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Monday, September 1st 2014

7:39 PM

My Grandmother’s Hands

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I have an expanded version of an essay I did a while back when I realized I had my grandmothers' hands. It is now online at HaveHeart Magazine, a new online magazine.

My Grandmother’s Hands

"I’m not sure when it happened, but I looked at my hands one day and realized they weren’t my own anymore, they were my grandmother’s. When I was younger my hands were smooth and unscarred. They would always be my hands, me, and no one else’s. Then I started noticing other things, the fine lines on my lips, the little wrinkles around my eyes. When did that happen? When you are young, everyone is old and you never imagine you will also be old someday. So waking up to my grandmother’s hands was a bit of a shock. I never noticed I was getting old. Doesn’t help when your brain keeps insisting you are still in your 20s!

What happened?"

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Friday, May 2nd 2014

2:49 PM

A request for assistance

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I've a new Indiegogo campaign to raise money towards better lenses to shoot my photos:
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Thursday, April 17th 2014

12:04 PM

Fattitude: A Body Positive Documentary

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A great project that you should back. You can give as little as $1, which might not seem like much, but $1 from several hundred people adds up. Like they say, every penny counts, in this case $1.
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Friday, November 1st 2013

10:54 AM


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Got a phone call this morning from a 4th cousin on my maternal grandmother's side of the family. He's doing genealogy and had some questions regarding where my grandfather was buried and he sent me all the stuff he's collected so far. I've semi-sort of looked into genealogy on my dad's side of the family and have some info that my dad had gathered. Looks like I've got a new project to work on. He also sent along some family lore from the Revolutionary War and scans of photos of various people. Will be cool to go thru and set up the family tree and see who is who. Need to get to work on the other side of the family too. Picked up an open source genealogy program that runs on Linux, so I can work on that when I have the time. Had a very nice Samhain this last weekend and Halloween was a very quiet evening. No trick or treaters in our area, so we just did chicken from Winco for dinner and watched stuff on the DVR. We are ditching the satellite as of the 3rd (or the 6th I can't remember), so we are trying to get thru as much of the stuff we've recorded as we can. Hubby pick up a media machine, runs MythTV on Linux. We'll be hooking the big antenna back up and run it thru the machine to get the local and Spokane stations. We decided as much as we love our NASCAR, it wasn't worth paying over $1000 a year for it and the few channels we watch. We've been watching more and more Netflix and the few network shows I like we can watch via the media computer which will be hooked into the big TV in the living room instead of the computer we currently have hooked up (hubby's computer). Need to work on getting ready for Winter Market on the 9th. Jewelry is all ready to go, just need to work on the display stands and mirrors. Figure out a tablecloth for an 8 foot table. I will be in the main room at the Market so I am expecting lots of traffic. I will also be there Dec 14th. I've got a number of photos in 8X10 inch format, matted. Went with flowers, landscapes and birds, so hopefully people will like them and buy them. Just a couple copies each and I hope I have enough mats, as I need to do that this weekend. Having the ability to run credit cards using Square on my smart phone is so nice. Amazing how many more sales you get when you tell people you take plastic.
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Friday, October 25th 2013

4:03 PM

New at Purple Ducky Designs

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Zazzle has been rolling out the new products lately and I am not going to even attempt to play catch up, just add them as time goes along. In the meantime they have lunch boxes:
Wrapping paper:
Mushroom Scarf Wraps
Mushroom Scarf Wraps by JeanC_PurpleDucky
Find more 60s Scarves at Zazzle
Pretty posy scarf wraps
Pretty posy scarf wraps by JeanC_PurpleDucky
Shop for Posey Scarves online at Zazzle.com
Froggy Wallet
Froggy Wallet by JeanC_PurpleDucky
See more Frog Wallets at zazzle.com
Froggy Watch
Froggy Watch by JeanC_PurpleDucky
Find other Watches at zazzle.com
Catitude Legging Tights
Catitude Legging Tights by JeanC_PurpleDucky
Browse more Cat Leggings at Zazzle
and Jelly Belly tins:
to name a few items. WHEW!!!! So as I mentioned, will be adding more with more designs as I go. If you see a product you like, but doesn't have one of my current designs on it, just let me know and I will see about getting it made (if the design will work on the particular product you are interested in).
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Thursday, September 26th 2013

10:07 AM

Coal Ash Chronicles

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A fundraiser for the documentary film about coal ash, America's second-largest and mostly unregulated waste stream:
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Monday, July 22nd 2013

9:16 AM

Monday, why do we always have Monday?

