So, while my daughter has been crocheting like a mad woman, what have I been doing? Cleaning house, fighting with my mother, watching CNN, fighting with my mother. Did I mention fighting with my mother? Oh my gosh, do you know you never outgrow being mothered or being lectured by your mother? Some of you know that my mom lives with me. Sometimes it gets so aggravating. I know I am lucky to have her but how old do you have to be before they stop asking you what, where and why? And giving advice whether it is wanted or not. Like ...that blouse looks good on you. It looks much better than those t-shirts you wear. Or, when are you getting your hair done? Why? "I just wondered" she says, while frowning at my head.
So, what would you do? Did you say escape? I did for a few precious hours. My hubby and I took a drive up the mountain to Shaver Lake. It was cool, the sky was smog free and I could breathe. We stopped in the itty bitty town of Shaver and had some chili and then we drove past the lake up to 6500 feet and took deep, deep, pine scented breaths. It was good. Back to the sewing machine tomorrow.
When I started my blog in February of 2007, I had so much to say. I had more posts in my head than days in the week. Now, it takes me days to figure out what to say because there is so much I want to say but don't. Actually I spend more time dreaming than doing lately. My daughter and I are doing a holiday boutique next month. I have oodles of supplies. Instead of creating things, I have been channel surfing, sitting on the swing with the cat and plucking the dead leaves off my geraniums. Seems they are suffering from my lack of ambition lately too. I did make a new Christmas cake but it took me days to decide what it "needed" to take it from ho hum to pretty. Some glittered holly, a few forget-me-nots and a little Christmas ball. I also touched up my yard art. I made the little girl witch in 1996 and she needed a little paint and glitter. She also needs a face lift but that's beyond my brush skills. I sewed myself an apron. My mom asked if I had sold it yet and I told her that "this one is for me!" Sometimes you just have to put yourself first. It's my "Suzy Homemaker passes out the trick or treat treats apron". I also managed to crochet myself a pumpkin from one of my daughter's pattern. It only took me two hours. I'll bet she whipped out the pattern and finished her pumpkin in less than 30 minutes. She can make my son a beanie while watching t.v. and visiting with us.I can't do that. I have to be in a quiet room. If I am counting 5, 6, 7, 8, and a commercial comes on that says news at 6. I'll be back at 6, 7, 8.....11.
Do you like to crochet? My daughter opened up an Etsy shop and she is selling her original patterns. She's trying to make extra money to put away for the children they want to have some day. There's a cute cornucopia and vegies for your Thanksgiving table. I've already put in an order for a set of pink and red Christmas trees.
So what's all my yarn for? It's a toss up between a granny square blanket for the back of my couch or a zillion cupcakes for the boutique. A few months ago, I had three skeins of yarn. Now look how it's multiplied. I blame it on my daughter.
Come in! Come in! Don't be afraid! Vanessa's started her party and we're just one stop along the way. We've got treats that won't trick you into gaining some weight.
There's games to find your true love
and pumpkins for carving.
My cousins have gathered to sing you a song.
Don't let their looks fool you. They're really not mad. It's just that my singing is awfully bad.
I'll stop my caterwauling and just say good-bye. Happy Hallow E'en to all of you. Thanks for stopping a while.
Mrs. Kwitty won my giveaway. I used a random number generator from Psychic Science. I am happy that one of my pincushions will soon be sitting on a table in Mrs. Kwitty's studio. Mrs. Kwitty aka Karen has one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I bought the cutest felt heart from her last Valentine's Day and I still have it hanging up. I know Karen will turn some of that embroidered ribbon into something beautiful.
Tara at Days Missed on a Hammock gave me this award awhile ago. I've been really bad about posting blog awards. I do appreciate each and every one of them. Tara's a sweetheart. She recently had a loss in her family and my heart goes out to her. I really would give this award to all of you on my sidebar. I do love your blogs!
This one is from Jennie at Views From My Camera. I first met Jennie through her Kahshe Cottage blog. Jennie's new blog showcases her gorgeous photography and the beautiful area of Canada where she lives.The rules are to pass it on to four long time blog friends and a new friend. I'd love to pass this one on to Phyllis at Shabby in the City, the aforementioned Mrs. Kwitty, Louise at Beachy's Cape Cod Cupboard, Amy at Abundant Curiosities and my relatively new blog friend Sheri at The Pawsh Poodle Boutique. I apologize if I've forgotten any awards. I really should write them down. Also if Dawn is reading this (the Dawn who asked about my poodle fabric) please leave me a comment. I lost your email.
Saturday is Vanessa's big Halloween party. I'm going to drag out the yard art and get ready for trick or treaters.
