Remembering Our Veterans

Veteran's Day

I grew up with being told the story of my Great Uncle Earl Van Ness, surviving the Arizona, serving through the entire war, and re-enlisting in the Army. Then only to be killed by a thug who was robbing him in his apartment in the middle of the night. This was only days after separating from the army. Thank you for your service, Great Uncle Earl.

My Uncle Earl Rufty, was named after him when he was just a young man. Uncle Earl Rufty also served in the Army in World War II. I am sorry I don’t have a picture of either of these great veterans.

Charles R. Couch

Charles R. Couch

Charles R. Couch, my father-in-law served in the Navy during World War II. His service time was on the USS Carroll (DE-171) Cannon-class destroyer escort , from commissioning in 1943 to de commissioning in November of 1945.

My husband, Daren R. Couch served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era. His job was manning the control room of a Titan II missile.
Titan Class 1972


I am thankful that the Titan II missile was never ordered to launch. It would be doubtful that we would be here today if it did.

My son Brandon R. Couch served in the United States Army. He served in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper.
Brandon R. Couch Brandon R. Couch


Thank you Veteran’s related, and unrelated, during war time, and non war time who have proudly served in the military, so we could continue to have freedom!

40 Scams on Tourists Around the World

A few weeks ago, I wrote, “What! How Did They Know I Was an
If you haven’t read that post, you might want to, so you understand how you could unknowingly attract crime. Crime, unfortunately is everywhere. This isn’t something that happens to only travelers, and only to those who travel in another country.

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Do I Really Need Travel Insurance?

Sometimes travel insurance is something we think might be nice to buy, but put it off, maybe because we think nothing will happen to us, or because of the high cost of other travel expenses. If something happens and we don’t have it, it is too late. But, with it, if the inevitable happens, travel insurance can’t erase the fact of what happened, but can greatly relieve the situation.

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50 Ideas for Trunk Fest

It came to my attention that I only had 48 pictures, not 50. So I went on a quest for two more pictures, but found 3 I couldn’t be without. Now there are 51 ideas. Better to overdeliver, than under.

Here are some ideas for your Trunk Fest. A trunk fest is when a group of people or organization comes together to make a special grouping of treats, games, and decorated car trunks. Usually it is in conjunction with Halloween activities, or an alternative to the door to door type of trick or treat.

Maybe these ideas will help out with coming up with something for your activity. Of course, some may have a specific theme to go by, or have rules about scary things, or Satanic type things. But, please browse through these pictures below, and see what is best for you.

  • Train Train
  • Noah's Ark Noah's Ark
  • Jonah and Whale Jonah and Whale
  • Jail Jail
  • Artist Artist
  • Drive In Drive In
  • Covered Wagon Covered Wagon
  • Christmas Christmas
  • Jaws Jaws
  • Safari Safari
  • Babyland Babyland
  • Honeybee Honeybee
  • Camping Camping
  • Mouth Mouth
  • Shoe Shoe
  • 50's 50's
  • Construction Construction
  • Darts Darts
  • Toy Story Toy Story
  • Monsters Inc. Monsters Inc.
  • Circus Circus
  • Nightmare Before Christmas Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Treasure Chest Treasure Chest
  • Starwars Starwars
  • Millenium Falcon Millenium Falcon
  • Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland
  • Ghostbusters Ghostbusters
  • Cars Cars
  • Narnia Narnia
  • Crime Scene Crime Scene
  • Ghosts Ghosts
  • Mad Science Lab Mad Science Lab
  • Indiana Jones Indiana Jones
  • Haunted House Haunted House
  • Spider Web Spider Web
  • Cat Cat
  • Mummy Mummy
  • Muppet Muppet
  • I Spy I Spy
  • Veggie Tales Veggie Tales
  • McDonald's Drive Thru McDonald's Drive Thru
  • Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin
  • Pac Man Pac Man
  • Alabama Team Alabama Team
  • Cookie Monster Cookie Monster
  • Hayride Hayride
  • Angry Birds Angry Birds
  • Candyland Candyland
  • Bible Bible
  • Queen Esther Queen Esther
  • Pyramid Pyramid The pictures Bible, Pyramid, and Queen Esther were from Simply Mommy Blogspot. She also has some good Bible themed ideas written out. Be sure to check it out.

