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Feeling musically inclined today...starting off with some Avicii <3

And now some Capital Cities...

Now, a little Depeche Mode...

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    •  No Sew Quilted Christmas ornament (8+ / 0-)

      This could be one of the suggested project for a stay at home quilting retreat for on line quilt guild.  They are really easy to do.  The material list would be Styrofoam balls, 3 fat quarters or fabric scraps in 3 different prints, straight pins with flat head, glue and ribbon.  You don't need to be a quilter or sewer to do these.  Easy to do, honest!  On retreat weekend the instruction videos would be posted on Saturday morning.  This technique can also be used to make pot holders, only you have to sew them.  Any Whoooo....would any of you be tempted to make these?

      •  Here some background to this. (7+ / 0-)

        Quilters like to attend quilt retreats.  They are usually a local affair, where you meet together at a local resort to spend 2 days sewing together and taking a class in quilting.  Quilt guilds do this but on line quilt groups can also do a stay at home quilt retreat week end.  Usually a couple times a year, once in the fall for Xmas gifts and then during bad weather months in Jan. or Feb.  It can be fun when a few ornery gals show up on line to tease the rest of us while we post pictures of our progress.  You know who I'm thinking about... LOL.

        Interweb groups always keep things flexible because of the diversity of the quilters in interests and skill levels.  So several Christmas gift ideas are suggested and what ever else some one might want to make.  It would be open for any Kosset that wants to.  

        So I am looking for some feed back from sewers and non sewers.  Managing a craft on line groups is a challenge and brain storming can sometimes help outside the group.  

  •  My wife's uncle Ronell died last night. (7+ / 0-)

    He had been very ill,
    for many months,
    but it still put stress on my wife, Tonia.

    We spent a little time at the hospital,
    with nearly a dozen other
    members of the family.

    His brother,
    Uncle Randall,
    who's been living with my wife and I,
    in a big house,
    had been living at the hospital
    for the last few months,
    watching his brother slowly die.

    Randall had durable power of attorney
    for health care decisions,
    so he was watching the hospital staff,
    to make sure they didn't
    end Ronell's life
    a little too early.


    That's not the biggest cause of stress
    in our family:

    The big cause of stress
    is the decision Tonia and I have made
    to move out of the big house,
    and back into an apartment,
    maybe back to the same apartment complex
    where I was living
    when Tonia moved in
    and married me.

    I live blogged our wedding,
    here at Daily Kos,
    our wedding ceremony,
    in our one bedroom apartment.

    When we move,
    we will be leaving
    our big back yard,
    with our lush vegetable garden,
    and our three dogs and a cat,
    and this old neighborhood,
    a black American neighborhood,
    where Tonia has lived
    most of her life.

    I won't explain here
    why we need to move,
    so I don't have words on the screen
    that could hurt someone's feelings,
    and inspire that person to lash out at
    Tonia and I.

    Thanks for reading,
    and sharing my stress,
    just a little bit.

    Thanks again.

    Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 01:47:20 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    It's going up to 71 today, with partly sunny skies.

    One of my friends and I are taking another friend out for lunch.   The husband of the friend we're taking out fainted and has bleeding on the brain.   He's had a couple of surgeries, and is now in rehab.   We're taking our friend out just to give her a little break from spending all her time sitting in rehab.

    Very sorry to hear about Tonia's uncle and your other problems.  Hope everything works out for the best.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 04:28:03 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! (6+ / 0-)

    ((((Bigjac)))) I'm sorry for the loss of Tonia's uncle, and I hope that everything else works out for you and Tonia.

    I have to start my new workout, find my son's passport, and go to the doctor.

    Hope that everyone has a good day :)

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 06:39:50 AM PDT

  •  Caedy,J-14,Pam,thanks for the tunage this morning! (5+ / 0-)

    BigjacX3, I hope the move will go well for you, I am sure that during this time of sadness for Tonia's family there is plenty of stress to go around.  

    Broths, it is wonderful that you can give your friend a small respite from the rehab, I hope there is sunshine and gentle breezes to help refresh your friend's spirit.

    BadKitties, Good luck with finding the passport and with the doctor; I know you will approach your new workout with enthusiasm!!

    Trkingmomoe, you have been bringing us wonderful things to do and think about!  I am so glad to see you here each morning.

    {{{entlord}}}, I hope you have a day that makes you feel better than before!

