LEARNING TO SEW

2 04 2011

When one of my daughters was about 10, she showed some interest in learning to sew.  There was a store in the mall offering free classes for young girls.  So we joined up.  Then my husband and I decided to buy her a small, simple sewing machine.  My daughter had decided she was going to make a dress for her younger sister.  The sister had agreed to be pleasant while the sewing was going on and also to try the dress on later.

Next I bought a book telling all about sewing.  I never could learn to sew.  I tried, but it was a total disaster.  So here I was going to help my daughter to learn how to sew.  Ha!  Like I knew what I was talking about.

Nevertheless, we went to the classes, purchased a pattern, and set up the sewing machine. First thing, the pattern was a total mess as far as I was concerned.  I never could read those things.  But my daughter was better at that than I was.  She cut out the pattern.  Then we laid the material on the table and cut the material, matching part A to part B and so on.

Now came the big test.  Actually sewing the parts together.  The first seam was finished and it was wonderful.  We were both so proud and so was the younger sister.  Then the pattern said – grade the seam.  I looked at everything in the new book about sewing and never could find a ‘grade the seam’ anywhere.  So I called my mother who was a very good seamstress.  I asked the obvious question – what do they mean by grade the seam.  She just laughed and said that means to cut the extra material away.

Well, I should have known that!  Wonder why they didn’t just say, ‘cut the extra material away.’  But then that would have been too simple.  Always have to have a new language with every new skill you know.

When the seams were all sewn and graded, then the ultimate test was putting the dress together.  My daughter did all this just great as far as I was concerned.  It wasn’t perfect, of course, but then what do you expect from a 10 year old learning how to sew.   I thought it was marvelous and said so a million times.

The younger sister put it on and stood still for my older daughter to pin the hem.   The dress looked a little funny in spots.   The zipper – oh, that was another big feat – that zipper.  First, we had to go to the store and find a zipper.  Then we had to make sure it was the right size.  Then we had to pin it into the dress and sew it just perfect.  So now, the zipper zipped and that was the most important thing that day.

Of course, I forgot to mention the facing, too.  That facing is a real milestone.  Once you have figured out all the special language attached to the zipper and the facing, you should have a special star in the sky.

My younger daughter stood there in her brand new dress, proud as punch.   The older daughter was exuberant over actually making a dress.  And I was overwhelmed by the feat itself.  How wonderful.

It really didn’t matter that the zipper puckered just a little here and there.  The sleeves were a little crooked, too.  But that could be overlooked.  And that facing was showing in spots.  But, heck, who cared.  The dress was made and it was wonderful and we had a really good time doing that project that summer.  I just don’t think I will plan on doing that next year.

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POLITICS NOW

1 04 2011

I was watching TV last night and listened to what Donald Trump had to say on O’Reilly.  Again, I was impressed to a point.  But I am listening and I am anxious to see all the maybe candidates viewpoints.  He reiterated that he is definitely pro-life.  I am definitely pro-life.

O’Reilly asked him about what he would do with Iraq.  Trump said that other countries go in and help and then they stay.  We always go in, liberate the people and then leave, asking for nothing in return.  He said we should not do that.  I agree.  He said we should stay in Iraq because if we do not, then Iran will immediately come in and take over the country the minute we leave.  I also agree with that one.  What would be there to stop them.

Then Trump said we should stay there and take Iraq’s oil for ourselves.  They owe us a lot of money for what we have spent in liberating them and rebuilding their country.  So Trump said we should take their oil, use it, and share it with those countries who helped us do all this in Iraq.  Makes sense to me.

O’Reilly thought that was really funny and sort of smirked at the idea.  I had heard him earlier in the day advertising the program and saying that what Trump was going to say could not possibly work.  I disagree with O’Reilly.  Why wouldn’t it work.  It should.  That would be one way for us to collect what is owed us.

I had heard Donald Trump say on the previous program and if we collected what was owed to us by the countries that we have bailed out, then we would have no monetary crisis in this country.  True, so true.  Why are we spending our money helping everyone else when they all hate us for it and never pay us back.

So, once again, I am listening to what is being said.  I intend to vote for the one with the best ideas.  I am sick and tired of sending all these POLITICIANS to Washington and having them act like the previous ones over and over again.  All they do is make plans and then have meetings and then have more meetings and then decide not to use the plans they have made.  And here we go again over and over and over.

I am all for sending people to Washington who will get in there and get something done.  NOW!  Not later, not next term, not next year, but NOW.  I want the taxes lowered and the bills paid and the health care bill thrown out the window.  I want all these things done NOW.  And I want the illegal alien problem to be dealt with NOW.  If people are here illegally, then they should go home, NOW.

