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. Frugal Fish
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:53:12

    First, thank you for serving. I have great respect for those who defend my freedom. Second, thank you for liking my post, “Microwave Cover Colander.”


  2. gnomy7
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 00:13:30

    I would love more hear more of your experiences, instead of just shared pictures 🙂
    Just a thought, maybe you could make it easier for us to read your experiences.



  3. ripplesnreflectiontimes
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 16:24:25

    Interesting because i am serving in the forces too as a doctor. Wishing you the best in your second innings! 🙂


  4. Beth Johnson
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 16:32:23

    Did you ever feel lonely as you traveled? Do you have a companion?


  5. trablog
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 16:40:24

    What an interesting life you have! awesome


  6. amommasview
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 23:11:29

    Well, you definitely have a great story to tell! I believe traveling opens your mind, your eyes and hopefully your heart as well. It teaches you. And you’ve been to so many places! What a great opportunity. Interesting that the military roots are leading back to your Grandfather (right) having served in the Swiss Army and your family chose to do likewise.
    In Switzerland the Army is a duty and you are not free to choose. Did your Grandfather serve during WWII? My Dad, who was in the Army during that time (he is much older than my mom and could easily be my Granddad) told us heaps of stories about protecting the borders back in the days. And actually hoping that Hitler would never really try to match into Switzerland…


  7. 6hawks
    Sep 28, 2014 @ 22:27:52

    Hey Lady! Thanks for following my blog, 6hawks.com. I’m following yours too. I’m retired after 10 years active Air Force and 16 more in the reserve. Got both a bachelors and masters in psych through the GI Bill and have been a shrink for 40 years. Served at David Grant Med Center also. Small world. Like your blog. Keep sharing!


  8. caputos
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 20:10:59

    Thanks for the follow. I look forward to exploring your page!


  9. kittychats
    Oct 01, 2014 @ 18:33:23

    Really knocked out by your blog – so full of energy and ideas. Thank you for sharing!


  10. Manu Michael sdb
    Oct 02, 2014 @ 00:08:43

    thanks for following my blog…i had a glance at your blog, i am sure i will come back to it, nice thoughts – thank you


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  12. canaf
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 16:53:12

    I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. If you want to accept this award, the information is found here: http://faithfulhomesteader.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/liebster-award/. There is no pressure.


  13. lensandpensbysally
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 19:53:17

    Thanks for becoming a subscriber. Happy blogging.


  14. Karen
    Oct 11, 2014 @ 16:46:35

    Hello, I’ve nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. I’ve written about it here, with your next steps : http://wp.me/3LOJZ


  15. Deborah Drucker
    Oct 11, 2014 @ 21:38:01

    Well get ready for another award 🙂 I just nominated you for the Liebster Award. For information and instructions go to my blog here: http://notestiedonthesagebrush.wordpress.com/


  16. riturang
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 10:27:07

    Your about page brought a pleasant smile to my face. I am really curious to know and learn more on scrap booking, as I too like to collect little somethings from my travels


  17. johannisthinking@wordpress.com; pedalpushingthoughts@wordpresss.com
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 10:51:51

    You are an amazing woman! Thank you for the service you gave to our country! You have seen much and done much and are still on the go! WOW! You inspire me to continue to grow and to be! My oldest brother was in the Air Force, but didn’t make it back. You are courageous and I have great respect for your dedication and service…your entire family has given much! Very interesting blog that you have and I look forward to visiting you again!


  18. The Sound of Summer
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 03:23:56

    Nice to see another Veteran here. I served 9 years in the Royal Navy and 29 years as a cop. I will enjoy following your blog 🙂


  19. jmgriz
    Oct 14, 2014 @ 18:29:19

    I love your blog, and I look forward to reading more. You seem like a very interesting person. Thanks for following my blog as well. 🙂


  20. angelamccauley
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 07:10:52

    Hello, thank you for reading my blogs. You have a wealth of experience. Thank you for writing. I have been a warrior too in the battle to raise fourteen children and stay alive after having cancer. May you enjoy a long life.


  21. Evolving ruminations
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 09:03:02

    Hey! I love your blog (you probably know :P), and I have nominated you for A Lovely Blog Award AND the Liebster Award for being as fantisctic as you! If you would like to participate in this, please see my post:


    If you don’t want to participate or if you already have one, just enjoy basking in the glory of the fact that I think your blog is truly awesome 🙂 😀


  22. Franz
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 17:20:34


  23. motherhendiaries
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 06:02:01

    Hello there, again, Crafty Lady! Thank you so kindly for following me – looks like you have a terrific blog here yourself! 🙂 I have precious little time for undertaking loads of crafts myself, but I always appreciate seeing what others can do. Ditto for pretty much all other home projects… 🙂 Life is a crazy ride! I look forward to hearing about your own! Mother Hen


  24. jilliansheilas
    Oct 22, 2014 @ 13:09:54

    I think your blog is fantastic! I see you’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award a LOT, but I’m nominating you anyway. You can see my post here if you’d like: http://pinkpanthersnipes.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/one-lovely-blog-award. I will still love your blog whether you participate (again) or not!


