Friday, July 31, 2009
Very well stated, Mr. Leno.
TO ALL THE KIDS
WHO SURVIVED THE
1940's, 50's, 60's ,70's and 80's!!
First,we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while
they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and
didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby
cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats,booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-aid made with real white sugar. And,we weren't overweight. WHY?
Because we were always outside,
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times,
we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of them?
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides,flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the
Pledge of Allegiance?"
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The food I'm talking about is chia seeds. It amazes me that such tiny seeds, scarcely bigger than a pepper grind, can have such a huge impact on your health.
But back in the 1980's, eating chia never crossed my mind
You might remember, as I do, back in the 1980's watching those late-night commercials and hearing "Ch-ch-ch-chia!" advertising those little terra-cotta Chia pets. The last thing that crossed my mind was eating those chia seeds. Little did I know just how nutritionally rich they are.
For decades, I traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central and South America in my investigations. One of my favorite areas is in the southern part of Mexico next to Guatemala, which also happens to be where chia, Salvia hispanica, was first cultivated. These beautiful purple-flowered plants produce one of the richest foods known to nature—chia seeds.
But while I've long-known chia seeds were the Aztec and Mayan cultures' secret to good health—we can actually thank Dr. Wayne Coates, a retired research professor at the University of Arizona for "rediscovering" them. He spent 17 years researching the benefits of chia seeds, and bringing their health benefits to the forefront—and I'm more convinced than ever that this is the type of "miracle food" we should all be eating.
They're filled with more vital omega-3s than any other plant food
Omega-3s are vital fats that support your heart, blood pressure, brain function, immune system, joints, and more. But unfortunately, the average person today gets just one-sixth the omega-3s as people in the 1800s.
But eating the right fats is only one part of it—you also need to eat them in the right ratio. Most of us are eating far too many omega-6s, and not enough omega-3s. But until chia seeds became available, the oils from flaxseed, fish and marine algae were considered to be the only other viable sources of dietary omega-3s.
While I still use and recommend fish oil and flaxseed— chia seeds give you 3.4 grams of omega-3s per serving. In these tough economic times, it's nice to find a single food that gives you so many of these healthy oils. Plus, in my opinion chia seeds give you one of the best ratios of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids you can find in nature.
Just two tablespoons give you an amazing supply of vital nutrients—and energy!
Chia seeds supply many valuable nutrients, including vital fats, vitamins, and minerals. In just two tablespoons of chia you get 177 mg of calcium, which as you know is important for healthy bones. Plus, chia gives you vital minerals like phosphorous and magnesium. Chia seeds are also about a 16% complete protein, supplying you with all of the vital amino acids.
But the benefits don't end there. These tiny seeds are also an energy-boosting powerhouse. The outer layer of the chia seed is made of soluble fiber, which slows down the release of glucose into your bloodstream. Glucose is the primary energy source used by your brain, nervous system, and muscles.
The other reason chia seeds provide long-lasting energy is that they are 31% fat, which as I mentioned earlier is from healthy oils. These beneficial oils are digested much more slowly than carbohydrates or simple sugars.
But when it comes to buying chia seeds—you need to separate the facts from the hype
While there's no doubt that chia seeds give you a lot of bang for your buck nutritionally, there's also a lot of misinformation out there. But after much searching, I found an excellent source of black chia called Raw Goodness Chia which comes from Ruth's Foods in Canada.
Not only is Ruth's chia extremely high-quality and gives you all the health benefits I just mentioned, it's also an excellent value! I keep a supply on-hand to mix into my yogurts and smoothies.
The only downside is that right now, Ruth's Chia can be tricky to find. So, the team at Mountain Home contacted them directly to get a supply for you. Click here to place your secure order online.
Dr. David Williams
607 Beeson St
Boise, Idaho 83706
Our Mission Statement: Teaching Hands is a developing community through the arts.
The one-thousand square foot building that resides in the breeze-way of the Hillcrest Shopping Center is an need for us. Our goal is to rent 5326 Overland Rd., Boise, ID 83705. A three year lease with the option to move into a larger building when the need arises. As Teaching Hands grow, we'll continue to keep headquarters in the Hillcrest Shopping Center.
