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

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

~♥~ Enough is as Good as a Feast ~♥~

Monday, September 1, 2014

Something Beautiful on Monday, Tort, Knitting,and Organizing Reports.

Talk about gorgeous stuff!   The last time I saw this sort of carving was at Cabrillo College at the Saturday Farmer's Market.

From  HERE which I just found!
This carved melon is just one of the many Objet d'Art that are at this gorgeous site!
I found color pens yesterday, a whole box of them.  Some are actually still good- So Shocking to find that they are!  Usually they die within weeks of being purchased!

Elle, I will start making some sort of art with them. There is so little I can sketch quickly that's just laying around; perhaps I'll sketch clothes pins or something -Bottles of Bleach, Dish Detergent?  Maybe your Dad?  Anyway,  I've been so indoctrinated into realism that it's terribly hard for me to do the beautiful things that come out of your imagination, though I have in the past done semi-abstract oils.  In another life, that is.

*Sighs and looks into the distance.*  I regret nothing; I just see the income stream flowing away from me. hehehe

Organizing report:  Today I mean to get down some storage bins, each stuffed with snippets of sorted-by-color fabrics for quilt making.  I cannot fit more things into that room but still want to put away and organize the waxworks - a costco flat box of the stuff I make wax hearts and fire starters with. Getting that little eyesore stowed away - but plainly labeled - will give my self esteem a big boost! 

Knitting Report:  I got out the sweaters and shook out the moths.  Just kidding!  There are none.  Happily this is true - so far.  The Manly Sweater is through up to the shoulder shaping on two needles, which I fear.  I don't know what to do if the twists for the multitudinous blasted CABLES fall the the wrong side.  I'm suffering agonies over trying to insure that THAT can of worms does not pop open on me.  The little pink silk sweater for Elle should give me no problems.  I know, I'm asking for trouble just saying this!

Tort report:  Speaking of Watermelon:  The babies, Milagro and Dusty,  were introduced to watermelon, and do they love it.  Their parents, Poko Ono and Churchy, and their big brother, Lucky, all chase us down in hopes of having more, more, more! 

The big torts have had some rinds nearly every summer since we've had them around.   We got another melon the other day, and they will, indeed, get more before summer is through.  This time I'll get pictures of chowtime with the Torts.  Otherwise all of them subsist on grasses, dried grasses, and elm leaves from "The Tree That Will Not Die", a root of an Elm we once enjoyed the shade of.  We've kept said root around just for the torts, a healthy big sprout near the fence that bursts forth every spring with long, willowy stems filled with leaf buds. 

Elm leaves are better than lettuce to the torts.  We do, however, keep all tortoises out of range of the tomato plants which have a habit of languidly reaching down over the giant tub and tempting passing herbivores.  Well, our herbivores cannot eat them without going toe up.  So, tomato plants are a no no, tomatoes they CAN eat.  In fact, sometimes the adults mistake my painted nails for tomatoes.

All you readers out there who have read this far, thank you!  I hope that you have a calm, reflective, and restorative week of evenings, days,  and "walking with beauty all around you"  moments.  May your happiest memories flood into your mind and give you Peace.    Blessings!

It's an ice blue Monday, with Socks and no music.

Yesterday, I finished Jane's Hedgerows.  The color is ice blue, barely blue.  I love them.  Twins!  I left the umbilical cords on so you could appreciate the newness of them!

I put my favorite YouTube of Kitchener stitch up in the side bar.  I had lost it during a blog cleaning.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

How about that blogging? Sunday Stealing

Look for the linkie to this fun meme on the sidebar.  It's called Sunday Stealing.

August 30, 2014
Blogging Meme
Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
Let's go!!!

From FYeahSurveys

  Blogging Meme

What kind of blog do you have? My blog started out as a knitting record, but since I've got a dozen full blown obsessions with political outrage and arts and crafts, as well as having been a seamstress for a while (for real money!) it grew like topsy!

