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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Floating My Boat....

Doesn't it drive you bonkers a bit when something like this happens?

You walk into a bookstore, browse through the stitching magazines - call it pre-shopping if you will - find one that really floats your boat (ya really really like it) - you leave, go about your business for a day and night and next day, then go to tell someone about it, and also to post a post about it, and try to find it online at different places, and you can't remember what the heck the name of the darn thing is except that there is a good chance it is published by this site: cross-stitching.com and so you decide to write about it in a long run-on sentence on your blog because you are too tired and overstuffed from eating pizza for dinner to think coherently to converse properly - not that much of what you are rambling on about makes any sense or that the subject at hand is that interesting?

Well, that is my sentence for today. Tomorrow, I shall chat about pumpkins. Cute little buggers too.

Postscript: the magazine in question is a compliation of darling samplers and similar patterns. Like I need more stash. Ha!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Little Bit Here, Little Bit There....

Muti - the baby dress's skirt has grown from 4" to 8" in 3 days. That's good for me. No photo yet. It's over there, the camera is way over yander and I'm here.

Went to Joann's Fabrics today. Picked up all floss needed for 2 projects plus some aida for one of them. Just need the pattern which I will order tomorrow. Will post once it is completed and sent off - it's for a special quilt project.

The floss I did pick up for that I can talk about is for Apple Picking Time by Lynn's Prints - decided on the fabric to stitch it on - Autumn Meadow by Sunny Dyes. Wish the sky was a softer bluer - may have them do that for me. I will be ordering this in September.
 Also decided on the fabric for The Enchanted Sleigh by Leisure Arts - Snowy Twilight by Sunny Dyes. Love the richness of the blue color of the sky although I may have them tone down or eliminate the larger stars - didn't wan't it on a dark greyish background (well, the model looks that way to me). I will also be ordering this in September.

Still looking for the right fabric for my mermaid - am very close - will probably be a custom order by who else - Sunny Dyes.

That's all for today.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rain Drops....

Rain Drops


Rain drops from the clouds and onto trees,
Down the tree trunks and off the leaves.
Down a mountain, into a brook,
Past a chipmunk in a nook.
Into a pond, off a log.
On top of a turtle and onto a frog.
Onto roads, onto the grass,
Onto trains and trucks that pass.
On top of bridges, cars and boats.
Even onto people’s coats.
Onto houses and my windowpane.
I just love to watch the drops,
The drips and drops of rain.
- E.B. (1938- ) MotherGooseCaboose.
 
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We've been getting pleny of rain today - much more, I'll need some galashes - or swim fins!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dial-up Dilemmas....

30+ minutes folks. That is a record. For Blogger to load up where I can make a new post. Seems there is competition between the washing machine running and the computer / phone line connection as to who gets to use the electricity first.

Weird.

So this won't be much of a post. I'm tired. The weather sucks - humid, sultry - making everything and everyone lank. I will be back on WIFI on the 4th - Thank God! I'll then be able to read blogs and start posting comments again.

Have a good evening.

Postscript: I did manage to knit 8 rounds on Muti this morning. Twins were born on Sunday - all are doing great! So I've got 4.5 inches left of main skirt body, then the 21 rows of lace work, 4 rows of seed stitch, then finishing up, washing, blocking, packing and they're on their way! Will have a picture later - maybe this weekend.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Much Ado About Stitching....

Just as there are 3 sides to a coin (heads, tails, and center rim), I feel there are 3 different modes to my stitching.

Mode 1: Each and every stitch should be just about as perfect as possible (think model stitcher). Seeing so many stitchers showing close-up photos of their beautiful stitching really makes me want to emulate their talent. Yeah, right! Ha!

Mode 2: Who gives a darn! As long as the stitching looks good overall, just be happy with it. This is my rushing - bored - fed-up - hurry up and finish the darn thing already style. Something I try to avoid.

Mode 3: Try to railroad each leg of a stitch, pray that each strand lays flat and parallel with each other without getting your knickers into a twist about it, untwist the floss by dangling the needle every so often, don't rush but don't linger - keep even tension, stitch for the enjoyment of it - type stuff.

I'm mostly set on Mode 3. Except for one or two teeny things.

My right hand has a few issues: tendonitis in index and middle fingers from eons ago plus a minor form of Duputryn's Contracture where my ring and pinky fingers are slowly being pulled forward and curled under. I am right-handed so sometimes my hand doesn't always feel up to stitching as much as I would want to. I am a bit ambidextrous so I can stitch with my left hand - very slowly but I can do it.