This area of town is full of different cultures that doesn't have an area for the children to develop a trade. A large majority of them are fearful because of the horrific conditions that were once called home. A large latch-key group has formed in this area. The severe issue of hungry children wasn't in our thought process until now. Teaching Hands will find ways to fix these problems in our community through your help.
My name is Cindy Williams, I'm the historian, creator, visionary, and Director of Teaching Hands (a nonprofit). This all started with my passion of knitting and crocheting. You can read more about this through the Idaho Statesman article. Please click on below link:
http://www.idahostatesman.com/woodward/story/706439.html Please read more information about us at the blog; http://teaching-hands.blogspot.com.
After the article my life has not been the same. We out grew the library capacity for us within the first three weeks. The head librarian and myself came to a compromise of no more press or advertising. We decided that this summer I can stay at the library since the children are on summer vacation. There are about 8-15 die-hard women who have not missed a Thursday. By the end of August we must be moved into a new location.
Our partners at this time are: Library! @ Hillcrest, Discount Duds, Crossroads Angel, Peak Alarms and Security and ORRiginal Promotions. The tentative ones I've not listed until a formal commitment has been made.
We have two Boise State University students in social work that will volunteer their time for the children. One of our programs is for everyone to learn about the holidays by the different cultures.
Music is considered a universal language which will bridge the cultural gap we are faced with today. Crossroads Angel is working with us in all aspects of music. They have ideas that we are working on as programs. One is for old instruments be refurbished and given to a child. The library will participate in the other program that the children put on their own performances. They get to be a "rock star" for an evening. A group of musicians will teach the children musical instruments. Perhaps performances for the families to learn the different types of music, from other cultures?
Discount Duds is working with us in regards to giving the community used clothing they can not or doesn't sell in their store. We've come up with a system that you sign a piece of paper when you take one item out of the studio -- Teaching Hands.
In the State of California we have an affiliate group working with us to aide the needy. We have a husband and wife team that travel to from Boise to Reno Nevada. Their goal is to work with Teaching Hands to aide more cities around the Pacific Northwest.
Teaching Hands has already started with the needle arts by hand crafted items for the needy and terminally ill. I was told that last year was the "easy year" compared to today and the future. We still haven't caught up with the supply and demand from September of 2008 requests.
Through a security (Peak Alarms and Security) meeting a lot of my observations were confirmed. The library has become a latch-key dumping ground for the parents. No one is able to supervise the children as they run amuck throughout the Hillcrest Shopping Center. Because of their fear they harass other people. One woman was knocked down by a bicyclist. This behavior from the young man caused her to terminate her pregnancy. One female security office was assaulted by a group of angry young men.
These children have little direction during the summer and after school hours.
In this paragraph I'll discuss my observations. During our class time there were many children's finger nails that were full of dirt. Several evenings we made them wash their hands since the insides had a brown tinge to them. Dirty clothes were worn on a regular basis. Let alone the clothing fitting the child. Greasy hair and body odor is a norm for these children.
I used to arrive at the library early to plan for our community. The children had a radar beam on me. I'll admit its a great feeling to be swarmed by hugs and eager faces to share their school day with me. However, my work wasn't getting completed because I was busy playing parent. Now, I don't work out of the library to get my own work accomplished.
The other normal situation they face is no food. How this is "normal" is beyond me and others. We have a severe problem on our hands. I lost count how many times I had to tell the children you must be in the class to receive a treat. We're talking about simple treats like a bag of popcorn from the dollar store. These children saw this as dinner. . . .
No longer can Teaching Hands be run out of the garage. This manner of operations doesn't help a community that needs immediate help. We must fix this hunger issue and no coping skills with our society. I've witnessed (been told) tempers flair because they are starving! These children don't have any form of arts to keep them occupied. They scare patrons near the breeze way because they are scared. Everyone is to be fearful to be in the Hillcrest Shopping Center. Other business have told me "not" to even consider placing Teaching Hands in this cesspool of a community.
Children that are not nourished become sick. Fall is around the corner with the flue. The swine flue is knocking on our back door. Colder temperatures are on the way; "They are freezing out there."
