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Nov. 19th, 2015

The school bully...

I'm sure everyone has experienced this- the one or more kids in school, no matter what grade, that's a bully. The one that thinks everyone owes them someone and uses fear tactics or anger, or physical altercations to enforce their thinking. I know I have.

That's what DAESH is- a school bully.

And like school bullies, they don't deserve our hatred or our fear.

So don't give it to them. If we show DAESH our fear, be it by declaring every Muslim is a terrorist, or trying to deny Syrian refugees a place to go that might just be a lot safer than where they came from, then they win. And that's what they want.

If we show them that we hate them, by declaring that every Syrian refugee is a potential terrorist, or that every Muslim is a radical and they all need to 'get out of my country!1!!', then DAESH wins.

That's what they WANT. They want us to be afraid. They want us to hate their fellow Muslims. They're like a school bully- the only way they think they can get their own way is by threatening us, by attacking us, by instilling the mere though that that Arab looking neighbor might just be a secret terrorist just waiting to kill you and your family.

So, instead, just like with a school bully, give them your pity. Give them your compassion. Show them that you are not afraid of them. Show them, like so many Christians proclaim, that you don't hate them ( the whole 'love thy neighbor' bit, you know?).

Learn about what they actually stand for- here's a hint, it isn't mainstream Islam as we know and understand it. It's a highly radicalized, fringe element of Islam, combined with cultural and societal strictures they, DAESH, want imposed on their fellow Muslims, indeed, the whole world. And then, use that knowledge against them. You know, know they enemy as you know thy self and all that.

I mean, yeah, be angry at the death and destruction they've wrought. That's definitely anger inducing. But channel that anger into something more constructive than hatred or fear.

So. Show them that you pity them, that you understand that they are simply bullies using intimidation to get their way, as age old bullies have always done. And like bullies, when their victims refuse to show fear or back down and give in, they'll crumble.

Pity DAESH, because, after all, all they are, are bullies.

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Nov. 18th, 2015

When it comes to 'others'...

(This post brought to you by the rampant xenophobia, Islamaphobia, racism, homophobia and bigotry I keep seeing on Facebook lately...)

We haven't learned a damn thing.

When we decided we absolutely had to have that particular swath of land that the Native Americans said was sacred, we declared it was for their own good and moved them onto reservations. Those who refused, were slaughtered outright.

When the Irish were coming here, fleeing famine and death thanks to the British, during the Great Potato Famine, we declared that they were not wanted, that they needed to go back to their own country.

When the Chinese immigrated and were recruited to help build OUR railroad, we declared that they were unwanted and needed to be sent back to their own country.

When the Texihanos and Mexicans started moving beyond Texas during the War, we declared that they needed to pay for the Alamo, even the innocent children and women.

When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor during WWII, we declared that all Japanese were evil and imprisoned Jap-Americans in internment camps on US soil.

When the Jews came over seeking asylum and refuge, we declared that they were unwanted and needed to go back to their own country. An entire cruise ship full was turned away and had to return to Europe, where 90% of the passengers- all Jewish, were exterminated.

Hell, we *still* tell Mexicans fleeing drug cartel wars and Cubans fleeing a dictatorship, to go back to their own countries.

So, tell me, WHEN did we supposedly learn anything? Because obviously, we have forgotten that 90%, give or take, of our OWN ancestors also were fleeing their home countries in search of safety and a better life for themselves and their loved ones.

We haven't learned a damn thing, and keep making the same bad choices- tell the 'others' they are not wanted- , over and over and over, despite what our own Constitution says.

I take it back, we *have* learned something.

We've learned to be xenophobic, bigoted, racist assholes who cannot think for themselves and fear and hate anything and anyone 'not like us', be it gays, Muslims, people of color, people of another nationality, whathave you.

How sad is that?

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Sep. 18th, 2015

Finished and in progress...

So this last week, I've been having fun figuring out the quirks of my new to me 75 yr old Sewing machine.

Quirks such as the owner's manual taken for granted that you already know how to change the foot on the machine (I didn't, so that was an adventure). Or that sometimes, but not always!, the needle must needs be in the down position before it'll start actually sewing. Or how it likes to unthread said needle at times. Hrm.

I also learned that the length of stitch has nothing to do with the tension and everything to do with the numbers on the forward and backward lever- yeah, that wasn't in the book either. And also that the photos of the different feet in the book may not actually match what they look like in actuality. Figuring out the quilting foot was interesting.

But, it was still fun and that machine is a real workhorse.

I not only made a Tesselcats wallhanging, completely from scratch and almost entirely machine sewn, I pulled out the cat of the month embroidery blocks I'd started almost 10 years ago and never finished and subsequently finished 5 of them. I should say, finished turning 4 of them into actual blocks and finished embroidering, then turning into an actual block, the fifth one.

Tesselcats top. It's not perfect, but the husband for whom it was made, doesn't care.

And after figuring out the quilting foot and then figuring out how to change said foot on the machine- it took both of us-

The finished wallhanging, complete with a simple outline quilting.

I ended up hand sewing the binding on, after machine sewing the various pieces together. Learning the quirks of the quilting foot is going to take a couple more tries.

