Saturday, January 31, 2009

The book has arrived!!

I just received my copy of 'Blood Stained, When No One Comes Looking', by Dory Maust. It is a true story about David Maust, the Hammond Indiana Serial Killer. Dory is no relation to David and makes that clear. The book is based on David's own autobiography that he wrote in prison with the help of his attorney, Thomas Vanes, and the arresting officer, Ron Johnson.

I worked with David at the Trophy Shop in Dolton for several years. I worked with him the day of his arrest, too. One of the victims, Nicholas James, also worked at the shop with us.

It was a very difficult time. David told us 'his life story' according to what he wanted us to believe and it was very hard to see him on the evening news that day, shackled and to hear the REAL story. Even worse to realize that he had killed Nick!

I can hardly put the book down! It is very well written!

Thursday, January 29, 2009


I love an unveiling of a new stamp! On Melissa's blog, she posted that she will be unveiling the new flower of the month stamp on Saturday!! How exciting is that!! Check out her blog at

I mistyped the blog address the first time. I'm sorry if it caused you any inconvenience. It's definitely worth checking out.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

25 Random Things About Me (some pretty, some not so, but all me)

I have been tagged by my good friend Katharine to share 25 Random Things about me. Here goes!
25 Random Things:
1. I have one son who I am very proud of and my desire for him is grow into a good person!
2. I love paper crafts of all sorts!
3. I have a guinue pig named Shadow, who is about 1.5 years old.
4. I have 3 cats! Yes, I must be crazy but there are 3 of them. All with very different personalities. All rescues. I love them all!
5. I have a dog who is 15 years old!! He is spoiled rotten and is definitely my boy!! He has been a wonderful protector for all those years but now it is time for me to be his protector!!! (I think I am scarier than he is anyway!)
6. I left my job of 25 years in December of 2006! Yeah!!!
7. I wish I knew then when I was much younger, what I know now!
8. I am working on redoing my sons baby scrapbook because it has the sticky pages that were so popular back then. (That probably is dating myself)
9. I just finished a flip book all about my animals!
10. I really enjoy my coffee time once a week with my friend! We love to sip Starbucks and chat!11. I am waiting for the arrival of my new book about the Hammond Indiana Serial Killer, David Maust who I worked with. I was the manager of the shop when he was arrested. He killed a member of my crew, 19 year old, Nick James on the Memorial Day weekend of that year.
12. I have been asked by my husband to keep his secret that almost ended our marriage of 18 years.
13. I have read a book called 'When People Are Big and God Is Small' that I would recomment to everybody!!!!
14. When I got my dog, I went to the pet store for fish food and came home with my dog!
15. We used to live in Norfold, VA. while my husband was in the Navy.
16. I am going to paint my house this year. Last year, I redid my sons bedroom, which took more than I expected!
17. I have almost always lived in South Holland. My parents moved here when I was in second grade and the only time I left was when my husband was in the Navy. We did live in the neighboring town for afew years.
18. Our newest cat, the only other girl in my house, can really get herself into a lot of trouble!
19. My cats really like to talk!!!!
20. When I grew up my grandparents on my dad's side lived on the family farm in MO, where I spent alot of summers.
21. Because of spending so much time on the farm, I am a better shot than my husband who was trained in the Navy.
22. My grandfather on my mother's side was disowned by our family.
23. My grandmother on my mom's side is missed very much now that she is gone.
24. I miss all of grandparents very much! My son did get a chance to meet them all before they passed on, which I am very glad of!
25. I think someday I'll write a book!

I hope everybody willl take some time to pick 25 random things about themselves to share.Dot

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pictures of my Flip Book

This is the Flip Book that I started just before we adopted our last fur child! I had to stop making it until I had some pictures of her to add to the book.

I got the Flip Book idea from my friend Beth's blog. Her blog is Nana's Memoried and More. She picked up the idea from a tutorial on Paper Craft Planet by Jessice Fick.

It is a fun and easy project that yields great results! It is hard to photograph, so I hope you get the general idea.

This is the 'Dear Dogs and Cats' saying that I already posted earlier.

Front of book.

Back of book.

Top view.

Our 3 cats all together!

