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A new project

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I've been inspired by VJH-W65's blog. She finally completed a very difficult quilt project that's been in the works for over 20 years.

Well, my little cross stitch is just under that mark. I probably started it just before or just after the boys were born, so that puts it at around 18 years. Here's what the finished product WILL look like (emphasis on the WILL):

My eyesight is not what it used to be, though I can still manage with bright light and limited time spent. So, my goal is to do just 30 minutes of stitching per week. This was always intended to be one of the showpieces in my bedroom remodel, and since that is finally underway too, I'd better get a move on!

Updating this blog with a picture showing the progress to date. So actually I'm closer to ⅓ complete. Today I spent 2 minutes making sure I had all the floss and materials ready to go, and having my son take a picture. This fabric is very fine, so the stitches are very small. The hoop I'm using here is about 4" across. Look at the needles to see the relative scale of it.

06/15 2 minutes
6/22 10 minutes

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ARLOGUTHRIE 7/21/2014 11:44AM

    So pretty!

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JAZZID 7/10/2014 4:11PM

    emoticon ... reasonable goals. Very inspiring, I am trying to get a series going in my artwork, you are helping to motivate me!

Thanks, for sharing your beautiful work! ~ Dee emoticon

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DITZYMUDGIRL 6/30/2014 9:57PM

    Amazing! It is a very doable goal.

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GOLDIEFOXX 6/29/2014 10:33PM

    Very Nice!! You will cherish it once it is completed.. emoticon


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MAYA_ANGEL 6/21/2014 11:42AM

    I too have a 15-20 year ongoing needlepoint! I only have a few stitches to go and then I have to figure out how to block it and make it into a pillow! I belong to a "Stitch N Bitch" group and that really helps me make progress.

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KNOWMOREBBK 6/18/2014 10:14PM

    Very nice! I love projects like this, because they keep my mind off of EVERYTHING else.

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TWESTEN1 6/16/2014 7:24PM

    Wow - that really is gorgeous. I'm glad you're committed to working on it & getting it finished one day. Definitely something to be proud of!

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EDDYMEESE 6/16/2014 12:16PM

    I can barely even see the needles! It is absolutely GORGEOUS! What a fantastic project :)

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CINDYT63 6/16/2014 11:08AM

    I'm always impressed when people can focus on and do needlepoint. It's a very beautiful one and think how gratifying it will be to see it on your wall. My mom took twenty years to do one, and she just completed a four month one. You can do it!!!

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    Looks awesome! All of your cross-stitches are so beautiful, this one will fit right in :)

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    Beautiful and so detailed! Just lovely. emoticon

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GURLNEXDOOR 6/15/2014 7:37AM

    Beautiful piece! Time just for you to do 30 minutes of stitch time per week is a Great idea! Maybe like a pedometer you could get a stitchometer to keep you logging your daily stiches! Just a thought!


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NOWYOUDIDIT 6/15/2014 1:18AM

    WOW! That is inspiring! In my de-cluttering I threw out sooooooooo many projects that were only 1/4 done. My 19 year old no longer likes Barney- ha! ha! My oldest granddaughter now 17 no longer collects horses. The effort to finish the unfinished projects would be a waste of what time I have now. So I kept only 3 to finish. I like your idea of a time minimum each week- very do-able! Thanks for sharing!

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SKATER787 6/14/2014 9:06PM

    If you can, make it standing up while you work on it. It's the sitting that kills. Good luck.

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CAROLSMOM1 6/14/2014 9:00PM

    Oh, that is BEAUTIFUL! What a labor of love. Good for you! emoticon Roberta

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If you really want to thank a vet

Monday, May 26, 2014

take action and help get things done. Here are two places to start:



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EDDYMEESE 6/5/2014 10:15AM

    Fantastic! I may not have been in the US military, but as a soldier, it breaks my heart that this country isn't taking care of its own.

On another note...as insane as this sounds, I know...but it took me a few "thank a vet" bumper stickers to realize they weren't talking about me, lol (veterinarian). Silly!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 5/27/2014 2:22AM

    Those are great! I give to the Wounded Warrior foundation when I can. Hopefully they can help some vets the VA has let down. :o(
So sad. I want my youngest son to join the Army like my dad and my Grumpy, but if they can't take care of the vets- why serve? :o(
Just my humble opinion.

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 5/26/2014 10:07AM

    As ever, you've got data to support action! That's Woubbie! emoticon

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Shopping for a bra....

Monday, April 21, 2014

An open letter to Phyllis (she isn't dead yet?) Schlafly from a future leader of America! (Excerpt follows, full text available in link.)

