• BOOKS: Children of the Earth Series by Jean Auel Mary Higgins Clark John Grishams People Series by Kathleen O'Neal & W Michael Gear Readers Digest MUSIC: Pink Floyd Van Morrison New Age Eagles Alabama Chicago Fleetwood Mac Moody Blues Carol King Jim Croche Yes Mamas & Papas


Thursday, March 31, 2011

‘the major discovery of Christian history’?

Could lead codices prove ‘the major discovery of Christian history’?

British archaeologists are seeking to authenticate what could be a landmark discovery in the documentation of early Christianity: a trove of 70 lead codices that appear to date from the 1st century CE, which may include key clues to the last days of Jesus' life.  More?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Jumping Off Places ... Week 5 or 6? April 1, 2011

Week 4:  A bead of perspiration rolled from my temple down across my cheek. Or was it a tear? Why won't she love me is my last thought as my head hits the open bottom drawer. Dizziness overwhelmed and scared me, and I knew, this is not normal.

Week 5:  Smoke filled the room like a cloudy day.  No I realize with head spinning, everything is blurry.  I cry out in pain... disbelief is mixed with tears, I hear mothers mocking laughter.  Why did this just happen?  What could be so evil to deserve such harsh consequences?  Everyone in the kitchen is just standing there, no one moves to help, take a stand, comfort and protect a little girl?  Condem the mother/wife for what she has just done?

Alone in confusion, hurt to the core, in the gut for the first time that can be remembered, too young to process the combination of all that is happening.  It comes to me, move. Escape. It is then she realizes that there is no escape. There will never be. Never.

Slumped back toward the kitchen, alone, heading toward my bedroom and all of the stuffed animal friends who love me.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Caravan Beads sent an email this week that I found interesting and informative.  The following are excerpts:    "We received a letter earlier this month from the factory that produces our C-Lon threads and cords. Due to out-of-control increases in their raw materials costs, they are raising prices by 8% effective March 28th. C-Lon is made of nylon, and one of nylon's ingredients is oil which recently hit a two-year high in price." 
"The factory also warned that they might have to raise prices again later in the year depending on whether their costs stabilize or continue to increase."
If you use C-Lon, you may want to place your order today!

"... Miyuki, their employees and factory are fine and they do not forsee any interruptions to their production or shipping. The Miyuki factory is in the southern part of Japan, about 900 km (560 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, so nowhere near the region struck by the earthquake and tsunami. Miyuki also keeps a large stock of raw materials for making beads at the factory so there are no concerns about supply shortages."

"Unfortunately some companies here are attempting to use the tragedy in Japan as a way to boost short-term sales. We had a call yesterday from a customer who had been told by one of the Miyuki importers that the USA was going to ban all bead imports from Japan because of radiation, and urged her to stock up NOW!"


Thought that you would like to be in the know too ...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Fence Post

Comparatively, this is a small pasture, close to my studio.  It is surrounded by upscale neighborhoods, business and fairly steady traffic.  Such a wonderful sight to see with all of that!

Needless to say, I so enjoyed this photo shoot.  The first time I arrived to practice with my new camera, all of the cows ran away.  The second visit, after I purchased a new camera lens, I was scritching them.  One especially took to liking this and would move her head up and down against my hand ... it was so much fun to share time with her and her antics.  Geez, these things are strong!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Theme Thursday Meme March 24, 2011 - Paper

Where would the world be without paper? It has thousands of different uses and is used throughout the world many times in a day. Paper is largely used to write or print on, but it is also used in packaging, napkins and paper towel, toilet paper and some countries even use it as a food product.

