Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Hello!...Do You Have Any Rings...And Catfish?" :-))

      Hi! :-) Look at that! Two days in a row I'm posting! Go Figure!! LOL Actually though, you can consider this post 'me keeping my word'. I told you on yesterday's post that I'd stop by to share some cute rings I saw on Etsy. So here I am!! ^_^
      I wanted to share a couple of rings and also this cute mug! :-) ...

      The etsy shop where I saw this mug has some of the cutest little mugs I've ever seen!! ^_^ And they say just the thing 'I be needing to say' too! LOL

      Moving on to the other ring! :-)) ...

      What a mystery why I like this one, right?! :-) The only thing that would make it any cuter would be a duplicate of a crochet pattern!! ^_^

      And that's it! ^_^ Except to say a big 'THANK YOU' to my dear girlfriend who cheered me up BIG TIME today with a catfish and fried okra dinner!! :-) YUM, YUM!!! (In my most expressive 'HEE HAW' voice! ^_^ Does anybody even remember that old show besides me?! lol)

      Say 'Goodbye' Henry!.....

      Just imagine that you heard a 'MEOW!"....and saw a big hand full of catfish waving at ya!! Ha! Ha!

Sunday Mornings

Sunday mornings are for quiet,
and for music in your ears.
Not for fretting over business,
or for struggle, or for tears.

Sunday mornings are for worship,
or for time to just relax.
Not for schedules that need keeping,
or for dealing with the 'Quacks'!

Sunday mornings are for slowness,
sipping on a cup of 'Joe';
Getting ready for the new week,
when you have to 'Go! Go! Go!'

Sunday mornings are for birds,
crows and woodpeckers alike.
Or for pancakes on the griddle,
or for snowy morning hikes.

Sunday mornings are for color,
and for spousal 'chitter chat',
and for doing a bit of reading,
or writing poems that end like.....that! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I Just Have To Share This Bag!!

      Yes, I know that the header photo is not a bag. It's a mug! LOL But the header photo is of a mug so cute that I wish I had it to hold my coffee this morning! :-) Maybe that would've helped me have a better day...and then I would've been sharing the bag...or should I say 'bags' below...sooner! :-)
     And, Oh Yeah!, they are some cute bags!!! :-) ...

      You can put your books, your make-up, or your lunch in them! ^_^ And be prepared to answer questions, because...Oh Yeah!...people are gonna talk about these bag 'babies'! LOL Cute...and reasonably priced to, in my humble opinion! :-]

      Tomorrow I wanna share some cute rings I saw on Etsy too! Some rings that I'm too tired to share right now!...but it'll give me something to share tomorrow anyway!! ^_^ ... And just so you know, I don't have any monetary payback for sharing any of the Etsy items I share here! I just like to share stuff I like! ^_^ And when I'm feeling up to it...I just like to talk! ^_^

      Before I leave, let me talk about this cute brooch I just made today! :-) ...

      It's only two inches wide, but it took me so long to make that I just knew it needed to be talked about! Phew!!!...

      Of course I would end with a flower, right?! ^_^ Have a good rest of the day. See you tomorrow!! ♥


Dancing to no music;
Writing in the dust;
Smiling at your plants;

Staring in the mirror
at your brand new dress;
Wondering if its "You".

Going nowhere,
but waiting by the bus,
watching cars go by.

Not conscious of the time;
It goes by without a fuss,
while you just watch t.v.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Do You Have Questions About Your Family Tree?!

      Guess What?!.....I found something to talk about! ^_^ And it kinda happened by 'happenstance'. Before I start 'yammering on' though, let me say a big 'Thank You' to the Etsy shops whose items I shared today. As I always say, you can find just about anything to support a conversation on Etsy!! There's so much creative talent in 'dem 'dere shops'!! :-)
       So, as I was saying, I found something, by happenstance, to talk about today! And the 'happenstance' was some family members starting an online group to chronicle our family tree! :-)

      When I was first invited to join the group I was apprehensive. I mean, there's a lot of turbulent water under that tree! LOL I was worried that it was gonna turn into a negative 'bicker fest'!!...But I was wrong! :-)
      As the days have gone by I've noticed that all kinds of family members have stopped by and, in an informative way, shared who they are, who their children and family members are, and who they're related to in the tree! 
      I called myself trying to be funny when I mentioned that my hubby and I have no children, but that we lay claim to a certain crochet stuffed bear who answers to the name 'Baby Wuglyee'! LOL So far no one has made any comments about it!...Hmmmm...maybe that don't get the 'funny' of that!...You don't think they REALLY think I gave birth to a crocheted bear, do you?! O_O

      One of the sweetest things that's starting to happen is that everybody is starting to share photos of themselves and their waaaaay back when!! :-) It's so much fun to see family pictures of people you haven't seen in a  while, and even more, to see and hear the stories of things you never knew about your family! 
      In fact, what it's doing for me is putting some hints of stories that I've heard over the years in their place, and  answering some questions about things I didn't dare ask before!...It's also bringing up many more questions too! Questions even about my own history!!

      I find it interesting that some families have NO secrets. They grow up knowing who they are and where they come from!...Of course I'm talking about inter-family stuff now, because I know where I come from in the BIG PICTURE! I mean, all humankind came from the same two parents after all!! :-) And I thank Jehovah God, for that! :-] If not for that knowledge I might not have had any confidence at all in my family line!! ^_^
      I'll tell you honestly though, I've spent some very thoughtful days over this family tree!!! And I feel sorta like one of Louis Gates Jr.'s celebrity subjects on 'Finding Your Roots' the other night...He said that finding out where he came from 'made his back a little straighter'. :-] I'm feeling that way a bit myself! 
      Hopefully the feeling will continue, and I'll be able to share a bit of who I am now as a grown woman with my new-found family! :-) ... I know I'm gonna be sharing a lot of crochet flowers with them pretty soon!! ^_^
      Speaking of flowers...

      Isn't this a pretty flower ring?! :-) ... What?!.......You knew I couldn't leave here without at least ONE flower somewhere!! LOL...Have a good rest of the day, Everybody!! ♥

In The Mirror, I See Me

The lines of history are there,
just like a book upon the shelf;
And they are written so that I see
that I'm no longer just myself.

I did not see it before now-
my mother's hair and brother's teeth,
my sister's honey-colored skin-
They've stolen time, just like a thief.

The mirror's image always was
of me alone-just here and now;
But as I age, and years go by,
I see granddaddy's furrowed brow.

I see my auntie's pug, round nose;
and my uncle's sun-bleached spots.
It is amazing -one-by-one,
the way it all connects the dots.

They have written on the pages
of the book of life I see;
When I look into the mirror
and no longer just see me.

It is a thing I must accept,
instead of fighting who to be.
I just accept my life's reflection,
and I smile at what I see,
when, in the mirror, I see me.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Brain Is Blog-Flat-lining'! :-))

      I think I'm losing my enthusiasm for blogging! O_O Well...clearly that's not a definite conclusion, because here I am! And what am I doing?....blogging! LOL But somewhere deep down I can feel that blogging has lost some of it's spark for me!
      Maybe it's just a seasonal thing and the spark will come back in a few days. I don't know. But for whatever reason I find myself dreading the thought of trying to figure out what I'm gonna say here! O_O
      I think I know what the real problem is. The real problem is that I have sooooooo much I wanna talk about, but I can't!! Ugh! The things that are going on in my life right now are generating a lot of talk, but not the kind of talk you talk to strangers...or unfamiliar bloggers...about! I mean, I know some of you, but I don't KNOW you...if you know what I mean. ^_^
      So, since I can't talk to you about.....Uhhhh.....and I can't talk to you about......hmmmmm...that leaves talking to you about cute Etsy items.....

      ...and the things I'm crocheting! ^_^

      I'm just about to start a few more hats, but in the meantime I'm making squares for a children's 'granny square' blanket! :-]

      It's gonna be pretty you can see! ^_^

      Until my 'blogger-funk' goes away I guess 'll just have to come by and say.....SOMETHING!....whenever the mood hits me......I guess! O_O Or share some music, or just sigh. You know....normal stuff! ^_^
      When I'm not here I'll be home crocheting, eating, exercising, watching old television shows, singing, bed-dancing, planning, and who knows what all else! :-)) And I suppose I should also add that I'll also be on Facebook, chatting with my new-found family! Some family members are organizing our family tree. It's sooooooo interesting the things you thought you knew, but didn't! And the things you only suspected that you knew about your family, but you were right!! ^_^ It's certainly making for some smile-worthy days...even if they aren't days here on the blog! ^_^
      If you have some ideas about stuff you want me to talk about, please let me know!! The only things I put in my 'blog-content-file' were these two things I saw in the news:

      --- The female tennis player, Li Na, has officially announced her retirement from tennis....AND...
      --- A man was set free on bail after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence four times in less than 48 hours!!!