How many posts do you have? Not sure but I I'll go look.  It's 3,453, and this one will make 3,454, had to go check.... In the first month I posted ONCE!  Lol!  That's a little over 10 years.

How many blogs do you follow? I follow right around 250 blogs.

How many followers do you have? 56 that I know of.  I know there are other readers from other feeds, like Feedly and Feed Burner and others.

How often do you change your theme? Well, my header changes seasonally, and sometimes just for a big Hols like Christmas, Easter,  or Thanksgiving.  Always for Valentine's Day.  This did start out as a knitter's blog but soon branched out in a most alarming way, and now flowers and interesting things we've done with our friends and family gets included, as well as some bare knuckle stuff but that's in the past for me.  

How often do you change your icon?
I've probably changed it twice; the first was a tine frog on a pot, but now it's that black and white kitty holding hearts.

Do you have any favorite blogs? I literally have 250 favorites.  Every one of them that I read, to be honest.  Blogs are my hobby reading.  Yes, Wendy, I am still compiling a list of ten more blogs, having four more - so far - after the initial five.  It's getting there!  I'll post them all under the button in the side bar for easy access.  I'm trying to get people from every corner who inspire me, from quilting to outdoorsmen to butterfly sites.  Smorgasbord!

Do you ever send anonymous messages to other people? Usually no.  In fact, I created a Wordpress blog in order to be able to comment on WP friends' blogs.  But I did read a bunch of exchanges in Woodworker's Magazine that were political and that one burnt my ears.  Whoooo!  Those guys know how to fight!

Do you ever get anon hate? 
 Oh yes, during the big to do about managed care I was a very outspoken proponent of Universal Healthcare.  During that time I acquired a troll whom I had to put on ignore.  He claimed to be a doctor but I'm sure he was just a hired gun.  Those DC Lobby Money Bags attacked any blogger, no matter how small, willing to make a peep!   I had a great time blandly restating the facts he was ignoring.  It was fun while it lasted.  Good the Irish up, Y'know?  ;o)

Have you made any friends through your blog? Yes, I have many people that I feel are my friends through blogging, and have met about three of them.  Well, it's not about three; it is three.  duh... it's late m'friends!

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love the feeling of being part of what is sometimes called The Family of Man that goes on in blogging.  People from all over the world are into blogging and you can talk to them about shared interests and all.  It's GRAND!

What’s your least favorite thing about blogging?I'd have to say that it's the way that Google has changed Blogspot.  This thing about intergrating the google+ blog comments to this blog is a nightmare.  I just can't figure it out, and this is on top of some other changed that meddled with my ailerons.   I like a smooth flight!

What is your least favorite thing about blogging?  
Finding that some of my favorites have been pulled down.  It could be for any number of reasons but it makes me worry about the blogger.
Have a great Sunday Everyone.  This will post at midnight to stop mass confusion among my readers. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday9 "And what were you doing in the 60's Mommie?"

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!

OK folks.  If you would like to join in, and this is always a lot of fun, please use the link to 9ers in the side bar.

Saturday 9: All Night Long (All Night)
(because Lia asked for an 80s song)

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) This music video was produced by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. Can you name a Monkees song?
Did they have any original songs?  I remember them singing "I'll be True to You."

2) The song includes the foreign sounding phrases, "Oh jambali Tom bo li d, say de moi ya," and "Oh, Jambo Jumbo!" Mr. Richie meant to include language indigenous to the Caribbean, but was writing the song under deadline and simply made those phrases up instead. Tell about the most recent time you cheated or "cut corners." 
I've cut a few corners trying to finish a sock.  I am SO sick of this pair, the foot anyway, that I'm even thinking of running the yarn through the last few stitches and tying it off!

3) Richie was a frat boy at college. Kappa Kappa Psi, to be exact. Were you a member of a fraternity or sorority?  I was "rushed" but never had the honor.  I guess I just wasn't posh enough maybe?  In view of what happened a few years later, I was more IN than they thought!

