Thursday, October 26, 2006

Studio Friday - {COLLECTIONS}

Studio Friday topic for October 27th:
This week's topic for Friday October 27th suggested by Silvia:

"Most people collect something, it would be fun to see what others have in their collections."
~ Silvia

Oh boy... are you sure you're ready for ME? Just kiddin'!!
Well this is a topic that's really, really fun and easy for me! My husband and I collect WW2 memorabilia. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting We own a WW2 museum that houses our personal collection. What we focus most on is USA Army Air Corps and Paratrooper Memorbelia but we have a LOT of stuff from all branches of the US services and also Allied and Axis troops.
Here's part of our reenactment group. My husband is on the far right.
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We own a traveling museum. Though we have a complete field hospital, we generally take the smaller, field hospital with us to events. We set up (takes about an hour and 1/2) at out door as well as indoor events. My husband does an excellent Field Surgeon impression and since he is a physician by trade, he is able to answer questions about the equipment and medical supplies. Our display really is very impressive. I wish the photographs did it justice! This particular collection, obviously, focuses on the medical aspect of WW2.

Here are a few photos that just show a small fraction of what our museum has.
Below are 2 photos of our field aid station. A field aid station was the 2nd medical contact that the wounded had. The 1st being the medic. About 90% of wounded men who made it to the field aid station, survived.
The 1st photo is the triage area and often the ONLY area they had.
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This next photo is of their aid station. Under the tent would be supplies, a few stretchers (called 'litters') and possibly room for emergency surgery; often done outdoors due to lack of space and light.
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Our passion is to display parts of our collection at various events. One of our favourite displays is our Veteran's Day display. We bring a lot of smaller memorabilia such as war time magazines, housewares, uniforms, paper items and general WW2 militaria. We love to set up for WW2 veterans!! The next few photos I took last year at Stonebrige Assisted Living Center. We put up a nice Veteran's Day display for the residents. We LOVE it when Veteran's are present and start telling
us about their war time experiences. They love it when we visit and we love visiting them!
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Below is a litter (stretcher) with a bunch of Field hospital memorabilia. Of course you recognise the Medic Helmet. The other various instruments and gadgets would be found in the field hospital. IV pole and Plasma bottle, ether mask,gauze/bandages, syringes, wash basin, medic bag stocked full of bandages and morphine.
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On this stretcher are various medical instruments used in the field hospitals of WW2. Some of the instruments are downright scary lookin'!
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Here you will see a small display of wooden cases. Inside these are some of my favourite things. Soldiers rations, various insignia, sweetheart jewelry, matchbooks from different bases with various sayings on them. Spotter cards of enemy tanks and planes and lots of other small wartime trinkets. Most of these things we had found at various flea markets, garage sales and of course, ebay!
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We not only focus on WW2 Medicine. We also have a pretty intense collection of G.I. memorabilia. Below is a photo of the basic contents of a regular G.I.'s backpack.
Helmet, gas mask, mess kit, shaving kit, 1 morphine syrette, canteen, cigarettes, toilet paper, lighter. K-Rations, comb, flashlight and a few miscellaneous things.
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The photo below is a small portion of the collection also. Some of these items belong to some of the members of our WW2 Reenactment group. We had set up a small display at a WW2 Veteran's Conference at Brookdale Community College in NJ.
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So here we have it, the collection that I most cherish! We plan to continually add to the collection indefinitely!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!!

If there's one thing I never tire of, it's pumpkin picking. This is a good thing because I never feel the need to hurry the girls along. We take our sweet, sweet time looking over each and every pumpkin, looking for that 'perfect' one.
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I actually didn't plan these outfits to coordinate with the pumpkin patch trip, it just sort of worked out that way. My inlaws came up for lunch and we all decided, while at the restaurant, that we'd hit the patch on our way back to the house. It was a splendid idea! The girls looked ever so cute in their matching dresses and it made for such a nice photo shootPhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting
M'Kayla feels the need to hug and touch every single pumpkin, often kissing them and telling them how much she loves them. I love her sensitive, sweet heart. She's a very affectionate child towards people, animals and even, as you see here, vegetation!Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe moment we parked the car, before she even got out, Ellie had her eye on one specific pumpkin. The moment she was unclipped from her car seat she ran straight for it and picked it up, proclaiming loudly, "I want THIS one!"Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting She walked around the patch, carrying this one pumpkin until her daddy relieved her of it. Even then, she kept an eye on it to be sure it was the SAME one she had originally chosen. It's displayed, proudly, in our foyer and will NOT be carved because it's hers and just too precious to her!
I got a great big pumpkin to carve and can't wait to proudly display it!

