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#A to Z Challenge–H


Hosanna Day

I don’t mean this in a disrespectable way. Just a thought I woke up with. I was raised in Southern California. When I lived there I saw no use in the palm trees. They offer no shade in the triple digit heat. I miss those silly trees now.

Then there is the animal whose name is used in derogatory ways. But they are the sweetest of animals. Both palm and donkey are brought out and exalted on this day. Helps on think there is hope for everyone and everything at one time or another.

Sorry to be late to the H party of the #AtoZChallenge.

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Given that Linda G Hill set up the prompt to begive/given/giving.   I thought I’d play along. Though I’d already written my #atozchallenge for the letter G this is a bonus gift I’m giving.

Today I am thankful for wonderful people in my life. Giving people, sweet people. Today our friends gave us a double recliner. We had to take it all apart to get it into the house but we all kept at it and finally got it in. It was so cold

It was so cold today, rain, snow, sleet, sunshine. We were exhausted by the time we got it in the house we left the cold living room to put it all back together tomorrow.

I promised to make a cozy handle for my friend’s loom pick. I’ll give it to her at the Hugger Hat meeting. It is all about the giving!


Going, Going, Gone? GNot!

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Kali’s first ‘outside’ of the day. Hubby took her out around 11 last night and proclaimed it was snowing. I took her an hour later and it was just wet. (We are late night people so Kali is too.) This morning at 9:30 there was snow on everything.

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See all the brown? Snow goes away quickly where the quail get fed. Oh, and Kali isn’t looking at the car. There is a quail still finishing up and two seconds later she is attempting flight. For walkers, quail CAN fly away quickly. Kali hasn’t quite mastered it even though her huge ears are flapping.

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If you can see her please give her a bit of privacy, please. I couldn’t see the screen of my phone the sun was so bright so I didn’t realize she was in the middle of the picture.

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Front yard. Look at that sky!

So Father Winter isn’t quite finished with us but Spring Sun has it melted by noon. But more clouds means he’s not finished for the day. At least the temps are not so cold anymore.


The Mother's PromiseThe Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Maybe if I don’t write a review, I can hang onto the charms and lessons of this book. No. That’s not right. Others need to read it and the only way to hang on to the knowledge in this book is to read it again.

I finished this book four days ago. That’s how long I had the above conversation with myself.

There is a nice blurb about this book on GoodReads. And the one on NetGalley had me seeking it out. I’m glad they let me read it. But here’s my blurb: A young teen with severe social anxiety only child of a single mother dying of cancer, a social worker who is a victim of abuse, a nurse who is finished with IVF unsuccessfully.

Sally Hepworth pulls these four females into a book that is hard to put down and hard to leave behind. And not only is it a great story, it is full of real life answers to some of the problems these fems deal with.

I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read this, again. I do plan on a second read. Please read it, especially if you have social anxiety, there are some good ideas in here and the author shows she knows how we feel who have it. There are triggers for cancer patients and abuse victims but they are handled well and give each of the other characters more depth.

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#A to Z Challenge–F


Funky Finish For FROGGING

As I have told you all before, most of my yarn is donated to the Hugger Hat group I belong to. There is a whole room dedicated to yarn in lots of bins all color segregated (the only time I approve of such a thing). I dig into this veritable Heaven finding the soft or the funky bits imagining things I can make with combinations. So much fun!

So … Sometimes the items take a turn for the FUNKY. I will probably frog. (Rip-it Rip-it) I need to explain the materials. There are no labels on a lot of the ‘skeins’ (because some of them are just a tangled mess and can’t be called skeins). This big mess was yarn that had balls of fur every six inches or so. I couldn’t imagine what a person really makes from it but thought it might make a warmish hat.

But there wasn’t quite enough. I pulled in some thick felty-looking yarn that didn’t quite go with the color of the fur-ball yarn. Then I found some yarn that looks like strips of fabric with a seam sewn in the middle. It had the brown of the fur-balls and a little of the orange of the felty-stuff. I used it to top the hat and put on the brim.

Without further ado…

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Hubby thought it looked like a funnel cake. But I think he was being nice.

As I was making it–and it wasn’t easy!–I thought it looked like a pile of poop. (Not the letter of the day. I know, but there you have it!)

When I finished the top, I thought it looked like a volcano. But then I looked at it again and could only think of an orangutan in heat. By the time I finished the brim I was back at the volcano idea.

