Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I have always been a person to keep my secrets and not let anyone in to my inner thoughts. Oh, I have always been outspoken and usually will share my opinion, but never about personal matters. This past year I met a lot of friends and have felt a freedom that I never had before to share my views of spirituality, my inner turmoils and the joy I find in nature and wildlife and my family. I came a long way.
This year, there is such a diverse group its amazing. I know many of you already because I follow your blog or have met you on Facebook. I am so anxious to see what the fiber artists will create in their pages.
We are all asking each other what will our theme be this year. Besides being a wife, mother, grandmother and all the other relative identities that describe me, there are things that I love that contribute to who I am.
I have decided that this year, my pages will be about those things that are special to me and that I will incorporate the pages into a piece of wearable art. I haven’t decided yet what I will make, but it probably will be a handbag. I got a lot of encouragement last year to begin making them again. If you follow my blog, you will hear more about that in the future.
Unless I change my mind again, the shapes will be 3-1/2” octagons.
So, I have compiled a list and each month I will select something from the list to create a page around. Or, perhaps it will be about a recent occurrence that had a profound effect on me. I intend to keep it light and fun and colorful.
These are my forever favorite things.
Violets, and other purple flowers
Hawks, Cardinals and other birds
Squirrels, Leopards, Tigers, Moose
American Indian Beliefs and Folklore
Frogs and our frog pond
Beaches, sand dunes
Queen of Hearts
Opals, not diamonds
Turquoise- the stones
Any shade of off-orange
Teal, aqua, turquoise
Purple- blue shades
Jeans and T-shirts, denim jackets, flip flops
Sun art, as seen on CBS Sunday Morning Logos
Handbags - with lots of pockets
Crochet, Sewing, Beading
Music, listening not making
The night sky
Storms, Sunsets, Clouds
Chunky Candy Bars
Hot Fudge Sundaes
Books and the library
Day of the Dead art
Chicago, the city not the band
Sunday, December 13, 2009
So I began a hit and miss process trying to duplicate the noodles my mom used to make ( among other dishes she made also). Finally I got it right. Its amazing that its so easy.
This is a great recipe as a side dish. You can add chicken and have a main dish. For the best results use Kluski noodles. They seem to absorb the chicken flavor better than egg noodles or Amish noodles. I have, however, many times made homemade noodles from scratch and they work great too. Hope you like them.
OK I am polish 100 per cent. Here is the coveted recipe for Polish Wedding Noodles. Sorry I don’t measure when I cook.
1 bag Kluski Noodles
Bring a dutch oven size pot of water and the broth and butter to a boil.
Add the noodles and lower the heat.
When the broth boils out so that the noodles are just a little saucy, salt and pepper to taste.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
4. Sweet potato or pumpkin pie?
9. Do you get up at the crack of dawn to have dinner ready in the early afternoon, or do you eat at your normal dinner hour?
11. What do you wish one of your guests wouldn't bring to your house?
13. What's your absolute favorite thing on the menu?
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
If you know me, you know that I am a bird lover. I knew a Kia was a car, but I had never heard of a Kea.
My blogger friend in New Zealand posted about seeing a Kea. She has linked to THE MOST AMAZING video of how intellegent these birds are. Please visit her blog and take a moment to see the video. I guarantee you will be amazed.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
It started as a phrase I say to my grandson often. "You only hear what you want to hear". Its not really what he HEARS, its how he chooses to interpret what I said. Which got me thinking about other ear phrases, or ear idioms.
Ever hear "Blow it out your ear!"? ~ Means leave me alone.
How 'bout "In one ear and out the other". ~ Heard it, didn't remember it.
Do you "Turn a deaf ear"? ~ Ignore someone who is asking for something.
The walls have ears. ~ Someone may be listening to your private conversation.
And this one is for me:
Be all ears. ~ Eager to hear what will be said.
So, I found this picture of an ear and thought I would bead it. Just for fun. Just because my May page was intense for me. The beads were simple, but the meditation was deep. So I promised this June page would be colorful. Its the page I mentioned in an earlier post that I showed my grandson when I explained that its OK to be your own person.
MY ear is colorful. It is seldom naked. It usually has big and bold earrings adorning it. I love glitz and color and bling!
MY ear hears wonderful music. Lady GAGA when I'm jazzed and Cody LePow when I want to be quiet and feel the blues. There's a whole spectrum in between.
