Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This is scary

I am in no way poking fun at this person, but this goes right along with the frozen waffle shortage..whole story here. How do you teach a whole generation how to do what their grandparents did?
"I never thought I'd be in the position where I had to go to a food bank," Ms. Eisen said. But there she is, standing in the parking lot of the Calvary Chapel church, chatting with a half-dozen women, all waiting to enter the Bread of Life Food Pantry.

When her name is called, she steps into a windowless alcove, where a smiling woman hands her three bags of groceries: carrots, potatoes, bread, cheese and a hunk of frozen meat.

"Haven't we got a lot to be thankful for?" Ms. Eisen asks.

For one thing, no pinto beans.

"I've got 10 bags of pinto beans," she says. "And I have no clue how to cook a pinto bean."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Back to winter

It has been so warm, I was seriously thinking about doing some digging, except the ground was actually frozen so I made no headway....but now it's cold again, with snow. The chi's go bounding along like tiny gazelles, taking great leaps to clear the snow...it's tough to have six inch legs!

My neck/back flared up again, not sure why, but there it is. Took it easy last week, didn't do a lot of what I was supposed to, so this week I need to play catch-up...ketchup, catsup, whatever.

So funny today, I heard the grader coming and looked out just in time to see Terry going by pretty fast, maybe 25-30, standing up instead of sitting. Typical Terry, he does nothing slowly, at least not that I have ever seen.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Glass refill

I have glass again.....not that I was OUT,lol, but certain colors do go away faster than others. This time I ordered a pound each of four different coral tonalities, plus Apricot Rose and Creamsicle. I wasn't conscious of starting to like orange, but my glass order tells a different tale when it's all laid out by color.
Perhaps it's a sign of the times, this is what I found on the first page of my search (which interestingly enough had orange in the first place, though I searched for the more generic meaning of color, not specifying which color)

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The best surprise ever

Home from Rapid....Con was very surprised indeed. She thought we were going to be late for church, then Dad made a wrong turn, and her eyes got big, but her mouth stayed shut....until she figured out that we wouldn't be home that night. A very small voice asked if I had by chance brought her bathing suit in case the hotel had a pool.
Great sigh of relief when I had....great sigh again when Dad pulled into a tiny strip motel, then a much bigger sigh when it was discovered that it was closed and we had to go somewhere else----somewhere else being right beside the water park.
Five hours of swimming later, she was happily in bed and so was Dad!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Slow down

Seems like we've been going in wild circles lately----getting ready for Tucson, getting Chuck out the door, making beads and shipping them to the show-twice, having the flu, etc, etc, etc....

Time to take a weekend off, and do nothing constructive....

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Papyrus, anyone?

The Etsy forums have several font threads going, with strong opinions expressed about the use of common fonts such as Papyrus and Comic Sans.
One offshoot thread had a question from a seller with a perfectly lovely banner that incorporates Papyrus, but she sounded as if she might change it, based on the opinions of other sellers. I suggested that perhaps buyers weren't QUITE as swayed by font-in-the-banner choice as the advertising gurus would have us believe....else why would we need THEM? I do hope she doesn't change anything, it's beautifully put together. Personally I've never felt that other sellers are the ones to be asking, anyway.
I clicked though to look at a shop----the owner had piqued my curiousity by equating the use of Papyrus to not taking your business seriously, and citing her work in the field of marketing. Con happened to look over my shoulder just then. Her question: "Mom? What are they selling?" cut right to the point. After I finished laughing, I had to admit that it wasn't easy to tell what the point of the shop was, unlike the shop using Papyrus in the banner.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Stomach flu....that was the fastest I've ever gotten sick in my life. Wish I'd had some wonderful herbal remedy whipped up and waiting, but no such luck....nothing would have stayed down anyway. Several others are supposed to have been sick also, so that rules out food poisoning. At least I had tiny dogs to do battle over and on top of my prostrate body every time I managed to doze off.