Thursday, June 30, 2011

My garden....warts and all....

There have been so many changes and disasters in the garden this year.  The weather has been much cooler and wetter than normal.  Not nearly enough sun for the plants in the backyard but more than enough water for the plants in the shade garden which don't get a lot of rain due to trees.  I'm going to take you on a tour of our garden, explain our plantings and share with you what works and what doesn't.  Please keep in mind what works for us in Central Illinois may not work for you in other places.

If you drive up our driveway and get out of your car, this is what you see first.  The potting bench is in progress, my husband just started it last week.  It's been seven years coming.  There is a large shelf inside behind sliding doors made of lattice.  The sink that was removed from our kitchen is in the left side so I can put potting soil in it.  There is a shelf along the back for small pots and our old dishwasher utensil basket hangs on the side for tools.  This area is gravel.  There are three steps down, a brick walkway and then five steps up to our deck.  The three steps are where I fell and broke my wrist several years ago.  The wood was wet and covered with algae; I stepped on the top one, my foot went out and the wrist on the hand I tried to break my fall with actually broke.  I also had a hairline fracture in my coccyx.  My husband used a sandpaper like material that's used on boats to cover the steps so that wouldn't happen again.  If you turn to the left before going up on the deck, you will find our shade garden and on the right is the first of our 55 gallon rain barrels that I use to water the shade garden with.

This garden along the side of the deck and the gazebo is filled with Coral Bells, Astilbe, Brunnera, several types of ferns, wild geraniums, bleeding hearts and some great art.  There is a cement bench in the corner and stepping stones to it.  This area gets some daylight before noon but is completely in the shade after twelve AM.

As you round the gazebo, you get your first glimpse of the pond.  It's a two tier pond, the lower bowl is 10 feet across and two to three feet deep.  The upper pond is six feet across and only one foot deep.  We keep tropical plants in the upper bowl to help filter the water.  There is a skimmer in the lower pond which filters water, pipes that transport the water around the lower bowl and up to the upper waterfall which also contains filters.  Our water is crystal clear but I do start a UV light in the upper pond early in the season to keep algae growth down.  We have lots of fish in the pond which we feed once in a while; they get their food from the larvae and bugs that live in the pond.  We have toads, bullfrogs and tree frogs that breed in both ponds.  This year we had a bumper crop of tiny toads that are now 1/4" long; they're every where we step.  We've had more tree frogs this year than any previous year; maybe we had something to do with that.  Sometimes the bullfrogs get so big we have to transport them to a local marsh area.  Once I opened up our skimmer to check the basket and found a huge bullfrog with two legs sticking out of his mouth.  He had caught one of the smaller frogs.  We eventually caught him and transported him to a Ducks Unlimited pond down by the river.  He's probably eating Great Blue Herons by now.  Our ponds are surrounded by phlox, iris, cone flowers, maltese cross, zebra grass, stokesia, ground cover, peonies, Joe Pye Weed, black eyed susan, heliopsis, Russian Sage, Butterfly Weed, Columbine, Amsonia, Bellflower, and weeds, lots of weeds.
This is the shed that my husband built to house his John Deere.  The deck was added for my daughter's wedding.  The glider which badly needs repainting is one of my favorite places to sit in the afternoon when the sun passes the shed.  The post on the right side has part of his deceased mother's trumpet vine that is being trained as a tree.  Next to that is the first of our gardens anchored by one half of an arch built with two very old wooden extension ladders and a new ladder built for the top.  My Chinese Wisteria is in the process of covering it.  To the right of the arch is our second backyard garden bed.

The first bed contains Chives, Zebra Grass, Liatrus, Bellflower, Iris, Black Eyed Susans, Day Lilies, and Dill.  We plant dill everywhere so the butterfly caterpillars have something to eat and my husband, the photographer, has something to take pictures of.  All of our flower beds have solar lights in them.
This is the second half of the same bed.  The egret made of stone and metal was purchased at the Chicago Flower Show from a company in Minnesota.  They make all kinds of birds out of rock and metal and since we love birds, we now have three of them.  The bird will be easier to see if you double click on the picture and blow it up.

