Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Switching subjects

Life is so mean! With my FIL in the hospital, and me being a great caregiver my time is being sucked away. I am trying hard but keeping the doctors on point can be draining. Even if I am not in the hospital I am on the phone. As of right now his foot has been removed. He should be in lest pain that he was before. He compare the pain to have an operation without any anesthesia.

When I go to see him later today I am praying that he is in good spirits and has a more positive outlook for 2009. But what a way to start the year.

Switching subjects

I recently helped my friend move from her house into an apartment. I was also happy to give her a housewarming gift of a bread maker. She loved it. Until she started using it. She follow the recipe that came with the maker and the bread was.....well not a good as expected. She made me a banana bread and the smell was wonderful. It just made your mouth water. But it was a little dry. She was so disappointed.

She did not give up and re gift. She search and found a recipe that worked!




I smells wonderful and taste delicious! I have enjoyed a piece each day since she gave it to me. I love giving gifts that I can enjoy!

Switching subjects

I do not make New Year resolutions because, well for me it is the same as lying to myself.

You know the phrase " Just do it!" Stop waiting for the beginning of the year, or Monday, or tomorrow and just do it! Do it now.
There is so much going on in my everyday life that I have decided tonight I will be in my sewing studio and I will be creating something as the New Year comes in. My hope is that I can be creative all year long if I start the year this way. This does sound like a resolution but I prefer not to think of it that way.

This past year I have made several clothing items but not nearly as much as I have in the past.


I have made some gifts for babies
and I have had lots of ideas on how much I can earn with my crafts. I just need to be more productive.

So that is the plan to be more productive, active and creative.

Switching Subjects.

I think that I need to finish all the Avon training again. My paperwork is all over the place and I am not really paying attention to all the details. How many hours are there in a day? 24 right, so why does it seem like all the successful people have more time? Don't we all get 24 hours or do they get more? I know I am using too many hours sleeping right? oh grief!

No more switching of subjects because I have run out of things to say. But my brain just does not stop.

Be Safe everyone do not over indulge!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Still trying to stay focused...

Sunday I got all the avon prepped for delivery. I was proud to be able to get items to customer in time for them to have them gift wrapped and ready for the holiday.

Life is very distracting.....

My father in law called at 4:15 am on Monday morning to say he was in a lot a pain an needed to go to the hospital. He has a major infection in his foot. He may lose his foot. I love him dearly and it difficult to watch him go through this knowing that it could break his spirit or will to survive. It's even harder watching my husband deal with the same thoughts and memories of when his mother went through when she had her leg amputated. He links it directly to the dementia she had in the later years before she died.

So I am determined to use my nervous energy and stay focused.

I find it hard to concentrate on my sewing so instead I clean the house.
I organize papers.
I cook.
But I do not enter the sewing studio. (I just named the room a studio recently. Thought it sounded better and would motive me more if it was a studio.)

Tonight, after my visit to the hospital where I make sure that the nurses and Dr.s are doing everything they can. I will finish my cleaning and organizing and then I will, in an attempt to stay focus enter the sewing studio and finish Jewerly travel pouch, or envelope.

The voice in my head keeps telling me " get it together, get it together" right now is just a whisper but its getting louder.

Hugs to everyone.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Avon arrived in time.

I had several people order avon for Christmas. I had to have the order sent by the 19 online. Which I did but I did not have confidence that it would be received on time.

Sunday Morning 11:26 there is a knock on the door. Avon has arrived on time.

Now I have to put it together so it gets to the customers on time. PRESSURE!

Friday, December 19, 2008

A great meal and wonderful day off.

My husband asked me to change my day off from Wednesday to Thursday. He also took Thursday off. I asked him what he had planned and he kept saying don't worry about it. So I didn't. However I was wondering what he had planned. After a while i decided that it was nothing.

Wednesday after work we went to Sam's Club. I love warehouse shopping and the fact that everything is package with store owners or restaurant owners stocking needs in mind, it is bulk shopping for us.

What did we buy? Colossal King Crab legs! They were huge and cost 12.00 a pound. One bag has two legs in it and cost 25.00 the second one 3 1/2 legs cost 35.00. I have never seen crab legs this big before. I decided that these must be the crabs that the show Deadliest Catch catches.

Thursday Todd and I cooked them together. He put too much water in the pot but I correct that and explained way. The we made a giant salad with shrimp in it and then dinner was done.

It was great! Because the crab was so large you did not have to keep breaking shell to get to the meat. It was a great meal and a wonderful evening together.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Refocus.

I was reading the entries of this blog and have decided that I have gone far off course. Since I am easily distracted this does not surprise me at all.

It is time to refocus. Get the eye examined and new contact in place and stay on the right road.

What is the right road? Right now it will be sewing and getting the Avon business up and running again.

2 goals. Work on some kind of sewing , crafting project everyday and the second rebuild my customer list. It has been one year in business as an Avon representative and I have face some unexpected expenses that I will keep my eyes on from now on.

I will work on these goals right now and see how things go.

Tonight I attempted to create a jewelry caddy of sorts. On my second anniversary my dear sweetie bought me a pearl necklace and it was in envelope sort of holder. This is the design that I am attempting to create. I have lots of necklaces all over the dresser and I hate the jewelry rolls.


Tonight's attempt failed because I missed several steps but I will try it again tomorrow and I am sure to be successful then.

Tomorrow I will have a picture of my finished project.

I guess the third goal is just to stay focused.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

One of the little designers

My sweet little neice had her audition today for Rodgers Creative and Performing Arts School. The thing is Rodgers before it became a Creative and Performing Arts School was a regular grade school grades k through 8. Everyone in my old neighborhood went to Garefield and then to Peabody High School. My favorite teacher was Mr. Mark Moore and yes he was the art teacher. Very tall handsome man with red hair. He is still an art teacher but I am not sure which school he is in.

