Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Today was different... I got up early and put out my Wonderful Red White and Blue American Flag. Then I got myself and the Pitty around so I could drive N of me 14 miles to my Bubba's house. As I drove I looked at the homes. I saw two other American flags flying on my mile block. I did not see another American Flag until I turned down my brothers dirt road to his home. Two homes on his street were flying flags. I am telling you that was 14 mile trip to his house and no other flags. I drove down a long stretch of road with several houses, without seeing my beloved American Flags. I walked in my brothers door and asked where in the H e double L ... his flag was. He said he didn't own one!!! I told him I was going to give him one and I wanted him to fly it to honor his Aunts and Uncles that fought in the war to keep us safe and from harm. His reply is I don't like the current president. I said what does that have to do with honoring your loved ones that were willing to fight and die for you!! He said nothing and I let it go. But I am telling everyone that is reading my blog... I am A RED NECK FLAG FLYING PATRIOT!!! And if you didn't have your flag flying today .. you need to move to a new COUNTRY!!! Shame on you if your flag is not out of all days........We are in War!!! We need to show the families of those that are fighting we are behind them and their loved ones 100%, let alone honor those that have passed to make this great country what it is today!!!
Ok enough of my B***h**g!!!
On a lighter note my brother was telling me a story about him when he lived in Ca with my Grandma Peachy and Sweet Aunt. It was a story about the night the SFPD arrested him.
My brother has this awesome Red 64 Chevy Pick up. Its a slick and smart looking low rider. In fact he still owns that truck :) It was a low rider before anyone in Ks knew what they were. Anyway it was all tricked out and sweet looking. He said he was driving down the road and the Cops in San Francisco pulled him over with red lights and guns drawn. He said they snatched him out of his truck and handcuffed him to a light pole. He said they didn't say anything but started going through his truck. Of course he said hey what the H are you doing??? They didn't say a thing.. only removed him from the pole and put him in the back of a police car and took him to the police station. Once there he got the good guy bad guy cop thing. The bad cop says we brought you here because your truck matches a truck that was seen at such and so drive in where two young gay guys were shot and killed. Well being the smart A.. my brother is he says... only two people would get up set about a gay being shot.... his mom or his lover.. which one are you the guy or the gal in the relationship??? Of course I was really laughing at this...Bubba said the bad cops veins were popping out he was so mad. Of course the good cop was laughing hysterically. They didn't believe Bubba when he told them he was no where around that place and that there were lots of red trucks with custom tail lights. Well he landed in jail for the night as he had no money for bail. When he walked in to the court room the next morning.... there sat a women on the bench. He thought I'm a goner for sure now. She picked up the file read it and look my biker brother over and said.. this was a travesty of justice and a false arrest. You could sue the city of San Francisco.. you would probably win lots of money... but you won't see any of the money until your at least 50... That was almost 30 years ago.
Now here is where this story takes a funny turn.. Bubba was laughing so hard telling me this colorful story until................ I said... hey Bubba just think you would be a rich man today if you had only sued the City of San Francisco. Oh my goodness you could have heard a pin drop in the cab of my little red Toyota truck. There was total silence!!! Bubba got this puzzled look on his face, turned red and then..... It came!!!! Damn!!! Your right and I would be living on easy street now!!! Of course we both started laughing again at how life really does turn out sometimes. Oh my.... we got such a good laugh out of that.. I had tears running down my face. My brother is a very smart and witty guy and I just pull one of my classic Fast ones on him!!! Tee hee hee!! I love it when I can pull a good one on him and he is speechless!!!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
There are two visions of America. One precedes our founding fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of our puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable with diversity, hostile to science, unfriendly to reason, contemptuous of personal autonomy. It sees America as a religious nation. It views patriotism as allegiance to God. It secretly adores coercion and conformity. Despite our constitution, despite the legacy of the Enlightenment, it appeals to millions of Americans and threatens our freedom.
The other vision finds its roots in the spirit of our founding revolution and in the leaders of this nation who embraced the age of reason. It loves freedom, encourages diversity, embraces science and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual. It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely religious nor completely secular. It defines patriotism as love of country and of the people who make it strong. It defends all citizens against unjust coercion and irrational conformity.
