Twenty-eight Random Facts about Me + 1 Secret I’ve Never Told

I’ve been struggling lately over what to write about, so I thought I’d make another one of my famous lists.  I organize my days by making lists and crossing things off as I accomplish them.  I first started making lists a million years ago when I was on active duty.  This is a list of 28 things you may or may not already know about me.

  1. I am a natural red-head (auburn to be exact.) But, I have been coloring my hair since I went gray at the age of 30.
  2. I like to read.
  3. I am a clothes-horse.
  4. I believe a girl can never have too much jewelry or too many pairs of shoes.
  5. Potato Chips are my favorite junk food.
  6. Chocolate ice cream is my other favorite.
  7. I am a morbidly obese person at heart.
  8. I love to shop.
  9. I would rather go out to eat than cook any day.
  10. The most important people in my life are my children, my husband, and my extended family.
  11. I feel sorry for people who do not have kids. What do they really have?
  12. I hope number 11 doesn’t offend anyone.
  13. I can take or leave having a pet.
  14. I am very patriotic.
  15. I attend St. Mattress of the Springs every Sunday morning.
  16. I once told a boss to “stuff it.”
  17. From personal experience, I do not recommend telling your boss to “stuff it!”
  18. I can sometimes have a very short fuse.
  19. I enjoy doing all kinds of crafts.
  20. I’ve been wearing acrylic nails since I was 33 years old.
  21. I only exercise because it is good for me. Deep down I hate it.
  22. Italian food is my favorite.
  23. I love visiting my family in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  24. I am very organized and cannot function in a disorganized living space.
  25. I am a control freak!
  26. Stupid people really annoy me.
  27. One more…I hated teaching religion classes when I taught in Catholic school.
  28. I once unfriended an old high school friend on Facebook because I didn’t like his political views.
  29. Over twenty years ago when my former husband and I were getting divorced, I got so angry with him once that I keyed the hood of his car.

Today, my card is one I made using parts of the August 2015 Paper Pumpking Kit.  Even though I could have made a variety of Thank You, Sympathy, etc. cards with this kit, I opted for sympathy because that is one type of card I never make until I need one.  I did make a variation of a Valentine card using this kit.  It is a matchbook card, meaning…the card is cut like a matchbook.  You can get the tutorial for the matchbook card base here.

Here are two of the cards made exactly as the kit suggests and my card.

Aug 2015 Paper Pumpkin - 1


Aug 2015 Paper Pumpkin - 2

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!





Four Things NOT to Do When You Own a Home Security System.

Are home security systems really worth the money we spend on them? The installation of our system was free a few years ago, as long as we committed to paying the monthly monitoring fee for two years. The two years have long since passed, and we still spend $46.00 every month for monitoring. My husband and I have often wondered, “Would the monitoring company really send the police to our home if the alarm sounded and they couldn’t get in touch with either one of us? Should we cancel and save the money?” Well, we recently learned the answer to these questions.  In the process, we learned four things NOT to do when you have a home security system.

  1. DO NOT arm the alarm system, forget you have armed it; heck forget you even have it, and go out a different door. The alarm key pad is usually located next to the door you enter and exit most often. Ours is in our family room near the door that goes out to the garage. To get to the front door of the house you have to go up a flight of steps into the kitchen and living room. If it is armed and you open the front door, the alarm sounds. It is loud…loud enough to wake a dead person! We know this is a fact.
  2. DO NOT wake from a dead sleep first thing in the morning to let the cat out and forget to disarm the alarm before opening the back door. Our poor cat is afraid of everything, including the back door. He now waits at the top of the steps to see what happens when we open the door before he comes down to go out.
  3. DO NOT pop a helium balloon near the glass break when the alarm is armed. I did this the morning after my retirement party while I was cleaning up. Unless you want to get your blood rushing through your veins at terminal velocity and you are in the mood for a sprint down a flight of stairs, DO NOT DO IT. Who knew a popping balloon sounded like breaking glass?
  4. Finally, DO NOT go out the front door to water the lawn. What does that have to do with a home security system? Why, let me tell you.