Tay had several completed works of art to bring to the school and while she was there she had a art project to complete. She said she was nervous at first but everyone was so nice and they liked her work.

Check out her self portrait.



This pictures is mixed media, watercolors and pastels



This one took her 2 hours to complete.






I think this is most impressive considering she had no formal training and she is only 10 years old. If she is not accepted to the school then I am sure her mother and Aunts will find her the all the training possible.

Friday, December 12, 2008

What we need is a sabbath year!

There are lots of possible solutions to the current economic problems. My solution is simple its time for a Jubilee year. As I explain this to several friends I said it was the cancellation of all debt. Everyone get a clean slate. I thought about this while doing my cross stitch and watching TV. I decided to look it up.

After a little research on this and I am wrong it’s actually time for a Sabbath Year or a year of release.

The Jubilee year shares some features of the regular seventh-year Sabbath, but there are marked differences. As to the Sabbath year, according to Deuteronomy 15:1, 2, there was a releasing from debt: “At the end of every seven years you should make a release. And this is the manner of the release: there will be a releasing by every creditor of the debt that he may let his fellow incur. He should not press his fellow or his brother for payment, because a release to Jehovah must be called.” The expression “at the end of every seven years” is understood as meaning ‘in the seventh year

This releasing from debt did not cancel the debt just allow you to not pay the debt for 1 year. This was a loving provision, especially since the land was not cultivated during the Sabbath year and, with no crops, there would be no income for the farmer during the year.

This is how this could work to help our economy. Everyone is release from debt for about 6 months to a year. This way you have your full paycheck to spend as you see fit. If you want to continue paying bill fine if you decide to spend it on food, clothing shelter fine, if you decide to spend it on big screen TV, game consoles, jewelry fine whatever you decided is fine. I feel this would stimulate the economy.

Or we can be released from all taxes; federal, state and local. By having the gross pay we will definitely be able to pay our regular bills and have money left over to buy the stuff listed above. This could also stimulate the economy.

On the internet site ehow.com when you type in the search How to Stimulate the Economy through your own efforts it list 6 different things you can do. Monkeysee.com has a video by Matthew Lesko, very funny I really like it...

I think my solution is just a viable as any other solution that is offered. Personally if I had no taxes taken from my pay I could have most of my debt paid in 1 year and I would then save some in an interest earning account and buy some things as well. What would you do?

Who did this?


Friday Why oh why!

This morning getting to work was not as much of a challenge as I thought it would have been.

I decided to leave by the garage instead of the front door. This is the usual when the ground is covered with snow. HEAVEY WET SNOW. So I shoveled the steps and spread some salt.

Made it to work on time. J came in with chips on both shoulders. He explained that he was irritated and we needed to have full books on christmas eve and news year eve. He also knew that one of three would give him a problem about it.

No sooner than he went to his office did the phone start ringing. Normal stuff but here is the good part one of three calls she is sick. I snap at her "the phones are ringing you do not call me to call off call J." She told me she call C and told her she just wanted to know if c told me. " No" Then she say she was feeling better and would be in late. I get back to the phones.

J comes in to and says " Oh she not coming in? coming in late did she call anyone?" I explained the conversation I had with her he just walks out of the office.

It's 11:00 and she just walked in.

I really do not like that I snapped at her but I guess I am in a mood!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Estate Sales -Diary

Sydney Estate Sales has been had estate sales for the past 22 years in western PA.

This was my first time going to an estate sale done by her. I will be keeping an eye on her website from this point on.

There was a beautiful hallway mirror that I just loved. Some of the scroll work around the mirror was broken and it was extremely heavy but I just loved it. $10.00
I did not have my car and it was too heavy. So I did not get it. Lots of items that could be used in a tea party. I did get some Japanese china snack sets. Hand painted.

There was also a mirror bar. At least I think it was a bar. The front door were touch release and inside were 2 glass shelves. not a single mirror broken or scratch or chipped. $25.00. Once again I could not carry it home other wise I know that would have been mine.

So I am hoping that both of those items will still be available when she does her super sale on Jan 3. I will save my shopping money so I can get them or something better if possible.

My sister told me after we had already left the sale that they were selling the woman's diary for a $1. She felt bad so she did not buy it.

I told her I would have loved to read her diary. By looking at the things that were in the house you can tell she was someone who value the older things she owned. There were some beautiful fur shawls from Kaufman's and Gimbel brothers. Vintage cotton dresses, little hats and a closet full of purses. A glass coffee table that had iron flowers underneath the glass. Lots of stuff that just made me think of early 1900's. I also got a faux leopard caplet. I cannot wear it but at $8.00 it can serve as a pattern so I can make something like it for myself.

I think that it is sad when all your possession are just put up for sales after you die. Items that you would have rather been split between your loved ones to keep in memory of you.

Her diary would be like reading an autobiography and I would have love to know more than she like to collect interesting tea cups.

My sister said the diary had a lock on it so what she wrote was private and it is a shame that her private thoughts could be had for a $1.00. Every one in the car quietly thought this over.

Then I said if you don't want it known don't write it down. I have kept diaries since I could write. Some of them I just threw away and others I still have. None of them have locks. I never write down what I do not want discovered. If it was important enough to keep secret then I do not write it down. I still keep diaries but they are not organized in any way.

If I should die I hope someone reads my diaries and I hope they learn a little more about me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Treasures from Aunt Honey

You have heard me mention my Aunt Honey. She is in a nursing home connected to a feeding tube. My Aunt Hen visits her every day for 3 hours each day.


Recently My Aunt Hen came to accept that her sister will not be returning home. So she asked me to come and get all her clothing. Some of the clothes when to my cousin Lucy, the rest came to me.


The clothing is out date and for someone much older then I am but I am determine to make something usable out of each and every item that I had received from her.


