Live, Learn, & Fun

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

-Mahatma Gandhi. ‘Good Morning’

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Living and Learning at the Thomas P Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford Oklahoma

Great Sunday! Met our friends at Ann’s, a local country diner, for breakfast. There was 10 of us on 2 bikes and 4 trikes all Honda Goldwings. Beautiful February weather for riding. Started out at 65F and topped off near 80. Took scenic drive Highway 115 through Meers and other various back highways enroute to Weatherford roughly an hour and quarter. Weatherford sits on old Route 66 the Mother Road. Rt 66 ran from Chicago to Los Angeles.
For more information about Weatherford check out http://www.travelok.com/weatherford .

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The museum is a fantastic tribute to the United States adventure into space exploration. But first it is a towns pride in a homeboys accomplishments. Thomas P Stafford was born and raised in Weatherford. He was a football star. An appointee to the Naval Academy. Became an Airforce pilot. A test pilot. An astronaut. He flew on many important missions; to the moon; and the only Apollo-Soyuz test project, the docking of American and Soviet space vehicles in July 1975. The historical fact in that one moment the International “space race” ended.¹
The museum displays an array of air history with replicas of the Wright Brothers airplane and other early historical air vehicles. There are also planes that General Stafford flew as a young test pilot. This is a space museum so the displays do go on to be dedicated to the space engines, command centers, and rockets. Also suits, food and other necessities for a trip to outer space. There are many actual items used in the NASA program. A part of a communication center from Houston still carries a NASA property ID tag also has a manufacturing tag from Ford.
I think the item that impressed me the most was an actual deactivated Titan II rocket both stages out of a Kansas underground silo, along with the nuclear capable head. The significants of seeing this of course was the message of the end of the “Cold War”.

After a couple of hours wandering through this very informative and interesting museum, it was time to eat. And that is what Goldwingers do second best…first we ride then we eat! If you’ve ever been to Weatherford, you know you have to go to Lucille’s Roadhouse. It boasts a 50’s style diner with Rt 66 decor and a steakhouse. The diner was closed by the time we got there at 3 so we went to the steakhouse. We were not disappointed. The food and the service was great. By the time we left most of us lady’s put on an extra layer as with sun setting comes cooler temps. Riding home was uneventful as Robert & Jeanne and Tom & I peeled off to continue heading east as the others turned south at Hwy58. We arrived home just in time to feed Sadie thereby not incurring any sad puppy stares.

I was able to start a bracelet on Saturday and have been working on it last 2 afternoons while enjoying nice 75F weather outside. I’m having a bit of a problem with my tension as I seem to have pulled the center portion tight. The bracelet wants to curl and won’t lay flat. I’m almost finished, I do love the colors. It is a pattern by Ellad2 called Pillars. I found it on her Etsy page.
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Have a great Thursday see you Friday or Saturday. 😁

¹ http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/stafford-tp.html

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Last Week Got Away From Me

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Hey at least I finished something! Last week was a bummer. I fought migraines. If you’ve never had one, count your lucky stars, if you have you know they are not fun! I see a neurologist every couple months and had appointment on Wednesday. He changed my medication again as it is still not controlling my headaches as well as he (and I) would like. He also put me on a stronger med for when I do get a migraine and I can tell you that this mornings headache disappeared a lot faster than ones in the past.

Beading is relaxing for me, I actually seem to do more small amounts of simple beadwork when I’m going through major episodes of migraines. I will do patterns familiar to me, easy and fast. Nothing requiring too much thinking or concentration

Now onto what I did accomplish this past week.

Top to bottom…. I finished the African Helix Harlequin bracelet, it has a magnetic clasp. Next is a bracelet from a tutorial from Potomac Beads on YouTube I used olive 6/0’s for the base ladder stitch and amber 11/0’s and two colors of hex beads, olive & ivory, for the Chevron embellishments. The third is a version of Mortira vanPelt of Inspirational Beading’s pattern Valentine Hearts in Potawatomi Chain , I did it only a single width and put a “lacy” looking edge on it. And the last one is a pattern I’ve had quite awhile not sure where I got it. I have made it before. This time I used seed beads in sizes 3,6,8,11,&15 the colors are a teal with the rainbow black 8’s and gunmetal 3’s used in the center of the pattern. The last two bracelets both need clasps.

