Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What did I get for Christmas?


Friends ask what I got for Christmas. Well, receiving Christmas presents is not important to me. Giving them is. Mostly I get the greatest joy in giving a gift to someone that does not expect to get one. Like a scarf that I crocheted for my favorite deli clerk at Walmart.
This is my Christmas Eve visitor. He flew past my front window and I could tell he was going to land somewhere. Terry and I hurried to the kitchen window and sure enough, there he was perched in the tree outside my kitchen window. Actually, I think HE is a SHE.
No matter, for some reason I am always thrilled to see a hawk up close. Even though I feed the birds, I have an agreement with hawks. They are welcome, but they can't eat in my yard.
(Yes, Jeanne, that's part of my Kookiness and I LOVE it).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

BJP 03

This is the last page I completed last year and it is my favorite. Nope, the beading is not that great. But it has color and its fun and it has wild hair. I was new to bead embroidery last year and I am not sure that my skills improved very much. But it doesn't matter. Even though I joined to practice and improve my skills, what I came away with was much more important than that.

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
Karma
Zen
Dogs
Frogs and our frog pond
Beaches, sand dunes
Pussy Willow
Coffee
Queen of Hearts
Leopard Print
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
Wild Hair
Sun art, as seen on CBS Sunday Morning Logos
Handbags - with lots of pockets
Crochet, Sewing, Beading
Music, listening not making
The Blues
The night sky
Storms, Sunsets, Clouds
Chunky Candy Bars
Hot Fudge Sundaes
Oriental motif
Crazy Quilt
Books and the library
Snoopy
Recycling
Tabu, Vanilla
Tia Maria
Christmas lights
Day of the Dead art
Chicago, the city not the band

Sunday, December 13, 2009

You Asked For It!!

This is how my noodles look before they are transformed into one of my family's favorite dishes. My mother never wrote down any recipes and I never was allowed to cook when I lived at home. So when I married, Terry just assumed that I knew how to cook Polish Wedding Dinner Noodles. Even though my aunt and uncle owned a home-style restaurant and my other aunt and uncle also owned a restaurant, and my mother only made dishes from scratch, I only knew what I watched them all do.

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.

Polish Wedding Noodles
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
1 big glob of butter or margarine
salt and pepper
3 cans of chicken broth

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.
They’re done!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009









Timaree, Freebird Sings, posted this meme. Since Thanksgiving is one week away, and I feel unable to focus tonight on all the things I SHOULD be doing, here you are:
1. Which do you like better: Cooking at your house, or going elsewhere?
I never like to go somewhere else. We have our Thanksgiving tradition. I make the boys get up to watch the Macy's parade while I watch and get the bird going. We eat kind of later in the day, about 3:00. Its a quiet enjoyable day to enjoy with my daughter and her boys. Terry always helps me clean the kitchen, too!
2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen bird?
We buy the frozen birds that are on sale for $5-$7 at the grocery store. This year Walmart had them for .40 per lb, so I bought two and will probably make another for Christmas.
3. What kind of stuffing?
I make stuffing with onions, celery and mushrooms. Its the dressing that my mother always made and my family loves it.

4. Sweet potato or pumpkin pie?
We have pumpkin pie, always. Sometimes there are other fruit pies, but we ALWAYS have Pumpkin.
5. Do you believe that turkey leftovers are a curse, or the point of the whole thing?
We HATE leftover turkey, but we love ALL the other trimmings so I always make plenty to have the next day.
6. Which side dish would provoke a riot if you left it off the menu?
Polish noodles. Everyone loves my noodles, and even though I make them every month or so, they are expected to be part of the Thanksgiving meal.
7. Do you save the carcass to make soup or stock?
NO! We give away the left over bird. We really don't like turkey much.
8. What do you wish you had that would make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier?
Nothing. I have done this meal so many times, its not a hastle at all. I wouldn't mind having the day before off to fuss with the house, but that's about it.