I have been thinking about it daily and still have not decided where to start. I know I have to get started soon because they have taken over the sewing room.



This is just some of them. Other are folded up and place in the mattress that sits on the floor in my sewing room.

Aunt Honey never talked much she was born with some mental challenges but she took great care of us when we were little kids. She cooked for us and played games with us. Then She suffered a stroke and she was not as active as before but we still tried to find different ways to include her in our fun. As time went on we took more care of her than she did of us and that was OK.

It is very hard to see her unresponsive in a nursing home. She was active person. So I want to create items that will be used on a regular basis. Her belonging can be active even if she is not.

I want each items to reflect the love she had for us and our love for her. I want each item to be a little treasure given to us from Aunt Honey.

Friday, November 21, 2008

How would you feel?

How would you feel if your son's mother in law called you to tell you what you are doing wrong in regards to how you raise your children?


How would you feel if this woman told you that your son is weak and that he will never be a man because you spoil him?


How would you feel if this woman told you that all you did was make your son a dependent brat?





Yes, One of three strikes again.



Her daughter and son in law have been kicked out of the son's father's house. The father and son had some kind of argument and the father kicked them out so the daughter called mom to say " We are coming for an extended visit."





One of three was shocked to find them coming with all their clothes and computer etc to move into the daughers old bedroom.


Her problem is that her house is sooooo small and she can't have them living in her house. So I think her motivation is just to get them out of her house.


She said she was going to call the father in law and I said it is not your problem to address. What you need to do to set some firm rules for your house and do whatever necessary to get them out of your house.


She called her son in law"s father and said all the things listed above. I had to tell her to be quiet because she was talking so loudly.





When she got off the phone she was frustrated because she feels that she could not get her point across to the father. She turns and says to me


" Can you believe that?"


I replied " I can't believe you call H's father and said that to him."


"What, I am concern for my daughter and they have to get out of my house."



" If you felt it necessary to say something you say it to your daughter and to her husband!"





blank stare























I said " How would you feel if someone told you that your daughter was lazy and would never amount to anything because you spoiled her rotton."




"It would be a wake up call. That is all I was trying to do."







It was my turn to have the blank stare.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I can be a master of my craft in 10 years!

I read a blog called A Dress A Day. Erin, post some wonderful stories of dresses and the lives they had. She also post about the dresses she makes for herself and vintage dress patterns. I am not sure who recommended her to me but I love the blog.

You should ready her post for today.

You also need to read the article in the Guardian

So according to Malcom Gladwell I need to practice 3 hours a day or 20 hours a week for the next 10 years and I can be a master of the whatever I decide to do! It's not about being gifted it's about how much work you put into it. I always thought that but now I an test it out.

Will it be sewing, crochet, needlework, drawing, writing, computers, .......... what will it be.

If you look at that list they can all be use in art. So I will practice and this will enable to accomplish my own study of this theory and become more accomplish at my artist ability.

So as Erin says it just a matter of time what do you want to master?

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Little out of whack.

My blog recently has not been about creating much of anything. I really have to get back on track with creativity! I guess I have not yet got it together.



I had my 5th anniversary on Saturday and I did enjoy hanging out with family, listening to music with a nice cold drink. We were all together not to celebrate my anniversary but to morn a family member.

It's cool to look at all the pictures taken over the years and remember what you were doing and what the person meant to you. It was my 1st cousin Lucy's husband who died. When we were growing up she was like a big sister to me and when she is not acting crazy I will refer to her as my sister.

When is acts like she lost her mind she just a cousin...........



a distant cousin.

My D & C is schedule for December 9. I will be happy to have it done so I can get some sense of how my cycles are going to be. My last cycle ended on October 6, and there is no indication of a cycle so far. I know that I am not with child because this is how my cycles started acting when I was given the mis diagonsis of being prememopausal.

What I really want is everything to be back like it was. My cycles were so right on time I could tell you what time of day they started. I liked it that way. If it was off any little bit I knew something was wrong. So I used any differences in my cycle as a health barometer.

Now that the health barometer is out of whack so am I! I guess I am just a little unwell.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change.

You know things are changing when a 5 year old little cousin hands me the remote control to the TV.

That part is not so unusual.

I ask him what he wants to watch.

He said " Turn on Obama he's winning." So I sat with my cousins little boy and watch elections returns.

Each time a new state shape appeared on the screen he would ask what state was it and if Obama won that one. He was truly watching it in between playing with his transformers robot toy. His attention span was no more or less than when he is watching Sponge bob.

CONGRATS TO PRESIDENT ELECT SENATOR OBAMA.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Need time to sit and think

This weekend with the weird direction my mind was taking me, and the hectic pace of the weekend. I needed to calm down. I tried to just sit and think but for some reason my husband thinks it strange for me to sit without the TV or Radio playing. No nothing is wrong I just need to think. He felt it necessary to barrage with a lot of nonsense questions so I went into the bathroom. This is the most uncomfortable place to sit and think unless you are sitting in hot bubbly tub. I am 5’9” tall one day I will have a tub made to fit one of the tall basketball players so I can really know what it means relax and soak in a tub.

So I just go to lie in my bed so I can think. I fell asleep.

Sunday after going over my Auntie house to say good bye to a visiting cousin I finally sat down. I started crocheting my hat for the winter ….could not concentrate. I am crocheting in the round with a boucle yarn. For me the first few rounds take a little bit of concentration and then it’s all good.

Then I decided to draw my saffron flower.








I am not sure I this is the best I can do. Usually after drawing it a couple hundred times it begins to look the way I want it to. But I did this for my Needlepoint project.

I traced it on to the 14 count needlepoint canvas and I thought I had followed all the directions carefully unfortunately that was not the case. I did not leave 2 inches around the picture especially at the top.

You really can't see it that well because these pictures were taken with the cell phone.

