Monday, July 21, 2014

Sorry, Y'all....But I Have To Make Shawls!

     Yes, I know! I'm not much fun these days, showing shawl after shawl after shawl!...And yes, there is one extra shawl in there...because I started another one! ^_^ ...

     I was on such a roll with the other two shawls that I figured that 'NOW' would be the time to finally make the bridal shawl I've been wanted to make for years!...

     I have some vintage cotton thread that I got from Portugal over twenty-five years ago. I've been putting it off, and putting it off...the making of this wedding shawl. But has begun! :-) ...

     It's gonna be elegant, white and champagne colored. :-] And I'm hoping some bride will wanna scoop it up and value it, in the same way I have valued the soft and cushiony balls of Portuguese cotton I've had all these years. :-] ...

     Even though it's laying up against one of my old vintage blankets, it's looking all fancy and duded-up, isn't it?! ^_^ It's been a joy to crochet so far...even though I'm kinda cross-eyed from crocheting so much!! ^_^
      Part of the reason I'm doing these shawls right now is because I need to make something sell-able for my shop, and right now boutonnieres and crochet flowers ain't doing it!! LOL They're really time-consuming though! I haven't been online much, or doing much of anything else either that isn't a necessity!
     By the way, here's the other shawl I finished...the black and white one!...
 (Crochet Black and White Scalloped Trim Shawl by Wuglyees)

     So, are you liking the blue and white, or the black and white shawl more?!

      I have to admit...I didn't think I would be, but I'm more partial to the blue and white one!...

     Okay...that's all I got! Crochet...and more crochet!! ^_^ Hopefully I'll be able to throw something else in there every once in a while! ♥ Stay tuned! ^_^ And have a good rest of your day too!!

Dress And Feel Better

When I'm feeling bad,
and about to drop some tears,
I make myself feel better
putting pearls upon my ears.

When my hair just won't act right,
and I'm feeling kinda fat,
I put some perfume on my wrist,
and wear a fancy, frilly hat.

There's nothing better than some frill,
and high heels from off the shelf
to make you stand a little straighter,
and feel good about yourself.

Wear some bold and brighter colors;
wear some jewelry everywhere,
Then you'll look so good to others
that you'll feel like what you wear!

Change your mood-and sport some flare!
'Strut your stuff', and go somewhere!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

YAY!...The Blue And White Shawl Is Done!

      Hello!...I'm taking a detour away from pancakes this morning. :-) Two reasons. One, I didn't have pancakes this morning. I had leftover steak, grits and eggs. Eggs, courtesy of the 'chicken sitter'. ^_^ He gets paid in fresh eggs and love. ♥
      The other reason is because I finally finished my crochet blue and white shawl and I wanna show it off!! ^_^ ...

       It's not the easiest shawl in the world to photograph! It's big...and warm...and BIG!! :-] ...

      I can't imagine what it's gonna be like to photograph the black and white one. O_O It should be finished later today. Hopefully we'll have just as good weather as we did this morning, and photographing it doesn't end up being a problem!

      Tomorrow I'll be starting another one. But it's gonna be made with my beloved Portuguese thread! :-) And it's gonna be a wedding shawl! :-) It's gonna be more intense I'm sure...and more time consuming. But my boutonnieres aren't keeping my attention these days, so I have to move on to what will! 

      I'm still gonna be making my crochet flowers...FOR SURE! :-) But I have a ton of men's boutonnieres and women's brooches already made. So I'll just be listing them in the shop from time to time...and taking some of the others off of the 'expired' list too! O.o Let's just say...I'm not gonna be running out of product to share in my shop any time soon! :-]

      Okay...I'm off to finish the black and white shawl...and get ready for the meeting. (Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses) My hubby is cleaning and rearranging the house. He's making a library in the other room now. A place to read and do research and studying, without traipsing back and forth from room to room.
      Other than's Sunday!... :-) ...Pre-new-week, with another Friday at the end. :-) Enjoy!!! ♥

I Think I Need To...

I think I need to change things up,
flip the script, change direction;
I don't want to lose my love
for that which I have so much affection?

I think I need some brand new eyes,
to see things a different way.
Because the way that I've been seeing
really isn't gonna pay.

I think, because it's me, I need
some creative inspiration.
Some sketches, markers, ball point pens,
and some Disney animation.

I think that this may take some time.
It seems a lot for me to do.
So, maybe I should change my mind.

I'll let you know and get back to you! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Too Much 'Virtual' Dating Fun, And Now?...RANDOM THOUGHTS!

