Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
I am participating in Candid Carrie's Friday Foto Finish Fiesta, sponsored by Carrie at Candid Carrie.
The players riding kid's bikes to practice, from the locker room.
St. Vincent. His friend, the nun, sports an official cheese bra. All donations for photo ops go to the American Cancer Society.
Donald Driver executing a perfect Lambeau Leap. Watch those hands, ladies!
This is the last day to enter the Great Poprs Giveaway...name this special puppy and win! She will be a Leader Dog for the Blind, and give someone the gift of independence and mobility.
Winner will be announced Friday, so this is your last shot.
The winner will receive FIVE multipacks of Poprs, one each of color changing, rainbow, cinnamon, butter and strawberry. Each multipack contains 10 pouches of magic crystals, to sprinkle on good food to make it great! All who suggest a name will receive one multipack, so everyone is a winner.
Remember, this is a female puppy. She is German Shepherd and Labrador. And she has a very important job to do. Be creative, and have fun.
Monday, September 21, 2009
This is one of my favorite quilts, and one of the first that I made. It is an Ohio Star, on a natural background. The colors are rich reds, forest greens, rusts and browns, golds and soothing blues. The best part of this quilt, though, is that the plain blocks are hand quilted. Back when I had time!
There are little tiny blood stains on the back in several places. If I were to try this again, all sharp objects would have to be hidden! With four boys, when did I ever have time to do this?
Must have been back in the days when the boys were in bed early, and I stayed up late. Now,
the reverse is true!
And no, none of the college-bound kids got hand-quilted quilts for their dorms!
Don't forget to check out my newest contest! It'll be lots of fun. And it involves a puppy!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
"What possible difference could that make?" I replied.
And what I found, late last night, was a better answer to his question. After hours of looking at old photos, I saw a family that was meant to be made up of four boys, we just didn't know it at the time. But God did.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Yesterday, I talked at length about the Leader Dogs for the Blind program, and the part you can play in naming a Future Leader Dog puppy.
My great friend, Kristi, has raised eight previous puppies (not 9 as was previously reported!).
These are the names they were given:
Moses is my favorite, maybe because he did not go on to complete the program, because of a slight hip problem, and he is lying at my feet as I write this! It is also the name of a great leader!
Odin, Liise and Ingrid are Norwegian names. Kristi is a proud Scandinavian.
Vince was named after Vince Lombardi, another great leader. It was fun to give the puppy a name that also reflected the state in which he was raised. This pup was a black lab, with a big head. Vince fit him to a T. And I think he wound up with a man, so it was perfect.
Anyway, you get the drift. Come up with a name for the next puppy. Think of great leaders, Wisconsin or any other tie-in you like. The puppy will be a female, German Shepherd/Lab mix.
The contest will run through Thursday, September 24th. The winner will be announced Friday, September 25th. Kristi will choose the winner herself, and the name will be put on all of the official documents, and will be the name this dog will learn as she is growing in her Leader Dog skills. Her eventual owner will be introduced to her with the name you choose. HAVE FUN!
All entries will receive a 10 pack of Poprs, and the winner will receive one 10 pack each of all five flavors! This is the introduction of FOUR NEW POPRS FLAVORS. Uncle Lynn is anxious to hear what you think about them. As of this week, all five flavors are available at Festival Foods.
Learn more at http://www.poprs.com/.
The varieties of Poprs are:
*Color changing, for yogurt
*Cinnamon, for applesauce
*Rainbow, for cupcakes
*Butter, for veggies
*Strawberry, for ice cream
Have fun with this one! Only one entry per person, please. Check back to see the names that have been suggested so far, and next Friday, to see if you are the WINNER. Good Luck.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
There are nearly 400 puppy raisers in 22 states and Canada. Puppy raisers travel to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan, to pick up and return their puppies.
Seventy percent of puppy raisers raise more than one puppy in their lifetime.
Puppy raisers receive their puppies at 7 to 8 weeks of age and return them to Leader Dogs for the Blind between 12 and 15 months of age.
- Churches, stores, amusement parks, sporting events
- Different types of people
- Different types of floors and stairs
- Different sorts of animals, including squirrels, cats, birds, dogs and farm animals
- Loud sirens
- Busy sidewalks and bicycles.
Some puppy raisers are able to take their puppy to work with them . Puppy raisers are responsible for meeting at least monthly with their puppy counselor. Volunteer puppy counselors are regionally placed. Counselors organize obedience lessons and exposure opportunities for the puppies.