MY ear HEARS what you say, even when you haven't actually spoken the words that are in your heart.
So, I present to you~~~~MY ear.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
They tell me all the time I think deep, and I do. I said just a moment, let me show you something. I got out my current beading project to show them. I held it up to show them how goofy it looks. I told them about the vision I had of this piece before I started it. I mentioned that I have so many beading friends whose work I admire and would like to bead just like them. Talking about my project again, I explained how I am realizing that I am developing my own beading style that will be like no one else's.
Speaking to Ky, I explained to him that its OK if he likes to play the game that his brother was kidding him about. There are things he likes to do. Things that he is good at and enjoys doing more than other things. If it makes him happy, then that is all that matters. I also mentioned that its OK for his brother to like doing things that he doesn't.
As Ky listened and nodded his head in agreement, his brother gave him a smile and socked Ky's arm. I think that is the male equivalent to a hug.
These are some of the moments I live for.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Though Terry can't ride anymore because of his RA, his brothers and their kids all have bikes. One of my nephews has a shop making custom bikes...you know, like Orange County Choppers.
When we were collecting items for a garage sale recently, I came across a Harley key chain. I didn't think much about it. I started choosing beads and made this necklace for my sister-in-law Judy.
I gave it to her Sunday and she loved it.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
One of my blogger friends has created this amazing Mermaid Doll for a challenge on Handmade Artist Forum. Please visit the link and vote for your favorite and I hope it will be Heather's.
Heather is talented in many artistic avenues. You can visit her Etsy shop
and her blog to see other work.
I give her a lot of credit. She has just started to promote herself as an artist and I hope she suceeds. She has creative ideas and a tremendous skill as a multi media artist. http://handmadeartistsforum.com/haf-team/summer-memories-hafteam-challenge/
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
This was the pond two summers ago. The boys needed something to keep them out of trouble so we suggested that they dig the hole for the new pond. Somewhere I have a pic of a joke they played. When the hole got bigger and deeper, they stood up a GI Joe in the bottom on the corner and sent a pic to Papa and asked if it was deep enough yet. From that distance it looked like one of them standing in the hole. No, this is not that pic.
Here is Corey again and this is how the pond and Corey looked in the spring this year. Corey is about a foot taller, 6'1" now, and the pond area is about 60' long.
This area is basically the channel connecting the deep and shallow end. You can't see the water here but you can see one of the flower areas. This is stall all a work in progress.
Here is my other grandson that helped to dig the pond. He is deep in thought here, or just relaxing watching the fish. Its the same spot where I look for anybody when I can't find them in the house. Its a quiet place to think or just watch the wildlife that enjoy the pond too. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits can be found here just about anytime.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The house sits near a corner of our house. We can watch it from the kitchen window or the bathroom window and is very near the new frog pond. We talk to her as she sits looking out, or on the roof or as she sits on a shovel handle that Terry leaves in the ground near her house. We always say HELLO PRETTY GIRL so I am sure she thinks that is her name. I believe that she knows our voices because when we sit on the front porch near the feeders she is never scared that we are near.
One thing that we have found really interesting is watching the bird baby cycle from the mating through the parents teaching the fledgelings that it is time to leave the nest. It was so cute to watch the mother bring a bug to the babies open mouths, then not feed them. She would sit on the shovel handle and kind of squawk at them. I'm sure she was urging them out. Sure enough, one by one out they came. But I was surprised to wake up the next day and find the babies had spent the night back in the birdhouse. I guess I thought that once they left, they were gone.
So, at least one of the broods is still hanging around. I think they spend a lot of time in the honeysuckle in the front yard.
Here you can see them all sitting on the roof near the honeysuckle.
By the way, I know HELLO PRETTY GIRL because she has a white stripe off center down the top of her beak.
And if you are wondering, Mr and Mrs Baldy still live here and he is still pecking the window. He was at the window the other day squawking up a storm and Terry swears it was because a squirrel was in his feeder. Terry shagged the squirrel out and Baldy stopped squawking. What do you think?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I get my news from different places.
I scan Yahoo news daily.
I watch the local, national and CNN news on TV.
I faithfully read the South Bend Tribune.
I seldom read the Elkhart Truth. Every now and then I pick up the Truth if there is a story or obit I want to read, or on a whim. I live on the border of two counties. St. Joe which is my democrat county and Elkhart which is where I work and is Red. I am seldom in agreement with much of what the editors of the Truth decide to print.
