Thursday, October 30, 2014

RANDOM THOUGHTS!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171565101/abstract-art-painting-on-canvas-16x20?ref=favs_view_2

      A post about random thoughts is well served by a header photo of a beautifully colored abstract art painting...don't you think?! ^_^ And just for 'kicks', what do you see when you look at it?!....Me?!....I see a grasshopper lounging by the beach in a canvas lounge chair, smiling, while holding a crutch in his left hand, and a soup ladle in his right! ^_^ ...Purely random! LOL

      That's the kind of day I'm having...nothing in my head is organized and pretty. It's all jumbled and resistant to control. But yet...it's very calm. :-] The perfect place for random thoughts to breathe and keep themselves comfortable. :-))
      Speaking of random thoughts ^_^ did I tell you about the menagerie of animals that have been wandering through our backyard this past week?!...rabbits and cats, robins and all kinds of birds...including...and this is the honest truth!...a large eagle that landed on top of one of the robins that was scratching for worms, held him in his talons until he went limp, and then toted him off!! O_O
      The next day a mangy-looking coyote trotted through the backyard, with his fur all choppy, like somebody like Edward Scissorhands had gotten a hold of him...in a bad way! He was also missing part of his tail!!! O_O Hubby was fascinated until he noticed that the coyote was stalking one of the neighborhood feral cats!! *gulp!* We stopped looking!!!!...And I don't even wanna know what happened to the cat!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101607815/random-thoughts-note-card-set-of-four?ref=favs_view_1

      Yesterday, as if he was going for a little trot in the outback somewhere, a red fox...with a white-tipped tail...came trotting through the backyard!!! O_O He was kind of skittish though. He went one direction, stopped cold, looked around, and then went back the same direction he came from!
      Today the only traffic through the backyard has been a mommy with her little toddler, dressed like a pink dinosaur, with a tail no less! ^_^ It's that time of year, people!!! *smh* All due respect to people and their beliefs, but seriously?!!!! LOL

      I'm crocheting another hooded scarf/wrap! :-] ...
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6006578&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6006578&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

      It's with Red Heart yarn. The color is "buff"...hmmmm...it looks like beige to me! ^_^ ...SIDE THOUGHT: How do you count your rows when you're working a knit or crochet pattern?!...Do you have a row counter gadget, memorize it in your head, or write the numbers down on a piece of paper and scratch them out as you go...like I do?!...Just wondering. ^_^
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/101607815/random-thoughts-note-card-set-of-four?ref=favs_view_1

      Guess what I had for lunch today...THANKS HONEY!! :-) ♥ ...Fried pork chops, lima beans, and a red baked potato!! ^_^ The only thing missing was some chocolate cake and a hot cup of pumpkin spiced coffee!!!...To Be Continued!! ^_^
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/101607815/random-thoughts-note-card-set-of-four?ref=favs_view_1

     I love that tennis has been on The Tennis Channel all day today...LIVE!! :-) And that I've seen almost all of my favorite men play!...Lopez, Nishikori, Wawrinka, Tsonga, Murray, and now Roger Federer!! :-) It's a good tennis day!

     In closing...tonight is meeting night! :-) And it's Oral Review night! :-) I love going back and reviewing the things we've learned recently. Such good reminders about how our relationship with Jehovah God should be, and how we need to be behaving toward other people as well!! Oh, if only the whole world took the time to learn about what's required to be a "true" citizen of the world!...and then actually practiced it!!
      Okay...off I go. Random thoughts?...DONE!...for today! ^_^ Have a good rest of the day, Everyone! ♥

 "Random  Words"

I wrote to "Random House".
I'm  putting it all out on the line;
Letting strangers tell me what they think,
and critique my chatty mind.

Its been 2 weeks already,
and not a word have I heard back.
Is this unusual?
Can someone else, your poems, hijack?!

I tell myself: "Don't Worry.
In fact, no news can mean good news."
(Its the way I try to fool myself,
so my ego won't  get bruised.)

When I wrote them I was honest.
I didn't  try to play some game.
I want to make some extra money,
not pursue book deals and fame.

