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Oct 14, 2012
He later had my Aunt come out from Buffalo with 3 other wives, they drove from Buffalo, after getting as many gas ration coupons they could gather up for the trip out west. My Aunt described the living conditions and the sparse desert area that would become their home as dismal and lonely, but she was determined to make the best of their lives and opportunities. They first lived in railroad Boxcars!! Then 3 couples eventually rented a 3 bedroom home. My Uncle worked as part of the team that was working on then "secret" projects. He ended up at the young age of 26 being the Crew Chief for test pilot Chuck Yeager. On that Oct 14th day - my uncle was on the B29 aircraft that launched the X1.
This is portion of the Right Stuff movie recreating Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier:
My Aunt and Uncle met most of the "real" astronauts that trained at Edwards. Oh the stories my Aunt has in her memory banks of those years when Jack was working at Edwards for NASA.
The following Excerpt is quoted from this page
In later years, Jack and Chuck Yeager helped with the delivery and installation of the X1 in the Smithsonian Museum.
See too http://buffaloah.com/h/aero/bell/index.html
Uncle Jack passed away in 1996 - I really miss him. For only having one Uncle - I certainly had a most wonderful and interesting one.He and my Aunt were blessed with 2 wonderful sons, my only 2 cousins (they both live on the East Coast, my cousin John who was born on the same day as my sweet Paul, both in Buffalo, lives on Long Island, and my cousin Jim lives in Florida and he and his wife have 3 children).
related youtube videos about breaking the sound barrier
Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner on his Accomplishment today Oct 14, 2012 (65 yrs later) - of skydiving from an altitude of 24 miles above the earth - in his own quest to be the first "human being" to actually break the sound barrier in a free fall to the earth.
Oct 12, 2012
On October 13th a No Tricks ~ just a one Treat Drawing.
Any one that posts "one" post/comment to the tread that will be started at Midnight 12am Eastern Time, Sat Oct 13 will be entered into a drawing for the Serif Complete Arts & Crafts Creativity Suite DVD, that I got included with a recent printer purchase. I have no need for this CD, so thought it would make for a fun giveaway. Plus we'll see how many Hugsisters we can get to post on one "particular" thread over the course of one day.
The rules for entry: You must post One Comment on this single thread which will have in the Subject line
No Tricks, just a Treat CD Giveaway
In your comment you must tell us what you've been up to lately or how you're doing in life, and/OR give us a craft tip, tell us about crafts you're working on etc. (post pictures if you can or want to)
Please don't ask questions on the thread, and please don't just post saying you'd like to enter for a chance. And don't post saying thank you for offering the giveaway but that you don't want to enter, and just wanted to post a comment. Remember even if YOU personally do NOT want to win this, you could use it as a Gift/Giveaway yourself, put it in some ones stocking or a greeting card. Only one entry allowed per registered HugSister on the thread - so say as much or as little as you want to in that one comment.
At 11:59pm - October 13th, eastern USA time, I will draw a random number from all the qualifying posts to the thread and that person will receive the Arts and Crafts software programs DVD. I will mail it out to them after receiving their mailing address information.
Serif Complete Arts & Crafts Creativity Suite all programs on one DVD **Please note: this is compatible for Windows 7, Vista and XP users, but if you are a MAC user, you can always give it as a Gift to your Windows friends **
The following "complete" programs are on the DVD
Craft Artist Greeting Cards: http://www.serif.com/AllProducts/Software/...eetingCards.htm
Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 : **no longer available at Serif website http://www.amazon.com/Serif-Digital-Scrapb...2/dp/B00355R03W
Page Plus Essentials: http://www.serif.com/pageplus/essentials.aspx
PhotoPlus Essentials: http://www.serif.com/photoplus/essentials/
this is NOT the latest version that Serif has out now - this is description stated on the CD
"PhotoPlus Essentials is the fast and user-friendly photo editor that makes printing and uploading pictures as simple as can be. Ideal for photo enthusiasts who want to be able to organize their image collections as well as add stunning creative effects, with PhotoPlus Essentials, photo editing has never been so easy."
Scan Stitch and Share http://www.serif.com/scanstitchshare/
Serif Support & Community http://www.serif.com/Support/
If you need help, you have come to the right place. Whatever the question, chances are you’ll find the answer within these pages. Everything from help with your Serif software to managing your Serif account to accessing the Serif community forums – it’s all covered.
Free Downloads: http://www.serif.com/FreeDownloads/ If you don't win this Arts & Crafts Creativity Suite, you can still download and have some fun with the Free programs that Serif has available.