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?
We get up at the normal time. Dinner is usually around 3 p.m. or whenever everything is ready.
10. If you go to somebody else's house, what's your favorite dish to bring?
We NEVER go somewhere else for a holiday dinner. We like the leisure of our own home and hate to rush to someone elses time schedule. However, when I go to someone elses for a dinner, I usually take a box of quality chocolates for the hostesss. She has her own menu so I don't take food.

11. What do you wish one of your guests wouldn't bring to your house?
Food. I would prefer they don't bring food. Just bring themselves!!
12. Does your usual mix of guests result in drama, or is it a group you're happy to see?
I don't spend time with people I don't enjoy. Never. I made that a rule of life 25+ years ago.

13. What's your absolute favorite thing on the menu?
Dressing and gravy. Its the meal for me!
14. What are you thankful for this year?
For my husband. He is everything. As long as we are together, everything is right.
If you would like to do this meme feel free to take it. Let me know if you do it so I can come read your answers!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Why.


Yesterday, a young soul left this earth.
Why was life so hard for him.
Someone may know the answer.
Maybe you will never know.
I wish I could help you, I can never feel your pain.
But if you read this, you will know how much I care.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Do You Know What A Kea Is?






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.
http://stoneweaver.blogspot.com/

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My Ear Hears Color AKA June 2009 BJP


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.


I AM NOT JUST AN EAR!
I am colorful.
I can bring the world to life.
I am silly.
I can make you laugh till you cry.
I am odd.
I hear the unspoken word.
I can make you wild when I hear music,
Or I can make you sad.
I am happy to be me.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

BJP 2010


I am so excited. There will be another year of the BJP and registration starts tomorrow.
You may not know about the project.
Maybe you enjoy bead embroidery, but never thought about joining this group.
Maybe you thought the project is too big a committment.
Well let me tell you, if you are even a smidge interested in knowing what this is about, click here to find out about it.
O, I know, I haven't finished 2009 on time, but so what. Life threw me some curves this year and family was the priority for a while. But so what! I have plenty of time to finish before the next year starts. After all, this project is for ME and I love it. I have found great cyber friends, learned a whole lot about myself and found an outlet for my inner thoughts.
Just check it out. We LOVE new friends!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Grandparents have wisdom, sometimes!

This morning I overheard my two grandsons conversation as they were getting ready for school. Corey was kidding his younger brother, Ky because Ky played a game of Yugio (sp) with one of his friends. Apparently that is a GEEK thing to do. What I heard was the perfect moment to discuss being an individual.

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

Indian Wisdom

Treat all men alike.
Give them all the same law.
Give them all an even chance to live and grow.
All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief.
They are all brothers.
The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.

Heinmot Tooyalaket ( Chief Joseph), Nez Perce Leader

Sunday, September 13, 2009

OOAK- Harley Necklace is Done!

We are a family of bikers.

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.

Instant Gratification!!

Bye-Bye Bad Bird




Some of you have asked what is happening in my quest to be rid of the bad bird or the Guestapo Bird as he has also been called. All summer long, be have been missed birds frequenting our feeders. We have been driven crazy by the Bad Bird who continues to peck on our house and car windows. It's really embarassing to go to work with white bird do-do dripped down the car door! I have to admit though, it is kind of amusing watching him fly from the front to the back, and back to the front of the house on guard against other birds in the feeders.
If you follow my blog, you may remember me telling you about Mr. and Mrs. Baldy. Well, they are still near, but rarely come to the feeders out of fear, I suppose.
A few years ago, I picked up a bird trap for English Sparrows when we thought that we would attract Blue Birds to our yard. I asked Terry if he thought we could trap Bad Bird. We agreed it was worth a shot. He set up the trap with mirrors under and behind it in hopes that Bad Bird would want to fight himself in the mirrors. We actually had forgotten about it because it wasn't working.
If you have never seen one, here it is. No, that's not Bad Bird inside. Its just a replica.
This morning I was so excited because both Mr. and Mrs. Baldy were eating at the feeders. When Terry went outside later, he came back in to tell me that the reason the Baldys were back was because Bad Bird was in the trap!!!
We put the trap in the back of the truck and drove him about 20 miles south.
We turned him loose and he flew up to the top of Grissom Jr. High. My grandson said he was up there looking to see what direction to fly home. He thought for sure Bad Bird would get there before us!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vote for the Mermaid




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
heathershaven.etsy.com
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

Kiss or a Hug?


