Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's raining like a Banshee........

and I am LOVING it!

The last 2 weeks have been absolutely WAY to hot. Since my internal thermostat got busted, it can never be too cold to keep me happy. It's been close to 90 degrees in the house, so I've gotten into the habit of leashing up our fuzzy roommate and opening every window possible. This is how he spends most of his days......


He doesn't seem to mind, so it works for all of us. This side of the house doesn't get any sun till about 2 or 3, and until it does, that front door is wide open, unless there's heat coming in, but oddly enough, that isn't very often. After about 1 O'clock or so he usually wants off leash anyway to catch up on his other duties, like eat and sleep. LOL

 We had another fire across the way. They caught the little jerk that set them last year, and this one looked very much like them. I hope they at least picked him up and grilled him. The only person on the block that had NOT had his hedge burnt yet, took all of it out last Tuesday. I guess to eliminate more  damage. I think it's sad, but....... I kinda feel bad about this, that garden is sooooooo beautiful, it's a pleasure to sit in my chair in the morning and enjoy my coffee and enjoying the view.  It's also a lot less private for all concerned though. Used to, if I was in a hurry, I dared make the trip from the bedroom to the bathroom (thru the livingroom) after sun up, but now....... I get dressed first!  I'm sure it's the same for them, because we pretty much are able to see what's for dinner LOL.

Well, this doesn't look good! I started the first half of this post about a month ago..... Weather update.... it is cooling down nicely, thank you :-) but there is a catch to that. The geese have been traveling south for the last 3 weeks, and in driving to base last week, I noticed a lot of odd colored leaves. It's too early for fall yet according to the calendar, but I think Mother Nature may have other plans.

Mike has requested leave for 2 weeks in September, and boy, does he need it! The poor guy is so tired when he gets home, he's in bed by 8.30 and asleep at 8.31.  Starting September 14 they are having re-enactments of Operation Market Garden all over the area, so we're planning on doing a little bit of driving, and a whole lot of enjoying! There will be ample pictures to choose from, so I should be catching up on my scrapping thru October LOL.

The Ka is all fixed up, and street legal again, and now we're just waiting on word that the garage has found a descent engine for the Neon. Thankfully, we don't have to scrap it after all. As soon as we have all the details, dad will help us with the balance, but the rate things are going right now..... we'll have more than enough time to scrape the money together ourselves. It's going on 3 months now, and they have no clue where to find a replacement engine that comes with a warranty and has less than 200000 km on the clock. It's a drag to have to wait this long, but on the other hand..... we have time to save :-) and with the KA running, Mike doesn't have to leave the house at 5 to b at work at 8, and be off work at 4.30, to get home at 7....... So, things are looking up!

I've been kind of busy, with lots of stuff. Studying, keeping house (more or less), adjusting our diet to a more healthy one while trying to stick to a v e r y tight budget, and I managed to get a little scrapping done too! LOL.

To update this update..... It is now, once again, quite a while later than at the first 2 parts of this post. Internet has been absolutely impossible. It will connect, to immediately drop the connection. Provider states I "just" have to reboot the box. This means, turning of everything that is connected to it (tv, telephone, every computer that uses the wifi, dvd-recorder and x-box) as well as disconnecting them from the internet, so they don't immediately try to connect when everything is back on power, unplugging said appliances THAN, disconnect everything from the box, and finally, disconnecting the box from the power, not just turning it off, but pulling the plug from the wall. After this, wait 10 to 15 minutes, and reverse the proces. And you want me to do that everytime the internet goes out, which means by the time I'm done connecting the last thing, I can start unplugging from the beginning?! I really don't think so! It is a known problem, that has been going on since end of june, with not repairdate estimate given, and steadily getting worse. I politely asked the guy in customer service, whether I could pay part of the bill, since they were only providing part of the service, and (silly me, I was surprised) got hung up on..... Go figure.
They are waiting for the city to upgrade to fiber optic before they fix any of the bugs, but by than, we can also get one of the other company's that DO have consistent service,( and refused to service this area because they wouldn't be able to do right by the customers because of the bad cables......) to come in and provide service. Mike said to hold off, and see if/how de service improves after the upgrade, but I'm not sure. I guess I should give them the benefit of the doubt. You can't fix what you can't control, but than, they are the only game in town, know it, and charge accordingly.... 

Fire update...... They caught the little creten! It WAS the same kid that started the fires last year. He had gotten out of whatever custody they had him in 4 days before the fire...... I'm not sure the rehabilitation was successful.....

Vacation update: Mike is off. We went to my sisters for her birthday and since they were in town, we went by the parade of WW-II vehicles on their way to Nijmegen for their part in the re-enactment of Operation Market Garden (or, as the website for the festivities is called OMG2014) I have to admit, it's the easiest website to remember in a long time! LOL Tomorrow, we will be going to a Round Canopy Parachute drop at the bridge in Grave, but first to a big screen photo walk in Groesbeek, This walk has pictures from 1944 posted on billboards at the spot they were taken. It will be awesome to see the now-and-than images. And Saturday we're going up to Nijmegen to see the Waal Crossing with DUCK's (the land/water vehicle, not the bird) which will be also very interesting to see. They had one in the parade on Sunday, but it was on a trailer. Sunday, we're going to plan the second week of his vacation and the 28th it's back to work.
To make time management even more interesting, I signed up for Build A Book, over at The studio, and decided to do the hardest book I started on. Boo's. Our little fuzzy-butt-rescue. It has a deadline, and I need that for this one. SO, after October 1st, I will post the whole thing on it's own page, here on the blog.  The studio has a birthday, and there are all kinds of extra challenged, and I think a couple of great sales coming up, so go take a look, and join the fun! They'll be happy to see new faces, and show you around :-)

And now, I am actually going to hit PUBLISH on this puppy!

Don't forget to hug a loved one, be they fuzzy or human :-)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tomorrow, the last 38 will come home.....

These last 3 days, I have been sitting in front of the TV, not knowing if I was sad, mad or both....
I think I'm both. News keeps calling this an accident. I wish they would call it what it was..... An attack. A senseless "see what we can do" attack, costing the lives of people that had done nothing, except book a flight.

I am sad, when I see the list of people. Whole families, wiped out.... for what? To prove a point?
My brother in law lost 2 colegues, my nieces boyfriend lost a fellow student, there are 2 families in one street who planned a vacation together.

