Monday, September 5, 2011

Welcome Back!

Howdy! It's only been about a year and a half...

Today I finished a new ATC. I thought it was pretty good until I scanned it and was able to see every flaw...

Anyway, it's part of a Swap-Bot trade for a Parrot ATC. You can see that I made it to be like the "El Cotorro" Loteria card.

One is going to Pennsylvania and another to France. I've got 5 more if anyone is interested.

Maybe I'll post again tomorrow. Maybe?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Grand Letterboxing Adventure

For those of you who don't know, letterboxing is a hide-and-seek type game played in Great Britain, the US and much the rest of the world. In short, containers holding a logbook and a rubber stamp are hidden, waiting to be found by a seeker who has his or her own logbook and rubber stamp. The logbooks are cross-stamped as proof that the hidden box has been found and the box rehidden for the next finder.

I've been letterboxing since February, 2004 and have had a few adventures, but our hunt on January 1st this year tops them all. Navigator and I were on the road visiting his mother in Vicksburg, Mississippi. A couple of days earlier we had missed the opportunity to grab a couple of boxes in Lake Charles, Louisiana due to a loooong visit with friends and heavy rain. After another loooong visit with some other friends, I was determined not to miss the Vicksburg boxes. Navigator dutifully drove to the appointed location and we found the first box, determined that the second box was indeed missing and found the third one. By now it was 4:15 and the road that led to the last box would be closed at 5:00. This is where the adventure begins. First, Navigator (who grew up in V'burg) passed the location given in the very straightforward directions and went across Clay Street to where he had envisioned the box to be. As we were motoring along I spied the exact location but couldn't reach the brake pedal! As it was too late in the afternoon to go back through the one-way tour of this location, Navigator decided we could approach the venue from its outer perimeter. Stopping at the Jewish Cemetery which borders our target area, a sign read "this cemetery is closed at sundown and on Saturdays, please be respectful." Not wanting to be disrespectful and certainly not wanting to be locked into a cemetery until Sunday, we retreated to about a block and locked the truck at the end of Grove St. and headed off cross-country from there. After avoiding sinkholes where old basements had been the terrain became too steep so we retreated and reconsidered the Jewish Cemetery.. While contemplating this, throught the vegetation I spotted a gap in the fence just outside the cemetery gate. Passing through there we high-tailed it to our target, with me hoping I didn't pass out from overexertion. It's getting real close to 5:00 now, so we are expecting the staff to make a final drive-through and run people out. I position myself at the picnic table and lay out stamping supplies while Navigator locates the box. Stamping frantically and expecing every approaching vehicle to be "the enemy", we complete our business and scurry back out down the edge of the bushes to the trail to our truck. Whew! What a fine adventure!

But it gets better! The box itself was badly damaged and wet, but the interior of the baggie was dry with the stamp, logbook and felt "wallet" being immaculate. After I flew home Saturday Navigator brought a replacement box and baggie and traded them out. What a champ!

Sorry for being so long-winded, but it was FUN!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

English Toffee

My girls say I make the best English Toffee ever. The truth is that they probably have never had any other English Toffee. I got the recipe from the mother of a student who gifted me with a share of the toffee in a coffee mug one Christmas. It's quite simple to make, why don't you give it a try?

English Toffee

  • 1# real butter

  • 2 1/4 C sugar

  • 6 oz sliced almonds (about 2 cups) save out 1 oz and chop finely for topping

  • 1 large (8 oz) plain Hershey bar (5 1/2 small bars)*

In heavy aluminum pan put butter and sugar. Place over medium high heat & stir constantly. When mixture pulls away from sides of pan add almonds. Keep cooking & stirring until it becomes the color of coffee with cream in it & "sniffs" as thought the almonds were beginning to scorch (about 12 minutes). Remove from heat immediately and pour quickly onto large cookie sheet with sides. Spread with spatula. Place the broken chocolate around the top. Spread as it melts. Finally, sprinkle with chopped almonds. Let cool. Break into pieces with a knife and enjoy!

*Break chocolate before you get started.

Monday, December 21, 2009

New Background

Well, I finally got a new background to show on this blog. Unfortunately, the days between now and Christmas are limited.

Today is Stephanie's 25th birthday. I can't believe that it was so long ago that she was born. I went to see her at her work today, the ICU at Guadalupe Valley Regional Hospital. We visited for a few minutes then I went of to Hobby Lobby in New Braunfels. A craft project (or two) awaits!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Well, the weatherman promised and he delivered! We had snow today! Well, it was really ice crystals with a little snow mixed in, but don't think you could have told the kids at school otherwise! We went out for about 30 minutes and it was fun, but cold! Tonight we will make a trip to Hobby Lobby (I've got my list made) to get supplies for making Christmas cards.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Well, it doesn't look like the weather will warm up by Saturday morning, so our hangar party is postponed. So now I'll have to focus my attention on getting those Christmas cards made. I found some nice Christmas clip art but I need to decide what size I want it before I make a copy to carve from. Then there's the paper...guess a trip to Hobby Lobby is in order. I'm thinking dark blue background, image stamped in black on white vellum and perhaps a tiny gold bow to give it some sparkle...what do you think?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December again?

It seems that December is my month for posting. It would be nice if I would post more regularly, right?

Two more days of school this week, then our big hangar party. If it happens. The weather is chillier than we had expected and if it looks like it is going to be too cold we are going to cancel. We'll make a decision tonight when we watch the weather on the news.

I've found some really nice clip art and have the urge to make a Christmas stamp, so if we don't have the party I'll spend Saturday making Christmas cards.