Sunday, May 31, 2009

Summer Treasure hunt

Joyce DiPastena and many other Authors are sponsoring a Treasure Hunt during the month of June.

"Some friends and I have put together an exciting contest to kick off your summer! Beginning June 1st, we will be giving away a prize a day. That’s right: 30 days, 30 treasures! There should be something for everyone: romance, mystery, historical, contemporary, and young adult fiction; children’s picture books; a variety of non-fiction; and just to liven things up even more, we’ve included a few exciting non-book prizes: a free 30 page manuscript edit, for you aspiring authors out there; an e-bay gift certificate; and a gift-certificate for a Vinyl Expressions Quote.
How can you win one of these fabulous prizes? Follow the rules below:SUMMER TREASURE HUNT RULES:You can send in an entry for each day’s prize, or only for those prizes that strike your fancy.
The rules are simple:
(1) Go to the website or blog indicated for each day, find the answer to the question for that day, then email the answer with your name and mailing address to
(2) Please send a separate entry for each day and type the day you are entering in the subject line. (Such as: June Treasure Hunt, Day 1; June Treasure Hunt, Day 2, etc).
(3) Deadline for each day: Midnight PST
(4) The winner will be contacted and announced on the day following the deadline.
You do not have to wait until the designated day to enter. You can start sending in your entries right now, or begin entering at any point along the way. And check back here each day between June 2nd-July 1st to read the names of the winners.
If you have any questions, feel free to email Joyce DiPastena at
And now…let the treasure hunt begin!"

Thursday, May 28, 2009


AS IS - Unique NEW Outlet Store Opens in Mesa--Extra Savings THIS WEEKEND May 28, 2009
Announcing... a new store called AS IS is opening in Mesa at the former Haws Nursery (535 S. Mesa Dr.)
This store has all of the returns and some closeouts from the department store Lord and Taylor of New York and some fine china, luggage, housewares, etc. from Macy's.
There is over $1,000,000 (original retail price) of brand name inventory that is marked down up to 90%. Most are at 75-80%. The Coach and Michael Kor purses are approximately 60% off retail. These are the real deal! Need great but inexpensive wedding gifts? There are hundreds and they start at only $4.00.
If you love designer jewelry you'll be amazed at the hundreds of pieces available at bargain prices.
We receive a new huge shipment approximately every 4 weeks or so and new items are brought out daily. There is also a large selection of treasures in the back that some of you may want to look through!
This is is a pre grand opening so everything is not completely finished but the selection of many items is great.
Most have remarked that the prices are better than Last Chance or The Rack and it is in the East Valley.
If you mention this e-mail and come into the store between now and Saturday, May 30th, you will receive an additional 5% off most items!
If possible, we would appreciate it if you could forward this email to any others you may think of who love to shop for bargains! Thanks so much!






Enjoy free ice cream at Wal-Mart, this Saturday, May 30th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Go here for more details.

Monday, May 25, 2009


"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."

--George Washington

Look carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is - one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up. It was ready to fall out of the sky. (This is a painting done by an artist from the description of both pilots many years later.) Then realize that there is a German ME-109 fighter flying next to it. Now read the story below. I think you'll be surprised.....

Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at Kimbolton, England. His B-17 was called 'Ye Old Pub' and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory instead of heading home to Kimbolton.
After flying the B-17 over an enemy airfield, a German pilot named Franz Steigler was ordered to take off and shoot down the B-17. When he got near the B-17, he could not believe his eyes. In his words, he 'had never seen a plane in such a bad state'. The tail and rear section was severely damaged, and the tail gunner wounded. The top gunner was all over the top of the fuselage. The nose was smashed and there were holes everywhere.
Despite having ammunition, Franz flew to the side of the B-17 and looked at Charlie Brown, the pilot. Brown was scared and struggling to control his damaged and blood-stained plane.
BF-109 pilot Franz Stigler B-17 pilot Charlie Brown.

Aware that they had no idea where they were going, Franz waved at Charlie to turn 180 degrees. Franz escorted and guided the stricken plane to, and slightly over, the North Sea towards England. He then saluted Charlie Brown and turned away, back to Europe. When Franz landed he told the CO that the plane had been shot down over the sea, and never told the truth to anybody. Charlie Brown and the remains of his crew told all at their briefing, but were ordered never to talk about it.
More than 40 years later, Charlie Brown wanted to find the Luftwaffe pilot who saved the crew. After years of research, Franz was found. He had never talked about the incident, not even at post-war reunions.
They met in the USA at a 379th Bomber Group reunion, together with 25 people who are alive now - all because Franz never fired his guns that day.
(L-R) German Ace Franz Stigler, artist Ernie Boyett, and B-17 pilot Charlie Brown.

When asked why he didn't shoot them down, Stigler later said, I didn't have the heart to finish those brave men. I flew beside them for a long time. They were trying desperately to get home and I was going to let them do that. I could not have shot at them. It would have been the same as shooting at a man in a parachute.
Both men died in 2008.
This is a true story


In memory of those who have given their lives for our freedom.....................God has blessed America! Remember our fallen heroes!

Jordyn's Dance Recital

Jordyn had a dance recital Saturday night.

This is the dance her group did.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Birthday Party

Last night we celebrated family birthdays for the first half of the year. We tried to celebrate Tom's birthday closer to his real birthday, but there were too many sick folks in the family to get together.

