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I don't have Bed Hair and I am wearing SHOES!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I have been quite ill for the past three weeks.

Seems I went and got myself a Virus infection, a Bacterial infection AND pneumonia..all at the same time.

My Doc wanted me in hospital, but then we discussed it, and agreed that hospitals are a wonderful playground for staph infections, which I would be very susceptible to catching.

So, medication, bed rest, fluids, and living in my jammies was decided upon.

I pretty much did exactly that for the past three weeks with the one day exception of taking my granddaughter and her friend up to Sol Duc Falls for a day hike. I paid for that hike the days after, let me tell you!

So here I have been, medicated, resting, sleeping, drinking juices, staying in my jammies and slippers all this time.

Not MY idea of having fun!

I was faithful to these instructions because frankly, even I was worried!......and I didn't have the strength to do anything else anyway.


Today I went to Quilt Club, first time in 3 weeks. I even missed the quilt show (although my quilt didn't, and it came home afterwards with a nice First Place Blue Ribbon on it).

But here's the GREAT NEWS!!!

I do not have Bed Hair today!
I am wearing regular go-out-in-public clothes.
I am wearing SHOES, not slippers.
I am NOT wearing Jammies!!!

AND, to really celebrate, a few of us even went to Arby's for lunch!

WOO HOO!!!!!!!

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BEVPRESLEY 7/22/2011 11:14PM

    Hope you are continuing to improve. Those multiple infections can really take a long time to get over.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 7/22/2011 1:30PM

    I am glad your feeling better, but please do drink plenty of Gatorade! Or water with ample potassium and sodium in your diet! Easier to just drink Gatorade! (I hate the taste of Gatorade, so I add a teaspoon of Raspberry tea from Lipton to a glass of the gatorade and it makes the Gatorade less tasteless! ) I would hate for you to get sick again! Keep cool! susana

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KINSBAILE 7/22/2011 8:41AM

    Good news! I am glad you're feeling better!

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MARYANNGI 7/22/2011 8:38AM

    So glad to hear that you are on the mend! I have missed your bright and smiling face. emoticon

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DIZZYDOC 7/21/2011 7:43AM

    Glad to hear you are up and about and a First emoticon
Take care so you don't have a relapse.

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RUFFIT 7/20/2011 11:18PM

    Glad you are doing better!! Moni emoticon emoticon

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    I wanna see the quilt !! I'll check out your pios !! I know your fantaastic ! Please, please still take it a little easy,,,,when your that sick, you don't go from it, to all better that fast. So pleasey,,, take it easy still. We will be a waiting for you as you do. So PROUD of you and that 1st place placing ! you are something else my friend !!! I have an aunt who does stuff I just can't believe is possible ! hers sell for about 1,000 each and they aren't large size.

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AMYJEAN911 7/20/2011 8:35PM

    Congrats on the blue ribbon (like there was any doubt..) and I'm SO glad to hear that you're feeling better!!! Wowza you were sick!

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    WTG! Congrats on the Blue Ribbon!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/20/2011 7:44PM

    All I can say is HOORAY! Hope that you've seen the last of those nasty infections and pneumonia, you had me a little worried, too, my FBC. Congratulations on the well-deserved blue ribbon, that quilt is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s (kind of like the person who created it!).

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I think this requires a name change!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Okay Guys and Gals,
Here is the latest update on the hidden costs of government. I wonder if THIS will be included in the budget cuts!!

"In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service— Michelle Obama.

She is served by twenty-six attendants, including a hair dresser and make-up artist.

The annual cost to taxpayers for such unprecedented attention is approximately $1,750,000 without taking into account the expense of the lavish benefit packages afforded to every attendant.

This unprecedented number of attendants is more than any First Lady in U.S. History.

I am wondering if I will get my social security check in August, while Michelle (otherwise known to me as Marie Antoinette) must be wondering if she will have to skimp on her false eyelashes.

26 servants??? What the hell do they DO all day?? Let's see if I can come up with chores for each of them: Now remember! There are 26 people, and each one of them has their own duty to Michelle!

1. Pick up Michelle's dirty clothes and put them in the hamper.

2. Make Michelle's bed.

3. Do Michelle's laundry.

4. Fix Michelle's make-up.

5. Do Michelle's hair.

6. Lay out Michelle's clothes.............oh wait a minute. Somebody actually gets PAID for picking out those hideous outfits that are a total embarrassment for America and the laughing stock of the world??????? But I must admit, at least she is not wearing hats that look like miner's lamps or antlers!

7. Open Michelle's mail.

8. Respond to Michelle's mail.

9. Put appointment book in front of Michelle.

10. Give Michelle a pen or pencil to write in said book.

11. Get travel guide brochures for Michelle, her kids, her mother, her family, her friends and 280 staff members who MUST be in attendance at all times on her trips.

12. Tell Pilot and flight crew to get Air Force One ready to fly the group somewhere around the world for a vacation.

13. Pack bags for Michelle's trip.

14. Weed Michelle's garden.

15. Water Michelle's garden.

16. Hand Michelle a garden hoe for photo op.

17. Clean Michelle's shoes from being "in the garden".

18. Make sure the TV is set for the sports channel for the morning exercise Michelle takes with her husband, thereby having "married time and conversation".

