~~ "The Heart Hath it's Own Memory" ~~
William Wordsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Tails: New and Huge, a connected park in Peru is born.

Yes, I am political.  But I'm really mostly interested in the human side of that dilemma, and the affect that politics has on the face of Mother Earth.  This is a very feel good story...... 

This is what a pair of very dedicated humans have done for a country who needed to protect their heritage, or should I say, the heritage of Andean Indigenous peoples.

Read about it HERE....  Peru's newest Park...

What a beautiful thing to do!  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tea and (Questions) Sympathy.. Sunday stealing

This is from a questionnaire called "Tea and Q&A" that I found on SwapBot

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on the WTIT Blog with Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a link to the victim's questions 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 recently asked questions from a previously post. 

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Tea and Q&A

1. What is your middle name and what is a middle name you'd rather have instead? Why?
I have no middle name.  But when I married, I took my grandfather's surname as a middle name.  So I have the one I want to keep.  And it's because, outside of my husband, my grandfather was the best man I've ever had in my personal life.

2. How would you spend $1MM (you have to spend every penny!)
I'd buy two houses, or rather put down payments on two houses, in Santa Cruz for my family to live in.  And believe me, it would take every penny to do it.

3. Yellow light - speed up or slow down??
For me, it's slow down.  You never know, do you, what person going the other way may just want to jump the red light to green thingie, do you?

4. What was the last movie you saw and what did you like/dislike about it?
The last movie I saw was "Prometheus".  I like some futuristic Sci-Fi, and this was one I liked.
Leslie Theron played a lead.  She was great.  Just the right amount of valor to be annoying, and rather chicken livered at the same time.  I loved the mechanical man.  Dislike?  It borrowed from other Sci-Fi films and brazenly.  Whole sets it seems.

5. If a movie was made about you, who would portray you in that movie?
Since my life is a B movie, it would have to be some faded "has been".  Let's see..... 
Can't think of just who that might be...  certainly not Meryl  Streep.  But she's the one I'd like to have the job.

6. What is the strangest thing you've eaten and what did it taste like?
I once picked a tiny fruit thing off a cactus in the San Diego Cactus garden, bit into it expecting a sweet taste,  and it was HOTTER than the HOBS OF HELL.  Ouch!

7. What color is your bathroom?
Both of them are green but different shades.  It's a crime that a color my hubby cannot see is my favorite one to look at inside (and out of) a house. Six rooms and the outside are all shades of green.  

8. If you could vacation anywhere in the world RIGHT NOW, where would it be and why?
I'd go to the north pole with a group that operates an ecotourism to that area. Why?  Because it is disappearing, it's dying, and I'd like to see it before everything is gone.

9. What is your least favorite thing to cook?
I like baking the best.  I love to make bread ALL kinds of it.  I made all our bread until the twins were born, and then for special occasions after that,  for my family.  I used to make all our tortillas, though never corn ones.    

10. What is the dish you make that your family rolls their eyes at?
My kids liked everything I made, or so they told me.  But then, we had similar tastes and probably that accounts for it.

11. What are three things on your (kick) bucket list?
Number1 is to make a LOT (a literal TON) of short fingered gloves and booties for cancer patients.  Their hands and feet get so cold!  My daughter said, "forget the hats, there are plenty of hats, make those gloves you made me, and some booties."  She asked me to do this, and I set my heart and soul on accomplishing this with my stash.  I have nothing else on any bucket list anywhere.  I've become a total homebody.

12. How many skeins of yarn do you think you are currently hoarding?
About three of four hundred skeins.  I didn't count them up but there's a lot, and maybe likely there's even more.  I've given away a lot but now I'll knit them all up if I live long enough and don't go gaga.

13. Today is my birthday.  What virtual gift are you going to give me?
Since I can be a fairy godmother, I would give you happy dreams, and forever.

14. What is your favorite candy?
I love, LOVE chocolate covered nut candies.

15. What is your favorite time of the day and why?
I love sunrise.  I wish that I could see it on days that I've slept all night though.  And because?  Because it's beautiful, quiet and fresh...

16. If you could call in sick for a day, what would you do with the time?
I don't go to work, but if it's a day to do anything I want, I'd like to go bird watching.

17. How much did your last crafting run cost you?
I just bought two sets of 5 inch US5 Knitter's Pride Naturalz double pointed needles from WEBs for 17 bucks.  No local store had them.  What gives with that????

18. Can you play a musical instrument and if so, which one?
I used to play guitar, and now I try to play the Uke when I'm reminded that it's out there.....just waiting patiently for me to remember.... no, I don't sing along with it, just play it. My voice is now totally crappy.  

19. What is your least favorite craft that you still do? Why?
I never met a craft I didn't like.  Why?  Why would anyone waste time doing a craft they didn't like?  OH!  Here...  THE LINK  I found a site for people who hate crafting.. Moms no less.  She's a total NUT!

