Monday, June 30, 2008

Wet cardboard boxes again.

You know how you plan to do something and then put it off. Procastination is something we all may be guilty of.

Of course,there are times when we wish we had not put them off. This is one of those times.

It has been raining a lot and I love the rain. I get the best sleep during rain storms. Sometimes when there are a lot of heavy rains there are also water damage.

I remember when: (flashback)

I lived in Wilkinsburg on Franklin Ave. It was a 2 bedroom place with a finished basement. My sister and I shared the place. I always have a place for my sewing so during this time it was in the basement. It was convenient for me to wash clothes while sewing. One year after several days of rain storms, I went into the basement to find 2 inches of water. Not a major deal except that my patterns were stored in cardboard boxes that sat on the floor of the basement. The fabric was on plastic shelving that I had put together. It was my plan to change the patterns from the cardboard boxes into plastic bins. I put it off. As a result they were ruined by the rain. Ruined by the water seeping in to the basement because of the rainstorms that gave several nights of restful sleep.

(end flashback)

The place I now live with my husband, has 3 bedrooms. I have a room for my sewing gear so no problem there. However in the garage I have stored several things that i really cannot remember what the things are. But they are stored in cardboard boxes. I have about 20 plastic bins in the laundry room and it was my intention to take the stuff out of the cardboard boxes and put them into the plastic bin and toss what I did not need.

However after being out most of the day I came home during the rainstorm thinking about how much rest I will be able to get. I was going to take a shower and go straight to bed. My husband press the button to open the garage and we see the following:





I went in to the house took my shower and just as I got into bed it stopped raining.
So much for a good night rest and all I could think about was wet cardboard boxes again.

Wet cardboard boxes again. I don't even feel like looking through to see what damage was done. If anything is worth keeping.

In the next couple of day I will keep a look out for some sturdy plastic utility shelving to store the things that should be stored in a garage. Nothing will be kept in cardboard boxes and Nothing will be on the floor.

candy jars




This jar was full on Wednesday of last week. Its monday. J.Newboss comes in every day more than 3 times a day to get some jelly beans. Since this is a short week they may last until she get's back. Oh, that is 1 of 3. She is on vacation and the amazing things is we did not have Overflow calls. I think there as been 2 in the 4 days she has been off. Dr M. gave us a schedule change and it was done with on one have to log off the phone (granted it was only 2 appointment but it was not a major project.)




This jar had chocolate in it. I help this to disappear. In all fairness it was not full as the first jar was.

The quiet is welcomed. We work hard to get everything done as quickly as possible. There is no huffing an puffing. No asking about the dogs, No questioning trips to the bank and no smell of food all day long. No 15 minutes bathroom breaks I could go on by why ruin the calm with bad memories.

I get the office to my self. Relaxation.

Friday, June 27, 2008

The jacket collar is done. Now I just have to finish the facing edges and put in the hem. S will have to put the buttons on her self.

I should have taken a picture of the jacket and skirt. I will tonight.

Now for the kitchen window.



I no longer want anything to sit on the window sill. It looks to cluttered.


I have this cotton mesh type fabric that I thought would be great for the window but I did not have enough of it. Then I remember this printed fabric that is determine to become a apron. It is very lightweight so If it does become an apron it will have terry cloth on the back so it can be reversible.

I love the little woman in the print. My sisters think it is too country looking. I like country looking.



Isnt she cute!



This fabric will be put with the cotton fabric I think it will work. Regardless I will have new curtains in the kitchen.





I think this combination will work just fine.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

STOP DRIVE THRU MASTECTOMIES



From a nurse:
I'll never forget the look in my patients' eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast. I remember begging the Doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies. So there I sat with my patients, giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn't grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet 'Thank You' they muttered.
A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a Mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important. Please take the time and do it! Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times.

If you're receiving this, it's because I think you will take the 30 seconds to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who will do the same. There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the 'drive-through' Mastectomy where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their Web page with a petition drive to show support. Last year over half the House signed on. PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need not give more than your name, state, and zip code.

(http://www.lifetimetv.com/breastcancer/petition/signpetition..php )

This takes seconds.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON

Just trying to get to work.



I love to read and there are time when I read books about sewing, crocheting, desigining clothes, art, painting, Manga, nature, energy, fiction, biographies all sort of things. Whatever interest me at the time.

The picture above is a book I just recently got from the library. I was in a hurry to catch the bus this morning and did not put the book in my bag.

Kelly is a woman that introduced herself to me just 4 days after moving in to the current neighborhood. She saw the book in my hand and wanted to know if i was taking a sewing class. I explained that I was just reading it I know how to sew.