This second vision is our vision. It is the vision of a free society. We must be bold enough to proclaim it and strong enough to defend it against all its enemies.
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 12×18x1-inch pan. Line with foil or parchment that hangs over the sides for ease in getting them out (butter the foil/parchment).
2. In a heatproof, medium-bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, heat butter, and chocolates until melted and smooth; cool slightly.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, espresso powder, vanilla and sugar. Stir the egg mixture into the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. Cool to room temperature.
4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to batter. Stir chopped mini Milky Way bars into chocolate mixture. Then pour into prepared baking pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Place slices of the full-size Milky Way Bar onto the top of the brownie batter.
5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached; do not over bake! Let cool completely, then cover tightly and chill overnight. Chilled brownies are easier to cut.
Yield: At least a couple of dozen, depending on how large you cut your brownies.
Cooking Tips*These taste better the second day.**If it’s a warm day inside your house, you might consider chilling the Milky Way bars before you try to cut them.
Recipe Source: Adapted from Ina Garten
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Now through May 31!
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Watch out computer.. I can unplug you!!!!!
Friday, May 22, 2009
The 301 is very popular with quilters it has a built in handle so you can carry it easily from one spot to the other ;) It is well suited for those of you who like to attend quilting, sewing classes, or quilting groups. The 301 has a much stronger motor than its sister the 221 or 221A or 222 Featherweights. The reason the 301 machines are so highly sought is because they’re gear driven instead of belt driven, which makes them capable of handling incredible thicknesses of fabric. This machine also sews adjustable length straight stitch's and goes in reverse. You can drop the feed dog with the turn of a knob. For easy free motion quilting ;)
This is the next Singer sewing machine on my list its a free arm Featherweight 222K. This machine is referred to as the Queen of all the Singer sewing machines. It is highly desired by all sewing enthusiast. There was a limited number of them made in Great Brittan. I have been keeping and eye on these machines and you rarely see one up for sale.
Below you will find some history on the Singer Sewing Machine :)
Among all models manufactured by Singer, quite a few are still very popular. Singer antique sewing machine models 301a, 301, 221 and 222 - so called Featherweight and model 66 are the most popular. Of these, the Singer Featherweight 221 is a classic model introduced in 1933 at the Chicago World’s Fair and continued to be manufactured until 1960 in the US and until 1971 in Scotland.
It is a “collectible” of the first order even if that can be a pricey item. In case of looking for an antique sewing machine not from a collector’s point of view, the Singer 301 or 301a are as good as Featherweights and can be found for about a third of what the Featherweight might cost. Besides Singer, there are many other antique sewing machines manufacturing companies, like Bradbury, Jones, Frister and Rossmann.
Excerpts of history from: http://hubpages.com/hub/AntiqueSewingMachine
I can truly understand why she is upset with me...if you put your time in on designing a fun pattern, and not getting the credit for it that's wrong. So I really don't blame her for being upset with me!! She also took her time to make the wonderful example that I used for our swap button. Denise White deserves the accolades that goes along with this wonderful fun Annie pattern. I think that we should all go and visit her fun and wonderful blog. I have to tell you she has some fun fantastic Annie dolls and fantastic patterns for sale.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
- George Bird Evans, “Troubles with Bird Dogs”
I tried and tried and couldn’t get it out. It didn’t help that the elevator door kept shutting on me and since I was using both hands to try to free the leg I had to use my back to shield the dog, which made for a rather bruised back (mine, not the dog’s).
Thankfully a kind passer-by stopped to help by holding the lift door open, relieving me of one problem so I could focus on the other - the jammed leg. After a few minutes it still wouldn’t budge.
There I was thinking “This is it. I have to break the leg to get it out. I might as well call the vet right now and put the poor thing to sleep right here in the elevator shaft, much more merciful…” As I miserably planned his death, my dog was happily wagging his tail at all the attention.
