Saturday, January 28, 2012
Hi Special Friends!
A lot of you know that I have been working hard on making another Ally Cat Quilt by Krackers for a child battling cancer in Oregon. I've been primarily off line since getting the request.
You have asked me to be sure I post a photo of the finished quilt. I will do that, but it isn't ready yet.
I needed to take 4 hours off the quilt so I could clean up my quilt room, as there was no place for me to work any more.
I had fabric on the tables, desk, light table, chair, chest and floor. Some of it was scraps from cutting (I was doing the Eleanor Burns thing, if you get my drift), and other fabrics that I interviewed and rejected were just plopped where ever they landed.
I couldn't find any of my 5 rotary cutters; they were amoung the layers.
Who could even guess where the rulers were??
I even lost my design that I had worked so hard on.
I picked up one pile of fabric, and lo and behold, there was a CAT sleeping under it.
That fabric had to be washed before putting away. Cat hair on fabric is not a good thing, except when one is watching TV with a quilt on the lap, and a cat on the quilt. Then it is okay.
So, dear friends, I have certainly gotten some exercise today!
Now, back to the quilt.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
This letter came across my desk this morning, and I want to share it with you.
We have an election coming up, and I hope you are all participating in the process.
Some say that there are too many debates going on. I don't think so.
Our last election for President had no "vetting" of the candidates, the media played up to the winning candidate without checking him out thoroughly. Had we had the full information on him, I am positive we would never had put him in office.
No bona fide birth certificate, no college records, house that was financed by a well known thug, questionable social security numbers (13 found to date so far), the list goes on and on.
And now he is using OUR tax dollars to do his campaign, all the while bragging about raising "over a billion dollars to campaign for re-election".
Talk about illegal!! And of course, the media hushes that little bit up.
He turned down thousands of Americans the opportunity for jobs by refusing the pipeline, citing Environmentalists reasons.
The truth of the situation is that all the reports were in LAST YEAR, and were completely approved by the White House. NOW they say they need MORE studies, and a different route.
Canada is, understandably talking to the Chinese about the pipeline. Thank you, Mr. Obama.
So yes, let us continue on with the debates. This time I want to KNOW the candidates' positions. I want to know their stance on National Healthcare, wars, military might, tax structures, czars, jobs, our natural resources, their backgrounds, and their position on "talking with the Taliban".
WE are responsible for America. This election will either make or break our nation.
Now off my soap box and on to the letter:
THANK YOU AMERICA!
Dear American Taxpayer
For only the second time in my adult life, I am not
ashamed of my country. I want to thank the hard
working American people for paying $242 thousand
dollars for my vacation in Spain .
My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends,
my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time.
Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed
in a $2,500.00 per night private 3-story villa at a 5-Star luxury hotel.
Thank you also for the use of Air Force Two
and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged
along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times.
By the way, if you happen to be visiting the Costa del Sol ,
I highly recommend the Buenaventura Plaza restaurant
in Marbella ; great lobster with rice and oysters!
I'm ashamed to admit the lobsters we ate in Martha's Vineyard were not quite as tasty, but what can you do if you're not in Europe , you have to just grin and bear it?
Air Force Two (which costs $11,351 per hour to operate
according to Government Accounting Office reports)
only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip
and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2.
These are only rough estimates, but they are close.
That's quite a carbon footprint as my good friend
Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American
citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and
drive less too, so we can lessen our combined
I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling
to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet.
So I do appreciate your sacrifices and do hope you
find work soon.
I was really exhausted after Barack took our family
on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago.
I just had to get away for a few days.
Michelle (Moochelle) Obama
P.S. Thank you as well for the $2 BILLION dollar trip
P.SS. Thank you, too, for that vacation trip to
Martha's Vineyard; it was fabulous.
And thanks for that second smaller jet that took our
dog Bo to Martha's Vineyard so we and the children
could have him with us while we were away from the
White House for eleven days. After all, we couldn't
take him on Air Force One because he might pee
on some wires or something.