Have not heard what Donald Trump has to say on the illegals yet.  But I am sure he has a plan.  Who knows.  His plans might be just what we need.  I am going to listen and learn and hope we get someone who will get something done NOW.





FRIEND

28 03 2011

Another friend died this weekend.  I attended her Funeral Mass this morning.  We were not really close friends or anything like that.  We just saw each other now and then if there was a wedding shower or a baby shower at the Church.  Or maybe we passed at Mass or sat near each other in the pews.  But she was still a friend as far as I was concerned.  I talked to her a couple of times on the phone over the years.  Sometimes we passed going in or out of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.  She was always nice and acted as though she was glad to see me or hear from me.  It was a good relationship.  One that you think about now and then.

Her husband died several years ago.  I had seen him and talked with him from time to time over the years.  His slow death was one of those in and out of the hospital type of wearing down until he could go no longer.   It wore her down, too.  I would still see her but not as much.  But I  heard about her from time to time and knew she was doing o.k.

When my husband died a couple of years later, she made a point of looking me up.  As she held my hand and told me how sorry she was,  she said,  ‘Whatever you do, don’t sign anything.  Never sign any papers.  Just don’t sign anything.’   And then she was gone.

I thought about all that while the Mass was going on this morning.  I appreciated her concern for me, thinking that I might be confused and might just sign something I would be sorry for.  I didn’t plan on signing anything anyway, but I still knew that she worried about that for me.  And I thanked her once again in my mind.

Sometimes, it is the little things you remember about someone.  She was concerned enough to make a point of talking to me and warning me in case I might be in some sort of danger.  I still appreciate all that.  That is what a friend does.  A friend cares.  A friend looks you up and tells you that they care.  A friend doesn’t have to be around all the time in order to be a real friend.

So, this morning I told another friend goodbye.   May she rest in peace.

 





PLANNED PARENTHOOD CONTINUED

27 03 2011

I wonder how many babies have been aborted by Planned Parenthood. I really don’t want to know as I am sure it would be a terrible number.

My thought, though, is that we already know what a terrible travesty murder is.  And we already know how very much abortion has offended Almighty God. And we already know how deeply hurt some people are by this horrific act.  But I wonder if anyone has ever thought about the economics of this issue.

A whole generation of people has probably been destroyed.  Might even be more than that.  And that means that all those families did not have their children.  The children did not attend the schools.  They did not grow up and go to college.   And they did not have a job.  This contributes to the economy in every possible way.  From groceries to gym costs to school books to college tuition.  All is gone.  Poof!  gone with the wind.

How much would that generation of people have contributed to possible new technologies or inventions or medical breakthroughs.  How many times would they have helped their communities and the generations who have come along behind them.  How much does that count for.

I know many of our young men were sacrificed by the Democrats in the Vietnam War.  That whole generation was killed or maimed in some horrible way.  How many of them would have contributed to the betterment of society.  How many children would they have had that would have contributed.  And what a terrible loss that was.  That is why we had to have the feminist movement, to compensate for the fact that most of the young men no longer existed.

Just look at the changes in our lives and in our lifestyles.  How much would these poor, innocent babies have contributed for all of us.  But then, you must remember that Planned Parenthood still wants us all to further this travesty against mankind and against Almighty God by having the federal government fund them more.  How awful!

Do you, as a taxpayer, want to fund them any longer?   I do not.

 





PLANNED PARENTHOOD TV COMMERCIAL

26 03 2011

I have just seen the commercial for Planned Parenthood.  Lady says they diagnosed her cancer so many years ago and how fortunate she is that they found it.   And she has lived a long time since then.  Then they tell how many tests they run for free evidently.  All you have to do is just go in and they take good care of you.  And will also give you an abortion, but the commercial doesn’t mention that tiny detail.

What they don’t tell is that you can get the same tests done everywhere in the country for free if necessary at local health departments, whether it be city, county, or state.

And they also don’t tell you how many poor innocent babies were slaughtered while this lady has lived this long, wonderful life since her diagnosis.  How many millions have they aborted since she had her testing?  Makes you wonder.  Wouldn’t it maybe have been better if she had gotten her diagnosis somewhere else and Planned Parenthood had not existed?  Then that whole generation of babies might still be alive today.

Of course the main reason for the commercial is so people will think that Planned Parenthood should receive funding from the federal government.  If you have kept up with the news lately, you realize that is an iffy situation right now.  Congress is maybe going to cut off their funding.  Without government funding, no more Planned Parenthood.  And that would definitely be a good thing. No more killing of babies.

What a terrible, terrible waste.  And how do you really justify murder.  Have to think long and hard to come up with an answer to that one.  Murder is murder and you really can’t change the definition of it.  The result is always the same.  What a terrible, terrible waste.