This is Junior
Today is a blogger friend's 38th Anniversary. I told her husband to give her a big hug. Why didn't I say a big kiss? Why my preference for a hug.


Each morning when Terry leaves for work he gives me a quick peck and an I love you and off he goes. I love it when he takes a moment to stop and give me a hug, holding it for just a minute. With that hug I feel loved, cherished and protected. Oh, I like kisses, but after 38 years, I think there are definitely times a prefer a hug.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Finally I Am Posting About BEADS!!!


This is my entry for the Use the Muse II Challenge.
As soon as I saw the shell, I thought about the filigree pieces I had. When they fit perfectly, it all just went together from there. I am pleased with the piece, and I am proud that it gets quite a bit of attention when I wear it. I am keeping it for me.
I'm not really a jewelry designer, so this really was a challenge, mostly because you buy the kit and can use whatever you want from it as long as you use the Muse. Luckily, I loved the colors for this particular challenge.
I have been doing very little beading lately. However, I did start on my BJPs that are long overdue. It seems like every time I sit down with my bead tray something interrupts.
I have a couple of ideas that I am working on to donate as fund raisers for the Booster Club at my grandson's school.
All I need to bead is time, a precious commodity at my house!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Life is Good


Happy anniversary to us! 38 years today and it all started with a blind date. I wasn't sure I even liked him. He says it was love at first sight. I just knew I wanted to see him again.
Nope, this ain't him! But this grandson got his sense of humor, which to me was part of the glue that stuck us together.
Happy Anniversary Terry. It has been 38 great years and I hope we have 38 more. I love you more EVERY day.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Pond is an Ongoing Work in Progress


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.

Here are just a few of the pond residents.








A view from the deep end ( about 4-1/2' deep) looking to the shallow end which barely covers pea gravel. That end is just one huge bird bath and we enjoy watching from the window or sitting on the glider at that end of the pond.









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.
We plan a patio area at the shallow end where a umbrella table will be. Very much more landscaping needs to be done in the entire area. We also plan some solar lighting. I have lots of ideas, which will probably never end.

The pond has been a family project. When the boys felt like it, they went out to dig. Terry of course, finished off the digging, designed the water system and did all that work, from lining to filter, to electrical. I supervised the planting which was done by Terry, Ky and me. We all love this area and I am so proud that projects like this have taught my grandsons love of wildlife and concern for the environment. BTW, this area is fenced to protect the dogs from the wrath of Terry should they perform nature's duty here or bother a critter.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Spunky Sparrow

You may remember past posts about some of the birds that live in our yard. One that is so precious to me is HELLO PRETTY GIRL. She is the sparrow that decided last winter that this was HER house. She made sure that a woodpecker didn't take it over last winter. In the spring we watched as her mate showed her several nesting spots he had selected but she wouldn't even look at the others. When the Cardinal Gestapo tried to scare her away, she stood her ground. She raised three broods in this house this spring.

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

Where Have All My Frogs Gone?

Funny thing. At the beginning of the spring, we had two frog ponds. There were A LOT of frogs in the back smaller pond. When we built the new pond they all moved to their new home and we covered in the smaller pond. The new pond is just outside our bedroom window. Those frogs made such a wonderful racket. We loved it. Then we had a rather severe thunderstorm. We haven't seen or heard a frog since. Terry says they moved on when it stormed. I never heard of that, but I like to think they just moved on.Well, we started hearing tiny frog barks so we searched and look what we found....two small baby frogs. They were probably tadpoles that the bigg'ens left behind. They are about the size of a quarter. Very tiny. I am happy again. My frogs are back.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Have You Been to a County Fair Lately?


