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Long dry spell.

Gee whiz!  I can’t believe the last post I wrote was August 24th.  I knew I had been busy but, that’s ridiculous.  Since I wrote about loving the weather we have had a hot spell, dry spell. rain spell, another hot spell and now, once again it is the weather I love.  Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  ( I think I have said that before).

One solitary leafSoon it will be the holidays and we will be traveling.  We may be traveling to the homes of friends and family to share meals, laughter, joy and love.  I love the festive part of the season but, not the commercial part.  I would love to feel the thrill that I felt as a child.  We didn’t get big expensive toys.  I remember always getting underwear.  It was so special just being together, going to my Grandparents, eating a huge meal, although a kid can’t seem to overeat.  I loved going into the woods and finding just the right tree.  We always had cedar.  We would decorate it with big colored balls, lights, rope and those twisted metal icicles that were blue, green, red, gold and silver.  The first gift that went under the tree was to my Mom from my Dad.  The card said, “To Sugar Babe”.  It was the last gift after all the rest had been given out.  We all knew what it was.  Oh, the memories.

Okay, it is time to come back to the present.  We aren’t having a game night this month because people have too much to do.  We are having another luncheon December 5th.  The menu will be similar to last year, finger sandwiches, salads, desserts and drinks.  It will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Old City Hall.  There will be a charge.  It will be in the News Democrat and on the radio.  There will also be flyers around town.

On December 12th there will be a Christmas Bazaar from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Old City Hall.  There will be a lot of vendors with all kinds of handmade items.  There will be food and drink.  Come and do your shopping with us.

I am going to sign off for now.  Since I can’t slow time down I really will try to slow myself down enough to write again soon.   I do want to leave you with a thought:  There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.  Until next time.  Melanie_DSC0038 copy

Love this weather.

It has been 20 days since I last wrote down my thoughts.  I have had plenty of them, I just haven’t taken the time to sit down and write.  I have really been busy.  I have been working on things to raise money for out library.  It takes a lot of time to plan and prepare for events.  Thank goodness I have excellent volunteers who help.  We had our most successful “Game night” to date last Friday night.  Our crowd is growing and we are very thankful.  Our next event, “Street Fair” is going to be on Saturday September 12th from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  We will have vendors selling handcrafted items, food and games.  There will be live music from 1 to 3 PM.

I put a shop of my handcrafted wood items on Etsy a couple of weeks ago.  Here is a sample of what I do.  I also make pens, pencils, seam rippers, letter openers, chain pulls and key chains.  After I had a couple of sales I needed to add some more photos of new items.  In the meantime, I got the bright idea to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  BIG mistake.  My software that I use to download and edit my photos didn’t work anymore and that wasn’t all.  I spent 3 days sitting at my computer trying to make things work like they had with Win 7.  I was about to the point of reverting back.  I think I have figured things out now.  _DSC0221 copyI am a stubborn old Coot.

We had gotten baby chicks this spring to raise.  They are really beautiful.  I don’t remember the breed names but, I think one of them is Rhode Island Red.  They were supposed to have been sexed.  Someone didn’t know what they were doing because out of 16 we had 3 roosters.  When they finally got large enough we could tell which ones were roosters the largest one began being a little aggressive.  As he grew (beautifully) into full blown rooster hood he got more aggressive.   When we went outside we had to carry a stick.  After he jumped a friend from behind one afternoon it was decided that we had a big pot he would fit into.  He has been cooked but, not eaten yet.  Beauty is not everything.

I have gone on long enough for now.  I hope you had a great weekend.  I intend to enjoy this wonderful weather we are going to have this week.  I will leave you with this thought for now;  No action will bring you no change.   Until next time.

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Work, work, work.

Well, I have spent the last two days in my workshop getting things made to display at Daymar Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  They are having a craft fair.  Here are 3 ice cream scoops, 1 pizza cutter, 3  1 tbs coffee scoops, 3  2 tbs coffee scoops and 2 of my favorite pens.  I will have other things for sale that day, several kinds of pens and pencils, letter openers, seam rippers, key chains and chain pulls.  I love working with the different kinds of wood.  One kind I have smells like chocolate when I am turning it.

Tomorrow I am having lunch with some of the volunteers at the library.  We have lots of things to talk about with our fundraisers.  There will be bingo at the old city hall Saturday afternoon from  1 to 4 PM.  I expect to have a lot of fun.  Feel free to come join us.  I would be very glad to see you.