Friday, October 20, 2006

(Studio Friday} Autumn Inspiration

This week's Studio Friday topic for October 20th suggested by Kerri: AUTUMN INSPIRATION!

"Autumn inspiration - According to my calendar, (Sept 22) is the "Autumnal Equinox," and it's my favorite season, so show me what you love about the fall - the colors?... the leaves?...etc."
~ Kerri

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Autumn is also MY favourite season; precisely October. Not only is it the month of renewal for me, but also Halloween (Samhain) which is my absolute favourite day of the year.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Autumn is my recharging season. I am most creative on a crisp, cool, overcast autumn day. The weather, colours and festive feelings in the air spark my creativity unlike any other season. I think it's because the colours of nature in Fall are the colours that I tend to use the most anyway.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

{Scrapbrats Blogring Week 6} "Super Powers"


Scrapbrats Blogring week 6 is as follows:

If I could have one super power to use for one day, it
would be ...

This one really takes no thought whatsoever for me. If I could have ONE superpower for only ONE day, I'd definitely choose the Power to Heal.
The world is full of so much disease and so much heartache that I think it could use a little super power healing, don't you?

Speaking of healing.... I know of a man who has super powers. His name is Andrew Bascue and he's cycling across the USA to raise money for the American Cancer Society. He has an ankle/achilles injury and could sure use some positive thoughts, prayers, whatever you call them, sent his way. Check out his blog and leave a comment. He's in Chicago right now consulting with physicians about the injury and to see what his next step in this journey will be. Keep him in your thoughts please and send him a little encouragement if you have a moment.... Andrew's Blog

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Magickal Cat

There's nothing more fulfilling than to fulfill one of your child's dreams.
My 4 year old has been walking around for a year proclaiming the fact that when she is a teenager, she's getting a kitty. There hasn't been a person that she's met that she hasn't said it to. She wastes no time stating it to check-out clerks, post office employees and cashiers at the grocery store, her teachers, family and anyone who'll listen! "When I'm a teenager, I'm getting a kitty"
Yesterday, delivered to our doorstep was a parcel from South Carolina. This wasn't just your run of the mill parcel. This was a HUGE deal. A life changing ordeal.
My best friend on Earth ( Not to be confused with my best friend on Mars, Venus or Saturn)Beth is moving. Her new landlord is a 'no cats' kinda guy. She automatically wanted to panic! Her cat, 'Rabbi' (pronounced Rabb-eye) is her BABY. She loves him with every stitch of her being and giving him to a shelter or to a stranger was just NOT an option. After we chatted on the phone and talked about it, we realized that the only solution was to have him shipped up here to us. I watched this kitty on the web cam since he was born and I am almos as attached to him as she is.
So, delivered to us was a carry-kennel with one large white cat named, 'Rabbi' inside.
My 2 little girls weren't within ear shot when he was brought into the house and they had NO idea about this so called, Parcel. It was great! My husband had the idea to place a small white resin cat figurine on the carpet in the mudroom. He then took the girls out and had them find 'magickal pinecones' One small, one medium and one large. (This gave me time to set things up and have him have a few minutes to get used to the mud room and being OUT of that freakin' carrier that he had been shipped in!) After about 20 minutes he called my cell to see if I was all set up. I was ready!!
He brought the girls in and they were thinking up magic words. It was very cute. My 4 year old walked in and said 'let's get started. I want to see the surprise already!" She had figured it out already that there was some funky magick going on in the mudroom and that there'd be a cat in there. She's too freakin' smart for her own good is what she is!!!
She made up some magick words "abra-cadabra abra-kazee do your magick, magick key" and we opened the door to the mudroom and LO! and Behold look what we found!
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Of course the girls are ELATED and thankfully he's a very personable kitty! He loves us as much as we love him! He's even dog-tolerant! Such a sweet boy he is!
Ok.. yeah, you're thiking.. "ok cool.. now what's with the NAME?!" right?
Rabbi ( pronounced Rabb-eye) was born with a grey spot on the top of his head that looked like a yarmulke (pronounced yommukkah to most) so he reminded Beth's daughter of a Rabbi. Even though the grey spot grew out within a few months after he was born, the name stuck! So that's the story of how Rabbi came to live at our house!