We celebrated birthday's for

Tom March 29,

Dad May 25

Leanne June 5

We had a fun visit

Jordyn showed that she could write her numbers to 100

Hunter showed off some taekwondo moves

There were presents

and mug shots

And a new trick by Jordyn

And after all of the festivities we had a wonderful dinner of Meatloaf, made from Tom's Secret recipe and chocolate cake.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Free Admission to the Phoenix Zoo with Fry's Card

On Friday, May 22nd and May 29th, you can get FREE admission to the Phoenix Zoo with your Fry's V.I.P. card. Two people are free per Fry's card. Thanks, Faithful Frugality.

Don't forget about Bank of America's Museums on Us for free admission to the zoo and other participating museums nationwide.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


This letter was posted on America c2c click here to visit the site ,or click on the link on the side, and I think she makes some good points. It is more important than ever to get involved in fighting to preserve our country and our freedoms.

I don't understand everyone these days. Our country is on the verge of extinction thanks to the radical administration that was put into place by the American people. Elections have consequences and for the love of God, the consequences we are facing today is something we never could have imagined.
Over the last day I have been watching a thread from another site and cannot understand why conservatives are not becoming more united. When I sent a response back with an invitation to c2c, thinking that some were not happy where they had been working, the response I received took me by surprise. This person said that it was just another ning site. Well excuse me for being rude, but who cares!! I am not asking anyone to come over to c2c just to build membership, I am not asking people to come over here to show others my site has more members than yours, I am asking people to come over to FIGHT FOR FREEDOM!
We need to stop splintering off, stop whining and complaining amongst ourselves and start hitting the streets. 2010 is right around the corner and it is our opportunity to take back congress. This will be the election of our lifetime.I just don't understand what is going on with most conservatives. I have been observing on many sites and Americac2c, that people are just talking the talk but do not want to actually walk the walk.
Look at how organized the Liberals are. How many sites do they have? You probably can count them on one hand.
My point is that we need to stop preaching to the choir, stop fighting amongst ourselves and start working for a better future for our children. Where ever that home may be that you feel comfortable, start helping in the fight, not by mere words, but by action.just take a minute and think WHY so many conservatives have created so many sites and WHY we are so passionate about OUR cause.
This is our country and it is being stolen right out from under us. Do our children deserve this, do our brave men and women fighting in the middle east deserve this?
NO!I am asking you all to really think long and hard how you can make a difference in your community and how you can change the direction of this country, and then do it!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009



My Mom was born 15 Oct 1929 in Lapointe, Utah. She was the 3rd child & 2nd Daughter. Mom was a tomboy and even though her Mother made her learn girly things like quilting, embroidery, crochet and sewing, she would rather be climbing trees.
Each year Mom would receive a new doll for Christmas, but to be able to receive the doll she had to show that she had taken good care of the previous doll. Every year, right after Christmas sh would bury the new doll and dig it up in time for the next Christmas.

Mom lost her mother when she was 15 years old, leaving her and her older sister to help raise their baby sister age 19 months.

Mom served a mission to Minneapolis, MN and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

When she came home she was met Dad on blind date, and didn't really like him.

That changed and on 28 March 1957 they got married.

Mom loved her family She expected us to work hard. During summer vacations we would go to local orchards and pick fruit, whatever was ripe and bring it home. We spent much time in the summer canning fruit and vegetables. In the winter we would have peaches, apple sauce, rhubarb, strawberry jam, pickles of all kinds, catsup, and even better there were always pies made and put in the freezer for a special treat during the winter.
We were expected to help clean the house on Saturday Mornings before we could go play. My first chore was washing the dishes after school.
Mom knew what she wanted and had a way of getting it. One incident I remember was during the time she was the Primary President. Our Branch President was a convert who had never been to Primary and had no idea of how important it was. After a particularly frustrating time of not getting anyone she asked for as teachers, she called the Branch President out of Sacrament meeting and read him the riot act.

Over the years Mom taught us the importance of service, by helping make and deliver meals, babysitting, etc.

In 1988, Mom and Dad retired to Gilbert, AZ, where she was very happy. They were able to make 2 trips to Japan to visit Richard's family. She was always a bit sad that her grandchildren lived so far away
In 1998 Mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, she did really well for a few years, but then the disease started to take its toll. So in 2002 she moved to Tolleson, to be closer to her kids. She was blessed with 2 grandchildren, who lived locally during that time.

During my life, Mom taught me to work hard, she always cheered on my efforts to learn to sew, crochet, etc., she taught me to be a good Visiting Teacher, and to always give 100% to any calling I accepted. She was known to say, "If you don't think you can do a good job at a calling and you aren't going to give it everything you've got, its better to say no."

Mom passed away on 4 Nov 2004, after 2 months in various hospitals, and care centers. Even though her family misses her, we know she is happier now.

I found this poem on line and felt it was appropriate and accurate.

In tears we saw you sinking, And watched you pass away.
Our hearts were almost broken, We wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping, So peaceful, free from pain,
How could we wish you back with us, To suffer that again.
It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you, The day God took you home.

If Roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother's arms and tell her they're from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day,
but there's an ache within my heart that will never go away.

Don't think of her as gone away Her journey's just begun
Life holds so many facets This earth is only one
Just think of her as resting From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfortWhere there are no days and years
Think how she must be wishing That we could know, today
Now nothing but our sadnessCan really pass away
And think of her as living In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost And she is loved so very much.


Friday, May 8, 2009

And The Winner Is......

OK so this wasn't really a contest with just 1 winner.
Thanks Courtney, Jenny, Mason and Amy Jo. Jenny that book title is really intriguing, I will have to look for it on
I will be making ties this weekend, and getting them mailed out, or delivered next week.
Check back in a couple of months for a new contest. I'm thinking the prize will be something crocheted once the Dr says I can crochet again.