The weather this weekend is cooperating with us…into the high 70’s today and tomorrow. Tomorrow we are getting together with a few friends for breakfast and riding our bikes to Weatherford to the Space Museum.

Have a great weekend and see you next week!
Paula

WIP ….. Works in Progress

Sorry folks no reveal today. Progress has been made on my projects, but nothing completed. I’ll give you some peeks into where I’m at on them (just so you know I didn’t set around eating bonbons all week)! But first I’d like to discuss something that’s bothering me today.

Yesterday a famous author passed away. She was 77, so one can assume she lived a full and rewarding life. Now being an international figure that she was, her obituary written by her homeland has become somewhat of “gossip” today on Facebook. Now I read it and yes the beginning paragraph is a bit unflattering according to American standards. Completely reading the article one gets the impression that Ms.  McCullough herself often referred to her size in different contexts. But my sensitivities say that a reporter who doesn’t have a close relationship with the deceased should not be making such personal remarks for the world to read. If this is acceptable practice in Australia then I heartily apologize if my opinion hurts your feelings. But it is still my opinion.

OK off my soap box and onto to my WIPS:

This is the shapes 3 triangles done, square almost
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The African Helix Harlequin bracelet 1st half done 2nd almost then just the embellishments
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Now for the copper tubing, it has been stamped, patterned, shaped, patina, and sealed ready for bead embroidery then lined with leather.
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Til next week, have a great weekend!!!

Liebster Award

Good Wednesday afternoon friends and neighbors. I have been awarded the: image by my blogging friend Jillian at How To Be Myself. Since I am accepting the award, I now have to follow these guidelines:

1. Post 11 things about myself
2. Answer questions Jillian had posed to me
3. Choose 11 people and link them to my post (I hope I can do that)
4. Go to their page and tell them
5. No tag backs … Oh come on Jillian that was going to be fun. Oh poooh.

OK now for the easy part: (Or at least I think its easy);
1. Jillian had to Google the word Liebster I knew what it meant my husband was in Army for 21 years spent 9 years in Germany.
2. I have visited Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland plus 39 of 50 states.
3. I was married at 17 it’s been almost 42 years
4. I am oldest of 8
5. My husband and I love to travel on our Honda Goldwing trike
6. I love to camp we have a pop up camper for the bike and a RV
7. My 2nd car was a 1965 Mustang that was in 1974
8. I am Catholic
9. I am of Irish and Polish decent my favorite joke for me is “I get mad easy but then I forget why”.
10. I was a brunette and my husband is a blonde, we have 2 red head daughters
11. I was born in Ohio, raised in Michigan now live in Oklahoma.

Yeah me I breezed through that.
OK now for Jillian’s questions:

1. Do you want kids? If you already have them, did you always know you wanted them?

Being Catholic the question wasn’t…do you want kids? It was ” How many?” and were we going to risk the chance of excommunication by practicing any type of birth control. My husband was 3rd youngest of 10 and his parents had been excommunicated for practicing permanent birth control in the late 50’s. We decided on 2 and have 2 beautiful daughters and 4 fantastic grandkids.

2. How did you choose your blog name?

It is my business name. I hate being super serious. I’m retired and want to have fun. If I’m not going to enjoy what I’m doing then I’m not going to do it. I have a bit of a funny bone and I hated the business world for making me feel cold hearted.

3. Do you have any pets?

Yes! Sadie blue healer/ sheltie mix is my constant companion.

4. Do “I” think it’s smart to blog on a set schedule?

For me yes! I was used to schedules and deadlines in the business world. It was how I performed. I had certain tasks that had to be accomplished in order for things to continue flowing. Even though I’m retired it was such a part of me for so long that “old habits” are hard to break. I make schedules. I’m on Facebook for so long, I bead or craft for a while, certain amount of housework, etc. etc.

5. What do you think your best feature is?

My hands, to be quite honest I have always liked my hands. They are petit and straight. But they are also my tools for my craft. I take care of them. They are starting to show some aging what with some wwrinkles and more defined freckles. Arthritis in both thumbs. A few calluses around the knuckles of my dominant hand, but other than that they are holding up better than other parts of me.

6. How do I feel about IPhones?

I don’t have a clue….never owned one probably never will! Now if you meant smart phones in general rather than IPhone specific… this blog is being done off my smart phone a Motorola Droid Turbo. I also have a tablet I use too but battery is low. Why do I like them? Easy take anywhere, do anything, bye bye computer.

