Rock-N-Roll Quilt…Animal Farm – Pink Floyd

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On Friday I finally got in to see a Neurologist for  my migraines.  I am trying a treatment that was just approved by the FDA in the fall…so that means that if you qualify, more than 15 severe headaches per month, you can get Botox injections in nerve spots all over your head, neck and back. 

Since I have headaches nearly everyday, I am hoping that this treatment will help.   I was told that it could take up to a week before you will start to feel the advantages of the treatment.  Keeping my fingers crossed!

I recently started making all of my own products, such as: soap, lotion, lip balm, deodorant, laundry soap, shampoo and conditioner.  So far so good, I love knowing that there are not any chemicals in my items.  I love everything that I have made so far so I will continue to experiment with this new hobby.

I also decided to try to make a quilt. I have never made one before but so far it is going well.  Of course this will be a Rock -N-Roll quilt made from t-shirts.  I’ve got all my blocks cut and interface material put on the backs to give the blocks more stability, since t-shirts are rather flimsy.

I wanted to make my blocks 15 1/2 inches square.  To by a guide that size costs around $40, I went to Michael’s and bought a piece of foam board, had them cut it to size and it only cost $1.50 and I have enough left over to make another guide that will be 12 1/2 inches for future quilts!  The guide that size cost $22, I love to save money!

I will post pictures as I complete steps on the quilt, above is the layout we decided on.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1977 – Pink Floyd releases ‘Animals,’ a bleak concept album that appears to have drawn on author George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ for inspiration.

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Crash and Burn…A day in the Life!

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computer-virus

WOW, I am still reeling from an event of a few days ago.  I was online doing some research, when to my utter dismay, a despicable and deadly virus attacked my computer.  Now, I’m not a computer genius; but I do know a few tricks that have come in quite handy over the years…I’m talking computers here!

Well as soon as that bloody monster started to molest my laptop, I went quickly into action, no time to put on my combat gear, I had to go into battle exposed.  Now this virus was smart, it tried every trick in the scumbag virus book!  I was overwhelmed and unprepared for the agility of my enemy.

As I flailed about trying to stop this bastard from winning the battle, I started to panic…I don’t back up my files, oh woe is me, the realization struck my like a blow from a missile launched by an unseen foe.  Only once before had I fought for my computer so viciously, on that occasion I came out the victor, well somewhat.  That was in my desk top days, and fortunately I had recently gotten a new system, I had meticulously transferred all my files onto disk in order to transfer them to my new computer. 

I remember sitting there staring at my computer, which I used for my own business, and thinking, “Damn, now I have to reload everything again…back to square one.”  It took quite a bit of time to get my computer up and running again, but I did it.  Now here I was in that same position, one that is not quite as comfortable as sitting on a jagged rock for hours. I was trying everything I knew as I watched my system being destroyed. 

Finally I was able to get past the invader and stop its menace on my world.  Exhausted and frustrated I looked at that demon and said “Get the ‘F’ out of here!”  As I surveyed the damage, it was like I was in a Smart car and had been hit by an 18 wheeler.  The destruction was done and now I had to start to figure out what had been the result of this intruder’s rampage.

As I assessed the winnings of my rival, I had to concede that it had gotten the better of me.  System files were all still intact, but all of my personal files are GONE, killed by this maniac.  I have no pictures, no documents, no trace that I had even owned this laptop, it was now a stranger to me. 

So now I must start the process of restoring my laptop to its former glory.  To do this I must rely on the help of an old friend, my desktop which is shoved in the recesses of a closet in the basement.  Now I won’t have any of my most current work or pictures, but I do have a place to start, thanks to that behemoth that has been stored away.  Old friend, I thank you for storing away not only yourself, but the salvation of many files that I need!

The moral of this story, I guess is to back up your files on a regular basis.  I don’t fear my opponent, I regard it as a vile and wicked intruder.  To those of you who have been in my shoes, I can relate to you and am hopeful that you too have learned your lesson although the hard way, for those of you who have not…backup your computer today! 

Today in ROCK history: 1967 – Beatles start work on “A Day In The Life.”

Hey BUDDY!

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I find myself in a position that I have not been in very often in my life, I’m not working.  Now I started working when I was 15 to have spending money since my Mom did not believe in allowance.  Of course this does not include all the years I was a babysitter before I was 15. 

So now that I am home all the time, I found that I need a companion.  Our dog died over the summer and I was sure that I would not have a dog again.  It is just so hard to loose your buddy!  Now that I am home alone so much, my husband works long hours as a teacher, I decided to get another dog.  Puppies are sure cute but too much work, I wanted to adopt a grown up dog that needed a good home. 

