Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day Saved by a Pink Towel

I am a 'Daughter of the American Revolution' and 'A Daughter of the Confederacy' what these titles mean literally is: my family fought in wars.

It didn't stop there. Both of my grandfathers, great uncles, daddy, and all of my uncles are all veterans. To say that I am intimately connected to Veterans Day is an understatement.

My family's service in defense of our freedom and, ultimately, our country, has spanned out over seven wars. Including the Alamo with Davy Crockett (yes, he is actually a cousin) and World War II as people heard the voice of Winston Churchill (he is also a relative).

I'm not attempting to name drop (even though it may seem that way). I am attempting to portray exactly how close my family has been in the battle for not only our freedom, but for freedom, in general.

Today is a day set aside to remember all of our veterans and I just want to say, "THANK YOU!"

We may all be speaking Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, or Russian as a native language had it not been for your bravery.

I spent my day cleaning and spilled a bucket of cleanser, I was saved by a pink towel. I don't even like pink and it really wasn't a big deal in the grand scheme of what others have sacrificed. Our country, the United States of America, has been through so much and my relatives have been on the front lines of that struggle.
"O! say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

This is a poster from 1945

I won't cry over spilled buckets. 

Freedom & Bravery,

Emily Ann Selden

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

And the winner is...

Allyce Castillo!
You have won this fabulous book.

Since I already have your address I will be sending that to you very soon.

I appreciate both of you who entered the contest.

I will be having another giveaway very soon- if you missed this one, be sure to subscribe to find out when!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

Infamous in England, November 5th serves as a reminder of what happens to traitors. November 5, 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder. He and his co-conspirators were found and sentenced to death. In 1606 the tradition began, effigies of Guy are burnt, fireworks are in the air, to commemorate the day and the rhyme was created.

The people remember the plot that almost blew up Parliament, however, more importantly, they remember to remind them what happens when you plot treason. (Too bad it has not helped worth a hill of beans!)

 Alright, let's stop right there-

I do not want to delve into the politics of that last statement.

It is time for a giveaway! ~jumps up & down~

That's right! I am giving away a new book, that I hope you find as fun as I do.

The Wisdom of a Starry Night: Using the Power of Great Art For Self Awareness
By: Sharon Marson

~please forgive the mailing mess, I had to find the light~

The book is full of wonderful art with intriguing questions in it to allow you to explore your imagination. This could be a great homeschooling tool or for some quality "you" time.

I love a "Starry Night" so the cover just drew me in! I am a huge fan of Van Gogh, especially, and Art, in general. And, as artists are also usually rebels and getting into the thick of politics this all seems to tie in together.

To enter just leave a comment about your favorite artist, piece of history, or both. I will choose the winner on Monday night. Please pass this along to your friends.

Many Thanks! ;)


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Spooky Anniversary

My Anniversary is on Halloween. This was our second Halloween Anniversary. My husband and I decided to go to see films for the occasion. The first one we went to see is "The Time-Traveler's Wife" which I found interesting and artfully done, however,the plot lacked in a major way in a major place. Thankfully, this was at the dollar movie!

Second, we seen "Boondock Saints: All Saints Day" which was a sequel to a movie I really enjoy, this installment kept up in the tradition of the first. It is not a family movie and they could have done without a couple of scenes, however, that is true of the first one, as well. A really creative plot, excellent acting, and great film production.

This what I call a non-PC, as in politically correct, and is not for the faint of heart. I'm not certain I would recommend it to most people.

Nice people.

"G to PG-rated' people.

It is a very manly, shoot 'em up, has foul language, and questionable content, but other than that is a really great movie with an excellent plot.


  Stuffing the treat bags!

We never have trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.
Instead of buying candy for the kids, James, my hubby, and I decided to create treat bags for our family, friends, and tenants.
Basically, instead of skipping the buying of candy we just transferred it to another type of giveaway.

This the finished product.

Filled with treats carmels, butterscotch, rootbeer barrels, buttercream candies and a mystery candy with a jackalantern wrapper.

And they are tied with a holiday ribbon.  
I like them and the folks who received them seemed to like them. 

I just love being crafty and festive, it is probably why I love the holidays so very much.

Love & Merriment,

Emily Ann Selden

Emily's books

Mutant Message Down Under
5 of 5 stars
Sometimes things aren't what they seem and can be amazing
The Alchemist
5 of 5 stars
A journey that helps to enlighten one and takes the rest of us along for the ride
Anahita's woven riddle
5 of 5 stars
This is classified young adult but is one of the most fantastic stories and shows what life was like before the Shaw was overthrown in Iran.
Think and Grow Rich
5 of 5 stars
must read for those who enjoy prosperity