Monday, March 30, 2009
She told us her husband had passed away, but before he did they were regular at Annie's for well over 40 years. She had seen 5 owners of the place and thought Annie's was by and far the best yet. She has lived in LE for most of her life. She recently found out she has cancer. Now you would think that would be enough to damper a person's spirit, but she is not that kind of person to stay down for too long. She said she went to the Doctor to learn the test results and the Dr said to her, "You know you have cancer, right?" She replied, "I figured. My Grandmother had it and so did my Mother. Figured it was my turn." The Dr told her if she had just come in when she had noticed the first sign it would have been easier on her. The first sign was an inverted nipple. (I'm not kidding.) She told the Dr she doesn't keep a mirror in the house where she can see past her neck because she just doesn't need to. He asked her if she didn't look at herself in the mirror and she said she avoided it and that if she had she wouldn't have noticed the inverted nipple because hers are pointing DOWN anyways. I thought I would fall off the bar stool I was laughing so hard. She grabbed our bill when the waitress dropped it off and said she was paying. We looked at each other like we couldn't believe it. Why were we so surprised? I'll get to that..
She said one day she was sitting at a table by herself and her arm had been hurting her from the lymph nodes where she has the cancer and she was feeling sorry for herself and all that when a family came in. Husband, wife and their new baby. The husband didn't have a left arm. It looked like it had been cut off right above the elbow. So as GMa Pat sat there next to them she started to kick herself because she had two good arms and was mad for feeling sorry for herself when here was this man with only one good arm and he couldn't be happier about his life. So on her way out she paid for the family's breakfast. She says she does this all the time because it makes her feel good to do it and she likes to do it anonymously. So she's walking to her car and the guy comes running up and says, "Thank you for buying our breakfast, but I got to ask you why you did.." She told him how she had been feeling sorry for herself and how seeing him so happy with his new baby and beautiful wife had lifted her spirits and she did it for herself. The man was so touched he got all teary eyed and they hugged and come to find out he had been born without the arm.
So what you guys don't know is that my very own DH does exactly the same thing. If we are sitting at a table or the counter and start chatting with someone or if he sees someone he thinks is special or interesting he will tell the waitress he wants to buy their meal and to keep it quiet. I thought how cool after all these times of paying for other's meals someone finally was repaying the favor to my DH. He and Pat were instant friends and I can see her becoming a part of his life.
I will try and get a pic of Grandma Pat soon. Hugging her is a delight as she is all soft and "squishy" like old women are. Our daughter says she loves hugging her for that very reason.
Craft Note: I am promoting my blankets today.
Surprise Scarp #5
Warm Brown Ripple
Check out this site: Inklore
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Wayfarer" by Jay Nash. Yep - Birdman, Mama has done it again. I have fallen for another singer she turned me on to!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Not sure if you guys know, but this weekend was when I was driving up to Mama's to see Tyrone with her on Saturday night in Hermosa Beach. I got an added treat because her sister had to cancel going with Mama on Friday night to see him, soooo I got to see him twice! Woohoo! Friday he was at the Glasshouse. Saturday he was at the St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach. Two awesome venues and as usual, he was really great!!!! It's awesome cuz now I can totally sing to all of his songs! Guess I have officially gained the title of Tyrone Groupie! LOL But that's OK. I'm totally cool with it! =) I know my pic is a bit out of focus (damn camera phone), but have no doubt he was HOT!!!
Saturday morning I had a ride with the Harley's Angels. We went out to Borrego Springs and had lunch at the Hog Trough. Great ride. The scenery is absolutely incredible. It was only about 140 miles round trip but felt longer because of the winding roads. No joke - there was easily 200 bikers on the road.
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Need" by Tyrone Wells. Gotta be my fave!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Oh, sorry...still lost in the moment. A Harley moment that is. =) Yesterday and today I took two very cool rides. Let me share!
Yesterday around noon I took off, topped off and headed to Palomar Observatory. It's been a really long time since I have been up there, but it was so worth the drive. I headed south on the 15, exited at Mission Rd, headed south on the 395, and then went east on the 79. Past the Pala Casino. Past the Pauma Casino. Straight to the top of Mt. Palomar. Luckily I was wearing my vintage leather jacket cause it got chilly at 5000 ft! The views were amazing. I didn't take any pics - my phone camera sucks in ref to taking pics. I walked to the observatory, went inside and checked out the displays and the telescope, took a bathroom break and then headed back down the mountain. I am absolutely going to do that ride again.
