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…but I’m holding on…

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Even until just recently, lets say less than a month ago, I would have never thought that I would ever have – let alone be making a quilt.  I just finished the blocking, and am quite pleased with the results so far.  This is no ordinary quilt, it is a Rock-n-Roll quilt made out of old concert t-shirts.  I have to say that learning how to do this has been quite easy. 

Once I get the top sewn together, that is when the hard part comes into play.  I am using an old flannel sheet for the back and have batting for the center.  For those about to ask…NO I will not be hand sewing the quilt together.  I’m not sure how ladies did this in years past, I know a lot of the time it was a social thing.  This is only a full size quilt at 59×77 inches.  That would be a lot of time to hand sew and I’m not that patient!

I only work on this a little at a time, can’t sit for too long sewing.  When I decided to do this project, I gave myself until Spring to get it done. I realize now that it won’t take nearly that long.  This is what is called a Memory Quilt.  It can be made with any t-shirts: sports shirts, music shirts, vacation shirts, your kids favorite shirts growing up…

This particular quilt is made with old school rock theme: Queen, The Stones, Styx, Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Black Sabbath.  I think my next one will be all Beatles! 

Besides teaching myself to quilt, I am also teaching myself to sketch.  Here is a picture I did yesterday…

My main objective is to learn to draw well enough that I can do some murals in my meditation room, and just for enjoyment!  So far I like Frankenstein’s Monster the best…I think I will try drawing him again soon.

Hope you have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1981 – “The Tide Is High” (Blondie) is the #1 song in the U.S.

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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.

Walk the walk…

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Heather Duale Wightman

I love it when people “walk the walk and talk the talk” in life.  This is a great way to live life, by setting a good example, we let the people around us learn the most valuable lessons.  As Albert Schweitzer said, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”  It is often referred to as “modeling behaviour” and it is powerful!  Thomas Jefferson once pondered, “I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.”  Words of wisdom…

So in small things and in large, always remember that our actions are observed and become the norm for those who see.  This is most important in two areas of life: parenting and teaching.  If you think about what you do and say, before you do it, that is almost always the better choice.  So often we just react to situations, rather than act.  The difference being, reaction is spontaneous and emotion driven and most times something we regret.  To provide action to a situation, means having given thought to it first and then dealing with the situation. 

Our kids deserve our actions, well thought out and meaningful.  Even in the smallest things we do.  If you think about it, the small things are the things most repetitive in our lives, they add up to become the large things that develop our kids behavior.  So don’t think that just because your tired, or pressed for time, or doing something important, means that you should snap at your kids…after so many snaps they start to think of you as an alligator, something to be wary of!

I tend to say this a lot but I think it should be a part of everyone’s daily routine, like getting dressed or eating, “Think good things, feel good things, say good things…good things will happen.”

Oh, and don’t forget to Walk Like an Egyptian…everyday!

Today in ROCK history: 1986 – Walk Like An Egyptian (The Bangles) was a hit.

Warm & Cozy means getting burned!

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Just had someone out to give me a quote on installing our wood burning stove. We thought it might run $500…try $1200! We have the stove and all the indoor pipe. I guess staying warm & cozy = getting burned! I could just wear a favorite sweater or snuggle under a blanket, but nothing beats a fire on cold and snowy days. This really burns my biscuits!Yosemite Sam by ~chaosengine77 on deviantART

“MAH BISCUITS ARE BURNING! FIRE IN THE HAT! GREAT HORNY TOADS, THAT SMARTS!!!”