Wednesday, 30 April 2008

The productivity score so far (10 days):

Completed : taxes, Mini Linda Doll, Post Cards
Wedding Dress - in process
Guild Challenge -STILL ON THE MENTAL DESIGN WALL
also completed:
Hum Bug Bag
Apron ( in the mail on May 1)

Tonight will be a dress making night again. I can't upload photos yet since these items being made are all gifts or surprises (just in case any recipient is reading my blog) but I will post them later.

I am having my cuppa' tea up in the kitchen as the studio is wedding dress world at this point; no drinks allowed when wedding dresses are on the sew!

I am anxious to be quiltmaking again, soon I hope.....

Thursday, 24 April 2008

...borrowing/stealing random assorted questions

(DebR Red Show Ramblings was in MeMe mood and borrowed/stole this, I wanted to write a post but my brain is tired tonight so I am borrowing from her)

1. If you were to attend a costume party tonight, as what or whom would you go?
A belly dancer, lots of blue silk chiffon, golden bangles and chains around my hips (a girl can dream can't she)

2. What are your choice of toppings on a hamburger? And do you prefer gas or charcoal grilling?
A thick slice of beefsteak tomato-sun warmed & fresh off the vine, Guldens spicy brown mustard, dill relish, and cheddar cheese; charcoal grilled

3. You are chosen to have lunch with the President. The condition is you only get to ask one question. What do you ask?
In my senior year I cancelled attending a lunch with a president so I could spend the week visiting a special guy instead (my father did not really want to forgive me for this) so I guess I would not be able to ask the President anything.

4. It’s your first day of vacation, what are you doing?
Figuring out the rest of the week's plan - where I want to visit and when so that I know which days I can just veg out

5. What is your concession stand must-have at the movies?
Fresh soft red licorice Twizzlers

6. How long was it from the first date until the proposal of marriage? How long until the wedding?
3 years and 7 months; then 8 months to the wedding [this is the above mentioned special guy that I already skipped out on the President's lunch for]

7. What is one quality that you really appreciate in a person?
That they really care

8. Everyone hears discussions that they consider boring. What topic can put you to sleep quicker than any other?
Money

9. If you had to have the same topping on your vanilla ice cream for the rest of your life, what topping would you choose?
Hot rich dark chocolate fudge sauce

10. What food item would need to be removed from the market altogether in order for you to live a healthier, longer life?
Cookies

The productivity score so far (6 days):
Post Cards DONE
Mini-Linda HALF - DONE
Linda's income tax (and mom's and brother's) STARTED AND MOSTLY DONE

Wedding Dress Started (just)
Guild Challenge STILL ON THE MENTAL DESIGN WALL

Friday, 18 April 2008

The next 2 weeks key word - productivity

This weekend (actually Sunday) begins a 2 week period of hopefully very productive sewing time. First on the list are finishing some postcards for friends. I did some earlier this week and want to send these new ones in the mail this weekend.

The productivity plan is to complete a piece of a project, attempt to blog-post it, then work at the next project on deck. Let's see what I manage to complete (while still showing up at work, french class and other promised appointments).

projects on deck:

  • Post Cards

  • Mini-Linda

  • Linda's income tax (and mom's and brother's)

  • Wedding Dress

  • Guild Challenge

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Shiraz - the dog in a bag watches TV


Yes, she is too sweet and too cute!

And yes, this time I asked for a "girly-Poodle-y" cut. We have owned poodles for nearly 25 years and when they were groomed we asked for the "regular dog cut", no puffs, no fluffs and no bows. Shiraz really is too cute to be a regular dog. Shiraz has turned me into a dog simp.

She loves to be cuddled up snug, she nags me to go to bed when it is past 11 PM, would rather stay with Peter in the evening if I am going to be busy but she is so lovable. The rest of the time she is following me wherever I go. Up the stairs, down the stairs, kitchen, living room, having a shower - Shiraz always waiting there for me.

She has become Muddy's personal cheerleader. He can barely make it up or down the steps but she waits and watches, running Victory circles and a celebratory bark when he makes it.

Dogs watching TV: some really do and others don't notice it at all. Shiraz is keenly aware of any animal or animal-like being on the TV. She looks up to the screen even when a certain TV commercial comes on featuring a man dressing up as a dog and barking.

