Colorado Garden & Home Show

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Just when you think you can’t stand winter one more day the Garden & Home Show comes to town!

Here are a few flowers from the show.

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It sure smelled and felt like spring!

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This was crazy like a Dr. Seuss garden!

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And my favorite display because it reminded me of my pal Monty!

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Spooky huh?ūüėŹ

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All in all a fun day just hanging out with friends and pretending it was spring!

 

Simpson UMC hats and scarves for the homeless

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Our first get together for the Simpson UMC newest outreach program.  Knitting and crocheting hats and scarves for the homeless.

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The children are the fastest learners and they have the best tension control.

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Donated yarn and many lovely colors it’s fun to work on a project that delights the eyes!

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Several experienced ladies taught the less experienced and new projects are in the works already.

Patterns designed and donated by Nancy Shook who also was our fearless leader here.

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Thank you Nancy, Terry, and Becky for your patience today. We’re looking forward to your helping us with our future projects.

 

Lesson from my dogs, even if its tough….

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My dogs have been working hard with me and trying to teach me to have a better daily outlook. ¬†Their lesson: ¬†Live in the moment. ¬†Don’t live in the past, don’t live in the future, live in the moment. ¬†Even if its tough. ¬†They remind me that’s what Kelly would want me to do. ¬†That was how he lived each day, each moment in the moment.

 

Make my Day, Sandy the Quilt Queen

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My friend Sandy has a real talent for quilting. Not everybody can put together fabric and scraps of fabric the way she does and make such wonderful pieces of art.

When she uses “scraps” to make a quilt those quilts are as amazing as any other quilts I’ve seen.

She’s not afraid to use bold colors which I find exhilarating.

She is one of  those amazing women who, through kindness and generosity, has helped fill the void left by the loss of my sister.

She knows my house is hardwood floors and not friendly to lounging dogs.  She also knows that my companion dogs have been on the front lines supporting me through some recent challenges and are my immediate family.

One of my dogs is elderly and and needs lots of blankets to lounge on the hardwood floors to keep comfortable.

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Sandy, in her own way of coming to conclusions, has decided that my dogs need their own quilts.

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She did make a matching quilt for me to this dog quilt but the dog quilt came first!

She also made me this awesome billfold many years ago which I just have not been able to use because it is just too cool.  I bring it out to look at over and over but it is a real piece of art and is just for my enjoyment it will never be a billfold!

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So how did I get so lucky to have a friend who knew that the best way to give me comfort was to comfort and include my pets?

 

Make My Day, Judy and Judy

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For some reason I have become obsessed with Owls, probably because they are so wise and just thinking about an owl has helped me get through some tough times recently. Reminding me to take a deep breath and just chill.

This owl was a gift from my friend Judy to cheer me up and let me know she was thinking about me.  Makes me smile every time I see it!

I am actually blessed to have two Judy’s as friends.

They are both amazing and both provide me with inspiration. ¬†They are similar in that through tough times they both stay positive. Maybe it’s the name “Judy”?

We are fellow tadpoles (we swim together).  They are both awesomely supportive and, along with many other women in my life, are a couple of ladies who fill the place of the sister I have lost.

I hadn’t been able to get into the Christmas spirit this year. ¬†I think the other Judy must have noticed my slightly Scroogey demeanor or my Grinchy attitude.

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She surprised me with this light up Christmas snowman. It took the place of the Christmas tree I didn’t bother to put up. I plug it in every night to help me not forget to take care my spirit.

If a Judy should enter your life embrace her she’ll be a wonderful friend.

 

 

I was nominated for the Liebster Award!

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FUNDING HELP¬†nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you! You can read more about Dave’s journey here.

I will answer his eleven questions and give eleven random facts about me and my blog and nominate a few bloggers for this award below.