P.SSS. Oh, I almost forgot to say thanks also for
our two-week trip to Hawaii at Christmas. That 7,000
square foot house was great! That only cost you guys $4m. The Mr. wanted to do Camp David! Boring !!!!!!!!
P.SSSs don't forget my ski trip to Vail this winter
and now the girls and I are in Africa with my mom.
All this while Barack golfs and campaigns to
keep my trips coming for the next 4 years !
Love ya!Remember, we all have to share the pain of these
economic times equally!
Love to -redistribute- share- the wealth.
SEND THIS TO EVERY AMERICAN NOW
STAND UP, SPEAK UP.
Friday, January 20, 2012
YAHOO ON ME!!!!!!!
I am back in from shoveling snow for 115 minutes, and toted a sawhorse up my East Driveway so no one can try to drive on it.
That's TWO YAHOOS!!
I weighed in and see that I shoveled away 1.5 pounds.
That's THREE YAHOOS!!
I have some wonderful home made stew that I started yesterday and am now heating up on the stove.
That's FIVE YAHOOS.
I was going to bake bread to go with the stew, but got too busy and forgot to make it. That means I won't be eating a lot of delicious, home made bread with gobs of butter!!
That's SIX YAHOOS.
I realized that shoveling snow is a better thing than shoveling horse........ahem.
That's SEVEN YAHOOS!!
I can clean my snow shovel with a hose and put it right away.
That's EIGHT YAHOOS!!
I'm going to do some quilting this afternoon.
That's NINE YAHOOS!
I did my blog today.
That's TEN YAHOOS!!!!!
That's a whole lot of YAHOOS for me. I feel great about them!
Got any YAHOOS you want to tell us about???
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Before I moved to Washington state, we lived on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in CA. We had a view all the way from Carmel to Santa Cruz, and we had a ranch.
I had horses on that ranch, along with dogs, cats, peacocks, wild turkeys, coyotes, and cougars. My life was full.
For those of you who have never had a ranch or horses, here's some news for you.
They are wonderful, beautiful, intelligent beings, and are so easy to love. The smell of horses is a wonderful, soul-soothing thing, and nothing in the world compares to giving a horse a big hug.
But they are also a lot of work. You have to feed them twice a day, at the same time. You have to keep track of their water levels, make sure you have called in the alfalfa order and made room in the barn for the tons of it. You have to remember when it is time for the vet to come out and give them an annual check up, and when the ferrier is coming to do their hooves.
Horses need currying, and brushing, and their teeth floated. Their ears need to be checked for ticks, and they need to be kept clean. Horses rarely like getting their ears cleaned, so that takes some doing.
Have you ever given a horse a bath? Yep, horses need to have baths. That is usually a several hour job. And they need exercising and training daily.
That means you have to haul heavy saddles, fight the bit, and make sure the cinch is nice and tight, and that the horse has not kepts its stomach all bloated out, which they do when they know a saddle is in the same vicinity.
Along with all this, there is the care and maintenance of their gear. Saddle soaping and conditioning the bridles, reins, saddles, and keeping their blankets clean. And you have to keep the bedding in the stalls fresh and clean.
Oh, yes. There is one other little thing among the many I haven't listed here.
You have to shovel. You have to shovel out their stalls every single day.
Horses do not do little doodies like dogs or cats or birds. No. Horses do BIG DOODIES, piles and piles of doodies. And YOU get to shovel it. AND have it hauled away.
I made the decision to not move my horses when I came up here.
Hauling horses across mountain ranges is not a good thing to do, because there are some damned mean people out there who try to force horse trailers off the roads because they don't go fast enough. And horses can't travel in trailers for long periods of time, so you have to make arrangements along the way for them to be able to pasture 6-8 hours every day, and get plenty of rest outside the trailer. Professional horse haulers are not easy to come by either, so you have to be real careful there too.
Anyway, back to shoveling and doodies.
I believed that, moving up here without horses would end my shoveling days. Not so.
It snows where I now live, and we have a big circular driveway on a very steep hill. It doesn't snow all the time, and most of the time we have pretty good weather.
Not the case this week.
