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Saturday, June 25, 2016

My world and welcome to it

Challenge prompt: "Take a video about your world and share it."
I had hoped to share a video about me catching a fish but as fate would have it - we had a "Jonah day" on the ocean this past weekend. The Mr. caught one fish and I caught zero. Can't complain though as the waters were calm and the sun was shining so a perfect day on the ocean by my criteria.

Today is my birthday! I was lucky enough to be born 6 months from Christmas and on my parents' 10th wedding anniversary. Talk about timing!
I have much to be thankful for - I have good health, as do all of my immediate family. I am employed with no fear of being jettisoned because of my age. I live in the grand state of Caleeforneeya, known for its natural beauty and Mediterranean climate.  

Posting a glimpse of how I organize thread and fabric for quilting. After Googling "how to organize fabric" I read a few posts and then a lightbulb when off when one suggested utilizing an empty chest of drawers. You know I am all for repurposing and saving money whenever I can - so this was a great suggestion. I was looking into purchasing a bookcase but really don't have room for it.
My fabric stash before:
And after:
Remnants from the Hawaiian shirt hoarder

Scraps to be organized by color
and placed in tubs so they will stand upright in the drawer.

Thread in vases
I am non-discriminating when it comes to thread use in a quilt. I will use the color du jour left on my sewing machine to chain piece and join squares. I will buy thread retail for the quilt tops (with the exception of white - I seem to have enough of that color right now).

After I looked at a few suggestions by other quilt bloggers, I realized I am No Where Near SABLE (stash accumulation beyond lifetime expectancy) and here I was hyperventilating over the fabric I did have (gotta use it up - must make quilts NOW!!!).  I was amazed at the images of other quilter's stashes representing what seemed to be hundreds of dollars worth of fabric.

Continuing my birthday celebration by linking up with Beverly at howsweetthesound for her anything goes Pink Saturday featuring two pink pantsuit Patterns of the Day, the first from 1965 and the second from 1970.

Adding in a ballerina cake on my special day
A couple of shopgoodwill inmate dolls sporting pink.

Happy 25th day of June!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Treasured thrifts

Challenge prompt: "24 carat gold is valuable. Some value riches above all else. Tell us what is valuable to you. What do you treasure?"
This prompt is similar to an earlier one where we defined three things we couldn't live without so I am going to narrow it down further and post my most valuable thrift shop finds, mainly in the framed art category.
Beginning with the most recent, a framed embroidered piece of fabric that has now taken up residence in my bedroom ($5 from half off Saturday).
This artwork is displayed on my top shelf at work, no. 187/200, Florero con Banbu. Not the best image but a lovely print.
A thrift shop worker gave me an early Christmas present with a Maxfield Parish print priced at $200, sold to me for $40.
This Fred Draper acrylic on canvas continues to delight me (purchase price $6.50).
These are just a few of my treasured thrift shop finds.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

To phub or not to phub

Challenge prompt: "Have you ever had to choose In or Out? Maybe it was a job that you didn't like, or a business deal, or a relationship? Write about making a simple but difficult choice."
I will try not to phub. There was an article this month in The Atlantic entitled ignoring-people-for-phones-is-the-new-normal-phubbing-study. Phubbing, a new word to add to our ever-growing list of technology-related terms is phone+snubbing.
There is nothing most interesting than real-life interaction with people, imho.
While I will resort to gawking at my phone when I am alone, I try not use it around friends or family. In fact, I turn my phone off when I get home from work.
This certainly isn't a difficult but merely a simple choice I have made.
Do you engage in phubbing?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fashion Bill of Rights

Challenge prompt: "We've heard of the 'Voter' Bill of Rights,' 'Patients' Bill of Rights,' and 'The Bill of Rights' made up the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Today you get to write your own Bill of Rights. What 'Rights' do you want to award to yourself or your family?"

hahaha When I first saw this prompt (Catch 22), I wasn't inspired, then I saw the "alternative" prompt, the one I've listed above and thought, "oh, am I going to have fun with that one!" Because, you know, I am going to parlay that into something fashion related. *grins*
I present the Fashion Bill of Rights!

Fashion First Amendment
Massive amounts of color must be worn on a daily basis. Black should be worn only for funerals or when you want to appear skinny.
Fashion Second Amendment
Banishment of the phrase "age appropriate." If you want to wear a halter top and mini-skirt paired with fishnet stockings, go for it!
Fashion Third Amendment
Be the body you are now - don't wait until you lose those few pounds to buy those wonderful, stylish clothes. People who love clothing and fashion admire how you interpret the style, not what size you are.

