Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Attack Of The Stink Bugs

It's Ugly. It looks like it survived the Dinosaur Era.  It is indestructible. It STINKS when you squish it...really...you can smell it...ACK!!

They started showing up in our area in 2010. When I first saw them, I researched what they were and where they came from. They are called the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Any insecticide I know of that would kill it, will also kill bugs you don't want to kill.  I found a product at Menards called Bug Stop that I spray around the outside around the doors and windows which seems to keep them off the house, but does not kill them.  In the fall, they want to come in to the warm.  They can creep into any small, tiny space. they don't bite, but farmers are starting to see crop damaged by them.  I read they are in more than 36 states.  They came here in crates from China or Japan.  They hitch rides on cars and trucks to travel across the country.

We have two patio doors in our living room that open onto the front deck.  Tyson and Boscoe lay in front of the door watching these stinking bugs cling to the screen until they slip between the screen and window.  Both dogs concentrate on the bug until they catch them and ...yup...you guessed it...down it goes.  Dang Dogs.  I want the bugs dead, but not like that!!

Do you have the Stinks yet?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Peanutize Me!!


I know you have seen this.  Maybe you didn't know what it was or how to do it, but you should check it out.  You can go HERE    to create your very own and personal Peanuts Character.  I really didn't pay any attention to it when I saw it on FB, until Mdm Samm  posted hers on her blog and also created a Pinterest board to post your picture to. Check it out, it's pretty cool.

I grew up with Peanuts and it's special to me, maybe because we were born about the same time.  Maybe because Snoopy is a dog of many personnas.  It's hard to pick my favorite, but Joe Cool is the top of the list.  I collect the Snoopy ornaments that used to come on the top of Whitman Samplers during the holidays.

Over the years the kids have gifted me a LOT of Snoopy items.

This is just a sampling of my very extensive Snoopy Collection. I am so grateful that Snoopy continues to live on, and for Charles Schultz's wonderful imagination.

Do you collect something you love?  I'd love to hear about it in a comment here, or in your own Blog Post!!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

CQJP May 2015

 I did a little switch gear on my CQJP.  You may remember that I was working on blocks to accompany the Princess On A Pea Panel.  However, I get easily bored and wanted a change in colors to stitch.  I also wanted a switch in block shape and have wanted to try hex for a long time.

Also being part of this project has made me realize that I want it to actually be a journal about me, exploring my thoughts, likes, maybe dislikes, and becoming proficient in stitching a variety of stitches. 
I am following TAST on FB, though I don't post there and also Sharon's blog.  I may not incorporate each stitch in a block, but I will definitely use the group as inspiration  to further my stitch skill.
 The center focal of this block is my "quiet place".  When I can't sleep, I quiet my mind and body and put myself on this beach and feel the stress fall from my body and the thoughts about the Crazy Train flow from my thoughts leaving my spirit to relax on the beach and listen to the waves lap the shore.

However, out there in the water lurks that under water Sea Serpent...waiting to claim his next victim. I escaped him once when I was 13 and almost drowned.  I don't fear him, but I do respect him.

There are many stitchers that create wonderful vines.  I love stitched vines and have a tremendous desire to become proficient in creating them.  I am not a person that likes to practice, but I do realize that practice makes perfect and I certain hope to improve with each block.

Most seams in this block started with cross stitch, mostly because I wanted the practice of using templates to mark stitch guidelines.

Here is a better vine.  I also wanted to give a palm tree a try, but didn't really want to stitch an entire tree.  I think these look like palm fronds and I like them a lot.

At the finish of this block, I felt so, accomplished.  I know which is the first seam and first motif and I know that my skill progressed 100% before I reached the last of each.

What have you done recently that made you feel really good?  Have you mastered a new skill? Started a project you have been wanting to begin?