Tomorrow, I will take you across the backyard.  We have many more gardens, bird houses and garden pests to share with you.  This year we've been invaded by what we think might be a virus that caused many of our huge blue spruces to loose the bottom third of their needles.  We have been unable to find someone who knows what the virus or how to treat it.  We have two white pines that were sprayed for disease so late that they might not survive.  The Japanese beetles have eaten most of the new buds on the Chinese Wisteria.  We do have traps out and I go out at least twice a day to knock the beetles into a pail of soapy water.  We hate to spray with insect killers because they are indiscriminate.  They will kill a Monarch Butterfly as fast as a Japanese Beetle.  Luckily in a few weeks, the beetles will be gone and actually, this year we have not been hit as badly as last year.  We've had some other sad moments this year but many happy ones also.  Last night as I was checking my e-mail, I looked out my window to see a magnificent coyote across the street.  He/she was gorgeous and looked like he'd/she'd been eating well in the neighborhood.  We have rabbits to spare so I wish him/her luck.  This morning my husband went out to get the paper and saw a fox walking down the road.  He actually asked me if the coyote I saw last night could have been a fox.  It made me angry for a minute.  I'm not an expert by any means but I think I can tell the difference between a fox and a coyote.  And the deer have been into the garden so badly this year we've had to take some protective measures I will talk about tomorrow.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sizzix, CorelDraw and Make It Crafty Part 2

And this is the colored version.  The paper on the front of the card came from an old paper stack that no longer has a cover and so shall remain nameless.  The letters were cut on my Cricut using Make the Cut and the font listed below.  The exclamation point was created with Distress Stickles covered with fine sand.  The card size is 5" x 7".
The inside contains three images.  The background beach scene, the umbrella, and the little girl with the shovel.  Most of the background was airbrushed.
This picture shows the insert that the top two images were fastened to.  I plan to make more of these cards and I'll share with you as I do.
Scallop Circle 3D Pop-Up; Distress Stickles Stormy Sky; Sand; Font: CentSchbkCyrillBT; Cricut; Make the Cut; Copics: [Sky B24][Ocean BG72][Sand E33][Tree YG03, YG05][Sea Shell E34, E11, E21, E25, E27, E57][Skin E000, E00, E11, R20, B24][Hair Y11, Y21, Y15, Y19][Clothes BG32, BG45][Shovel & Bucket YG06, YG09][Sand & Seashells E33, E37, E35][Umbrella BG32, BG45, E47][Flag B24]

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sizzix, CorelDraw and Make It Crafty

I've been playing around with a new Sizzix die that I just received.  It's called "Card, Scallop Circle 3-D (Pop-Up) and it creates an insert into your card that you add embellishments to.  Lazy is my middle name so when I discovered I could cut this, crease it, add it to my card and then build on it, I was ecstatic.  Then, I wondered how to get a really good background behind my pop-ups without adding lots of paper which would make the card bulky.  It occurred to me that I could attach the cut-out to card stock, run it through my printer and have part of the image print on the cut-out.  And it worked.  I used an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock (mine was white) and scored it, but did not crease it.  I used my die to cut out the pop-up piece and without creasing it, positioned it in the center of my card stock using the scored line on the card stock and the scored line on the pop-up to line up the two pieces and adhered it.  My printer loads from the back and prints on the top of the card stock, so I inserted the card stock into my printer with the smaller pop-up piece facing up and going into the printer first.
The first picture is from CorelDraw.  I opened a new file and made the image 10" tall by 7" wide.  I imported my Make It Crafty beach scene and made sure it only occupied the top five inches on my paper.
After printing, I scored my two pieces, folded and then cut my 8.5" x 11" card stock down to 5" x 7" being sure to take 3/4" off of each side and 1/2" off the top and bottom to keep my image in the middle.  I can now leave this black and white and build color on top or I can color the background.  I will be showing more cards using this technique in the future.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Red,white and blue (and not 4th of July)

Another challenge (SSCC Red, white & blue), another container.  This one is from a brand new Sizzix die, Caddy Bag.  This is the first time I've used it.  It's actually two sided so you can really cram this little beauty with lots of goodies.  I happen to have bags of chocolate on hand, so I stuffed a few of those in as well as some red filler.  The flowers and flourishes come with the die and although the center panel is navy blue, the photo does not show up the proper color.  It works up quickly and only requires six lines of tape to put together.  These would be wonderful filled with Kool-Aid for a child, or tiny bottles of Bailey's Irish Cream.  A six pack of Baileys - my idea of a gift.  Hurry over to Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central and let's see that red, white and blue.

