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Crocheted angels and weight loss


I haven’t been feeling well for a while.  Mostly I’ve been really tired and have very low energy but I keep trying to make my goals for losing weight.  I started using my stationary bike again and even though my goal is to make 10 minutes I sometimes don’t make it.  I still do what I can and once or twice I made it to 15 minutes without too much pain.  I have lost 6 lbs so far!  Last year I was stuck at this one place and I am now past it!  That right there makes me happy!  I weigh less than I ever did last year.  Not a lot less but any less is great!

I have to work really hard to watch my diet.  I’ve found that cutting back on carbs really helps but I also use a little protein supplement to make sure I get enough.  That is one thing I usually run low on.  I’m keeping my calories at 1200 and taking vitamins.  I’m using myfitnesspal.com along with the app for the iphone to track what I eat.

I also made a gift for a friend who is pregnant.  She lost her first baby at birth and I can’t imagine going through that.  My stomach was in knots just thinking about it.

Well in my dishcloth group we were learning about intarsia, which is a method of adding colors.  There was a knit pattern and a crochet pattern.  I did the knit cloth and I wanted to learn the technique for crochet as well.  I wasn’t loving the pattern though.   It just wasn’t something that I wanted for my kitchen so I thought I’d just have to make it for someone else.  Well, after I looked at the pattern I saw something else in it and decided to change the pattern.  The pattern was on graph paper so I changed the design by omitting some squares and embroidery designs and adding my own until it looked like a baby carriage.  I also got a piece of graph paper and scribbled in squares until I had a decent angel.  I made it a long rectangle with one design at each end and backed it with pre-shrunk flannel for a baby burp cloth.  It is made out of materials that are easy to wash and dry.  I was able to give it to my friend last night and she loved it.


Finished baby burp cloth with flannel lining

Finished baby burp cloth with flannel lining

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Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology


Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.  ~Henry David Thoreau

How Green is the school your children go to?  Are they being as resourceful as possible so your children have the best environment to learn in and so future children will too?  With the right changes a school can save money on energy costs and be able to funnel that money back into important educational materials and programs.

Pureology is presenting the Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition to help one lucky school make those changes by awarding $75,000 in funding and providing technical assistance to get the job done properly.  If you visit the link provided you can also see what was done for the winning school in 2012, Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in Austin, TX, and how those changes helped their school.

When important programs like P.E. and music are always at risk, schools could save the money needed to fund them by making changes to make their building more energy and cost efficient.  I think we owe it to our children to do the best we can – for this generation and future generations.

English: Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Ala...

English: Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, the main high school in the community. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am going to enter my son’s school which I know is a very old building in need of vital upgrades.  Lathrop High School is the largest school in Fairbanks, Alaska and serves a lot of central Alaska and military families.  It was built in 1955.  I am going to do my best to present their best face in my application for them because I know operating a school in this cold climate isn’t easy.  The staff work very hard and I know they would appreciate the chance to make the environmental footprint of their school smaller to ensure it will be there for future generations.

Visit the link above and enter your child’s school.  Every school deserves the help but we have to start somewhere.

Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.  ~Quoted in Time

Quotes from Quote Garden

Special thanks to Influenster to sharing this information with me and to WordPress Writing Challenge: Map It Out for showing me how to add a map to my blog post.

I’m such a “Great” Aunt



This is my niece and her two babies.  Little Justice Riley was born early this morning.  Here he is being held by his big brother.  My heart is so full right now.  I just want to hug this whole group.  They are so special to me.  

Bad things happen in this world but good things also happen.  A new soul just entered and I pray he only sees beauty and not pain.  May my angel mother protect these beautiful children in this world of pain.  

I am still so sad thinking of what has happened recently and I will never ever forget those children and those who died protecting them.  Nor will I forget those little ones in China who were attacked on the same day.  Right now though, I need to try to get my mind off of that and focus on the joy in front of me now.  My heart can’t handle the pain anymore.  There can be no justice for this horrible crime but there is Justice in this baby that was just born which is that there is still innocence here untouched by tragedy and grief.  

