Friday, September 19, 2008

All I Want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth

Did the tooth fairy visit you as a child?

She visited me, way too early in life.

I knocked out my two front teeth (in separate accidents, mind you ... ) while I was still a toddler. Almost every photo of me as a child shows a toothless or crooked smile until I reached third grade. The song "All I Want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth" was popular then, and I certainly got requests to sing it - lisp and all - from family and friends until I got my permanent teeth.

Because of my childhood misadventures and memories of leaving silver coins for my own children's baby teeth as they fell out naturally, I was inspired to write an article (lens) about the Legend of the Tooth Fairy at Squidoo. It's a charity blog - I'm donating any royalties I earn from that lens directly to

If you have a few minutes, check out my Tooth Fairy lens, and if you care to help a child in need during the holidays, simply click on the donation button there.

Friday, September 12, 2008

National Pet Memorial Day

Loss of an Animal Companion

Our pets become family members, confidants and bonded companions. When we lose a pet to death, it can be as painful as loss of a human friend or family member. In recognition of the impact a pet's death has on human companions, and the need for people to deal with the loss of an animal companion, the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC) designated the second Sunday in September annually as National Pet Memorial Day, a day to remember a pet who's crossed the Rainbow Bridge and the day for you to celebrate his/her life on earth.

We lost our beloved black cat Ebony in in the summer of 2005. Her death caused my husband and me as much grief as the previous year's loss of a mother, a father and a newborn granddaughter. We created a special burial box and memorial stone for Ebony, and buried her in our garden near her favorite tree adjacent to the bird feeders.

The Humane Society of the US offer suggestions for managing the mourning process and celebrating the memory of your beloved pet. They suggest the following activities:
  • Hold a memorial service at a pet cemetery, in your backyard, or in a place that was special to your animal companion.
  • Add an inscription to your pet's gravestone.
  • Find a special urn for your pet's ashes.
  • Create a living memorial by planting a tree, bush, or flower bed in your yard.
  • Contact a pet cemetery or community park to see if you can sponsor a bench or tree affixed with an acknowledgment plaque memorializing your pet.
  • Frame a photo of your pet and put it in a special place.
  • Keep your pet's favorite toy, collar, blanket, or bowl as a symbol of your pet.
  • Create a scrapbook or collage with photos and other reminders of your pet.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter to help other pets.
  • Participate in online memorials and candle-lighting ceremonies.
  • Write a poem or story about your pet or write a letter to him.
  • Offer a memorial scholarship at a veterinary school.
  • When the time is right, adopt another pet from your local animal shelter or humane society.
Pet Memorial Resources

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tomato Lust - Harvest Happiness

Make Your Own Gourmet Goodness -Dried Tomatoes

We experimented last summer with drying tomatoes from our garden. It was such a success that this year I planted many more Italian plum tomatoes and Amish paste tomatoes so we could enjoy summer's bounty all winter long.

The fall tomato harvest is in, and still coming, so I've been drying organic plum tomatoes in the oven for the past 2 weeks. It's easy to dry tomatoes at home - just follow these simple directions and you'll be enjoying gourmet dried tomatoes for a fraction of the store-bought cost.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Garden Crafts - Leaf Embossed Birdbath

leaf embossed bird bathMy sunflowers produced enormous leaves this year (not to mention 12-foot tall plants) so I used one of the leaves as the pattern for a sand cast concrete birdbath for our garden. It's about 18 inches long by 12 inches wide with nice wide edges for the birds to perch upon.

The casting wasn't really hard at all. I'm waiting for the concrete to finish curing (in about another month) then I'll add sealer to protect the surface and make it easier to keep clean.

If you want to make one of your own, you can find step by step how-to directions for making a sand-cast lightweight concrete bird bath plus lots more ideas for unique garden craft projects at Squidoo.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The President I Want

Smart, Thoughtful, Sincere, Honest ... My Ideal President

I found a blog today that summarizes my opinion about what I want in a President. I couldn't have said it better myself:

I want (and will likely not see in my lifetime, sigh) a thoughtful president, one who lives in the same world of gray that I do because he understands there are very few absolute truths in our world. I want a strong president, one who will do what is right for the country above her own political ends. I want a constitutional president, one who understands there are hard boundaries that the government shouldn't cross no matter what anyone says.

So simply stated, yet so right on target. Visit Lewister to read the full blog entry.

I'll amuse myself until the elections with Presidential Campaign Slogans and US Presidents Paper Dolls.