History of Paper
  • The ancient Sumerians used clay tablets to write.
  • The ancient Egyptians used papyrus as a writing material. This was much better than writing on clay tablets. Papyrus was made from beaten strips of papyrus plants. There is evidence showing that the Egyptians used papyrus as early as 3700 BC. They later exported papyrus to Greek and Rome. The word ‘paper’ comes from the Greek work for ‘papyrus’.
  • From about 1600 to 250 BC, the ancient Chinese wrote on bamboo strips or bone. These were heavy and difficult to transport.
  • The first ‘paper’ was invented in ancient China sometime around 200 BC. However, this paper was made very differently modern paper.
  • Cai Lun, a court official during the Han Dynasty in China, is credited with inventing ‘modern’ paper. He first made paper from rags and plant fibers in 105 AD. While the papermaking process has changed throughout the years, modern paper is still quite similar to that made by Cai Lun. Paper became widely used as a writing implement by the 3rd century (200-300 AD).

The Thursday Meme often gives me the exciting opportunity to feature some of my very talented and artistic etsybloggers teammates.  Be amazed with me at the variety of paper materials, and designs. 

Donna Pool ~ Cat Note Cards

Mr. PenQuin ~ Paper Flower Accents

Rose Works Jewelry ~ Multicolored Paper Beads

Please stop, take a few moments to explore the artists shops, you may find a gift for you or someone else, and help the handmade artisan and movement at the same time.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jumping Off Places ...

A bead of perspiration rolled from my temple down across my cheek.  Or was it a tear?  Why won't she love me is my last thought as my head hits the open bottom drawer.  Dizziness overwhelmed and scared me, and I knew, this is not normal.

Etsybloggers March 28th, 2011 Blog Carnival by Devine Designs Jewelry

Pick one topic:
1. April birthstone: diamond- write about it's history, gem info, whether or not you like them, or if this is your birthstone!

2. April Fool's Day: Do you participate? Tell us about a joke you played on someone, or if one has been played on you. What do you think about this "day"?

3. What is your favorite gemstone and why?

Have fun choosing your topic! Cindy

Being the jokster that I am, with a side of sarcasm to boot, something fun always comes to fruition on April Fool's Day, also known as All Fool's Day, and our 11 year wedding anniversary!

As soon as I read choice number two, "Tell us about a joke you played on someone", a trick I played on our then middle school daughter, who is now in college, flooded my cebrial forefront..

It was a weekend day, and spur of the moment I decided to rush into her bedroom, turn on the lights, and wake her up telling her that her alarm must not have gone off and she was going to be late for school.

As she very sleepily jolted out of bed and started to put some clothes on, she suddenly realized it was not a school day!  Upset, but happy to go back to bed for a few more hours, we only laughed together many years later.  I laughed on and off all day long, each time I thought about it, and then again just now. 

Think maybe I will call her early April Fool's morning and give it another try!

Fun fact:  In Scotland, April Fool's Day is actually celebrated for two days. The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body. It is called Taily Day. The origin of the "kick me" sign can be traced to this observance.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Theme Thursday Meme March 17, 2011 ~LUCK

Theme Thursday: Teammates
from the EtsyBloggers Team

"We're a couple of sisters from Texas using a combination of family recipes and our own recipes, to create scrumptious candies"

 "working on my PhD, teach at a local University and am a competitive athlete"

"Carrie & Kathy have a passion for creating things with polymer and precious metal clays"

Question: Do you believe in "LUCK"?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cottage Comfy

The longer that I live here in my new little cottage, the more "this and that" little things come to mind.  For me, creating coziness to "home sweet home".  Like these two small additions:

Two bird feeders outside of the main room window, the one on the left is tubular shaped
peanut butter plus thingies, that fit into each hole.
One of the kitties, and my pup enjoyed the taste. 
Then the horror of the instant thought that I may be making the birdies more flavorful....

This window is in my kitchen.  There was this table with a mess of stuff and junk from years
 of just sitting there.  Off to the back were a beautiful array of clay pots. 
I moved the table out of the dirt holes the legs had settled into, made my own bird bath,
then decorated with the clay pots for a more enjoyable view.

Sunday's Moment of Silence

Saturday, March 12, 2011

One Protester: Eliminate Daylight Savings Time for this Early Bird

Midnight:01 or when you go to bed tonight, we are told to readjust our clocks, and ourselves.  Is it worth it?

Why do we have daylight saving time?

