Monday, August 29, 2005

Died This Day

(Cross Posted From My Other Blog)

I got an email from my mom today. She forwarded me an article that was in the Toronto's Globe & Mail which was forwarded to her by my grandmother's cousin. Grandma passed away last year but many of her cousins still keep in contact with my mom. This is the article that was sent to me. One of the men mentioned was my grandmother's brother who served in the Canadian Navy. He didn't make it to his 18th birthday.

Died This Day
59 RCN sailors, 1944
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Served aboard HMCS Alberni, commissioned in Esquimalt, B.C., in February of 1941.

The corvette performed rigorous convoy-escort duties back and forth across the Atlantic and in home waters before being sent to Britain to support the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944. The ship was torpedoed southeast of the Isle of Wight by the German submarine U-480 and sank in less than a minute. Fifty-nine of her ship's company, most of whom had just been ''piped to dinner'' and were trapped below decks, lost their lives. Three officers and 28 ratings were rescued by two motor-torpedo boats returning from Normandy. U-480 was later hunted and sunk by the Royal Navy frigates Duckworth and Rowley in February of 1945. Newspaper Article


This is my great uncle Dick who died on the HMS Alberni at the age of 17. He was the youngest child of my great grandparents and I know his death was extremely hard on my family.

My grandmother had another brother who served in Canada's Airforce and was a highly decorated pilot.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Batteries are a Good Thing

So I was all prepared to post some pics of a couple of projects that I am working on and my camera batteries are dead. And I don't have a scanner. Humph. I had rechargables and the charger around but I misplaced them and have been putting off buying a new set just in case I find them. But since they have been gone since before Christmas, I doubt I will find them anytime soon. We moved into our house in October and I guess during some unpacking I thought I put them in an obvious place. NOT. Better go out and buy some more. You know they will turn up right after. Sheesh.

Anyway... I just finished my first mini accordian brag book for my mom and I am working on my first paperbag brag book (say that 3 times fast!) for my sister and I have to say, I have no idea why I didn't try these sooner! They are really quick and so much fun! They can put their own favourite Paige (my neice) photos in.

As soon as I get some more betteries, I will post some pictures.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Scrapbook Supply Shopping!

While I was in Owen Sound for a family reunion (see other blog) my MIL went to Port Elgin to shop at Scrapaholics. It is a wonderfully laid out store with tons of products and new arrivals all the time. i picked up a few new things that I haven't seen in London yet such as Heidi Swapp chipboard letters and ghost lettes, Making Memories flower set and some ready made printed tabs. I also picked up a corner round punch (I can't believe I don't have one yet!) and some magic sponge. This stuff is very neat! It is a sponge sheet that is the thinkness of a thin sheet of chipboard. I will be punching out alphabets on them. You then soak the sponge in water and it puffs out several time thicker! Think of all the posiblilities that you could use it for... alphabets, shapes, etc. They say Quik Kutz and Sizzix will punch through them. The best part was they were on sale for 40% off and each sheet cost me $3.00! That will be a cheap alphabet! I will post some pictures whe I get them punched out.

Anyone find any new and exciting products lately?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Getting in the Grove

Whoa! It is been awhile since I posted I see!
I haven't done much scrapbooking lately as we have been so busy and I had no photos! But I went to Costco this weekend and finally got some deleveloped. No excuses now! August and September are very busy months for us but I have to get 2 of the 3 8x8 books done for Christmas as they are gifts for my mom and sister. They will be filled with pictures of my neice's first year. I am 6 months behind now.

I also did a quick project this weekend. Took me only a few days at it turned out really cute. I think I may make more for Christmas presents. I think I can do 4 more before then.
To see photos it is, go here. It is the little book on the right.