The other evening, my husband did this very thing. When he went out a door we hardly ever use (the front door), he pulled it closed behind himself because the air conditioning was running. When he came back in, he came in through the garage.

Later that evening at bedtime, we armed the alarm and went upstairs to bed. At approximately 1:00 a.m., my cell phone rang waking me from a coma-like sleep. I answered it and there was no response from the caller. I hung up thinking kids took my number off the back of my car or from here, my blog, and they were making prank calls.

Twenty minutes later, it rang a second time again waking me from a cadaverous sleep.

“Huh-oh”, I mumbled.

“Hello. Is this the Cauler residence at (he said my address)?” the wide-awake voice at the other end asked.

“Oh crap! Now what?” I thought. You know no good news ever comes at 1:00 a.m. I immediately thought of my children. Were they okay?

“Yes, it is,” I replied a lot more coherent now.

“Is this Josie?” the voice asked.

Feeling a little suspicious and spooked, I hesitated a moment and thought of being a wise guy and saying, “Well, you know my cell phone number and you know my last name, why don’t you know my first name too?” but I thought better of it.   “Yes,” I answered.

“This is officer so and so from the Colorado Springs Police Department and we are holding down your house. Can you tell me; are you inside your home? We got an alarm call from ADT. Are you in the house, and are you alone?”

Now I really felt alarmed! (No pun intended.) I never heard the alarm! “What? I am hanging up now, and I am calling the police!”

I got out of bed and looked out the bedroom window and sure enough, there was a police car parked in front of our house. What the…! With a little difficulty, I woke my husband, pulled my revolver from its hiding place and went out into the hallway. My husband followed. The light from several flashlights was jumping through my front door! What was going on? This was crazy and disturbing!

“I have a gun!” I shouted, “And I better see some badges when I get there!”

Sure enough, it WAS two police officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department.   Apparently, we neglected to lock the front door when we went to bed. Forgetting my husband had gone outside through it earlier in the evening, we assumed it locked. Somehow, during the night, the front door drifted open. Perhaps one of the cats rubbed up against it causing it to open. When that happened, it triggered the alarm. The first phone call was from the alarm company checking to see if we were okay. Funny thing is we never heard the alarm. It wasn’t ringing when we came down to the front door. However, if you have a home security system and wonder if they really work…they do! It is money well spent!

With all of that said, here is my card for today.

Butterfly Basics Birthday

Just a brief word on how I stamped this card.  For the honeycomb background on the stamped image, I used the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Soft Suede Ink.  To get the honeycomb image, I rubbed the ink pad right onto the inside of the folder, added the paper and then closed the folder.  I then used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the different portions of the stamp and stamped the image over the top of the background.

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!




Out of Touch

I have been MIA for the last few weeks!  It has been so long since I posted anything, I was wondering if I remembered how it was done.  Summer has been filled with a flurry of activity, and I will try to catch you up.

My husband and I visited family in Ohio for two weeks at the beginning of June.  It is always nice to get home and visit not only with my mom, sister and brother-in-law, but with all of the cousins I so seldom get to see.  One of the things we did while in Ohio was visit Niagara Falls.  It is about a 4 hour drive from where I grew up to the falls.  It was cloudy and rainy for most of the day there, but I did manage to get a few good photos.  Here’s one of the American Falls from the Canadian side.

Niagra Falls American Falls  June 2015

Right after getting back from Ohio I went to work in my stamp room preparing for an art and craft fair in Denver in which I participated over this past weekend.  I was really there to support my daughter in her small business endeavors.  If you click on the tab at the top of the page it will take you to her etsy store, free/bird philosophy.  She set up a booth to sell her line of jewelry and clothing at the fair.  I had some of my hand stamped stuff.  Okay, I had A LOT of my hand stamped stuff.  It was a fun adventure and I enjoyed very much watching her in action!  I had never done a craft fair, and I would like to do one again some day.  It is a lot of work though.

