Sixty-six police officers have been murdered this year up to the time of this writing.   Seems as if it is open season on all Law Enforcement Officers.   The cowardly act just a few days ago of shooting the officer in the back as he was filling up his vehicle – just because he was wearing his uniform.   You may have seen a quiet protest in Texas supporting their officers – no riots, no looting, no violence, just a demonstration in respect of the fallen officer and support for Law Enforcement.   Although a quiet protest is not exciting exciting enough for the media, it has to be horrific so that they can blame the police for most of the problems.   The media is adding to the mayhem by the incorrect reporting they are putting out.

Has anyone taken the time think what life would be without the police to get the criminals  off of the streets, go to domestic violence situations, deliver babies, help people in need and so much more?   I think not!   This country has more killings by guns than any other civilised country in the world.   I wonder why that is?   People talk about the “Second Amendment” and the “right to bear arms”.   I have never seen a part of the Constitution more misused and abused than that.   It is used as an excuse to kill, maim and murder.   Heaven forbid if someone had to give up their gun!   Let’s not have background checks at gun shows, lets find yet another way to circumvent the law.   Why not, it is “our right” to carry a weapon whenever and wherever we please.

The fact that the President seems to have said or done nothing about this slaughter is a disgrace.   Is he also too afraid to stand up to the NRA.   These officers protect him also.   Does he not think that they deserve his support?   How many more fallen officers will there be before this Administration decides to acknowledge and do something about this situation ?

How many more police, citizens and innocent children are going to be murdered by these crazy people who are able to obtain guns anytime?   What will it take to get this country to do something about gun laws?   We have a government that is so concerned about getting re-elected that they are too cowardly to stand up to the NRA and other groups that insist guns are necessary in a civilised society!!!

Children are murdered at school, innocent bystanders are killed just because someone “missed their target”.   Police are being set up, called out for domestic situations or trying to help a motorist who has “broken down” on the road.   Just yesterday, a Deputy went to assist a motorist on the side of the road only to be shot at !!!   Fortunately she was not hurt and this madman was taken into custody.

This is not the 1700’s but the 21st century.   Is it not time to rethink the gun laws and get the politicians to stand up to these groups?   What does it tell you about them (the politicians) when they are more concerned with their re-election than people’s lives?   If these crazies want to kill themselves, well that is sad but they have NO RIGHT to murder others before taking their own lives.   Who made them God?

Politicians are voted in by the people and can be voted out.   If the people of this country would stand up and tell their representatives “enough is enough” they would pay attention.   After all, they do not wanted to lose their jobs!  Let’s make our voices heard and do something about the carnage that is taking place in this country – my philosophy in life is that silence means consent.   If one does not say anything, it means that one agrees with what is happening.   It is a case of “speak up or shut up”.   Let’s speak up and try to get something done about this terrible position in which we find ourselves.

The Police Officer.    As of late, the most maligned, disrespected, spit upon. put upon person working in the public sector !!!   He/she puts their life on the line every time they put on their uniform and go out on the streets to protect us.   I am aware that there are good and bad in every walks of life but to choose a profession like this you must really care about your fellow person.

A police officer recently pulled over a young female cyclist who was riding, at night, without lights.   She cut straight in front of the cruiser and could have been injured.   When pulled over, she gave the officer “the finger” and said “why did you pull me over, I did not do anything”.   The officer explained to her about riding without lights and that she could receive a very expensive ticket.   Upon hearing that, she broke down and explained that she was saving for a car.   Currently, she had to bike an hour each way to get to work and after paying rent, had very little money left.   The outcome of this of this “meeting” was that the officer put her and her bycicle in the cruiser, took her to a store, purchased lights for her bycicle, installed them for her and told her to be careful and sent her on her way.

I think that was a very kind, caring and considerate action of this officer and hope that young lady appreciates what was done for her and will pay it forward.   A little kindness in this world goes a long way.   It is what we need more of.

“Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend has come home drunk and is beating you again.

Today I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school.

Today I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized.

Today I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief.

Today I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or has been in a terrible accident.

Today I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child you were to busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived.

No, today I will not do that.


Because Today I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway.

Today I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out.

Today I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen. Today I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer.

Today I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was to busy.

Today I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery.

Today I was killed doing my job.

A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father or mother won’t be coming home today.

The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today but most people won’t know why. There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps will be played as I am laid to rest.

My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere. A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn.

There will be no cries for justice. There will be no riots in the streets. There will be no officers marching, screaming “no justice, no peace.”

No citizens will scream that something must be done. No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called.

Only someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about.

I was a police officer.”


When I was growing up in England we were VERY poor – throughout the year my Mum did not know how she would feed the family from day to day!

Christmas time was very special.   Two weeks before the holiday, Dad used to work two jobs going to work during the day and sorting parcels at the Post Office at night.   I don’t know how he managed to do this but he did    That meant that we would have a real family Christmas with a couple of toys each for my two brothers and myself, a lovely holiday meal that Mum put together including mince pies and Christmas cake, nuts and fruit.   Truly a feast that we would remember for the rest of the year.

Christmas morning my brothers and I were up and ready to open our packages but Mum would not let us until my Dad got up.   He was catching up on his sleep from two weeks of going without almost any.   Mum said that without Dad’s hard work, there would not be a holiday so we would wait for him.

I remember spending time with the family especially the younger of my two brothers (who unfortunately passed away way too soon).  Brian loved classical music especially that “attached” to the Royal Air Force.   We spent many hours listening and discussing the music especially “Spitfire Prelude”.   Those are very precious memories of Christmas and my brother.

Life for me is certainly not so hard now and I really appreciate how fortunate I am and try to help those who are in difficulty.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday filled with precious memories and a happy and healthy New Year.




Reindeer Beer : Looking for something fun to make for a holiday gift?   These “reindeers” create a lot of smiles.

To make them, you will require the following :

(1) 6-pack of beer of your choice

(1) package of chanelle pipe cleaners

(1) package of small red pom-poms

(1) package of plastic or sugar eyes

Contact cement.

Take one of the pipe cleaners and fold in half, but make a flat base for attachment to the top of the beer bottle.   Twist each half to give them a “knotted” look.  Take another pipe cleaner and cut into four pieces.   Twist two of the pieces onto each half of the pipe cleaner to create an “antler”.   Glue to the cap of the beer bottle and also cover with a small piece of clear tape to ensure that the antler will stay upright.

Place a dab of glue on the bottle where you would like the eyes and  nose to be placed.   Wait for approximately a minute or two and then attach them.  Follow the same method for each bottle until finished. Allow to stand overnight to allow attachments to be completely  set.

If beer is not your beverage of choice, this will work well with any slim-necked bottle.

Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!


When I was a little girl growing up in England,  at 11.00 am on Veteran’s Day, there was the sound of a cannon going off or bells ringing all over the country to alert us to a 2-minute silence. EVERYONE (including traffic) stopped for 2-minutes of complete silence out of respect and to remember those who had fallen in both wars.   The silence was deafening – a complete country come almost to a standstill.   (If I remember correctly, it was usually a Sunday nearest to the actual date)

I was born sometime after the Second World War and later found out that my dad had been rescued off of Dunkirk Beach.   Winston Churchill had asked anyone that had anything that would float to go across the English Channel and bring the British soldiers off of the beach so that they could fight another day and we would not lose the war!   The Germans had forced them down onto the beach and were about to murder as many as they could.   The first boat dad was on was blown up.   He was fished out of the water and put into another boat, but was very badly injured.   When he arrived in England he was patched up and convalesced for three months.   When dad recovered, he was offered a “nice safe home posting”- he thought that was great.   He was sent to London to do bomb disposal for the rest of the war !!!