So I will save this canvas for use on something else and then take the proper measurements and restart the project.

I just got another call from my cousin now her father has been moved to a hospice and is not expected to make it to the weekend. So the family is being called to rally round and support each other.

I guess I will have to sit and think someother time.

Mind drifting in weird directions.

Friday after work I went to a wake for my cousin's father in law. He did in FL and her and her husband had to make all the arrangements for the wake and funeral while driving on the road. To add to her stress her father who is in a nursing home is now being moved to a hospice.

When she called me she was trying to be strong for her husband to lean on and at the same time call people to get everything in place. As well as emotionally deal with what was going on with her father.

My sisters and I got food together for the family after the wake on friday. And I help get the food together on Saturday at the Church.

Strangely enough even though I had no signs of AF that is what came to mind. So while I am serving chicken to people my mind started drifting in a way that is weird even for me.
I was thinking of my cycle and started counting from October 6 last day of AF last visit.

I know that I have a D & C the first week of december . I also know that my cycle has been messed up for months. But I really wanted to get some sense of normalcy to my routine. I guess that I will have to wait until after December to get any sense of normalcy since after the procedure I am expected to bleed for 14 days more or less.

It was just weird to be thinking about when AF will start when my usual routine is to avoid the visit at all cost.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Scrub Skirts?

Today I was reading H&M magazine, which I was able to get from the H & M Store at the Ross Park Mall. It was free so I grabbed a copy.


There is an article title Dress for Success. After reading the article it should be about Power Dressing.

It starts out talking about the year 1988, Dallas and Dynasty was on TV, remember the shoulder pads on those suits and gowns?


Power Dressing in the 1980 meant slim jackets with broad showers, pencil skirts, tight and high-high heels with pointy toes.

One example of a power dresser was Margaret Thatcher. She ruled Britain with an Iron hand; I loved the suits she wore.



















2008 Winter RTW from the catwalk Power dressing is very much on display. The article mentions the trendsetter Maison Martin Margiela.





















I prefer the look of Akris.






This is power dressing to me without the football shoulder pads.













I think Akris is more in line with Cashmere Mafia and Lipstick Jungle which are also mentioned in the article.
















Of course we must not forget the women of today’s politics that have an influence on the Power Dressing of 2008.






“The fact the power and fashion are once again being talked about has everything to do with global politics. A variety of strong women are currently making waves, and a new approach to power dress is growing forth. The look is distinctly more feminine than the angular androgyny of the 80’s.”

The power dressing of 2008 allows low heels or flats, milder colors and soft feminine side.

This article reminded me of my love for suits. I always had some new suit in my wardrobe. I was working at the bank during the 1980’s and suits and straight skirts and high heels were the norm. In 2008 I am now working in a children’s hospital in a scheduling room and my wardrobe does not require a suit and any time a suit is worn by anyone in the scheduling room the questions is “Wow! Why so dressed up?”

Medical shows have everyone in scrubs with the exception of a few people in management. It seems that everyone in scrubs dislike those in suits because they are so anal about the rules.

So what would be considered Power Dressing for a telephone scheduler stuck in an office the size of a large closet.

I am happy to hear any suggestions because a pencil skirt made from the same material as scrubs just does not seem right at all.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Its possible, not probable.

I went to my doctor appointment today and He explained the procedure for getting rid of the polyp. It's a simple D and C with hyperscopy ( not sure of the spelling). Then I explain that I did not want the ablation because my husband and I would still like to have a child.

Please note when I explained this to the nurse who put me in the room to wait for the doctor she looked at my chart twice before replying "your 46!" As if my age was not known to me. I told her I was 41 when I got married and its 5 years later. If I was 21 when I got married and it was 5 years later and decided to have a child that makes sense doesn't it. So I got started late in life. She decided that I was a saint and bowed as she left the room.

The doctor when on to explain the reason why this prospect was improbable. He asked how were my cycles before this constant bleeding problem started. "You could create a calendar based on my cycles" he nodded his head, he asked if my husband had any children. " Yes from a previous marriage " he nodded his head and said you have a slight chance but is not probable.

He then went on to explain that all the stars in Hollywood have babies late in life were on some type of fertility treatment. Or they egg is not their but the sperm may be the husband or may not be and my ADD kicked him totally blanked on what he was saying. Smiled and nodded and said I understand.

I left the office and went to big lots and then to Micheal's and then I went home. I am not sure how 2 hours past but that is what I remember. I explained it all to my husband and he said its not impossible so lets give it a try.

So forward we will go.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My discovery!

As a little girl I did not play with dolls, did not play house. I climbed trees and explored how things worked. Tried to make my bike do things it was not meant to do. My mother complain when I was a toddler she would dress me in frilly dresses to play and I would prompty find mud or dirt.

My mother and father had a loving relationship but I really did not see my father much. He worked the night shift. I had a close relationship with my mother. She taught me to crochet and make clothes. She kept a beautiful home and was a great cook. I felt that my father did not appreciate her enough so I decided that I would not get married and deal with someone who did not appreciate me.

When my mother died it totally crippled my father. I realized just how much he appreciated her. When she first died he would just sit in a chair and just stare for hours. Finally I started talking to him and he revealed just how much he needed her. Then I decided that I should not get married because I would hate for my husband to died and leave me all alone.

When my father was sick he told me that he was blessed to have loved a woman like my mother and have 4 wonderful daughters. He wished he could stay with us forever to give us a little bit more of what he learn from her. Then I decided that I should get married because I wanted a relationship like they had. They were friends who just happened to be married. They laughed together and cried together and work hard to make a good life for their children.

We were not rich and did not have enough at times but we were happy and felt the security of having both parents in our life as we grew up. I was 22 years old my mother died and 33 when my father died. After my father died I decided that I would get married. I would try to develope the attributes that my mother had or at least attempt to.

