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"Her chest clenched, wringing her insides hard, like a dishcloth. Dad. Mama. She killed them with those sticks. With her fire. She beat her legs with clenched first, bit her cheeks, tasted blood." - Sugar Birds
"We're on track for the cabin by eight tonight, Daddy" I flipped down the visor mirror and twisted the stud in my infected earlobe, my teeth set against its sting." - Sugar Birds
"Dancing flames didn't cause those astonished stares when I walked through that crowd in Meredith's hand-tooled cowboy boots with Luke hanging on me. I swear Meredith sensed that I was about to ditch him and run to the ladies room to scrub my face and calm my hair down a little. She trotted up beside us, looped her arm in mine and whispered that I was a Harrison County version of Sandy in Grease." - Sugar Birds
Recently we had to add another sleeping area to our home. We have five bedrooms already, and hadn't anticipated needing a sixth!
Our basement isn't finished; it's only partitioned and has all the electrical hooked up. I decided to use one of the unfinished basement rooms to create an extra sleeping area.
That's what we call it; the Hippie Bedroom. It's genuinely a hippie room, with comforters nailed to all the walls and extra furniture that gives the space a bedroom feel. We've also added a TV, Fan, and Portable Heater.
It's a funny-looking mish-mash, but it solves a problem and, believe it or not, is actually cozy.
A Warm Comforter with Matching Shams
Since the central air conditioner can make that space quite cool, even cold, I wanted a comforter that looked sleek but had warmth.
I wasn't seeking anything decorative; however, as you can see from the photo below, it's pretty.
|At the foot of the bed is an extra blanket, purchased separately|
I Do Recommend This Soft Micromink Sherpa Comforter Bed Set - It's Good Value for the Money
|Check out this make-shift Hippie Bedroom! The Sherpa blanket adds more warmth|
The blanket at the end of the bed is an extra blanket, purchased separately
Granny Squares are a popular crochet motif worked in rounds from the center outward.
Each motif is created separately, then joined together to make a finished item. Traditionally, granny squares were used to make afghans, but they also make great patchwork scarves, purses, shawls and a wide variety of items.
The traditional granny square was designed by a Mrs. Phelps in 1885. It was published in the Prairie Farmer, which is the oldest magazine publication in America. Based in Chicago, it has served the Illinois farmer for over 175 years.
This square motif has many variations. The traditional one is a double-crochet square made by using a series of chains and double-crocheted blocks. The most familiar granny square is, of course, square. But by using different stitch types, other geometric shapes, such as hexagons, can be produced. Crocheting granny squares are also a fun and quick way to try out different crochet stitches.
Dozens of books, articles and YouTube videos are available to teach you the variations of this familiar motif.
The most well known granny square example is the traditional afghan. I can well remember the one my grandmother had (made my HER mother; my 'Banny'). The granny squares were joined together with black yarn, which was the traditional way originally. That afghan sat on the back of my grandmother's couch for my entire childhood. I can recall many a visit where I would curl up on the couch with that afghan. An example is shown below:
Granny square afghan
Purses are a popular way to use granny squares. ….
Shawls are also a well known way to use the granny square motifs.
As you can see in the featured items above, you can create just about anything using crocheted Granny Squares. A time-honored technique that is always stylish.
The World of Granny Squares Craft Review was written by Wednesday Elf
When Barbara (Brite-Ideas) recently reviewed her cosmetic storage holder, I was reminded of my own difficult search for a clear bathroom countertop tray. Over several days, I looked at different products seeking the right size. I was surprised at how hard it was to find a simple countertop tray deep enough to hold bottles & containers.
I wanted something clear because I wanted it to compliment any decor changes I might make. Plus, clear won't discolor if it gets wet and I can easily see the contents at a glance.
Since I wanted to place hairspray, lotions and cleaners in it, I needed higher sides than most bathroom countertop trays have. I wanted to simply be able to pick up the entire tray with contents when cleaning the countertops without spilling or dropping anything.
When I finally found one, I was so thrilled with how much easier it made my cleaning life, I purchased a tray for my husband and our son. They need to be able to keep their daily used deodorants, shave cremes, aftershave, and colognes handy too without making cleaning a harder task. It is so easy to just pickup the tray and wipe underneath everything all at once.
The trays I selected are listed as drawer organizers. I have no doubt they make excellent drawer organizers, but they are also fabulous bathroom countertop trays. The 2" sides are just tall enough to keep the contents stable when I pick up the tray, but short enough that intentional removal is easy.
iDesign Clarity Plastic Drawer Organizer, Storage Container for Silverware, Utensils, Kitchen Gadgets in Pantry, Cabinets, & CountertopsThe trays are available in several sizes, but I chose the trays that are 12"W x 4"D x 2"H.
This size is perfect for my hairspray, daily face cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and a few other hair and make-up items. The tray is long, which is really nice, but slender enough that it is pretty much out of the way, leaving a neat, open countertop appearance.
The trays are also easy to wash or wipe clean when needed.
There are many places throughout the house where these trays would be handy, not just the bathroom countertop. I'm sure they would be wonderful home office organizing trays, kitchen trays, or even craft room organizers.
For most of us Summertime is just what we need to get us moving a little bit more! That being said, it's also a time when family's get together more often for BBQ's and some fun!
We spent the last weekend at my son's cottage and had some really good time with two of our three grandchildren. The third one was busy at a Horse Show.
So we made the most of the time we had with the two younger ones!
Cottage life is so different from everyday life in the city. It's time to relax, enjoy the outdoors and just reconnect with our loved ones.
