Monday, October 31, 2005
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Working in the shop has been a godsend as far as pics of the birds is concerned. They don't seem to mind my being close as long as I am on the deck of the workshop. The little sparrow just looked and then went right on with his lunch. ;) The bottom picture is one pair of the the half dozen or so pairs of doves that we have every day.
Have you ever wondered if utility companies have phones? Or how about fingers to use doorbells? I wonder all the time... especially when I look out at 8am and see this happening in our front yard. The guy says... "Oh.. I didn't know if you were home!" .. bearing in mind the time... the doors have not opened all day... the garage door is shut.. there has been no ring of the doorbell. Now in all fairness, when we went to find out what was happening, the guys were nice and polite. It's the principal of the thing, I guess.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
In my wandering across cyberspace this morning, I came across the Etsy site. It's very much like Ebay and is a place you can list all kinds of things. I didn't have time to look into it very deeply, but I did bookmark it since it has several listings for vintage patterns and pattern books of all kinds. This pattern book is listed for $1.25 with shipping listed at $2.50.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Tulasi Kilgore has a remarkable site called The Joy of Handspinning that shows everything from how to raise your own Angora rabbits and harvest their wool to how to make your own drop spindle to make your own thread! Can you believe she started raising her rabbits in a city in New Jersey! It's one of the most interesting sites I've found. Give it a look!
Edging baby blankets is a labor of love. I made baby blankets for my children, grandchildren and now for our great-granchildren. The main problem was how to finish off that last row. Last year I found the Reverse Single Stitch ... aka Crab Stitch... in an online tutorial. It makes a wonderful cording on the outside of edging... or anything else you would want to put it on.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
It's been another doodling day today. This little bird is one that I sketched from the pattern on a piece of wallpaper border that I have laying around..the birdhouse just came out in the doodling. It's done with a #2 pencil sketch and firm pastel pencils. Can you tell that I was doodling on a slant...grin
We've worked on the newsletter most of the day trying to make the Nov. 15 deadline...bearing in mind that it has to be at the printer's 2 weeks early. Our mailing list has grown to over 500 now and it seems each edition gets longer..grin Not that we mind any. Last issue was 24 pages... looks like this one will be at least that long and may have to add another 2 pages before we're done. Hubby has been on the phone today with several of the guys from his unit with breaking news. Can't wait to see how things turn out.
We are "Brigit sitting" this weekend and until Wednesday. Brigit is "our" toy poodle (look in the archives of August at my second post for a pic). What a joy... but the hawk outside keeps reminding us why she now lives with our sons. And she does love to lay in the sun just outside the door.. today just as she settled in I saw the huge shadow pass over her and jumped out the door. The hawk was just passing over her and into the huge oak tree beside the house. Living at that breaking edge between city and country is wonderful...except for this (and the bobcat living along the creek.. and the coyotes on the creek this spring). The possum and coons that come up into the yard don't really bother anything now that we've rearranged the bird feeders, but it would be nice to be able let Brigit roam the yard.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Autumn has arrived. This morning was so cool and downright nippy that I had to fetch the afghan to sit on the porch with coffee. The number of birds at the feeders grows daily and the winter species are showing up gradually. Today the thistle was hung for the American Finches that are beginning to grow in numbers. The squirrels finished the nest they have been working on for a couple of weeks now and are gathering the acorns that they have thrown onto the roof of the shop for the last month. The pecan tree has been picked clean (which I hate to see come to an end since watching the squirrels do their contortions and antics to pick the very last one on the branch is too fun for words).
The day was spent buying lumber and working on another table (this one for the band saw) and it just goes to show.... pride goeth before the fall! We were so sure we knew exactly how to do it now that we wound up having to take the table top apart, take the legs off and will just have to get back to the redo in the morning... grin
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
I found the most wonderful ribbon today and brought home a ball of it. It is actually used for crochet (which I may do after I finish this) but the colors were so pretty I thought I would use it for the roses on my block. It is variegated and the colors look a little muddy in the rose, but it gives me the feeling of an old victorian dress so I decided to go ahead and use it. I tried the bullion stitch today for the first time. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be so I will be using it a lot more in the future.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
We spent the morning in the shop rebuilding the legs for the saw table and it turned out great. Now "The Boss" has plans running around his head for another table... Should be much easier this time.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Sunday, October 09, 2005
We have spent the day working in the shop again today. Much cleaning and clearing out things to the trash pile beside the road. Cleaning the shelves out of the cellar turned into quite a project since we had to cut them into pieces with a saw and then carry the pieces up the stairs... ughhh. Looks like another work bench is in the planning stages along with a stand for the saw and band saw.
I am soo thrilled with the mint finally growing. I can't really say much since I kept it in a glass by the window until I thought perhaps I had waited too long for it grow at all.
