"Those who dance are considered to be insane by those who can't hear the music."
- anonymous

Saturday, April 3, 2010

feel good fridays

Feel Good Friday's is Hosted by The Girl Next Door Grow's Up.

5 Things That Have Made ME Happy This Week.

1. Laughing my head off with my 16 year old son.

2. Talking to my 21 year old son last night.

3. Enjoying a beautiful view yesterday that made me smile.

4. Coming up with my own plan for my own future.

5. Spending time on the internet tonight.

Friday, April 2, 2010

New Name

I have changed the name of my blog because I am changing too.
I believe I can find the happiness and peace I have wanted in my life for so long. But I am going to need a plan to figure out how to go about it sucessfully.

It's not going to be easy because there is so much for me to sort out, my first step will be to get professional help through a counselor. I've gone to counseling in the past but did not stay long enough to see the results that I needed. I left too soon for reasons such as; feeling I should be over the pain in my past by now, knowing others have it harder than me and feeling like a cry baby, feeling as if I was taking too long to make any real changes in my life.
Yesterday I saw a man walking his daughter to the school bus with the use of two canes, I could tell it was extremely difficult for him to walk. Having worked in Nursing Homes with Rehabilitation Departments, I thought this man was probablly getting some type of physical therapy.
That is when I started to think that I should view my emotional therapy as I would if I needed physical therapy. I would not consider myself a cry baby or weak for any physical disability, I would not get mad at myself if my body did not heal quickly. So this is what I need to change about my own perception about emotional therapy and take the time I need to heal and make the positive changes that I want to see in my life. I don't need to feel rushed about it, just enjoy any progress I make.

I feel better already!!!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Do you have any out of the ordinary Easter Traditions?

When my kids got a little too old to hunt for Easter eggs outside, but were still young enough to enjoy it. I started hiding their Easter treats inside the house. I was not very good with holiday traditions, but sooooo glad I thought of this one. I used to tell them to go outside while I hid the treats, and once they were called in they would run as fast as they could through the house searching. It always made me laugh to see them and actually enjoyed it more than the traditional outdoor hunt. We also usually found candy hidden in the house way after Easter.

What are some of your traditions?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Every second

I found this quote at My HEART meet yours. A very nice blog I recommend.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Overcoming Battered Lives Blog - Domestic Violence, Domestic Abuse and Emotional Abuse Stories

Overcoming Battered Lives Blog - Domestic Violence, Domestic Abuse and Emotional Abuse Stories

France's National Assembly (comparable to the U.S. House of Representatives) approved a measure last night that makes psychological violence a crime. The law applies to men and women.
The law, said Prime Minister Francois Fillon, "will allow people to take into account the most insidious situations, which don't leave a mark to the naked eye but can mutilate the victim's inner self."

Getting out of an emotionally abusive relationships or stopping this form of manipulation is never easy. Problems between partners is typical, but when your partner turns emotionally abusive, hogging power and control for the purpose of ego gratification, then it is a matter that you should not overlook or dismiss.

Full hypnosis download Escape emotional abuse

Think I might try this. Let you know if I do. Let me know if you do.

A Letter From My Husband

You are a FUCKING DRUGGIE WHORE. I was right again on what you have been up to. Don't you feel bad getting fucked and then coming home to face your kids. I don't ever want to see your ugly face again much less talk to you. You can have all the mexicans,niggers,white fuckers you want. Thats is what you are known for.
Its all about those dicks and getting high. Poor kids, you shouldn't even be called a mother. You are a disgrace. 
You present yourself as a caring caregiver when you can't even take care of your own. If they only knew your past. Thats how come the kids don't visit you.
Stay the fuck away from this condo or I will get a restraining order against you. You did me wrong again and this time it will be different. I have the original spare keys and will get the car back when you least expect it. Remember the title is under my name.  I hope you don't forge a check because this time I will go after your ass.(whats left of it adter getting banged so much. Whore.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Homemade Pineapple Syrup

I've never thought of eating pancakes with pineapple syrup!!!! But doesn't it sound yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!

click HERE  for recipe at Cooking Tip of the day

Friday, February 26, 2010

What's wrong with you!!!

"I know what's best for you...better than you do."