Raisers provide health care, food and necessary supplies for the puppies.
Puppy raisers follow very specific guidelines, such as:
- When puppies are in public wearing their “Future Leader Dog” bandannas or jackets, they are expected to be clean and well mannered.
- Puppies will be taught to stay off furniture .
- Puppies are expected to lay quietly at meal time and not beg.
Each month, approximately 30, 1-year-old puppies are returned to Leader Dogs for the Blind to begin formal training .
Kristi is devoted to raising these wonderful dogs, and giving them a terrific head start for the life they are going to lead. This German Shepherd/Lab mix will be her tenth! Moses was a "Career Change", one is undergoing training now, and 7 have been placed as Leader Dogs.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
And you can help name her!
Details of this new Great Poprs Giveway coming soon, so check back with us every day.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I am participating in Six-Word Saturday, hosted by Cate at Show My Face. Those are my six words in the title of today's post.
Stay tuned for contest rules. This is gonna be a fun one! I'm off to a wedding this weekend.
Should have some photos to share next week. And check back often. When you see this cute little guy again, he'll be announcing the new contest. It'll be another Great Poprs Giveaway!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
What's the big deal, you say? Well, grab the Kleenex, and I'll explain..
I'm the youngest of three kids, the baby in the family, the only girl. My Dad died when I was 24, and my brothers had already left home. It was just my Mom and me. I had just been accepted to two top graduate schools (Columbia, MO and Auburn) when he died. There was no way I was going away to school and leaving Mom alone. How would we pay for it? What would she do alone? So I got a job and we muddled through. I needed her as much as I thought she needed me.
Long story short, I met a great guy (Uncle Lynn, the Popr's King) and we got married. Moved away and had two kids. My brother had children too. She was a Grandma. She retired. Life was good. Not perfect, but good.
Mom had four sisters, and a brother. Her brother died of a brain tumor in his thirties. There was cancer in her family. One spring day, we got the news that Mom's oldest sister had it. She died a few months later. The next spring, the next sister was diagnosed. She moved home from Atlanta to live with Mom, and she also died shortly after. Summer turned to winter, then to spring.
In the middle of a party for my birthday, on March 11, 1986, my brother called. He never called. I said "Hey! You remembered my birthday! Why this year?"
The pause was eternal. He said "Oh. It's your birthday. Never mind. I'll call you tomorrow."
Another long pause, and I remember saying something like "Oh my God. It's Mom, isn't it?"
Kidney cancer. I spent the next months during the week with her, and on Saturdays, I'd drive 3 hours across the state to go home and do grocery shopping and laundry for my husband and kids, and the next day I'd go back to Mom's. My husband's Aunt Mable moved from Milwaukee, in with us, to take care of the kids. We got along that way for months.
Then one night, in the middle of the night, things changed. Mom's sister was with us, and so was Mom's friend Alice, from California. They had been in nursing school together, and had remained close all that time! They took my brother and me aside, and said it was time to take her to the hospital. We called an ambulance.
I drove alone, and followed the ambulance. About half way there, the light came on in the back, and I saw her sit up on her elbows and wave to me!
Later, my aunt told me that my Mom knew I was behind them, and she didn't want me to worry. So she summoned up her strength, and made the most unselfish gesture ever. She had the driver turn on the light so I could see, and she waved to me.
She only lived another day or two, and died Labor Day Weekend. I don't know, don't want to know, the exact date. It's been 23 years. But I have not forgotten anything about that night. It was all she could give me at the time, and it was everything. I'll never forget it. And I'll never be able to follow an ambulance again ever, without sobbing, as long as I live.
And that's OK. I love you, Mom.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
My six words brought to you by Cate at Show My Face.
He's about as cute as they come, don't you think? Just what my mother-in-law needed. And as the newest puppy in the POPrs Family, he's probably going to steal some of the attention away from Rowdy.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Fall is coming at us fast! And since it is the very best time of theyear, there are lots of things to love about fall. Lines of a poem were swirling in my head. A poem I learned back when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Here it is.
This is stretching my memory a little, but I think the 5th-graders in Mrs. Newton's class (she was also the principal) who learned this poem got to recite it for the younger kids during classtime. So we got time out of class to practice and more time out to recite. It was a great deal. I'll have to check with my friend Kristi. We've been friends since second grade, and she remembers lots more than I do.
Brought to you by Angie's Wordful Wednesday. Enjoy!
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