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Saturday, September 24, 2011

I love to hike in my beautiful Olympic Peninsula, and one of my favorite hikes is the Sol Duc Falls Trail in the Olympic National Forest. I always remember to bring my camera, because there are so many incredible shots to take.

This quilt is from one of my photos that I blew up to 8 1/2x 11. I don't use anything else for the pattern other than the photo. No blow ups, no drawing.....just free cutting, fusing and then incredible hours of thread painting.

I got a lot of encouragement from my local quilt club, Sun Bonnet Sue's, and they talked me in to entering the quilt to the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, CA. I also got a whole lot of ooooohs and aaaaaahs from my Sparkie friends.

So I filled out the forms requesting admission into the competetive show, never dreaming it would be accepted.

I kind of forgot about that, and moved on to other things. Then one day I received their reply.

SOL DUC FALLS TRAIL WAS ACCEPTED into the juried show!!!!

This show is one of the largest in the world, and I am part of it!!!! what an honor, just being accepted!!!

So now I have all my reservations to go to CA from October 9-20th.

Since I moved from that area to the Olympic Peninsula 4 1/2 years ago, I have a lot of friends there, and know my way around. That always helps when traveling.

Already I have plans all set with a couple groups of my friends. I am looking very forward to being with them, and sharing lots of hugs and laughter.

I am part of the Spirited Underdogs Spark Team, and our Fall challenge has begun. One of the requests from the leaders was to take my measurements. I hadn't done that in quite a while.

Not only have I lost over 20 pounds since starting Spark, I have lost a whole lot of inches. It was good to be able to enter the lower measurement numbers and see just how well I am doing.

I have spent the latter part of the summer eating from my community garden. Lots of fresh lettuce, onions, zucchine and crook neck squash, green beans, strawberries, cantaloupe, tomatoes..........the list goes on. There is nothing like eating straight from the garden! The food is so much more flavorful than what we buy in the super markets!

I got my fellow gardners Larry and Sharon all in love with fried green tomatoes, which they expected would be mush and nasty. Now they have stocked up on Panko, which in Japanese bread crumbs that we use to coat the tomatoes before frying.

Now I know that Fried Green Tomatoes aren't exactly "diet" food, but what the heck. It sure beats chowing down on a bag of Oreos, right??

DH actually got his shop cleared out enough to move some cars in, but now he can't find the keys to any of the cars. I helped him with the shop until I was going nuts, but together, we got er done.

DH and I went to see the latest "Ape" movie, and were expecting it to be campy like the old ones. It isn't. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars. I recommend it to everyone.

Our fall challenge has started, as I said. I love this team. They are all so very active and supportive, and always a laugh. Very inspirational.

Our challenge is to lose 5% of our weight during the weeks ahead. I don't do the 5%. I do 5 pounds at a time. I'm not good with those big numbers, and 5 pounds at a time is do-able for me.

That's something I love about Spark. None of the "Rules" are set in concrete, and we are all encouraged to do it whatever way works best for each person.

So Winsten and I have done our walks already today, and now I move on to heavy housecleaning. I'm telling you..........getting the rake and shovel out to clean house is not my favorite way to spend a Saturday. Especially when I get in the mode to CLEAN!!!! I wear myself out, but rather enjoy the glistening while I work, because I then know I am burning off fat and strengthening my body.

Speaking of which, I need to close now and get to the glistening part of my day!

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NOTFATCAT 9/26/2011 9:11PM

    Very good on the quilt and everything else. You are doing so great.
Have a great trip south and win that competition.

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GRANDMACOO 9/25/2011 8:10AM

    emoticon on being accepted into the PIQF! What an honor, although, looking at the BEAUTIFUL quilt, I would have no doubt that you would be accepted.

Glad we are part of the same Dawg team again.

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TYBEWALLACE 9/24/2011 8:07PM

    Hey Lady, I'm so glad to see you back!!!
Congratulatons on being accepted by the PIQF, I remember when you first showed us the quilt you made and it was so beautiful so it's a proud moment to be recognized for your talents....
I LOVE this team too, GO DAWGS!!!!!!

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DRAKON9 9/24/2011 6:26PM

    The quilt if fabulous! Congratulations on getting accepted into the show!

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HAPPYLOSER46 9/24/2011 6:18PM

    That quilt is incredible, or should I say incredibly beautiful! I can't believe you freehanded that whole quilt! You are so talented!