Teeny thing 2: I've got so much stitching I want to do, that I really think I should learn to stitch with both hands, a.k.a.: How To Stitch With Both Hands

Which leads to a couple of other questions: How does one railroad each stitch if one hand is on top & one is below your work at all times?

And more importantly, what kind of stand do I want to use? I usually keep my scroll-frame or Q-Snap held in my left hand / crook of my arm and stitch that way.

I've been looking at various floor frames, table-top and lap frames to see what I would like and what would realistically suite my lifestyle. I am a big gal (slowly getting slimmer) so I need something complimentary to my unique physique. Plus, the way our apartment is set up (don't ask), there is really only 2 places that I can stitch at (until we move) - either at the dining room table or sitting in bed.

This DMC model is really catching my eye - probably due to how quirky it looks and adjustable it is - I think it would lend itself to being manouvered into odd angles for my kind of stitching - especially if I want to learn to stitch with both hands.

There are other websites full of various models that also are giving me ideas - here and here. Lap stands are interesting - but either they sit on your lap and I don't want the weight of it on my legs that long or they straddle your legs and being larger, there probably wouldn't be that much room to move the thing around as I'd like. Table top models also appeal to me but I am not sure just how low or flexible they would be as I don't want to have my arms raised up very high to stitch for long periods (prefer to keep them more ergonomically level) plus I want one that can handle any size scroll-frame or Q-Snap without toppling over on me!

So there we have it. My thoughts so far on stitching. Whether or not I do manage to stitch with both hands and using what frame will be determined in the future. A.k.a., when the budget allows for experimentation! Ha!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Very Boring Blog Post....

Things I should be doing:
  • Dusting that corner shelf unit.
  • Sticking stickers on keyboard so we know what keys are what.
  • Helping clean out the refrigerator.
  • Going through old magazines / catalogs and tossing.
  • Reorganize closets.
  • Washing bed linens.
  • Knitting that baby dress.
What I feel like doing:
  • Taking a long nap (bad insomnia).
  • Stitching.
  • Finishing my book.
  • Watching a video that needs to get back to the library like yesterday (not overdue - yet).
  • Having some watermelon. Except I don't have any and don't want to go to the store.
What I have done / am doing:
  • Cleaned bathroom.
  • Read most of my book early this morning.
  • Helped with a long computer data / programming problem that took over an hour to solve.
  • Ate a small hamburger.
  • Typing this list.
  • Doing regular laundry (gonna be a long day on this one).
  • Vacuumed.
  • Washed my hair.
  • Finding more new books / dvds to put on hold at the library. Got to keep my quota up!
My iife is so glamourous and exciting.
Ha!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hints In The Air....

There is that definite hint in the air that people are starting to talk about more and more - Autumn is on it's way.
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Some of the trees are starting to adorn themselves with their regal finery of gold and red. When the sunlight seeks out the sparkling jems, is it any wonder we become so enraptured in the season? I am truly a summer girl at heart but who can resist....?
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This time of year always makes me so nostalgic - it is time for the annual grape crush. If you have ever traveled through or been near a winery, you will know what I am referring to. That heady scent lingering in the air. Before dawn, the rows of vines are lit by spotlights, as the early morning mists rise while the grapes are being harvested by some of the hardest working people.
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I miss driving through the valleys, seeing the radiant colors as the leaves turn on the vine - stopping to watch the Clydesdales in that large acerage - if you are lucky, a couple might come over for an apple you so patiently wait to give them.
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The sun comes up over the top of the bay, highlighting the small ripples of water - the birds flying overhead as the land stretches before you. I lived in wine country for almost 20 years and had a beautiful (but very long) drive to & from work every day. Wine country is dusty country. Many people don't realize that. It's dusty and can be very hot yet it still has it's moments of beauty. Some vintners had roses at the end of many rows of vines - right by the roadside. Scatterings of oak trees. Yes, it definitely had it moments....

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stitching Update....

Few more hours on TW's Tradewinds. Not worth showing yet.
No other projects worked on. Probably won't this weekend.
Router is wonky - on dial-up til fixed. I d.e.t.e.s.t. dial-up. Grateful it's there.
Up to selecting 7 different fabrics I want to order for various projects.
Totally unlike me. But I like the fabrics....
To be continued.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Brass Tacks....



