About 🙋

I have always felt that “It’s up to you to make your dream come true and take the first step”.

I am retired from the US Airforce (35 Years) and I want to share my life, the interesting and fantastic things I have done.

My blog is about the things I like to do and share. Scrapbooking, crafts, love to cook and thoughts that makes a person think. I have just recently taken up photography, my favorites, the wildlife in my backyard. I have spent my life traveling and meeting people from all over the world and I want to share my pictures and thoughts about all the traveling. The next best thing is sharing about my family and my favorite recipes. A favorite quote of mine is “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind….it doesn’t  matter” Mark Twain

I have traveled to so many places. Some for work and some for fun. I have been to Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Wales, Spain, Newfoundland, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Belize, Roatan, Martinque, Cozumel, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Bahamas, Bermuda, San Juan, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Massachusetts, New York, North and South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Guam, Toronto, Azores, Mexico, Our Nations Capital, Nevada, Oklahoma, Hawaii Islands and Indiana. Copenhagen, Normandy France, Belgium, Paris and the Netherlands.

The four reasons I joined the Air Force are:

  1. My family
  2. I wanted to travel
  3. Meet people from all over the world
  4. Learn a job so when I retired I would be prepared for the civilian life

My fathers father was in the Switzerland Military and it went from there. His five brothers along with my father joined the military at an early age. Along with them many of my cousins joined and their children. I would have to say that the military is in my blood. When I retired I was the last of the women in the military from our family but there are many men still in.

The military opened my eyes to a life I am so glad that I made. From meeting people, learning a job, the travel is unbelievable and protecting our country.

I started in the US Air Force in 1979. I was Active Duty and then went on to be an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) in the US Air Force. My first job was an Environmentalist I protected the men and women exposed to noise, chemicals, heat and cold. I did much more, but my main job was to protect airman from getting ill from their job and environment. My next job was a field medic and I was the medical person for our Security Police. And also at that time I was a Public Heath NCOIC. That job is just like your local Health Department. With this job I prepared personnel to deploy to a war situation.

The military allowed me to take college classes so I completed my BA in Psychology before I retired.

I think the most important thing that happened to me was meeting my husband of 18 years.  We were in the same Medical Unit in Michigan but we really did not know each other. We started dating at David Grant Medical Center in California ended up working at the 127th Medical Group in Michigan than on to a CRTC Base in Upper Michigan than down to the 110th Medical Group also in Michigan. My husband now works for the Army. What is funny is my husband is from San Antonio Texas and I am from lower Michigan. If we had not met him in the military I would not have a best friend and a husband.

I am very proud to have served but I have now retired and moving on to a new life. From wearing combat boots and ABUs to dresses and heels.

I love scrapbooking and I have made many books for family but I am now working on a book of my career. I also like making crafts from old used pieces. I started scrapbooking when I needed to learn to relax. What started out as something to do once in awhile turned into much more. I became a dealer for a scrapbook company and started scrapbooking on weekends. My craft room could be a small craft store.

Before I joined the military I was a butcher at the family store which led to catering and that is how I learned my love of cooking. When I tell people I was a butcher at one time I don’t think they believe me. I really enjoyed the job but I wanted much more.

I hope you enjoy my blog, this is something new for me.

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I have another blog The Traveling Lady please cheek it out.

Just remember “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple” Dr. Suess

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178 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. theoldfellowgoesrunning
    Dec 06, 2014 @ 23:01:57

    Was going over my stats page on my list of followers this evening when I discovered your follow over a couple of months ago.
    Honestly don’t know how you “fell through the cracks” as the saying goes, but I am truly sincerely sorry that I have missed out in over 2 months of following you in return, and feel dreadful.
    Looking forward to making up lost time, and spending time here.


  2. Sharmin
    Dec 21, 2014 @ 13:24:21

    Hello, this is first time I read something in your blog and really I like it! I am very irregular blogger so I have taken a long time to read your blog. I did not know you were in US Air Force. Interesting matter is, my father was in Army and my uncle is in Air Force. But, that is not the reason to choose your blog of course. I like your writing! Best wishes!


  3. David Howell
    Dec 21, 2014 @ 20:56:18

    Hey there– I hope all is well and that you are enjoying your family during the holiday season! I wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know I posted an interview I did with a fellow blogger a couple of weeks ago, and she mentioned your blog in the interview as one of her favorites. I linked to your from the post– hope that’s ok!

    If you’re interested in taking a look, it’s on the “Interviews” page of my site. It will be the one listed as “Interview #4…”, it’s with Terri Webster-Schrandt. I thought you’d probably like to know in case you wanted to reach out and thank her. 🙂

    Warmest Regards!


  4. The Crafty Lady In Combat Boots
    Dec 23, 2014 @ 18:23:19

    You are quite welcome.


  5. Life in the moment
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 23:09:52

    Hi Crafty Lady in Combat Boots 🙂 I hope you do not mind that I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Go here to receive more information:https://mysweetbullie.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/


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  7. ladyleemanila
    Mar 18, 2015 @ 11:04:22

    Hi Crafty Lady in Combat Boots 🙂 I hope you don’t mind that I have nominated you for the Creative Blogger’s Award. Cheers and keep on blogging. https://ladyleemanila.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/creative-bloggers-award/


  8. rajatchaks
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 02:32:06

    Hi Lady

    How have you been? Long time we spoke..Thanks a lot for following my blog..and your much needed attention



  9. MiaMusings
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 10:09:59

    Serving one’s country is the best thing one can do. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have it in us. We are too caught up in the rat race of making money and corporate careers to even think about this. Really great to read how your family has all been in the army! And how you have found your calling in writing and the arts! Must be a very different life from the army now. Thanks for following my blog. Look forward to reading your’s.