So, I wrote to "Random House",
and put it all out on the line.
Now I wait to hear from strangers,
and please, please, let them be kind!


     (This poem was written a while ago....I'm still waiting! LOL)    

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Would You Wear This?!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/164919897/womens-pixie-hat-crochet-hat-gnome-hat?ref=favs_view_1

      I hope you're smiling...as I am...looking at this cute crochet hat! :-) Not that I have any stake in whether it gets sold or not! :-)) Although, for this shop's sake, I hope it does!! I just like the hat! ^_^

https://www.etsy.com/listing/164919897/womens-pixie-hat-crochet-hat-gnome-hat?ref=favs_view_1

       Okay...I like the hat AND the model's smile. :-) Her smile seems to be saying: "Don't you think I'm cute?!!!!" And the hat seems to be saying" "I'm so cute you just have to buy me, right?!!" LOL And, on both counts, I have to say: "Yes!" ^_^ Of course the second 'yes' has a caveat....and that is that I would buy it IF I could afford to!! ^_^
       Well...if I could afford to, and if I could get rid of the thought in my head that if I just applied myself a little I could make a hat sorta like this myself!! ^_^ Mine would probably have a lot more colors added to it!! LOL You know me and my color restraint!! ^_^
       Are any of you out there in blog-land crochet hat wearers?!...I mean, would you wear a hat like this one?!...I love the crocheted rope-like strands hanging down. They almost look like they could be hair braids! :-) It's one of the cuter items I saw in my Etsy activity feed today.

      This (below) is one of the other cute items I saw!! :-] ...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/170107228/ring-bearer-box-pillow-wedding-ring-box?ref=favs_view_2
https://www.etsy.com/listing/170107228/ring-bearer-box-pillow-wedding-ring-box?ref=favs_view_2

      I love a great wedding gift idea, and I think this is one!! It would be perfect for the 'best man' or the 'ring-bearer'! And, of course, it would be a great wedding favor to have at everyone's seat at the reception too!! :-) What a great little gift reminder!! In fact, it might keep reminding your friends about your anniversary for years!!!! ^_^

      Okay...moving on from Etsy cuteness... :-) ...I wanna give a big "WHOOP! WHOOP!" to my husband for making some unusual and surprisingly good noodle soup for dinner last night! ^_^ He made it in the crock pot (slow cooker), and in a way that I would never have tried!...And I have to be honest, I was leery about what it would taste like when he told me the ingredients! O_O It included the usual things you put in noodle soup, but with a twist. It had no chicken! 
      It had cubed beef, chicken broth, pepper flakes, egg noodles, and regular white potatoes!! O_O The unusual part was not the spiciness, and not the beef either. It was the combination of what I perceived to be 'starchy' noodles and 'starchy' potatoes together!! O_O I was sure it was gonna be a clumped up gluten-ny mess!! LOL But it wasn't!! :-)
      He added extra chicken broth and it turned out to be very delicious!!!...Sorry beef and chicken. I know you're both not birds of a feather. In fact, one of you is not even a bird at all!! ^_^ ... but.....hey! "Moo, Moo, Cluck, Cluck!" LOL

      Before I head off to take my nap, let me show you two other items I finished yesterday...and there was not a black scarf among them!! LOL...

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6606659&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5
https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6606659&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6606659&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5
https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6606659&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6006578&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6006578&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

      This scarf is made with a combination of virgin wool and "crimp" nylon!! :-) ...
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6006578&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6006578&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

