Out from the fog of HTML coding and into the light.

Man, I have to tell you.  Doing “Hard Code“, as I’ve just learned is the term, is really an all consuming thing.

I talked with a tech person at my Website Hosting Service.  The fault with the “Invalid Template!” and the subsequent failure of my “Home Page” was all in the file name I had given it.

When I created my website from scratch last year I had a file named “index.html”.  That is a standard for any website that is created.  They all have to have an “Index” file.  Since I was making a whole new website I thought I’d have to name it a bit different so I added the acronym of my website to the index file.  Making it “indexmiaf.htm”.  THAT was my whole problem.

The remedy was to rename the file to “index.htm” and then go in to every file that referenced the Home Page and change the file name as well.

After that little change everything is working as it should.  See, I told you.  A little knowledge for me is Dangerous!  Oh well, at least it was a simple fix.

Joe has a doctor appointment this afternoon and he is still home.  I’m taking the time off from doing my website by getting back in touch with my friends and fellow bloggers.  Answering their comments and leaving some of my own.  The madness has abated so I can now relax and enjoy the rest of the process of getting my website completed over the next few days.

Going back through my YouTube videos to select them for various spots in my website has been a revelation.  Man are they bad or what?!  I need to make some updated versions minus the “boob shots”.  Terrible job I’ve done in those videos.  Learning curves are pretty steep sometimes.  At least for me they are!

One other thing I learned was how much fun I had when I did a lot of creating and doing tutorials.  I’m going to get back into that kind of thing more.  I’ve lost my focus and the joy of creating by turning my life into a BUSINESS.  I do want to still make this a viable business but I want to be able to enjoy the process.  Over the past year I’ve lost the joy of it all and strayed from my path.  It is time to get back on the road and out of the weeds 😀

I will alert you all to new content on my website as it happens.  Tutorials will be included there in a new section.  That will require another several days of coding to make that happen.  I like the idea of having control over my website by adding items to it and changing things as I need to.  Control being the operative word here.  I’m a freak sometimes.

So I’m off to finish getting dressed and ready for today’s bout of errands and doctor visits.  I won’t be posting anything tomorrow.  I’m going to Dallas with Joe to get his trucks hooked up and ready for him to get back on the road.  I  have March and April to get myself back on the right track before it is time for me to head back out for another six months on the road.  I’m going to make the best of the time I have left at home and get the fun put back in my crafting.

Everyone enjoy your day.

My New Website Is Up!

I have one glitch right now.  The “Home Page” is a bit wonky at first go.  I have to wait for a tech person to come in on Monday at my Web Hosting Service to help get that tweaked.

Go to Message In A Fold and click on any of the Navigation Buttons  on the left side, then click on the “Home” button and you will see the Home Page as it  has been created by me.

Now this old girl has had a bit of “Lipstick and Mascara” applied to her.  She has a hitch in her “Get Along” at first but she works fine.

Most of the content is recycled from my older website version.  So I guess I can lay claim to “NEW AND IMPROVED” :D.

This has been one heck of a battle, let me tell you.

I am very proud to say that all of the navigation links have been created by me from photos of  a flower that I made in my very own craft room.  I’ve then taken that flower to Photoshop Elements and worked some magic on it to be the links to the various pages in my website.  NOW I’m “Dangerous”.  I have been gifted with a little bit of knowledge of Photoshop Elements and I can wreck havoc there :D.  For me….a little knowledge is always dangerous 😀

As you troll through you will find a teeny flower with the word “Top”.  That is the button to click on to go back to the top of the page you are looking at.

The “Header”, as I’ve already stated is my very own creation.  It is part of one of the belly bands I made for the Christmas gift boxes for our friend, Tim.

Right now, I’ve had the sight of my website everyday from about 5:30 a.m. to well past 10:00 at night for the past two weeks.  Clicking my computer keys to create this work.  I kind of know why the “geeks” are mostly found with soda pop and potato chips all the time.  To much coding, check to see if the coded stuff works right, then going back to fix what doesn’t work.  I’m just a bit sick of looking at it.