Wednesday, when I saw the ceremony at Eindhoven Airport, I got chills, and I felt proud because it showed the country I love, is still the way it was when I left, even though it doesn't show on a daily basis. The care taken with the caskets, the protection from media intrusion of the family members.... and than, at the very end, the long line of hurst, traveling on a deserted freeway, with people along side the road, cars pulling over in the oncoming travel lanes to pay their respect. That's when it hit home, that there would be at least 160 more hurst following them....... and tomorrow, the last 38 will make the trip. According to the news, there may be more victims, but for now.... tomorrow will be the last flight in for a while. I hope identification will bring a little closure the the families and my thoughts are with everybody who lost loved ones.  Don't forget to hug yours?


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quick update.........

Scrapping: Lots to play with, little to show, but I'm working on it! I promise!
Posted the Point In Time heritage challenge at the Studio 




Finished the page for One Step Beyond #18


Have to Contact a couple of designers I haven't heard from for a while......

Cars:  No change in grumpyness, no word from the welder, so we may still have to scrap the KA, and the Neon needs a new/refurbished engine after all. We're working on things, but I think Mike will be taking the train to work for a while........ The monthly bill for getting to work will go to160 Euro's (from 90$ combined gas and insurance)

Jobhunt: I ordered businesscards :-)  It's considered normal to add one to your resume/coverletter...... No clue why, because barely anyone wants snailmail anymore. It's all online forms, so the HR-bots can go thru the applications first, but I figured, I can carry them, and when needed I don't have to write my information on a napkin..... Showed the concept to my sister, and she said it "is me", so I hope that's a good thing...... (I'm not ready to hear the answer, so I didn't ask the question! LOL)

                                    

Downloaded a bunch of "helpfull hints" for over-the-hill jobseekers and some pointers to defeat the HR-bots and I'm working on translating my skills into something that is marketable here. 

Perky: Is currently "out like a light" and holding down the mouse with his paw, while his head is leaning on my wrist, so if the typing is lopsided....... not my fault, blaming the cat! ROFL.

Weather: Hot, humid, buggy and miserable. Thunderstorms were promised but failed to be delivered, so we're in for more of the same tomorrow..... thank god I don't have to go anywhere, so I can hang out under the cold water....... 

That's all I have to say....... time for bed:-)  I'm not saying anything about sleep, that would just be silly, but I can hope for it, can't I .....? 

Don't forget to  hug a loved one!

Hugs,
Pauli

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I'm torn

between "Happy Independence Day", and "Holy Crap, the year is half over with!"

Did I make coffee come out the wrong way? I did my job! ROFL

All kidding aside........ It's been a  heckuva year sofar. And the good news just keeps coming!
On the 28th, I made this page

 

Can you guess? YUP! I have a KA again........ I took the picture off the add, because we wouldn't be able to get the car before July 1st, because the lady that was selling is, still needed it until than.  So, Monday, we were surprised to be able to pick it up, but so happy. Until life insisted on putting in its 5 cents, that is.

- It started with taking the bus to base so we could pick up the paperwork, showing that we could even own a car (new rule). We stood at the gate near the busstop for 30 minutes, and nobody came to let us in. We didn't have a walk-in pass, and even though the office we needed to be in is run by the same people that man the gate at the front of the base........ you get it. Not interested. At this point we have 2 options..... Go meet the sellers, and take the argument when we go register the car on base, or miss the appointment by walking about 3 miles around the base and 1 mile back to the office, to turn around and do it backwards before meeting up another mile down the road at the post office..... No brainer, we kept our appointment.
- At the post-office the lady got a big smile from ear to ear, when she happily informed us, that we needed to go about 30 miles up the road to the import office......(new rule as of January 2014)
Mind you, I had called to base when we started looking for a car on the procedure, and nowhere in the conversation was it mentioned NOT to go to the post-office. As a matter of fact, I asked if there was a particular post-office this needed done at, and they said "as long as it's a Brunssum office, you're ok. They know what kind of paperwork to send up"
To cut short the transaction, we went to base to pick up the paperwork, because this was a whole new thing for us, and we had no way of coming back real quick to get it, if they played hardball. While there, Mike asked what the going to the import office was all about, and was told that it had been in place since the beginning of the year, but he didn't get more information.
- So 3 of us piled in the Ka, and her dad followed to base, and from there, he was the leader to where we needed to go. Getting to the counter after getting a number was almost immediately, but once she looked at the paperwork, she said, "I'll have to send this to headquarters, and when they get it back to me, I can finalize. I'l have to tell you though, that it will take at least half an hour, and sometimes 4, so if you want to leave, I'll call you when it's back" SAY WHAT!?
We had been running since we left the house at 6.30, and it was now 10.05. We didn't have our own transportation, so we really didn't have anywhere to go, and the seller didn't really want to leave and come back either, meaning..... we took a seat. She started shifting things around she had planned, her dad started conducting his business for the day, and Mike and I just sat and steamed :-) When we bought the previous KA, we went to the post office, showed ID, paid the 14 Euro's and walked out within 5 minutes..... went to base for another 10 minutes for their end of the papertrail, and we were good to go.

Finally, at 12.30 we got the go-ahead, with a twist (what else, right?) We only got part of the new paperwork, the rest would be sent in the mail. So, we wouldn't be able to register it on base until we got the whole darn code, we thought, and that started a whole new line of "not happy" in my head, but, at least we could take our car and go home, so I didn't say anything.
Mike wanted to stop by base, and see how that would work, and if we needed to do anything.... there was! The APK that was valid till January of 2015, needed to be redone, but on the upside, they could register it on base with the VIN#, and they didn't need the whole registration# either, just the plates, so we made an appointment for wednesday morning, and drove across base to get the APK done. It had been cleared, without any warnings till January, so what could possible come up!?

How about "Everything"!? It was rejected, and we were told the scrap value, as it sat on the lift, was about 200 Euro's. Not quite what you want to hear if you just paid out a good chunk of change. we were advised to take it back to the dealer, and when we said we bought it from a private party, they plainly told us we were screwed. So good to hear at that point!
They showed us where the A-arm was broken on the left, and the firewall was rusted thru on both attachment points, IF we wanted to put more money in it, but their advise was to basically throw it away, they could order the A-arms and put them on in about 2 hours, and that would run about 300 Euro's (Parts and labor) and they could give us the name of a welder, that could probably fix it, but they didn't know what he would charge. We took his number, called him, were asked to call back, left a message, and haven't heard back yet, so I'm thinking he's not going to do it.

Thursday, we went parts and service shopping....... A-arms range from 72 (parts store) to 297 Euro's (garage, excluding labor) EACH! Guess which ones we got!?  We also went by 2 garages, to see what the welding would cost....... Unbelievable, I think I'm going to re-school for welder! I can work 1 week a month, and come away with a pretty darn descent income!   One didn't even look at it, and said it would run about 6000 to do, the other looked at it with the car sitting on the ground, and him crouched behind the tire, and said it would run "at least 3000, because they would have to take the chassis off the frame, drop the drivetrain, get the peace of metal, and that would take 3 days, and he couldn't miss his welder for that long......" HUH!?  I almost suggested that I would come in and take it apart, if it would save about 2000 Euro's, but figured, why bother? Obviously, nobody is into fixing, just throw it away and buy new..... Riiiiiiiight, not on this family's income, you don't!

Monday, we have an appointment with a welder/mechanic, to see what he thinks, and he already said he would put it on a lift and take a good look, and we were invited to come and see what he did. :-)
(My kind of mechanic)

Barring weird things happening, this will take care of big ticket items for a long time. Brakes are good, and even if they need replacing, it will take us about a day to do it. The new tires are already on it, o we're good there for at least 2 years, the exhaust sounds good, but if/when it needs it, we can take care of that too. Engine will get a "look over" this thursday, I'll tune it up once the welding is taken care of, and Mike said he'd give me a detail-job as a belated anniversary gift........ so she'll even look pretty!
Even though the welding was not the reason it was rejected in APK, if I can see daylight where there shouldn't be, and it is anywhere near the engine, on the frame or where the wheels-are-attaching-to-the-chassis.......... I think it needs done now, not next year, when it IS the reason the car fails the APK. with 64000 KM on the clock, this car can be ours for quite a long time. It just needs some TLC, I just hope we have the coins to put into it.

Wanna hear some good news? The Neon has been at the garage for more than a week! I got worried, because they were going to call  before they dropped it off, and it has been almost a month, and I hadn't heard anything, so I called the garage where they were going to send it for information, because the insurance didn't know where the car was. The way things go here, you have maybe 3 days that the car can be on the lot, before they start charging storage fees....... So I had a little bit of a tizzy when he said they had had it for so long...... (once they start on a car, they don't charge storage, because it is considered "being worked on") The gentleman in the office said, they pulled the oil-pan, and there were no metal shavings in it,  and although he did agree that it does not sound good, they couldn't pinpoint where the  noise was coming from, so we're going up Monday to see what is going on there........  we were happy that it didn't look like the engine was completely gone, but on the other hand...... what's it going to cost, and can we afford to? Who knows..... As Mike told me when I was litterally scratching my arms raw from worrying....... Lets see what they say, and figure things out from there. It may be something we can do ourselves, or something that's not really involved/expensive to fix, once located.  I'll keep you posted.

Deep down, I'm still doing a happy dance about having "my" KA back, but right now, it's out-shouted by my panic about the cost. :-)

Worrying calls for relaxation, and relaxation calls for 1 of 2 things......... Kitty-hugs or scrapping. Since Kitty abandons me for the bed after 10PM, and I haven't really slept for 3 days....... Scrapping it is!

I played at the Studio in the Desktop challenge....... Man! I had forgotten how much fun it was :-)



However, Mike said he didn't appreciate staring into his face at 5.30 this morning........ go figure! 
I LOVE staring at his face at ANY time, and I even cleaned up my desktop, so I can actually SEE his face! Maybe that scared him, not seeing 300 icons thrown everywhere on the screen. He was probably worried that the computer fried.... YEAH! That must have been it! ROFL.

I've played a little with Boo's kits. Both are out by now, but for One Step Beyond #18, I'm trying to find something, and not succeeding, so I'll have to take a picture before I can call that one "done".

Pages below are made with In Her  Dreams.





I've been so tied up in knots, that I completely forgot to tell you that the wolf area opened up to the public last week!
Members could come in Friday night at 6 to check it out but I wasn't sure if the rest of the zoo was open too, so I took the bus up, around 3 and spend most of my time at the Lynx habitat. They had 3 cubs end of May, and they were soooooo cute! I was the only one up there for most of the time, because it was of and on raining pretty good, but I didn't care. One person came up, making a ruckus, and I was just about to ask why he was even up there, since he obviously wasn't interested in seeing the animals, when faith intervened....... I know, I'm awful, but I almost laughed, when he was being extremely obnoxious, talking loud, bumping me, because he wanted a better angle for his tripod, and he lost his solarcap off the camera. It went straight down into the pen, and before it had bounced once, 2 of the older males were on it. Stalking, slapping it around, testing if it tasted good...... And that's why I always have a scrunchie around my camera string and on my wrist. IF my hands don't want to work, atleast I won't lose the camera. I kinda felt bad, because it looked an expensive piece of equipment, and I DO believe it had a lens attached to it, but ...... I guess you had to be there. He left, cussing up a storm, but I didn't think he went to get a keeper to get it out, so I went and found one, only to be told that the keeper for the Lynx already left for the day, and the earliest they would be able to get it out would be Saturday, or Monday...... Nice to know that there wasn't enough interest to keep the animals from cutting themselves on glass to get somebody in there pronto...... You would think, if you don't do it for the customer, get it out of there for the animals?  Along with everything else, it DOES make you wonder what it takes to have a zoo.

Mum Lynx had a day-job  keeping up with the little ones. One was bound and determined to get in the water, and after pulling him off the edge 3 times, she got tired of it, and swiped him back on the grass with her paw, before picking him up, and dropping him on the farthest side of the habitat, only to come back to find these to pranksters doing the same thing..... After I went hunting for a keeper, I decided to go visit my wolverines until it was time for the wolf habitat to open. The park being almost deserted , because of the rain, I thought, they were a little bit more active than I'd seen them in a while. The female didn't really come out of the den, but the male was running, exploring and, something I had no idea they did.... climbing trees! I sat at the edge of the landing, in a hanging chair, just enjoying the crap out of the peace and quiet, when the chair began rocking like someone was shaking it. Looking up, there's a keeper standing there, with a big grin on his face..... "Park has been closed for half an hour ma'm...... I'll escort you out." But not until after he sat there watching the Wolverine with me for about 10 minutes :-)  I truly believe that the keepers care about the animals, but management needs to get their act together, and let them do their job the way it's supposed to be done, to the benefit of the animals in their care.....

It did confuse me though, because of the night opening, so I hung around in the courtyard to see what was going to happen, and at 6 I happily went back in with the rest of the membership people....   By 7 I had a global look at the new habitat, but with the amount of people, all sparring for a better view than the neighbor, but not being very neighborly about it.... I had enough, Drank a cup of tea while enjoying the Giraffe baby and took the bus home. Happy, tired, soaked... (Did I tell you it rained like a Banshee? LOL) and full of plans to come back soon, and look at the new things in peace....  The wolves are 2 year olds from the Zoo at my sisters place, so I had to tell her to come see them :-)  They're 6 brothers, so they are already a pack, of sorts, but they were so overwhelmed by the amount of people that they were huddled in the corner. One came over to the window while I was standing there, but he left pretty quick after I hit the shutter. They had only been in the habitat for a couple of days, and by 7.30, I overheard one of the keepers tell another one that they had admitted 2700 people to the zoo since 6PM, so I figured they were stressed. I quietly hoped for a little more rain, so they would get some rest..... 



