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Old 05-01-2012, 05:08 AM   #3641
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Thanks to the Punchkateers for showing up to the blog hop!!! I really appreciated it. I will let you know when we have another one. That Gift Certificate is a bribe to Pamzi for gushing over my cards.....lol Who will be the next gusher?????? The world may never know..hahahaha

I have a bribe out for Nutzi to send me some images of "The Man" too!!!! Yup, things are working out pretty well for me in the bribe department....lol
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Thanks Marzi - when you got it, you got it and I "got it"! LOL!
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Congratulations, Pamzi - you got third prize!! Those were amazing cards. Thanks for pointing us there Bearzi!

OMG, Pamzi is surely going to share with the rest of us. I can't wait! Let us know what you get, Pamzi.
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OMG, have you seen there is a stamper called Cricketeer

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She's after us punchies me thinkz. Or else, I'm just paranoid. I just thought it was funny when I saw her name!

Hope everyone is okay. Not much chatting lately, but I know how that goes!
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P.S. FYI: Don't forget Marzi has a b/day this month 5/24. Happy Early Birthday Marzi.
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Everybody must be busy! Happy Mother's Day to everyone! Big news - I actually made a card. Now to find time to get it in my gallery. I even remembered to take a photo of it!

On Thursday we went to get our trailer from where we kept it for the winter and discovered that a door had somehow popped open at some point. My brother had discovered it and closed it but it was apparently too late. Seeing the "open door" as an "open invite", at least one mouse (and we suspect he invited several friends) took up residence and had a regular party in our trailer. It will be a while before I can bring myself to use any of my House Mouse stamps I can guarantee you that. There was nothing "cute" about the mess that was left. I spent the last two days cleaning and bleaching and tossing all the ruined items. Pretty much back to the way it should be now. Should be ready to hitch up tomorrow as we are heading back to the town where we used to live to help our youngest do soccer photos this week and figured it would be easier/cheaper to stay in our trailer rather than a hotel.

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Weird. I posted a comment and got a message that my post needed to be approved by a moderator. Never have I had that happen before on SCS. Who put me on the naughty list?
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Happy Mother's Day to everyone. Hope you have a great day!
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Just want to say Happy Mother's Day to one and all. Hope you have a lovely day!
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I hope everyone has had a wonderful Mother's Day! I posted earlier, but it required approval, and it didn't post. Don't know what is happening...?
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Lydia fixed the problem...Have a great week everyone. I'm loving our cooler weather and a tad of rain. Would love some more. Anyone want to send me some?
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Still another test...
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Glad to see that things are working again. Gotta love technology. Guess I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one being denied permission to post without a moderator's approval. Made me wonder if Pamzi had sent out spies or something...

Hope all's well all 'round the Punchie World. We're busy doing soccer pics with our daughter this week. Five teams last night, five more tonight and I think the same tomorrow. Tonight's teams are U6 - always lots of fun!

At least the weather is pretty decent after such a long wait for spring. A bit windy but at least it's not cold out!
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Nasty little mouses!! For such small critters they can make a huge mess and cause a lot of damage!

I'm in and out quickly as this is a crazy busy time of year for me. Just finished 200 M-Day cards and now have to make some inventory cards. Piano recital, exams, soccer games, birthdays, baby showers etc. etc. End of June will be here before I know it and then I can relax in the summer.

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You remember last year when Benzi asked about the fires here and whether I was close to any of them...which I wasn't really. I mean 80 miles as the crow flies is a ways away!

Well, not so now. The Hewlett fire started Sunday or Monday...human caused...and it has exploded into a biggie. Almost 1000 acres. 4-5 tankers. Hundreds of firefighters. Three areas are being prepared for evacuation. Small village one mile away, huge mountain subdivision about 3 miles away and another small village about 3 miles away. It all depends on the wind right now.

The fire is only about 15 miles away as the crow flies. We aren't in any danger, obviously, but the smoke is all over Fort Collins. It stinks out there. The light is amber and the valleys are full of smoke. I took a picture of the fire a couple of hours ago, while I was on my way home. I live on the far side of this lake...just outside the right side of the picture.