Serif main page: http://www.serif.com/
Serif Blog: http://www.serif.com/blog/
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Aug 31, 2012
Over at the pccAlumni Facebook (for pcCrafter Hugsisters) page, there are a bunch of recent posts and links to Pinterest Boards that are "pinning" copyrighted images by many many of our Favorite former pcc artists, such as Laurie Furnell, Shelly Comiskey, Carolee Jones, and on and on. Annie Lang and several other artists aren't spared either.
There are also plenty of Boards that PIN digital stamps or black and white line art that is copyrighted by my favorite artists.
Many of us are posting comments on the Pins found on the BOARDS we find with these graphics or digital stamps pinned. But it would keep any/all of us busy 24/7 to keep up with the rampant digital piracy and illegal file sharing that is out there. Not just on Pinterest but at other sites as well such as Picasa, and Photobucket too - way too many to constantly find and then try to contact the artist themselves - hoping they can take action. Artists want to spend their time Creating not chasing down these types of Boards or websites or file sharing sites etc. Some of the FREE DIgi Sites I share on this blog may have in the past or currently be sharing illegal images, I don't visit them all every day, but I'm hopeful that the majority are doing things legally.
And as soon as one or more images or complete graphics sets are removed from Pinterest, or Blogs and Websites, I and others come across MORE!!!
Pinterest just happens to make this type of thing "EASY" to do. And most gals who PIN and Re-Pin these "darling, and cute" clipart images, haven't the foggiest idea that they are doing anything wrong. After all, they see the IMAGES everywhere on Pinterest or Online - and they think if its FREE for the Snagging & Downloading, its FREE for the Sharing. And most offenders will not have a clue where the "Original" image came from. Even ones that the pin says was "user uploaded" - might be by someone who snagged the image from another place Online, saved it to their computer and then uploaded to their PINTEREST pages for all to ENJOY
I came across a Blog last week, created by a very nice lady who lives in the mid-west USA, who was giving away "digital scrapbook layout" pages for others to download. But most of the pages she made and offered for free download, used clipart from pccrafter or other sites, that don't allow for such usage. I was going to email her, but thought - I'm tired of being a monitor or catcher & notifier of these types of goings on. And really, the images themselves on the layouts, would be difficult for anyone to separate them from the backgrounds and do anything with. And I have no idea if this woman, got those images online for free or if she bought them online and just feels she can do what she wants with them, all in the spirit of being "nice" to others. And she thinks she is just using her talents and creativity in her spare time to freely share with her visitors to her blog.
On Pinterest, I have found wonderful ideas, creativity and just about any topic/theme, I might be interested in, shared on created Boards. I FOLLOW quite a few Boards - (but I personally do NOT create any Boards of my Own)...so I know it has its GOOD SIDE and good Intentions of most of its users. But it really has left a sour taste in my mouth when it comes to Clip art *pin* filled Boards and/or on any Pinterest Boards that don't give credit to the Original sources of *each* of their PINS.
I also want to admit that I personally have in the past been cited myself for posting something I shouldn't have or did not have permission to. I was notified by the either Google or website owners etc. and asked to remove my posts or links or images etc. So I'm not all goody two shoes myself. I didn't do things deliberately . There used to be a service, its probably still around that allowed you to "share it" - and so I would, but I didn't always choose wisely on what I shared. Some websites were appalled that such a service existed and was allowing anything from their websites or blogs to be "shared" just by pressing the button on our internet tool bars and then the item was automatically shared on my blog. And I am not talking about websites that have their own "share it", "like it", "pin it"and every other type of sharing buttons that are available to blog and website owners that they place themselves on their sites, so that they can spread the word about their site or business. I was using a 3rd party utility that put a button in my tool bar, and I could share anything I wanted easily and it would come through on my blog, without me seeing if the website owner allowed such sharing of website content, posts, or if images were watermarked or gave credit to original posters of the images etc.
I just wasn't doing things the right way and should have known better and should have absolutely asked first a website owner, before "I Shared" a post or link or image. And I'm sure there are plenty of "me's" out there too, who aren't trying to do things the wrong way - but we need to shape up, and pin / post / fly right/write!
Ok I'm now off my digital soapbox. Happier posts coming soon :-)
Jul 29, 2012
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Just read the latest issue of The Casual Blogger Magazine
Formerly it was known as "The Barrel of Blogs"
so scroll down the page and read past issues of this online ezine.
Happy Easter everyone :-)
For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVES in him should not perish, but have Everlasting LIFE. John 3:16
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Mar 26, 2012
and did this today to a photo of a couple of birds hanging out at the pond. I cropped the original photo, increased the hue/saturation, added the photo corners border, and resized it. I don't use the many features of Photobucket often, but do have fun when I remember I have an account there.
