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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Every American should see this movie, 2016. Regardless of whether you are a democrat or a republican, you owe it to yourself to get a perspective on the man who is in the White House. Then make an honest decision as to whether your values are the same as his or not.

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Q8PRINCESS 8/31/2012 11:07AM

    Do we every really get a true perspective? Directors all have their own agendas as well. I'd take it with a grain of salt.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Well, this weekend we decided to move my mother-in-law into our home. She is 93 and has fallen twice in the last two weeks and is afraid to leave her apartment for fear of falling on the way to the dining room. I didn't want this for sure but now that the decision has been made, I'm ready to make arrangements. We have to shift a lot of things in our home to accomodate her and get rid of most that she has.
At 93, she has been able to live on her own in a one bedroom apartment in a nice retirement facility for 3 years. I've been concerned because she will run out of money next year and we were going to have to contribute to her staying there. Now, the problem has resolved itself because she can no longer take care of herself as she has in 93 years.

I think that it is amazing that she has been able to achieve this independent living. She is from Maine and quite stoic and won't give up. But Saturday, after her fall on Friday, I went over to help her with a bath. At that point, I was amazed that she had been able to get in an out of the tub and bathe herself but I could see that those days were over.

My own mother died when I was 30 so she has been my mother longer than I knew my own mother. We've been married 39 years! I do love her and have gotten along with her most of the time. But we do have our disagreements and I know she would rather not be moving in with us but there is not an alternative. She asked us many years ago not to put her in a nursing home so that option is out. We couldn't do that to her. I'm almost looking forward to it.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I'll need help.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 8/29/2012 10:35AM

    Carol - Hugs. It will be an adjustment for sure, but praying all will go well. I think it is great that you are willing to take care of her.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/28/2012 1:49PM

Keep posting, we are here for you.

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/28/2012 12:00PM

    Blessings will come your way for doing the right thing...

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LKWQUILTER 8/28/2012 10:31AM

    Will keep all of you in my prayers Carol. (((HUGS)))

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LJCANNON 8/28/2012 10:24AM

    As Andi said, Be SURE to take time to take care of YOU!! It is NOT Selfish, it is absolutely Necessary to Take Care of You BEFORE You can take care of anyone else.
emoticonAlso, try checking with Local Home Health Agencys or Church's to see if they can help you with some of the Daily responsibilities. Home Health is ordinarily Free to the Family, but I think there are some requirements with Medicare. Never, Ever hesitate to Ask For or Accept any Assistance that is available.

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ANDI571 8/28/2012 9:49AM

    I think my mom was a caregiver to everyone in the family. She always told me that if it came down to it, not to feel guilty if we had to put her in a nursing facility. Unfortunately the day came when we had to do that. It wasn't perfect, but neither was her being at home. She had Alzheimer's, and she needed more care than what we were able to give. My daughter is a PTA in a nursing facility, and she loves her patients. I know mom had nurses that loved her.

It won't be easy, take care of yourself.

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ELRIDDICK 8/28/2012 8:23AM

  Thanks for sharing

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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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