Paper:  Bazzill; Sizzix XL Die: Bag, Caddy #657123; Martha Stewart Glitter Lapis Lazuli, Crystal Fine, #472289 Imaginisce I-Rock - ADHESIVE GEMS, GLITTER; Michael's Ribbon

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Something wonderful to share with you...

Several days ago I received an e-mail from Kym Weber.  She had been downloading my digital number sentiments and wanted to share their use with me.  I'm always thrilled to see something I created on someones card; these are fabulous and I'm honored that she shared them with me.  For more information on the card recipes, please visit her blog.  I can guarantee you will be in for a treat; she's very artistic.  Her paper combinations are spot-on, her colors rock and her embellishments are awesome, (her sentiments aren't bad either - lol).  What do you guys think?  I think a design team would be really lucky to get her.

As time permits, I'll finish this number series and move on to another set.  I'd like to thank everyone for their compliments, I'm encouraged to keep designing them as long as you like them.  A special thanks to those of you who don't leave e-mail addresses so I can thank you personally.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Button, button, who's got the button?

The new challenge at the Magnolia Stamp Lover's blog is "buttons".  Real buttons, chipboard buttons or stamped buttons.  Drag 'em out and let's see 'em.

I don't usually make cards that don't have characters on them.  I'm kind of addicted to the Kenny K girls and, of course, I love Tilda.  This card's focus is a StampingScrapping Design stamp called Beaded Ovals.  They're designed to be used with the Spellbinder's dies and I've used two of them, the oval frame and the sentiment.  The punches were used to punch out both bottom flowers which were shaped with the McGill tools, stacked, and sewed together with the blue buttons.  The corner flourishes under the flowers add a little dimension to the project.  Once I picked out the paper, this card worked up quickly and is 5.5" by 5.5".  You have lots of time to enter this challenge so head on over to the MSL blog.
Paper: Kraft, K & Company, Bazzill; Stamps: StampingScrapping Design Beaded Ovals; Spellbinder Classic Ovals Large; McGill Punches: Star Flower, Floriano; Sizzix Corner, Flourish #2.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Digital Sentiments - Seventeen through Twenty-One

I've been remiss in posting the rest of my digital sentiments.  I have one more posting for milestone birthdays and then I will be starting on a whole new set.  I plan to do 'definitions' next.  Hopefully, I'll be able to start posting them in early July.  I am so busy with gardening, design team work, challenges and my container business that I just don't seem to have enough hours in the day.  I hope you like these and more are coming.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Visitors to our garden....

I thought I would share a few pictures of some of the visitors to our garden this summer. 
This is one of the two mature bullfrogs in our pond.  They've been singing in harmony for several weeks now and occasionally wrestling with each other.  The females don't seem to be paying much attention but what do I know about froggy hormones? 
Several days ago I was sitting outside at my little bistro table drinking coffee and surveying my kingdom.  I had a list of things that needed to be done so when I decided to head indoors to start my day I reached up to close my umbrella (because if I don't, it does a Mary Poppins to the back yard) and to my surprise, a little tree frog was on one of the struts.  Had I not noticed him, he would have been crushed when I hit the button to drop the umbrella.  Since then, I have paid more attention and we've seen several tree frogs around our deck.  One lives in the tomato  Topsy Turvey, one in the vinyl trim above the windows outside our family room.  They are much smaller than bullfrogs, about two inches long and the most beautiful greenish grey with yellow on the back legs underneath.  They also sing at night and since there are many in the trees around our house, contribute to the orchestra when we're trying to sleep with the windows open.
And today, just hours ago, we had our first bluebird egg hatch right on schedule.  Dad has been down to the box to check out the newborn.  I will check the box again this evening but they should all be hatched by tomorrow.  Now I can work on my computer and watch mom and dad arrive with insects.  Bluebirds typically fledge 16-21 days after hatching.  And hatch 12-14 days after the last egg is laid (these are right on schedule at fourteen days).  Five eggs is a normal clutch.
Hard to believe this wrinkled little bundle of bad hair will turn into a magnificent bluebird in less than 30 days, right?  I hope the wildlife wherever you are is as comfortable with you as ours seem to be with us.  I truly believe they know we mean them no harm, we just want to share the joy of life with them....and with you.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tilda's Frame

