~♥~Keep on Knittin' Mama, Knittin' your blues away ~♥~

~♥~ May you Walk with Beauty All Around You~♥~

~❤️~ "The Heart Hath it's Own Memory.."~❤️~
William Wadsworth Longfellow


Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday = Funday.... Dudeist Priests....

I found this whilst poking around the Blogosphere.  This site is a real kick in the head.  And yes, it's because I was raised in California, which has been described as a whole other Country of it's own!



Check it out, Dude!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Updated: Grannies this one's for you....

No one escapes the notice of The Gold Standard of Greed..
It's going to get a lot worse for all of us, and this slight of hand by a completely ruthless little tinpot, is coming down the pike.

I will say one thing, he's an equal opportunity despot.

This is not politics, this is a war on everyone but the 1%, while pandering to the fears of the rest of the other 99% who evidently didn't care to read the writing on the wall.




From the article:
"Last Friday, the Trump administration signed an executive order designed to undermine the rule before it takes effect. In an economy in which retirement security is already too precarious, doing so is a big policy mistake. But it is also a particularly blatant example of the phoniness of President Trump’s populism. His order is a gift to financial markets and a slap at some of the people who voted him into office, most of whom, according to a recent poll, support the fiduciary rule (65 percent support; 17 percent oppose)."


 HERE..  is the full article by Jared Bernstein



Sunday Stealing: The little house on the prairie is it?

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1. Which living person do you admire the most, and why?
Naomi Klein.  I respect her intellect and admire her courage.

2. When were you the happiest?
When I was taking care of my family and had gone back to school. 

3. Besides property, automobile or furniture, what is the most expensive thing you have bought?
My new Computer.

4. What is your most treasured possession?
My strange and quirky mind.

5. Where would you like to live?
Somewhere near the coast, above Santa Barbara.

6. Who would you get to play you in a film of your life?
 Also, Sandra Bullock.  

7. What is your favorite book?
There is no way that I have a "favorite" book.

8. What is your most unappealing habit?
Lately, it's been burping.

9. Twitter or Facebook? (Or if both share the differences in your opinion.) 
I am starting to do both.  I like them for different reasons.

10. What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
I loved my Navy Pilot's uniform.

11. What is your earliest memory?
Cutting my finger on some razor blades.

12. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
That would be ruffled potato chips.  I can eat them 7/24.

13. What do you owe your parents?
My mother taught me to love all plants, even the weeds which have a place on the planet as food for every thing else.  She also gave me her fine sense of humor, and her love of all creatures, great and small.  Nothing from my father.  In fact it took nearly ten years to outlive his "gifts."

14. To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
My Dear Heart.  

15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My Dear Heart.

16. What does love feel like to you?
Steady, affectionate, and kind.

17. What was the best kiss of your life?
My first kiss from Mr. Z.

18. Which words or phrases do you overuse?
I was really cussing out the Universe this year.  I had to get a handle of this one... F**k!  Frak just didn't take the edge off.

19. What's the worst job you have done?
As a kid, I had to kill the chickens.  Some of them I'd raised since they were babies.  GAH!

20. If you could edit your past, what would you change?
PsychoDad would stay in England, France and Germany with his girl friends.

21. What is the closest you have came to death?
When my gall bladder became enraged, it almost took out my liver.  I was hospitalized for a week on nothing but anti-body and saline drip.  Close!

22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Four Generous, and Kind daughters who help others in need.  

23. When did you cry last?
Like Bev, at Funny The World, I cry every day.

24. How do you relax?
I stare off into the distance and think of eternal things.  

25. What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
We, the people would get rid of the Electoral College, which as served us VERY ill.....

26. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
You can get over your nightmares and pick up the pieces and go on.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Join the Resistance!

No Sunday Stealing this week.  I'm very busy cleaning up my other blog.  It's really a mess.

Want some answers?  Isa is on the run and so is Hunter.  How about your representatives and Senators?  Are they willing to listen or are they just going on Junkets while they can?

Join the Resistance Recess interactive guide to events near you.

