Monthly Archives: January 2014



Hear Ye!

Welcome New Sisters! (click for current roster)

Merit Badge Awardees (click for latest awards)

My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Sonja Gasper!!!

Sonja Gasper (#5671) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Crochet Merit Badge!

“My grandmother taught me how to chain and do the single and double crochet stitches when I was just old enough to manage a hook. We have a great yarn shop here in town called The Black Purl, and the owner helped me get started again with some beautiful yarn by Ella Rae. I used a 5.5 mm hook and retaught myself the single stitch, working especially on consistent tension, making an infinity scarf. It is 60″ around and 6″ wide and took me about 8 hours total to do. It curled, so I also had to learn how to block a project as well.

I wore it for an hour and then popped it in the mail to a friend who is in Texas (and is not used to the cold) as a surprise! I have already started a new one for myself, checking the Internet for more things to learn, and have added on double, basket, and grit stitches as more of a sampler scarf, but in the same color. It is going much faster this time!”




Traffic-Jam Preparedness Kit

Wowzer! The news from Atlanta regarding traffic jams is horrendous. Did I say amazing, wow, and did I shake my head in disbelief? But you know what? I am NEVER without the following in my vehicle. And I always leave home with two quarts to a gallon of water, even if I’m only driving 10 miles to town.

      • Freeplay Eco-Charge hand-crank charger is for use far from outlets. But make sure you have a car power adapter for the devices you want to charge. Also water resistant and compact.
      • Garrity hand-crank flashlight
      • shovel (I have a Gerber Gorge folding shovel.)
      • lady-on-suitcaseswindshield scraper
      • pocketknife
      • jumper cables
      • rope (Good also for antiquing.)
      • tow rope
      • tire chains (Not just for winter. Mine got me out of a mud hole once.)
      • emergency flare
      • fire extinguisher
      • first-aid kit
      • insect repellent
      • whistle
      • 100-hour candle (
      • matches in waterproof container
      • fire starter
      • full change of clothes including a warm pair of socks (and   gloves and stocking hat in the winter)
      • down parka (and down sleeping bag in the winter)
      • rain poncho (Buy a bright one so it doubles as a flag or help sign.)
      • crushable sun hat
      • stainless-steel, reusable water bottle
      • 1-gallon water (Nalgene makes a collapsible water bottle.)
      • water-purification tablets
      • non-perishable snack food (I have organic beef jerky in my kit.)
      • toilet paper
      • busy work (A book, deck of cards, paper and pens, or a knitting project to keep me occupied and calm during an emergency.)



It doesn’t look like it, but the contents of my emergency preparedness kit really do fit into one cute vintage suitcase. The smaller suitcase in the pic below is a mechanics tool kit with, hammer, wrenchs, etc.



Can you think of anything I’m forgetting? (Other than the kitchen sink.)


What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

My kindergarten class spent an afternoon coloring our plans for the future. From firefighter, THE cashier, to football player… My classmates and I chose what we’d like to be when we grow up.

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And my mom and a classmate’s grandmother made our artwork into this beautiful quilt!

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Each class does an art project that gets auctioned off at our annual school fund-raising auction. The art projects are usually some of our highest bids and this one went for $1,600.00!



Rhinestone Rodeo

We listened to Patsy Cline, drank Diamond Fizzes, and raised tens of thousands of dollars for our sweet little school! The center was filled with cowboy hats, boots, and rhinestones…

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The evening went much too fast, but a glimpse of the décor …

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The three hundred roses turned into simple centerpieces with chevron table runners that we sold one by one through bidding …

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The entrance and photo booth were piled high with saddles and straw…

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Our crew was there at 8:00 am sharp and didn’t clear out until we packed up the whole event at 10:30 pm. Somehow, when working with people you love for something you love, a day of hard work feels pretty good!

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Mustache Monday?

I pick up my Mia from pre-kindergarten just before lunch. This works out well, as we often sneak down to our local Moscow Food Co-op to pick up a little lunch and grab a few dinner groceries. Guess what happens sometimes on Mondays?

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It’s Mustache Monday! Their yummy little deli/bakery gets a little wild with the breadsticks on Mondays. Perfect for dipping into some of their scrumptious homemade soup.