  10. Oh, the Places We See
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 08:31:33

    Thanks so much for following Oh, the Places We See! What an interesting life you have had! We look forward to reading about your adventures in scrapbooking and photography on your blog. Best wishes for not only adjusting to this new life but flourishing as you explore so many new opportunities! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com


  11. Uncle Spike
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 09:19:37

    Hello from Türkiye… just wanted to say “thank you”, I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process.

    Hope you have a great day…



  12. Jane Lurie
    Apr 20, 2015 @ 20:59:54

    Hi- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. You have an interesting story and blog.


  13. Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 13:34:44

    Firstly, a huge hug and thank you for serving. I appreciate you and your husband for that. Secondly, thank you for the follow. I’m glad you’re here 😀


  14. Becky
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 18:37:20

    Wow! What a fascinating life you have! Your travels alone are pretty impressive! Thank you so much for your service to our country, I really appreciate it and am thankful for people like you who are willing to serve and protect our country. And…thank you for stopping by my blog! It’s an honor to have you join me on my journey!
    Thanks again!


  15. <3 missus <3
    Apr 27, 2015 @ 05:45:24

    Wow, very interesting! You can be proud of yourself ❤ Thanks for following my blog! I loved yours as well and signed up 😀


  16. Allan G. Smorra
    May 02, 2015 @ 09:00:00

    Thank you for following my blog. I have returned the favor and look forward to seeing more of your work.


  17. Dennis Wagoner
    May 04, 2015 @ 22:24:05

    What a great bio page. I enjoyed just reading that! Thank you for following my blog. Always glad to meet new people here. Charlotte and I have a nephew who is very close to us, in the Army. He has been to Iraq and Germany, and is now stationed in North Carolina. I have great respect for you and him, and everyone else who has made a career serving in the Armed Forces. I am following your blog too – it is already too late tonight for me so tomorrow I will start digging through it!


  18. Pain Warriors
    May 06, 2015 @ 23:36:56

    Great blog! I have nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award. If you would like to accept, the rules and more information can be found here: https://painwarriors.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/the-real-neat-blog-award/

    Have a great day! 🙂


  19. dray0308
    May 31, 2015 @ 13:58:43

    Looking forward to following your posts!!


  20. Cindy @ In A Stitch
    Jun 02, 2015 @ 08:52:25

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I am now a follower of yours. I look forward to reading your future posts.


  21. lovetotrav
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 15:08:57

    I love how varied your life has been… as a traveller too, this really appeals to me. From combat boots to scrapbooking to butcher… what interesting choices you have made along the way. I love scrapbooking as well but have found the blogging thing is replacing it. So much easier to post my photos this way! I look forward to reading more. Have a fantastic day. Cheryl


  22. <3 missus <3
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 17:08:19

    Hi dear, I hope you don’t mind – I have nominated you for the Creative Bloggers Award 🙂 See this page for more information about the nomination: https://mymessyworldhere.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/my-very-first-blog-award/


  23. meticulousmick
    Jun 14, 2015 @ 13:35:01

    Crafty Lady, thank you so much for the follow it is truly appreciated. Travel and food, I think I know someone else with whom those two feature very highly . Well came over to say thanks so much for adorning my blog with a follow and to welcome you aboard. Now allow me to take a bit more of a tour of your own work. Have a great week…MM 🍀


  24. cynthiamc1
    Jun 23, 2015 @ 18:01:13

    My husband and I were also in the Air Force, though not for as long as you. Our first child had a T-shirt that said “My Mother Wears Combat Boots.” And so I did 🙂


  25. unexpectedincommonhours
    Jun 23, 2015 @ 22:50:00

    Hello! I just nominated you for the 3 Days 3 Quote Challenge if you would like to participate. You can check out my blog for the rules. https://unexpectedincommonhours.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/3-days-3-quotes-challenge-day-three/


  26. Aanchal
    Jul 17, 2015 @ 10:54:40

    HI Dearie!! Firstly please accept my apologies that I am late in replying back to you. I saw you followed my blog and I am so glad that you liked my experiences hence decided to join me on my journey. Lovely blog, you are so passionate about Air Force and a true traveller.
    I am looking to reading more of your tales.



  27. photobyjohnbo
    Jul 18, 2015 @ 11:12:07

    Thanks for stopping by and following my photo and travel blog. After only a little exploration and reading about you, I know I will enjoy following your work as well. See you later in the blogosphere.


  28. Retirement Lifestyle / Nomadic Adventurer
    Aug 06, 2015 @ 12:13:57

    You have an excellent site with a lifetime of journeys. I find it a privilege to follow your journey.


  29. rododovris
    Aug 09, 2015 @ 16:00:57

    Thank you very much for your time to visit my blog and follow!


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    Aug 23, 2015 @ 21:57:21

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  31. willowdot21
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 16:19:55

    Hi nice to meet you thank you for the follow, I look forward to reading your blog. xxx


  32. phdinmeblog
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:45:02

    Cool! Light and Love, Shona


  33. Kashpals
    Sep 24, 2015 @ 02:32:50

    I have nominated your blog for Sunshine Blogger Award. Please follow this link- http://wp.me/p62nkA-Co


  34. Ayushi joshi
    Apr 19, 2016 @ 09:28:52

    hands down salute. i’m kind off out of words but this is one very interesting blog, glad i came across you, i look foward to reading more from you 😀

    A ❤


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