Only three amendments? Why complicate things?
Let's move on to thrift shop finds ~

A recent foray was at Thrift Town for their buy $20 get $10 off coupon. I spotted this Charter Club dress and filled in the rest with thread, a 1950's publication of Uncle Arthur's bedtime stories and a tie-dye shirt. The book is preachy and has some unusual graphics I will share in upcoming posts.

What type of Bill of Rights would you draft?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

21 gun salute to Vietnam War veterans

Challenge prompt: "The twenty-one gun salute is the military's way of honoring someone. Who would you like to honor? Who do you consider a hero?"
One gun will have to do for the day's image
Mr. VZ is a Vietnam war veteran. He volunteered to serve while others were drafted or dodging. He began his military service believing officers were gentlemen and enlisted were the knights Templar.
He ended his military service with the view that many died to preserve the interests of big business. He said as they were withdrawing from Vietnam, the deliveries of a name brand soft drink were coming in.
I never understood why our veterans, especially those from the Vietnam era were held in such low esteem. Granted it was an unpopular war, a televised war, but those who served did at the beck and call of the government.
A 21 gun salute should go out to all veterans from all conflicts but especially to those who served from 1955 to 1973.

Monday, June 20, 2016

20 minute chat and the great beyond

Challenge prompt: "If you could have a hot line to any person, dead or alive, who would it be? Who would you want to chat with if you only had twenty minutes on the hot line? What would you tell them?"

My father passed away over 10 years ago, I would love to have another 20 minutes to talk to him. I wouldn't care what we talked about, just to hear the sound of his voice, to hear his laugh just one more time.
I like to think he is in heaven looking down on me, watching over me.
Once I had a dream, not soon after he passed, that we were walking hand in hand along an ocean beach, enjoying that moment in time, and he caressed my cheek. I awoke from my dream. It was so real, down to the sensation of his touch.
I wonder sometimes if those from beyond can reach into our present reality for just that split second.
What you experienced contact of any type from friends or relatives who have passed on?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

No on the 19th letter and a man problem

Challenge prompt: "Can you be a blogging hero without utilizing the 19th letter of the alphabet?"
Hereforward, no on the 19th letter and what do you do when you have a man problem?  My man problem in particular - Mr. VZ.
Fight = mad = looking for new place to live.
Ad:  Golden Girl looking for luxury, low rent, free wifi/cable TV, no cleaning/watching duty involved, turnkey rental with locked room availability, pet ok.
Hard to find? you bet.
Luxury - big money for that benefit.
Low rent - exchange? ugh we won't go there
Looking on CL mainly 20er-30er or men wanting ...
Why did I ever unload my midtown bungalow?  Now I'm in a pickle. Oh, I remember a financially underwater abode with tree foliage in the yard that I am allergic to. Double ugh.
Why can't there be a place for a lady to live with another lady or two or three with nary a man around?
Anyhoo, all ok with the Mr. and me but he maketh me mad every once in awhile.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Photo day representing 18

Challenge prompt: "Post a picture representing the number 18. It can be eighteen items, eighteen people, the number 18, or even an 18-year-old."

I must admit this prompt had me stumped. I tried to figure out how to do a photo gallery (but failed) so I opted for eighteen items - some of the earliest compilations of California legislative business that reside in the certain State law library. This library isn't open to the public so I offer a rare viewing of these library tomes.
The topic seemed appropriate since I am currently taking a Business Law class and am scheduled to take a Legal Research class this fall.
What kind of eighteens are in your world?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Haiku youkoo deery day deery do

Challenge prompt: "A Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry. It is three lines: the first and third lines have five syllables each and the second line has seven syllables for a total of seventeen syllables (often about nature). Write a Haiku, include a picture that illustrates your poem."

Deer eat my garden

Why did we build a greenhouse?

To keep them away
Counted cross stitch purchased thrift

Thursday, June 16, 2016

On the road again maybe

Challenge prompt: "Sixteen is the age at which you can get a driver's license in most states in the US. Was your first car a Ford? Tell us about getting your license or your first car - alternatively, write about a road trip."
Last year, the mom and I took a road trip up to Vancouver, Canada for a blogger meetup. I was apprehensive about attending such an event by myself and it was a great excuse for our first road trip together. Link to that event here.
She has encountered a few health issues that didn't allow for a road trip this year but I am hoping next year, time and money permitting, we can go somewhere fun like the Portland Jazz Festival or another blogger meetup in and around the Pacific Northwest area.
Any road trips taken or planned in the near future?