Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge, Please!

Hello!  Looks like it's time for another round of Wednesday Hodgepodge, hosted by Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  Each week a set of questions are posted, and participants post their answers accordingly.   So, here goes...

1)  When it comes to good manners, what two top your list as most important?

Answer:  Well, for one, I wish I'd hear more of two simple words, "Excuse me".  I never liked crowds, and most probably because it's a perfect example of the notion "Every man for himself".  If you cut in front of someone, or you accidentally bump into someone, then say "I'm sorry", or "Excuse me".  It's just a little pet-peeve of mine, I suppose; but I mean...   Is it really that difficult?!..  Really?!!

Second,  I think the polite and very simple act of saying "Hello", with a smile, is becoming almost obsolete!..  While I'm sure most people don't mean to be rude, indifferent, or selfish, and I guess some people consider it as just "minding one's own business", in my opinion, it sure does make one a appear to be just a big ol' grouch..  or shall we even say snob!!..

It's both funny and sad to me, that I find an older person tends to look surprised that anyone thinks to be so courteous anymore, while the younger generation seems to look at you like, "Who the bleep are you?!  Do I know you?"...  These days, I just think that perhaps while parents are teaching their kids self confidence, and "Don't speak to strangers", they should still teach their children good manners.

"The hardest job kids face today
is learning good manners without seeing any."
~Fred Astaire

No, I didn't teach my kids to walk up to a stranger's car if they offered them a piece of candy...  And no, I didn't leave it up to my public education system to teach it FOR me...  Street smarts are still very important, but here's a little something that says it well...

"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.  
If you have that awareness, you have good manners, 
no matter which fork you use."   ~Emily Post

If you see an old man on the street, walking his dog, then just maybe consider the possibility that this dog might be the ONLY friend he HAS!  Say "Hello", and maybe, if you can manage a smile to go with it, even muster up a "How are you today?"  While it might not seem like much to you, it may mean the world to him!..  We all feel lonely once in a while, for one reason or another, and we're all gonna grow old someday.  "Love thy neighbor".  You don't have to send roses...  Just say "Hello"..  Offer to help him rake his leaves..   Make a batch of muffins, and bring him over a few; or if you're making a coffee cake, then make TWO, and send one over to him/her!
 (Country Apple Coffee Cake..  See recipe HERE)

Wouldn't something like that make YOUR day, if someone was to do that for YOU?...  If even something so nice hasn't happened to YOU, then rise above it, and set an EXAMPLE!   I seem to remember something (ahem) somebody once said...

"So whatever you wish that men would do to you, 
do so to them.."   ~The Holy Bible, Matthew 7:12

Well, so there!..  THAT was a long answer!!!  
Are you sorry you asked?!
Onto the next question!

2)  Let's open a proverbial can of worms..  COMMON CORE.  Are you familiar with the term?  (talking education reform in the USA)...   If so, share your thoughts.

Answer:  I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with the term "common core";  but as for my opinion on the education system in general?..   I'm afraid y'all lost me back in 2001, when George Bush, and Congress introduced The (supposed) No Child Left Behind Act.  Call me stupid, or maybe naive, if you like, but I see a LOT of kids getting "left behind".  Someone?..  Anyone of our elected officials want to explain this to me?????  (I think I hear crickets chirping, do you?)

3)Name a celebrity whose fashion sense you admire, and why...

Answer:  Sarah Jessica Parker once said...   "Although I appreciate beautiful clothes, I'm not into fashion as people expect me to be."....   I think Sarah Jessica Parker takes more than a fair share of ribbing, and downright bullying sometimes, as she may not fit everyone's critical, narrow-minded vision/definition of "pretty", or "beautiful"...  But I think she IS beautiful, inside and out, and she rises above it all!..  A wonderful actress (We all loved Carrie, didn't we?!)...   She appears to be a devoted wife, and a loving mother of three..  And as for her sense of fashion? I think, no matter how dressed up or dressed down, she ALWAYS looks great!  Her perfume, Lovely, is one of my favorites..  And I hear she has a new line of shoes...  (not that I can afford them...  Honestly, I really miss when she had her own line of clothing, named Bitten, at Steve and Barry's!  I wish she'd come back with another beautiful and affordable line like that someday.)

