Thursday, December 29, 2011
I borrowed this from a friend and you may have seen it, but I think we need reminded again!
I DIDN'T KNOW HALLMARK CARDS WERE MADE IN CHINA!That is also why I don't buy cards at Hallmark anymore, They are made in China and are more expensive! I buy them at Dollar Tree - 50 cents each and made in USA
I have been looking at the blenders available on the Internet. Kitchen Aid is MADE IN the US. Top of my list already...
Yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department and they had some at 2.50 made in USA. They are just as good.
Same as a kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA - what a concept! - and they were 3.00 cheaper.
We are being brainwashed to believe that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so.
One Light Bulb at a Time...I was in Lowe's the other day and just out of curiosity, I looked at the hose attachments. They were all made in China.
The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA.
Start looking, people . . ...In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - most often, their job.
My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is now marked "made in Mexico." I don't buy it anymore.
My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico... now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.
This past weekend I was at Kroger . . . I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets.
I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy -- was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared them: they were the same except for the price . . .the GE bulbs cost more than the Everyday Value brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was that that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - you guessed it - the USA at a company in Cleveland, Ohio.
It's Way past time to start finding and buying products you use every day that are made right here.
So, on to the next aisle: Bounce Dryer Sheets... yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand cost less, and was MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years, at almost half the price.
My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies - you're sending the jobs there. (We should have awakened a decade ago....)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
So this is my gift to you today!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
See if you can read this. Don't try too hard as it is really very simple.
This always quacks me up when I read it!!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
A few weeks ago we went shopping and I bought all the fabric I needed to make my first quilted wall hanging from a pattern in a quilting magazine. I finally got around to looking at the directions and sort of got a little lost, and didn't want to start cutting fabric till I was sure. So my sister was at my house one day and I got the magazine out and asked her to help me figure it out. She studied the page then turned the page over and there was the rest of the directions that made it all clear. So Turn the Page!
Well yesterday she was making fudge and she called me because she had a 15 ounce can of canned milk and the receipt called for 6 oz. How was she going to figure out the correct amount. I had her get her measuring cup and look at the side of it for the ounces! Then I said just Turn the Page! And we cracked up.
I have a feeling as we age we are going to have alot of these Turn the Page moments. Thanks big sister!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Thought for the day: If after 60 you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.
Friday, December 09, 2011
Now I think they should have used Sandra Bullock and Wanda Sykes (might be to skinny) or Niecy Nash should have played Lulu. Actually Niecy would be a perfect match.
As for the guys, I don't really have an opinion, other than maybe a younger Tom Selleck for Morelli.
Oh, well that's my two cents worth. Anyone have any other ideas? Or maybe you really don't give a dang! You old grouch YOU.
PS I found a nugget of info. Since Stephanie Plum smokes, they are using one of those electronic cigarettes since the actress doesn't smoke. So if you watch the series you are one up on that trick.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR THE DISTURBED ~
* 1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear?
* 2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Kings Disoriented Are ... ...
* 3. Dementia --- I Think I'll be Home for Christmas
* 4. Narcissistic --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me
Once upon a time, there were twin babies that were conceived in the same womb; weeks passed and the twins developed into what they were suppose to be. As their awareness grew, they smiled and laughed for joy - "Isn't it great that we were conceived? Isn't it great that we are alive?! Together the twins explored their small world; finding their mother's cord that gave them life, they sang and leaped for joy again! "How great is our mother's love, that she shares her own life with us!" they sang...
As weeks stretched into months, the twins noticed however that each was changing, growing, getting bigger - "What does this mean?" said one. "I think it means our life in this world is drawing to an end" said the other.
"But I don't want to go, I want to stay here always!!!"
"We have no choice...but maybe there is a life after birth?" said the other. "How can that be?" responded the one." if we shed our life cord how is life possible without it? Besides, we have seen evidence that others have been here before us and none of them have returned to tell us there is life after birth! No, this is the end!!!"
And so they fell into deep despair, both thinking out loud, "If conception ends in birth, what is the purpose of life in the womb? It is meaningless. Maybe there is no mother after all..."
