Runs with LOVING Scissors
Hello, Penny Black friends. Here we are, the eve of Valentine’s Day. I hope your day includes love and friendship and a Valentine or two.
I’ve been sorting and organizing a lifetime collection of photos lately. That is easily said, not so easily accomplished. Every picture is a memory. Included in the large totes of photos are report cards, kids’ artwork, newspaper clippings, greeting cards and even a few baby outfits. Everything reminded me of the love that a family shares.
I gathered a few items and arranged them in this little collage. There’s a little outfit from one of the babies; a newspaper article about my return to college as a senior citizen; a song written for me by Mr. RWS, a greeting card from a special friend and one from my children…and letters. One of the letters is from a son in college; one from a son in Navy boot camp; and one from the daughter living in Amsterdam for her job. I was thrilled to find these treasures and repack them in a more loving way.
For this week’s cards I used stamps and dies from Penny Black’s Love Always release. Some of them are pure Valentines and others are suitable for any loving occasion.
These Fancy Heart cards are the same, but different. The heart on the left card is the positive heart diecut; the card on the right is composed of the little pieces that are normally discarded (or scattered on your craft room floor). Because I put double sided crafting tape on the back of the red paper, the little pieces stuck to the adhesive and formed their own pattern. And see the little bows with a pearl? I bought those, but I noticed in the sneak peek of the new release So Special , that soon there will be a Penny Black die, Bow Set, for making our own sweet 3-D bows.
For this card, I stamped and embossed in gold the rose image from the All Abloom transparent set. I layered it onto the Letter Background, also embossed in gold and placed it all onto the card base which was diecut from the Frame and Pattern die set.
I used the same stamps, All Abloom and Letter Background but gave the card a different look by using deep colors for my emboss resist technique background. I added the butterfly from the Flutters die set. That rose is at home with any style.
Chapter 3 More Problems with Liquids
At last! After two weeks of practicing living in our fifth wheel trailer it was time to hit the road. Mr. RWS’s brother and his wife had finally closed on their home and, as planned, they would head to Green Bay from their location and we from ours. The plan was to meet the third Jung brother and his wife, who lived in Green Bay, at a gas station and mini mart along our route for a brief, informal Jung family reunion.
It could not have gone better! The two RV’s arrived at about the same time and we spent an hour over coffee and donuts visiting and catching up. The only liquid problem was a spilled cup of coffee.
When it is time to say good-bye in the Jung family, the good-byes are quick: there is no lingering, no last minute thoughts or questions. Somebody says “good-bye” and the party is over. Before I realized it, we were on the road again!
Our plan was to spend six weeks traveling together, heading for New England and journeying down the east coast. R was in charge of planning our itinerary as he was the one who enjoyed doing that and had researched the points of interest. I only requested that we not travel through Chicago, knowing the heavy traffic would terrify me.
The alternate route R selected to avoid Chicago was through Montreal! Why I believed that driving through a metropolitan area with a population of more than 3 million would be less stressful than driving through Chicago, I don’t know. Obviously, I was woefully ignorant of Montreal and its traffic.
The gods were not kind to this little caravan. The weather turned from pleasant to stormy as we began our trip through the city. We found ourselves on a multi-multi-lane highway which was undergoing construction and involved lane zig zagging and other construction challenges. And, dear reader, it was not just raining; it was a build-an-ark deluge! Why Mr. RWS did not just pull over and push me out of the truck, I will never know. It was certainly justified. In my terror, I cried, I screamed. I ranted and raved at the idea I believed it would be easier to go through Montreal. I think I stopped breathing. Our walkie-talkies were no longer functioning so we were unable to communicate with R and S and had no idea how they were managing. It became “every man for himself” time and we abandoned all efforts to reunite. Eventually we spotted the exit sign to Vermont and gratefully headed for the nearby McDonald’s.
We felt guilty that we were safe and sound and were making no effort to search for our traveling companions. And then we looked up and there they were, entering just minutes later. They, too, had adopted the “every man for himself” plan and were feeling just as guilty as they entered the restaurant. It was our second happy Jung reunion of the trip.
It was now time to refuel the trucks. After the harrowing trip through Montreal, I was surprised Mr. RWS could even function, much less navigate through a gas station and align the truck with the diesel pump. And he almost was successful! Had it not been for the cement post that jumped out at him, we would have escaped unscathed. Sadly, in the contest between the aluminum siding on our RV and the cement post, the post won! Crunch! We now had a great big dent in the middle of the RV.
That’s what insurance is for, we said. Not so bad, we said. We will take care of repairs later, we said. Just glad to be alive, we said.
The day ended with we little innocents having a gourmet dinner cooked just for us in a tiny little restaurant that was planning to close for the day, but took pity on some tired travelers and fed us. We spent a couple of lovely days parked in beautiful Vermont.
Next stop: Maine and a dumping station. It was time to empty the black tanks. R successfully completed the chore with his trailer and next it was our turn. Mr. RWS pulled open the valve and yes, black water was flowing from the hose into the connection to the drain. But wait! Why is black water flowing from many points under the trailer onto the cement and not through the hose? Looks like more trouble with liquids.
It seems when the cement post attacked our trailer, it wasn’t just cosmetic damage. The impact damaged the valve and the black water was leaking through the insulation and lining under our trailer. I am using the term black water, but in real life this is sewage!
We let everything drain as much as it could, cleaned the area as best we could and proceeded to pull into our sites. As luck would have it, our cute little second hand fifth wheel was assigned a site next to a monstrous, very expensive-looking motor home. I am sad to say we didn’t get to know our neighbors because once the wind shifted and the odor from our trailer reached their very expensive windows, they packed up and left.
We located a trailer repair business in Bar Harbor (Bah Habah, according to the Welcome sign) and we set up an appointment for the next day. However, we had to clean up the mess and pull the insulation before they would work on repairs. Fair enough.
My husband knew it was up to him to be the one to go under the trailer and pull out the mess. His brother stayed out of harm’s way (splashing liquids) but handed everything to me to put in big black garbage bags. When the last of the mess was bagged up, there was just room enough in the last garbage bag for Mr. RWS’s clothes.
Payment for help received was a lobster dinner in town. The Jung family has hearty appetites and all memory of black water was erased.
The next day the trailer repair people made everything good as new, installing a brand new lining and accepting our $500 payment. It was turning into a very expensive trip, but we were grateful to know that all problems with liquids were behind us.
TO BE CONTINUED:
I couldn’t wait to create a card using this image from the Together transparent set and a palette of earth tones. What a happy card this would be for any little girl.
I have never been adept at coloring true-to-life owls. But this happy owl couple from the Critter Love set looked like they wouldn’t mind a bit of non-traditional coloring. I created the background with my Koi watercolors, using lots of water. I discovered that I could control the intensity of the color by blotting excess water with a paper towel. While this image would be darling for a Valentine, it is also at home on a smile card!
Once I had the watercolors on my desk and felt comfortable with my blotting technique, I made one more Valentine using this image from the Love and Hugs transparent set. I love the simplicity of it and the texture of my watercolor paper.
If it’s all about love, then it is all about Cooper! Cooper apologizes for his shaggy appearance. His trip to the groomer was canceled due to snow this morning.
Just enough time left for one of those quick Jung family good-byes. Happy Valentine’s Day! See you at the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.
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- Stamps: 1999L Letter Background, 30-325 All Abloom, 30-323 Together, 30-331 Critter Love, 30-324 Love and Hugs
- Dies: 51-065 Frame and Pattern, 51-182 Fancy Heart, 51-006 Flutters, 51-052 Texting, 51-128 Doodles
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