Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I Am Not An Ostrich

Here is a picture of some of the fabric I have pulled to use in the next Endeavourer Challenge.  I'm pretty sure no one would guess my subject just by seeing this fabric.  Oh, I see I left a brown wood fabric out of the picture.  That clue helped you, didn't it, lol.

Typically when you think of an Ostrich, an image flashes in your thoughts.  It's of an Ostrich with his head stuck in the sand.  I am not an Ostrich but I am mighty sick of hearing about the C-19 virus.  Tired of thinking about and reading about people making masks.  Alarmed that our, and other countries, only defense seems to be a Shelter In Place defense.  I am experiencing a bout of anxiety over all this.  I am distancing myself.  Yes I am. From people.  From some news, from most of FB and from some blogs.  People posting and commenting different points of view have me stressed. Are THEY like the Ostrich?  I don't know.  It doesn't warrant an argument.  Like everyone else, I dread when I receive the quarterly  statement from our financial planner regarding our investments.

So, on a lighter, happier note I present Mr. and Mrs. M. (M for Mallard).

Just about every year we have a visit from a Mallard couple.  Last year they nested in our front yard under the Honeysuckle.

This year it's pretty cold here and we have not been outside to chase them out of the pond.  For me, there is something soothing about this pair visiting.  Terry must feel it too because he told me to let them be.  So, there they are.  They visit every day about daybreak and stay for a bit.  Swimming quickly, lounging and throwing their heads quickly under the water and back up to wash the water over their backs.  I watch for a while but when I look away for just a second...a tiny little second...they are gone.  We are wondering where their nest is this year.  I can only hope it is not where the dogs can get the chicks when they hatch.

We have been staying in and I have been rescheduling some of Terry's doctor appointments.  Yesterday Terry noticed that one of the tires on the car was very low.  So he decided to fill it. (We have an air compressor.  He fell and had difficulty getting up.  When he did get up he fell again.  It's hard for me to help him because he has no use really of his left arm and it hurts to raise it or to be pulled on as he uses his good arm to try to raise himself up.  Now his back hurts.  If this Corona thing wasn't going on, I might have convinced him to go for an xray just to be on the safe side.  We'll keep an eye on it.

Grateful.  Today I am grateful for the diversions provided by Nature and also grateful that I am the kind of person who enjoys them.

xx, Carol

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Facebook Surprised Me

Have you ever received one of these notices on a Facebook post?  No?  Good.  Me either.  HOWEVER, my grandson has a FB presence that is just hard to explain.  He calls it his FB life which is not the same as his private life.

He posted a ...  I'll call it a meme since it is hard for me to remember where he shared it from.  Anyway, you may have seen it because I'm sure it's been viral.  It is false info that there has been a virus outbreak in every election year since I can't remember how long ago.  Being the old person that I am, I remember approximately when most of the virus that were listed occurred.

I pretty much don't comment on Facebook political posts.  I usually shake my head when I read what some people think.  Oh, why don't they have one of those SMH emoji included with the Like, Laugh, Sad, Love and Angry emoji.  I'd use That one a lot.

Anyway, my grandson received this notice regarding that virus post.   You might say GOOD.  But it only makes me wonder how FB would track who shared the original post.  How do they track who shared a shared post?  It's yet another scary thing about FB.  I had read that there were hundreds of Trump posts that were removed for the Fake News error.

I was surprised to see how long it's been since I posted.  We have been busy.  We have been lazy.  We have been waiting..patiently and not so patiently.  For too many darned things. Anxiously waiting.

Yesterday I started my next Endeavourer Challenge.  Today I'm going to set my sewing machine back up. (it's been down while I sorted and organized my room).  THAT should set some wheels in motion!

Grateful:  That we have not been sick yet this winter.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Have You Seen A .co?

A while ago I started seeing Tasty.co videos pop up on my FB news feed.  I had seen the Tasty brand in the kitchen utensils shelves at Walmart but I was still leary of  clicking on a link on FB.  So off I went to the Google Machine to find out about Tasty and what the heck was a .co. (You KNOW I'm technologically challenged).  Anyway, here is what I found out about .co:

1. What does .CO mean (suffix)? What is the meaning of .CO? What is .CO in a web address?

Every website lives within a domain space such as .com  .net   .biz and others.  Introduced to satisfy the need for short memorable web addresses.  CO is a new domain extension that offers you a global option for branding your online presence.  For some reason they cost more than a .com.

