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A favorite hobby scrapbooking!

Hi everyone
WOW it sure has been along time since I have posted anything here. Life has been busy. One thing I do like doing is scrapbooking although I am very far behind! Although we are in September I had better get a move on if I'm going to get last Christmas pages done before this Christmas comes round! 
For those of you who may not be familar with scrapbooking there are so many great products out there that can help you make a creative photo album instead of just sticking photos into an album. I like using Creative Memories products which is based in the U.S but now have Consultants and products available in many other countries. They have great paper, punches, stickers and albums. There are lots of internet scrapbooking stores out there as well Paper craft expos to find what your looking for. Here is the website for Creative Memories products and where you can also find a consultant in your area.The website is although for me currently it isn't working which is odd as it's usualy fine.
If your not into paper crafts now with everything being digital you can also do digital scrapbooking on your computer which gives people lots of choice as to which one they prefer to do.
The possibilites with scrapbooking are endless just need to be creative, maybe look at others albums for ideas and give it a go :)
An email I received recently of some actual label instructions on consumer goods.

On a Myer hairdryer:

'Do not use while sleeping'.

(Darn, and that's the only time I have to work on my hair).


On a bag of Chips:

You could be a winner!  No purchase necessary.  Details inside.

(The shoplifter special?)


On a bar of Palmolive soap:

'Directions:  Use like regular soap'.

(And that would be how???)


On some frozen dinners:

'Serving suggestion:  Defrost'.

(But, it's just a suggestion).


On Nanna's Tiramisu dessert

(printed on bottom):

'Do not turn upside down'.

(Well...duh, a bit late, huh)!


On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding:

'Product will be hot after heating'.

(And you thought????...)


On packaging for a K-Mart iron:

'Do not iron clothes on body'.

(But wouldn't this save me more time?)


On Boot's Children Cough Medicine:

'Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication'.

(We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5 year olds with head colds off those forklifts.)


On Nytol Sleep Aid:

'Warning: May cause drowsiness'.

(And...I'm taking this because???)


On most brands of Christmas lights:

'For indoor or outdoor use only'.

(As opposed to...what?)


On a Japanese food processor:

'Not to be used for the other use'.

(Now, somebody out there, help me on this.  I'm a bit curious.)


On Nobby's peanuts:

'Warning: contains nuts'.

(Talk about a news flash!)


On an American Airlines packet of nuts:

'Instructions:  Open packet, eat nuts'.

(Step 3: maybe, Delta?)


I don't blame the company, I blame the parents for this one:

On a child's superman costume:

'Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly'.


10 Christmas facts I have found

Now that it's the 1st of December I thought I'd post up some Christmas facts that I have found that I think are interesting.

            1. According to the records of the Meteorological Office in London snow has only fallen down on Christmas day only in 1938 and 1976.


          2. Christmas pudding was first made as a kind of soup with raisins and wine in it.


          3. The Christmas tree displayed in Trafalgar square in London is an annual gift to the UK from Norway since 1947. The Norwegian spruce given is a token of appreciation of British friendship during World War II from the Norwegian people.


         4. US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.


          5. Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.


          6. The abbreviation Xmas isn't irreligious. The letter X is a Greek

abbreviation for Christ.




          7. The world's tallest Xmas tree at 221ft high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.


          8. Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.


          9. The largest Christmas cracker - 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter  was pulled in Australia in 1991.


          10. In India, they decorate banana trees at Christmas time.

some funnies

Some funnies from an email I once received.

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

What is the speed of darkness?

Do you cry under water?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Did you ever stop and wonder......

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these pink dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?"

Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there... I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it's bum."

Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Stop singing and read on . .. . . . .. . .
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?













How to sleep at night

Well first of all to get a good nights sleep don’t do what I do then you might have a good nights sleep.

What isn’t working for me:

1.     eating things like chocolate after 10pm. (fruit jubes are worse)

2.     playing word games or other brain type of games till about midnight.

3.     Not doing other things that would help me to wind down.


So far so good tonight I’m doing well I haven’t eaten much chocolate and I have stayed away from playing word and brain type games on the computer.


Solution grab a good time during the day to play the games when one child is napping and the other happy playing on their own. With the eating chocolate sometimes I sneak abit here and there during the day when kids are not watching.


