A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was having a Cookie exchange for Christmas. I invited 25 people; if I get that many would be a great achievement. I am hosting this at my house and those of you that read this blog know I live in Pensacola, Florida. I love to entertain. My thoughts are leaning to an outside garden party, because I live in Florida and the weather will be beautiful. In my mind I have little bistro tables with lacy table clothes. Pretty fall center pieces and fairy lights. I will be serving Champagne Punch, the recipe my girlfriend Carole serves, with fresh raspberries. I also am going to make some finger foods. This is being held in the late afternoon/early evening.
I like to cook, bake, do some canning, freeze a couple of meals and eat it all! I have the backyard thought out but the front yard was a challenge. I went online for ideas. I was online for over 3 hours. Yes, 3 hours, you see one thing then click on something else. But what I found was flags, banners, and signs, all to do with FOOD.
I started looking at Welcome signs and from there I went to Cheers, Wine, Candy, Watermelon, Pumpkins, Jalapenos, Turkey, Strawberries and Pineapple. Then there are carnival foods: Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs, Cotton Candy, Sno Cones, Pizza and Italian Ice. Knowing a few people with delis/bistro type restaurants, I am thinking these would be great for everyday or specialty sales! Welcome and Open flags and banners. Your flag could be tres chic, rustic, cutesy or just plain fun. If those ideas do not tickle you, do you know we can custom make your flag, banner or sign? Whether you need one for your place of business or you are on a committee that needs to get the word out about your organization, fundraiser, school or campaign this idea is really an eye catcher.
To finish off my Garden Cookie Coup, I am using a Welcome Garden Flag and stringing fairy lights along the ground to make a path. I am making wedding cookies, one of my favorites, melt in your mouth buttery goodness. Here is a picture of them. Maybe it is early enough to have your own Cookie exchange…
The Coast Guard turned 224 years old yesterday August 4, 2014. Beginning in 1790, Congress commissioned a flotilla of 10 to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. (www.military.com) The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations in our government. The original name was Revenue Marine and the Revenue Cutter Service the name was changed in 1915 when the government joined the Service with the Life-Saving Service to form an organization to serve all maritime services. Including, saving life at sea, enforcing our nation’s maritime laws, aid to maritime navigation, operating the nation’s Lighthouses, Merchant Marine licensing and inspection, since 2003 the Coast Guard has served under the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard has been a defensive frontline in its long esteemed history.
The Women’s Reserve of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve program (officially nicknamed the “SPARs”), was first established in 1942. LCDR Dorothy Stratton transferred from the Navy WAVES to serve as the director of the SPARs. A total of 978 women officers and 11,868 enlisted women served in the SPARs during World War II. (www.uscg.mil) although women were keepers of lighthouses as early as the 1830’s. In 1973, Congressional legislation ended the Women’s Reserve and women were first officially integrated into the active-duty Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserve. This background is sparse (this is a blog!). For more 411 please check out the USCG link.
My girlfriend Melanie and I graduated from high school in 1979. I asked Melanie to tell her story.
What age were u when joined?
I went into the Coast Guard through the “Delayed Enlistment Program” in signed up when I was 17 yrs, I forged my mothers signature to the paper work.
Why the USCG versus another branch of the military?
Actually, there are 2 reasons – 1st one is that I got interested when in 6th grade on a field trip to an air station in Port Angeles, WA. Then I figured I’d go into a smaller military thinking that there may be better opportunities. I was not offered very many opportunities after high school.
What opportunities were offered u as a women?
None really, it was 1979 and they men including the officers thought of the women as “moral incentives for the men” kind of sucked. (that is another story in itself)
What were your duties?
