Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Because I Promised - David Bayer....

I have been watching the film Shoah - here is Robert Ebert's review. In doing further research and looking at the U.S. Holocaust Museum's website, they ask individuals to help remember a Holocaust victim.

A little while ago, I received an email with this gentleman's picture and brief bio:

Imagine to my surprise and delight when getting more information about him, I learned that not only did he survive but is still a volunteer at the museum to this day! Here is a link to more of his story:

Energizer Bunny I Ain't....

Folks, I've got a lot going on at home right now that I need to focus on - I am finding my blog very boring of late and I have little interest in coming up with daily topics to post about at the moment. Believe me, if my blog is boring me, it has to be boring you! My mom sees her orthopedic surgery specialist this Friday that she was referred to to determine what can be done about her torn ligament and deteriorating ankle. I go in the first week of October to see what can be done about my menorrhagia. In between both appointments, my mom sees her eye doctor about cataract surgery. I am so burnt out right now and the fun hasn't even really began yet! So with that in mind, I am going to take a blog break for a couple of weeks or so. My batteries truly need recharging. Thank you to each of you who have stuck around and read / commented, etc. I'll be back shortly.

- Laura

NaBloPoMo - Serve - Day 7....

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
If you were absolutely certain to win, which public office would you want to hold?

Well, if I had to, and if there was a position available, probably something to do with tourism or county / state / national parks. I mean, who wouldn't love having an office like this?


Monday, September 9, 2013

NaBloPoMo - Serve - Day 6....

Monday, September 9, 2013
Would you ever want to run for public office? Why or why not?

Oh gee - no way! LOL :) I value my privacy too much and suffer from foot-in-mouth-disease a bit. Even when I do manage to keep my thoughts to myself (more often than not in reality), I am not always successful in having a poker-face. Plus, I am a firm believer that once all sides are accounted for, possible scenarios looked at (seeing both the forest and each tree), I want to cut through all the red-tape and just get things done as simply, efficiently, and thoroughly as possible. While there have been people in politics that I have admired some of their individual actions, I am not too overly impressed by anything political. A.k.a., I'd never make it in politics.

Plus, I'd be falling asleep too often having to listen to long speeches. Hey, maybe that would help me & Snoopy - what do you think?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Playing Tourist / Blogger Issues....

Been trying to post some Youtube videos of some local parks but Blogger keeps saying the links are invalid so I will have to post them individually:

There are 2 parks we've been meaning to go to - both are fairly close to us. However, after seeing the videos online, and being as my mom is wearing a boot on her foot up to her knee, it makes for very limited movement / walking for her, so we've decided to postpone going.

The first one is called Picnic Point Park - very interesting place to watch the trains go by on the overhead crossing: - Descriptive video of park. I would not build my home that close to the train-tracks!. - Interesting perspective of train going by - a little too close!

The next one is called Meadowdale Park - this one also has an overhead crossing of the train and is 1.25 miles to walk from the parking lot to the beach. It does have a lot of tide-pools when the tide is out apparently: - Seen at low tide with a coal train going by. - Another train video if memory serves me right - I haven't watched this one.

Hope to get out to take some more pictures tomorrow and relax. We all need it!

Friday, September 6, 2013

NaBloPoMo - Serve - Day 5....

Friday, September 6, 2013
Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Have you ever felt as if you changed the world?

No and I never want to feel that way. For one thing, to honestly assess any impact I may have, I could not do so without being biased - and I do not know anyone who would be able to without being biased. What might seem correct and positive in your mind and heart may or may not be how others feel or perceive your actions / reactions. Also, to do so is too egocentric. I think the best I can strive for is to try to do the best I can in a given moment - yet also realize that I am extremely human, not perfect, and will have misgivings / mistakes, etc. I do not want to spend my time having to do a "clean-up on isle 5" every time I turn around nor do I want anyone else to do so because of me. I am solely accountable for who I am and how I am. If I can lay my head down to sleep at the end of the day with a sense of peace inside, I think that is a good thing and it makes my own world a tad better and therefore, better for those around me.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Serving - Catching Up....