TW Tradewinds - 08.23.2013
Well, it may not look like much but I've gotten some work on TW's Tradewinds - that funky brass part up above. I feel a bit of an idiot however. I noticed I was starting to run low on one of the lighter gold colors and picked up some more at the store. When I started to add it into the small plastic storage container where I keep my excess supplies and whatnots for this project, I noticed a plastic bag from Joann's Fabric in it.

Hmm, what's in here? Turns out, I had already bought all the extra floss I will need for the project. Uh boy. O.k.

I stitched some more on it and ran across a symbol on the chart that I couldn't find in the color lists. If you've ever seen a TW pattern, you are well versed on how many color combinations she uses - it's intense and can get confusing if you are not careful. I scoured over that list 3-4 times and still couldn't find the symbol. Till I flipped the darn thing over. It's for the gold beads in the project. Duh. Ya know that slogan "Keep Calm, Carry On"? Mine's - "Slap forehead. Next!"

Have to keep those daft moments moving on or else they pile up on me!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I Found Mom's Cow....

Heidi In The Hollihocks - Source
Finally remembered one of the 2 kits I couldn't place the other day - this is a needlepoint kit I bought my mom when we first moved up here to the PacNW - oh almost 7 years ago now. Been sitting packed away. She is cute in her own way. Then again, my mom always has liked pretty cows. Guess it's a fair trade off. If she can have her cows (no, we're not unidated with them either), I can have my orcas and dolphins, and horses, dogs, cats, fish, birds, etc. etc. etc. Good thing we love animals! It does crack me up that this kit, which was new in 1998, is now selling for $150-!

I finally stitched earlier this evening on TW's Tradewinds for about 1.5 hours - that is, when I wasn't interrupted. I am not a social stitcher. I prefer being on my own so I can concentrate - of course, I get very very focused so that's not always a good thing. Maybe a photo update tomorrow.

And this weekend, I have to get knitting again on Muti dress #2. Both dresses should have been finished, washed, blocked, packaged up, mailed, and received by now - according to my own schedule, no one else's. Oh well, hopefully with cooler weather the next 4-5 days, I'll be more in the mood to knit.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Where'd The Day Go?....

I have absolutely no idea. I was up most of the night and had maybe 30-40 minutes of sleep between 1AM-5AM. I gave up on sleep at that point. Did some stuff online. Housework. More housework. A bit more stuff online. Family came home from running a few errands. Talked some, had a late lunch. Talked some more. Decided to read for awhile. Changed over the clothes in the laundry. Went to read again. Next thing I know, it's almost 7PM. Slept almost 4 hours. Good/not good. Not sure how I will sleep tonight.

Been a strange day. And no, no stitching or knitting either. It's like my stitching-mojo has fallen off the planet. Must have been the blue moon. Or the fact that I somehow tweaked my right thumb. Maybe tomorrow.

Am off to watch a dvd from the library - a PBS special on the Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace: Hampton Court. Hope it's a good one :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

6 Bits - Not Bad....

Ran across this kit - DMC Sailing Boat Miniatures - everything is still in it, including the original unopened needle, for the grand sum of $1.50. Yes, I bought it. No, I don't need it.
Yes, I want it. No, I don't know when I'll stitch it. So there we go, the pros and the cons - evenly distributed. Funny thing is, I couldn't find a picture online of this kit anywhere. I didn't search very hard. Scanned it in instead. That's why it looks sorta smooshed. I don't care for my scanner. But hey, at least I have one that works instead of one that doesn't and sounded like it had bad indigestion whenever one tried to use it.

Monday, August 19, 2013

UFOs/Kits....

It's been bugging me awhile. Again. Yes, I know I visited this subject before. Guess what, I'm yapping about it still. Organizing stash. This time, I've decided to post pictures of models (not of my work) of kits I either have already started or have yet to start. What is shameful is that I have at least a couple more kits I know of that I can't find pictures of right now that I definitely have in my stash - they need to get done too.

Without further ado, here's what I have:
Orca & part of water is done. Haven't touched it in 6 years.
Have no idea of name. Only photo I could find. Haven't started yet but it is much brighter in person.

Bird is done. Just need to do stump.
Did the center once. Lost in moving so bought it again. Love this one. Haven't started it again yet.
Suppose to do this one after Tradewinds. Haven't started yet.
Much prettier in person. Haven't started yet.
Dimensions' Rocky Point. I think this is the kit I have. I seem to remember the lighthouse being on the other side.
Haven't started this one yet either.
I think this is the same eagle kit I bought at a thrift shop for $1.00. Haven't started it either.
Another thrift shop find. Still unopened. I think - I may have peeked..
Dimensions Tulip Trio - I swear on the bible I have a miniature version of this - or something very close!
I also have this one - she is gorgeous in person - just want the right fabric to do her on.
Somewhere there is a yellow rose / embroidery / crewel piece that is very pretty too - but I can't find the image online right now and it's packed up in storage.