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I forgot to say, there is no containment on the fire at all. They are fighting in really rugged terrain.
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You remember last year when Benzi asked about the fires here and whether I was close to any of them...which I wasn't really. I mean 80 miles as the crow flies is a ways away!

Well, not so now. The Hewlett fire started Sunday or Monday...human caused...and it has exploded into a biggie. Almost 1000 acres. 4-5 tankers. Hundreds of firefighters. Three areas are being prepared for evacuation. Small village one mile away, huge mountain subdivision about 3 miles away and another small village about 3 miles away. It all depends on the wind right now.

The fire is only about 15 miles away as the crow flies. We aren't in any danger, obviously, but the smoke is all over Fort Collins. It stinks out there. The light is amber and the valleys are full of smoke. I took a picture of the fire a couple of hours ago, while I was on my way home. I live on the far side of this lake...just outside the right side of the picture.

Pray for rain!
OMG Quiltz, that fire looks so scary. I hope you are able to stay out of its way - better start putting zee punchez and nestiez in fire proof boxes ya hear.
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Glad to see that things are working again. Gotta love technology. Guess I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one being denied permission to post without a moderator's approval. Made me wonder if Pamzi had sent out spies or something...

Hope all's well all 'round the Punchie World. We're busy doing soccer pics with our daughter this week. Five teams last night, five more tonight and I think the same tomorrow. Tonight's teams are U6 - always lots of fun!

At least the weather is pretty decent after such a long wait for spring. A bit windy but at least it's not cold out!
So, I see they are onto you with the moderator approval, huh? Diz, you know when you're gone as long as you have been, you have to start all over with SCS trusting you to write appropriately on the site. Zee zatellite already knew that, but thought I'd rather you get surprised by SCS! Missin' ya my friend. Sounds like you been busy with the meesies and such.
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You remember last year when Benzi asked about the fires here and whether I was close to any of them...which I wasn't really. I mean 80 miles as the crow flies is a ways away!

Well, not so now. The Hewlett fire started Sunday or Monday...human caused...and it has exploded into a biggie. Almost 1000 acres. 4-5 tankers. Hundreds of firefighters. Three areas are being prepared for evacuation. Small village one mile away, huge mountain subdivision about 3 miles away and another small village about 3 miles away. It all depends on the wind right now.

The fire is only about 15 miles away as the crow flies. We aren't in any danger, obviously, but the smoke is all over Fort Collins. It stinks out there. The light is amber and the valleys are full of smoke. I took a picture of the fire a couple of hours ago, while I was on my way home. I live on the far side of this lake...just outside the right side of the picture.

Pray for rain!
Goodness Quiltzi, I'm saying prayers for you and everyone in the Poudre Valley. My aunt and uncle lived on Mulberry Avenue...such a beautiful area. Hugz and stay safe.
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What??? All this chatter going on and I don't know it. I sometimes don't get the notification when some or our punchiez post. I did get one a day or two ago...just been too busy to respond.

Quiltzi, that fire is so tragic and they are getting too close to you. Go ahead and send me all your puncheiz and crafting goodies. I would hate for smoke to get to them. You know how it travels with just the right wind. I'm sure it would all be ruined.

Seriously, that is not a good situation. Keep us updated.

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Thanks for the offer, Benzi. I think I'll keep my stuff here. But even with the windows all closed down, the smoke is in the house. Last night the fire hit some dense trees and sent a HUGE plume of black/red smoke over us. Now we're back to the white smoke settling in the low spots.

(this morning I checked the map...it's more like almost 11 miles away...that explains the smoke)

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Thanks for the photos, Quiltzi...that is really close to you. I'm hoping and praying that fire will be contained soon....rain, rain, rain...that is what is needed and a lot of it.

Keep us updated, Quiltzi.
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Here is the recipe for the humming bird cake that I have talked about with my card. No humming birds have been harmed or injured in the process!!!! lol Humming Birds are awesome by the way. So enjoy this wonderful concoction.