       Both stories are true, but only one of them is clearly about to lose their mind. You guess which!! LOL

      Okay...I'm off to find something else to smile about! :-) I suppose I should check my brain scan monitor first, to make sure the line is still jumping!! ^_^

My Brain, My Brain

My brain, my brain just does
what it wants and when it wants!
Some days, all of the positives
is what it flips and flaunts.

It triggers really fast,
and all my brain cells start to meet.
It stores all kinds of things,
and it just runs long, without feet!

It fires happiness,
is organized, remembers well.
But then that "Bing!" will come
as if someone just hit a bell.

It slows and starts to ponder.
And what it ponders isn't good!
Those days it might as well
be just a solid block of wood.

Can't remember what to do,
or worse, what it already did;
Thoughts are scattered everywhere
and all my memories are hid.

Yes, my brain, my brain just does
what it wants and how it wants!
My job is staying with it,
and responding when it taunts.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sisters And Backyards!

      In the photo above is the look of my backyard before the new 'improvements' over the last couple of days. Actually this is a photo from last year, I think!...If you'll notice, the flowers in the little garden were in full bloom. As was the tree where my birds...hummingbirds, robins, cardinals, blue jays, etc...hung out.
      The main difference to the backyard right now is the tree. It no longer exists...*sigh*...It seemed like a good idea at the moment, to cut it down I mean. But now that I'm looking out into the backyard, without any view-blocker, I'm not so sure.
      I'm feeling nostalgic already for the white blossoms that would appear on the tree for a short period of time every Spring, and for the birdie noise-makers waaaay too early in the morning!...Not to mention the wind whipping the limbs around during storms, and the edging of 'the white stuff' on the bare limbs in the winter...

      But on a good note, after yesterday's 'haul-away' of old foliage and branches, weeds and dead leaves, the backyard won't need hubby's attention for quite a while!...

      But the bad side of that is that there's nothing much out there to get 'anybody's' attention right now anyway! O_O ...

      I pulled my blinds up so that you can see what I see now when I look out the window.......NOT MUCH, right?!...

      It's gonna take some getting use to, for sure!!!

      But wait!...'what light through yonder window breaks?' :-)) ... Is that some color in 'them there' woods?!!!! :-) ...

      Yes!...I believe it is!! ^_^

      Thank You!!! :-) Something of interest 'IS' still out there!!...And the part of the garden below the window has signs of growth too!...

      But the poor tree......*sigh* but a distant 'stumpy' memory! LOL...

      And now that there's no tree to cling too, I'm getting visitors clinging to my window screens! O_O ...

      My husband calls this one (above) a 'stink-bug'. I don't know if that's his official name, but, if so, it's certainly an appropriate name for the bug, and for the scenery! the moment, they both stink!! LOL

