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Winter Storm Q

In Farm and Family, Pictures on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Awesome name. Awesome storm.

I was really itching for a nice big dumping of snow. We didn’t get one last year and it wasn’t looking like we’d get one this year either. Even Phil  said winter was over. Not so much.

At 6 o’clock yesterday morning it started snowing, and not just snowing. Thunder snow. It did not stop snowing until around 12:30. I got up to find Dad working on the couch in Claire’s nook.  It was really dark, so I thought it must have still been early. Wrong. It was 9. The window well was full to the point that no light came through the thin curtain. Yay.


Not even done snowing yet.

I only heard one thunderclap, but it was the neatest thing. The snow was coming down hard all morning. Everyone else went out to play while it was still coming down, I’m still not over the flu so I stayed inside watching “Say Yes To The Dress” on Netflix.

Once the white stuff stopped falling I went out with Adam and we romped around for a while. We started building a fort, but soon found out it’s not very good packing snow. Of course, when the snow is over a foot deep it doesn’t really have to pack much to make a sweet fort.

Adam and I walked around to the back of the house and he showed me the solarium and where they made “A nice house.” My cleaver brother. 😉 We discovered that it is really fun to fall in deep snow.

Hannah came out to get a bowl of snow so Mom could make snow cream. She brought the snow in for Mom and came back out to play.  We worked on the fort some more, using Hannah’s snow shovel to pack and smooth the snow.

We went inside after getting the mail. The snow started to come down again as we ate pinto beans and watched Star Trek, one with Q of course.  It really is a perfect name for the storm. On Star Trek, Q is a mischievous godlike character with the ability to just snap his fingers and make things and people disappear, reappear, and move through time and space. Fun huh? Q treats humanoids, and all other races else really, like pawns. Just game pieces to do with as he pleases. He wreaks havoc and sends Captain Picard and the rest of the crew all throughout the galaxy just because he wants to.

How fitting.

Extending the Holiday.

In Actions in Activities, Pictures on February 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

This year I got ready for my annual Valentine’s how-to post. I made my craft and took the pictures nearly a month ahead of time. I was all set to post just a few days before the big day, but things kept happening and we were really busy. It didn’t help that the library had finally gotten my book it (I’ll tell you about that later). It’s ok, I told myself, I’ll just post it on Valentines Day.


My procrastination caught up with me.

That night I developed a fever. Awesome. When I got up that morning, I didn’t get up. I just barely woke up when Dad came in to say goodbye and left us our chocolate hearts. Basically I was sicker than I’ve been since I had strep and viral arthritis at the same time. I couldn’t sit up or think straight. I laid in bed and read for about 4-5 hours because I couldn’t sleep. I went from being at page 156 to 364 and then finished that last few pages after dinner. I didn’t get the post written.

So I’m extending Valentine’s Day! YAY! What’s not to love?



A few weeks ago I got a jar of Mod Podge and started gluing paper to everything. If you feel like judging me, you obviously have never had a huge stash of paper and a large jar of Mod Podge at your disposal. Don’t judge me.

Perhaps you aren’t familiar with clothes pin tag. This isn’t hard, it’s similar to The Game (Which you just lost). The point is to clip a clothes pin on your friends without them realizing they’ve been tagged.DSCF7924

For our homeschool groups Valentine’s party I made special clothes pin tag pins.


For this craft you will need:

Mod Podge (I got my huge jar for $8 at walmart and I’ve not even made a dent in it after going decoupage crazy)

A paint brush or sponge brush

An ink pad (I used black)

Tiny alphabet stamps (acrylic stamps would be great, but I couldn’t find the right letters in the right size so I used rubber)

Various and sundry paper and fabric (best if paper is thin, not cardstock*)

Clothes pins


1. Paint a coat of Mod Podge on the long handle part of the clothes pin. Make sure not to glue down the hinge.



2. Put a small piece of paper on the glue.


3. Paint glue over the paper.





4. Continue until the handle is covered.



5. Stamp the clip part with “TAG”.



6. Dab the clip with Mod Podge. Be SUPER careful to go straight up. If you stroke it will smear the ink (at least it did for me, I think my ink is water based so that might have been it).



7. Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the handle.



8. Let the pin dry, I put waxed paper under mine to keep them from sticking. I let mine sit for a few hours, but they probably would have been fine sooner.

I had intended to clip these to a card with these instructions but I ran out of time. Feel free to use the instruction picture below (please remember though, the pictures on this blog are mine, not yours).





Store your ink pads upside down to keep the ink at the top of the pad when you go to stamp.

*I used cardstock on the pin in this post. To make it thin enough I had to kind of peel it in two flat-ways. It’s hard to describe, but you might know what I mean. Like when you tear cardstock it will have a white edge where you tore it and the piece you tore off will be thinner. Use that part. But don’t. Please, for your sanity and mine, just use plain paper.

Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!

We love because He first loved us


Why I am Glad I Got Pulled Over

In Musings, Short on February 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm

I got pulled over this evening, and I’m proud of it.

You read that right.

A little background first.

I’ve been pulled over at least three times since I got my license three years ago, but I’ve never had to pay a fine. I’ve only gotten one ticket, for giving the officer an expired insurance card, that they dismissed because I just gave him the old card. None of the three times have been for any traffic violations. The first two times it was because the front license plate wouldn’t stay on. Dad fixed it and we didn’t have any problems. This time was still not my fault, but was quite different.

Meg, Claire and I went up to Summit Fair to do some window shopping. We do this every once in a while, but it had been a long while since we went last. After exploring Charming Charlie and JCPenny (the new logo still throws me) we were on our way home. To get back to the car we had to pass SmallCakes. Cupcakes. Yum. We had to stop.

Meg got chocolate caramel pretzel, Claire got cookies and cream and I got peanut butter cup. Wow. Yum. Om nom nom. Personally I liked Meg’s best, I’m quite a fan of salted caramel.

After our de-lish cupcake snack we stopped at Quik Trip for water. I noticed a bunch of police cars driving in the same direction, but assumed it was just the equivalent of shift change, like I’ve seen many times in Hville. I pulled out and noticed there was a patrol car behind me. He didn’t have his lights on, so although I made sure to be extra careful, I thought nothing of it.

I was on my merry way. I had just gotten on the highway towards home. He was still behind me. And there were the lights. Awesome.

I knew I hadn’t done anything, so I assumed there must be a light out or something. I pulled over and turned on the inside lights and we all kept our hand visible. It was the little lights above the license plates. Go figure. But there was something else I didn’t expect. A dark green sedan was creepin’ the neighborhood the QT was in about an hour and a half ago, and we were driving a dark green sedan. Cool. I explained that we were shopping and eating cupcakes at that time. He took my license and Megs permit back to his car and– did whatever it is they do. He came back and let us go, they were looking for a male.

Why was I glad to get pulled over? Because the police were doing their job. Looking for bad guys.

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