Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Leelah Alcorn--a name everyone needs to know!

I was saddened beyond belief today, to read of the suicide in Ohio of a 17 year old Transgender person.  She took her own life after being told by her parents that their religion forbid them from accepting this, and to top it off, her mother cut her off from social media--where she at least had support and people to talk to.

If you bring a child into this world, you are signing a contract with God to love, protect and cherish that child.   There are no guarantees how that child will turn out--it doesn't matter.  A parents love for their child should be unconditional.

Does God make mistakes?  I don't believe so.  But NATURE makes mistakes, plenty of them, all the time.  Animals born with two heads, people are born with extra limbs or two sets of sexual organs.  And yes, a girl can end up born in a boys body, just as a boy can end up born as a girl.  It happens---ALL THE TIME.

Leelah wanted her suicide to "mean something".  It does.  It means that her parents failed her.  My heart is sick that this beautiful child is gone, when there are so many parents who would have embraced her and loved her no matter what.  I am just one of them.  Yes, Leelah, even though I didn't know you, I have been touched by your death.  I don't agree with what you did, but I understand why you did it--you were left with no hope, no support and no one to help you and guide you.  I hope that you have found peace now, and can be who you were born to be.  Rest in Peace, sweet angel.

Monday, December 22, 2014

North Korea’s internet is down

FINALLY somebody listened to me!!  LOL!!!


North Korea’s internet is down in wake of The Interview

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When do we say, "Enough?"

Two innocent police officers murdered in New York. "Comedian" Chris Rock posts on instagram, 
"An eye for an eye."

Where does this asshole get off, saying he is glad two innocent men were murdered because two law breaking jerks were killed?

WHEN does this STOP??  How are two officers, sitting in a patrol car, suddenly the bad guys??

And most importantly--what happens when the cops give up?  Who protects us THEN?? 


Friday, December 19, 2014


So the FBI has concluded that the Sony hack came from North Korea.  Is this not an act of terrorism?  What will they demand next?

My solution--shut off their internet.  Our own hackers could do it.  Take down their internet.  Checkmate.  Game over. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Wednesday, December 17, 2014


A while back, I wrote about how fat the squirrels in our yard are this year.  Maybe in response to our colder than normal winter last year, but they are hilarious to watch.  So the other night I found this, and dang if that doesn't look like OUR squirrels!!   I can't stop laughing--hope this tickles others funnybones, too!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Evie's Cameo Hooking, progress

The background wools I ordered finally arrived, after being stuck in Philadelphia for a week--
anyway, I am thrilled that this is turning out just as I envisioned it.  Evie, of course, was born from a tree, so she is very partial to greens.  Of course, roses are also one of her personal favorites.  Isn't it funny how, when you look at a photo, you see things you miss in person?  I see I need to fix the leaf that is in "front" of her at the bottom--it needs green all the way around.  When you work with something so close up, photos are a great way to see it better.  All in all, a good day of hooking--and tomorrow I should get more done!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas presents for my friends!

We had our Christmas lunch at Bettys today--FABULOUS food, and fabulous friends!  These are the gifts I gave--hooked pockets (or a small purse).  (Somehow I forgot to take a picture of the bee one after it was assembled)


New Hooking!

With the Christmas gifts done, I have started work on Evies Cameo.  I am VERY pleased with how it is turning out!
Will post pics of my hooked Christmas gifts tomorrow.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


I have to stop saying "How stupid can people be?"

Apparently they are taking this as a challenge.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Getting Things Ready

Now that I have finished Christmas gifts, I am getting some things ready to hook--winter projects, because it is going to be a LONG winter!  So I have Evie in her fancy bonnet, and Evie as a cameo.  I might also do the cameo portrait reversed, and in "real" colors--
I also have two other pieces I would like to hook, but they are not on the backings yet.  The bonnet one looks off kilter because I didn't lay it straight when I took the photo. Plus it's on linen, which is soft and wrinkly (even though I pressed it).  Cameo is on rug warp--I have never used this backing before, it will be interesting to see how it hooks up.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


