Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Gold!

     I've been amazed at how many stories of gold discoveries have popped up in recent years -- some by using a metal detector, some from researching locations...and some from sheer dumb luck, being in the right place at the right time. 





Nine amazing treasures found in recent years.

Gold bars, marked with a Jesuit symbol, found in Arizona -- 82 of them.

Gold bars found by a bunch of guys riding ATVS in Utah. Here's the story, in shortened form, told by one of their friends. Spelling and syntax are his.

3-5 guys from Davis County, Utah, were riding there ATVs in the Unitas above Kamas heading out of a rain Storm spring of 2010. One of them spy's something shinning yellow in the muddy tire tracks on the trail. They find not one but three GOLD BARS. They are described as 1 inch by 5 or 6 inch's long and have Spanish marking on them. Most like Spanish gold bullion bars made hundreds of years ao... Exciting and Cool find right?

But here is the rest of the story.
   ...one of the finders showed employees pictures of there amazing finds. The story was confirmed and then the employee said but they bragged it up so much and showed the bars around so much that soon after finding the bars the Forest Service investigated and charged them with basically looting the antiquities of the National Forest under the Antiquities Act. They have confiscated the Bars (I would like to know where they are and what will happen to them) and are prosecuting the finders.

     (In other words, keep your mouth shut next time -- if there is one. I'm reading a book by W.C. Jameson, on finding treasure, that would argue these bars are legally the finders. On the other hand, as he points out, once the treasure should be returned...it often 'disappears.' He cites the case of a rancher who won back the 30 gold bars he'd discovered -- except they were suddenly 'missing,' so couldn't be returned. Go figure.)





An airport cleaner finds $325,000 worth of gold bars in the trash -- and can keep them, according to authorities. Not so the next guy...

An Arizona man finds treasure while out in the desert hiking -- but won't tell anyone where it is, since the government has already announced it's taking the find away from him. (The bars were marked as U.S. Military.)

A half-pound gold bar is found, using a Garrett metal detector:




A gold bar found in the mud during construction in Mexico City -- thought to be some of the gold lost during Cortez's conquest.

A gold bar is found by a 16-year-old while swimming in a German lake. (May be Nazi gold-- or maybe not.)






A worker busted for high-grading -- his takeout method is *ahem* unusual.

A tank is purchased via Ebay. (I know -- who buys a TANK on Ebay nowadays??) When the fuel tank is cleaned in 2017, out pops three gold bars. (They're thought to have been hidden by Iraqui soldiers on the run.)

A man finds millions of dollars of gold -- in his own house. Fortunately, he inherited it from the owner, a family member. So it looks like the gold stays as his. Or did other family members demand their share?






More than three TONS of gold bars accidentally dumped at the Yakutsk airport in Siberia...when a Russian cargo plane's back hatch flew open. The report says "most" of the bars were recovered. I wonder how many weren't?

Millions of dollars of gold coins -- found in shallow water just off the Florida coast. The coins are said to be from the 1715 Fleet shipwreck, and were found on the 300th anniversary of the wreck.

If you're enjoying these, you'll like this video, as well: 10 awesome metal detector finds.







There are still plenty of lost gold treasure stories to follow up on -- like this Civil War era tale from Pennsylvania.  Or the caches thought to have been buried all over the San Francisco area by an absent-minded miner. 

If you open the door, who knows what you'll find when you step through...





Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Is Coming!

Something unusual is on its way.

The night of Jan. 20, into Jan. 21, a trio of lunar events can be seen by millions of people in North and South America, as well as parts of Europe and Africa:

*Total lunar eclipse (the last we'll see here in the U.S. until May 2021, according to NASA)

*Super blood moon -- for a few hours, the moon will glow red

*"Wolf Moon:" a full moon appearing in the middle of winter. (The latter's name comes from Native American folklore.)


Ooooh.




Go here to learn more. 



From Wake up World via Pinterest





Perfect



While at Glenwood hot springs last week, I heard this lovely song -- a real encouragement that yes, romance is still alive and blooming out there:

Ed Sheeran's PERFECT.