I remember my brothers and myself playing in our small kitchen with coloured drawings – I later found out that they were the drawings my dad had done of the inside of the bombs so that he knew which wires to cut!

I am forever grateful to my dad and people like him in that war and to the many other brave people who  have fought around the world for the freedom we have now.   God bless them all.

This month is designated as “Breast Cancer Month” but I am sure that anyone who lives with this disease, it is “every month”.    Our company decided to donate 5% of our total orders for October to go towards research.

Now, it is closer to home – I had an email from my brother and sister-in-law informing me that my niece has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is due to have a full masectomy on the 13th November.   As one can imagine, she is in complete shock as she lives a very simple life in the South of France with her partner Larry.

What does one do in a situation such as this except be supportive, even from a long distance?   We are praying that all goes well and hoping to go and visit next year.

We wish Karen and all of the people out there dealing with this illness, or any other, our very best for a full recovery.




Claire Bowman Cake Lace mix (# 18280) is an innovative new product that allows one to make edible lace for wedding cakes, celebration cakes, cupcakes – wherever your imagination takes you!

Mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions, spread onto the silicone mat (using icing spreader # 1325) and place in the oven at 80 degrees C (175F) for 12 – 15 minutes.   Remove from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes.   Carefully remove from the mat and the lace is ready to use.   Cake lace may be made ahead of time and stored for 2-3 months as it will stay moist and pliable.   Double wrap each piece in greaseproof paper and store flat in a zip-lock bag.

The lace may be coloured when mixing, and/or dusted with pearl dust before attachment to your project.   It may also be hand-piped if mixed and left to stand overnight (covered) to allow the air bubbles to dissipate.

The uses and designs for this product are endless.

We have just returned from our Son’s wedding in Florida.   Our son is a police officer and his new wife works with a dermatologist.

Actually getting there was quite an adventure.   The night before we left, we received a text from US Air that our flight had been delayed for approximately 40 minutes !   Based upon this information, we arrived at the airport at 6.00 am the following morning, went through security only to find that the flight was delayed a further hour!!   The long and short of it was that we were delayed three hours and were sent to five different gates before actually boarding our flight.   To add insult to injury, we were delayed a further 30 minutes because the pilot said that we had to “wait for catering as they were empty”.   Why bother, the airlines don’t really serve anything unless you are charged an arm and leg anyway!

I had shipped my decorating tools down the week before and had baked and frozen the wedding cake and desserts and shipped them overnight so that I could start decorating when we arrived.   As you can imagine, I was somewhat stressed at the delay.  It was quite a feat getting everything finished but all turned out well at the end of the day.   A beautiful wedding.

As my husband pointed out, it would not behove anyone to make the mistake of trying to rob the wedding party – about half of the guests were police officers


There is so much going on this month. The World Cup, Father’s Day and were you aware that June is officially National Candy Month? To off-set our love of candy, this month is also National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month! How can we combine all of these events?

I have to say, I am not much of a sports fan but it is exciting watching all the players compete against each other, striving to do their best for their team and their country. My son, who is a sports addict supports “The Gunners” (An English team -Arsenal). I have never really understood the teams for the World Cup. Certainly in the UK, the team players are drawn from other teams all around the country to make up the “World Cup Team”. I personally think that is not a very good idea – they do not really have enough time to play together and get to know each other’s foibles. That of course is my opinion, which is probably completely incorrect!

My Dad passed away a number of years ago but he would have loved National Candy Month – he had a very sweet tooth. In fact, as a small child I remember him making cake sandwiches! and he loved biscuits (cookies) also. Come to think of it, he loved anything sweet. He was one of the lucky ones who NEVER put on any weight. He just seemed able to eat whatever he pleased without any real consequences. He and my mother were both great cooks and bakers. I am sure that is where my love of baking comes from.

Enjoy all of the events of this month – I’m sure the Dad’s will be enjoying the World Cup.

Happy visiting with the Dad s of the world.