Grey-Haired Coed

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

And So I Sew...

I am fortunate in many ways. I have a husband who loves me totally, a son who is always looking out for me, a brother who would do just about anything for me, and a few wonderful friends (my age and MUCH younger! Hi, Erin, Aspen, Angel, Lindsay, Sue!). I am (semi) retired, and have the luxury of planning my days the way I want to. I can audit classes at Bemidji State University and learn new things, expand my mind, and stave off 'Old-Timer's Disease'. I can volunteer in my friend's classroom as often as I want, so I can still feel like a teacher.
And... I have a home sewing business. People call me for alterations, mending, zipper replacement, and to make new articles of clothing or home decor for them. Sometimes I am so busy, there is very little time to do anything else, and then there are 'dry' spells. But always something new comes along. I'm not getting rich by any means, but it does give me some extra spending money and that's always a good thing.
So, I repeat, I am fortunate.
Are there things that bother me? Yes. Growing old... having arthritis...our daughter is so far many things I can no longer do physically... but all the positive things outweigh the negatives. I have to keep reminding myself sometimes, how fortunate I am!

Just needed to put that all down in black and white!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

First Day...

Oh, man. First days are always exciting! I made it to Dr. Morgan's class .
It's going to be a lot of work, but I know I will learn a lot! He's re-designed the course since I took it 4 years ago, and it will be even more challenging...
But I headed home before my second class... too tired... hungry ( no breakfast or lunch)... so on Thursday hope to make both classes...

Call me chicken..

Monday, August 28, 2006

School Starting...

Tomorrow I start back to school at BSU. This will be my fifth year taking classes there, and my third just auditing. I have been a student and/or teacher since I was 5 years old. That's 59 years in case anyone is wondering. (I did take a 6 year break when our kids were small, though).
I still get excited about returning to the classroom, seeing old friends, meeting new people, getting into the routine once more.
This year I even bought some new school clothes! So I spent this weekend shortening them...
To all the students and teachers out there, best of luck on the coming year!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fashion Statement...

I just watched CBS Sunday Morning. One piece was about diamond engagement rings. Another covered the trends in designer purses. Apparently, both make statements about who you are.
It makes me wonder what my clothes, jewelry, and purse are saying about me!
  • Purse - usually a hand-made tote bag, and/or a rummage sale purse. Both have to have room for my checkbook, cigarettes, driver's license and various credit cards, library card, and some cash.
  • Rings - wedding ring is a constant, whether I'm going out or weeding the flower bed. That explains why it's so scratched up... It is a wide, domed gold band. I never wanted a diamond ring. There just wasn't the money for something like that at the time we became engaged. My husband has given me several beautiful 'cocktail' type rings over the years. The 'stunner' is the one he gave me for my 50th birthday...
  • Clothes - depends on where I'm going. Working in the yard or house means SOMETHING COMFORTABLE! Going to town for groceries or to class at BSU, comfort is also a factor, however... I also try to wear something that will not make me look any fatter than I am...
  • Shoes - Hate to repeat myself, but comfort is the number one factor here also. When I was a young, tiny, thin college student doing my student teaching, I could wear 3" heels all day long! I taught 11th grade English at Edina Morningside High School. Even with the heels and my hair sort of 'poufed' up to make me a little taller, I was stopped at least once a day in the hallways and asked for my 'student pass'! Now I avoid shoes with laces, high heels, pointed toes...
I guess my clothes, purse and jewelry (and cane) are now saying - "Here is a little old fat lady who is in pain." Deal with it!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Yes, I'm Old!!!

I received this in an email, and thought it was too good not to share:

1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get
tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, no 'child locks' on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-Aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because ---


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day --- And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have IM, I-Pods, Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no DVD movies, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, OR just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned


If YOU are one of them . . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives " for our own good " .

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Project Linus...

I've been busy...sorting out fabric in my huge 'stash', cutting blocks, embroidering blocks, sewing, and tying baby quilts. These will all go to 'Project Linus'. There is a drop-off place right by the Mall in Bemidji - Emily's North (formerly the Quilted Loon).

This is a 'cheater' quilt. Fabric is already patterned to look like a quilt. Simply sew together with batting and backing fabric, then stitch around the motifs. Made four others to include in the first batch, and delivered them last week.

This group will be delivered next week. Some have embroidered squares (Red/white Sunbonnet Girls). Blue one is a 'whole cloth' blanket, with an embroidered motif in the middle, then tied. White one has velour squares appliqued with embroidered teddy bears.
Other two are velour blocks (cut from robes), then tied.

I hope the children who receive them will know that someone was thinking of them and wishing them well!

Right now, my sewing machine is 'in the shop' for its annual servicing, so while I wait for it to come home again, I am sorting fabric, and cutting quilt squares to be ready for the third batch!

Friday, August 18, 2006


OK, Blogger is evil... (read last post)... it happened again. I can see why people give up on blogging!

Lately, I've been having wonderful ideas for blogging! Stories, anecdotes, interesting daily happenings... These wonderful ideas come to me as I am falling asleep at night. I tell myself, 'You have to remember this, Sharon, it will make a terrific post!' I used to tell myself the same thing when I had story ideas for for a class I was taking.