We haven't done much traveling this year. We had a staycation this week, mostly due to the need to spend time with much needed home maintenance and R&R. But we planned to spend a day at the Elkhart County 4H Fair. It is the largest county fair in the state and something like the 2nd or 3rd largest in the country. Its been about 20 years since we have been to this fair. We usually go to the fair in our county, but since Elkhart is larger and prices were reduced and parking is free, that's where we went.
$20 each bought Laurie and the boys a wristband that entitled them to ride rides all day. When we entered the fair on this cool breezy day, we were hit with about a million scents all at once. Most of it was food cooking since we entered near the club food restaurants. Lots of sweet smells too. Do you know they even had deep fried peanut butter and jelly? We didn't try it. I am game to try anything, but I draw the line on some things depending on the price.
My first path while the kids rode the rides was straight to the home craft exhibits. I was interested to find a few really nice pieces of jewelry. I was wowed by entries in the quilted fabric items and mixed media fabric items. Made me antsy to start some project in that area. There were several entries that used pictures transferred to fabric. I'll be looking for a book with detail on how to do it. The entries in photography totally blew me away. Amazing talent was displayed in the entire exhibit. What a wonderful opportunity for artist's work to be recognized.
We walked through the commercial exhibit buildings. There were a few vendors there that caught my eye. Since the current bane to my existence is dog hair, I was drawn to a booth selling washable lint rollers. I think I had one a long time ago. I hope I liked it because I bought another today.
Then, we all met up to eat supper. We each picked what we wanted and met at Nelson's chicken, a local restaurant booth that invented the most wonderful way of grilling chicken and ribs. I never met a rib I didn't like, so of course that was my choice.
We topped off the day by watching the demolition derby, which was free grandstand entertainment. Yes, we spent a ton of money but we spent it in our own town and everyone had a wonderful day and ate well. What more can you ask for?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Send the World the Power of Peace


This is where I go when I want a moment to myself. A moment to ponder problems and blessings.
Some of you think I am kooky. Yep, I probably am. I believe in a higher power, what ever that means to each of us individually.
One of my favorite bloggers is Stoneweaver. She belongs to the etsy prayer team. Please read her post today found here. I believe in the power to send energy into the universe. Take a moment to follow her links, and take a moment to be at peace and send a message of peace to the world. Even if you don't believe, you will feel better and more at peace with yourself.
I am sending you all love and peace as you read my post.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

What is YOUR private joke?




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.

http://www.sharonrandall.com/Home_Page.html

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

More Bird Battles

I used to have lots of different birds coming to my feeders. That was before the Bird Battles began. Remember I told you about the Grosbeaks coming and scaring off all the birds from the feeder. Well, that was nothing. I have two pair of Cardinals that make their home in or near my yard and come to the feeders everyday. One is Mr and Mrs Baldy. The other is a Cardinal that I call Guistopo.


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.













He would chase himself to the top, then slide off. I was worried that he would hurt himself on the house, so I moved the Thing-a-Mabob to the center of the yard. I heard a heck of a racket and there were two male Cardinals fighting themselves in their reflection and sliding back down. They must have come to an understanding, because now Mr Baldy is the only male Cardinal in my yard.
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.
He is still flying around, guarding his territory. I tried to get a picture of him fighting himself in the door mirror of my daughter's truck, but he would not stay.
So, needless to say, Mr. Baldy knows this is HIS yard and HIS feeders. The other birds have come back, no not the Cardinals....yet.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pink Artist Project 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

Go See a Great Givaway!




This is a pendant that I bought from a gal on Etsy. She hand paints pictures on stones. I sent her a pic of my Jack and she painted a pendant for me. You can see her work on ebay or visit her Etsy shop.
Anyway, the giveaway... go visit this blog and see what Silver Parrot is giving away. She has sorted through her stash and believe me, it looks like goo stuff.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

HER-R-R-R-R-RES DEBBIE!!


