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Down But Not Out

Wow. This has been a tough week or so. In addition to the cold and snow (off and on) and my usual headaches, etc., I was hit by a nasty UTI. And the struggling between my doctor’s office and the pharmacy to get the right medication prescribed was something straight out of a bad movie.

You see, I have a penicillin allergy and I have been taking pain medications for some time for the headaches, so the first called in Rx didn’t catch the penicillin allergy and so there was some phone tag between the pharmacy and the doc’s office.

When they did get a second prescription phoned in, the pharmacy was worried about its interaction with the pain meds… something about causing a depressed breathing issue. So, third time was a charm, but by then it was late Saturday and the pharmacy was closed with the doc’s office called and of course, the doc’s office was closed on Sunday.

Sigh. By this point my back was killing me (I had a kidney stone surgically removed a couple of years ago, so I know that pain) so I laid a little heavy into the pain meds to combat that. By the time I did get the Rx, it still took a couple of days to get things moving, so it wasn’t until about today that I started getting to feel like my old self.

Give me another day or two and I think I will be back. I hope this qualifies as my contribution to the country’s “flu” statistics. That is, I don’t plan on getting it, so I’ve done my sick thing.

I’ve actually been doing some job interviewing, first steps over the phone. I hope this means that things are picking up and perhaps I will soon be heading back to work. I like the idea of going to work full time for a company, one that I can perhaps retire from. At this point, although it isn’t ideal, I wouldn’t even consider the option of relocation would be out of the question. We’ll see, I guess… take it one step at a time.

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Need Your Help! Please Give Me Your Vote!

So, I feel just a little bad about this shameless begging, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

Today, I posted an “ible” on Instructables.com that provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a “Denim Crazy Rails Quilt” which you can find here.

I’ve written it to help others to be able to easily re-create one of my favorite quilts (and one of The Kid’s favorites – he now has three!) but also for the express purpose of entering one of their contests. The contest is called “Sew Warm Contest 2018”.

I think this particular quilt, made using recycled denim, is one of the most comfortable and warm, yet stylish quilts that you can make. It has always made me think of a comfortable pair of jeans worn with your favorite flannel shirt – something that is comfortable without being formal. Something you can relax in.

Now here it is in a quilt!

IMG_4580I am not including the instructions for making this quilt on my other blog – OnMyCreativeSide.com – (but may sometime soon). I have an ulterior motive for asking you to go to Instructables.com to view, I want you to vote the tutorial (or “ible” as they are called over there). I really want to win this particular contest.

So, if I can be so bold as to ask you to do this for me, I would be most appreciative! Ask you friends and family! Ask complete strangers… okay, so I am getting a bit carried away there.

And check out Instructables.com while you’re there, its a very cool place to find very cool instructions on making very cool stuff of all kinds!

Thanks in advance!

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Rainy January Night

I don’t write here as often as I used to, but then again, I am writing three blogs, trying to keep my status on Quora and doing the craft work, job hunting and being a mom. Sometimes not enough hours in a day.

But, the weather warmed up (for a winter day) and was in the 60’s today, so instead of snow, we’re having a thunderstorm. Ah, the one thing I don’t regret moving away from California and back to the Midwest. I love a good thunderstorm.

I’ve just recently stumbled across a contest from Instructables that I am intent on winning. It is called ‘Sew Warm’ and so far the entries are things like mittens, scarves, etc. I figure one of my legendary denim quilts ought to just about be the exact thing they’re looking for. So, I spent more than ten hours today making one, just so I can get all the right photos and steps. Probably going to take me at least ten more hours, but its gonna be all worth it. First prize is an Apple MacBook Air and a Janome Serger Machine! That is sweet!

A couple of years ago, I wrote an ‘ible (shorthand for the instructables written on their site) that got me some recognition and featured on the front page for a bit. I was pretty happy with that, so I think I have a pretty good style for writing ‘ibles. I’ve got my eye on the prize!

Well, will say goodnight, so that I can enjoy this unexpected storm and all of its lightning and thunder and that wonderful sound of the heavy rain.

Thanks for stopping by,

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The Holiday and the End of the Year

I’ve been spending much more of my time on my other blog (OnMyCreativeSide.com) that I haven’t posted here much.

I also started another blog – “Starring: PYREX.com“. It is centered around a relatively new interest in collecting and learning about Pyrex in the U.S. It hit the U.S. market around 1948 and was produce through the 1980’s and I have hit on my favorite – a relatively popular but less produced pattern – called Friendship Birds. Friendship LogoAs a side note, when The Kid would deign spend time with me, we would start to recognize it in movies and television, so thus was born the idea of the website.

I wanted to share with you something magical that has happened. I have a few plants in my house and the one in the corner with (apparently) the best light was a corn plant. It actually flowered this year. From what I read, this happens very rarely and if you does for you, you should continue to do whatever you’ve been doing. It has a heavy sweet smell and then dropped tiny little seeds all over the floor (of course).

