Sunday, July 10, 2011

Las Conchas Wildfire

As many know we live within 30 miles of the Las Conchas wildfires that are blazing through the Jemez Mountains.  Today we took a drive to see the damage.  We frequent these mountains during the summer and it breaks my heart to hear the largest fire in New Mexico history is right outside our door.

Here are some details from

Location: On Santa Fe National Forest in Sandoval, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba Counties; Santa Clara Reservation; Bandelier National Monument; Valles Caldera National Preserve; and state and private in-holdings.
Cause: Human
Size: 146,353 acres
Percent Contained: 45%
Total Personnel1886 including 36 crews
Resources: 18 Helicopters; 57 Engines; 35 Water Tenders; Dozers
Residences: 410 threatened; 63 destroyed
Commercial Property: 45 threatened; 0 destroyed
Outbuildings: 110 threatened; 44 destroyed
Injuries to Date: 7

I found this map on  This is the most up to date map showing the fire damage and path.  Looking at the map you can clearly see if the brave Firefighters would not have held the line Los Alamos would not be here today.  

Some links with pictures:

Some Pictures From Today... :(

 The burn line at Valles Caldera

 Sorry for the crap car pics.  The air quality was to bad to get out and investigate :( 

I am usually a very optimistic person.  With saying that I know this fire could have been and could be way worse but it never should have happened in the first place.  They are still looking into the fire but it looks like it was caused by a human.  Not lighting, not nature, A HUMAN!  The saddest part of all is New Mexico is in the worst drought in over 100 years (according to KRQE.COM) how will these beast be stopped with no water?  

Now to end this blog on a lighter note.....
PRAIRIE DOGS AT JACKALOPE!!!  Who doesn't love a prairie dog?? 

SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June Roll Call

Dedicated to the fallen brothers and sisters in June of 2011.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of god" Matthew 5:9

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts
Trooper Ellen E. Engelhardt
Massachusetts State Police, MA
EOW: Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Riverside Police Division, Missouri
Master Patrolman Jefferson Taylor
Riverside Police Division, MO
EOW: Friday, June 3, 2011
Cause of Death: Weather/Natural disaster
Oneida County Sheriff's Office, New York
Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman
Oneida County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee
Deputy Sheriff Keith Bellar
Dickson County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Nash County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
Investigator Warren "Sneak" B. Lewis, III
Nash County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
Police Officer Charles "Chuck" Armour
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Chemung County Sheriff's Department, New York
Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Alexander
Chemung County Sheriff's Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, June 12, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
South Pasadena Police Department, California
Police Officer Kevin Sandoval
South Pasadena Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Cause of Death: Fall
Virginia State Police, Virginia
Trooper Adam M. Bowen
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Friday, June 24, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police
Sergeant Darrell Cervandez Curley
Navajo Division of Public Safety, TR
EOW: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Ball Police Department, Louisiana
Police Officer Russell Anthony George
Ball Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, Texas
Deputy Sheriff Charles Allen VanMeter
Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Berks County Sheriff's Department, Pennsylvania
Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly
Berks County Sheriff's Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Some Sneak Peaks...

I have been busy for the last week reorganizing my craft room to make it more efficient.  By efficient I mean... FINDING WHAT I HAVE!  My hubby has been a saint with helping me and putting up with my stress over the last few days.  He has not complained once that everything from my craft room is sitting in our dining room.  Well he did say we should be on Hoarders but I ignored the comment.  I almost made a comment about his garage but after being married for almost 5 years I have learned to pick my battles.

Below are some sneak peaks for upcoming posts :)

My Mason Jar Re-Use

Super Cute Shells!  Wait until you see them!!


My Fav Paint Color!  Its a soft white. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hubby's Weekend Project

    Almost a year ago I told the wife that I wanted to look for a stool for my garage I found one I liked. Chrome with a blue seat very similar to the one on the right. But the price was just crazy for a shop stool. So I just used an old table chair that was laying around that I never got around to fixing. It was ugly but it worked for the garage.

  Then a few days ago the Mrs. was at a local thrift store and asked via text if I wanted a stool for the garage, and sent me the picture below. It was dirty, the upholstery was torn, two of the feet were broken, and the upholstery was actually made of the same plastic stuff that beach balls and inflatable kiddy pools are made of. 

 So she paid the $7 (That is way better than $100.), and I had a new garage stool. As soon as she arrived home with it I knew it would have to have some repairs before it could be used even in my garage. After all there is no way I would allow this battered, torn up, and rat infested shell of a stool to sit in the same garage as my battered, torn up, and rat infested shell of a truck.   

The first step was to clean it up and strip the original fabric (or in this case the beach ball plastic stuff) as you can see in this picture the foam is so broken down that it is almost not there. The thick black ring is used for structure and I decided to keep it mostly due to the vinyl that I picked had no stretch at all therefore it would have been very hard to get a good tight fit without the whole thing wrinkling.

You can really see the difference from the
new padding (green) and the old (yellow).
 Then I took the existing plywood from seat and made an outline on the new padding foam and cut it to size.  Taking the same plywood I traced it onto the new heavy-duty blue vinyl adding ½ inch to allow for stitching. I did the same for the black structure support and added a full inch ½ inch for the top and ½ inch to staple it to the bottom plywood.

I stitched it all together inside out similar to a pillow. I was sure to cut all the extra as close to the stitch as possible so not to cause any bulges or unwanted wrinkles once it was turned right side out. The foam padding was placed inside followed by the first plywood seat support then the black plastic structures support then followed by the last piece of bottom plywood. With the help of the Mrs. the bottom vinyl was stretched and stapled in place.  

It was then reattached to the cleaned and reworked base and there it is a $100 shop stool for $11.