Emotional abuse can be subtle, happening without you realizing your being controlled. It can happen over time, little by little, slowly eroding at your self-esteem. Eventually losing confidence and questioning your own mind and sanity. Your left feeling confused, defensive, angry, sad, bitter, embarased about your weakness, and mostly hurt for having been hurt for so long this way, by the person who was supposed to be your best friend and companion for life. I tried so hard to make my marriage work. I prayed so hard for my marriage. I can't take walking away lightly. I don't understand why we had to end up like this, I was a good wife. And I did the very best I could to raise our children the right way. Passing on my values in life to them. I taught them to be compassionate, kind, and loving. I tried to teach them to value themselves, to let them know how wonderful they were. But in the end none of it was sufficient for you. I'm tapped out. I can't do this anymore. I have to take care of myself now. You don't need to accept me, but I need to find acceptance within myself now.

One can easily lose their identity and question themselves. 

Emotional abuse is a game of intimidation used for power and control over another.
A psychologically abusive act is deliberately making someone feel devalued, demeaned, inferior, afraid, or humiliated,
with the intention of dominating, controlling, isolating, or intimidating
An emotional abuser can manipulate the relationship in such a way that only his feelings and opinions count. Such a person demands his own way and goes to the extent of hurting you in order to achieve it. He has less interest in your personal standards or beliefs, and can force you or persuade you to do things against your own will. He refuses to listen or communicate and rejects the occurrence of certain events or conversations. Causing a major communication break down in the relationship.
It can start with simple tension and get nasty over the simplest of things. Frequent accusations, blaming, threatening and giving orders, with a judgmental attitude of “I know best”. Anger, blame, threats, constant criticizims, unreasonable demands, and arguing are a common occurances. Last night we fought about a dollar! An emotional abuser may deny your perception, memory, sanity, and personal needs, especially when the need is greatest.  In order to get what he wants, an abuser will emotionally blackmail you by playing on your fears, guilt, compassion, religious values or other "hot buttons" to get what they want.  If there is apology, it is usually tempered with self-righteous justification, excuses, denial that abuse happened, claiming the abuse is not as bad as the victim claims it to be, often adding that he had no choice but to get angry because of the way you are. The incident is forgotten, as if the abuse never took place.  This cycle is repeated and sustained, and gets worse when I try to defend myself in any way.

 Whether delivered directly or indirectly. His message says, "You need to trust my wisdom—over your own—regarding issues specific to you." You even come to recognize the subtle reinforcement employed to help you buy into his propaganda. You might observe reprimand or the withholding of something you desire when you resist the other person's demands. When you yield to his demands, things that were not available before are suddenly available. Abuse survivors begin to discount their inner knowledge and lose contact with their inner wisdom. Eventually, looking outward for answers and fail to factor in a wealth of hidden internal personal datum.
Emotional abuse involves many different tactics, but all have the same goal. He wants to make sure he has total control of you. Some of the tactics used by emotional abusers include the following:
  •  Making you feel as if you can't be yourself or be trusted.
  •  Yelling, cussing or name calling to belittle you.
  •  Insults or makes fun of you in front of others or in private.
  • Threatens you with divorce frequently.
  •  Attacks you verbally with no provocation.
  •  Spies on you and then confronts you about your activities
  •  Accuses you of doing things you did not do 
  •  constantly pointing out your flaws  
  •  berate, belittle, criticize and/ or threaten you frequently. 
  • Uses looks and gestures that are intended to scare you  without ever actually hitting you, he may yell and scream obscenities and then pull his fist back as if he intends on punching you but doesn’t follow through, being led to believe it could happen.
  • Demanding constant attention and expecting you to spend all your free time with him.
  • Deliberately starting an argument for no reason.
  • Treat you well in front of others, but will change back to a different person when both of you are alone, and vice versa.
  • Constant conflict either with you or with others.  
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors which can include:

Physical Abuse:
Hitting, punching, slapping, shoving, kicking, burning, choking, use of weapons or other objects to cause injury.

Sexual Abuse:
 Forcing a partner to engage in unwanted sexual acts, refusing to practice safe sex, treating a partner like a sex object; insisting on sex when a partner is ill.

Emotional Abuse/Intimidation:
Isolation from family or friends; intimidation; name-calling and put-downs; denying/shifting blame; treating a partner as an inferior; threatening to harm self/others; abusing children or pets; stalking; using threatening looks, actions or gestures.

Property/Economic Abuse:
Stealing or destroying belongings/money; refusing basic needs such as food or medical treatment; interfering with a partner’s work or education.

Some stay because they are afraid the abuse will worsen if they try to leave; they are ashamed; because they blame themselves; they stay out of fear of losing children or not being able to support them; they stay because of religious convictions; they stay because they have no money, few resources or little support; because of social pressure and cultural taboos, and a myriad of other reasons specific to their situations. Racism, homophobia, ageism, and discrimination based on physical ability, nationality and other factors can also make finding help and safety even more difficult for some victims.

