Joe had to sell his trailer.

Joe getting his work trailer ready to sell

Joe getting his work trailer ready to sell.

I posted this photo on Facebook last week, saying this made me sad.  My family and friends all reminded me that Joe loves me more than the trailer.  Which is very true and I am blessed to have him as my husband.

Still, it is hard to see Joe’s baby going away.  You see, this trailer was hand built by Joe.  He knows “Martha” as intimately as he knows me.

Joe chose the steel for her frame.  He chose a specific expanded steel that was welded into the trailer to securely hold our pickup for hundreds of miles.  Created very specific drawings for the steel pins that connect the two pieces together.  Every joint had been designed to move a particular way and the support pieces had to be a specific hardness.  The hydraulics running through the trailer were ordered by Joe with their own set of specifications.  All the electrical wiring was tied together where necessary, clipped to the frame in other places, heat shrunk at connections to keep out the elements.

For 10 years, Martha and Joe have been near constant companions.  He knows her quirks, creaks, groans, and what to do when she is having a tantrum.  And she does have them once in a while.  Martha has knocked him in the head several times.  Never hard enough to make him bleed, just enough to put a knot on his head.

Today, Martha is leaving us.

Transfer of ownership today

Transfer of ownership today

She is going to be in the care of another man that appreciates machinery as much as Joe does.  We are both confident that Martha has found a good home and she will help this man to keep a roof over his head and food on his table as she did for us.

The money received for the sale of Joe’s trailer will go towards our living expenses while I am being treated for my breast cancer.  The paperwork is going through the systems of the hospital, doctors, and clinics for my ongoing care.

Our daughter has created a GoFundMe Campaign to raise money from donors for my medical needs that will not be covered by the programs being put into place now for me.  If you wish to contribute you may do so by clicking on this link to “Leslie’s Pink Battle Brigade“.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.

I confess, I feel quite awkward about  asking for your help.  I don’t ask for help.  I just figure out a way to make things happen.  This is a time when the situation is way beyond my control and I have Joe to think about.  As well as my adorable grandchildren.  My loving children, too.

In point of fact, it was my loving children that informed me they were going to create the GoFundMe Campaign and I was not allowed to refuse it.

There is a link to the right of this page.  A photo of me with one of my granddaughters in my lap.  Clicking on that photo will take you to the “Leslie’s Pink Battle Brigade” if you wish to donate at a later time.  This is the only time you will get this request from me on this matter.

To all of you who have contacted me on YouTube and Facebook.  Each of you that have given me your love, prayers, hugs, encouragement, and support I cannot thank you enough.  I have been overwhelmed by the love for several days now and am very appreciative of each of  you.

Thank you –

Leslie

Last of the Thank You cards.

I’ve finally finished the 12 cards I set out to make while home this time.  Well….they are not quite finished just yet.  I still have to put a piece of white card stock inside most of the cards for a place to write a note and I need to make envelopes.  I’ll do that later this afternoon.

For the first card I used a metal piece from the Hodge Podge Hardware set from Stampin’ Up!  I don’t think this particular set is available any longer, but it still might be.

Hodge Podge from Stampin' Up!

Hodge Podge  Hardware from Stampin’ Up!

Of all the cards I’ve recently made this one is the one I really like the best.

Card #8

Card #8

Into the last set of cards cut using one of the Club Scrap Cardmaking Idea Deck things which I’ve chosen the brown and turquoise paper.  I’ve still stuck with the two stamp sets throughout this series of 12 cards.  This time I’ve added ribbon to some and one I’ve used a border punch.

This next card I thought I’d use glitter on only three of the flowers.  That looked pretty bad!  Instead of tossing the piece I brought out the mica water colors and filled the flowers in.

Card #9

Card #9

Oh, look.  I forgot to color in one of the flowers 😦  Oh well it’s still all good.

The next card I brought out my turquoise embossing powder to use on the flourish stamp.

Card #10

Card #10

The next card my creativity took a trip, my “mojo” got distracted, I began to run out of steam 😉  I attached ribbon to each of the strips cut from the card stock and punched the sentiment using a decorative punch from Stampin’ Up!

Card #11

Card #11

The final card I used a border punch on the last two pieces of cuts from the card stock.  Hmmmm, that thing I had Heather do on one of her cards would fit in good right about now.  I used a white gel pen to make tiny dots following along the scallops of the border punch on both the brown and the turquoise.  A piece of ribbon was added to the little set and called it done.

Card #12

Card #12

Now I have 12 “Thank You” cards in varying degrees of feminine and masculine that I can mail or hand out while I’m on the road.  Just in case I need one, or more, I will have them and won’t have to daily remind myself to find a store for the needed cards.

Who wants to place a bet on me remembering I have them?  Any takers? 😉  I think the question really should be me remembering WHERE I stashed them so they won’t get folded, spindled, and mutilated in my purse or my day book case.

If there is anything to take away from this brief stint of card making it is that you don’t have to have a lot of “stuff” to make cards.  I’ve done these with two stamp sets and various embellishments, supplies, punches, and what-nots.  Also, having the card stock cut in a particular way before hand you can get creative with your supplies and tools to make each card different and unique.

A new week has begun.  Hope you enjoy each day of it.

Leslie