But these cat of the month blocks turned out beautifully-

Five down, only seven to go! }:P

This is a fun combination of both handsewing and machine sewing. The finished size isn't very large, so I'm adapting the original finishing design to add sashing between not only the blocks, but the rows of blocks as well, that'll add another 2 inches between the blocks on the sides and top/bottom. Then I'm considering piecing together a strip of the outline plaids from each block to go around the very outside to add another 2 inches around, followed by another 2 inch strip of sashing, then the binding. Over all, that should add at least 12 inches to each side, making it closer to 48 inches long by 46 inches wide, instead of 36 inches by 34 inches, roughly.

The next step is finding a nice fabric that'll compliment light and dark red and green plaids.}:P After that, I'll have a nice, handmade throw quilt.

Have I mentioned I love this machine, quirks and all? Yeah.

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Sep. 3rd, 2015

Various and Sundry

Do you know how difficult it is to really do anything on the computer when confronted with this?

Miss Sassy does not approve.

We got the 1940 Kenmore sewing machine back on Tuesday and got her set back in the cabinet, the treadle hooked back up to the cabinet side. Just need to put the under wiring back in place, get an extension cord and try her out. They cleaned her, adjusted the tension and managed to find a new motor pulley for her. They said they got lucky in that regard. All told, $117.37 to do all that. So much less than either of us ever expected. I've already picked out the first quilt block I'll be trying out on her too, plan is to make a wall hanging of Tesselcats for the husband.}:P It's only fitting, since after all, it was his paternal grandmother's sewing machine.

Along the lines of fiber art, this is extraordinary. Wow. I would love to see that fiber in person. Maybe someday.

So, my town has implemented 'single stream recycling', and dropped off bright blue recycling bins at every street address. Before, they had small green totes and you had to call to get them and then *pay extra* for the recycling pickup*. Yeah, stupid.

This apparently falls under our water and garbage bill, which is cool. And we're glad that we can now do recycling.

Problem is, they dropped off the bins the last week of August. They don't actually *start* pickup until the week of Oct 5th and our week isn't until the following week.

80-90% of what we personally throw away is recycleable. Our bin is already half full. We had ONE bag of actual garbage in our garbage bin this week.


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Aug. 27th, 2015

So cannot wait.

I haven't been this excited about a sewing machine in , well, ever.}:P

My husband's paternal grandmother received this glorious machine, in the cabinet, in Dec of 1940.

Emily's Sewing machine

My sister in law inherited it when she passed a number of years ago. She no longer had the room for it and had never used it, so we took it, as I had always said if she ever wanted to get rid of it, I'd take it, with the intention of using it as it deserved.

It is now in the process of being serviced, cleaning and the motor pulley replaced at a wonderful locally owned sewing machine shop- we get it back within the week and it'll cost less than we expected too, so that's a bonus. Then, it'll be used as it was meant to be.

The really fun part about this, is that Emily kept everything- the original bottle of sewing machine oil, the original owner's manual, original attachments, bobbins, old patterns, buttons and even the original receipt from purchase.

More fun photos here-

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Aug. 25th, 2015

I suck at keeping up this journal.

If I knew a way to get my Twitter or Instagram, or even Tumblr to crosspost, it'd be so much easier. (Instagram crossposts to Tumblr which crossposts to Twitter. Heh.) Anyone who has suggestions as to how to get any of the three to crosspost here, I'm all ears.

Lately, I've been working on finishing up the gaming bags I have made up, and needing sewn together. Out of 70+, only 11 more to go. Then I'll either make up some steampunk themed jewelry, or more gaming bag shells to sew together. Probably the former since I don't have much and I think that will sell quite well at Mysticon 2016 (I have a hallway 'fan table setup this time around).

In real life news, my dad has been having health issues. He's on the mend now, so that's good.

The new next door neighbors we thought, hoped, would be reasonably good neighbors are turning into annoying neighbors. We don't care that your landlord refuses to provide blinds, they're cheap at Walmart, go buy your own. We don't care that your landlord dumped a bunch of fill dirt in the front yard- it's his yard, he can do what he wants. Get some pots to grow shit in if you want a garden so badly. No you cannot use our WiFi, let alone have our password- we don't fucking know you. We don't care that he won't go Section 8 housing, that's your problem, not ours, take it up with the housing authority.

We don't have the spider and biting gnat issues you seem to have, but having stood upstairs and watched a huge, adult RAT come from under your house and head towards my garden- now we know what's stealing our Cherokee Purple tomatoes before they're larger than 1.5"- it's not surprising that you seem to have bug issues. However, take it up with your landlord, not us.

If they're there next year, I"ll be very surprised.

On the house hunting front, I made an executive decision last night, in that we are not really ready to go find a house, not this fall, let alone next spring. So, by mutual agreement, we have decided that, if we are ready, next fall or spring 2017 is when we will really start looking. That gives us a year or to enjoy the patio area we're finishing up this summer, pay off the credit cards and potentially have a lot more in savings as well as have a better selection, price wise , since, obstensively, we'll be able to afford more, to find the forever property we really want.

We've pretty much gotten this place set the way we mostly want, yes, there's still a bit of space issue, and yeah, can't really have a whole crowd of people over, but it works well enough for us and we can always get rid of quite a bit more as well.

So. That's pretty much what's going on here. How about you?

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