19. Set up photo ops in black only schools.

20. Search for new opportunities for Michelle to prove that American parents do not know how to raise their children, and any child who is over-weight, regardless of medical conditions, must be taken away from said parents and raised in a camp somewhere.

21. Uhhhhhhhh

22. Hmmmmmmmmmm

23. Let's see now.................

24. uhhhhhhhhhhhhh

25. There must be SOMETHING........

26. Damn! Those spendy Republicans must have taken all the other ideas off the table!

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DIZZYDOC 7/20/2011 6:49PM

    It appears the first ladies, from both parties, have provided a lot of jobs over the last 50 years.

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    Hmmmm so how to pay rent when ur on SSI? Guess it's NOT her prob huh? I am watching many go thru this. How sad. Its so scary for them. Many are saying "Why didn't we get a warning so we could of saved up some $ for this?" My Dad pays so much for meds, that's just FOOLISH ! We need something better,,,, I don't put my faith in man,,,, see how imperfect they are.

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LKWQUILTER 7/19/2011 9:07PM

    I know--Republicans just have so much. Seems like Democrats really like their "help." Maybe if she went back to her old job, she could have some more "help."

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REBECCAMA 7/19/2011 4:26PM

  I just checked Snopes on this. Here's some info for you:

Laura Bush had 24- 26 attendants
Lady Bird Johnson had 30, her "cause" was cleaning up the roadways
Betty Ford had 30
Jacqueline Kennedy had 40. Her "cause" was renovating the White House.


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REMODELINGPAT 7/19/2011 12:19PM

    Maybe...just MAYBE...she needs her old job back...it might help balance the budget...?

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How's THIS for a "Caring" President?!

Monday, July 18, 2011

As America’s poorest wait for Social Security checks that may never come on Aug. 3, President Barack Obama will be out celebrating a milestone birthday at a party where tickets cost up to $35,800 each.

Obama has chosen the first day of the potential default to throw his 50th birthday bash, combining it with raising money for next year’s election. His actual birthday is Aug. 4.

Republicans are slamming the decision to have the party as “insensitive.”

“This really shows how unserious he is,” Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, a fellow Chicagoan, tells Newsmax exclusively. “I realize it’s his birthday, but he is a president who has said he doesn’t know if social security checks will go out that day.

“If that’s the case, I cannot believe he will be having a big party that very day.”

Obama said on Tuesday that he cannot guarantee that social security checks will go out from August 3 unless a deal can be reached on raising the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit. “There may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” he told CBS’ Scott Pelley.

Unless the deal is reached, government services across the board will be cut and in many cases closed down.

“My first thought was that he will have to fly to Chicago before the third because I can’t imagine airports will be open,” said Walsh. “And he’ll have to have a huge supply of candles because the lights are going to go out.

“I am amazed he will be able to have a party at all.”

Walsh said he hopes to be in Chicago on Aug. 3 himself to be with his family in case the calamity that Obama has warned about comes to fruition. “I just doubt I’ll get an invitation to the party,” he said.

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is expected to perform at the birthday bash at the historic Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. The event will be one of the president’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Publicity literature featuring a red, white and blue Happy Birthday logo has already been produced.

The event will be “multi-tiered,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The Hudson concert would cost $50; admission to the party $200; a premium seat $1,000; a souvenir photo with the president $10,000; and VIP seating and dinner with Obama $38,500.

Another GOP Congressman, Louie Gohmert of Texas was incredulous about the timing. “That’d be as crazy as setting up golf games in the middle of going after Osama bin Laden,” he said. “I’m sure he wouldn’t do something like that – or maybe he would.”

Obama has been leading contentious talks all week with leaders of both parties in the House and Senate to avoid the August 2 deadline. On Friday he warned of financial “Armageddon” if a deal cannot be reached.

However, the birthday party will NOT be cancelled.

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KAKIPOPUP 7/19/2011 8:16PM

    Amazing how we can support millionnaires and billionnaires and corporations, but not middle-class and poor Americans...Thanks to the republicans.....

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REBECCAMA 7/19/2011 4:45PM

  Maybe Obama is planning on having the problem solved before then. August 3rd is still a few weeks away.

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DIZZYDOC 7/19/2011 5:57AM

    The news from around the world is very different from what you hear in the States Coming from China, as an American, I truly hope we do not default. It will be truly disastrous as our largest creditor and the rest of the world will not take this action, by the holder of the worlds international currency,lightly.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/18/2011 10:43PM

    Amazing that there is no money to pay the social security recipients, but billions of dollars can be given to other countries and thrown away on parties such as this while so many in our country are doing without the necessities in life. Praying that we may again find that God is, has always been and will always be in control of our country and everything.
Let us put God back where He belongs!!!

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JSPEED4 7/18/2011 3:49PM

    Yep. And Congress, both branches, are already about 4 decades BEHIND the time when this all needed to be addressed. Many, in each new group sworn into office, acted like everything was cleared and new when they got voted in!

LORD, come quickly!

