pot on low and it cooks all day long and right before serving, I add gravy mix and it's a great meal. But sometimes, I forget and don't start the crock pot until say 1pm. I do all the same things but I set it on high and right before serving I add the gravy mix and it's a great meal. Maybe a hair less tender, maybe...but still a great meal. Using Dave's analogy, why can't we turn the crock pot on high and still have a great meal?

Okay onto today's birthday shout out!

Today's Happy Birthday goes out to Chris Squire, bassist and the frontman of the group "Yes". He is 61 today. Through we have not heard anything formt he group in years, he is still recording as a solo artist.

Here is a video of one of my favorite "Yes" songs. Happy Birthday Mr. Squire!

I am off to reshoot the pics for my etsy shop! Speaking of etsy shops, be sure to check out my Mom's shop It's A Fairy World on etsy. She has some truly delightful things!

Have a great day!