Monday, April 30, 2007
Haircuts and Birds
First and foremost, I want to thank you from the very bottom of my
humble heart (or the heart of my humble bottom as my neighbor used to say) for your column. I check it nearly every day for new additions. Your piece regarding the scraps of fabric in the suet holder for nesting material reminded me of something I'd not thought about in years. When my sons were young, we spent many days at my in-laws' resort. Since I usually cut the boys' hair, we would do so outdoors where the hair could fall wherever and it mattered not. My youngest had beautiful platinum blond hair and lots of it, so when I cut his hair, there were many, many little piles of it around the area. It stood out from the grass and one day while we were cutting, he was awed and delighted to see the little birds collecting his hair for their nests. It was also quite comical because they would collect said hair very methodically, picking up bit after bit of 1" long hairs which resulted in what appeared to be a lovely silver moustache
protruding from either side of their beaks. Tom's hair has darkened now that he's in his 40s, but whenever I see photos of him as a youngster, I think of those little birds nestled in nests
woven with silver hair. We love birds and love hearing of people like you who share with them.
Bless you and yours,
Karen M. Johnson
...and the following after I requested to post Karen's email:
"I'm delighted you enjoyed the hair-in-the-nest story. Today that son is a 6'4" 250# body builder and is still fascinated with the birds and beasts.
I love "Hodgepodge" and hope you'll be there to teach us, delight us, and make us laugh and cry forever."
Hugs ~ Karen Johnson
Friday, April 27, 2007
No Needle Turn Applique
You need no-melt mylar from your local craft store or quilt shop.
Cut the finished size of the applique piece out of the mylar.
Cut your fabric a little larger and place it face down on a firm ironing surface. (Of course you don't have to have a small travel iron. I just find it easier.)
Spray a little spray starch into a bowl and using a paint brush and "paint" it on the edges that are to be turned.
Then iron in the edges toward the center being sure they are pulled tight to obtain the shape of your appliqued piece.
When they are all pressed into the center give it a good all over press.
You can the pop out the mylar form and use it again.
You can put you applique pieces in place with a little bit of washable glue stick in the center (not edges). You won't have to contend with your thread getting caught on pins being used to hold things in place.
This had been demonstated on "Simply Quilts" although I don't remember if it was used on this particular quilt. This quilt was on that show.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Posy Pot Quilt
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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Monday, April 23, 2007
Buying The War
Also discussed is the "lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, the government's claims about weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties to Saddam Hussein that went mostly unchallenged by the media."
On your local PBS station air dates:
9:00pm Wednesday, April 25
1:30pm Saturday, April 28
3:30am Tuesday, May 01
Friday, April 20, 2007
Kids and Breakfast
Kids who eat breakfast do better in school having more energy, focus, concentration, and better eye-hand coordination. They will have fewer behavioral problems and are more likely to meet their nutritional needs overall. The best bonus is they'll have an easier time staying at a healthy weight.
If you can't get them to sit down to breakfast send the kids off with a plastic zip bag filled with things like nuts, raisins, and O's cereal. Add orange slices, low-fat granola, cheese and crackers, sliced apple, sandwich cookies filled with peanut butter...or anything else reasonably healthy that you know they'll eat, whether it's a "breakfast food" or not. Even a chicken sandwich on whole wheat is fine.
You should aim for three things:
Plenty of fiber and protein - it will keep kids full and energized until lunch.
Minimal sugar - too much can send their energy soaring up, then crashing down before the morning's half over.
Some healthy fat, especially the kind called omega-3s - turns out that kids who eat more of them do better on short-term memory tests than kids who eat more saturated fat (like butter, bacon, sausage, pastries, full-fat milk and cheese).
One easy way to get good omega-3 fats into your kids: sprinkle walnuts or almonds on their cereal. You can also hard-boil a batch of omega-3-enriched eggs. So when you have a hectic morning you can give the kids and yourself an egg and some whole-wheat crackers in a plastic zipper bag and you'll all be good to go till lunch.
Don't forget oatmeal. Kids who eat oatmeal remember things better and pay more attention. Oatmeal is digested slowly, supplying the brain with a steady stream of energy.
This and more from: Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by pediatrician Jennifer Trachtenberg
This is a summary of an article: Top 5 Reasons Breakfast Is a Must for Kids
Posted: Thursday, Mar 01, 2007, 9:19 am PST on RealAge.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Quilting a Nest?
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
We Mourn the Loss
Whom We have never seen—
A Vital Kinsmanship import
Our Soul and theirs—between—
For Stranger—Strangers do not mourn—
There be Immortal friends
Whom Death see first—'tis news of this
That paralyze Ourselves—
Who, vital only to Our Thought—
Such Presence bear away
In dying—'tis as if Our Souls
- Emily Dickinson
In memory of those killed at Virginia Tech.
Written so long ago, yet sadly speaks to how we feel today.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Dotti's Place - Household Hints and Tips
Friday, April 13, 2007
Copy Machines and Privacy Issues
Newer machines are promoting an encrypting feature and some recent ones have a "virtually shred" so nothing can be recovered.
This is something to think about the next time you make a copy of something, like your tax returns.
To read more:
Article from COMPUTERWORLD:
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Cute Times Three
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Living to 100
Most people score in their late eighties... how about you?"
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Barbara's Easter Bunny Cake