  25. Princess
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 17:24:18

    Thanks for stopping by and following me, your life sounds so interesting and I’m looking forward to reading more, when I get a moment to sit down.


  26. Banned Books Club
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 21:12:13

    Thanks for stopping by and following. I’ve been looking through yours and it’s pretty interesting. Seems like you’ve led a very full life so far. Congrats on your retirement and I hope you’re enjoying it.

    Hopefully more females in your family will serve in the Armed Forces. Thank you and those in your family your service.


  27. neveah1
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 08:32:54

    Thank you for following my blog. Your life sounds fascinating I will have to visit your travelling blog:-)


  28. kemeah
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 20:27:59

    Hi! Thanks for following my blog. I’m actually currently in the Air Force myself (and originally from Michigan, lol). Its always nice to meet a fellow Airman. ^-^


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  30. Tony
    Oct 27, 2014 @ 17:32:27

    Just a quick note to say thanks for all the post ‘likes’. Really makes my day.


  31. Princess
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 21:24:09

    Hi, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, you can read all about it at


  32. Barbara
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 17:12:04

    Thanks for your service. My father had served in the Air Force after first serving in the Army Air Corps in WWII and I have been working on editing his letters home from both WWII and Korea: http://pittmanlettersproject.com

    You should definitely work on a book about your experiences.


  33. maddmombetty
    Nov 01, 2014 @ 22:50:08

    What rank did you retire as?
    My dad was a survivor of the Bataan Death March in WWII and he also served in the Korean war. He retired as a Captain in the Air Force. Started out as the Army/Air Corps…but I’m sure you know that! My mom was also an Army nurse, and that’s how they met…she was his nurse when he came back from the war.
    My brother served in Viet Nam (Navy) and my hubby spent 7 1/2 years in the Army. And my military history goes clear back to the Revolutionary War.
    Anyway, so much for my life history! 🙂
    Thanks so much for your service! And thanks for popping over to my blog, so I found (and am now following) yours!


    • The Crafty Lady In Combat Boots
      Nov 02, 2014 @ 00:14:38

      My husband’s great cousin Col Dyess was also a Bataan Death March survivor. I retired as a E 8 in AirForce. I had many cousin in Vietnam and most of them committed suicide. My great grandfather belonged to the Switzerland military. I had my father and uncles in the Korean War and WWII. My husband retired from Air Force and now is a contractor for the Army. Thank you for stopping by.


  34. bill theunfetteredpreacher cote
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 14:11:25

    Thank you for your service and for following my blog


  35. myjourneytohealth14
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 21:43:32

    Hi Crafty Lady! I was drawn in by your blog name, and thoroughly enjoyed reading a bit about you. I also would like to say thank you for your service. Please keep writing-it appears you have so much to share!


  36. Wandering Dawgs
    Nov 05, 2014 @ 11:42:10

    Thank you for your service and for following my blog. I’m an Air Force brat.


  37. sugarcoated91
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 17:36:54

    Hello there, thanks for following my blog. You have some beautiful photos here and interesting posts. I’m definitely following you back 🙂


  38. emmalmoore
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 20:04:05

    Your story on your about page is very intriguing. I’m curious to see what’s coming. Blessings.


  39. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 20:05:40

    This got me a bit teary. My father (I never knew him) was a B-24 pilot in WWII, KIA over Germany in 1944 when I was 3 months old. Needless to say, I have a very weak spot in my heart for all our Vets. Thank you, Crafty Lady. Enjoy this gentler part of your life.


  40. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 20:06:16

    Oh, and thanks for following me.


  41. emmalmoore
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 20:07:12

    Thanks for following my blog. Hope you will continue to enjoy it. Blessings.


  42. Mathukutty P. V.
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 20:29:19

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. your blog look great


  43. Retired2Travel
    Nov 08, 2014 @ 02:32:31

    Thank you for your follow. It’ll be amazing to read your stories once you get into the swing of writing about yourself. Hopefully it won’t be long 🙂


  44. unexpectedincommonhours
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 23:40:42

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I have returned the favor and look forward to reading your posts. And thank you for service to our country. Thinking of all of our veterans, especially on this Veterans’ Day.


  45. Mathukutty P. V.
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 09:21:40

    Thanks for visiting my blog and like my post. your blog look great


  46. ingvartchibo777
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 15:15:08

    Что бы стать медиком: надо иметь характер. А еще и военным медиком это сильно.Ваш блог мне очень понравился. Есть с чего брать пример.


  47. Passenger
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 14:39:20

    Thank you for stopping by. Be at peace and thank you for your service.


  48. Wandering Iris
    Nov 17, 2014 @ 23:36:16

    Thank you for following my blog. I like what I see on yours. You will be fun to follow.


  49. Middlemay Farm
    Nov 22, 2014 @ 09:01:11

    Wow, what an interesting life you’ve led! Thanks for serving in the military. I REALLY appreciate it!


  50. wysjoyfulcompany
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 00:15:59

    Thank you for sharing. Your life is full of excitement and Ways of Wellness.


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