I was first stationed in Cape May, New Jersey (Boot camp). While in Cape May I won a push up contest against the guys and I was approached by an officer and asked if I would be interested in being the very first “Full Time” fire fighter in Kodiak, AK. Silly me thought why not. That was the hardest job I have ever had. Men usually only need to prove themselves once with other men, I was forced to proved my abilities daily (I had to carry 200lb men up and down ladders in and out of windows, etc…every stinking day. Then I was stationed in San Diego & Texas (ship and oil well firefighting schools). Then I was sent to Petaluma, CA (Coast Guard Station Two Rock)where I trained to be a radioman. Then to Charleston SC I was radioman their, and off the Miami, FL where I also was a radioman. (As far as busy USCG bases Miami was crazy, I would handle at least 20 SARS (Search & Rescue cases), about 5 Drug enforcement cases, and maybe 10 immigration cases at the same time. I extended my enlisted for one year and got out in 1984.
What is your proudest moment in your USCG career?
I have several but the one that stands out the most is in 1980 I was on Leave in Georgia and came across a vehicle overturned in a ditch. I crawled into the car and assisted the occupant while Billy Carter stood outside the car and kept putting out the fire that had erupted. He told his brother Jimmy about me and I was awarded one of the highest medals offered by the coast guard for bravery and courage.
Now that you have a daughter of your own, would u recommend a military career?
Yes, I would recommend the Coast Guard to my daughter, it taught me valuable lessons that I use every day.
What advice to young women seeking a Coast Guard career would you give?
Check into the academy or officer training schools, an officer life is a much better one. Also, keep your mouth shut, follow orders whether you agree with them or not and just try to have the best time you can.
Melanie was the First Full-Time Women Fire Fighter in the United States Coast Guard. What an accomplishment in that era, because she helped pave the way for women Coast Guard members than set precedent today. Today, on the Birthday of our United States Coast Guard I say THANK YOU for all you do. For my girlfriend Melanie, you are so brave and true, thank you for being my friend.
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Easter is coming up just around the corner on March 31 this year. If you’re looking for a beautiful way to decorate your home for this important holiday, then check out some of the Easter banner flags at the United States Flag Store. The United States Flag Store has a wonderful selection of both whimsical and religious Easter banner flags that available at unbeatable prices. Read on to learn more about the religious Easter banner flags.
The Inspirational Cross Banner Flag is a beautiful and respectful way to decorate your house for Easter. The flag features a large stone cross with gold accents in front of a black and gold background. The text, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” appears in large capital letters on the cross. This flag is printed on high-quality nylon, is designed for vertical display, and measures 28 inches by 40 inches. Order one of these flags today for just $21.00!
The He is Risen Cross Easter Flag is the perfect flag to commemorate the Easter holiday and also celebrate spring. The flag features a cross in the center of the flag in front of a decorative purple background. Beautiful pink, purple and yellow flowers appear inside the cross, along with the text, “He is Risen,” in purple script font. The flag is designed for vertical display, made in the United States, and measures approximately 28 by 40 inches. Order one of these beautiful flags today for only $19.99.
The Golden Cross Flag is a simple and classic way to decorate your house for Easter. This flag features a three dimensional cross that is gold in front and white on the sides. The cross appears against a two-toned purple background. This flag is mildew and fade resistant, made of high quality nylon, and measures 28 by 40 inches. Order this flag today for only $21.00!
Easter is coming up this month, March 31, and there’s no better way to decorate your house for the joyous holiday than with an Easter decorative banner flag from the United States Flag Store. The United States flag store has a beautiful selection of banner flags for Easter. As always, all flags are made from the highest quality materials and are available to you at the lowest possible prices. Read on to learn about some of the great designs.
The Easter Chick Banner Flag is the perfect way to decorate your house for Easter. This adorable banner flag features an Easter basket filled with colored eggs, grass and a white flower. The basket has a big purple bow on top and a toy chick on wheels appears in front of the basket. The text “Happy Easter” appears in pink letters on top of the flag and the bottom of the flag is rounded to the contour of the basket. This flag is appliqued and embroidered, made of 100% polyester, and measures approximately 28 by 44 inches. Order one of these beautiful flags today for only $16.85.
