THE EARLY BIRD

Ugh. There is nothing special about being wide awake at 3am.

MY “SPECIAL” MORNING

  • Shower.
  • Laundry because apparently, this an everyday thing in our house.
    I remember my mom had one day a week that she did laundry on. I don’t know how she did it with a husband and 7 children but we always had clean clothes.
    Maybe we just had more clothes.
  • Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!!
  • Listening to my dog snore.
  • Listening to the news.
  • Watering plants.
  • Fixing breakfast.
  • Texting with my little sister who got my message from last night in the wee hours of this morning. I swear she lives in the witness protection program.
  • Social media. Facebook, Instagram, blogging.
  • Crafting
  • Sewing

I know. Be jealous.
(That up there was the start of my Tuesday post that I never got around to finishing.)
So. Happy Wednesday!
I hope you’re all happy and enjoying the midweek, if not, well, the weekend is just around the corner!

So, on Monday I did a poll regarding your sources for “reliable” news.
The survey showed that most of you rely on “other” sources rather than the mainstream sources. Of course, now, my question to that is, what is the “other” source?

It was interesting to see that almost none of you relied on social media as a source and that’s where I found the “news article” that sparked my curiosity regarding detention centers, which, for the record, scare the hell outta’ me.

It’s like a never-ending vicious cycle isn’t it?? I just want the truth.
You’re probably right Jack…
IN OTHER NEWS –
I’m making progress on my baby quilt. Not as much as I’d like, you know, because of that thing called life… Right now I’m in the arrangement stage of the quilt top. The back will just be pink terry cloth.
There is no method to my madness just whatever I think goes where. One day I’ll follow a quilt pattern – maybe.
This is a combo scrappy and string quilt. I just used pieces of fabric from my stash.

I really am trying to deplete the totes of fabric and yarn that I have.
Said no sewing/crochet/knitting person ever.
It’s going to be near 90 degrees today so maybe I’ll finish my quilt and a couple of other projects because the chances of me being outside today are zero.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, embrace the day! Unless it’s a shitty day then just have a good cry, a good beer, a good glass of wine, a bubble bath, a hot shower, a bottle of vodka. Whatever works.
MIMI’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY –
Be well.
MiMi

GROUP HUG!

Yay for those of us being in the coolest blogging group on the world wide web!

And a standing invitation to ANYONE who wants to hang with the “cool kids.”
C’mon. You know you want to…
Just click on the pic below to join in!
I’m SO happy to have some of the best bloggers I have ever read all in one place!
Thank you all for participating and making this group possible.
Now it’s OUR group and not just mine.

Group hug! Group hug!
Raise your hand if you’re happy to see Monday in the rearview mirror.
Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I finally got caught up on my vacation laundry and then I started cleaning and reorganizing my room, a.k.a the craft room with a bed in the middle of it, and now I have moooorrrrre laundry!
Ugh.

My reorganization is slow going. I’ve tossed a lot of things but I think I need to do more…
Maybe I need to call Marie Kondo.
Have any of you watched this show on Netflix????
So annoying…
I don’t know Marie… I didn’t feel like I was sparking a lot of joy yesterday…
Seriously…
Oh, and this?
This is never happening, Marie!!!
You can keep your tiny Asian voice and those tiny Asian hands outta’ my stuff!

Ya’ wanna’ know why???
Because every single one of my fucking craft supplies SPARK JOY!

Needless-to-say, you’ll probably never see me on an episode of
‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ but you may see me here…
On tap for today?? MORE tossing and organizing!!
I’ll also be working on some crafts and crocheting.
My goal is to use up the craft/fabric/vinyl/paint that I have now before purchasing anymore.
So far, so good.
This is so true…
If you do, how do you most express your creativity?
If you don’t consider yourself crafty, do you have any other hobbies that “spark your joy???”
You know the drill.
Leave ’em in the comments because you know what a nosey bitch I am.
MIMI’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY –
Time – 12:48pm
Temp – 53 degrees F/High today, 58 – Rain off n’ on
Mood – Feeling like a sloth.
Bitch, bitch, bitch – Really shitty sleep last night.
Best thing – Open windows!!!
Be well.

SUNDAY STEALING – TMI TUESDAY ON SUNDAY

It’s Sunday so it’s time for some ‘Sunday Stealing!’
This is one of my favorite sites on the world wide web. It’s a lot of fun and I really need to do these more often and so should you!
Click on the link to play along!
SUNDAY STEALING – TMI TUESDAY
(Originally posted on a Tuesday somewhere in the abyss of all things defunct blogs.)

1. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be?
This guy is an asshole. I don’t really care which direction he’s headed as long as it’s out of the media. So not a fan of this jerk or the Kar-trash-ians he hooked up with.
2. You seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy crap, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it? 

3. What is your favorite curse word?
Seriously? Have you read my blog?
(photo credit)

4. You can travel any time in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there?

5. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What’s it gonna be?

6. When did you last use your cell phone as a flashlight?
Omgosh. I’d be so lost without it! – Last night, every night!
It doesn’t help that I can do cool shit like this with it.

