Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's Texas, It's Summer, It's HOT!

The weather has tempted us a few times in the last week.  There was a touch of fall in the early morning air.  Just a tiny hint of things to come.  But now we seem to be back to our regular summer weather patterns with highs in the 90's.  We have 93.5 on the thermometer right now. At least it's not 106 like we had a couple of weeks ago.  Is anyone interested in what heat can do to canned sodas?  A couple of Friday's ago, a friend of mine ran across a special on diet sodas at the local store and bought 4 12-packs. She took 3 of them in the house and left one in her car to bring to work the following Monday. It was one of those weekends where we had 100+ temperatures both days. Too hot to go anywhere, so the car sat in the driveway for 2 days in the hot sun.  When she next went to her car to come to work she found that several of the cans in the 12-pack had ruptured.  The ones that didn't had both ends puffed up from the pressure. Not a good thing to find diet Dr. Pepper all over the interior of the car when you need to leave for work.  We estimated that the temperature inside the car probably got to around 180 degrees.  It's no wonder we hear of tragedies every summer of chilcren and pets left in hot cars.  If the heat can do this to a canned soda, imagine what it does to a living, breathing being.  Evverybody be careful out there!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Texas Tuesday - 08/17/2010

Welcome! This is my first post for the Texas Tuesday Challenge. I practiced several techniques before I actually chose a final design to share with you.

When I saw the Lady Bird Johnson quote stamp on the Deadbeat website, I knew I had to have it. I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Johnson once and she was a true Texas lady. My DH has even more connection with her. He worked at a local grocery store when he was a teenager and met Mrs. Johnson when she shopped there. Well, they didn't exactly "shop". Mrs. Johnson and her beloved kitchen foreman at the LBJ Ranch would bring in their monthly list and store employees would fill the order while she waited for it and the foreman oversaw the preparation of their prime beef. Each time she was most gracious to each and every employee she encountered and became friends with quite a few including the DH. A few years back, the DH was playing in a Fredericksburg Polka Band and they were invited to play at the Christmas tree lighting at the Visitor's Center for the LBJ ranch. The Johnson family always turns out for this event. The DH was able to have a good visit with Mrs. Johnson. They talked about old-time Austin and how they both missed it.

Enough reminiscing for now...on to my card. The card base is from my stash of paper. I think it is an S-U color. I used Neenah classic white for the mat. Stamped the flowers with a Snow White Adirondack dabber, then grunged it up with several colors of Distress Ink using foam blending pads. Finally, stamped the quote in Jet Black Archival Ink. I almost gussied it up with some Glimmer Mist, but decided against that. I decided I wanted to stick with the muted tones.

Hope you like the card. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Summer!

No picture to see today, but I did find this cool quote on a FB page:

Thought for the day:

The Wizard of Oz is now 71 years old. Today, if Dorothy were to encounter men with no brains, no hearts, and most of all no courage, she wouldn't be in Oz. She'd be in Congress.