Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Remember I said I was going to start a new for me quilting process? I want to use the photos I have taken while on my hikes around the Olympic Peninsula.
Here is the photo I took going up to Sol Duc Falls. I used this one as a means of perspective and motivation.
I have pretty much completed the center of the quilt, have stitching, borders etc. yet to go.
I wanted to use my own photos so I know that I am not violating any copy infringement laws.
Hope you like it!
I am going to enter it in this year's local quilt show, and am considering also entering in an International Quilt Show too.
I am pretty proud of this one!! A whole new venture for me.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Good April 4, 2011 day to all. Are you aware that TODAY WILL NEVER COME AGAIN?
Realizing this, it begs the question:
Am I a Super Strutter or a Simply Slumper this month?
I haven't been a very good strutter lately, and need to move it more. I have done more Super Slumper than my share, I admit.
I got into a new quilting project (the Spring place mats) and mainly sat and sewed. I know that is why I remained the same on the scale this week's weight log in.
Today is the day to CHANGE!
TODAY is the day to MOVE IT!!
I shall STRUT today as a result of all my movement.
I have already put in 2 miles with Winsten, and added a bit of spirit to my steps.
I commit to getting out the shovel and cleaning my house, getting the laundry done, and doing strength training. I will be doing all this with the help of a timer.
I can zoom through housework IF I am on a timer.
Today is the day I can be a fat rabbit or heading toward being a slick chick.
I will participate in the time I have given to celebrate this day, for it will not come again. That makes it precious.
On my way to Super Strutting!!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Here we are in another war without an exit date or strategy, no accountability or ledger of costs, no accountability to the public, and zero answers! So, yeah, questions definitely persist!
It seems our President has forgotten his own stance on limitations to engage in war without consent of the Congress or the People.
I don't know about you, but I listened very closely to his speech the other night.........in fact, I had recorded it, so I listened three times.
And I still don't know how, why, when or where we are with Libya.
Oh yes. I heard all about the dangers of the populace over there, and don't deny it is a terrible situation.
And I heard (almost) that America is a grand nation with morals and values.
Then I heard that Obama did all of this wonderful work to free the Libyan people in around 30 days. He did this, He did that.
No mention of Sarkowsky. No mention of Britain. Just what Obama did.
Listening to Obama is like taking a free fall in the mind of a narcissist.
All we hear is how great he is, and all he is doing. Yes, he is indeed the Anointed One.
More like the Supreme Loser!
We have Americans out of work, and whether the media reports it, we honestly do still have American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan getting killed.
Obama and his family went to Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
And for what? We ask the question, but get no answer.
I suspect the same answer applies to Libya, if truth be told.
With all the Bush bashing Obama has done, it amazes me that his speech was taken directly from several of George Bush's speeches. His ability to self -aggrandise is monumental in itself.
Obama has adopted the same plan for Libya that Bush had for Iraq. Only he calls it "the Obama Agenda".
The way he explained why we went to Libya (saving millions of lives, etc.) sounds good in the making, but where does it end?
If bombing Libya is such a high moral thing to do in order to save all those lives, why aren't we in Africa, Somalia, Bahrain, etc? I guess the lives in those countries aren't worth saving. They don't count as much as the Libyans or other Middle Eastern people do.
Yeah, right. Lay the plans next to each other, and you will find we have duplicates.
It's all about what WE can get out of Libya, and don't kid yourself.
How do you like that we have tossed a few bucks to Brazil so they can drill for oil, but we cannot drill for our own oil?
Makes me fear even more that "hopey-Changey" thing. Yeah, we are getting the "changey" part all right.
Americans are out of work, losing our homes, and having no relief in sight. Our medical system has gone bezerk, Congress only knows how to spend, but sadly lacks in the knowledge of how to pay its bills. They call it a Repression when we are actually in a DEpression, if you want to get honest.
Muslims can have their day of prayer on the South Lawn of the White House, and be joined by Obama himself. But WE cannot have a Christian Day of Prayer anymore, because it might offend others.
We have been snowballed into believing that the illegal immigrants just want to get jobs, and that they do the jobs no Americans would.
Bull pucky! Ask the single mother or the father who is watching his family lose their home and have nothing to eat if they would like to work in the fields for the same rate of pay the illegals are getting.
I lived in CA, right in the middle of the agricultural business. I got to know some of the illegals, and asked them what they get paid for working in the fields. Are you ready? They START OUT at $13 per hour. That's an untrained person. A seasoned person who knows the job well earns around $35 an hour.
Why do they live so poorly, you might ask. It is because they are sending all their money OUT of America. They have good lives in Mexico from the money earned here.
If you don't believe that, do your research. I did.
We have a tax system that could easily be solved for all of us, and fairly at that. Do I hear anyone say "Flat tax" with me?
This thing about our government shutting down if they don't get a budget past is another thing. Maybe it would be a good thing if the government DID shut down for a while.
I mean, how could they spend if they are closed?? I'm sure they would find a way.
I don't know when Sanity left the building, but it is certainly not to be found. Morality, Patriotism and Values left when Sanity did.