I have a few sections I need to work on and you will find that they are “Under Construction” and will be for another few days until I get them fully fleshed out.  The “GIFTS” button will take you to an error message page.  I forgot to put the “Under Construction” page in that little spot.

I don’t have a “Twitter Badge” nor a “Facebook Badge” on my site yet and they will come in the next couple of weeks.

Lynn, I’m sorry that I didn’t respond to your comment on my last post.  I was “up to my arse in alligators” with this CSS and XHTML stuff.  Shelly, I haven’t responded to your comment either.  I have no idea why Lynn’s comment didn’t get automatically approved as Shelly’s did.

Joe can testify to the fact that he got his ear chewed off each time he called to interrupt a coding session.

I am now a Certificate carrying CSS and XHTML person – whatever that is called.  Please, don’t ask me to build you a website.  Those people have to totally love this stuff like we do our crafting.  I can’t say that I love coding or doing HTML.  Not at all!  I can at least get my two certificates framed – last year’s HTML and this years CSS and XHTML – and put them on my wall.

Maybe I’ll venture into the next bit of Foolishness and take a course on adding a Forum to this website next winter.  I need that long of time to pass before I get another hair brained idea :D.

If you have any suggestions about items you would like to see in my website, leave a comment with any ideas and I will consider them.

Next, I need to leave a link to my website at the computer course site so I can be assured of having completed the class and turned in all my work.  Joe’s home for a couple days.  I won’t be coding from pre dawn to dark over the next few days so don’t count on many change or additions right away.

Hope you like it.  Mostly I just HOPE it works in your browser and you can see it without a lot of trouble.

Have a great week everyone.

The air has turned purple!

Yes folks.  The air in my home has gone from blue to purple!

Where did that phrase “The air is blue in there” come from?  I remember as a child hearing the adults use that phrase when they were a bit upset by the strong words used by another adult.  So I have determined that “blue air” means swear words are floating in the air.

Anyone that has a problem with a person swearing would be beating feet into another state by now had they been in my home the past few days.

Last year, about this time, I had a swearing fest similar to this year.  Last year I took an online class to learn about HTML and create my very own website.  That was a trial.  This year I have decided that since I conquered HTML then I would move on to learning CSS and XHTML.

Trying to figure out what goes where in this newest thing is a real challenge.  Programming!

I found my old Photoshop Elements file and thought I’d mess in it to create a header.  I have not cracked that software open since I got it in 2007 and couldn’t figure it out then.  After about an hour of clicking on buttons to no avail, then surf the internet for some kind of helpful instruction – another two hours – I did find one site that helped me to get a start at it.

After about six hours of work, countless “F” bombs floating around the room, several “sh*ts”, and quite a number of “damn-its” I finally  had success at creating my header.  Only to find that it was too long and too wide.  More swearing involved.  It did show up on the mock up of my website Home Page though.

In my case, a little knowledge is DANGEROUS!  Trying to figure out the best way to change the size proportions to fit in the space allotted for the header in my Home Page I corrupted the header file some how….that I wouldn’t find out until today.

All I can tell you is that it was there one time and gone the next.  It went on a “Walk About” – love that phrase and thank you Lynn 😀

While the header was in the right place and was showing up, albeit too big, I worked on the rest of my page.  There are two columns to my Home Page.  The left column will be for links to other pages in my site as well as “badges” I will create in Photoshop (don’t hold your breath for too long) if I can figure that one out.

No where in my class instruction, thus far, has stated the particular order each element HAS to be coded to make it all work.  I started with the main body of the page.  That worked 😀

When I added in the sidebar information for the left column that information went to the very bottom left of the page into the footer and wormed its way up the left side.  Not high enough to meet with the top of the main area.  That was when my frustration level was beginning to go over the top.

I decided to work on a different area and leave that one alone for now.  I went to work on the footer area.  The “F” bombs were whistling through the air and impacting with force all around me.   The footer moved its cute little self up on the page to just under the header.

Try as I might, cutting and pasting in different areas that footer was staying up near the top and was not budging.