Whatnot Stuff:

Router is back up and running. No more dial-up. Yea! Been a rather bit of a rough week - my mom tore her tendon under her left foot a few months ago - it's not healing as it should - plus her ankle is deteriorating - she has to have surgery - which means her recovery time is 2-3 months, minimum - she won't be able to do stairs so she will be housebound during that time - which will be very difficult for her as she is very active and hates being home all the time - since we have to go down a flight of stairs to our apartment, the logistics may turn into a nightmare as she will have to have follow-up appointments and physical therapy (especially since I will be the one coordinating a lot of stuff and we can't afford to move right now). She also needs to have cataract surgery so that will be done first if possible. And I am finally with a medical group that I might be able to have my own medical problem (menorrhagia) dealt with - I meet with the doctor early next month - and I am scared beyond the moon - I hate the idea of surgery for many reasons - plus I have a bad back and shoulder due to a work injury from years ago and my own right knee/ankle are not in that good of shape (thanks genetics) - so I've got a heck of a lot on my mind right now as I am very concerned about my ability to help take care of her. I don't mean to vent so much but I just need to get my thoughts out there so to speak just to try to help relax a bit.

Anyways, on to this month's NaBloPoMo theme - Serve. I want to try to be more diligent in posting on the daily theme (as well as keeping up with my stitching and whatnot stuff so I hope no one will be too bored). I am going to answer the first 4 days worth of questions in this post (don't worry, it won't become a book - maybe a chapter or 3 ;) So here goes:

Monday, September 2, 2013
Do you enjoy doing volunteer work? Is there anywhere you volunteer right now?

Yes for the most part. Like any job, it has it's ups and downs but as long as I maintain a strong work ethic, it's all good experience. No, not at the moment - too many family obligations.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Some high schools require community service for graduation. Do you think there should be a national community service requirement for all students?

I think it's beneficial for children / teenagers to be amongst other cultures and perspectives (morally and safely) that are different from their own. In growing up, my parents really encouraged this with my siblings and I and it has made quite a difference in our lives in many different areas. As to making it mandatory, it would depend upon the parameters involved as not everyone has the means or may have other outstanding obligations that take precedence.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
What has been your favourite volunteer work to date?

Definitely volunteering at a local zoo and natural history museum. Got to work with so many different animals, exhibits, and people - loved every minute of it - except for when that llama spit in my face and having to chase the goats around.

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Mohandas Gandhi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." What have you discovered about yourself by volunteering?

Underneath, most people are very similar and the more we take a chance to at least learn a bit about another perspective - even if we disagree with it - it opens our eyes, minds, and hearts more. Everyday life can be stifling at times as is - we are not meant to be stagnant.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

1:00AM - Tradewinds Update....

As of 1:00AM, outlining complete on bottom middle brass. Can now move on to dolphins.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Some Furniture Ideas....

Chiffonier - might use this for my stash.
Bedside Table - Nice small writing desk- color needs changing. 

Entryway Organizer - Not crazy about the hardware but like the concept. 
Smart Technology Secretary - Another desk I like but not much leg room.
All these are from Pottery Barn. Considering some of them for my dream bedroom. Also went by Pier 1 the other day - had a beaufitul small console table in white and a small glass cabinet with Queen Anne style legs with matching small bookcase in a lovely soft turqoise blue that really caught my eye - more things to possibly consider. Will try to find pictures online and do another post of them later. I don't want a ton of furniture in my bedroom but I do want multi-purpose and I am hoping to have my dresser in the closet if possible. So we'll see what happens. One can always dream :)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Gorgeous Gourds....

Running a bit short on time today so there won't be as many pictures as I had planned - these images are from the side of the front lawn of one of our neighbors - they grow pumpkins every year. Sorry about the quality - was very overcast and I was trying to take these pictures from my car as I was on my way to run errands.

How sweet it is to be greeted by that lovely pumpkin blossom!
I see something orange peeking out over there....
That middle one is HUGE already!!!