Then another woman stopped to hold the door open, so the first passer-by could get down on his knees and help me. Finally he managed to free the leg, and the dog. When I got home I was trembling and just hugged my dog and cried at the thought of almost losing him. He soaked up the love, still merrily wagging his tail.
Lessons from a dog
Since my dog obviously dealt with the situation a lot better than I did, I’m going to spare you my own thoughts and share with you what I observed of his. (You can read a dog’s thoughts in its eyes and behaviour.)
When bad things happen, keep wagging your tail.
Be patient and still, and your problem will eventually be sorted.
Trust in the kindness of strangers.
Accept others’ help, because some things you cannot do yourself.
Humans worry about things that never happen.
Just because someone thinks about killing you doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you.
Your partner makes mistakes, but she’s trying her best. Love her anyway.
Lick the people you love today, before you fall into another hole.
Do you see any other lessons in this story? What have your own pets taught you?
Here's a cute gift idea; stitch a bunch of these to strew in a basket you stick with needles, thread, scissors and of course - pins!
You will need:
Cotton fabric - in a variety of solids and pattern, in shades of browns and creams, Polyester Fiberfil, Tacky craft glue, Narrow brown satin ribbon
Assembling: Cut the fabric into 5" circles, use the solids for the nut and prints for the acorn's cap. Sew gathering stitches around the edge of the solid circle, do not cut the thread. Place a handful of stuffing in the center, pull up gathers tightly to form the base of the acorn. Tie thread ends to secure. Using pins, mark horizontal line around middle of base. Glue some stuffing above the pin marks, covering gathers. turn under 1/4" on edges of print circle. Sew gatherings stitches around edge; do not cut thread. place circle on base, pulling up gathering stitches so edge of circle is even with pin line, forming cap of acorn. Tie threads to secure. Stitch cap to acorn along gathering edges. fold a 2" piece of ribbon in half to form hanging loop, stitch to top of cap to finish.
One pair of Rockford Red Heel Socks (see bottom of page)
Stuffing - cut up old nylon stockings, cotton batting, kapok, shredded foam rubber or polyester fiber.
Red knitting yarn.
INSTRUCTIONS: TURN THE SOCKS INSIDE OUT Sew a seam (A) 1/2 inch on both sides of the center of sock starting three inches from the white heel and across the end of the top. Cut the sock between the seams and to within 1-1/2 inches of white heel. This leaves an opening in the crotch.
Then turn the sock so the seams are on the inside and use the crotch opening to stuff the head, body and legs.
ARMS: Cut the upper part of the sock into two pieces. Seam, rounding the ends and stuff the arms.
MOUTH: Cut the heel from the sock, leaving a brown edge around the white. Fasten on lower part of the face, whip-stitching around the bottom; stuff and finish sewing around the top. The mouth can be improved by a running stitch of either black or white across the middle of the lips.
TAIL: Cut a one inch strip, taper to end of cuff on length of front of sock. Seam and stuff.
EARS: Cut the ears from the remaining brown part of the sole of the sock. EYES: Sew on moving eyes, buttons, felt, or embroider with black thread. (For very small children embroider the eyes.)
CAP: (Optional) Cut off toe of another sock, leaving 1/2 inch of brown to roll for a brim. Sometimes a fez is used for a cap.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I can't go on enough about how fantastic these two swaps came out!!! I have to be honest... I wanted each and every Annie that I have seen they are adorable. Not to slight the Aprons either they are fantastic.. I love how your minds worked at creating these very creative up-cycled aprons. I am so selfish and wanted all of them. But alas... I can not!!
I am still looking for persons to join in on the 9 patch block swap. If you are interested or know another quilter that might be interested, let them know about the swap and send them my way ;) I am short about half my goal on swappers :( Thanks in advance for your efforts on helping me get swappers to participate in the swap :)
Speaking of swaps...... Thank you ladies...it was so wonderful having all of you joining in on my swaps.... Thank you so much. It's been a wonderful fun and exciting Winter/Spring on Aunt Pitty Pats. I met some really fun, loving, caring, creative, smart and giving women this year..... I am very proud to call you friends.... I look to the future to meeting some more new creative women and continuing my current friendships with all of you. Thank you ladies for giving me so much fun and wonderful encouragement. I look forward to restarting swaps again in Sept. So keep visiting the blog and see whats up :)
Ok here is the photo of the day.... for your daily dose of sweet...:)
Pitty Pat in baby play pen.
