Thursday, January 29, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Later, I begged for a parakeet which my mama finally allowed against her better judgement because she had vetoed the monkey, I suspect...turned out that Tweety Bird learned to say, "Kiss me," & "What cha doin?," & he never shut up.....over & over & over for at least 10 years. Ironically, this loud repetition got on my nerves more than Mama's.
I also asked her for a red parasol that was hanging over the Woolsworth toy counter....it was 98 cents which was a sum of money in those days. Mama said, "No, it will break." I wanted it so badly that I asked Daddy when Mama was listening. He innocently bought it for me, she was aggravated, & it broke the second day I had it. I was sorry that I had wasted a wish on it.
Over the years of my childhood, I asked for a great many things....some Mama would get for me & some she wouldn't for one reason or another. Of the wished for things I did get, some turned out to be great & some turned out to be not-so-good.
My point is that I don't always know what is good for me.....maybe none of us do until we experience it.
As an adult, I pretty much get what I want. The problem is that I have become no one to hold a grudge against but myself....oh, I could put blame on dh, but he is usually so innocent & oblivious of trivia that I don't have the heart to bother him......he's a pretty good guy.
A few years ago, I wanted a horse...poor man built a stable & hurt his back......I got the horse, & it nearly drug him off on the first day as it was running away...by this time, dh was determined that I would get a horse because he had built the stable....for the next 5 years, my horse was more of a never-ending-task done in all extremes of weather....looking back on it, I cannot imagine how I ever thought that owning a horse would be endless trailrides with Roy Rogers.
I have learned to approach my whims with caution & dismiss most of them, but my latest desire & there is always a new one, is most persistent...lol....I want a dog....I don't need a dog.....I already have the smartest Yellow Lab in Missouri, but I dream of having a Boston Terrible, like my daughter's . It doesn't make any sense even to me.....I am retired, kids raised, foot-loose-&-fancy-free...nothing expected of me.....I cannot justify all of the hassles that would come with a Boston pup. It would not be worth the strain on my marriage just to hold it in my lap while I watch reruns of Bonanza.
I demand of myself to consider several things........ is a Boston Tornado ever still....NO!!! Is it ever satisfied....NOT That I Have Observed!!! Does it tear the most valued possessions up in rapid succession......CONSTANTLY!!! Is it cuddly....Only if it is very tired from doing all of the naughty things it can think of to get attention!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
One of our great SGF members pointed out this clever Coffee Cozy Pattern. It is free & well worth a look at http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com/my_weblog/tutorials/
Cuppa for a Quilter
You need a disposable coffee cup with lid & stirrer.
Coffee chains will sometimes sell you their cups or you can buy nice ones at discount stores.
Fill each cup with pattern & supplies to make a quilt block or even tuck in a gift card! Put the lid on the cup, stick in the stirrer & add a cute tag.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Change......It's okay for us to make potholders instead tablerunners.
Imagination.......This time, let us be more creative with new ideas for the old projects.
Organize.........We must put every UFO in it's own plastic, see-through bag.
Now.........All of us will spend 15 min. a day, everyday, on a UFO.
Go to church....do the wash.....iron the clothes....mend the tears.....buy the groceries.....clean the house.....bake the bread.... kitchen towels embroidered in redwork with these practical reminders hung by my grandma's sink.....stitches worn away....holes here & there....and I loved them, battle-scars & all.
I forgot about Grandma's towels when I started housekeeping....life was moving too fast for the old order... mass-produced terry cloth in colors of avocado green & tangerine orange were the rage! Time flew by...work got done, kids got raised......& it wasn't until this past year that I remembered these comforting towels & started throwing them in with wedding & house warming gifts. I turn to my embroidery machine when I want to whip up a set fast!
Here are 2 towels with a modified twist that I made for my daughter who loves to travel.
Wednesday - giovedì, Thursday - venerdì, Friday - sabato, Saturday- domenica
The days of the week in French... Sunday - Dimanche, Monday - Lundi, Tuesday - Mardi,
Wednesday - Mercredi, Thursday-Jeudi, Friday - Vendredi, Saturday - Samedi
(Actually, the week starts with Monday in these countries, & the days are not capitalized.)
Monday, January 5, 2009
1. I set the double baskets in the sink, throw in the fabric & wet through & through with hot water, maybe adding a little laundry detergent.
Tip: I separate lights from darks.
3. I replace the lid & rotate the handle fast & spin, spin, spin.........the fabric works to the sides of the basket similar to an actual spin cycle.
I dry the fabric in any way I want.......here it is just spread around here & there to dry.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
3 small pkgs (9 oz. total) sugar-free, cook & serve vanilla pudding
1 small pkg (3 oz.) sugar-free lemon gelatin
2 1/3 cups water & 1/3 cup lemon juice
8-inch reduced fat graham crust
1 1/2 cups reduced fat whipped topping
Combine the dry pudding & gelatin powders with the water & lemon juice.Cook & stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook until thickened.Remove from heat & cool slightly.Pour into crust & refrigerate 2-3 hours to set.Spread with whipped topping & serve in small pieces.....this is a rich pie.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
My kids have all left the nest & are flying on their own......there is very little that I can buy them that will put giggly smiles on their faces.....
My friends are all my age & already have most things that they need.....in fact, my friends & I are in the Lighten the Load stage of life!
There are 5 solutions to apply:
A combination of #s 2, 3, 4 & 5 work for me... giving money is sometimes appropriate if presented in unique ways, & a gift card to someone's favorite haunt can be a nice when placed inside something special...for instance: under the wrapper of a giant chocolate bar, tucked in the pocket of an apron, slipped in a menu from the restaurant, taped in a pizza box, added to the layers of a fabric sandwich, etc.....you get my drift. I shop, but I do it all year like an eagle, swooping down on bargains, sales & clearances, stretching my money like a rubber band!
....but, #2 is my very favorite approach!!! There are quidelines here, though.......make it useful & or fun, flat & or small, consumable or edible & make it for each receiver's personality......for instance, Grandpa fishes, Mama sews, Brother golfs, Frank watches TV & Cindy is only 3....lol !
This year, I am going to remind my readers periodically to be making gifts, gathering gifts & planning ahead for Christmas 2009. You can expect to see things I have made, ideas, tutorials & patterns, MAKING this Christmas the most loving of all!
What's that you say? Oh, you don't have friends & family to make for....well start looking for lonely neighbors, children's charities, hospitals, etc. that will welcome your efforts.
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