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An Attitude of Gratitude!

My little blog is celebrating the month of January. It’s cold and snowy here in America’s Dairyland but it’s Thank You month and I have a lot to be thankful for.  My friends at Grammarly are helping me throw a party.

What?  Write a post on your own blog about something or someone that you are thankful for. Link back to this post and to Grammarly, the world’s best grammar checker.

Why?  Because you can win an Amazon.com gift card.  Currently it is valued at $120 but the value increases by $10 for every thankful blogger that enters the contest!

When:  Between now and January 31.  The Random Number Generator will pick one lucky winner on February 1.


What are you waiting for?  Give thanks and win big!


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Military Spouse Quiz

Not in tune with the “tone” of my blog and probably not appealing to my “Niche”, but I love quizzes and memes and I know you’re dying to know this stuff (if you don’t already).
The Milspouse Quiz

1. How did you and your spouse meet?

We worked together at my first job in 1984 at a retail store.  I was there a grand total of about 3 weeks.    We ran into one another again eight years later and it gets a little weird for a bit and then it got awesome, but that’s another blog.

2. How old were you when you two met?

I was 16, he was 20.

3. How long have you been together?

We have been together 18 years, married 17 of them.

4. Where are you and your spouse originally from?

Sparta Wisconsin.

5. How did you feel about him joining the military?

He was a reservist when we started dating.  I’m proud of him, but I had nothing to do with it.  The AGR decision, when we made it, was an easy one.  It’s been a very good thing for our family.

6. Where did your spouse go to Basic Training?

Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  AIT was Ft. Lee, VA

7. Has your spouse ever been deployed?

Yes.  Kuwait and Iraq 2005-2006

8. Ever been to his promotion ceremony?

I pinned him for E-7, E-8 and E-9.  It’s an honor I’m glad he gives me.
9. How long have you been a military wife?

Since my ex was also military, 23 years.

10. Did you marry him before or after he joined?

8 years after.

11. How did your husband propose?

We had been living together and just knew we’d get married.  A friend sent us rings and when they arrived in the mail, he met me in the kitchen after work with them in his hand.  Kind of a non-proposal, but it’s his way and it works.

12. Where did you get married?

We were married in my mother-in-law’s living room.

13. How old were you two when you got married?

I was 26 and he was 30.

14. Did he wear his uniform on his wedding day?

No.  I’d like to renew our vows and get him in the monkey suit someday.  My gosh, he looks good with all his chest candy on.

15. Where are you and your spouse currently stationed?

A place we shall refer to as Fort McFun.  The worst Army base in the world.

16. Do you live on base?


17. How long were you married when you had to go through your first separation?

We were apart for AT every year.   So since before we were technically married.  He deployed just before our 11th anniversary.
18. What is your favorite base so far?

Of  the places we’ve been stationed:  Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Of those we’ve visited:  Schofield Barracks.

19. Do you think your spouse looks good in his uniform? l

Breathtaking.  Even in PFU 😉

20. Do you think military life is more advanced than civilian life?

I don’t understand this question.  Advanced?  No.  Do I think successful military families are more adaptable, inclusive and flexible?  Yes.

21. Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent?

Some.  Some I’d happily do without.  I love a good commissary and the insurance is nice.

22. Do you have a lot of a military wife friends?

Yes.  And I am thankful for every single one of them.  It does get hard sometimes because of politics and rank structures.  I always wonder now if people are nice to me because I’m me or because my husband is their husband’s boss (some of this is my own insecurity).  So most, but not all,  of my milspouse friends’ hubbies are not and have never been in his chain of command.

23. What is the hardest part of the military life?

We are an AGR family.  The hardest part is the huge differences in assignments.  No post to crappy post to huge (but crappy) post to awesome post to crappy post.  The second hardest is the differences in schools for the kids.  The emperor has had the same block of instruction three times because of school changes.

24. Do you own military wife stuff?

I abhor military wife stuff.  Our one thing is a “Home is Where the Army Sends Us” sign.  I kind of love that.
25. Do you support your spouse as a member of the military?

I support my husband as the man that he is.  The military is one part of that, certainly.  The whole package is pretty good.

Okay, meme-lovers, it’s your turn.  I’m looking at you Heather.

Made It Monday – First Edition

Purists may disagree with the first two of today’s crafty accomplishments but since it required considerable thought and effort on my part and I felt the same way I feel when I finish creating something when they were finished, they count.  I love it when I get to make the rules for my games, don’t you?

Last summer, my mom found a great deal on a collage frame and bought me one.  This sucker has something like 17 openings and is HUGE!  It started life leaned up against a wall in the house but my hubby hung it up to prevent it from getting broken.  since there were no photos in it except the ones on the printed sheet that came with the frame, it lovingly became known as “Cousin Lupe’s Quinceanera Pictures” because of the theme of these photos.

Visitors to my home would view the frame rather puzzled.  “When are you going to put pictures in that frame?”

“I can’t cover Cousin Lupe’s Quinceanera pictures!”

Fact of the matter is, the thing is a monster.  There is no ignoring it on the wall so I had a very clear vision in my mind of which pictures I wanted there.  Pictures it would take time to assemble, enlarge and arrange in this frame.  This weekend, I finally decided it was time to get it done.  A Walgreen’s order and an hour or so was all it took, but I am pleased with the finished result.

In case you’re curious, nearly every single member of our family is represented there – all my siblings and both of my parents, my grandparents on both sides and my step-father.  The only family members missing from DH’s side are his father and grandfather on his mom’s side.    I’m very happy with it.

The other project I finished was similar but much smaller.  I received a lovely frame from a friend and again needed to print photos to put in it.

These are pictures from the 3Day.  Silly that I didn’t have a picture of the dear friend who gave me the frame, isn’t it?

The last finished project(s) this week is this batch of Thank You Cards:

 If I were a true crafter, I would have all the details about the paper, etc., but all I can say is I used a Spellbinder, Sizzix (I think, it might be a Cuttlebug) embossing folders, the Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge, some ribbon and paper my mom had on hand to make these.  Oh and a Xyron.  Of course.

What were your big accomplishments this week?  Tell me in the comments!




























Thank You

This post is brought to you in honor of National Thank You Month in partnership with Grammarly, the World’s Most Accurate Grammar Checker.

In the past year, I have learned to embrace my craftiness.  Not crafty like sneaky, crafty like creative.  There, I said it.  I am creative and I enjoy it.  I can sew a bit, knit a bit, am learning to crochet and I really like playing with paper, glitter, stamps and glue to make cards.  Creating beautiful things lowers my stress levels by clearing my mind and soothing my spirit.  When I crave color, willpower is not necessary.

For that I am thankful.  I am thankful to my mother, first and foremost.  My mom has taught me too many lessons to list.  Since this is a post about creativity, I will thank her for teaching me to sew, showing me a trick here or there about playing with paper and for reminding me that no one is perfect.  Perfection is not the goal.  Quality is important.  Things should look hand made but hand made is not flawless.  It is human.  That is what makes it special.  My mom is also the influence that made me resourceful.  She can fix anything I can screw up.  I hope someday I possess that skill also.

I am thankful for my grandmothers too.  My mother’s mother was an amazing seamstress.  She made quilts, embroidered, and created the most exquisite Barbie clothes.  Of course as a stupid kid, I didn’t have the sense to save them.  In partnership with the woodworking skills of my Grandfather, my cousins, sisters and I all had the greatest doll beds of all time complete with quilted mattresses and comforters.

From my father’s mother, I seem to have inherited a love of yarn (along with an old-fashioned Norwegian stubborn streak ten miles wide).  From the earliest memory, I could crochet a chain.  My sisters and I would make them seemingly hundreds of  yards long.  Her weight maintenance plan was crochet.  “I figure if I’m sitting in front of the TV crocheting, I’m not sitting there eating.”  She knit as well.  My grandmother created the most wonderful afghans, lace doilies and this angel.  She has been atop my Christmas Tree for more years than I can recall.  Please pardon the abuse she takes because we move so much.  I’m afraid to try to re-shape her.

So, to all three of you; my mom, her mom, and my Dad’s mom, Thank You.  Thank you for sharing your time, your talents and your love of beautiful things with me.  I can only hope the projects I create will make you proud.

Now, blog readers, it’s your turn.  Grammarly is working with me to sponsor a Virtual Flash Mob of Gratitude!  What are you thankful for?  Who are you thankful for?  In honor of National Thank You Month, Grammarly is offering  a minimum of $100 Amazon.com gift card to one lucky blogger. Each blogger that enters increases the size of the prize by $10.    The contest begins today, January 2, 2012,  and ends on January 31.  A winner will be chosen on February 1!  For more information about how to enter, leave me a comment or e-mail lisa (at) LisaSharp(dot)com!


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