I have been making small "pockets", or purses, to try out some ideas.  They are small, 7" by 9" to 8" by 10".  The finishing takes three times longer than the hooking!!  Anyway--not exactly seasonal, but I wanted to hook flowers in a vase--I chose lily of the valley, but do you think I had any white wool??  Of course not!!  Not to be deterred, I hooked the purse, steamed and blocked it, put it back on the frame and made the flowers with white silk ribbon.  Puttsy work, but I like how it turned out!  The other pocket is a rose cameo--I wanted to see if I could hook something in only a few tones (in this case, cream and tan) and still have it look like what it was.  OK so you see where this is going, I want to hook Evies profile as a cameo.  But first I will finish up my two new pockets, even though I don't think I will be using them until next spring!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Lesson for EVERYONE

Peace among protest: A Portland police officer noticed a 12-year-old boy holding a sign that read "Free Hugs" during a Ferguson demonstration in Oregon. The officer started talking to the boy about the demonstration, school and life. When they were done talking, the officer asked if he was going to get a hug.

The boy teared up — and obliged. 

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the like--you could all take a lesson from this young man.  

Friday, November 28, 2014


Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson, deserve to lose their careers over what they did.   If ANYTHING happens to Darren Wilson or his family, these two need to be prosecuted fully!  Officer Wilson has been found to have acted properly--so what are these two pieces of shit allowed to act like judge and jury and publish his address, knowing full well he is a target?  Is this RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM, or an act of terrorism and personal vendetta???

BOYCOTT the paper they work for, the New York Times.  Or wrote to them and tell then this is unacceptable!

Relax! You don't HAVE to do "Christmas"!

Well, not "Christmas" as the retailers would like!  Many years ago, our family decided enough is enough.  There is very little we need, and if we DO need it, we go get it--so why deal with the crowds, the idiots, the parking lot brawls?  Christmas has now become what it was MEANT to be--Remembering Jesus, spending time with our family.  Our grandson, of course, gets gifts--he is still a child.  The rest of us know that the true gifts you give are your time and love.

When you back out of all the craziness, you are able to be more objective.  Seeing reports where people are trampling each other and fighting to buy something literally makes me ill.  Let's see--YESTERDAY we were all thankful for what we have, and today we are beating other people up to get more???   I am so proud of my family not partaking in this lovely holiday custom.

The retailers don't CARE if you have a nice Christmas, they don't care if you even make it home with everything you bought--they just want your money.  Do yourself a favor, stop listening to them, stop looking at ads, and take a deep breath.  Relax.  Bake some cookies for when your family comes over.  You will be amazed at how good you feel!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Brown family "profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions."

You have that wrong--your "child" (who was an adult) faced the consequences of his OWN actions.   Evidence does not lie, people do.  

So now we are left to ponder the fact that the President of the United States sent representatives to the funeral of a man who attempted to kill a cop.

Nice addition to your already sparkling legacy, Obama.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Birds and Squirrels

Watching the birds and squirrels outside my dining room windows today, I had to laugh at how extremely fat they all are!!  Most of the squirrels actually have fat rolls around their legs and butts, and they waddle rather than run!  The birds are abnormally round too, I don't know how some of them can get off the ground.  This could be in response to our colder than normal winter last year, or maybe they are just hitting up every bird feeder in the city.

Then I wondered how long it will be until the government steps in and shames us for having fat birds and squirrels (like all of us with fat cats and dogs).  I can see it now--low calorie bird food, with recommended daily allowances.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Done and hung!   28" by 34"

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Almost Done!

I have been a bit under the weather for the past week, but now I am back to work on Evie's hooked portrait.  I should finish it up tomorrow, and then I need a day to do the edge finishing before I can hang it.  Then a break to do final finishing on my Christmas gifts, before I start a new hooking.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The time of year for secrets..............

Our family does not celebrate Christmas the way the retailers would like us to celebrate--
several years ago, we collectively decided that we needed to get away from the frenzy and focus on what Christmas is REALLY about.  God and family.

We choose to forgo gifts, (Except for gifts for our grandson,) because after all, what do we need?  If we want something, we go buy it.  We have enough.  MORE than enough.  And we are content with what we have.  

So our Christmas involves family get-togethers, lots of good food, memories and fun. In truth, no one misses the gifts.  The stress of 'having" to buy is gone, and no one needs to worry about overspending.  Our holidays are back to old fashioned values, and we love it.