Please aide Teaching Hands to help the needy and terminally at the Hillcrest Shopping Center.
Thank you for your time.
PS - Through the arts you may learn about yourself, learn about others and the world around you.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Where is Sarah? She's in the very back of the picture.Buried in the plastic bags that are littered across the conference table.
Look past the plastic bags and you'll see her. Now, do you see Sarah?
Sarah, has been with us for six weeks now. Seems like yesterday is when we met her. I just love her laugh. Her huge heart with the donations (one week was 21 hats), she has given to our community.
Sarah you rule with all your hard work!
The hours are ticking away with the minutes flying by. More posts of Sarah's work is on the way.
Bert was busy guarding the office chair while I took pictures of the temporary office in the garage. I had to lift him out of the chair, so, I could sit down and write this blog. Chi's are creatures that have a mind of their own.
Did I ever tell you that Bert loves food? Hard to believe with an animal this small. Perhaps one of these days he could share his high metabolism with me?
Moving along to the second picture.
My official desk is an old kitchen table a neighbor donated to us. The yarn sitting off to the right of the laptop is a donation. Not sure what to make of the "Lee Target" Poodle yarn.It's 100% pure wool form Great Britain. The stuff even feels like the dogs coat, poodle. Have you used this fiber before?
I don't have the strength to show you the entire messy garage. Truth be know, it's not that bad. Around 50 boxes of stuff from years worth of collecting things. You know how it is when family members hand you their treasures? Or when you inherit them?
Now you've seen the non-official office of Teaching Hands.
Until we chat again, have a creative day.
No you are not looking at a typo or any other form of error. Ray at Discount Duds has lots of baby and toddler clothes in his store.
He will continue to run the sale of fifty cents a piece for about a month. Or until the stock goes down. You see there are about three to four hundred pounds of toddler clothes sitting in the back.
Now I'll admit this isn't the best picture to show off the clothes. However, the digi-camera and myself seem to be on speaking terms. (No need in boring you with all the details.) Needles to say I'll need to go back to Discount Duds to take more pictures for you all to see the great toddler clothes.
I'll try and have more pictures by tomorrow.
Until then have a creative day.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
But my rememberer is broke
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke
For when I'm here I'm wondering
If I really should be "there"
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven't got a prayer!
Oft times I walk into a room,
Say, "What am I here for?"
I wrack my brain, but all in vain
A zero is my score.
At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!
When shopping I may see someone,
Say "Hi" and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself "who was that?"
Yes, my forgetter's getting better.
While my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me plumb crazy
And tha tisn't any joke.
Can you relate?
After Shirley shared this with us; the laughter went out through the conference room as though there were no doors or walls. Thanks Shirley for reading to us.
I think I have found inner peace.
I recently read an article that said the best way to achieve inner is to FINISH things I had started.
So, today I finished two large bags of potato chips, a chocolate pie, a fifth of Jack Daniel's, a small box of chocolate candy, and I slapped the garbage our of some I have never liked.
I feel better already.
Please pass this along to a friend who is in need of inner peace.
Okay, Shirley, your humor had us rolling on the floor. I believe we were asked to be quiet (again) from the librarian? Or was it he wanted to know what was so funny? Good times on a Thursday evening.
Just then an army sergeant came in and said, "Why aren't you with the rest of the platoon?"
The soldier replied, "I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord."
The sergeant said, "Looks to me like you're going to play cards."
The soldier said, "No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards."
The sergeant asked in disbelief, "How will you do that?"
"You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.
The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments.
The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Five is for the five virgins that were ten but only five of them were glorified.
The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.
The Seven is for the day God rested after making His creation.
The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives - the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the earth.
The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.
The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.
The Jack is a reminder of Satan, on of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joke of eternal hell.
The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.
The Keen stands for Jesus, for He is the King of all kings.
When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.
There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.
The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Each suit has thirteen cards - there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for."
The sergeant just stood there. After a minute , with tears in his eyes and a pain in his heart, he said, "Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?"