The 3D Bunny and Eggs Decorate Banner Flag is truly a unique flag. The flag features a pink and white bunny that spans the length of the length of the flag. The bunny is standing next to three large, beautifully decorated eggs. The flag is beautifully appliqued and embroidered but is also quilted to give it a three dimensional appearance. The flag measures approximately 33 by 40 inches but is cut to the contour of the Easter bunny and eggs. Order one of these beautiful flags today for only $19.99.
These are just two of the beautiful flags available for Easter at the United States Flag Store. Visit the online store for the complete selection!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, commemorating the birthday, life and achievements of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States is Monday, January 21, 2013. The United States Flag Store has two beautiful flags that commemorate this special day. Order today to have them delivered by January 21!
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Decorative Banner Flag is designed to be hung vertically from a banner flag pole. The flag features a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the foreground on the right. The background is filed with a waving American flag. Two areas of text appear on the flag. The text on the top of the flag reads, “Martin Luther King, Jr.” and the text on the bottom reads, “Yesterday’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Reality.” This is a colorful, vibrant flag that has been proudly displayed in parades, marches and civil rights rallies, and it is perfect for use at home, in schools or at places of business. The flag is vertically oriented and is 28 inches wide by 40 inches long. Crafted from high quality nylon, this flag is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. Order one of these beautiful flags today for just $29.95, a savings of over $10 off the list price.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Flag features a similar design, but is larger and designed to be hung in the traditional horizontal format. This flag features a fuller portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the foreground on the right with a waving American flag in the background. The same texts appear on the flag, but the text, “Martin Luther King, Jr.” appears more prominently in the upper left region of the flag. This flag is made from high quality nylon, measures 3 feet by five feet, and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. This flag is available from the United States Flag Store for only $41.99, a savings of $13 off the list price.
Looking for a fun way to spice up your lawn for Thanksgiving? Check out some of the great whimsical Thanksgiving flags available at unbeatable prices at the United States Flag Store. These garden flags fit on standard garden flag poles and are a perfect way to celebrate the season! Here are just a few of the flags you can choose from at the United States Flag Store.
The Quilted Thanksgiving garden flag truly looks like it was sewn together piece by piece. The flag features a turkey standing up, complete with shoes, a top hat, and bow tie, with quilt-like tail feathers. He’s standing in a bed of sunflowers amidst a striped background. Order this beautiful 12.5-inch by 18-inch flag from the United States Flag Store for just $10.50.
The Happy Thanksgiving Turkey garden flag is another adorable way to celebrate the Thanksgiving season. The flag features a cartoon turkey dressed in traditional Thanksgiving clothing, complete with a top hat, walking across the flag. The text, “Happy Thanksgiving” appears on top of the flag. This flag is made of appliqued polyester, measures 13 inches by 18 inches, and the pattern is visible from both sides. Order yours today for just $9.99, a savings of $6 off the list price!
The Turkey Applique garden flag is another great whimsical way to decorate your lawn for the Thanksgiving season. The flag features a silly looking turkey with a crooked top hat sitting around pumpkins and leaves. The text, “Happy Thanksgiving” appears on the top of the flag and the bottom of the flag is trimmed to outline the graphics. This flag can be yours for just $11.99 at the United States Flag Store website.
Back-to-school season is here and fall is just around the corner. Celebrate the season with a decorative flag or banner flag from the United States Flag Store. All decorative and banner flags from the United States flag store are made of the highest quality materials and are available at unbeatable prices. Here are just a few of the terrific fall flags available online.
Whether you’re a teacher or just love the back-to-school season, the School Banner Flag is the perfect outdoor décor. The flag features a yellow border with a chalkboard in the center. The letters A B C D E F and numbers 1 +1 scroll across the top of the flag while a globe, crayons, apple, textbooks, and a ruler decorate the rest of the banner. This flag is available from the United States Flag Store for just $16.95.
The School Days Banner Flag is another great back-to-school flag. This flag features a ruler at the top, textbook at the bottom, and a background of crayons. A shiny red apple with an “A+” appears in front of the crayons along with a No. 2 pencil. Order this great flag from the United States Flag Store for just $16.95.
