Decorating walls with children’s artwork

Displaying children’s artwork on refrigerators, though a common practice, just wasn’t practical for us. I prefer my kitchen to have a clean, uncluttered look. After searching for kid friendly artwork, I discovered that my own childrens artwork was just as display worthy. We decided to display the children’s art in the playroom so the kids and their friends can see it often.
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I used frames I had laying around the house, from store bought artwork I no longer displayed. I simply ripped the brown paper backing off the back, and replaced the image with my own.

There are many ways to display children’s art, so have fun with it! If frames are not your thing, try a “simple wire across the wall with paper clips, or curtain clips to hold the art.”

The important thing is showing an interest in their creative endeavors. These were created by my talented daughter Ashley when she was in the second grade! She has now moved on to sculpting!

Back to school study homework station

Kids love to sprawl out with their papers and books, and usually that is on my dining room table. I had in mind to get an area for them to complete homework and if needed, leave their work there, undisturbed.

I scouted a few stores for a big enough table, I wanted a library feel. I didn’t have much luck, but one day my husband and I stopped in the habitat for humanity store. I found the perfect round table for only $50. It took another $60 to rent a truck to pick it up, but if you ready have a truck, the cost would be even lower.

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I purchased 3 leather executive type chairs on sale at Staples. Might as well get them used to the feel!

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All this will be set up in our bonus/toy room! Now, I just have to tame the toy clutter. Then we will add built ins to house the computers.

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Star Wars Jedi training -Live!

As a new student of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy, follow an ancient tradition and learn the powers–and dangers–of the Force. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy allows you to immerse yourself in the classic Star Wars universe as you take on the role of a student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Master Luke Skywalker. You’ll interact with famous classic Star Wars locations and characters while facing the ultimate choice: Fight for good and freedom on the light side or follow the path of power and evil to th dark side. Continue reading

Beginning boxwood topiary’s

The begining of my boxwood topiary’s. I don’t care for artificial ones, and if you purchase a topiary, you could spend $50-$80 bucks. Mine cost $6.00 for the plant and $5.00 for the heavy cement planter, (x2 I have them on both sides of my sink) As they grow, I’ll Keep trimming to form a perfect sphere. Wish me luck!

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Quick and easy Strawberry Shorcake for Sunday dessert

Want a sweet treat as an after dinner snack, but don’t want to put in a lot of time?

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Cut the tops off a pound of fresh strawberries. Coat lightly with sugar and refrigerate for an hour.

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Spoon strawberries into dessert shells, which are Angel food cake mini’s.

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Top with Reddi Wip, I use Extra Creamy!

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Voila!

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Would you change anything about your life that’s happened in the past?

Brain injury

This is what happened to my brain. Subarachnoid brain hemorrhage

Yesterday, I received a follow up call one year after a study with the NIH (National institute of Health). I was admitted to their brain injury study, and they wanted to have me take their survey. I agreed, and the questions began. In the last 6 months… Have you experienced dizziness? Yes Would you rate it as mild, moderate, severe or very severe? moderate Have you experienced loss of balance? Yes Moderate Have you experienced Nausea? Yes Severe Can you get around town on your own? Yes Do you have trouble with concentration and planning? Yes moderate Do you need help with daily activities such as dressing, bathing or cooking? I can dress and bath, but receive help with cooking Are you bothered by noise? Yes Are you bothered by bright lights? No, not anymore Do you have headaches? Yes Have you developed depression and or anxiety? Yes Do you find you are easily frustrated? Yes Was it that way only since your accident or was it that way prior to your injury? Only after There were lots of other questions, but this is a good sampling. Then the ending questions went something like: Would you say you have a good life? Yes Would you change anything that has happened in your life? Now, as the questions had been going, I realized how drastically my life had changed since my brain injury, and I felt a sort of compassion from the interviewer, almost like, poor thing, but my answer to the final question was No! I didn’t put much thought into it. Answered off the top of my head, and answered what my heart felt. And even after contemplating the question, I don’t believe I would wish to change my life circumstances. I am a brain injury survivor.  I was given this life because It was meant for me to have; with mercy and grace from Jesus Christ, I’m strong enough to live it!  20140402-181930.jpg

Electronic warfare

 

The Invisible Machine and Electronic Warfare

The Malaysian airline missing airplane event, was our latest topic of discussion. Explaining events like this to children is not an easy task, but it was an opportunity to further research and discuss the advanced technology of the 21st century.

Cavemen-1 Long ago, this is how we fought our enemy. Two adversaries would stand in front of each other at arms length and take turns hitting each other over the head until, one or the other was defeated. Well, man quickly discovered that this was not a good way to fight. There must  be a better way. Even primitive men soon developed a better weapon, one he could use at longer range. Slingshots, fortresses, guns, heavy artillery, then bomber aircraft. With every generation and every war, we witnessed new and improved ways to kill people.

Electronic Warfare  (EW) refers to any action involving the use of the electromagnetic spectrum or directed energy to control the spectrum, attack an enemy, or impede enemy assaults via the spectrum. The purpose of electronic warfare is to deny the opponent the advantage of, and ensure friendly unimpeded access to, the EM spectrum. EW can be applied from air, sea, land, and space by manned and unmanned systems, and can target humans, communications, radar, or other assets.

Beginning with the first use of little strips of aluminum tossed out of bomber planes in World War II, electronic warfare has traditionally been about disrupting the enemy’s systems through some kind of jamming or other forms of blocking signals.  The new era is more sophisticated.china-preparing-to-wage-war-in-cyberspace

Jammers, (the deliberate radiation, re-radiation, or reflection of electromagnetic energy to impair the use of electronic devices, equipment)  for instance, are designed to identify enemy radar installations, then spew radio waves and beams of electromagnetic noise to electronically disable and destroy them. Though the technology does not result in the sort of fiery blasts produced by heat-seeking missiles or laser-guided bombs, the effect is the same.

Imagine the future with the Invisible Machine.  A strange new weapon detonated  high over a large city; no explosion, no visible destruction, yet everything electronic  within the range of this system dies permanently. Every electronic gadget in every home or office is disabled. No computers, no TV, no life support systems in hospitals, no water supply, no heats, no lights, no cell phones, and no transportation. Microwave weapons used for crowd control, can literally cook you like a microwave oven by burning the skin. If you haven’t heard about these weapons, it’s no surprise. Their development has been secretive and they sound more like science fiction than reality. Some information has recently been declassified, however,  much of the information pertaining to Electronic warfare (EW) is still classified and can be expected to remain so. The basic principles, however, are easily derived and are unclassified.

What happened to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight?Missing Malaysia airlines flight

As a Mother, I can’t begin to answer this question, but there are some events that are making this catastrophe grow stranger everyday.  For instance, While four passengers who boarded the missing Malaysian jet are under special investigation for stolen and other passport-related issues, twenty passengers were involved in cutting edge electronic technology used for defense purposes, including electronic warfare, such as weapons that can “cloak” or make planes invisible, appearing to vanish. If this is the case with the missing jet, the event may point  points to terrorism.

Tell me what you think: Did Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370  with 239 people aboard tragically disintegrate in mid-flight, as official investigators postulate? Or was it the victim of  electronic weaponry used electronic warfare that, at least, twenty passengers’ where trained in and  contracted by the Department of Defense?

Be sure to watch the video at the top of of this page!

Sources:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-electronic-warfare-20140314,0,6836543.story#ixzz2w42TvTdd

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-electronic-warfare-20140314,0,6836543.story?page=2#ixzz2w41RPBgE

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?tag=aerospace-electronic-warfare

http://www.secretsdeclassified.af.mil/index.asp.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_warfare