(It was 2018's most-heard song on the radio. No wonder.)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Comfort Food: Soup

A stomach flu bug hit hard Saturday night...meaning the Brick covered our obligations for Worship Team at church. As he pointed out, it wouldn't have been pretty for me to be throwing up onstage -- and sharing whatever this/was with everyone else.
     So I stayed home. Warm blankets, warmer snoozing dogs and a hot cup of coffee with a chunk of leftover-from-Christmas cranberry bread.
     What a relief.

     Still felt iffy at supper, so I made my favorite 'sick' dish:

POTATO SOUP

Chop 1-2 potatoes per person, plus half of a small onion. (Or a tablespoon of dried onion.) Barely cover in water -- cook on high until potatoes are almost mushy. (About 20 min.) Add a pat of butter, then just enough milk to cover. Salt and pepper heavily.

That's it. 

Something about the potato/butter/milk mixture soothes and fills your stomach, without stressing it out further. Try it the next time you're wet, cold or just not feeling well. Don't forget the pepper, either.

The lovely thing about this peasant dish is that it can be added to for a heartier version: a handful of chopped bacon or bratwurst; chopped carrot and/or celery; leftover vegetables -- a tablespoon of sour cream stirred in right at the end, or a handful of grated cheese thrown on top. Serve with bread, crackers or biscuits, and you've got a filling meal for very little cost.
     Loaded baked potato soup, a variation on this, is good too.

Sprinkle with parsley, if you want to get fancy

Sometimes you're not even up to chopping potatoes. In that case, my go-to is Campbell's Chicken Noodle. This was luxury food, growing up -- my dad ate so much macaroni & cheese in the Army, as well as chicken noodle soup, that he refused to eat it at home. We had it as a treat whenever he was out of town -- which wasn't much.

A can of Campbell's, with an egg or two stirred in -- easy bliss. Add chopped tomatoes, green chilies and a sprinkle of minced cilantro on top just before serving, and you've got Mexican chicken noodle. Or skip all the extra, and stir a tablespoon of salsa into each bowl just before you serve it. (Sour cream on top is good, too.)

Then go back to bed -- or those warm, snoozing dogs. You've earned the rest.




(This post also ran on my other blog, Holiday Goodies.)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Monday Stuff on the Way to Other Stuff: Snow -- and The Rock

(Yes, I'm posting this on Sunday. Think of it as getting a headstart on the week...)

A late week snowstorm gave the weekend a peaceful start, and made for better sleeping. Sure, we got more than a foot of the white stuff, with the attendant icy roads -- but we're used to that here in Colorado. We've learned to hunker down and wait it out. 
     Others haven't fared as well, based on the level of power outages, smashups and stranded travelers reported.  It's been extra-snowy in Europe, too. A huge wall of snow actually smashed into a Swiss hotel, decimating cars and people in its path. Weird.




Here's a timelapse video of several snowfalls, for those of you who are experiencing spring/summer right now -- like my Australian buddies:




Sometimes I forget that people are actually reading my posts on this blog, and elsewhere! Some helpful readers (Shelly Burge and Chuck Harnish led the fray on my Facebook page) pointed out that, in spite of his recent published interview with the Daily Star...
The Rock says he didn't say it. The interview is long enough, and complicated enough, though, that I wonder if he DID...maybe casually... then was embarrassed when it appeared in print. 
     I don't agree with the Snowflake Generation label. It's not right to typecast an entire group of people based on age, location, income, etc. People are people -- individuals. They don't all think, respond or act alike, however tempting it may be to lump them into one category. (Social media, take note.) Both our girlies are millenials. They are treasures, and I love them dearly -- smart, intelligent women I'd choose for my side anytime. 
    But I DO like this statement attributed to the Rock, whether or not he said it:

"I don’t have to agree with what somebody thinks, who they vote for, what they voted for, what they think, but I will back their right to say or believe it," The Rock said. "That’s democracy."

Shades of Evelyn Beatrice Hall. (I was told in college that it was Voltaire.)
(Here's Dwayne's original interview, as the Daily Star published it.)

What else is going on in this upside-down world...







A tale of excessive emergency room fees -- particularly because the insurance company will only cover a certain amount. Been there, done that...this is for Zuckerberg San Francisco General, though.

A Milwaukee bus driver rescues a nearly-one-year-old boy wandering... on a freeway overpass. Thank God.

