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Happy New Year!!!


my date with Hugh Laurie... or how I spent my ME day

Sunday morning Honey left early early to go snowmachine riding with friends, which left me  and the kids home to hold the fort. Since the cleaning was done on Friday, the celebrating was done on Saturday,  the only thing left to do was..... NOTHING!
After doing one final load of laundry I started  a nice fire in the wood stove, curled up in my recliner with crochet in my lap and proceeded to watch a  "House" marathon. It was an awesome day! I didn't feel guilty that I wasn't being somehow productive, I just sat and crocheted and watched. Honestly, who wouldn't enjoy spending the entire day looking at this.
And for those of you who don't celebrate Christmas,   HAPPY SATURDAY!

Finally done

  The last of this year's penguins
Gift boxes for the parts guys & gals
A little something for everyone at work
For Mom and her Hubby
Also Scooby wanted me to give you the recipe for the   ABSOLUTELY KILLER Apple Dumplings I found here
He's keeping an eye on them for me so I don't lose them;~) Isn't that sweet of him.

Ingredients ■2 whole Granny Smith Apples
■2 cans (8 Oz. Cans) Crescent Rolls
■2 sticks Butter
■1-½ cup Sugar
■1 teaspoon Vanilla
■Cinnamon, To Taste
■1 can (12 Oz.) Mountain Dew Soda

Preparation Instructions

Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan.

Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

If you haven't already tried …

The Spirit of Christmas

I originally had this little story tagged on to another blog post, but after some thought I decided it needed it's own space☺
I wanted to share this with you.
This tree is in the middle of the loop of the off-ramp leading from the Glenn Hwy to the Old Glenn Hwy.
It is the ONLY tree inside that loop. And believe me when I tell you this tree is in the middle of no where.
For about 10 miles around there are no buildings, no homes , no businesses, no street lights, no nothing but commuters commuting, and it is DARK. Photo by Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News

This first happened about 3 years ago, right around Christmas, I'm driving along and all of a sudden, OMG LOOK AT THAT!!!
Someone has been lighting up this tree every Winter for the last three years, and that person has chosen to stay anonymous. Radio stations, local television news shows and the Daily News have all asked the question "Who lights the tree?"
Obviously, the person or persons in question do not want to be known and not…

Penguins on Parade

I haven't gotten them all dressed yet
I still have a few to do

These will remain in sets
For obvious reasons (I hope☺)

Next up......... it's skis, skates and snowballs!

in my window

For years, I had these 2 strings of christmas lights, the lights themselves looked like candles. I loved those lights. I would run 1 string along the bottom of each window in my living room. I used little clips on little suction cups so it would hold  the 'candle' upright, then I would put silver tinsel down to cover  the wire that held them all together. The lights would reflect off the window and the tinsel and it just made the windows glow. I absolutely loved the way it looked, so much so that even if I don't have time to  or just don't feel like decorating for Christmas, I still did the windows. Well the bulbs all slowly started burning out. The light bulbs in them were not replaceable, and come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I bought them at the Salvation Army, so as Christmas decorations go they lasted a LONG time. Well they finally died about two years ago and I have never been able to find anything close. The last two years I have just run a couple of strings of the sma…

What I've been up to

Besides work, which ended up being 5 Mondays in a row this past week=( I have been working on a few things.
Penguins A little dragon baby in back there, waiting on legs☺
Some simple little Christmas earrings
I am also crocheting some wash cloths for my Mom's husband (to go in his newly remodeled bathroom) and a neckwarmer for Mom. These will go in the giant gift bag of goodies we give them every year. They each get their own large gift bag full of wrapped gifts, even the smallest item is gift wrapped. The first year we did this Mom absolutely loved it! She said it was so much fun to just  spend the morning "unwrapping". So it's pretty much become a tradition☺

"On November 3, 2002, a 7.9 earthquake hit the area near Denali. This was North America's largest inland earthquake in almost 150 years. Alaska is so sparsely populated that the damage from this quake was relatively mild."
"More bald eagles inhabit Southeast Alaska than anywhere else in the world."


Sissy is sleeping~


Tickles and  Me;~) 

havin' a snow day

I guess it's actually an ICE day. My husband was only half way to work when he called and told me to stay home for the day.
Depending on where you are temps are anywhere from 25° to 32° and it's raining ;-( Everything is covered in a sheet of ice and even the sanding trucks are sliding off the road.
And since I have a whole day to play, I started by finishing this.
I have to say I love this!

I made this necklace for me me-me-me! (Isn't that birdie just the cutest?) (If you need one, and I know you do, Go Here) I made it so I could wear it short or long.