I'm worried about the future of all our Children!



Come Sail Away, Come Sail Away, Come Sail Away with me

Saturday9: "Johnny Angel"

 Saturday 9: Johnny Angel (1962)




Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

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1) In this song, a girl sings that she'd rather spend a quiet evening at home than go out on a date. How about you? Do you enjoy quiet time? Or do you prefer keeping a busy calendar?
Have to confess, I like it quiet.

 
2) She dreams of how her life with Johnny would be. What did you most recently daydream about?  Say, I can still sing along to that song.  I really liked/like it.


Actually, I just yesterday had a daydream about becoming a Full-Timer, and getting a new motor home.  I've been restless and want to travel.

 
3) Shelley never considered herself a singer and is more comfortable acting. A costar on The Donna Reed Show, she was pressured to make this record by the show's producer, who wanted extra exposure for the show by having this song on the radio. Tell us about a time you ventured outside your comfort zone.
When I was asked to give the Eulogy at a friend's funeral.

 
4) Elvis said she was his favorite leading lady, and she appeared with him in three films. What qualities do you appreciate in a coworker?
Honesty, Thoroughness, and a sense of humor.  I liked it when they worked as hard as I did.

 
5) She met her close friend and fellow teen star Annette Funicello when they were 12 and attended the same Catechism class. What do you recall from your middle-school years?

Gee, Jr. High is usually a terrible experience for most.  I remember being targeted by a really cruel female student who somehow, don't ask me how, got the job of Editor for the school paper and year book.  She was an equal opportunity Trash Hag, so it wasn't just me who suffered.  This Nasty little piece of work was the only other truly rotten person I ever met besides Psycho Dad, in fact she was just as big a bully as was he.
 
6) After The Donna Reed Show, Shelly went on to a recurring role on One Day at a Time and was twice nominated for an Emmy for her work on Coach. Her husband is Mike Farrell, who played BJ on M*A*S*H. Which of those four sitcoms would you enjoy binge watching?
I liked M*A*S*H* a lot.  Now that I'm older, not so much, though it sometimes can still make me laugh.

 
7) In 1962, the year this song was popular, is also the year Jack Nicklaus began his successful pro golf career. Do you enjoy playing golf? Watching it on TV?
I like Jack Nicklaus.  But I don't like to watch Golf.  Don't like to play it either.  I think it's good exercise, and all, but I don't like the game.  However, I LOVE to play Pitch&Putt- the physical game not the on-line one - and Miniature Golf.  Very fun.

 
TWO Random Questions (especially for Harriet):

8) A 2013 study said most Americans will have 12 romantic relationships in their lifetime. Does this mean you've had more or less than your share?
Gad, yes, much, MUCH less.  And I wouldn't like having that many anyway.  After three, I'd just adopt more dogs and cats.  That statistic is a shame.

 
9) It's closing time at the mall and you find yourself accidentally locked in a toy store. You call the police and they say someone will be there in about half an hour to rescue you. While you wait, will you play with any toys? (If so, which ones?)
I'd play with the little piano toys and probably some of the dolls big enough for tea parties, and the Barbie dolls and all their clothes, the tea sets, of course the Basketballs, and the soccer balls.  Can you imagine kicking a soccer ball down those long, long aisles?  Fun stuff!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday 13. Bits and Pieces Gathered in one place...

Some short and some very short tales.

1.  We have two baby torts that we haven't let hibernate at all until this year.  They were born in 2008. so that makes them 9 years old.  Originally there were four, but Mosquito and Button both died about four years ago.  The vet, who examined their parents during a Turtle and Tortoise Society pre-hibernation get together, said that since they were mixed breeds, they might not be as hardy.
Poko Ono is from the Sonoran race and Churchie is from the Mojavean race.  Poko's green eyes were passed down to one offspring, Lucky.  And all the rest have Brown Mojavean eyes like their Papa.

Being so small, they can be allowed to take a long winter's nap.  We therefore decided to keep them awake sometimes, and to let them go into torpor sometimes, as per all the pages on desert torts that we've read, (a literal TON of them!).

