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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Another hurricane is heading for the gulf and oh what a pain. That's all we will do for the next few days is watch the weather channel for updates. And the current prediction is headed straight for the Florida Panhandle, right for my house. Around here we track timelines by hurricanes. Where were you when Opal hit in 1995? We learned a lot of lessons back then, like make sure you have flood insurance if you live near the water. Flood insurance is so reasonable so why doesn't everyone have it?
I had a very good client back in 1995 who added an addition onto the back of her home and I had just finished helping her decorate and furnish it. Her home was on a bayou and the storm serge caused that bayou to fill up and flood her home. We had to do everything again. Prior to Opal's arrival, Hurricane Erin came through just 2 months earlier. I was working with a client updating her one bedroom condo which was on the ground floor on the Gulf of Mexico. Erin did some damage in the middle of the project and we had to regroup a bit. We finished the job prior to Opal's arrival and guess what, Opal pushed her whole condo through the back window and onto the parking lot. We had sailboats in the road and no way to get to Destin because the highway was washed out. That highway always washes out.

Then there was Hurricane Ivan where I experienced a direct hit on my building. We had evacuated to my son's home where they had just had a new baby. When we returned I went to my building and when I stepped into the front room, my feet started to squish on the carpet. Ivan had lifted the roof on one side of the building and everything on that side was ruined and many things on the other side as well. Thus began a 2 month renovation. What a job. But I found out I had great insurance and was able to renovate nicely with a new roof, carpet, samples, decor, etc. That was in 2004 and now we are faced with another "I" storm possibly heading our way. One thing for certain, once a storm gets into the Gulf of Mexico it is a crapshoot as to where it is going to go. I favor the European Weather model which has it going to Houston, TX.
One certain thing is that we'll be doing nothing but watching the TV for updates the next few days.

Addendum: It is a beuaitul sunny day today and if we didn't know better we wouldn't have a clue that there was a hurricane smoldering out there. I often think about the old days with little communication and how hurricanes would wipe out places like Galveston, Texas or the Florida Keys and many would be swept away or drown. At any rate, I prefer a hurricane any day to a tornado or an earthquake. At least you have some sort of notification and are able to prepare and get out of the way.

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/26/2012 12:26PM

    Boy...you have had some bad luck with hurricanes. We were here through all of those storms...all the way back to Frederick. We've learned to pretty much stay ready, and we have updated our home with storm windows and doors. Yay...no more putting up plywood! Today will be finishing the yard cleaning and getting loose stuff secured.

Stay safe!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/25/2012 4:00PM

    Wow you have a lot to think about, it,s wonderful that you can just get on and clean up afterwards but it must get trying. Here I am just thinking about decluttering my house so I think I might use your story as an inspiration not to hang on to stuff!
Hope the hurricane just peters out...

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LADYBUG1943 8/25/2012 10:25AM

    We're having rain here, which we desperately needed, but your version of our weather is not so happy. Hope everything works out for you today. I'll be away from the news today, but I'll check in tonight. Good luck!


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Band Uniform items

Monday, August 06, 2012


Thought you might like to see some items made out of vintage band uniforms! To support out local band!

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JINLYNN 8/6/2012 8:55PM

    Great stuff. Very creative! Thanks for sharing.

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LRK4CHRIST 8/6/2012 8:39AM

    Cool! Thx for sharing!

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

I love searching the internet for information on quilting and sewing and in my gmail account this morning, there was this little ditty of information about quilting in New England.

"Old Sturbridge Village, one of the largest living history museums in the country, celebrates New England life in the 1830s. The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, offering free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17, $8; children 2 and under, free. Details: http://www.osv.org or call 1-800-SEE-1830.

In the early years of the 1800s, a single pin had substantial value, and a whole paper of pins was a real treasure. Until pin-making machinery was introduced, every pin was made by hand and imported from England. The head of each pin was formed by wrapping a fine wire around the top of the pin; the other end was tediously sharpened by the maker and stuck into a piece of paper by hand.

No wonder ordinary pins cost fifteen cents each! Because the common pin was so expensive, farm women had to save their money until they could buy pins. "Pin money," they called it. Gradually the phrase came to mean money for button molds, braids, and gimps (ornamental trimmings). When the farm wife sold her live goose feathers to the peddler, or "traded out" her butter at the country store, it was understood in the family that she was to keep the proceeds, her "pin money," for the various little personal things she wanted. Including pins."