Leave the footer alone and work on the left column.  I have found that the left column HAS to be coded before the main body is put in.  I read in one of the resource articles supplied by the instructor of the course that computer codes is read clockwise.  So……header first, main body second, footer third, left column fourth, then back to the header.

NOPE!  Header first, left column second, main body third, then the footer.  So much for clockwise!  After I got that figured out my Home Page was coming together.  Minus a header image.  Drat and double drat!  And the footer was now residing at the top of the main body information.  It had dropped down from just under the header though so progress was being made.  CRAPAZOID!

I gave up and went to bed.  Put a little distance between me and programming for a while.

This morning I tackled the wayward header image.  That is when I found the file to be corrupted and I had to create a new one.  I can show you my  header 😀

My Header

My Header

I created the first one from reading and following along a site I found in a Google search of “creating a header in photoshop elements”.  This one is way too big and I need to resize it…..if I can figure that out.  I really like this one but it is just too big.

My first header

My first header

Other than way too much black from the darker photos I like this one.  So you won’t be seeing this one on my website just yet.  I  need to hurl a few more “F” bombs and turn the air blue to get this thing lightened up and the “Message In A Fold” in a white color and much larger.

Time to get back to creating with CSS to get another page started.  WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKIN’!!!!

 

Embossing Powder inventory

I don’t have much of this stuff.  About the same amount as my glitter.

I have the obligatory clear, white, black, gold, and silver.  Like the glitter this stuff doesn’t get used much.  I’m hoping to amend that in the future.  Hmmmm, seems like a good idea for a lesson for Heather 😀

I have this sewing stamp set from Stampin’ Up! – “Sew Suite”.  It has an extra rubber piece that has been separated from the “Button Card” stamp.  I’ve been using that punch out piece with VersaMark and the Heat & Bond for the glitter bit.  So I’ve used it once again for the VersaMark and the embossing powders.

Sew Suite stamp set

Sew Suite stamp set

This is how I’ve been using it.  Stamp it with VersaMark then cover with the Heat & Bond or the embossing powder – works well for both.  Then cover with the powder and heat set it.

Blank from the Sew Suite set and embossing powder

Blank from the Sew Suite set and embossing powder

Once the embossing powder is heat set then I use my 1″ circle punch to cut out my sample.

1" circle punch to cut out sample

1" circle punch to cut out sample

Doing this project has reintroduced me to the products I have at hand.  I have three containers of embossing powder from “Personal Stamp Exchange“.  I can’t find a website for them 😦

One of the powders is called “Turquoise Tapestry”.  This stuff is beautiful!  It also has a texture to it, similar to the texture of fine sand paper.

Turquoise Tapestry

Turquoise Tapestry

I also have “Ochre Tapestry” from Personal Stamp Exchange.

Ochre Tapestry

Ochre Tapestry

And I have “Desert Tapestry”.

Desert Tapestry

Desert Tapestry

I bought these from eBay way back in 2006 or early 2007.  I guess it is  high time that I find something to use this stuff on.  One note I found on Google, during my search, is that Personal Stamp Exchange has disappeared.  That is a shame because this embossing powder is, by far, the most interesting stuff I have in my small supply.

While Joe has been home I have not been able to do much of anything so I steal time to do little things.  He will be leaving today to deliver the trucks he picked up in California to where they belong in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Then he will be back briefly Saturday then off once again to California.

I will take advantage of his absence to get things done…..like mail off Lynn’s long overdue package of her winnings from the Writing Contest.  Each time I’ve had to go out and run an errand with Joe I forget that thing.  It sits on a stool near my front door.  All ready to be mailed.  I just have to go to the post office and purchase postage.  I’ve got the thing filled out for Customs and everything.

Getting so frustrated with myself for not getting this done I have resorted to putting up sticky notes on my bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, and the front door to remind me to get that package mailed off to Lynn 😦  Next I have to find a box the right size to mail off Tim’s Post-Its!

My website building class on CSS and XHTML WAS going well until I hit a snag yesterday and it has all come crashing down.  I can’t seem to get the lesson done right and I’m having a terrible time with it.  Distractions have really impeded  my concentration.

