"Knitting and crocheting has been my hobby since childhood. I started making stuffed toys for children hospitals several years ago. It has become a passion, I absolutely love making them. My “Critters” are a nice cuddly, hug-gable, lovable size for the children. And what’s truly amazing is how much pure pleasure a person can receive by creating them."
My patterns are written so that they are easy to follow, and include photos and instructions to help you. If you haven’t tried making a toy using the knitting in the round method, give it a try, your in for a very pleasant surprise! If you have a question contact me at bjfromnv@gmail.com

Thursday, July 28, 2011

On the wings of a Dove………..

I was out walking this morning, feeling very troubled and sad about an event that took place yesterday. Something that I have not been able to stop thinking about. So as sometimes happens when you’re outside in God’s space you get a small revelation. My answer was to write about this event, so here I am.

This happened in less than a minute or two at most. But I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. It deeply upset me and makes me wonder why I feel this way, maybe because of the events that have been occurring in my family of late. I think there is a direct connection there and maybe that’s why I have reacted this way.

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I had come back from walking with a friend and I decided to walk to the front of our place. As I started walking between some trees all of a sudden I heard  a bird cry and come flying out of one of the trees, he wasn’t actually flying he was flapping his wings frantically and moving along the ground in the process. So I really don’t know if it was me that startled him or something else that happened at the same time, because I did not see him until he came flapping by me and was down on the ground. I just stood watching as he went by me and continued making a strange sound and still flapping. I came out of the trees into the sun light and took a few steps in his direction to see what he was doing. At that time I really didn’t and don’t know now, whether he was injured or not. He had stopped moving.

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As I was standing motionless he started  flapping his wings again, and this time  he started to lift off from the ground. He was flying towards the highway and away from me. Just as he was about 3 or 4 feet off the ground he flew directly into the path of an oncoming UPS truck. I heard the impact and saw his feathers fly, as he flew back in my direction and dropped to the ground a few feet from where I was still standing. I knew he was fatally wounded and I moved just a little closer, but I did not want to frighten him. He did turn his head and look at me. I stood still until I knew he was gone. I noticed another dove setting up on a sign watching and wondered if they were mates. I could tell he was a young bird when I moved him. I have always loved all animals, but I have always had a special feeling for  birds.

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My grandmother told me one time, “that if it weren’t for birds, we wouldn’t be here.”  I don’t know if it’s because it was a dove, or because I feel responsible, but I just haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Over reacting? Perhaps. I also have been very worried about a couple of members of my family and this just kind of hit me hard. I know I am soft hearted……………….but………….anyway. That’s the story.

Makes you think about our soldiers and the horrors of war and how they must try to live with the mental smells, sights, and sounds. We humans are very sensitive to these sorts of things, and how we try to deal with them, and still preserve ourselves in the process. Because we live in constant change, change that we must constantly  deal with. Everything that happens to you in life stays with you forever. So think twice about your actions, the most simple thing can turn into a nightmare. 

When troubles surround us, when evils come
The body grows weak The spirit grows numb When these things beset us, He doesn't forget us
He sends down His love On the wings of a dove

On the wings of a snow-white dove
He sends His pure sweet love
A sign from above On the wings of a dove

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where is that Toof fairy?

Well it’s been exactly 2 months to the day since I had the remaining upper seven teeth extracted and a temporary plate put in. I started off the this day by going back to the dentist to have some adjustments made on a new lower partial that I got Tuesday. It covers at least 20% more of my mouth in the fact that it goes back farther. It felt pretty good the first day, but I really broke it in hard eating some Jalapeno chips, that are “kettle” cooked. I got to say they are yummy. But by the time I was done, my mouth was really sore. So I took out the new partial plate and put in my old one. So hopefully the adjustment will do the trick, if not I will go back next week. I have to say that I have a fantastic dentist. He is just awesome, and I consider myself very lucky to have him. We live in a very small town, so sometimes you don’t exactly have the cream of the crop when it comes to doctors and dentists. In fact just for an example, after I turned 65 and started getting Medicare? I guess that’s what its called. I made an appointment at my general practitioner md and thought to myself, gee I wonder how much it will cost me now with the Medicare? I might not have to pay anything…………..wrong- o- buck- o. His office visits were 60 before and guess who raised his rate on me? YUP………….what a rip, and from what I understand that’s standard operating procedure. The government pays, and you still pay……………..leaves a pretty nasty taste in your mouth. Gee I don’t know how I got off on that rant………………….anyway……………summer

I have to say, when it comes to dentures, ignorance is  truly bliss. I have learned the hard way that getting dentures is a whole new ball game. I have indeed lived with the fact that there would  come the day when I would probably need them. And I guess I thought I was prepared, but let me tell you, you won’t ever be prepared for dentures. The only ones who could tell you what to expect are the people who have dentures, and for some reason, either we don’t ask the right questions, or they think we are better off in the dark. I have found a few sites on line where I was able to communicate with others who are going through the same thing, and it has been a huge asset. The mental roller coaster is something else, and the depression that comes with it, isn’t much fun. Then lets throw in some family matters and all hell breaks loose.

I haven’t picked up a needle in two weeks and its really starting to bug me. But when it comes to the creative spirit, I want to put love into my efforts and I want it to show. I have enjoyed the fact that people are buying my patterns. I wish I could teach more people to knit in the round, and let them see how easy it is, and truly how much fun. If it weren’t for my love of knitting and crocheting the last few years, I really don’t know what I would have done with my time. I have always wanted to have the time to try different things, and just the luxury of doing what ever I want to do is still pretty hard for me to believe. I have worked since I was seventeen and being jobless for almost 5 years still makes me feel a little guilty. Please notice the word………..”little”…………………there has been so much going on in my personal life, I am really optimistic that it will settle down, so that I might try to get my rhythm in life back in sync.

I have to close with a few more thought about dentures and what is going on with me. As I stated at the beginning it has been 8 weeks to the day since I started the tooth thing…………I will have to wait until it has been 6 months to get my permanent upper plate. It seems that the longer you wait the longer the plate will fit you. As I have stated earlier,  there is a certain amount of shrinkage that occurs and this is perfectly normal. But learning to live with a sloppy fitting denture is not much fun. And  learning how to eat all over again. Again not much fun………….I could get into all the different denture products that are on the market, and for some people each of these different products works for them. I personally do not care to put poly grip or any type of adhesive on my dentures, because when you remove the denture its like you have 10 pounds of peanut butter stuck on the roof of your mouth. And you WISH it was peanut butter because it would be a lot easier to get out. I won’t even go into the yucky mess that you have to contend with…………and what do you end up doing? You end up putting it right back in your mouth. :( horrible…………menfoxy

So I will give you two words…………..Cushion Grip…………..the most wonderful product out there. It has truly been a miracle product for me. I am able to eat a lot more things, I don’t have it down to a science, but when I am finished eating, I can rinse my mouth and my dentures and what a difference that makes. Wonderful. I won’t go into how I use it, but if you are in need of such a product check it out. You won’t be able to buy it at the local pharmacy or grocery store. You must order it on line, I get mine at Amazon. I just checked on the calendar and its been 18 days since I put it on my upper denture. I will probably change it pretty soon, but that’s pretty amazing stuff. It has just made my life so much more pleasant. Thank you cushion grip! Take care…………have fun…….:)