That is such a cool thing. I ought to start a notebook to keep the origin of terms like that. When we lived in England, we visited Anne Hathaways's mother's house in Stratford. The term, "raining cats and dogs" came from the fact that the cats and dogs nested on the roof or in the rafters and when it rained, they sometimes came through the ceiling." I think that is right but Kaseycoff will correct me if it isn't. Its intersting that terms like this stick around even though they orginated hundreds of years ago.

May 1 was always "sweetning day". It was the day that the whole household would take a bath, starting with the master of the house. Then they would be sewn into their clothing for the new year. Now, the baby was usually one of the last to be bathed, thus the term, "don't throw the baby out with the bath water". Who knew!

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KASEYCOFF 8/5/2012 3:17AM

    I have no idea about the cats'n'dogs origin, but you've piqued my curiosity and I just might look it up, lol. Re the pin money: and I still say it! I remember learning an old folk song in elementary school...

If you will marry me, I’ll give you a packet of pins,
I’ll give you a packet of pins if you will marry me,
If you will marry - marry me, if you will marry me.

I've forgotten her exact reply, but it's something like:

If that's the way your love begins, I don't want your packet of pins,
I don't want your packet of pins,
I'll not marry you, sir, I'll not marry you.

The song goes thru several verses, with him upping the ante each time through horse and carriage and house and silver and gold or whatever, and her same refusals, until the last couple of verses:

If you will marry me, I’ll give you the keys to my heart,
I’ll give you the keys to my heart, and all my love,
If you will marry - marry me, if you will marry me.

If that’s the way your love begins, I accept your packet of pins,
I accept your packet of pins, if that’s the way your love begins,
I’ll gladly marry you, sir, I'll gladly marry you!

Love conquers all, ain't? lol...
p.s. I love Old Sturbridge Village - I got their catalogues for years. Upper Canada Village is another such place, and there's one in Toronto, too - Black Creek Village. Wonderful places!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/4/2012 3:34PM

    Gee, sewn into your clothes for the year. I'll think about that next time I do the laundry!

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ALMMOM 8/4/2012 10:35AM

    I didn't know that about pins - thanks for sharing.

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RONNIEHUEY 8/4/2012 10:17AM

    Interesting info

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Offended by Obama's latest remarks!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

So, I've owned my own business for 28 years and I didn't do it without the help of government. Boy, am I fuming at that remark. This just goes to show that someone who has never owned a business, or had to work for a living making a meager paycheck shouldn't be president.

I have suffered my business through every recession and downturn in the economy since 1984. I lived through multiple hurricanes where business slows to a halt because people don't have homes to decorate. I have lived through several wars and Sept 11. I was in the Air Force Reserve until 1996 until I retired and had to put my business on hold while I was doing my reserve duty. In 1991 I was called up for Desert Storm and had to put the whole darn thing on hold for 4 months. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan came through and took the roof off of one half of the building my husband and I owned. We had 2 months of renovation thanks to having a good insurance policy and the smartness of me to call a contractor friend immediately before he got booked up!

I live in a large military community. When Sept 11, it was a ghost town around here. I mean, large deployments and nothing going on. Every business in town suffered. My husband and I went to the mall one Friday night soon afterward and there were 3 people in the department store, the two of us and the clerk. I confess, I took advantage of the governments Small Business Development Loan as it was open to those businesses living in areas such as mine which were adversely affected by military deployments and bases nearby that were locked up. Did I say loan? That means you have to pay it back and I did. I had it tied into the building equity that we owned and when we sold the building, the loan got paid off.

Then after, Obama took office things really went sour. And the Gulf Oil spill was next. Now all we need is another hurricane. At least now I am working from home with no employees. The only thing I have to worry about is staying happy. And I will be really happy in November if Obama loses!

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COOPQUILTLADY 8/28/2012 1:07PM

    I'm with you all the way! I think political comments are fine amongst friends. If someone doesn't agree, don't read it! emoticon

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MROSE61 7/26/2012 2:15PM

    Please keep politics off SparkPeople!

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DANABIRD1 7/24/2012 7:26AM

    It is amazing how many people fall into the same category and don't know the pains and pleasures of owning your own business. Government (our) dollars are at work all around us with great benefits and retirements.

Keep up the great work, I'm on your team!

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LHLADY517 7/22/2012 3:51PM

    I echo the words here. You are a true American. You, not the government, are awesome. And I also pray that this country can be healed. There's only 1 way and I pray that people will wake up and see what needs to be done.