I'm glad we're on the same team! GO DAWGS! :D

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JMARIES51 9/24/2011 3:20PM

    Your quilt is gorgeous and I am amazed by your techniques. Congratulations on the acceptance to the juried show. That is a great honor.
Hope you have a wonderful day and get a lot of cleaning done before the bad weather sets in.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/24/2011 2:30PM

    Wow, such a lot of good news in there! I am sooo excited for you to take your gorgeous quilt to CA, that is a wonderful and well-deserved honor. And how fun to get a chance to visit with friends, too! I didn't realize you used to live down there. Hope the cleaning goes well today and you don't wear yourself out too much. Try and fit in some fun, too!

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Get angry and pass this on!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.

If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98.

If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.

I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!

Congressional benefits ---- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement entitlements?

We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless

In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey . And now Pakistan ......home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!

Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!

They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.

Sad isn't it?

99% of people won't have the guts to forward this.

I'm one of the 1% -- I Just Did.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/23/2011 1:43PM

    If I dont get my social security you best believe I will sue the Government to get it! Becsuse I know we contributed a lot to it! They have been stealing from it for years, and also have never reimbursed those families whose parents died and still had money in that acount; but the Government takes it after the eprson dies! And all they have put put in it, has been going to those foreigner that comes to America who cant work! Its called Supplemental Social security and anyone who cant work and has applied for it has gotten it! YOUR social security! Yes its coming out of our social security! Its down right thievery that this is happening! It should not happen. Its why I dont trust the Government with our pensions too! Scared! Because they did the same thing IN Russia! Now the Russian elderly are living on scraps given by the Government! No hospitalization for the elderly and they live from day to day begging from their families and churches for subsistance! Thats what Communism does to the elderly! Slwoly starves them to death! !

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2WENDYDENE 9/23/2011 1:22PM

    It is a damn shame and an embarrassment. We give, and give, and give to other countries before taking care of our own. We allow people to jump into our country illegally and we support them with 'free stuff'. The politicians should be ashamed.

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Nobel Winner Quits U.S. Science Group Over Climate Stance

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nobel Prize-winning physicist and erstwhile Obama supporter Ivar Giaever has resigned as a Fellow from the prestigious American Physical Society to protest the organization's promotion of manmade global warming fears.

Norwegian-born Dr. Giaever shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1973 for work at General Electric related to superconductors.

In an email to APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby on Sept. 13, which was obtained by the Climate Depot website, Giaever said:

"Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I cannot live with the [APS] statement below:

"Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate.

"The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now."

Giaever goes on to say: "In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degrees Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this 'warming' period."

A PHYSICIST, a Nobel Prize WINNER (how fast can YOU say "AlGore"?! LOL!) has come out in a very PUBLIC REBUKE OF THE AMERICAN Physical Society, The Nobel Fellowship & Obama said "NO MORE!" .

He and the 70 other SCIENTISTS join a large and growing group of SCIENTISTS who have publicly called Global Warming a hoax, lie, myth a fraud.

Ivar Giaever uses the Kelvin scale AND notes that this is ONLY in the context of the last 150 years...and, says the temps have gone up about a HALF OF A DEGREE on the farenheit scale (the scale we use to tell weather)!!!


IN 150 YEARS!!!


Crikey! That can be attributed to, oh, say...SUMMER!!

Folks, this is rich!

What do WE DO?

Expose it.

Refute it.

Defeat it.

Get rid of it.

And above ALL, do not fall into the Scare Tactics Bowl!! Think for yourselves!

Personally, I have always found it amazing that Al Gore and his bunch believe MAN can do what GOD cannot!

Historical weather patterns and charts are readily available at your local library if you want to check all this out.

In the meantime, have a NORMAL, BEAUTIFUL Autumn season!


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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/22/2011 12:32PM

    I have no worry about temperature...... G*d takes care of his own. I have actually been freezing! lolI have trust in MY G*D to keep his words to me! He promises to never leave us nor forsake us; and will care for his own! Maybe its his way of getting rid of those who dont abide by his word? Killing them off with the heat? and flooding? lol No fear here!

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TOWHEE 9/19/2011 3:55PM

    The converse can also be said. Those that accept anthromorphic climate change are out to secure grants to continue their "studies".

Geologists have ice core samples that show that CO2 changes depending upon sun cycles. Hmm, that makes sense to me. While we're at it Mt. Kilauea has been spewing out all sorts of gases for over 30 years. Has that been taken into consideration? What about Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. St. Helens, the Mexican and Caribbean volcanos, and the Alaska volcanoes? Of course we can't forget the Sun! That's where most of our heat comes from and anyone who is a radio operator knows that the Sun has cycles that both helps and interferes with transmissions. These cycles seem to be directly related to our weather and our temperatures.

