Monday, June 26, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Y. M. C. A.

This is lovely and at the same time so bittersweet. Thinking of all the young men who died in the Aids epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s.

Just as bittersweet, the original Village People version.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First Full Day Of Summer, People! Yeaaa!

(Sigh) I can only dream of the beach.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sewing Books

I've collected quite a few older sewing books.  Mary Brooks Picken, "America's Foremost Authority on Sewing and Dressmaking," wrote 96 books covering sewing, needlework, and the textile arts. I own two sewing books written by her including:

MODERN DRESSMAKING MADE EASY by Mary Brooks Picken, copyright 1949, Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York.

Not only does MODERN DRESSMAKING MADE EASY teach you how to sew, it also teaches you, as the chapter heading describes it, Your Physical Self- "how to develop poise; how to walk, stand, sit."
But it seems you can only do these things while naked and wearing high-heels.

The back of the book jacket for Modern DRESSMAKING Made Easy with ad for another book by  Mary Brooks Picken, The Fashion Dictionary.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Police Investigating Van Attack in London as Terrorism

-New York Times headline

All of Donald "NO MERCY TO TERRORISTS you dumb bastards!" Trump's tweets about the terrorist attack in London last night where a white man plowed his van into a group of Muslims leaving their mosque after prayers.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

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And finally,  I had a great birthday which included a trip to the Loveland Museum.

As some of you know, Loveland (The Sweetheart City) is known for its Valentine Re-mailing Program. Every year hundreds of thousands of people send valentines to be stamped with the Loveland postmark and a Loveland cachet:

So when we got to the museum there was one thing we knew we had to do:

Become Miss LOVELAND VALENTINE of 1961.

And it would not have been as much fun without my partner in crime joining in.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Fourth, grieving the loss of the Ash tree in the back yard due to heavy and wet snow on May eighteenth.

First limb down.

By the next morning the rest of the tree had collapsed.

The yard after the remains of the tree had been removed. 

Today, things got better when our new tree arrived.

Our new Winter King Hawthorn with a row of Fern Leaf Buckthorns behind it.  The Buckthorns will grow to 2 feet above the fence giving us privacy until the Hawthorn is tall and wide enough to do the job.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Third, I started sewing again and finally finished the chair cushion for the slipcover project I had been working on.

From this-

To this.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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Second, I was feeling run down so I bought a juicer and started juicing.  It has made a big difference in my life and I'm feeling more energized.  Green drinks for everyone!

Monday, June 12, 2017

I've Been Away From Blogging For So Long I Forgot What I Do Around Here

It's almost four months since my husband had his knee replacement surgery and he is doing better than expected.  In fact, he is doing so well that, when his therapy sessions were over,  his physical therapist gave him a certificate praising him for his commitment and for being the best client he (the therapist) had ever worked with.  Getting there took a long and stressful three months for the both of us.  So, as my husband continued healing and getting even stronger, I spent the last month getting back on track. 

First, like Dusty here, I caught up on sleep.

(to be continued)

Monday, June 05, 2017

Thursday, June 01, 2017

It's National Go Barefoot Day!

From L. Frank Baum's "Ozma of Oz," illustrated by John R. Neill.
National Go Barefoot Day is observed on June 1.  This day is an opportunity to kick off your shoes and run barefoot through the cool grass! More importantly, it is a day to help support a charity that provides millions of underprivileged children all around the world with shoes.
-National Go Barefoot Day website.