We just passed our 38th Wedding Anniversary on July 14th. In June, we celebrated 40 years of being a couple together. I always loved summer break and that's why we were married on a beautiful summer evening at 6:30 in 1984. My, but we were still kids at ages 18 & 21. I've laid off the makeup since then, my hair got much lighter blonde (probably sun-bleached) and I've enjoyed more sunning for bronzer skin over the years, too. Summer is still my 'thing'! It's still Summer right now, folks! I deplore the idea that Summer is 'almost over' just because your local schools announce their starting dates. I'm very much the old-fashioned thinking that school should begin after Labor Day and end by Memorial Day- in entirety (graduation and all). Our Boomer Generation grew up like that and look at all the things we managed to build. Even all the years I worked in our own school system's classrooms; I felt this weigh on my mind heavily since ours followed "The 100 Days" rule that made both semesters include a full 100 days. Thank GOD they went to all day Kindergarten after I "retired" because that is another beef with me. My own Kids choose as they wish for my Grandbabies, but I still feel babies under 5 belong at home for the most hours of a day. I'm mollified with the fact that their Preschool hours and Daycare hours do fall well below the full day of kindergartens. My own 2 boys were never in any kind of preschool or day away type of thing, as we never had any kind of outside help once I stayed at home after Brett was born (I worked until Brian was almost 3 yrs old). Yet both in accelerated classes, were early readers, and absolutely loved to read. I whole heartedly allowed Teachers to use that blessing in order to help others who fell below the averages. This gave our boys early experience in being helpful to others- one that serves them very well to this day! Our Daughters are also both high achievers with each having a college degree yet balancing the act of staying home with children full time- not a feat for the faint of heart. I did both (as did they- Ashley finishing her bachelor's degree and Holli teaching HS English Lit) working with one baby till the next came along. From then on, I was "at home". Those quotes are soooo misgiving! I was home, in the car, at the grocery, in the park, at the school, at all the Scout activities, at all the games, at all the Band practices, at the homes of their friends for drop-offs/pick-ups. You get the idea: not once was "at home" actually about being AT HOME, let alone sitting down for any length of time. I never once saw one soap opera. And for almost all of those things; the ChiefHubby and I actually led them, so we always had more than just our own 2 kids. I was even the first female to coach a YMCA Flag Football Team. Staying at home is MUCH harder than most people think, and definitely; it is not for everyone. You're on call 24/7/365 and there are NO "days off" since your job happens to be where you also are "off" at. You learn that there are always interruptions, and nothing- NO THING - gets totally finished... at all. And now I'm a Memaw. Not much has changed, other than going back and forth to our kids' homes instead of only being at my own. But: I would not trade my life for anything in this world!!! If there's one thing, I am changing at all, it's being there for my Daughters- to give them a break the way the ChiefHubby and I never had anyone to give us time away. I'm still juggling everything, just different things to keep in the air all at the same time, without dropping any, lol! We're currently in Ohio for the annual People to People Retreat, camping along with 3 sets of Besties. While the internet has not been as kind to me for getting this out, I can only hope to try again (and again and again...) to get it all loaded up to the internet before I leave home. Right... *sigh*
With all that in mind, you can see where my ArtMuse was led in creating this latest make. I'm going to give you the actual description for this newest Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge; "Scotch it is!" since it's definitely something that's never crossed my mind doing- even as a close Irish lass! Suzz is leading this one and she googled what July 27th is and it came up as National Scotch Day. She goes on to say "Why not be inspired by Scotch? I am going to take great liberties with this and say you can be inspired by Scotch in any way you want to interpret it including and not limited to: tape, plaid, liquor or any way you are inspired by the word Scotch. Make sure to share with us how you were inspired!"
So let's get started!