Monday, May 21, 2018

Accomplishments And An Ambulance Ride

 It's been a month since I posted so thought I would catch you up on Life On Sprinkle
Grandchild #1 went to Iowa state in track and placed sixth in the state in girls 100m Hurdles.
She's totally pumped for next year since she is very young to have done this well.
Only a sophomore and rapidly moving up in the track world.
We are totally proud grandparents.
Woot Woot to Madeline!

Grandchild #2 took his very first trip to Washington D.C. after raising money to be able to to.
This is a huge step for him, and Anthony really enjoyed the trip.
We are soooo proud!
Another big woot woot!
Grandchild #3 played in his very first basketball tournament and took second place.
Check out that big bling bling medal hanging around his neck!
Go Drake!
You rock and Grandpa and I are totally proud of you.
That was woot woot number three!

 We ordered a very large cedar arbor for the backyard from Wayfair, but considering we want to plant a 'full sun' vine on it, we are instead installing it in the front yard.
 The arbor comes in nicely done pre-cut pieces, and then you build the arbor yourself.

Two sides with slats for the vine to grow on, and also a top piece to the arbor.
It didn't take my husband long to lay it all out and screw the pieces all together.
 It's all sitting on the front porch waiting for the cement footers (which he dug a few days ago before the RAIN fell, and fell and fell) to dry completely. 
 We decided on wisteria as our vine for this arbor.  They are so gorgeous in the spring with great looking lavender colored hanging blossoms.
 Needless to say, the front porch is a jungle at this time.... but a lovely one I must say.

Yesterday was my very fist experience with riding in an ambulance due to not knowing what the terrific pains I was having, along with heavy nausea and vomiting.
They arrived at the house and after I had settled into the ambulance administered pain and anti-nausea meds.
Four and a half hours later we were home from the hospital.
I slept a lot in the afternoon, feeling only tired and worn out.
A CAT scan determined that this was a single kidney stone and there are no others awaiting their turn to be born into this world.
What a pain and waste of an entire day.

So, today I spent the morning lounging on the porch, and then picked lettuce as well as the last of our asparagus from the garden, some of which I delivered to the neighbors.
I'll be grabbing a few groceries this afternoon, and hopefully discovering that my iPhone still works, the one that I rinsed in the colander along with the freshly picked lettuce.... my bad.

What's new with your world?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

It's The NPR Life For Me!

(image from Pixabay)

You may have noticed that I am posting less frequently this year, and it's not that I have lost my blogging voice or have nothing to say.... because I ALWAYS have something to say.  Just ask me!

I have however decided that it is time to pull back from not only blogging so often, but also, this week I walked away from Facebook.  At age 64 I want to spend more time doing other things and less time on social media.  I've been doing photo blogs, e-mailing, larger blogs, a blog Page on Facebook, a selling page on Facebook, and also my regular personal Facebook page.  

Some years ago I joined Twitter, but it's a rare day that I post anything or make any comments there, and I also have an Instagram account.  Instagram has become a much more appealing form of social media to me, so it is there that I have chosen to spend more time as far as a social media platform.
It has very little political and current event discussions, at least the pages I have decided to follow, and I can still get a snapshot of what is going on with my family who all live very far away, and as I pointed out to the family.... we can e-mail or text or call on the phone.  Those forms of technology still work!! 

I am also reading more these days, as well as listening to discussions on NPR.  

Yes, I will still be posting here on the blog, but not nearly as often as some of you may like. Sorry.... but I've been blogging since 2006 when Apple came out with iWeb, and at that time I had not only a personal website, but also ran one for my classmates from high school.  That's twelve years of my life spent online

In 2007-2008 I began my Blogger life.  It's been a ride, with the numerous blogs I've had, the very first being The Blue Ridge Gal.  AND, blogging led to designing blog headers as well as assisting other bloggers with re-doing their blog look, designing buttons for their sidebars (remember those?) I am whooped and tired and simply need to back off a bit and let the younger gals in their 20's through 50's do their thing.  I read a few of those blogs still to this day, but not many.  As I said.... I am pulling back this year.

It's time to make time for me.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Sunshiney Happy Things

