~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project~♥~

~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project ~♥~

My motto for Life:
~♥~ If you don't laugh then you just gotta cry ~♥~

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Five Minutes; Friday 5 meme, and assorted Junk.

Five Minute Friday

The rules of this is that you take off writing, no stopping for anything, except I hope misplaced fingers on the keyboard that result in this sort of thing:   O a, truojg tp tu[e wortj jstmfd om etpmg [;esdrd/  jrjrjrjr#

And we have to, but actually delight in reading and commenting on at least one other participant's blog entry.

Here goes for the word "Glue", which is amazingly good for me this week:

~♥~ Glue:  ~♥~

Glue holds my crafting life together.  I must use about 40 different types of glue in that ambition.  But a new glue entered my life, most recently, when I was glued back together with it!  I don't know what this amazing glue is but it's still working.
As for other glues, the type of human bonds. family and friends are the constant delight that I try to stay glued to, if only in thoughts, for the whole of the day.  Bringing belov├ęd people to mind is one of the best things about being alive.  The joy of blogging is that you meet so many other people who are working their way through lives and traumas much like you are, and you can pray for them, think about them and find joy in their triumphs.

Crafting clue has gotten to some sort of threshold of all things that hold my life together.  There is the the oldest clue, animal clues which I use littel anymore, glues that you can make yourself for special older projects, and also there is wood glue, and ancient formula that is still highly effective.  I think there is only thirty seconds left, so I have to mention flour and water.  Our ancestors did amazing things with such glue.


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What were the circumstances surrounding your last reception of unwanted attention from strangers? 
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 I'm very approachable.  I very much feel like all others are my brothers and sisters.  I mean that's the way I respond to them.  That being said, people need to be mindful to give others their space.

So, the only incident I can remember was when I was about 30, and DH and I were taking a night class for making picture frames.  We had one class at the teacher's shop.  It was in a sort of "iffy" place in town, but it was well lit and a lovely place.  Suddenly I looked up and there were two young men, standing right next to me, who were not from the class.  They had wandered in off the street.  
I looked up, and not being afraid, I just smiled at each, and we all said hello.  They asked me what was going on, and I said that we were learning how to make frames.  These two young men looked around at others.  They addressed the teacher,  but some sort of tension of the teacher, a tall and sturdy fellow, alerted me to his fear.   I just remained calm and answered questions, they never felt like a threat to me.  I was meeting souls,  just as I'd trained myself to do.   Only later did I realize that it was a pretty tense situation.  The teacher/shop owner never took us back there. 

How do you feel about being flirted with?  I think of it as very charming, and gallant.  At my age, it's fun.  Since I'm still a kid inside, it's like school girl things.  DH sometimes flirts a little with me, and that's even more fun.  

Whose attention would you like a little more of?  Who?  Hmm.  I wish DH and I could do things more together.  I think now maybe we can!

How’s your attention span? In some ways it's lengthening, and in some ways is very much shortened.  It depends on how deeply I want to delve into some problem or idea. 

Who in your life seems to crave the most attention?  That would be the furbaby, Wolfie.  He's already had his forehead glued together, here.....

Very fuzzy picture of a Very Fuzzy Angel

He is a rescue pup whom no one ever taught to play, whom they must have beaten and ignored as well.  So, of course, he loves cuddles and treats, going for rides in the car with the Alpha Dogs, and those long walks with the Alpha Male. 

Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend!

I have to get out the socks, so that they may see progress - stitch by tiny stitch.   called my sister this morning, and told her the long list of things I mean to get done, after tossing anything in my way.  She just laughed.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For Wordless Wednesday - pathetic, absolutely awful moon shot

I know this , but we did see the whole thing up to the whole glorious Blood Moon at the backdoor.  I tried steadying the camera on the door frame but from the dance of Mars in the upper right, you can see it was only partially successful.  HERE is a whole wondrous event from start to end.

She has no tripod. Sniffle
Have  the hoof up, and dug out the Jane's Hedgerows.  *sighs*  There was a time I could do that pattern from memory.

Tuesday Tails. Man who saves truckloads of Pups. Very heartwarming! Misc. chit chat.

While Cleaning up ("Clean Up" being is my new word phrase for this year and probably next) I found this article.  You may not have seen it if you don't get a Sunday Parade Magazine in your paper.  If you can make it bigger, it's readable.  Also, you can go to see this story HERE, on line at Parade.com  with more pictures!