  1. Why do you blog?  My husband told me I should write every day.  I thought about it and gave it a try as a way to remember him. Once I got started I got hooked and have been doing it for about five months now.
  2. Tell me about your very first bicycle?  My first bike was your basic bike, no shifting gears, and to brake you backpedaled.
  3. Do you like bicycles and if not why?  I love bicycles.
  4. Do you own one or more bicycles? ¬†I don’t own a bicycle currently. ¬†The last one I had I needed help to pick out and I had a bad helper, an employee who didn’t know how to fit a bike, and sold me one that was too big for me. ¬†It was a men’s bike and I didn’t know they made men’s and women’s bikes! ¬†Haha.
  5. When was the last time that you rode a bicycle? ¬†It has been about 10 years since I rode a bicycle. ¬†It was my stepson’s bike and he was preteen so it was just about the right size for me a lot of fun.
  6. What is your favorite type of bicycle?  I like a simple bicycle, easy to shift, easy to brake.
  7. What do you hate about bicycles? ¬†I don’t hate anything about bicycles I just need to find one that fits me right. ¬†Also, after having a couple of spills with my too big bike I’m leery.
  8. If you could make a change to your bicycle what would that be? ¬†I wish I had known about women’s bikes or had known that the bike was too big for me or had an employee who knew what he was doing and had given me good information.
  9. What is your best memory of riding your bicycle or crashing your bike? ¬†One memory I have of one of my spills was when a ¬†kid cut me off and when I pulled the brake handles the brakes caught sharply on the front wheel and flipped me over the handlebars, very scary. ¬†Even though my husband adjusted the brakes correctly immediately I still never trusted that bike again. ¬†It wasn’t the bike’s fault my husband said the brakes were poorly adjusted, the technician at the bike shop did not double check his work, my not knowing to test the brakes and not just assume the technician did it correctly. ¬†I never had that same problem after my husband worked on the bike’s brakes but I never was comfortable riding after that.
  10. What is your favorite color for a bicycle?  Purple??
  11. Would you buy a custom bicycle built specifically for you? ¬†Maybe……

Eleven random facts about me:

  1.  I am third generation Japanese-American.
  2. I don’t speak Japanese.
  3. I cook from scratch for my pets, my dogs and my parrots.
  4. I don’t eat out very much I cook for myself too.
  5. My pets eat healthier than I do and I spend more money on their food than mine.
  6. I know how to double clutch. ¬†I’d rather drive a manual then an automatic.
  7. I like yoga and deepwater aerobics.
  8. I used to like running but I think it’s hard on your joints as you get older, I think walking is good.
  9. I have recently become fascinated with owls.
  10. I like the change of the seasons, I like it when it rains or snows, or when it’s really hot, the only kind of weather I don’t like is when the wind blows.
  11. I like to read, almost anything, but probably my favorites are mysteries.  My favorite part of reading is coming across a fact that is layers deep and makes you want to know more about the subject.

My nominees are:

mollyrogerscooks

 Nagataya Kyoto Japanese Calligraphy

 Smart GSD, Amature Owner

Ministry of Animals

Temenos Circle

My questions for these nominees are:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What have you learned since you started blogging?
  3. Who or what influences your blog posts?
  4. Do you sit down and write your post ready to publish, think about your post for a day or two, make a draft and rework your draft before you post, how do you craft your posts?
  5. Is your blog what you imagined or morphed in an unexpected direction?
  6. Do you think media, pictures, drawings, etc. are important elements for a blog?
  7. What is one tip you have for the new blogger?
  8. What is your favorite food to eat at home?
  9. What is your favorite food to order at a restaurant?
  10. What is your least favorite food?
  11. Have you tried sushi?

‚ÄėLiebster Award‚Äô rules for the Next Guy/Gal:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog ‚ÄĒ by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a ‚Äúwidget‚ÄĚ or a ‚Äúgadget‚ÄĚ. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 ‚Äď11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

 

 

Sandy’s Quilting Gift to Her Fellow Tadpoles

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One of the tadpoles in our swim group, Sandy, is a truly gifted quilter.

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We got together for a meal one night, fore going the actual tadpoles in the water workout, and Sandy brought each of her fellow tadpoles these awesome quilted microwave potholders.

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They have a little dart action in them so they curl up and hug your bowl.  Too clever!  You put the bowl and pot holder in the microwave and if your stuff overflows these handy dandy potholders catch any spillover.  Just chuck them in the washer!

Thank you Sandy for saving the tadpoles from having to clean up microwave spills!

 

 

Lifetime Habit

A habit I have engaged in since my late teens.  My dad got me hooked and it has become a lifetime habit.

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The first time I donated blood was with my dad. ¬†He told me it would be a lot of fun. ¬†I recall being too young to donate without parental authorization as I was still a teenager. ¬†That was eleven gallons ago! ¬†I was a skinny young lady then and barely made the weight limit. ¬†Whether you weigh 100 lbs or 200 lbs they take the same amount of blood for the donation, one pint. ¬†When I stood up after my donation my knees promptly buckled. ¬†I’ve gotten used to the donation process now and have only fainted one other time. ¬†Most people don’t have this problem.

 

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The whole thing from start to finish is about one hour of your time. The actual donation is on the average less then 10 minutes. The rest of the time is answering a questions before donation about general health along with a quick check of your vitals such  as taking of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level in your blood and at the end of the donation spending a few minutes having a snack and something to drink.

