Wednesday, December 13

Garden Pic Wednesday: Birthday Bouquet!

Today's Pic day is the same vase of Christmas tree greenery I showed you last week, but now full of Birthday flowers! Miniature carnations in happy variegated pink and the smell so nice! Like ground clove spice!

Plus with the short side pieces, I made this nosegay arrangement for the table! 

I always enjoyed the arranging flowers part of my job when I was a florist, so it makes putting together an arrangement for myself a bit of fun!

Friday, December 8

Friday Finds: Spiffing Jewelry!

Unique Jewelry always makes a fabulous gift!
So, today I'm showcasing several pieces created by American Jewelry maker, Spiffing Jewelry of San Diego, California featured on in their Official Zazzle store page!

Features gold & silver dipped sterling silver and geniune gems wire wrapped in sterling silver! Just personalize and choose your chain length!

Or you can choose Silver or Gold dipped!

Shown on Sterling Silver, but also available in Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Silver Dipped or Gold Dipped!

Shown in Aluminum,but also available in Raw Brass, Raw Copper, Sterling Silver, Rose Gold Dipped Silver or Gold Dipped Silver!

Cuff bracklets, more Latitude/Longitude gifts and great Bridal party gifts ideas!
Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 7

Mama Kat Thursday: The Golden Flow Gag

For me, the first Thursday of every Monday is typically a "lunch out" day for my Yoga class at a Mexican restaurant next door.
At one of those lunch outs, I got to talking with "Bob," across the table, a man of contemporary age with me.
(He and his wife both attend the Yoga class.)

Come to find out, he and I were both active duty in the Air Force at the same time, back in the mid 1970's.
I was an enlisted medic and he was a pilot. He's a retired Colonel now, but back then, he'd was probably just a young Lieutenant or Captain. I told him I'd been a medic and that's what inspired him to tell me hilarious story about "Golden Flow."

Now "Golden Flow," is what we used to call drug urinalysis back in the 70's. It was random urinalysis testing. You'd get a message to show up at the hospital lab on a certain date and time, then you'd go, be handed a plastic specimen cup, then get in line to go one by one into the  bathroom and fill the cup. Alone. Then we'd bring the cup back out and drop it off to be checked in by a lab tech.
Well, Bob said he and bunch of his fellow pilots got the Golden Flow call and one of them came up with the bright idea of getting ahold of a urine specimen cup  in advance, then filling it with beer and sneaking it into Golden Flow with it hidden in his uniform.
Bob said when they arrived at hospital lab and his buddy was handed a fresh specimen cup, he simply went into the bathroom, ditched the fresh cup, pulled out the beer-filled one, then walked out with it in hand.Then he walked out with it. 
Bob said there was a young female enlisted medic sitting a the specimen table receiving the filled cups, checking them in, and his buddy approached her table, made like he was going to place his specimen cup down, then abruptly, said, "Nope," opened it and swigged it all down.
The poor girl nearly passed out in horror!
Bob said he and his buddies got a good laugh out of it.
I got a good giggle out of the story, too, being a medic and remembering Golden Flow quite well.

Such tom-foolery can't be gotten away with nowadays, since urinalysis participants have to have a medical chaperone accompany them into the bathroom to assure quality control.
No switching for beer now.
What was the last story someone told you that gave you a laugh?

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Wednesday, December 6

Garden Pic Wednesday: Vased Christmas Greenery!

We usually buy a fresh Christmas tree from the local Boy Scouts here in town and I like to fill a vase with cuttings from lower branches that usually have to be snipped off around the bottom end.

So, today's photo is my kitchen counter display featuring my vase of Frasier Fir greenery, my large ceramic penguin (for tea candles) and my first Christmas card. 

My Birthday is next week and I usually buy a grocery bouquet and arrange the flowers in this vase of greenery. 
Change the water, trim the stems and the greenery will last through New Years.

Thursday, November 30

Mama Kat Thursday: The Decision

Every high school grad reaches the point of having to decide, "What's next?"
Just get a job? Go to college or trade school? Join the military?

My year of decision was 1975.
At that time, Vietnam had only just ended a couple years earlier. The country was in a Recession, so jobs were hard to come by. Plus I lived out in the country. Town was a fair distance away and I had no real job skills.
As for College, I just wasn't crazy about the idea of more school. I didn't know what I wanted to aim at and it was so expensive, I wasn't going to waste good family money just stabbing at it.

That just left military service.
Luckily, recruiters were trauling the high school for interested applicants on a regular basis.
I recall my 10th grade science teacher allowed the Army Recruiter to show our class an Army video. It was kind of neat---he had a video playing device in his briefcase. When he opened it, a 15 inch screen popped up to show us the video on. Pretty high tech for 1973.
However, I wasn't evenly remotely interested in joining the Army.

Later in my Junior or Senior year, I made an appointment to speak with the Navy Recruiter in the high school library.
My Dad had been in the Navy for WW2, so I was open to considering it. When it came to talking about a specific Navy job, though, all he could offer me was "Yeoman." 
That's an admin clerk---basically a secretary. 
This was 1974--such a job would've meant typing on a electric typewriter all day and frankly, though I'd taken a typing class, I'd barely passed the minimum requirement of 35 words a minute. (In that era, secretaries were expected to type 70 wpm or better.)
Two years later, the same Navy recruiter offered my sister a job as a photographer. Way more impressive then Yeoman!
(She didn't take it, by the way, because it required a 6 year enlistment.)
The other thing that turned me off about the Navy was I had long hair and for their Basic Training I would have to have it cut short!
Not a chance was I going to do that.
It was the 70's and we were all about the long hair!

Finally, I talked to the Air Force Recruiter. 
My number one question was, "Will I have to cut my hair for Basic?"
He said, "No, you'll only have to wear it up."
I sighed with relief.
The other winning point to the Air Force was it's Basic was shorter then 
anyone else's---a mere 6 weeks!
He didn't make any job promises and, unfortunately, I didn't know I could've asked for a "guaranteed job."  
In the end, I went Air Force, though I didn't enlist until the end of summer, so I could allow myself one last summer with my family before leaving.  

I chose to join because I was an intelligent young woman who wanted a chance to travel and see the world. I wanted time to think about college more and decide what sort of education goal I might like to aim at. Most importantly, I wanted that G.I.Bill, which would allow me to pay my own way through college.
I was a honor student in high school and graduated among the top 10% of my class. I mention this point because there are people in this country who actually go around saying that "the people who choose to join the military do so because they are too dumb to make it in college!"
Humbug. Not true.
Military people are among the smartest, most well-educated people I've ever known, particularly nowadays with online education. The service encourages higher education and a program called Tuition Assistance allows active duty members to take part-time classes at no cost without detracting anything from their G.I.Bill benefit, which they can still use later if they get out. 

Looking back, I consider those years in service the best in my life. I made all sorts of friends from all over the United States. I traveled in Turkey and through Europe. I enjoyed my job and gained life experience. When I got out, I did go to college, eventually earning two degrees using my G.I. Bill. 
I believe joining the military was a very smart move.
Of my graduating class of 1975, of 94 students in all, only 3 of us joined the Armed Services: two boys joined the Army and I joined the Air Force. 
Of the two boys, one died in the summer of 1975 in Paratrooper school training accident; the other, I think, did a full career to retirement.  I served 4 1/2 years and then went to college.

What decision did you make for your life after high school?

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