HUMMING BIRD CAKE-A SOUTHERN TRADITION

•3 cups all-purpose flour
•2 cups granulated sugar
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•2 teaspoons baking soda
•1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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• 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
•1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, well drained
•1 cup chopped pecans
•2 cups chopped firm ripe banana
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Preheat oven to 350°. Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon together into mixing bowl several times. Add eggs and salad oil to the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple and 1 cup pecans. Stir in the bananas. Spoon the batter into 3 well-greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes,or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.
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Quiltzi stay safe. Last year we had wild fires here and my asthma kicked in so bad. I got an air purifier for my home so I could breath. My prayers are with you!
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Another cruise for Bearzi....what gives? Take us with you....PLEASE????
Thanks for the yummy recipe.
Have fun, fun, fun on the cruise.
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Bearzi: You have definitely got the cruisin' bug Enjoy!!

Quiltzi: I remember when there were huge fires in Kelowna a few summers ago...lost homes and a couple of wineries. Thoughts and prayers are with you!! Keep safe!
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We've had serious fires like that every year. Just not as early as this, however.

Update...now at 5100 acres and only 1/4 mile from the closest houses. That subdivision has been evacuated. No containment to speak of, but moving only north, northeast and east.

I get what you mean about the smoke. I'm struggling a lot with it. Was nice to go teach my class this morning and get out of the big plume of smoke. But I smelled like smoke still.

Take care everyone. I need to go get my granddaughter who is flatly refusing to sleep in her bed. She will sleep on my lap but not there. See ya!
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Happy Birthday, Marzi Marie!!! Hope it is a great one.

Quiltzi, I sure hope those fires are out.
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Birthday wishes to you!!! Have a great day and year ahead hugzzzz.
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Thanks! I've been celebrating since Tuesday. I have wonderful family, wonderful friends and wonderful Puncy Palz...I am a very blessed woman!
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:21 AM   #3671
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Marzi, a "whooping" happy birthday to you. Party as long as you can and make it last as long as you can! I'm glad you have so many wonderful people in your life and you can always count on zee punchies!
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:23 AM   #3672
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We've had serious fires like that every year. Just not as early as this, however.

Update...now at 5100 acres and only 1/4 mile from the closest houses. That subdivision has been evacuated. No containment to speak of, but moving only north, northeast and east.

I get what you mean about the smoke. I'm struggling a lot with it. Was nice to go teach my class this morning and get out of the big plume of smoke. But I smelled like smoke still.

Take care everyone. I need to go get my granddaughter who is flatly refusing to sleep in her bed. She will sleep on my lap but not there. See ya!
Oh Quiltzi, I hope things get better soon. I didn't realize how close it was to you. How blessed your granddaughter is to have your lap to sleep on. I'm sure she is scared. Hugziz and Keep Safezi.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:03 PM   #3673
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Happy day, Marzi! I haven't been on today until tonight...its teaching and kid-sitting day on thursdays. Hope you had a great day today!

Yes, the fire is out. 1...they backfired some areas so that it didn't have any fuel left to burn. 2...it burned all the way to the river and reservoir, and didn't cross. 3...the winds died down. 4...we got some rain. So that helped the hundreds of folks working the fire to get a handle on things. No homes burned, and people were only evacuated for a couple of days. The guy who was responsible for it turned himself in right away. He won't get a very big fine, but they usually seek restitution for the cost of fighting the fire. But 2.4 million dollars is a bit hard to pay back.

Have a great weekend everybody! What special plans does everybody have?
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Whoa! Quiltzi, I hope that person doesn't have to come up with 2.4 million dollars to pay for that fire. Was it intentional if he turned himself in right away? I'm thinking not.

Nothing good happening for me this weekend. I am living in a torn apart house with dust everywhere...can hardly stand it. More to come, too. So, that makes for a lousy weekend and weeks ahead.

But, I sure hope everyone else has a good weekend.
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Whoa! Quiltzi, I hope that person doesn't have to come up with 2.4 million dollars to pay for that fire. Was it intentional if he turned himself in right away? I'm thinking not.

