Sunday, December 15, 2019

Earth Warrior

While scrolling through Facebook, I came across this picture that my friend, Nanette, shared.

We had a little discussion about doing a challenge, I said I was in...she said: "I love you best because you are an Earth Warrior." This made me smile...and then it got me to thinking...how can we all be earth warriors? What difference can we make on this planet we call home?

When driving the roads of Virginia, I'm always amazed at the trash along the way. Watching people throw trash out the window, don't even get me started on cigarettes being thrown out the window. So this challenge discussion with Nanette got me to thinking where I could begin to on helping mother earth.  This is what I've come up with

  • Get a trash picker upper and start keeping the road in front of our house clean of trash, and maybe even adopt a road area to clean up
  • Carry gloves in my car, so I can pick up trash in parks as I go for a walk, you can't believe the garbage I see at the WARF in town or along the Greenway.
  • Stop using plastic straws, carry my personal straw with them when I need one, or, better yet, stop using straws altogether.
  • Do away with single-use plastic wrap.
  • Use my own water bottle, which I do 95% of the time, need to get that other 5% under control.
So...any other suggestions?
are you going to join the challenge and become an Earth Warrior
Can you spread this to your friends, make this challenge go viral?

As I said to Nanette - it takes a village, to make a town, to make a city, to make a state, to make a country to protect our planet.

Are you in?

Until Next Time
Be Kind



Thursday, December 12, 2019

12 Days of Kindness with Elf

I was browsing twitter and came across this article from CNN on 12 Days of Holiday Kindness
At the end of the article, you can print off the above picture and check off your kindness list.

If you follow me on social media, you know that Kindness has been my "word of the year," and I try and embrace it daily, but sometimes it's hard to remember because people can be such Cottonheaded Ninnymuggins. I really try and not let these people bring me down, but it happens to all of us, and sometimes, you want to crawl back into a quilt fort and ignore the world. On Monday, I decided that I don't want to be part of the Cottonheaded Ninnymuggins group I wanted to be part of "Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is to Sing it Loud and Sing it Clear" group.

So I'm gonna add to the list above

  • When pushing your grocery cart to the corral, instead of pushing it in and walking away, straighten up the carts, it takes a minute, and it's all organized and neat.
  • Grab a few $20 Visa gift cards and hand them out to your favorite service people, cashiers, grocery cart guy, waitress, a small act of kindness.
  • Let someone go ahead of in your while waiting in line to checkout
  • SMILE - A LOT!
  • ^^that one again
  • Don't just walk away, wish them a good day, Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas...whatever salutation use it and use it with a smile.
  • Don't grump at the people closest to you. Holidays are stressful for everyone.
I'm sure there are more, but that should get us to the new year, and maybe if we all start adding a few random kindness acts, more people will smile, and maybe, just maybe, there will be less Cottonheaded Ninnymuggins in the world.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Monday, December 9, 2019

I did it...

I did it...

I finally sat down at my sewing machine and finished a quilt top, took it to the quilter, got it back, and put the binding on.
Baby Quilt 
The pattern is from the book, Baby Quilts by Susan Emory, and you can find it on my website. I saw the sheep fabric on the Mountain Creek Quilt Shops website and had to have it. The arrows are from my stash, it's jumbled letters which I thought were perfect for a baby quilt, this is the black with white letters, and then I used the white with black letters for the back. The quilter, Hilda at Phantom Quilters, did a cute sheep design, and I had it back in just a few days. Now all that is left is to get a cute bag and deliver to the new mama.

So there ya have it... the first quilt that I've made since closing the shop that does have anything to do with work. I gotta say, it felt good sitting down at the sewing machine again, so good that I might try my hand at doing one for me.

Until Next Time
Be Kind


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Cup of Joe

Have you ever wondered where "cup of joe" came from in referring to a cup of coffee? Well, I did so I went to trusty Google and asked...omg...there are a few different definitions, but the one I like is this...

You can read more from Wonderopolis

I stopped drinking coffee a few years ago, I know what is running through your minds right now...WHAT...but between the acid in coffee not agreeing with me and taste buds changing I wasn't enjoying it. I would have the occasional Starbucks, but I would have to order something with lots of sugar and cream, or I couldn't stomach the bitterness of the coffee. 

But...

All of that changed when we went to Miami before our cruise in October, I was introduced to Cafe' Con leche, WOW, tasty, rich coffee with scaled milk, and I would add sugar. Low and behold, we got on the cruise ship, and there was a little coffee window buried on the ship that served a few specialty coffees. They made Cafe' Con leche using Cafe Bustelo, you can find it in your local grocery store or order directly from the company.

Cafe Bustelo

I came home, and because I don't have a way to steam my milk for my Cafe Con leche, the Cafe Bustelo is a little too strong, so I turned to Seattle's Best Henry's Blend. It's a beautiful smooth Dark Roast, not too bitter and not too strong, and so far, the acid isn't killing me. The only problem with me and Henry's Blend is that I have to travel from grocery to grocery store in search of it locally but find it I do and enjoy a cup every morning.

Henry's Blend

I do have a favorite mug...

I toss it in the microwave with water to heat the mug before I pour myself a cup; this helps keep my coffee hotter longer because while I'll drink iced coffee, I don't want a cup of cold coffee.

So this post that started off with me wanting to share my cute little mug that I've had for 20+ years turned into telling you my coffee saga...o'well now ya know...so bottoms up!

Until Next Time
Be Kind







Saturday, December 7, 2019

Bird Watching

We moved into this house in 1998, and one of the first things we did was put up bird feeders. I think it's in my blood because my parents have always feed the birds...and the squirrels.

Our feeder stand is a 4x4 buried in the ground with four hooks for four feeders. We have two squirrel baffles...yes two...we have brilliant squirrels. But, we also have bears, and when you have bears, you either bring in your feeders nightly or don't put any out. Not having feeders wasn't an option, but I read that if you use platform feeders, bears will dump the seed but not destroy the feeder. So off to Tractor Supply Company to pick up a feeder.

3 in 1 Platform Feeder
It's been up a week, and I'm sitting here watching the birds have a daily buffet. In the last hour, I've seen both the male and female cardinals, tufted titmouse, juncos, wrens, mocking bird, bluejay, carolina chickadee, and a few different finches. I also pick up the birdseed at TSC, great selection, and affordable.

So...if you have bears in your neck of the woods and want to feed the birds, grab a platform feeder or two and enjoy the show!

Until Next Time
Be Kind



A Dream

Warning...this blog post may cause some tears, but believe me, that are happy ones. I had a dream last night, and my father was in it. No...