Today I started out around 1. I headed south on Jefferson and went west on Rancho California Rd. It turns into De Luz, which winds and dips through the back side of Fallbrook. It is really amazing country back in there. When it's rainy, it's not so good as there are probably 6 or 7 spots where the water crosses the road. There were 3 spots with a trickle across the roadway. It's probably a good 35 mile ride and it brings you out in downtown Fallbrook right on Mission Rd.
I took the advice of a fellow biker and popped in my earphones and IPod for both rides. What a difference music makes on a bike! Wow! I mean you guys know how much I LOVE my music. Well, listening to my favorite playlist while cruising on my bike was pretty close to heaven. I am absolutely LOVING this Harley. I can't tell you how great it feels to ride. It's very empowering. You feel very strong and confident when you ride - at least I do. I am learning to negotiate just about anything I might come across and my bike is perfect for me. I just love it. Still need to find some cool saddlebags...
Robert's blanket is almost 100%. In fact, tonight it will be finished. =) I promise a pic tomorrow.
The maroon and pink one is on hold for now.
The Chargers' blanket is next after Robert's is finished. I'm dreading picking it back up because, well, it's the Chargers and I don't like them. LOL
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
5. I can't believe (well, actually yes I can) that Congress is ACTING sooooo upset over a measely $165 million that went to AIG in the first place. It's like they all want face time for their constituents to see them angry and they act like this is what the American people want. Wrong. Americans want a fair and honest government. They want the government to STOP spending to much friggin money on crap. I truly believe they knew this fall out was going to happen. All they did was say, "Oh, we'll just let the people yell and scream for a bit. We'll go on TV and show them how upset we are and soon something else will come along to distract them and all of this will be forgotten. We'll all get to keep our cushy jobs and cushy paychecks and bonuses and pensions."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Maroon and Pink... Getting there. It works up easy but I get distracted when working on it for some reason. This one still has no owner, so there really isn't a rush to get it finished.
Robert's Blanket... I haven't really worked on this as much as I should have. This is the next one I want completed so as of now it has priority.
Charger's blanket for Wendy's son... I started this awhile ago and need to finish it. After Robert's blanket, this one has the priority.
And here is the "best" part. This is a list of the blankets I have yet to finish:
1. Mama's birthday blanket
2. LAPD SWAT blanket for Leesa
3. Noah's birthday blanket
4. Jacob's birthday blanket
5. Wendy's oldest son's purple and white blanket
6. Surprise Scrap #6 blanket
Wow, that's a lot of work for 2009. I need to get to work. LOL
Check out this blog: Ocean Bay Designs
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith. Why do I feel naughty whenever I hear this song? hehehehehe
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
The blanket projects are coming along nicely.. So much so that I have even added a 4th to the mix. So now I have Robert's blanket, the maroon, pink and grey blanket, the Charger's blanket and the new one is a surprise scrap with a twist. I'll try and get some pics tomorrow.
I have some very busy weekends ahead of me!
March 21st - Pre-Poker Run ride & craft show in Rainbow
March 22nd - Poker Run with HOG!
March 28th - Tyrone with Mama!
April 2-6 - DH is out of town on a 4x4 trip so I plan on doing riding on both the pony and the Harley!
Daughter will be moving back in sometime very soon. Getting the downstairs arranged for her arrival! It will be great to have her back! Like it when she is around... =)
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor" by Tchaikovsky
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Not much work on the projects this weekend.. Working with the DH tomorrow on a job and then the rest of the week looks open for horses, bikes and crochet - not necessarily in that order.
Crafter's site to check out: My Charmed Life
Bringing back a repeat for the SONG OF THE BLOG: "Busy Being Fabulous" by The Eagles.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thought I'd post a couple of pics of two of my three latest projects... Remember; these are a WIP - so they look pretty raw at this point.
My goal here is to repeat this pattern using different shades of blue, browns and possibly green. It's about 8 inches in height at this stage.
MAROON, PINK AND GRAY ZIGZAG
This one is actually much further along than this pic reveals. It's about two feet in height now and I would venture to say about 1/3 complete.