A 'quotidian' (i.e., everyday) photo look at a family's life these past few months. (From Jennifer Murch)

A helicopter rescue in the French Alps-  the crazy way!

Ham and cheese sandwiches stole the show at the Golden Globes. Really!

The 10 most-wanted famous paintings...still missing.  (From Culture Trip) On that subject:

A famous deKooning, Woman-Ochre, returns -- after it's found, more than 30 years later, in an estate.  Also, a Degas painting accidentally recovered last year -- in a suitcase left behind on a French bus!

Start 2019 by applying $50 toward that goal you've wanted to accomplish.  (From Budgets Are Sexy)

Ten BIG celebrity money mistakes -- they did it, so you don't have to.

A great recipe for old-fashioned pancakes. This might be my go-to if the Krusteaz mix runs out...

Five hot springs in Wyoming that you should try. (Colorado's got more than its share, as well.)

63 strange abandoned places. These aren't all technically abandoned (Alcatraz is included, for example), but the photos are certainly creepy -- and intriguing.

Ten crime writers who personally had something to hide, as well.  (From Listverse)

Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead.  (From Benjamin Hardy)

DIY snowglobes - 13 of them. I love these guys.  (From Country Living)

This one uses a plastic cup from Target.

Waves smash a lighthouse pier light and wash it into Lake Michigan.

Can you travel the world for a year -- for less than $35,000? YES, according to Millenial Revolution.  Nomad Numbers did six months' travel for less than $15,000.   Ooh, I am jealous...

How to make a killing in the Old Masters art market. Keeping that in mind...

Seven strategies for buying Old Masters that should maximize your investment.  (Both of these via Artnet)

Fighting off a funk.  This should help, if you're fighting off cabin fever. A classic from Thrifty Mom in Boise.

My Make Nine Fail...a sewer/crafter's analysis on what worked in 2018, what didn't, and why.  (From Made By Rae)

A HUGE waterspout, off the coast of Cyprus. They're rare in that location, too.

Chew Time -- something our dogs love to do, when Karma the granddog is staying at our house. This is Ruby and Karms participating -- but Charley's usually the main instigator, with at least one Chew in the morning, and usually one at night. (I know -- this is silly.)

Have a great week. And stay out of those snowbanks...



What's All This White Stuff?

     We've got a foot of snow, and it's still coming down. The brown yard is gone...and Charley the dog is thrilled. 
     It seems very still right now. Not much traffic, on our street or elsewhere. Just a white, muffled world...and a gentle pattering down.

I have a feeling that a whole lot of people will be staying put this weekend. 



Thanks, Pinterest


Maybe I'll wait to go to the grocery store until Sunday.



Friday, January 11, 2019

A Copper Penny Sells for Big Bucks

...but was it enough?

This story is strong evidence of ever-changing values in the appraisal world.

Don Lutes Jr. got a copper penny in his lunch money change in 1947. The 16-yr-old from Pittsfield, MA was smart enough to realize that the coin was rare -- in 1943, the U.S. government switched to steel for its pennies. Only about 20 pennies were minted in bronze, perhaps from leftover copper in the vats from the 1942 run.
     Somehow they slipped into circulation.






Lutes kept the penny for decades, and recently decided to sell it, to benefit the library he volunteered for.

Heritage Auctions sold the penny Jan. 10, along with other coins from Lutes' collection. (Sadly, Lutes never lived to see it -- he died in Sept. 2018.) The final price?

$204,000 smackeroos.




Interestingly enough, a similar coin sold in 2017 for $1.7 million. But Heritage Auctions' appraiser only valued yesterday's penny, pre-auction, at $200,000. Right on the money, so to speak.

The interesting question: This example is considered the 'discovery' specimen -- i.e., the first of the 'King of Errors' 1943 pennies. (How they came to this -- it was the first  to be discovered -- or at least announced publicly.) Normally, that makes it more valuable than the others.
     So why was the appraisal so much lower? 

      Condition? Wear? (It certainly is not in pristine condition.)

      Provenance?
              (This penny, in particular, has a dream provenance, documented as early as 1947.)

      Recent 'comps?' (comparables -- "replacement of like and kind")
                The 2017 auction price is recent enough to argue for a much higher value.

Perhaps the 2017 penny sale was WAY overvalued?