Hope you are having a wonderful Independence Day weekend and don't forget to hug a loved one?

Hugs,
Pauli

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Just when you think it's safe to breathe......

Life hits the fan!  You would think we would know by now, or at least have an inkling when things go smooth not to think we're out of the woods LOL.

But..... we did, and Boy,weren't we!
We went on a quick trip into Germany last week to check out the newish Exchange on the base in Spangdahlem. We looked around and weren't all that impressed with the way the store looked, the employees, or the empty shelves, but we DID have an awesome lunch...... TACOBELL!  I know :-) but on a continent where Mexican food consists of tortilla chips, TacoBell is like a little slice of heaven. When we came out of base, we needed gas, so we went looking for the nearest town with a gas station, only to get the "CHECK OIL" light. We stopped, and checked, but it was full, so we sat for a bit, checked it again, and it still registered full, so we started the car, to be greeted by a really odd noise. So we turned it off again and called the insurance roadside assistance people. This was not an easy task. Not because the number wasn't readily available, or my phone wasn't working right, but because this girl couldn't figure out how to dial the number! LOL. You see, instead of 0 for international, and the country code, lose the first 0 for the city code and dial the rest of the number as given, they somehow managed to have a + in front of the number.......... I have looked at this since we came home, but I figured it just meant you needed an extra number if you called from out of country, never realizing that you actually DIALED the + and the number! DUH!

I sometimes really wished somebody would write a manual for people that haven't been here for a while. Since I speak the language (kind of) and grew up here, people assume I know these things! :-)

Well, once I figured that little bit of information out, we got a tow to Bitburg. Mind you, we called around 1, the tow got there at 4 and by 5.30 we finally got the ok to rent a car. At that time, we were told, it was not sure whether we would get the car home, or whether we would have to either get it there on our own dime, or had to turn it over to the insurance, in Germany. Mind you, we're now looking at walking 2 miles to the carrental place, 20 minutes before they're gone for the weekend, and a bunch of shit in the car that we're not sure of whether we ever see it again...... So we took my purse and Mikes tools out of the trunk and started walking. When we got to the carrental place, we found out that the car they had booked for us would cost us 150! Euro's for 24 hours. We also found out, that we would have to pay for it, because it was not covered in the insurance, even though it stated on the paperwork, that "repatriation of car and occupants" was a covered benefit. That was something we would have to clear with the insurance broker, we were told, but if we wanted the car we better decide fast, because it was already past closing. So we took the car, went back to base for more TacoBell, and started for home.
On the way, instead of smalltalk, we were figuring things out.... We would have to take the car back to Aachen, but we had transport home, because the train that runs thru our town, comes from there. We had no idea if the trip would cost 3 Euro's per person or 30, but we were in no position to check, so that went on the list of "to do's before the rental goes back"
We needed to go by base and pick up things Mike would have a heck of a time getting home on the train...... also on the list.
We needed to get cat-food (they don't sell the dry food here in town, and let's face it, me, carrying a 10 pound bag home on the train after which would come a 15 minute brisk walk, was just nog going to happen, so...... added that too.
There were a couple more things, so by the time we hit the house, we had a plan of attack for Saturday, and a train ticket for Mike to get to work on Sunday, and we would do more thinking when we heard back from the insurance (Which turned out to be Wednesday afternoon!)
Wednesday, we found out that the car would come home, but there was no indication who would pay for it. This needed to be decided by the insurance broker, who had left the office by the time the roadside assistants people called, and who will not be back in the office until TUESDAY! The Roadside Assistant lady did tell us, that it could take up to 3 weeks for the car to get here, so at least we knew that we would have to start saving our 1 and 2 Euro coins, so Mike could buy his way to work for that time frame..... (It's amazing what looks like progress, sometimes.....)
The paperwork from the insurance states that we were supposed to be able to get replacement transportation, but that question will have to wait with the one about who pays for things, until the insurance broker is in the office. I left a message on wednesday, didn't hear back from them, so sent an email on Thursday, and will call again on Tuesday at 9.30 when they get back in. (I have to make sure I call between 9.30 and 12.30,  or between 1.30 and 4.30 to catch anybody, but they usually just let it go to voicemail, and try to call back about 10 minutes before they close, so if you don't pick up, they're off the hook from calling back)  They've been good (as good as insurance will be) when we've had a claim, but it's unbelievable how much they don't know on things they really should, and how you have to hunt every little bit of information down, to get anything done. There's no volunteering of information, at any time, on anything. If  you don't think about it, you'll never know, unless you need to. This makes for some very interesting turns of events!

So that's been our week..............
Saturday, I turned Grump, and scrapped all day. Mike was looking for cars (IF we need a new car, I want my KA back!) and I got a lot done on the kits I was running behind on, so I will post those below. And than............ there was dinner! I'm not a bad cook, just a clueless one, obviously LOL. I have been wanting to make a quiche, ever since my sister bought me a springform. So yesterday, I felt brave, and started..... The spinach didn't work out, because between the paper and rocks that were in the frozen package, I knew, if I put it in the quiche, I wouldn't eat it anyway, so I unceremoniously dumped it in the garbage, and happily soldiered on with the rest of the recipe. I am a grown-up, I can adapt! HA! That thought only lasted until I poured the eggs in the dish, and it came out the bottom as fast as I poured it in at the top. Obvioulsy, you CANNOT replace a solid crust with potatoewedges!  So, it ended up being a not so bad ovendish, that had no particular structure what-so-ever. If I had just started out with throwing everything in a square dish, I would have been done about 2 hours faster LOL.

YUP! I'm done! Thanks for sitting thru this conversation, and if you  need a tylenol for that starting headache..... I totally understand! :-)

For the eye-candy and (hopefully) a treat after reading this far:

Final Day page of the Progressive Scrap over at The Studio.

This picture was taken thru a porthole at the aquarium. I was so happy it came out this way. One of the few that were completely in focus. I'll have to get some pointers from my sister how to get thru 5 Inches of plexiglass and still have everything clear in the pictures :-)

Boo's One Step Beyond kit #17. Coming out today.


This HAS to be my favorite picture of Jesse. There's just something about the whole thing, that makes me smile when I look at it. I'm sure you'll see it go by many more times......

Boo's kit Summer Whispers.