Nothing good happening for me this weekend. I am living in a torn apart house with dust everywhere...can hardly stand it. More to come, too. So, that makes for a lousy weekend and weeks ahead.

But, I sure hope everyone else has a good weekend.

That didn't make sense, did it?
I'm thinking it wasn't intentional if he turned himself in right away.
It's early and I'm not myself yet...need a Diet Dr. Pepper fix.
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Yeah, it was an accident. He was camping and using an alcohol stove. Somehow it started the grass on fire. He tried to stamp it out, but couldn't. No cell service in that area so he had to get out of there. Not sure exactly how soon he called but they announced it fairly early, so I assume he was at least somewhat timely in turning himself in.
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Nothing good happening for me this weekend. I am living in a torn apart house with dust everywhere...can hardly stand it. More to come, too. So, that makes for a lousy weekend and weeks ahead.

But, I sure hope everyone else has a good weekend.
Torn apart house??? Dust everywhere??? Are you doing some construction? Or did you have damage? Sure hope not!
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Hi, everyone! I know you haven't heard much from me lately. How does life get so busy?? I've gotten sooooooooo far behind on uploading to my SCS gallery. I love having a place to keep everything I've made all in one spot (and for me that's SCS), and I like having it all chronological order, too. Isn't that weird? But I do. Back around Christmas time I was making sooooooooo many projects but ran out of time to upload them. I figured once things settled down, I'd be able to get caught up. But my need for chronological order--which would require going back to December--made it impossible to upload the current stuff and pretty soon everything snowballed. Getting a little behind got me a lot behind--to the tune of five months!!! Argh!!!! I finally decided that enough was enough, so I've been spending some time this past week uploading my backlog of projects a few at a time. I've been making a dent in it, which makes me feel great, but I thought I should explain why some of you have been seeing so many Valentine cards from me recently. Don't worry, soon I'll be on to Easter--then Mother's Day!! :P

I just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful comments that I've been receiving. I just spent some time reading through all of the new comments on my most recent uploads and have the nicest warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Thank you!! I know all of you are so busy, just like I've been. It means so much to me to feel so welcome here, even after such a long absence.

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Torn apart house??? Dust everywhere??? Are you doing some construction? Or did you have damage? Sure hope not!

Horrors, we're replacing water pipes. That was finished yesterday. We're on a slab so we had to have ceilings and walls cut open and I don't mean small cuts, either. That also includes several rooms. So, next will come the sheet rock guys. Then, new ceilings and possibly removing my new crown moulding..according to what type ceiling we do. I am living in a nightmare. The good part that I am looking ahead to is a new kitchen. Anyone up for helping me clean up this mess when they are finished?
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Hi, everyone! I know you haven't heard much from me lately. How does life get so busy?? I've gotten sooooooooo far behind on uploading to my SCS gallery. I love having a place to keep everything I've made all in one spot (and for me that's SCS), and I like having it all chronological order, too. Isn't that weird? But I do. Back around Christmas time I was making sooooooooo many projects but ran out of time to upload them. I figured once things settled down, I'd be able to get caught up. But my need for chronological order--which would require going back to December--made it impossible to upload the current stuff and pretty soon everything snowballed. Getting a little behind got me a lot behind--to the tune of five months!!! Argh!!!! I finally decided that enough was enough, so I've been spending some time this past week uploading my backlog of projects a few at a time. I've been making a dent in it, which makes me feel great, but I thought I should explain why some of you have been seeing so many Valentine cards from me recently. Don't worry, soon I'll be on to Easter--then Mother's Day!! :P

I just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful comments that I've been receiving. I just spent some time reading through all of the new comments on my most recent uploads and have the nicest warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Thank you!! I know all of you are so busy, just like I've been. It means so much to me to feel so welcome here, even after such a long absence.

My love to you all!!
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Emily, it's good to see you upload. I think I have commented on most of those from your blog. I know what you mean about having order..I'm like that, too. Busy seems to be the 'word of the day'. Sometimes, I don't know if I'm coming or going. Why do I do that to myself?

Hope everyone has a long, fun weekend. Don't think I will but better days are surely ahead.
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