The above collection of pictures are not representing one festival, but are from many around the country.

If you would like to find a fun, safe, and FREE Trunk Fest for the kids, it would be worth your time to travel to the display at:

Kennesaw First Baptist Church
2958 North Main
Kennesaw, Ga. 30144
October 29, 2014
5:30 – 7:00

Mentoring is Travel in Memories

When I am not traveling, one of the things I do is mentor a small group of girls. The girls I am mentoring now, are in Middle school. Being a mentor usually brings to mind, the false premise that you have to be perfect. May I clear my throat… I am not perfect. That being said, what mentoring is…is spending time with, and bringing those you are mentoring into your life. You know what?? This is fun. The girls I am mentoring are part of my church teen group. But, if you are interested in mentoring, they could be grandkids, and friends of grandkids, neighborhood kids, or kids that are in organizations, or clubs that teach through experiences, or projects to enrich their lives. Oh, and if you are male, mentor males. You might be teaching them something about cars, computers, or music, sports or whatever else might be a “guy thing”.

Here are some things my group and I have done together. We have gone through a study for girls, called “His Girl”. The study has talked in their language about things they are or will be facing in today’s world, and how they can avoid the temptations and pitfalls of the teenage years.

They have come to my house to my sewing room, or I sometimes have taken it to the meeting time at church, and have done some small art sewing projects. Here are a few pictures of the latest project they are working on.

Most of my projects with them are fabric art projects, since that is something I enjoy. Sometimes they sew with machine, and other times by hand. For fabric, I have found that it is really easy to order from The selection is large, the prices are low, and shipping fast. Also, with their special of FREE SHIPPING on orders $35+ from , you can't go wrong. I love the convenience of not having to go out in traffic, using gas, and energy, when I could be making something.

For the project pictured above, which is a quilted hand colored design on fabric,

1. I used a pre-drawn image from Zenspirations(TM) Coloring Book Inspirations Designs to Feed Your Spirit: Create, Color, Pattern, Play!

2. Next I used my Epson Inkjet

to transfer the design. The ink used in this Epson printer is compatible with printing on fabric. Alternatively you could use a lightbox and trace the design. (These were used for personal use, not selling or displaying for profit, therefore copyrights were not infringed.)

3. Made a quilt sandwich. This is front fabric, quilt batting, and backing fabric.

4. Then I put black thread in my sewing machine, and free motion quilted following the lines of the design.

5. Next the girls colored the designs using Fabrico markers,Tuskineko inks, Derwent Inktense Blocks
and colored water pencils, and Pebeo Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paint and Pēbēo opaque paints,and a little Jacquard Pearl EX
to add shimmer at some sections. Just be sure to use quality paints, inks, and pencils that are indicated to be used on fabric. Using inexpensive markers for fabric from the grocery store do not always give the best results.

6. After the coloring is completed, it was heat set with an iron, using a protective teflon sheet or parchment paper.

7. I cut the edges even, and bordered the design with a satin stitch.

8. We are still deciding on the display method, but a pre-stretched canvas board in a larger size than the art could be used. It can be wrapped in a fabric, or painted for the background. Simply glue the fabric with fabric glue to the canvas. This gives an impressive presentation the the art.

It is my hope that mentoring the girls will be something that they always remember, and can draw something from the things they have learned, whether they use it now or later in life. This is how I have traveled by mentoring. Even if I no longer have contact with these girls later on, I have traveled in their memories.

Have you traveled lately? Have you ever had the joy of mentoring youth?

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