At any rate, the buyer of this one probably got a bargain -- provided they're willing to wait some years to resell it. 

Luckily Lutes didn't spend it this way --
"Penny Candy" by Norman Rockwell

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hang in There!

Government employees, here are at least 30 ways you can get discounts on everything from food to fun. (Thanks, Brad's Deals, for collecting them.)

I don't mind the government shutdown as much as some...I can see its usefulness as a persuasive tool. After all, it's not the first time this has happened -- five government shutdowns have occurred before, including Clinton, Obama and three Carter incidents. But I DO mind employees taking the brunt of a bunch of Big Kids in Congress who can't play nice with each other. I DO mind services going wanting, and thoughtless people spreading garbage (and other things) in national parks. States are starting to hurt, too.

It's easy to blame President Trump. After all, he's the head of the country. But to have Nancy Pelosi stomp out of a meeting, because she didn't get 100% her way?

There's more than a little fault to go round. 

The only one who seems to be acting with some dignity, is Vice President Pence, who's continued to meet and moderate talks.

C'mon, people. Grow up and act like adults. You need to figure out a workable compromise, before more people, places and things have to suffer.

Maybe try this approach? Hey, if it works for two-year-olds, maybe it will work for Congress and the White House.





*Thanks, Military Wife and Mom, for the suggestion.




The Question:



Well, Pinterest...should he?


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sasquatch Lives Again...In A Quilt!

Bigfoot's been pretty quiet lately. On the other hand, it's winter in much of his/her favorite places. (Personally, I think Mr./Ms. S. usually migrates further south from Colorado when it's snowy -- with a few exceptions.) 




Why not sew your own version of the Big Guy, while you're waiting for spring? Here are some ideas:

This large-scale rendition, from Whole Circle Studio.


If I saw one that big, I'd be terrified...





Elizabeth Hartman's Legendary pattern set the standard.




...and this rendition.




Legendary inspired this piece by Cheryl Larkinson. Set in the proper setting, naturally.

(All photos via Pinterest)


To keep you in the mood: 20 Bigfoot sightings, collected by Listverse. Or stop by BFRO, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. 









Monday, January 7, 2019

Winter Woofs



Which type are you?

Sir Charles LOVES snow. He enjoys laying in it, sneaking licks of the white stuff as he views his domain.



What a pup.


Monday Stuff on the Way to Other Stuff: Snow

     What a way to start the new year: in a whirling snowstorm at the top of Vail Pass. We were headed to Glenwood Springs on a quick anniversary trip, and ended up in a howler of a blizzard. Fortunately, the Brick is an amazing driver -- something I really appreciated as we drove by a four-wheeler on its roof, lights still flashing, imbedded in a snowbank. Yow. 

Colorado is beautiful covered with a snowy veil. But it's also a tad dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.





Am I the only one wondering why we suddenly don't hear anything about the immigrant caravan at the Tijuana border?

A new and much larger immigrant caravan is set to start from Honduras Jan. 15. This leaves the old group, still milling around the Mexican Tijuana border, in the lurch -- according to the article, their organizers have "largely disappeared." Many are not sure what to do next. (surprise, surprise)

The Greeley Tribune is now printing four days a week, instead of seven -- for the first time since 1870. It joins other Colorado midsize papers (Grand Junction and Durango) who've decided on the same action.
      For a writer, particularly one who's been involved with newspapers before, this is scary business. Even the venerable Denver Post combined with the Rocky Mountain News, then shut the News down some years ago. Although the Post is still up and running, it decimated its own staff recently.

How are national parks dealing with the government shutdown? Let's put it this way -- not well. But there also seem to be a fair amount of crass, rude people out there taking advantage of the situation, as well.
    In case you're wondering, Rocky Mountain National Park is still open to foot and bicycle traffic, but vehicles are limited, due to snow conditions. From the 'Lapse in Appropriations' page:

   " No visitor services will be provided. Services that require staffing and maintenance, such as snow plowing, entrance stations, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Moraine Park Campground, and some restroom facilities will not be operating. Roads that are already open will remain open, weather and road conditions permitting. Park staff will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, maintain restrooms, maintain roads or walkways in the event of snow or ice, or provide visitor information. "

     After all, it IS winter around here.