Two of my loves on one page....... Mike and Iris' :-) I'm not sure what happened to the color of the Iris when I merged the layers, but they were NOT this blue. They were more the color of the one on the bottom, but a little less bright. Sometimes, (and I'm sure its me "not getting something" about the settings) photoshop just seems to have a different idea what the end-page should look like than me. LOL

Because of You is the name of BooLandDesigns kit.

Boo's One Step Beyond #16, combined with page 18 from her  Photo-album series.

I hear a vacuumcleaner calling............... I wonder if it will stop if I don't react? Probably not! LOL

Don't forget to hug a loved one!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What do you feed your pet?



I was doing a check on petfood recalls, after seeing an article on "Recent recalls", which turned out to be "not so recent" by the way.......   Somewhere buried on the USDA Website, I found this little bit of information that scared the stuffing out of me........

NOT KIDDING!!!!
WARNING: If you are a "visual" person, and kindhearted, you  may want to skip this post. It is not a pretty picture! I just don't think it is common knowledge, and it shocked me into posting this, just in case you want to know/think you should know, but didn't. 

I have to admit, I didn't want to know, I'm not happy I know, because it's one of those things you can't "un see" and I wish I could forget, but for the sake of our fuzzy roommate..... I needed to know!  For those not wanting to read past this part, let's just say this: Perky is a  V E R Y   finnicky eater, but I think he's going to have to get used to homemade.....


Diversion requests will be handled on an ad hoc basis. The *Center* will consider the requests for diversion of food considered adulterated for human use in all situations where the diverted food will be acceptable for its intended animal food use. Such situations may include:
a. Pesticide contamination in excess of the permitted tolerance or action level.
b. Pesticide contamination where the pesticide involved is unapproved for use on a food or feed commodity.
c. Contamination by industrial chemicals.
d. Contamination by natural toxicants.
e. Contamination by filth.
f. Microbiological contamination.
g. Over tolerance or unpermitted drug residues.
Some general policy issues to be considered while evaluating proposals for diversion of food considered to be adulterated to animal feed use are:
a. A seizure action and a voluntary request for diversion are two separate processes. A seizure action and a request for diversion cannot legally be processed simultaneously. No diversion request submitted under this guideline will be considered once a seizure recommendation has been forwarded to headquarters. If a seizure recommendation is withdrawn and if the requirements of this policy are met, a diversion request may be entertained. Naturally, a diversion-based means of reconditioning seized articles may be an appropriate means of meeting the requirements of a court-ordered consent decree arising from a seizure.
b. Diversion may only be allowed where there is a legally enforceable assurance that the subject foods will not be placed into interstate commerce before the request is approved and the products appropriately diverted (i.e., meats not under USDA detention but nevertheless containing illegal residues would be appropriate for seizure or state embargo but not for diversion if the meats were already shipped in interstate commerce). Accordingly, this policy will primarily apply to embargoed goods or bonded goods to assure adequate control of the adulterated goods.
c. Where diversion is legally appropriate, data are required to demonstrate that the diverted use poses no safety hazards to the animals consuming the diverted food and to the public who may be exposed to edible tissues of such animals.
d. The diversion policy does not sanction or authorize the blending of the adulterated foods, i.e., the policy does not authorize the diluting of an adulterated product to below a tolerance or action level.
*Material between asterisks is new or revised*
Issued: 11/1/81
Revised: 3/95

This is just as scary as the article I read a while ago, where "It is a general practice in the petfood industry to use cremains of pets not returned to the owner or euthanized at a shelter, as part of the mineral content in both dog and cat food"  This means (at least in my mind) that the "necessary" ash content in petfood, might just be Fido from next door........
HELLO!! that is cannibalism, and did that same "general practice" not orchestrate Mad Cow Disease?  I don't want to be an alarmist, but what the hell are we doing here? 

I have tried to be accepting of the labels that have "animal byproducts" and "ash" as their main ingredients, because, let's face it, you can't find petfood without it, but if table scraps are not good for our pets, how can something that's NOT good for us to the point that it should be destroyed, end up in their "USDA approved pet food"?!?!? 

I didn't want to ruin anybody's day, and if I somehow offended you by writing this, I sincerely apologize, but, like I mentioned before..... it scares me that, not only do we not know what's in our food, any label can be manipulated so it looks like there's nothing wrong, and it's perfectly legal to disguise things that way...... If it can be done in petfood, what do we not know about ours?!

More than ever, if you have a fuzzy roommate.......... Hug it tightly tonight!


This is the link to the petfood article that started this: petfood
In case you think it's a only a European thing......US link
This is the USDA article.... USDA

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A little slow.....

I was just wondering about a friend of mine, who hasn't posted on her blog since May 28, and than I noticed, I hadn't posted since the 21st ! LOL
I think (not sure though) this qualifies as a "DUH!" moment. At the very least the pot and kettle come to mind. But..... I have a little bit to catch you up on.  I should be "doing chores" but for starters, it's 84 Degrees inside the house and I do my best work around 65 :-) plus, I also started a different schedule. Monthly goals, attached to daily chores. With Mike coming home at unscheduled/odd hours, and my problem of not wanting to do housework when he's here, unless he's working too, there was no way I could do what was on the schedule for any given day, and I'm behind again..... So I'm trying something else.

THE ARNHEM ZOO WAS AWESOME!!!!! I was going to go by myself, than we were going to go by train, and since we wanted to leave about 2 hours before the first train would depart our little village, we ended up driving. It was so nice. We talked almost the whole way up. Mind you, this was 2 hours uninterrupted, 2-way conversation, no phone, no tv.... nothing  :-) We chatted like we used to on our midnight star watching trips in the dessert. That alone made the day great!

We were at the zoo 15 minutes before it opened, and about 50th in line, but not only were ALL the registers open, taking money, and handing out tickets, the gates were open to walk on in to the zoo as well. Not like some (the one here included) where the employees make their way to the register right at openingtime, take their time to open up, get settled etc, and THAN someone makes their way to the gate that will allow you to get a ticket, before opening the gate to the zoo itself........... Since the zoo opened at 9, and closed at 7, I was looking forward to 10 hours of zoo-time. There was just a little miscalculation in my fiendish plan....... my body!