Friday, October 13, 2006

{Studio Friday} ~ FEARS ~

Studio Friday topic for October 13th:
This week's topic for Friday October 13th suggested by Casey: "FEAR!"

"I have been away from Studio Friday for a while, and I really struggled
with the toot your own horn topic. It actually made me do some free-writing
and I thought of another topic that might be helpful for some of the Studio Friday artists: Fear.

I have been 'chewing' on this topic for a few days. "FEAR" isn't something that I often think about. Of course I have the normal fears... losing family members, falling behind schedule, disappointing someone and so forth and so on. But those fears aren't something that I wrestle with on a daily basis. I don't have any quirky fears or superstitions such as Triskaidekaphobia or Arachnaphobia or Acrophobia. I don't think I really have any deep-rooted fears at all. I have things that bother me. For instance, I CANNOT STAND anticipation of being scared. Suspense movies are ok but a haunted house walk through at Halloween is just out of the question for me. KNOWING that I am going to be startled is something I can't STAND.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting If you read my blog entry on October 11th, you'll see that when I get startled or 'scared' if you will, I have a weird defense mechanism where I instantly burst into tears. It's not crying as in "Waaaaa! BOO HOO" Type crying, it's just that my eyes react in such a way that it's an instant waterfall. I HATE it. So I guess you can say I have a fear of being startled!
You can read other people's take on this topic here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tag! You're it! {Something light and fun for today}

Tag! You're it!!
List 5 weird things about yourself.
Tag 5 friends and list them.
Then, those people need to write on their blogs about 5 weird things, and state the rules, and tag 5 more people.
Once you blog, lemme know so I can check it out and leave you a comment!!

1. The eyelashes on the ends of my top eyelids grow STRAIGHT down. I have NO curl to them at all and have to use one of those eyelash curler thingies.

2. I MUST rinse my mouth three times after brusing my teeth at night. If I don't, I'll lay in bed and think about it until it drives me nuts.

3. I can't watch anyone working on a bridge, on a telephone pole or on a trapeze at the circus or on a roof. It gives me an instant panic attack and I hold my breath until I almost pass out. I am scared to death that they're going to plummet to their untimely demise.

4. If someone/thing startles me, I burst into tears. Not crying... it just makes my eyes instantly well up. Is that weirdness or what?

5. When we drive over rainroad tracks, I always lift up my feet off the floorboards in the vehicle.

I am tagging.....
Tracie, Paula, Mary Ann, Beth & Samhains....

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Paparazzi {Scrapbrats Blogring #5}

"I read a lot of mags, online sites, etc. and I always wonder what ppl think about the celebrities and what they are saying about the paparazzi. Some say they are vicious, others not. What do you think?


Living in Aspen, I have seen a LOT of paparazzi B/S going on. For the most part they are like flies buzzing around your head. You just want to swat them! I was around celebrities all the time since I lived and worked there and so did they. I watched the dynamics of paparazzi vs celebrity and most of the time it wasn't an agreeable partnership. Most of the time you could see the disgrace on the faces of those being hounded by those pesky photographers.
There was an instance in town that I remember, quite vividly. I was at Carl's Pharmacy with John one morning. I took a ride with him into town from Windstar. We went to the pharmacy. I remember going in the back and saying hello to my friend, Marie Kuen. She ran the mini mart in the back of the store. It had snacks, drinks and odds and ends. It was mostly for tourists but I stopped in there every time I was in town. I was addicted to their chocolate milk. Anyway... I heard John raise his voice. It wasn't unpleasantly so, but it was enough that it got my attention so I trotted back up into the front of the store to see what was up. Well it was PAPARAZZI badgering him. I knew them well. They are like wolves, hunting and circling their prey to bring it down for the kill. John was a pro when it came to the paparazzi. He was genuine and he was really a NICE, down to earth guy. What you saw was exactly what you got.
So, knowing that fact, the wolves always took advantage. JD was great. They knew he was a good interview, he always had a smile. I walked up behind him to try and interrupt the moment. I was tryng, I guess, to 'save' him from THEM. I was 16 years old. So I just kept saying, "John can we go? When can we go? We need to go, we're going to be late." The reporter was spewing that something was going on with JD about a moving violation involving him and the reporter was adamantly trying to get JD to make a comment, one way or another, about the situation. At this time I knew nothing of the incident and I knew that he was trying to 'escape' without having to be confronted. It was good that I was there because I was the scapegoat.
After they tried to get him, several times, to talk about the alleged moving violation ( that was the phrase that kept going around and I wondered what the heck a moving violation was!!) he finally had just about enough. I saw his jaw stiffen as he clenched his teeth but he never yelled. He smiled and he softly stated, "If you don't mind, we were just leaving." and he took my hand and we walked out of Carl's Pharmacy, got back in the jeep and drove around the block.
On that ride around the block, he taught me something about journalists that I'll NEVER, EVER, EVER forget. I was angry at the paparazzi for badgering him in the store like that and making him feel so uncomfortable. I asked JD why he didn't get upset and tell the guy to take a hike and he told me this, "Each of us has a job, his job is to take pictures and get a story. If he doesn't, he doesn't get paid. My job is to write and sing songs. If I don't, I don't get paid." I didn't ask him what a 'moving violation' was. I didn't say much at all. I just sort of sat there wondering about what the reporter was trying to get at and WHY. I never did ask JD about the moving violation but I did learn later on that it meant a 'speeding ticket'!!
Paparazzi have a place. They are necessary, but they need to be tactful and respect personal space boundaries. When they step beyond those boundaries is when they become annoying and even dangerous.

