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Saturday, August 28, 2010


You ever wish you could wear a uniform instead of making decisions about to wear each day when you go to work, or when you send the kids off to school? I loved it when my daughter switched schools and had to wear a uniform, and so did she. Sure made life simplier, less stressful, and frankly cheaper.

I spent a good deal of time at a hospital when Mom was bad before she passed and noticed lots of different types of Hospital Scrub Uniforms. Cute designs, diffent colors and everyone wearing them always looked comfortable. I think some of the departments had their own colors so people could tell who belonged where. Back in the day in my early hospital working career surgery was the place to see nursing scrub uniforms; while other nurses wore the traditional white uniform. Things have changed. I think patients perfer the pretty, bright colorful and cheery uniforms over the scarey sterile white of years past.

Nowdays everyone can wear medical scrubs and uniforms, you don't have to work in the field. It seems it's very stylish now to wear scrubs when out and about; along with pajama's. I must be getting old and out of touch I would never consider wearing my pajama's to go out. What really floors me though it's not just the kids who've forgotten to dress before they leave the house. What's with that? I'll style out of style, thank you and wear my PJ's at home; but... scrubs...hum, they do look comfortable and so cute. How bout you? Someone the other day wearing them told me they didn't have to be ironed and laundered easily. I like easy!

Protect Yourself

old postal boxes

Daily in the news you read and hear about someone's personal identity being stolen. This happens in every corner of the country in lots of different ways. One way people have their identity stolen is through our mail. Not our hard working mail carriers, but through information in our mail. Think about the variety of mail you receive. Some of the mail has personal details charge card numbers, ages, details about your family, and naturally your name and address.

Is your mailbox secure? Some mail boxes are attached to posts along the street removed from your house, others flemsy little boxes attached to your house, some in common hallways of apartment or condo units. Truly not much security exists to protect you and your family. As you're out driving around doing errands, take notice are the mailboxes you see in secluded areas, perhaps even partially covered by pretty landscaping? Some may even be locked, but how easy is it to pry open?

If you're concern about your mailbox being secure, I encourage to click on any of these links. You'll find a huge selection of style, color, and price. You can select a mail slot, box for post, one attached to your house, single or group boxes. You can even custome design and personalize your secure high quality mailbox and feel better about the protection you're affording yourself and your family.

Friday, August 27, 2010

I love a Good Vera Bradley Sale

Vera Bradley SaleGot this order a while ago, took the picture but forgot to post. I am not a shopper. I do not like to shop, except for yarn. But, shopping on line suits me fine and dandy. All of these prints are the older prints and therefore they are actually reasonably priced. I refuse to buy a full price new print bag. This though was a good haul. It was $101. and some odd cents. AND free shipping. The order needed to be $100.00 to get the free shipping. lol 3 purses and 2 glass holders. The purse on the far right is a print my daughter likes and so I shipped it to her. It's also a smaller bag which I believe is what she told me she liked. The glass holders I needed but was surprised. The blue and green one is called sunglass case and really is a nice size (I can put 2 pair in there). It's zippered and I wish I had gotten 2 in that style. The black and gold one is titled double, and is suppose to hold 2 pair...........NO WAY. In fact one large pair barely fits. I should probably return it, but don't want to hassle with it. Would not order that style again.

The blue and green bag in the middle, I'm test driving. It's a bit smaller than I thought by looking at it on line, it's well made and has a couple of features they don't have in the other bags which I like...double zipper, and a clip for your keys; but all the slots inside are too small. This was the original purse/bag. Perhaps a cell phone fit back when they were smaller and flip phones were in?