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I also wanted to share my violets with you. Years back when I worked for GEHA the woman who sat next to me left the sorriest looking violets when she left the company. Something about my great room and its lighting just makes plants go crazy. Not only had it flourished enough that I had to divide it into two pots, but they have both had nonstop flowers for the past six or eight months!

IMG_4447Aren’t they just lovely!?

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We’re not a religious family and we adopted the notion that we didn’t need to wait for a birthday or Christmas to give gifts to one another, so we don’t really celebrate Christmas or Hanukah. And The Kid made an offhand comment a bunch of years ago how much work it was to do all the holiday trimming that we scaled way back on it to the point of not doing anything at all with regard to decorating. The one thing we decided we still wanted to do was to make “Christmas cookies” (decorated sugar cookies) so when we break out the cookie cutters, maybe we’ll make a few cookies that have a holiday theme.

I hope all of you find what makes the season for you and that you are happy and healthy. I’ll throw in a Happy New Year as well. Look forward to seeing and/or hearing from you in the next year!

Happy New Year

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Gotta Love My Kid!

I was experimenting with a new recipe the other day and made way too much. So, I put half into another baking pan and covered it with foil. I asked The Kid to get a post-it note and write today’s date and some other things on it, so we will know what it is and how long it has been in the freezer.

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And this is what he handed me. Kids!

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Consistency Was Never My Strong Suit

At least when it comes to writing in this blog, I am really ‘hit or miss’. My other blog gets much, much more attention. But it is much more interesting as well.

I thought I’d write today as something has been on my mind. Isn’t it funny how you can be going along, life being just life, when something from the past sneaks up and throws you a curve?

Well something did just pop up out of nowhere. It actually started some days ago when a name from my past fluttered by in an email. Just an off hand, normal run-of-the-mill email. And suddenly, twenty five years just melted away and I was a young woman head over heels for a blonde haired, blue-eyed Irish boy.

My heart skipped a beat. Maybe two. It was a glorious feeling for someone who has felt so lousy lately. I was definitely looking for something to change my overall disappointing mood at being, once again, in the job hunt. Once again, pinching pennies and watching the dollars. Feeling older every day as the knees creak with every step and the only time I truly feel good is those first few moments in the morning before life comes slamming down.

Anyway, there were a few days there that I was walking a little lighter and feeling better. It is a good feeling.

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Women in Movies: Unrealistic Portrayals

I am on the mend from a migraine attack which has left me in the dark for the past 24 hours or so. As I recover, not only from the pain but the medication as well – I tend to have the television on, volume low. Something that when I have the strength and clarity, I can watch. I usually stream, how should I put this, movies that I don’t have to think about too hard.

For some reason, today I watched a movie simply because Tom Hanks was in it. I think it was part of a series, the whole Dan Brown set of books about ancient Rome. I didn’t read the books – God knows I have enough backlog of reading material just with my favorite author Stephen King – but I guess I didn’t realize when I started it, it was that series.

But that wasn’t what I started writing this post about. I really didn’t have the energy or concentration power to follow the story, the big thing that caught my attention is the three primary women characters in the movie. By the way, this is an action-thriller movie, just in case you didn’t know.

The three women, from beginning to end, run around and drive motorcycles and Über cars and climb stone walls and swim in a cistern while wearing tight and unrealistic clothing and heels. And not one inch heels, but teetering type heels. One character battles with a man in chest high water and never manages to lose even a single shoe nor mess her hairstyle. She essentially saves the world and never smudges her makeup.

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Heels 2Why do directors do this? Even while the woman in the show is saving the world – or her lover or her children or government (read ‘House of Cards’) that look perfect. And I don’t mean because they save the world they look perfect, but rather while saving the world there isn’t a single hair out of place and she never wears tennis shoes and jeans or something more realistic.

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Heels 1The men get dirty, rumpled, scratched, bloodied and bruised but that apparently isn’t allowed for the women characters. And they can run and crawl and falls down and get wet (and almost drowned) but they still come up looking perfect.

And the hair. I have long hair, and I know just how often it can get in the way. I wear it in a ponytail or braid almost all the time… but these women don’t. I don’t even see them tuck their hair behind their ears!

HAIRWhy does Hollywood insist on doing this? And why can’t I stop seeing this and just enjoy the movie?

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Following Up A Rough Week with Another Rough Week

Sometimes I think that someone in the universe has it out for me. Just about the time I get past the ‘blues’ and start feeling better mentally, then I get sick physically.

This all started with having eaten something bad, I think. You know what goes along with food poisoning and I won’t go it the gory details, you’ve probably all been there/done that. So, two days down with the works, followed by a very intense migraine with (now two) days of recovery. I call the days following a traditional migraine a “medication hangover”. I am hoping that by tomorrow, I should be well on the road to recovery and feeling more like myself.

Upside of this food poisoning is that I think I lost about 8 pounds! Gah. Yuck.