4)  How affected are you by the changing seasons?

Answer:  Well, most noticeably,  my allergies will act up...  I'll cough, sneeze, have itchy eyes.  You get the gist!  But I think, considering the heat and humidity of Summer, and then the severe Winter cold of the "Great Northeast", being conditions I tolerate the least, my favorite seasons are now Spring and Fall!

5)  Scariest book I've ever read?

I think that would have to be Gerald's Game, by Stephen King.  I started reading this book, some years ago, and tried to stay with it, into...  oh, I don't know..  maybe 4 or 5 chapters or so?  But I just couldn't stomach the whole story line!  Too creepy..  Too scary..  I put the book down, and soon thereafter, happily sent it on its way, in a bag full of other things, bound for the Salvation Army box!

6)  What time of day are you most hungry?  What's your go-to snack?

Answer:  I sometimes have a tendency to skip either breakfast or lunch..  one or the other.  So, I seem to be most eager for DINNER!..    As for my go-to snack?  That's a tough question, which could be answered in as many words as I used for question #1!!!!  Ha! Ha!..   But o.k..   I'll spare you that...   I guess I could narrow my list of favorite snacks down to cake, baked custard, sliced apples and dip, Oreo cookies, and ice cream!

7)  Do you lean towards being too needy or being too independent?  Which do you find harder to deal with in others?

Answer:  I readily admit how complicated I can be, and I'm sure I'm a little (or a lot?) of BOTH!  But isn't everybody in need, of one thing or another, to some degree?...  As for others?  I think that because I am "needy", shall we say, in one way or another, (I really don't like that word).. that it bothers me that others won't come to me for help to THEM.  I may not be able to help someone in one way, but I can be of help in so many other ways, and I just wish that any friend or family member in need would just remember that I'm here for them, and that I'd like to help in whatever way I can.

8)  Insert random thought...   

I ran across a quote this week, by Reba McEntire; and along with the spirit of Halloween, I was inspired to paint this art-journal page...

I also crocheted a little somethin' "sweet" for my cell phone! 

Well, there you have it, and that's it for today!
While remembering my manners,
I want to thank Joyce for hosting 
Wednesday Hodgepodge!..
And I "THANK YOU" for stopping by today!


Monday, October 14, 2013

Face the Challenge

Inspiration Avenue posted a challenge based on the theme, Faces.  All were invited to present a face in any way or medium one was artistically inclined to...   So here is the face that I painted in my art journal.

I've seen faces done this way with hair done in flowers, but not yet in Autumn leaves, so I was inspired to give it a try!  At first I thought I would use a leaves type of stencil for the hair, but I changed my mind and went with foam stamps instead.  I really had my doubts that this would come out nice at ALL, but actually, I feel pleasantly surprised!  I'm very happy with this!

for the inspiration this week...

and thank YOU for stopping by today!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Making Cards

Today is 

There are a LOT of birthdays on my calendar this month, and having heard about this card-making event from Audrey Pettit's Weblog, I thought it was a good time to work on some myself!  

I started by making my own card backgrounds simply by using a basic splattering technique I saw on a YouTube video, HERE.  It was fun actually, feeling like a kid at play, just throwing and splashing paint around, like not a care in the world as to where it landed!  (Of course, I had my surroundings completely covered in newspaper.  I don't remember getting any on my clothes.)...   So having finished that step, and all the cards are dry now, I just did a little stamping and fussy-cutting, and now I'm pulling out all my buttons, ribbons, washi tapes, and bling to embellish them...  I'm really having FUN with these!

Thanks for stopping by, 
and I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge 144

I thought I'd join in for this round of Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Hosted by Joyce, at From This Side of the Pond, seven questions (with room for a random thought) are presented, and participants post their answers in response.  Here are this weeks round of questions, followed by my answers, such as they are...

1)  What's one thing you learned in September?

