Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Well I wonder how scared the population will run in the face of the swine flu threat, and how long it will keep peoples eyes off the other real crisis which is, of course, the continuing collapse of the world economy. I don't know if people even realize that a pandemic could be the final blow to an economy already on life support. I do have to say that I don't believe it will reach pandemic stage though; I don't know why I think that, but I do. I do see it as being a momentary reprieve for the big bankers. While people are afraid of getting sick, they won't be buying pitch forks or soaking old rags in tar and kerosene to make torches with. It's only momentary though, like intermission at the theater. The next act will start pretty soon and I don't think it's going to be pretty. In the meantime, there is this excellent post by a fellow blogger: http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr09/obamas-secret-plan04-09.html
If you believe that Obama has something else up his sleeve ( and I usually do, I mean the man has shown that he's really smart) then this plan makes perfect sense. Read it and make up your own mind, but I gotta say, I think it would work. He's always said he was a grass roots politician, and this is a grass roots plan.
On a different subject, the bass are really hitting now over at Chris' pond. I caught 4 Sunday; all of them 10 to 12 inches. Not huge or anything, but lots of fun.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Good Fishing

Went fishing over the weekend (of course!) and the crappie fishing is pretty good right now. We had minnows over on the pond by Chris and Richards house and caught some nice ones. We also caught bass on minnows, and on white spinners over at Westmore Woods. John caught a nice little bass on a white plastic grub looking thing, too. Chris couldn't go Saturday because they were auditioning bass players for his band, but he, John and I went yesterday and the fishing was still as good Saturday. It was raining a bit, but not too bad. Friday is supposed to be fabulous, 75 and sunny. Chris has off and I think John is going to take the day off and we're going to head down to Braidwood or LaSalle.

I also went to the thrift store early on Saturday, and the early bird really does get the worm. I found 4 curtain panels and valances with a mushroom print straight from the 70's. I also got a linen skirt that I am going to remake with a braid patchwork inset for me, and another pleated linen skirt with a blue floral stripe that I took apart and has yielded a lot of fabric. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I have 2 projects in the works, one is a recycled mans shirt I'm turning into a tank top with appliques, and the other is a pair of random patch shorts.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I haven't blogged much lately, but I have been pretty busy. Mary was here for a week, she left last night. Plus there have been a couple of nice fishing days. John and I went to Westmore Woods and caught a couple of nice little bass on white spinners. They were only about 10 inches, but it was the first one for me this season. We tried over by Chris' house but were skunked again. We are going to Hidden Lake this afternoon.
Sio had a piece accepted for an art exhibit at COD. It will be displayed til May 16th, and we'll be able to go over there anytime and see it. Carla is coming over tomorrow and she might want to go depending on how long she'll be here.
I haven't stopped sewing, even with the company and the fishing. I made a cute apron top, I did a patchwork inset called Braid or Prarie Braid. It actually is pretty easy, but I think it's high impact. Sio is going to try it on tomorrow so I can list it in my Etsy store. I also made a random patch reversible headscarf and crochteted a dreadie headband. I sold a patchwork scarf and a zipper pouch too, so that's nice.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Quote of the Day

I've been catching up on Thom Hartmann's shows today and this past Wednesdays is not to be missed. His podcasts have gone back to being free, and you can down load them here:

Anyway, his Wednesday show is where I got this quote:
"There are two novels that can change a bookish teenagers life, The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obssession with it's unbelievable heroes leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood unable to deal with the real world. The other one, of course, involves orcs."

I read Tolkien in my young teens , and Ayn Rand in my young 20's. I guess that's enough said.