Man Gives Girlfriend Timeless Gift, Two Years Later She Finds the Secret Inside!
Terry held the piece of polished wood in his hands for a moment, thumb gracing the secret seam. The gift had been carefully selected and patiently chosen. After all, what Terry was looking at was far more than a simple piece of polished wood. Inside of the gleaming wooden prism was a second gift, a secret one, for the love of Terry’s life, Anna.
The gift itself was not meant to be found right away and so Terry let Anna hold onto it, knowing one day he’d help reveal the gift inside to her. What was inside? What was Anna’s reaction? Let’s dig in!
Let’s Start With an Introduction
There is something to be said for falling in love. It’s a wondrous feeling and when you find it, you hold onto it tightly! For Anna and Terry, the feeling was as instinctual as it was instant. The two had bonded over a shared wanderlust for the world and their affinity for exploration, surprise, and adventure would surely be the fuel for the story that is about to unfold.
But we all know why you are here. You are here to learn about a secret gift, one held close to heart but unrevealed for nearly two full years!
A Secret Gift Begins With a Plan
Terry and Anna had begun dating in 2013 and by the following year, they could tell that the relationship was going to get serious. For Terry, this meant creating a perfect gift to present to Anna on their anniversary. The only question is, what could Terry get the love of his life that would accurately show how he felt?
As a lover of romance and treasure, Terry decided to do something unique. He decided that he was going to make his own gift with a secret inside of it!
3. The Best Gifts Are Made From Scratch
As we all know and agree, the best gifts are often ones that we make from scratch. Not only do we get to imbue the gift with our love and passion, but we also get to present our loved one with something truly unique. Terry turned to his woodworking studio where he had begun to hone his skills.
As a challenge, Terry decided that he would craft a gift-within-a-gift from scratch, by hand, and for Anna. Intimidating, right?
Is There More Than Meets The Eye
Terry didn’t rush into the anniversary project and instead, he spent several days trying to decide what to craft. What could he make that would provide her with something now and in the future? What could he make as a relatively new woodworker that would truly showcase his love and appreciation/
Terry decided that the answer to his question was a pendant. But what kind of pendant? What material? As it turns out, Terry had a few more good ideas up his sleeve.
Working With Tasmanian Huon Pine
In order to craft her the loving gift that she deserved, Terry knew that he would need to work with a special wood. Enter the Huon Pine, known for its growth throughout Western Tasmania. Huon Pines only grow in wet and temperate climates which makes them particularly hard to raise in certain areas of the planet.
The perfect wooden gift would require the perfect material to craft with!
A Special Material for a Timeless Gift
What makes the Huon Pine particularly alluring for crafters is the relatively elastic nature of the material itself. Huon pine timber is known for its unique smell, elastic quality, and propensity to not split during crafting. The Huon Pine takes roughly 500 years to reach full maturity. Thanks to research, we also know that there are Huon pine trees more than 3,000 years old!
The Gift Was Well Received & Cherished
Needless to say, Terry had found the perfect wood for the gift he was giving Anna. After working to carve and treat the pendant, the gift was finally ready and Anna was thrilled! In fact, after hanging the pendant on a piece of white twine, it would become part and parcel of Anna’s outfit for days, weeks, months, and years to come!
Throughout the months to come, Anna wouldn’t realize that something quite precious was hidden within her already prized gift.
Travel Brought Them Together
After Terry presented the gift to Anna, it was easy to see that he had chosen correctly. She had fallen in love with the necklace and had decided to wear it everywhere, including on their big trip! Anna and Terry had bonded early on in their relationship over their love of travel and that shared passion wouldn’t diminish in the years that their relationship progressed.
Now that Anna had received her gift, Terry was ready to plan a special trip. Where would they be going to?
Compiling Their Shared Bucket List
The couple from Australia had been working on their traveling bucket list for quite some time. After a few years together, they had gotten to go on some pretty fun adventures. Along the way, they kept jotting down places that they would one day like to visit if the timing were ever right.
Terry and Anna pored over their bucket list together before finally selecting one destination from the listed options.
A Momentous Trip is Planned
A trip to Scotland was in the cards and Anna and Terry knew just the place, Durness. Durness is located on the coast of Scotland along the Scottish Highlands. Terry had wanted to take Anna to the Smoo Cave along the beach. His goal for this trip was simple, to help Anna unlock the final piece of the puzzle that was their anniversary gift two years prior.
The Smoo Cave complex was the perfect destination for what Terry and Anna were about to experience!
