Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Simple Moments: Found Alone




From myreal.everyday.lifewhat is simple moments about?


a few things:
1: anyone is welcome! document your marriage, family, kids, yourself. the point is to document your life, the simple, ordinary things that are often taken for granted, that one day, you'll want to look back on and remember.
2: please link back to me somewhere in your post. you can use the simple moments button, it's the easiest way.
3: please add the link to your actual simple moments blog post, not to your entire blog.
4: please be sure to visit others around your entry and leave a few kind word

This weeks prompt:  found alone


I decided to cut the sunflowers and bring them inside a few days ago.  I thought maybe it was done blooming this summer but came out and found this happy face.  Think I'll keep watering the plant and see if more show up. 

When I can't find Mercy inside the first place I look is the tomato plants.  Sure enough she was grabbing a snack or two. 


   I read on the other end of the couch, but today she started without me.  She's seeing friends this weekend and needs to catch up on her Origami series.  I love finding her reading alone.
 




...and while Mercy snacks and Justice reads 
Marshall takes control of the remote...  in his undies.








Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DIY Steampunk Goggles


Hobart 770096 Welding Oxy-Acetylene Goggle - 50mm Eye Cup $8.73 and
SE - Loupe - Double Lens, Clip, 5x, 24mm - MI128-55 $4.50  The lenses just twist off and the ball chain nose piece can be adjust then.  *This pair comes with clear plastic and tented glass.


The gears are left overs from a package of 100 I bought at Micheal's for $3.99 I believe.  The copper hammered paint is also left over from several other projects but a can cost around $6.00 or so at Lowe's.  As stated above you can take the lenses off.  I sprayed one coat of the hammered copper and let dry, then just layered the gears between the two lenses.  You could also use the paint and gears as a stencil but I like the fact that they can move around. 
The goggles come with vent covers that you can just pop off.  You can paint them as well or replace them with fun doodads.  This also gives you a close up view of the hose clamp.  This one is 1 1/2" - 2 1/4" and slid right over the lense piece.  (These run less than a $1.00 a piece.)  I then attached the loupes to it with the clamp provided.  I may epoxy this since it feels so loose. 
 
  Finished Front: Gears just layered between the clear plastic and tinted lenses.  You can still see through the gears.  Makes for a cool effect. 
Side View: More gears and a brad.  Chances are I'll change it up in the next few weeks so nothing permanent.

Other Side: Same thing, gears, brad and a watch piece.  It too may change a few more times. 



Now to work on my copper arm band that will hold a big old compass.  Have to figure out how that'll work now.  :)

...and these came in the mail today.  No more reading them online.  <squee!> 



Friday, July 26, 2013

July Fly on The Wall


Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Monday started out GREAT when this beauty showed up in the mail thanks to one of my friends on my blog page.  I mentioned going to numerous stores in town and finding nothing.  So she mailed me her's.  <squee!>  I love it and have used it several times now working on my belly dancing.  :)




The husband and I decided to attend the Dallas Comic Con.  It isn't till October 4-6 but I'm working on what to wear now. After pricing all the pieces I decided to check my closet.  This was the first thing I pulled out.  I had not realized how very western my closet was.  I do believe Miss Kitty resides in there. 
 
 Different top, still not sure.  Added a 9" Kabar knife, I'll need a dummy one for the convention of course.  And it might take till October to sew and rivet on all the gears and doodads I want. 

Just 21 of the 100 gears I have and 4 watch faces.  The chain will hold a watch fob that will attach to the bottom of the other sides.  (This is just one panel.)  <sigh> 

One of those moment you catch on the camera and know you'll cherish forever.

 
It was almost cool today with clouds overhead for most of it.  So the kids FINALLY went outside to play.  But no sooner did they start jumping on the trampoline did it start to rain.  At first they continued to jump, but when the first thunder clap hit they ran.  :)

Mercy with her jar hoping to catch lizards as I cut the squash and zucchini down. 

I decided to keep a few plants, but not many.  Not only am I tired of them, no matter how we cook or fry them, but I also want to give the cucumbers and bell peppers another chance.  <fingers crossed>
 
Five big bags of squash ready to freeze.  This way we don't have to feel guilty for tossing them in the composter when they go bad in the fridge.  Seriously, no more squash and zucchini recipes.  I've had my fill.  ;)


*Oh and in case y'all were wondering what we're going as in October... I'm going as Lady Mechanika... the coolest new comic book character!  And Tommy's trying to decide between Darkman and The Shadow. 