After several dates with people who were not worth my effort I had stop looking. When a family friend spoke of Todd,I was not really interested in dating someone who was married before. But we met on the Gateway Clipper during a dinner/dance cruise. That was in November. He did not call me until January I had by that time forgotten all about him.

We dated, we got married. He is a great friend, we laugh together, stuggle together and 4 years later still quite happy together. This November we will celebrate our 5 wedding anniversary. And we have decided that we should try to have children. This is simply amazing for me because I have never wanted to have children.

Usually any thought of children was quickly dismissed after a visit from the nieces and nephews. But recently that just makes me want them more.

So my discovery is that I want the life my parents had children and all. I am starting all this a little late in life but on well. It is the best time for me. I was 41 when I got married and I am 46, trying to concieve.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Recessionista, Who me?

I was reading the NY Times online in a vain attempt to understand what is going on with the stock market. When my ADD kicked in and I notice an article "A Label for a Pleather Economy" this article was about finding things like the designers fashions but at a cheaper cost. Because of the recession.

It make sense to try to find a way to still be fashionista with less money.

I was recently in a Simons Mall and they have up scaled the stores in it. For the first time in my life I saw a Micheal Kors Store. The sales girl told me that it was a lifestyle store. Fill with some of Micheal Kors favorite items. Shoes, Handbags, Watches and a lot of other accessories. I fell in love with this bag.
Its only $348.00

I began a search for a look a like. A Patent Pleather should be easy to find.

So this article in the NY Times is right in line. As the article continues I find that there is a recession chic movement. "Mary Hall started a blog to chronicle her cheap and chic choices."

This mean that I have been a Recessionista all my life. Everything I buy is on sale and if I cannot buy it I make it. It has always been just the simple for me. I have learn this way of shopping from my mother. Who always had the current designer clothing but never and I must state this clearly NEVER paid designer prices.

When she died some of her clothing still had the price tags on them. The price mark downs were amazing. She always bought a new suit each year so it was not surprising to find a new suit hanging in the closet at the time we were clearing her closet. What was amazing was it was a $400.00 designer suit that was marked down to $60.00. A beautiful silk dress price at $160.00 marked down to $20.00.

I have never been quite that successful in my finds. So far this year best buy was when i was in Kentucky and they had and Talbots outlet I acquire 3 pairs of pants for 35.00. When each pair was regular priced at $50.00 each. That was pretty good.

As the article continues it becomes a lesson in the play on words to get people to do something that they currently are not doing. BUY! Used examples of the Sears Catalog from 1930 the beginning of the great depression. Phrases like smart and thrifty with coat priced of $9.75 to $25.00. 1987 Stock market crash designers came out with lower price line of RTW

Then the article continues it study of the word recessionista and how just adding ista to the end of the word give it a more positive outlook.

I like clothes, I love fashion. I buy when I can but MK I will not spend more on a handbag that I plan on carrying in that bag. So I will find one similar for a whole lot less. If that makes me a recessionista so be it. Because for me it just the way I was taught to shop.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Is Charlie Brown and the gang going to be there?


Its Friday and once again I am left with the coworker who loves to tell stories.

Today however it just one story. OVER AND OVER AGAIN! If she gets interrupted during the course of the story she has to start over from the begining.

"We had made plans to go the the pumpkin patch on saturday but I am changing it to sunday because there is less chance of rain on sunday. It's already cold and I do not want the kid to get sick. Plus it will be all muddy."

The phone starts ringing and after twenty minutes of answering the phone and making appointment there is a break and she starts the story from the begining. So reread the begining part of the story. This is the next part of the story.

"My son does not want to go on sunday he is mad at me because we changed the plans. He said for three months we had the plan for saturday and now it time to go and you want to change the plans. Lets just go on saturday because it may not rain. I said there is a 60%change of rain on saturday and only a 3% chance of rain on sunday. He said just bundle every one up and go on saturday because if it rains on saturday its still going to be muddy on sunday. Then I think is there a ballgame on sunday?"

The phone rings they need coverage for lunch upstairs. So away I go! While I am there I am hoping she tells the story to someone else. Lunch over back downstair to my person prison. When I get back we just have general conversation about the different quotes of the week and new possibilites. Then she remember she did not finish telling the story. She she begins at the beginning again laughing as she tells it. This is the continuation:

Yes there is a game on sunday. I told him it would not kill him to miss a game all he has to do is record it. blah blah blah (I totally tune out this part. I don't know what she was saying and I was looking at her while she was saying it.) So we are going to the pumpkin patch on sunday from 12:00 to 4:45 he will still be able to watch the second half of the game. ( Then she talks about the rides and games sounds like a pumpkin festival.)

My only question was " Is charlie brown and the gang going to be there?" She just looked at me.

I am learning Needlepoint.

I have been reading Janet's blog Nuts about Needlepoint. I try to read it every day. Since I am switching from Comcast to Verizon Fios my Internet connection is temporary disconnected.

You never realize how much you use the Internet until it not available at your every whim. So I have been following my blogs at work which is frustrating because work gets in the way.

I love Janet blogs because she is always encouraging. One time she wrote about how Needlepoint is thought of as a craft and not a work of art. You should read it because she is right.

Take the time to do a little bit of research and you will find some amazing works of art.

Each time I see and amazing needlepoint, I would say I wish I could do that.

SL does beautiful cross stitch and she was always telling me to get a counted cross stitch kit as a start.

One day we were in Pat Catan and I found one in the clearance section. So I started!
I was excited until I opened the kit. It had the thread separated on a chip board card. Each thread was in a circle cut away with the corresponding number beside it. The graft of the picture. The Aida cloth. The cloth had nothing on it! It was totally blank so where do I start? Do I have to count all those little squares?

