Friday, April 21, 2006

Powerful pictures & our spring break trip

My girlfriend just sent me a link to some pretty powerful pictures with captions. You can find them here. Here is a sample and the caption reads, "Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News-When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should." I think it's important to see these images to remind ourselves of the sacrifices that are being made every day. Although I don't support our president's decision/reasons for being in Iraq, I do support our troops and pray that as many as possible return home.

Now on to something much lighter:

I've been doing a bit more felting lately. Here is a little purse that I made from some Manos del Uruguay that I bought at Catalina Crafters in Avalon on Catalina Island while on my cruise. Here is a picture I took on Catalina. I bought another skein of Manos in some dark blues and greens and a skein of Noro Daria. I have already turned the Daria into a little cell phone bag, which is all I could squeeze out of a single skein. Also, the little turquoise bag was such a hit, totally perfect size, that I'm making more in different colors. I just finished a black one, that I made a bit bigger, for my friend, Pat, to take on her next cruise in May. I don't have a picture yet as it just came out of the washer and is now blocking. I still have to find just the right button for the flap closure. The little turquoise and brown one that I alluded to in my last post was a bust. I made a mistake in blocking it and had to rework it. I stuffed a deck of cards inside it to block it into shape but it should have been blocked flat so I threw it back into the washer with the black bag and it shrank a bit more and will now have a flap and one short handle rather than two bracelets. You'll see. It's now blocking flat and will have it's picture taken with the other bag when they're dry and completed.

The kids really enjoyed our latest trip to Disneyland/Knott's Berry Farm. I hardly saw Anthony, who brought his friend, Austin.
The two of them didn't even eat breakfast with us. Bernie gave them money every morning and I was lucky to run into them a couple of times in passing. Bernie felt like an outsider since I was with my friend, Katie and her daughter, Alexiz, so he found some friends in the Anaheim area to visit with. We ran into him a few times as well. One night my feet hurt so much that I had to have him massage them or else I couldn't fall asleep.
Poor guy. We got home around midnight on Saturday night and he had to be at work by 7:00 the next morning. Good thing it was a fairly quiet shift. We joke that he had to go to work to get some rest.