She watches any animal on the screen and then calmly ignores the rest of the show.

I recently played a video for her of herself, Chloe and Pepper running around in the snow. When Pepper disappeared off screen,she heard my voice asking "where is Pepper?", she looked under the computer since that is the direction that Pepper disappeared off screen.

[Confession time: Yes I play YouTube animal videos for my dog on the computer and she avidly watches them and responds. I know that I have lost it]

Peter was watching some Nature Series or Planet documentary and Shiraz was rapt. A tiny growl at animals she could never have possible seen before (Polar Bears) and this is in response to the visual only - no sounds, no smell.

She was watching a bird sitting on its branch; when it became aggressive and puffed up its feathers into a large ring around its body in response to another bird coming close - Shiraz softly growled at it. She recognized (or must have in some primal fashion) the aggressive stance of a bird on a TV screen.

Shiraz owns the whole island. Anyone coming within her territorial limits needs to be "allowed in". Sometimes the island of Shiraz is my lap, sometimes it is the couch and sometimes she decides it is the whole property. She watches out the kitchen bay window and assesses each possible interloper. If someone exits their car (in the parking lot across the street) and heads north away from our island she quietly watches. IF however they turn towards our house because they need to remove an item from the other side of their car - then the soft warning growl starts. NO ENCROACHING on the island of Shiraz allowed.

Shiraz would make a great border patrol!

Friday, 11 April 2008

Coopey's in Coney Island - This is for you "Mr. Coopey"

I lived on 29th street. My name is Linda, my brother is Charlie, my little sister is Melody, my mother is Mildred and I spent most of my time at Coopey's. Comic books. Candy bars and toys.

If this is really you - the owner I am sure you can remember me
I can send you a photo perhaps but there were many days that you shooed me home after being there so long.


The day that my Opa was buried, I came around seeking my haven and stayed for hours.
I bought any crafts kit that you had - mosaic tiles, knitting loops, press dot doll clothes.

I loved your store and felt so safe with you or your wife there. I have always remembered the store and I could still draw out a diagram of the whole store and locate where everything belongs. The bic pen display that turned on the counter . The Wise potato chips (BBQ was my favorite flavor) near the soda cooler by the front door. The stationery and all the school supplies on the one side of the centre wall of shelves. The hobby stuff (models) on the far side. The games along the outer shelves. I remember buying my Kerplunk, the Amazing Kreskin, Spirograph, Operation and so many other of our toys from you. The jacks, the marbles, the bags of gold nugget gum.

It is too great a thrill to hear from you. I think that your store was my home away from home. Here are some photos from the 60's and 70's.


Oma and me;Me in the corner of the drug store 29th and Surf Ave, Opa Charlie and me; My cousin Randy and me with cotton candy on the boardwalk at Steeplechase (circa 1962)

Some of these toys must have come from Coopy's (1967)
On the boardwalk - Charlie and myself, other kids from the neighborhood - Just hanging around... Bianca, Randy, Vicki, Charlie and Dondi (1967) , myself (1970)
Myself and little sister Melody (1971); Me (1972) but not in Coney Island at the time; The 3 Griese kids; My Mom (1971)

2966 West 29th Street (1974) - Visiting relatives from out of town : Wolfgang and Carla, talking to Mr. Antonelli; Tante Ilse

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Sunshine and April and promise

It is amazing! Sunshine and it is getting warmer.

No more of this:
Because this
is going to make lots of green from this!!!!!

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Procrastination - a way to get things done

Procrastination is quite an effective tool for accomplishing unappealing tasks. This is far truer than you expect.
Consider this, you have dishes to wash or laundry to fold but these (and many similar chores) are easily put off till later in the evening because and interesting image appears on the T. V. screen; or you remember that you promised to give someone (anyone?) a quick call. The evening passes and darn, the laundry basket is still full.
So, the best way to motivate yourself is to escalate the priority. That is right. Taxes. You need to work on the annual income tax forms. Very important.
Of course that basket of laundry is now quite the pressing burden and it has to be folded and put away immediately.
So how do you escalate the taxes?
Just take a look outside at the back yard that is now showing its winter-worn, melted snow residue, unraked last lawn cutting head. YEP, those taxes need to be done right now!