      I made it by crocheting three strands together of some fingering weight yarn that was given to me a long time ago. I kept saving it for a 'special' project.....that just never came along!...until now that is! ^_^ The patch of green on the end of one side...my creative flare!...was really just a last minute decision because I ran out of the other yarns!! LOL But hubby loves it like that!! :-)
      And of course I had to put a flower brooch pin on it too!! :-) And that was 'on purpose'!! ^_^ ... Just so you know that I'm not forgetting about the four black scarves I have to make, I'll have you know that I'm about half way through a black crochet brooch pin right now!! ^_^
      Okay...truth!...My skeins of black yarn apparently got burned a little by a lamp bulb, or a heater vent, or something!!! Aargh! They have a patch of changed color....reddish brown now!...on the end of the skeins. O_O I would have to keep cutting and pasting every time the color came out of the skein...UGH!...and I'm not in the mood for all of that!! So I have to wait until payday so I can get some more black yarn. 
       AIN'T THAT ALWAYS THE WAY!!!!...I mean, I have a kabillion skeins of yarn...of all different kinds...in this house, but NO BLACK!...in good condition I mean!!! LOL No worries though, I'll FIND something to crochet until payday!!! ^_^
      Okay...the talking non-stop will now........STOP!!!!! LOL Have a good rest of the day, Y'all...and I hope yours is without rain!! ♥

I wish I was a seahorse

I wish I was a seahorse;
with a curly floating tail,
and I lived in open oceans,
not in Massachusetts' rainy jail.

I could waste a lot of time,
look for things that I could bite.
Oh, but how would I crochet?
Sing with bubbles, also write?

Okay, I guess I'll be a Wug;
Make my flowers, jewelry too.
I can always just be 'wet'.
In this state, easy to do!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I'm Back To Blog Again.....And With My ABCs Intact!!

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     Hello Y'all!! ^_^ I know you probably figured that, with me being gone from here for a whole week, I was gone for good...BUT NO!! I just had to take a break for a little while to get some other things done, and get my 'want to' back in order!
     A few things had gone on that took my mine off of writing my every waking thought...because if I told you my every waking thought you'd think I was going crazy!! LOL It's been really rough!!!...But I'm back in the game now!
     I still have some family issues that have happened that I'll spare you and won't share here...NOPE!...and they would only lead to many more questions, and your mouths hanging open anyway!! ^_^ ... And there are a few other none-smile-worthy issues that are on-going that I'd rather not talk about here. I'll save those for my close "in-real-life" friends and relatives! :-)) They're required to listen to my crazy...whether they like it or not!!! LOL
     Thankfully my not talking about those few things hasn't emptied my head of thought all together! LOL And they haven't left me with nothing to talk about either! That won't happen unless something beyond my control takes away my ability to form my ABCs into cohesive written sentences! ^_^ ... Actually it may take even more than that! ^_^
     I told hubby that if anything unexpected happens to me, like I have a stroke and can't move my mouth or hands for instance, he'd better get prepared to read angry eyebrows and 'slow-quick-quick-slow' blinking patterns pretty quickly!! LOL

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/107007493/3d-letter-crochet-pattern-pdf-pattern?ref=favs_view_6

     All joking aside, as you can see, my sense of humor is still intact...as are my letters and words! ^_^ And, by the way, so is my ability to spot a cute Etsy item!! ^_^

https://www.etsy.com/listing/181969854/ceramic-necklace-turquoise-geometric?ref=favs_view_9
https://www.etsy.com/listing/181969854/ceramic-necklace-turquoise-geometric?ref=favs_view_9
https://www.etsy.com/listing/181969854/ceramic-necklace-turquoise-geometric?ref=favs_view_9

https://www.etsy.com/listing/192800865/natural-basket-from-wood-twigs-bark-with?ref=favs_view_8
https://www.etsy.com/listing/192800865/natural-basket-from-wood-twigs-bark-with?ref=favs_view_8

     During the week off from blogging I've also been doing a lot of crocheting. I'm trying to get some items made for the craft show my items are suppose to be featured in! :-] And also, hubby has been selling scarves for me offline, and getting custom requests for me to fill too!! :-) 
     I'm also trying out new marketing techniques, like a flyer with some of my items shown on it in full color. Hubby has been leaving them EVERYWHERE!!! :-) Unfortunately while I am getting more traffic to my Wuglyees shop, I'm not getting more sales there! Ugh!...But I have sold about 10 or so scarves offline recently! ^_^ I say something is better than nothing!!
     Other parts of my marketing strategy include giving away an occasional free necklace with my scarves. :-) This necklace is free to someone who buys a certain scarf in my shop....You'll have to go look through my scarves to find it though!! :-))

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=6006578&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

     I'm working on some other strategies too...like taking lot of naps, so I can have the strength to crochet and think up new strategies!! ^_^ Thinking is hard tiring work!!! LOL

     Here is one of the hats I made recently!...
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/wuglyees?section_id=5871790&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8


     It was specifically made for a woman who saw the multicolored hat I made for my husband and decided she wanted one...in plain red! LOL Hey! Not everybody can wear multicolor!! ^_^
 

     And this is my latest pride and joy! :-) ...
 

