Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Something to Ponder

"...truth will cut its own way"

This phrase has been on my mind and today I read the full context from which it comes. It is attributed to Joseph Smith, prophet and founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which I am a member. The source of the quotation is History of the Church , page 499. For now I will just leave it...more later.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Musiolarant

     While running an errand this morning at a Target store I had an unpleasant experience that is becoming more and more common.  I was in a hurry and chose the most convenient and shortest check out line.  While waiting I observed that the female clerk's right arm was covered in multi-colored tatoos and her face had multiple piercings.  I thougnt "Oh no, not another store with this....." .
     I find the look sleezy (my stomach was churning), and extremely offensive and out of place on anyone working with the public.  It turns people off....probably much more than businesses realize. Maybe the fault of the "silent majority".........?
     I held my place because I was in a hurry and decided I would not look directly at her.  Maybe this sounds silly, but I was not feeling well!  I was pleasantly surprized to discover that this girl was very sweet, cheerful, and helpful.  I would never have guessed this by her appearance....we judge by appearances whether fair or not.
     On the way home I noted that in spite of her wonderful personality the experience was offensive.  I do not plan to return to that store. 
     For me the experience cheapened Target.  I thought Target was a cut above as far as discount stores go, but that apparently is not always true. Visible tattoos/piercings  are unprofessional and reflect poorly on the employer.  In my opinion they are part of the "slut-look" that many young female rockers have perpetuated.  It is very sad......it cheapens women and gets young men all "riled up".  And we expect teens to behave themselves.  Hmmmmmmmmmmm.......     It is all so goofy........what is happening to females?!  Why do we let the entertainment world influence us in such a manner?! 
     Well, I have decided that maybe a few well crafted complaints might help. If nothing else I can say that  I tried! So I have begun.

UPDATE May 2016
I will not shop Target anymore.  I want a bathroom just for women (and that might be hard to find in the future since privacy is losing it's value....!!!!!!!!!).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Heart Brooches

These are some hearts I have been creating for brooches. They are backed with white felted wool. Some of the embroidery follows patterns on the fabrics. Each will have another layer of wool attached to the back and then pins. Each heart will be outlined in blanket stitch....at least, that is the plan so far!
The strips used are 1" wide; seams are quarter inch. I make a "swatch" of pieced fabric, back it with a two-sided iron-on adhesive, cut hearts out (I cut the center of my pattern out so I can see how to place it), fuse them to small wool pieces, and trim to size of each cotton heart. Embroidery is next. Each heart is about 2x2 inches.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

War Party

Early this morning I left for an hour parkway walk with our dog. It was still and muggy outside......yucky. I applied my heaviest insect repellent, knowing mosquitoes would eat me up if I didn't.
Ahhhhhhhh...no bugs........not one mosquito bothered me........and it wasn't quite as hot as I thought it would be............time to lose my self in reverie.............but wait..................what was that........hmmmm...15-20 minutes into my walk.......I don't think it was a mosquito.......and then I noticed the increasing number of flies. They came, circling like a war party attacking a wagon train. Apparently they had been waiting in the woods for the right moment to ambush me, that being when I was too far along my route to turn back....too far for any way to escape!
And they had arrows. These were not your ordinary variety of flies..........these were the notorious BITING flies of northern Wisconsin. Gee................all that way just to see me!!! Hey........what did I do to them?! Bug Off!! But no.....there was no bugging off. Apparently they are oblivious to super powered Deet.
I eventually came to an alternate route that my husband and I recently discovered and cut my walk short by 15 minutes. I suspect I made up for the abbreviated length of time by swatting flies and walking faster than I have in several years.............
Oh, the joy of an air-conditioned house!

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In addition to being a violist, I am a wife and mother (three sons). I dabble in writing, handwork, sewing and photography.