Sunday was one of those Pick up The Truth on a Whim days. I needed something to read because I decided to ride along with Terry for an errand he needed to do, and I would be waiting in the car.
I glanced through the cover pages of each section and came upon a column written by Sharon Randall. I don't recall seeing anything by her before and the Headline to her column caught my eye. "Sisters share more than just Popsicles".
Maybe I started to read it because I don't have a REAL sister. I think Deb is about as close as I will ever come. I missed out on all the childhood stuff that forms a bond between siblings.
I have posted a link to the story, which is on the web so I think legally that's OK. I will send an email to Sharon to let her know I did just in case its not OK. Anyway, go here to read what I found entertaining yet thought provoking. I wish the South Bend Tribune carried her column.
The print brought to mind a little private joke that we have had between Terry and I.
If you ever call me, and Terry or I answer and tell you we are reading the newspaper, just say OK I'll talk to you later because there is more than reading going on between the sheets.
Have a great day!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The battle between the Cardinals started a month or so ago. First we noticed that a new Cardinal was coming to the feeders regularly and chasing all other birds away. Then he started coming to the picture window and pecking at it and flying up to it, fighting his reflection in the window. I didn't want him to hurt himself, so I put this guy in the window as a detourant.
Nope, the monkey didn't scare him at all. Guistopo just kept flying up and pecking at his reflection. Then he would fly up in the tree and wait for another bird to come to the feeders so he could chase them off. Then he would fly to the back yard and peck at this yard Thing- a- Mabob.
Guess what! Here he is, waiting to fight himself in this window. The window air conditioner is in this window, so I put potted Geraniums on top of the air conditioner hoping to keep him safe. But nope, not Mr B. Pretty soon he ignored the flowers.
Sooooo, I put this guy on the table in front of the window looking out. He'd scare anyone away, don't you think? Not Mr. B.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I came on the blog scene after the first year of this project had already started. I wanted to participate in squares for the doll really very much.
I was happy to add my name to the list of contributors this year. If you have an interest in the project, please add your name here.
Monica will be happy to welcome you in.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
One of my cyber friends tagged me to tell 10 truthful things about me. I'm going to dig here and see what I can come up with. I am not passing the tag, but if you feel like playing, please do.
I posted a pic here of my bestest friend, Terry my husband. We spend a lot of time together and enjoy each other's company, even after 30+ years of marriage.
I like Facebook better than My Space.
I believe in gay rights, and it doesn't bother me one bit if a state allows gays to marry.
I will someday again spend a tremendous amount of time creating hand made purses which I will sell for a reasonable and fair price. They will be fantastic. I used to make and sell purses and I miss always having a sewing project on the table.
When I am a multi-million dollar lottery winner, I will build a fantastic animal rescue site. It is the first thing I daydream about when I think about being rich.
I like to watch sappy love stories on the Lifetime Movie Network.
I don't believe the world will end in 2012.
I used to be superstitious, but I am not anymore.
Terry paints my toe nails.
My favorite candy bars are Chunky. Why are they SO small!!
That's it. 10 things that are true. Now you tell me yours.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This house is outside my kitchen window so we see a lot of what happens in this area of the yard. There is another birdhouse just like this one a short distance away. There were two pairs of sparrows making their nest in each of these houses. We watched while wrens went to the further house and actually went inside and started throwing the sparrow nest out the door. A day or so later another wren started doing the same thing to my pretty little bird's house. Man, that sparrow pair and wren pair actually FAUGHT over this house. I guess my girl won, because she and her guy mated on the roof and are building their nest now. I am so so happy she is still the resident. I look forward to seeing her every morning and evening. I lean on the counter looking out the window and talk to her. She seems to be looking back and intently listening to me tell her how pretty she is.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I was going to call this page SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL, because recently I felt a little like things were just out of control. But then, after thinking about it, I realized that things were NOT out of control. Sure there were situations that we COULDN'T control that needed to be dealt with to the best of our ability. But the situations that we COULD control were spinning a little, but never really got Out of Control.
All I can do is to keep things in perspective and deal as best I can with the things each new day brings. I guess you would call that "living". Far better than the alternative.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
When I was young, books were my escape. I lived at the library searching for several to bring home and devour. Do you know that I never actually owned a book until I was in my teens. Sad.
