:Summer Crafts 101…

As I mentioned, I’ve been wanting to share Kathy’s Summer Crafts – 101, as she called it. Her initial email has sparked a number of childhood memories, summer memories. Therefore, “back when a smoke was a smoke and groovin’ was groovin.” Not that I smoked. Nor was I one of the groovey kids. I was a bookworm. very poor at sports, other than Dodgeball. Remember how teams were picked on the playground in elementary school? The teacher chose captains and then roundrobin style, the captains selected their players. I was always second to last, right in front of the girl with polio. At 13, I found a competitive arena in which I could succeed. Dog shows!

Well, we all have our own stories. Julie, long ago, told me she was determined to finish the Championship on a dog because she’d never completed anything in her life. I’d say she’s gone well past that goal, possibly discovering she can, indeed, finish a project. Maybe that should inspire me to finish at least one of my many projects!

Onward to Summer Crafts 101… compiled from several emails from Kathy.

Remember Brownie Day Camp or Vacation Bible School and all the neat 
things you made with popsicle sticks or plastic woven lanyards?  This 
is my tribute to the “good old days”!  And I can even wear these 
necklaces to celebrate our lhasa apsos!

Would you please share your own favorite handmade/purchased fun lhasa 
apso momentos–anything from fine art to funky and tacky…I love 
tacky–as you can see!  Smile!

Love your bronze apso memory!!  Sure, share the fun necklace photo in 
the blog–maybe others will do likewise.

Sit upons link above but we used plastic lacing…did you?

We drove over 6 passes and the Slumgullion Pass nudged the above 
memory of my Uncle Russ making Slumgullion!!  I had no idea where the 
name came from!



1 lb. ground meat

1 med. onion, diced

1 lb. can tomatoes

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 c. macaroni, heaping

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper


In a large skillet, cook ground meat and onions. When meat is done, drain excess grease.

In another pan, cook macaroni. Crush the tomatoes and add them along with the sauce, macaroni, salt and pepper to the meat and onions in the skillet. Let the whole mixture simmer until some of the juice from the tomatoes cooks away. Feeds 3-4 people.

This recipe has been in my family for years. 


slum·gul·lion  (slm-glyn)


A watery meat stew.

[Perhaps slum, muddy deposit in a mining sluice + dialectal gullion, mud (perhaps from Irish Gaelic goilín, pit).]

I took a 99 cent photo key ring and turned it into the necklace below
with cut-out photo of my apsos, a butterfly charm, and a collage for 
peace on the flip side.  Pony beads work great–my old eyes can see 
to string them!!


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