Disclaimer

All posts are of my personal opinion. I do not edit myself or sugar coat things. If you are easily offended this blog might not be for you.

Much love,
Sole`

Monday, November 30, 2009

Michael Moore's Open Letter to President Obama concerning Afghanistan

Since my partner is currently serving in Afghanistan I am very moved by this:


An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

Monday, November 30th, 2009
Dear President Obama,
Do you really want to be the new "war president"? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn't so.
It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That's the way General Washington insisted it must be. That's what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. "You're fired!," said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in' hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).
So now you feel backed into a corner. 30 years ago this past Thursday (Thanksgiving) the Soviet generals had a cool idea -- "Let's invade Afghanistan!" Well, that turned out to be the final nail in the USSR coffin.
There's a reason they don't call Afghanistan the "Garden State" (though they probably should, seeing how the corrupt President Karzai, whom we back, has his brother in the heroin trade raising poppies). Afghanistan's nickname is the "Graveyard of Empires." If you don't believe it, give the British a call. I'd have you call Genghis Khan but I lost his number. I do have Gorbachev's number though. It's + 41 22 789 1662. I'm sure he could give you an earful about the historic blunder you're about to commit.
With our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full throttle, into oblivion if you become the "war president." Empires never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line -- and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.
Choose carefully, President Obama. You of all people know that it doesn't have to be this way. You still have a few hours to listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking. You know that nothing good can come from sending more troops halfway around the world to a place neither you nor they understand, to achieve an objective that neither you nor they understand, in a country that does not want us there. You can feel it in your bones.
I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have you drunk Bush's Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.
Your potential decision to expand the war (while saying that you're doing it so you can "end the war") will do more to set your legacy in stone than any of the great things you've said and done in your first year. One more throwing a bone from you to the Republicans and the coalition of the hopeful and the hopeless may be gone -- and this nation will be back in the hands of the haters quicker than you can shout "tea bag!"
Choose carefully, Mr. President. Your corporate backers are going to abandon you as soon as it is clear you are a one-term president and that the nation will be safely back in the hands of the usual idiots who do their bidding. That could be Wednesday morning.
We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can't take it anymore. We can't take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done. What part of "landslide victory" don't you understand?
Don't be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor. You could send a million troops over there and the crazy Right still wouldn't be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can't change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.
The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can't be won over by abandoning the rest of us.
President Obama, it's time to come home. Ask your neighbors in Chicago and the parents of the young men and women doing the fighting and dying if they want more billions and more troops sent to Afghanistan. Do you think they will say, "No, we don't need health care, we don't need jobs, we don't need homes. You go on ahead, Mr. President, and send our wealth and our sons and daughters overseas, 'cause we don't need them, either."
What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do? What would your grandmother do? Not send more poor people to kill other poor people who pose no threat to them, that's what they'd do. Not spend billions and trillions to wage war while American children are sleeping on the streets and standing in bread lines.
All of us that voted and prayed for you and cried the night of your victory have endured an Orwellian hell of eight years of crimes committed in our name: torture, rendition, suspension of the bill of rights, invading nations who had not attacked us, blowing up neighborhoods that Saddam "might" be in (but never was), slaughtering wedding parties in Afghanistan. We watched as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were slaughtered and tens of thousands of our brave young men and women were killed, maimed, or endured mental anguish -- the full terror of which we scarcely know.
When we elected you we didn't expect miracles. We didn't even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn't even function as a nation and never, ever has.
Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God's sake, stop.
Tonight we still have hope.
Tomorrow, we shall see. The ball is in your court. You DON'T have to do this. You can be a profile in courage. You can be your mother's son.
We're counting on you.
Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com
P.S. There's still time to have your voice heard. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 or email the President.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Above Rubies Studio Blog Candy

Above Rubies Studio is giving away tons of prizes, even a couple catridges.  She hasn't told us what the grand prize is, but I think it is an Expression!  Good luck.

http://bit.ly/4GXCcy

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

SVGcuts is giving away a 4 gift certificates

All you have to do to enter is tell someone you want a gift certificate for your holiday present.  Then comment on the post and tell them how you spread the news.  Here is the link:

http://svgcuts.com/blog/?p=4099

Good luck.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Faux News Lies again!!!!!!!!

