WOW – what’s up with the East coast? Earthquake on Tuesday. Hurricane this weekend. Good grief. Actually, we’re really blessed in my area of Virginia. The earthquake damage was extremely minimal (a chair in the backyard fell over) and Irene has brought us some much needed rain. It’s kind of sad watching the news. They tried so hard to make a big deal out of the earthquake – including the need for federal funds to “rebuild.” I think Virginia can do quite well without federal interference, but thanks anyway! By Wednesday, they had given up on finding anything newsworthy about the quake, so they moved on to Irene. We’ll see what happens this weekend, but so far, not much to report. There was a little boy killed in Virginia when a tree fell. That was incredibly sad. My niece and nephew appear to be safe in North Carolina, however. They don’t have power, but I think they have a generator. So I’m happy for that.
Frankly, the absolute worst disaster this weekend wasn’t even reported. Mike & I had to pick up a few “essentials” last night (dishwashing liquid, ice cream, Triscuits…you know, stuff for the “emergency kit”), so we went to the “we sell it all” store. You know…where the people dress poorly and it’s open 24 hours. Winchester has two – one in the “shopping district” and a newer one on the west side of town. We like the newer one. There’s one big, huge drawback, though, and we discovered it last night.
This one is built near farmland. Specifically, farmland that was fertilized recently. Holy moley!! Is there anything in the world that smells worse than pig excrement in 90 degree weather? I think, “no.” I tried to get Mike to drop me off and pick me up at the door, but he just said, “Suck it up, hold your breath and come on.” (“Suck it up” was not a phrase that was really appropriate at this venture, in my opinion.) That store has been criticized for “smelling funny,” but who would know? It was just a relief to be out of the fertilized air. Have I mentioned I’m not a huge fan of “nature?” I wanted to call the HazMat team, or at least report something to the EPA, but Mike gave me one of those looks. On our farm, we used cattle “by-products.” It was still bad, but not like the pig stuff. Bleh.
But this nature – I love!!
Stamp sets: Nature’s Pace, Kindness Matters; Ink: Early Espresso; Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake card stock; Mocha Morning designer series paper; First Edition designer series paper; Other: Modern label punch, Big Shot, Top Note, Movers & Shapers die; Movers & Shapers punch windows, linen thread (All products available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)
Is this gorgeous or what? It’s a swap I got from my friend Kathe Deck. She’ll be part of our blog hop the second weekend in September. I can wait to see the projects my friends post! Wouldn’t this make a nice birthday card for a man? Or even a thinking of you or thank you card for a guy? And am I kicking myself for not ordering the Mocha Morning designer paper? Yes, I am. I’m thinking very seriously about taking advantage of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion. It ends Wednesday, but I think I can squeak in one more order. If you’d like to add anything and share shipping costs, let me know by Tuesday evening!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend – and stay safe!