My son makes sure the kids have more outdoor time and less "electronic" time especially when at the cottage. Plus sometimes the power goes out, so there is no electricity to run those hand held games. That is exactly what happened when we were there. No power, so we had to make our own brand of fun.
Enter Granddad's great idea for a fun time without the need for power.
We are always looking for things that the kids can do while at the cottage. Things that make them think, explore, observe and best of all move out into the wilds! Board games are great, but sometimes you just need to get some of that pent up energy released!
We found a great way to do just that with a Badminton Set that is so easy to set up and take down again.
No need to bang in posts or mark out where those posts should go. Just set it up and you are ready to go! Of course I'm talking about recreational badminton and not professional status. This is meant for fun only!
Do you want to see how easy this set is? Well I'll tell you I was impressed with how quickly this was done! Granddad checked out the instructions just to see if there was a hidden surprise in there. Like some difficulty that was NOT expected. Well I'm happy to report that there were no hidden surprises of any kind and it was as advertised, easy to set up!
One of my absolute favorite finds for working around the home, lawn or garden are my Ironclad Utility Gloves. When I needed to replace my garden gloves last year I visited my local Ace Hardware store and found these fabulous gloves in the garden/utility glove section.
It is pretty rare to pair fabulous with gloves so this is probably an indication of how happy I am to have found these gloves! They have become a go to staple for work around the house, garage, lawn and garden. So versatile, so comfy, affordable and practical.
The Ironclad Gloves are sized which I think make ALL the difference for a comfortable fit. No more swimming in garden gloves. True to fit. The gloves have velcro straps around the wrist to ensure a solid fit and keep out all those stray yard clippings and dirt from gardening.
Yes! The gloves are washable! I used these gloves for gardening with wet spring mud and the gloves washed beautifully. But the gloves must be hung dry!
One of the best features of these gloves is the nimble feel for using with power tools, rakes and shovels. Particularly with power tools that require you to hold down a button while pressing another button to operate the tool. The gloves allow you to easily and comfortably operate small buttons or levers on power tools.
So strong, so durable yet so lightweight. The Ironclad gloves are first and foremost utility gloves that I happen to also use in the garden. If you have any type of plants with thorns, prickers or sharp edges these gloves work wonderfully.
I highly recommend the Ironclad Gloves for the home and yard. You will not be disappointed in the quality and versatility of these gloves.
My first stop to shop local is always my local Ace Hardware. This is where I originally found the gloves and their recommendation was spot on.
Ace Hardware Review by Wednesday Elf
My Favorite Local Ace Hardware by The Savvy Age
|How to Get Through All of It - A Personal Diary Entry Review|
Living over six decades, I've gathered some of the tools needed to overcome life's constant challenges. I thought I'd share a few tidbits for those seeking coping mechanisms.
I can definitively say, the most valuable lesson I've learned is that the peace we seek is entirely inside of us, at our core. It doesn't come from anything or any person.
When the storm swirls around me, I hold onto that which is entirely mine, my soul.
Our soul is the one thing that is truly ours. Unseen and always ready to be nurtured, it's not the possession of anyone except ourselves and the higher power we believe in.
Five Techniques to Help You Get Through It All
Mindfulness can be an overused, confusing term.
For me, it's when I choose to practice being wholly present in a moment. When being 'present' doesn't come naturally, I use a repetitive mantra or a prayer to bring my mind into the now and away from that rabbit-thinking-hole that leads nowhere.
It takes practice to perfect, but like any exercise, it becomes easier each time.
Prayer isn't just for the religiously committed.
You can create your own prayer to the universe or the higher power that means something to you. For me, it's usually Psalm 23 on repeat in my mind. The beautiful thing about prayer is that you can do it anywhere, anytime.
As soon as you feel yourself getting upset or thinking thoughts that lead you to a dark place, STOP and begin repeating that prayer or inspirational phrase you decided upon. Repeat it over and over until you bring yourself back to a healthy center. If it takes all day, so what! Repeat it all day, and don't let anything else in.
When I spend time praying for other people, one by one, with specifics for each of them, I feel so much better. Try it; when you're feeling at the end of your rope, start praying for all your loved ones.
I go on prayer bike rides; I get to exercise physically and spiritually. I spend the entire bike ride praying for my friends, family, country, planet, and the universe. The prayers are unique and specific to each of them.
For me, I sing. Put your headphones on and listen or sing your guts out. My family is used to me singing full tilt. I'm grateful for that. Depending on the lyrics and message I need, I choose the song for the moment. One of my favorite spiritual groups is Mercy Me. While typing, I'm listening to their song "Say I Won't" (Live from the 2021 K-Love Fan Awards).
4. Realize You Can't Change People
This is a tough lesson to learn. If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll discover it quickly in your early years. If you understand this as early as your 20s, you might just have the world by the tail!
What does it mean to understand that you can't change a person?
It means that they have to walk their walk; you can't do it for them. That goes for spouses, siblings, friends, and children. We can teach with our words, but most importantly with our actions, and be there for them; we can't do it for them. I learned this first hand, it was brutal, but we got through it.
When there's a situation that hurts, that I have no power over (and the older I get, the more there are), I pray over and over. Some days I spend most of the day mentally praying.
5. Let It Go
Holy crap, that's overly simplified, isn't it?
When I was younger, I used to get upset with people who told me to 'just let it go!' What in the world does that mean! That's how I used to feel.
What it DOESN'T mean is to not have empathy, compassion, and a good heart. Letting go isn't about not caring.
Today, at this stage of life, I completely understand what it means to let it go; it means,
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