A co-worker I haven't seen in ages sent me a birthday present last month.  She knows how much we like Christmas ornaments so she sent us two shoes; one shoe was Cinderella and one shoe was Snow White.  Both shoes had the characters inside the shoe and the outsides were painted in the same theme.  They were darling.  Her birthday is in six days, so I'll pop this in the mail for her.  I created this frame by cutting the inside square and then making a box to put this square in.  Then I cut a 6.75 x 6.75 inch piece of corresponding paper and used my Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punches (would you believe this is the first time I've used any of the four sets I have?) to create this frame.   After punching the frame, I turned it over, laid my inside square on it and traced the inside square.  Then I got my ruler and cut the opening 1/4" smaller and and assembled the frame.  I recently purchased the new Tim Holtz small easel die and this is the first time I've used it for a project.  There's still time to join this challenge.  Pop on over to the Magnolia Stamp Lover's blog and let's see what you can create.

Paper: DCWV Four Seasons Stack; Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with Flower Pot, Whipper Snapper Designs 29 Again; Tim Holtz Small Easel Die; Spellbinder Fancy Tags; Martha Stewart Around the Page Daisy Punch; Sharpie Extra-Fine Paint Pen; Stickles: Yellow, Stardust, Eucalyptus, Waterfall; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; Copics: [Skin E00, E11, R20][Hair E30, E21, E33][Pot E19, E99][Dress Y11, Y13][Jacket Y18, Y38][Shoes E41, E43,][Flowers Y02, YG05, V20]

Saturday, June 11, 2011

StampingScrapping Challenge - Embossing

For our combined birthdays and Mother's Day this year, my buddy Ruthann made us a cake.  A beautiful square yellow embossed cake with fondant ribbon.  I wished I had taken a picture of it before we devoured it, because it was gorgeous.  I have never seen icing embossed before.  Well, that cake is all gone but to thank her, I made her a tea bag holder.  I printed the template out on cardstock and glued it to a recycled cereal box.  I used that to trace the template on my design paper and then I cut it out.  The stamps are from StampingScrapping Design.  They were stamped on white paper, embossed with Zing Embossing Powder, spritzed with Smooch Emerald, and cut out and covered with Glossy Accents.  I've popped them up with pop-dots.  The ribbon was a piece I had in my stash.  One of these would fit nicely in a card.  I hope you check out the challenge at StampingScrapping Challenge Central, lots of fun over there.

Paper: DCWV Dots, Stripes & Plaids; Stamps: StampingScrappingDesign; Template:; Glossy Accents; Smooch Spritz Emerald; Zing Embossing Powder Black

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wild Rose Studio Thank You Blog Hop!

Welcome to the SSDT Wild Rose Studio stamps Thank You Blog Hop. We would like to take this opportunity to showcase projects made with Wild Rose Studio Stamps. They have so graciously provided our design team with their wonderful stamps to create with so we are hosting a blog hop. Please be sure to visit each designer's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win these

Wild Rose Studio Stamps. One of our design team members will be the Mystery Blog and one lucky person who leaves a comment on that blog will be our winner!

The stamp I received was a motorcycle.  We just can't have enough man stamps, right?  I could have colored the bike, but I liked the 'art' look of the stamp uncolored.  I added some black and grey paper and a really well known phrase and....bob's your uncle.  This was a really simple card and worked up quickly but I very much like it. 
Paper:  DCWV The Black & White Paper Stack; Irridescent Vellum; Stamps: JustRite, Wild Rose CL152 Motorbike; Quicklets

Please check out all the other great projects from our design team.  If you haven't started at Cindy E, please visit her blog, if you've come from Sheri's blog you are in the right place. You won't know which blog the winner will be chosen from so make sure to leave a comment on them all.  And good luck...

Cindy E
C2 - You are here.

Comments are open from 12:01AM June 9th through 11:59PM June 13th. One lucky winner will be chosen and will be notified via email June 14th. Our Mystery blog will also post the winner on their blog as well.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kitchen Remodel - Post 4...