So what is this about secrets?
Well, I have a small group of friends who gets together for a Christmas luncheon.  Just 6 of us.  These ladies mean a lot to me, and we always exchange gifts.  Last year I received a needle felted ballerina mouse,  a wool snowman, honey made by the bees that one lady raises, homemade jam,  and a huge plate of cookies.  All of these gifts were given from the heart, and all of them were home made.  
Likewise, my gifts to them were also home made--tiny, carved tuckcomb dolls that I carved and dressed.  I LOVED making them! 
We all give something that is the work of our hands.  

So my "secret" is that I am making gifts for my friends-- I have set aside Evies portrait rug for now, and will return to it when the gifts are done.  I cannot show the gifts until after the luncheon--don't want to spoil the surprise!!  The main work on them will be finished in a couple days, and then I will need a couple hours to do the finish work on each one.  I will do that after completing Evies rug.

Is anyone else stunned that tomorrow is November??????

Monday, October 27, 2014

Quarantined woman to be discharged, Christie's office announces

Proof that if you scream loud enough, and hire a lawyer, then the laws do not apply to you.

Bad, BAD precedent to be setting.......................

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Quarantined nurse slams new policy"--CNN

So this nurse CHOSE to leave the country, and go to another country where Ebola is spreading like the plaque.  Now she is home, and furious that she is in quarantine.

I have only one question for Kaci Hickox--

If you cared so much about the sick people that you went to help them, WHY DON'T YOU CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN  AMERICA?

(Sadly, this new quarantine policy will get destroyed by the very men who are supposed to be taking care of the American people.)

She claims that her "human rights" have been violated.
Question--what about the "Human rights" of every other person in America?  Just as YOU have the right to travel where you want, WE have the right to protect ourselves from you.  PERIOD.

Sorry to "inconvenience" you, Kaci Hickox--maybe you should have just stayed home to begin with.  Because you are not acting like a caring nurse, you are acting like a spoiled brat. You did what YOU needed to do, now we are doing what WE need to do to make sure you didn't bring Ebola back with you.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Colds and Flu season coming--Moms home recipe!

Growing up in a large family, we had our share of colds and flu.  My mom always mixed up a jar full of her special cough syrup.  I have passed this recipe on to family and friends over the years.  They all swear by it!!  There are now tons of variations of it online, which always makes me smile--because I never heard of anyone else making this when I was a young!

WARNING; this recipe contains alcohol.   Do not use it if you have to be out driving or working!

Mom took a canning jar, and used equal parts of
lemon juice
(I use 1 cup of each)

Shake well.  Take 1-2 tablespoons as needed. Keep the jar in the refrigerator.  The honey soothes your throat, the lemon juice cuts the phlegm, and the whiskey helps you sleep.  If you are an adult, and are going to be home, put some in a mug with a little water, heat it in the microwave, and drink before bedtime.  Better than all those store bought, expensive, chemical filled concoctions.  You can also add a shake of ginger powder and a shake of cayenne pepper, these are also good for colds.

Stay healthy!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Life is Short

Life is short.  Find things that make your heart sing, even if no one else understands them.  They don't HAVE to--it's for you, not them. 

Working on Evies portrait, planning more--some would wonder why I don't buy some nice patterns and work on them.  There are beautiful, stunning patterns available on rug hooking canvas.

I won't hook them.

My life is short, and I don't want to spend it working on someone elses dreams.

Evie is a doll, yes.  A TINY doll, no less--6 1/2" tall.  To me, she is not "just" a doll--she represents so much more.  To look at her, to know I created this from a piece of wood, still blows me away.  Her creation was my salvation, in so many ways.  She gave me courage to work with razor sharp tools again, which I was afraid to do after my bad carving accident.  She taught me that I do have courage, and perseverance, and talents I did not know existed.  Her creation brought me so much farther in my life than I ever thought I would go!  I am leaving her as part of my legacy, so I want her to have things that will show how treasured she is.   She has tons of clothes (and more I will make!), furniture, a gorgeous hand made bed that I designed just for her.  She has journals, complete with photographs.  Now she will have hooked pieces that depict her in many different ways.  