I guess the largest dog I have ever had before was a German Shepard and that was a long time ago.  Our most recent dog, Otis, was a yellow lab.  We found a six year old Great Dane and although we have had him for just over a month, I just LOVE this big lug.  He is perfect for me as he is so mellow and doesn’t need much activity.

So to paint a picture in your mind, we live in a beautiful older home built in 1940.  Our home is 1200 sq. ft. We are both big people, I’m 5′ 10” and Mark is 6 ‘4″ and Zues is huge…he weights more than I do, he is 150lbs.  I have to laugh when we are all trying to move around the house at the same time…can you say traffic jam…

I’m so glad that we found this fellow, he is perfect!  Now I have a buddy to talk to and he follows me around like he is attached to my hip, or maybe I should say my waist.  We have always been dog people and I guess we always will be.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 2005 – Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme and Beck perform at a tsunami-aid benefit concert in Los Angeles. Proceeds go to Music For Relief, an organization founded by Linkin’ Park to assist the Red Cross.

People are Strange…Days are Strange…

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My beautiful cousin Jill…gone too soon!

I’m sure that we all have Strange Days every now and then, I prefer to have them all the time!  Normal sucks, I have always been a bit strange and I like it.  Life is so short, we never know how long we have, so why not have fun while you have the chance. 

Many people, like Jim Morrison, leave us too soon.  To me, it is strange to think that so many people who die too early often leave the biggest impact on others.   Now that is not to say that those who are around for a long life don’t also have a huge impact…

When I think about the music of so many great artists who left us long before their time, I think how lucky we are to even have had them to begin with.  This applies to our own loved ones too.  We are so lucky to have the experiences that we have had with family and friends.  They leave us with memories, that like music, we can always enjoy. 

However you feel and whoever you’ve lost, honor them by remembering them as they were, loving, funny, smart, talented, giving, and yes, even STRANGE!

Today in ROCK history: 1968 – The Doors score again when their sophomore album “Strange Days” goes gold.

Grey skies are gonna clear up!

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Today is cold, snowy and the skies are grey.  I have enough wood brought in to have a beautiful fire in the wood stove.  I’m thankful for that!  I’m currently reading two books, Frankenstein and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  It may be a snuggle on the couch and read kinda day.  Anyway…

I know that by this age, I should have everything figured out, and I do have a firm grasp on a lot of things; but I still need time on others.  It’s hard to be everything you want to be.  It’s not easy to finally decide that who you are is alright!  With all of our faults also comes all of our perfections.  We seem to always focus on the faults.

I say we try to focus on the things about ourselves that are great…on what ever we do well, and what makes us happy.  If by what ever age you are, you still have faults and things you wish you could change, just embrace whatever it is and forget about it.  We are usually our own worse critic.  Embrace everything about yourself and soon you will find that the things that you use to focus on are pretty minor in the scope  of who you are.

Make 2012 the year that you are kind to yourself, with this new-found attitude you will also find that your new focus will make others want to be more like you.  Happiness and Love, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 2000 – Sharon Osbourne resigns as the Smashing Pumpkins manager for ‘medical reasons.’ “(Frontman) Billy Corgan was making me sick,” says Osbourne, who was the group’s manager for less than four months.

Might as well jump…

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Van Halen

Everything old is new again…and so, here comes VH reunited and touring.  To me, something about the band has a lot to do with the look.  Now I know that none of us look like we did 25 years ago.  It’s just that in the 80’s, the look was HAIR.  That’s what I associate with so many of the bands from that time. 

For many bands the “look” was part of the complete package.  I can’t think of any band that this is more true about than KISS.  Now they sound the same without the makeup and costumes, but it’s just not the same without the makeup and costumes.  It is part of who they are.

Speaking of makeup and costumes, here we are with our grandkids and daughter on Halloween:

If you love VH and plan on catching them on tour I’m sure it will be a great party.  They should join the lineup with the sixthman cruises – http://www.sixthman.net/events.  Now that would be a party!  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1984 – Van Halen’s biggest commercial success, “1984,” is released. The album contains “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot For Teacher.”

Pain, Pain, Pain… and Jethro Tull

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So, I am on my seventh straight day of a MIGRAINE, no medication is working, I am beyond my tolerance level for pain…I don’t know what else to do.  I have been a migraine victim since I was about ten years old.  Over the years I have tried every type of treatment out there.  Some things help sporaticaly, nothing seems to work effectively long term.

I usually get 3-5 headaches a week, it is almost impossible to function in a normal way when you are constantly in pain.  If anyone has any suggestions for relief, please let me know what has worked for you.  I am so sick of feeling like this!  Sorry for the venting! Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama 

Today in ROCK history: 1975 – Jethro Tull hits #11 in the US with “Bungle In The Jungle.”