Hello! I want to take this time to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. My husband Greg and I are going to spend Thanksgiving with my sister Tracy and her boyfriend Josh.
This is the time of year when I often think of how thankful I am for different things in my life.
Greg and Tracy are the glue that holds me together. Greg is so very supportive of all that I attempt. Our 20 or so years together have seen more ups than downs. He is my everything.
Tracy is not only my sister, she is my very best friend in the world. I could not imagine my life without her. I am so very thankful that she lives close to me. I love our sister night. It is pure bliss to spend quality alone time with you. I also love our movie nights with Josh.
I am thankful for my knowledge of crochet, without which I would not be able to do my charity work.
I am thankful for my Mom. She is no longer with us and while we had our rough patches, she taught me so much and the older I get, the more I realize it.
I am thankful for all of you. Without you, I would not get that warm feeling in my heart to write for my blog.In the comments section, please tell me what you are thankful for.
In a few days, I will be setting up a table at a craft sale. I am getting really excited. It has been a long time since I have done this. What I am worried about is pricing my items properly. I don’t want to undercut myself, but I also don’t want to make my things too expensive. The time it takes to make things and the cost of materials is something that I think about while I’m putting prices on.
I’ve been crocheting and knitting for a long time now and I will be doing both for the foreseeable future. The enjoyment that I get from working with yarn and other materials is stress-free comfort. Feeling the different textures run between my fingers is like no other feeling that I can describe.
If any of you fellow crafters have tips on pricing that you use, please feel free to leave a comment. I would sincerely appreciate any and all ideas that you have. This has been pain in my posterior for a long long time.
Winter will soon be here. Snow will blanket the ground and cover the bare trees with a brilliant coat of white. The crisp cold air will blow and Jack Frost will be painting your window panes.
Everyone knows that a good meal will help to keep you warm when you go out into the cold. But how about something to eat for our fine-feathered friends, the birds? Did you ever stop to think what the birds do in the wintertime for food? Unlike spring and summer when seeds and berries are plentiful, there isn’t much for the birds to eat in the winter. We can help keep the birds fed during the cold winter months. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
PINE CONE FEEDER
Two or three pine cones
Peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
Wild bird seed or black sunflower seeds
You will also need a spoon and a small bowl, an old pie pan, two or three pieces of yarn (about twelve inches each), and a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper (about twelve inches)
Lay the pine cones on the sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil.
Take a piece of the yarn and tie it around the stem of one of the pine cones. If the pine cone doesn’t have a stem, tie the yarn around the smallest end.
Get a big spoonful of the peanut butter and smear it on the pine cone. Put enough on so that the seeds will stick.
Mix the bird seed and raisins in the pie pan. You don’t need many raisins, a handful will do.
Roll your pine cone in the seed mixture until it is covered with seeds.
Lay the pine cone on the wax paper or aluminum foil, and repeat the steps until you have as many pine cone feeders as you want.
Put the pine cones in the freezer for a few hours until the peanut butter gets hard.
Have a grown-up help you hang the feeders on a tree branch or any place that won’t be in the way or disturbed by cats or dogs. The birds need a quiet safe place to eat.
Now this is the easy part–having fun watching the birds enjoy the feast!
Suet is the hard fat from beef, and you can have Mom or Dad help you find it in just about any supermarket. You will need:
A piece of suet
A nylon bag (the kind onions come in)
A piece of yarn (one about twelve inches long and another about six inches long)
Here is how you make the suet feeder:
1. Put a piece of suet inside the nylon bag.
2. Tie the top of the bag closed with the six inch piece of yarn.
3. Tie the other piece of yarn to the top of the bag.
4. Find someone to help you hang your suet feeder.
If you really like watching the birds throughout the winter, you don’t have to stop feeding them when the cold weather is over. The birds will eat at your feeders all year long. The birds will be happy and well fed, and you will continue to have the pleasure of listening to their wonderful songs.
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I don’t know how many of you have an autoimmune disease, but the ones that do, know exactly what my title means. The amount of energy it takes to do anything at all is enormous, and it will take us days to recover.
Most of the time I find myself falling asleep if I sit down for any length of time. I don’t do it on purpose, my body just shuts down. I have learned to listen to my body, because when I don’t, I end up in the hospital.
My husband has been my rock. He is simply amazing. He does the laundry, washes the dishes, runs the sweeper and other numerous things. He knows that I simply can not do these things anymore. I do little things like dust, fold the towels and other small things. I don’t know how many times he has rescued me from myself. (Found me doing things that will disable me for days and stopped me.)
I have gotten a new rheumatologist that I saw a few weeks ago. My old rheumatologist and I didn’t see eye to eye on many things. One of which was pain. I have Gouty Arthritis (osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease) which is extremely painful and when I am in a flair, my joints swell up with Uric Acid Crystals which you can actually feel through my skin. My new rheumatologist is wonderful. We are working together on a pain management plan that I am more than willing to try. So far…so good.
I am not writing this to complain. I am writing to inform others how people with an autoimmune disease feel. It is an invisible disease. You can’t see anything wrong with us, but trust me, there is plenty wrong. So when you hear someone say that they have an autoimmune disease, don’t downplay it and whatever you do, don’t offer any advice unless you have an autoimmune disease too…cause you just don’t know.