~♥~"Happiness is a Do-it-yourself project"~♥~
~♥~"Enough is as good as a feast"~♥~
~♥~Omni vincit Amor~♥~

Friday, February 12, 2016

For Stacy.... some of my jewelry

wire wrapped fire agate

I tried a search of my blog to find these but couldn't.  They've all "debuted" here.  One of the Dichroic glass drops didn't appear on a search of my photos, but it's somewhere on the blog, too.

Some are simple earrings that anyone can do, so you should go for it!  The very bottom was made in my kiln, and more complex.

I can't find the photo of some others that were made in my kiln.  I guess I just didn't photograph them because the better cameras were not in my hands at that time!  Now, the phone camera and the little Canon SLR and even smaller Canon Point and shoot just made life a whole lot easier.

Ok, something I'm thankful for, at last.  Cameras that are lots easier and cheaper to use.

Karen, if you can't see these, I can email then all to you.   Just please let me know.  I would enjoy sharing them if you can't find them on the blog.  You are much better at finding things than I am.  I think of you as a wizard.  ;o)

friday5: Pounding the Pavement

Friday 5 for February 12: Pounding the Pavement

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!

1. What was the occasion for your last going door-to-door?
Sometime in the 80's.  I was too sick anymore to do it.  Since zilch, basically, has changed about my causes of the time, I think it's safe to stay home.

2. When did you last trip and fall?
Last week I had a spectacular fall that scared the h*ll out of Mr. Z, and pretty much convinced me to move more slowly from now on as I got hurt.  But I have nothing at all to complain about because no bones got broken.   Must keep my mind on my "matter".  

Another sort of Fall, even more Spectacular, from HERE

3. When wandering about, where are you most likely to stop and take a photo of something?
Anything that catches my eye.  Flowers, trees, sunsets, Accidental art.  I avoid taking pictures of people, though I love the way they smile at you when you smile at them.  I just love LOVE it!
When we watch documentaries, like the one we've watched all week, "The Story of Maths", I love how the people all over the world would turn, and then smile when they saw the camera crew.  Excellent Doc btw.  

3. How safe do you feel walking around your neighborhood at night by yourself?
Not alone.  It's just not safe at all.  If I had a Rottweiler to walk, it would be safe.  
Maybe I can borrow one.  Isn't she sweet?
Lil' Puppy from a Breeder's Page, so I won't link it  
 I stay in after dark.  Rotties have a bad reputation, not entirely deserved as they really are sweet dogs - just don't mess with their owner.

4. How do you feel about FitBit and other smart health gadgets?
I like them.  I have a little step counter that clips to a waistband but it's old tech by now.  It doesn't report back to any web page, for instance.  *Shudders*

Thanks for participating, and have a splendid weekend!
I hope you do, too.  Now I'll go link.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wordless Wednesday Post: Shhhh...

Knitting report.

Ahhhh,  The what's on the needles blurb:  I'll be doing this every Wednesday until I don't knit anymore, or not.  ;o)

Having ripped back - several times - while knitting the sleeves of pink stardust, let's say that rolling back into productive knitting was been a slog!

This image is from Froggish knits, an archived blog.

Several days ago it was plain that knitting two sleeves together on circular needles was more mental stress than it was worth.  I stuffed the other sleeve on a holder and took back up only one.

The happy news is that the yarn has behaved very well even after being abused.  It's a silk bamboo from Cascade.  And the needles are the new (now probably old news since they were bought several years ago) Susan Bates double points.  I really love these needles as they are affordable, slick and very fast!  The cable connections are perfect, don't hang up, and the cable itself is flexible and smooth.

I'm still awaiting the arrival of yarn from Webs.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Tails.....Save Alaska's Ancient Trees

Save Alaska's Ancient Trees

Herein lies a tale of Ancient Trees and forests, where a huge part of our wildlife -almost all of them having tails-  lives:
 Our National Forest Service is taking an "end around run" at the ancient forests in Alaska.  Half of the timber harvested in this country is exported  and lots of it illegally.  Why, you ask?  Is it because it's so under the radar?  Yes! You got it in one!  Trying to save forests is like trying to spit into the wind.

What is it that Forest Service doesn't understand about the word, "NO!"- as in "no more 15 years of "faze-out" for these irreplaceable forests.