We started out in the big greenhouse and thru there to the safari part, to the ocean part, where we sat in awe over the biggest aquarium either one of us had ever seen. There were various basins, that seemingly seamlessly  turned into eachother. We saw flat sharks (I know, they have another name, I just don't know it for sure, but I think they were sand sharks LOL) BLUE starfish, a fish that looked like a box, or as Mike put it, an early submarine, all squared. It was so cool. Even Mike was interested, and he has nothing with fish, normally. I did realize that THIS is what I remembered as being the cave aquarium in Valkenburg, which turned out to be a dingy, wet, freak-show, so....... Now I know that I didn't totally lose my mind, it was just discombubbled on the location. LOL. Than we went back thru the greenhouse, saw some more tropical plants, got strafed by a bat, and went into the desert. We were so looking forward to the TEX-MEX restaurant for lunch, and had planned the route so we would end up there between 11 and 1, and were sorely dissappointed. Not only was it not a restaurant, but the whole Tex-Mex experience consisted of Dos Equus beer, and tortillachips........... so we had coffee and a piece of apple-pie and called it good. After "lunch" we also noticed that we wouldn't make it till closing time, but we happilly kept going. I kept telling Mike that we shouldn't have sat down, but he wasn't buying it..... After the Desert, we went back thru the greenhouse, and on to the Rimba, where the non african big cats were. The tigers didn't like eachother very much, they were on opposite ends of the area they were in. They had a cat I had never seen, or heard of.... the Sri Lanka Panther. SOOOOO beautiful! It had a very nice habitat, with a little waterfall and "fool around in" pond, visible from 2 different sides.


I managed to actually get a decent picture of him to..... :-)


After the Rimba, we went to the Mangrove, where it seemed to be mainly birds, and to our surprise, wallaby's.

While walking around, we decided that they must be rebuilding a lot of the paddocks in that area, because about 1/3 was empty and it had all but disappeared from the sign posts telling you which direction to go :-)

When we discovered we had taken a sit down break about every half hour since lunch, we decided it had been enough, since Mike still had to drive 2 hours to get us home, and we called it a day at 5.30. 
A wonderful, tiring, relaxed, perfect day!

I've been building scrap pages with the pictures we took, and as soon as they are done, I will post them. It's so nice not to have to remember where the parts came from, because I'm only posting them here and they are going straight into an album after I print them :-)

I finally met a dear friend from the site that got me into Digi Scrapping, Deco-Pages in person. I met Helen in Venlo, and we hit it off, like I thought we would, but sometimes you just don't know what happens between "on line" and "in your face" and you end up losing a good online friend in the process. NOT so, this time, I'm happy to say!

I think I'm all caught up with you, so I'm going to quit for now, and see if the temperature in the kitchen is down enough to light the stove and start dinner. In my infinate wisdom (no laughing!) I decided to make a roast today, so after the browning process, it needs to simmer a couple of hours, for that fall-of-the-bone tenderness I like, putting that much loved (NOT!) humidity and heat in the house... as if 80-some degrees with 79% humidity didn't do the trick on its own :-(

Don't forget to love a hugged one! :-)





Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I have tried

my hand at making clusters, and I found out a couple of things....
Probably the one that was no surprise, AT ALL was that it is an amazing amount of fun to just play with the parts of a kit, without having to fit other things with it and that also leads to the second revelation...... it's a lot easier than page scrapping!
Don't worry, I'm not going to leave all the pictures that I need to put somewhere, but it IS a whole different way of scrapping and a whole new kind of fun!

These are my first attempts.....

Carena's kit AUSSIE for these 2


DigiDesignResorts collab MIDSUMMER for these 2


Color Challenge at The Studio

Played with one of Boo's kits as well........ The One Step Beyond series is going strong, and #13 released today.  




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hi there :-)

Everytime I say that, I have to think about the puppy in UP....  Maybe because I have the same attentionspan? LOL


Found this on facebook this morning.......... seemed kinda appropriate ... don't you think?



Nothing shocking has happened in a week, and I'm starting to breath easy......
Haven't done much in way of scrapping, because I'm sorting thru things to make legroom in the house. It's very slow going, and the hardest part seems to be to get to the dump to actually get rid of things. I may ask my brother in law to come up one of these days for a dump run. He has what the family dubbed "the ugly car" which doesn't look huge, but you'd be surprised what fits in it!  I personally don't see the ugly part on the car. I rather like it actually. The common name of the thing is Toyota Yaris, the 5 door version..... Our neon is great, but like the Ka, is not really known for the capacity of crap you can haul in it. LOL.

So the boxes, papers, things we don't need/want need to be recycled. We take them to the dump and put them in the designated containers, so they don't fill up the landfill....... you just have to get them there, I s'pose.
On the up side, the computer room is starting to look a little less of a dumping ground, and a little more  "just" like a bomb went off, so we're making progress. I spent a good day last week going thru paperwork, deciding what can go, what we need to keep, (and where) as well as how long, and than it came to me..... Keep the current year in a binder, and at the end of the year, scan it, and put it on an external drive. DUH! I already do that with the bank account, power, rent, and internet bills, because they don't send out bills or statements anymore, and they are available online for about 1 year, so I download the statements, and put them in folder by year, in January, I go in, and sort the payments by company, put that in the folder and on to the next year........... I am going to donate back some of the books I got for free at the library not a of them, some I want to read again), break down some of the boxes after I decide what needs repacked and I don't need them anymore, integrate a couple of boxes into one or 2 crates for Christmas and other decorations and see how much space I created. I'm still debating whether I want to keep the packing material for the dishes and breakables, or if I should pitch that (that would take care of a box or 2........) to give me a little legroom under the desk.

I had planned to go to Avifauna coming Sunday, while Mike is at work, but he decided he wanted to go to the zoo in Arnhem with me the weekend after, so that will have to keep. I have been wanting to go to both places for a long time, and finally decided that I was going to go on Mikes day of work, since the discount train tickets we had will expire on June 5th.  Avifauna is a bird park, and I seem to be the only one that has any interest in going there in the entire family, so that will be a "Pauli day" ;-) The zoo always seems interesting to most of the family, but Mike told me a while ago that he can only visit so many a year (unlike Nicky and me, who could go every day, and never get tired of it) so I have to pick my battles on which ones to go to together. Burgers' Dierenpark is a 100 year old zoo, but it prides itself (and has done so since I can remember) that it is more than a variety of animals, it is also very much into the understanding of species, and enrichment, so that will be interesting, and than we have a date to go to the Safari Park (not sure if it is with my sisters family or just the 2 of us, but he really wants to go there) and I think that will probably be the limit on zoo's for the year.  I will go to Avifauna as soon as I can find another set of discount tickets LOL. (The added bonus is that with my zoocard I can get in free to the bird park, and half price in Arnhem, with a discount for Mike, so on a whole, it's a doable day out..... And a GRRRRREAT opportunity to get a couple more pictures to play with LOL.  I'm also hoping to go to the open air museum this  year, but a lot of the outings depend on finances, so probably not, but it will keep, I hope.

Like I said, no scrapping pages to show you, but I wanted to at least try and get back in some kind of habit, and figure I start with the blog, work my way to the webdesign course, and eventually back to scrapping on a regular basis, before i get kicked off the team :-)

For now, if I don't talk to you before than, have a great memorial day weekend, maybe visit a cemetery and clean some family markers, be safe if your traveling, and don't forget to hug a loved one...