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
http://BakingInATornado.com                                     Baking In A Tornado
http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just a Little Nutty
http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home . . .
http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/                Stacy Sews and Schools
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                               The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/                   Menopausal Mother
http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/            Moore Organized Mayhem
http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/                            The Insomniac’s Dream       
http://themomisodes.com/                                      The Momisodes
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                      Spatulas on Parade
http://www.therowdybaker.com                              The Rowdy Baker
http://sorrykidblog.com/                                  Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Simple Moments: Found With Emotion


From myreal.everyday.lifewhat is simple moments about?


a few things:
1: anyone is welcome! document your marriage, family, kids, yourself. the point is to document your life, the simple, ordinary things that are often taken for granted, that one day, you'll want to look back on and remember.
2: please link back to me somewhere in your post. you can use the simple moments button, it's the easiest way.
3: please add the link to your actual simple moments blog post, not to your entire blog.
4: please be sure to visit others around your entry and leave a few kind word

This weeks prompt:  found with emotion 


The twins were excited to find June Bugs in the pool this morning.   

Marshall was fearful while Mercy sense of adventure kicked in. 

Spider-Man saves the June Bug

Now their curiosity has kicked in and they haven't taken their eyes off them since. 


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Please Don't Call Me MILF

Words; you can say just one or string thousands together and create worlds, poetry, or lyrics.  But we've taken words for granted.  We shorten them, we group them together, we change their meanings and we throw them at each other like weapons.  And because we abuse them so much, when we hear them we're sometimes confused.  A compliment used to be; you are so lovely, funny and friendly.  Now we are so starved of words well-spoken that we use sexy, sarcastic and bitchy and think them compliments.  

Words have meaning; they aren't just sounds and syllables.  If that were the case we'd have no use for them.  They have a purpose and we continue to use them incorrectly.  Now mind you, I'm not talking about grammar or punctuation.  Heaven knows by the end of this decade we'll change the rules to suit our needs.  No, what I'm talking about is the use of words and how we no longer give them a purpose.  And without purpose there's just confusion.

A friend and I were talking about the acronym MILF the other day.  I read it a lot, hear it even more and no matter how many times I do I still say the words out in my head.  I always shiver a bit at the end.  I mean, I get the point of it.  Somewhere someone thought of it as a compliment or somehow flattering, but when did simply saying she’s attractive lose its meaning?  And how am I supposed to react to the term either when spoken to me or to others

 I know many will say I'm taking it too seriously, but surely I'm not alone in this thought process.  The term, if you are unfamiliar with it, means a mother the person would like to have sex with.  So the acronym is in fact an invitation for sex or if the speaker didn't mean it... a lie.  So what's the point?


As a woman and a mom I want to be recognized for so much more.  Like my natural ability to organized a small space.  Tell me how well executed my 27" RV kitchen, dining and bathroom layout worked or my children are well behaved.  (What?!  It happens.)  ;)  But don't tell me you'd have sex with me. Cause let's face it, now a days peoples standards are pretty low in that area.  And with 3 kids running around me I'm not in need of your services.  

Now, it's not as though I've ever been offended by the term.  But I've also never felt it was a compliment.  I do enjoy it when someone points out something they might like, but in truth most of those things I have no control over... eye color, mouth shape, etc.  But tell me I'm funny, or smart (don't laugh) or a great friend and I'm a happy girl.
 
And women, don't discount your husband's complements, yet take to heart those of strangers.  I may be the worst at this.  Matter of fact I'm pretty sure I am.  Mine tells me often that I'm attractive, and finds me sexy.  He's the only man on earth who has seen me naked after 3 kids and 70lbs. His should be the compliments that matter the most, but I'm just as vain as the next person and wish for more.  I desperately want to change that about myself. 

 
I think wanting to live up to the world's standards of attractiveness have made us less so.  We strive for the approval of others, even if it means losing ourselves in the process.  At my lowest weight, when I felt the best I still didn't fit the status quo.  The charts said I could lose another 15 to 20lbs.  Because of that I wasn't satisfied.  I wanted more.  And in the process became depressed at failing and then the weight started coming on.  The ugly spiral of wanting what the world wants and getting lost in the void it creates in us.


Please don't call me a MILF and think twice before calling others that.  I will celebrate my 20th anniversary this year.  The only man I want desiring me in that way is my husband.  Your 'compliment' will only fall on deaf ears.  And be warned, if you say the word in front of my children know that I will ask that you explain it to them.  I will watch as your cheeks flare up in embarrassment at having to tell a 3-year old that you just insulted their mother.  

Words have meaning.  Make them count.