The people have spoken!  We said, "Stop it, already!"
And remember, there are a lot of little tails out there in them thar Woods, and we owe it to both ourselves and to them to save their homes.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Stealing! Finally!

Carry A Tune 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 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.
Cheers to all of us thieves!!!

Carry A Tune Meme

Stolen from: Love me some surveys
Please forgive me some of my more stupid answers but I'm changing nothing...too many hits already.

Do you own a tablet of any kind? 
 Yes, and a netbook.  I actually like the netbook more except for playing games.

What’s something people always assume about you that isn’t true?
 That I'm Mexican?  Anyway, it's a kick in the head because I did speak Spanish- now not so well.  Oddly, I know people who are Mexicans, (blonds!) who came from the Ukraine for God's sake.  Ignorance abounds in the Southwestern States!

On a scale of 1-10, how much do elevators scare you? 
Why didn't you have a zero?

When you’re upset, do you vent to people or do you keep to yourself? 
Mr.Z gets my vents.  But those are over forever.  Life got totally serious and vexing. 

Have you ever watched a meteor shower? 
Yes, several times we either went to the mountains or desert when there was a shower going on.

Do you tend to put things off until the last minute? 
No.  Except, apparently, for knitting.

How do you react to random strangers suddenly trying to make conversation with you?
 I like it.  That's what humans do best you know, they chit chat to each other.

Do you have a lucky number? 
Yes, it's 37.  I don't see it very often but it makes me very happy when I do.

Would you go out to dinner with Oprah? 
That nice lady?  Of course.

Did you ever play sports? 
Do you feel guilty if you throw food away? 
We don't do that.  We eat very little meat, and compost everything else.

Do you think you could make it as a baker? 
When I was younger, yes, but standing all the time now No.  I used to bake all our bread.  One of my landladies even gave me her old stand mixer to help me out.  I gave her cookies.

Are you one of those people who are wearing scarves with everything? 
No, but I like scarves.  I want to get some silk blanks from Dharma and paint some again. 

Have you ever been in a castle? 
Yes, one year we went on a camping trip...that's when I fell in love with Central Coast all over again.  We toured  Hearst Castle and I fell hard for the Rose Quartz lamps.

When you were little, did you ever play with Playdoh?
 No, Playdoh was what my kids played with, and I used to make it.  There was a recipe that was published in a woman's magazine, and so, Bob's your Uncle!  

Would you rather write a mystery or love story?
Mystery.  Love Story has been written.

Tell me about your worst fashion mistake: 
Wearing an old dress to my sister's wedding.  Duh!

Do you hate it when people smoke around you? 
Yes, it's rude and actually harmful to health.

How are you wearing your hair right now?
I have it back in a comb.  It's mate fell behind the headboard last night.  Also, I cut off my long hair.  It might get even shorter but then my combs will have to be glued on.  Hmmm... maybe some Swarovski crystals might be nice, too.

When’s the last time you were sick? 
Last winter.  Mr.Z'z sister gave him a cold, and he shared with me.  It was that nasty one that settled in the chest.  I think people in every State got it.  I blame the CIA.  

Would you rather have OJ or milk with your breakfast? 
Neither of them actually.  I like oranges, the fruit, and tea.

What were you doing thirty minutes ago? 
Catching up with Saturday9 and posting my answers.

Do you own any school related clothing articles? 
No, I don't, not any more.  That was another career I shouldn't talk about?  Just kidding!  I'll talk about anything and have proven it many times over.

Would you rather call people or have them call you? 
I'm retired and would rather have them call me.  That way they aren't having some purple haired woman waste their only free time or, worse yet, catch them at work.

Can you carry a tune? 
Yes, and I can whistle like an Irishman.  Sadly, I can't play the tin whistle, though it would be fun to learn it.

Who was the last person who unexpectedly texted you?
 The unexpected came in a phone call.

Who do you text the most? ?
My daughters. 

Sorry, I'm late. Saturday9 on Sunday

Saturday 9: Sorry (2015) 

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. << Sorry not going to listen to this thing.

1) This song is a plea for a second chance. Are you good at forgiving/forgetting? 
Too good a memory to forget, but forgiving is easy. 

2) Justin asks his girl to "forget this." What have you done/said recently that you wish could just be forgotten?
Can't think of anything.

3) Mr. Bieber says he needs just 6 hours sleep every night. How about you? How much sleep do you require to feel sharp?
6 hours is enough and always has been.