I promised I would be back today and here I am. I tried to stay away from the television on Thursday. I did some shopping therapy with my daughter and worked on pincushions and cakes. I've been so blessed to have found wonderful friends here. I met a sweet, sweet lady on Saturday. Sheri from The Pawsh Poodle Boutique and I met over coffee at Starbucks. We talked and talked. Sheri is just as sweet and pretty in real life as she is on her blog. It really felt like I was meeting an "old friend" for coffee. We'll have to do it again! I was also lucky enough to be the winner of Brittany's giveaway in celebration of the grand opening of her new shopping blog. You can visit it here at Adeline's Shabby Shoppes. Brittany sent me a big box of goodies all wrapped in sewing pattern paper. I love this idea! I had so much fun unwrapping everything!
Look at all of these treasures. Among them were buttons, pretty papers, lace and the prettiest bird trivets! Wow!Thank you so much Brittany! Did I mention the fair is in town? My hubby, daughter and I played hooky on Tuesday and visited all of our favorite exhibits. I'll bet you're not surprised to know that the Home Arts building is my favorite. I managed to pass up the worst of the fair food and contented myself with a delicious shrimp cocktail. Shrimp, avocado, cucumber and tomato in a cup. Yummy! I even manged to forgo the fair cinnamon rolls that have been a tradition for years. I think that contributed to some of my glumness the last few days!
Every year they have a table setting competition. My daughter and I always say that we are going to enter it some day. One of these years we will! Maybe next year, I'll enter a cake.
I made this one a few days ago. don't think it will win any taste competitions though!
Are you still here? Did I mention a giveaway? I've put together a few things that I thought you might like. One of my handmade pincushions. Maybe my favorite yet! Some ribbon, lace, a bottle of buttons, a pretty can and a little rose plate. I'll draw a name from this post next Wednesday and send my treasures off to you. Thanks so much for letting me rant. Thanks for coming back again and again. I was looking at my stats and noticed that I've had over 98,000 page views. Maybe in my own way I can help Barack Obama find that Bridge of Hope.
I feel as if I am walking under a great gray cloud. I am spending too much time listening to CNN and then sitting here and reading story after story about politics. I know when I gave you my two cents a while back that I lost some of my most faithful blog visitors. I can't even talk to my "best friends" in real life because I just don't understand them and they don't understand me. I have been accused and condemned for being a "liberal". For years, I have been neither Republican nor Democrat but sat on the fence. I wouldn't discuss politics to my mother's disgust. My mother loves politics. She has watched and talked politics for years. We finally have something we can agree on. It is amazing to think that I am becoming my mother. My mother was born in Berkeley. Some would say that it is the most liberal city in the United States. It has always been a melting pot of diverse cultures. In 1950, she married my dad, an Okie from Oklahoma, and proceeded to travel the world with him. He was an Army man. I am an Army brat. I've lived in three states and spent the first half of my childhood in Germany. My dad was not an officer but an enlisted man. We lived in Army housing in Germany. At one time we lived in a huge four story building with every race living under the same roof. My mom was a friend to everyone. My mother tends to believe that she is not "smart". She never went to college. She has a hard time with spelling. I suspect some dyslexia that was never diagnosed. I disagree with her own assessment of her intelligence. The greatest gift my mother ever gave to me was my love of reading. The one spanking I remember most from my mother was the direct result of my love of reading. I wanted to go to the library at five years old. She was busy doing laundry. I took my three year old brother, crossed the autobaun and went to the library. Big, big trouble when we came home. At thirteen, a librarian at the local library was refusing to check out what she thought were adult books to me. My mother assured her that I had her permission and let the librarian know that censoring a "child" who had read every book in the children's section was not the librarian's job. Anyway, this is a long and rambling post. I am just leading up to my point. My "talking point". When I heard that Sarah Palin was calling Barack Obama a pal to terrorists-I did what I do when I don't understand something. I read and I read and I read. I read about Bill Ayers. I read how he opposed the Vietnam War forty years ago. His actions at the time were reprehensible. Then I read about what Bill Ayers has been doing the last 20 years. In 1997, Bill Ayers was awarded Chicago's Man of the Year for his work on The Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a Chicago public school reform project. Since 1999, Bill Ayers has served on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, an anti-poverty, philanthropic foundation. Maybe Sarah Palin should have done a little more reading. Doesn't seem to be one of her strong suits though. Now that I've got that off my chest, I'll be back on Friday. I received a wonderful gift and I feel like I need to pay it forward so I'm planning a giveaway. I know that sounds like bribery and it is...sort of.
Welcome to another Pink Saturday! I've really had fun visiting all of the "new to me" blogs. We all love pink, but every blog I've visited is unique. Last week, my hubby and I went to see the new Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino movie, Righteous Kill. We always visit Barnes and Noble before a movie. It is part of our date night ritual. I was looking for the new Romantic Country Magazine. They didn't have it in stock, but look what I found instead! This adorable pink book, Tea for Ruby, written by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. It is beautifully illustrated by Robin Priess Glasser. I love children's books.
I'm collecting them for my future grand children*. *tiny little hint ;o) Have a great weekend everybody and don't forget to visit Beverly and all of her pink friends!