Yesterday, I wanted to wake these two fellas up for the first time since New Years.  (That's when the kids were here, and they took the babies outside in the sunshine and fed them a feast!)

Back to now:  Since one of them is a food hog he has to be fed separately.  Thus, Milagro was put on the outside of the box, while eating, and Dusty stayed on the inside, so that he would get to eat!  30 minutes, I reckoned, was enough to give him time to do so.
Several hours later (yes, now is the time to cue the cartoon of a woman whistling away, happily putting her iron into the top freezer of the refrigerator, and you will have the picture) I went back and couldn't find Milagro anywhere!  Yes, indeed, no Duh!  They are slow but the Aesop's Hare found out the hard way what I found out yesterday.
This morning, intending to organize a massive indoor search, I saw him, parked like a tiny SUV, under the Buffet.
Yes, we have lots of rocks sitting about.  I use them.
I reaaaally need to move those sewing machines.
Here is their bitty baby picture, with their sib, Mosquito.  Mosquito died,sadly, long ago.  They, along with Button who hadn't been found yet when the picture was taken, were born in the spring of 2008.  This picture was taken at Christmas in 2008 by Gee, ever the photographer!  Thank you, Gee! Your camera time stamped it!

Milagro with an M on her,his shell, in front
Dusty top left
Mosquito, top right.
Back to the story: I had thought M may have gone under the bed, and was busily eating the dust rhinos.  Milagro is now enjoying the warmth of the heat lamp and the grow light with his quite small brother.
Note: If the sex changes constantly in my Tortoise Tails, it's because right now they look like males but anything can and sometimes does, happen as they march toward Maturity at age 20.  With 11 years to go until that happens, I'm kind of sure that I'm not going to be around to see it.

2.  Story of our twins at the WTO protests in Los Angeles, and why I think the police have already got too much power...
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

 The Article Source is in the link just above...

And the now Ex-Seattle Chief of Police decries this turn of events as well.  He was chief at the time of the so called "Battle in Seattle".  It makes me very sad for Americans.

This story starts with a helicopter video of a van in the Los Angeles WTO protests, which was taken apart by the L.A. police and just trashed.  The twins were there to cover the protests for Gee's radio show in Santa Cruz.
We saw the van on television and immediately recognized it.  I called the Los Angeles Police Department to find out what happened to the girls!  The chief actually talked to me for about an hour, trying to allay my fears.  He must have known that they were at fault for targeting the girl's van, and later, after talking to the girls, I understood why.  I wasn't hysterical but was truly concerned for my daughters!
The police had stopped the van as it was exiting the parking lot behind the radio station in L.A..  They tore it all down and threw all the twins' equipment and belonging all over the place.  The REAL reason this happened was so that a local news van would be trapped in the parking lot while the police search was ongoing.    They knew that in trapping the local station's van, that the crew wouldn't be able to cover the marches.  I still believe it was an abuse of power, and the chief knew  it was.

To add to the insult, the girls had to painstakingly put back all the panels ripped out by the police and then put all their equipage back, tossing as fast as possible.  The added forty-five minutes kept the Local News van from covering the beginning of marches.  Additionally, in the abuse of power train, my daughter saw an indi reporter knocked to the ground and beaten and saw officers confiscating her cameras.  This also was witnessed by people at the nearby restaurant.  We do not need, for the sake of both "We, The People", and the many wonderful and decent Peace Officers, an even more militarized Police across the country.  BAD news.  Very bad!

3.  Knitting the Peace Cowl:  At first it was fiddly, so not so peaceful to knit, but now, it's flowing right along.  This is a very nice pattern.  I'm doing it on 253, or so, stitches as I like cowls not so big and loopy.  After casting on, I knit one round, to give it a nice edge.  The only thing I hate is transferring  the stitch markers, but that's always been true.  I cut them down to a bare minimum.