I read the papers and I guess they assumed if you bought it you knew how to do it. But I did not know how to do it. Susan explained that I needed to start in the center. Fold the cloth to find the center and then use the graft of the pattern and find the center and start from that point. Ok got it. So I started?

I had miscounted some stitches and had to pull those stitches out and redo that. start again?

After a while I decided that I will not pull any more stitches. I don't know if that is a good idea or not but it was no fun pulling out stitches because you thought you had done something wrong only to find that you did not do it wrong or thinking everything is okay only to realize that 3 color changes ago you should have stitch 3 yellow and you did 5. It was not fun. I am sure that you will agree with me who wants a stressful hobby.

Despite that I still want to finish this cross stitch. I want to learn how to add hand work embroidery to the clothes that I make. I have and probably will continue to use the iron applique but its a goal o mine to hand stitch something and then put it on a jacket or skirt.

Back to Nuts about Needlepoint she is showing me how to take a design and transfer it on the canvas and how to needlepoint the design!

I am learning Needlepoint. She give great direction on the type of picture to use for the design. Lots of link to different web sites. I think I am going to take her information and create my Saffron flower so that I can Needlepoint a makeup case.

I am learning Needlepoint. Thanks to Janet for being my virtual teacher and to SL for getting me started!

Friday, October 17, 2008

SERENITY NOW!

Why, I am I work today? So far one of three has told me 3 nice little stories. I can't remember what they were about because they sound like...blah, blah, la la blah blah. Blah? That last one is her asking if I was listening. I know she knows that I am not!

She has just left the office with the promise of yet another nice little story.

SERENITY NOW!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I would love to win this.



Pigtails and snails is giving away a beautiful quilt.

I thought of a friend who was dealing with some life altering medical problems. I have been considering what I could give her that would give the feeling of comfort. So I hope I can win this quilt because she would love it.

She loves all things natural so I just have the best feeling that this is it. Even if I do not win it I would to make it for her.

Gifts of comfort are hard to find and we all need comfort at times.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

So now we wait!


Today I had my biopsy.

Dr S.S. explained the following to me. My hormone level are just were they need to be.

I am not perimenopausal in any way. Not experiencing hot or cold flashes or any other symptom.

The amazing thing is that with all the blood loss I am not anemic either.

Even the thickness of the uterine wall would not be of serious concern. . . . if not for the polyp I would not have been there today.



Usually they are benign but rare times they are malignant. The purpose of the biopsy is to find out if it is benign or malignant.

This is what I hate.

It takes about 1 week for the results to come back. Sometimes they comeback sooner. If it is malignant then they will call me. . . and wherever I am I must stop doing whatever I am doing and come in right away to have the D&C!

If not malignant then the D and C will still have to take place but we can schedule it when it is convenient.

If I do not received a call by Tuesday then I will call them.

So now we wait!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rain Rain go away!

This morning I had breakfast with Todd. We had a productive conversation about our budget. This is a daily conversation because if it is not the budget restriction will no longer be in play according to his mind. So to stop family stress we talk about it daily. Just the make sure we are still of the same mind and notate all transactions.

Then I dropped him off at his dad's house. He then did his daily routine of takiing his child to work and taking his dad to a doctors appointment.

I picked up CB and we made our way to the KH where we meet for FS. The group had 15 people in it which is good. I think the normal number is some where about 6 to 10. We were in the Forest Hills Area and the hills are a nice work out. I knew their was some moisture in the air because I felt like I needed my inhaler.

We did some door to door until it started to lightly rain. I think the time was 11:00 am we had been out for about an hour already. We continue to finish the street and by 11:30 the rain was at a nice steady pace. So we got into our different car groups and made our way back to the KH. We made some RV's onthe way so by the time we made it back to the KH it was 11:30. I had planned to stay out untill 1:00 and really wanted the rain to just go away!

CB reminded me that there was Evening FS meeting at the KH at 5:30 this evening. So that is my plan for the rest of the day.


I will fix some lunch and some dinner for Todd when he wakes up and visit my cousin from MS and take my Auntie some food for breakfast during his visit. Make some plans to go out with him while he is in town.

I am still working on my fabric designs and I think I messed up my crossstitch but I am just going to make adjustments as I go along. I am not removing stitches anymore.

Check out this! I read this blog about Needlepoint called Nuts about needelpoint reading this and encouragement from two of three is what started me doing a cross stitch which I am sure I have not done exactly right. But I love this blog. I will attempt one of her monthly projects called a twinchy it is the perfect craft at work project!

It's lunch time and I am hungry. So I will blog at you all later! Hugs

Monday, October 6, 2008

I got my invite!

I got myt invite to spoonflower. I am taking the time to understand the directions to prepare file for printing on fabric.

My internet connection is not working correctly but I will get it together in the next couple of weeks. So I have been using my husband's laptop just to get on the internet.

I am putting my health concerns on the back burner for right now. I am not ignoring them but I will follow doctor instuctions and just do the best I can with what I have.

I have and idea stuck in my head for a balloon purse. Not that its made of balloons it just looks like an inflated balloon. of which should be made of my signature fabric.

thanks so much for the invite I will be sending the contactsheet to you shortly.

Sending prayers

Right now there are many people in my life that are dealing with hardtimes. Some life altering some not so much. I am sending prayers and hugs and kisses to you all.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Crafting at work!

I have been encourageing coworkers to bring some crafty project to work and we can have a craft at work session during our lunch hour.

One of three is creating cards some of which look kinda nice.

Two of three constantly forgets her cross stitch at home. (She doesnt want to bring it to work!) She may bring her scrapbooking project. She may forget again.

I have been working on my cross stitch at work. This is my first cross stitch project so we will see how I like it and If I will every use it again. It does help make the day less stressful.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Art isn't easy

Art isn't easy is a line in the song from a musical " Sunday in the park with George". Bernadette Peters was in the play which is why I watched it. The title of the song is Putting it together. This has be redone by several people. Barbara Streisand 1985 Broadway CD and this was one of the songs on it.