For the second time in one week Fox has been caught airing misleading videos as part of their program.  The first came last week when they aired a story about a march on capital hill in protest to the health care reform.  They aparently used footage from this past august at another rally.  Why would they do this?  Because there were only about 10k ppl who marched against health care and the other footage contained a march of 40k (in an unrelated to health care gathering) and that footage looked better. 

The second time they have gotten caught, just this week, was for one of Palin's book signings.  The gathering had many ppl, but that number wasn't sufficient for Fox so they used footage from the campaign trail to make it look like more ppl showed up. 

And why are they still on air?  Oh yea...because most people are too stupid to check the facts.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving Tradition I can live without...

I really hate the holiday season, but Thanksgiving really is a slap in the face.  Let us all celebrate the genocide of the Native Americans while overstuffing ourselves and contributing to more obesity in America. 

Thats a tradition I think I will skip this year....



Yes my cynicism strikes again.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Atheists Should Fake it for "God"

So my cousin and uncle are home for a visit from Maine like they do every year and I went over to my grandmother’s house where they were along with my aunt. I was having a conversation with my cousin Jackie because we share similar views on most ideas. We were talking about the upcoming election and the state of things and my aunt chimed in with another of her ignorant, racist comments by saying that she did not understand why people were voting for Obama because he is a racist and not a Christian. She even went as far to say that America is in its crappy state because we are not living the proper Christian life. Well anyone who knows my family can attest that she is far from the the proper Christian. I used to joke that her bible was next to her vibrator in nightstand. Well I did not want to start a family braul on the first day of my uncle and cousin’s vacation so I let that slide.

We talked more and then knowing that I am an atheist she came to the conclusion that I need to miraculously become a Christian just in case I am wrong, "Because one day, Sole`, you WILL be judged and it is better to live the life now and have nothing happen when you die, rather than not believe and have to explain that to God when it is too late."

I know I have a very strange take on reality in comparrison to most, but this is the analogy I made: So the same if I am having sex and am not enjoying it, just like I "should" fake it for my lover to make him happy, I should fake it for God to please him? I don't think so.

Assuming there is a God, all powerful being, whatever, would he be more mad that people do not believe in him or if they pretend to believe just in case so they can't be sent to the hot place. I would think the latter is true. If the person believes just in case then that means they do not really believe. You are only a true Christian, Muslim, Jew... if you believe in it whole heartedly. Reading the bible, preaching to others, and pretending doesn't make someone "devout." In fact I would argue that someone who doesn't believe in a deity, but lives a good life without the thought of, "If I do this bad thing God is going to get me," lives a much more Christian life than those who pretend. I would say that God would be pleased that the person lived a good life w/o needing to think he is looking over their shoulder.

Now I have a lot of conservative Christian friends and good for you. I'm glad that mindset makes you happy and feel complete. I respect it even if I don't believe it. Now tell me this, imagine some Atheist came up to you and said, "Your God is no more logical than Southpark's flying spagetti monster. You should not believe in something just because it can't be disproven." Would that simple statement make you think that everything you had ever known was false and you would join the fight against the religious right? Probably not.

So why do Christians think that we Atheists can so easily change our way of thinking and become religious. Did it not cross your mind that we whole heartedly believe what we believe, just like you do? Also please answer these questions for me: Where exactly in the bible did it say you get brownie points for converting us heathens and heretics or that it is even your place to tell us that we are wrong? I've never read the book and personally never want to, but I thought one of your main points is that no one but God is perfect enough to judge and doing so is a sin... Where did it say to go to Africa to feed the starving children, but only if they will accept a bible with the grain and allow you to Baptise them?


