Merry Christmas

The presents are all wrapped
It comes and goes in a flash
Freeze it in a frame, so it lasts
Remember to enjoy and laugh
You can always take stuff back
Live in the holy spirit of giving
Let go of the heavy misgivings
Tis the season for love, forgiving
Lighten up to joyous beginnings
Don’t worry be happy, in singing


Rising Star: How Oscar Plascencia & Rebecca Lemke Started a War

Perhaps, I could’ve won it all, but I didn’t and was the seventh to fall. Regardless, it was an honor to partake in this competition. Here’s the insider…The Story Within The Story.

The Golden Chase/Silver Fleece Union of Round 3, had predicted how Round 8 would end.

Source: Rising Star: How Oscar Plascencia & Rebecca Lemke Started a War

DIY <$20: Wash, Bake & Paint



I had a lone pine cone, which sat on my patio table for months. After each bout of rain I watched it close-up and bloom again when the sun came shining. Then one day, my Mother asked, “What are you going to do with this stupid thing?” I replied, “I’m keeping it because I’m going to get more and do something with them.” At the time I wasn’t sure what. The problem was my dog died, so I stopped going for walks because hitting the pavement just isn’t the same without a four-legged companion. A couple of weeks later, and to my surprise, my Mom brought me a bag full of pinecones collected from her walks. It was perfect timing because I knew immediately what I wanted to do – a Holiday centerpiece.

This was a fun, cheap and easy project though it wasn’t quick because I decided to paint them by hand. I browsed the web for ideas and initially thought about spray painting. However, the mere cost of spray paint ranging from $6.99 to $14.99 defeated the purpose of a good DIY in my mind, so I opted for four bottles of craft paint with the most expensive bottle costing $2.29. I picked a large fish like glass bowl for $9.99 to display them in bringing the total cost of supplies to about $19.00.  The tall, slender glass cylinders (more expensive) would look really nice too, but I hate that they block your line of sight at the table.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Wash, Bake and Paint

Quickly wash in hot soapy water and rinse, then place on foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 300 until done turning every 20-30 minutes.
They’re done when they look right, mine took about 2 hours. The baking makes sure that any critters stowed are taken care of, and the heat really makes the petals pop open, while the constant turning helps to distribute the oozing sap, which resulted in a high-gloss finish (I think I’m going to do another batch for year-round display). Roll up your sleeve and paint at least two coats giving them plenty of time to dry in between coats with your chosen colors I used: Garnet Glitter, Silver Glitter, Rose Gold and Platinum.

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I’m thankful for each breath that averts death
With good health dealt by a spiritual wealth
A warm and cozy bed, the roof over my head
The Sandman’s conveyances off to dreamland

Food that feeds a mouth the words to speak
Loud music played easing all troubles away
A safe hand to hold as all the mysteries unfold
Taking it one day at a time to fill-up a lifetime

-This is from last Saturday’s writers meeting, and was inspired by the seven minute writing prompt given by our clubs President, Judy. You can visit her site here: