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  • Commemorating the Countdown!



    (that’s when the counter runs out at my house)

    Ok folks, here’s the scoop. After much thought and deliberation, I’ve decided to do something super cool and, as always, labor intensive to commemorate the arrival of ZERO HOURS on my lil “Homecoming Countdown” ticker. I love giving stuff away. I’m strange like that.

    This countdown has been on my blog for over 300 days. Many of you have been with me the whole time, watching it dwindle down to nothing. To you, I send warm sqwishy hugs and lots-o-love. Some of you stumbled upon me halfway thru and hung in here with me, but pretty much everyone who visits can see by first glance what’s been going on in my neck of the web for the last 18 months.

    Here are the rules: if you’re here with me tonight when it hits zero (and I will know, because I will be here too!) to celebrate the occasion I am gonna GIVE each person a mini-custom-painting. Just for you. Just to say “thanks”, for being here, for hanging out with me, for taking the time to check in on me to make sure we’re all doin’ ok.

    Now I’ll know you’re here when it hits zero, and I’ll keep a record of that. BUT, in addition to being here, I still need you to leave a comment (preferably just after the momentous occasion) so that if you’re new or just haven’t commented before, I know who you are. You do not need to link to any page, and I will be the only one with your e-mail addy, but ya gotta do it if you want a painting.

    It gets even cooler. What you’ll get is a 4×4 (inch) painting, a lil bitty thing, in oil, of whatever you want. Animal, vegetable or mineral, person, gumdrops, candycanes, a purse, a shoe, whatever. I will, on every painting, add a touch of patriotism so that when you look at it you will always remember and get warm fuzzies that you were part of celebrating the homeward-bound joy of at least one soldier’s family.

    So set your alarm clocks, have a look at the time, and be here or NO SQUARE FOR YOU! hehe!

    I can tell you this – I will paint every single one of ’em. I may not get them to you in the next month, but I will get them to you. Another lil perk: you’ll get to see everyone else’s paintings right here as I paint them!

    Everybody clear on the rules? Ok. Now go do your thing. Hope to see you tonight!!!



    Beth said,

    You’ve gotta be kidding! :shock:
    I am SOOOO here! (I’d drop by anyway, of course, just to see you celebrate the occasion!)

    DARE I blog this? :wink:

    I was just going to put up something about Luke and Ella today (I can’t keep track of all the stuff I need to write about!) but I’ll wait until tomorrow to save you from having to do TOO many freebies. Maybe I’ll wait until Monday, in fact, since traffic is usually way down on the weekends and I want EVERYONE to see Luke and Ella here!

    3.4.2005 @ 10:59 am
    Leanne said,

    It’s just a 4×4, BRING IT ON! :grin:

    3.4.2005 @ 11:00 am

    I am so gonna be here!:shock:

    3.4.2005 @ 12:44 pm
    Patti said,

    I’m going to take a nap to make sure I get here. :grin:

    3.4.2005 @ 12:50 pm
    kris said,

    I have to do the math…what is 10.5 hours from now….and you think YOU’RE bad at math??? :grin:

    will you even paint my ‘tater head holding the American flag?

    btw, you’re nuts. but you knew that already.

    3.4.2005 @ 1:27 pm
    Leanne said,

    I didn’t know you still played with Mr. Potato Heads! That’d be a cool painting! ::chuckles::

    (I know what you meant!)

    3.4.2005 @ 2:14 pm
    kris said,

    doesn’t everyone still play with mr. and mrs. potato head? i have a pair that sit on my mantle. their outfits get changed according to my mood. Mr. was a pirate (including peg leg)….now he is a tourist. Mrs. was a rocker and now she is a bunny. oh, how i amuse myself.

    3.4.2005 @ 3:18 pm
    Leanne said,

    Well then. Uh. Hm. Of course I’ll paint them! :shock:


    3.4.2005 @ 3:27 pm

    chickiemonkey chickiemonkey :lol:

    3.4.2005 @ 3:44 pm
    Karen said,

    From someone who hits the sack around 9pm every night (hey, I get up at 4am)..this will be tough..but definitely worth it so I will try my best. I’d love to share the moment with you.
    Till later tonight……

    3.4.2005 @ 3:54 pm
    taba said,

    i am going to try my damndest to be here, screaming little girl and all.
    ps- i can see your cam again! yay!

