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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Mason Jars have been a huge trend recently.
Seems you can't go anywhere without seeing them
from solar lights to chimes, 
from sippy cups to soap/lotion dispensers,
from vases to candles,
even melted jars for spoon rests!
It's great if you have Mason Jars to use for your
projects but don't fear if you don't!
Recycle any jars you have into useful functional beauties!
Wash them out well, tint or paint if you like
and let your imagination run. 
Upcycling what we can to keep out of
landfills is the important thing!
I've shown you projects I've made in the past,
 some from Mason Jars, some not.

Tinted Mayonnaise Jar with Solar Light tubes

Tinted Pickle Jar with Utensils
Spaghetti Sauce Jars
Red and Crystal Flat Marbles with knife handles
Tinted with crystal glitter inside and utensils

Gallon jar with nest, faux Quail and eggs.
BBQ utensils hang below,
fork in middle has a cork on each tine!
 No one getting hurt with this ;)
Too cute hanging near the grilling area

Small Salsa Jar filled with the prettiest
 faux pink Rose Petals inside.
and smaller utensils.
Perfect for the Fairy Garden
Now to try your hand!

Winner! Winner!

Winners randomly picked through Rafflecopter
  1. Claudia  ~ Tweet about the Giveaway   
  2.  Mylisa ~  Like Dragonfly Treasure on Facebook  
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hollyhock Time

I know I've been a bit sparse lately,
that darn thing called life again :/
My Son and his Wife had surgeries, then
back to court regarding ''The Divorce''.
Sometimes things get all consuming
and overwhelming.
But I'm trying to get back on that horse and
 ride like the breeze! ;) LOL

It's Hollyhock Time once again and they are just
 grinning and a bloomin'
Of course, I love their beautiful flowers

but most of all I love how they can take care of themselves
and reseed on their own without any help from me!
I even collected seeds and
sold them in my Esty Shop this year.
These Old Fashioned flowers are my favorite
for a Cottage Garden look.

My Balloon Flower came back this year 
and is also in bloom.
Just love it's shade of blue

One of my Hydrangeas in full bloom.

And my Japanese Maple is still alive!!
Glory Hallelujah!
I have such a hard time growing these, so frustrating,
especially when all the sitting areas at the hospital have nothing but Japanese Maples and they are huge!

Then it was fruit pickin' time,
which the Mockingbirds were only to happy
to let me know about.
Good thing they did,
see the empty vines here and there.
yep, I share

 Great crop of Nectarines this year
So nice to be able to go to the store and
NOT buy the outrageously priced produce!
And what we don't grow the Farmers Market in Gustine
Cukes 6 for $1.00
Huge bag of Cherry Tomatoes for $2.00
Locally grown Honey and even Olive Oil
all much cheaper than in the stores and tastes better too!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

30 Seconds Over Tokyo

This is an important piece if history that not many remember and that all young people should read and older people really should remember.
Please Read:
When asked to identify the base from which they flew, President Franklin Roosevelt replied, "Shangri-La."
On Tuesday, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the surviving Doolittle Raiders gathered publicly for the last time.
        They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States. There were 80 of the Raiders who, in April of 1942, just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, embarked on one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation's history. The mere mention of their unit's name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.
        Now only four remain. 
After Japan's sneak attack on Hawaii, with the United States still licking its wounds, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.
        Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United States to retaliate, a daring plan was devised. Sixteen North American B-25s, twin-engined "Billy Mitchells," were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This had never before been tried -- sending Army Air Corps medium bombers from the deck of a ship at sea.
        The 16 five-man crews, under the command of then Lt. Col. James Doolittle, (he retired as a brigadier general) who himself flew the lead plane off USS Hornet, knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier. They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.
        On the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan. The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out in the Pacific Ocean (more than 600 miles) than they had counted on. They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.
        They went anyway.
        They bombed Tokyo, then flew as far as they could. Four planes crash-landed in China; 11 crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died. Eight more were captured; three were executed.  Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp. One crew made it to Russia.
        The Doolittle Raid sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.
        Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the national lexicon. In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story "with supreme pride."
        Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April, to commemorate the mission. The reunion is in a different city each year. In 1959, the city of Tucson, Arizona, as a gesture of respect and gratitude, presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets. Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.
        Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the reunion city. Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion, as his old friends bear solemn witness.
        Also in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac. The year is not happenstance: It was Jimmy Doolittle's birth year. 
There has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would open the bottle, at last drink from it, and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.
        As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders.  Then, in February, Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.
        What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions. He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.
        The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts ... there was a passage in the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the war but that, nonetheless, punctuates the depth of his sense of duty and devotion:  "When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes. Then he walked them up to her room the next morning. He did that for three years until her death in 2005."
        So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain: Dick Cole (Doolittle's co-pilot on the raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor, and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s. They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.
        The events in Fort Walton Beach this week will mark the end.  It has come full circle; Florida's nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission. The town is planning to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.
        Do the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country have tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice? They don't talk about that, at least not around other people. But if you find yourself near Fort Walton Beach this week, and if you should encounter any of the Raiders, you might
want to offer them a word of thanks. I can tell you from first hand observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.
        The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date -- some time this year -- to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy. That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The years are flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.
        They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets, and raise them in a toast to those who are gone.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

We Have Winners!

Winners for the Purex Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets Giveaway!
  1.  Nicole Bourassa-Pratt ~ Tweet about the Giveaway                            
  2.  Angie Beechan  ~ Answer A Question
  3.   N Sequeira   ~ Answer A Question 
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I want to thank ALL who entered!


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