Tuesday, October 31, 2006
What's the DEAL with John?
Next month my brother John turns 60 but this past Saturday night was a surprise party for him and boy was he ever surprised! The poster he is holding is a game I made up as a goof. People had to determine if a statement about him was DEAL - (True) or NO DEAL - (No way, you got to be kidding) and place it where they thought it should go. We had a good laugh over some of them!
Oh, and the little paper you see stuck on the corner was from a "Pin-the-Don-Ho-Shirt-On-John" game to tease him about his admitted collection of 46 of those type shirts!
(Long story short, the overalls were part of the premise to get him to the house where the party was.)
Copyright © 2006 Deborah Sharp Loeb
Can you tell just how surprised he was from the picture below?!
Monday, October 30, 2006
Flowers and Hymns
Yesterday, October 29th, would have been my mom's 86th birthday. She's gone 17 years now. The flowers you see pictured above are the altar flowers from church. I had the idea of specifically requesting, sunflowers, as she was from Kansas. Another thing we got to do is pick the hymns for the church service.** This really made it such a special way to remember our mom. Parishioners came up to us after the service with just the nicest things to say about how much they had enjoyed the service.
"Those hymns were favorites of my mom's."
"I love I Sing the Song of the Saints of God too."
"I had such tears in my eyes I could hardly see the words to sing."
"That was a beautiful selection of hymns."
"You raised us up in the beginning and had us on our knees by the end."
Here is what we selected:
Processional Hymn - (293) I Sing A Song of the Saints of God
Sequence Hymn - (LEV* 38) Old Rugged Cross
Anthem - Blessed Assurance
Offertory Hymn - (LEV* 60) How Great Thou Art
Communion Hymns - (178) Alleluia, alleluia Give thanks to the risen Lord
(602) Jesu, Jesu fill us with your love
Recessional Hymn - (473) Lift High the Cross
[*Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal}
The Saints of God is a childhood favorite. The two selections from the LEV Hymnal were especially for my mom. They just felt right. Perhaps we just remembered them from childhood summers out in Kansas.
Alleluia, alleluia and Lift High the Cross were used at my mom's funeral.
The rest my brother and I chose because we liked them and he figured out the sequence.
He also served as Lay Euchararistic Minister (with friend Peg Jarvis) and read the prayers of the people.
After church we took a drive through the country with my dad, enjoying the fall foliage, ending with a nice dinner at one of my mother's favorite restaurants.
Copyright © 2006 Deborah Sharp Loeb
(**This was the ingenious idea of Dave Diehl, choir director at St. Luke's, Metuchen, NJ which he started just a few weeks ago. For a period of time he's opened up the selection hymns to the congregation. Just sign up for the Sunday you want and select your favorite hymns.)
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Practice Carving Your Pumpkin
Go to this link:
Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Label the States
Good practice for the kids!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins
Sitting on a gate
The first one said,
"Oh, my it's getting late!"
The second one said
"There are witches in the air!"
The third one said,
"Well, I don't care!"
The fourth one said,
"Let's run and run and run!"
The fifth one said,
"I'm ready for some fun!"
Ooooo went the wind
And out went the lights
And the five little pumpkins
Rolled out of sight.
For some others go to:
Monday, October 23, 2006
Daylight Savings Time
So don't forget to change your clocks when you go to bed Saturday night. Also don't forget to reset the clocks on the microwave, car, etc. too. "Spring Forward, Fall Back" as the saying goes. Also it is the time of year when you are reminded to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. I also ask if you missed my piece on Thursday, September 07, 2006 about the Carbon Monoxide Detector, to please go back and read it and pass it on.
Beginning in 2007, daylight time will start on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. Yes!
For more about the history of Daylight Savings Time in the U.S. go to:
Friday, October 20, 2006
Yahoo Time Capsule
To learn more go to:
Here's what it's all about from the website.
The Yahoo! Time Capsule: One World. Many Voices.