I wish everyone could have one possession in their life they treasured as much as I do Evie.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Working Again

Pain levels down to "tolerable"--YAY!!!    Evie is doing headstands while I work on finishing the border.
 I can't get over how fast this is coming along, considering the many days I haven't been able to work on it.   I am LOVING using colors instead of the drab primitives I am used to using.

I am already in the planning stages for my next hooking. Still have to draw the frame better and position her inside of it, but this is my preliminary idea;
I plan on using proddy and other techniques on this one--that bonnet just cries for 3-D roses and ruffles!!  As to colors--I have two color schemes in mind, but I am not going to decide that yet. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What Did YOU do today?

Today I wanted to work on my hooking--

the house was clean, the laundry was all done, it was supposed to be a day just for me!  

My body had other plans.

You see, I live with not one, but TWO "invisible" illnesses--Lupus, and Fibromyalgia.

No matter what I might want to do, or might plan on doing, my body has the final say.  I may want to spend the day hooking and listening to music, but instead I must obey the master named Chronic Pain, and basically do nothing.  If I cannot lift my arms, and my shoulders are in stabbing pain, then I cannot hook.
Or do much of anything.
I call these days "couch days", which are MUCH preferable over "bed days".  At least I can get to the bathroom without my cane.  At least I can feel PARTLY normal.  I can look forward to another day when my pain levels are not so high.  These are the days I cannot do much more than THINK, because thinking doesn't add to my physical pain.  So these are the days I plan what I will do on my "good days".

Be kind to people.  So many people are fighting a daily battle with chronic pain illnesses,  and to look at us, you would never know it.  Our pain is invisible, but it is real.  Imagine having a really bad flu that never goes away.  Remember how it felt to hurt everywhere, and feel exhausted, and not be able to do anything about it?  This is the daily reality of Fibromyalgia.  It never goes away.  You have some days when it is not so bad, and some days where it is completely debilitating.  But the pain is always there, in one degree or another.   Your mind does not control your body--your body dictates what level of "living" is acceptable at any given moment.  You learn to accept this, and plan ahead--lots of books on my Kindle, lots of apps like Netflix so when these days hit, I can still have something to do. 
This still doesn't make it GOOD, it makes it managable.  
Except for those days when the pain is really severe, and you just want it over.  Not that you want to die, you just want to get away from the pain for a while. 

I would not wish this illness on anyone.  Even my worst enemy.

If you were able to have a normal day today, you are blessed.  Please think about that.  Because I would trade places with you in a heartbeat.  If you can stand long enough to wash a pile of dirty dishes, do you realize how lucky you are?? 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Here it comes--are you ready?

Black Panther Calls for “Black Rebellion” If Darren Wilson Not Indicted Malik-Zulu-Shabazz Last week, we reported that city officials in Ferguson, Missouri, were preparing for riots and demonstrations should the grand jury fail to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson. Now comes an interview with Black Panther Malik Zulu Shabazz on Fox News radio who called for a “black rebellion” if there is no indictment. He called for a rebellion against the “wicked world order” and said blacks “have as much right to rebel against American society as America did against the British.” “The white media has not been fair to black people or black leaders,” he said, going on to claim the police was “murdering us.” He claimed he is not calling for violence, but said he would not condemn it. “The authority of the white man and white America is illegitimate – you have been killing us for 400 years.” Shabazz has been stirring the pot in Ferguson since Michael Brown was shot and killed this summer. Shabazz is the former leader of the New Black Panther Party. The group was identified as previously suggesting bombing nurseries to kill white babies. A Nation of Islam member also advocated genocide against white people. “I say, if they don’t get out of town, we kill the men, we kill the women, we kill the children, we kill the babies, we kill the blind, we kill the cripple, we kill the crazy, we kill the (gays), we kill the lesbians, I say (expletive deleted) we kill them all,” Khalid Muhammad said. “If they are white, kill ‘em all.” Gee … so I wonder why Ferguson is preparing for a massive confrontation.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Second post of the day

It's time we all realized that the news media---ALL OF THEM--are LYING to us.   Because of the "National Enquirer mentality" of all the news stations, our police force across the country is under attack.   They have taken the story of a criminal, turned him into a victim, and made the police out to be the bad guys.  Because of the news media, in just three days, SIX police officers were shot, and one died.  SIX, folks!  And this is just the beginning.

