Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Have You Seen A .co?

A while ago I started seeing 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 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?