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

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

~♥~ Enough is as Good as a Feast ~♥~

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday.. Knitting, Surf, and Accidental Art!

I'm so very thankful that I was around when fran was still alive, and that she gave such good advice to all the readers at Knitter's Review (Somewhere in the side bar is another link to this wonderful place).

Knowing her rule- Fran's 10 Minute Rule - and taking it seriously, I've now got four whole rows (38 stitches, down to 36) on the left front pattern part) just in the last two little ten minute sessions.  It's inching along but it's Moooooving!

Surf.  I could watch surf for hours and hours, and it would be bliss!


And the happy accident of Accidental Art.  This happened two days ago when I was attempting to take a picture with the hail stones through the slider glass.  This is a small portion of a phone cam shot.  I think it's very lovely, soft and "painterly".

Make this big to see how two layers of glass effected the focus.
Take your joy where you can.  The world, meaning that which is created by Man, if fairly stingy about supplying "Joy".  We who are trying to heal from the damage caused by all the malfeasance of humans, can find our tiny joys where we may.  Let's keep sharing them, too.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Music: Cindi Lauper, "True Colors"

This was in a movie tract.

I love LOVE this singer and this song!  This Vevo is a little bit , er, risque

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Stealing.

February 28, 2015

17 Meme

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17 Meme  This was Stolen from: Survey Haven

Are you a jealous person?   No

When is the next time you’re traveling out of state?  six years ago-- oh future?  I have no idea. lol

Can you write your name in a foreign language?   Spanish, and French and Italian

When you’re getting ready for something, do you listen to music?   Music is the most important sound to me nowadays.

What is your favorite day of the week?   I like Saturday very much.

What is something you did yesterday and wish you could’ve done today?  Yesterday I set up the sweater to knit this week.  I would have liked to get the strips down on the shower for today.  If answering these is a mental test, I'm, failing miserable, obviously.

If you woke up tomorrow and knew/spoke a different language, which language would you want it to be?  French

What did you last order online?  Ordered some pants which were promptly, I meant to say,  backordered!!!! barebacked?????  it's late I need SLEEP!

Do you have any specific hobbies?  I'm an American Artisan who sews,knits,crochets,and quilts.  I also have done lost wax casting and wire wrapped jewelry, as well as cold forged pieces, some stone carving,.and I've made custom jewelry..  I turned all my hobbies into a business called Strawberry Moon Studios - that is,  I once did all this.  Ceramics, too.  It was a ball while it lasted.

What’s a song you recently discovered that you want to tell everyone about? 
It's a Tahitian dancing song about the way the Long tailed Tropic Bird flies and courts, only it isn't recently discovered, but it was many, many years ago, I heard and saw it.  If you hear you will never forget it.  It will haunt you.

Favorite fall or winter accessory?  
pull over sweaters, especially when it's cold.  Cold, here, means 61 degrees.  The sort of weather brass monkey should stay out of is only overnight.  Everyone stays in then except the cops.  Can you tell I've been watching "Blood Bloods".

What did you last eat?  I ate one third of a Clif protein bar with my night meds. Time to sleep!zzzzz

Look to your left. What’s there?  A Gigantic pile of books that only stopped growing when our DD Bee gave me a kindle that was passed down through several families - Communal property like.  My Sis has it now because she's been bitten by the e-book bug,too. Then there is a small chest that was my grandma's,  into which they put my tiny self as a new born.  There is a pile of papers to sort and clip, two huge baskets of assorted yarns, one of which we used to transport the young Cooper's Hawk to Project Wildlife last year.  That's about it.

How long does it take you to fall asleep?  It takes less than 20 minutes most nights now.  I learned, second hand, from Mr.Z'z trainer, to concentrate on my breathing.  Then I repeatedly say '"think of nothing".  I wake up only if the dog whines around 5 am for his breakfast.  He's as bad as a cat or two I know!

Is there a TV in the room you are in?  No.  We do however have a wire for cable.  So easy to ignore it.

What comes to your mind when I say red? Immediately?  Watermelon.  My mind is already on summer.

Name something you think is pointless?  Being upset about war. Or even politics for that matter. Its a Hobby for Admirals and Generals and the "Smart" people who build all their newest "Boomerangs" and Bazookas for them.

I'd really rather try to do something truly good for our people who are hurting because the Self Important Smartest Guys in The Room are so heartlessly selfish, carving up the world's resources and setting up smaller countries to receive the cadre of puppet masters i.e. the elite know-it-alls sent in afterward.  This, while they go back to playing. King of the Hill with their Armies and Navy. Too Hell with them.

I'm going to go knit.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday9- "Stop in The Name of Love"

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!

Saturday 9: Stop! In the Name of Love (1965)

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

1) When this song was popular, the Supremes were known for their long gloves and full-length gowns. When was the last time you got dressed up?  Must have been for a funeral.  No, actually, it was to meet the Old Rock hounding Gang for Christmas Lunch.

2) With a record 12 #1 hits, the Supremes remain America's best-selling vocal group. This must have been hard for Betty McGlown, the fourth Supreme, who left the group before they recorded their first song. Can you think of an opportunity you missed?   I can think of plenty but as the saying goes, "If you change one thing, you change everything.  I wouldn't want to have done that.  I'm very happy with where I am at right now.

3) When "the girls" (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Flo Ballard) first started hanging around Motown, founder Berry Gordy was reluctant to let them record. After all, they were still in high school. They refused to give up and eventually convinced him to let them add hand claps and finally back up vocals to recordings by other Motown artists. Tell us about a time when your persistence paid off.  Through thick and thin, with few exceptions, I never stopped loving.