My son is playing with them and they couldn't resist being together! It's only been two weeks and they are getting along pretty well!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Too funny!

I was looking for a pet poem for my flip book that I'm making and ran across this and laughed so hard! I just had to publish this! My flip book will be finished soon and I will post pics of it on my blog. But here's the letter I couldn't stop laughing over!

Dear Dogs and Cats,

The dishes with the paw prints belong to you and contain your food. The rest of the dishes belong to me and contain my food.

Please note, if you put a paw print in the middles of my plate or food, that does not stake a claim for it. It is still mine. I also do not find it aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

NASCAR did not design the stairway. It is not a racetrack. Trying to beat me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me will not help you win because I will fall faster than you can run.

A king-sized bed is the largest that is made. I cannot get anything bigger, sorry about this. Do not expect me to continue to sleep on the cough to ensure your comfort.

Dogs and cats are capable of curling into a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular next to each other and stretched out to the fullest extent possible.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I manage to beat you there and get the door shut, it is not necessary to whine, meow, claw, try to turn the doorknob, or squeeze your paw under the door to try to pull it open. I have to exit through the same door I entered.

Also, I have been using the bathroom for many years -- feline and/or canine attendance is not required.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


This was taken today out my living room window! That lump in the front of the picture nearest the window is my bush, the rest is pretty flat after all my flowers die out.
I remember living in Norfolk, VA. many years ago when my husband was in the Navy and it snowed! Just a dusting but I was still one of the only ones who went to work that day! They closed everything! It was the only time I went to the grocery store and it was completely wiped out of food!!! When I asked one of the employees what was wrong, they said that everybody had come the night before when the snow was predicted!


This was taken out my kitchen window into our backyard today!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Blog Candy!

Here is a short cut to a fun new site called Crafts 4 Eternity challenge website! By adding this link, you can enter to win blog candy! Check out all the fun!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Freezing In Midwest!!

Here, outside of Chicago, it may look beautiful when you look out the window, however the temperature will make you think differently!! At a balmy 11 degrees this morning, we are at a high for the last two days! My son had school both yesterday and today! Most schools in the area were closed to due extreme cold temps. Well, we won't have to make up those two days!!!

All of my fur children have been snuggly so I've been plenty warm!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our newest addition!

This is Toni Lynn! She is about 6 months old. From the picture you can tell that she already picked her human! My son!! He is loving that!! Toni Lynn is doing well with our other boys also! Now we are up to one dog, three cats, a guinea pig and a tank of fish.

Our newest addition!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Thinking of You card

I needed a quick 'Thinking of You" card for a friend, so I came up with this design.
I used the tulip stamp from The Stamping Studio and the words are from SU!
Those are micro beads on the left side. They are from Penny Wise Arts.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Two Cards

The card on the bottom of the below picture has a moose brad off to the left. It's kind of hard to see in the photo. It was a birthday card for my uncle. The Thank You card was made for another uncle who was very generous to Matt at Christmas and for his birthday.

I liked the color combination.

Two Cards

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Blog Candy!!

Queen Kat Designs is offering blog candy!! Go to their blog at to enter to win!! You can enter any time between now and January 15th!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Cute Video!

Here's a cute video of Griffin asking President Elect Obama to adopt a dog from a shelter!

I received the link from the lady in charge of Heaven to Betsy's Animal Rescue that I help with thru fundraising.

Friday, January 02, 2009

A Book Being Released this Month

BLOOD STAINED...WHEN NO ONE COMES LOOKING, is the title of the book being released this month about serial killer, David Maust. It is written by Dory Maust, no relation. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the charity STAND UP FOR KIDS.

For those that don't know, I was the manager at the shop where David was working when the last 3 murders were committed and when David was arrested. (The murders were committed at his home and he was arrested after leaving work that day.) One of the kids he killed was Nick James, a 19 year old kid who also worked with us. It was hard for me to believe, at first, that David did what he had done because after several years of working with him, I had thought I knew him. It turned out that all I knew about him were lies.

This book is written with the support of legal documents, reports and words from David himself that he wrote. I'm interested in reading this book, to see what was really going on all that time. And I'm glad to see that the author has selected the Stand Up For Kids charity to receive 50% of the net proceeds.