Answer:  How precious time is, when spent with family, and how we should never take that time for granted.
2)  Acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, zucchini squash..  or "Bleck!  Hold the squash!"...  What's your favorite squash, and how do you prepare it?

Answer:  I used to HATE squash when I was a kid.  I'd absolutely gag on it!..  But now I really like it!  I like acorn or butternut squash cooked and mashed, like potatoes;  but my favorite is simply yellow or zucchini squash sliced up and fried in butter, with salt and pepper!  Yum!..  I also love baking my own homemade zucchini bread!

3)  The older I get, the ___________.

Answer:  I think that the older I get, the older I see my parents get, and the more precious time seems to be.  Just this past month, I have noticed, for the first time, my father slowing down some.  Below is a picture of my Dad being a good sport for me, posing in the picture with Dear Son and me, at the farm where we just recently went apple picking.

While I'm aware how life works..  how we all get older, and how time marches on...  I guess I just didn't know WHEN to expect time would start taking its toll on my own parents.   I'm reminded how I haven't always seen things eye to eye with my father, throughout the years; but I still love him, and I now find myself feeling a little worried.   Seeing things in a different light, I am far more appreciative of any time I get to spend with him now.

4)  What's your favorite television theme song ever?

Answer:  Well, now, you can't pin me down to just one, any more than you can pin me down to a favorite color!..  The ones that come to mind, just to name a few, are as follows:  the theme from Friends, I'll Be There For You;  BOTH the theme songs from Happy Days; the theme song from the show The Monkees; and the theme song for The Big Bang Theory...

But I think my all-time, very favorite theme songs were actually closing songs to two different t.v. shows, both from back in my early teen years.  One was the closing song for the Carol Burnett Show, I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together..  But most definitely, my very FAVORITE closing song was I Got You Babe, from the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, a popular variety type of t.v. show, running from 1971 to 1974.  I still LOVE that song!  It reminds me of who I love, what I have, and what's most important to me!

5)  What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?

Answer:   Just about 5 years ago, I was focused on quitting smoking!  I succeeded in kicking the habit, and sure can't find any regrets about that!

6)  What item do you most need (or want) to add to your Fall wardrobe?

Answer:  I think some new dress boots would be nice, and then maybe a few more lightweight-dressy scarves, just for fun, to throw on with Fall jackets and blazers!

7)  On October 2nd, 1950, the Peanuts cartoon was introduced to the world.  What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?

Answer:  For as far back as I can remember, I was drawing the Peanuts characters all the time!  In fact, I won an award for runner-up, when I was in 5th grade, for painting Snoopy to look like a dentist in a dental health poster contest! (and still have the certificate!).. So the Peanuts were always my favorite cartoons, and still are!  To the left, is a book that I just picked up at a thrift sale, held at a local fair.  It's a good-sized paper back, measuring 10 x 12", with 255 pages packed full of both black-and-white and color comic strips, stories, and information!..  But as for what I can remember of Saturday morning cartoons from when I was a kid?..  I most remember liking Casper The Friendly Ghost, and Bugs Bunny cartoons the best.  I remember also liking the Jackson 5 and Osmond Brothers cartoons too, and loving the songs they included in every episode!

8)  Insert random thought here:

Well...  Would you like to have a cup of tea with me before our visit is done here?  I've got this new tea pot, and cup and saucer, that I picked up at the same sale I got my Peanuts book at!

Love the Fall colors of both, and I got them for next to nothing, as part of a $2.00 bag sale!!  YAY!!!  The name at the bottom of the tea pot says SADLER, made in Staffordshire England..  So pretty I thought it was, I was very excited to bring it home!...   Alongside, is a tag and miniature book I made for a swap I'm in.  The book is just a teeny little thing,  1" by 1 1/2", following the tutorial for making one HERE.  The tag consists of various layers of papers, vintage trims, and embellishments.  The stamp I used , a young girl reading a book, is an Alesa Baker Design, from Impression Obsession.

Thanks to Joyce for hosting Wednesday Hodgepodge!
And thank YOU for stopping by today!