Now this is truely the daily dose of sweet!!! This is the Pitty Pat the first day she came home to live with me. The dog toy she has her head on is a toy that is about 6- 8 inches long. Wasn't she just the cutest little baby you ever seen??? She weighs less than one pound in this photo at 10 weeks old ;) She still loves this dog toy and sleeps with it quite often. She also has another dog that she likes in the winter. Its this wild colored spotted dog. It has this special heating thing inside and you pop it in the Micro so it warms up. She gets cold in the winter and her spotted dog keeps her toasty and warm :) Or even in the Spring when there is a nip in the air :0)
Friday, May 15, 2009
'you've been seeing me for years!
There's nothing you can't tell me.'
'This one's kind of strange...'
'Let me be the judge of that,'
The doctor replied.
'Well,' she said, 'yesterday I went to the bathroom in the morning and heard a plink-plink-plink in the toilet and when I looked down, the water was full of pennies.' 'I see..'
'That afternoon I went to the bathroom again and, plink-plink-plink, there were nickels in the bowl.'
'That night,' she went on, 'I went again, Plink-plink-plink, and there were dimes and this morning there were quarters!
You've got to tell me what's wrong with me!,' she implored,
'I'm scared out of my wits!'
The gynecologist put a comforting Hand on her shoulder. 'There, there, it's nothing to be scared about.'
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Raised beds make gardening easy. Filled with soil mix, they provide the excellent drainage needed to grow picture-perfect vegetables and flowers.
You can build the basic raised bed pictured above in a few hours, then add versatility by mounting PVC pipes inside to hold hoops that elevate bird netting or row covers over your crops. Orient your bed north-south for maximum sun exposure.
Use redwood or cedar ― both are beautiful and rot-resistant. You’ll need a table or power saw to cut the wood; after cutting, paint the wood on all sides with an oil-based sealer. An electric drill is helpful, though not required.
** Estimate on cost** Our total cost: $187.
DESIGN: David C. Becker
One 6-foot-long 4-by-4 ($15)
Six 8-foot-long 2-by-6s ($75)
One 10-foot-long 1-inch PVC pipe ($3)
Two 10-foot-long ½-inch PVC pipes ($6)
½ gallon semitransparent exterior oil stain ($15)
32 3½-inch #14 wood screws and 16 ½-inch #8 wood screws ($29)
One 4- by 10-foot roll of ¼-inch-mesh hardware cloth ($15)
Eight 1-inch galvanized tube straps (semicircular brackets; $3.60)
32 cubic feet (1 1/5 cu. yd.) planting mix ($25 in bulk or $100 in bags)
This is really a great space saving idea for those with green thumbs and not enough yard to exercise them. Personally I think these would go great along a deck railing or cut down to be mini-window boxes. So next time someone you know replaces their gutters snatch them up and give them a new lives as planters.
You are HEREBY ORDERED to clean up that pile of cups, cans, wrappers and papers on your desk (yes, we can see you - sit up straight!) and after you have logged into the real world for a minimum of ten minutes you may log back on to the Internet. Failure to comply may result in loss of reality, carpal tunnel syndrome, and the requirement of a larger chair.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
You have to just go by to find out!!!! ........
If you have not stopped by the Flickr groups that I set up for the recent swaps.. you are missing out on some wonderful Handcrafted Annies, and Fantastic Up-cycled Aprons.. so just click on the Annie button and the Don't ditch it re-stitch buttons and it will take you right to the swap groups... stop look and leave your comments.. I am sure the women will love hearing about their fantastic items, they have been working so hard on. I tell you I am so amazed at all the wonderful things that have been made in my recent two swaps... Yazz Yazz way to go girls... GREAT JOB!!!!