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LILYGAL 7/22/2012 8:39AM

    I don't know you except as an SPer! I totally get what you are saying. We owned our own business and NEVER got a loan. We scraped thru and put 2 kids thru college with out the government's help. I was insulted for every business owner in the UNITED STATES to hear him say something so stupid. My husband served in the Army in VietNam. And I too hope the stupid DA is gone in November!!!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 7/21/2012 6:44PM

    YOU are an American that gets it! YOU served your country, YOU pulled yourself up by the bootstraps several times when things went south beyond your control, YOU survived, I couldn't agree with you more and I am so darn proud of YOU!

My husband is a retired Navy Seal who served his country for years so we could be a diverse America, saying what we want without fear of being thrown into jail or worse, create, thrive and grow all with the idea this is a free country for us to capture whatever American dream you desire if you worked hard for it.

I had a varied career but I ended it as an economic developer. My job, as I saw it was to get government out of the way and allow our economies to flourish and grow, continuing to support and grow our nation. Don't get me wrong, there is a place for government but there is no place for a government that Obama wants and is moving us towards. My second degree is in Applied Economics and I need to say Romney has it right, Obama is just causing our nation to tumble down!

I would also like to say, I was a single mom for 18 yrs and I put myself through school, yes I did take out a student loan which I paid for but I kept pushing myself forward to become successful and that is what happened. Believe it, if left to create and grow on our own, we can and we can succeed and THRIVE as the America we all know and love.

Again, thank you for your service to our country and for your words. emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 7/21/2012 5:22PM

    I totally agree with you, and I'm glad you said all that.
We've suffered along with most since he's been in office.
And your so right, Obama's never owned a business. He's been a community activist and has not a clue what the small business world is like.
We weren't here after 9/11 but I can imagine what it was like.
I'm praying that this fall Obama is voted out. I don't think this nation can take another 4 years of him.

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MSKITYOCAT 7/21/2012 5:07PM

  I totally understand and get your thoughts. He has to go and then we can reconstruct a USA that thrives and strives to allow the working folks to be considered. Blessings

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EMMANYC 7/21/2012 4:57PM

    What did he say?

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MADDY931 7/21/2012 4:55PM

    I completely agree with that last sentence. Hope your business is doing better.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I just returned from a short geneology vacation with my sister in lower Delware and Maryland. We grew up there. My father built a house in Blue Ball, MD, we attended Calvert Elementary school and had family in nearby Wilmington, Del. At age 12 we moved to lower Delaware to Riverdale/Oak Orchard. You have to be from there to know where that is. Sis and I had an amazing time going through old cemeteries and visiting old haunts. Rehoboth Beach, De hasnt changed much. Still the same boardwalk and buildings and thoroughfare. Just different businesses. Candy Kitchen, where we worked is still there and also Grotto Pizza. We learned to love Pizza at Grotto's and I understand it is now sort of a franchise operation with outlets in many places.

I'll post another day with pics but todays post has to do with working for a living. After visitng Delaware we headed for Northeast Md where we stayed with a cousin and attended a family reunion of sorts. I know what poor is, having seen it first hand. My dad was retired from the Navy and had a pension and he and my mom worked. We weren't rich by any stretch of the means but we had what we needed. My cousin came from a family of 5 kids and they lived in a house that had no water. Can you imagine living in a home during the 40's and 50's with no running water? In a developed section of the country? They were dirt poor. Her mother, my aunt, worked as a seamstress and her father was one of those who went from job to job or no job. This was a time when there were no food stamps, no government aid. No nothing.

My cousin married at 19 and had 3 children. The twin boys were preemies and one of them died so she raised a son and a daugher. Now she and her husband live on a farm in MD, retired with horses and cows. They are wealthy beyond imagination, not in money but in family, love and happiness. From a childhoods with absolutely nothing to a modest home on a farm in MD with family living on the same property. They are the example of the American Dream, growing up and living in a country where you can work for a living and make it.

I contrast that with todays population. 50% of Americans dont work. They just stay home and collect their government check. In some cases this is a good thing. There are those who need help while they are in transition, searching for a job. That is what government help is designed for. But then there are others who milk the system.

I hope and pray that things turn around soon. I'm not going to get into politics here but something has to happen in November. Only God knows what that is.

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Q8PRINCESS 7/5/2012 2:21AM

    Your family history is very interesting.

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ANDI571 7/3/2012 9:05AM

    The house next door to us went up for foreclosure and we have young people that come and go now that just live off the government. They have babies just to get more money. We work so hard to keep our house up and they just think it is theirs to destroy along with the one they live in. I agree, something with this country has to change.

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