Truthfully, this is all my own fault.  I have no one to blame for any of this except myself.  Joe is a grown man and can take care of himself.  I have no idea why I feel the need to “babysit” him while he’s home!  It’s not like he is going to get into something that could harm him….like a child would.

We’ve been together for so long and old habits are hard to break.  Spending 24/7 with each other…working side by side every day….I just can’t seem to get myself in gear when he comes home for a few days.

Taking the winter months off and leaving Joe to run the highways by himself I’m kind of crazy.  While he’s gone I’m up early and get a lot of things done until late at night.  When he’s home all my dedication and workaholic tendencies go by the wayside.  I really need to get a grip!

Okay, time to get him packed and ready to head back out for another couple days.

Rubber stamping and water coloring techniques.

Heather is getting to be more familiar with the process of scrapbooking.  I figured it was about time to introduce her to rubber stamping.  I brought out two of my Stampin’ Up! sets to have her create the embellishments for the pages we did yesterday.

One set was “Fun and Fast Notes” and the other was “Big Bold Birthday”.  I think the Fun and Fast Notes is still available but I think the Big Bold Birthday  has been discontinued.  I’m not sure.

All scrapbooks HAVE to have a birthday page or two 😀  Heather told me she will be getting photos of the boys birthday celebrations.  She won’t be present for the parties so I’m glad to hear the foster families are going to share the events with her.  Time will come when her boys will be back home with her and she will have a lifetime of birthdays to celebrate with them in her own home 😀

These are the pages she made yesterday.  They turned out so cute!

Birthday layouts

Birthday layouts

It started with having her stamp the birthday cake from the Fun and Fast Notes onto some Whisper White card stock.

Birthday stamp from Fun & Fast Notes

Birthday stamp from Fun & Fast Notes

Then I gave her a pallet of sparkly watercolors I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I let her select the colors she wanted to use on the stamped images.  She stamped two of them – one for each boy.

Sparkly watercolors

Sparkly watercolors

Coloring in the cake

Coloring in the cake

One finished

One finished

Then it was to stamp and color the second image.

Stamping the second image

Stamping the second image

While she was occupied coloring the second image I cut the first one from the strip of paper then cut out the image.  Heather applied some Krylon Gold from a paint stick she acquired from a yard sale 😀

Notice the concentration on her face.  I think it is hilarious when people have some “tongue action” going on as they work 😀  I wonder if that helps? 😀  It is so cute I have to chuckle, even now 😀

Edging the piece with gold paint

Edging the piece with gold paint

While Heather was busy with the second image I cut a yellow mat for the first image and had her layer the two together.

Yellow mat behind image

Yellow mat behind image

Then I cut some black card stock for a tag and had her mount the layered image on the “tag”.

"Tag" completed for one embellishment

"Tag" completed for one embellishment

Another yard sale find was some brads.  I had to incorporate that find in her work.  I used my Cropadile to cut the holes for the insertion of the brads.  This small bit adds to the look of a tag for her brightly colored pieces.

Brads added to the "tags"

Brads added to the "tags"

Next were balloons.  Have to have balloons for a festive layout 😀  From the Big Bold Birthday set I had Heather stamp balloon images on some Whisper White card stock using Real Red, Brilliant Blue, and Summer Sun Classic inks from Stampin’ Up!.

Balloons stamped on card stock

Balloons stamped on card stock

Then I gave Heather the task of doing the “Fussy Cutting”.  There are some things I get to pass off on to someone else to do 😀 all in the interest of teaching 😉

Fussy Cutting the balloons

Fussy Cutting the balloons

Of course, the balloons had to have some sparkle applied to them.  I had Heather add the watercolors to the balloons in about the same color as the ink.

Watercoloring over the inked image

Watercoloring over the inked image

Now it is time to begin the process of putting it all together.  In the large stash from Maureen, Heather found a striped piece of brightly colored card stock and a piece of matching striped vellum.  I cut the both at 4 inches by 11 inches.  Two of these I cut for her.

Heather is mounting the striped card stock to her base page.