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GIANT-STEPS 9/19/2011 1:42PM

  The majority of climate scientists are in the camp that accepts anthromorphic climate change. The skeptics are the fringe view. There are scientists that think the universe is thousands of years old rather than billions as well. Note that Ivar Giaever is not a climate scientist; his area is superconducting and electron tunneling. Linux Pauling is also a Nobel prize winner and groundbreaking chemist but his work with megavitamin therapy is medical quackery. Expertise in one area of science does not make someone an expert in all.
Yes, people should do research. When have the warmest years occurred? What is happening to the ice in Anctartica and the Arctic ocean? What has happened to sea levels in the 20th century? I agree, people should look at the data and think for themselves. Look at what the military, NASA, and similar non-partisan organizations stand on the issue.
The people who earnestly doubt anthropomorphic climate change are swayed by their ideology rather than the data. Industries that would be harmed by carbon regulation are quick to fund anyone who comes out as a climate change skeptic much the way tobacco companies showered doctors with money who were willing to say cigarettes were not harmful or addictive.

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Remembering 9-11 with Stars and Stripes and Stars

Monday, September 12, 2011

Yesterday I took Stars and Stripes and Stars (above) to the VFW for their 9-11 Memorial Ceremony.

This quilt has quite a story.

I prayed God to give me an inspiration as to how I could honor our Vets, as I am an extremely patriotic person. There's a ka-zillion stories I could tell you about being raised in a very patriotic family, but those stories are not for today.

I was a brand new quilter, and this was my 3rd attempt at making a quilt. When I chose the fabrics, the ladies at the quilt shop said it will never work with what I wanted to do.

So of course, those were the fabrics I chose.

Once the quilt was pieced, I decided that it really didn't belong to ME. It belongs to the Service men and women who have served our country at the risk of their own lives.

I had been thinking about using different buttons off uniforms from the various branches, but then a "God Thing" happened.

I took the quilt down to the local Army/Navy surplus store, thinking of perhaps finding buttons there. While I was looking around, I layed the unfinished quilt on the counter. When I came back from looking for the buttons, three men were clustered around the quilt. They all looked like they were fresh from the Hell's Angels...........greasy jeans, leather vests, huge chain of keys on their belts.

When I got to the quilt, I asked them if I could help them. One of them rather shyly asked if I had made the quilt. I nodded "yes", and then he said "You made it for US, didn't you."

I replied "Well, if you are Veterans, then Yes, I DID make it for you".

Then all three of them started shuffling their feet, and looking at everything except me while one of them stammered and stuttered around, asking if I "would be willing to put some military medals on it".

I was delighted, of course, and they asked if I would wait for them at the store, because they would go home and get "a few medals".

When they came back, they again very shyly thanked me for waiting, and then brought out their medals. The medals were from POW camps. All three of them had been POWs during Viet Nam, and wanted to place those medals on the quilt.

I was flabbergasted. These men had to dig out their trunks from their military days, which they told me were stored "deep in the back of the basement".

They all told me they had never worn their medals, and didn't ever want to wear them or see them again, but they knew they wanted them on the quilt.

They said "They belong on HER", pointing to the quilt.

They chose where they wanted their medals placed, and we put them on her right away.

Having given them my phone number, a few days later the phone started ringing. More vets had heard about the quilt, and they too wanted to put their medals on her.

There are no words to describe the feelings of watching these people pin on the medals they had so suffered for on to where they thought would look "right".

Stars and Stripes and Stars took on a life of her own.

I began getting requests to bring the quilt to various military events, and each time, more medals were added.

She now wears medals from WW I, WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

She has a Purple Heart, and POW/MIA pin, a Bronze star. She has medals from Medics, Rangers, and Infantry. She boasts proudly her Air Force Captain's medals, Strategic Air Command, Navy and Marine medals. One of her pins is a from a 5 star W.W. I General!

Many of these medals, I cannot read. But people who have served in the Military CAN read them, and they look upon them with tears in their eyes. But they always walk away from her a little taller, and their shoulders are back, their heads held high. It is all very humbling for me.

Stars and Stripes and Stars has been displayed in many states, at many functions. She is very well known throughout the nation. She has become what the Vets call a "National Treasure".

This year I took her down to the VFW in my little town for their Memorial for 9-11 Heroes. She was, as usual, heartfelt by many people who have so valiantly served our nation.

