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!!!

A Preview of Things to Come

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Friends and Neighbors

I know I was supposed to show the geometric shapes bracelet this week, but it is slower going than I planned. (Why do I plan something I’ve never done before I’ll never know). My arthritis was acting up and it is easier to “string” beads than it is to “weave”. Therefore:
To honor the Buffalo; I am working on this bracelet using beads that are new to my inventory. The “super duo” bead is a pressed glass bead of Czech origin. They have 2 holes and are of seed bead size. The mix I’m using reminds me of the colors of a young buffalo. I’m also using 15/0,11/0 seed beads and 4mm bicone crystals. The pattern is a Jill Wiseman pattern called “Festival of Lights“. You can find it on ” youtube“.

I have this refrigerator magnet that embodies the spirit of the buffalo and also reminds me of the advice I gave my daughters as they became young women.

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As I reveal these little bits and pieces About me, I will add them to my “About” page.
Have a good evening. Til Friday.

Page 82 Line 3 Oh My

 

 

LAST STAND

by Michael Punke

I haven’t even read the book yet. And I’m supposed to …. now what was the wording … “and work it into a post somehow.”  To take a sentence literally out of book and “USE” it to publish a post. That’s like taking one crayon out of the box and giving it to Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. So much can go wrong with that. Everything can be taken out of context. Or not.

 

 “Three hundred cattle, as it turned out, didn’t feed an army for long.”

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Ok let me give you some back ground of the book. It is non-fiction.  The “greatest and most infamous characters of the American West- from John James Audubon and Buffalo Bill” …. (partial excerpt from back of book),  to name a couple of characters in this saga. It tells of familiar and historical acts by both white men and the natives of the region. It conveys powerful tales of bravery and adventure in settling the west. It tells of personal trials and political fights, all in the name of preservation.

No I have not read the book. But I have heard the tale of the fight for survival and the men who led the battle both in the field and in Washington’s halls to save one of the most powerful animals in our nation. The American Bison or Buffalo. This book is not about Custer and his last stand although he is a player in this story; this is about the man who started the conservation movement to save the Buffalo…. George Bird Grinnell.

So anyone just reading that one line and knowing the book it came from would assume it was talking about Custer’s army. And they would be right! I don’t like taking things out of context so I read the page before and the next few pages to understand better the situation Grinnell was in at the time. He was on a dinosaur hunting expedition and he was a tagalong to Custer’s army.

The next time someone gives me a crayon, I’m going to make sure that Michelangelo isn’t waiting for the rest of the box!