So, I should have guessed.

Well anyway, I found Tasty.co on line and let me just say there are a ton of recipes there that are quick and easy. If you want to try the rib recipe I tried you can see it here.  I made mine in the oven and had great results.

So, I'm still spinning my wheels trying to think of what scene from a book I want to depict in the Endeavourer Challenge.  I MAY be onto something...for the third time.

Terry had the cataract surgery yesterday.  I can tell you that I am relieved to have had it done.  For a moment I was scared when they took his BP and said it was high.  The Systolic rate was good but the Diastolic rate was high. But it all went off without a hitch.

I can't seem to make any headway on stitching when my day is interrupted with doctor appointments.   I need to set up a new embroidery project but I need to clear my head first.

Grateful:  It's hard to mention just one thing.  I'll choose Harley, Terry's Min Pin.  They love each other so much and I'm glad that Corey gave this dog to Terry.  By now he would have driven Corey crazy for all the things that Terry just overlooks.  What a dog.

Let me know if you check out Tasty.
xx, Carol

Friday, February 7, 2020

Stuck On New Endeavourers Theme

This is really not a political post.  I promise. But after our Congress fell off a cliff this past week I was pretty upset with how things are going here in the USA.  I know many are pleased...and I am certainly pleased with our 401 account but not so much with other things.

When Terry was switching through channels the day after "the vote" he stopped on the History Channel.  They were playing the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot.  Well I have seen it a few times.  And yes I know it is fiction loosely based on incidents that might have happened during the Revolutionary War. But there was one scene that grabbed my heart and has stayed with me.  It was the scene after Mel Gibson's character's son was killed in battle.  As a father, he just wanted to quit and go home.  But he found a tattered flag in his son's saddlebag.  The next scene shows Mel riding back to the depressed troups flying that tattered Revolutionary Flag.  Everyone's spirits rose and they marched on in pride for the good of the emerging country.

So what does this have to do with the Endeavourers Challenge.  Well the next theme is to depict a scene from a book.  I got my mind stuck on capturing this scene from the movie.  I still can't get that scene  out of my mind.   I just keep thinking if every single person in this country would remember why our country was formed and fight to keep our country an actual Republic maybe the division would mend.. 

So..this challenge is going to be a REAL challenge. I have absolutely no idea about what the subject will be, but even so I have a design kicking around on how I will portray it.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for books.  I have loved reading all my life.  When I was a kid I loved to walk to the library.  They would only let you check out 3 books at a time.  I read them pretty quickly.  My mother would ridicule me telling me she was tired of seeing me with my nose in a book.
Perhaps that is why I have encouraged my daughter and my grandsons to read.  Mission accomplished with my grands, not so much my daughter.

There, I have this off my mind and I can move on.  Maybe I should start a new book for inspiration.
xx, Carol

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Endeavourers - Wishes

I read this Jean Houston quote on one of my blog friends posts.

"At the height of laughter the Universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities."

As described in the Merriam-Webster dictionary a wish can be a desire.  Or it can be an invocation of good or evil fortune on someone.  I had to really think about the concept. I never wish as a prayer for anything.  Never. I just don't believe in that type of wishes.  However I do often say a wish for something good for someone else such as "I wish you luck" or "Best Wishes for whatever the person may be wishing for" and I say it with honesty. I'm pretty sure I never wish ill will to anyone except if I wish what an evil person has done will be done to them.  You know...Do Unto Others....

The last quarter of the year is always a difficult time for me.  This year didn't fail to provide the usual turmoils with family relationships but also added fear for Terry's health.  I could just NOT get into this challenge.  I actually had 3 false starts with 3 different designs.  My fingers would just not do what my mind was telling them. I just put it all aside.

Then I read the above mentioned quote.  It really gave me something to think about.  The family stuff had settled down.  The meds the Cardiologist prescribed for Terry were doing their job.  The first land deal that fell through but The Universe surprised us with a much better option.  I was not joyous yet.  But I knew that the best thing for me to do with this challenge was to do what I find calming and that is Slow Stitching.  I have been wanting to work with the hex shape again.  I used a ruler that I recently got from Missouri Star Quilt Co. as the base for a perfect hex shape and enlarged it to an 8" hex shape.  I put aside my fears that about a million french knots would not be acceptable for an art quilt. But I forged ahead, my mind and spirit took over and were healing themselves.

