Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's Sunday and I'm Smiling

It's been a couple of weeks since I shared some of the things in life that have truly made me happy. And shouldn't Sunday be a day that we share these things?

Being able to breathe easier because my cold is gone. They say summer colds are the worst, and I believe it. I've been coughing and sneezing for over a week. And it has finally broken up. Hurray!

Lush products! Aren't they just the greatest? I'm currently loving their perfume Karma. It just has a wonderful earthy scent. I love it!
The festival season has arrived. Ribfest, Germanfest, Greekfest, they are all so much fun, and well the food is awesome at each festival.

That totally awesome feeling you have when you realize that you don't have to prove you're right about something. Knowing that you are right is simply enough. And okay, there is a specific person I know that this applies to. Why does that person have to argue about everything?

That mini series The White Queen has drama and beautiful costumes. It will definitely remind you to be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

What are you thankful for this week?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Make It Shine Part Three

We've talked about gold, we've talked about silver. Now we are going to talk about those pearls that have lost their luster.
Pears loose their luster fairly easily because they are so porous. It doesn't matter if they are real, cultured, or faux, you must clean them with care. The first step to cleaning those pearls is placing them on a soft cloth. Next, take a clean make up brush and dip it in warm water and a little shampoo. Go over each pearl with the brush. Finish it up with rinsing the pearls with a clean well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching.

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Bone Tree

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the book Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. I liked the book, so I picked up the next book in the series. The book is The Bone Tree, and here is what I think of the book.

The Story

Penn Cage is caught in the deviousness of The Double Eagles. He finds that his father is still in danger from the group, that he realizes he cannot make deals with. The Bone Tree is the big mystery of the present. Where is it? And how many crimes can its contents solve. Penn's fiancé is able to locate the tree, but it costs her dearly. And while a mystery is solved in this book, one that goes to the heart of the conspiracy about JFK's murder, other questions are asked. And are the losses worth the answers?

What I Think

I liked the book. Did I like it as much as Natchez Burning? Yes, I did. While you are pretty sure you know what direction the book will go, there are plenty of twists and turns. I basically like the character of Penn. He is looking for the truth, but he finds that it is so confusing getting to it. And I like how the book shows just how human he really is at the end of the book. He is an understandable hero. 

And I found that I really want to know where the story is going to go next. So I plan on reading the next book in the series.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Asparagus with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce

You want a healthy appetizer for this July the fourth. There will be burgers, there will be deserts, but do you really need the same old veggie tray. Asparagus can be a change to the celebrations. Here's a fabulous appetizer to feed your family this fourth.

Here's What You Need

Grilled or steamed asparagus spears
1/2 cup of yogurt
1 teaspoon of fresh chopped chives
2 teaspoons of fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons grated and peeled fresh ginger

Mix the last five ingredients in a bowl. And place it in a serving dish as your dip for the asparagus.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Did You Catch That?

I was speaking with someone the other day. He asked me have you ever noticed that people either let out positive or negative energy? I asked him what he meant. And he told me there are some people that it doesn't matter what you just don't feel sad or bad when you're around them. Those people let out positive energy. And then there are some people it doesn't matter what happens you just don't feel energized when you are around them.

I told him yes, I do understand what you mean. Sometimes it feels like I really absorb a person's mood that I am around. If someone is angry, I sometimes have to work a little harder to not allow myself to get angry because they are. As we were talking I wondered what kind of energy I emit. And he told me that I was one of those positive people.

He told me people just like you because you see the bright side of most things. I told him it's not that things don't bother me. It's just that if it is something I don't have any control over, I remind myself the only thing I have control over at the moment is my actions to the situation. And it usually works. And I find that I am less frustrated about other things.

So have you ever caught someone else's mood?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lost Crayons

When you are out walking, you never know what you will see. I was out for a walk the other day, and this is what I saw. I saw some crayons, a pencil, and a marker lying in the grass. They had obviously fallen out of someone's book bag. I wondered if they noticed that these items had fallen out when they got home. Or were they simply castaway school items? What do you think?