Four“romantic" signs of control:

Jealousy and possessiveness are forms of control that can easily escalate into emotional abuse and physical violence. Being asked to account for every minute of your day is a sign your partner is trying to limit your freedom.

His desire to spend all his time with you might seem romantic, but he is actually trying to make you dependent on him so he can control you. Isolating you from  friends and family is a common form of control.

Charm can be a weapon of abuse, by switching between charm and aggression, this behavior is designed to confuse you and make you doubt your judgment, which leaves you walking on eggshells as you anticipate his next outburst.

In addition, charmers use their skills to make everyone else believe they are a great catch and no one will believe you if you suggest their behavior is inappropriate.

Controlling what you wear, who you see, where you go and events you attend, is a strategy for control.

Victims may experience sleep problems, depression, severe anxiety, low self-esteem, fearfulness, aggression, extreme dependence, frequent crying, suicidal thoughts or attempts, making unreasonable decisions at times. 

Getting the Help You Deserve

When you are emotionally battered or abused, the best way to deal with the situation is to GET THE HELL OUT!!!!! No one should have to endure abuse of any kind.
It can often be difficult for an emotionally abused person to take the first step.  If you see yourself in this situation it’s important you get professional help to help you overcome the natural consequences of emotional abuse and to get moving in the best possible direction for you. Get support from your friends and family.
If your abuser truly loves you, he will seek help. An abuser will often agree to counseling when a spouse has left only to quit and return to the abuse. It takes time and patience, but it’s perfectly possible to get therapy and restore the love within your marriage, but your abuser must be willing to admit he has a problem and be willing to get help.

If your abuser refuses to get the help you need get out and do not return! even if the abuser apologies, telling you that he has changed, that he cannot cope without you, or threaten to hurt himself. These behaviors are a form of abuse as well.

Do not hope or believe that the abuser is going to change with out professional help or that he is really sorry. Remember that this is about you, only you can take care of yourself You need emotional stability in order to function well as a person. The abuser will not allow you to help yourself, the abuser only wants your help and is never going to give back. And no matter how much you do give him, it will never be enough. An abuser chooses to abuse, there are no excuses. There is NO reason that is EVER okay to abuse someone EVER!

Take the first step to breaking free from domestic abuse. 

Feel the freedom to discover and become who you really are
find yourself and be the "You" that you are.
Create intimate relationships of mutual honoring and respect. Remember that before someone can be a part of your life, they must first prove they are worthy of your love and companionship. Any action that makes you feel uncomfortable or frightened should be given special consideration. Don’t ever sell yourself short or believe you deserve abusive behavior of any type. 
Imagine yourself in healthy relationships and entertain this new image routinely, cherish the impact that it has on you and on your perception of an intimate relationship. 
Someone who loves you lets you become more of what you are, rather than less of what you are.
Shed your tolerance for self-silencing and the deadening of your own spirit. 
Help someone you know who is being abused by being a friend, listening and believing what they say. Help them to identify resources and options. Give nonjudgemental support and let them know they can come to you again if necessary.

Support your local domestic violence program. They can benefit from your time, financial support or other donations.

Expert on the subject from 21 years of marriage.



Sunday, February 21, 2010

The DIY Show Off Project Parade

The DIY Show Off


These house number flower pots were featured in BHG's 100 
Decorating Ideas under $100. 
I want to make this and place it in front of my beautiful Tiny House one day. Here's the link.

Did You Know? It takes approximately 1 million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill.

Tiny Houses

I Love Tiny Houses and want one soooo bad! Not sure which one I want yet but here is another one I like.

Palladio’s Escape encloses 412 square feet and has a footprint that measures 18′ by 26'. It has a full kitchen, two small pantries, an eating bar, living room, and space for a washer and dryer. It also offers a large bedroom with amble storage space and a sleeping loft.


If you don’t have the skills or desire to tackle a project of this size, but want the house, Ricky will build one for you to the closed-in stage for $29,000. Also included in this price are high quality double glazed insulated windows and a front door.

 Here are some sample pages from the plans and photos of the prototype.

Buy Palladio’s Escape Cottage Plans for $99.00
Everyone has a photographic memory, but mine is out of film.