On April 28, the back splash was started.  So many of the 1" tiles were cattywompus and had to be removed from the backing and straightened.  There were so many electrical plugs, switches, cable and phone jacks to tile around that this job actually lasted three days.  Grouting and sealing lasted another day.  I kept asking Mike if he hated me yet.  In contrast, the floor took a day and a half to put down, not counting the underlayment.  Lots of cuts on the floor tile, also, because I asked them to lay it diagonally. 
Our walls had been 'wavy' enough that there were gaps between the counter top and the wall.  We had originally planned for the 2" x 4" accent tile to run through the center of the back splash.  The 1" x 1" tile wasn't thick enough to cover the gap so we had to use the thicker tile at the bottom.  That also solved the problem of cutting the accent tile at each switch and plug.  It actually looks great and was another of those "I planned that" moments.
Originally, our pantry door and trim was dark wood.  Since we were trying to make the kitchen brighter, I opted for white doors, white trim and brushed nickel hardware.  Pat really did a great job painting this door.  The door to the right that leads to our garage was replaced with a new door with a factory paint job.
The new sink and faucet are now working and I've actually done dishes in my new sink.  The window has been painted and Pat has ordered new parts to make the window slide up and down with a finger.  I'm starting to see light at the end of this tunnel.
On May 12, the floor tile was going down.  I loved this tile in the box and I loved it even more on the floor.  It actually seems to reflect light upward.  It also shows dirt as soon as it hits the floor.  Mike is replacing the floorboards and kick plates under the cabinets with the same tile.  The plywood was an attempt to keep our curious cat out of the adhesive.  She wanted in so badly that eventually she jumped the plywood.  I don't think she liked the smell much because she didn't come back in until the plywood was removed.
We're all done except for sealing the tile on the island.  Mike left us the sealer so we didn't have to pay for another day's work while he came back to do it.  Sealing grout has evolved since the paint brush days.  It's in a spray can now.  You just spray the grout and wipe off the sealer.  Piece of cake.
Our TV covers all three plates:  the cable outlet, phone jack and the plug, leaving a nice clean look.  If we had not added that extra plug, the cord would have crossed the switch to the left or be stretched the sixteen inches to the plug on the right.  Either way, not a good look.  Also, I wanted to mention the beautiful hardware on the cabinets and drawers.  Those handles catch me every time I walk by; they catch my pockets and my bathrobe.  I have learned to walk slowly; if I hurry I could actually rip my clothing.
The sconces on this wall are mounted on trimmed boxes that Pat built.  Underneath the one on the right is the old console for our intercom system.  Mike mounted 'L' brackets above it and the top of the box is screwed into the brackets for easy removal if we should feel the need.  We debated about the hutch.  It doesn't exactly match my pale color scheme, but it's in good shape and holds my cookbooks so while I'm still thinking about it, the hutch will probably stay.  It's where we put our mail, car keys, change, coupons, and the many other things that come and go in our home.
These are the final pictures.  This is the east wall and my new range.  Our old range was almond and purchased in 1989.  It didn't hold heat well, it was never level and while I didn't hate it, I mentioned it might be time for a new range.  The cost of the kitchen to date was mentioned so I dropped the subject.  One afternoon two weeks before the end of the project my husband came home saying "I had a great idea on the way home".  His great idea was to order a new range.  So I did.  Our fridge was already bisque (which is the new name for almond but it's a much lighter color than almond) so now all of our appliances match.  He was sure I wanted stainless but to get the light and airy look I was going for, stainless would have been a little heavy.  All of the stainless ranges I looked at had an industrial look, not my taste at all.
The new door to the garage.  We elected not to paint it white.  You can see the color difference between the door and the trim.  It's a little more gray but it's a factory paint job so we left it alone.  We may paint it sometime in the future but it doesn't bother me having it this color.

