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I can see right now that I am going to have to upgrade my printer if I am going to be serious about scanning artwork to digital to sell online. This printer/scanner is almost 10 years old and while it still works, I haven't been able to install the software that came with it on to my computer ever since I upgraded to WIN 7 and therefore can't scan at higher resolution. Grrr
It took forever to get here but with a new outlook and a new plan I am back in business. Not much in my stores right now but like my Facebook page and you will be kept updated on every new addition to each site I am working on.
TRAVERSE CITY -- A family's 4th of July celebrations took a turn for the worst when a young man nearly drowned. Family members were able to save him in time, but there's a long road to recovery for Army National Guardsman Chris Schenk. Schenk served two tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it's what happened close to home that may truly change his life. The Schenk family had been parked out on the Torch Lake sandbar, getting ready to watch the 4th of July fireworks show when Chris decided to go for a swim. His mother saw him motionless at the bottom of the lake a couple minutes later, but wasn’t sure if something was wrong. Chris’s dad says at first he thought his son was just trying to hold his breath, but the situation went from a joke to terrifying in an instant. “It’s not like in the movies where they bounce back, cough up the water and they're okay,” said Brian Schenk, Chris' father. Brian Schenk jumped into the waist-deep water to pull out his 29 year old son. “It was really hard to be blessed enough to save him from drowning and then turn around and find out that he's got a neck injury that's right up at the top vertebrae: C1," the elder Schenk said. When Chris dove into the lake, he hit his head, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak. Doctors say the damage appears permanent. But family members say, if there's any way to improve and beat the odds, Chris will find it. “He’s the kind of person that if the hospital told him to sit still for six weeks, he'd do it," Schenk said. "He follows doctor’s orders like sergeant’s orders." Family members have been by Chris' side all hours of the day, with people in the waiting room and sleeping by his side in the Intensive Care Unit. “He was one of the reasons I knew I could join the military," said Elizabeth Stayman, Schenk's cousin. "I went with Air Force, which is a little bit different of a path, but just wanting to serve his country... I wanted to do the same.” Chris's father wants that inspiration to spread. “There's no question about his honor… So what we're hoping to get is a sense of a worldwide family that realizes our soldiers are like that.” There are two separate fundraiser accounts set up in Chris's honor: one from his family and one from Chris's military brothers. They're hoping to raise money to help with medical bills and transportation for treatment. They also want to get a van with handicap accessibility. Schenk will remain in the ICU for at least another week before heading to the University of Michigan for rehabilitation and maximizing abilities. The family is hoping he'll be able to regain communication skills. They say Chris was in great condition before the accident, so they hope he’ll be a prime candidate for some trial treatments like cell regeneration. Schenk is a father-to-be. His girlfriend is pregnant with his son. She is due in November. Over the 4th of July weekend, SGT Chris Schenk had an unfortunate boating accident that has left him in the hospital in pretty bad shape, and has left the rest of us waiting impatiently for answers. What will happen in the near future is out of our hands and no one is certain which direction his condition will go. One thing that we do know is that Chris and his family will need our help. Whatever happens, there will be a long road ahead for all parties involved, and his friends and Hooligan brothers are being called upon to do what they can to support the challenging road that will most certainly follow. Chris is an 11 year combat veteran who started his career with the 125th infantry in November of 2002. He deployed to Iraq in 2006, and to Afghanistan in 2011. He also has a girlfriend who is 7 months pregnant, and he will be the father of a baby boy in the very near future. The Hooligans of the 125th infantry, and their friends and family are raising as much money as we possibly can to donate to Chris and his family in this extremely challenging time. Please help us in our quest to fight for our brother as he has fought for us and his country. All proceeds will go to the family of SGT Chris Schenk where they will be able to use it however will help them best.
Here is the latest news from the hospital that Chris is in. Chris suffered serious injury to his spinal cord and has been left paralyzed from the neck down. He now rests on life support and has been given the prognosis of vent dependent quadriplegic. The dr's speculate the damage is permanent, but the hooligan brothers know that an infantry man's odds are different from the average citizen. His family is in search of alternate options and other opinions as to what the possibilities are. Within the next few weeks, they are looking at moving him to a different location that specializes in this type or rehab, and they're hoping it will advance his condition in the right direction. The family is taking on a lot of personal expenses, and really need our help to get him going in the right direction. During a recent visit with Chris, we could see that he was in generally good spirits, but now he's trying to get used to the trach they put in. He was mouthing words to us, and asking us questions and stuff. Seeing how we were doing and what we were up to these days. No sound came out so we had to decipher what he was saying, but he was smiling the entire time i was in the room with him and asking his sister for ice chips as he is now allowed to have them on occasion.