Monday, June 19, 2017

You're The Star Again Blog Hop

Have you ever had times when someone says something to you and you say wait a minute that makes absolutely no sense? I had one of those moments this last week. The rules for working for my employer are weird. We have a complicated bidding process in order to place you in a job. And like many employers they are trying to make that system meet their current needs. There are constantly rumors that jobs will be eliminated, and often it is more than a rumor. But one rumor just was crazy this past week. I just had to tell the person who told me. No, that isn't how the system works. Think about what you are saying. This person is intelligent, but she listened to someone who is just making things up. She normally isn't like that. But it reminded me how easy it is to fall prey to the rumor mill. Enough of that, it's time for everyone to share those wonderful posts in the blog hop.
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WELCOME to the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Here's a great salad that you can all prepare for those July 4th cookouts that will be coming around before you know it. 

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the April "You're the Star" blog hop)

The Patio Project by Debbie-Dabble Blog


Cinnamon Clouds by Reviews, Chews & How-Tos

Super Easy Hummus by Kapp's Kitchen
Super Easy Hummus

Vegetable Kofta Curry by A Crafty Homemaker
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 22

The call of the thrift stores beckoned once again. I think it is the hunt and gather part of me that enjoys it so much. What can I find? What can I make out of it? How will these items fit into my life? Really, I do think about these things when I go thrifting.
The first group of finds involved finding a foot massager. Yes, my aching feet appreciate this one more than anything else I have ever bought. It feels great at the end of a work day to be able to fill that little tub up with water and Epsom salt and just soak away that work day. I also found a really cool sequin top. I love that color.
I also found a cute little summer outfit. It's pink, it's orange, it's tie died. What else can a girl want in life? 
I kind of have a love hate relationship with Ed Hardy products. Some of the designs really appeal to me, and some I can live without. But when I saw this bag, I was all over it. It is perfect. And it is a great size too. 
I'm a big fan of items with the sun on it. I don't like the color of the wind chime I picked up, but that is easy to fix with a little paint. 

So what are you looking for when you go thrifting this time?




Saturday, June 17, 2017

Can Your Blog Get You In Trouble?

As I was listening to the news the other day, I was reminded that I really need to be careful about what I say on my blog. I listened to the testimony from a federal judge nominee. I can't remember his name. But he was asked questions about statements he made on a blog that is published under another name. Honestly, I can't remember the specifics of the story, but I've told you about what is important to my question.

And my answer to my question is your blog can get you in trouble. The statements we make are out there in the internet world are out there for everyone to read. And anyone who thinks there is such a thing as anonymity in the age of the blogosphere is just a little naïve in my opinion. Just ask that judge how it works when you try to post anonymously.

So just remember if you don't have something nice to say, maybe you should just keep it to yourself. There may come a day when what you say on the blogosphere will bite you in the butt.



Friday, June 16, 2017

June Inspirations 2017

Back in April I shared with you a creative inspiration board that I put together. You can check out the post Creative Inspiration April 2017. In that post I raved on about sequins. And I did make a top with sequins. And I didn't like the way it turned out, so I'm not going to share it. That doesn't mean I've given up on sequins. I just need to try again. So sometime in the future you'll see a product with some sequins. When is the real question though.

I noticed that I put June 2016 on the page, I really did just put it together this week. These are copies of pictures of design items that I copied. So some of the pictures aren't as clear as they were originally. I also pointed out some things that were common in the items I picked. 

The first thing I noticed is the color blue. It's always something I pick out. I mean it is my favorite color. But I've noticed that flowers are another big influence. And of course things that are a little larger than life. That second picture down on the right with the flowers is actually a chandelier. Imagine how cheerful that is! But flowers have been an influence for me recently. And that black background for the flowers is evident too. Here's a picture that I painted recently that shows just how big an influence that is currently.
And I also noticed that there is a little bit of an Asian theme to things that are influencing me right now. That fireplaces all have that feel. I had a friend who did a room in maroon and gold. I never really liked the combo before, but I was reminded of that room when I looked at the red and gold room with the fireplace. I think that I really do like the red and gold together. And of course I would have difficulty choosing exactly which one of those fireplaces I would like in my house. Aren't they all cool?