This is my lovely new island.  It has storage space for my crock pot and electric skillet.  In fact, it was built for those dimensions.  We opened all the cabinets, the range and the dishwasher and 'drew' out the island on the floor with blue tape to ensure there would be room to open everything and to walk around it.  We needed a 14" extension on either end for my new antique white stools and room for the appliances.  The island ended up being 24" wide which was 6" less than the bistro table we had originally.  The island is on wheels so I can move it to clean or move it to our dining room to use as a buffet on holidays.  My valance was created from a curtain panel purchased at Lowes.  I cut it off, hemmed it and put it in the window.  The light comes through it beautifully and it is an exact match to the back splash tile and accent tile.  A real find.
Here you can see the two shelves for my appliances and my new range hood.  I am so very pleased with the result.  Everyone did a splendid job and we've recommended Mike and Pat to several people looking for a contractor.  While they were here, they put in a corian window seat in our living room bay window.  The gentleman who measured for the seat didn't do a very good job.  The slab arrived too long in one direction and not wide enough in the other.  Pat and Mike filled in with trim that was meticulously stained to match the existing trim and made the seat fit.  My husband can't stop looking at it.  The corian covered a plywood base that had been water stained and was really ugly.  They also replaced our front door.  We went from plastic trim to a beautiful Albany door with a Pella storm door.  Our door is a single door with the windows to the left and right.  I ordered a brushed nickel sand cast dragonfly door bell which lights up from underneath.  As an afterthought, we asked them to replace the french door that led from our dining room to the deck.  It was badly installed, the trim was pulling away from the wall, it let in air and asian beetles and the sliding screen was open a half inch at the top so every wasp in the world found its way into our home when the door was open.  We now have a new Pella sliding patio door with a screen that is bug tight.  As soon as we replace our garage door we will be finished with every major job around our house.  We will have little stuff left.  As those of you who own homes know, you are never finished with jobs around the house, but we can rest easy that all the improvements we've made have increased our home's value and will last because they were done by professionals who take great pride in their work.  If you live in Central Illinois and are looking for a contractor, please e-mail me and I will give you Mike's particulars.  We recommend him whole heartedly.  Thank you for following me on this journey.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Kitchen Remodel - Post 3...

True to their word, on April 14th, Central Illinois Granite employees arrived first thing in the morning to make the template.  They actually used wood to create an outline of our counter top.  They created this outline in four pieces.  The stand-alone cabinet, the left side of the counter, the middle portion, and the right side of the counter.  And one week later, they returned with the four pieces.  In a few hours, the counter top was leveled, glued, grouted at the seams, cleaned and they were gone.  I could not stop touching the counter after they left.  It exceeded my expectations, it added a sparkle and shine to the kitchen, like the necklace in Pretty Woman did to Julia Roberts.

These are the two employees that created the template and installed the counter top.  They were pleasant, professional and quickly finished.
The seams are invisible.  Even if you know where they are, you have a hard time finding them.  There are only two, one to the left of the sink and one to the right.  We elected to have our back splash come all the way down to the counter, so they did not install any part of a back splash.
This is my beautiful new sink.  Mike told me about a product you can get at a restaurant supply house that will polish brushed nickel sinks.  I'll tell you about that later.
Mike and Pat Davis are doing the prep work for the range hood.  We picked out a beautiful glass and brushed nickel range hood which will provide ventilation and a light over the range.  Our hood is vented through the roof.
Our old ceiling fan and light has been removed in preparation for the new track lighting and the first brush strokes of the new blue paint color were made.  Even though things are moving quickly and we see progress from day to day, it's now April 22nd and we have lots left to do.  We are washing dishes and getting water for coffee in the bathroom.  I have been without a kitchen sink for 11 days now and you never realize how much you miss something until it's gone.  Our kitchen has been moved to the dining room, our coffee maker and microwave are on the dining room table.  We're eating off of plastic, drinking out of plastic and eating out more than we normally do.  I've seen remodels on television that last for months and I feel sorry for those people.  We are very happy with the work that's been done so far and the difference in our kitchen is nothing short of amazing.  We were also thrilled with our choices for material and installation.  But, we're most pleased with Mike and Pat.  Everything they do is meticulous.  And every day they clean everything up and put away all of their tools.  Finding a contractor that you can trust isn't easy these days.  We've heard horror stories from our friends of shoddy workmanship and no recourse.  I admire Donna Davis a lot and I couldn't imagine her marrying someone who was less professional than she was.  Over the course of this remodel, our admiration for Mike and Pat grew; we consider ourselves fortunate to have them do this work.