At least its almost Friday and the beginning of a long weekend. Not that I ever go anywhere on these long weekends; the crowds of people trying to do everything in those three days usually accompanied by too much alcohol and stress of trying to “relax” while still trying to do it all is just results in too much danger to be on the road. The Kid and I still wanted to try and hit Yellowstone National Park, but the weather app indicates that it is still only in the forties and they’re expecting snow today and possibly tomorrow.Yellowstone National Park sign at the North Entrance; Jim Peaco; October 1992

So maybe the weekend after next. Everyone will be safely back at work and the weather might creep up just enough to not be miserable. Just a few days away from this craziness I have been dealing with – job hunting, migraines and planning for the future – and just enjoy Mother Nature.YNP.jpegMaybe just kick back and hike a bit and get physically tired instead of so mentally exhausted all the time. And I get The Kid’s company, which I couldn’t ask for better.

Anyway, had a few minutes and thought I’d jot down a few notes. The dollhouse interior is about 99% and only have a few things to finish on the exterior before taking photos and putting it away. That project has been a long time overdue, that’s for sure. I think my Dad originally built it before The Kid was born, and I’d estimate that it was more than just one or two years… so overall, probably about 25 years or so, ago. Of course in my defense, he had in it Iowa and I was in California, so it originally went to my oldest sister for quite some time. Thankfully, she really didn’t do anything to the house – other than collect some furniture and pieces, so everything that has been done was my doing.

Yep, when my sister decided to move to Colorado, she “gave” the house back to my Dad and then finally, my parents drove to California with their van which gave them enough room to bring the house with them. And of course, I didn’t really do anything to the house either, other than, much like my sister, collect “stuff” for the house. And now that its almost finished, there is so much left over that I could probably furnish another house about the same size!!

So, if weather holds here in K.C., I want to take photos of the house this weekend. Sometime I want to put plexiglass doors across the back, which I hope helps keep it dust free and any little fingers from exploring. Maybe if I get really ambitious, I have been thinking about adding a “basement” and some landscaping. We’ll see. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by!

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This Is Turning Out to be a Rough Week…

I guess if I were to be absolutely honest, this has been a tough year so far. I kept the job hunting just far enough back in my head that all the failed interviews, telephone calls and a myriad of emails didn’t directly affect my day-to-day mood, but now that my unemployment has run out, everything seems to be right there. No getting around the fact that even though the unemployment check wasn’t bupkis in the grand scheme of things, the lack of it has been weighing heavily on my mind.

And having that hanging there has made my mood a bit darker and I get frustrated more easily. Not to mention that in the time that I have been off, I have gained like 30 pounds. And it wasn’t like I was skinny to begin with. This past year since the knee replacement surgeries, I seem to have become more and more sedentary. I think I have finally arrived at a place where I need to shit or get off the pot. The Kid and I walked around the neighborhood a little and I know I shouldn’t be, but was surprised to find that walking was stressing me. Not only were my knees screaming, I was winded making the final climb back to the house! This is so sad!

I made a promise on not starting any new projects until every project that I have started is completed. At the very least, I have to put a real dent in my unfinished projects. I have been working on the dollhouse that my Dad built me forever ago and am rounding the corner on completion. The Kid has been installing all the doors and their trim for me… its not joke, but working in such a small scale, is hard! The scale is 1:12, which mean for every foot in real life is equal to 1 inch for the dollhouse. So, if a room had a 9 foot ceiling, then in the dollhouse, the room would be 9 inches. And when you get down to things being six inches in real life – like a pencil – it is a half inch for the dollhouse. You gotta get crafty to make some of the stuff if you don’t want to buy it all done for you. Buying these miniatures can be costly too! The “leather” sofa and chair cost $75 and although you can’t actually by a real sofa and chair for that, it is a nice little spend when you know you’re never really going to be able to sit in it!

IMG_4081Anyway, while I wait for The Kid to do the doors, I can’t really start anything new, since I know if I do, the dollhouse will never get finished and it will sit quietly screaming that it is but one more unfinished project. I should have this thing done by the end of the week, I think. Of course I still have blog posts and pictures to do as well, but I am staying pretty much on top of that. Pretty much. 🙂

I seem to be sleeping a lot lately too. Sometimes I think that sleeping is just about the greatest invention ever. I got a great custom mattress while I was working the last job, and it is like sleeping on a cloud! Sometimes I want to figure out how to sleep more… that’s how much I enjoy it.

I suppose that’s it for today. Its funny though, whenever I feel a little bit down and I come out here and write for this post (and the other) I do seem to feel a little bit better. At this point, it could be that I am just tired and I know soon I will be asleep, but who knows.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Keep Your Hands off Our Internet!

Just got caught up with John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” in which I learned that the back stabbing ISPs are back to try and influence your choices online. This happened about five years ago and now that Trump is in the White House, this is is back on the table. Again.

So, take a few minutes and tell the FCC that you don’t want big business in your online activities. John Oliver’s team was kind enough to create a link to get you through the maze of pages on FCC’s website: GoFCCYourself.com and post a comment.

Here is an example of wording that will help you:

I support strong net neutrality backed by Title II oversight of the ISPs.

And here is the episode online: http://time.com/4770205/john-oliver-fcc-net-neutrality/

You can also find John Oliver’s weekly television show on HBO and online at HBOGO, Episode 11 (May 7, 2017).

Keep our internet free of government and big business interference!

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