Today I got all domesticated and made blueberry muffins. Really, is there any better batter than that of blueberry muffins? Yummy. They turned out well and the DH was very pleased I made them. They are his favorite and now he can enjoy one with his cup of tea in the morning before going to work.
Today I received my membership number for the National HOG and I also contacted the local chapter lead for LOH. I'm hoping to find a spot actively in the groups - perhaps working my way to a position. You know, like "Refreshment Bitch" or "Entertainment Ol Lady". Something important like that. Once they find out about my leads with the gun running I think I'll easily move up the chain. ;-) I got my bike registration in the mail today. My title should follow and then I can say that bike is really all mine!
Check out this site: HeArt Collective
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Feel That Fire" by Dierks Bentley.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I have been thinking a lot lately about life and why we are really here and what it is that we are supposed to do while we are here. Yeah, I know - that's pretty darn deep. I just wish I knew what was the right answer and what will make me not regret anything once my life is over. It's difficult when you are faced with temptations and choices. You wanna be a stand up person and always do the right thing, but the right thing for who exactly? Are we only to think of others in our choices? Are we allowed to have selfish thoughts? Does that make you a bad person if you do? Who do you balance your meter against? Someone who is doing what's right all the time or someone who crosses the lines and blurs the boundaries? I don't think wanting more makes me a bad person and I'm only as good as I gotta be. What say you?
Today the DH and I stopped in to Annie's for breakfast and Bob was there. This was the first time he has seen my bike, so I was rather nervous about his reaction. He offered to go with me when I went to look for one, but it just worked out that I never made that call. I think he was genuinely pleased with my choice and complimented me several times. He is a former Marine and just recently was accepted into the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets MC. I think I mentioned this to you in a previous post. Anyway, they don't accept females and I can respect that, although if there was one club I would love to join it would be the Legacy Vets. I did join the HOG today though, so that's really exciting. =)
On a craft note, I got a convo from a woman in Brea who happened across my USMC blanket on Etsy. Her and her hubby are former Marines and she would like for me to make a blanket for him - LAPD SWAT. I'm pretty excited about that! She needs it by May.
We bought the stroller for the grandson today. It's being shipped to her mother's house, where the baby shower will be held. I called her today and she seemed nice enough and genuinely excited about the baby.
Here is another blog to check out.... Sora's Designs
SONG OF THE BLOG: "That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy" by Toby Keith - which is where I got my philosophy line in paragragh two. So blame Toby for my bad behavior! =)
Monday, March 2, 2009
I had another great ride this afternoon. They just keep getting better. I actually had to test my braking skills twice today. Some moron in front of me for some unknown reason decided they would stop. Apparently they were lost. Anyway, I remembered all of my training and applied both the foot and hand brake and didn't lock either up or lose any of my tires. LOL This was the PERFECT bike choice for me. I am starting to feel so comfortable with it. =)
I also started back to the gym today. I am starting slow. I walked for 2 miles and did two sets of biceps and shoulders. It was a good start and ya gotta start somewhere, right?
I am currently working on 3 blankets. One is just one of my surprise scraps. Always fun and I love it when I finish one. Another is one I started just because I like the colors... Maroon, Gray, Muave and Pink. No idea who might like it, but it's a nice size and a very soft, comfy throw. The third is my special project. The cafe we frequent has a regular there named Robert. He rides his bike in, pulling a large cage to keep all of his "stuff" in. Robert comes in and sits at the bar, orders the same thing, brings in his backpack, pulls out two or three paperback books and stacks them up and then sits with his phone open as if he is waiting for a text or a call. Nice enough guy. Story has it he was the victim of an accident and got a major settlement. Of course, it left him, well, like this and every now and then he has a seizure. So I'm making a blanket for Robert. =)
I am joining the Harley Owners Group (HOG). Specifically LOH (Ladies of Harley). Inside that is yet another women's club called Harley's Angels. They do charity work for breast cancer. They ride out of Temecula and meet monthly. They also have bunko nights, poker runs, etc. My first ride is later this month to Borrego Springs. Supposed to be a beautiful ride.
How is everyone doing?????? You all seem to be quiet lately. Miss you guys!!!
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Sweet Child of Mine" by G&R. I went through a phase when I loved Axel Rose. I think this is such a cool song and I can't help but crank it up when I hear it.