Sunday, November 15, 2009

2 more Simple Easy Holiday Presents

I posted some of these last week.  I finished 2 more.  For instructions on how to make them go a few blogs back.  Enjoy!

 

Bday Card for a Friend

I just pumped this cute lil cupcake card out.

I used:
  1. Paper studio brights pack
  2. Glitz pack (from Hobby Lobby)
  3. From my Kitchen Cartridge
  4. Wildcard Cartridge (Happy Bday phrase)
  5. Purple Stickles
  6. Bright pink ink pad to mark up edges
  7. Pink glitter brad thingy (Hobby Lobby)


 I hope you enjoy it and get some inspiration.  This card took 15 min to put together.  Its really not that difficult to make your own cards.

Clinton and Palin to have coffee together? Noooooo!!!

I really respect Hillary and had her as my top choice for President last year.  I was very upset when she lost out in the primaries, but I cannot complain about Barack that much.  He is ok.  I truely hated Palin though.  With all the scandals she was caught up in and the blunt waste of taxpayer money she caused while preaching that taxpayer money should not be wasted was almost laughable to me if she was not serious.  Then when her daughter was announced to be pregnant she said it was "Bristol's choice" to keep the baby...So let me get this straight, she runs on a campaign to eliminate abortion but her daughter gets a "choice."  I don't think so Palin. 

Please Hillary, don't have coffee with this person.  Nothing good could come from it.  I like you just the way you are.  Smart, sassy, and logical.   I wouldn't want the redneck retardedness to rub off on you.

P.S. if you didn't know, Palin made women who were victims of rape pay up to $1400 for their rape kits if they ever wanted to be able to prosecute the man who assaulted him.  Is this the person you want in office in 2012?  Well the world is supposed to end then anyway so....



Saturday, November 14, 2009

SVGcuts is giving away a YourStory Binder/Laminator

Follow the link and enter to win the YourStory.  No purchase necessary.  I love SVGcuts.com.


http://svgcuts.com/blog/?p=3865



The best most TENDER FALL APART DEER ROAST EVA!!!!!!!

Ok.  My uncle shot a deer over a year ago and gave me a shoulder roast.  It has been in the freezer for that long because I had no idea how to cook it.  I was skeptical about some of the recipies I saw.  Wild game tends to be really tough meat and if it is not cooked perfectly you get wet jerky.  I hope this helps.  I loved it, might go eat the leftovers here in a min....

You Will Need:

  1. Roast - size depends on how many servings you want
  2. Carrots - baby is best
  3. Onions
  4. Raddishes
  5. Potatoes
  6. Rice
  7. White Wine - cheap tart kind - no specific brand
  8. A lg pot with a cover to seal in moisture
  9. Garlic
  10. Tony Chaceries (not spelled right but you know what I mean)
  11. Other spices to taste
Steps:
  1.  Preheat oven to 200 Deg F
  2. Cut up onion into slices, sm raddishes in half, and potatoes in cubes
  3. Stab roast with lg knife and shove sm pieces of garlic in holes.  Do this on both sides
  4. Put roast in pot, veggies on top, then pour white wine over everything.  Pour it til it has at least an inch of liquid all around the roast.  Adding more will make more gravy so don't be shy.
  5. Sprinkle spices on top.
  6. Place in the oven for at least 4 hours b4 checking it.  If you start to get really hungry after that amount of time you can crank it up to 450 to finish it quicker, but if you let it cook at 200 for 8 or so hours it will be as soft as butter.
  7. Keep cooking until it twirls off with a fork and no bloody core.
  8. Cook rice (I'm not explaining that lol)
  9. Enjoy

Send a Coat Hanger

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Sign our petition and we'll send a coat hanger to the 20 formerly pro-choice Democrats who voted to take away women's rights.


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"We know what happens when women are denied access to reproductive health care including abortion. And we can't go back to an era of coat hangers and back alley abortions. Reconsider your vote on the Stupak Amendment. Tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the final health care bill that emerges from the conference committee can't turn the clock back on women's rights."