I wish I could show you in a photo all the medals on her. There are many, and I am sure more to come.

While she is not traveling, she hangs in a place of honor in our living room. If you are local, or passing through, come see her for yourself.

This last Memorial Service she was at here at my town brought a new reality to me.

I had only Military medals on her. That isn't right!

I had forgotten all about the Police Departments and Fire Departments! They, too, are heroes, all too often overlooked.

Today I enquired at my local Police Department and Fire Department, asking if they have any medals that could be displayed on the quilt. Neither of their Commanders were in, so I am now awaiting phone calls.

When then-President Bush saw her in Washington at the Viet Nam wall, he asked if he could keep her in the White House. I said "No. She does not belong to ME. She belongs to all the men and women who have served our country. She must be free to be displayed at any and all of their functions where they wish her to be."

Yes, Stars and Stripes and Stars does belong to our Nation's heroes who so courageously keep our freedom preserved.

Let us never forget! Thank a hero today! We have so many of them!!!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/14/2011 8:49PM

    I wish I had thought of it, but I dont make any Holiday quilts. But I may try a Patriotic quilt now. You inspired me to show my love for our Vets in my quilting! I almost cried, but I dont want to cry on your quilt, I want to celebrate!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/13/2011 1:12AM

    Words fail, my dear friend--it is truly an inspired creation. Thank you so much for sharing her story and for sharing her with the men and women she was created to honor. Now I REALLY have to schedule a trip to come out and see you so I can get a close-up look at her!


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QUILTINGB52 9/12/2011 7:00PM

    I'm tearing up & have chills up my spine ~ what an awesome life this quilt has taken on. Created by one and loved by all!!!!!

Thank you for sharing!

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BERNERQUILTS 9/12/2011 6:46PM

    What a wonderful quilt and story, thanks for sharing with us too.

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TINKLOVESBEAR 9/12/2011 6:08PM

    What a BEAUTIFUL story! emoticon

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    How awesomely beautiful!!

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I Just Thought You Should Know

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

As you open your pockets for the next natural disaster, please keep these facts in mind:

· The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses.

· The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

· UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE. Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause!

· The Salvation Army's Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause!

· The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

· The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

· The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

· The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

· The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

No further comment is necessary. Please share this with everyone you can.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/9/2011 11:55AM

    I tried to share this with my other spark friends but it would not allow me to. I wonder why? It was good to share, so you know. I am with you, I give to those I know use my money for real good and not just pay someones paycheck! we ahve to eb wise in our giving but still be hospitable! Its a Christian and Jewish command. susana

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GRANDMACOO 9/8/2011 8:30AM

    Thanks for reminding us.....my DH always does lots of research before we donate after a disaster or to something more specific than our usual charities.

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    I pretty much stick to my cong,, Jehovah Witnesses,,who are almost the FIRSt to respond to the disasters,,,,,, and NO ONE at ALL gets paid !! Many from my own area of Maine,,,went down to New Orleans,,,and worked for FREE on homes,,,and those on the committees,,,got PAID 0.00 ! BINGO ! Thats where I'll put my cash ! THANKS for the eye opener,,,when I worked for the city they used to "force you gently" to make a contribution to the United way and I HATED it for JUST this reason !

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MNABOY 9/7/2011 10:18PM

    About time we hear the truth.

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MARTY19 9/7/2011 7:28PM

    I did not realize this. Thanks for sharing.


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TYBEWALLACE 9/7/2011 6:34PM

    Thank you for sharing, my dad was a proud veteran and those organizations that help our vets do wonders.....

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RUFFIT 9/7/2011 5:47PM

    An eye opener!! emoticon

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GRANDMA1951 9/7/2011 2:33PM

    Thanks for the info. That's one reason I'm very selective when I give to charities. It's always good to review where our money is going.

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GRAMMAMARY 9/7/2011 1:35PM

    I usually always check to see how much of my dollar actually goes where I want it to go.
It always annoys me when I see how much money and benefits the big wigs in a company get and in private industry they still get paid and bonuses even when the company does poorly. That's just not right. I just had my yearly review and because I have been with the company for more than 3 years I got a whopping 0.25/hour increase. Now I make $8.95/hour with no benefits.

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CHUMLEY54 9/7/2011 1:04PM

    Sticking with local charities and ones like the Amer. Leg. are the way to get the most bang for the buck. I stopped giving to the major orgs a long time ago because of this.

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VERONICA678 9/7/2011 12:46PM



Very useful (and shocking info)

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