Was the Time Finally Right For The Gift?
By this point in the story, Terry and Anna had been dating for three years. Terry had given Anna her unique present after their one-year anniversary and now it was finally time to unlock the final secret. Terry had chosen to incorporate a hidden gift because the idea of waiting for the time to be right appealed to him. There was something almost poetic about a gift waiting to be given, resting neatly in public view.
Anna Begins to Grow Suspicious
At this point in their journey, Anna was starting to get a little suspicious. After all, you don’t often take romantic trips to Scotland. What was up Terry’s sleeve? Did he have some major plan ready to launch when they arrived? And why did he keep smiling so much about her old necklace, anyway?
These were certainly the thoughts running through Anna’s mind as they made their way to the Smoo Cave.
They Head to the Beach Near Durness
During all of their traveling together, Terry had kept a close eye on the pendant necklace he had given Anna. Fortunately, she had kept it safe and sound throughout the two years they had spent together since the gift had been given. Terry joked, “At one point I thought she was going to trade with a blacksmith at a market.” The blacksmith reportedly made an offer on the necklace but Anna didn’t budge.
Now drawing near the vortex of caves, Terry was very grateful the pendant had not been sold. He was even more grateful about what was to happen next!
And Terry Takes a Knee to Anna’s Shock
When Terry and Anna finally found their destination, Terry knew that the time had come. Before taking a knee, he gestured to the necklace that had hung around her neck for two years. Terry would go on to say, “She stood there dazed for a second, trying to work out what was going on.”
As the gorgeous treasure unveiled itself, the reality began to truly settle upon Anna’s shoulders!
Revealing the Treasure Inside
Perfectly preserved within the wooden box was a stunning ring, bought and paid for two years prior. Terry had the ring specially fitted into the wooden container so that it would stay snug, preventing it from rattling around during their journeys. While Anna was rightfully blown away by the ring, she was also shocked!
Anna would say, “Wait, it’s been in there the whole time? I could have lost it you idiot!”
She Said YES!
Of course, concern gave way to love and Anna was quick to say YES. Terry said of her final response to the gift, “She was quite a hilarious mix of happy and angry.” The couple would end up getting officially engaged before the Smoo Cave with a handmade gift that they had been sharing together for more than two years.
What do you think? Could you hide away a wedding ring for two years, only to unveil it in such a romantic gesture? If we are being honest, we might have to step up our engagement game!
Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok
A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.
The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.
As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.
Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.
Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.
Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers
When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.
After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.
Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.
On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.
Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.
Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.
Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.
Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.
The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.
Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”
Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”
The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.
“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.
He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.
“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.
The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.
We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”
Man Finds $47,000 Historic Ring
England is very much metal detector country. The land outside the big cities is stuffed full of artifacts and leftovers from ancient times, ranging from before the Romans’ arrival to the Middle Ages and more. So, it’s not surprising, with the blessing of local farmers, that many a fellow with a metal detector is out there spending a Saturday or Sunday scanning through a fallow farm field to see what might be found. As it turned out, David Board was one of those hunters, and he just happened to come across a very small gold ring in one of his ventures.
Located outside of Dorset, Board was busy scanning a pasture field and had been doing so for hours. The sun was late in the sky, and Board was about to wrap up when his machine pinged a definite metallic substance under the soil he was waving the sensor over. Sure enough, pinpointing the location and then digging specifically into that spot, Board unearthed a very small gold ring.
It was in the farm soil, the ground typically tilled for planting, but this particular field had been used for cattle instead. So, five inches underground, the ring remained until Board found it and pulled it back into the daylight. At first, he chalked up the discovery to just another piece of metal from old times, he cleared off the dirt, pocketed the ring and kept going. Then, at the end of the day, Board went home and washed off his finds in the sink. It was only then that he realized what that ring actually was.
While the method of metal detecting in England gives archaeologists utter heart attacks every time they hear a similar story, the finds are generally split between the metal detector and the farm owner, unless the farm owner just waives off the matter and lets the hunters keep whatever they find. Whichever the case in this instance, the ring was no small trinket. It turned out to be an exceedingly well-crafted and rare gold wedding ring from the Medieval period and in very good condition. To be auctioned off later this year, the find is expected to net between 30,000 to 47,000 British Pounds.
The only surprise to anyone hearing the story in England these days is why the local farmers still allow detectors to scan their fields without any stake in the finds.
Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold
Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.
Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.
Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.
Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.
The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.
Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt
Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.
However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.
Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.
Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.
The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.
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