4) When this song topped the charts (September 1983), Vanessa Williams became the first African American to be crowned as Miss America. Do you watch beauty pageants?  No, but I do think that Miss Congeniality deserved an Oscar for just about everything in it!  Vanessa Williams is a gorgeous gal!  She deserved to win it that pageant, not to say that other African American women hadn't already deserved to.

5) Since it's Labor Day weekend, that holiday established to celebrate the American worker, let's talk about the workplace. Tellers work in a bank, actors work on a stage or a set, auto workers work on an assembly line. How would you describe your workplace?  I used to work on a self imposed production line.  I made things to sell at shows.  I'm crooked and ag├ęd now so only do things for the DDs, special favors, and sometimes for gifts.

6) An estimated 40% of us have dated a coworker. Have you ever had an office romance?
I could be mysterious and tease Mr. Z. with something but, no, he was my first and only boyfriend and, though we worked in the same building, we didn't meet at work. 

7) Labor Day is a big weekend for travel. How did you book your last vacation? (Online, through a travel agent, over the phone ...)
We live in a place full of beautiful beaches so we stay put for this holiday.  When I think of Labor, I never think about hourly wage earners anymore.  ;o)


 8) Mother Winters won't wear white again now until next Memorial Day. Sam thinks that's just crazy. Where do you fall in this heated mother/daughter debate?
Twaddle!  I say, "Wear what looks good on you, and if it's white, wear it all the time if you want to."  Colors, some of them, used to be reserved for royalty, and a person could have a jail sentence -or worse - for wearing them at all. 

9) When you look at back on Summer 2014, what will you remember?
I will remember that this is the summer the AC went on.  I can breathe again!

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday Horror Flick.. "Humans Need Not Apply", Saturday Komeekz.. it's been quite a week.

Thanks to Bee.  *does a little dance!*  This is fun!  This is where the Robot who made this lives.
Just kidding!  Honest!  Please don't hunt me down and unbolt my head, please?

Ok, Snowflakes, er, Fellow Humans, you are in for a surprise.....

We have more and more people every year, and someone wants us unemployed.  We costs too much to hire us, even at minimum wage!  By the way, if you think the voice sounds a little like a Bot, it just might be! lol This is long (15 minutes) but very interesting.

A personal aside: I have already been operated on by a surgeon using a robot.  GAH!

Here we go!  Meet Baxter, Watson, and Emily Howell:

I think it's something to think about, but there are still many other jobs that will be left to the Meat Puppets!  I don't think war correspondents will be left out in the cold.  Maybe the bot soldiers in the robotic armies will find themselves being dismantled by something as simple as a hand grenade or barb wire entangling loops throw out from dozens of barn roofs.  Little things like that might save the Meat Puppets, right?  Or how about old fashioned trip wires?  After all, we little humans have seen StarWars.... Does this qualify this as a Saturday Matinee post?

Saturday Komeekz... see the sign about paying for or taking prescriptions?  hehehe

Friday, August 29, 2014

friday5...or... "and what will madam have this evening?"

Here it is.  The long running and excellent "friday5" meme!

 Friday 5 for August 29:

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

Sorry I’m late today. The week just got away from me!

What’s the last thing you experienced that could be called a reunion?
 Late last year when our Rockhound group got together at the holidays.  It was very fun! 

When you spend time out with friends, how does your group handle the bill?
We each pick up our own tabs.

What are you picky about when you order something in a restaurant?
No dairy, no wheat.  It's a little hard but there are things I can eat, and anyway, it's about the experience and the company, even if only a dinner out for two.

When did you last spill a drink on yourself?
I've never done that, and happily, so far, no one else has either.  There was a funny incident when the family took Mr. Z's mama out for her birthday.  He was talking and gesturing with his hands and knocked over a whole glass of Red.  He was agast but his darling youngest sister popped up and started helping him wipe it up saying, "You can't help it, we're part Italian!" meaning of course, that they gesture with their hands while talking.  I love that Gal.

When dining out, what’s your approach to dessert? 
There is nothing I can partake of, so I just don't look at them.  It's not so important like it used to be! 