These are not completely her words I changed some of them so it goes with the designing and sewing that you see on project runway. In fact this should be the song paying in the background when ever they put a compilation of all the project runway season together. Like a highlight film.

Art isn't easy.
even when your hot
creating art is easy
financing it is not

a vision's just a vision if it's only in your head
if no one gets to see it, it's as good as dead
it has to come to life

stitch by stitch putting it together
piece by piece
only way to make a work of art
every moment makes a contribution
every little detail play a part
having a just a vision's no solution
everything depends on execution
putting it together that what counts

inch by inch putting it together
small amounts adding up to make a work of art
first of all you a need a good foundation
otherwise its risky from the start
takes a little cocktail conversation
but without the proper preparation
having just a vision no solution
everything depends on execution

The art of making are
is putting to together bit by bit

link by link making the connections
drink by drink taking any comments as it comes
otherwise you'll find you creation
isn't gonna get much exhibition

art isn't easy
every minor detail is a major decision
have to keep things in scale
have to hole to your vision
what's a little cocktail conversation
if it gets the fund for your creation
everyting you start to feel defensive
Remember fabric is expensive

seam by seam building up the image
strut by strut keeping at a distance doesn't pay
still if you remember your objective
not give all your privacy away.

a little bit of hype can be effective
as long as you keep it in perspective
even when you get some recognition
everything you do you still audition

Art isn't easy
Overnight your a trend
you're the right combination
Then the trend's at an end
you're suddenly last your sensation

all they every want is repetition
all they really like is what they know
gotta keep a link with your tradition
gotta learn to trust your intuition
while you establish your position



Stitch by stitch putting it together
seam by seam working on the vision night and day
all it takes is time and perseverance
with a little luck along the way
putting in a personal appearance
gathering supportive and adherent's

drawing the designs but in addition
editing the part that imagination
with the part that strictly presentation
Balancing the money with your mission
till you have the perfect runway rendition
even if you do have the suspicion
that is taking all your concentration

The art of making art
is putting it together
bit by bit
seam by seam
cut by cut
yard by yard
inch by inch
stitch by stitch
bit by bit
and that's the state of the art.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Welcome to work!

This is a weird day.

I thought it was raining. So When I took my shower I washed my hair and slicked it all back with some hair gel. Put on a scarf and Hat and made my way to work.

The ground was wet but it was not raining. So I figured it was a fast moving rain storm.

The new bus driver does not try to leave us anymore. I guess he is starting to know who are the regular riders. We greet him when we get on and wish him a good day or weekend when we get off. He is starting to do the same. At one point along the route he just pulled over and sat still. He was way ahead of schedule. But no one complained and we were soon on a way.

Usually by the time I reach Oakland the day has started to brighten but not today. It was still dark like night. Which I thought was weird. Had I actually watched the new weather forcast I would have known about the rain storms headed our way because of the hurricanes.

As I made my way to the entrance on Yellow side the building I saw 6 to 8 people in suits standing by the door. I guessed that some meeting had just let out and they were just hanging around. Just as the sliding door opened they all said "Welcome to work!" I stopped and thought " What!?" Then one of the lady said " We are just welcoming you to work. Have a granola bar and some orange juice or apple juice."

I smile and said "thanks" took some apple juice and made my way to my office.

It felt like something out of the twilight zone. I was not sure what I was going to find for the rest of the day.

I settled into my office and got started! 3 bins of work should keep me busy all morning long I hoped. Drat! I was done in 45 minutes.

M came into work and she complained about the rain. When I looked closely it looked like she took a shower with her clothes. Well at least from the waist down. She was happy that she had a extra pair of shoes in her desk.

I went to the back office and put everything in the cart and came back and talked to M. She asked me if I was welcomed to work. She was smiling as she was changing her shoes. " What a nice way be to greeted with all that rain out there." It was a nice way to be greeted and I am truly glad that I missed the rain.

I made my way back to my office to see L sitting at her desk. I guess I looked surprised because she explained she had to come in early because she only had 4 hours of PTO!

After answering calls for about 1/2 hour she asked me who put the cartoon on her desk. I had forgotten about the Palin comic strip that was put on her desk. My response. "It was there when I came in this morning."
"Oh I guess J thought it was funny and left it for me. That's just childish!" She sounded annoyed.

I turned to her and said "It was just fun. J does very little childish things."

Then without missing a beat she said " I brought him 2 bags of candy." no ounce of annoyance in her voice.

" He is off today." I said as I turned back to my desk.

My mind went back to the suits that greeted me at the door this morning Welcome to work! Yea, thanks.

Then she told me the story of the replacing the water heater. She did not come to work because she could not take a cold shower. She would have been too stiff to move. After a while she sounded like blah, blah. I don't know what she was talking about.

Time continues on without much going right or going wrong. However the Welcome to work still rings in my ears. It really was a nice way to be greeted when coming to work.

I wonder if they will be there on Monday.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I am so weird!


I love notebooks, any type of paper, pens, crayons, and markers anything that I can write or draw with or on. I can stay in a stationary store all day. I have several books with my ramblings and rants! Sometimes I still write in notebooks. When I feel the need to be doing something, but I am not focus enough to sew or crochet or create anything I draw, doodle, and scribble whatever takes get it together to get something done.

As a child I kept crayons and markers and notebook and coloring book right beside my bed so when I could not sleep I had them close by so that I could draw, write or color in the coloring book. My mother would get so mad because often I would be using a marker and fall a sleep while drawing and the marker would be all over the sheets. That was fine with me because her taking my stuff away from my bedside was annoying. I could not sleep if they were not there and would spend hours looking for them so I could put them beside my bed before falling asleep. I would find them in the kitchen cabinet in the bucket that was used for mopping the floor. I found then in the basement in a box beside the washing machine. In the linen closet, under her bed in a pillowcase, and in the very back of the storage closet. She stopped hiding them when she found me asleep in the storage closet one day. After that she gave up. I just had sheets with marks from pens and markers on them.