While it hasn’t been frogged yet, anyone else want a stab at naming it? Preferably with the letter of the day in mind. I will take it with me to show the group, but I can’t see anyone wanting it unless they need a funky fur basket or Halloween Hat?? It has been a laugh making it.

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EGGS

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I’m not good at taking pictures. My phone isn’t good at taking pictures, but maybe this next one will show what my brother brought home today.

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We now have three turkeys ( Bronze) and five chickens (Silver Laced Wyandottes). They are all females. My studio is warm from their lamp so I may be playing to the chicks. They are so soft and cute.

Withing a couple months brother will make a portable coop so that they can range around our yard without predators being able to get them, (finger crossed and enough smarts in the building end of things.

So maybe I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch. Rather I am counting my Eggs before they are laid. And a little bonus:

I’m counting my hugs before they are given. Can’t wait!

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One-Liner Wednesday


DONE!

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It’s a toddler-size cloche. The band is removable and can be worn alone. It was fun to make!

 

By the way, this One-Liner Wednesday is a Linda G Hill special! Come join the fun!

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Okay, Kali, the blog is yours!

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You Serious? Bark, Bark, Listen up!

Wanna know my favorite place? It’s called OUTSIDE!

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Isn’t it GREAT?! I get to play out here a lot. MommaDar, Dad and Uncle David take turns making sure I’m safe out here. There are coyotes, hawks and bald eagles, they tell me so the people keep watch while I–well, you know.

The rest of my day?

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I play hide the toys and bones in these two beds in MommaDar’s closet, or the one in the living room near the couch. Mom says it’s very funny to watch me, but I’m a survivor, I want to make sure there’s plenty to eat should times go bad.

But my favorite place?

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That’s easy:

Laying my head on MommaDar’s leg.

Guess what! This Blog is about a Dog–Me! That starts with “D”

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Share Your World


1.  What is your favorite word?   pusillanimous

But I have a couple others: appoggiatura (thank you, Laura H. Music Theory Prof!) and Love that beats out that first word and Kindness that helps that leap and a step. 

2.  What is your least favorite word?  disingenuous A liar in sheep’s clothing or phuck spelled the other way. It is such a Smurf word than impies angry sex, rape. I rarely use it and see no sense in it. So many other words would be clearer.

3.  What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? With my ADD it could be any shiny chicken that crosses my path. The ocean, lightning, nature, pets……….

4.  What turns you off? Too many people, big, busy cities

5.  What is your favorite curse word? Shit. Didn’t realize. Hubby told me it’s the one I use most.

6.  What sound or noise do you love? Music, Ocean, Thunder, Rain, Baby laughter

7.  What sound or noise do you hate? Gun shots, traffic, wind

8.  What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Marine Biology, forest ranger, hey, what about author?

9.  What profession would you not like to do? Housekeeper, data input–anything that calls for repetitive movement. I go utterly crazy and put the socks in the underwear drawer (Mother of 4 I know of what I speak!)

10.  If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? There’s the energy we’ve been missing up here!

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This one was kind of hard. But Cee’s Photography has this fun feature and many others to enjoy.


Cats and a Couch

This may be an all day project.  Because Teddy is still on my bed:

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Cats are like Children, they never do what you expect them to. Take the Before Couch (BC?) Plarn (plastic yarn) laundry bag that I stuffed with plastic bags to crochet with later for moving here. The Cats adopted it and it was soon known as the Bag-Bag Chair.

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Because I wanted keep the inner bags as free of Cat hair and dust, I Covered it.

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I know! Pink blanket in a yellow room! Ugh! Geez! What we do for Cats!!! Oh, and see that pillow next to the bag-bag Chair? It used to be for my neck. It hurt my neck more so I gave it to the Cats. Let’s see if I can get another view:

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No, Kali, ‘D’ day is tomorrow! But that is her showing off one of her beds.

So here is the new Couch, mostly unCovered (had to take this quickly before zoo finds out.)

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Pretty amazing for free, don’t you think? (Thanks to Lily and Monica!) That is not a stain in the middle, it is my shadow. It’s a very Comfy Couch! Nice and Clean! So let’s keep it that way!

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Whew! Just in time!

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Rosey thinks I straightened the Covers just for her! Silly Cat!

No, Kali, you get tomorrow!

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She says, Butt!

Meanwhile, Teddy Can’t be bothered! He did switch positions!

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Cats!

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Finally!

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Cats, you’re welcome! Teddy at one end and

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Rosey at the other. That is usually where they are since the couch arrived. Only the day I wanted to share it were they elsewhere!

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