Shirley thank you for reading this wonderful story to us last Thursday, evening.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Around seven weeks ago, Gloria was all excited to tell us about the nice man she met. She continued on that he runs the new quality used clothing store near the liquor store in the Hillcrest Shopping Center. None of the clothing is over five dollars at Discount Duds.
At first I was a bit embarrassed in not realizing there was a new business in our community. The library is in the same center as is the building we are after.
Me being me, had to see what all the fuss was about. I'll let you know there were no disappointments. Come to think of it every time I go in there is a great outfit with my name on it.
After me visiting with Ray and Carter we had an immediate connection in aiding our community. We have set-up an agreement that they will donate Teaching Hands clothing that we will give to the needy. More about this on another day.
Let's take a look at one of the many items at Discount Duds.
No your eyes are not deceiving you with the two dollar price tag. You are looking at a Staci Martin that doesn't have a mark on it. If I was around a gazillion sizes smaller I'd have this sitting in my closet. This reminds me that I'm wearing a nice cool dress I purchased the other day. Its sure come in handy with the 103 degrees today. In the near future a picture will be post of the fish dress on my body right now.
Another post is on the way that will talk to you about the special that is going on at Discount Duds.
Keep in mind that the clothing sells very fast at Discount Duds.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The blurring on this picture was done on purpose to protect the innocent. Those front doors are to the Library! @ Hillcrest. More eye straining will allow you to see our conference room (The Camas) in the upper left corner of image. We are very thankful for the library's help and generosity. They have been awesome in letting us meet here for the past ten months. Our goal is to be neighbors with the library and other locations like Discount Duds. (Tomorrow I'll be sharing with you the partnership we have with Discount Duds.)
This picture is blurry since, I didn't wear my cheaters. We are putting our efforts in getting into the building. The location is great because its in the Hillcrest Shopping Center. Once a thriving place that has become a tad empty. We can't forget the important things like money, paper work, communications, meetings that will take place to get us in here. School is around the corner (hard to believe) and we will not fit into the Library's conference room. One could say the clock is ticking. . . I told the children we should have sewing machines set-up by the time they come back from summer vacation.
We will keep you posted with our progress in moving into this wonderful community.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Do you have people in your community that are always up beat? We are lucky to have Barbara who is happy each time we see her. She is in the second picture behind Gloria and Shirley. (We will be posting Shirley's stories that she reads to us soon.) Shirley has been a wonderful teacher in showing Barbara the purl stitch. You can hear the two of them laugh all the time. Must be a good joke or something?
All of our volunteers are free to come and go as they please. We didn't see Barb for awhile which is cool. She did bring these fuzzy scarves for the community.
Thank you Barbara for all of your hard work.
Thank you D for your flower creations.
Thank you for you hard work in helping those in need.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
In a prior post I showed you the beginning stages of Monica's hat. Today you are looking at a completed item that has gone away to help our community.
Thank you Monica for your hard work.
Gloria eyes brighten when we talk about babies. Her eyes really light up when someone gives her baby yarn to create an item with. (One of my favorite things to do for her.)
Using size 9 knitting needles, Gloria, managed to whip out this scarf (toddler) in no time. (This one is laying on top of the yellow one.) The child scarf has several variations of yellow. This one took some doing on her part. Yet, Gloria came through in flying colors by another completed item.
Thank you Gloria for all of your hard work.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
With the cooler temperatures (nice) one would think I'd be more organized. Doesn't matter if its hot or cold my administrative duties are not the best. As one of the ladies told me last Thursday; "suck" What does all this information half ot do with posting. Well, I couldn't find my notes that told me who made what.
Took a couple of days to rummage through my memory banks to figure out who's work this is. Drum roll please. . . .
Thank you Pat for creating these afghans.
Monday, July 6, 2009
I'll start off by letting you know that I failed to get the pattern to the cool head-band. No promises or anything but I might have some one help me find it. When that happens I'll post as long as there aren't any copyright issues.
Now, lets talk about Sharon.
We all enjoyed our time with her even though it was twice. She moved into a new neighborhood outside of Idaho. Sharon made mention that the bands and scarves were knitted. Wool blend was the fiber of her choice. A button was added to each band to close it.
Her willingness to share her work with us and the community will not be forgotten.