Really what things can you make?

All sorts of stuff, everything.

Can you make me a dress?

........Now usually when I am asked this question it is never followed by how much do you charge. My response. I can make anything, do you have a pattern or a picture?

She was in her sister wedding last year and it had and africian theme and she really liked the dress/gown she wore. She said she can get the pattern and ask if I would make it for her.

I said call me. I gave her an Avon brochure with my phone number on it.

I doubt that she will call however I hope she does. I would love the money and I need to get back into a routine.

This is the reason I got the book just to do some of the projects they have in it so I an get started. I hate when something stops me from sewing when I am sewing every day because it is hard to get back on track.

Tonight I plan to make curtains with tab headings for the kitchen window. Of course that will be after I finish 2 of 3's Jacket.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The song of solomon


My favorite bible passage is found in the second chapter of The Song of Solomon verse 1. This is the response the Shulammite maiden girl gave to the King Solomon after he describes how beautiful she looks.

" A mere saffron of the coastal plains I am, a lily of the low plains."

I have never had a King tell me I was beautiful or tell me of all the things he would give to me if I stay with him so I have no idea what that feels like. I am quite happy to not have had that experience.

I am the oldest of 4 girls that resulted for the union of Sally Mae Williams and Joe Louis Owens. They were married October 21, 1961 I am not sure of the year.

I am one that could be completely alone and find something to do or something to dream about. I read all kinds of books.

On rainy days when we could not go outside and play my sisters relied on me to think up some crazy game for us to play. We always had fun.

My mother started sewing clothes for me with I was 6. I was too tall for everything they had in the stores. I sat next to her and watched as she put things together. I am not sure if she started making mistakes on purpose but soon I was fixing the mistakes she made and soon following patterns and making clothing and then making clothing without patterns.

Sewing became my way to escape my surroundings and well as helping me to get through many sleepless nights. Don't get me wrong my home life was great except for the fact that my mother who also happen to my best friend was battling breast cancer for most of my teenage years. I was 21 years old when she died. Her first surgery was when I was in 8th grade.

She had a determine spirit and alway found a way to find good in everyone she encountered. She smile even when she was in pain.

My sisters then turned to me even more after she died so i tried to think like my mother and then act accordingly. I made dress for special occasions. Decorated wedding reception halls. Had fab time doing baby showers as theme parties. We did not celebrate the different holiday but I made sure we had lots of parties and created reason to celebrate.

Then my father died. Lung cancer. My one sister was in the middle of planning her wedding when my father died and it was hard for her to deal with the thought that he would not be there to walk her down the aisle.

I gave up my apartment and move into the family house with my younger sister. I would stay up all night sewing clothes or whatever came into my head.

I started this blog just to explain why it is entiled a lilly of the low plains. It is not because of some great humility. It is because through all that I have deal with in life and will deal with in the future I am not special nor do I want to be.

It has been my dream to be a fashion designer. I have often dream of this. I read the blogs of so many people who are doing just want they want to do. I am no different from them.




It has been my dream to be a fashion designer. I actually am a fashion designer among many fashion designers a mere lilly of the low plains.

Project runway

Since I have found the blog blogging project runway I look at it every day. Today I read every entry Sweet P has on her blog and he leads a very nice life. She doe not talke about her work to much. She was my favorite. Her dresses were alway nice and I could see then in a dress shop. I also like her attitude during the whole show.

Last night I was looking at the stash of fabrics that I have knowing that I should have started on the dresses for spring months ago and now its summer and I still need dresses. I have lots of plan but nothing is working for me. The fabric I have are not inspiring me to create with them. I missed the 3 Rivers Arts Festival I think this is the 3rd time in all my years in pittsburgh. I remember going to the arts festival as a school field trip. When I would get home I had so many ideas and I would try to do them all. I am hoping my lil designer will do something inspiring this weekend so I can just get started like I want to.

Avon business has taken a lot of joy out of the things I used to do. I am so busy making appointments and trying to create a successful downline and one the is productive as well. Sometimes I am so focused on recuriting new prospects that I dont have enough time to sell to my customer. I am very disorganized right now and I have to get my mind together. Then I can function the way I know I should be able to.

I look forward to the new season of Project Runway I have not been watching TV hardly at all because they are not even showing re-runs of the shows. My stepdaughter told me she almost bought me the complete first season of the show but then she could not see why I would watch something I had already seen. I however would watch the same show over and over again. I know that I am not insane because I do remember the end result will always be the same.

While watching the repeats of the show I often drawing designs based on the challenges presented.

