I liken my life to a crazy quilt. You never know what size or color the next block will be, what print or fabric it will be made from or which stitch, ribbon or charm it will be adorned with.

Welcome to my crazy-quilt life. Hopefully my blog is a reflection of that & me!

Enjoy your visit.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wound Tight

I get a little wound up at times. Things bug me. There are times when everything seems to bug me, or maybe I am just being sensitive and it seems that way. I am currently in one of those phases.
I hear and read such bizarre tales about people these days. I have to wonder what this world is coming to. I have come to the realization that there is no normal and the normal I think of as normal had gone by the wayside. There are more crazy people in this world than normal people, whatever that is.
I have been dealing internally with the 8th commandment of the Bible, "Though shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor." With the Internet now the world is so small. We are able to put ourselves out there to the world like we have never before. We are able to control what the rest of the world sees and doesn't see. We are able to show the world just what we want them to see of ourselves and hide the rest. Is that then bearing false witness? Is it wrong to make yourself look like one thing on the Internet and live quite another? I've really been struggling with this lately and a lot of it comes from Facebook. I see so many preaching one thing, including quoting scripture, and then living quite another, including getting drunk on their butts in the local bars. Is that what they want their friends to think Chritianity is about? No wonder those people chase others away from it.
I have always been a "what you see is what you get" person. I even had a sweatshirt that had that on it when I was in high school! I've always tried to be an honest and sincere person. I just don't get all of the phoniness and it really bugs me. I guess I never will.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Day That Will Live In Infamy

December 7, 1941. The day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And then in August of 1945 the United States attacked Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I am not old enough to remember WWII, but my father in law served as a Marine during that time. He doesn't tell many stories. All we need do is read the history books to know what happened. We must not forget, but we can can forgive. Is this not what we are taught? Forgiveness, no matter whom or what you believe in.
Who would have known that some 69 years later Japan would be suffering such a great natural disaster and we would come to their aid? As it should be.

My heart aches when others are suffering. Compassion, empathy, call it what you will. Some humans are incapable of either one. I even feel sorry for them. Empathy is what unites us as a human race. It saddens me so that something bad has to happen in order for folks to pull together. Is that just human nature? Why must it be that way? Why can't we practice kindness, compassion and empathy on a daily basis in our daily lives? I see such division each day everywhere I look. It's gay or straight, black or white, Democrat or Republican and the list goes on. Frankly, I don't give a rat's patootie about any of that. What it boils down to is we all cry the same tears and shed the same blood. We are all of the same race, the HUMAN race. We need to start finding some middle ground or we will destroy ourselves and each other.

Please consider kindness.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Yes, stuff. My life is filled with it. I must admit I like stuff and at times (most anymore) there's too much stuff around here. I am picking away at it, but always manage to bring more stuff in. Take this past weekend for example. I came across this wonderful jar of stuff. I couldn't pass it up. It was just too intriguing to let slip by me. How could I resist?

Then I brought it home and much to my delight, my son had to sort through it with me! Then the next day my daughter spotted it and flipped! She said it was like a real eye-spy! She promptly had to open it and sort through all of the treasures. This jar 'o junk cost me $10. It's the most fun I've had for $10 in a while! Well worth every penny. It's just now I am not sure if I should be pleased or concerned that I've passed this on to my kids!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Why do you blog?

Honestly, I'd like to know. Why do you blog? I've been blogging since November of 2006. That's almost scary to me to think about. I LOVED my old blog, as most of you all know, so I won't bore you with those details. When I first started blogging my adult children had a fit. They told me blogs were for people who liked to talk about themselves. I was offended. I feel my life is pretty much an open book. I wade around here knee-deep in well, shit, most of the time. Literally and figuratively. Life is not perfect and I refuse to pretend that it is. Some bloggers do, but I guarantee you, I am not one of them. I have been told by many people over the years, "Well, at least I know where I stand with you!" I like it that way. No pretenses. It is what it is, so why try to pretend you're something you're not?
I blog because I can't seem to keep a journal and I'd like to think that when I am gone from this world, my children might have an online record of my thoughts and goings on.
My 5th grade teacher, Evelyn Peterson, complimented me on a story I had written in her class. I was reading out loud in front of the whole class. We all know how never-wracking that can be. She complimented me in front of the whole class for using the word "meanwhile". I am almost 49 years old and I've never forgotten that. She didn't have a clue that one little compliment would give me the courage to keep writing, even if it's just for my own personal release, which most often is my main reason for writing. Thank you, Mrs. Peterson!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Personal Accomplishment

Just chiming in here to say that today is my 3rd anniversary for my etsy shop! I took a leap of faith of leap day of 2008 and opened my shop. It was intended to be an online selling venue for my wool and yarn and it has turned into so much more. I am a packrat by birth, just ask my mom, and I've decided it's time to let go of some things. Besides that I love to "junk" and find many treasures for resale.
I am having a 20% off sale today to celebrate. Use coupon code 3RDANNIVERSARY for 20% off store-wide!
Thanks to all of you who have helped me along the way! 642 sale to date!