Look Well To This Day

“Look well to this day, for it is life, the very life of life.

In it lies all the realities and verities of existence: the bliss of growth, the glory of action, splendor of beauty.

For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow only a vision.

But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day, for it and it alone is life!

Such is the salutation of the dawn.”

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Journey Continues

There isn't a card to post today, just a very happy story to tell you all...

Yesterday was the BIG kick off to the PINKy Promise Rockstars 2nd journey for the Susan G Komen's 60 Miles in 3 Days Walk to find a cure for breast cancer.  My daughter Misty has wanted to do this walk for so many years; after many friends have fought and some who lost their fight against this dreaded disease.  Misty and her walking partner Rayna (PINKy Promise Rockstars, name of their team) had to raise $2,300. each to do the walk.  They walked the 2009 Komen 60 miles in 3 days in Atlanta, Ga.  At the end of that walk, they were already planing ahead for this year's walk.  Only changing the location from Atlanta, Ga. to Tampa, Fl.  You see, Misty had decided if need be, she & Rayna (and if anyone else who wants to!) will do this walk in a different community each year!!

The 1st fundraiser for this year's walk was held today...A BIG Smoked Boston Butt sale.  Toby (my step-son), his father-in-law Larry & neighbor John woke up extremely early to ready 3 big and 1 x-big smokers for the day. The lady of the home Linda (where this all took place), graciously had a yummy breakfast casserole ready for all to enjoy.  Thank you Linda!  Randy & I picked up 104 fresh Boston Butts at 8 this morning and rushed them all out to the ready grills.  After about 6 hours of smoking they were ready for pick-up and delivery.  All 104 Boston Butts were sold and the calls came in about the wonderful yummy favor the Boston Butts had.  As the day was done and there were some very tired family & friends.  Misty was very happy about the great big deposit they  had coming to make toward her their goal of $4,600.
John, Larry and Bill stand "guard" over the smokers!

 The Boston Butts are on the grill, now it's time to kick back and enjoy the 
day while the meat smokes!

A very special thank you goes out to all that helped in making this fundraising 
event be such a wonderful success! Now onto the next event...

Thanks for stopping by & until next time...Debbie

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Shutdown Fun!

Today's post is going to be short and sweet!

I work for a Bright Horizons(child care), who is a vendor for Toyota.
When Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI)
shutdowns down in July (and in December), I have an automatic
weeks vacation. And that's where I am right now...on vacation at my 
computer at home!  No trips, however a few small plans, but  that
makes this time Sounds like card time!

This card was made for a special friend...I am ahead of schedule...not 
until the end of this month.  Happy Birthday Pearl!

I made a patch work using paper from Tim Holtz's Vintage Shabby paper stack. How I love his paper stacks!!  My image is from Elizabeth Dulemba coloring pages, isn't she darling?  I colors with Copics, adding some Stickles for some sparkle, and I colored some DMC Ecru cross stitched floss with Victoria Velvet Distressed Ink.  There you have it!

Until next time...Debbie

PS...Sorry for the lighting on my picture, it isn't very good!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Randy & Congrats to Toby!

Welcome back to A Touch of Me!  This past week of a lack of sleep, free dress at work, a 3 day work week and full of excitement and fun!

Early in the week as I so often find myself, I happened upon a new blog.  A very energetic Laura at The Paper  Trail  http://followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com  made this really neat Envelope Accordion Mini on  June 9th. I just had to give it a try for my hubby's birthday.

While hubby was outside being busy, I got busy hunting through a laundry basket full of memories. Not knowing when he might come into the house, I hurried though lots picture albums and pictures still in the envelope you receive after developing.  Asking myself over and over, do I want to use this picture or that picture.  After almost an hour of being sneaky, I settled on many great old pictures. As time was getting away from me, I went to my favorite office supply store and laser copied my favorite pictures.  I was sure it would be faster than getting pictures copied.  Now, to get the pictures and photo albums home, put back where they belonged and get to work creating something special for my hubby's 60th birthday!  I really enjoyed find the pictures and putting together this trip down memory lane for my hubby's birthday!  What do you think?

On Friday at 3 in the morning, Randy and I got up and ready to take off for Plainfield, Indiana.  It's near Indianapolis. Toby (Randy's son) was graduating from the  Indiana Law Enforcement Academy!  It was sooo worth it to me to have had taken Friday (June 9th) off from work, to be with Randy.

Toby  graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) yesterday morning as expected, but what wasn't expected were the 2 of 3 awards that were awarded to Toby. The Firearms Proficiency Award He received this top marksman award by scoring 238, 240 and 240 out of a possible 240. Toby was also awarded Herman H Freed Award.  Herman H. Freed died in 2004. Freed has  often been referred to as the "Father of the Law Enforcement Academy" as Freed immediately saw the need for appropriate training for recruits and was instrumental in ILEA's beginning. Of the 91 recruits who started out in Toby's class only 66 graduated. Toby also missed the Academic Achievement Award by only .03 of point.   WAY TO GO TOBY! 

To finish out the week, a celebration of Toby's graduation and Randy's birthday was had.  Boston Butts were smoked all day, lots of covered dishes were carried to the party and great music was played by Toby and his band.  Great enjoyment was had by family, friends and Toby and his fellow 6 graduating sheriff deputies.

Until next  time...   Debbie

Supplies used: Tim Holtz Lost and Found paper stack, Tim Holtz assorted idea-ology embellishment collections,  Tim Holtz dies Flourishes and Tatter Florals , Tim Holtz Distressing Tool, cover scripting is computer generated Angelic Wars font, assorted comments also computer generated. An assortment of cardstock from my stash.