 The screened porch is beginning to once again take shape for the warmer months of the year, and all furniture has now been 'untarped' and set into place for friends to enjoy with us.
The lawn is greening up, trees are flowering, and soon our mountain views will begin their disappearing act as the leaves sprout and block our view.
We still need to put the indoor/outdoor rugs into place and once the nights no longer drop freezing temperatures upon us, I will also add Boston Ferns to the macrame hangers.
LOVE those Boston Ferns... they are like a breath of fresh air to me.
The potted pansies are still giving us their daily smiles and will be for a while yet, since all they want is sunshine and watering and don't really care about the night temperatures.  Hardy little things!
They may get a surprise in the morning since snow is in the forecast.  icky poo.
 Sometime last week I shared a photo (a very poor photo) of my new bee pendant which I wear on a gold chain around my neck and this week I added to the fun with it's cousin, a bee on a hive pendant. There is a cat eye inside the hive.  Check out the new Shine collection by Pandora if you are interested in these charming bees.  We enjoy having bees buzzing all around our property throughout the summer months and hope that other people will join by making an effort to make their yards bee friendly as well.  NO CHEMICALS!
 I've ruined many a pair of socks by walking out the door, down the sidewalk and across our paved driveway without shoes.
Yesterday I made the effort to stop this sock killing nonsense and bought a $13 pair of rubber yard shoes at Wal-Mart. I can slip these off at the front door when I come inside and hope to make this a healthy 'save the socks' habit.

Happy shoes waiting to go outside today.

Wishing you a happy week-end!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Bugs And Bees

 Let me first apologize for the not greatest of quality in these photos.  Jewelry is somewhat difficult to focus the camera onto and get a good shot of.
And the old woman hands don't help, but hey.... when you age you age.

In the late 60's and early 70's I had a silver charm bracelet, and to this day I still have it.
One of my favorite charms was this fly.
A fly you ask?  But why a fly?
The truth is I have no worldly idea why a fly.
I must have just thought it was cute and different from what everyone was adding to their charm bracelets...
I mean hearts?  BORING!
So yes.  I still have the not so boring fly.

If you do your best to stay atop the national news as I do, then you know that honey bee hives have been collapsing in large numbers, which, if they all go, it will have a profound effect on humans' capability to grow many foods.
Not interested?  Let them eat cake you say?
Well, there may not be any cake, so you better load up on a few slices now if you don't see this as an important issue.

Oh golly... there I go shoving my opinions down other people's throats.

While at the mall last week I came across this adorable bee charm
in 18k gold overlay in their new Shine collection.
They had sold out of the chain, so instead I visited another store that sells this same jewelry brand and purchased an 18" 14k gold chain where this bee is now buzzin' at all times.
On the chain around my neck.

During the mid 80's and into the 90's working girls (in the city) wore multiple gold chains of different lengths with charms
on them.  I had a few gold chains back then, because 14k gold was MUCH less expensive then.  These days if you want more than one you need to have a bit more spending cash in  your bank account....

So, I am in love with the new Shine collection of jewelry that Pandora offers, and not all of their stores sell the line, and many are sold out.... even online.

If you are interested in their new line of jewelry, check with a local Pandora store and ask when they will have it, or keep checking their online website for a re-stocking.

I soooo wish the photos would come out clearer since it's so darned cute.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Waiting For April

 Our local grocery store had Boston ferns for sale on their front sidewalk yesterday.  
I had three ferns on our screened porch last year, and they, with some good care, stayed green for months!
Loved that!!
I won't be buying any just yet, since there is the good chance we may still have some over nite temperatures that fall into the 30's over the next few weeks.
Ferns are sold all summer, so there is no chance of me missing out on getting a few for the porch.
They add a bit of pzazz if you ask me.
I tried having Boston Ferns when we lived in the Southwest, but THAT heat simply didn't allow me, no matter how hard I tried, to be successful at keeping them alive.
It's desert country.  It's cactus country. It's ugly country for plants.
Just ugly.
we should have an abundance of blooms coming in April.
These blooms were photographed in our planter bed mid April of last year, and I  look forward to their beauty once again.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

You Can Support Gun Law Changes Or Look Away As Our Children Die

Gun Control
Look away now if you don't want to read anything on this subject.

First let me say that I am not sure if I am a Democrat or an Independent, but I do know that I have VERY strong feelings about a lot of subjects, red hot issues that are all over the internet and argued about on nearly every social as well as news platform offered.  Once some of these issues started bubbling to the surface some news websites stopped allowing anyone to comment because they didn't care for the way people were interacting with one another.  I enjoy reading any comments people make about gun laws because it makes me consider both sides, and it is from reading both sides that I have drawn my own opinions, regardless of what you think of my stance on the issue..

I don't shy away from stating my views or what another person's views say to me about who they are at their core.  
Here is what I see as conundrums in what I read, and when you are a conundrum I have no problem telling you how ridiculous you sound.

#1 Supporting gun laws as they currently are.

My husband and I own guns, and although I won't say how many, I will say that none of them is a semi-automatic gun that holds 30 bullets or more.  The guns we do own are locked away, since we have no reason to have them lying about where a child in our home or a crazy person could gain access to them. 
My husband was in Viet Nam and knows the damage that semi automatic weapons were designed to do,  They were the weapon of choice in Viet Nam, issued to kill other human beings, and many military veterans will tell you this and also advise that these types of guns should NEVER be in the hands of a civilian, no matter their reason for wanting one.  Target practice?  Hunting?  Because we all know it takes 30 rounds to bring down our dinner for that night's dinner.  
The majority of Americans, 68% in fact, agree that these types of guns need to no longer be sold, and although there are millions of them already in the hands of U.S. citizens, I would like to see those that are legally registered be removed from owners and destroyed.  Sounds a bit over-zealous to you?
Current gun laws need to be changed. 