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I'm still Here....just a little absent!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hi Sparkies,

I still have a house full of guests.........or at least it SEEMS full of guests, even though there are only two of them.

They are my 16 year old granddaughter and her friend, 18, from Massachusetts. I can't believe teenagers can sleep as much as these guys do!

I had to put myself to bed for two full days to see if I can get over this crud thing in my body, and today I seem much better.

It is my goal to take the kids up to Hurricane Ridge and Sol Duc Falls today. That is, if I can get them out of bed before sundown!!

I'm thinking of you all, and appreciate the "silence" of a whole lot of messages while I have company while being sick at the same time. I just don't get on Flicka often these days, but.................


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/18/2011 7:56PM

    Hope you are over the crud by now. Continuing prayers for you...

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AMYJEAN911 7/11/2011 10:14PM

    Thanks for stopping in to let us know you're on the mend! I've been thinking about you. LOL I still lurk the Hurricane Ridge webcam every day. Hope you have a great visit with your granddaughter.


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GETFIT2LIVE 7/11/2011 12:50PM

    Been thinking of you and wondering how it was going with your guests. Hope you can kick the crud entirely out of your system and get the kids up--they should enjoy that!


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The Photo Quilt is FINISHED!!!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Hello Sparkies,

As some of you know, I decided to try a whole new method for making a quilt.

I love the area I live in, and frequently go for hikes. I always have my trusty camera with me, and have some phenominally beautiful photos as a result.

One day the bright idea came to me that I wanted to do something a bit different with my photos and quilting. So I blew up a few photos to size 8 1/2 x 11, put up a large piece of white fabric on my design wall, and began to free cut fabric.

These will tell you the story:

We need a STUMP! and some WATER!

Now add in some TREES and a PATHWAY!

So we can create this:

and this:

Which will give us this:

So we can hang it here:

Don't ask how many spools of thread I went through for all the thread painting with my little Elna!

This really expanded my creative thinking, and was both difficult and wonderful to work on.

I hope you enjoyed the show.

ADDENDUM: A lot of you have asked how long it took to make it. Approximately 3 1/2 months.

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MIRACLELOVE77 7/18/2011 12:18PM


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DOLLIE6 7/17/2011 5:47PM

    You are so talented. What a beauty.

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MPENNE 7/17/2011 3:25PM

    emoticon is the only word that comes to mind. You are a very very talented lady.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/11/2011 12:48PM

    Wow! Truly amazingly beautiful!

Will you be entering it in any contests? I see a sure winner!!

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SANDYRAE5 7/7/2011 7:19AM

    Wow, now that is creative. Absolutely beautiful!

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GCHUNG 7/6/2011 9:41AM

    fantastic job!!

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BERNERQUILTS 7/5/2011 11:15AM

    I just saw a program on landscape quilting, this is more fantastic than any thing they showed!!!!!!!!!

When I look at it I FEEL like I am right there on the path in
the forest.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 7/5/2011 9:17AM

    Nice quilts! Yahoo! Susana

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AMYJEAN911 7/3/2011 8:08PM

    Oh my gosh that is AMAZING!!! Have I mentioned lately how much you completely rock? What an accomplishment.

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FUTUREHOPE49 7/3/2011 5:59PM

    Wow! they are beautiful! What a lovely idea! Well done!

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COLEENCOLE 7/3/2011 3:09PM

    So amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 7/3/2011 12:56PM

    Wow! That quilt is gorgeous! You are so talented! I would love to learn to quilt...


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PURPLESPEDCOW 7/3/2011 12:53PM

    Absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, I know some quilters too and they would be amazed!

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GRANDMACOO 7/3/2011 12:32PM

    WOW! That is absolutely awe inspiring! Wonderful quilt!

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GRACEISENUF 7/3/2011 12:26PM

    Two of my friends came to read this blog and I wanted to see your work.....absolutely beautiful. I live in central Cali and visit northern Cali all the time so I enjoy hiking and the outdoors.

You are very talented!


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RUFFIT 7/3/2011 12:14PM

    Absolutely gorgeous. You are definitely talented. Moni emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/3/2011 12:13PM

    My. Oh. My. Okay, now I HAVE to come see you because I want to see that in person (and you too, of course). I knew it would be beautiful, but that is amazing. I want to come see the detail! Absolutely amazing, my FBC.

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GRANDMA1951 7/3/2011 12:06PM

    That is gorgeous!!! You are so talented. I'd also like to know how long it took. I'm sooo jealous.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/3/2011 11:45AM

    Your quilt is absolutely beautiful!!! Such in creative idea...I can see you doing more of these in the future. Praise the Lord for the talent He has given you.
Love and hugs,

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TYBEWALLACE 7/3/2011 11:45AM

    That is amazing, You are so talented and creative. I could never do anything so beautiful.... What a wonderful gift to be able to transulate the beauty of your area into something everyone else can share....

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BECKYI39 7/3/2011 11:18AM

    It is beautiful!

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DISP715 7/3/2011 11:15AM

    I'm confused. You made that??? I am a knitter, never quilted in my life. THAT is about the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen!!! You are very talented. How long did it take? I wish I could see it in person.

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