You and what matters to you.
Like everything Yahoo! does, it’s about you – our amazing users. We think there’s no one better suited to teach future generations what the world was like in 2006. For 30 days, from October 10 until November 8, Yahoo! users worldwide can contribute photos, writings, videos, audio – even drawings – to this electronic anthropology project. This digital data will be gathered and preserved for historical purposes.
In addition to submitting your own content, you can view, read, or hear the images, words, and sounds contributed by users from around the world.
You can also comment on the content you and others have submitted – and engage in a digital conversation that is just as revealing and important as any of the content you’ll witness.
And by November 8, you will have helped create a digital legacy of our times, a mosaic of revealing snapshots that will be sealed and entrusted to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings based in Washington D.C., officially taking its place in history.
Finally, to thank you for your contribution to the Time Capsule, you’ll be asked to help us select how Yahoo! will donate $100,000 to seven global charitable organizations.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
No-Sew Slipper Socks
Just go to this link:
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
(Thanks to my friend Helen for sending this along.)
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Materials to Make Turkey Placemat
Virtual Carebox for US Military Service Members
To learn more go to:
Friday, October 13, 2006
He says he hopes to let readers see "the unclassified details of deployment — the everyday, the extraordinary, the wonderful, the messed-up, the absurd." The postings will be "lightly edited."
Go here to check it out or contribute:
Thursday, October 12, 2006
and the other on 9/22/05.
If you start now you can have them done on time for Thanksgiving!
For the link to see a picture of the second one go here: http://www.whitesewing.com/projects.asp
It called "It’s A Gobble, Gobble Thanksgiving"
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Completed Quilt from Kit
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Quick and Easy Baby Quilt Kit
Monday, October 09, 2006
It is that time of the year of given to warm, sunny weather that occurs in autumn, usually in late October or early November. The earliest know use of the term goes back over two centuries ago in 1778 to French American writer St. John de Crevecoeur in rural New York. There are several theories as to its etymology.
Interesting in reading more?
Friday, October 06, 2006
A New Way to Label Your Quilts
This is a baby quilt I just made. Along the seam line I put a small strip of Velcro and sewed in a little flap of fabric. On the back of it I signed and dated it. On the blank side shown the baby's name and birthdate can be written. The ribbon was added as something to grab onto to pull the flap out but it could be left off. It can all be tucked back in and "sealed", creating a secret little record about the quilt.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
So You Think You Can Dance?
Last night my friend Diane went with me to see the road show of "So You Think You Can Dance?". (The one that sold out in 11 minutes!) I had followed the series this past summer. Diane hadn't seen the series but did see a tape I made of the last show so she got to know the dancers a litle before the show. It was a 2 hour show with an intermission. Some of the series was show during the show giving the dancers time to make costume changes and a chance to catch their breath! Even if you hadn't followed the series and got to know the dancers you'd enjoy this show. The audience loved it and there were several standing ovations throughout the program. If you can still get a ticket, try to see this show.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Digital Mammography Trial Results Announced: Women with Dense Breasts, Women Younger than 50, and Those Who are Perimenopausal May Benefit from Digital Mammograms
To read this article go to:
For a Q & A on this study, go to:
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and each time you buy one of the specially marked bags of M&M'S® Chocolate Candies they'll make a donation to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Help support breast cancer research and outreach programs while satisfying your sweet tooth!
When did you have your last mammogram?
Monday, October 02, 2006
How Stuff is Made
This website explains and details the manufacturing process of a wide variety of products, from daily household items to complicated electronic equipment and heavy machinery. There are step by step descriptions of the assembly and the manufacturing process with illustrations and diagrams. Also included is related information such as to the background, how the item works, the inventor, materials used, product applications, by-products, possible future developments, quality control procedures, etc.
"This searchable site is suited for a general audience and the descriptive language of this reference material is easy to understand and to follow. So go ahead we invite you to learn about How Products Are Made!"