So these are a few of my design influences for the time being. What is influencing you?


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Virgin Soul

I recently picked up a copy of the book Virgin Soul at the library. It looked like it might be an interesting read, and it was. I thought I would share with you what I thought of the book today.


The Story

Geniece is a young woman who is off to college. Everyone knows that those years are the years when individuals grow into someone new. There are loads of new ideas and experiences. Geniece is no different. It's the late sixties, and she wanders through the world of the extremes in  California universities. She becomes a black panther. And she is tested on how far she is willing to go for that movement.

What I Think

I liked this book, and I didn't like this book. I know how can that be? I've thought about it. Geniece is a character I understood. She is person with strengths and weaknesses. And I think the author wanted her to be that way. She is intelligent, but at times she does some really foolish things. Like the incident where Geniece gets caught shoplifting. You think to yourself, how can someone so smart do something so stupid? There are other incidents that make you wonder that again and again throughout the book.

But I really liked that Geniece is her own person. She makes mistakes, but she isn't afraid to face the truth about the mistakes she makes in life.

The book is also interesting because it shows how and why individuals became involved in the Black Panther movement. Individuals got tired of seeing so many things that were wrong in society. And they decided to fight back. 

But her journey through this world also made me very uncomfortable. And I think that discomfort is what I didn't like about the book. Her journey reminded me of two things. The first was how radicals evolve. I read the book about the time of the London bombings. So it reminded that the individuals who commit those crimes are created. They see an injustice and somehow channel their energies in the wrong way. For the most part Geniece doesn't go as far as those individuals, but she does make some bad choices in the story. We often find ourselves saying why do people commit those acts? It is most often part of a journey for those individuals that ends badly. But often there is something they see wrong in the world at the beginning of that journey. And they decide to do something about the wrong.

And the second thing that made me feel uncomfortable about this book is the way it looks at race issues. Now, remember Geniece is involved in The Black Panther movement. They thoroughly believed in confronting problems head on. There are plenty of reasons for individuals to be angry in the book. There are white policemen shooting young black men. There is police brutality. And that is the exact reason I felt uncomfortable. At first the book struck me as though all the problems The Black Panthers faced were blamed on the white majority. I thought I'm tired of being blamed for all of these problems. But then I thought to myself I felt uncomfortable because some of these issues are still in the headlines. What's up with that?

Overall, the book is well written, but Geniece is a difficult character to like all the time. And it does confront some issues that individuals may be uncomfortable with. While it isn't a difficult book to read, it's not easy either. I think that if you have some hippie roots, you will probably like this book. 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Peanut Butter Yogurt Pops

Finding a healthy snack, that hits that sweet tooth fix can be a difficult thing to find. But peanut butter yogurt pops are perfect for combining a load of healthy foods into a package that will please your sweet tooth.

Here's What You Need

1 cup of plain yogurt
1 banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey
hot fudge
popsicle sticks
cupcake holders

Here's What You Do

Mash up your banana and mix in the peanut butter, yogurt, and honey with the mashed up banana. Place a dab of hot fudge in the bottom of the cupcake holders. Then place the yogurt mixture on top of the hot fudge. Follow this with a popsicle stick in the center of the mixture. And finally, place the cupcake holders in a freezer. Freeze until they are solid.

Makes about 4 popsicles.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Perfect Game

Today is the day that the first perfect game was pitched by John Lee Richmond in 1880. I have to admit that I had to look up what a perfect game was. It's a game where a pitcher pitches a nine inning game where no players make it to a base. I'm not much of a baseball fan, but even I recognize that this is something pretty difficult to achieve. I would imagine it takes practice, and a lot of work.

When I read about the perfect game, I was reminded of a story someone told me about their job. She told me that they can have a perfect run at work. She informed me that a perfect run was a run where the machines didn't jam once while they were running them. She told me that she was partnered with someone everyone hated to work with the day she made that run. The person she was paired with was an older individual, and they all complained about her.

As we discussed the run, the individual told me that she was surprised that she made that run while she working with the older co-worker. But then she replied that at that time she realized that the older worker really did know how to do the work properly. 

When I thought about the perfect game, I thought about how practice and hard work had enabled this older worker to do the job correctly. And I thought about how often we discount all of those individuals who may really know how to do things properly.




Monday, June 12, 2017

You're The Star Linky Party

The summer weather has just begun. This week it has been in the eighties on a consistent basis. I enjoy the heat. It doesn't matter where it is. I just don't even think about the heat most of the time. But this week I was reminded that there are those who don't appreciate it. You see a group of us walked into a restaurant and their air conditioning was not working. A friend of mine immediately stated it's hot in here. I thought it is so common for individuals to not want to be uncomfortable for even a minute anymore. How on earth did individuals live for centuries without air conditioning? It's just a question. My friends and I wound up going to another place to eat. And it was a little disappointing for me because somehow the food just wasn't what I wanted. But alas we do have to go with the flow sometimes, and the company I ate with was really great.
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Welcome to week#3 of the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
This week we are featuring family on this linky party. So decided that I would share the link to another post about individuals in my life. Check out the post I Just Chopped It Up. It about the odd and humorous ways people behave sometimes.

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the May "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 4 Things To Embrace As a Homeschool Mom by Living Life Well
HOMESCHOOLING



How To Study the Bible by A Narrow-Minded Woman
How to Study the Bible

3 Tips Choosing a Doctor for Your Kids by Family Farm School
Choosing a doctor for your kids 


Orange, Peach, Mango Smoothie by A Fireman's Wife




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It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Angel's Back

The other day I was out at a cemetery. It really is fun to walk through and see all of the different tombstones. Try it if you've never done it. You'll like it. Anyway, I saw the back of an angel statue. And I thought to myself wouldn't it be awful to have an angel walk away from you? Just to turn your back and decide that you don't need help?


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Make It Shine Again Part Two

Last week I started a series called Make It Shine Again. It's full of tips on ways you can make old jewelry shine again with little to no effort. I started out with silver. And this week I'm going for the gold.
Ever looked at your rings or necklaces? There is all sorts of crud that builds up in the crevices of the gold. Start out by giving your gold jewelry a bubble bath. Pour a few drops of mild dish soap into a small bowl of club soda. Yes, I repeat club soda. Make sure it is sodium free. When you think of sodium think of salt. Think about what happens to your car when there is too much salt. So avoid sodium when cleaning gold. The carbonation loosens soil and debris on your jewelry. And then allow the jewelry to soak for a few minutes. Make sure you rinse the piece and pat it dry. 

Do any of you have tips for cleaning jewelry?




Friday, June 9, 2017

Learning Disability or Vision Problem?

I received my first pair of eyeglasses when I was in the third grade. And it made a huge difference in my school work. So I was really surprised when I read that there are children who are thought to have a learning disability when all they need is a pair of glasses.

It is really difficult to pay attention when you simply can't see what is going on. I remember just not being able to see what was written on the black board. I was fortunate my third grade teacher was excellent. And I was not classified with behavioral issues, but unfortunately some kids are.

Signs of Vision Problems

If your child is squinting, closing or covering one eye you may want to head to the eye doctor. I remember having to squint to see the black board. It didn't matter how hard I tried to see what was up there, I just couldn't see it to read it.

Constantly holding books, papers and other materials close to the face. For many individuals with vision problems holding something closer makes it easier to see. If I don't have my glasses on, I have to hold items right up to my face to read it. It's a big sign you see your child do this.

Sometimes light can make it easier for someone to see. If your child is tilting their head to one side or other they may just be trying to get a different view of an object.

There are times when you can your eyes and things become a little less blurry. But most of the time that doesn't work. But some children will rub their eyes repeatedly throughout the day in order to try and get things to focus in.

Eyes that are turning out. I had a friend in high school that had a lazy eye. It can be fairly easy to remedy with a pair of good glasses.

And then redness and tearing on a regular basis. These both can be signs of tired eyes. 

Remember that school exams only hit the surface. If the exam points out a problem, take your child to an eye doctor.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

I picked up a copy of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir when I was at the library a couple of weeks ago. It looked like it might be an interesting read, so I checked it out.
The Story

The second world war has just began, and most of the men from the village of Chilbury are gone. The village vicar has decided that since there are no men left in the village choir, it should be dissolved. But the ladies come up with a little different plan. They decide that it should simply be a ladies choir. The book follows the lives of several of the ladies in the village. They are all ages, and they are written in the form of letters or diaries. It follows them through mysteries, tragedies, and shared joys.

What I Think

I once heard that there are two types of individuals in the world. There are survivors and there are thrivers. I really like that this book is about a group of women who actually thrive during difficult times. They support each other, and learn to live life to its fullest even though times are challenging. I like how it shows how the ladies of all ages react to the world around them. 

My favorite character in the book was the teenager Kitty. She is full of life, and has plenty of dreams. And she pursues them even though things in the world show that they may be unattainable. And I like how she just accepts that things are the way they are, she doesn't feel sorry for herself. I can only hope that I would react that way in difficult times.

So if you want an easy and pleasant read, that will remind you to enjoy life, this book may be fore you.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 21

Over the past few months you've seen some of my fabulous finds at the thrift stores. It's always fun for me to share the items I've found with you. And all of them are being put to good use. So here are my finds for the week. They are pretty amazing!
I found a really cool Lauren olive jacket. It has a real Sgt. Pepper's feel to it. I want to do some other things to do it just to personalize it a little. It's going to look super cool.
Here are some of the other items I found. I just couldn't pass up that dream plaque. It is so me. I also found a silk blouse and some jeans. I always need jeans for work. So they were all great finds.

I saw this adorable little painted figure. It had an Asian Kawaii feel to it. And I really liked the shade of blue that was used to paint it.
And of course there was a picture frame with little angels and roses. I had to have it. It has kind of a romantic feel to it.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

My Favorite Thing About Me

We all have things that we don't like about ourselves. Often those lists are quite long, and we really focus in on those things. But how often do we talk about the things we like about ourselves? So I believe it's time to share my favorite thing about me with all of you.

My favorite thing about me is that I'm really positive. I just can't help it. I really do believe that good things happen to me and everyone else all the time. Now, that doesn't mean that I'm not realistic. Sometimes you have to look for the good, but it's there!

Sometimes seeing the positive can be frustrating. Not that it is frustrating knowing that good things are happening. It's frustrating because so many individuals don't see the good things going on around them. It's frustrating knowing that individuals don't know that often you need to state the positive. I often think how is it that they are missing so much?

But overall, I believe it is so much easier to go through life with a positive outlook. I mean for the most part it's just a lot less work.

Monday, June 5, 2017

You're A Shining Star Blog Hop

This last week has been full of sadness for the individuals who suffered the attacks in Manchester and London. I was speaking with a friend who said if I lived in England I wouldn't leave the house right now. I was surprised to hear this, partially because this person is fairly bold. But also because while these acts are terrible, the odds are more in favor of getting hit by a car than being the victim of a terrorist attack. So keep that in mind when we worry about those attacks.
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Welcome to the second week of the June blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

Sunflower Floral Crown

About a year and a half ago I went out with a friend to an art shindig. I put together a floral head crown for the outing. Make sure you visit the post to see how easy it is to do. 

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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 
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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team's blogs:
Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic
Darlene @ Let It Shine

Anna @ Cuddlebug Cuties
Angel @ Sew Crafty Angel


This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the May "You're the Star" blog hop)

A Radio Stand Converted Into a Red Kitchen Island by Grandma's House DIY
DIY red Kitchen Island made from an old radio stand @GrandmasHousDIY


6 Amazing Homemade Gift Ideas by Keeping It Real
6 amazing homemade gift ideas
Spring Fairy by Lalka Crochetka
http://lalkacrochetka.blogspot.com/2017/05/spring-fairy-wiosenna-wrozka.html

Weaving As Embellishment by Paper Seedlings
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jagged Little Pill Musical

I recently heard that Alanis Morissette is writing a musical based on her album for the '90's Jagged Little Pill. Remember all of those songs from that album? They never stopped playing on the radio did they?

And then I remembered the worst concert experience of my life. Yes, I liked Alanis and her album when it first came out. The lyrics were catchy, and she seemed to know how I felt about some things in life. 

Then I went to see her play at some venue outside of Cleveland. And I never wanted to hear her music again. You see it was an outdoor venue. And it rained. It not only rained, but it got chilly. So the outdoor venue was soggy and miserable. In fact it rained enough that we scrounged up some plastic bags just to help us keep dry. 

I thought this would make for a memorable experience, like the rain at Woodstock right? It was memorable alright, but not like Woodstock. You see Alanis began to play, and her sound system wasn't really that good. In fact it just didn't support a setting like the one we were at. When I go to a concert I expect volume, not at this one. In fact some of it was difficult to hear. 

So when I heard that she was putting together a musical, I wondered if I want to see it. Or should I give it a chance if it presents itself to me.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Hand

I was out and about this past week, and I saw this really cool statue. The hand on the statue caught my eye. The statue was an angel writing in a book. But the hands on it were so wonderful. I took a picture of it. Let me know what you think.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Make It Shine Again

We all have jewelry that has lost its shine. And there is nothing more frustrating than pulling out that favorite necklace and realizing it just doesn't look good enough to wear with that outfit. What do you do? Make it shine again is the plan. Here are some simple tips that will make your jewelry sparkle once more.

Silver

Silver tarnishes so quickly. But there is a simple and inexpensive fix for it. Mild soap is the easiest fix. If your silver isn't tarnished too badly just put a few drops of mild dish soap and warm water on the jewelry. Then use a soft cloth and rub away the tarnish. Make sure you rinse the silver and then place then dry it off.

There are a few tougher cases when it comes to tarnish. No need to fear though all you need to do is mix a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water. Rub it over the silver, and then rinse clean.

Keep in mind you should never soak silver. This will just speed up the process of tarnishing. 

Look forward to more tips on making your jewelry shine again next week.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Go Gettting June 2017

Another month has flown by. And I do mean that it has flown by. May is a long month, but man did time move quickly. And with the new month of June come new goals. First, let's take a look at how I did with my goals for May.

I did put together a design for a tee shirt. I just need to get it set up in café press or another site like it. So kudos to me, I achieved my first goal.

I also wanted to get the porch cleaned, and I sort of did. It is now usable, but not like I pictured it in my mind when I thought up the project. So that's goal number two met.

I don't understand it, but hiking did not occur on a regular basis this month. It seemed like such an easy goal. I enjoy doing it, but each week for some reason or another it just didn't happen. I want this to change though.

And lastly, I did organize some of my creative ideas into a couple of folders. I have a place to store and reference ideas just a little easier than before. So hurry for me!

Now, on to the new goals for the month of June

Blood Work

I went to the doctor a couple of months ago, I was supposed to get some blood work done. But I put it off. Yes, I told myself I was spending so much time with the physical therapy I had to do that I just couldn't take the time to get the blood work done. Okay, it was an excuse, but it needs done. So I will get it done this month. Maybe even today.

Pictures

I have taken loads of pictures over the past couple of years for my blog. Some are even pretty good. I want to put all of the ones I have stored on my computer onto a separate storage device so I can transport them easier. 

Garage

The garage is a mess. And I want to be able to use it. I am trying to save up money to fix the garage up a little, but there is some stuff that just has to go in the garage. Mainly all the junk that I have stored in there. So this month, I want to get all of the recyclable items cleared out of the garage.

Songbook

I saw a really cool project when I was going through all of my creative ideas. It looks like something I can do pretty easily, and it can look really cool. I'm going to get it started and hopefully finished this month.

So do you think I will get everything accomplished this month?