The hope is that we save energy -- since there's less of a need to switch on the lights if natural light will do. Studies have shown the electricity conserved on the new schedule is actually pretty nominal. But look on the bright side. Do you think the longer light-filled days are nice?  Please take the poll over there <<< in the left column.

What is the history of daylight saving time?

After that, it was a free-for-all of states deciding if they wanted it, and when it would start and end. Congress finally enacted the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which decreed that if a state chose to opt in to daylight saving, it had to be at the same time as everyone else.  Blah!Love it or hate it, America's annual observance of daylight savings time would be extended one additional month under a provision of the massive Energy Policy Act of 2005. Then observed from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, daylight savings time would be observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, when the bill be passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush.  Thanks again buddy!!

Fun fact: The idea was first floated back in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin. While minister of France he wrote the essay "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light." The idea failed to see the light of day until practically 100 years later, when the U.S. railroads instituted a standardized time for their train schedules. That time change was imposed nationally during the first World War to conserve energy, but was repealed after the war ended. It became the national time again during World War II.

"Time is Spherical"

Caturday - not your ordinary

World’s smallest cat

Mr. Peebles from Pekin, Illinois, USA was claimed as the world's smallest cat. Mr. Peebles is two years old cat weighing just 3 pounds and measuring 6.1 inches in height.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Theme Thursday Meme SPACE March 10, 2011

Our Space - Home Sweet Home
One of the benefits of having your own space,
is using it as you will, when you want too!

I knew this, really, I did!

"According to the National Library of Medicine, there are a number of symptoms that present themselves as a result of motion sickness, including increased salivation, which is the body’s way of protecting the teeth from the high doses of acid accompanied by vomit. Enter olives, which contain tannins that, when released in the mouth, work to dry saliva—first eliminating the symptom and then the body’s instinct to follow suit."

"However, the treatment is only effective during the early stages of nausea, when the salivation changes first appear." 

When I am going to fly, I buy a jar of olives.  When we are boarding, I put several into my mouth and arrange them around so I can suck on them slowly.  As I am boarding, as I pass a flight attendent, I ask for ginger ale ASAP.  Between the two, I have been able to curb the urge to use that cute little bag the airline supplies for you, and then for you seatmates.  More?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Featured EtsyBlogger March 2011

Mystic Wynd  I've come a long way from my humble beginnings in that little neighborhood and life has thrown me its share of curve balls. I've been married and divorced, remarried and widowed, and am happily married  to a great guy who's a senior network engineer (which means basically that he's a computer geek, but he loves computers, and I'm good with that! We've been married for 4 years and between us have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. We live in Scottsdale, AZ where the sun is almost always shining and at worst, you never have to shovel "partly cloudy"! (click on above banner to learn more)


Eclectic, distinctive, and often one of a kind, my handcrafted artisan necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, accessories, and gift items are sure to please! Please visit my shop policies in the left menu bar for more information and special offers. Questions and custom requests are always welcome and encouraged. Free standard worldwide shipping on all items!
Why wait?  You could miss this beautifilled creation!

click on above photo to visit Karens shop

Congratulations Karen creator of Mystic Wynd and EtsyBloggers Teammate

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Blues

Made by Melissa

Handmade by Sandi

Susan Needle Hands

Silver Smack

Athena Workman

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

FOOD (and other stuff) FOR THOUGHT ...

With gas prices going up faster then water flowing from a faucet (well, seems like it), an email arrived bringing prespective I want to share:

Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ... $10.32 per gallon

Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 .......... $9.52 per gallonGatorade 20 oz $1.59 ..... $10.17 per gallon
Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ......... $10.00 per gallon
Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 ...... $33.60 per gallon

Vick's Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 ... $178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 .. $123.20 per gallon

Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ....... $25.42 per gallon
Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 .....  $84.48 per gallon
Evian Water 9 oz $1.49.. $21.19 per gallon

Sure happy to not have car payments too, though in my life, the only item listed above that I use rarely is  white out.  Mostly, I use the backspace bar!

What do you think?

Me, wonder how much wine is per gallon?  I may have to stop driving to the grocery store...