~♥~ 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 ~♥~

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sneaking in a Thankful Thursday....

Before I toddle off to watch more "Call the Midwife".
The Spring Version

I am thankful that the doc gave me an all clear to go back to fitness, but I still am not allowed to lift over 20 pounds.  Every time I lift Wolfie up I'm glad he just made it under the wire, as one of the nurses told me on the last day I stayed in her "Hostel".  hehe  I'm thankful for those hard working Nurses and their CNAs who helped me so much!  I'll never forget them.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Music: Journey, singing "Don't Stop Believin"? Tort report, plus some knitting chat; odd flower.

All the songs I wanted to put up have flown my brain.  But I did want to do something from Journey, so here goes.  My favorite song from them.  A little escape music for us, eh?


Journey!  I will always love this band.  

Med report:
I see the surgeon soon for post op chat.  Hopefully, he'll give the all clear for fitness and weight training.  One stubborn little scar is not healed and looks a little red.  But I'm thankful for the rest of them that are healed up!  I've also lost 8 pounds from being sick.  I fully intend to keep off these pounds with due diligence with the new forever diet.  

Knitting report: I've knit this morning until my left hand sent signals to quit -sadly only two rows.  =(

But, happily, yesterday I found the slip of paper that I'd written with the pattern progression on it and all finished rows.  I'm very glad the other sock is finished.  I knit, pattern only, on the cuff and stockinette on the foot, since patterning on a foot, too me, is just a little irritating.  I know, it's "Princess and the Pea" stuff.

The yarn is a Sundara  in "Glacial" that a very kind sock knitter sent to me; a time that must be years ago now. I had never knit with Sundara's yarn, and loved the color - a very pale ice blue, and my friend had some that she didn't like because the color was so pale.  I LOVE it!  It is a tiny bit more blue than the snap under artificial light shows.  Thank you, kind friend of mine!

Tort Report:  Both babies spend time outside in their wire pen, eating like horses.  They get grasses and roses just like the big ones.  The roses have blown so DH clips them and drops them for the torts who always eat roses as a big treat, like watermelon and strawberries.  Roses have a lot of calcium for good bones.

Here is Poko Ono, getting some sun while she contemplates a "Speed Bump" in her way to the great Shade Garage this Spring.

Flowers are everywhere but this Tillanzia has such a tiny, unusually beautiful flower.  To my eye, the bloom on the left looks just like a Laser Ruby in a gold setting.  I think it's beautiful.

Well, more news tomorrow.  I wish you all a wonderful week, filled with as many little joys as is possible.  Americans are sort of trained on the future and all, but daily lives need to be enriched with awareness of tiny Joys and small opportunities to help others - four-legged and winged as well as bipeds.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stealing and a sock report.

The Easter 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 also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme.
Let's go!!!

The Easter Meme

From the now-defunct blog of Tense Teacher (the link is dead).

What are your Easter traditions? 
We now have no Easter Traditions.  

Do you hard boil and decorate eggs? 
We used to.  It was last year that we finally decided that we'd do it no more.

How do you decorate your home for Easter? 
I have ceramic bunnies I've made over the years.  And a glass basket with ceramic eggs goes on the table.

Do you make/buy special outfits for yourself and your kids on Easter? 
I used to make some from time to time.  Not for me, but sometimes for the kids.

What is your favorite Easter dish? 
I used to like to make Greek Easter Bread.

When did you learn the truth about the Easter Bunny? 
Is the Easter Bunny bad?  I haven't heard anything about him.  Does he secretly smoke grass?  Steal things for other holidays to give to his kids?  Tell me!

Do you spend Easter at home, on vacation, or with family? 
We used to have almost legendary Easter egg hunts, and they were lots of fun.  Seven little grandkids can make quite a crowd!

First one up on Easter morning? 
Always, DH is up ahead of me, though when the Easter bunny came we both helped him hide the four baskets.
Go to mass or church? 
We used to go to Silent Meeting, with a brunch after wards.  I keep silent service with myself now.

What are your favorite Easter hymns and/or choir arrangements? 
I really don't have any.

How many Easter egg hunts does your family usually participate in? 
One, when it was on.

Do you make deviled eggs out of leftover Easter eggs? 
Oh yes.  Love those.  We actually make them every year but not this year.

Are you tired of eggs by the end of the Easter Season? 
No.  Eggs are a favored food.

Are Peeps good or gross? 
Peeps are cute but tasteless   We have some in the freezer.  I was hoping to make a couple of frozen rabbits fight a duel in the microwave.  This may still happen.

What company makes the best chocolate for Easter time? 
I'm not sure, probably Godiva or See's.  See's makes lovely things for Easter.

Lots of candy or not? 

What is your favorite Easter candy? 
I like the big Easter Eggs from See's.

Do you find plastic Easter grass hidden in places for months after Easter is over? 
No.  I do have some hidden from Myself somewhere in the sewing stuff.  

What’s your favorite color for fake grass?
I like the iridescent stuff.  I also like green crinkled paper Easter grass.  That's good all year long for resting fruits in baskets to ripen.

Knitting report:  I've knit two rows on Jane's Hedgerows.  One sock was already finished and the other got caught up in an inadvertent second sock Syndrome.  I may be cured. I'm sure feeling better since the infection is gone along with my now "Missing Piece".   

PS.  Isn't that a cute children's book?

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.


~♥~Friday 5!  ~♥~
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What were the circumstances surrounding your last reception of unwanted attention from strangers? 
Picture Source

 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
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 also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme.
Let's go!!!

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.