Sunday, July 08, 2018

Fabric is the new Coffee

Have you bought fabric lately, well we are getting short changed.  Remember when they made coffee and sugar smaller but still charged the  same price?  Also ice cream?  Fabric is now on the bandwagon.  I went in search of some simple cotton shirts and cotton dresses to wear to church.  They pretty don't exist unless you want to pay $60 at Kohl's.  Don't think so.  I decided to get my patterns out and make myself some clothes.  I started looking at cotton fabric, really $10/yard and it is no longer 44/45" wide.  When I got out my tape measure it was 40".  So if the pattern says I need 2 yards for 44/45" how do I figure what I need for 40"?  The patterns have not caught up to the shortage of fabric width.  I always but a little more than I need because of shrinkage, but now how do you know how much to get?  At $10/yard now you are paying quite a bit for a shirt if you need buttons or zippers and other things then the price becomes as much in the store.  I also want a short sleeve not those cap sleeves they put on shirts now, one that comes to within a couple of the crease in my elbow. 
What happened to clothes, why can't I find a reasonably priced decent shirt or dress. I don't want clingy, see through with my shoulders showing or most of my upper arm.  I feel like my dad who wishes we had some of the things back when I was much younger.
So for now I bought fabric on sale with coupons and am making a muslim pattern to see how much I really need and how it fits.  Oh yea when did darts come back?  I hate darts.

Off to go something that does not require me to do anything but sew straight seams and hem things.


Step Outside The Box

I am painting my dining room sage green with the chair rail in a rich vanilla bean ice cream color.  I have been searching for fabric for the curtains for several months now. I found some I like but it was $40 yard and needing 5 yards I was not going to pay that much for it, so back to searching again.  My niece and I were in Kohl's the other day and while she was trying on clothes I went looking.  Something led me to the tablecloths.  Well there it was in  the clearance area no less.  I took a picture and texted her and we both agreed it was the perfect fabric.  (I am going back to see if there are 2 more as I am painting my living a teal color and they will go perfect in there as well.)  All I had to do was put a deep hem in the top to go over the curtain rod.  Yes they are a bit long, but who cares, so altogether it cost me about $20 for my curtains, much better than $200 plus sewing them.  And they are very wash and wear.  The top of the wall will be sage green also, just painting the layers one at a time.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Making the House Ready for the Lord

I recently discovered a new blog: Ms. Sam Wears Dresses.  She posted this and I thought it was perfect.

Making the House Ready for the Lord

by Mary Oliver

Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed but
still nothing is shining as it should be
for you. Under the sink, for example, is an
uproar of mice- it is the season of their
many children. What shall I do? And under the eaves
and through the walls the squirrels
have gnawed their ragged entrances- but it is the season
when they need shelter, so what shall I do? And
the racoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard
while the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow;
what shall I do? Beautiful is the new snow falling
in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly
up the path, to the door. And still I believe you will
come, Lord; you will, when I speak to the fox,
the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose, know
that really I am speaking to you whenever I say,
as I do all morning and afternoon: Come in,  Come in.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

National Eagle Day

It is National Eagle Day and if you watch the Decorah Nest they are having a fundraiser for RRP who allows us to view the nest and the miracles of nature.

Observed each year on June 20th is National American Eagle Day.  This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, assist in the recovery of their natural environments and take part in educational outreach.
The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on its Seal.
In the latter 20th century, the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction in the continental United States.  Eventually, populations recovered and on July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. On June 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.
The Bald Eagle’s range includes most of Canada, Alaska, all of the contiguous United States and northern Mexico.  They can be found near large bodies of open water where there is an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

Opportunistic feeders, Bald Eagles survive mainly on fish, swooping down and snatching them from the water.  Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species. The largest recorded eagle’s nest was found in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It measured 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep.  It weighed in at nearly 3 tons.
The name “Bald Eagle” derives from an older meaning of “white headed” as the bird is actually not bald.  The adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.

We miss you Dad

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Defeating Dementia

I don't generally tell people about books I read because reading a book is like buying a purse, you need to read what you want and make up your own mind if it is good or not.  However there is a book out called Defeating Dementia by Richard Furman.  I could not put it down.  While there are a few medical terms, I could still understand what was said.
My father is 94 and has dementia, so cruel that his mind is all jumbled up and most days not there.  He is also very hard of hearing even with the hearing aids and so conversations are very difficult for him.  Half the time he answers what he thinks is said and then he gets a confused look and says I did not answer your question did I?  We laugh about it and move on.
The purpose of the book is that you can do a lot to stop yourself from getting dementia by exercising and diet.  Gee seems we have heard that before exercise and diet are good for you.  I dont excercise, I tell myself I live in a 2 story house with a basement and run up and down the stairs all day and I do yardwork during spring, summer and fall.  I don't need to exercise but I am wrong, I don't get an aerobic or cardio workout by taking a load of laundry up the stairs. 
Food means i can't eat much I love such as cheese, butter, sour cream, ice cream, pork chops, hamburgers, muffins, pancakes, syrup, jelly, you get the point.  Fish, chicken and fruits and vegetables are the diet.  The statistics in the book and reading of how the placque is formed to increase the chances of dementia is enough to make me realize I need to do some changes.  After watching my father I really don't want to ever get there, that is not living.  My dad gets so frustrated cos he can't do much these days, it is just awful and cruel.
If you want to read I suggest to do so but follow through.  I see too many of the elders in church getting dementia and it makes me want to go home and hide out so I never have to deal with it again.  Plus I don't want my niece to have to deal with me like that. 
I know no one is guaranteed not to get something but I am gonna take the chance that I can do some things to try my best to prevent it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Debt Free