Good Bless you, Hero for the Animals!
Cleaning up my act:  It feels good to get rid of things - very liberating.  Spring cleaning will last a LOT longer this year!  There will be Summer, Fall and Winter Cleaning to follow.

Knitting report: I'm not knitting, though, which is so wrong,  ya know?  There's a lot of joy in knitting.  I'm still trying to work some in.
*hangs head*

And now, A tail for another time...

Hee hee.  Thank you to Rho for the funny.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

High School. oh joy... Sunday Stealing meme

First of all.  Thank you for reading my blog!

May life be Sweet to you!
 I want to say that I will catch up to your blogs and reply just as soon as I'm on my own computer.  Right now it's the little net book which requires blood, sweat and tears for me to just try to keep up with all the lovely memes.  I can read here but not comment on most blogs other than the blogspot ones.  *insert icon of woman tearing out her hair*

Bonus Questions Meme
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From Bonus Questions

Bonus Questions Meme

Friday 5: Bonus Questions

    1. What’s your favorite frozen treat on a stick?  Fruit pops from Sprouts.

    2.What’s your favorite lollipop? Hershey's tootsie pops.  Yummy!

   3. When you passed notes during class in high school, who was mostly often the recipient?  Me?  The outcast?  I didn't pass notes. lol

   4. Who among your high school friends was the first to get his or her own car?  Steve, I think.  He had a lovely chopped sedan.  My first was a truck.

    5. Who’s the black sheep in your family?  Ha!  The Paternal Unit! 

    6. Who’s the family historian?  That would be me.  I've traced ancestors back to France, Spain, and the Virginie hill folk.

   7.  What was the last thing you sprayed from a spray bottle?  Windex, but you can make it at home you know.  I don't know why DH buys it.  I almost never did.

    8. What was the last thing you sprayed from an aerosol can?  Probably that would be some spray paint for a project a few years ago. 

   9.  When did you last make reservations for something?  A guitar recital/ performance of Hawaiian Slack key guitar.

  10. What’s your next upcoming appointment?  Chat with my Doc. 

    11. What store’s departure from your preferred shopping mall most saddened you?  Macy's.  It was replaced by a freaking Walmart.  I hate Walmart.  I'm happy to see the Macy's name still exists.

   12. What’s good to eat at your preferred shopping mall?   Japanese food, Chinese food, soft pretzels, Italian food, Greek food; the food court is jammed with good things to eat.

   13. What services (as opposed to goods) do you pay for at your preferred shopping mall?  I get my watch batteries at a jeweler there.  We've been to see films at the big theater there but not recently.

    14. What’s a store you’ve never been inside at your preferred shopping mall?  The phone store.

    15. What kind of store would you most welcome in your preferred shopping mall?  My sister and I would love to have Macy's back.  I guess they are gone for good, though.  Macy's Christmas sales were legendary!

    16. What did you most recently purchase at an office supply store?  I got a new set of long white artist erasers.  I'm going back soon for a pink clip board.  I promised myself this when I woke up after surgery.  Shop on!  Yee Haw!

    17. What did you most recently purchase at a book store?  I'm sort of forbidden to go in book stores.  heehee  Library is ok, though. 

    18. What did you most recently purchase at a drugstore?  Some meds.

    19. What did you most recently purchase at a convenience store?  I absolutely never go in them anymore.  Sorry.

    20. What did you most recently purchase at a thrift shop?  Last year, at their local Goodwill, my DDs and I found a beautiful little figurine - a knockoff  Lladro - and some equally impressive tiny ceramic vases with Gold over-glazes.  Lovely. 

 It's not this one.. this one is real! 
LLadro pages

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Being there.....oooo TV!

I'll Be There for You

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1) This song begins with, "So no one told you life was gonna be this way …" What do you wish you knew five years ago about your life now?  Generally, I don't live my life this way, so taking it the way it comes is my more natural approach to life. 

2) This is, of course, the theme from Friends, which is frequently shown back-to-back on TVLand and TBS. Have you ever "binge-watched" a show, catching episode after episode?  You bet, but not "Friends"... yet... hmmm... I need to find that.  We've avidly watched,  "Frazier", "Third Rock", "Lost", "Hoarders", "Big Bang Theory", and the insane, "'Til Death".

3) On the show, Monica and Rachel shared a beautiful 2BR/2BA Soho apartment with a private balcony. It's estimated that such a pad would cost at least $3500/month in today's real-life New York. Describe your dream home.  A big Craftsman House near the Harbor in Santa Cruz.  That baby is mine if I become a billionaire.