    3.4.2005 @ 3:58 pm
    kris said,

    don’t tell me you’re a ‘tater hater!:mrgreen:

    3.4.2005 @ 5:02 pm
    taba said,

    ok i was hoping the counter was on central time……..which would make it 11 my time, but it’s midnight my time!! booooooo! what’s up with that?

    3.4.2005 @ 9:37 pm
    Leanne said,

    I LOVE taters, Kris!

    Hey, the counter is what it is, girlfriend! 2 hours, 16 minutes! I’m gonna work on my ‘other’ gallery layout while I wait! You gonna make it, Taba?

    3.4.2005 @ 9:44 pm
    Karen said,

    Hmm, I watched the counter go to zero…and then start back up again. Where’s all the hoopla???Isn’t there supposed to be a party now? I’m ready to help celebrate.

    3.4.2005 @ 9:53 pm

    Wow! This is great Leanne, congratulations! Got a glass of wine, watching the countdown! I wish for all of you, all the best! Michael

    3.4.2005 @ 9:59 pm
    Leanne said,

    Hey guys! What are you showing for time remaining?? I’ve got 1 hour 58 minutes til I run out here!

    3.4.2005 @ 10:01 pm
    Leanne said,

    Regarding the fireworks; if you would just sigh a nice big heavy sigh of relief for me, that would be good. If the counter starts counting back up, the time has expired in whatever your time zone is, but mine will still be tickin’ until Midnight CST. (That’s odd, and not how I set it up, but I’m no programmer darnit.)

    p.s. ok fireworks are on display! :P

    3.4.2005 @ 10:16 pm

    chickiemonkey chickiemonkey :lol: 1.25 :wink:

    3.4.2005 @ 10:46 pm
    Paige said,

    OMG, Leanne! I’m going to TRY and stay up to commemorate this momentous occasion! My time zone is ahead of yours darnit.

    I can’t believe the ticker is going bye-bye! It will be strange not seeing the countdown but I’m glad there is no longer a need for it. Congrats to you and Mark! I’m sooo happy for you both. Wooo hooo!

    Michael, please pass the wine this way. :lol:Better yet, I’d better make a pot of coffee.

    Infinite hugs. TTFN

    3.4.2005 @ 11:14 pm
    Sue said,

    This is really fun and it will be wonderful to know one more got home safely!!! The counter here in CA shows 4 hours and 35 min. more.

    3.4.2005 @ 11:24 pm
    Leanne said,

    Oh wow, Sue! Thanks for the heads up! Ok then, I’ll have to modify the rules just a *smidge*!

    I’m not going to stay up til 4AM, that’s for sure, so anyone who leaves a comment tonight through 4AM CST Saturday, March 5th will get a 4×4! (Painting, not truck.)

    3.4.2005 @ 11:38 pm
    Paige said,

    I’m still here! One more minute to gooooooo!

    3.4.2005 @ 11:59 pm


    3.5.2005 @ 12:00 am
    Leanne said,

    YEA!!! THAT is the wierdest thing EVER! Remember when it was 313?! So I wonder now since it’s counting back up if Mark is walking backward from where he is back to where he was? :lol:

    3.5.2005 @ 12:01 am

    Congrats to Mark and Leanne you both worked SO HARD! I’m so happy for you and your children, I wish you continued happiness, love and good health!!! *WHEW*! XOXOXOXOX It’s been a heck of a year! :shock:

    3.5.2005 @ 12:03 am
    Paige said,

    Wow…that was fun. I felt like it was New Years Eve waiting for the ball to drop.

    P.S. Where’s Waldo?

    3.5.2005 @ 12:07 am
    Sue said,

    No truck? Dang… i’ve beenlooking at trucks. Oh Well.. the painting is a very generous thing to want to do.. what a nice thing to do. Congrats..hope you and your hunny have a great reunion


    3.5.2005 @ 12:09 am

    I am so happy for you. He is coming home….. Yea

    3.5.2005 @ 12:13 am
    taba said,

    oh my it’s late!

    3.5.2005 @ 12:33 am

    chickiemonkey chickiemonkey :lol: this was a blast! ;)

    3.5.2005 @ 3:42 am
    Karen said,

    OOOOps, I went to bed after I posted my well wishes. I saw the counter hit zero- I hit the sack.. not realizing I am EST not CST. More importantly, Leanne- you know my intentions were the best and I wish you much happiness! :-)

    3.5.2005 @ 6:16 am
    MOM said,

    I was here in spirit! Now I’m just here. ALL THE BEST to you guys! – it’s been a LONG wait!:smile:

    3.5.2005 @ 6:39 am

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