The little girl in my piece is making a wish on a dandelion that has gone to seed.  How many times did you do that when you were young?  I know I blew them apart all the time, but I don't recall making wishes.  This little girl's wish blew into the wind joining all the other wishes swirling and spreading across the world.

Sometimes a wish comes true.  Many times Terry has said he wishes that we had moved west when we were young.  Well, that wish is sort of coming true.  We didn't do it then, but we will now.  Fingers crossed. 

Birthday Candles, Wish Bones, Coins Tossed In A Fountain, First Star in a Night Sky.  What is your favorite or thing most often wished on?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Changes are coming in 2020

January has always been a time for me to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.  This year I am determined not to look to the past but make plans for the future.

The new decade certainly encourages me to make changes mostly mentally and surely physically.  I’m like most that would like to lose a few pounds. I’m pretty sure it’s getting close to the time that I will need a cataract removed.  I could list a couple more things but I honestly don’t have a mindset for them.

I am REALLY surprised that for the first time in my life I am considering cancelling my newspaper subscription.  The paper is getting smaller and smaller.  Since I subscribe to the Washington Post and the local TV stations are always posting news on Facebook I already know most of the news by the time I read the paper.  I admit that I like having the daily crossword puzzle but I'm pretty sure I can get them on line somewhere.  I no longer pour over the sale adds to see what stores have to offer that I don't need.  It’s a conflict for me because honest news reporting is so important especially during this politically turbulent time.

Of course I am like so many others who are giving up things we have held onto for too long.  That gets easier with each passing day.

I don’t like America’s Got Talent anymore. Most of the shows I don’t want to miss are either on premium channels or streaming.

My grandson gave me an I-pad for Christmas.  It's not as big a learning curve that I thought it would be. It is capable of doing a lot.  I should learn one of it's features a day but at this point it's one a week.  If you have one, tell me the feature you love the most.  Maybe I don't know of it yet.

The biggest change that’s coming is the move.  The owner accepted the offer and the property is in escrow.  The house and sheds will be removed replaced by another home and pole barn.  It all should take 4-5 months.  What I don’t look forward to is figuring out tv, internet and phone service. We will be in a dead zone for Verizon I think.

So here we go. 2020 please be a good year.

Grateful:  Life. Happy for each new day with Terry.

Oh. I almost forgot to tell you.  When my grandson was here he installed outdoor cameras around the house.  Terry had told him that Harley who is only 12” tall keeps jumping our 6’ privacy fence to get out of the yard. We couldn’t figure out where he was getting out.  Well we still haven’t got him on camera but Terry has a great time yelling at the dogs through the camera and watching them try to figure out where he is.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Welcome 2020

I saw this quote on a blog today.  It pretty much depicts how I feel at the start of this year and how I hope to think about life in general.

I had a hard time with the present Endeavorer's challenge.  Looking back I might have found it more easy if I had read this quote when I started it.  I'll post more about that when I post the reveal on February 1st.

If I apply this concept to other areas of my life besides stitching, I will do more to make myself happy and not be manipulated by others to do what they want without considering  me.

This all sounds kind of morose, doesn't it.  Well, it's not.  I'm pretty darned happy right now, just trying to make decisions that will keep me that way.

I am continuing to sort out my room.  Soon I will have to decide what to take with us when we move.  Yes, I'm pretty sure a move is going to happen.  A bid was put on the land.  The house on it was listed as "needs to be remodeled".  What my grandson saw was a tear down.  Hopefully a deal on the land will work out and a modular home will be installed on the property.  It's 20 acres in Caliente, CA.  The weather there is not so appealing as we thought the desert would be, but it's a lot better than Northern Indiana.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that this deal will go through.

Grateful:  I'm just grateful for the internet where you can find info on just about everything!!

If I had to translate this post into a word, it would be free.  Free to sew what I want with out judging myself.  Free to live what could be our last 20 years  (hopefully) how we want to.  Free of guilt since I am truly sure a few will try to send us on a guilt trip to end all guilt trips.

How are YOU feeling at the start of this new decade?
xx, Carol