Monday, September 21, 2015

October Reminder and Every Picture Has A Story

Boscoe is resting his head on Terry's foot while he waits. Actually, he is Terry's shadow and almost never leaves his side.  So what is he waiting for?  Well it all started with my trip to JoAnn Fabric where Terry left me while he went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  When he picked me up he had bagged TWO battery operated Black and Decker weed eaters for $10 each, less a 15% promotion discount they were having.  They didn't have batteries, but of course Terry has lots of THOSE in his tool stash.  We stopped to buy string cartridges for them, but when he tried to install them, he realized another piece was missing.  While I sat at the desk top searching for a phone number to call to order the part, Boscoe got tired of waiting so here he is, sleeping on Terry's foot.  That dog is one of the most special dogs that we have ever friended.  Maybe THE most special. So, TWO weed eaters final cost was $45.

 While Terry was at the Restore, he checked out storm doors for the back porch that he has enclosed with storm windows.  He saw a couple that he liked.  But we have 3 Restore stores in the South Bend/Mishawaka/Elkhart area so we decided to check them all out before making a choice.  Luckily we stopped at the one in South Bend after a trip to the VA Clinic and found an amazing door.  I had been looking at new doors and even $150 doors were pretty flimsy and not what we wanted at all.  The one we found at the Restore was $50 and too heavy for Terry and I to carry together.  The top window opens to expose a retractible screen.  Perfect condition with handles included.  It was a steal and they even gave a senior 10% discount.  I have become accustomed to asking for a senior discount where ever we shop now.  You will be surprised how often they are offered and also a Veteran Discount. We are grateful for the savings and try to support businesses that offer them.

This is my little fish tank.  When Terry was buying fish for the pond, I saw the itty bittiest goldfish I have ever seen and Terry gifted me them.  This is a 5 gallon tank that sits across from my recliner so I can watch them.  They are very relaxing.  Corey's girlfriend, Brandi gave me a Red Claw Crab.  He was cool, but liked to hide in the filter so I didn't see him much.  It became a daily game to make him come out.  But they are escape artists, no matter how well you think you have them contained, they wait for their big break.  Unfortunately Boscoe was waiting too.  When we thought he had brought a few bits of food into the living room, he was really eating Crab Legs.

And here is that crazy Tyson.  Corey was laying on the couch and put his arm out to pet Broscoe.  We watched as Tyson kind of hunched down and began backing up and ended up sitting on Corey's arm.  We all scurried to get a picture.  Tyson weighs about 75 pounds.  Corey has strong arms!

Brandi is sitting in the chair on the left.  I don't have the picture she took, but Corey and Tyson both have the same look on their face.  We live on the Crazy Train!!

And finally, the October reminder. I rarely go to the doctor. I haven't had a complete physical for more than 10 years. It's become so apparent that Terry depends on me more and more everyday so a little niggling in my mind told me I should see my Doc.

Several things that I have noticed, I chalked off to older age.  Hair loss, some slight memory loss, dry skin and some other things.  Lab work shows hypothyroidism. I also had a mammogram.  It's been so long since I had one, the record of my last one is no longer in the system.  I'll check with my Doc today to see what he would have in my file.  The place I had the test is not where I would have gone for my last one, as I had to stay in Network for this one.

So the early reminder for October is get your Mammo!!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

It's Almost Time!!

Time for what??  To decorate for Halloween!!

Lots of my blog friends are talking about Halloween. Most have started stitching and sewing for it.  Nope, I don't really pay much attention to the horoscope that is printed in our local paper.  But I DO believe that there is a lot about my personality that is described as a Libra.  There MUST be something to it because a WHOLE lot of my creative friends in all media are Libra.  I know lots of others who's personality fits their zodiac profile as well.

I watch my sign slowly creep to the top of the list on the daily horoscopes.  Mine is second right now.  As it creeps to the top, I am in preparation.  When it gets to the top...IT'S TIME!!  My green light to start getting out and sorting through the decor I will use this year.  Putting the finishing touches  on the projects I am creating for the season.  You CAN'T wait 'til the last minute you know!!

How about you?  When do You decorate for Halloween?