This is all I can think of for now. I hope (and pray) I don't have any others - this is enough to keep me going for some time - we won't even begin to talk about magazines, pattern leaflets, and freebies.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Time For Me Day....

Today has been very low-key. Just the type of day I prefer. Taking the time to recharge my battery so to speak. Gave myself a mini-facial. Will do a mini-manicure later this evening. Stitched a little bit - finished Quaker Motifs this morning (picture below). Finished reading Crazy Eights - a mystery by a new to me author, Elizabeth Gunn. Started reading more Koko & Yum-Yum mysteries. Once I get hooked into reading this series, I can't get enough. Kind of like pop-corn or potato chips. I don't indulge that often so that's a good thing. Keeps them fresh and new to me. May work on Tradewinds later this evening. Just depends.

No more news for today.

Here's the wonky scan of Quaker Motifs:


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Creative Grumpiness....

Actually, I've got plenty of reasons. But I'll keep quiet about them.

Few hours later, still not in the right mood.
Think this is about as good as it gets today.  Signed, Grumpy.

Friday, August 16, 2013

My Pillow....

and I are becoming rather well acquainted of late. Been a rough week physically for me and now I've come down with a bit of a viral thing - stupid fever and feeling weak at times. Right now I'm pumped up on extra strength Tylenol (can't take aspirin) and a bit of allergy medicine. Also munching on ice cubes. It comes and goes which is even more irritating.

At least I have some things and people to keep me entertained. I've read 2 of The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun. Kind of like Murder She Wrote stories except with a couple of cats that help solve the crimes. Very lighthearted and easy reads. Really about all my braincell can handle when I get to feeling really bad. I've ordered 3 more from the library. I've always enjoyed this series. Even inspired me to adopt a Siamese cat one time (didn't work out but found him a lovely forever home) - and I'm definitely more of a dog lover by nature. Although many years ago, we did have a cat for about 4 years. She was wonderful. And a royal pain. We were well matched in that aspect.

As for the people keeping me entertained, the apartment complex we live on is on the top of a hill. The main road and cross-road down below our complex leads to a large shopping mall within about 3-4 blocks of us. There are homes and other apartments around us, including a senior group and assisted living. Starting down towards the shopping center are some regular office buildings. I mention all this as we get a lot of traffic going by at times, including foot traffic once in awhile.

There is a gentleman with some health issues that every so often likes to stand on the street corner near where I live and bellow at the passing traffic - LET'S GO!!!!! LET'S GO!!!!!! He will do this over and over again for anywhere between 5-15 minutes then it gets very quiet. This only happens maybe every 4-6 weeks.

Well, earlier this evening as I was laying in bed at a time I was feeling particularly bad, and was trying to distract myself by watching a dvd with the volume on the low side, the window open due to the heat and humidity, all of a sudden I hear - SINGING, very loud SINGING!!!! He does have a good voice. I thought o.k., this is different but at least he sounds happy. Then that is when a motorcycle zoomed by. It sounded like it was traveling rather quickly too. Too fast for the likes of the gentleman.

For the next thing I knew, he started cussing out the motorcyclist at the top of his lungs - very colorfully, intermixed with, ARE YOU TRYING TO HIT ME??!?!??!?!! - more cussing. Then the SINGING started again. For about 30 seconds. Until another motorcyclist went by too fast. During this time, he must have hit the crosswalk button - which has an audible sound for those who are handicapped and can't see. It sounds like a very loud cuckoo bird chirping.

CUCKOO, YOU BLEEPING BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP, SINGING, CUCKOO, STOP TRYING TO HIT ME, YOU'RE GOING TOO FAST, BLEEP BLEEP CUCKOO BLEEP BLEEP CUCKOO and then SINGING and CUCKOOing slowly fading away as he went on to wherever he was going.

By this time, I was ready to hit the cough syrup because I couldn't help but laugh and got into a coughing fit!

I swear I do not make this stuff up. Then again, maybe you just had to be here.

I'm going back to bed.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Size Matters - Depends On One's Perspective....