*from Credo's website

Before abortion was made legal and estimated 1.2 million abortions were performed illegally by back-alley butchers and the women commonly died from them.  Even if it were to be outlawed it would not stop them from happening, but would start a large die-off of child-bearing age young women.  IN that case the fetus would not live either so by denying abortions only leads to dead women. 

It costs at minumum $10k to have a child in a hospital.  Most young women do not have that saved up ready to use.  Having the child and giving it up for adoption is not always an option.

Perhaps if the government would offer free or very cheap birth control to young men and women less conceptions would happen and it would be less of a fight.

My New Favorite Movie

Ok, so a friend talked up this movie and I was a little suspicious.  I love horror, psycological thillers, ect but I usually hate low budget films.  Sometimes I even end up turning them off because I get bored with them.  I took a chance and put it in.

Hard Candy

I won't give the movie away, but I will say it was awesome.  If you have a weak stomache or get disturbed easily this movie is not for you.  Basically this young girl (younger Ellen Page from Juno) is a child genius and takes action after a girl in her community goes missing and tracks down child molesters.  She goes home with a man she has been chatting with in internet chat rooms and um...teaches him a lesson.  I laughed so hard in some parts and I cringed in others (kinda hard to get me to cringe).  It really was an amazing movie.  I hope you give it a chance and love it too. 




P.S. I wish our legal system would do the equivalent to child molesters.  These ppl can not be trusted in normal society and should be dealt with.  Considering how young I look I might take up a new hobby...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Health Care

I know there are several diffent stances on health care reform.  All that I ask is that you get the facts and make an informend decision before you take a stance.

Please visit this website to truly understand where we are in the sceme of things.

http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html

This is a battle we can not afford to loose.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Cheap and Pretty Holiday Present

Ok, so I was brousing the isles of Hobby Lobby knowing I wanted to make something for the ladies I work with and that it should be something they could look at and enjoy in their cubicle.  Everyone has posted up drawings from children, pictures, work related things, so on, but nothing to really reflect them.  Well the 50% off paper mache items caught my eye and it hit me...their names.  I could get a letter each one of them and customize it to reflect their personality...Bingo!

Here we go. 

You will need:
  1. Paper Mache Letter (2.50 full price)
  2. Acrylic Paint ($1 each)
  3. Acrylic Paint Sealer - either glossy or matte finish ($5)
  4. Paint brushes ($3)
  5. Something to cover the floor, either garbage bag or an old sheet. ($0)
  6. Cup of water to get excess paint off. ($0)
For the flowers:

  1. Cricut
  2. Pretty non-patterned paper
  3. Brads
  4. 3D flowers from Svgcuts.com Here is the link to the flowers: http://svgcuts.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=19
Steps:


  1. Paint the letters.  You will have to do this at least 2 times.  Some colors maybe more.
  2. Take an accent color and brush the hard edges.  On Roxann's I used a bright pink for the base and gold for the edges.
  3. Use your cricut to cut out their names (if you don't have a cricut go get some thick chipboard letters at the craft store and paint them with the accent color).  Glue them on.
  4. Follow the tutorial here: http://svgcuts.com/blog/?cat=3 to make the flowers with your cricut.  If you do not have a cricut get some silk flowers or prima flowers, they are very good as well.
  5. Secure the flower with a pretty brad.  Glue the flower on.
  6. Add accents based on the person's personality.
  7. After everything is dry use the acrylic sealer to completely cover your project at least twice.  This will keep your project from fading over time.  Do this outside.  The smell from the sealers are very strong.

Here are two of the finished ones.  I will post more when I get done with the others.


Am I the only person who likes Papercrafting that is not Married and has 5 Kids?

Its starting to look like it.  Everytime I turn around and look at blogs for ideas there are three things all the women seem to be...
  1. Married
  2. Minimum of 2 kids (usually more)
  3. Christian.
Urgh.  I don't fit in anywhere.

