Crafty Betty

78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother August 21, 2010

Thursday (Aug 19th) was my birthday, unfortunately it could not have been any further from a happy birthday at all.  That morning my brother got HIT by a car while riding his bicycle!!!

My brother is probably the healthiest, most fit person I have ever known.  He was training to be in the next Iron Man competition.  He had a professional coach, and had been doing VERY well in recent triathlons that he had competed in, so it just angers me to no end that in the blink of an eye that all got ripped away from him by some idiot who obviously shouldn’t have been driving (I mean, if you are fit to drive a car you would have seen a 6 foot tall man riding a bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  I don’t think there is any legitimate reason this guy could possibly give that would excuse the fact that he not only plowed into a person who is far from invisible, but he also accelerated just before he hit him (my brother remembers hearing the car speeding up). Since he was actually speeding up as he hit my brother it threw him up onto the front of the car, and then when the idiot realized he hit someone he slams on his brakes throwing my brother from the hood of his car, smashing to the ground.

His injuries are BAD, but thank God, not life threatening.

While I realize this could have been worse I am still SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO angry at the guy who did this.  What was he doing that he didn’t see my brother???????  It was early morning, and the intersection was VERY well lit, not to mention it was already pretty  light out, plus my brother’s bike has flashing lights on it, the bike has reflectors on it, as does his helmet, and to say it again, he is a 6 foot tall, very muscular man.  If you can’t see him, with all those visibility enhancers, you have ABSOLUTELY NO business driving a car.  To top it off, the guy who hit him could not speak a single word of English, so as my brother is laying on the ground in absolute agony, and most likely in shock, the guy hands him a cellphone expecting him to call 911 himself.  PLEASE do not send me any immigration controversy stuff over this statement as I am all for immigration, and inviting to other cultures, at the same time I DO NOT think you should be able to get a driver’s license if you can not speak at least a minimal amount of English so that when you ALMOST KILL someone you will be able to at least call 911 and get the poor guy some help (I’m sure 911 would have had Spanish speaking operators if they guy could have even figured out how to call for help, but he didn’t know how!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can you have a driver’s license and not know how to call for help, and if you can’t speak or understand a word of English how can you even know the driving laws of this country, road signs are all in English!!)  Again, I am not starting an immigration debate I am just venting frustration about this whole situation, and I am not applying my anger to a whole group of people, my frustration is with this ONE person who I don’t think should have been driving since he could not see a 6ft tall person on a bike with blinking lights in the morning light and could not communicate, at all, to be able to get the man he almost killed some help.

Thanks to this person its not likely my brother will be able to achieve a goal he had his heart set on and worked SOOOOO hard trying to accomplish.  Not to mention, due to the extent of the injuries, the BEST case scenario still has my brother not being able to work for 3 months.  He has a wife and child to support and has a wonderful job that he got after graduating college with a 4.0 GPA.  So this man who has NEVER harmed anyone, whom I’ve never even heard wish ill will against another person now has his entire life changed by someone who obviously wasn’t paying any attention to driving.  My brother has made a life of doing good things, he was in the Marines after graduating high school, then went to college, graduated at the top of his class, married a wonderful woman, and has the most adorable daughter, and he is the ONLY person in my family who has called me to wish me a Happy Birthday every single year no matter what he was doing.  But this year, thanks to some thoughtless, uncaring person I didn’t get that call!

Project 78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother

78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother

Get Well Card Inside

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Whisper White
  • Old Olive DSP

Stamps:

  • Sincere Salutations
  • Curvy Verses
  • Watercolor Trio

Ink:

  • Chocolate Chip

Accessories:

  • Chocolate chip 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon
  • medium white brads

StampinBetty

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Project 69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding August 6, 2010

I cannot believe that it is Friday already!  Where did the week go???  Oh yeah…it probably went to the brilliantly “simple” home improvement ideas I had on Tuesday.  If my husband knew what was good for him (and our bank account) he would post a picture of me by every cashier at Home Depot with a note saying DO NOT LET THIS WOMAN BUY ANY HOME IMPROVEMENT ITEMS.  LOL!!!

I think every time I step into a home improvement store I suddenly snap into this overly optimistic mood, and have delusions of my actual home improvement ideas.  Or, just to move some of the blame off myself, maybe I should sue all companies that put instructions on the back of their projects making it sound “so simple” or  “no fail.”  I think that my crafting spirit somehow believes that it can magically transform into “Super Handywoman,” because everytime I get to the store I am 100% confident that I can fix this or that all by myself, yet somehow it never quite works out the way I envisioned.

At Home Depot I purchased $80 worth of items to fix 5 issues in the house.  I was so proud of myself, and already preparing how I was going to WOW all of you with all that could be done with that money, but alas only 2 of those projects are complete (and one of those I’m still not so sure about.)

The biggest disaster was caulking the bathtub.  I tackled this first as it should have been a 30 minute job max.  We have been having problems with re-caulking the tub.  For whatever reason no caulk wants to stick, and it just peels off as soon as it gets wet (and yes we have been following the directions.)  Caulking the tub was supposed to be a surprise to Mike when he got home from work.  After all its not rocket science.  I asked the Home Depot guy what to do about the issue, and he showed me some caulk remover (as maybe the new caulk wasn’t sticking because there was too much old stuff left behind) and he picked out a caulk for me.

Our house gave me yet another surprise….When I decided I would make sure I got all the old caulk out I found yet another SNEAKY surprise left by the previous owner.  The caulk was up to 2 inches thick, and once I got to the end of that I could stick the plastic knife I was using 3-4 inches in before it was stopped by anything.  There was nothing behind the lowest level of tiles????  I was starting to get scared that the whole wall would collapse if I pulled out all the caulk…not to mention how much caulk was actually falling down inside the gaping hole between the tub the wall and the tile.  Why can’t Holmes on Homes come to Wisconsin?  Our house would be a real treat!!

So once I got all the caulk out I was left with the mystery of what to do about the hole.  In the end I realized it doesn’t make sense to over do this as we are going to have Bathfitters come in next year (hopefully) to install a tub and surround around our current tub….as much as I love the idea of real tile we have to go with what we can afford 😦  So I start pushing caulk back in the opening, and run out of caulk before finishing (since I wasn’t expecting the big hole), and now Home Depot is closed.  I was so upset, that after working on my 30 min project for over 5 hours I was basically going to have to start over the next day after I got more caulk because, the way I understand it, to get a proper seal I don’t think you can let half of it dry and then finish the rest???

Well….the next day I decided not to pull the caulk back up and start over, because I had stuffed it pretty far back in the space between the tub and tile, and instead start where I left off with the new caulk, and then when I had caulk all the way around I went back around with a thin coat all the way around.  It looks much better now, but until I take a shower after writing this article, I won’t know if it did the trick…

This was just WAY more difficult than it was supposed to be!!

As for the adventures with the rest of the home improvements I will add them to later posts.

On to something that did work out as planned….

This is the card I made for a wedding Mike and I attended last Saturday.  The colors used on this card are inspired by the colors used on their invitation.

Project 69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding

69 of 365

69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Old Olive DSP (didn’t have Pear Pizzazz)

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Pear Pizzazz

Stamps:

  • For the Bride
  • Bella Toile
  • Very Versatile
  • Vintage Vogue

Accessories:

  • Satin Ribbon
  • Pearls
  • White Emboss Powder

Check back for more projects and Home Improvement Thrills 🙂

StampinBetty