On this Memorial Day, let's remember
why it's on our calendars and honor those
who fought for and even gave their own lives
that we might enjoy our Freedom.
This fun and slightly distressed (ok, a lot distressed!) monster is the Progressive Challenge image from Limited Runs for May/June. The expression on his face just shouted that he had tasted his coffee and found something horribly wrong.
It reminded me of an incident when I was probably 10 or 11. I wanted to do something really special for my dad on Father's Day. He was never one for big, noisy, celebrations, especially when he was the object of them, and he had announced that he planned on going off early in the morning to spend the day fishing; no fuss, no muss, no celebration. After a few minutes of begging to go with him, he agreed and I said I'd fix the picnic basket of lunch and snacks.
I suppose I made sandwiches or maybe even potato salad (one of his favorites) but what I really remember was the thermos of coffee. He loved coffee and drank it year round, cold weather or hot. His coffee thermos went everywhere with him. I made coffee as soon as I woke up and, because I might end up drinking some of it myself if there was nothing else available, I added a bit of sugar since I really didn't care for the taste of coffee back then. It's an acquired taste, you know. :-D
We were probably 10 or 15 miles from home when Dad had me pour him his first cup from the thermos, and his face turned an apoplectic red, then white as he swallowed a big mouthful. Dad took his coffee black - no adulteration allowed! He looked just like that Coffee Monster! lol As I remember, we turned around, went back home, remade the coffee, and then went fishing. He never scolded me about it but it remained a long-standing joke between us for the rest of his life. :-D
OK, after that rather long story, here's my card. Consider it a salute to the greatest dad who ever lived (and a WWII vet, also!)
Colored with ProMarkers
Image and sentiment cut with Dare 2B Artzy dies
Background CS cut with same D2BA dies
Die cut circles inlaid into background
Satin bow dyed with ProMarker, pearl added
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Creative Craft Cottage
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Simon Says Stamp & Show
Take a moment and thank a veteran, won't you? Happy Crafting. NanaConnie