Mar 12, 2012
I don't use Picasa very much.
It has lots of useful features, so it could be worth my while
to learn more about it, and or take advantage of the functions.
This post is an example of just clicking on photos in an album on my computer and from the Create dropdown menu, choosing Blog this.
The photos were taken a few weeks ago, and are of birds feeding in the wee pond out back of my house here in Florida.
I imagine that most folks who have a Blogger account also have Picasa on their computers. Don't know why I haven't used this feature in the past, it sure does making posting lots of photos pretty easy and quick to do.
For anyone who hasn't yet downloaded the Free utility of Picasa, what are you waiting for??
Have fun exploring all your options with this utility.
Mar 5, 2012
Can't believe it's been 4 yrs since we celebrated your 63rd. We went to Olive Gardens with our dear friends. My best friend, who introduced Paul to me in June 1965, and her husband. It was such a delightful evening.
My cousin John (I only have 2 cousins, John and his brother Jim), also shares the same birthday.
Paul and John were both born in Buffalo, NY on March 5 in the same year, John at Millard Fillmore Hospital and Paul at south Buffalo's Mercy Hospital. John who grew up in California, his dad, my uncle - was the crew chief for the test pilot - Chuck Yeager...so in the 1940's there was lots going on out at Edward's Air Force Base - breaking sound barriers and all.
John eventually in his adult life ended up living on the East Coast in Long Island, and got a job being a crew/manager for a guy that owned pleasure and racing yachts...one of which my cousin managed.
Even though John and Paul only had seen each other on a few occasions in our lives...they quickly became friends. John really liked Paul.
In 1997 - John called Paul asking him if he wanted to be a crew on the Yacht he managed, helping sail it from its winter home in Tortola back to NYC. John said the trip could take 9 to 20 days depending on the weather and all. Unfortunately Paul didn't have that amount of vacation time available - we had other plans already in the works. Paul wondered if John would ever ask him again. And thankfully in 1998, Paul finally got his chance. It was a thrill of a lifetime for Paul to sail & crew for John on the trip up the east coast. And Paul was lucky enough to crew a few more times, one trip in 2002 he crewed on the sail from NY to Antigua in January and then got to crew/sail it back in the spring.
Feb 4, 2012
On Facebook - a boutique hotel in Buffalo, NY named "The Mansion on Delaware Avenue"...is running a one day contest - you have to make the comment on their facebook page -"Tom doesn't know what he's missing" - and then tell all your friends to go to that MoDA facebook page, find your "Comment" and LIKE it. The person who gets the most likes by the beginning of half time for the Super Bowl on Sunday Feb 5 - on "their own" comment - wins a night at the Mansion and some extra goodies.
You see Tom Brady the QB for the New England Patriots - who will be playing in the Super Bowl - made a comment last week about the Hotels in Buffalo NY and that he didn't think they were very nice...Of course Buffalonians took offense at that - and so for fun the Mansion on Delaware is having this contest...not only to see how many people will visit their Facebook page, but also to have some fun with Tom, and show how many Likes people will get for even commenting "Tom doesn't know what he's missing" . So I of course had to enter, so far I've got about 6 likes - on my own comment. Let the most liked "commenter" win...I appreciate the chance to enter and "maybe" win a night at the Mansion, it was something my late husband and I had always wanted to do.
If you want to like my comment - before halftime of the Super Bowl visit
The Mansion on Delaware Avenue is a beautiful example of what can and should be done with some of the amazing homes that still exist in the "City" of Buffalo. I remember growing up and seeing all the Mansions that lined Delaware Avenue - it really was a place for the wealthy and they were Beautiful. Then in the late 50's and 60's - folks moved to the suburbs, and many could no longer afford to maintain them - so many were torn down, converted to offices or other uses. Delaware is still a nice Avenue to walk down. The hospital I worked at for 23 yrs was on one of the "Circles" that Frederick Olmstead designed in Buffalo, and the circle took you around "Gates Circle" but it was in the middle of "Delaware" Avenue. So I walked along on Delaware often...just looking at the "Mansions" that still remain. The surrounding streets of the neighborhood are pretty amazing too with grand homes as well.
So doing those few things...seem to have let the hours go by with not much to show for it. Tonight I'm catching up on some reading. But now its 4:30pm and I'm going to see what I feel like fixing for supper.
Jan 27, 2012
Read all about it
Find lots of photos to drool over via the PINs on Pinterest
Find recipes here
Jan 11, 2012
And I even love watching You've Got Mail over and over again...with its subplot of Book Stores big and "small"...Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are easy on the eyes too.
Here's a Cute video on YouTube that a couple put together: The Joy of Books: Enjoy