I am giddy this afternoon because my lender told me my house is paid off and I don't have a car payment or large credit card payment (it gets paid off monthly) so I am now debt free.  My goal was to be debt free 5 years after I retired, well it is 5 years and 5 months, so I consider I met my goal.  You never think you will get here and most people don't.  I know God has blessed me to be able to do this and I can't thank Him enough for allowing me to accomplish my goal.  I have some work to do on the house and after seeing my city has non-stop 7 hour flights to Iceland, I guess I have some plans for all that extra money plus I think I will give some extra to buy a motorbike for our sister church in Muhalaze and get the pastor some wheels. Do you know he sometimes walks 2 hours to give communion, I can't imagine that.  Anyway it is a good feeling to be debt free and I know it will take awhile to sink it but...

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Decorah North Nest

This is from RRP on why the eaglets passed.

We are sorry to announce that both eaglets at the Decorah North nest died yesterday. To recap: Mrs. North laid one egg on February 25. That egg broke on March 16th, but she reclutched on April 12th, laying one egg on the 12th and another egg on the 15th. DN7 hatched on May 18th and DN8 hatched on May 20th.
Why did the eaglets die? As we learned last year at Great Spirit Bluff, blackflies carry a pathogen that overwhelms the immune systems of young birds. Today's blackfly strike, combined with the extreme heat and humidity, was more than the eaglets could take. The North reclutch was inspirational, but we all worried that the late hatch might negatively affect the eaglets - and it did. As John pointed out, what happened at the North nest shows how important the hatch window is in the larger picture. Insect hatches that overlap the vulnerable developmental stages of eagles and falcons can have devastating effects.
Even knowing that our eagles are truly wild, it is really hard and unfair to watch them seemingly succeed, only for their eaglets to perish. Sherri expressed what all of us are feeling when she wrote: "We were given a miracle gift and got to know two eaglets who showed us their fierce and feisty nature for seven and five days...that is what I will hold onto, and the determination and dedication of these parents." Both parents did their very best to shelter their eaglets from the gnats and the weather. We will continue to love and cherish our eagles and falcons, collect information to help us understand the challenges they face, and act on their behalf. Goodbye, DN7 and DN8 - it was wonderful to know you. A tribute video:

Party Day

My niece is finally here and we are having a belated birthday party and graduation party with her grandparents who live here as well.

Of course it has to be Harry Potter themed, so on short notice here is the dining room decorated on a short timeframe.

Dementors are to be darker and more dense but Joans did not have the black cheesecloth they were to have and I did not have time to dye the white cheesecloth so we fabric stiffened netting which works but not as well.  There are 2 hanging on the ceiling.
The candy plate has snitches, chocolate frogs and spiders and lemon levitating drops.
And because she likes the Slytherin House it is silver and green.

Sunrise and RIP

I like to get up early and get my day started. One of the great benefits is you get to see the sunrise. This morning it was so different than normal and how gorgeous.
 On a sad note both little dandelions passed yesterday at the Deocrah North nest.  Mom had laid an egg in Feb and it cracked.  Apparently she was fertile enough to lay 2 more later. However they were not very old and still in the dandelion stage and could not thermo-regulate and deal with the gnats.  So yesterday they passed.  That nest has had nothing but trouble but they never give up.  So RIP little ones and soar the thermals with your other siblings. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dear Dad Decorah

Today I am going to allow myself to grieve your loss.  I have tried to have hope that you would be found but it appears it is not going to happen. It will be a week this evening we last saw you.  You filled the pantry that day and huddled with mom one last time to shield the babies from the snowstorm.  Did you know you were not going to see them again and spent one last moment with your beloved and the babies?
We know you chose mom after you lost your first wife.  You taught mom how to be a great mom and she is, just look at her take care of the babies.  I know she misses you greatly as she cries so much now as does the whole world who adores and loves you so much.  We miss you so much.
I imagine you are sitting in heaven with Bob Anderson watching over mom and your territory.  Did you choose this new male hanging around the nest. Did you tell mom you picked your replacement?  Is that why she does not seem too bothered by him getting close to the nest?
I hope when you passed you did not suffer too much.  So Goodbye Dad, we love you and always will.  To us you will always be Dad Decorah.  Soar the thermals with all your children who have gone before you.  You will forever be in our hearts.

One of my favorite pics is when Dad would sit on the Y Branch at N1 and survey his territory. 

You left
And forgot to tell my