Attaching the striped paper to the base

Attaching the striped paper to the base

Next she attached the vellum over the striped paper.  The vellum was turned sideways to make the final print of the paper look like a plaid.  Super idea she had.

Attaching the vellum

Attaching the vellum

Next was to add tails to the balloons once they were secured to the base.  Heather used another gold pen found at a yard sale.  She really found some great stuff while out hunting around.

Adding tails to the balloons

Adding tails to the balloons

What party would be complete without those noisy tooter things.  Since they are in the Big Bold Birthday stamp set I figured Heather could do with stamping a few of them on her page.

Stamping a noise maker image on the layout

Stamping a noise maker image on the layout

Then last was to color in the mouth piece of the noise maker.  Heather chose to use her gold pen once again.  Keeping continuity 😀 is a good thing.

Coloring in the mouth piece of the noise maker

Coloring in the mouth piece of the noise maker

Then the final touch was to add the sentiment “Make A Wish” from the Big Bold Birthday set.  Heather placed the sentiment on the photo mats.  Before I forget, the running on “happy birthday” pieces are from the Big Bold Birthday set as well.  They are the two narrow strips backed with black card stock.

Layouts finished

Layouts finished

Her layouts from last week are finished as well.  They are just so cute!  The little paper dolls I had her create during her last visit and having her take these home to complete.  Heather brought them with her yesterday to show me what she had done.  Just way too cute! 😀

Last week's layouts finished

Last week's layouts finished

Heather’s scrapbook is getting filled.  She is learning about this fun way of making memories for a lifetime and I’m learning a lesson in not being a “Control Freak” and perfectionist.

What am I going to do next week?!  So far we have covered measuring and cutting for Photo Mats in the first lesson.  And we did some photo cropping by cutting the images down to smaller sizes.

Measuring and cutting photo mats

Measuring and cutting photo mats

The next lesson was to get down to the boys eye level and take photos from a lower position.

Getting at eye level of the subject

Getting at eye level of the subject

Last week was using die cuts and stencils for page embellishments.  This week was using rubber stamps and watercolors.

I think next week I’ll have her learn about page pockets.  I think it is time for Heather to focus on her feelings of the boys and write them each a letter.  Put down in writing how much she misses them and enjoys the small bit of time she gets to be with them each week.

The purpose of this is when her boys get old enough to read and understand the events of their life they will know that she did everything in her power to get them home with her and the struggles she has gone through to do just that.  This is a bit of their personal history as a family and it is important enough to document it.

Okay, back into my room to clean up the mess I have in there and get some things done.

Ink and glitter inventory.

Time to do a little more towards getting my products inventoried.  Thankfully I don’t have a huge amount of ink pads and glitter so this task was done in two days with just a few hours each day.

For both the glitter and the ink pads I used a pad of index cards purchased from my local office supply store.

Index cards

Index cards

I used Stampin’ Up!’s “Heat & Bond” along with VersaMark.  I found a plain rubber block, the inset from one of the sewing stamp sets, attached it to a clear block then inked it with VersaMark then stamped on the back side of one of the index cards.

Next I poured the Heat & Bond over the stamped image on the index card, tapped off the excess then heated the product with  my heat gun until it became shiny.  This only takes a few seconds.  Don’t linger with the heat or you will dry the adhesive and nothing will stick to it.

Once I had the product heated and the sticky stuff created through the process I sprinkled glitter liberally over the stamped part.  Then I added more heat from the heat gun to make the glitter stick to the stuff.  There will not be any fallout from the glitter as it is encased in a sheet protector later.

Using a 1″ circle punch to cut out the glitter sample to be attached to the inventory sheet.

1 inch circle punch

1 inch circle punch

For the chunky glitter from Stampin’ Up! I didn’t trust the Heat & Bond so I spread some glue on an index card then liberally sprinkled the chunky glitter.  Waited for the glue to dry fully to make sure the glitter would hold.

Chunky glitter

Chunky glitter

I had to use the circle punch twice to cut this sample from the index card.  Punch once from the top side.