"But there has to be a mother," protested the other. "How else did we get here? How do we remain alive?
But the one could not be consoled, defeatedly whispering "Have you ever seen our Mother? Maybe she only lives in our minds. Maybe we made her up because the idea made us feel good..."
And so their last days in the small womb were filled with deep questioning, and fear.
But soon, the moment they had dreaded finally arrived... And when the twins passed from their small world into the unknown, they opened their eyes and cried -
for what they saw exceeded their greatest dreams...
Saturday, December 03, 2011
About a year ago this week we had that huge snow storm that dumped on us. Hope we don't get one like that this year. I remember using the snow blower on the deck!
Thought for the day: From a church bulletin; Weight Watchers will meet at 7PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance......... huh?
Friday, December 02, 2011
Thought for the day: Instead of complaining that a rose is full of thorns, be happy that a thorn bush has roses....a proverb
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Maybe I can blame it on the little head cold I had a week or so ago. Then maybe not. I always get this way in Dec. I think I will pull up my big girl panties and make a conscious decision to NOT let it all get me down this year. Yes, that is what I will do. Maybe if I move a few things so I can unfold my treadmill and start hopping on it every morning for a few minutes that will perk me up. Don't really have anything to be feeling bad about. I just hate to see all the leaves gone off the trees.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
When my sister and her daughter heard this story they wanted to do something for this guy that they never met. Being quilters they knew what that would be. So they combined all their flannel fabric and started cutting blocks. They did random blocks that turned out beautiful and backed it with a smooth piece of fabric that looks like lining to a sleeping bag. It will be a cozy quilt.
Yesterday my sister and I went to Joplin to shop and delivered the quilt to the lady that rescued this man and she was so happy to get it and knew he would love it. She promised to send a picture of him with his quilt soon. So here is a pic of my sister with the quilt, front and back.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high
gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --
Merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This
year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift
giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in
a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates
from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down
the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift
receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about
a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town
Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
local cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is
struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin
their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery
and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave
your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at
your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about
fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to
burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about
US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
I felt the earthquake Sat night just before 11 pm. Was just dozing up and then heard this weird sound in the attic like the wind was blowing real hard, and heard the sewing machine at the other end of the room vibrate like it was sitting on a washing machine in the spin cycle. I got up and looked out the window and there was no wind. Also no more sound or vibrations. Just as I got in bed, my daughter sent a text message that they had been shook with an earthquake! Well I hadn't figured that out yet, but I finally realized that what I felt was an earthquake. See here in the Midwest we don't feel them like some folks out west do. The next day on the news found out it was a 5.6 quake about 150 miles away so thats why we felt it and alot of folks in Ok. had damage.
Thought for the day: We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes~
Friday, November 04, 2011
After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target.
Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse.
Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target:
Dear Ms. Cliff,
Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Harris, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras:
1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't looking.
2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute
3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.
4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away'. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.
5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.
6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.
8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?' EMTs were called.
9.. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ' Mission Impossible' theme.
12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.
13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled 'PICK ME! PICK ME!'
14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!'
And last, but not least:
15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here.' One of the clerks passed out.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
http://ironandlace.com/index.htm Her website if anyone wants to learn more about the area.
I have more pictures to share but that's it for now.
Thought for the day: It is good to have an end to journey toward: but it is the journey that matters, in the end.... Ursula K LeGuin
by Wally McRae
What is reincarnation? The Cowpoke asked his friend
His pal replied it happens when your life has reached its end
They comb your hair and wash your neck and clean your fingernails
And lay you in a padded box away from life's travails
And the box then goes in a hole that's been dug in the ground
And reincarnation starts in when your're planted neath the mound
Then clods melt down, just like the box, and you who is inside
And then you're just beginning on your transformation ride
Meanwhile the grass will grow upon your rendered mound
And soon upon your lonely grave a single flower is found
And then a horse will wonder by and graze upon flower
That once was you and now become your vegetated bower
The posie that the horse done eat along with his other feed
Makes bone and fat and muscle essential to the steed
But some is left that he can't use and so it passes thru
And finally lays upon the ground this thing that once was you
And say by chance I wanders by, and sees this on the ground
And I ponders and wonders at this object that I've found
And I thinks of reincarnation and life and death and such
And I come away concluding you ain't changed all that much.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
a good find for many retirees, I lasted less than a day....