Friday, February 19, 2010

"Life without liberty is like a body without spirit." ~ Kahlil Gibran

Monday, February 15, 2010



Monday, February 1, 2010

20 years ago I was living in Big Bend National Park. I had married my husband the previous year. My first baby boy was a year old and I was already 7 months pregnant with my daughter. I stayed home with my son and was happy to be a mom.

I didn't know that 20 years later I'd feel crushed. And realize that I had married for the wrong reasons.

"There are so many fragile things, after all.
People break so easily, 
and so do dreams and hearts." -Neil Gaiman
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MckLinky Blog Hop

Sunday, January 31, 2010

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.”
PEYTON C. MARCH (1864-1955; General, US Army)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Arizona Snow

Most people think hot, hot, desert when they think of Arizona. But check out all the snow we got last week!


Fill In The Blank Friday

Lauren at the little things we do made a list of "fill in the blank." I'm joining in a day late, but better late than never.

1.  If I weren't a caregiver I'd love to be a contractor.

2.  When I'm super upset I cry.

3.  My favorite thing about myself is my spirit.

4.  If I found a $100 in the pocket of last winter's coat I'd spend it on groceries.

5.  Even though some people might consider this a flaw, I love my sense of humor.

6.  I love the way I feel when I learn to do something new.

7.  I love my hair most when it's just been colored.

Friday, January 29, 2010

A mother's heart never forgets what it felt, the very first time you held your baby.
I found this beautiful digital stamp at Digital Two For Tuesday. Each week  two vintage digital stamps are posted for artists. To inspire your create side and participate with other artist.

Monday, January 25, 2010

i want these shoes!!!!!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I lOVE tiny houses and this one is adorable!!!!

 Learn more about the XS-House.
Buy Now

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Birds in the Brandy

Birds in the Brandy: "Birds in the Brandy
free pattern - click to get larger size and print!

Oh yeah. This bird had a bit too much to drink. This sheet has 6 large designs for kitchen towels. 3 feature the antics of these cute little birds - a mama bird with a baby in a teacup for 'China', a bird admiring its reflection in a silver pot for 'Silver', and this one, with the bird sleeping one off, for 'Glass.' 3 other designs show a puppy with a teacup on its head (for China), a bear holding a champagne flute (for Glass), and a kitten holding cutlery (for Silver). What's oddest about these 3 cute designs is that not only are they cute animals... they're cute animal puppets. On hands. Can it get any stranger or cuter? Now, jog my memory, people - did someone embroider one of these weird hand puppets awhile back? I think someone did, but I can't remember who or where I saw it. Have you embroidered this? Any links would be appreciated!

Also 3 adorable potholder motifs of critters holding signs: the kitten's sign says 'Don't Burn Your Paws', the bear's sign says 'Careful Hot Pots' and the puppy's sign says 'Watch Out It's Hot.' One more small design of the adorable bird burning its feet on a hot pan. My envelope is in perfect shape, and my transfer sheet is complete and uncut.

Snack Bars – And A Confession

Snack Bars – And A Confession: "

Snack Mix Bars

Adapted from Inn Cuisine

  • 3 cups pretzel sticks, snapped in half
  • 2 1/3 cups chex cereal (I used rice, you can use what you like best)
  • 2 cups m&ms (use whichever you like best, I did a mixture of plain, peanut, and peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

In a large bowl, combine pretzels, cereal, m&ms, and chocolate chips. Set aside.

In a large sauce pan, melt together the butter and peanut butter over low heat. Stir in the marshmallows and continue to cook over low heat until the marshmallows are melted.Pour over the snack mix and toss to coat.

Press mixture into a 9×13 pan lined with wax or parchment paper. Firmly press mixture together to ensure that the bars stick together when they have cooled. Refrigerate until the mixture is completely cool and firm. Cut into bars and serve.

Monday, January 18, 2010

One Good Thing Today

I am trying to change the way I think and feel. I feel sad, angry, resentful, lonely, unworthy, ugly, stupid, wierd, unlikeable a lot of the time. I have cried many nights in bed since I was a little girl. I don't want to cry anymore. As a way of helping me replace these thoughts and feelings I am going to write about ONE good thing that I have done, have, or recieved every day.

Today I decided to re-connect with God, what can be better than that?

Why are you getting married?

Getting married is one of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. Be sure your getting married for the right reasons because getting married for the wrong reasons can have terrible consequences on you, your spouse and your children.

The high divorce rate in North America suggests that too many
people are rushing into marriage in search of happiness while
failing to take enough time to get to know their partner.