      Any way!...Moving on!! ^_^ I have some good news to share! I found out yesterday that one of my sisters...{a fleshy sister....not a spiritual sister.}...has taken up the crocheting bug along with me! ^_^ She, along with a group of friends of hers, is making large blankets though. The type you put on your bed!!
      She's not doing them to sell. She just likes to give them away. Hmmm...she sounds a lot like I did back when I first starting making my 'ugly wuglyee' scarves! ^_^ I just wanted to use up the yarn I had laying around, so that it wouldn't go to waste. And make some 'love gifts' along the way. No obligations. Nobody waiting for me to make a particular thing, in a particular time period.
      Of course, my 'stash of handmade stuff' started piling up!! ^_^ Then a friend suggested that maybe I should try to sell some of make room for hubby's stuff to survive in our house! LOL And so it began!!...Wuglyees was born! :-) Now I can't sell it fast enough!...No,'s not selling fast enough!....HELP!! LOL
       The other part of the sister news is that I'm sending her the beginnings of the book I wrote about fifteen years read...and...*gulp!*...critique!! O_O What am I, CRAZY?!!!! LOL There aren't but a handful of people who I've even let touch the cover of my book!! It's like a mother's newborn to me! I mean, you know it's not the cutest thing you've ever seen in your life, but your love for it abounds beyond measure!!! :-)
      Add to this the fact that the part of the book my sister is gonna read is my deepest feelings about her herself and WOW!!!!....Yep!....CRAZY!!!!! That's me alright! LOL I hope she doesn't get upset! O_O Although my love for my sister is beyond my crazy writing, for sure!!...And I've sworn her to secrecy as far as anybody else's eyes being put on it!...*gulp!*...She can be trusted, right?!.....RIGHT?!!!! O_O ....Ha! Ha! I'll take my chances.

      Okay...I'm off to do a little crocheting, have some lunch, take a nap, and then get ready for my that order. ^_^ What are you doing this fine bare-backyard Sunday?!! ^_^ Whatever it is, Have a good one!! ♥


Sisters-on the family curve
sometimes just get on your nerve;
But, sisters will a purpose serve,
they will your life preserve.

Sisters-sometimes they're at war;
and sometimes they "do" go to far.
All sisters want to be the star-
not follow where you are!

Sisters-they don't care a bit!
When fighting they will never quit!
But, sisters, all your jokes they get;
and, when with you, they fit!

Sisters-are your family.
Sisters, see the things you see;
Sisters, knew the girl you'd be,
and set your spirit free.

Sisters-beside you they live;
and sometimes drain you, like a sieve;
But sisters, their last dime will give,
and will your bad forgive.

Sisters-no one else can knock;
and wow!-the memories they unlock.
A sisters smile can stop the clock-
'cause sisters "They Just Rock!"

Parents-with the seasons flow.
Boyfriends-they will come and go.
Brothers-by your side will grow.
But, sisters ease your woe;
and one shared heart you know.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Here We Come, Weekend!!

      The weather people are saying that the weather is gonna be rain free around here at least until next Monday or Tuesday. That means that we can look forward to a weekend of sunshine and rain-free happiness! ^_^ YAY!...I hope you all have a good weekend weather-wise too!
      Eat something good. Play outside...or inside, for the board-game lovers like me! :-) Sleep your heads off if you feel a long nap coming on. And repeat the whole process both days if you can! ^_^
      My hubby might've been thinking he was gonna just lay around and rest this weekend, but nooooooo! ^_^ We're 'virtually' heading to Thailand tonight! So it'll be lots of packing, and walking, and long plane rides, and jet lag for him...with a lot of good food, music, and dancing in between. :-))

      At least he won't have to be out in the backyard weeding and raking. The yard people have taken care of that today! :-) They even cut down the tree right outside my window....I'm not sure I'm that happy about it now. There's a whole lot of sun coming in the window, and I was kinda used to shade and chirping birds!...But who knows. By the time we get back from Thailand I may be okay with everything! :-))

      So, I'm off!!...YOU all have a good weekend!! Bye! ♥

      Oh Yeah, I have to leave you with some flowers!! ^_^

      There you go!! :-) ... What?!........You need some music too?! :-) ...

      There goes that too! :-) I mean......

Where would we be without music?

Where would we be without music?
Don't answer. I don't want to know!
The thought of no guitar or back beat,
no humming or tapping of toe!

What umph would there be to commercials?
What excitement for games yet to play?!
What missing movie's anticipation
that the  'Dun Dun Dun' would happily say?!

How would new mommies rock their babies,
and calm them to put them to sleep?
Without music the world would be screaming,
but the ocean of silence would be deep.

So, where would we be without music?
In a world with no brain cells to link.
In a big room with nothing to do,
and a bunch of poor folks that don't blink!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is It Too Early In The Morning To Talk?!