Last night I was sitting in the living room and I looked next to the chair where I always keep my notebooks and they were gone. Now I know that I am the one who moved them because my husband is not that observant to realize that is where I usually keep them. For whatever reason I could not remember where I put them. I went into the sewing room and I just started gathering all my notebooks that I am currently using. Next to the computer I found 3 5 subject college rule notebooks. They were not the ones I was looking for. Under the table I found 2 daily planners. Not what I was looking for. In the closet I found 1 book bound sketch book. Not was I was looking for. In my bedroom I found 3 1 subject college ruled notebooks, and on 3 subject notebook. All spiral bound but also no what I was looking for. I stacked all this in the sewing room on the table next to the printer and just looked at them. I must be crazy! Went back into the living room and looked on the other side of the recliner and found 2 3 subject notebooks sitting on top of my mothers quilted box that she used to store her crocheting.

All I could think of was “thanks for holding that for me.”

I am so weird.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Measure twice cut once!

I have laid out countless skirts, shirts, jackets. I have relaid patterns just to make sure I could get the complete outfit made in the fabric of choice.

So can someone please tell me why I cut the pattern for the skirt out of the fabric before making sure I had enough for the jacket!

So I have the skirt ready to be sewn together but it will not have the matching jacket!

Its my own fault. I usually measure and measure again and then lay out the fabric and put all the pattern pieces on the fabric to make sure everything will cut out properly.

I realize that I have been distracted with fish bones in my throat, and being told that I am premenopausal and then being told my hormones are in balance according to blood test.

Dealing with the never ending cycle.

But as much as that should be enough for daily concerns, my husband not taking his meds correctly so a blood clot in his leg broke off decided to take a tour of his leg. First it visited his ankle and then it visited his calf a day later. After his admittance to the hospital we learn that this was a superficial blood clot and would not travel to the vital organ like the brain, or lungs, or heart.

The suit or skirt now, has all the wonderful colors of fall. Saffron yellow, copper, burgandy, and dark hemlock green. I also have fabric that is just like the saffron yellow perfect for the dress. I am crocheting a belt using the same colors of the suit. I planned to wear it with the Yellow dress and then wear the jacket with the dress. I also had a beautiful flower print to make a shirt out of and then I decided that would look to busy so I decided on the solid cream or brown long sleeved top and I could use the print as lining in the jacket ( which I do not have fabric for).

My plan was to have a mini fall wardrobe by the 21 because the autumnal equinox is on the 22nd. I wanted to be ready for fall.

I still feel the stupid fish bone so I have an appointment on friday morning to get that check out. I also will be getting my hearing check which is annoying.

On the 10 I have the appointment for the sonogram so I can find out what this endless cycle is about.

On the 17 I have an appointment so I can get my shortness of breath issues taken care of.

My sewing is my destressor but i don't have enough fabric to complete my planned outfits for the fall. This fabric was purchased at the craft fair so I doubt that I can just go to the store and get some more.

Crocheting does help since I can do this without thinking and it is relaxing and I still get a feeling of accomplishment because I can see the finish project coming to its completion.

So I am going to do the best I can with what I have and remember to measure twice and cut once.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Clearing out

Today I am stuck in the house by choice. Not feeling my best is playing a factor but I probably could get out and do something but WHY?

I need the clear out some things that are not being used nor will be use anytime soon. No I am not giving away my fabric stash! I am always looking for more fabric but I am trying to sell some furniture that currently not in use or soon to not be in use.

I have listed one item on craiglist It is a Dark wood vanity with mirror that my great aunt gave to me. I love this but it is currently in the garage because it is too large to go into my bedroom.


The mirror is very heavy and has the wood backing that is cut to the same shape as the mirror. The mirror is not glued to the wood backing it is attached with brackets.



The vanity is also heavy. It has 7 drawers the 4 lower drawers are very deep the other 3 are regular depth and the one in the middle has a divider in it.



I have had this vanity since she died. I have never fully used and kept it because she gave it to my. I am going to stage a better picture of it and keep it that way. I love this and truly wish I could keep it but every place that I have lived in since being married does not have enough room for it. So I would rather see it going to someone who will use it.

If you or you know someone who would be interest in this just email me.

I also have a wardrobe that currently being used to hold material. But since it has no shelves it is difficult to gain access to my material without taking all the stuff out. I either have to put shelves in it or sell it and use the monies for new shelving.



Don't you just love the way the wood looks!



Please excuse the disorganization. But this is a cedar line wardrobe which i felt is an excellent place to store fabric.

I thought about using it in the garage to store out of season clothes but I pouted like a child until Todd took it out of the garage to put it where it is now.

So I think I will just try to find kind of shelving to go into it.

I also have a sewing cabinet. I do not use it becasue my machine does not fit into it. So it is being use to hold stuff.



If I keep looking around and I sure to find more stuff to clear out!

Right now I will clear out some debris so I can get started on my suit.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Welcome to Suessville!








The following was drawn by J King who claims he does not draw anymore. He made an exception for this party and we were very pleased!







I usually hate using streamers but this was fun to do and it looked great!



The little gold fish who kept trying to get rid of the Cat in the Hat!



North and South traveling Zaks!


The family baker did a great job on the cake. It was a big hit!

I have to work on my photographer skills. I really need to be on eyelevel when photographing children. They look so much better.

Once everyone starting arriving I was so busy with helping getting the games and food stuff together I kind of forgot to take pictures.

They had great fun! Much thanks to all who help make this party and event!

Memories