I'm blessed every day with the friends that I have. More blessing have arrived since, my friend Cindy has become a volunteer with us. Her up beat personality, laughter and willing to help has been a great asset. At first she volunteered to deliver all of the completed hand crafted items.
We need to go back about three months. I promise a safe and quick trip. Here we go: One evening her and Mr. T (husband) came to visit. I was going through a bunch of items that were donated to us. I had just finished playing with a rectangle loom that was donated. (I'll admit not my cup of tea.) I began to show this to Cindy. (Her and I have tried for years for a craft project for us to do together.)She looked at me and made mention that she'd like to try. Well that was music to my ears.
She took off with this scarf in a hurry. We even went out to the mobile office to get her more yarn. Will explain the mobile office within this week. Now, Cindy was ready to go with more scarf making when she was ready. The office had a free couple of inches to stuff another item inside. Within weeks Cindy had finished the scarf with my help in binding it off. Her ending stitches were very tight, tight tight.
The picture above all of this writing was Cindy's second loomed scarf. She learned how to fringe her item. Cindy completed her first hat last week. Just gotta takes is picture and then post to all of you.
We are very thankful for Cindy delivering all of the completed items to Saint Lukes Foundation and Womens and Children Alliance in Boise.
See Cindy, I told you we'd find a craft project for you.
Seems like years. . . Weeks ago Bob brought in another bag of crocheted hats. We appreciate all of his hard work that he does at home. I believe this delivery had him ride his bike to the library. He made mention that there is no reason to become over weight just because he is old. More of Bob's items will be posted soon.
D loves to make flowers while visiting with all of us. She added one to the hat. Shirley helped her sew it on.
Have a creative day. Talk to you soon.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Through the many moons I've spent knitting, finger knitting is new to me. Around last fall D, show us this technique. At that time my brow was raised as she wove the yarn around her fingers. The she took two colors and proceeded to make another scarf. D has been busy showing others how to finger knit.
Now that summer vacation is here D is not able to teach. E was with us last Thursday all excited to learn to finger knit. All of the adults looked at one another.
I figured this was my sign to find instructions. . . .
Not sure when but one of these days I may finger knit my next scarf. Have a blessed day.
PS - The next post will show you the numerous donated scarves made through this technique from class members.
In the early spring we had many new people come to our group, because of the article Tim wrote. Included with the new faces was the fact I was seeing double. We had managed to bring in two sets of twins. Both were hard to tell apart until you studied their faces. Or did I mix them up, again?
Anywho, these four ladies took to the finger knitting like fish to water. They encouraged many other girls to do the same. The pictures you are viewing is some of the scarves sewn together for a thicker scarf.
I want to thank all of them for their hard work. We hope to see all of you again, soon.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Anywho, this is another finger knitted project that went very well with the children. (Still need to learn this skill for the new members arriving soon.) Maybe one of the twins made this scarf? Or this was posted with the other blog posting? Dang all these questions and no answers.
Better move along here. There are many more posts. . . Before I let you go, I'd like to thank the young lady for her efforts in aiding the community.
A young woman by the name A started this scarf when she was in the forth grade. Well into her teens she completed the scarf for our community. A drew in a lot of attention cause she used straws. Most of the younger children wanted to learn how to do this.
I was in the dark since, this was a new concept for me. However I did look high and low to find the pattern. To no avail. . . .
Anyone who has this pattern will you please share with us?
Thank you A for your donation.
Besides being an awesome crocheter/knitter Shirley, is a great story teller. She keeps us in stitches with the jokes she shares with us every Thursday evening. Several times Diane the supervisor of the library had to quiet us down. (I have a laugh that could wake the dead.)Shirley waits until things are calm before she continues with the next up-roar of laughter. We appreciate her wonderful humor and talent with her lap-robes.
The one you are viewing is from a pattern by Florence Boehm, called, "Country Afghan." A great pattern to use up some left over yarn you may have. Within a couple of days I'll be posting Shirley's other lap-robes from this pattern. The purple one is my fav.
When time allows I'll post one of Shirley's jokes with her donation.
Thank you Shirley for all of your hard work.