7. On a scale from 1-10, how comfy are you being naked?
10+ I don’t like clothes, socks, or shoes.
#IGetItFromMyGrandma

8. When did you last use food or drink to enhance your mood?
This morning… I like to feel magical.
Followed by an evening of fun-filled rainbow pooping!
9. Give us a word that gets you excited.

10. Now give us one that makes you squirm.
See if you can find it in the meme.

11. What word makes you smile?

Thanks to Bev at ‘Sunday Stealing‘ for the fun post!
I really do enjoy these.
Totally broke my blogging streak yesterday.
Computer issues but I’m back today! Go me!
Woke up to snow this morning! Heavy wet snow. Fortunately, it won’t last because the ground is too warm now and look at next weekend!
Hello, spring!
Is anybody doing or have you done, anything thrilling and spine-chilling this weekend?? I’ll be sewing quilt tops today and watching creepy crime shows. I know. I’m living on the edge. Holy smokes. I hope the cops don’t get called!

Well, here’s to an amazing week ahead! Be well, my friends!
Happy Sunday!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –
Me too Janis, me too…

SPIDERS & GNATS & WORMS! OH MY!

1.) It’s been raining for two days and I have no complaints. Ya’ wanna’ know why??? 3 words.
Winter Storm Toby.
2.) When you read that meme up there you sang the ‘Pina Colada’ song in your head, didn’t you?
3.) If you didn’t then you did just now.
4.) Now the ‘Pina Colada’ song is stuck in your head.
5.) You’re welcome.
SIDE NOTE: I lied. I do have one complaint. With all of this rain comes all of the creepy crawly flying things! Holy hell. My back patio is like a worm morgue with all of the jumping spiders playing leapfrog over those stretched out skinny shriveled wormy bodies!

And these little gnat things?? A couple of warm days and these things come out in droves! Seriously. You can’t go outside without sniffing one of these things up your nostrils! And then comes the coughing and the gagging and the eeewww-ing. It’s just not pretty.
So there. That’s my one complaint about the rain. Still, better than snow.
Rainy days are great for staying inside, drinking pots full of coffee (or tea) and getting crafty.
Let’s see..
SEWING –
I can’t seem to stop making these. They’re super easy and sew up so quickly!
They’re microwavable bowl cozies. They are microwavable safe. Put your soup or your chili in your bowl, put the bowl into one of these very cool cozies, nuke it and pull out your soup/chili by the corners of the cozy and straight into your hands. No more burnt fingers or spills! They’re also great for holding freezing cold bowls of ice cream! My family and friends LOVE these so they also make great gifts!

CRICUT –
Latest cut..
Well, this one isn’t really my last cut but I didn’t take pics of those yet so here’s another shirt I made for my daughter because she is the Queen Bee.
Speaking of my Queen Bee daughter..
She’s pretty crafty herself. This is just one of the many awesome platters she has done for her beautiful kiddos school parties.
#shegetsitfromhermama #slayingthemomlife #supermomwifedaughterfriend #shesgottheworldbythetail
CROCHETING –
Currently on the hook..
I have no idea what the stitch is called but it’s super easy and I think I found it on YouTube.
I’m just using up some scrap yarn in shades of pink. NETFLIXING –
Finishing up my binge watching from 2016. Seriously. Apparently, I only got thru 2 seasons TWO years ago. What the hell? Such a great show. I’m on season 3. I’ll be sad to see this show end.
Pulling this post full circle I thought I’d share that “worming” is a thing out here. People dig for worms or use electric prods or probes. The electric prods/probes are much easier. Just stick ’em in the ground and up come the worms. Why do they do this??? They sell them for up to $24.00 a pound depending on the worm. Seriously.
You can read more about it, here.
Okay, well, time to wind it up. I’m trying to post every day and I’ve got about 15 minutes to get this published.

I want to know about your crafting or “must watch shows” or if any of you have wormed or have worms. That would be interesting. I’ve seen dogs scooch their buts across carpet when they’ve had worms. I wonder if that’s what people do.

Leave your answers in the comments, especially if you or someone you know has worms like that guy who had the 5 1/2 foot tapeworm. Soooo disgusting.
You can read about that and see gross pics here.

Okay. I’m out. Be well. Be happy. Be healthy and let your light shine!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

MY HOBBIES INCLUDE…

BLOGGING
Or at least it used to. I’m trying to find my bloggee vibe again. I think I’m doing better. I’ve got a 4-day streak going here. GO ME!
I’m hoping this gem of a motivation meme will help. However, I am seriously considering throwing in the blogging towel..
#RyanGoslingCrush  #GettingMyVibeBack
CRAFTING
I do all kinds of crafts and lately, it seems to be too many. I got a little burnt out on crocheting at the holidays but I still can’t put my hook down!

**Crocheting
This is what I’ve got going on at the moment.
A baby blanket for a boy. Go figure. I know no one who is pregnant and having a boy or anyone who’s just had a boy. I just grabbed some yarn and started in. This will go in my inventory for an online store I hope to open up sometime in the near future.

