Dragonfly Treasure: 2012-06-03
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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Happy Birthday and Father's Day Dad! I miss you !

Today is my Dad's birthday. He would have been 93.
1919-2010
He flew PBY's in WWII.
After the war he became a carpenter
 and did so until her retired.
His main love was farming.

What a little cutie!
About 4 yrs. old in this photo.
   
Our tradition to celebrate both his Birthday and Father's Day, 
was to go to Saint Michael's Portuguese Holy Spirit Festa In Livermore.
Here was our last time all together eating Sopas.
  
He turned 90 that year.

Mom and Dad in later years.
 
So here's to you Dad,

Happy Birthday!

 and Happy Father's Day!!
I love and miss you!
Give Mom a kiss and hug for me!
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Friday, June 8, 2012

Freebie Friday Crowns!

What kid doesn't love a party crown for their birthday, or maybe just a crown to be a prince or princess for the day. These crowns are a big hit with both the boys and the girls. You can even customize your crowns with pictures or ages by using MyMemories software.


3 great new Freebies


Memories Kit 2

 Memories Kit 3

Should you need MyMemories Software us this code for a great discount: STMMMS25918

All of the Friday Freebies will now be MyMemories Suite Compatible.  What does that mean??? It means that you can now load the freebies directly into your MyMemories Suite Software, and then completely customize them with any paper and embellishments that you have. If you don't have the software, you can still download the sample project and the elements, but you will not be able to customize your project.

Using MyMemories Software to Customize your Crown


1. Download template file and install it into your software
2. Using MyMemories Suite, choose Create Album From Designer Template and find your project
3. Now you can add pictures, print and enjoy the provided template, or customize it with your own papers and embellishments.

TIP: You can right-click on the white guide and lock it in place to keep it from moving while you are working. Make sure this is the top layer of your project before printing.

Instead of adding the paper as a background paper, you can add it as an embellishment so that you can move the paper around. This is especially useful when using papers with stripes or circles, so you can decide which part of the paper you want to use.

Once it is added as an embellishment, you can now select the paper and move it into the position you want it.

Just SAVE and PRINT on card stock!

Crown Tutorial


1. Print your Crown templates on card stock and gather supplies. (Recommended supplies: craft knife, cutting mat, metal edged ruler, small scissors, stapler)


2. Using the craft knife and metal edged ruler cut along outside line.
TIP: a small pair of scissors could be used as an alternative, especially when adding decorations to the top points of your crown


3. Align bottom edges and staple together.

4. Repeat on other side to form a circle.

4. Wear and ENJOY!


There are lots of wonderful software kits at the MyMemories site to purchase as well as many FREE ones. You can use this code for a great discount:
STMMMS25918


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Gazebo

The gazebo has grown pretty well...err I should say the plants surrounding it.
These first few photos were taken from the inside.
Honeysuckle covers the top and smells divine when in bloom.
My bedroom window is close enough so the scent can waft in.
This side faces the house.


Remember the window I hung a few years back?
Here it is :)
Along with a wooden and rope chaise lounge my Great Uncle Andrew made for my Grandmother. It has hung in there pretty good over the years, but is starting to have a few issues. I replaced the rope last year.
This side faces the fence between our new neighbor.
I have my collection of old ladders lining the fence...
basically to hold the fence up from the damage past neighbors dogs have done to it. Lilacs are planted between each ladder.


Another view. This one facing the fence to our back neighbors.
Large picking ladders line this side.
Sweet peas climb them on the left and any veggies I plant go to the right.
This year I have Potatoes and Zucchini coming up so far.

A Japanese Maple and Hydrangeas hang out inside



Honeysuckle on the outside.
 Garlic Chives and Red Sweet Peas reseeded themselves over here.
These 2 Petunias are the ones I forgot to pull up and toss last Fall.
This Spring they both had new shoots that emerged from the base!
It's an Annual isn't it?
When it died back it should have been dead dead, right?


