Monday, October 20, 2014

It's In The Air

The Halloween prep is all around at my house.  We're getting ready for the big costume party.  I just finished making the last of my costume last night.  The boys had their top secret photo shoot yesterday.  Skip is part of my costume and will be attending the party so he said I can't post the photos until after the party.  And I just got finished making my Halloween cards today. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

It All Started

with a women, dream, stack of cards with no home and a shoestring budget.  Sandy turned Operation Write Home into a million dollar charity and gave us all an outlet to use for our obsessive, addicted card making hobby.  There is so much that Sandy does behind the scenes to make it all work - receiving all the cards that we all make, data entry for our receipts, checking each card to make sure that they follow the guidelines, OWH TV (a daily webcast), reading all Anyhero mail and much more.    Sandy does have some volunteers in her community that give her a hand here and there, thankfully.

And through all of this Sandy had a faithful companion and Operation Write Home's mascot, Ciara.  Ciara can be seen on Any Hero mail coloring pages for OWH and also on some rubber stamps that Sandy made.  Last Thursday Sandy had to say goodbye to Ciara and told all of us on Sunday when she was ready to tell the world.  All of us volunteers have gotten to know Ciara from afar from being featured on coloring pages, stamps and OWH TV.   Sandy is still trying to keep OWH running smoothly during this time, but also wishes some privacy and will not do any OWH TV until she feels ready since Ciara was such a part of Operation Write Home. 

Sandy, you are in our thoughts and prayers on the other side of the world in MA.  Wishing you well and that we will see you again soon on OWH TV. 

Here is the card that I made for Sandy.  I highly doubt see will see it until see gets it in the mail since she is not up to checking her emails and blogs, understandably.  Plus she is away this weekend on a previously planned trip and she is hoping this will ease her mind.

Count your blessings if your dog makes it to be 15 and a half years old like Ciara. 


OWH October

Had to step up production of OWH cards this week.  Due to the drawdown they asked they we cut back on sending in Christmas cards a little.  Seems like many people cut back so they requested that everyone on the email list send in 5 Christmas cards by the end of this week.  Also, the founder wanted some with dogs on them in honor of her 15 1/2 old Golden Retriever who passed away last Thursday from a cancerous tumor.  I got the Christmas cards done and will put in mail after I make a sympathy card for the women who started Operation Write Home.  I already (7) Any Hero letters to place in the package.  Along with all of this I've been trying to get Halloween cards done and some other projects.  We have the big Halloween party coming up and I got some supplies for that yesterday - I found lots of bargains and got a lot of stuff under 10 bucks, nothing wrong with that.

Can you see the OWH cards through all this mess?  Not even going to show the floor.

There are the cards.  They were hiding under all the mess.

These are what my Any Hero Letters are written on this month.  This was the hotel we stayed at for the wedding we went to in September.  Right on the beach!
A couple of weeks ago was World Card Making Day so I set up a Card Making Party and had a friend come over to help make some OWH cards.  Her cards are below.  Joe kept telling me it looked like I was setting up a birthday party.  The boys stayed with us the whole time since they couldn't take down trees due to the rain.  They seemed interested in what we were doing, but not enough to make cards. 

Thanks Kelly for your participation - our heroes will appreciate your hard work.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Retirement Card

The priest at my parish had to take an early retirement due to illness.  I attended his last Saturday mass this past weekend.  This is weighing heavily on my heart.  I enjoyed his masses and felt a connection to Father Dave that I have not felt to any other priest.  He will be sadly missed by so many including me.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, Father Dave showed care and concern when I had my skin cancer operations going on by taking my hands and saying a prayer and then continued to bless my head all this while he wasn't feeling well himself.  I feel blessed to have been a parishioner at his parish for 9 years and will never forget the welcome and warm feeling that he gave the church.  Father Dave was never judgmental and made going to church an enjoyable event.  I have never known a priest like him in my life, especially, one that would stop you after mass when you have a bandage on your head.  Have you ever known a Catholic priest to bring Saint Nick (Santa) ringing his bells as he walked up the aisle and saying a special guest has arrived and than continue to kneel in front of the manger in prayer and hand out candy canes on Christmas Eve?   I didn't until I went to my first Christmas Eve mass with Father Dave.  Father Dave you will be missed, take care and get the rest you deserve.

Here is a card that I had made for him (sorry my computer is having issues turning this the correct way):


A Haunting Experience

Joe and I took a trip up to Salem, MA on Friday with some friends.  We did haunted houses, a wax museum and walked through the oldest cemetery in Salem.  Also, we did a spell casting by a real witch was very powerful and a little frightening.  It felt like a religious ceremony in a way and the witch did an excellent job.  The frightening part was when she was picking up her knives and you never know when someone may go crazy and start to stab you or something.  It was a beautiful day outside and we had a lot of fun.  Sorry Laura one day we'll go to Salem with you!

My Grandmother's Spirit Lives In Me

I told Joe last night that I think there is a little of my Babci's spirit in me.  Many things that I do seem like the kind of life she lived including making a mess in the kitchen.  My Babci always told me the best cooks are the ones who make a mess in the kitchen.  Seems like this saying may be true because every time I bake or cook I make a mess  and I have been told that my baked goods and cooking are excellent by several people.  With that said I went back to my Polish roots yesterday and made some Pierogi (dough with a sauerkraut filling), Joe said they were the best he has ever had.   Golumpki (stuffed cabbage) is one of our winter staples in our house as well and Joe loves the way I make those. 

So here is a photo of my Pierogi before we cooked them up:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another Thank You Note

This is the card that I made that she used to send to her husband:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Paint Nite

I went to Paint Nite on Thursday night with some friends.  Had a blast doing our painting.  The instructor was great and I learned some techniques which included the correct way to mix my paints which I was having trouble with when doing some of my personal paintings.  And as Joe told our friends - I took down our wedding photo to hang this up even though I just told him we need to find a new spot for our wedding photo.