20. If you could have any job for just one day, what would it be and what would you do?
I'd like to take care of baby animals, especially the lemurs, at the zoo.  

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday9: Baby Love, the Supremes.

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!

Baby Love... The Supremes..

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

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1) When this song was popular, the Supremes were known for their elaborate hairstyles, make up and full-length gowns. When was the last time you got dressed up?  

It's been awhile.  Except for funerals, we are a very dressed down sort of family...

2) "The girls," as they were known to the engineers and executives at Motown Records, were Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross. They began singing together when they were high school classmates. Are you still in touch with any friends from your high school days?
Not anymore.  I've lost touch with them all.

3) Mary Wilson was born in Mississippi and her family moved a great deal before settling in Detroit, where she fatefully met Florence and Diana. Were you uprooted often when you were a child? Or did you spend your school years in the same neighborhood?
Often, here and there until I was 5, but the longest place we lived was on Mother's little farm.  We were there from the time I was 5 and we moved away the summer that I was 15.  Schools: I was in K-5, 6-8 and 9-10th grade in L.A. county schools, and we moved away at the end of 10th grade.

4) The Supremes began as a quartet called the Primettes. In addition to Mary, Flo and Diana, there was Betty McGlown. In 1960, Betty left the group to get married and was replaced by Barbara Martin. In 1962, Barbara left the group to have a baby. They quit trying to replace the fourth voice, soldiered on as a trio, and made pop history. Have you ever found yourself in a position similar to Betty's or Barbara's, where you had to make a difficult decision and choose between your personal life and your career?
Oh ya.  A LOT... The biggest blow was when PsychoDad got shot, my little sister went nutzo, and I had to quit UCLA and come home to put pieces back together.  But then later on when I had my own family, too, but much less traumatic.  But I've talked about that before.  One of my dreams was to enter the excellent Geology Dept at San Diego State, which never got past the talking to the Prof stage.  My regrets were that I couldn't earn decent money to help put all the kids though college.  I'll regret that until that day I die. 

5) Thinking of babies and "baby love," is anyone in your life expecting a baby in 2018?
No.  All the Babies are born for now... There may be more in a few years.

6) With twelve #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, The Supremes remain America's most commercially successfully recording group, and this song (along with "Stop! In the Name of Love") is one of the most popular karaoke songs. If we handed you the mic this morning and absolutely insisted you perform, what song would you choose (any song, any genre)?
"Ave Maria".  I love it.  It's one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Maria Callas was my Idol.  I've found that I no longer know this song by heart but I also can't sing very well anymore anyway.  lol

7) Original group member Florence Ballard left the group in 1967. She died of cardiac arrest in 1976 at the age of 32. Since February is National Heart Month, it seems appropriate to ask: Is anyone in your life battling heart disease? 

Me.  It's not fatal, but one of my doctor's jokingly said, "It's one of those things that only makes you wish you were dead."  We both laughed.

8) Florence Ballard's brother, Hank, wrote Chubby Checker's famous dance song, "The Twist." When did you last dance?
That would be when my niece got married, and a loooonnggg time ago.

9) Random question: Close your eyes and visualize the most beautiful place you've ever been. Now describe it to us.
It is a little river that is in Big Sur.  It's bed is rocky and shallow where it passes along the floor of the valley, and deciduous trees overhang it on both sides, and there are reeds along the verges.  When you hear the water flowing past, it makes a bubbling sound as the river falls downstream to join the Pacific Ocean a few miles away.  I called it Eden.   

Found the photo from when we were there....It's so quiet. Just you and the water and the wind.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Gotchatoe, Freakshow!

For Animals Friday... Saving Dogs...

Welcome all you Lovely Orphans of the Sh*t Storm of Human Activities...

I reckon that is something to feel good about, people who are saving hapless animals from a really odious practice.  And, you'll get to meet just the sort of people to "make your day" better and not worse....

Various videos, or stories, will appear, here, on what was going to be "Feel Good Friday" but that's already taken, as all good alliterations are these days. This little weekly "blabbit" will be done every Friday that I'm able.

From Huge List dot com

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bits of knitting blah blah. And, wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day ...

Knitting short fingered gloves, and I found this marvelous video about joining yarn and solving problematic holes, too.  This technique is the closest to the one I learned many years ago when first making mittens for my older daughters.  It can be used to close the top and bottom gaps in the fingers, too.  Now, to get some 5 inch #5 double points!

What I'm knitting now.. It's a washable wool/acrylic blend and I'm making short fingered gloves for patients in the cancer ward at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz.  I have a ton of yarn, and that's what I'll be doing.  Knitting it up....

Happy Valentine's Day y'all..

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Taking a break to knit the things that will heal my mind.. and my heart.

I need a time out.....  see you when I have something to say that isn't political.. I'm beginning to truly dislike people over this and that is just not good.

Divide and Conquer is just TOO TRUE!

Until I feel better.. I'll just say, "Good Night and Good Luck!" Edward R. Murrow's special line.....