If you want someone to honor and love you,
you need to honor and love yourself first.
we can take a
vacation, change our jobs, or take the time for rest, but if we
don't change our attitude, we will end up back in the same place.

Me & God

I've always felt the connection between Me and God, but I have been hurting Spiritually for a while now. I came upon a post today at Life Blessons that has made me want to re-connect. Click HERE To See The Post that inspired me.

May I dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life and gaze upon his beauty (from Psalm 27).

Thank you Lord for letting me ALWAYS come back to you no matter how many times I've sinned against you. Please help me be stronger and always do what is right. I don't ever want to do anything that is offensive to you. But you know me I need ALL the help I can get. Show me what keeps me away from you and teach me how to remove these barriers. Give me a forgiving heart, teach me to forgive myself as well. Teach me how to build healthy relationships with others. Please ask those that I have hurt in any way to forgive me, I meant no harm and never wanted to hurt any one.

Thank you for giving me the Gift of Love and letting me help others with a grateful heart. Thank you for the time I've had alone and for bringing me to a new job that I'm excited about. Help me do my work as best as I can. I also want to ask you to bless those that are Care Givers and those that need to be cared for. I ask you to bless my family and give them a caring, forgiving and loving spirit. May they also want to please you and you only. Help me and my family be strong, take heart and wait for the Lord

I pray for all those that are in Haiti and their families. Bless those that are there to care for them as well.

I pray to be a Proverbs 31 kind of wife, that I would greatly enrich his life, and do him good and not harm all of my life.

Psalm 126
When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.  Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev.

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

Here are a few more helpful thoughts from Life Blessons.

My new approach to praying for others

Learning to embrace where God was calling me--even when it was the last thing I wanted to do

A Bedtime Prayer to Restore Your Soul Tonight

Unexpected insights from a boring Old Testament li...

Ever wonder how God “talks” or how to “hear” him?

Learning the art of hospitality, one step at a tim...

How I’ve learned to deal with my anxieties
Materials Needed for Egg Carton Fire Starters:

  • Cardboard Egg Carton
  • Dryer Lint
  • Small Pine Cones and/or Dried Pine Needles (optional)
  • Old Candles, Old Crayons, and/or Canning Wax
  • Small Pot (One you will not use for cooking anymore)
  • Ladle (One you will not use for cooking anymore)
Fill each egg carton cup loosely about half full with dryer lint. If you want to use small pine cones and/or dried pine needles, place those on top of the dyer lint. It you use the pine cones and needles, it is okay if the cups are slightly overfilled, just make sure the lint does not get packed in too tightly. Set this aside, on several layers of newspaper or another surface that cab handle hot wax.
On the stove top, add old partially used or broken candles. Canning wax can also be used and crayons can be mixed in too. Don't worry about the wicks, as once the wax melts, they settle to the bottom of the pan. Once the wax is melted. carefully ladle the wax into each egg carton cup. Extreme care should be used as the was is VERY HOT.
The key to making these fire starters is to adhere all the lint and pine cones/needles together. The cups do not have to be totally full of wax, but the items in the cups need to be fused together.
Once the wax is cooled, the egg crate cups can be cut into sections.
I have to make these!

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes   
Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes:
     from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
     makes 12 cupcakes
     Print this Recipe!
1 cup all-purpose flour
a scant 3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup whole milk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or use a handheld beater and beat on slow speed until the mixture is a sandy consistency and everything is combined. Gradually pour in half of the milk and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
Whisk the egg, vanilla and remaining milk together in a separate bowl for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated. Scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side or the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Continue mixing until the batter is smooth. Just a few minutes. Do not overmix.
Spoon the batter into paper lined muffin tins, dividing between the 12 cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool slightly in the pan, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes
Chocolate Ganache:
3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (I used chocolate chunks)
1/4 cup heavy cream
Put chocolate chips in a small bowl.  Bring cream to a simmer in a small heavy saucepan.  Pour cream evenly over chocolate.  Let stand for one minute to soften, then stir until smooth.  If frosting is too loose to spread, let it sit at room temperature for 10 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, frosting will continue to thicken as it stands.  
Top vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache, slightly sweetened whipped cream, slivered almonds and a cherry.
Serve immediately.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

i want to make these for my kids.
i found this @Go Graham Go!

5/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed.

Attach a tag with the following instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.
I found this at Clean Jokes and Pics and had to share it....too funny.

A little girl asked her Mom, "Mom, may I take the dog for a walk around the block?

Mom replies, "No, because she is in heat."

"What's that mean?" asked the child.