I saw something on the internet the other day about an older woman that said there were 5 things she wished they had done.  She said:  !). I wish I had allowed myself to be happier.  2)  I wish I had stayed in touch with friends.  3).  I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.  4)  I wish I didn’t work so hard.  5)  I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.  Do you feel this way?  Are you happy?   Have you contacted an old friend lately?  Do you express your feelings or do you hold them in?  Are you always working and don’t allow time for being joyful?  Are you living your life as you really are.  I hope you can stop, reflect and look into your heart and find how you can do these things.  I hope you have a wonder week.  I wan to leave you with this thought:  “Look for the GOOD in everything and you will find it”_DSC0221 copy_DSC0224 copy

The Oxford English Dictionary defines passion as very strong emotion, an intense sexual love, or an intense enthusiasm for something.  Do you have one passion or many?  I don’t know that I have many but, I do have several.  One of my passions is family.  As I’m sure you do too, I believe I have an extraordinary family. We are all over this country but we still stay in touch.  Another passion of mine is music.  I have been around it all my life and have found much peace, comfort and happiness in it.  When I was in the hospital there was a channel on TV that played wonderful music all night.  It had beautiful photographs displayed as it played.  I had it on every night.  The nurses came in every two hours to flush my port that the chemo was going through and this music helped me go back to sleep.  Music is good for my soul.

If you have seen my blog before you know that photography is another passion of mine.  One of my favorite things to photograph is nature.  I never cease to be amazed by it.  Just look at the colors,shapes and detail in nature_DSC0189 copyflamingoEverywhere you look there is wonder and awe.

I also have a passion for living and, to me that means that I truly want to make a difference.  I want to bring a smile to the face of someone who is sad, I want to give hope to someone who is discouraged and I want to give my help to those that need it.

I would like to know what some of your passions are.  You can reply to my blogs whenever you like.  I would love to hear from you.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I will leave you with this thought:  Who you are makes a SHINING difference.DSC_0344-1 copy

_DSC0004 copy_DSC0012 copyWhat did you think you were going to do this morning when you got up? If you are still employed you knew that you were going to work but, can you know what other things might happen to make your day go differently? Are you the type of person that has to plan every little thing and get bent out of shape if they don’t go that way?
I hope that somehow you can work some flexibility into all this. You know that old saying, “Everything happens for a purpose.” Do you believe that? We can’t always figure it out at the time but, eventually we will understand.

I began writing this morning and now it is evening.  I thought I might work in my workshop today but didn’t make it out there.  Someone responded that they didn’t know I made turned items.  I will be at Daymar College site in Russellville from 4-6 PM on August 6th with turned items for sale.

As you can see, I didn’t place these photos where they should be.  I will have to learn how to do it all over again.  I hope you had a great day.  Let me leave you with this thought, “Peace will come when the power opt love overcomes the love of power.” Jimi Hendrix _DSC0006 copy

Sometimes the electricity goes out.  When I was a kid in school and I had homework to do my Mom would drag out the kerosene lamps.  Have you ever studied by such a lamp?  It was hard to see but, you could see.  Thank you Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison.

Recently I went to St. Louis to the Lantern Festival.  It is advertised that it is magic re-imaginedDSC00325 copy DSC00340 copy  and it truly is.  It is held at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, which is beautiful on its own.   These lanterns are huge.  They are a metal frame with silk fabric over it and then, lights inside.  They are pretty to see in the daylight but magnificent in the dark.   There was a tower made of thousands of white dishes of all sizes and shapes.  The show goes on until August 23rd.  We went on a Saturday saw the show that night and came back on Sunday.  It is well worth the trip to see this show.  I don’t know when they will have it again.

I hope you have a wonderful day today.  I will leave you for now with this quote from Psalm 199:105 “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

 

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My gosh!  It has been nearly two years since I had an entry.  I have had quite a journey in that time.  I faced two horrific battles during this time and with the help of God and some excellent care I have lived to fight another day.

First I had a toxic reaction to some chemicals in a white board.  I had worked with it for years, cutting and framing it to use with my students.  This time I was in a hot car with the board in a bent position and it gave off fumes that landed me in the hospital for a week.  My electrolytes were all out of balance and I had some nerve damage.  After about six months and I thought I was almost back to normal (not that I have ever been normal) I had a large swelling to come under my right jaw bone.  After some testing I was diagnosed with stage 4 aggressive  Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  WOW!  Jump back!  After much intensive chemo, drug treatments, blood transfusions, vomiting and just feeling like CRAP I am doing better.

It has been a year since my last chemo treatment and I am back in my workshop making my pens, pencils, letter openers and seam rippers.  I have added coffee scoops, ice cream scoops and pizza cutters to my list.  I am working at the library again.  We are still doing fund raisers to make money, since we are independent and get monies from no one.IMG_00000146IMG_00000187  I didn’t wear wigs or turbans when I lost my hair.  I had a friend that put henna paintings on my head.  We used four different designs, three were trees of life and the last one was a huge lotus flower and butterflies.  I have my hair now but, I don’t have a photo.

Enough of this.  I will be back online now and sharing with you some of my thoughts.  Did you miss me?  I will leave you with this:  One of the greatest gifts is time.

How time slips away.

When I realized how long it had been since I shared my thoughts with you I said to myself, “you had better sit down for a minute and write or people will forget about your blog and not even read it.  After my health problem it seems as though my priorities have changed.  There have always been things that I wanted to do like, finish the books I was writing, or even, the ones I was reading.  I love to travel and I am always wanting to go somewhere or see someone.  Now it seems that time is flying by so quickly that I am always in a rush to get things done.  It is almost like I am in a race with time and I know which one of us will win.