Hugs,
Pauli


Thursday, May 1, 2014

I don't get it.....

Just read on the Zoo site, that the baby lions are all dead!

Nobody knows what happened, nobody kept an eye on the pride, there were no camera's, and there was nowhere where the lioness could safeguard her cubs............... I don't know if it was ignorance or not-caring, but somehow, this doesn't feel right for a zoo? It stated in a Saturday post that there hadn't been any sign of life since the keepers came to work on Friday Morning.....?
I guess it should have rang alarm bells, when they didn't know that she was pregnant, even though they sent out a newsletter with a picture of the mating......... Last year, they were surprised by the birth of 2 of the 3 giraffe calves. I'm not making this up, it's in their newsletter. It gave me the creeps when it happily states in the announcement that "the mother was pacing all day Wednesday and part of Thursday, often with one of the cubs in her mouth" and it was put down as if she was proudly showing off her little ones.......?!?!
I'm thinking she was looking for a place to put them safe. No matter how "respectful" the rest of the pride is.... every nature documentary I've seen always had the new mom take distance from the pride until the cubs were atleast 2 or more weeks old. You'd think if I can figure this out, the powers that run the zoo, should have for sure?  You need a degree in Animal Care to volunteer keeping the cages clean, so you'd think somebody would have had ideas for the safety of mom and babies?
I guess accidents happen, nature takes its course, and all those other platitudes, but we're not talking baby ducks here. In my humble opnion, with it being her first litter, and the pride only being together a year, they should have had a little bit more precaustions/surveillance than locking up at night, and calling it good?  Just saying....

I read some of the comments, and I think they're going to have a heck of a time living this down. They've been awarded "best zoo" for the last 3 years, although for the amount of animals they house, they seem to have a lot of deaths. But I have to be honest, I wouldn't know how many animals the other zoo's loose in the course of a year, because I don't go to their sites as often and when I do, I just skim the highlights. It just seems a lot.  There's people that were commenting that they would never, EVER set foot in the zoo again, people that were thinking of putting the animal protection agency on them, people comparing them with the Copenhagen zoo. etc. Me? I don't know what I'm going to do. I just renewed my membership thru july 2015 in February, so..... I'm dissappointed, disgusted and incredulous, a little mad, (OK, make that a lot mad) but I also don't have all the facts. I hope that they learned, be it at the expense of helpless animals (no matter how many sharp implements they have, they can not act like they would in the wild) and it won't happen again. That next time they have little ones, no matter what species, they will have a keeper in the area at all times, or at least camera surveillance with someone keeping tabs and ready to intervene if need be, that they will be prepared to separate the mom and baby(s) from the other animals until they stand a chance of survival and they figure out that animals in a cage behave differently from their wild cousins ........... As for the Stockholm zoo thing....... If you know there are enough animals of a certain sub-species, the responsible thing to do, if you're acting on behalf of the animals, and not the shareholders, is not to breed them, so you don't GET to the point of having too many of one gene pool? One article almost made it sound like they were growing their own meat for the predators in the zoo, but I somehow have a hard time believing that one.

Ok, stepping off the soapbox now :-) and I'll be back with updates in a day or so. Mike is off tomorrow, and has called dibs on the computer, so it will probably be Saturday or tomorrow night after hubby goes to sleep. LOL. Looking forward to Digital Scrapbooking Day, and will spend tomorrow updating/checking and narrowing down things on my wishlist, checking the bank account, and probably narrowing down a little more, or maybe I'll just play/pick up freebies on Saturday :-)  We'll see, and when done with that...... there's always ZOO TYCOON! LOL Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would enjoy playing computergames this much. I'll have to figure out how to make screenshots, so I can show you "my" zoo, someday.....

Don't forget to hug a loved one? And if you have fuzzy roommates, hug them extra tight :-)


Thursday, April 24, 2014

When they say April Showers.....

I'm pretty sure they didn't mean snow!
After a week of sheer panic, I'm finally catching up with the news, and saw there were snowflurries in the North and North East of the US, and today they're warning for severe weather in Iowa, with fire danger in the high range........... what the .....?!
It's not a whole lot better on this side of the world though....... No snow, but Mike had to scrape the whole of last week, however, after about 2 you can happily walk around in a t-shirt and sweat! Oh well.... with my internal heater being broke, I usually walk around wearing a t-shirt, and having a sweater handy, and alternate the 2 every 5 to 10 minutes, so I probably shouldn't say anything about odd? LOL!

Now that I have that off my chest....... I got my all clear (hence the week of panic) and the next appointment in 6 months. Mike has a steady schedule, including working extra long at Easter, my dad only seems to call if he needs something ordered from the states, or he has a problem with his computer, I ticked my big sister off by wishing her a happy birthday, and ... I'm still loving the webdesign course!

I kinda-sorta got fired from one of my ct-jobs. I'm debating about quitting my last one, but have a hard time giving up the fun, and slowly but surely, I'm working towards getting my office back from being a dumping ground for everything that's in the way in every other room of the house, but.... I have such a hard time deciding what needs to go, and what I want to and/or can keep, if I want walking room...... LOL.... Maybe I should turn that part over to Mike, and see what I end up with, once he's done? Nah, better not. We did that when we left Iowa, and I'm still missing things I would have kept, and come across stuff I would have pitched, so I'm just going to have to lock the room, and not come out until I have free floorspace. So, if you don't hear from me for a while, don't put me on a milk carton just yet, I just may be clearing house! LOL.

Since I started this post a week or so ago, I have discovered a couple of things.
- This girl is not made to throw things out! LOL Every time I put something in the "dump" pile it turns back up in the "put away" pile after a couple of hours...... Not a good way to make room. I may start with babysteps, and instead of making a "give away/throw away" pile, I will make a "think about it" pile. Than, after I have the main things figured out, and put away, or at least figured out what kind of storage I need, I will start on that pile....... I may just get this done right around August!
- I didn't tick my sister off (I think LOL), she just didn't know how to tell me I'm not invited to her wedding! (This also accounts for my dad not answering his phone (and I know for a fact he has computer problems, so this must be pretty hard on him) and my niece not wanting to talk to me, and my sister not answering her phone.......... Oh well. It would have saved everybody a whole lot of grief if she'd just said something. SO, my big sister is getting married to her buddy of 20 some years.  I hope they are very happy together. She deserves some peace and quiet in their life. I know, as an end to the previous sentence this sounds like it is not meant well, but I am truly happy for her, and DO wish her well. I guess, all things considered, I should not be upset, I have been away for so long, people tend to forget I'm back, but when I found out, I wasn't sure if I should be pissed, or sad, and I decided I was mainly sad, that we, as a family cannot be honest enough with each other, that we'd rather not talk, than talk something out. I think the wedding is in their back yard, and with his 2 girls and her 4, with spouses and kids.... I'd have to sit on the roof to fit, so I understand. Plus it's a personal choice. It's just..... It would have been nice to be told, instead of excluded from even being happy for them?

