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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Upbeat Feat 2015

A Huge Feat!

For those of you you have been reading this all year- thank you.  I appreciate it- although, I never ready know who you are, except for that little counter thing that is clearly reaching almost 3,000!  Not sure how peeps get millions of followers, but my intimate little group is fine with me.  For that I again say THANK YOU!

The holidays were a blast this year. 
Well, can't beat three days with the off-springs, now 24 and 23.  They hung out and bonded, we laughed at each other, gave goofy gifts and they baked and left me a bag full of BUCKEYES.  It can't get better than that! We're talking the peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate.  Not that Ohio or OSU thing!

Yesterday was a a great day of playing with Fiberz at my house with seven quirky and creative women.  The challenge was to mix denim, cotton, something shiny and their best UGLY fabric. Picture five art teachers and an outstanding felt artist and you get magic. Two others were on standby, but I think they learned a lot too.
The roller coaster ride with my "dude" has probably gone off the tracks for good.  Aside from moaning about his outlandish remarks..... well, even smart people can be ignorant when showing their true self. This dude is short on feelings.... and that's not where I want to be in '15.
I was really disappointed about my house being underwater due to frozen pipes in early January, my health issues, and a quilt challenge I entered but didn't get in.  It happens, but the time invested on this quilt baby is also lost.  Now it's a UFO and is likely to be that way for a long while.
Girl With a Tear
I wanted to remind you I write for WikiHow under the name AQMM. Several of my articles are about sewing. I also have a GoFundMe project.  Please consider donating.

Finally,  I am posting some pictures of this year's end.  It sure ended better than it started out. I hope you'll enjoy my next years' posts.
Domino Box Painted (a gift!)
Good Thoughts 365 Days (a gift!)
A cake by my older daughter. Yum!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How Many Chances?

For many of us with depression...
We might over re-act.  We might beat our self up about it.
We may try to over analyze.  What is the truth? What is a common response?

Then there is another question.  When you have someone that has you been a big part of your life for a long time and this person hurts you over and over-- and you finally  realize its not YOU- how many chances do you give them?

Does forgive and forget still work when it hurts so much? Is repeated hurt worse than just once, or twice?
How many chances     1     2     3     4    5    6 

#givingchances      #helpforme   

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Its On Us

This is about the sensitive subject of rape.

I can't remember ever about writing about rape before.  However, several things have brought this to my mind.  First, a friend's daughter was raped on campus.  I asked my own adult daughter about this, and she said although it had never happened to her personally, it had happened to about eight women she knew.

Retro back to my days in the 1970's.  Back then girls were "good girls" or "bad girls."  We knew how to spot them, or so we thought.  We assumed the girls who were well endowed were the bad ones, the ones with poor self esteem, something about them, and the ones who were "a bit odd" were an easy target.

By college, I can remember being out-casted with my status.  The ladies on my floor boasted that they were active and proud of it.  Today, as I tell my younger friends, the whole thing is far more open than in the past.  The irony of social networking is that today, we tell everything never knowing who reads it.

There is a lot of gray areas to rape. The victim is just that. There are no good or bad girls, just women. The college campus is not the place for this abuse.  They even have a term called the "red zone," a period between the beginning of school and Thanksgiving when women are most vulnerable. They are trying to make new friends, and are more likely to let their guard down. What a depressing thought that is!

I know of a situation I could could call someone out on, myself.  Maybe someday I will get the guts. 

Today, I signed up for  Its On Us ( as a tribute to my friends daughter.  Maybe you should consider supporting this too.

#itsonus   #pledge   #ourdaughters     #sexualassault   #redzone   #mentoo

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Depression and Chronic Pain

 I just met with a new doctor. He was typing in verbal information I was giving him and he finally said, "I don't have any more room." 

Yes, my dear Depression Heads, my physical health situation is no longer able to fit in the box.  I have been trying to think outside the box for years-- (laugh)-- but now, I can't fit into the box either.

 He suggested reading Webmd   So here you go:


 Below:  Here are some samples of handmade wool felted pins I have been making.

#depression  #chronicpain  #pain    #artandpain   #felting  #cathyjeffers  #hellodepression