Please take a moment to read this article, written by a cop--a cop who puts his life on the line every day to protect people, and who now has a target on his back.  Because of how the news is reported.

If you feel strongly about this, contact your local and national news stations and DEMAND fair reporting!  Let them know you are tired of biased stories, and that they better get the facts straight.  Unless they make major repairs to the damage they have caused, they have lost all credibility.  I myself will never turn on the "news" again.

Hide and Seek

I didn't want to make a boring background, but I also didn't want anything that would distract from Evie--then I came up with the idea to put her name on each side of her, delineated only by the direction of the hooking.  I bet most people won't even see it!

Friday, October 10, 2014

St. Louis errupts--again.

So it seems that a young black man had a gun, and fired at an officer three times, before the (white) officer took him out.

GOOD FOR YOU!!  This man gambled that no police officer would DARE shoot him,  after what happened in Ferguson.

He was wrong.  

He chose to do whatever he wanted, because he thought the police in Missouri are all afraid to shoot anyone who is black.

He chose poorly.

Yet now, all over "social media", there are people crying out and asking gangs to KILL ALL POLICE OFFICERS!  People who make these statements are guilty of terroristic threats, and should be reported to authorities immediately.

I am sick of all the people in this country who think cops are the bad guys and are screaming about them doing their jobs.  My position is this--don't like things here?   LEAVE.  THE.  COUNTRY!

There is a war coming, folks.  And it will not be the middle east, or the Russians.  It will be good people here in America, fighting to reclaim what is right.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Always Planning

Seems I always have too much going on in my head!  The idea of seeing Evie as a real girl just wouldn't go away, so I played with some sketches.  Here she is as a young Victorian girl;
 This reminds me of an old postcard or Valentine--I could see hooking it in lots of "girly" pinks and creams and roses.

So far, this one is my favorite;
I love American Folk art--I can see Evie in this period. Her head is a bit oversized, as these portraits were often done.  I would hook her long hair in curls, and her gown would either be rich blues or maybe reds, to look like velvet.  Even though I am nowhere near done with her current portrait, I like to get things together for winter projects.  I will get a few more composite portraits of her ready before I head to Office Max to get them enlarged and printed. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Progress Oct 5

Still debating my frame/border--I have discarded a dozen colors.  I planned on doing tumbling roses entwined around the edges, but now I think that will take away from Evie, who is the focal point.  I think she needs a simpler frame, dark, to pull your eyes into her.  Still need to do some work on the background around her before I make a final decision as to frame color.  Right now my two top choices are deep wine or deep green.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Wade and I had our 44th wedding anniversary on Oct 2--because it was a weekday, we waited until today to celebrate.  Went to our favorite restaurant, Mama Maria's in Hudson, Wisconsin.

While the food was good, I was sad to see how much the restaurant has changed.  An appetizer platter, which used to consist of 6 thick pieces of crusty bread, covered in caramelized onions, was now 4 very THIN slices of bread.  Same price, though.  The entrees, which used to be $10.95 and were always enough to take home for a second night, were now $14.00, and SMALL.  I got butternut squash ravioli, and there were 9, 1 1/2" ravioli for that price.  Pasta is one of the least expensive things you can buy--normally!  After ten years, I think we are finished with this restaurant.  I understand prices go up, but this was crazy.

 I would like to say that the only thing that hasn't changed is US, but that would not be true.  After 44 years, we have both changed a lot.  Isn't it funny, though, that no matter how old you get, you still see the person you married?  Yes, he has wrinkles--as do I--but so what? He is still my beloved husband, the man I fell in love with in high school.  I love him now more than I did then, and I didn't think that could be possible.  This man is my world.  He not only dances with my angels, but just the sound of his name silences all my demons.  

I love you, Wade.  Happy 44th anniversary.  God willing, we will have many more.

Friday, October 3, 2014

My Thoughts Lately

All around, everywhere you turn, there is nothing but bad news.  I can't do anything about it, so why let it bother me?  Well, because I am human--
so I find my comfort in my rug hooking.  As the colors bloom and change beneath my hand, peace begins to fill my brain.  Only good, happy thoughts come in.  I am hooking Evies portrait. Evie, in case it isn't widely known, is a tiny wooden doll I carved--all 6 and 1/2" of her.