There were a couple of pages I still had to show you, and some I just got done with. I was all happy, thinking I was ahead of the game, just to find out that they are so far overdue, that the thread isn't even in the forum anymore........ Oops! I sense another, regroup/rethink session coming up...........

So, without further delay.....

The way over due ones are made with Spring Passion by Booland.



This one is a little early (about 18 hours or so) It will come out tomorrow over at The Studio. It is also by Boo. Probably, from now on, unless it's NOT by her, I should just give you the kit name, since she's the only designer left that I CT for.



These are the last couple from the March Mini Madness challenge: All kits are by Boo, and they are in my gallery over the The Studio as well.



AND, you may, or may not, be happy to know that I made up my mind on the mini's. I missed a couple of coupons because of wrong posting, and let one slip away (by 5 minutes) by looking around too long in the store, but all in all......... I was a happy camper! Now all I need is time........ time to sit and scrap, research family tree and enter, keep up with the house chores, keep in touch with everybody I hold dear, sort out all the crap I have, hold on to, and probably should rehome in one way or another, make the Christmascards before I'm too late to even send them out.

OH! I ALMOST FORGOT!!!!! We have baby lions at the zoo! Guess who's going to see them on Sunday!? YUP! tomorrow we will finish up the brakes, Saturday........ who knows, no plans yet, and sunday, while Mike is working, I'll be spending some time at the zoo. I hope it won't be too busy, but at the very least, I'll get my walking in for the day.  Go check out the little ones online (newscast, so I'm not sure how long it's available) or on youtube


Well, that's it for me, I think. I'l keep you updated on the little ones, and everything else, as I think about it. Don't forget to hug that loved one1?


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day 5 thru 9 working on 10.....

Kim, so glad you found your way here again. You had me worried little sister! :-)

The brakes didn't happen.... Mike came home sick Thursday, so we took it easy on Friday. Come Saturday, he was bored enough to go down to the car and see if everything actually came in, and check to see if we had all the tools to do the job right. The "shop" had a lift available on Monday (Neither one of us had figured on the "space available" concept for some odd reason. We figured we'd show up and go to work. LOL Silly people!
We did find out that obviously NOBODY here works on their own car. We missed 2 parts, and it took us all Saturday and part of Monday to NOT find either of them, and McGyver it.  We needed  a C-clamp and a small syphon-kit (so we could take a little brakefluid out of the system so it wouldn't go all over when we compressed them to replace the brakes.....) We're ending up using a regular short square clamp and the syringe I use to give perky his medicine.   I hope we don't need the caliper seals, because they are not available in the whole of Holland!

Mike had to go to work on Sunday, and from what I understand, he's staying on the current schedule, so I'll have all the Sundays to myself..... yeay (I'm SO underwelmed!) and I went to the zoo. Had a great time, found out that "my" wolves are gone, and will be replaced with European wolves. That was a bummer, but the Wolverine has a new mate, of sorts. I walked by a couple of times during the day, and one was in one corner, and the other in another, as far away from eachother as they could be. Not at all like he was with his old mate. They would play together, and snuggle close if it was cold. They both seemed a little lonely to me. The fuzzy donkey at the entry way got replaced with oreo cows. I know there's an official name for them, but I don't know it, and this way, you atleast know what they look like, right? LOL.  I made a couple of really nice pictures of the Bobcats (there seemed less than last time and I'll have to check on that), noticed there are only 4 out of 12 Przewalski horses left, they increased the local birds, and moved a lot of the animals around. I knew they had shipped some of the horses to be released in Poland, but I hadn't taken in account that they needed greater numbers to survive in the wild than in the zoo. I was kinda sad to see so little of them left, but the wild ones will have a better chance in a bigger band, so that's ok.  The new wolf-tunnel will be done in July, and that's when the new pack is expected. And I have no idea where they have put the birdcage, but supposedly, it's almost done too.  The otters have a little bit more room. (got some neat pictures of them) and I sat outside and people watched for a bit........ It was interesting, to put it mildly, but that impression may very well have been mutual, so that's all I'm going to say about that :-)
Oh! and someday, I'll actually make it to the raptor show! LOL

I did do my posting every day in the Mini Madness Challenge, and even finished and posted my Point In Time challenge, got some very good news from a dear friend about her pup, some not so good news from another friend, which involved lots of talking and tissues, but she's feeling a little better now, got an unexpected email from Mike's step niece about family tree things (SO COOL! Every time I hear from somebody, it gets me back in to the tree in a whole different mindset. Love it!) got snubbed by my sister when I wished her happy birthday (won't be repeated next year!) and I'm ready for the week. I took today to spend with Perky and the computer.... (He's sleeping in his basket next to me on the table) and will get going on the schedule starting tomorrow. Right now, it's time to get the groceries in, have a cup of tea when I get back, and start dinner. BUT, not before I show you the pages for the challenge, and some for Boo's part in the Collab Cafe in Paris.

 Day 5

ONE PAGE WONDER 34
 Day 6
ONE PAGE WONDER 5


 Day 7
ONE STEP BEYOND 5

Day 8
SPRING WHISPERS ADD-ON


Day 9
ONE PAGE WONDER 66
All pages are made with Boo's kits because I'm still adding more than subtracting from my wish list.... I better decide soon, because the sale only runs thru the 5th!!!

OH, Boo asked the blossoms to put a question out there......



For the Point In Time challenge, I used Boo's part of the Cafe in Paris Collab over at The Studio.  Will you come and play with us? The April Challenge thread wasn't up yet, but than, it's still early in The States, and Toiny is hopping with the Mini Madness thing, so ..... The challenge information is on this invitation in the gallery if you want to get started, the rest would just be housekeeping things like "credit, photo, journaling.... that kind of stuff". Just check back in a day or so to post in the forum, as soon as Toiny catches her breath, I'm sure it will be up in no time at all.


I absolutely adore the silky look of the paper, and someday, I hope I can figure out how she did that! LOL.

My official page with her kit, is:


Well, I think that's all I needed to catch you up on. Hopefully by tonight, I'm caught up with everything I left over the last couple of days, and I won't have so much to tell you in one sitting. 

BUT, for now, don't forget to hug that loved one, and don't pull pranks today you don't want coming back to you..... LOL

Hugs,
Pauli