     It's a pattern I bought from another great shop on Etsy!! :-) It worked up beautifully too!!!...and the shop owner gave me permission to sell the already made items in my shop!! :-)
    
 

     It can be worn as a chest shawl, a cowl neck shawl, or a hooded scarf!! ^_^ I've got all kinds of colors bouncing back and forth in my mind about it!! ^_^...In the meantime I'm finishing up this 'baby'...
 


     It's made with 3 strands of virgin wool and 'crimp' nylon! :-] ...
 

      Tomorrow I'll be jumping back into the ABC end of the crochet pool, with 'black' scarves! ^_^ I have four of them to make!!!! FOUR! O_O I may go blind from the color monotony!!! LOL Only time will tell!!
     But at any rate...I'll be talking about it!!! ^_^ ... Have a good rest of the evening, Y'all!! Nighty Night!! ♥

A Little Doze'll Do You!

I enjoy my sleeping, and a doze,
a nap, and such.
In fact I might enjoy a snooze
entirely waaaay too much!

At any time of day,
you'll find me like a weeping willow.
Head hung low and dragging,
looking for the nearest pillow.

No, there's nothing wrong.
I'm not depressed. I've still got bounce!
And I can stay awake and be
quite witty when it counts!

But I have been awake for things
when I could've been asleep.
And now my time's so valuable
I don't treat it like it's cheap.

My sleeping, dozing, napping,
is to my life a special key.
It unlocks and refreshes
and dispels anxiety!

Most people try to fill up
every hour in the day.
But me, I'd rather be asleep
and waste it all away.

There's plenty hours left
for all the flit and play and chore.
An hour for a nap right now?!
Why not?! There's 24!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ohhhhh...Not Much!


       "So, what are you doing with yourself these days?"... And the answer is today's blog title. ^_^ Or, in the words of all the 'slang masters'..."Just Chillin'!" :-))
      I spent Friday in 'Virtual' Venezuela. That was FABU!! ^_^ I can still hear the wonderful music wafting through the house!...I mean, in my ears!! LOL...And I spent Saturday mostly sleeping, or in pain....WEATHER ISSUES. UGH!
      Yesterday I just crocheted all day, chatted with family a bit on Facebook, and ate! ^_^ The header photo, and the next couple of photos, is my attempt at sharing some of my meal with you. :-)
 

      It's a crock pot, or slow cooker, lasagne!! :-) Hubby did it!!...
 

      The only alteration to the recipe was an addition of an onion and some hot pepper flakes. You know we like our food spicy! ^_^ It was easy peasy! It only took four hours too!! By the time our head was full os spiritual food after the meeting at the Kingdom Hall yesterday, and our comfortable clothes were changed into, dinner was ready!!...and it was absolutely delicious!! :-)
 

      Hubby says the next time he makes it...and OH YEAH! there's gonna be a next time for this lasagne!!...he's gonna add a few more tomatoes...maybe cut a bit bigger. YUM!!

      On the crochet front, I'm making more 'Ugly Wuglyee' scarves! ^_^ And a few requested color scarves too! Crochet-wise, I'm starting to be like the old juke-box that you put your quarter in and request old standard songs! LOL "I'd like a purple one, please, and a pair of slipper booties. My old ones have bit the dust!" LOL
      This scarf (below) is white with flecks of green and pink...
 