      Just like the pretty chairs in my header photo, my thoughts today are all on top of one another, side-by-side of one another, and topsy-turvy! I guess it must've been too much 'virtual' fun on my date with hubby last night! ^_^
       We took some fun excursions to a few historic places last night. We saw some southern scenery, some northern dinosaur tracks, and heard some great stories about how life used to be years and years ago! :-] It was fascinating!
      And yes, we saw some beautiful scenry, listened to some great music, and ate some good food 'to boot'! ^_^ ... But now we're home...and tired...and looking at a Saturday 'To-Do' list 'yaaaaay' long!! O_O Besides the fact that....unfortunately for my hubby...I'm in the mood to talk!! LOL 
      Does that happen to any of you when you're really tired?!...that you wanna talk and talk about random, sometimes nonsensical, stuff?!...Well, it does to me! And it's happening right now!! ^_^ I'm sipping on a cup of green tea, typing, AND talking to hubby about all manner of silly stuff!! LOL

      He's 'chicken-sitting' again this weekend, so he's in the mood for the silliness! LOL He's talking about how the chickens know him now when he goes over to feed and water them and steal....uhhhh...carry away their eggs. :-] While I'm talking about dinosaur footprints here in Holyoke, and where all of the locations for them are!...Randomness. Just plain randomness!!
      Here are some other things we've talked about since last night:

      -- Why are there so many birds all over the backyard all of a sudden?! O_O And where did my hummingbirds go?!...There were four FAT birds...I don't know what kind of birds they were...sitting side-by-side on a tree branch, down low. Just sitting there, looking they were waiting for someone to serve them dinner or something! O_O They were there for quite a while, and then...they just flew away!

      -- Why is the washing machine attacking my clothes and sheets?!...All of my sheets are coming outta there with holes and rips all over the place, and my night gowns now have holes and lace that is completely separated at the seams! Ugh! And do you know how hard it is to re-sew lace back onto a night gown?!!!!

      -- My green tea doesn't taste the same anymore! O_O It's so strong all of a sudden!

      -- I can smell everything nowadays! O_O I don't remember stopping from being able to smell things. But all of a sudden I'm noticing the smell of everything!! And most of it doesn't smell good either!! LOL Was my 'smeller' on the blink, and I didn't know it?!

      -- Stash?!.....What stash?! O_O I think all of my salt water taffy is all gone! *blink, blink*

      -- Elvis Presley movies....That is all. :-)

      -- Why would a grown man saute' chicken in seven day old vegetable oil when he just went out of his way to go to the store and buy BRAND NEW olive oil?!! O_O It's one of the great mysteries of Jeff-World! LOL...And the sad thing is that he doesn't know either!! ^_^

      -- We have the best friends EVER!!!! :-) A girlfriend just dropped off a pack of steak, some cut french fries, salad, and a pineapple pound cake!!!!!! :-) No. There was no occasion or any particular reason! Just love!! ♥♥♥

     -- What are we gonna do for our wedding anniversary...which is in a few days?! O_O We have no plans!!!...I guess that's what love does when you're 32 years in! :-)) Apparently we only get excited about celebrating and 'boogieing-it-up' on round number years!...{And yes, we also had a conversation about what technically is a 'round number'! LOL}...In three years...on our 35th....WATCH OUT!!!...That is, if we're still able to chew and stuff! LOL

      -- I'm really tired......Let's have some breakfast and go back to bed. *yawn*

      Have a good weekend, Everybody! ♥

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 waay 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!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Treasures And Updates!...Here We Go!!

      I'm stopping in with a quick update on my crochet shawls, and also to share a treasury that Ana, of KEENbyAM, included my wedding flower pin set in! I can't stay long. I have a meeting tonight! So here goes!...

      I'm hoping I can find me a good shawl model to help me take good photos of the shawls when they're completely done, because these close up shots...especially of the black and white one...just don't do it justice!...Are there any Tyra Banks or Heidi Klum 'wanna-bes' out there?! ^_^ ...

      Thankfully taking pictures of my small crochet flower pins doesn't require a Christie Brinkley or Cindy Crawford model!! LOL...Although I wouldn't mind having them shown off by a good male model! :-) I guess, for now, I'll just be thankful I have my six-foot 'hunk-a-modeling-hubby'! ^_^
      The crochet pins below are the ones Ana chose for her treasury...minus a male model! ^_^ ...

         She picked some other great items for her treasury too. Click on the treasury above and go check it out if you like! :-) ... Here are the ones that caught my eye...besides my flower pins I mean. :-) ... to eat a little seafood salad, and get a quick nap before my meeting!! See you tomorrow! ♥ 

What do YOU talk about?

What do YOU talk about
when you don't have much to say?
A short phrase about the weather?
Or the 'fine'-ness of the day?