4. Decorating the computer room for Valentine's day:
I had decorated Mr. Z. computer station with this heart strand, and a big poofy garland, as well as hanging a sparkly heart, the twin of the one in the header, on his steel case hutch thinga.  He also received a card on line with a matching game to play.  He returned the favor by wrapping the string of hearts around my lamp.  I'd say this day was a success, on the way to our recovery.


5. Yarn pics with the code on the label:  I don't add many apps to my phone.  It's too difficult to read or play anything on a device that you need a magnifying glass to do so.
But this one looks intriguing.  And, it's the first time,ever, that I've seen something I am interested in as a Prize!  Free Pattern?  I'm so THERE!


6.  Puzzle sites and pics:  A few years ago, right after I'd gotten the kindle and iPad, I downloaded a couple of jigsaw puzzle apps to them.  The first picture is of Jigsaw Bug, and the second is Kristanex.  I like Kristanex a little better because it lets you upload your own picture and make a puzzle.  It also lets you save the pictures of their puzzles and they go right into your own pictures app.

It's also easier to play, but only a little bit.  Both are fun, have great features, gorgeous puzzle packs, and no dusty boxes!  Like CountryDew, I am allergic to molds and dust.  These let me play without paying the price in headaches and sneezing.  I wait for sales on the puzzle pacs.

JigsawBug

Kristanix

7. Neck pillow:  This is just a decorative pillow that was on close-out at the local Target many moons ago.  At first I used it to prop up the clipboard while doing cross words.  Now, it's the best side sleeper neck pillow going.  I tuck it into the bump of my shoulder and it supports my head perfectly.  When it gets too old, I will make one to replace it.  It's one of the happiest of little "impulse buys" in my adult life.



8.  I am tingling with delight to have found the hat needles.  FINALLY!
And yes, I really am reading Pollyanna, and am liking it very much.  This book must have come from Ohio with me and my mother, because one of my cousins was reading it in 1943.  She signed it on the fly leaf.  The MadTosh yarn?  What's not to love.  It will become a hat.


 After the cowl is done, I'll make some bed socks for a friend, and keep plugging along on the Manly Beastly.  My problem is that, after knitting the whole body in the round, I cannot fathom how to knit back and forth from a chart!  It's crazy making!

9.  A bird share photo album from Cornell Ornithology.  And they have a nifty spiffioso Coloring book, too, which I think I'll order.  It's Gorgeous!  It will be the first coloring book for me.  I think it's a great stress buster, and satisfies that artist in everyone.  Not being able to wave my left arm around much lately, I think it's  time to make the plunge.  I did love Life Drawing classes, and wanted to keep it up, but you have to wave your arm around a lot.

10. This was supposed to be where the Hershey pie recipe was scheduled to go but, alas, it could not  yet be found.  But I've found two things in the "Lost List" in the last couple of days.  Tomorrow I'm looking for the tiny speakers for the tiny Nano.

11.One of the greatest joys of life is to read.  Teaching little children that art/skill is one of the most rewarding things a teacher can do.  Elle taught her own sister, one year behind her, to read.  I have never seen Elle's eyes shine more than when we mentioned it from time to time.  And so, after finishing Pollyanna, I'll read this book, which Laura recommended to me.



12.  Our rose, Apricot Nectar is an old lady and is probably dying...  I love this beautiful Rose.  It is not even being grown anymore as a variety.  It's about 43 years old.  Some roses live to be hundreds of years.  I hope we can save it.



13. I had a good visit with my sister.  Having stopped by Starry Lane Bakery, we brought cookies for dessert!  Then we all talked and ate our lunches together.  She was feeling better than she has in weeks.  We discussed Health Insurance or lack of it, and her little cat, Middie, turns 13  19 tomorrow.

So we talked about Milo, my last and final cat.  He was almost human, that cat.  He was a friend to everyone but not savvy about roads.  I'll never have another cat.  Trying to keep a cat indoors 7/24 is not in my skill set.  I give in to their persistence about wanting to be let out, and that something you can never do.  There be Monsters out  there!  I mourned him for so long.

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