Many years ago, I was taking a biology course at a local community college. I had to be at work at 12:30PM - I got there by bus so I had to leave class about 5 minutes early, run out the door and make my way as fast as I could to the bus stop. To help get me there quicker, I always sat in the seat closest to the door in the first row - it was a mini-auditorium - so I had a very good view (sorta sideways) of the front of the class.

There is a reason I mention this. 

I remember one day there was a film my instructor decided to show the class. With only music playing, it started out with a guy laying on the grass. The camera angle was above looking down on him. The camera got further and further away from him until the view showed deep space. It then rushed back down to the guy on the grass. The view then went inside the guy's body (I know this sounds weird but it wasn't gross). On we went to the cell level then down further to the protons and electrons.

Again, it rushed back out to the guy asleep on the grass. It was then that I noticed that I had to leave class (it was almost pitch black inside the room) to catch my bus. Being the first one to open the door, I went out into bright sunlight - and I felt very miniscule in size.

This video clip reminded me of that film and weird feeling I had when I left the classroom that day. Size and one's place in the universe does matter - it just depends on one's perspective.

Post script: I just found the night version of the video - here it is too:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Just A Little This & That....

Today has been a quiet and uneventful day.

- I did do some traveling this morning however.
Went to Vienna and saw the Lipizzaner horses
and their lovely farm in Piber. Also attended the
Spanish Riding School and boy was that a workout.

- I also went sailing for a bit around the West coast
of the US during the late 16th-18th centuries. Also
traveled overland a bit along the Oregon trail - but
got a bit bored with all the dates and places. So I
came home.

- Colonel Klink has moved on to a new venue
someplace. I think he was a bit too vocal and his old
neighbors didn't like his caterwauling. It's a shame as
he was a cute little bugger and his human companions
were very nice.

- Speaking of moving, found out the Heir & the Spare
have moved in somewhere close by. Seems the Americanized
version of the Blonde & the Redhead have taken up surfing
and found a crash pad to park their boards near ours.
Well brought up blokes so far. Seem nice enough chaps.
One even has a liking for brunettes of the fairer persuasion
according to one of our roaming reporters.

- I've attended an Oscar Wilde opening performance late
this afternoon to a pleased audience. Am starting to crave
bananas. Just glad there isn't a cat-burglar who likes to nip
at the peels.

- And I shall be dining with a world re-known Italian chef -
ah, I can smell the food cooking and simmering away as we
speak. Or as I type, whichever you prefer.

Have a good evening.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rose Cross Stitch Stop Motion Video....

A link to this video was posted on the 123Stitch message board - it shows the very talented work of a stitcher that took the time to take still photos and compile them into a video to showcase what stitching a large project is like. Information included states:

"This took me a long time to make. Every 200 pictures took me 
anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. I took a picture 
every half stitch, the video is 30 frames/pictures per second. 
It is comprised of 23,010 pictures"

Creativity....


"There is a fountain of youth:
it is your mind, your talents, 
the creativity you bring to your life
and the lives of people you love. 
When you learn to tap this source,
 you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren

Image courtesy: The Graphics Fairy

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Learning Curve....


I guess having a blog is what you make of it. I have a lot to learn. 
I wish I had a large family, husband, kids or pets or exciting adventures to talk about 
more often but I don't.
It's just me in my little corner of the world that I share with my mom and older sister. 
I'm 47 btw.

This blog is just a place for me to try to post some moments of serenity or fun (once in a while serious) - but mostly tranquil. I'm rather an introvert you see. Can be very silly and a lot of fun 
with those I know very well. But until I reach that point, well, I just am how I am.

Some times life is

Other times

The door is always open....

I may be busy doing this

or this
or even this.
I am just very grateful and thankful for the lovely company I have so far.
I am learning and hope to incorporate new and inspirational ideas here so I nor you will be too bored. It will just take some time as I am having to share 1 computer between 3 people for a bit.
So thank you to all who have shared my journey so far.

Being still and quiet....

  Spending quiet time.
Good dvds should be here soon.
Maybe read a bit.
Even requested some hot apple cider.
Thunderstorms all weekend.
I despise PMS & related time.

Friday, August 9, 2013

God Bless My Aunt....

She tries, she really tries.

She means well. Yet after all this time, this is how things usually turn up in emails from her.

As we are on wireless, sometimes it takes items a bit longer than normal to download - especially since the attachment sizes are huge.

Don't adjust your screen or your glasses if you wear them. We just get a big giggle every time she tries to send photos.

