Calling all Artist


Still time to sign up to donate a card to to aid help sick children. Registration closes 24th FEB

Please take a minute of your time, can you draw, are you artist or just like to doodle this is nice way to help an organization raise money for those that are less fortunate then us. Surely you can come up with drawing, It isn’t very big its only 16cm x 12 cm on heavy cardstock paper. Certainly you have something laying around that you love to draw or have drawn why not send it off

no rewards, no recognition here, just sweet joy will come to you, because you shared your heart. Hope to see many others help

 Lighting was bad but it is the thought that counts

Owl Gift Bag


Whooos Birthday is coming up. Cute Gift BAg designed by Mary O @ Prairie Pine Peddler

Whooos Birthday is coming up. Cute Gift BAg designed by Mary O @ Prairie Pine Peddler

There are a lot of cute owl containers or gift bags on Pinterest these day. I decided I wanted to try my hand at one of these cute fellows. This is what I came up with, he is wearing cute vest made out of musical paper.  His eyes are punch from 4″, 2′ and 1/2″ circles. I applied orange nose with some buttons to give the right accents.

Created by Mary O @ Prairie Pine Peddler shop

Candy Bomber


Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's

I came across this book quite by accident. I work in a library you see. Each week new books are brought down to our area. We look them over and then they are placed on carts to be shelved.

I think this one was in with the non fiction, however as I started to read this, I noticed it was more of 5th or 6th grade level reading. So I looked at the spine and noticed there was J in front of the call number – meaning it belonged up in the Youth dept.

My two cents is I was wondering if this person who was inspired and dropped all these little parachutes off was still living and the story  behind it. It is must read, will bring hope, and you’ll just know that we all have mission to fill while we are on this earth. We just need to listen to that still small voice that will guide your life.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to read this book. I don’t know where I was when I was growing up with history as I wasn’t all that interested in and now that I am older I am more interested in it then I was before. Hope this will help someone along their path.

by Mary O.

Desiderata Poem


This is one of my favorites:

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920

Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes Courter

Three Little WordsThree Little Words was left at a recent Rest Area on I-80 in Illinois. I decided to read this book. I could not put it down. Read it in to the wee hours of the night.

I was astonished at the foster care homes, the court systems. How many children have suffered from  false pretenses. Not believing in children reports. But this story has a good ending and this young girl rose above her situations as she had adoptive parents that  loved her and had faith in her. She developed a talent to help others with their hardships and change foster care laws in Florida. A Must Read…

Other reviews for this book can be seen at Barnes and Noble website: