Wednesday, March 06, 2013
The featured health news article was about tornado survivors being surprisingly optimist. Apparently many of them feel that 'lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place' so they are now safe from tornados. Really???
I am a survivor of the tornado that hit Xenia, Ohio in 1973.
Granted, I was not in direct line of it, but i heard, felt, and saw it, and worked with the relief efforts in the aftermath. It was a terrifying experience, and has left me with a lasting fear of tornadoes. Since then, Xenia has been hit three more times with smaller tornadoes, but following the same path. Oral history has it that the original peoples of the area called this area land of the devil winds. I don't know if this is true or not but tornadoes can and do hit in the same place more than once.
At the time that the tornado hit, I was a La Leche League leader, helping mothers successfully nurse their babies. One of the regular meetings is about the advantages of breastfeeding. One of the listed advantages is having a milk supply for your baby in the case of disaster. In my youth and ignorance, I used to mentally discount this advantage because we weren't in a war zone, life seemed peaceful, and after all, what disaster could happen? Then the tornado. As I helped with disaster relief, there were mothers coming in for formula, which we only had limited supplies of. My baby was being fed. It hit home how fragile we are in terms of dependency on such things as basic nourishment.
That tornado changed the way I think about random acts of terrifying experiences. They can happen out of nowhere at times when they are least expected. There are some ways we can be prepared, and other ways that we cannot. Being able to be resourceful is probably our most powerful tool for surviving disaster. Life is beautiful, life is fragile, life is not to be taken for granted.
Monday, March 04, 2013
"Blog about the obvious (and not-so-obvious) ways you tend to waste time, and come up with a few healthier ways you can use that time to work toward your goals."
Okay, this is my assignment for the day.
I don't think I waste time or am ever bored; if anything I am too busy.
That said, when I am very tired I may sit and watch TV with DH who watches a lot of TV, just to spend some time with him and have my feet up. There is rarely anything I want to watch, unless it's a good movie. So in that way, I am 'wasting' time. Or sometimes I spend too much time on the computer. The thing is that I NEED mindless down time to unwind, so in a way that is part of my healthy way to achieve my goals. Take a break. Give myself a little rest.
And speaking of rest: a happy note! After decades of terrible insomnia, the acupuncture treatments I started for that have finally kicked in. How wonderful it is to finally be able to sleep like a baby for 7 to 8 hours! I didn't know if I would ever be able to sleep like that again. Love it!
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Well, I didn't finish but I got a LOT done on the dollhouse build today.
First I had to gather together and organize all of my materials; dollhouse pieces, glue, blue tape, water, rags, paint and sandpaper for touch up, etc.
This is the faux flooring I've been making myself crazy with.
The box of window and door trim.
Everything gathered and ready to go.
Finally gluing! It's scary, though. Errors at this point are not forgiving. I have dry fit this house with blue tape about 5 times already to make sure everything fit right.
Putting in the 2nd floor.
Next, the 3rd floor plus the room dividers and interior doorways.
Linoleum and wainscoting up in the kitchen. I built the wainscoting with balsa, which I scored and painted to look like paneled wainscoting.
Most of the trim is in; I have to make some adjustments to the entryway door trim which didn't fit quite right. The stairs are just set there right now. I have stair rails and a landing to put in still.
Here's the exterior so far. I still need to build on the front porch, complete the attic, add the window boxes, and put on the roof. I am also planning to build a faux-stone foundation.
I feel good about the progress I've made this weekend, but some parts were really slow to come together today. I had hoped to be closer to done. I need another day to this weekend!
Saturday, March 02, 2013
I spent a good part of the day making the flooring for the dollhouse. I am using the solid flooring that came with the house, scoring it to look like hardwood floor boards, and then applying faux flooring techniques to make it look like aged and painted wood. It has been very labor intensive, but I think they are going to look really good.
My father was a scenic artist for the movies and television, and I learned quite a bit just by watching him. I feel like he is guiding my hand as I work on the faux surfaces and helping me with ideas. So even though the work is quite grueling, I have a sense of communication with my father as I work so it's kind pleasant.
I do find myself wondering why oh why I am such a perfectionist. I could have been done with this project weeks ago!
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