Friday, December 14, 2018

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Had a visit and lunch out with Teague

2. Had a great time with Nan at the Masscribes workshops: Making paste paper and Book Binding a coptic stitch book.

3. Life in a small town. The annual Santa parade sponsored by the town fire department came by the house. It always sounds like some sort of disaster in town.

4. Still decorating. Put up new curtains in the living room

5. Got the Eldest's gifts wrapped, packed, and taken to the post office

How was your week?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

from Dad's WWII album
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Manilla, Philippines 1944 or 1945
the notation on the back in dad's hand:
MacArthur at his home ground
To clear up some confusion, the Notebook passages posted on Throwback Thursday were written by my father and found by me after he passed away. They were his attempt to tell the family history. He was in his late 80s or early 90s when he wrote them. Today's chapter:

We took our bags and walked down on foreign soil. And it is not unusual to be in a territory that has problems like ours. In this case, the labor union for the unloading of ships went on strike. Their government got tough and inducted them in the army and sent back to unload ships and load vehicles to take cargoes where directed.

The general public looked upon these men with disgust and considered them as traitors.

Australia at the time had a population of 7 million people. Most o fits army was in Europe and they more than welcomed us.

The Depression was world-wide and our entry into this country with thousands of G.I.s who had pockets full of money at the time our salary was $50 a month and the exchange rate was in our favor. There was an attitude that we were "something" and all sex. Of course, it is also the land of the kangaroo.

We settled down and were told not to unpack entirely. We stayed there a short period.

What I saw was a quaint country. Its about 5 states all large and it each had its own railroad.  [ed: There are actually 6 states:  New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.] The engines and public transportation in each state were of different gauges. One state would have a standard gauge and another a narrow gauge or a wide gauge which meant that at each border people had to leave their [ed:rail] cars and get on another and the same for the transportation of good, etc. It was a labor favorite economy.

We also saw on the farms little or no motor vehicles. Most of the products were moved by horses or bullocks.

Our relationship with their men was not very good for allies. This arose from the fact that our men were better paid and could offer their women a better time.

However, as our army went into the war zone, the feeling was a lot better. The Australian men are fighters and what they were assigned to do they did it. We could rely on them to do their duty and then some. Also friendships became wonderful. They would come to us with their goodies and share or we would share with them. They acknowledged the fact that their country had a lot of things to do. They were about 10 years behind us. And they made no excuses.

They were not happy with their mother country. When we lost the Philippine Islands they knew that they would be next and would have to fight on their homeland. And to make things worse their one and only naval ship, a cruiser, small than a battleship, was sunk.

They asked the British to send them one of their Divisions back to bolster their fighting ability. And were refused. They were mad. Our government gave them one and they thought that was the most wonderful thing. They loved our country.

In their army the saluting of the officer was optional. It was not required. In our army this is obligatory. There appeared in the news media a situation where one of our officers told an Australian officer, "What's the matter with your men have the forgotten to salute?" The answer, "If you wave to them they'll wave back."

The Chief general of the South Pacific was Douglas MacArthur. Just as he promised the Philippines that he would return. The fall of that nation and the landing of the Japanese on New Guinea was uncomfortable for the Australians. MacArthur promised them that no Japanese would set foot on Australian land. He kept it as he would later keep his promise to the others that he would return.

The Japanese did land in New Guinea. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

T Stands for Wreath Making

Time to make the wreath. This year's theme turned out to be cardinals. While roaming through Target, I found a pair of birds and some other bits and bobs. Wreath making begins by laying things out on the wreath to see what, if any, story develops. Much of this time is spent by moving things around while sipping a cup of tea. Flavor for this afternoon: Vanilla Chai

Time is also spent rummaging through the Christmas bauble box to see if there are things that can be added and to pick out ribbon. I had planned on securing the birds to the left side of the wreath, but their shape just didn't lend themselves to that side. While foraging in the refrigerator, the Young One made a suggestion. Why not put them at the bottom of the wreath?

From there, the story emerged. Himself and Herself. They needed mistletoe, but I didn't feel like running out trying to find some. I found a free cut file for the scan and cut. Cut some mistletoe from some green paper and added a few pearl beads.

The first job I had at 16 years old was making artificial floral arrangements and I was taught how to make bows. I forgot how difficult making bows with wide, flocked ribbon is. Wreath on the front door.

And then the clean up. After another cup of tea.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Advent Calender

When the girlies were little, we used a tiny Christmas tree with tiny ornaments as an Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. Because of the Advent calendar I bought for myself, I thought I'd like to do something special for The Eldest.

These are her first holidays away from home, on her own. Most likely more traumatic for me than her as she's my first fledgling to leave the nest. While browsing the free projects at Canvas Workspace for the Scan n Cut machine, I found an Advent calendar. Since I'm still learning the ins and outs of the machine, it seemed like a good way to learn and make something at the same time.

All that was needed was Christmasy paper, glue, tape, ribbon, wire and time, all of which I had on hand. Canvas Workspace had all the cut files available to download, written instructions, and video instructions.

The boxes, like a matchbox, are a little larger than a business card (2 in. x 3 in.) and I was able to fit two on a 12 in. x 12 in. sheet of scrapbook paper. Three box tops fit on one sheet. The machine cut and even scored fold lines. Amazing!

The boxes stack in sections to form the Christmas tree. I glued each section of boxes together for more stability than just wrapping ribbon around them as per their directions. I debated about gluing all the sections together. The tree measures approx. 19 inches in height. I thought it might be easier to find a smaller box if I mailed the tree with the diagram to stack the sections.

I thought the drawers were a little difficult to open so I glued a ribbon loop on the bottom as a pull tab. I also had a hard time gluing the front of the star to the back. I gave up and secured the ends with Washi tape on the star arms and regular tape to hold the ends of the Washi tape together.

I'm pleased with how it turned out, and even more pleased that the US Postal Service came through with getting the package to the Eldest on 1. December instead of 3. December the estimated date on the sales receipt. The Eldest got a kick out of the Advent tree.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available to rent on YouTube