At the Kentucky Artisans at the Saddle Factory shop where I have some of my wares people are asking for Christmas items to buy.  We haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet.  I have been making little items on the lathe for Christmas.  I downloaded a bunch of Christmas music and played it in the shop to get myself in the mood._DSC0020 copy  Here are some of the items I have made.  The little snowmen and tree are about 4.5″ tall.   I also made these magnets that I am putting string on so they can either be put _DSC0050 copy_edited-1

 

on the refrigerator or hung on a tree.  I have made a small wreath using bamboo but, it isn’t finished yet.  Even with the music it is hard to get in the mood for making Christmas items.  It isn’t time yet.

Talking about time what is it anyway?  People say “it’s time” or “I don’t have time” or “we had such a good time”.  We use it all the time but, what is it?  The dictionary says time is the continuing and limitless progress of existence and events in the past, present and future.  It doesn’t belong to us, we belong to it.  It just is and always has been.  We are allowed a small portion of it and then we are gone but, time remains.  We aren’t all given the same amount of time so, we better make the most of it.  If there is somewhere you want to go, then go.  If there is someone you want to see, go see them.  Don’t say “I’ll do that when I have time,  you have the time now and you are using it up by waiting.  Someone once said, “Time waits for no one.”

Okay, this is getting pretty deep so I’ll stop.  You won’t want to come by and spend “time” with me.  I will leave you with this thought today:  The most wasted day is that on which we have not laughed. –Chamfort.  All I have to do is look into the mirror and I laugh.  I say, “who in the world is that old woman looking at me?” Have a great day,  Melanie

 

Do you remember when you were little and you never thought you were going to be a teenager and get our driver’s license?  Next we wanted to be 21.  What was supposed to happen at 21?  I don’t remember but, I wanted to be there.  My Mom used to tell me, “Don’t wish your life away.”  Boy, she sure was right.  Now that I am in my 70’s time is going by so quickly it seems that I can’t catch up.  When you are younger it seems like time crawls by like a snail and now it is on a jet plane.  Wonder why that is?   Do you think that insects and animals realizes the passage of time?  It wasn’t too long ago I made this photo of Gypsy in my shop and now she’s gone.  DSC_0344-1 copy _DSC0061 copy We have spring, with all the beautiful flowers and everything looking new and crisp.  DSC_0204 copyThen, in no time, it’s summer, schools out and the kids are celebrating, dancing and having fun.   The weather is hot and everyone wants to be in place that is air-conditioned or in a swimming pool.  _DSC0421 copy_edited-1Before long summer is over school begins again and then, in no time at all, it is fall and winter.  Another year has come and gone.

As you know, in May I was silent for quite a while.  I had toxic poisoning that put me in the hospital and really took me for a ride I hope I never go on again.  It threw a lot of my bodily systems out of order.  but, I am finally getting back on track.  I have only been driving for about a month.  This event got my full attention and I will be very careful about what I carry in my car with me in hot humid weather.   It reminded me that I need to be the best person I can possibly be.  You never know when people you have never known are responsible for keeping you alive.  I will leave you today with something that Benjamin Franklin said: Take time for all things.  Enjoy your week.  Melanie

Old Friends

What is a friend?  What is the definition of a friend?  Well, one of my dictionaries says that a friend is a person that you know well and like.  That is true but, an old friend is that and so much more.  An old friend is sometimes a person and sometimes an animal.  I recently lost two very dear and close friends.  One was my big red dog, Sandi_DSC0006 copy                             and the other one was my 17 year old cat, Gypsy.DSC_0004_0778 copyandSandi was born and raised here on the farm.  She was 12 years old and had been my shadow,  my rock, my pride and joy, my funny girl and  friend all that time.   Gypsy was a grown cat and pregnant when she came here.  She got her name from the fact that whenever she had kittens and I would find them she would move them.  She was like a gypsy.  She had three litters and I had her spayed.  She was not very social with other cats on the farm so she got to live in my workshop after I got it.  She was a good cat and gave me a lot of joy.  She helped me with lots of projects.

You know animals seem to know when you have had a bad day and you are bothered or upset.  They don’t ask questions and try to find out what is wrong, they might just jump up in your lap and scoot their head under your hand and just lie there and purr.  Sandi would come and get just as close to me as she could, maybe put her head on my knee or, just lie by me on the floor.  Animals are intuitive and sensitive to those they love.  It’s like they read your mind.   You don’t have to say a word, they just know.

Gypsy is resting among the flowers that will bloom in the spring in the semi-circle in front of my house.  Sandi is resting by the back window of my workshop where she lay when I was working there.  They are my friends and I miss them so.  I will leave you with this thought:  My friend is one who takes me for what I am.  Henry David ThoreauDSC_0008 copy_edited-1