The state of Michigan is bullying a small family farm because the owner spoke out against a new ruling against small farms and because of all of his pigs, he owns 3 that resemble Russian Boars (which Michigan contends is an invasive species).
Picked up some magnetic words at a garage sale (tag sale) over the weekend. Finally got to sit down and give it a try. This is what I came up first. Vanish Voice Long to wander Whisper Murmur Need Silence & Snowflakes I remember Winter
I found a little something a couple of months back that has helped me immensely although I need to add UPDATE BLOG to the list. There are so many things to choose from out there including pencil and paper to keep a person on track to get certain tasks done but this is the one that seemed to work for me. I had a HUGE project, and I got it all done and on time thanks to WorkFlowy Give it a try. It's free
What American author, credited with writing 27 thriller novels (and also wrote under 2 pseudonyms) wrote all of his manuscripts entirely in pencil and had to have his wife type them up before they could be submitted to the publisher?
Take your time, think it over. I'll post the answer a little later today.
In 45 years I have never, EVER picked up a hitchhiker. I would read all the horror stories of those who had and that was more than enough to deter me. Tonight, I broke that vow. Standing at the exit of an off ramp to the nearby interstate was a thin figure dressed in dirty jeans and a too-large Army surplus coat and hat with a mountain hiking backpack on his back. He was accompanied by a dog who looked to be the offspring of a pointer and a beagle.
I was headed to the other side of town and noticed him as I passed by. The further I got down the road, I more I felt the tug that I should turn around. Reaching my destination, I discovered it was closed. Some would call that a coincidence but I don't believe in coincidence so I turned around and headed back.
As I approached the off ramp, I could see him still standing there but the sign he held was at his side now: discouraged, just staring at the traffic. I drove past the intersection and pulled over on the shoulder. I know, don't remind me. I was by myself but whether you want to call it the hand of God on my shoulder, the call of the universe or just a motherly instinct, I had to stop.
I crossed the road while the light was on red and called out "Where ya headed?" He turned around, surprised. "Chicago". His dog barked once and looked nervous. I could see his sign now. It had his destination printed on it and the word "hungry."
"I can't get you to Chicago but I can get you both something to eat."
"Thank you so much."
This guy turned out to be little more than a kid. He was 19 or 20. He had an I.D. on him but I wasn't looking at his birthdate. His name was Tim, I think. I read it and I heard him say it but my memory is no longer all it is supposed to be so I could be wrong about that. But I DO remember the dog's name: Scurvy. He was very polite and very grateful albeit a little stinky.
Tim and Scurvy hopped in the van. He told me he had hitched his way down to Florida to attend the memorial of a hitchhiking friend of his who had been killed on the road down there. The mother in me wanted to remind him of the dangers but I held back; I'm sure he already knows. Now, he just wanted to get back to Chicago: to go home.
Another van had stopped earlier with a couple and their friend and a dog. They were heading to Illinois and offered to take him but they could barely scrape up gas money let alone feed him. They told him they were going to WalMart and if he wanted to go, to meet them there before they left.
I bought him a meal at Wendy's then pulled into WalMart's parking lot. He pointed out the big blue van in the back corner under a light. I pulled my van next to theirs. They were a pitiful looking bunch. Modern day cross between hippies and gypsies but they were all so polite. Tina seemed to be the wife/girlfriend of the male driver. She shook my hand and thanked me for bringing Tim over and getting him something to eat.
I ran into WalMart and bought a bag of dog food for Scurvy. The others had a dog also so I got a bigger bag, and a bottle of water - so the dogs had something to wash the dry food down with.
When I came out, there was a police officer there assessing the situation. I ignored him as I handed the food to Tim and wished him a safe journey home. Tina thanked me again and they all waved as I pulled away. As an afterthought I should've gotten their picture but I forgot.
I may never do that again but sometimes, you just have to.
One of the people I follow on Facebook has a furbaby who is really sick. This came on suddenly and she needs help with the vet expenses. If you want to pay it forward for 2013, please consider donating. Even $1 or $2. Everything helps. Thank you.