Category Archives: world events

Surreal earthquake

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terremoto santiago, originally uploaded by todosnuestrosmuertos.

What a day of turmoil around the world, starting with the earthquake in Chile. Terremoto Santiago has some more 1st person views of his homeland on his Flickr photostream. We were watching for a tsunami to hit Hawaii, but they were spared by just having a small one-so far.

Update-I just learned that one of my Flickr art swap pals is in Chile and has been there for the death of her mother last week. So sad! Keep Constanza in your thoughts and prayers.

One World, One Heart

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Thanks to Lisa for hosting this exciting and creative event for the 4th year in a row (2007). I think this is the 3rd time I’ve been involved. All you have to do is leave a ‘hello, please include me’ comment on this post only. At midnight on the 15th of February, I’ll randomly pick a winner.
One World One Heart Giveaway items
I made three of the above items! I made the Valentine with the vintage couple. The wording is-‘he loved her wild gypsy heart’. I also made the cover for the chunky note book. They are hard to find and I’ve given away a few and the recipients loved them. My mom shrunk up a pretty red wool sweater, so I brought it home and made this trio of hearts for a garland out of it. It’s about 17″ long and has some hooks on the ends. You can add your own goodies to the garland. The other things are from one of my favorite artists, Mary Engelbreit-a chair ornament with a heart pillow and a magnet with a few kitchen conversions. Also included is a box of Conversation hearts and some say ‘Tweet Me’ on them.
Please enter only once! Good luck, I would love to send these heart goodies to you!
Gypsy Heart Valentine
Mary Engelbreit Magnet
Mary Engelbreit Chair Ornament
Handcrafted Felted Heart-part of garland
Trio of handcrafted felted hearts

Coping

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Only 12 days into the new year and there is such devastation in the country of Haiti. Just about 38 seconds (and many after shocks), caused the worst earthquake in two centuries. It’s almost unbearable to look at the photos of the wounded people and many buildings laying in ruin. We’ve met some Haitian people in Florida before when my brother took us to a flea market down there. Anyway, all I can say to do is what we did (give up pizza one night) to donate $10 through the Red Cross. You can text it on your phone as we did. Every little bit has to help.
Another thing for us on a more personal level is that my mom has to cope with her failing eyesight. She went to her eye doctor today and there is nothing else they can do to save the sight in her right eye. She sees distorted figures and wavy lines in that eye right now. We are praying that her left eye stays strong. I think she knew that’s what kind of news she was facing. Too bad she went through cataract surgery in 2008 as her path was taking her down this road, which they didn’t know back then. She is still driving, but I rather she not. I guess eventually she’ll have to go to senior daycare or have someone come during the day to help her. I’m hoping that’s a long way off for her sake.
So that’s a lot to digest for us all. Wish us luck.
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I did make some ‘Brooklyn Cheese Puffs’ from the ‘Lost Recipe’ cookbook. They were mainly ricotta cheese with a little flour, butter and cheddar cheese. You had to put them in the freezer for half an hour and then bake them in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. My oven was smoking!
You can see the recipe if you click on the photo and make it as large as possible.

Yum-so tiny and tender, like a biscuit, but they were definitely puffs!
Here’s the link to the cookbook.
Off to the eye doctor for me tomorrow for my 2 yr check up. I have a feeling I’ll need new glasses. All of us have dry eyes right now too.
Sean will probably start in Wally World next week. He just had the ‘drug’ test (the ‘liquid’ in a cup) today which won’t be finished getting evaluated until the end of the week. We are glad he will be bringing some money in for his bills, but it’s only part time right now.

10 years ago

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He was to my generation as his father was to his own generation-handsome, charismatic, athletic and gone too soon. I’ll never get over his early passing. When I saw film footage of him calling his mother ‘mommy’ at his college or law school graduation, well I knew deep down he had to be a nice guy. I just read he use to call himself ‘Juan’ Kennedy sometimes when he sent mail to a college friend. So like him.
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RIP MJ

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Michael’s favorite song. It was performed by his brother Jermaine at the memorial service.

“Smile” Written and Composed by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. Music Composed by Charles Chaplin.

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by…
If you smile
With your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just…

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just…

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by…

If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile…

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

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Paris and Prince Jackson (center) sing in tribute to their father Michael. We watched the entire memorial and it was really a wonderful, touching event.

Just plain hectic

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This last full week of June is proving to be a busy one. Yesterday, Sean took me to the grocery store (I needed him to lift the heavy stuff like 24 bottles of water and his help is great). That was 3 pm. I think I didn’t sit down again for an extended amount of time until close to 8! I made a quick and easy grilled chicken Caesar salad(love grilled chicken!) which called for fresh corn, which I used (I altered a recipe from a magazine I have). I then decided to plant three things in my soon to bloom lily garden. After I put the plants in, I started to edge the garden with my half moon edger. Brian came out and finished it, but he dug too deeply. I need to break up the dirt and get out the grass. Using that tool gives gardens a finished look.
Today is Brian’s Dad’s 86th birthday. Incidently, Ed McMahon passed away at age 86 today. He got his start in Philadelphia and just a few years ago was the guest of honor in a Memorial Day parade (I think) in my hometown. Ed and Dick Clark both lived in the same apartment complex (but in the 1950s of course!) that Brian and I started married life in-in Drexel Hill, PA.
Oh, I also went with Brian when he dropped his car off for inspection-there were about 30 other cars- some people (like us)waited until the last minute!
I was just watching ‘The View’ and I have the same measurements as Sherri*Shepherd before she started exercising! Oh well…hopefully I can get myself toned up a bit. I am sure she doesn’t do the gardening and cleaning I do. : )
Sad stuff:
There was a terrible train accident in Wash*ington, DC yesterday and now 7 have been confirmed dead. They said it’s the worse one in their history.
Update-spent the entire afternoon ripping out ornamental grass and planting other things here. That sick grape arbor behind this garden (the grapes are diseased) needs to come down!
Newly spruced up lily and grass bed
I added some bird statuary here.

One World-One Heart Event

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Unpredictable February-another month of winter and cold-we’ll see what our furry little groundhog pal sees tomorrow! This will be a sticky post. All newer posts will follow.
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I am throwing my hat in for the One World-One Heart event-my third year-thanks to Lisa for all the time and effort she puts into this event-wow!!!
I found the most gorgeous book of prints at the tribute to Andrew Wyeth at the Brandywine River museum yesterday and thought fellow artists would love it for their libraries.
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It is only available at the museum and includes a sprinkling of many of the artists who have been featured at the museum-including the late Andrew Wyeth.
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I’ll send you a copy of the card they gave out at the museum-they were very stingy with giving these out! I only got two, one for us and one for our son who grew up in this area:
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Please leave a comment here if you would like to try to win this amazing book. I will pick a winner on the 12th at midnight. I also made a ‘skinny’ card (3″x5″) in tribute to the late Andrew Wyeth’s work to include with the book (the photo in the book was my influence):
Tribute to Andrew Wyeth in Skinny card form