A wonderful Christmas in Spain. (From Moving with Mitchell, one of my favorite travel bloggers)

Twelve freebies to take advantage of.  (From Frugal Family Fun)

Five lessons learned from making a FIRE documentary.  (From Get Rich Slowly) Read that, then go on to:

Why Suze Orman hates the FIRE movement. Frankly, I don't think she really understands what it is, at this point, at least. (She's since recanted some statements.)  Thanks, Afford Anything.

Another blogger decides on a 'no-spend year.' Well, with certain reservations... (From Live Well, Love Much)

"Starting late, but retiring rich:" a couple's financial profile from Choose FI.

Five beauty treatments you can do at home, including Preparation H and... cat litter! (From Everyday Cheapskate)

Eight DIY Murphy beds. They save space, and making them yourself saves money. (From Knockoff Decor)

The world's oldest woman, a French citizen who died at 122...may not have been. Oh well, at least now she knows firsthand about...

Ten intriguing gravestones. (From Listverse) Also from them:

Ten artifacts and places that seem frozen in time. Including a centuries-old... fruitcake! (And no holiday jokes here.)

25 practical life hacks for women -- the pantyline and slipping bra strap tips are great!



A look back at 2018 -- from one of my Australian quilter buddies.  (Thanks, News from Jude)

Six deKoonings (and hundreds of other paintings) found in an abandoned storage locker -- and resold for big bucks.

One of the scariest said-to-be-haunted houses in Denver, CO...and the inspiration for the movie The Changeling. (Don't worry -- the mansion was torn down decades ago.)

Selfies and art -- not always a smart combination! In keeping with this:

Ten famous works of art that were damaged. Pretty much permanently.

The tourist who tried on a $44,000 jade bracelet -- and broke it. Yeowch. Boy, was that bad luck...



Have a great week. And be careful out there.




Friday, January 4, 2019

Multiplication x Quilts = Beauty

I found this quilt photo via Pinterest which credited it to Instagram.


Love the fabrics in this piece.



Here's another version -- same source. This one's credited to 'Bee Ship,' but I can't tell if they are the maker of the previous piece, as well.  (I get the feeling they're not.) Same design, more neutral fabrics. (A lot of batiks here)




Looks complicated, doesn't it? Actually, the entire pattern uses two units:

                *A square (light or dark)
                *A triangle square -- two triangles pieced together (one light, one dark)

That's it. Eight units across, eight down: 64 units total. It's a variation on Carpenter's Star/Rolling Stone, with an Ohio Star smack dab in the center.

Now here's the wonder. You can make this block any size you want!

All you have to do is simple math.

Decide on the size of the unit. (Remember: whatever you choose, add 1/2" for seams. So a 2" finished square is really 2 1/2" in actual size.)

A 2" square x 8 units across and down means your block will be 16" x 16". (Use smaller-scale prints for best effect.) Just the size for a pillow, or used as multiples for a larger top.

A 6" square? Then you're talking 48" -- good for a large baby or child's snuggle quilt.

And for an 8" square, you've got the basics for an adult snuggle or bedquilt top: 64" x 64". (I personally feel that a larger square unit than that would make your quilt look too 'clunky.')  Be sure to use medium or larger-scale prints to add visual interest, including the 'background' light patches. (The units in Quilt #1 include wonderful 'newsprint' and polkadot prints.)

Most quilts are rectangular, rather than square -- which means you'll either need to use wider strips at top and bottom, or order borders. Or just plan for wider borders, to start with:

4-inch borders all around (4 1/2" strips) = 72" x 72"
Add two more 4-inch borders (or any combination of 8" on each side) for a total of 88" x 88" -- a queen-sized quilt!

Bear in mind that these borders can be anything you want...provided they follow the math needed. Warning: your seam allowances may not be exactly 1/4". Don't cut the border strips until after the center is pieced -- then measure it and cut the border strips to size.

A pieced 'piano key' border is an option -- and uses up your scraps while it adds visual interest. This example, via Pinterest and 'Marine mom and quiltin,' has a central Barn Raising variation -- using the same two units as the star! And check out that great scrappy border.



Have fun.




P.S. If you know the quiltmakers for certain on these pieces, please leave something in the comments. I want to credit them propertly.

What Winter Nights Are Meant For



You said, it, Norman Rockwell.