Jenn’s father did a nice job creating a changing room out of peg board so her customers could try on her clothing.  It is behind the peg board wall in the photo.  Also, she was able to hang her clothing on a rack  he build into the thing on the outside.  All of it was easily assembled and disassembled and relatively light weight for moving.  You can also see some of my hand stamped items on the shelves in the background.

Jackalope Arts & Crafts Freebird Booth

This next picture is one of the free bird in my family… part of my pride and joy…Jennifer.  And she truly is a free spirit!

Jackalope Arts & Crafts Jenn

Something else I’ve been up to is walking everyday. I quit smoking over a year and a half ago, and I decided it is time to do something about the 20 lbs. I gained.  I have been walking 5 to 6 days a week in an effort to shed a few pounds.  Just when the scale says I’ve lost a pound or two, a couple days later it says “Just Kidding!”  It seems like an impossible task, but I sleep and feel better after walking, so I guess I’ll keep doing it.

Our four-year-old refrigerator died on the Fourth of July.  Talk about being upset!  Fortunately, we have a second refrigerator in the garage.  I bought it in 1993 when I purchased my house on Sequoia Dr.  We had a repair man come look at “the new one” and he said it wasn’t worth repairing.  It somehow managed to leak all of its coolant over the last 4 years and he said it would take hours and a lot of money to find the leak.  So, later that day We finally settled on another LG at Home Depot.  We gave the salesman the dimensions of the opening and he said the one we were interested in would fit.  A week later it was delivered.  The delivery man immediately said it was too large for the space.  After a lot of measuring and talking back and forth, it sounded like he would be able to get it installed.  He then looked at the water line for the refrigerator and when he realized it didn’t have a dedicated shut-off valve and we’d have to turn the water off at the house, he said he couldn’t do it.  He didn’t want to be liable for anything that might go wrong.  I called Home Depot and refused the delivery.  I was so frustrated I spoke with the store manager and filed a formal complaint!  I feel they should have alerted us to that before selling the appliance.

Later that day we went out shopping again and purchased a GE at a locally owned appliance store.    They’ve been in business for 57 years.    We thought it might be a bit more expensive, but it isn’t.  The salesman was very helpful.  He said LG has flooded the market with refrigerators that are nearly impossible to repair or take months to get parts.

The refrigerator finally arrived this past Tuesday.  It is a little smaller than the one we just got rid of, but I guess I will get used to it.

Enough about what’s been going on here.  My card for today is one we made in an all occasion class I had a few weeks ago.  I used the stamp set You’ve Got This to make a sympathy card.  I got the idea for the color combinations from the Annual Catalog.

You've Got This Sympathy

I’ve run a bit long, so I won’t bore you any longer.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!





Painted Petals

I have been MIA for a short while.  I’ve been busy, but I don’t remember what I’ve been busy with.  I guess that is another sign that I might be loosing it!  LOL!

Seriously, I’ve been substitute teaching two days a week for the last few weeks.  However, in all honesty, last week was Spring Break, and I didn’t do any subbing.  I did spend most of last week cleaning out my basement.  Unfortunately, I am not finished with that project yet, but it does look a thousand times better.  I did a little baking last week as well.  That is something that I don’t do all that often.  It isn’t like we NEED that kind of stuff, but I got a craving for something home-baked.  I made chocolate raspberry orange bread on Friday.  I had some raspberries in the freezer from our bushes and decided to use them because I know I will get more to freeze this summer.   It was quite tasty, even if I do say so myself!  I’ve also been stamping and this is one of the cards I came up with.  Thought I’d better share it since Sale-a-bration ends today and I used a Sale-a-bration product on it.  I also used a pencil eraser to make the yellow polka dots and flower centers.  I read somewhere that someone had done that.  I thought it was pretty neat!

paintedpetalsNot much more going on here.  Hope you like the card.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!