7. Do you have a recurring dream?

No I don’t. As a child I had nightmares, but I no longer remember what they were about. My husband says I mumble in my sleep sometimes??? Sometimes I do remember what I dream but its always different.

8. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Nearly drown! My grandparents took me to Niagara Falls for my 13th birthday. They also bought me my first watch. When we got to hotel, I put on my bathing suit, ran and jumped into pool. I forgot I had my watch on and just as I hit water remembered and panicked. I was in deep end. I forgot how to swim. I went under. Someone pulled me out. To this day I do NOT go in water over my head.

9. What’s “my” favorite television show?

I don’t watch to much TV I am hearing impaired and it makes it hard to follow even with closed captioning. But I would have to say probably the “NCIS” programs are the ones I like best.

10. Do “I” work out?

No… Should I? I can’t much. 2 car accidents injured my back years ago I now have arthritis in my middle spine and a sciatic nerve in my lower back. What am I supposed to do? Water exercises! See answer to question number 8!

11. Do you believe in astrology?

I read my horoscope each morning in the paper. I laugh when it fits, frown when I think its stupid. But I would never deny another person their right to their beliefs. I read Greek mythology story’s as a history of our world. The Danes, the Celts, the Romans all had their gods and sub gods that formed their lives. I have my God. He forms my life.

I am going to have to make this a 2 part as I have been at it for the better part of two hours now and I’ve got a schedule to keep to. Teehee No really I need to show a peek into what I’m working on this week.
There are 2 projects on board both going pretty good. The first one is my 1st out in my shop.

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The 2nd one is a new stitch I am learning it is called African Helix and the bracelet pattern is called Harlequin from the book Mastering Beadwork by Carol Huber Cypher.
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So until Friday my friends today has been a long one thanks for sticking with me.
Paula

Is It Monday Already … I Missed Friday

Sorry friends and neighbors, I totally forgot about plans to be out of town on Friday when I promised the reveal. And of course the weekend brought along with it its weekend doings. Including a wonderful Saturday night with 6 friends and dinner at a steakhouse. Today is a beautiful day here in Oklahoma. I am going to do some work out in my shop and maybe have a different type of beaded project to show you at the end of the week.
Now I didn’t forget about last week and here it is:

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This beautiful bracelet is made with 4mm glass pearls and 4mm crystals along with size 11/0 silver lined dk silver Delicas. The  stitch is called right angle weave or in beader jargon RAW. It is adapted from a pattern by Deborah Roberti of http://www.AroundTheBeadingTable.com . The pattern is free and downloads as a PDF file. She encourages users to feel free to make and sell the beadwork you make as long as you give her credit as the designer.

Giving credit to the original designer for a pattern is the same as a writer citing properly any quotes or information contained in their article. Not doing so can be construed as plagiarism or just plain theft. With today’s digital technology many people feel if they see something on a website or Pinterest they can “copy” it with no regards to the ownership of copyright. There are many debates going on as to what can be considered for “copyright” protection in the beading world. A technique cannot be. This includes the RAW that I used in that bracelet. But the written pattern and the photo of the completed project are protected. Deborah’s written pattern that produced my bracelet is protected and my photo that resulted from her pattern is also protected. Therefore it would be illegal for anyone to try to reproduce Deborah’s bracelet from my photo.

So many times I am using Pinterest  to find inspiration for a project ( BTW I will buy the pattern) I see were someone has pinned a picture from Etsy and commented “that looks easy I think I’ll make it”. That is so wrong. The designer puts so much time and effort into their products, to have others copy takes away from them.

The best advice I can tell you is support the designers and artists. Do the right thing. Support our copyright laws.

Wordless Wednesday or When Have You Ever Known Me Not To Talk

My friend Cathy @ Still Waters has posted today about “Wordless Wednesdays” occurring all over the internet. I checked out the link on her page and let me say…WOW !!! There is a long list of bloggers partaking in this fun. Now I haven’t had the opportunity to explore any of them yet. But I’m going to wordlessly post my ” WIP” (work in progress) for you to enjoy.

So until Friday hop over to Cathy’s blog, check her out  then follow her link and see who else is not talking on Wednesday cause obviously I can’t go wordless.

Oh well til Friday then.

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