Dear Ms. Schlafly,

I’m a teenage girl who has been reading about you quite a bit in the news lately. It seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what women of my generation are all about. I can understand that because I often deal with older people who think that their generation is superior and my generation is the worst thing ever just because we’re different. Really though, I think since you want to be all up in the public eye, it would really do you a lot of good to understand things from the perspective of one of the young women who will be taking over this country soon.

I’ve been thinking about how I can explain what feminism means to my generation in a way you might not have thought of before. I wanted to try to work from something we have in common, and it’s been kind of hard to find something I have in common with you. Then, it came to me. I bet you wear a bra.

I was reading recently about a company called Yellowberry that was started by a young woman because she took her younger sister bra shopping and her sister didn’t like any of the choices. None of the bras fit her, and she felt the selections were too sexual. So she started a line of bras so that girls would have more options. As for myself, I shop at Victoria’s Secret. It’s not because I want to be sexy or have any grand delusions of looking like one of their models. I shop there because they have different styles of bras so I can find something I think is pretty that fits me. I don’t know where you shop for your bras, but I bet you have a favorite one. I bet you have that one bra that’s comfortable and goes with just about everything. I bet the last thing you were thinking about when you bought that bra was what a man would think about it.


A link to the full article:


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MJEFFERSON23 5/12/2014 8:44PM

  Yep, there's an old saying that says, "I can't hear what you're saying for seeing what you're doing!"

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    Well at least there is one kid is this next generation that might be able to make it! With people like this Phyllis lady around the world will go even wonkier than it is now!

With the way things are I am afraid to even bring a child into this world and my husband agrees. No matter how much my father wants a grandbaby he's just gonna have to deal with not having one unless there is a big 'uh oh' in my future. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 4/29/2014 11:29AM

    The thing I despise about her is that she IS a lawyer, had a full career, spent much time away from her children and family, and yet she advocates basically "barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen" ideas. She is a hypocrite of the worst kind.

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JIBBIE49 4/29/2014 11:07AM

    I'm 64 and remember Phyllis, but she is a lawyer, so she did put out effort. I always found her a liar, since she was all about women staying home and raising kids (she was Catholic) & supporting the man, yet, she only had one kid & worked all the time. What I find amazing today about young women is being on welfare and having a kid and not being married isn't an issue. It keeps them in poverty. As for the bra, a man isn't concerned what kind a woman wears, he just wants her to take it off so he can play.

Comment edited on: 4/29/2014 11:26:45 AM

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CINDYT63 4/24/2014 2:29PM

    It makes me hopeful that things are going to change radically.
Especially when the dumbing down of our culture is so rampant, and we are encouraged to believe that celebrities rule the world, and the shows on television are committed to encouraging a continued decline in the least common denominator.
Critical thinking rules!

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WOUBBIE 4/23/2014 9:51AM

    Schlafly is the worst kind of hypocrite - working tirelessly to make it more difficult for other women to have exactly what she has had. She'll have an interesting discussion with Jesus someday.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 4/23/2014 5:44AM

    Yup Phyllis is alive and well.

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EDDYMEESE 4/22/2014 9:09PM

    Huh, very interesting. That kid has an amazing future ahead of her if she wants it!

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    Great article! Thanks for posting!

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GLC2009 4/21/2014 10:56PM

    aw, she's an awesome little girl. almost enough to make me want children emoticon

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AMBERBREEZE 4/21/2014 6:54PM

    emoticon For linking that open letter. What an amazing 12 year old, and wise words too. A great way to start my day.

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Divest Monsanto: Does your Mutual Fund profit from them?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

From "Food Democracy Now!":

After a 6-month investigation into the top shareholders of Monsanto, Food Democracy Now! has learned that the largest shareholders of Monsanto stock are massive institutional investors. They are some of the world’s largest and most popular mutual funds – names like Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street.

This is where millions of Americans invest their hard earned money hoping to be able to retire one day – and they are the top shareholders for Monsanto, giving it the capital and respectability it needs to continue its corporate bullying of farmers and our democracy. Even worse, if you haven’t checked, Monsanto could be hiding in your 401K or pension fund as well.

Harmful and deceitful tobacco corporations such as Philip Morris and RJR Reynolds do not pass the smell test for social responsible investing; neither should Monsanto.


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ARLOGUTHRIE 5/20/2014 8:27PM

    Thanks for the info

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NOWYOUDIDIT 4/10/2014 12:13AM

    No 401Ks or any pension plans here.............but wow! That's very interesting to know! I'm spreading the word! Thanks!