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Didn't do too much this weekend, way too hot. Did get down to Lewiston/Clarkston for shopping on Friday. Planned on going down early and getting it all done before it got too hot. Didn't quite go as planned. Got the shopping done, but didn't get home until after 5 pm and it got to 101F down there. UGH! But, we did get new shower fixtures at Costco, so hubby go that installed on Saturday as our old shower head was on its last legs. Went to Banyans at the Ridge for brunch on Sunday, was very nice. Mostly puttered this weekend, as mentioned, too hot. Waited until well after dark to do laundry and any baking (tho I discovered this morning I'd forgotten to turn the oven off last night). I'm expanding where I sell some of my photos. Opened up on RedBubble and ImageKind. This way I can get my photos out before audiences who might not come thru Zazzle. Will be adding more images to both sites over the next few weeks.
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Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

9:48 AM

WOO HOO!! 4 day weekend coming up!

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Off for the 4th of course and I take my Fridays off in the summer so with luck the weather folk are right and temps will fall back towards normal (highs in the 80s instead of 90s) and I can actually get things done. It has been too hot this week and when not at work, in the bedroom with air conditioning and LOTS of movies on DVD to watch. So what have I been up to, not a whole heck of a lot with the hot temps. But I have gotten my garden a bit closer to planting something, picked up 3 big bags of garden soil this last weekend and got them dumped into my tire planters (got the 3rd one set up, still need to paint it) and into the raised bed with my walking onions so I can plant something else, just not sure what. Maybe some bush beans. Took Rum Tum to the groomers on Monday for a shave (lion cut). We told them he would be difficult, they didn't believe us and we ended up with a kitty with no lion cut as he got way too stressed out for them to do it (as I said, we told them, they didn't believe us and we'd even gotten him some herbal kitty calmer from the pet store. Apparently we didn't give him enough). We will have to take him to a vet to get knocked out while they shave him. Dealing with a very sore little finger on my left hand. Rum Tum REALLY didn't like getting hauled over and was making poor pathetic kitty noises, so I reached my fingers into the carrier to give him scritches. Which was fine until he whipped 'round and bit me. Finger finally stopped bleeding by the time we got to Pullman. The swelling is finally going down today. So I got off work early, hubby brought the biggest kitty harness we have and a leash and we picked up the poor baby and brought him home.
Poor Rum Tum
We would have used the harness to take him over, but the plan was hubby picking him up by himself and the last thing he needed was a pissed off kitty loose in the car, so hence the (slightly too small for a Maine Coon) kitty carrier. As soon as we got home I took him to the bedroom where hubby had made sure the AC was on, got Rummers some food and water and we kept him in there with us the rest of the evening. He finally mellowed out (enough I was able to cut some of the smaller mats off him) and he was being back to a lovey kitty by morning. Had to order a part for my gas grill, the burner. No one had the right replacement part (the ones they had were all way too small, the one I needed was 22 inches long and a dual burner). So Amazon to the rescue and it arrived yesterday. But by the time it cooled off enough to install it it was too dark out. So hubby will take a poke at it while it is relatively cool this morning. Still waiting for the glass beads I ordered on the 26th, supposed to arrive on the 6th, hoping they will be here early. The charms I ordered arrived last Thursday, they weren't supposed to be here until yesterday:
They are sterling silver and I have several ideas on how to use them in my jewelry and sun catchers. Hit Goodwill on Sunday and picked up a Hamilton Beach food processor. My old one died and while I love my little Oster, it is a bit too small for a lot of what I need one for. Also picked up a coffee maker for hubby, he is still going caffeine free and this way I can still make a big pot of regular for me and he can have decaf in not so big a pot (he's not drinking as much coffee as is). Also stopped at Howard Hughes and finally got another oven rack for my stove. I'm going to bake oatmeal cookies tonight once it cools off a bit for the BBQ tomorrow next door (they are a great substitute for graham crackers in s'mores). Having 2 racks will make things go faster. Was going to hem up some new sweatpants and pants for hubby, but Scrapper had other ideas:
what's mine is his
Well, when I finally do they will have been Scrapper approved and cat furred LOL! My day lilies are blooming:
Day lilies
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Thursday, June 27th 2013

3:07 PM

My other dress

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from HolyClothing:
Purple dress
Finally got a pic of it today. I really do need to order a few more of this style and a couple others, they are wonderful
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Monday, June 17th 2013

2:31 PM


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Jes at The Militant Baker has a series of posts on things fat people shouldn't do or wear and she is working her way thru that list. I've post a link there to one of my precious OOTD where I am wearing a snake skin top since fat people shouldn't wear animal skin prints. Today's OOTD features a few no nos for fat chicks: leggings, bright colors, animal skin print (my shoes) and glitter (sparklies):
Today's outfit
Detail of my leggings:
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