About two hours into my first day on the job a very loud,
unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into the store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.
I said pleasantly, 'Good morning and welcome to Wal-Mart.
Nice children you have there. Are they twins?'
The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say,
'Hell no, they ain't twins. The oldest one's 9, and the other one's 7.
Why the hell would you think they're twins? Are you blind, or stupid?'
So I replied,
'I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am, I just couldn't believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart.'
My supervisor said I probably wasn't cut out for this line of work.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
We are bringing a 12 in. block in red, white, and blue then will join them all together to make a quilt to raffle off next 4th of July!!! Make money for the club.
Been a quiet week at the store. Have a couple here today set up to buy gold. We been advertising all week but so far no takers. They offered my 80$ for my class ring, but I think not.
Thought for the day: Women will never be equal to men. Only men can walk down the sidewalk with a bald head and beer gut and still think they are sexy!
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Here is a picture of a little footstool that I got at a garage sale for $1 and painted it. I made a crazy quilt top from some yard sale fabric samples and used my handy dandy electric staple gun and Walla! Here is the stool. Ready to give to my 3 year old great grand daughter.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
So to that special person, know you are not alone, not the first, even though it may feel like it. No loss should ever be minimized as we each have to deal with it in our own time and way. So read this, it is for you and for the other one.
1.Denial — "I feel fine."; "This can't be happening, not to me."
Denial is usually only a temporary defense for the individual. This feeling is generally replaced with heightened awareness of possessions and individuals that will be left behind after death.
2.Anger — "Why me? It's not fair!"; "How can this happen to me?"; '"Who is to blame?"
Once in the second stage, the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue. Because of anger, the person is very difficult to care for due to misplaced feelings of rage and envy.
3.Bargaining — "I'll do anything for a few more years."; "I will give my life savings if..."
The third stage involves the hope that the individual can somehow postpone or delay death. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made with a higher power in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. Psychologically, the individual is saying, "I understand I will die, but if I could just do something to buy more time..."
4.Depression — "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"; "I'm going to die soon so what's the point... What's the point?"; "I miss my loved one, why go on?"
During the fourth stage, the dying person begins to understand the certainty of death. Because of this, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time crying and grieving. This process allows the dying person to disconnect from things of love and affection. It is not recommended to attempt to cheer up an individual who is in this stage. It is an important time for grieving that must be processed.
5.Acceptance — "It's going to be okay."; "I can't fight it, I may as well prepare for it."
In this last stage, individuals begin to come to terms with their mortality, or that of a loved one, or other tragic event.
Kübler-Ross originally applied these stages to people suffering from terminal illness, later to any form of catastrophic personal loss (job, income, freedom). This may also include significant life events such as the death of a loved one, major rejection, end of a relationship or divorce, drug addiction, incarceration, the onset of a disease or chronic illness, an infertility diagnosis, as well many tragedies and disasters
Would you live your daily life differently?
I laid in bed last night thinking about this. Would we waste our last days doing the same old thing, day in and day out? Or would we try to look at each day as a gift to be lived to the fullest?
And what does that really mean when the end will still be the same? In the afterlive will we remember how we lived this life? I believe this life is a stepping stone for further spiritual growth and we will come back to learn more lessons as we grow in our spirit (soul) choose your own word there.
It only makes sense to me that when we see suffering or experience it ourselves it is for a purpose.
All that we experience, good and bad is what makes us who we are at any given time in our life.
I am not the same person I was when I was 20, 30, 40, or 50. I guess actually I am not the same person I was yesterday. Each day changes who we are. We are the sum total of all our life experiences.
And you know when you are young you don't know this stuff! We waste so much of our time because we think we have SO much time that we don't even think of it.
OK enough philosophy for today. Just some things I ponder. I have lost a brother and a sister this last decade, and it does make you realize that our days really are numbered, wheather we know it or not.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Over five thousand years ago,
Moses said to the children of Israel "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land."