You are my Sonshine


“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.  ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

I know I have already said I was thankful for my strong boys that help me around the house but I wanted to say it again.  My boys are my world and I am so thankful for them.  They are so similar but different in so many ways and they compliment each other and together make a perfect team.  My boys always loved each other and never fought much.  If one of them did something to the other and I went in to investigate the noise they would lie to protect each other.  One time I heard a loud slap and then a scream and I knew one of them slapped the other but even though one had a bright red hand print on his face he lied and said his brother didn’t hit him.  A few minutes later I heard a quiet apology and  then they were buddies again.

My oldest (not quite 3 years older) potty trained the younger one when I was at my wits end.  Whenever I was frustrated big brother would step in and everything would be just fine.

My youngest loved his big brother so much that for a really long time I couldn’t convince him that he could be himself.  He would emulate his brother or he wouldn’t try things because he couldn’t be as good as his brother.  After what seemed like forever I started to pull a little of the specialness out of the younger one.  The teachers at school were really helpful at bragging about his artwork and other special talents.

Sometimes I wish I had a time machine so I could go back in time and hold my babies again, chase my toddlers, and paint with my elementary ages kids.

They are both bigger than I am now and seem to do more for me than I do for them.  They both enjoy cooking so they like to make dinner for me.  I miss making them chicken nuggets  and macaroni and cheese.

Now my oldest is 18 and in his first year of college and my youngest is 15 and just starting high school.


I used to work with a wonderful lady that had a teen-aged boy with cancer.  We had a fundraiser for him once so she could have enough money for the family to all fly down and be with him during treatment.  I haven’t worked there for over a year and lost touch with her.  I have been hoping and praying that he was okay but I found out that this young man died last December.  This breaks my heart knowing that this beautiful mother is without her son that I know she loved so much.  She just started a Make-A-Wish Fundraiser in his name because he got a wish and wanted other’s to get one too.  Visit Zane’s Ride to learn more about Zane and his wish.

I know Zane is no longer dealing with the pain and frustration of the cancer that took over his body but I also know the pain a mother must feel to not be able to hug her child and watch him get older, get married, and have children.   I haven’t been in her shoes but I know how I would feel.  This is the strongest women I have ever met who continued to work and supervise a department of the hospital while her son was sick.  She doesn’t deserve to lose her son.  My heart goes out to her.

Another school shooting


My heart is just sick over what has happened at the school in Chardon, Ohio.  One young man is dead and 4 others are wounded.  I just think of my two sons, one who is a senior this year and the other who is in 8th grade, and I just want them to come home so I can hug them both.  I can’t imagine this happening to my child but it does happen and will continue to happen.   Are we supposed to install metal detectors in all of our schools to insure the safety of our kids and teachers?  I remember when I first heard about a school that installed metal detectors and thinking how crazy that was but now I’d be all for it.  Heck, I want to build a metal wall around my boys to always keep them safe but of course that isn’t practical.  I don’t want my boys or any of the kids, friends or not, to be hurt or killed.  I think they need to add a school psychiatrist to every school to evaluate each child’s potential for instability.  No one seems to see these things coming or if they do know there is an issue they don’t do anything.  Every child deserves to live a full life, even the child who is struggling on the inside.  We need to help those children before they lose themselves.   Parents are often too concerned with themselves, especially those dealing with divorce, and most don’t really understand how these things impact their children.  Too many children are physically or mentally abused or neglected.  We need to do what we can to help these children cope and heal before they mow down their classmates in the cafeteria.  Who knows why it happens but something has got to be done to try and stop it.  Maybe, if we can help them while they are young, they won’t grow up to become criminals as adults.

My heart goes out to the parents of the students that were hurt and the parents of the boy that died.  But, I also hurt for the parents of the child that did this.  I hurt for that child too…. because there is obviously something going on that is bigger than anyone knew.  My prayers go out to them all.