If you follow my blog, you may remember the dolls that I beaded as a tribute to my friendship with Deb. If you don't know about them, please go here so you will know the background on this post. Deb beads way better than me, and you can see her work here
This is Deb, my best friend. MY BEST FRIEND. (not counting Terry, of course.) We talk everyday and share just so much of ourselves. I love this picture, and I LOVE the necklace she is wearing and I love her.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Truth-Nuthin But The Truth

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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

Bird Battles


This is a male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. We saw one ONCE last year at our feeder. Saturday morning there were several males in the tree by the feeder and later in the day some females arrived. We were tickled to have a new bird breed hanging out at our house. Boy were we wrong!
If you follow my blog, you will recognize this as the feeder that I bought especially for my Cardinals. I never mind when other birds visit, I just try to keep the squirrels out. (I forgot to include how Terry rigged it to keep out those little rodents). So these pretty birds have absolutely taken over this feeder. One lands then proceeds to aggressively keep
every other bird from eating there. The only chance my Cardinals have is if they happen to get to the feeder first. I don't know what I am going to do about it, but my Cardinals will NOT be pushed out..nope.. over my dead body!! I'm going to have to make a trip to my bird seed guy.
And let me tell you, that is not the only bird battle going on in my yard.
Remember this little girl? She nested here last year and claimed this house as hers all winter long.

PhotobucketThis 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

April BJP- Spinning

I organized my beads and now I can't find what I am looking for.
I used to have time to keep the house immaculate. Dishes were always done, laundry washed and put away, and no dog hair on the carpet.
The dogs get sick. The flu runs through the family. The car needs repairs. Tires go flat.
Work is slow and hours are reduced.
Tempers are easy to flare.

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

Kids and Books

This is Corey. He is 14 today. He has lived near me, next door or with me all his life. When he was little, I bought him every book that was published by Mercer Mayer. He LOVED them. We still have them all. He's not so passionate about reading now, but he does have magazines that he subscribes to AND reads, and when he wants information, he does research on line.

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

Is Tracey Feline?

Kids play around with camera phones, that we all know. My grandson showed this pic to me that his girlfriend sent to his phone. It was taken while she was on a sleepover at her friend's house. It certainly doesn't show how beautiful she is, because she IS very pretty. But it shows her playful side. She's a cute girl with a good sense of humor. I'm glad I know her.
(I put the type in red and green, just for Tracey)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Cyber Space

I have had this page done for a while, but unable to get the quiet time needed to post. Though there is not a lot of beading on my March page, a lot of thought went into what I would journal about.

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

Friendship Award

Well, I haven't had much time lately to blog, but have a lot of things to share so you'll be hearing more from me. A while back I received this blogging Friendship Award from one of my blogging friends, Crystal. The award is an honor since Crystal and I became blogging/email friends a few months ago. Its one of those friendships that grows because, well darn, we have a WHOLE lot in common. And we keep finding out more. I'm not even sure how we ever originally came in contact.

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

Everybody Is Talking About The Weather

Today is Monday, April 6. Yes, April 6. This is what I woke up to.

And this....3 inches of wet snow. Thirty-One Degrees. Strong winds all day.


Here is my pretty little bird that you have all seen before. Yesterday she was mating the in bush next to this nest. Today, she's peeking out to see if its worth coming out to find seeds.
Friends all around the midwest contacted me today to see if I had the same crappy weather that they did. (Except my friend Deb, who lives in So. Cal. SHE had to tell me how warm it is there and that she had to open all her windows to let the fresh air in. Thanks Deb!)
Our forecast for tonight is Lake Effect snow from winds coming from the north across Lake Michigan. Three more inches at least. Snow again on Wednesday.
I am getting really antsy to get outside in the garden!! I want to see frogs and humming birds.



Monday, March 30, 2009

Benedicte'

What has happened to Benedicte? Does anyone know?

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

February BJP--Missing A Friend

I guarantee this post is not about the cat my friend didn't own.

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.