4) 50 years after its release, "Stop! In the Name of Love" is one of the most popular karaoke songs. Do you know the lyrics? Yes..  *Thinks it over*  Yes... I do.

5) There's a children's playground named in Diana Ross' honor within New York's Central Park. It includes swings, slides, rope bridges and a fountain. When you played in the park, what did you run to first?  The swings, it was the closest thing to flying.  Well, swimming is, too, really.  But you can't really swim in a fountain.   Well, maybe you can!

6) Diana stumbled in her high heels and broke her ankle as she left the stage after a November 2012 concert. What do you have on your feet right now? I have my leapard and black fuzzy slides on.

7) Ever the trooper, she honored her commitment to perform at a White House-sponsored Christmas concert just weeks later, even though her leg was still in a cast. Tell us about a time when you "played hurt."   In the GAA it was the practice to play hurt.  I played hurt many a time.  We thought of ourselves as, well, sort of as Marines.
Semper Fi, Baby!

8) Young Diana Ross was a good student and a tough competitor who made her school's swim team. Are you a good swimmer?  I'm a very good swimmer.

9) Diana's older sister, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school. Decades ago, Barbara juggled post-graduate studies and raising small children. Are you good at multi-tasking?  I am the mother of both "Irish Twins", born a year and a day apart, and Identical Twins.  I am a multi-tasker to this day.  Except, I AM getting a bit lazy now.

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!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five Minute Friday- visit

The word of the week is: Visit.  I'm not fond of this word but I'll try to b a good sport.  Visit is a sore point with me, as I saw so much suffering from the partings.

Kate's button is in the side bar, and all the rules are there in.

Begin:  Visit...

My father, the Paternal unit, through pure vile meanness, didn't care to let us live near to my mother's family- they all, who despite the parental unit's opinions of them, still attempted to love him.  This was because my mother did. and they loved her and me an awful lot.

The Paternal Unit has never felt love for anyone.  He's incapable of it.  So, after being summarily whisked off to California, mother and her children, my little brother and I, had to make do with very infrequent visits to and sometimes, fro.  This meant that Mother didn't get to visit either of her parents or her aunt B before they passed away.

Because of the Paternal Unit's general unfriendly nature, we had few friends except for some army buddies of his that had also settled in Quonset huts in the early days after the war.  After we moved away, we still went back there for visits.  Housing was very slowly trying to catch up with the influx if new families, who worked on new army tanks, for Korea I presume, or other new industries, like aircraft.

We did visit those friends which made my mother's heart happier, she was a friendly, happy little woman in those days and loved visiting with the wives and we loved having kids around who were our age.



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!

What’s your favorite juice?  It's a green juice that I don't know the composition of.  But it's delicious.  I'm not even sure who sells it.

Blend fruit juice with fresh or fruit, (sometimes) ice, and other ingredients and you get a smoothie.

What’s your favorite smoothie?  I like one I make with organic protein powder, a frozen banana, and cherries and or berries, and vanilla soy milk.

Juice in some contexts means credibility, the respect of others, and influence. In what way have you recently earned juice among your peers?  Not in any way I can remember.

How satisfied are you with your mobile phone’s charge capacity?  Ah, a marketing question.  Let's just say I have a thousand, at least photos on it, and it hasn't run out of space.  That's plenty.

What are your thoughts on Kool-Aid and Tang?  Kool-Aid is good for tie dyeing and yarn dyeing.  Tang is not.

Thanks for participating, and have a juicy weekend!  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday. All manner of things ....

I'm grateful for my sweet, dear, daughters:  They stayed by me and cheered me on!

I moved my DNA yesterday, thank you L, but have stopped drawing.  Instead, I'm knitting your pretty pink Stardust cardi.   I'll start drawing again because it's a good way to create really pretty and unique greeting cards!

All the DDs have been re-organizing belongings for a few years, and have motivated me to become more of a minimalist!  I can't quite reach their levels, or at least two of their levels, but I'm moving the old DNA to do it!

I'm grateful for flowers on every single, seeded plant, they all have flowers and I'm grateful for COLOR vision.  Thank you God! 

These are just a few of the so called "little things" in life that loom large if  loss of them is threatened.  Like food on the table and roofs overhead.  Warm heaters!  Cats!  Dogs!  Birds!  Sweet Sceloporus Occidentalis Lizards courting on the fence.  So many of Life's charming little commonplace things to see, you know? 

There are no new flowers to report that haven't already been oogled here, well maybe a rose?  From my sister's complex:

I cropped the rose as these roses receive no care, so have bug damage
on the outside petals.
This is a big beautiful Hybrid Tea Rose, all the bushes were helped by the great rains we've had.  I can't remember the name.  Sorry.  That's the exact color though.

Yesterday, at JoAnn's I was witness to a random act of kindness at the cutting table.  A young girl, who was learning to sew on her very own starter machine, was given a 50% off coupon by a random customer so that she could afford the gorgeous purple material she wanted to buy.  It wasn't on sale, expensive for her budgeted money, and she SO wanted it.  There is nothing like the feeling of seeing such a young person, just starting out, getting a chance to use the exact material she wanted for her project.  We all were pumped!

There, all the week's gratefulness rolled into one daily post.  There are things to be grateful for in every breath, when you consider that with 6% less oxygen in the air, we would all fade away.  I'm thankful there it enough for this not to happen!  Thank you Great Spirit, Thank you, Guardian Angels!