I'm happy it's happy! :)


Orange Tree covered in sweet smelling blossoms.


The last Lilac blooming :(



Wishing all a wonderful gardening weekend!

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I just received some upsetting news regarding Carla Jane, B&T's new pup that I posted about a few days ago.  She was taken in to their vet for a check up and vaccines and has been diagnosed with Parvo. Luckily my dogs are current on their vaccines. I bleached the area she pottyed in as my vet suggested. But any area she was in has been compromised. They aren't sure what they are going to do yet, B is out of town on business, so that makes the decision even harder. The two choices given are put her down or go through a very costly treatment, which I'm not sure will guarantee her survival.

I'm using this as an important message to remind everyone to keep all vaccines for your pets up to date.

I TRULY DID NOT KNOW THIS!

Las Vegas Churches accept gambling chips!



THIS MAY COME AS A SURPRISE TO THOSE OF YOU NOT LIVING IN

LAS VEGAS BUT THERE ARE MORE CATHOLIC CHURCHES THAN CASINOS.
NOT SURPRISINGLY, SOME WORSHIPERS AT SUNDAY SERVICES
WILL GIVE CASINO CHIPS RATHER THAN CASH WHEN THE BASKET IS PASSED.

SINCE THEY GET CHIPS FROM MANY DIFFERENT CASINOS, THE CHURCHES HAVE DEVISED A METHOD TO COLLECT THE OFFERINGS.


THE CHURCHES SEND ALL THEIR COLLECTED CHIPS TO A NEARBY FRANCISCAN MONASTERY


FOR SORTING AND THEN THE CHIPS ARE TAKEN TO THE CASINOS OF ORIGIN AND CASHED IN.






THIS IS DONE BY THE CHIP MONKS.




Osprey Live Cam

"These Ospreys  are nesting amid the hustle and bustle of Dunrovin Guest Ranch in Lolo, Montana.
Female

Male

During the past 10 years they have fledged 1–3 young per year, first on a telephone pole and now on a new platform and pole installed by Northwestern Energy in 2011. Neither of the adults is banded, but they are thought to be the same pair given their easy habituation to daily ranch activities. If you look carefully, you can probably tell the male from the female by her more heavily streaked chest."
2012 Breeding Details

"This year the pair started incubating around April 23, and two eggs have been confirmed in the nest. Incubation lasts 6–7 weeks, so the first chick should hatch in late May or early June. Young will hatch asynchronously, with the second chick appearing 2–5 days after the first. During years of low food supply, a distinct size difference may develop between the two early on, with the smaller chick usually catching up later. Once the young have hatched, it's another 7–9 weeks until they fledge. Just before the chicks leave the nest, researchers from the University of Montana will band the young and take blood samples as part of a long-term study on mercury in the environment."



"Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT. Hunting Ospreys are a picture of concentration, diving with feet outstretched and yellow eyes sighting straight along their talons"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I'm a Grandma Again!

For they're First Anniversary Tanya gave Brandon a Doberman puppy! We only got to see her for a few minutes right after they had picked her up.
She is a real cutie!


Introducing Carly Jane ♥♥ 
12 weeks old and 17 lbs.

Looking forward to seeing more of her
and, of course, more photos to come!



Monday, June 4, 2012

Back in the Garden

 Happy Monday Pinning! at Baxtron Life
 and
Loves on Thursday at Imprintalish

Seems I'm back in the garden looking for inspiration to get out there and do some work. Along the way I've found some Pinteresting tips too :)

Who knew you could regrow Romaine and Green Onions in the kitchen??


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Love this idea of using plates for edging
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A mosquito trap...defiantly going to try this!
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 What cat wouldn't like this kitty tower?!
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Great ideas for:

an old drawer
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and broken clay pot :)
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Pennies keep algae from growing in your birdbath? 
who knew??
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 This was too darn cute not to include ♥
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Have a great week

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