4) Justin prefers D&G underwear, which can cost as much as $102/pair. Sam may be crazy, but there's no way she'd spend that much on underwear. What's something you're willing to splurge on?
Not underwear.

5) He may be picky about underwear but not cuisine. He loves Big Macs. If we were going to McDonald's, what would you order?
I never go to McDonalds anymore but did like the breakfast things. 

6) When it comes to healthier fare, Bieber has told fans he enjoys snacking on bananas and grapes. What do you reach for between meals?
I don't usually eat snacks but today, just to be crazy, we are, after all, going to be watching the Superbowl and will eat snacks.  If it's too boring - and it usually is- we'll watch the Puppy Bowl.

7) Performing in Germany, Justin Bieber told a girl who approached the stage, "Ich liebe dich” ("I love you") and she fainted. Have you ever fainted?
Yes, out cold.  But it had nothing to do with musicians.  Lack of oxygen caused mine.  Maybe that caused her's, too, considering the crush up there in front. 
8) As a kid, Justin was teased for being one of the shortest in his class. What do you recall being teased about in school?
I was bullied.  My eldest daughters had it much worse, and it made one of them really ill.  

9) Random question: Will you be watching this weekend's Super Bowl?
Yes, it seems we will be.  We need to get out of our own sore heads for awhile.  We watched "Blindside" again a few nights ago so we decided to just stay in and watch the Bowl.  I hope there are replays of the Puppy bowl. 

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Friday5 on a Sunday

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5!

( the button's in the side bar for this interesting and fun meme)

1. In what way are you pressing your luck?  
I honestly think I may have lived too long.

2. When did you last wield an iron?   
I don't play golf so for me an iron is for pressing materials.  Sometime last year while pressing out some new quilting material.

3.Not counting buttons on your computer, tablet, or phone, what was the result the last time you pressed a button?
I heated water for tea in the microwave.

4. What was the name of your high school newspaper?
The Aztec

5. To “press the flesh” means (usually in the context of politics or public relations) to meet and greet as many people as you can, shaking hands and making personal contact. When were you last called upon to press the flesh, and how were you?
After I was elected president of the Gemological  Society one year.  I was happy to do it.  It turned out to be fun and not half as scary as I thought it would be.

Thanks for participating, and have a pressure-free weekend

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Going Back to mostly knitting

I'm regrouping because that HUGE wave in my Early adult dreams finally engulfed my life.  It feels like the time to wobble off and make stuff on the needles.

Anyway, In 2004 that's what was going on here- a knitting blog.  Joining Knitter's Review that year, well before Ravelry came on line and took off like a rocket - sock knitting and KR were the most fun I'd had for ages!

And then there is this, for mental health....Good Old Yarn Bombing!
SOURCE  i think
And, sock knitting turned out to be a purple passion for me.  The welcome in the forums was warm and cozy,and several people greeted almost every new sock knitter with,"Welcome to the dark side!"

There's been a sea change in life for Mr. Z and I, so much that I don't care what the "World of Puttzez" are doing.  I'll trust that, "time wounds all heels", and that their time will come.

OK then....First comes finishing the pink Stardust.  Then I'm going to be making a couple of hats, beanies, really, and I've ordered two colors of Italian Cashmere from Webs to do that -  Aqua and a deep purple.

The long languishing pink Stardust sweater is inching toward the finish line, and I'll be using up the stashed sock yarns. It's freaking time to knit! Yes, you may expect fotos.

What ever hits my little "eye" in the way of beauty, I will post as well - unexpected hearts, see it?  Right next to the wedding's really just a bottle cap.  :-)

Heart Embedded in Asphalt in the Middle of a Street 
Pretty much that's where my heart feels like it is- out there, flattened in the road..  Like Smellyann before me,, no one better say "this too shall pass" or I'm not responsible for what happens next. It may well be true for some things, like angst handed out by teenagers, but grief lasts until you take your last breath on this Earth.. Anyway, back to Smelleyann.... If you aren't reading there, you are missing out on a shed load of fun.  She's brilliant fun.  In fact, you should hang with the 9ers and Thieves to stay sane.  I'm going to do the memes of the week but I'll pass for Thursday.  No thanks for now.

Toodles!  See you soon but, I know, not if you see me first!  I'm down with that.  ;-)