"Go ask your father. I think he's in the garage."

The little girl goes to the garage and says, "Dad, may I take Belle for a walk around the block? I asked Mom, but she said the dog was in heat, and to come to you."

Dad said, "Bring Belle over here."

He took a rag, soaked it with gasoline, and scrubbed the dog's backside with it and said, "Okay, you can go now, but keep Belle on the leash and only go one time around the block."

The little girl left, and returned a few minutes later with no dog on the leash.

Surprised, Dad asked, "Where's Belle?"

The little girl said, "She ran out of gas about halfway down the block, so another dog is pushing her home."
Taco Soup:
1 lb. ground beef, cooked
1 14oz. can corn
2 14oz. cans pinto beans
2 14oz. cans stewed tomatoes, pureed
1 packet Taco Seasoning ( or less for not as spicy)
Mix all together in a large saucepan. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Tank top totes – six pockets or gathered

I need to get a sewing machine and learn how to sew, so I can make these bags. I love them!

Tank top totes - after
Tank top totes - before
Before you pack away your summer clothes for the winter, you might want to set one of your tank tops aside to make one of these easy totes. The best kind of tank tops to use for this project are ones that have front and back necklines that are the same height—or very close. Otherwise, your tote bag will be lopsided. The brown tote is reversible, so the pockets can be on the inside or outside. I made that tote small because the straps were thin and wouldn’t hold a lot of weight. The magenta tank top had a gathered neckline in front and back, so a gathered bottom was ideal. A pink store-bought flower pin finished it off.

Tank top tote with six pockets

Supplies and tools
  • tank top
  • straight pins
  • water-erasable fabric marker
  • sewing machine and thread
  • fabric scissors
  • seam ripper
  • sewing gauge or ruler
Remove the tags
1. First remove the tags with a seam ripper or scissors.
Turn the tank top inside out
2. Turn the tank top inside out.
Cut the elastic off
3. If your tank top has a bra liner, cut the elastic off the bottom of it.
Fold along middle
4. Fold so that the straps lie on top of each other.
Fold up the bottom
5. Fold the bottom of the tank over itself. This will become the pockets.
Pin and mark
6. Pin in place, making sure the seams line up. Mark where you want the seams in between each pocket with pins or an erasable fabric marker.
Sew the pockets
7. Using a stitch that stretches with knit fabric, such as the triple straight stitch, sew the seams that divide each pocket. Make sure the bra liner is lying flat before sewing. Back-stitch to lock the seams.
Bottom seam
8. Sew the bottom together about 1/4 inch from the edge. Back-stitch to lock the seam.
Tank top tote - inside out
9. Turn the tote bag inside out so the the pockets will be on the inside—or leave it as is.

Gathered tank top tote

Supplies and tools
  • tank top
  • straight pins
  • water-erasable fabric marker
  • sewing machine and thread
  • fabric scissors
  • seam ripper
  • sewing gauge or ruler
  • flower pin
Remove labels from neck
1. First remove the tags with a seam ripper or scissors.
Mark where to sew
3. Fold so that the straps lie on top of each other. Measure and mark where you want the seam to be. I placed mine five inches from the bottom of the tank top.
4. Baste two rows (about 1/4 inch apart) along the line you marked. Do not back-stitch. Then pull the bobbin threads tight as you slide the fabric inward to gather it. Then use a straight stitch with a shorter stitch length and sew between the two basted seams. Back-stitch to lock the seam. Pull out the basted seams.
Cut excess fabric off
5. Cut off the excess fabric about 1/2 inch past the seam.
Turn right-side out
6. Turn the tote bag right-side out.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: The Time of Singing by Elizabeth Chadwick

Teaser Tuesday: The Time of Singing by Elizabeth Chadwick: "

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page

  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is the story of Ida de Tosney, mistress to Henry II of England. Here’s a quote from the page I’m on now:

Henry had intended sailing to Normandy to deal with pressing affairs, but until his wound healed, he had no choice but to remain in Winchester; thus he was not only feverish, but grumpy too. He was in no mood for bed sport, for which Ida was glad, but she knew she might be summoned at any moment to adjust his footstool, plump his pillows, sing to him, or just sit in his chamber.

And from a couple of pages further on:

In the warm summer evening, the court was taking its ease in the gardens and dining informally in the open air. A string of attendants ferried salvers of dainties from the kitchens, including marinated fruits, little balls of almond paste stuffed with dates and crisp hot fritters, oozing with melted cheese.

I’m reading this book for: