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My weird sense of humor and revenge

On a lighter note…

Bed made with white bed linen. Four fluffy pil...

A bed is a sanctuary for a married couple. A place to rest and laugh sometimes.

Be careful what you say to me, I get wild hairs sometimes..

 Hubby had one of his tantrums where he says: “You need to think about someone besides yourself. You don’t ever think about me!”, the other day…

 I looked at him and said “Uhmm yeah, I’m the reason your pillow is cold every night.” It sort of shocked me but he shut up…everyone has bad days…being married this sort of thing happens and I laugh hysterically when he isn’t around…I sort of got maniacal about it yesterday.

Now, I take great care with the routine around here as you know. I make sure that his pillow is placed under the fan around 4 pm so it is cold. He likes a cold pillow and a special pillow case that’s really soft (and covered in roses).

So… Yesterday I got a wild hair while changing his special pillow case and,  put the entire pillow and case in the freezer at about 4pm. Put it on the bed at about 8pm while he was getting ready for bed.

 He NOTICED it was cold this time.

Bahahahahah!

He got the message.

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Too funny!Great blog!

Awaiting the notification of the broom sweeping without me!

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Lessons from our “on-site grandparenting” weekend.

We all are surviving the new experiences and learning a lot. WordPress is rejecting my photo’s this morning. When I finally got them uploaded the captions only show if you hold your mouse over them.

No time for sewing, cleaning, cooking or writing as our schedules are in absolute chaos but Hey, that’s okay. We don’t get to do this but 1-2 times per year. So here’s an update on our experiences (all of our experiences).

Omaw and Opaws’ lessons for the weekend:

  1. Take your vitamins and drink a lot of water, you are not as young as you used to be.
  2. Thank GOD for volume controls on the television remote.
  3. Passing out from exhaustion solves insomnia.
  4. Don’t forget the baby gate at the bottom of the stairs you just installed. Flipping over it could be painful in the middle of the night.
  5. Turn on the lights in the living room at 4 am or you might break your hip or ankles.
  6. After you feel the squish on the carpet, it is too late.Note to self.. Pick up more carpet shampoo, better yet remove carpet before next visit.

Granddaughter Learned and trained her Texas Grandparents with fervor:

  1. Opaw’s name is actually Paw-paw and they ALL must learn this immediately!
  2. Opaw’s are good at teaching you how to put on your shoes,nobody else does it RIGHT.
  3. Opaw’s have special auras and therefore are asked by granddaughters to  do only special things: like, accepting ALL the video’s I bring him no matter how many there are. He is obviously in charge of the TV. (smart kiddo:. She does this every night and is so pleased with herself with each delivery, to their rightful owner, that she is beside herself with giggles.)
  4. Omaw’s chair is “where it’s at” and the best seat in the house. It doesn’t matter where or what chair…just HER chair is where I must be.
  5. Omaw lets me watch Gaelig cartoons on her computer whenever I want . If I clap, she will sing me Gaelig songs and we can RUN… until she has to lay down in the floor from all the jumping around. When she does that … I must wait for her to recover before she can move again.
  6. The Bonnet song is more fun outside, I can really RUN with it there.
  7. The Bonnet song stops if you don’t watch it.
  8. Cold hands on Omaw’s tummy… makes Omaw scream.
  9. If Omaw puts something IN something… then my job is to remove it.
  10. No matter what, Omaw will “splain it” whatever it is.
  11. Scrambled eggs can be flung a full 5 feet from ones chair with very little effort. The secret is all in the wrist action.
  12. Food in the carpet is not a problem. Step on the food then pivot around and you can watch Omaw’s eyes roll back in her head and faint dead away.
  13. If there is screaming on the tele then… it is time for me to scream also.
  14.  ½ a gold fish will be sucked up by the vacuum. …A whole one will be spit across the room so I can go fetch it and eat it.
  15. Paw-paws don’t follow the rules of decorum. Paw-paws pick up baby girls no matter what. There is no need to walk if Paw-paw is in the room or with in earshot.
  16. The food on Paw-paws’ plate always tastes better than mine.
  17. Paw-paws  worry non-stop about choking hazards. They sneak up and remove things so fast I have whiplash from keeping an eye on him.
  18. Dirt is softer than grass and I really like to play in it just like Omaw and Mimi.
  19. Roses smell good. A whole one will fit in your mouth. Funny they don’t taste as good as they smell.
  20. Kitty’s have ways to escape me…for now.

The CAT’s weekend lessons: 20 year old diabetic cat only has a few defenses against  a 1 year old. He learned REAL fast.

  1. Lay very very still and maybe she won’t notice, . And
  2. Watch the child carefully above all… if there is a long handled spoon, or other protruding object in her hand run outside tut-sweet.
  3. Allowing Baby to put her feet on you is less painful than her fingers in your ears.
  4. Watch those feet, they do have a tendency to kick , listen for the squeal and MOVE quickly when you hear it.
  5. It does not matter if it’s cold outside, at least it’s quite and safe.
  6. Cats shed badly when under stress. I will be bald in 7 days

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Ready set go, how I do it at warp speed with the Gaelig

It’s 6 am ….and it has been one weird ol’ week. What with the stalkers and accidents…  and the cat whose eyes swelled shut and the other that hurt her leg AGAIN.

Luna pre car chasing phase

Hubby got a new job and Daughter is on her way with the grand babies so the next 7-10 days is going to be a wild ride! I have got to MOVE!

Here’s the music I listen to, while I’m going warp speed…

These are also connected to my Facebook sight.

Warning, don’t click if you are trying to relax!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdO-JqtDPTw&feature=related

I call it the Bonnet song

I don’t have time to be discouraged or overwhelmed! I just turn on that Julie Fowlis and GO! Can’t sit still listening to THAT can you?

Here is a place to just keep listening:

http://www.myspace.com/juliefowlis

Now which direction do I need to go while I’m dancing about?

I need to baby proof the house, clean the carpets, muck the Rose garden, Stock the pantry, Fight back the ironing sprawl, bath the cats, change the sheets and was all the slip covers…. YEAH, RIGHT! HAHAHAHAHAH.

Note to self, Glass breaks,,,remove it.

I have found an actual FLAW in the Lady Iris Jean way of doing things this week. Grandbabies are new to this house and as I started the pr-cleaning prep … I had flash backs of Daughter at age 1 at Lady Iris Jean’s house. She was a holy terror. Thankfully she wasn’t a climber. My only hope is that this one isn’t either. THE Mimi was a stickler for cleanliness and order just like I am BUT, ..Daughter lives with 3 dogs and a Marine and a one year old. I mean so really…how clean do I need to go here?

Note to self remove the antique lamp and table.. Maybe I should just have them sleep in the garage? No, the cats sleep in there and they would be upset. I’ll figure it out somehow.

There will be crumbs, juice, spit, drool, spills and the occasional bodily fluid all over the place by the end of the 1st day. Put a woooooow on that there clean machine honey! Whites…thank god for bleach huh’ Mom?

At least I have a home carpet cleaner and you didn’t!

We have a saying in our family: “Is it clean or is it Mimi clean?”

Uhmmm, I think we are going to just have a plain clean.

Hubby and I have people over every Sunday and he got really exasperated this last week. He said ,” These people aren’t your mother and they won’t notice that dirty place on the sugar container just turn it over. Besides, she probably wouldn’t have noticed it either.”

Lay Iris Jean

Me: “ Yeah, you are probably right about the group and No mom wouldn’t say anything, we’d just find her in here cleaning it and she’d say “I’m just helping you, this looks like it’s hard to clean and I don’t mind, where do you keep your bleach?”.

Umm, yeah. Not going to happen this week I’m afraid.

So the list just got smaller. I figure the spring-cleaning will commence the day they LEAVE.  Baby and Daughter have been cooped up in a cold wet house for months and while it is wet here, at least it’s 70-80 everyday. We can all go play in the yard. Mark off another chore AND add baby proof the yard.

So that leaves (no pun intended), …a do – able list of fill the pantry, and baby proofing the universe as I know it…Yeah, maybe I can sew on… like Friday!

I found an old 1920-1930 baby romper pattern and whipped up 3 real fast. Heirlooming them, takes goobs and gobbs of time. I used lots of Swiss embroidery and insertion and oodles of lace. (Like about 5 yards of this amazing French edging (just on one little hiney! and 1-2 yards of the other stuff) I still have 1 to top stitch and 2 leg elastic weaving’s to do but I’m really pleased.What do ya think?

Ill be listening to this one for the hand work:

(The spinning songs)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb8AVVlAltk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-ofqNfH9No&feature=related

3 little bubble outfits from 1920-30's pattern

Here are the pics I tried to upload the other day when I thought I would have a coronary from this darn blog. Enjoy.

1920-30s pattern and fabric with frothy frothy lace

5 yards of French lace on a baby's bottom, PRICELESS!

Oh… and Dear Lubbock Auntie the one with the Lacey shoulders I made with you in mind. Kisses!

Lace, embroidery and ruffles with polkadots!

Swiss embroidery, swiss lace and roses, so lovely!

This week I’m sure I’ll be singing this one A LOT ( about a complaining daughter) I PLAN to teach the LICKY-NAY song to the Grand babies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYDikGIRs2E&feature=fvwrel

Interested in Gaelic? the BBC is amazing in getting this to you and the kids!

Click here for Scottish and learn to play Peek a boo:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/

Or here to get the scoop on Irish Gaelig.

http://talkirish.com/games/

Both have Free lesson sites!

Like the music but don’t want to spend money (great for sewing to)

http://aolradio.slacker.com/?aolid=771

Click  INTERNATIONAL then Click CELTIC

Have a great week! Slan

My FAKE grandbabies playing in the sewing study. Yes I'm strange but it works for me. (And yes they have the Gaelig)

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Yeah I have columns!

It’s a slow trudge for happy destiny but persistence seems to pay off.

The computer:
I found the little page for columns.Still no categories at the top and the help desk can’t figure it out either. This is NORMAL for my computer problems. Remember Apple? Yeah, they can’t figure out why my printer won’t connect using an airport…nor how I keep ending up registered with 3 accounts with them…nor…. you get the picture.

Facebook notice to authorize is still right there and I give up for now as to figuring out just WHY…

I think I must have a prayer for patience stuck in God’s cache from years ago…. Geeze but I wish it would clear soon.

What’s up for the week?

Sewing:
My little world
Cleaning the studio after the set of projects just completed. I keep it so nice and neat and pretty until picture and posting days and then I just explode in there! Today I also need to wash some lovely lavender and white linen.

I have a push from the great beyond to do a linen Baby romper and a Madria edged sun dress out of this stuff. It’s just so…yummy is all I can say.

I have some really cool prints and they are so in style right now for the kids but my head keeps thinking about these lovely things so…

Winding bobbins, redoing the project boards I keep in front of me (to decrease my tendencies to go 10 different directions ya see), then some drawing and maybe some more pictures of some adult “Faire” dresses from the old store. Well when things go well anyway. I get tangled up in more ways than one some days as you can see…

Multi tasking doesn't work for me

The book:
I have been writing more regularly. I’m really please with how the characters are coming so alive with personalities sketched by words. This is most fascinating to observe. I know there are lots of software out there to help develop them but they just seem to be developing themselves.

I have an idea why, and it makes me giggle and want to write some more!
This IS about having fun now isn’t it!

I sketched some stuff while watching TV last night as you can see. Just some penciled ideas for the books. I have tended to put this one off in the last week. I can really get into the Zen of creating when I am drawing and the world goes away. I guess, the rest of my life is getting in the way! I have SO MUCH LIFE now, and not enough time to get into that meditative state. I know I can’t force any of. If it becomes an assigned task…I’ll loose the fun. So I think I’ll just be ware of it and see what happens.

Just doodling and trying to figure out how to put Lil’Iris in the snow head first…It’ll come…eventually

My closest spiritual adviser informs me that, as I probably will not become a millionaire by Friday, that,.. it is a good idea to just have fun until Friday and if I do become one by Friday…we can discuss that then.

i.e.: I need to stay in the moment to be productive, to have fun and to create in HP’s world…not My imaginary one:)

The Painting & the dolls:

Percephonee is still with us, she lives on the wall now.

I think I have decided to go with painting the eyes on the dolls. It is faster and I am better at it than delicate embroidery.

I tend to paint a lot in the spring when the weather here is in the 70’s. Most of the U.S. is still in Winter. Not here. From now until the 1st week in May it will be 70s-80s and the studio is lit by the sun that rises and sets totally on the south side of the house. It illuminates the area and colors are vivid.

I’ll also be working on the hair…(another doll part to add to the other doll parts laying every where in this house). I have several of Lady Iris Jeans little dolls and it is neat to see the expression of her in personality in the collection.

Well see you guys on Fb I hope, if I ever figure this thing out!
have a great creating week!…’til Friday.

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Lace, machines, old fashioned cleaning and Lady Ga Ga

Going to finish those 2 Baby girl dresses today.
Yummy Battenburg lace with some type of soft satin sash and a baby slip with heirloom layered lace skirt to dress up any dress, not just this baby dress.

Yum, Yum lace. Love it and the collection is still growing. I admit the craving and the manageability of it all. Oh I miss that tatted collar I put on that wedding dress. It was so heavenly and delicate!

I have looked and looked for some nice old fashioned aprons to keep grand babys dresses clean looking and can’t find any. Also can’t find any baby girl slips that are made of natural fibers. Ick! the thought of scratchy polyester next to a baby girls skin still just doesn’t sit right with me.

The only one left in my family that remembers what I remember…ironing, vacuuming the ceiling and dusting shelves…says that “that generation(our Mom’s) had the time to do that and we just don’t we have a life”. Hmmmm, yeah….I still do it even working and in the Military!

There is just something special to walk in your home with a clean smell and…a glow…just aren’t words. It’s called spring and holiday cleaning.
I simply can not create unless things are at least ordered in stacks!

Mom …she did contributed to the economic stimulus by hiring someone to do it. I would if I could find someone but haven’t since 2000 when maids stared banding together for the quick clean companies.

Well That new serger is calling my name but the dreads have got me.
No, no computer on the thing but this week my kinetic energy related to electronics has been cursed. Not as badly as usual but still, makes me nervous.

The hand drafting is so easy compared to actually getting a machine to work sometimes. I did take the 1960 machine into the Gromms sewing center and they were amazed at how it looked and sewed. Nice tight seams…picking stitches out of one of it’s work is nie-on-impossible. They just don’t make them like that any more! All metal parts and attachments gallor. The machine guys were fascinated and told me it had been years since they had seen a complete set that looked like new. Mom serviced the thing herself for 50 years…made me so proud!

I was amazed at the things the new serger could do. It’s basically the 1950’s machine with 2 needles and 4 spools of thread. My old one just did straight edging. It was so old they said the serial number couldn’t even be tracked!

As for this computer blog funny for today:
When I hit the proofread button on my posts it says I am BIASED to use the word “Lady”…. Hummm yeah….since when did using the word Lady become politically incorrect and offensive? What has Lady Ga GA done now???!!!

Guess I should go play with the new serger thingy Huh? Something hilarious is bound to occur, I assure you.

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