4) Of the six main characters, only Chandler was an only child. Do you have any siblings? A sister and a brother.

5) Gunther was the barista at Central Perk, the coffee shop where the Friends hung out. He had an ongoing, unrequited love for Rachel. Are you crushing on anyone right now? Does he/she know?  NA, lol.  Well, I love characters, like that Legolas hottie.

6) Currently Matt ("Joey") LeBlanc stars in the Showtime series Episodes, playing a character named Matt LeBlanc. If there was going to be series based on your life, who would play you?  In temperament, it would have to be Sandra Bullock.

7) Courtney Cox, who portrayed Monica, has the Twitter handle @CourtneyCox and has 628,000 followers. What was your last tweet?  I tweeted my friend G. last month.  I'm not much of a Tweeter, really.

8) The creators of Friends were massive soap opera fans. They named their characters after recurring characters on All My Children* and had Joey appear on Days of Our Lives. Have you ever been hooked on a daytime drama? No.  But I can still hear Sesame Street echoing off the walls from time to time. lol

9) The band who performed this song, The Rembrandts, took their name from the famous Dutch painter. Can you see any artwork from where you're sitting right now? Tell us about it (and yes, a school painting by your 7-year-old nephew counts). I can see a framed Kennan Ward photo of the Northern Lights.  He's an amazing photographer who has a studio in Santa Cruz.  You should see his polar bear shots.  Wish I had one of those.

*According to IMDB: Ross for Ross Chandler, Joey for Joey Martin, Chandler for the Chandler family, Monica for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Greene for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tiny pets - just for fun

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Friday 5; Five Minutes Friday:

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Five Minute Friday

I can only find last week's prompt, so I'll do that one.  Last Friday, I was in surgery, so "Paint" was on my mind anyway because a week of bed rest with nothing whatsoever to eat left me a lot od time to think about favorite things!  Paint is one of them!    I'm an oil painter, and though it didn't get done this time arond in life, what the heck.  Things worked out for the best anyway.   I have four wonderful daughters!

Color vision being what it is, excitement at colors takes the baby's breath away.  We learn early to react to it, and the sooner we can get our hands into something of color, usually our baby food, that's what we do!  I can remember how my daughters loved painting, and their daddy even made themn an easel.  We would all paiint together from time to time , too. Even DH.  Painting walls is almost as fun as painting pictures.  I love to watch the lovely unsullied paint go up over the old stuff.  It's exciting to watch the transformational power of new colors on walls as it lifts my spirits.  As soon as I can I am going to be painting te walls of this house!  This is short because I'm hunting and pecking on the netbook while watching over Wolfie who is not feeling well at the moment - a bit of tummy troubles.

And now, Friday 5:

1. What field trips, one from elementary school and one from high school, do you remember most fondly?
Going to the La Brea Tar pits is a must do field trip for L.A. County grade school kids.  I haven't seen the place since it was renovated but it's pretty impressed in my memory!   Field trips in either of my high schools were nonexistent but we did take trips for GAA to meets at other schools.  Those were completely lovely.

2. How does your handwriting today differ from your handwriting in high school?
My hand writing is the same, if I take my time with it.  We were actually taught handwriting, cursive, but I've heard that it's not a requirement anymore in some places.  I think it should be taught as long as all legible styles are acceptable.

3. What let’s-pretend game did you most enjoy when you were a child?
We always played Cowboys and Indians.  Since we had woods to play in, it made it really fun.

4. If you had to take the name of any one-named celebrity, whose would work best?
I'm not up on current celebs so don't know.  Actually, my first name is a celeb's first name, though it was my mother's nickname as well. 

5. A brain, a princess, an athlete, a basket case, and a criminal: Which of these roles will you take, and which friends fill the rest?
I'd like to play a criminal mind, or a basket case, I guess, in a black comedy.   Princess might go to an ex-BF of mine who was an only child.   A brain, hmmmm... I don't have enough friends to fill this quite odd question!

Time for tea!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!  I'm going to try a teeny bit of knitting today...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Antibiotics

So, where would we be without them?

These little soldiers can march into spaces so tiny that ordinary single cell marauders have no chance.  Sadly all the good and the bad buggies succumb to them.  But, one of them is causing problems.  Waiting for Doctor to call.

I've been taking both Antibiotics and Probiotics for nearly two weeks, and have no idea how they behave as neighbors.  My guess is that the Pros die in their billions every day.  But that's modern life!   Armies everywhere!

Pay attention to what the pharmacist says, as they actually know the medicines better than a lot of doctors do.  It's their job.