And all those other freebie tests would have to be done free somewhere else.  So why have Planned Parenthood at all.  Don’t need funding for abortions.  Not here.  Not in this country.  Not where we value life.  And especially life for those innocents who have been slaughtered every day for years and years and years.

Wonder how many.

 





TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT?

25 03 2011

I just read an interview  with Donald Trump that was printed in Human Events.  And I have to tell you, I am very impressed.  I laughed to myself when he said he was going to run or thinking about running, but after reading his statements, I am going to look very closely at him.

He made statements such as Russia shouldn’t be telling us  how to run our military and how many missiles we can make, etc.  He said we won the cold war, not them.  True.   He also said all those countries that owe us money should be made to pay us back and then we wouldn’t have any economic problems.   Said everyone in the world uses us and doesn’t pay us one single cent for all our ships, planes, men, etc.  True.  Also said we need to bring our troops home and rebuild our military and then no one would cross us again.  We would not have to fight anywhere, just let them know where we stand – and he would definitely do that – and no more trouble from anyone.  I’m all for that one, too.  He said OPEC should back down and quit acting like they own us.  Agree with that.

He also said he cannot believe the pirates taking the huge ships with only a rowboat.  Said it wouldn’t take him long to get rid of all that.  Hooray!

He also said he is definitely pro-life.  And I am definitely for that one.  Says health care plan must go and would be gone within a short time if he were elected.  I am for that one, too.

He said China is using us every day and I agree with that.  He said he would put a 25% tax on all imported goods from China and that would solve that problem.  I agree with that one, too.   Then many of our jobs would open up again and we would be seeing Made in U.S.A. on most of our goods we buy.  Hooray!

He also said he knows how to work with the unions and has no problem with all that.  If he can work out fair agreements with them, then I would be for that one, too.  It’s those unfair things I don’t like.  Not the unions themselves.

He said a lot of other things, too.  But I was very impressed with most of his ideas and will be watching him over the next several months to see what happens.  I think Huckabee makes a good Tv host.  Palin has sort of fizzled.  At one time, I thought they would make a great team, but do not see that anymore.  I never have liked Romney and don’t even know who Pawlenty is and don’t care.  Newt killed his chances years ago as far as I am concerned.  And the younger people are not going to vote for him anyway.  Don’t know who the Congresswoman is that they keep trying to push, but am not impressed enough to find out either.  That is not a good sign.

Donald Trump seems to have what it takes to attract the younger people and I think his conservative ideas will go a long way with the older crowd.  So who knows.  It may just be President Trump.  And who can resist that hair anyway.





LIGHT BULBS

24 03 2011

I understand Congress is supposedly going to vote out the law about having to change our light bulbs.  I hate these new bulbs.  They are a pain in the neck to me.  So far, they do not last nearly as long as the others did.  I have a lot of light bulbs in my house that are unreachable for me.  So that means that I have to depend on someone else to change them.  That is why I know how long the bulbs last.  And it ain’t very long most of the time.

One night, I turned off the hall light outside my bedroom and the light started flashing.   The switch was turned off, but the bulb kept right on flashing.  Well, to make a long story short, including a trip to the electric box to make sure a circuit had not blown, I had to go to bed with that light flashing all night.   Not a good night for sure.   Next morning, I contacted the electrician and he came to check it out.  By this time, I was just grateful my house had not burned down.  He was also confused  for a few minutes.  And then he realized that particular light bulb was on a dimmer switch.  So that is why it was flashing all night.  You cannot use those kind of light bulbs on a dimmer switch.  And it says so right there in fine print on the box of light bulbs I had just purchased.  But of course I am not in the habit of reading the light bulb boxes, so I had not seen that.

I have been using light bulbs all my life just like everyone else.  I never knew I had to read the box.  I didn’t know there were light bulbs you cannot use on a dimmer switch.  Another reason to not like the newer light bulbs.  Another reason is that I think they are ugly.  They don’t seem to enhance any area at all.  And I simply do not like them.

And then recently, I heard of an autistic woman speaking at a workshop and she said the newer light bulbs are terrible for an autistic person.  She said they see things differently than everyone else does and those light bulbs make things ever more difficult for them.

I don’t know why we have to have this change crammed down our throats anyway.  If someone want to buy those kind of light bulbs, then so be it.  But we should have any kind of light bulbs we want to buy.  After all, we are the United States of America.  We have had light bulbs for a long, long time.  Who is suddenly in charge that we can be told we cannot buy the light bulbs we prefer.  What has happened here in this country?  Why is someone else suddenly telling us how we have to live and what we have to do every day.  Never happened before.

Think about that.  A lot.