Friday, November 6, 2009

My Life Sux so hard I just watched A Baby Story 3 times.

I never understood why people agreed to do these shows.  Why do you want to let it all hang out on national television?  I know you are happy to be having your new baby, but to be honest its more of a private matter.  Share that with your family and friends.  Don't go on television and show ur cooch to everyone.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Season's Greetings Card using Winter Woodland

This is a simple A2 sized card using winter woodland.  The deer and snowflakes were cut using winter woodland and the season's greetings was cut using wildcard.


Enjoy

The Duggars...Need I Say More?

The Duggars aired a special on TLC this week called "20 Duggars, 20 Years" or something like that.  No I did not watch it.  I am so disturbed by this family that I am not sure I can describe it, but let me try.

In my mind all I think about is poor Duggar Mother Hen's uterus screaming for a break.  I'm picturing a deflated balloon that has been stretched for so long the skin of it is translucent.  One of these days it might just revolt and fall out of her. 

Another thing.  When you have given birth to almost 20 children are you still considered a woman or a slippin-slide?  (So nasty)

Ok, enough of my being mean.  Let me tell you about an ex-friend of mine who is 4th in a total of 12 children.  He has psychological issues that I'm not even sure a therapist and drugs could help.  Everything to him is a competition, even best friend's girlfriends were a conquest.  When you are an older child with that many younger siblings you never truly get to just be a kid.  By the time you understand "don't drop the new baby" you are a parent.  He and his older siblings were expected to help his mother parent each and every one of the younger kids.  This is so selfish on the parent's part.  If you want lots of kids, by all means go for it, but don't have so many that YOU can not parent them.  Your older kids want to play ball, not change diapers.  Also when you have that many kids you can not give them the individual attention they deserve, this is where his psychological problems came from.  It is one thing to fight over a bathroom, but when you have to fight for your parent's love and attention it never turns out well. 


Even psychologists who have studied family units say in a two parent household where both parents are actively participating in the kids lives you should not have more than 3 kids.  If you exceed this number the children do not get the proper amount of individual attention they need to develop into happy fully functioning human beings.

12 in my ex-friend's family was bad, but with the 19th duggar in inqubation this is just ridiculous.  This should be illegal to have that many kids.  But in my opinion you should have to take an IQ test to have any in the first place. 

I'm gonna go be nauseous now.

Win SCAL!!! (worth $90)

Svgcuts.com is giving away a SCAL 2 at their site. 

Go here: http://svgcuts.com/blog/?p=3769&cpage=1#comments to see the contest.

Good luck to you.  If you don't know how to work SCAL or don't know what it is, they have great tutorials.
Go here: http://svgcuts.com/blog/?cat=4

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mom wants compensation for being kicked off plane cuz of 2 year olds tantrum...

Lets get this started with the link.  Read this first.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33555007/?GT1=43001

Now, where do we start...How about my experience with toddlers on planes.  On a trip from Savannah to Dallas (at least a 2.5 hour flight) a couple with a 4ish year old and a 2ish year old sat in front of me.  I was already seated when they boarded and each parent had a kid in their arm.  The father had the 4ish year old that was talking, no biggy.  The mother however, had a screaming 2ish year old monster in her grasp.  I don't know if the child could speak yet, it just screamed the whole time we were sitting waiting for the plane to leave.  I was on the phone at the time telling my mother that my flight was about to leave and she couldn't even hear me over the little demon.  When she asked what was going on, (she thought maybe we were being hijacked) I said in not so quiet words that a couple with a little brat was sitting in front of me.  The mother then had the nerve to turn around and give me a look like I was the one screaming in her ear.  When she sneered at me I said, "Yes your little brat."  She looked as though I had slapped her and turned back around.