The purpose of this post is to bring to your attention the fact that there are a lot of kids in areas of our country that need to have books made available to them. My friend Jeanne is involved in a charity event that will benefit children that don't have access to enough books. Don't even OWN a book. Please visit her blog to learn more about it. The fund raiser is May 15th. If you use a voucher on May 15, available on her blog, at any Barnes and Noble a portion of the sale will go to the fund raiser.
I am not sure that I will be able to get to B&N that day, so I will be sending a contribution directly to the group.
Check it out. Even a $1 will help. Or print a voucher. If you don't want to buy a book that day, they have TONS of magazines.
Its a worthy cause.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
When you look at my list of followers, actually there are quite a few. About 1/3 are people that I have met through blogging or on the internet that I maintain a constant cyber friendship with. We communicate frequently passing along cute jokes, well wishes and genuine concern about each other's life situations. We are a wonderful support network.
I have accumulated friendships through beading mostly, but also other interests. I have met a few gals that have uncanny coincidental same life events as I.
So that is what I am trying portray with this page. The blue background is cyber world, like the darkness of the night sky. The major stems are several of us that stay in contact, bound by the same interests, yet branching off to our own individuality. Each branch is a different color, which also depicts our diversity. I am the red. I am not anchored to the root, because I am new to the game. The golden staff that is connected to me goes off to do her own thing, yet part of her winds back around and connects to me on the other side. She is golden, because that is what her friendship is to me. You will also notice the dots that are also gold. They are the talented artists that you find on the internet that share their work and offer inspiration.
You are here, Deb, Deb and Deb. Can you find Camilla and Pam? Jeanne, Tracey, Susan, Christina, Crystal, and Lynn. You are all here. If I have forgotten to mention anyone...well you were in my thoughts while I was beading. Cyber friends, support, inspiration and encouragement.
BJP, Yahoo Groups and Blogs. What a wonderful Cyber World to be in. Don't forget Facebook.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sorry Crissy, I am not passing the award on because I don't have a whole lot of blogging friends, and I have already tagged most before, I won't bestow this honor so soon. But you all know who you are. Feel free to grab the hearts and award them to anyone you choose.
This is where you can see Crystal's blog. She has a weekly give away, but I especially like to visit on Monday Mornings when she gives you 3 chances to enter. The first is always an interesting question that I LOVE to answer.
Crystal also has a web site and Etsy Shop. Go here to visit her web site. She sells vintage beads and cameos.
These are just a few of the items I purchased. Unfortunately I recently reorganized my beads, so since the other ones I bought are no longer on my table, I can't find them. I put them in some logical place that they should be....but where?
Monday, April 6, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
She is the creator of the most exquisite bead embroider I have ever seen. She lives in Limoges, France. Her blog has been removed. There is a artist cyber shop that she sold through with the last activity in January and nothing there to sell.
She is the person that inspired me to try bead embroidery. She has always been helpful and gracious. I hope she is well.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
But I must tell this story because Nina has been on my mind for all this time. It has been 3 years since she died.
We moved in this house more than 2 decades ago. My daughter was 2. We watched while two little blonder than blond little girls walked down the road, on their way to our house to find out about the new little girl that moved in. The girls became best friends all through school. They are still good friends.
I became friends with their mom. She lived kitty-corner plus a house away from me. We were about the same age, and married in the same year. We were both stay at home moms. We took the girls to all the new Disney movies as they came to town. Even after I went back to work full time, we remained friends, one of us walking to the other's house to sit on the porch and visit. We always included each other in all parties, and many times celebrated our anniversaries together, because we were both married in August, days apart, in the same year.
I wasn't home when they called the ambulance for her. Didn't find out until they had already rushed her to Indy for treatment.
I didn't need anyone to tell me when Nina died. I just knew it. I really did.
We live close so we saw all the activity at her house. Soon after Nina passed, I looked down at the front of her house and saw a pure white cat sitting at the top of the stairs on her porch. Just sitting there. We know most of the animals in the neighborhood so it was strange to see the cat. I knew Nina to be a dog lover and her husband hates cats. I saw the cat there several other times. Then I never saw it again.
I have had alot of what I call "spiritual" experiences when loved ones have passed. I believe the cat was a manifestation. I just do.
Since her passing, several events have happened. I am now wondering if that's why the manifestation was a cat.