#2 But you're shoving your opinions down our throat.
That's one way of looking at it, but definitely not how I see it.
We are all allowed opinions, and we certainly don't have to agree with one another nor do we have to respond to another person's Facebook comment.... we can simply walk away.
My opinions may seem extreme to you and not worthy, and you can all pounce on me, bring your Facebook friends to defend you, (that old mob mentality once again), and to be honest you really don't hurt my feelings or change my opinions.
If someone posts on Facebook about one of the hot issues of the year, then they are asking for the opinions of others to be stated... and as I said, I have strong beliefs about gun control.
Your words don't hurt me.
Children are being shot at and killed, so they deserve the right to say whatever they want on a sign they carry in a march, whether YOU think they understand the sign or not.  It's not for you to say that they are not smart enough to understand the words.  KIDS ARE SMART!

#3 Why do people love guns more than their childrens' safety?

They will argue that they don't, and yet they refuse to opt for laws to be passed that DO keep their children safer in our schools.  They argue that it's not the gun, but the crazy person behind the gun that kills.
Is taking the AR-15 away the complete solution?  No. I admit that.
It's a good start though, in mending the hearts of parents who have lost their children to school shootings and keeping perhaps another 17 parents from the nightmare of standing over their 6 year old's grave or their 17 year old's grave.
I shake my head at the stupidity.....yes I said stupidity of some people. 
They will tell you that the problem is mentally ill people.  But how do you identify these people before a shooting with an AR-15 occurs?  Answer that for me.  Sick people have the ability to hide who they truly are.  Yes, even on Facebook.
Some pro gun people don't even realize that they love their guns more than their children.... their words and actions are not in alignment with one another, a conundrum to be sure.
They haven't yet lost a young family member in a school shooting. 

Would you choose to live in a house with asbestos in it that was affecting your child's health if you had the means to move elsewhere?
Would you allow your child to ride in your vehicle without a safety belt just because you like the freedom of not wearing one?
Would you not vote for stricter gun laws just because your relatives like owning and shooting guns?
I certainly don't base my thoughts on gun laws by the responsible actions of a few gun owning relatives.
There are millions of gun owners in America, so what makes a person think that all gun owners are as responsible as their two, or ten relatives who own them?
How naive.

Call me someone with extreme gun law views,
and then change the gun conversation to abortions, which is another discussion for another day, but it's easier for some to just throw an abortion comment  bomb into the gun conversation than discuss the subject at hand in a reasonable way.
Deflect Deflect Deflect.

I'll say it loud and clear.
I think pro-gun people are kidding themselves as we all wait for the next school killing to happen, when once again they will denounce the rest of us for trying to do the right thing.
And yes.... I am trying to persuade them and shove my ideas down their throats.

Oh, and my opinion on this photo:
I think this nine year old child understood exactly what the "Fuck The NRA" sign he was carrying meant.
Kids aren't stupid.
Some are saying it may have been Photoshopped to add the message so that gun law change advocates who marched can be chastised.  I'm not privy to whether it is or not, but you can bet he knows what it means if he is nine years old and his parents allow him to see the news.  I'll say it again.... Kids are not dumb.

The video has profanity, so if you are sensitive to that, then don't watch it.
Take your sensitive ears to church, or to a more gently worded blog, because it's obvious that you can't handle the truth about yourself which is that you just don't care about doing the right thing.  Or go visit an NRA blog instead. They will reinforce your beliefs.
If the only thing you take from this video is the fact that he uses the 'F' word, then you are a part of the problem on gun law legislation and not the solution.

Here's the list of school gun shootings in the U.S.

So, call me a douche bag, a rodeo clown, harsh, mean, awful, asshole.... and then go help to change the gun laws.  If your feelings get hurt by the things I say, I could care less.  This entire issue is about saving young lives and not about your feelings.

Do the right thing for the safety of kids in America.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

It's Been A While

 Yes, it has been a while, and while I was away, we went from these gorgeous tulip trees in bloom

 and pansies and violets in our front porch pots,
(see below)

 We thought spring was here but the warm greeting of flowers on the front porch and back deck meant nothing.

 It truly was spring one day and the next day we woke up to eight inches of snow which had come overnight..
Twenty hours of snow to be exact.

All of the winter weather had returned on the first day of spring.
More may be on the way this week-end.

And since enjoyed the great outdoors had been cancelled by Mother Nature,
we instead opted to find an indoor project to do.
Stay tuned for my next post for that.

Happy Spring!! or not.