I made this soft n’ snuggly, chunky blanket for my friend for Christmas.
***Cricut
I tried a new to me technique using canvas, HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and my heat press.
It’s called reverse canvas.This is the video I followed.This was my result.

My trial run I used a small canvas to see how I’d like it. I liked it A LOT and I’ll do a larger one shortly.
This was a 10×10 canvas and when reversed gives you an 8×8 workspace.

I also did a few things for my kids a while back.
Socks for my son and daughter-in-law.
Super fun. Super easy.
Heat press and HTV.

Made my daughter a couple of t-shirts.
She loved them.
Oh. And I made this wine glass for my nephew.
Not intended to offend anyone because where we come from there are a lot of Jews. Some are friends or old bosses, neighbors, whatever and they never get offended by our politically incorrect humor because they all know the keyword is humor.
Say hello to Jewbacca!
So, those are some of my recent projects. I have some from a while back at the holidays. I’ll make a page up top so you can check everything out if you want to.

Today I’ll be sorting thru some fabric for a few sewing projects I have in mind.
I’ll post those pics as I go as well.
That’s it, folks. For the moment, these are my top hobbies.
I know some of you craft out there.
What’s your favorite “go to” when you need to release those creative juices?
Do you have more than one project going at a time or do you stick with one until it’s done? Clearly, I am not that person.
Our spring-like weather gave way to winter weather, complete with snow that, thank goodness, did not stick because it’s been so warm but wow, what a drop in temps! We went from highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s to highs in the 40’s and lows in the teens! Bbbbrrrr! But no! I’m not complaining because at least we don’t have a foot of snow and we can always layer up to stay warm out there! Okay, well, long post. I think I may be getting my vibe back! Yay!
To all of my Facebook and Instagram pals. I am so, so missing all of you! I still have messenger on my phone if any of you want to send a funny pic or just say hi. That may be a hint..

Happy, happy weekend to you all. Be safe, stay warm, have fun and I hope you make some really great memories.
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

#21 – BITE THE BULLET!

Since I’ve been trying to get a post written for a week now I decided to just recap “Bujo” style.

  • Completed the Whole30 Program. It was challenging and a learning experience, and it was FABULOUS! I lost 19lbs but gained so much more.
  • Koegel’s On The Road came thru Idaho with perfect timing and so I was able to get a taste of home and it was delicious.
    All Michigan products – Koegel’s meat, Bettermade chips and Faygo pop. The only thing missing was the Superman ice cream for dessert!
  • My son, his fiance’ and I all visited our local aquarium for the first time and that was pretty cool.
    I loved this guy.
    And this one.
    He reminded me of The Incredible Mr. Limpet.
    Raise your hand if you’re old like me and have seen this movie. I absolutely LOVE it!
  • I found Nemo in case anyone was looking for him.
  • And my son found these guys and they loved him.
    Every time one of them swam up to him all I could think of was Steve Irwin!
  • I’ve made a full recovery from Memorial Weekend and all is right with my world once again.
  • I bought some more fabric. This may have helped in my recovery.
  • Working on baby stuff for my new grandbaby.
  • Helping my future daughter-in-law with her newly founded all things pamper/heal yourself small business.
  • Totally binged on Rizzoli & Isles. Loved that show.
  • The grind – Housework, errands, appts.
    You know the drill.
    Due to the rain, I’ll be inside crocheting, sewing, crafting and Netflixing something British. What’s happening with all of you??
    What are you crafting, sewing, reading, watching???
    OR, are you having my dream weekend?
    Nowhere to go. Nothing to do.
    If that’s your weekend I am super jealous!Mimi’s quote for the day –

MOVE THAT MOUNTAIN MONDAY!

Happy Monday folks!
I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous fall weekend.
I planned to do nothing all weekend and that is exactly what I did and let me just tell you.
Purposely doing nothing is flippin’ hard!
My purposeful nothingness included a Netflix binge on ‘The Killing’ and eating way too much crappy food.
By Sunday I felt like a lump of nothingness!
leaves barI chose not to do anything this past weekend because –
a.) I have just gotten over some “bug” and
b.) Because it’s that time of year for me. From now until the New Year it will be balls to the wall all things holidays.
It’s my favorite time of year and also my busiest.
leaves barThe downside to choosing not to do anything all weekend is now it’s Monday and I have zero motivation and I do so need some motivation!
In short. I’ve got mountains to move!
I have 3 quilts to put together, 3 stockings to make and 5 scarves to finish up all before the end of Oct.. Seems like a long time but honestly when you add all of the day to day living stuff that needs to be done on top of these projects, it’s really not that much time at all!
leaves barIt’s time for me to turn up some music and get my sewing machine going!
My top tune to kick off my own personal
“Move That Mountain Monday?”
The song that always gets me moving…
‘Walkin’ On Sunshine’ by Katrina and The Waves!
leaves barHow’s your motivation today?
What mountains do you have to move?
How do you motivate yourself to move your mountains???
Tell me all about it in the comments below!

Here’s to a productive week ahead!
leaves barMimi’s quote for the day –leaves barfeather