Category Archives: Me Me Me

The Old Homeplace

Well, my dad is 85 and it’s time to sell the farm where I grew up.
Just the usual Circle of Life business again!

It’s a 150 year old house on 12 acres with outbuildings, meadows, and
a real-life ghost story.

So, I created a blog about it with photos, and here it is:

Shenkel Farm

Hope you like it!

What I See Now!

It’s been about five weeks since I had eye surgery (scleral buckle and vitrectomy),
and my vision is finally starting to improve!

What I see with my left eye, the normal one:

Here is what I see with both eyes (getting better!)

And here is how it looks with my right eye (the recovering one).

A Pretty Photo of the Young’un

As my mom used to say, “Water rises higher than its source”

A Pretty Photo of the Young'un

As my mom used to say, “Water rises higher than its source”

Reasons to Blog?

I’ve been thinking about the reasons that people blog.
A Random List of Reasons to Blog:
Find like-minded souls who agree with you about [Subject of Interest]
or share your passion for [Your Current Obssession].
Keep your friends & fans up to date on your thrilling life, without individual letters or calls.
Show off your brilliance, clever insights, and hilarious sense of humor.
Keep from going mad because of [Your Life Circumstance Here].
Record wise advice and insights that your kids don’t want to hear. (*cough* me? *cough*)
Write what cracks you up, bugs you, or Needs to Be Said. (*cough* me again? *cough*)
Satisfy urge for public personal exhibitionism.
Create a record of your ins & outs, your ups & downs during a difficult passage.
Practice for a planned transition to Full Time [Your New Career Here],
such as author, consultant, or artist.
Share information, ideas, tips, or photographs about [Your Focus Here].
Record your Life History and the Way Things Were.
Get needed advice about [Your Hobby Here].
Drum up support or raise money for [Your Cause Here].
Track progress of [Something].
Sell something online.

Any others?
Are some “good” reasons and others “bad” reasons?

Second Eye Surgery

If you’re feeling brave, you can watch this Video of the two surgical procedures I’ve had, the scleral buckle and the vitrectomy.

I’m not planning to watch it!

Aftermath – I can’t see anything but shapes in the mist out of my right eye, but the doctor is “very optimistic.”

I’ll keep you posted!

How to Make a Christmas Check Special!

Follow Up – and it was a big success!

We are giving our son money for Christmas/graduation.
This morning I made a “holder” for the check.

First, I sewed a block of 9 batik squares,
then sewed another block of 9 batik squares,
then sewed the two blocks together.

Then I sewed 2 smaller blocks of 4 batik squares,
and sewed them together.
Next, I sewed the small block to the bigger block.

Finally, I made fasteners for each “layer” of the cloth envelope.
Like so/sew:
A sterling silver star pin with adjustable limbs pins the outer layer shut:

Here is a closeup of Mr. Star:

Now we start to open the outer flaps:

The inside block is black & white for contrast with the vibrant batik:

The inner envelope is held shut with a sterling necklace clasp:

Let’s open it up!

Finally, this is the back:

I am irrationally proud of this idea and of making it a reality!
If anyone wants to copy this, feel free!