We got dumped on, big time.
Some of you may remember when I shoveled snow last year, too, and made my Snow Queen.
Well, I haven't made a Snow Queen or even a Snow Tramp, but I sure have been shoveling!!
I've been shoveling for two days. DH shoveled with me for two days. Winnie was delighted with the snow, and perched himself in the deepest snow mound he could find, grinning from ear to ear and panting.
Ya gotta love them Goldens!!
So here I am, haven't done anything with Nicole for a couple days, but my body might as well have. I've got aches and pains in places I didn't know my body had!!
Hot bath time!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Well, not exactly "WAS", because it ain't over yet.
I did 42 minutes with The Beast, doing the fat-tourching, calorie-blasting workout with her.
KINDA with her.
I did fairly well this morning with the warm up part. I actually pretty much kept up with her. But then came the rest of the workout.
It was supposed to be 30 minutes, but it took ME 42.
It takes longer if you have to stop and rewind the stupid video because you layed too long on the floor and needed to find out what I missed.
There is one part in particular I want to tell you about. That is the one-legged balancing act.
I have a hard time balancing on both feet, to say nothing of trying to balance with one leg LIFTED UP HIGH AND OFF TO THE SIDE OF MY BODY!!!
I tip over. I don't FALL; I TIP, just like the little tea pot, short and stout.
My first tip over landed on YeowLing. She let out a YEEEEOOOOOWWWWWLLLL, hissed, raised her back, and fled the room. Let me tell you, that cat has LUNGS!
DH came running in, and just by one look from me, he followed the cat out.
I get back up, and try to do the lifted leg off to the side again, and this time tip over into Flicka, my computer.
I have to take time out to pick up all the papers and junk that I knocked off the desk.
Rewind the video again. Find the last tip over spot, click play, and this time, I am much too clever to try the side leg raised thing while managing to move my arms holding weights, all at the same time.
I am woman, therefore, can multi-task. Some how, though, I can't seem to grasp it with Nicole's antics. My hands hold the weights, my arms move, and my feet stay put.
Then I do the back dip thing, and am supposed to bring the weights up in the air at the same time or something, and my feet get all tangled up, and I land on the rowing machine.
I pick my bruised, battered body back up, and wonder how many calories I burn when I do that.
Rewind, hit play again, and oh, goodie. Now she is on the floor with the weights. I look forward to this one, because it means I won't tip over and go through a wall or two.
I'm on the floor, on my back, legs bent, and have weights in my arms. We lift the weights up so they meet, and then down we go again. I can do this. Then we sit on the floor, and do some more arm things. Then we move on to leaning back, and do weighty things with our arms, which brings attention to not only the arms, but the abdomen, too.
While abdomen and arms whisper nasty things about me, I continue on. I'm pretty good at the weights as long as I am (a) sitting on the floor, (b) lying on the floor, and (c) standing on both feet.
I finally finish up with all the shenanigans she thinks of, and it is with great relief that I find myself still breathing and able to move my appendages without too much agony.
I stick the Beast and her DVD back in its holder, and gleefully shove it on the shelf. That takes care of HER for the day! Other than the pain she has caused me, I can forget about her for another 24 hours.
I pull out one of the DVDs of dancing, and give it a try. It's called "Body Groove with Misty Tripoli. It comes in a set of 4 different DVDs, so I begin with the first one. (That's because it sounds like the easiest.)
It is called "Spirit Groove", and she tells us to "move our bodies move to the rhythm of the music in whatever way feels right". Sounds good, doesn't it.
She does these suggestions of low-impact, high-energy workout, and it is actually fun.
I move my wrists, clench my hands, move my elbows, then shoulders, then hips, head...........all the while I am getting lost in the beat and the fun.
I haven't moved like that in a very long time, and I am beginning to suspect a new adventure awaits me as I go through these discs. I suspect I will once again claim my body freedom.
And guess what! Misty Tripoli isn't nasty and vindictive like Nicole. She doesn't expect me to balance on one foot or anything.........at least not so far!!
Brother! What a workout day it really was!!!
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