Thursday, November 25, 2010


Well, I just did a nice post and lost it,
so HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Disneyland!

p.s. I borrowed this photo from Patty until I am able to post my own pics. (although mine won't be as good as this one!) I don't know Patty, so I hope she doesn't mind! :o) Thanks Patty!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My 50th birthday photo

We often take for granted
the very things
that most deserve
our gratitude.
--- Cynthia Ozick 50th Birthday, Nov. 10th....yikes !
Well, I thought I would get the rest of the Halloween party pics from 2002 posted, but they will have to wait until next year. :o)
I did want to include some photos of the Halloween party we went to this year. The one that I invited myself to. ..more on that later. :o)
I have been busy getting ready for our trip to Disneyland this coming week.
My Dad, Step mom, brother, sister and their kids, and Mike and I are going down to celebrate my 50th and my Step mom's 60th birthdays....Thanksgiving too.

Friday, November 12, 2010

More Halloween 2002

Before it gets too close to
Thanksgiving and Christmas
I wanted to continue with
my Halloween 2002 photos!

We left off with The Phantom of the Opera

Long view into the Mummy's Tomb

There he is ..... The Mummy!
He has a message for you to decipher ...

Can you figure out what it says?
I'll post the answer in my next post. :o)
I had a smaller mummy and a partial wall
of hieroglyphics, but no photos. :o(
I built the mummy's tomb out of
foam board (like the tombstones outside)
and we draped the entire room with muslin.
More tomorrow.....
p.s. I had my 50th birthday on Wed.
November 10th...more on that later too!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dresser - Before and After

I thought I would share a project
I did last summer. I used to sell
the appliques shown,
but am out of them at this time.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chilean miner finishes NYC marathon

Did you see, did you see ?!

Chilean miner finishes NYC marathon

FOX Sports
Updated Nov 7, 2010 6:11 PM ET
A Chilean miner ran, walked and hobbled his way to the finish line of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, showing the passionate grit that helped him survive more than two months trapped underground.
Edison Pena crossed the Central Park finish line at 3:24 p.m., with a time of 5 hours, 40 minutes, 51 seconds. He was draped in a Chilean flag as Elvis music played over the speakers.
The 34-year-old survivor had beat his own goal - to complete the course through the city's five boroughs in six hours.

Bags of ice covered his swollen knees as a grim-faced Pena walked the second half of the marathon, but he summoned enough energy to run the last stretch along Central Park West.
"In this marathon I struggled," he said. "I struggled with myself, I struggled with my own pain, but I made it to the finish line. I want to motivate other people to also find the courage and strength to transcend their own pain."
Pena's personal victory came just weeks after he was still training in near-darkness, jogging each day 2,300 feet underground in stifling heat and humidity. He and 32 other men survived 69 days in the caved-in mine.
He said running was his salvation - his way of proving how much he wanted to live.
On this sunny day in Manhattan, the strong will that kept him focused came shining through.
It didn't seem to matter to the world whether No. 7127 actually finished the race running into Central Park - or ended his first marathon barely making it.
To the wildly cheering crowds, he was already a winner among the 45,000 runners, including some of the world's best marathoners.
At a post-marathon news conference, Pena was asked to compare his hours in the New York race with the days in the mines?
"In the mine, I ran alone," he said.
He called the marathon "an incredible dream" - because of "how warm and welcoming and supportive the Americans are here," with signs along the route reading "Go, Edison!" and "Go for it!"
Pena said he also was "motivated" by Chileans shouting and waving his country's flag.
His persistence in the face of terrifying odds had made him a global folk hero on his first-ever trip outside Chile, and the Elvis fan entertained America for days with banter and singing Presley songs.
On Sunday, he turned serious - a man on a mission.
Pena started off running in Staten Island at 9:40 a.m.
The trouble started about an hour into the marathon, when a grimace crossed his face as he slowed a bit, apparently already in pain. But cheered on by spectators and surrounded by supporters keeping pace, he kept running, his knee bound in black.
Shortly after noon, "The Runner" - as his fellow miners had nicknamed him - left Brooklyn and made his way into Queens, reaching the 14-mile mark of the race.
Suddenly, he left the course, going into a medical tent for help.
He emerged around 1 p.m., bags of ice tied to both his knees.
He said later he had a bad left knee even before the mine cave-in, which exacerbated it. But he ran anyway.
"I wanted to show that I could do it," Pena said
It was that kind of determination that made him push away the fear that the 33 men might never make it out. He kept his faith and did "what could be done," he had said.
The miner cut his steel-tipped electrician's boots down to ankle height so he could train each morning and afternoon along the rocky, muddy 1,000-yard corridor where the men were trapped.
He built up strength by dragging a large wooden pallet that was attached to a cord tied to his waist.
NYC Marathon officials heard about Pena's subterranean training and planned to invite him as an honored guest. But he wanted to actually run the race.
In the mine, "if I had to run barefoot, I would have done it," Pena told Associated Press Television News after his rescue.
Pena hasn't competed in years as an amateur runner. And since the rescue, he covered only 6 1/2 miles as part of a triathlon team event in Chile on Oct. 24.
On Sunday, he again was doing what he could, moving step by step, painfully, toward the Central Park finish line.
At the news conference in Manhattan's Mandarin Oriental hotel, an elated but weary Pena at first declined to sing some Elvis music, but eventually gave in and delivered "Don't Be Cruel."
"Do you want me to dance as well?" he jokingly asked.
He now has his eyes on the next prize - another marathon to "improve my time. ... I know that's a possibility."

What an inspirational guy !

Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas is a-coming -- Inspired Ideas!

Fallen leaves lying on the
grass in the November sun
bring more happiness than
the daffodils.
--- Cyril Connolly

Ready to be inspired?
Amy's next issue of Inspired Ideas
is available for viewing at
Over 150 pages of cheery photos
and easy projects to get you
started on your Holiday fun!

Chilean miner Edison Pena

I just finished watching
Late Night with David Letterman
with guest Chilean miner, Edison Pena.
Did you see him?
He was number 12 during the rescue.
It was so touching to hear him
talk about his ordeal (through an interpreter)
and towards the end of the interview
he sang part of the song Suspicious Eyes
by Elvis Presley! He has a great voice
and was quite the performer!
He is a big fan and
will be visiting Graceland too.
He runs the New York City
Marathon on Sunday (he was the miner
that ran everyday in the mines
to keep his sanity) and then
will come back in January
to see Graceland and Las Vegas.
What a humble man. I am so
glad I got to see him!
He put me in an instant good mood!

Let's live each day
with kindness and joy.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween Party 2010

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
--- George Cooper, "October's Party"

Here we are as Ghost Pirates, October 30th 2010.
I'll write more of our Halloween
weekend later....we had so much fun !
Tonight's sunset!