What am I reading right now? A biography of Molly Brown (Christmas gift from Daughter #1); finishing up  Drood, a Charles Dickens-based novel (also from Daughter #1); and starting a history of WWI soldiers. Also every frugal living book I can get my hands on. (How to Live on Half Your Income by Camille Dayton Luckey was the latest.)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Seven Fish Dishes Report

     Every Christmas Eve, we have seven fish dishes.

We're not Italian, nor Catholic, though the custom stems from Italians celebrating the Seven Sacraments of the Church. Somehow, though, we've been doing this ever since the girls were little. They've enjoyed it so much, they've taught their partners to love it, as well.




It IS nice. The table is set with best china: dishes I inherited from my Grandma Pearl. (They must be c.1910-20.) Colored goblets for the wine (usually a nice red) and fruit juice. Specially-chosen candles, napkins and often crackers, those silly British party favors that give you a paper crown, a prize and jokes.




On to the menu -- the best part of the festivities. This year, it was:




New England-style Clam Chowder

Angels on Horseback  (oysters wrapped in bacon)

Swordfish Bites - with a zippy Vietnamese marinade

Shrimp Scampi Brochettes

Arctic Char...topped with mustard sauce, then lingonberry preserves. The delicate meat, much like trout, was served on a bed of sauteed bitter greens.**

Pompano... topped with a green olive salsa**

Scallops Rockefeller   (similar to Oysters Rockefeller, but with kale, instead of spinach)

Mako shark...topped with a lime and cilantro sauce.**

If you came up with 8 fish dishes, instead of 7, you're right! I am very lucky to have Daughter #1's partner enjoy this so much that he brings several dishes. (You can also enjoy his expertise -- he's the co-owner and head chef at the Interstate Bar and Grill on Santa Fe St. in downtown Denver, famous for its "scratch-made comfort food.") The starred items (**) are his. 

We were supposed to have whole lobster for Dish #9, but were just too full. That happened the next day instead, at Christmas dinner.




Then for dessert:  Sachertorte, The Mama's Christmas sugar cookies... and hot strong coffee, to help us all bear up. Whew. We'll spend hours talking, with people periodically getting up to clear table, load the dishwasher and sneak leftover bits of their favorites.

Here are some previous years' menus, including 2017 and 2016's version. My Christmas Goodies blog has several more years' choices. (In fact, it will include this post, too.) 

You might enjoy doing this next December for the people you love!






Nativity Follies

The girlies have been at it again. 

I've mentioned this before -- that once my Nativity set is up for the holidays, odd things happen.

I start with your normal everyday set: Mary and Joseph admiring the new baby; shepherds and various farm animals hovering nearby; and the wise men adoring from afar. 

You know. Nicey stuff.

It really is lovely.


By Christmas Eve, when both Daughters #1 and #2 just happened to be visiting, things took a turn for the strange.

Baby Jesus was hitching a ride on a rhinocerous. (They had rhinos in Israel back then?!?)


One of the deer took a liking to a Wise Man. (I have to agree -- they are kinda cute.)


The kitties hung out near a candle, and...


The dogs (and a pig?) were debating whether to pee on a newly-added pine tree.



An Abominable Snowman bathtoy hid behind a tree, hoping for...
 a sheep or The Little Drummer Boy, as a snack?
 I'd hidden the Bigfoot, or they no doubt would have joined the party. 
(Yes, I have Bigfoot miniatures. There are worse things to collect.)






Daughter #1 went home, but Daughter #2 stayed for a few days. By the time she left, a volcano had erupted near the Nativity set. (Or so I was told.) Much of it was turned over or blown sky-high.

A cat and the dogs ended up on a candle:


Oops, this sheep didn't do so good.



Poor animals, stuck up who-knows-where. The Angel looks shellshocked.




The Abominable survived...barely. I'm leaving this scene sideways, so you can appreciate the extent of the damage. It wasn't all bad, though; Baby Jesus was blown back into His crib. Apparently the Holy Family are bombproof. 
(The cattle and rhino didn't fare too badly, either.)




A little chaos comes into everyone's life...it's just whether we pick ourselves up and keep going! Thankfully, Joseph, Mary and their Child were very good at that.



Silly girlies.