Sunday, May 09, 2010
this is of my daughter and me a year ago, before we joined up with Spark People.com. A lot of weight has disappeared since then for both of us!
We were on our annual Mommy and Me trip last year. We went to the Caribbean and had a wonderful time.
Daughter lives in Massachusetts; I live in Washington state. All the more reason to plan these wonderful, healing trips!
This year, on May 23, we will be going to Las Vegas. One thing on our planned vacation is to hike Red Rock. We are really looking forward to that.
These are the shoes I will take to Vegas.
This is DH, whom I will have a break from.
This is the family Bossy Daugter will escape from.
this is the house I won't have to clean.
These are the cats I won't have to clean up after.
This is the dog I won't have to walk whether I feel like it or not.
Why am I posting all this TODAY???
Because it is Mother's Day, and I am allowed to look forward to whatever thoughts make me happy.
I love my family, home and critters. But sometimes, it is a happy thought just thinking about getting away from all of them.
If you have a daughter, and have not begun going on Mommy and Me trips yet, please, for yourself................DO IT!!!! You will never understand just how wonderful your relationship will become as a result until you do it.
Sure, it is expensive, and we need to plan and save for it for a whole year. But you know what is MORE expensive??
NEVER HAVING DONE IT.
Today is Mother's Day. Make a commitment that you will never look back from this day forward with regret. Get planning, Moms!! go someplace where neither of you have ever been, and find adventure.
You'll love me for it...........PROMISE!
Friday, May 07, 2010
Tomorrow is the annual Irrigation Festival Parade in my village. It is a big deal here. Lots of people turn out for this, and a whole lot of Patriotism is evident.
This year, Four C's (Concerned Citizens for Clallam County) will be marching. It is our local tea party movement, and for the first time, we will be in an official parade.
I have my Four C tea shirt, jeans and my new red, whit and blue shoes all ready to go. My flag is on it's pole, and I will be carrying it proudly.
I love our country, and that is why I am politically involved in what is going on here.
I am an AMERICAN.............not a REPUBLICAN American, not a DEMOCRAT American. I am an AMERICA'S AMERICAN.
I believe in the Constitution, smaller government, and the freedoms granted to the citizens by means of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
I do not support Illegal aliens crossing our borders on the sneak, and do support aliens who choose to come here to my great country via law abiding means. It is within our existing laws that any persons coming to America on Visa permits must have their papers on them at all times. This is a simple law, and one that protects our nation.
I believe we do need health care reform, but we need reform that is open, honest, uncomplicated and just for all.
I do not believe that corporations are the Great Satin, and should be taxed to the point of not being able to afford to do business in this country. I believe big corporations have, and will continue, to produce jobs for Americans, providing the tax structure here does not chase them off to third world countries who are more friendly to their existence.
I do not believe that terrorists have any rights whatsoever in our country, and should summarily be executed upon proof of their intentions to kill and destroy my fellow Americans. I do not believe that we need to "understand why they are so motivated". That is like trying to understand why a bomb explodes.
I do not believe that we need National Identification cards. Has anyone ever watch old movies from WW II where the people all had to show their identification papers? It has already been proven that big government is already spying on private citizens. I do not want them spying on me in more ways. I am totally against the "Big Brother" ideation.
I believe our media should return to reporting the NEWS AS IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS, rather than editorialize sensationalism and falsities. The constant bickering in the media is ripping our nation apart.
It is time for us all to stop, take a deep breath, and remember we are Americans, first and foremost. We are NEIGHBORS, FAMILY, FRIENDS. We are NOT each other's enemy.
A great man once said "A nation divided against itself cannot stand". (Abraham Lincoln)
We are becoming too divisive, and have to once again, speak out NOT for our party affiliation, but for our Country.
Tomorrow I march. I march for America. Will you join me?
Monday, May 03, 2010
Four Worms and a Lesson to be learned
A minister decided that a visual
demonstration would add emphasis
to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into
four separate jars..
The first worm was put into a container
The second worm was put into a container
of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of
The fourth worm was put into a container of
good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the
Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol - Dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead
The Third worm in chocolate syrup -Dead
Fourth worm in good clean soil -Alive.
So the Minister asked the congregation
What did you learn from this demonstration?
Maxine was sitting in the back,
quickly raised her hand and said,
'As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!'
That pretty much ended the service
Good friends are like stars.
You don't always see them but you always know
they are there
Friday, April 30, 2010
Avalon is a little girl of 7 who lives in Ohio. Avalon has been fighting cancer for most years in her short life.
A good friend of the family contacted me for an Ally Cat Quilt by Krackers for her. She told me Avalon's favorite color is yellow, and that she thinks the entire world would be a better place if it was all yellow.
On the back of the quilt, I quilted in words of encouragement: Love, Live, Happy, Hugs, Prayers.
Since I used a solid YELLOW anti-fleece backing, the quilted in flowers and words really show up there. I am hoping they give her a lot of pleasure.
Avalon looks, by her photos, as a sunny child. She likes blue and purple shiny wigs, and just looks darling in them.
I can't give you a photo of her; I respect her privacy and confidentiality. Just know she does need prayers.
If you know of ANY kid between 8-18 who is up against cancer, please let me know their names and addresses, and any other information you have about the child, and a quilt will be made and sent out.
It is the least we can do for these children and their brave families. It is always a blessing when we can do something for some one else! I appreciate you all. Love, Sandy
You can see more detailed photos of the quilt on my page.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Two for One quilting was new to me until my friend Lydia taught a class. I had no idea what "Two For One" quilting was all about, so I signed up. After all, her samples were fabulous, and I could not for the life of me figure out how the heck she did it.
Two For One means that, while you make the first quilt, you are actually also making the second one......all at the same time.
It is sorta like doing bargello quilting, in that you make stratas, and as you are putting the finished stratas together, you are also laying out the second quilt. It winds up with this:
The fabric that is one the INSIDE of quilt number 1 winds up to be on the OUTSIDE of quilt number 2. I have posted photos so you can study what I am talking about.
this is the first quilt.
this is the second quilt.
Here are the two of them together.
I am not sure if the first quilt is actually finished to my liking. I am thinking of doing some applique on it, showing off sun flowers.
I'll let you know if I actually do that!
Ah, the world of quilting is never old, and it keeps our brains working to ward off Alzheimers to boot!
My back is still hurting like blazes, I have almost completed another Ally Cat Quilt by Krackers, and am studying a quilt from the book "Open a Can of Worms".
In the meantime, I am doing what I can, for as long as I can. It will be good to be able to get outdoors again. I absolutely HATE having to "Take it EASY" anymore. And it is all SparkPeople.com's fault.
YOU guys made me this way. Before YOU, I was a happy, fat, lazy quilter. Now I am a happy, trimmed down, energetic quilter who loves to walk and get moving.
You know, being an active member of Spark is like doing the Two For One quilt. When we begin to do the program, we watch what we eat and make sure we get in our workout. Before you know it, the weight is coming off and our bodies are stronger.
Then we notice that, because of the exercise and drinking water, our skin is actually looking and feeling better too.
Then we start wearing more colorful clothing, and even pay attention to our hair.
We drop old friends who were like gloomy anchors, weighing us down, and pick up new friends who bring excitement and enthusiasm to our lives.
I could go on and on, but I think you can see the Two For One effect of Spark.
Yep, Two For One is a GOOD thing!!!
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