Punch once from the top side

Punch once from the top side

Then I took the index card out and turned it to the other side and fed it back in the punch.  Lined up the marks from the previous punch then pressed it a second time to get the sample cut out.

Sample punched out

Sample punched out

This is all the glitter I have.  Glitter inventory sheet completed.

Glitter inventory sheet

Glitter inventory sheet

My ink collection is fairly small.  Mostly involve the small Spot Stamps from Stampin’ Up! in their older collections.

Ink spots

Ink spots

Inking up a small stamp with the “Spot” pad….

Ink the stamp

Ink the stamp

Stamp the image on the back side of an index card…..

Stamp image on back of index card

Stamp image on back of index card

I used a 15/16″ square punch to get my ink color sample…..

15/16" square punch

15/16" square punch

I used double sided sticky tape on the back side of the sample……

Double sided sticky tape

Double sided sticky tape

Then I attached the sample to one of the PDF’s I downloaded a couple weeks ago.

Attach to inventory sheet

Attach to inventory sheet

Then write the name of the ink in the box for that particular sample.

If I found a reinker for any of the pads I placed it in the sample box until I finished with the set.  Then I put a “*R” within the sample box with a notation at the bottom of the sheet indicating that “*R” indicated a REFILL for that color.

The few Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads I own were a snap to do.  I think I have a total of six (6).  Plus I made a sheet for my odd assortment of single pads that I don’t know how long I’ve had around or who the manufacturer is.

Embossing powders will be my next foray into the inventory stuff.  That will be for another day.  Heather will be coming over this afternoon for  her next lesson.  I’m thinking of having her create a page for the boy’s birthday photos.  Surely she will be having some photos to put on those pages some day soon.

A bit of rubber stamping and I think some playing around with some of my sparkly water color paints.  I think that would be a fun lesson.  Rubber stamping and water coloring.  I’ll show you the results tomorrow after we play for a while 😀

 

Poker Post-Its are FINISHED!

Man does it feel good to see the little pile of those things all finished.  Creating the boxes are what is left and I’ll knock those out probably Sunday.  Joe is home today and we have a lot of running around to do.

Gladys (our work pickup) has an intermittent problem.  When it gets really cold she doesn’t like to start.  But it is not all the time.  It is like somewhere in the fuel lines air gets in after she’s sat for a while.  The fuel drains from one line or more then has to be primed to get the fuel flowing back again.

Gladys rocks back and forth as the engine does a surging thing trying to equalize.  We’ve had her in the shop numerous times and the problem eludes all the technicians.  There are other things Joe needs to do today so my day will be spent mostly away from home.

Okay to the Post-Its 😀  You’ve seen the “Welcome To Las Vegas” and the “Poker Face“.  Here is “It’s Only A Gambling Problem When You Lose”.

Gambling Problem

Gambling Problem

This might be a funny saying but sadly it has become quite a major problem here in the US.  We have a casino about 5 miles from our home.  I don’t go there much.  I have a tale to tell of my own gambling addiction I had.

We used to live in Beaver, UtahMesquite, Nevada was about three hours away and Las Vegas, Nevada was about five hours away.  Overton, Nevada is close to Mesquite.  We – Joe really – would deliver repaired transformers to Overton Power after we fixed them and sometimes I’d go along with him.  The kids and I would pile in our old pickup and stay a weekend in Mesquite.  Sometimes it would just be Joe and I.

I was so excited and stricken by the lights of the slot machines and I’d hear the bells clanging when someone hit the Jackpot.  I’d play the nickle slots because the quarter slots were too rich for me.  Joe gave me $20 one afternoon to go play the machines while he went to the Black Jack tables.  I had some luck at the slots but not much.  After about four hours I went back to our hotel room to find Joe there.  I asked him for more money and he gave it to me with the admonition that was all the money we had left and we still had to get home.

Yes, you know where this is going don’t you.  I lost that last $20.  I was so scared to go back to the room and tell Joe what I had done.  Back then we had only been married for about 4 years and I was still waiting for him to beat me.  I knew that this time he’d beat me for sure so I was not going to the room.