Do you ask: "How do you do?",
hoping they won't say a thing?
Or just say: "Call me tomorrow",
hoping that the phone won't ring?

Do you lend yourself to grins,
and slight noddings of the head,
knowing big smiles and eye contact
would make you committed to what they said?

What do YOU talk about
when your 'talker' is 'on the blink'?
Not hardly much at all.
Certainly not much as you would think!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What Can I Do While It's Raining?!...Hmmmmm!

      Okay! if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!...right?!! ^_^ I'm not talking about beating or joining people doing something though. I'm talking about the rain....UGH!...I've decided not to be a whiny baby about the rain any longer!....Wait! I have one more whine in me......*Wah, Wah, Wahhhhhhhiiiiiiine!* that I got that out of my system... ^_^ ...I've made the decision that since I can't beat the rain, I might as well find some ways to join in the spirit of rain...and be productive! :-]
      So I'm gonna talk about the things I can do while it's raining....Well, more like while it's RAINING CATS AND DOGS!...*I just stopped myself and went over to Google to search what that expression means...'raining cats and dogs'....FASCINATING!! ^_^ The explanation makes the header photo I'm sharing today even more apropos!! ^_^ You can go and read about it yourself HERE if you like. FASCINATING!! ^_^*...Anyway! As I was saying, here are some of the things I can, and probably will do today, while it's raining!

      I'll get myself washed and cleaned up, sorta like the owl in the header photo...and the hummingbird that's sitting on the tip of the branch outside my window. :-) The rain is pouring down and he's just sitting there, looking up and down, left and right, and, every once in a while, doing a little rain shiver dance...I'm assuming it's to get the accumulation of rain off of him. ^_^ All he needs is a bar of soap and a loofah sponge! LOL
      I could go for a ride in the rain...virtually, in my mind, I mean. :-)) I'm not actually in the mood for being soaking wet! :-)) Although it is something I used to love to do in my younger years. :-] ... Hubby and I used to ride down to Hartford Connecticut, taking the back roads, and enjoying the scenery, while car dancing and stopping at every roadside fruit and vegetable stand we could find...and every soft-serve ice cream shop! :-)

      Speaking of virtual trips, I wonder what Paris in the rain would be like this time of year?! ^_^ ...
      I think that would be a good trip to plan for hubby and I this coming Friday. ^_^ We do love 'virtual' dates to France, you know! ^_^

      I could, and no doubt will, do some crocheting. :-] It's too wet outside to take pictures to share with you today, but trust me when I tell probably wouldn't even recognize my two shawls now! ^_^ They're getting big and bulky, and taking up lots of space in my crochet nook! :-) They'll probably be all done by the beginning of next week! Do you believe that?! ^_^

      I could write some poems while it's raining. I COULD...but I probably won't! Who wants to see another whiny poem from me about the weather?! LOL I've done plenty!! And I'm trying to cheer myself up while it's raining, not soak myself down in a flood of rainy wet tears!! :-))

      I could use the opportunity while it's raining to do some extra cleaning, or read a book...but I don't WANT to clean!...Enough said about that! LOL

      I could read a book...or books. I already did some Bible reading this morning, and some studying. But I asked hubby to go to the library and get me a couple of older books, Erma Bombeck's humorous books, to read. I'm in the mood to do some light reading, and I haven't sunk my teeth into anything substantially 'light' since I read 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'The Help'! It's time!! :-)

      I could get hubby to play backgammon, Scrabble, or Uno with me!...but he gets moody when he loses to me now. And he 'will' LOSE!! LOL

      I can call up some friends I haven't spoken to in a while!...*sigh*...I REALLY need to stay on top of doing that!! Time is so short, and things can change in people's lives so quickly!!...Read yesterday's post and you'll see what I mean. :-( ... I have lots of friends that I can call too! that's a great thing to do! :-]

      I could talk hubby into baking me a cheesecake, or some chocolate peanut butter coconut cookies! YUM! :-) It's been a while since he's done that!!!...Or maybe I'll get him to make me some homemade soup! Soup is good for when it's raining right?...Northerners know!!'s summertime. LOL

      I could watch reruns of shows I missed , like 'American Pickers' or 'Storage Wars'! :-) I could also watch an old movie! I LOVE to do that, watch old black and whites, while it's raining! :-) 

      I could also put on some music, and sip on a cup of green tea, while boogieing...with balance! :-)) ... Or I could pull out one of my two guitars and finally try to learn how to play them!! O_O ... Nahhh! That's not gonna happen today. I got anxious just now, even saying I was gonna try to do that!! ^_^

      I could exercise...No! I could set up my next doctor's appointment...No! I could get started on re-writing my book...No! I could do my nails...with all of the polish smells filling the room...No! I could do NOTHING!...Yeah. That works!! ^_^

      Lastly, I could go and read a lot of your blogs to see what you're doing on this rainy Wednesday. :-) And I think I will...right now! :-) See you later! Have a good day, Everybody, raining or not! ♥

Rain Of Love

I sometimes love the rain,
and how it makes me think, again,
of our private time together-
(time I spent with my best friend).