      I ran out of yarn a lot faster than I thought I would, so it ended up being a circle neck scarf instead of a long scarf with pink fringe on one end, and mint green fringe on the other! ^_^ ... Maybe it's just as well I couldn't finish it that way, huh?! LOL
 

      I also made a little flower pin to wear with it...but the light in the house wasn't good enough to take a picture of it today. I think more rain is on the way. O_O UGH! ...Anyway, you've seen my flower pins, so I know you can visualize it! ^_^


      Today I started this black and purple scarf...


      I had to lighten the photo a bit using 'Picassa'...
 

      Only time will tell if I have enough yarn to make this one long enough!! LOL
 

      And, in between projects, I'm still adding squares to my granny square children's blanket!...*sigh*...my life is so boring these days!! LOL Colorful!...but boring. ^_^
 


      I'm really missing my backyard tree, and all of my visiting hummingbirds and cardinals, and blue jays, and...*sigh*...We still have robins all over the yard! But they're not the slightest bit interested in what's going on with me!! LOL They're pecking the ground for earthworms on their way up, so they don't drown in the downpour it appears we're about to get!! ^_^
      We're gonna have to put our suet feeder back up soon...before I go 'stir crazy' around here!!! AAARGH!!! The wall between 'stir crazy' and complete insanity is being held up right now by some beautiful red foliage that's popping out all over the woods out back...And sunsets. :-] 
      Okay...time to go and chat with hubby for a while...and then it'll be dinnertime again! ^_^ I think a pork roast and carrots are on tap for tonight!!! ^_^ ... What are you having?!!!...Enjoy, Everybody!! ♥

Light

I wait most every morning
to see soft light coming through the trees;
To see the darkness pierced by shadows,
making clarity a tease.

I wait most every morning,
knowing darkness will give way;
Hoping sunrise won't forget me,
and my night will soon be day.

I wait most every morning,
for the thick black blanket's night
to flip back and uncover
all the brilliant rested light!

I've never been disappointed.
Light always manages to appear.
And I always smile and wave and holler:
"Hello Light! I'm over here!"

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Friday!!...And You Know What That Means Around Here, Don't You?!!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/111153350/baja-starfish-hair-barrette-starfish?ref=favs_view_4

      Fridays around here mean a night of scenery, good food, and good music. And also relaxation...maybe on the beach. Maybe in the mountains. Maybe in the desert. Maybe in the countryside. Maybe in the city. Maybe......in another country!! ^_^ Virtually, of course!
      For 'sure' it's another country for us today! :-] ... 

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/203155232/caracas-skyline-venezuela-poster?ref=favs_view_1
(Caracas Venezuela Skyline Poster by InkistPrints)

      The country is Venezuela!! :-) We can't wait to meet Venezuela!!! ^_^ ...


      Thanks to some great shops on Etsy, I'm all ready for our 'virtual' trip!! :-) ...
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194871991/ecru-poncho-handwoven-plus-size-wool?ref=favs_view_5

https://www.etsy.com/listing/150293000/85x11-venezuela-love?ref=favs_view_3

https://www.etsy.com/listing/184552440/green-leaves-photo-dark-green-home-decor?ref=favs_view_7

https://www.etsy.com/listing/73448255/venezuela-wall-decor-i-love-you-from?ref=favs_view_2
 (I Love You From Here To Venezuela Art Print by HopSkipJumpPaper)

      And just because I thought it was so cute, I'm taking along a little pocket buddy! :-)) ...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200426780/little-grey-bunny-boy-with-carrot-in-a?ref=favs_view_6
(Tiny Pocket Rabbit by UnderUmbrelland)

      At the moment I'm listening to Venezuelan music.....Beautiful!! :-] I wanted to put myself in the mood for the trip. :-) 

      Where are you going tonight?!...or this weekend?!...Wherever it is, have a good time!! ♥

Virtual trip

I really like to travel,
See the world, expand my mind.
But not getting on an airplane,
or hunting luggage I can't find!

I like a 'good ole' virtual trip.
Computer details. Music too.
Where you don't need a 'stinking' passport,
or have to wear a 'stinking' shoe!

But a little stay at home,
under covers, lock and key,
can also be expansive.
Even if it's 'virtually'.