During the entire 2.5 hour flight this little bastard screamed at the top of his lungs.  Even the stewartesses tried to get him to calm down.  What makes me mad about the whole ordeal is that the parents just sat there.  They didnt calmly talk to the child about behaving, they didn't yell at the kid to shut up, they didn't bring him to the back to swat his ass.  They did NOTHING!  The other passengers and I just had to sit there and deal.  This was ridiculous.  I was very dissapointed with the airline.  This whole situation could have been avoided if they had nipped it in the butt from the beginning when the child started screaming even before the cockpit door closed.  They could have refunded the flight and told the family to travel elseware.  The crew allowed them to stay not to incovience them while the brat caused over 2 hours of misery to everyone else on the flight.  4 pissed customers or 200?  I'm not a business major, but...

The next time this happens I am blaring rap music until either the kid stops screaming or they kick one of us off the flight.  I will not be subjected to this torture again.

P.S.
Now, I am not a total bitch.  I understand with small babies that the pressure difference hurts their ears and thats why they cry.  I am just saying that maybe a little downer will keep the child from being in pain and the rest of the passengers from having thier expensive flight become a torture chamber.

I Won AGAIN!!!

I won a free svg set of my choice to use with SCAL from svgcuts.com.  I want to thank Mary and Leo for everything they do over there.  The svgs they make are beautiful and affordable.  If you haven't visited their site please follow the above link and check it out.  They have great tutorials as well for beginners.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How to Carve an Amazingly Intricate Pumpkin


Ok, yes it is Nov. 1st so Halloween is over, but for next year you will be set.  



Materials Needed:

  • Pattern (best ones are from zombiepumpkins.com or carvingpumpkins.com or www.spookmaster.com or even www.pumpkinmasters.com
  • Pumpkin (either funkin foam pumpkin or real)
  • Small Serraded Blade
  • Poker or toothpick
  • Light (either candle or I recommend the strobe light)
  • Scotch tape 
  • Petroleum Jelly (for real pumpkins)
  • A small pumpkin carving kit at any retail store should have everything necessary to carve it.)




How to do it:

  1.   If you have a real  pumpkin cut the top at an angle and core it out using a big spoon or a scoop from one of the kits.
  2. Print out the pattern you want to carve and tape it to the pumpkin.  You may have to cut the pattern to allow it to lay flat on the rounded surface.
  3. Use the poker to poke the lines along the pattern.  Make sure intricate areas are poked very precisely so when you remove the pattern you can see what to cut.
  4. After poking the pattern remove the paper, but keep it next to you for reference.
  5. Cut along the dotted line.
  6. Your done!

Tips and Tricks:
  1. If you carve a real pumpkin, every exposed surface on the inside will begin to decay the moment you cut it or core it out so use petroleum jelly to cover the entire surface.  This will slow the decaying process by keeping your pumpkin moist.
  2. Candles are not the best way to light your pumpkin, they provide very little light and are harmful to the pumpkin, either real or foam.  The heat causes real pumpkins to decay faster and can cause your foam pumpkin to catch fire (I learned this the hard way).
  3. If you carve a real pumpkin, try to find room in your refrigerator to store it when it is not showcased.  The cooler temperature will extend its life and keep it out of harms way (pets, children, clumsy spouses, ect.)
  4. Don't waste!  Either plant your seeds or bake a pumpkin pie.  If you don't like pie, I'm sure your family or co-workers will enjoy one.  I bring my pumpkin innerds to my grandmother so she can bake pies.
 
Guess who this is...



I'll give you a hint...




Have Fun!

I WON!!!!!!!!!!

Ok I am a little too excited right now.  I won the day 4 giveaway at Above Rubies Studio.  Here is the link:


http://www.aboverubiesstudio.com/free-goodies/prizes-and-giveaways/day-4-christmas-time-win-its/469/

I won some really cute paper and some glittery snowflakes.  Really cute.  I just want to say thank you to Megan at ARS.  You are so sweet to give away all these wonderful gifts.  It really was not necessary, I would have looked just for your craft ideas.

I will post a completed project after I recieve it and have a chance to do something with it.