"Three types of bear are found in Alaska: Polar Bear, Grizzly Bear, and Black Bear." "The Grizzly Bear is the world's largest land-dwelling omnivore, weighing up to 1,000 pounds (454 kg) or more. A brown bear cub weighs only 8 to 10 ounces (0.3 kg)." Great Land of Alaska - Facts and Trivia

I had forgotten

--->  I had forgotten how much I enjoy making these little guys. Here they are cured but still naked. I will be painting them over the next couple of days.

--->  I had forgotten how yummy an afternoon bloody mary can be.
--->  I had forgotten that there is always a trade off  for clear skies in the winter. Last night's moon.
Our clear skies last night gave way to a 10° morning. Brrrrrrr!   And we haven't even really gotten started yet...

"The Tlingit People dried hooligans (a small, oily fish), inserted a twisted spruce bark wick and used them as candles."
"A halibut has both eyes on the same side if its head." Great Land of Alaska - Facts and Trivia

super-duper, UBER, beyond CUTE!

I got a package today. It was from Juls.
I opened it at the post office.
Whenever I get a package from Juls, I open it at the post office.
Hey, I live 10 minutes away, I couldn't wait that long.

This is what was in that package.

As soon as I saw this post, I knew I had to have a birdie of my own.
Then this post came along, and I found my soul matebirdie.
Look at the color of this guy! And the personality is UBER CUTE!!
The workmanship, the gorgeous colors,
 the overall cute factor!
I am in love with my new birdie. If you know Juls, you know you want one. If you don't know Juls, you NEED to know Juls.
There is a giveaway underway at Julsbeads and I promise you will kick yourself if you do not
head over there RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT!
If you didn't catch the link above,
click here to get there.
You won't regret it, but hurry she will be drawing a name on Wednesday.

Alaska Stuff
Bird: Willow ptarmigan
Fish: King Salmon
Flower: Forget-me-not
Fossil: Wooly mammoth   (who knew we ha…

just cuz

Just cuz.. I have a ton of different things I want to be working on in the clay  department... and a ton of rings I want to wire wrap and a ton of life getting in the way. And Just cuz.. I have a small blank wall in my bathroom  that I stare at every morning while I'm brushing my teeth and planning my day in my head, which almost always makes me loose track  of how long I have been  brushing my teeth. Thank goodness I have one of those Oral B brushes.   I have one that actually does a weird little buzz-buzz-buzz every two minutes.  I guess that's to help tell you if you are  brushing long enough but some mornings that little sucker goes  buzz-buzz-buzz three or four times.  Then if I try to remember if I've gotten  the front AND back of the top AND bottom and I can't remember where I started then I do a quick ALL OVER just to be sure. You can laugh, but I haven't had a cavity in over thirty years ☺
Sorry. Back to our regularly scheduled program.
And Just cuz.. I already had some cl…

just chillin'

I have spent the last several days working, trying to get some rest, and making some more .....leaves☺ I think I am an addict. "....Hi." "....My name is Pat." ~~~HI PAT~~~ "and I can't stop making leaves."
These are itty bitty ones that you could use for earrings. I am in love with the color of these.
I also experimented with some 'faux wood grain'

made a cover for a notebook
made some ultra thin leaves.
these are colored with mica powders
not exactly sure which direction i'm going with this one,
but i kinda like it so far.

"There are 14 species of whales in Alaskan waters: Orca, Sperm, Beluga, Blue, Bowhead, Northern, Right, Finback, Humpback, Sei, Minke, Gray, Pilot, and Narwahl." "Approximately 1.25 million Pacific Fur Seals return to the Pribilof Islands each year."
Great Land of Alaska - Facts and Trivia

Photo Friday

Just because I knew it was coming
doesn't mean I have to be happy it's here.
On the other hand, my Honey has been waiting months to do
this. Had to wait until after the first snow to burn THE wood pile☺

"Alaska's heaviest annual snowfall - 974.5 inches (25 meters) at Thompson Pass near Valdez, winter of 1952-53." Great Land of Alaska - Facts and Trivia

who knew?

who knew that somone I admire as a person and an artist would feature me on her blog?
(Juls, you are great)
who knew I would receive such nice comments about my work from people brought to me by her blog post? ( Thank you Heather.)
( Thank you EB Bead)
who knew an ambulance ride while pumped up on
nitroglycerin and morphine  could be so hazy?
and, who knew that after a night in the hospital, a person would be so happy to learn the word

Photo Friday.....

Online profile........
"Female, 2 years old."
Favorite activities: "Laying in the yard waiting for the sunset."
 Favorite food:  "Late season dandelion."
"The moose is the largest member of the deer family."
"A moose's favorite food is willow and dwarf birch."
Great Land of Alaska - Facts and Trivia