There's something quieting to the soul
about the rainfall's pitter patter,
that makes your problems disappear,
and never really seem to matter.

Just lying cuddled on the bed,
talking softly, from the heart;
or sleeping through the thunder's rumble,
while the birds all flit and dart.

Is it normal to be smiling,
when the clouds are dark with rain?
(Maybe its just the perspective
of the twisted, wet, insane!)

At any rate-when he's at work,
and I am here, at home, alone,
and I see the drizzle starting-
I get him, quickly, on the phone.

I say: "Hi Honey, what you doing?"
He says: "What else, but think of you!"
You see,he saw the raindrops falling,
and he didn't know what to do!

He couldn't drop his work and run!
He said he had to use restraint.
(And if he had, I would be shocked!)
But I admit-the thought was quaint.

Okay! So what? We're kind of strange-
We never want the rain to end!
But, before you judge us crazy,
watch some raindrops with your friend,
and then, just read this poem again!      

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Sip Of Tea...And Here's What Happened.....!

       I opened my eyes yesterday morning to dark skies, a bad headache from a night of sleeplessness, and forecasts of rain...*sigh*...rain that I knew was coming, not because of the weather reports the night before, but because my joints and muscles were screaming at the top of their voice for sweet relief all throughout the night! O_o
      I decided, as I almost always do when I wake up to what appears to be the start of a bad day, to read my day's text and reminder (based on a Bible verse), read a chapter of the Bible (right now it's the book of Leviticus), say a prayer to Jehovah for endurance and for his help to use my life and situation to encourage somebody...even if it wasn't gonna be ME that was getting the encouragement yesterday!! :-))
      Honestly, that is my routine EVERY day, but it becomes especially important to do on days when all I really wanna do is breathe in a deep sigh, lay back down, and pull the covers back over my head! ^_^
      After this great start, I was sure I'd be able to push through the pain, and make something out of this day!!...Grrrr! GET BEHIND ME, PAIN!!!!...So, off I went to sip on my green tea, and grab my crocheting...*both shawls are about half way through now! :-) I'll try to show it to you later this week*...I figured I'd work on my crocheting while hubby was fixing breakfast, and then he and I could chit chat over some grits and eggs...or whatever he 'chef Jeff-ed together'. :-))
      Oh, but wait! I needed to check my email to make sure I hadn't sold anything overnight first!...One of the emails led me to Facebook...O.o...Apparently one of the people I follow on Facebook is now quarantined, due to chemo after cancer surgery. :-( WOW! I didn't know she had cancer...or had surgery either!
      That realization struck my head and reminded me that I haven't heard from one of my dear close 'real life' friends for a few months now!!! O.O ... Oh No!!!! How did I forget about her this long?!!!...She's been a dear friend for many years now. I actually taught her the Bible, and helped her to come to know Jehovah God. And her relationship with him has been a joy to watch all these years. :-)
      Well, I should say...a joy to watch when we were in the same congregation! Since hubby and I moved away we've been hearing that she's had all kinds of struggles! O_O Included in those struggles was a divorce. Not her decision. :-( But with her two young sons, and her relationship with Jehovah and the congregation, she got through it! And has been plowing right along, as have we all, for many faithful years!
      There had been about five years where I hadn't physically talked to her, when I got a phone call from her. We laughed and giggled, caught up on old times, and new times, and then told our 'sad sack' stories about the way life had been treating us. :-] She's very positive minded, like me, so it didn't turn into a weep-fest. We just sipped on our tea...and coffee...and got busy encouraging each other. :-]

