Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Coffee? How I Helped My Mom Meet the Neighbors

I was reading this post on Tropic of Mom's blog about her son, known as the Man-cub, knocking on her neighbor's door and helping his mom meet her neighbor. It reminded me of this little story told often in my family. I also decided that my mother needed to meet the neighbors.

I was 3-and-half years old (you know at that age that "half" is very important!), and we had just moved to Hawaii. I mean, JUST moved - everything was still in boxes. We had arrived the day before, and it was late by the time the truck had been unloaded. My parents had put the beds together, found sheets and said the heck with unpacking anything else. I had heard my mother say something the day before about wanting to meet the neighbors. She actually had what today we refer to as a "meltdown". She was upset because she was in Hawaii - this was a very long time ago, before Hawaii was a state! (now you know that I truly am "older than dirt"!) She was expecting an uncivilized place with scary natives or something. We didn't know anything about Hawaii before landing there - there was no Google back then! Plus, she didn't have any friends there. She's 24, all alone, except for my dad and me, in a strange country, and probably exhausted. So she had a little meltdown that upset me and made me want to do something to help.

I got up early, Dad had already left to report for duty at the Air Force base, and mom was still asleep. I was probably thinking that she'd feel better when she had some friends. So, while she was still asleep, I slipped out of the house. Our house was "base housing" and it was on a sort of courtyard where 6 or 8 (I can't remember - I was only 6 when we moved from there!) houses faced a central yard. I went from house to house in this little courtyard. I told the women who opened their doors to find little me standing there in the early morning, that we just moved in and that my mommy wanted them to come over for coffee so she could meet them. (heehee)

Yes, this is me in Hawaii - 3 1/2 years old

I'm not sure what they were thinking, but all of those women followed me home to have coffee and to meet my mother. Remember that we had just moved in - everything is in boxes. Plus, my mother was still in the bed! Oh, my poor mother! She was awakened by me running into her room and yelling that I'd brought her some new friends! When she figured out that I meant right then - that there were women in the house - she jumped out of bed, threw some clothes on and went out into the kitchen. She tried to explain that we'd just moved in, that I heard her say she was going to have everybody for coffee, but that she didn't mean right then.

These women were wonderful - they told her not to worry about it. They ended up getting together some coffee, cups, and food from their houses. Soon, we were having a "coffee" on our living room floor. Then these lovely women pitched in and helped my mother unpack. She had her some new friends - and I helped.

I'm sure she wanted to strangle me when she first realized what I'd done! But it all worked out, and from then on, every time we were transferred to a new place, she would have a "coffee" to meet our neighbors. She just waited until she was unpacked and could find the cups!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wave That Flag!

I've been meaning to post this all month, but, well, you know stuff happens...

Like the Easter Bunny design I posted back in March, this was one of my designs that was included in the Accord 2008 Quilling Calendar. For those who don't know, all of the designs in this calendar were submitted by members of the North American Quilling Guild.

This "Wavy Flag" was the design for July 3 - the reason I've intended to post the pattern all month. But it IS still July, so it still counts, right? Plus, I figure that flags can be used ANY time of year, so it's never too late to have a pattern for a flag.

This is a fairly easy flag to make and can be used on a greeting card, gift tag, scrapbook, page, ATC, or just as a decoration - whatever way you can think to use it.

Shapes Needed:

Star: White
5 diamonds (2 inches, 5.1 cm)

Blue field:
2 marquis (1 ½ inches, 3.8 cm)
2 marquis (2 inches, 5.1 cm)
4 marquis (3 inches, 7.6 cm)
2 marquis (4 inches, 10.2 cm)
1 banding (4 inches, 10.2 cm)

Red stripes:
18 marquis (3 inches, 7.6 cm)
2 bandings (3 inches, 7.6 cm)

White stripe:
9 marquis (3 inches, 7.6 cm)

First make a star. Using five (2 inches, 5.1 cm) lengths of white strips, form each into a diamond. Attach the five diamonds together to form a star shape.

Fill in the around the star with 10 blue marquis shapes, using the photo as a guide. Outline with the (4 inches, 10.2 cm) banding strip of blue to help give it shape.

Place a row of 9 red (3 inches, 7.6 cm) marquis in wavy pattern, again, using the photo as a guide.

Place a row of white (3 inches, 7.6 cm) marquis below this row.

Place another row of red (3 inches, 7.6 cm) marquis.

Glue a banding strip of red to each side to give stability to the shape.

This is another variation of a quilled flag - the heart flag. This one is glued on a piece of mulberry paper to be used on some future project.

I hope you enjoy these little patriotic quillings.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

My Bucket List

Apparently, I wasn't the only one to watch the movie, The Bucket List, the other night. The Apron Queen was so inspired that she has started a neme centered on the theme. By writing up your own Bucket list and linking back to hers, you can enter to win some vintage aprons. How cool is that?

Jack Nicholson is a rich guy - owns the hospital, even - and is rooming with Morgan Freeman, just a regular guy. They both have cancer with only a short time left to live. Sounds like a depressing movie, right? Well, it has a few sad moments, but it's also very funny. These two guys become good friends - predictable because it IS a movie, but it's still worth watching. Morgan Freeman starts writing his Bucket List - things he wants to do before - yeah, before he kicks the bucket. Jack Nicholson gets in on it, and the list gets longer, and they actually decide to try to do the things on the list.

While watching it, I can't help but think, what would be on my list? Some things are going to be on there, no matter what: See my son happily married, see my grandchild(ren). But what else? What are the things that I've always wanted to do? Realistically, of course. Unrealistically, I'd like to win a gazillion (it is too a word!) and share it with everyone I know that needs a little help. But, the lottery doesn't go that high, and I don't seem to be lucky where it's concerned. Anyway, here are a few things I'd like to do sometime in this lifetime:

Take a hot air balloon trip
Run a 10k (and be in good enough shape to finish!)
Visit Alaska
Visit Napa Valley
Visit the Scandinavian countries
Spend a month at the beach
Spend a month in the mountains

That's the list for now. But it can, and probably will, change over the remainder of my life.

What about you? Besides winning a gazillion dollars, what would you want to do?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

My First Award

Wow! I'm feeling pretty darn special right now! The very talented Miss Amy has bestowed the Arte Y Pico award upon my blog. Amy is my good friend, but she also has a lot of talented friends, so she didn't have to choose my blog, but she did! I feel very honored that she thought my blog worthy of this award. Thank you Amy . It's true.

It's my turn to pass this award along, but it's very difficult to choose from all the creative blogs I read. But, here is my list of artsy blogs that I think are deserving of the Arte Y Pico award:

Lucy, I mean, Cookie
Jane - I don't how strict I have to be about the "art" rule, but Jane runs a very creative blog and it is one of my very favorite places to visit, so I'm going to give her this award. She has, after all, created some pretty special art named Sally, Susan, and Spot.

If you have been selected for the award, please pay it forward, following the steps below:
  1. Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
  2. Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog so everyone can view it.
  3. Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
  4. The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the "Arte y Pico" blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.

  5. Please post these rules!
The Arte y Pico blog is written in Spanish. To read it in English, click here. As with most translations, it is not perfect.
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