Thanks for participating, and have a yummy weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Reach for it, but don't break a leg...Five Minute Friday.

The button in the side bar takes you to the new Website that is hosting Five Minute Friday.  There is actually only one rule and it is gentle, in keeping with the whole idea of having people trust others with their raw writings.  The web site explains the paramount rule, read and comment on at least one other blogger's post, to encourage other writers by reading their offering, in five minute of flat out, no worries, and no holds barred, writing.  Raw Writing.

The prompt word is, Reach. 

"Don't let your reach exceed your grasp!"  This is something we hear from early childhood.  We also hear, "You can do this!  Try harder!"

But what if people never tried to extend their grasp?  How would you ever know what you are capable of?  So, you fall on your face trying to ride that horse, that motor bike that river rapid.  So what?  You tried and you learned a few things.  That's what reaching is, It's going out and t rying to become every thing you want to be in life, it doesn't matter if you fail, it's that you will learn it might be something you don't want so much after awhile, like that million dollars, or that fame that comes with being the first to do something out of the ordinary.  You, now, that "Look Ma, no Hands" thing.  I don't know if ability plays the bigger part of achievement or pure stubbornness does.  I think you have to keep reaching til you take your last breath.  It's the way that we are, humans, and hopefully we don't kill ourselves before we really get to understand that the best things in life involve other people, not as competitors, but as companions on a journey.  Companions on this Rotting Ball of Rock we call home.  Reach across and give someone a pat on the hand or shoulder when they fail or flail around.  That's the best part of reach.


Thankful Thursday....

I am thankful for being able to laugh out loud! 

And for the Ted Talk... This is now one of my favorites. There are a whole lot of  "suits" in the audience, and it looks like they are wondering if they got into the right auditorium!  I think they are in shock. LOL!

Thank you, Bee!

Finally the sock toe is nearly finished and I will be moving on to the pink silk and cotton stardust sweater for Elle.  I want to have it finished when we next see her.  I'll post the socks at Ravelry, which is going to be coming back into my life.  Can you imagine it?  I just saw a whole project of baby birds nests that I missed out on!

Thank God tomorrow is Friday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Tails - National Dog Day was today...

I found this out at Ellen's Blog, HERE.  So  to all the happy dog lovers out there, Happy National Dog Day!

The little Dog of Many Colors

Just home from the groomers and very proud!
Since I'm reconstructing this post, I'll just briefly tell you of a new Netflix we've been watching.  It's about a vet named Dr. Pol.  If you look for it, I think it's called The Amazing Dr. Pol.
Since I was raised on a small farm with only small animals, but had to kill some of them for dinner, I'm used to blood and some muck.  It doesn't bother me a lot.  Be aware that this is a large and small animal practice so you will see some big animals giving birth, and some other things unpleasant to the sensitive and to children.  Everyone in this show is just amazing.  Such kind and true hearts.

The film crew, or perhaps the edit master, did an excellent job of cutting or blurring images so as to assuage the feelings of viewers and lower the impact of those images at times.  Having given this warning, or proviso, if you will, I'll say that this is worth watching.  Also, you don't hear very many bad words, and the ones that you do hear are mild.  These vets are thoroughly wonderful.  They love animals and do everything they can to help them.

I haven't knit a stitch, but I did do some Organizing.  The trunk in the photos is a bit of a wreck but I love it.  It's older than I am, and that says something.  It's also had a hard life.  It's called a bride's trunk, but it looks like it took some across country trips in a buckboard or two.  I'm sure it must have fallen off the back of a Model T Ford, even, during the dust bowl.  Anyway, I do love it, DH is warming to it, and it is a great organizer for the flotsam and jetsam of Christmas decorations heretofore stuck in various nooks and crannies of the Z family habitat.

This holds a LOT.  Angels, ceramic snowmen families
and tinsel, Oh My!

I just lost a long post. It was Tuesday Tails,

I'm sorry.  It's times like this that I hate blogger.