Imagine each one slowly appearing on your screen, revealing themselves....at least this set doesn't have any missing body parts (many pictures are missing my cousins heads!)....you can click on each picture to enlarge them....

Love the windchimes!

You're Nominated - Yes, You!....

I'm finally getting back into the swing of things so I wanted to make sure I get this posted as soon as I was really feeling up to it - I have a series of Question of the Day I do at another site so having to think up new questions (especially when my braincell was not too coherent and physically, I was very under the weather) was a bit more than I wanted to be challenged by. So without further ado....



To my delighted surprised, my little ol' blog was nominated by Our Little Family for the Liebster Award. I consider this a Pay It Forward type award - everyone wins so to speak. I get to answer some questions and share 11 facts about me to the world and to my nominator (I feel like I've won the Oscars - should I do an acceptance speech? Nah - don't want to bore anyone!)


O.k. so first here's my answers to the questions:

1. Coke or Pepsi
 - Oh, most definitely Coca Cola Classic, over ice pretty please. 
2. What’s your favorite movie of all time
-  Ugh. That's like asking what is your favorite flavor of ice cream! Hmm....to play it safe, I'll answer Singing In The Rain.
3. What’s you best childhood memory?
- Seeing the Nutcracker Ballet.
4. What would your “Best Day Ever” be?
- Beach with family all healthy and dolphins playing in the surf. 
5. Are you a Morning Person or a Night Person?
- I don't know. My sleep cycle is so messed up anymore, I've forgotten!
6. One thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
- I can do some pretty decent cartoon character voices.
7. Why did you start blogging?
- Because I'm tired of arguing with the voices in my head so I'd thought I'd direct my efforts elsewhere. Ha!
8. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
- Exercising my mind - being creative. I need to be challenged. Well, most of the time.
9. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
-  I knew it I knew it I knew it!!! Ice cream would be mentioned somewhere! Right now, tropical sherbert!
10. Do you have pets? How many?
- Not at the moment unfortunately :(
11. If you could do any one thing what would it be.
- Ride roller-coasters! I can't because of my heart condition.

Now here are 11 facts - tell them Johnny what they've won....(sorry, in a bit of a goofy mood right now)

1. I once worked with a lady who was going to name her new daughter Jezebel. Glad she changed her mind!
2. I actually enjoy doing math. Up to a point. Then my braincell tweaks.
3. I get the need to go and do adventurous things that most people find crazy, just for the heck of it.
4. I can't whistle worth a darn but I can do a pretty good donkey bray or Mr. Limpet impersonation.
5. Calvin and Garfield are my mentors.
6. There are 2 lighthouses in the same room with me at the moment. One lights up when it rings - sporadically - well, at least in theory. Got it to work once.
7. I absolutely detest getting my picture taken. Truly hate it! I freeze up and look way too grumpy.
8. I'm distantly related to at least 2 living former Presidents of the USA. Also to a bunch of other rather noted historical people.
9. Somewhere around here I have a replica Samurai sword (non-cutting of course; yes, full size).
10. My eyes change color naturally all the time - very noticeably too -  depending on mood, health, what I'm wearing, where I'm at, etc.
11. I like to read dictionaries. Yes, I am weird but then that should be of no surprise to anyone by now.

Here's where YOU come in! I'm nominating YOU!!!! Anyone who wants to answer or participate in this, please do so - please leave me a comment so I can come see your answers!

Rules for Nominees
- Link back to your nominating blog
- Answer the questions they have provided
- Share 11 random facts about yourself
- Nominate blogs with less than 20 followers (I'm bending the rule on this one) :)
- Create 11 questions to be answered by your nominees
- Contact your nominees and let them know
Questions for Nominees
1. What is the first piece of jewelry you ever owned?
2. Describe yourself in 3 words - that all start with the same letter.
3. Pineapple or cranberry?
4. What song sets your toes to tapping?
5. Who is your favorite politician? Yes, they can be from a former era.
6. If the moon was made of cheese, what kind would it be?
7. What are you looking at right now (besides your computer screen)?
8. What mystery of the world would you like to know the answer to?
9. Do you have any plastic lawn animals or gnomes?
10. What book would you like to see made into a movie (even if you were the only one to watch it)?
11. Share a secret (that you can). Don't worry, I won't tell anyone :)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Garden Lovelies....

Today's post - just some more flower photos taken the other day - you can click on each one to enlarge. Enjoy!

Photo credits - mine.