You guessed it... by morning the wonderful ideas are gone. Yes, I've tried having a small notebook and pen next to the bed to jot down key words to help me remember. When I read them in the morning, they don't make any sense at all.

So there you have it. I guess a poor excuse is better than none....

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Another Blogger Snafu...

I had the wierdest thing happen... I tried to get into Blogger to post, and it wouldn't let me! Kept telling me I was my son! I asked him if he had used my computer and he said no. I believe him. He has his own (which is way better than mine), and has no need to touch mine unless he's fixing it.
So I tried leaving a comment on my last post. That worked...
Then, Blogger let me back in. Go figure. I can see why some people just chuck their computers out the window!!!

And, yes, I donated 22 inches of my hair to 'Locks of Love'.

I Never Learn...

I used to have long, beautiful hair. It became difficult to handle. I would get tangled up in it while sleeping... so I had it cut.

It's been semi-short for four years... I thought it needed something, so yesterday I got a 'body-perm'. You know, the kind that is supposed to give your hair more body, some shape, some style?

What I got was a head full of fuzz....I look awful. My husband and son agree...

I never learn...

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Morning Glory Fiasco Cont'd....

They won't come back. They are annuals, and I usually plant seeds. This past spring I planted seeds AND two small plants that the nursery had started. So I wonder if those plants had the fungus...
Also, there are bats living behind the shutters above them, and their droppings fall into the soil in the planter. That may be a factor also. However, the bats were there last year and no fungus...
So you never know, I guess.
Next spring, the bats should be gone. My husband and son will be painting the house and removing the shutters. I will replace the soil in the planter, and spray the area with a fungus prevention mixture.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Morning Glories...

This picture is from July...just to remind myself that yes, they were lovely then...

Since...they have developed a fungus and all of the vines are now brown and wrinkled and crispy...

Sometimes trying to grow flowers can be really sad.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

What I Love About Blogging...

There are lots of things I love about blogging. I began reading the blogs of others in the class I took at BSU. Then I began connecting with people with the same interests, outlooks, etc.

Jes connected us with Loralee, and Loralee connected us with Lorallee 2! How great is that?

Through Renee and Natasha, I connected with Signora and found we had SO much in common!

Whatever we all talk about in our posts, someone who reads it will relate to the situation, have a similar experience, or offer advice.

I love it!

Thanks to all who stop by here and help me make it though another day...

Thanks to all who post about their daily trials and tribulations, their successes and joys. You are SO appreciated!

Monday, August 07, 2006

I Had To Do This...

After reading Loralee's comment, I tried to post a picture of me as a 'cute little girl'. Blogger refused to let me post it, so here is a link to a web site I created at BSU in one of my classes with the picture on the first page.... I was three years old. Long before I became the tomboy who tried to skin snakes to make a belt....

Saturday, August 05, 2006

A New Venture...

As most of you know, I sew. I sew for myself and for others. Because of this, I have boxes and boxes of fabric... I decided it was time to look for a project to use some of this fabric before it took over my sewing room!

I found Project Linus! - "First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."

So I will be busy!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Great Time!!!

My friend was here for lunch today...and...we talked non-stop for almost two hours! It was SO much fun! Can't wait for classes to begin again at BSU and I get to see her new OFFICE!!! She will be a grad student teaching a class in Freshman English! I am so very proud of her!!! Can you tell?



Success is not measured
by what you accomplish
but by the opposition you have encountered,
and the courage with which
you have maintained the struggle
against overwhelming odds.

- Orison Swett Marden

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Just came across this quotation... really touched my heart...


When you come to the end

of all the light you know,

and it's time to step into the darkness

of the unknown,

faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen:

Either you will be given something solid to stand on

or you will be taught to fly.

- Edward Teller


Today is SO much better! Received a lovely email from our daughter... things look brighter... I slept for over 9 hours last night!!!!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A New Day... Again...

Well, only a couple hours sleep last night. Still worrying about our daughter... hope things get better between us soon. It's so hard when they are so far away...

As in other times when I'm worried about something, I clean... I mean CLEAN! Vacuum, move furniture, wash things, dust, throw away crap, clean, clean, clean. Wish there was a way to clean out the cobwebs of my worried mind...

Techno Tard That I Am....

Whew!!! Somehow my blog apparently fixed itself. Don't ask me what I did or didn't do to create this fiasco.
My son is the computer genius, REALLY!!! So naturally, this had to happen when he was not here.
I panicked. Sent a group email to all my blogging friends.
Sean Froyd actually sent me an entire text file to restore everything..... in the meantime, my blog was HEALED!!! HALLELUJAH !!!

(I saved the file Sean sent...because you never know if it will happen again)

Thanks Sean!!! And thanks, Blanca for your kind words!


Something is wrong with my blog!!!

OK, don't panic, it seems to be working again......

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Our son, Colin, packing up to go to WEFest in Detroit Lakes. It's a huge country music festival. He and his friends meet there and camp out for four days. This place will be very quiet with him gone!


Turned off the air conditioners, opened the windows.... breathing fresh, clean, cooler air this morning! Don't know if this reprieve will last very long, but I'm going to enjoy it while I can!

Today I see my dr. for a cortisone injection in my knee. Hooray for modern medicine!

Also, have something very special to look forward to on Friday... this girl is coming for lunch!!! I have been proud to call her my friend since we met at BSU four years ago.