    I have to go paint now, I have the whole day to myself and my buckets!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:21:06 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! (5+ / 0-)
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    weck, broths, carolanne, trkingmomoe, Kit RMP

    Caedy has a 9 hour shift today, so she won't be home until after 2. I had an odd morning. Morgaine woke me up to go out at 5am! Luckily I was able to get back to sleep after, and then I way overslept, until 9:30. But.... I feel better. It's been raining all morning but I'm not as stiff and sore as I was yesterday. Maybe some of it was the breathing treatment this morning, letting my lungs and shoulders and upper back relax a bit. Either way, the respite from the pain (which is still there but greatly reduced) is nice. So I got my sweeping done relatively quickly. I need to do dishes this morning. The chicken is defrosting on the counter.

    Trkingmomoe: Maybe Bit and I will make a couple of those for our tree this year, if I can locate the fabric store. I know there is one, just have to find it.

    Entlord: I hope your day goes well and you're feeling better!

    Bigjacx3: condolences to you and your family. I know any loss is hard, sometimes it's best to focus on the positives; her Uncle is no longer suffering, and is in a better place. I'm sorry you're losing your garden and your animals to move, but I understand that sometimes it is necessary and better for the peace of families to not live together.

    Broths: may you all have a wonderful lunch!

    Weck: Have fun painting! Be careful, be safe, keep a cell phone with you in case.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:45:18 AM PDT

    •  Glad you're feeling better today. (4+ / 0-)

      Hope it continues.

      I am a work in progress. Still.

      by broths on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:57:20 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, me too! (4+ / 0-)
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        broths, carolanne, trkingmomoe, Kit RMP

        I'm hoping to be able to stand well enough to get a shower today. I'm pondering taking my shower before I do dishes just to make sure I can.  I was afraid to yesterday after my fall, that would have been when the hip or the knee gave out from under me, while I was in the shower. I think I'm going to do that, shower and then dishes. I can always postpone the dishes a few hours if I have to.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:02:38 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks, MOM! (4+ / 0-)

      I am only painting the garage, so not too much ladder work.

      I pretty much decided not to have a cell phone in my world, for some occasions I will borrow one, but somebody else always has one.

      I actually have one left over from a limo business we operated in the 90's, the link will show it to you.  It is the one on the left!

      One day I plugged it in to check if it was still working, and it asked me what credit card I wanted to use to make my call.  I still have a credit card, why should I get a new phone?  Just because this one weighs four pounds and is the size of a lunch box?  I keep it in my car now.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:02:01 AM PDT

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      •  Cell phones are a safety device. (4+ / 0-)
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        weck, carolanne, trkingmomoe, Kit RMP

        Especially when one is painting on a ladder alone. If you fell, it would let you call for help without trying to crawl somewhere first. We don't have any land lines, just cell phones, because they travel with us.

        I'm surprised your cell from the 90's still works. You may want to  check on it and try making a phone call with it. I've had newer phones than that stop working because they upgraded the cell networks and they were no longer compatible technologically.

        Pre-paid phones are cheap, and you can pay as you use them as well.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:05:55 AM PDT

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  •  Nothing much musical today (5+ / 0-)
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    carolanne, broths, trkingmomoe, weck, Kit RMP

    just a lot......ahem A LOT of youtube vids of puppies, kittens, hedgehogs <3 <3 <3 and various other sorts. It was my 4 a.m. attempt at alternative medicine to oust my migraine without having to venture into the darkness of the other end of the house for my migraine meds in my purse. It helped but, alas, was only temporary. Perhaps next time I'll try videos of baby elephants and see if it lasts longer. The evil migraine did finally go away though! :)

  •  It has been raining here for the last 2 days. (3+ / 0-)
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    broths, weck, Kit RMP

    I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and I am still sore from that.  They had a look at the inside of my bladder.  Don't have to go back until Dec 30th.  

    School was cancelled here because of all the rain.  Plenty of flooding in areas.  The rivers will crest tomorrow above flood stage.  When you live at sea level, water don't drain very fast.

    My pole beans are up.  If it ever stops raining I will get the rest planted.  

    FloridaSNMom,  when Pat sets the date for DK quilt retreat, Kosmail me and I will send you some fabric for the project in the mail.  I have more fabric than I will ever use before I die.  Quilters have a saying,  "Who ever dies with the most fabric...wins."   This project takes very little fabric and I am going to go out in a little while to the craft store and price Styrofoam balls.  They usually sell them in a bag of 6 this time of the year.  Walmart used to stock the balls but I am not sure anymore because they have changed so much around.  It takes 3 inch balls so that will be easy to mail a few.  You will just have to supply the plain strait dressmaker pins. You should be able to find a package at Winn Dixie.  Little bit and Caedy will enjoy making them. I have seen them done for other holidays.  Egg shaped ones for Easter.

    Thanks everyone.

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