The crazy quilt square is coming along slowly, but surely. I used the wrong backing cloth with a tight weave and as a result it is very difficult to use the ribbon for embroidering.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
We've been working in the shop and have finally figured out most of the machinery..grin This frame is one of the practice ones we did a few days ago that I have finished with a blue pickling wash. Hubby loves the color of it, but I think I will have to see something actually in the frame before I make up my mind. The white pickling wash is one of my favorites because you get to see the wood grain and also have the white wash look. It will take a few more tries to get the look right because so far all I get is just the wood grain..with sprinkle of white in the grooves.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
There's plenty wrong with America, since you asked. (Everybody's asking.) I'm tempted to say, the only difference from Canada, is that they have a few things right. That would be unfair, of course -- I am often pleased to discover things we still get right.
But one of them would not be disaster preparation. If something happened up here, on the scale of Katrina, we wouldn't even have the resources to arrive late. We would be waiting for the Americans to come save us, the same way the government in Louisiana just waved and pointed at Washington, D.C. The theory being, that when you're in real trouble, that's where the adults live.
And that isn't an exaggeration. Almost everything that has worked in the recovery operation along the U.S. Gulf Coast has been military and National Guard. Within a few days, under several commands, finally consolidated under the remarkable Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, it was once again the U.S. military, efficiently cobbling together a recovery operation on a scale beyond the capacity of any other earthly institution.
We hardly have a military up here. We have elected one feckless government after another, who have cut corners until there is nothing substantial left. We don't have the ability even to transport and equip our few soldiers. Should disaster strike at home, on a big scale, we become a Third World country. At which point, our national smugness is of no avail.
From Democrats and the American Left -- the U.S. equivalent to the people who run Canada -- we are still hearing that the disaster in New Orleans showed a heartless, white Republican America had abandoned its underclass.
This is garbage. The great majority of those not evacuated lived in assisted housing, receive food stamps and prescription medicine and government support through many other programmes. Many have, all their lives, expected someone to lift them to safety, sans input from themselves. And the demagogic mayor they elected left, quite literally, hundreds of transit and school buses parked in rows to be lost in the flood, that could have driven them out of town.
Yes, that was insensitive. But it is also the truth; and sooner or later we must acknowledge that welfare dependency creates exactly the sort of haplessness and social degeneration we saw on display, as the floodwaters rose. Many suffered terribly, and many died, and one's heart goes out. But already the survivors are being put up in new accommodations, and their various entitlements have been directed to new locations.
The scale of private charity has also been unprecedented. There are yet no statistics, but I'll wager the most generous state in the union will prove to have been arch-Republican Texas, and that nationally, contributions in cash and kind are coming disproportionately from people who vote Republican. For the world divides into "the mouths" and "the wallets".
The Bush-bashing, both down there and up here, has so far lost touch with reality, as to raise questions about the bashers' state of mind.
Consult any authoritative source on how government works in the United States, and you will learn that the U.S. federal government's legal, constitutional, and institutional responsibility for first response to Katrina, as to any natural disaster, was zero.
Notwithstanding, President Bush took the prescient step of declaring a disaster, in order to begin deploying FEMA and other federal assets, two full days in advance of the stormfall. In the little time since, he has managed to coordinate an immense recovery operation -- the largest in human history -- without invoking martial powers. He has been sufficiently Presidential to respond, not even once, to the extraordinarily mendacious and childish blame-throwing.
One thinks of Kipling's "If --" poem, which I learned to recite as a lad, and mention now in the full knowledge that it drives postmodern leftoids and gliberals to apoplexy -- as anything that is good, beautiful, or true:
If you can keep your head when all about youAre losing theirs and blaming it on you;
Unlike his critics, Bush is a man, in the full sense presented by these verses. A fallible man, like all the rest, but a man.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Last week Hubby and I went to Dallas to finalize the preparations for his Vietnam unit's 2006 reunion since we are hosting it next year. We also publish the quarterly newsletter, so I took along my camera (making very sure the batteries were charged and all was in working order). We met the sales person from the hotel and another of the guys in the unit at the hotel, did the discuss thing, viewed the facility and I made a point of taking pics of the pool, the entry and the guys "working" (thinking this will be great for the newsletter). How disgusted was I when I got home, popped my card into the printer for uploading and it said..."Photos Found: 1 " ... and then... "unable to upload this picture.. would you like to ... abort ... try again.." ??? Very! Anyway, all is not lost. The hotel has pics up on their web site, so will be able to use them for the newsletter.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
I have searched far and wide for a leather thimble that fits, is comfortable and works.. to no avail. The pattern for this custom fitted one is found on the Threads website here. Have a look.
With Christmas coming up, what a gift! Hint, Hint... Tomomi! (grin)
I found this over at Norma's blog this morning. I about rolled myself out of bed laughing. This thing turns the whole anti-gay marriage thing on its ear in a very clever way. As for my own view, it's not about who you sleep with. It's human rights. It's about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Why wouldn't I want for my friends to enjoy the same rights that Kevin and I will as a married couple, regardless of their sexual orientation?
1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, liposuction and air conditioning.
2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.
7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans...
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