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I am missing an antigen in my blood so my bag gets bright orange sticker tagging it as a special unit.  For someone in serious condition missing the same antigen my blood could be a lifesaver for them.  Their antibodies could react with incompatible donor blood cells triggering a reaction from the immune system. These transfusion reactions can be lethal.

I would need blood missing the same antigen if I should ever need a transfusion, I hope those who have benefitted from my donations have become donors too!

I’ve been told that because of the missing antigen my blood is sometimes put on a plane and shipped to somebody in need, this could be in the US or even international.

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Ah yes, the canteen.  After your donation since you have just donated a pint of blood you need to sit and have a snack and something to drink before you get back to your day.

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Every minute of every day somebody needs a transfusion or other products from blood donations.  One pint of blood results in a donation of red blood cells, platelets and plasma.

The donation of 1 pint of blood is more then one gift, it is many gifts that may benefit more than one life.

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Regular blood donation is critical especially since only a small percentage of the population donates blood.

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Here’s some additional facts about blood and blood donation:

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I am A+ and I used to donate platelets. However, when it was discovered my blood was missing an antigen I was asked to switch to donating whole blood.

I think my dad would be happy to know I’m still having fun donating blood!

Facts from the Bonfils blood donor web-site:

  • One whole blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients.
  • Every¬†two seconds someone in the U.S. requires a transfusion of donated blood.
  • You can donate whole blood every 56 days, up to six times per year.
  • Currently, four percent of Colorado’s population generously donates blood.
  • Whole blood contains red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells.
  • Blood is produced inside the bone marrow.
  • The need for blood is constant.¬† Red blood cells are useable for only 42 days and platelets are useable for only¬†five days.
  • Blood products are used in a variety of medical treatments including helping kids with cancer feel better and saving the lives of car accident victims.
  • Red blood cells¬†carry oxygen to all parts of the body and are needed most after significant blood loss through trauma or for patients undergoing surgery or experiencing anemia.
  • Platelets¬†are essential for blood clotting and are routinely needed to support cancer therapy, open-heart surgery, blood disorders and organ transplants.
  • Plasma¬†is the liquid portion of the blood and is used to treat patients with severe burns and clotting disorders.
  • An organ transplant patient may need up to 100 units of blood.
  • Bonfils needs¬†thousands of volunteers to give blood each week to meet Colorado’s needs and to be prepared for unexpected events.
  • If all blood donors gave¬†two to¬†four times a year, it would help prevent blood shortages.
  • If you started donating at age 16, you could potentially donate more than 300 times, helping more than 900 patients by the time you turn 70.
  • Bonfils‚Äô highest gallon donor has donated¬†85 gallons of blood¬†or 680 pints,¬†saving and enhancing¬†more than 1900¬†patients lives.
  • All blood types are needed.¬† Often the most common blood types are the most frequently transfused.
  • O- blood type is the universal donor.¬† O- blood can be transfused to any patient regardless of their blood type.
  • The most common blood types are O+ and A+.
  • It takes about an hour to make a whole blood donation.
  • After one unit of blood is donated, the body replaces the plasma within 24 hours, the platelets within 48 hours and the red blood cells within 56 days.
  • Your body produces¬†four to¬†five billion red blood cells in an hour.
  • The average adult body contains 10 to 12 pints of blood.
  • Bonfils Blood Center provides Colorado¬†with a majority of its blood supply.
  • Bonfils has¬†seven community donor centers and¬†up to 10¬†mobile blood drives each day, making donating blood¬†an easy and convenient way to volunteer.
  • A blood donation given to Bonfils is typically shipped to a hospital or community in need within 48 hours of your donation.
  • Bonfils Blood Center provides blood and blood products to nearly 200 hospitals and healthcare facilities in Colorado and beyond.
  • Bonfils Blood Center efficiently uses more than 97 percent of donated blood.

 

Fumbly Bumbly Angels of Simpson

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Simpson’s own Angels and Friends presented The Fumbly Bumbly Angels, a delightful play written by Dennis Hartin.

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The Angels and Friends were captivating and as part of the play the congregation sang with them many of our favorite Christmas hymns.

 

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The story starts with the Fumbly Bumbly Angels being chosen to share in the bearing of good tidings about an event that will save all the people on earth and witness God’s greatest gift to the world.

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On their journey they meet shepherds and even Kings bearing gifts.

They meet the innkeeper who allowed Mary and Joseph to stay in his stable when they could find no lodging.

They meet the baby Jesus, the son of God, sent to earth to take away the sins of the world.

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They are witnesses to an event that will never be forgotten and is celebrated by the world every year.

For a job well done the angels earn a place in the Heavenly Choir leading the congregation in the finale song Joy to the World.

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Well done Simpson Angels and Friends!