Hopefully I can keep this up as I am used to the habit of playing the games at night as it’s quieter at night with the kids in bed but then it leaves me wide awake that I can’t sleep. I wonder if there are other people who have the same problem. I think people with young kids would understand that some things are easier to do when the kids are sleeping but at the same time if it’s not a wind down activity it’s not actually a good thing in the long run.


Hmmm might have to chose one or two days during the week to claim them as computer free days to see if the days I’m not on the computer if I sleep any better at night or not.

With the end of the year quickly approaching I could make this a new years resolution but to actually keep a new years resolution before the end of January would be absolutely amazing. But you never know there’s always a first time for everything!


A Favorite recipe

One of my favorite recipes that's yummy and easy to make.

Corn and Salmon Chowder





1 small chicken stock cube, crumbled

1 tbsp plain flour

1 ½ cups of Milk

1 cup of water


Can of corn

Can of creamed corn

Can of red Salmon


  1. Heat butter, add bacon, onion. Stir in flour. 1 min
  2. Stir in milk, water, stock cube.
  3. Add potato, corn and salmon.
  4. Heat until mixture boils, then simmer for 15 mins.


Lisa’s notes- I’m not into exact amounts so as to how many rashes of bacon and how many potatoes to use is up to you. I like using the can of boneless salmon.

I find that by having the potato cook first for about 10mins with the other ingredients before adding the corn and salmon it tends to cook fast rather than adding the potato, corn and salmon together at the same time.

Enjoy :)

After awhile I find when I cook things regularly I don’t refer to recipes much.

This is a lovely story

The following is a copy of an email I received recently.

I think this one applies to us all –
we don't always remember what people say but we remember how they make us feel.

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of
school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she
looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.
However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped
in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he
did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy
and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be
unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually
take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold
X's and then putting a big 'F' at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review
each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However,
when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is a bright child with a
ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a
joy to be around..'

His second grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is an excellent student, well
liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a
terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.'

His third grade teacher wrote, 'His mother's death has been hard on
him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much
interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't
show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he
sometimes sleeps in class.'

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of
herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas
presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for
Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper
that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in
the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to
laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones
missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she
stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the
bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her
wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to
say, 'Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.'

After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very
day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she
began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to
Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more
she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year,
Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and,
despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy
became one of her 'teacher's pets..'

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her
that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then
wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she
was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while
things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with
it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honours.
He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favourite
teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he
explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a
little further The letter explained that she was still the best and
favourite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little
longer.... The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter
that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be
married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago
and he was wondering if Mrs Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding
in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of
course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the
one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was
wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their
last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's
ear, 'Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much
for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said,
'Teddy, you have it all wrong.. You were the one who taught me that I
could make a difference.. I didn't know how to teach until I met you.'

(For you that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Dr. at Iowa Methodist
in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

A funny movie

I was recently surprised to discover that a movie that staring Ice Cube was actually funny. When my husband returned from the video shop with this film my first reaction was Ice Cube??? Hmmm I don't think I'm going to like this film.

The movie is called 'Are we done yet?' (2007) Staring Ice Cube as Nick, Nia Long as his wife Suzanne and John C.McGinley as Chuck Mitchell Jr. The movie is about Nick and his wife Suzanne who along with their two children move house to a very small town where everything is run by one man Chuck Mitchell Jr.

The movie is predictable as most of these type of movies are but it is still good for a laugh. I don't think Ice Cube was the star of the film it was defiantly John McGinley's role as Chuck that made the film interesting. In my opinion I think if you like Steve Martin type of movies like 'Cheaper by the dozen' (2003) that you will like 'Are we done yet?'

It is good to see that clean funny films without unnecessary violence still do exist among so many films today that contain too much course language, sex and violence.


Bits and pieces this and that

Hi everyone
For my first entry I'm going to outline what my blog will be about.

As I am a Christian somethings will be Christian related thoughts, bible verses, music and other Christian books will be mentioned that I like. I'm also planning to share favorite recipes, websites of interest on various things such as news articles on various subjects that are good news stories like new world records set etc...

One very useful website I have found that I regularly visit is this website is a place where you can search for certain emails to find out if they are true or not everything from - virus hoaxes, Charity hoaxes, bogus warnings, email petitions, chain letters, prank emails, false missing person emails and much more. So the next you get an email that your not sure if it's true search for it on hoax slayer. It's great that it gives a clear explanation as to why it's true or false so your not being sucked in by a scam and passing on rubbish emails to your friends. I hope you find hoax slayer useful like I have.

Will be back soon with more.