We have a nation that has been taught to wait out for a free lunch, and now that it is time to cut the budget and people will have to fend for themselves, our citizens cry "FOUL"!
"Give us this day our daily bread" has taken on a whole new meaning.
Has anyone remembered why Rome fell?? It is because the government provided everything to the people.........homes, food, clothing, entertainment (think Colloseum) and money.
Then the government went broke, and couldn't supply all those freebies.
The soldiers walked away, the palaces were stormed, people slaughtered. Nero fiddled as the city went up in smoke.
I'm not sure just how much wood is left before America goes up in smoke.
God save the Queen, and I don't mean Michelle. Maybe we can beg England to take us back and put us all under feudal law.
I suspect Elizabeth has much more sense that who we have now. She certainly has dignity, a quality sadly lost of our so-called leaders.
Our leaders are more like teenaged gangstas. They are quite the embarrassment to us.
I, for one, and tired of being ignored, ridiculed, and brazenly looked down upon by our so-called leaders.
I hear the Supreme Loser is going to talk down to us again this evening. We will see what he doesn't have to say.......again.
The media will follow up after Obama with the latest on Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen. That way we will REALLY know what is going on!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Today I took the poll asking me who is my greatest motivator. There were all kinds of choices...friends, family, yada, yada, yada.
But not the right one.
They didn't have a box to check "WINSTEN".
Winsten is my greatest motivator. He never complains that he doesn't feel like walking, and is alway eager to go.
Even when I don't want to go, Winsten keeps at me until we are heading for the great outdoors.
Winsten doesn't think that laundry, mopping, dusting, or any other kind of housework should come before walking or getting outside.
He is a true Naturalist.
I'll be all settled in front of Flicka (my computer), ready to spread my butt even more, and in he comes. All nudges, smiles, dancing around to distract me from the computer until I finally agree to put on some walking shoes and go.
Sometimes our walks are long walks, sometimes as short as ten minutes. Once I actually get out there, I'm glad we are walking.
We walk in all kinds of weather, noticing lovely things along the way.
Winsten is just one of those forever enthusiatic adventurers, never tiring of seeing what's new in the neighborhood. He can always find something to marvel at, and that has improved my "nature vision" immensley.
Winsten is always agreeable, and always ready to get "just a few more minutes" out of me. His prodding usually works, and by the time we get back, I am refreshed and know I did the right thing by not just sending him on his way to walk alone.
Winsten and I have, as I said before, walked in all kinds of weather. We do get out in it, NO MATTER WHAT.
Example, here is what we walked through in February 2011:
It was snowing so hard that we had a "White Out", and could barely see where we were going. But we persevered, and really got into it. We only walked at first for about half an hour, and after 15 minutes could barely see our tracks. We hadn't left the general neighborhood, so we weren't concerned about finding our way back.
It really was like walking in another world, though. All still and quiet...........huge trees bending their branches in sumbission to the heavy snow.
We pretended we were in Siberia, and called out "Comrade! Where is your Dacha?", and then tried doing that goose step marching that the Russian Army does. Did your know that is really DIFFICULT to maintain?
Laughing and shaking the snow off ourselves, we were really surprised when we got in the house and it felt so HOT!! We couldn't believe the thermometer only read 68 degrees inside.
Winsten has gotten me out walking in the rain of Spring, too. Actually, once you get going and look for what's NEW in nature, it is actually kind of fun. ESPECIALLY if you sing loudly "Singin' In the Rain" and try to do some of those umbrella tricks Gene Kelly did.
He and I have seen wonderful signs of Spring. We have seen buds forming on branches, bulbs peeking out at us, and crocuses and other flowers blossoming right before our eyes.
Winsten and I walked along the pier on a rainy day. I didn't want to go at first, but he insisted long enough that I gave up, grabbed my camera, and we headed out.
It was magical walking through the rain, as he and I were the only ones around, and we had the pier to ourselves.
We have walked on the beaches in sunshine, too, and Winsten never fails to find a wonderful piece of driftwood that just HAS to go home with him.
We have marched in parades, proud to be Americans.
Because of Winsten's urgings through the seasons, I was encouraged to partake of a 5K. I wouldn't have done that had it not been for all the hours and miles he walked with me!
We have observed the beautiful blooms of summer together, admiring God's handiwork.
Winsten and I have seen the early signs of Autumn together. We have watched pear and apple trees present their bounty, and have enjoyed the lovely, haunting beauty of the season.
Late Autumn greeted us with crisp air and thoughts of gathering wood for the wood burning stove. We heard the honking of the Canada Geese as they migrated South, have been scolded by the crows in the trees and readied ourselves for the coming Holidays..
Winsten inspired me to make a Snow Queen instead of sitting around the house, grousing about the weather. It had been years since I had so much fun in the snow!
Yes, indeed. When asked who is my greatest motivator, there is no problem in an instant answer! Winsten has made sure I stay healthy, and he is my very best friend, and favorite walking partner!
Now I ask you: How could you not want to hang around a fun buddy like Winsten???
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