Holding the last four nickles of the $20 that meant getting home or not, the time was about 4:30 in the morning.  I hated myself for being so weak and getting caught up in the winning.  Sitting at a machine in the main floor area of the casino I heard my name called out over the loudspeaker.  A jolt of fear hit me and I took off from the main part and headed to the very back corner and sat at one machine that was surrounded by lots of taller machines.  My name was called again.  OMG.  I was sick with fear and dread as I huddled in my hiding spot.  Once in a while I’d pop my head up to see if the Security Guards were coming for me.

One peek over the top of the machines and I saw Joe.  Standing about 10 feet away with a look on his face that I’d never seen before.  It was anguish and fear written on his face, not anger.  He stood at the entrance way with his back straight, head erect, eyes focused and scanning for me.  His arms were flexed and  his hands were balling into fists then opening up to some kind of rhythm of their own.  He saw me trying to hide from him.  Joe then kind of wilted.  Almost like he was going to fall to the floor in a puddle.  He staggered a bit to a wall and just when I knew this time would be the time – public or not I’d get beat.  Joe leaned against the wall, covered his face with his hands, and rocked back and forth for a bit.

Okay.  He found me.  Now it was time to face the  music and just survive the trip  home.

Joe stood away from the wall, shaking.  He was laughing!  He was laughing at me.  OMG what the heck does this mean?!  I steadied myself for some harsh words, a strong grip on my arm, and being drug from the casino to await my fate.

Joe walked over to me.  Opened his arms and told me to come to him.  Afraid, I did as I was bid.  He wrapped me in his giant arms and held me close.  He was laughing and had tears running down his face.  I didn’t know what to think of this development.  Joe continued to hold me and then tell me that he was so scared that I had been kidnapped and hauled off somewhere that he would never find me again.    He had concocted various scenarios in his head of having to hunt people down and kill them for having taken me from him.

This was a love that I had never experienced before.  I still was waiting for the beating.  22 years later I’m just about over waiting for the beating.  It didn’t come then and it hasn’t come since.

Anyway, that is my one experience with a Gambling Addiction.  The slot machines lost all their lure after that night.  Oh and the money to get home.  Joe told me later that he knew I’d be asking him for more money so he hid the “Get Home” money in a different place so I wouldn’t find it.

On to the rest of my Post-Its.  The next one is “Where Did All My Money Go….Vegas”.  The photo I found on the internet is pretty appropriate for this one and my gambling tale of woe.

Where did all my  money go?

Where did all my money go?

The lights of Las Vegas are not only spectacular on the outside of the buildings.  There are tons of bright lights inside the casinos at the various machines that lure a person in.  I still feel a trill of excitement when I walk into a casino but not the crazy all consuming rush I once had.  I still keep to only spending $20.  When that is gone then I’m done.

The laser die cuts from Scrap Your Trip, if you remember from the video I put up a couple days back.  I had two (2) of the “Welcome To Las Vegas”, two (2) of the “Poker Face”, two (2) of the “It’s Only A Gambling Problem When You Lose”.  I have only one (1) of the “Where Did All My Money Go” for a total of seven (7) which Tim had asked for.

I created one just for Tim.  Poor guy is a WORKAHOLIC!  He gets in around 7:30 every morning and leaves most nights after 10 p.m.  Sometimes staying until well past midnight.  He goes in on Saturday and Sunday as well.  Occasionally he will take a day off and go have some fun but he mostly works.

Tim is single and has been for a number of years.  He longs to have a relationship but doesn’t have time for one.  I asked him what kind of woman he was attracted to and his answer was pretty much a typical guy.  A form fitting dress, high heels, and cleavage will get his attention every time.

I found some suitable images of women playing Poker.  The extra cleavage with near fallout is hidden behind the barrel of the pen.  And I’ve also put my own little bit on the base 😀

Tim's "Dream Table"

Tim's "Dream Table"

I could not resist adding the elderly ladies to the base 😀  I know….I’m BAD 😀

Dream interrupted

Dream interrupted

Okay.  I’m done blathering for today.  It is time to get my face on and get about today’s errands.  Hope you all have a great weekend.

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