Friday, June 29, 2007

WWO - #2 Gradient Butterfly ;)

Sorry...offer closed.

Da Rulez:

* Place request in comment; one request per comment.

*Name change only. Due to the layout, tag for names with six letters or more may look a bit different than the, hanging letters will be resized smaller to fit, middle name will be set vertically, etc.

*Specify non-animated or animated (preview is non-animated; the animation is a surprise...if you dare)

*Offer will close on Wednesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Pacific Time (USA).

*Tags will be e-mailed as soon as reasonably possible...three days being a reasonable time.  If I encounter some unforeseeable delay, an entry to this journal will be posted to advise you of the status.  :)

Thank you for looking!!!

To all my American friends out there...keep it safe and sane this holiday!  Ya'll be careful out there!


And, is it just me or does anyone else think the pirate girl in my 'Offer Closed' tag below (see previous journal entry) bears a slight resemblance to Giada DeLaurentis from the Food Network?  I swear it looks just like her, if she wore a bandana that way!!!

Two Fer Tuesday -- Part Duex

Thank you everyone who submitted a request for the Good Morning tag in the previous entry!!!
I have all your names and have already mailed some out.  Please be patient, as we are heading to the mountains for the holiday weekend but my 'puter is going with me (we have a generator for power!) so when we return home on Wednesday, look for your tags in your e-mail!!!
Look for another WWO later today!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Two Fer Tuesday

Two entries in one day...what's up with that?  Almost like the old days, lol!

I've been in touch with Donna (This, That and Hockey) another PSP (Paint Shop Pro) enthusiast and she's convinced me to share my love of creating siggy tags with the AOL J-Land community.  So, without further ado, I offer my first Who Wants One (WWO)...hopefully one of many to come.  To make this easy for everyone, here's how it will work: name change only, offer open until I close it, tags will be e-mailed to requestor's, leave your name in a comment below. 

Sorry, offer is closed.

Thanks for looking!

It's Official! was bound to happen sooner or later.  Unavoidable. Undeniable. Unmistakably.


I have officially lost my mind.


So.....if any of my J-Land friends should come across it, please send it back my way.  Yeah, don't bother trying to keep don't want it, trust me!  Truly.  No, you don't and no, you won't.  It's been tried before and that's all I've got to say about that!



On a side note, having the link to my pics at Flickr embedded into journal editing pleases me...immensely!!!


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sometimes a storm...

I will write an entry about our trip to Georgia last month...I will, I will, I will!!!


While we were in Georgia basking in the warmth of family...and the Georgia sun...on Sunday the national news caught my attention and my thoughts immediately turned to home.  I'll write more on this later, but before another day passes I had to get this message posted to my journal.  The following comes from the University of Idaho, Office of the President.  Moscow, and the University, are about 30 miles north of my home.   


The Friday Letter
May 23, 2007

Dear Students, Employees and Friends of the University of Idaho and the City of Moscow,


 Late last Saturday night, a lone gunman with a criminal and psychiatric record fired upon Moscow buildings and the police officers and citizens who tried to respond – including one of our students, who came out of his off-campus residence to help. The gunman killed himself at the end of the rampage, but not before taking three others permanently from us, and badly wounding still others. And so our community has been violated in a tragic and very personal way, and the violation is compounded by the fact that the crime played out not only on downtown and residential streets not far from campus, but within the sanctuary of a church.


As the glare of the news media shines on Moscow, we note with sadness the harsh reality that today grips all communities large and small, urban and rural, business, academic and residential: we are not always safe, and we cannot always trust those around us. Yet we must summon the will not to waiver in our commitment to having a safe and secure community in which to live, learn, discover, work and prosper. Indeed, Moscow is a wonderful, welcoming and proud community. There is remarkable resolve, collectively and individually, to reclaim our town from this and other recent, aberrant, yet very real events.


We mourn the loss of University of Idaho alumnus, former University Night Watch security supervisor and Moscow Police sergeant, Lee Newbill ’82 – the first Moscow police officer to lose his life in the line of duty. Lee was well known and highly regarded by many students, faculty and staff. Official services are set for this Friday May 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome, which we have offered to our community for the afternoon. We also have opened our food service and residence halls – relatively unutilized during summer session – for the complimentary use of the law enforcement community as they gather. And the University, along with many others in the community, is providing counseling services to help the grieving process of those most deeply affected.


We express heartfelt sympathy and support for Lee’s wife Becky, who also is a member of the University of Idaho alumni family, and to Lee’s three adult children, parents, brother, three sisters, colleagues and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go as well to those who knew and loved two other Moscow citizens who were killed – Crystal Hamilton and Paul Bauer – and to Officer Bill Shields, Deputy Sheriff Brannon Jordan and University of Idaho senior Peter Husmann, who are recovering from wounds received.


 I commend our multi-agency law enforcement community, city leadership, Emergency Medical Services professionals, and physicians and staff at Gritman Medical Center who provided vital services throughout the unfolding and aftermath of this tragic event.


  A few final thoughts for us to consider as we move forward together from difficult times:


First, let us retain perspective through knowledge of facts. One hard fact of both recent cases in Moscow, and the one in Blacksburg, Virginia, is that whenever and wherever mental illness combines with lethal weapons, we all live at heightened risk. Alcohol also may have helped fuel the violence last weekend. However, another fact is that historically there is a very low incidence of violent crime within our community, which supports the assertion of city, University and law enforcement officials – still strongly held today – that violence of this nature is indeed an anomaly in Moscow.


Second, it is critically important that we retain our mutual bond as good, forthright and resilient, yet sadly sometimes fragile and imperfect, humans. We are caring people, living in a very special and close-knit community – one in which we look out for and support each other in good times and bad. I know that we will continue to do just that. I see it happening already, in our outreach to those directly and indirectly affected by this week’s news, in Moscow and beyond.


My closing thought today is a recognition of the many blessings we enjoy. Our world today is baffling, frightening, complex, maddening, bewildering, and many corners of it are faced with horrific strife and turmoil. It also can be an intriguing, welcoming, supportive, loving and kind world that offers opportunities, sustenance and challenges. Strong communities in general, and universities in particular, provide beacons of hope for a safe, secure and prosperous, non-violent world. We must remain firm in this hope and aspiration.


Tim White


Reprinted with permission.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Blessed Arrival

On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 12:45 p.m. PDT, wee Jordynn arrived safely into her mother and father's loving arms.  Mother and baby are well, everyone is very happy, especially big sister Dilynn who announced "I got to hold my baby sister!" to everyone in the hospital corridor.

Just a few weeks ago her mother observed, "Dilynn has brought us so much joy, can we ever love another child as much as we love her?"

I don't think that will be a problem.