Nearly 75 years ago, (when Welfare was introduced),
Roosevelt said "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel.
This is the Promised Land."
Congress has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels, and mortgaged the Promised Land!
I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, multiple wars, lost jobs and savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc.,
I called a Suicide Hotline. I had to press "1" for English.
I was connected to a Call Center in Pakistan. I told them I was suicidal.
They got excited, and asked if I could drive a truck!
Folks, we're in trouble!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This is the college that I graduated from for my LPN nursing program back in 1973. It has changed so much, The old building on the right and way back one on the left were the main buildings when I went there. Now there are so many more buildings, I think it is awesome. Alot of this lawn was parking lot I believe. I would have liked to be a college student forever. Could a person make a career out of going to college? I went back to school in 1986 to finish up for my RN degree in Carson City Nv. Have been back to that campus a few years ago and it has changed alot too.
Thought for the day: If it happens twice, its not a fluke___ but it could be 2 flukes.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Artie said: 'I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man.'
Eugene commented: 'I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and a servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives.'
Tom said: 'I'd like them to say, 'Look, he's moving!'
This was in some e-mail sent to me. I am just so dang happy that I can copy and paste onto my blog now it is hard to tell what might show up here. Look Out CoffeePot!
Been working most of the day off and on to get my Oct. column done for the newspaper. I read the trilogy by Steig Larsson this last month: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. That was quite a feat to get all three of them done on time. What happened to the time I just read for the fun???
Thought for the day:
The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would 'hate' to have to make a living under the laws they've passed.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I was eating lunch on the 20th of February with my 7 year-old granddaughter and I asked her, "What day is tomorrow?"
She said, "It's President's Day!" (She is a smart kid.)
I asked, "What does President's Day mean?" I was waiting for something about Washington or Lincoln... etc.
She replied, "President's Day is when President Obama steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow we have one more year of unemployment."
You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose...
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The picture is of the Platte River at Saratoga. On Sat. we did a float trip with a guide down 6 miles of the river, it was 37 degrees when we started. Caught quite a few fish. Hubby caught all German Brown Trout and I caught the Rainbows. BUT, they were all over 16 inches so were released back to the river. (POUT) The guide said we might have to go to the lake to "kill" some fish. We did try that the next day (twice) but only "killed" one nice big rainbow. So didn't have to worry about how to get "all" the fish home. We were watch by 4 young bald eagles as they circled above us, then we say a mature one in a tree with his beautiful white head. I took some video but with my little camera it left alot to be desired.
I don't think that you will find these heads in your local grocery store, unless you are in Wyoming!
Friday, September 09, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Is anything really safe when you put yourself out there on the internet in a blog site? Probably if someone really wanted my husband they could figure out who I was and come ring my door bell.
The reason I am pondering is that I have started another blog about my book store and want it to be open with all my info on it sort of to promote it. Other family members with a business seem to be doing it, complete with phone numbers, hours, specials, and all the rest.
So I am thinking I am just a tiny grain of sand in this big universe of internet jibberish and who really cares except the few who wonder my way and may find I have something interesting to say.
So there you are. Do you feel safe with putting yourself out THERE?
Friday, August 26, 2011
Within just a few minutes of this big horsefly hitting the window and knocking itself out this army of ants jumped into action and proceeded to carry it across the sidewalk and down into the rocks. It is amazing what their strength is when they all work together. Can't you just hear them?
Hey Charlie grab that wing and lets go! Come on guys keep up, lets get this hidden before that creature with the camera gets that big spray gun out again! Joe, run ahead and get a room cleared out for this mother!
Oh, it doesn't take much to entertain me! Maybe I need to wash that window.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Friday, August 12, 2011
Hey I'm from Iowa and I love the thunder! What a good show the other day and we were so hungry for some rain that I sat on the front porch and captured this. It has helped cool us down so that 90's sound pretty darn good. We got a little over 2 inches out of this rain and have had another 1/2 inch since. Our yard that was crunchy as cornflakes is greening up again.
Hope my little thunder show plays ok.
Thought for the day: The meek shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights---John Paul Getty
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011