The primary bag I wanted is the black and brown one, called The Morgan. I have this style and LOVE it. Bought it while vacationing in Hilton Head at 50% off....once again because it's an older print. The bag isn't really large, but holds alot. I love the 2 large slanted outside pockets which are actually big enough to hold a water bottle.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Give Peace a Chance

Saw this the other day as I was making my way through a parking lot to connect up with a group for dinner. I had my trusted little click and shot camera in my purse and couldn't resist. Wanted to be quick, least someone spotted me and thought I was getting the plate number for something; which you can see, I've cropped out. Anyway, just couldn't resist. Haven't seen many of these types of signs, bumper stickers etc. since the sixties.

Seeing it made me start humming this.......join in if you know the words!

Give Peace a Chance
- John Lennon(written in 1969 for The Plastic Ono Band)

Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout
Minister, Sinister, Banisters and Canisters,
Bishops, Fishops, Rabbis, and Pop Eyes, Bye bye, Bye byes
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

(Let me tell you now)
Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout
Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation,
Integrations, mediations, United Nations, congratulations
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper,
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Alan Ginsberg, Hare Krishna
Hare Hare Krishna
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance
(Repeat 'til the tape runs out)

My WIP (works in progress or UFO unfinished objects)
Pink corner to corner baby blanket/kidney kozy (depending on how big it ends up being)
Opal Ghan (a project I can't seem to get rollin on to finish; but has been a WIP for too long)
Candy Corn (an even older WIP)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Help, PLEASE Opinions Needed for Orphan Scarf

knitted pinkpurple scarfTrying to decide where this scarf should go. You might also see the yarn texture better Here. This yarn was donated and therefore should be donated to a worthy cause; I'm just in a bit of a debate and need opinions. It's light weight, soft and pretty. Should I use it for the homeless via Bridge and Beyond? Is it better suited for Compassionate Creations or Threads of Compassion for Battered Women? Or perhaps you have yet a different thought?

The yarn is Italian made, but I've lost the label to tell you what it is. Just need to tuck the end in and it's ready to go...but go where?

Working on a knitted pink corner to corner (probably a baby blanket, depends on size when finished).
Need to find a blanket someone asked me to repair(no clue where I put it)
Candy Corn Ghan, wow it's almost the right season again for this long standing WIP
Opal Ghan (having a hard time gearing up for this), heavy and hard to work on it; but it's been a WIP too long.
**Added to my stash yesterday and really want to do something with it**, lol shhhhhhhhhhhh don't tell I bought more.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I've got a gaping hole!

Blue StashThis is my BLUE Stash. I dumped out both plastic bags, sorted and looked and looked and looked. Was just about to give up when TADA. Found what I needed.
matching yarnSee that wee little bit laying on the area in need. I made this ghan for SIL a long time ago. It's a miracle I had any of the right color still left. I knew I wouldn't be able to match it new. This little bit must be what's left from the last time I repaired this ghan. So laid it out and stitched here on the table on the deck.
ghan needing repairYou can see how badly this poor ghan needed repaired. This ripped was close to 12 inches long.
Here it is in the works. After I stitched it up, I was able to launder it. Then I rolled it a lot with one of those sticky lint things trying to remove some of the doggy hairs that didn't come off in the wash. Then I spotted another rip. Now I've got to see if I can match the off white. Fingers crossed; but don't think that will be as hard. Yikes this ghan was really hurting.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Yikes, What is this? Don't go Barefoot!

One evening a few weeks back hubby and I were walking out through the backyard with cocktail in hand to reconnoiter the flower beds; as we often do after a day of working in the yard. It's sometimes to admire our work, sometimes to plan what to do next. Hubby often doesn't have shoes on at this point. Me, I'm rarely without them. This pictures shows you why. Seriously I happened to look down and saw this big ugly thing. I think if you stepped on it those pinchers could do some damage. It was about 2 inches long and gave me the creeps. I went in the house to get my camera and hubby's shoes. I wasn't about to step on this wearing sandals--to much of a chance it still might get my toes or something. So, I took it's picture then waked it good a couple of times with hubby's shoes. It wasn't all that easy to kill either. Then scoped it up and tossed it way behind the shed. Maybe it'll be food for some of the critters.