I believe that I will step out of the leadership program for a while and just concentrate on selling products and build customer base and sewing and creating beautiful things.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Interesting conversation.

Today we had a floater come it to do check in. She did fairly well and I really hoped she could have stayed. At luck would have it she had to go to a different office and I am stuck at front desk tomorrow as well.

However we had an interesting conversation. All day she kept talking about how she loved children. I really did not want to hear her gush about how wonderful her children or child was so I never responded. When the afternoon came about and she came back from lunch there was a very cute little boy in the waiting room who smiled and shy away if we responded. And again she talked about loving children. So I asked " Do you have any children?" Her response was one I was not expecting. "I had a little boy He would have been 7 years old today."

"O I am sorry."

"No don't be. " She then proceed to explain that she had a memorial for him on his conception date instead of his birthday because his birthday was also the day he died.

When she found out she was going to have a baby she was 19 and in college and so afraid of what her mother would say or do. Her mother was going to have surgery and so came to the college for a suprise visit to see her to tell her about what she was going to go through. So she told her mother her suprise "I going to have a baby!" and then she cried. Her mother held her and asked her why was she crying. She was scared of disappointing her mother and the family. Her mother said she was not disappointed in the least and she was happy and the rest of the family would be happy also. Her boyfriend who was costa rican was very supported and also very happy. Because of all the support she received this a good memory. Everyone was happy with anticipation for the new child, 1st grandchild.

Every thing was going along great. Then she found out she had an incompetent cervic. When the baby reached the weight of 2 lbs she went into labor. The lungs were not developed and the baby was put on a respirator. The doctors explained that she had done nothing wrong and that there are no warning signs for her condition and it could have been a one time thing. If she got pregnant again she may not have the same problem.

The doctor explained that baby born with under devleoped lungs can survive and their lungs develop while in the hospital. But unfortunately with her child there was only one partically formed lung. Because of this his brain is not getting enough oxygen. If he survived he would live life like a vegetable.



She and her boyfriend decided that was not the life they wanted for their son so they took him off the respirator. They were told he would die instantly but he survived for 2 hours before he died. They had a chance to hold him and connect with him and then lose him. He was 2 lb and 12 inches long. If she had gone to full term he would have weighed 10 lbs or more.

She has no children right now and hopes one day in the future to have some. If the incompetent cervic is still a problem after 4 month she would be on complete bed rest until the full term of the pregancy. No insurance will cover the cost of stitching the cervic because of the permanent damage that does to the cervic.

She memorializes the conception date of her son because it was the beginning of a wonderful promise of her son. She will never forget the day of his death and being able to hold him and connect with him for the 2 hours. She prays for the day when she will conceive again.

She is 26 years old and single. She wants to wait until she is married and then have the family she dreams about.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I have pictures!

I do not have a camera. Several times you have heard me referr to getting a camera so I can post pictures of different things. Well I do have a cell phone and it has a camera on it. Somehow this information just skipped my mind completely when it came to posting pictures.

2 of 3 asked me to take a picture and then email it to her. I have email things on my phone before but never did it occur to me to email the pictures. I did and the picture looked pretty good. So here are all the pictures I have taken on my phone.




This is the little house the lil designers just could not wait to make.



She keep picking off the house and eating stuff off the house.





Terri and the girls after the graduation ceremony.






So now I will use my cell phone for pictures more often and upload these.

My phone will be the camera I will use until I get my camera.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The weekend.

This weekend was to be the weekend that I was able to reach a goal of obtaining 6 new partners in my avon business.

I am very thankful for the one girl who did sign up. I did make my way to Natrona Heights and then afterward got lost on my way home. I spend some of my earnings from avon just to get the gas I needed.

The rest of the prospects had very valid excuses/reasons for changing the appointments. One had a family emergency and was in OH. Two daughter is sick and had no water service. Three did not answer the phone to verifiy that we were to meet. If I cannot talk to the person 1 hour before the appointment then that is a cancellation. Four was sick herself and forget about our meeting. Five phone was disconnected with "no further information about..."

I still am not about to give up. Change of plans, I am going to concentrate on the people that I do have and not worry about getting more. I have taken and invested a lot of time and it has paid of by giving me the confidence to continue in this business.

I truly need to think things through. I know that it is best to get someone one withing 24 to 48 hours of the initial inquiry. I feel that this is the problem. Because Kim gets the calls and then trys to get them to wait for the weekend so I can sign them up. By the time the weekend arrives they have changed their mind. But if the sign up and get started doing their own business they stay focus on the reason they called in the first place.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Friendship are hard.

Often time I find myself stuck in the middle. As is the case today. It is Wednesday nothing special just the middle of the week.

