Crafty

I am making a crafty web journal – I want to keep my politicalish and crypto-zoology book stuff seperate from the pure crafty goodness.  I just want to keep the two seperate so as to have more freedom in my crafty life – I can have rants that last for weeks – such is the state of the world eh? – I am going to strive to not “stray off the path” as Grandma says and keep to the warm light of the crafty forrest.  I am sure the two worlds will merge but I have about four book  and art journals that I keep so whats a few more.  So have been busy.  I have however given up making all the paper myself. for the many scrapbooks and journals.

Having a redo for all the rooms also. Cold weather changes everything and we need more room for the holidays.
My fabric area has encroached to far into the spaces where we live so it will be time for a bit of indoor weeding. Hope you have a lovely week. Halloween is Friday. The year went by so fast.

Okay time to clean the kitchen and make soup.

It is all perception and commitment.


A friend sent me this link —-> Article on the housewife dream (<——click) as we call it – I am an “at home mom” but I have my own business in personal property appraisals and am an artist who works out of her home. I still consider myself an at home mom – at the beck and call of any of the people who I live with at a moments notice for anything – no maid (sadly) no yaya’s and no nanny. Not even a personal assistant. I would love to work outside the home and lead (according to monkeysmashesheaven, one of my favorite sites) a less “parasitic” life. Husband would agree but the cost of after school childcare and the sheer amount of homework these people bring home makes it impossible on many levels. As a socialist he wants the added income of another worker and yet the services provided by my being at home would cost a small fortune for him to replace. I work cheap and am able to multi-task.

I personally do not believe that the at home parent is a “parasite” as is thought of in many minds. I believe actually that this is one of the biggest misconceptions and problems with world society – the fact is that raising children is the most important task that one “commits” to in our lifetime. The choice to stay home or to work outside of the home has many mitigating factors and each family should have the space and freedom to choose what works best for them as a unit. A great many do not have this luxury – and for many the choice or “commitment” to stay at home for the children is more work than it would be to go to an office or outside job. I found it a lot easier to work for Dupont or Universal than to have to clean and cook and run errands for the weirdest things. Though indeed my job satisfaction was not as high. My friend wrote me that she thought American women suffer an envy that they (the women with extended families and helpers) in some parts of Asia have already. “A wife”.
Yes I so agree.

Main Entry: com·mit
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈmit\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): com·mit·ted; com·mit·ting
Etymology: Middle English committen, from Anglo-French committer, from Latin committere to connect, entrust, from com- + mittere to send
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 a: to put into charge or trust : entrust b: to place in a prison or mental institution c: to consign or record for preservation d: to put into a place for disposal or safekeeping e: to refer (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report
2: to carry into action deliberately : perpetrate
3 a: obligate , bind b: to pledge or assign to some particular course or use c: to reveal the views of
intransitive verb
1obsolete : to perpetrate an offense
2: to obligate or pledge oneself
— com·mit·ta·ble \-ˈmi-tə-bəl\ adjective

I thought I would share this. I hope it loads big enough for you to frame for your kitchen.

The Fall clean continues…


I have to start this out by saying Mrs. Meyers and her Lavender cleaner has the most calming and loving affect on our household. It is my absolute favorite product with Borax and white vinegar coming in second. and now…Mrs.Meyers has a website The peppermint soap and soy candles look amazing.

This is a checklist I got from Real estate.com several years ago and still use. Though it is Spring in half the world I think you can use this list any change of season. Please note – we do not have a chandelier but I leave it in because someday I will visit that Paris market or that Shabby Chic Estate/Hotel sale.

Because of the coming snows yard clean up is still very much the issue as well and now I wish I had started two months ago like my older and wiser neighbors. I am sad to see the garden go.

Fall is a good time to give your home a thorough cleaning.  With the holidays approaching, you may have family coming to visit or parties to host.  A deep fall cleaning gets your home ready for the holidays and company.

Getting started
Before you begin cleaning your home, do a little preparation.  First, have a plan.  Make a list of everything that you want to accomplish.  If your cleaning is going to take more than a day, create a timeframe.  You will also want to gather your supplies before you begin.  Try to have on hand the following: 

  • garbage bags for throwing away as much as you can as you clean((recycle-freecycle give away – purge)),
  • gloves to protect your hands,
  • a good duster,
  • white vinegar for cleaning most surfaces as well as mirrors and windows,
  • lemon juice to remove stains from counters and to use as a disinfectant,
  • baking soda for cleaning and scrubbing down your sinks, tubs, and toilets,
  • club soda to remove stains in carpet and upholstery,
  • distilled water to clean leather furniture, or
  • your own favorite cleaning products.

 
Quarterly tasks 

  • Wash down the baseboards and moldings.
  • Clean the exterior of all of your cabinetry.
  • Wash the porches and exterior doors with an attachment on your water hose.

Fall tasks
Because of holiday preparations, it makes sense to make certain tasks a part of your fall cleaning regimen. 