To see her "life sized" was rather startling at first!  But I found my thoughts wandering all over the place, and one of the things that kept creeping into my mind was, what if Evie WAS a real girl?  Now, I KNOW she is a doll--but let's say, like Pinocchio, she  suddenly turned into a real girl.  A light went on in my brain.  That light that always shines brightest when I am cooking up some new project.  So as I sat hooking a portrait of a doll, I thought, "How would she look if she WAS real?  If I portrayed her as real?  Put her in a nice setting, gave her realistic hands, shaded her face to look more human than doll-like.  Would it still be Evie?  The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.  It may end up a flop, but I have to see what I can do with this.

AFTER her portrait is done, of course!  It's good to plan projects for over the long Minnesota winter.

And it's good to get your mind away from the terrible things going on in the world.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Sunday

Such gorgeous weather here in Minnesota!!  82 degrees, sunny, just a perfect day.
I worked on Evie's dress. What looks good in a photo does not always make for a pleasing composition in hooking.  I needed to bring some of the golden hair colors down into the rest of the piece, so her hair didn't just jump out as an unrelated island of color.  So I decided to make her sash gold, but that still didn't look right.  Finally, I decided to sprinkle tiny rosebuds in gold and pink on her dress--
That was it!  Now I can work away and think about the background, which I have already changed my mind on a dozen times.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

And now for something completely different............

Back to my rug hooking!  Doing a wall hanging portrait of Evie.  I do most of my hooking in the fall and winter.
I am changing most of the colors for her dress and background.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

You have GOT to be kidding me

So I see in today's news that the police chief of Ferguson has APOLOGIZED for Officer Wilson shooting the thug that attacked him.  In short, for doing the job he was TRAINED TO DO.  

God help America.  

A white teacher was raped by a black student.
Another white prison worker was raped by a black prisoner. 

Haven't seen THESE stories on the news, have you?  Because the media wants to fuel the racial issues.  
This morning, I read this post on the Facebook page dedicated to supporting Officer Wilson.  Since I couldn't say it better, I quote;
We, as a society, cannot continue to ignore or tolerate the "thug/gangster" mentality that is flooding American pop culture with gang violence and ruining our Country any longer..... Why do you never hear Al Sharpton, Eric Holder or Obama address this? Here's the truth behind the violence in the black community, and it's shocking, these are NOT gangs, these are terrorists, they are an immediate threat, and they are spreading in every city in this Nation... Until the black community shuns this type of behavior and stops glorifying it in their pop culture, NOTHING will a change... They will continue to die... at each other's hands, the cops hands, and law abiding gun owners hands.... Google "White Girl Bleed Alot" and share, because there is PLENTY more where this came from, it is an epidemic, a cancer that MUST be stopped from spreading or we will end up like Third World countries that are run by gangs of terrorists. Please share, and wake somebody up, the future of you and yours depends on it........ "

Just a word of warning--if you DO Google "White Girl Bleed Alot", it is graphic and will make you ill.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

More Words

Wade's Mom once said to me,

"When your children are little, they step on your toes.
When they are grown, they step on your heart."

Sadly, I find this now to be the truth.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


UPDATE;  My package was found sitting outside of my GARAGE DOOR late yesterday.  He must have tossed it from the street.  Yes, we are on a very quiet, dead-end street, but ANYONE could have come by and picked it up.  But with no thanks to the post office, my $300.00 doll managed to arrive home, and all in one piece.
UPS or FedEx from now on.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The US Post Office needs to GO

Like many people, I have trouble with the post office.  All their ads about how "We deliver for you" and tooting their own horn, maybe instead they should teach their employees to DO THEIR JOBS.

A package was supposed to be delivered to me today--and guess what?  It wasn't.  So I called the post office.  The man I spoke to actually said, "Well we had a lot of packages today."  I had to bite my tongue for a moment before I said, "Well--that IS your job, isn't it? To deliver mail and packages?"  He didn't answer that.  My next question was, could he have left in in the wrong box?  (Yes, this happens ALL THE TIME.  We call it MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS day, as we wander up and down the street re-delivering the mail to the correct houses.)  He said to me--"Well if it isn't showing in the tracking as being delivered, that's good!"

OOOOOOOOOOKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAy then.  No more post office for me, and they BETTER find this package.   


Thursday, September 18, 2014


The two hardest words to say in the English language--

"I'm sorry."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Karma--yes, I believe in it

Karma has a lot of definitions, but basically it means that what you put out into the universe comes back to you.  Good, positive energy attracts more good, positive energy.  The same with bad energy.  Think of it like a boomerang; you throw it out there, and sooner or later it's GOING to return to you. I have seen Karma at work too many times to deny it.

Many years ago, there was a fire in a duplex that claimed the life of a child--because the owner of the building was negligent in keeping things in repair and up to date.  Instead of showing remorse, this man decided to just let the duplex be demolished, and he would take the insurance money and treat himself to a nice little trip to the Caribbean.  Which he did.

He drown the first day he was there.
A life for a life.

Today I read some news that showed me Karma all over again.  I never thought I would mention Joan Rivers again, but it now seems that her death was caused by an unauthorized biopsy of her vocal cords.  Why does a Dr do a biopsy?  Because they suspect cancer. (Which would explain why her voice was so hoarse and raspy of late.) Had she lived, she likely would have been (thankfully) silenced, no longer able to speak for more than a few seconds, through a hole in her throat. (I have seen throat cancer first hand, I know how it works.)  So a woman who spent her entire life making money saying mean, hurtful things about others, would no longer be capable of continuing this behavior.  Forced to sit there in silence.  Karma?  I believe so.

So what about her buddy, Howard Stern--the male version of Rivers?  It will be interesting to see what happens to him in the future.

This is not to say that I WISH bad things on people--that would be foolish, considering my beliefs.  I have nothing to do with what Karma decides to dish out, I am just making observations. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Death--sort of

Today I felt sad.   I wish I had not abandoned my needlepoint in exchange for all the other things I got into--
like they say, hindsight is always 20/20......
not that I regret learning to carve dolls, if I hadn't I wouldn't have Evie.
I can no longer see the way I could, so I really can't go back to my petit point.  This was the one area I truly excelled in, and I left it to pursue other things--things that I did ok at, but were not my true calling.
And now I find my eyes are too old to do the incredible things I used to do.  Today I feel like a piece of me has died, and I somehow wasn't even aware of it until now.  So I guess I am mourning for the part of me that is no more.  The part of me that died from old age while I was busy trying to do other things.

We never stop to think that we will get old, it just happens.  We never think about our eyesight getting worse, or our hands getting weaker, it just happens.  Find what you love--and stay with it. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Do you drive?

I think every person in America who drives should watch this video.


In the gamut of human emotions,
sometimes all that is left
is to find a rock in the woods.
To sit, feet firmly on the earth,
and to breathe.

Taking in the sounds too often muted
by noise or thought.
Feeling the progression of heat
as sun slowly warms tired backs.

And slow ourselves until we remember
that we, too, are part of this wild earth.
Destined to live and love,
to experience great joy and deep sorrow.

At times we know only this;
that the sun will appear again tomorrow to warm us,
and that the earth will hold us tenderly as we make our way.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sadness and Anger

Today I pause to mourn the innocent people who were killed by our own government on Sept 11, 2001.

And I am only one of hundreds of thousands who now knows this to be true.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/11 What do YOU believe?

When the horrors of Sept 11 were being re-hashed, I started to hear about "conspiracy theories".   I waved them off.  NO WAY, I said.  Then 2 documentaries opened my eyes.  FACTS.  PHOTOS.  Every American owes it to themselves to see these two films!  Watch them, and decide for yourself--is our own government responsible for the events of 9/11? 

"Loose Change-9/11

911--In Plane Sight

I PROMISE these films will change everything you ever thought you knew about 9/11.  Of course, there are web sites "debunking" them, but facts and photographs cannot be challenged, no matter how you spin them.  When you see stop motion film of the first plane that hit the World Trade Center, you SEE there is "something" attached underneath the plane.  A missile?  Then you see an explosion IN FRONT OF THE PLANE, hitting the building BEFORE the plane does.

