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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


If you have followed my blog you know that I knit for "Newborns in Need" but I learned to crochet first. My Mother taught me when I was maybe nine or ten years old and I made rosettes out of cotton thread for hot pads and etc.....
sort of like this one that I found on google. It is very slow to say the least and when I became an adult I continued to crochet but with yarn instead of the cotton thread. I just never had the patience it required to complete a project but my Grandmother crocheted everything with this cotton yard and she didn't know how to read a pattern but used the chart patterns like the following...
At some point in time my Mother asked my Grandmother to crochet "The Last Supper" for her church and purchased the yarn needed. I didn't know anything about it until after my Mother died and I went through her things and low and behold rolled up was this huge crocheted picture of the last supper. Why it never made it to the church I don't know and I started to put it in the estate sale but then changed my mind and only much later was it suggested to me to have it matted and framed...................
(Couldn't get the picture without the glare on the glass and no my wall isn't pink, it's a light beige).
It hangs in our bedroom and I often stop and marvel at the intricate work.
I think each square equals two double crochets and open square to single crochets.
The roof section
Can you imagine how many stitches there must be in this piece....

I don't know that my Grandmother was a Christian but she surely had the patience of Job:)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crock pot winner

I made these for our Father's Day pot luck and they were wonderful:)

Paula Deen's Pinto Beans

    1 pound dry pinto beans
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 pound ham hocks, or 1/4 pound streak o' lean
    4 cups water
    1 onion, chopped

    Pepper Garlic Powder
Wash the beans and soak overnight in cold water. Drain the beans and dump into slow cooker. Stir in chili powder and oregano.

If using ham hock: Pre-soak ham in a separate pot, for at least 2, or refrigerated up to 24 hours, depending on how salty you want your stock to be. Add ham hock to slow cooker with beans and pour in ham soaking liquid. Add more water until ham hock is completely covered.

If using streak o' lean: Cut into cubes, brown in a skillet, and place the meat and any rendered fat in the slow cooker with beans. Pour 4 cups water into pot.

Add onion to slow cooker with beans and meat. Stir well. Season, to taste, with Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder cover the pot, and cook on high (around six hours) until beans are very tender,
Note: I didn't use steak or ham hock but added some ketchup.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

This and That

Remember these? My daughter was born a month early so I had to pin the legs smaller or the pee just ran down her legs.

Baby cages so children that lived in apartments could get sunshine? Yikes!
I think this is called a oxymoron.......
I'm sure this would be considered cruel in todays world....
Testing a bullet proof vest?????
You gotta love this....
Brothel tokens!
Only in California will you find these......
Pasadena, CA.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


This recently re-surfaced on Pinterest and it troubles me....

Clinton's body count
47+ friends/associates who died or disappeared 

Truth or fiction says there is not proof that any of the strange happenings during the Clinton years in office were connected to the Clintons but just pause and look at this information

What really happened...

During their time in office there were 12 or more friends/associated who were murdered and 7 committed suicide. 12 of their body guards died! Just think in only eight years all these deaths not to include the many other deaths that were not ruled murder or suicide but died under questionable circumstances.

In my whole 66 years of life I have only personally known two  people who committed suicide and only one business associate who was murdered and let me tell you that was troubling enough for me.
I can not fathom that these two people have been associated with all this tragedy and not even blink an eye. 

  How many people in your life has committed suicide or been murdered?


Saturday, June 7, 2014

A new adventure

Maybe because of the fact that I am an only child it is very easy for me to keep myself entertained and just stay home but I have become aware that even if this might be a blessing I tend to become isolated  from the world at large so over the years I have tried to volunteer in different area's. I interpret for the deaf at my church and that is ongoing and I once volunteer at a local hospital as well as the Glendale Police Dept. but the later two didn't become a passion so I left them. I recently saw an ad for a need for volunteers for the court system through Family Advocacy Center which interested me so I went to the orientation and was so impressed with their program I enlisted to volunteer in other areas as well. Little did I know that this volunteer position would have the same requirements as if I were becoming a employee of the Glendale Police Dept.  so along with résumés and fingerprinting I was required to take a poly graph test....

This was a totally new experience and included me having to drive 40 miles to get it done. That is a bit out of my comfort zone but......I did it! The reason all this is required is because once they give you access to the computer, you then will have access to all the police files for Glendale so it is important they know you aren't a bad guy.  I have volunteered several times now and have really enjoy it and the case workers, detectives and etc. are really nice so think this one is a fit for me.