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GLC2009 4/9/2014 4:05PM

    just last night at a meeting regarding a proposed lng plant in our area, a man stood up and said how frustrated he was that his pension plan included the likes of rjr reynolds and other undesirables. but, it's a union pension and he's kind of stuck with it.

it's not right that you don't have more say in where your money is invested.

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Petitioning BK and Wendy's to remove pop from kid's meals

Saturday, March 08, 2014

There's a petition at Moms Rising that could use a few more signatures:


The text reads:

Dear Daniel S. Schwartz, CEO Burger King and Emil Brolick, CEO Wendy’s:

We, the undersigned, write to ask Burger King and Wendy's to strengthen its commitment to providing children with healthy meal options, including by removing soda and other sugary beverages from your children’s menu.

Families eat out almost twice as often as they did in the 1970s, with children consuming about a quarter of their calories at fast-food and other restaurants.Given the growing role of restaurant foods in children’s diets and the high rates of childhood obesity, restaurants should do more to help children eat better.

Soda and other sugary drinks may promote obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest source of sugar in children’s diets, providing nearly half of their added sugars intake. Drinking just one additional sugary drink every day increases a child’s odds of becoming obese. With one in three children overweight or obese in the United States, it no longer makes sense to include sugary beverages in restaurant meals for young children.

We encourage you to remove soda and other sugary drinks from your children’s menu. We look forward to your response.

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 3/25/2014 6:35PM

    SUCH a worthwhile cause.

It used to be that I wondered how anyone could work for a tobacco company.

Now I think the same about institutions that addicting our kids to sugar and fat without their permission and producing the largest obesity crisis in our history.

It's criminal.

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JOURNEY1986 3/16/2014 5:34PM

    Great petition!

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    I may not be a mom but I will sign this. I noticed that many stores are offering milk as an alternative whereas before they were not (like when I was a kid).


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EDDYMEESE 3/12/2014 1:09PM

    That is so very true about the smoking. I used to smoke, and in Israel, it is normal to smoke everywhere (it's changing, but not quickly). Now, it would seem INSANE to go to the mall and stand outside of a store smoking, or sit at a nice restaurant and simply light up after the meal. Or at somebody's house. It was common courtesy to put out ashtrays. WHAT??? Now, we've been in the U.S. since 2005. It would seem absolutely insane to go back there and see that.

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-ICANDOIT- 3/10/2014 11:13AM

    I understand how you feel.
I think education is the best weapon.
I do wish that the "water drinkers" got a price break for NOT BUYING a beverage with a meal....that would incent people and it would save me $ when I do let my kids indulge.

Comment edited on: 3/10/2014 11:46:35 AM

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WOUBBIE 3/9/2014 11:57PM

    This is simply a practical matter, bringing milk (or water) back as the "normal" thing to eat with food, whether the kids eat at Burger King or at home. By even offering pop or juice as choices with kids meals fast food restaurants send the message that that's the correct option. No, it's the CHEAP option, pure and simple. It makes more money than cartons of milk do, and it doesn't go bad as fast.

You can't control what people feed their kids at home, and there's nothing to stop parents from ordering a crappy drink for their kids on the side, but at least the restaurant would be presenting a "new normal", just like legislation about non-smoking in restaurants became a "new normal" after just a short time. Now no one would DREAM of smoking in a restaurant.

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    I would hold myself accountable for what my children ate.

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JIBBIE49 3/9/2014 10:19AM


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CINDYTW 3/9/2014 6:01AM

  I think the soda is only a part of the problem. Look at what else the child s REALLY ingesting! They post ingredients on the websites, which is why I won't touch McDonalds Or BK anymore because I can't even justify it on a hectic day! (meanwhile I have caved to other things, but that was "thinking" it was better. It wasn't.)

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EDDYMEESE 3/8/2014 11:22PM

    I think for me, in my mind, when I'm a parent, it'll be up to me to not only set an example, but encourage my kids to make healthy choices. I can remember when going out to get fast-food was kind of a big deal. It only ever happened when we were were on any kind of long road trip. Something has happened where having a family meal at home is now the oddity, the "special occasion" that happens only at holidays ore big family get-togethers. Then, of course, there's the whole issue of serving sizes. When I read this kind of petition, it overwhelms me by what a MACHINE the entire industry is. I mean, so they put out "juice", instead, right? 98% water and sugar, 2% fruit concentrate?
I walked around the grocery store today realizing that I couldn't touch 98% of what was in the store - it is packaged, sugared, processed...ugh.
Sorry, a bit off topic there, but this post brought up a lot of frustrations!
Great petition!

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IAMBIZI 3/8/2014 10:42PM


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NOWYOUDIDIT 3/8/2014 9:48PM

    great idea, good thing we can't afford them emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/8/2014 9:41PM

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