      It probably is. Too early to talk, I mean. But.....yep! I'm gonna do it anyway! ^_^ But nothing major. I just missed yesterday's post and I'm feeling 'missed day yappy'! LOL Bare with me.
      Look in the photos and say 'Hello!' to my latest hat! ^_^ It's the same pattern as the last few flip-up hats I've done, but I did this one with a new yarn. A new yarn 'for me', that is. I never used 'Caron Simply Soft Paints' version yarn. This particular color, peacock feather, is my favorite so far...Of course it's the other one I've used so far, so that could be why! ^_^

      It has hints of blue, green, and purple in it. Like a peacock...DUH! LOL...And yes, I know that the blue is showing most in my photos! ^_^ Shall I say it again?...I am a crocheter. NOT a photographer!! LOL

      I made the flip up part a little different this time. I crocheted a button hole into the brim, and put two buttons, one over the other, onto the side of the hat. It was an experiment to see if the flip works at two different angles...And it does! :-)

      This yarn seems more 'springy' than the regular Simply Soft yarn I use though. It makes the flip of the hat not want to flip. It wants to 'roll'! :-))

      Whatever! ^_^ It's still very soft, and looks as cute as can be! I know a few friends who would 'love' this little 'head-covering' for their field service bags!! ^_^

      I have other random stuff to talk about, have you ever tried potato soup with cheddar cheese and crunched up potato chips on the top?!....No?! O_O Well, I'm not surprised!! :-)) I made it up for myself the other day when nothing else would stay down in my stomach! ^_^ It was a potato soup sipping good time!! LOL...But now I'm craving it like a woman with a 'crack' habit or something!! ^_^ (And before you ask, NO! I never have had a 'crack' habit! :-)) I have had random relationships with 'crack' users though!....DON'T ASK!!...So I know from whence I speak!! LOL)

      My husband paid me a nice complement this morning...or at least I 'think' it was a complement. O_O He said that the world inside my head was 'fun and whimsical' at times, and he enjoys my writing!...I was flattered and thankful he didn't ask me what I thought about the world inside 'his' head!! LOL That's a whole roller coaster ride going on inside that head!! ^_^ Good thing I love roller coasters!

       The last thing I wanna talk about this morning is the 'love' project I'm working on in between making hats! And I almost teared up just typing that!! O_O The reason is because what I'm doing is finishing some projects that my dear friend sent to me before she passed away.
      There are a couple of afghans with finished blocks needing to be sewn on, and a knitted sweater that needs a zipper attached. Or, at least, that's what 'I' think it needs. She didn't give me any instructions on how to finish anything, but she knew that I would step right into her love of crafting, and finish what she had started. ;'_'; And I will too!!
      Yesterday I sewed the last crochet strip of this afghan on, and also sewed in all of the loose threads...

      It's off-white, with navy blue sections. The navy blue also had flecks of red and other colors in it too. SOFT!!...and FINISHED! :-] I'm not gonna sell it. It's the kind of afghan you give to someone you love.....I'm gonna really have to love the person I give it to! My Nancy's heart is in it!! ♥

      I was gonna try to finish this afghan too!...

      ...but her and I had completely different crocheting styles...

      ...and you'd be able to see where her afghan stopped and mine began! O_O ...

      I didn't want that! I decided to just sew the remaining blocks she left together, and crochet a border around them...

      Now I have to decide whether to put tassels on it and have it be a scarf, or use it as a small table runner, or....or.....I don't know what. O_O I'm open to ideas if you have any.

      In the meantime, I have a couple bags of her yarn to turn into something too! And there's all kinds of colors! :-) I'm sure there's some 'wuglyee' things in there somewhere!! :-) ... Okay. Time to go hunt up some breakfast...And yes, I did just think about the soup again!! LOL I wonder if there's a potato soup, cheese and potato chip hot line I can call?! LOL Have a good day, Everybody! ♥

Decisions, Decisions

What should I do?
Don't know if I should go.
What should I wear?
I don't know, I don't know!

What should I say?
Don't need another foe.
Should I tell the truth?
I don't know, I don't know!

Which course should I choose?
The high road, or the low?
Will we be okay no matter?
I think so. I do think so!

Who should I be?
My peppy self or keep it low?
But can they handle it?
I don't know, I don't know!

Do I choose bright red,
or is blue the way to go?
I know there should be color,
but I don't know, I don't know!

Decisions, decisions.
Coming at you every day.
You will be just fine!
Come what may, come what may!