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Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Want This Wool

The sheep-pig pulling the wool over everybody's eyes...

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:27 PM on 16th April 2010

At first glance, with its woolly coat, onlookers would be forgiven for mistaking this creature for a sheep.

However, a closer look at this rare breed reveals a snout and trotters usually found on pigs.

It’s a confusing sight, but this is one of three curly coated Mangalitza ‘sheep-pigs’ which have been delivered to a UK zoo.

Mangalitza

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No PhotoShop Here


I took this photo at the beach at Mission Bay. It was overcast and cool, but the sailors were racing.

The air and the water were all the same shade of grey. The sails offer the bright spots of color as if they had been added as an afterthought. Cool effect.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Get My Sunscreen Please


...and my Capri's, flip flops, sunglasses and don't forget the iced tea.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's Five to Four and All is Well


Happy Spring from the laughing, silly Wenskays'. We had a good Easter and have survived all of the major holidays of the year since our big change from 5 to 4. Still in the house, hanging on and trying to live life abundantly. You gotta laugh...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Man Boy


Evan is coasting towards turning 18 on May 1st. He is a handsome young man and his Momma loves him.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

How To Make a Tote Bag From A Thrift Store Sweater













Materials:

-Wool Cable Sweater
-Canvas Tote turned
inside out.
-Purse Handles
-Sewing machine
-Leather cord





Cut off the sleeve at six inches from cuff edge. Stitch closed at the cut line. Sew into the inside of the purse just below the top bound edge.


Cut the straps of the canvas bag three inches long and thread the handles through and stitch down to the canvas bag with matching thread.


Cut the sweater to match the length of the canvas tote, usually near the armpits of the sweater. The ribbed bottom edge of the sweater will go around the top of your tote. Sew the raw cut edge seam closed with a zigzag stitch.



Slip the rectangle of sweater over the outside of the canvas tote and pin into place with ease. Using zigzag stitch around the top and then one inch below.


Thread the leather cord onto a large sharp tapestry needle and thread it all around the casing as a drawstring. Gently tighten and tie with a square knot. Fill it up, and enjoy!! Use any old sweater you love.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Teach A Man To Fish



There is an old saying: Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

I went to the beach to contemplate life and here is what I saw. The juxtaposition of two fishermen. One kayaks out into the surf to cast out his line and catch a fish or two to take to his table.

The other combs the sand with his space age tool and fishes for treasures.

One will eat and the other feeds his fantasy of catching the "big one."

What kind of fisherman are you?

Friday, April 2, 2010

I'm Baaack!


Wow- what a week. It was going so well. Restful, peaceful and a real break from school with Spring weather to enjoy. I had a smile on my face from my last minutes in Lab Friday afternoon, all the way to Tuesday afternoon. I took the car in for a noise in the steering and a way over due, oil change. Woe is me, smile turned upside down. The estimate for repair- $500. Well, at least I got the oil changed and away I went to contemplate the needs of my freedom rider (car). I went home to sleep on it and decided to catch up on some bloggin.




I gathered my camera to download photos, made me a little snack, poured myself a little glass of the red, and turned on the computer. I am so glad I was sitting there to watch. I would have always wondered? The screen booted up, my name appeared and I hit the button to log on. The screen blared every color, fragmented from top to bottom. Through the color fog I could see my hotmail attempting to appear. Then, poof! Black screen. I was just a little distraught.


What to do? Go to bed.




The next morning I used my son's ancient computer to check my email and lament my losses via social networking. Facebook to the rescue. Heather and Tom are two brilliant people and good friends to me. First of all they happen to be the King and Queen of DIY projects, including auto repair. Who knew. Brakes- no problem. Steering disorder requires a simple flush and I will do that at the pro's shop. Now the computer. By the time I had driven north to their house, they had researched and found the best prices and qualities I needed. Tom dismantled my old Toshiba. The hard drive lay lifeless on the table with leads and wires connected to all kid of cables. Life support was in place and Dr. Tom diagnosed my blown capacitor oozing out the side o my laptop. So, a new Toshiba was purchased and Tom got busy with the transplant. The donor hard drive gave life to the new recipient hard drive in my second Toshiba, "little Toshie"




We are working together right now and we are bonding slowly. I am not a real champ about changes. Windows 7- I did not invent this. I cannot find my bookmarks and my links to some cool things appear to have disappered? But- it is all good. I will master the machine, cause this old dog has already shown she can learn new tricks! With a little help from her friends...