I am out of sort for all sorts of reason but nothing in particular. It is the weirdness that is me.

I am part of a trio at work and we occassionally do things together. 2 of 3 leaves work at 4:30. Hearing center guru should leave work at 5:00 but is often there after 5:30 and I leave work at 5:30.

Today we were to tour the new hospital. We are to arrive @7:45 for the 8:00 tour.
Our plan have had several changes.

1. Go home and them meet at the hospital for the tour and afterward go to buffalo blues.

2. Go the buffalo blues first and then go the hospital for the tour

3. 2 of 3 stay after work and ride the bus with us to buffalo blues and then go to the hospital for the tour. She does not like rideing the bus but was willing to try. This would not work because her husband had already had something set up after work and would not be avail for the 9:00 pick up.

4. Since 2 0f 3 was not familar with the area I take 1 hour of pto and leave with her and then meet hearing center guru at buffalo blues. She was not comfortable waiting in buffalo blue by herself.

2 of 3 feels this is to much hassel and will just go home and meet us at the hospital. hearing center guru feels the same and I just don't want to go home first becasue I will not come back out.

Friendship are hard at time but they are so worth it because we have fun after all the planning and changes are done.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

project runway blogging



Since a need a new distraction I started reading and searching for new blogs and found this. The offical blog for the project runway fan site. I also was able to get Sweet P blog. I really liked her on the show and look forward to reading what she is doing now.

I know no one is really interested in this but oh well it keep my mind from imploding.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

pain in the back

Friday Morning, I woke up to the heat of the day but I could not move. I actually felt paralyzed. My legs would not moved and it hurt to try to sit up. Todd help me get into a sitting position and then I got up using todd and the wall for support. I could not move. My legs supported me fine I just could not get them to move. I laid back down on the bed while Todd got the Motrin. This could not be happening today I had a lot of stuff to get done and laying in bed was not part of the plan.

I took the Motrin and after 40 minutes and with todd massaging my back I was able to move. I did my back stretches to get from relief from the tightness and the pain. Eventually I was able to walk.

Proceeded to get the different things done with no problem at all and actually would have forgotten the pain completely if Todd had not kept calling, texting and asking are you ok?

Felicia and Floyd arrive and sleeping arrange were set up for them as well as making sure Floyd was able to have his friend russell come by tomorrow to get him so he would not be stuck in the house all day saturday. Felicia went to her mother's house and help her as much as her mother would allow. She had recently taken ill and she was the reason for the trip into town.

All the things for the anniversary party were in place and tomorrow was the big day.

Saturday morning Wake up to the same pain but I was able to move around. So I got up and made sure I had everything I needed for the party. Felicia with to her mom's house and Floyd and Russell were out and about.

The party was a success. Char and Lee are very suprised and very happy. I should have some pictures next week. ( I have to get a camera ) They party was winding down and just then is when the pain hit again. I just stood next to a wall with my back press against it and waited until we finally made our way home.

Felicia and Floyd were asleep which explains why they decided not to come to the party. Even though they were not on the guest list I extended the invite to them because I felt like a terrible hostess to them. I really did not entertain them at all and I realize that is not the reason they came but I still felt like I should have done something for them. However they did enjoy the food I brought home for them.

Right now it is 2:34 in the moring and I am afraid to go to sleep because I may wake up in pain again.

But because of the heat my legs are starting to swell. so I have to lay down to so they can feel better.

I never do well in the heat.

Friday, June 6, 2008

What is the tempature again?


I was off today and I know I would have loved the air conditioning at work. I think the high was over 80 today and right now at 11:03 at night it is 78.

We recently moved in to our current apartment and it does not have central air conditioning. We are back to using fans. This is our first summer here so It will take a little while before I figure out which way to postion the fans for the best air flow.

Our apartment is basically a rectangle. So I dont think this will be a major problem.

All day I was asked What is the tempature? After a while you just answer "Hot".

I sincerely hope that I will survive this heat wave.

I belive this is the begining of the art festival, where is the rain, the thunderstorms? This is the 48 Annual 3 Rivers Art Festival and there should be rain. Every one knows pittsburgh generally greets new artist with gale force winds and buckets of rain. Mother nature sits back and watch the artist struggle to save their works of art that are on exhibit for all to stare at and give unwanted critical viewpoints. The musical concert would be canceled for tonight because of the storm.

What is the reason for this turn of events? Global warming? What has thrown off the precious balance of this day. I know the art festival has move it location to the gateway center. Could this be the reason it is hot and not the cool after a thunderstorm? i doubt it but it makes you wonder?

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