The Rustic Birdhouse Flag is perfect for any nature or bird lover. The flag’s images include falling autumn leaves and a wooden birdhouse. A bright red cardinal and finch appear in front of the birdhouse, which is decorated with an American flag. This beautiful flag is available at the United States Flag Store for only $21.00
The Rusts of Autumn Flag is a great banner to transition between summer and fall. The flag features a black background with a border of autumn colors. Fall mums and sunflowers are featured on the flag and the text “WELCOME” is displayed vertically. This beautiful flag is available for only $20.99 at the United States Flag Store’s website.
These are just a few of the beautiful decorative flags available at the United States Flag Store to celebrate the back-to-school season and the arrival of fall. Visit the website for the complete selection!
The NHL season is in full swing, and what better way to show your team spirit than with an NHL Flag from the U.S. Flag Store. The U.S. Flag Store’s great selection of National Hockey League flags are officially licensed by the NHL and made of the finest quality polyester for indoor or outdoor use.
The NHL Banner Flags are printed on durable polyester and measure 27” x 37”. With a 2.5” pole sleeve, they can either be hung vertically from an outdoor flagpole or mounted on a wall inside for decoration. The U.S. Flag store has thirty different NHL flags, so you’re sure to find your favorite team’s flag. Some flags are simple, like the Detroit Red Wings Banner Flag, featuring the red-winged wheel and a red and black background. Other flags are flashier and sure to stand out on your lawn. The Florida Panther’s Banner Flag, for example, features a panther lunging outwards, an NHL hockey puck, and a brightly colored background.
There’s no better way to show your team spirit on the go than with an NHL Car Flag. Designed to withstand wind and weather, these flags are made with a durable knit polyester fabric. Flags are double sided, measure 11.75” x 14,” and are mounted on a 20.5” vinyl pole. The U.S. Flag store tried many different suppliers, but finally found a flag that is suitable for highway driving. Keep in mind, however, that frequent highway driving significantly shortens the flag’s lifespan, so you might want to keep your flag inside the far when driving at high speeds. The U.S. Flag Store’s NHL Car Flags are an excellent choice and value: you might find flags like this at stores or other websites for up to $20 each. The U.S. Flag Store provides great value by purchasing directly from the manufacturer and providing these high-quality flags for only $13.95 each! Order yours today and support your favorite hockey team all season long!
It’s that time of year again: evergreen wreaths hang on doorways, homemade cookies are baking and fireplaces are aglow all across America. There’s a chill with a scent of chimney smoke in the air, and freshly cut evergreens can be found atop minivans everywhere.
In the throes of winter, the darkest and bleakest months of the year, countless Americans venture out to adorn their lawns and houses in a festive display for the season. Neighbors crane their necks to see intricate light patterns and tall nutcracker cut-outs; elaborate decorations offer an excellent excuse for long holiday joyrides after dark to see lights, reindeer, sleighs and bright candles on a winter’s eve.
Such decorations have become a personal expression of pride in one’s home and in celebration of various religious holidays. Colorful lights and nativity displays, menorahs in windows and garland on doorways are just another way to welcome friends and loved ones to your home during this especially chilly time of year.
As people struggle to untangle last year’s Christmas lights, they might also consider another type of decoration this winter: holiday flags. You can hang a 3D Santa banner flag to honor the wonder of Old Saint Nick; a red poinsettia flower and the words “Seasons Greetings” invite all to share in the joys of the season. You can herald in the Christmas holiday with a trumpeting angel, or display banners of a Christmas tree, a jolly snowman or the Three Wise Men. Hannukah begins this Friday, December 11 at sundown, and several elegant Hannukah flags showcase a Dreidel, the Star of David and a menorah to celebrate the eight-day Festival of Light.
Easy to hang and available in a range of designs, these jubilant flags make a great statement outside your home. They’re also a great gift for your friends and family.
Once these joyous occasions have come to a close, there are still more colorful ways to brighten up the season. Snowflake flags are great all-purpose winter greetings for your snow-covered yard, and New Year’s flags are the perfect way to show you’re ready to ring in 2010! Consider adding one to the beauty and warmth of your home today.