      Then, as if she was telling me she had a hangnail, she proceeded to tell me that she found out that she has a rare form of cancer. O_O She's been taking chemo for a few feeling okay...and only had one more treatment to go!...We left our conversation with her saying that she'd call again in a couple of weeks, after she recovered from her last chemo treatment. I couldn't call her because she would be at her mom's, completely spent! Her mom would be taking care of her until she got her strength back, because her new husband would be working during the day.
      I have to admit, I was kinda sad that I wouldn't be able to talk to her for such an extended time. And that I wouldn't be able to go to her side, because of my physical disabilities now. :-( But she assured me she'd be okay, and that I'd hear from her as soon as she was able....And I did! ^_^ 
      We talked on the phone for weeks after this...through her last chemo treatment...through the news that the chemo hadn't done what they had hoped...through the knowledge that she was gonna have to travel out of state to a major hospital for a particularly tedious surgical treatment and monitoring. O_O I was very worried.
      She told me that she wasn't sure how long she'd be away this time, but that she wasn't that worried about it. She knew that Jehovah would be with her and she'd be able to get through anything!...and if not...she joked..."you and I both will be in pretty good health the next time we see each other!" ^_^ She meant that we would be back to perfect health, like Adam and Eve had in the beginning, when she woke up after her resurrection!  :-) Only another Jehovah's Witness would find comfort in a statement like that probably, but we 'WERE' encouraged!! :-]

      Before she hung up she mentioned that, no matter what, she'd have her mom call me occasionally to update me. Cut to...yesterday morning. O_O That's when I realized how many months it's been since I heard from her!! O_O I had been on pins and needles, and in prayer for her, for at least three weeks straight, but hadn't heard any news from her mom!
     I had tried to find her online, but hadn't been able. She apparently is not a computer person. Her first husband had been, I think....Anyway!...I Google searched her name...*deep breath*...and up came an obituary for her. ;'_'; My friend passed away at the end of LAST YEAR!!!!!!
      I feel so bad that I lost track of her through all of my life's drama. :-( I spent yesterday crocheting and crying that I wasn't aware of just how serious a surgery it was that she was having. She played it down, giving me percentages of success!....SO SAD!!!! O_O
      But then, as the day wore on yesterday, I was able to smile...thinking about how much razzing I'm gonna give her for not letting me know how bad it really was, and for not letting me give her my USELESS 'pep talk' before our last conversation ended. :-) I can almost see her giggling about it now and saying: "It's probably a good thing I missed the pep talk. It might've killed me!" LOL...Sorry. Girlfriend humor....I miss her. :-(
      It's been a rough couple of years. I've had two dear, dear friends die. Another friend had a heart attack. And all manner of not-fun stuff in the middle!..*sigh*...It's a credit to my God and faith that I can still find anything to smile about every day!! But life is such a gift!! SUCH A GIFT!! Anybody who tells you different...punch 'em in the pinkie!!! LOL...Symbolically!!! ^_^
     Before I go, let me just say: I'm feeling better today. Still sad. But thankful. Thankful I had the time with her that I did. And thankful I have the wonderful Bible hope I have to see her again very soon. I can't wait!! ♥ Have a good day, Everybody!

I Am Thankful

I am thankful I can breathe
when I wake up every day;
I am thankful I have time
in which I can spend to pray.

I am thankful that my husband
is a good, hard-working man;
I am thankful I can write
with a steady flowing hand.

I am thankful for good friends,
who are always there for me;
I am thankful for my ears,
and the sunsets I can see.

I am thankful for the Bible,
`cause from it I learned the truth;
I am thankful for the rain,
and my sturdy rain-proof roof.

I am thankful for my life,
because without it I'd be dead-
and the dead can't serve Jehovah,
or even practice what he's said.

I am thankful for this poem,
writing it was not a chore,
`cause it made me stop and think
of all the things I'm thankful for.

      Of course, I had to leave you with a flower!! ♥

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's Been A Really Rough Day!!

      Sorry, but I'm not in the mood to do a lot of talking today. In fact, I've had a really rough...and when I say rough, I mean ROUGH day!! I may be up to telling you about it tomorrow. But today I just wanted to be some crocheting...chit chat with the hubby...and cry a little.
      I can tell you that even though it wasn't that great of a day, I did find a couple of things to smile about. Including this cute drawing. :-) ...

      That'll have to be good enough for today. Tomorrow has GOT TO be better!!! I'm gonna pray hard for that. Thus...I know it will. :-] ... See you then!!

Monday, Monday, Monday

Here comes another Monday!
Your frantic work week has begun!
Say goodbye to 'Take It Easy',
and all those things you haven't done.

Four more week days are ahead,
seeming like they'll never end.
But just think, before you know it,
"weekend" will be here once again.

Lift your attention, all you mothers;
Week day workers, "Out The Door!"
Time to file, and diaper babies,
walk and scrape things off the floor.

Here comes another Monday!
Whether you want it to, or not!
Say goodbye to 'Take It Easy'.
You've got things to do...a lot!

Monday, Monday, Monday!
Why do you have to come so fast?!
And you stay so long! Why can't
the weekend 'Take It Easy' last?!