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Happy Mother's Day to All!

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??


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!

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KAROUSELL46 5/10/2010 12:01PM

    I love the red shoes! Where did you find them? I enjoy the time Darcey and I get to spend together. She lives 10 seconds away. lol I have another DD but she and I aren't close anymore. Personal reasons. I lost my oldest DD in 04 and the last fun thing we did together is we went to Reno in 04. My mom passed away in 04 and her and I had a love/hate relationship but I made peace with her before it was too late. So good for you doing the mother/daughter trips together. Happy Mother's Day to you. emoticon emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 5/9/2010 6:06PM

    I lost my mom when I was 22 and not yet made peace with how great a woman and mother she was. This is one of my biggest regrets in my life and I nothing I do can change it.

You are so right that mothers and daughters should be close and spend time together because life is too short and uncertain.

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/9/2010 3:56PM

    You are absolutely entitled to look forward to whatever thoughts make you happy! Great advice; my daughter is only an hour away but we still need to plan a Mom/Daughter trip for ourselves. We appreciate hubby, home, and pets all the more for having a little break away--and they all appreciate us, too! Happy Mother's Day!!

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LUNADRAGON 5/9/2010 3:44PM

    Aw, this is so sweet! Perhaps I can do the mommy and me thing with my daughter in law since my mom is gone too, many many years. It is wonderful that you get to do this with your daughter. It is awesome. Have fun. I love the red shoes! Where did you get them!! I want red sneakers too!
Happy Mother's day, friend!

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UNICORN212 5/9/2010 2:29PM

    I love your blog. My daughter and 2 grandkids are 2,000 miles away, and I lost my Mom when I was 20. I must agree with you - do those Mom/Daughter trips and things when you can. Mother's Day alone can be difficult and sad.

Oh - Is that a Golden Retriever? I had a Golden, too, years ago. I miss her, too. Yours is beautiful!

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Red, White, Blue and Tea!

Friday, May 07, 2010

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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? emoticon

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WEKIMER 5/9/2010 1:44PM

    good for you. You look great too! kim

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/7/2010 12:31PM

    You go--it is right to stand up for what you believe, regardless of whether everyone agrees or not. Have a wonderful time and march proudly! That is what this great country of ours is all about.

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TERESA_68 5/7/2010 12:20PM

    you are amazing i wish i was there to go with you, you are correct in every issues and i am with you. have a great day and enjoy, standing up and being an american is the right thing to do america is beautiful.

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THEJACIM 5/7/2010 12:15PM

    I completely agree with you! Thank you for posting this and standing up for what is right and what is not always popular. Enjoy your parade!

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Four Worms and a Lesson

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
of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container
of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of
chocolate syrup.
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

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CUTIEDOOTS 5/3/2010 3:54PM

    Very, very cute!

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LUNADRAGON 5/3/2010 3:44PM

    You got me! I love the answer! Thank you for the grin.

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Sunny Days Ally Cat Quilt by Krackers Goes to Ohio

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.

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LOVESCAMPING 5/3/2010 10:17AM

    Beautiful quilt.

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NOTFATCAT 4/30/2010 7:01PM

    Your generosity and love always tugs at my heart and brings tears to my eyes.

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DARCEYOH 4/30/2010 6:36PM

    beautiful quilt! what a wonderful thing you do!

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LUNADRAGON 4/30/2010 3:39PM

    This is precious. You are doing a beautiful thing for this little girl. My prayers are with these children.

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Making a Two For One Quilt

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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LOVESCAMPING 5/3/2010 10:18AM

    I like them both.

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CARLANNIE 5/1/2010 9:03AM

    Sandy - ah, yes. SP can be blamed for a lot of dastardly doings, lol! You have been quite productive while you are 'taking it easy,' btw. I also love your yellow kitty quilt for the little girl with cancer. What a generous spirit you have!

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LUNADRAGON 4/30/2010 3:41PM

    Stunning quilts. Take care of that back, I truly empathize with you.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 4/30/2010 2:25PM

    Your two new quilts turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing the great pictures and your SP comparison as well.

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14JESUSGIRL 4/29/2010 6:41PM

    Great ideas!

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TAZZYM150 4/29/2010 3:31PM

    I love the concept and would love to try this.

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DARCEYOH 4/29/2010 2:27PM

    Ugh! The doctor told me to take it easy at one of the times I went there for my back, and I looked back at her dumbfounded. I don't know what "take it easy" means I told her. But I followed directions (didn't help by the way).

It makes it easier to compare one thing to another, and be able to relate the two completely different things, to better grasp and understand the entire concept. At least, it works for me that way.

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KAROUSELL46 4/29/2010 1:53PM

    What a concept. I really like that idea, two for one. I totally agree about SP. Exercising is good for me but killing me in the mean time. Can't wait for these bones to feel better so I can go exercise. emoticon(yeah right)lol...Karen

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RELGRAM 4/29/2010 1:25PM

  WOW! Gal! What an accomplishment! I still can't picture what you are doing, but I bet I could if I could watch you. How about if we meet halfway between Washington and North Carolina--say, Branson, MO.??? And you SHOW ME!!! Wouldn't that be fun? Talk about pipe dreamin' Love ya

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LOSETONEED 4/29/2010 12:49PM

    Pretty quilts, and I liked the comparison between the quilts and SparkPeople. Take Care.

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