WHY was no debris ever found in the field where the plane crashed?  NOTHING of a plane was found, not even a scrap of metal.  What about when the plane hit the pentagon--how does a plane with a wingspan that huge leave such a relatively small hole in the building?

Also, remember how many times we have seen George Bush reading to the school children that morning, and how a man come in and says something to him, then leaves--supposedly telling him about the attacks that are occurring?  We all saw that a hundred times, and never questioned it.  Now look at it again--how long was the man saying something to him?  Long enough to say "We have been attacked by terrorists in planes" ?  NO.  He says something very quickly, then leaves--maybe he had enough time to say "It's Done".

Please watch these two films. They will change your life.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

No. Just--no.

PLEASE tell me that someone can't REALLY be this stupid---


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ding dong, the (B)itch is dead

When I first head that Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital a week ago, my first thought was--oh dear, did her nasty mouth fall off??  I see that she died today, and all I can say is, "Good Riddance".

This woman made a career out of being a nasty bitch.  She said cruel, hurtful things to people, to get a laugh.  Some people praise her for her "honesty", but  that is NOT the word for it.

I never wished her any ill, I just couldn't stand her, so I steered clear of her.  My tipping point came when she made fun of the three courageous women in Cleveland who were held captive for ten years and finally got free.  These women-Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus lived through TEN YEARS of hell and were freed, only to have JOKES made about them by this POS woman.  What if that had been HER daughter who was kidnapped, enslaved, beaten and sexually terrorized--would she still think it was funny?  Probably, as long as it made her a buck.

Life is not easy, and can be downright cruel, so why would anyone want to make a career out of hurting people?  I think, deep down, she was such a wretched person, with no redeeming qualities, that she had to knock other people down just so she could feel superior.  Well, all of this is my opinion, and I have one wish for her--
May all those in hell treat her the same way that SHE treated everyone.  That's called KARMA, babe. 

Friday, August 29, 2014


As a child growing up in the 1950's, I had a lot of freedoms, as the world was a much more innocent place back then.  I grew up playing along the banks and sandbars of the Mississippi River, climbing trees, exploring cliffs and caves, and walking the shoreline.  I spent entire days there, walking among the trees, enjoying the solitary quiet that nature offered.  I can still smell the sumac that grew everywhere, and taste the wild grapes that hung in glorious bunches. I walked in the water, but never more than ankle deep.

I loved the river.  Yet for all it's beauty, I knew it could--and would--take my life in a heartbeat, if I ventured too far out.  Currents and drop-offs were always there, just waiting.  I respected the river for it's power, and in turn it respected me and allowed me to play there safely.  

THIS is what is missing today--RESPECT.   Hardly anyone respects anyone or anything now, and I find it sad.  Life would be so much nicer and more peaceful if everyone would just show some respect for others. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


I decided to re-do this blog.  Cleaned it up, and I have disabled comments because I really doubt many people read these posts.  I really write to vent, not to entertain.  I don't believe my thoughts and words will be of importance to anyone.  So please understand, if you ARE reading, it's not that I don't care what you think--I just don't have the time or energy to keep up with comments.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Angry and Sad

Today, I am angry at what is happening in our country.  In all my years, I have only seen televised funerals for dignitaries, former presidents, and fallen police officers.  A televised funeral, to me, is a sign of respect for the deceased.
I have NO  RESPECT for the POS that was buried today.  May he rot in hell.
Our news channels have done everything they could possibly do to widen the racial divide in this country, and I do believe with this one, they have tipped the scales right off the stand.
I am not a racist.  I am a REALIST.  I see what is happening to our country.  I see bad, worthless people being exalted, while good, honest, law abiding people are punished, all because of the screaming and mayhem of a group of people acting outside the law themselves.  WHERE is the America I grew up in?  I can tell you, it is gone.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


I really didn't forget about this blog--I just was so busy, and never took the time to update--and you know how that goes, one day slides into the next and before you know it, another year of your life has passed.

I can't go back and update everything that happened.  Actually, I don't want to.  Life is not always sunshine and roses, many bad/sad things happened in this past year to me, my family, and my friends.  I don't want to look back, I want to look forward.  I will TRY to stay up to speed now!