  • Clean the carpets.  Nothing makes a home look better than freshly cleaned carpets.  And, if you are worried about your niece spilling cherry pie on your freshly cleaned carpets, find a company that will come back within a specific timeframe to remove stains.
  • Clean the chandeliers and light fixtures.  Leave the chandelier in place to gently wash it – just place a towel below it to protect the furniture.  Remove the light globes from the other light fixtures and soak them for cleaning.  Wash the porch lights, too.
  • Clean the attic.  If you keep decorations in the attic, fall is a great time to clean it out.  Toss any junk that has migrated up there.  Also, vacuum it out by starting at the ceiling and working your way down (wear a mask).  This can improve the air quality in your home.
  • Your kitchen is going to work overtime during the holidays.  Prepare it by cleaning the oven and range.  Also, clean out the refrigerator and freezer to make room for all of those leftovers.
  • Be sure all of the silver is polished and ready to be used. ((uhmmm put this on the list for the Paris shopping spree as well))
  • Clean out the gutters when the leaves are through falling.
  • Clean all the bird feeders with gentle soapy water and give them a good scrub inside. Store the bird seed in tight containers in the garage (or under the sink) for filling up the feeders and making bird seed ornaments in the winter (( I added that one))

Fall is a busy time, but you won’t regret taking the time for a deep cleaning for your home.  Giving your home a deep cleaning can help it to look its best for the upcoming holidays.

Good time to go Green with the kids if you haven’t already – Martha’s Green List starter pdf

“Dipped in liquid awesome”

 

  Star Gates World Game

This is so it….as they say it looks to be “dipped in liquid awesome”.

Coming 2009 online gaming.

This is totally my style.

Pumpkin Harvest

I really love how the pumpkins grew this year. Next year we will plant more. They are a bit thorny when you clean them up after the harvest but so worth it. Not for little little ones to do alone being that the vines “bite” a bit. The tomatos are still thriving but they are saying freeze in the next few days – so it will be time to finish the harvest soon.

yeah yeah more politics I know….

Could not help it. Though I do not agree with Mr. Powell ( I think both candidates are equally as capitalistic and slaves to the machine) I was very very moved by the moment he shared about the muslim mother mourning her son at his grave. Now that is what I have always believed America was about. Now if only he had not died in some trunked up war…. Mr. Powell is a very dynamic speaker.

I love Alice

this is my daughters favorite youtube.

Answer of sorts.

 Extinction coefficient (molar)

All things are involved in an absorption process. The probability of a certain particle-particle interaction.

Science is not the answer but it does add some interesting dimensions to the question.

For lack of a better illusion…

 

So if religion is the Opiat of the people then certainly Politics is the Crack- Cocaine for the masses. It makes us crazy and bitter and we go about irrational with that hollow look in our eyes. I am heart sick that my Green Party is little more than a Demacratic little sister who is shooed away and told to go play outside while the GOP and the Dems sit around and decide just which Corporations will gut the people and sap our resources and destroy our environment. They are all the same and the Socialists and Communist are no better. Leaders that are corrupt or corruptable and filled with self serving rightousness and predjudice. To say any one party is better than the other equates to saying one religion is the true ideology and only they can commune with God. You know for sure when there is no truth when someone tells you “theirs” is the only one and true path. Religion or Politics. There is certainly truth but I do not believe she has revealed herself to the masses as of yet. Science nope, family – sometimes. Nature – cruel and severe in her own way.

So where is the truth? And how can we declare that ours is the way without being caught in the trap of 42 or 23 or even 13. For me every question can be answered by Pie. More later on that.

I have been so caught up in all the election junk and reading ideology blogs and bitch blogs, wasting hours of research time reading history and manifestos. I think about all of the things that might have been but for Wars…

I think a lot about politics. I come from a Military family except for my parents who were both Hippie Merchants rebelling against their career military fathers and grandfathers. I was talked out of joining the Air Force at 18 and went to University to study Art History instead. I was a professional student then for seven years, putting myself through school working full time and wishing I had joined the Air Force, Army or the Coast Guard. Life being a big “What If” I am happy with my chosen path and fight now for the Environment rather than the industrial corporate machine that has become the “Leadership” of our country.

 I support every soldier and their families in their choices to serve and I honor the sacrifices they personally must make every day. Brave men and women. I do not appreciate them (our soldiers) being treated like puppets or cattle, I think it an abhorent lack of manners the lack of supplies and technology that they suffer in the field. The greed and arrogance of the American leaders in not giving the soldiers State of the Art protections and support makes me ill. – Semi armored vehicles and limited ammunition supplies- old technology. Where are the lasers and the droids and the remote viewers? We are still in the dark ages. Why have War at all? The planets resources are dwindling and time is running out.

There is something more in these wars then the leadership wants to tell the American people. In reality soldier’s jobs could in ten years be replaced by robots. That being said the humanity – the social aspects – of rebuilding the countries and territories that have been devastated by war could not be built back up with robots (not yet). I honor the humanity and the spirit of peace that many soldiers try and achieve. They are treated poorly and their families suffer with substandard pay and health care.  They risk losing limbs and their minds – their very souls to the machine. If nothing else they should be secure knowing their service would guarantee their families financial security.

I am tried of politics and in my quiet moments I dream of a time when we have no war and no politicians and everyone (in the world) has everything they need and all are happy and well. No more extinctions. The Architect in the Matrix however says this senario never works.

My money is on the Robot overlord solution and go here to be freaked out http://www.bostondynamics.com/content/sec.php?section=BigDog 

I would take this really serious if it were solar, or bio-dynamic and not a gas engine.

(I am still working on learning that html)

Death Defying Acts

 

 

 

I did not catch the release of Death Defying acts released in limited movie houses earlier this year.

Working on a project with the girls for some Magician Magnets and costumes and of course had to have Mr. Houdini. Google has some amazing pictures of him and I walked away from research today very inspired.

This movie DDA directed by Gillian Armstrong looks to be based on the book “The Secret Life of Houdini” where it is hypothesized that Houdini was poisoned by the Spiritualist Societies he spent his later years debunking, and did not die by accident. Now I need to read the book and Netflix the movie.

I love the Tony Curtis version of Houdini’s life but Houdini’s legend will be interpreted through the ages. Mabey light a candle for him on Halloween.

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