You see anything like this in your yard? Any thoughts what this ugly things was?

I'm gonna pick up some yarn now and make some yoyo's. I've not made or donated these little buggers (lol, couldn't help myself) before; but am currently in a bit of a funk about what to work on; so this mindless but useful item seems like a good idea. I'll be using R,W, and Blue variegated for Fisher House.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Ending of a Season

white lillies
orange double lilliesThe ending of the summer season is upon us. Groaning big time here. Yeah, I know it's been hotter, more humid then normal and people have really complained. But, you know what comes next? Fall, gray colorless days once the flowers and leaves are gone. And then the real ugliness will be here. Short dark days, cold days, wet days, icy and snowy and dangerous days.

These beauties are already gone from my yard; but I want to enjoy them more so have posted them here to share with you. I've already cut all the dead brown stuff, or almost all. I've worked out there about 6 different times now. I do try to break it up as it's hard on the body. Hubby's made multiple trips to the dump with the debries. Each trip he's taken several of the largest trash cans full plus 2 to 3 bags. I have alot. In the back yard I have 3 large fence rows to trim and weed. That's about 99% done. Around the back of the house (which I've not yet started) is quite a bit; then there's the 2 sides of the house. Might do one side today. Though this is a scheduled post so by the time you read it, hopefully I've gotten more done. Can't do the 2nd side though, don't want to disturb Momma Bird. Looking out one of the kitchen windows the other day hubby noticed Momma Bird right up by the house. I wish I could get close enough for a picture. Hum....maybe I'll try. Let you know how that goes.

This is WIP (works in progress) s of the writing of this blog post:
Opal Ghan (crocheted)
2 scarves (knitted)
Candy Corn Ghan (crocheted), longest wip I've ever had
**repairing 2 ghans

Monday, August 09, 2010

Queen for a Day, Memories of Mom

red apronIsn't this apron adorable? I wasn't looking for one when this jumped out at me shopping one day. Loved the pattern and style, looks old timey to me.

Starring at it there in the store I realized why I liked it so much; it reminded me of Mom. Not even because she always wore aprons, cause she didn't. Or at least not in later years. I do remember when I was a young kid she wore them more. I think all ladies did back then in the kitchen. Both she and Grandma did.

The memory that came to mind was a New Years Day long ago. It was always our family tradition to put away the Christmas decorations, take down the tree etc on New Years Day while the pork and kraut was cooking. One particular New Years Mom and Dad were acting foolish, playing around. Mom must have said something about doing all the work (that part of the memory is a little fuzzy, I was really young). Anyway next thing I know Dad's put Mom's apron on and is vacuuming and dusting and telling her to sit down and be "Queen for The Day". It got to be funny with them goofing around off and on all day as we preceeded to get the un-decorating done.

I don't routinely wear an apron, though I always do when making homemade noodles cause flour is everywhere. I always wear one when making tons of egg casseroles for Christmas gifts. Both of these projects require spending the entire day....really the entire day in the kitchen with rather large messes as I'm working fast and furious. So the apron will get put to good use. I sometimes need a second apron on these occasions when my daughter is in from out of town to help. So Mom, this cute red apron is hanging on the hook in the stairway by the kitchen ready and waiting. Even when not wearing it reminds me of you and the wonderful love you and Daddy had. This is my Q memory.

Miss you.

My alphabetical Memories:

Other Memories:
A=Advice, Afghan, Apples
B=Bread, and Bernie
C=Camping, Creativity and Courage
D=Dancing and Delaware Dam
E=Energy and Etiquette
G=Gown (wedding gown), grape pop
H=Hammocks and Holidays
I=Ice Skating and Isaly's
J=JACKS, Mother and Daughter, childhood games
K=Kindess, something we're taught
L=Love Story
M=Memories, One Year Ago Today (Making Do and Mohican)
N=Noodles Over Niagara
O=Ouija Board Memories
W=Wow Mom, The Wisteria

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