2nd Annual Time To Scrap Design Team Retreat

This past weekend was the 2nd Annual 'Time To Scrap' Design Team retreat at the Molotsky beach house on Long Beach Island, NJ. Though we had a Nor'Easter on Friday and Saturday, we all didn't even seem to mind! There was such INCREDIBLE wind and rain that the tide was a little higher than usual and there were some nice sized waves. We didn't, however, trek to the beach during the storm.
Friday night we all hung out and chatted and renewed aquaintances. We had burgers and hotdogs for dinner and Mountain Cookies ( family recipe of Bex's). DELICIOUS!
We hung out and chatted till past 2AM then all retreated to our rooms and got some (very little) sleep. Most of us were up by 7:15. Saturday was another WINDY and rainy day. We did some shopping, had lunch and then went to the scrapbooking store to shop and crop. We ordered pizza and sandwiches for dinner and all hung out at the store and scrapbooked till 11:30pm. I think we were ALL exhaused when we got back to the house but, as the previous night, we were up till atleast 2AM again! The storm tapered off overnight and we awoke to a gorgeous sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean with crystal blue skies.
We went to the a pancake house for breakfast, headded back to the house, packed, straightened up and headded home!! The weekend was TOO SHORT!!!
It was AWESOME to see the old DT members and meet the new ones!
Thank you Cheryl and the Molotsky family for giving us this opportunity!!!
Here's the Time To Scrap Design Team
Back row:
Katie (owner of TTS), Jayne, Maria, Laura. Lori, Nancy
Front Row:
Sunny, Cheryl, Becca, Carrie
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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Life Spoke

"On September 8th I started riding a bicycle cross country by myself.
I'll be camping along the way and hope to comeplete the ride in seven weeks.
The ride is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and I'm trying
to raise $25,000. It's something tangible to honor people who have died
of cancer and are close to me.".
~ Andrew Bascue

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This man is Andrew Bascue, he is the son of one of my mother's best friends. He started out in Oregon and is riding across the United States to New Jersey. The fundraiser he is doing is legitimate. He is AWESOME! He is riding for all who have lost their lives from and who are battling cancer. If nothing else, just go take a look at his blog and see how far he's ridden so far. His journey is nothing less than Amazing!! I am so excited for him. The journey itself is exciting, but doing it for the good of others at the same time is just awesome. Check out his blog, leave some encouragement and if you're so inclined, you may make a donation.
October is a month of recharging for me. It's my favourite time of the year and I am always in full energy right now. I have noticed that the sky is the deepest blue this month, the trees are displaying the most fantastic colours and the temperatures are exactly what my body craves. It's just MY month and I enjoy every single day of it. Earth tones and oranges are my favourite colours and they are also the ones that suit my skintone and hair colour the best. I LOVE wearing Fall clothes and I LOVE Halloween.
I hardly have had a moment to sit down and update and read everyone's blogs this week! I will do some catching up today.