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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Project Linus, Fourth Delivery...

On Tuesday, I will deliver these six quilts for 'Project Linus'. That will make a total of 23 quilts I have made for them. I am beginning to see the end of the fabric stash that has filled the shelves of my sewing room! I actually bought some new fabric to do more blankets! I found some really cute flannel with cowboys and horses on a light blue background. I got 6 yards, and will try to make at least 3 blankets/comforters with it.

Sewing is a nice break from the frustration I feel working with 'Dreamweaver'! I have been stuck on Module #6 for three days now....

Friday, September 29, 2006

Wasting Time...

***EDIT*** Those who know me in person, know that that is NOT me in the picture... I found it on a page of clip art. Wanted to show an accordian...***

OK, I think I'm wasting time right now. Have a LOT of homework to do before Tuesday... keep putting it off.
Instead, since I got home yesterday, I've been doing laundry, finished another baby quilt, let dogs out, got groceries, washed dishes, emptied wastebaskets, dusted, straightened the living room, (don't you hate crooked rooms???), balanced the checkbook, let dogs out, wrote out bills, made some phone calls, took a shower, washed my hair, cleaned dogs' dishes, let dogs out, (Yes, I let them back in each time!!!)
But I feel I'm wasting time...
Need to attack Dreamweaver with a vengeance this weekend. Need to UNDERSTAND Module 6. Need to do Modules 7 and 8. Need to organize my pages for my proposed site. Need to learn how to make a good image for the side-bar...

But right now, I have a pair of slacks to shorten for a customer, then deliver it to town, pick up a jacket and shorten the sleeves, mail bills, stop and pay insurance bill...

Oh crap, I want to go back to bed.... or play my accordian... can't decide which...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Working Hard...

Sorry about being absent... I have been working on my homework for "Web Design for Content Writers". Later today, we have to show 'mock-ups' of our proposed site. We've been working on constructing them for a couple weeks.

The rest of the class is working on portfolios, sort of on-line resumes. Because I'm not looking for a job, my site will focus on my home-sewing business. And yes, I have had numerous headaches while working on the project. So far I have 10 pages done.

However, doing it all on paper first is proving to be a good way to decide on content and design before getting all confused with Dreamweaver! Dreamweaver is the program that actually puts your work into web pages.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Much Better...

Well, don't know what was wrong yesterday, but I'm feeling MUCH better today! My voice is back, the sneezing has stopped, and I got over 10 hours of sleep last night!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Not So Sick...

Well, tonight I feel a lot better. Is there such a thing as a 12 hr. bug? My voice returned, and I'm not sneezing and blowing anymore. Beginning to wonder if I am allergic to something... Maybe I'm allergic to Dreamweaver?
Thanks for the good wishes!

I Thing I'b Sig...

Lost voice, sneezing, achy, tired... yes...I ab sig...

Computer on a Keychain!

Now this is so cool!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Did, Do, Done...

Another busy weekend at the Simpson household. Husband and son cleaned out the metal shed in the back yard.... it held a collection of 'I think we can use that someday' items, also a lot of 'what in the world are we saving that for?' things. They sorted, threw away, and rearranged so now there is room for ....

Next they cut down a dying birch tree on the west side of the house. Then my husband 'tested' his new garden tractor with the mower and bagger attachment. It works great! He plans to keep the old tractor for 'scrub' work.

My bit of work today was making breakfast, washing dishes, baking cookies, washing more dishes, doing more laundry (who wears all these clothes that end up in the basket?), and giving both guys haircuts. Just in case anyone is wondering, I have two clippers... one for the dogs and one for the guys...

Tomorrow I go to my friend's third grade classroom to work with her students again. Looking forward to that!

The homework for my class gave me another headache this weekend, so I'm taking a break from it for a day or so...

Friday, September 22, 2006

To Do Lists...

I was checking out The Lodge this morning, and found Dr. Morgan's post about his 'To Do' list for today... I got tired just reading it! I thought I was a busy person!

So what did I do with my day? Two loads of laundry, made a huge pasta salad, gave both our poodles baths and haircuts, sewed fabric squares together for three new quilt tops, then finished one quilt (working on batch # 4 for Project Linus).

Still think Dr. Morgan has me beat... (course he is much younger than I am...)

Thursday, September 21, 2006


In 'Web Content Writing' we are learning to understand/use 'Dreamweaver'. This is a program that is used to design web sites. The workbook consists of modules. I am now beginning Module 6 - Nested Templates and Optional Regions...

Some nights when I am trying to turn off my brain and go to sleep, I hear the music for 'Moon River' in my head. Then my poor little brain transposes the words to: "Dreamweaver, harder than I thought. You're such a trial to learn, oh my. Dreamweaver, you heartbreaker, oh brain crusher, I'm off to class again, Dreamweaver and me."

Take pity on this poor old lady and her trials....

Monday, September 18, 2006

Project Linus Info...

Just in case anyone wants more information about Project Linus, their web site explains it much better than I ever could.

**EDIT** The name 'Project Linus' comes from the little character in the 'Peanuts' cartoon who always had his blanket with him.

They have 350 chapters representing all fifty states. Over 1,700,000 blankets have been donated to children in crisis. Minnesota alone has 6 area coordinators. I drop my quilts off at Emily's North, a quilt shop by the mall in Bemidji.

Jonette, the coordinator for northern Minnesota, sent me a letter recently. In it she states: "Since I started as coordinator in March of 2005, I have distributed over 2200 blankets to Kids in Crisis.... We have blankets in hospitals in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Deer River, Baudette, Roseau and Thief River Falls. We also have serviced the following: Advocacy Center, House of Hospitality, Woman's Shelter, Bi-Cap, Evergreen House in Bemidji, The Advocates for Family Peace and Crisis Center in Grand Rapids, Roseau Crisis Center and Social Services and Bagley Crisis Center... We also sent 250 blankets to Texas and Mississippi for the hurricane effort."

They also accept monetary donations to help with postage, printing, labels and delivery of blankets.

(Thanks, Kathleen, for asking!)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Project Linus, Third Delivery...

These seven quilts are ready to be delivered when I go to Bemidji on Tuesday.

This is my favorite of the batch. I can just imagine a small child counting the deer, and possibly naming them...

Friday, September 15, 2006

I Miss This...

This is to show Loralee what I miss...

A Little Better...

I'm feeling a little better this morning. Yesterday I made a big pot of chicken soup with dumplings. There is something very therapeutic about chicken soup. Here is my recipe:

In 6 quarts of water, simmer a dozen chicken thighs (with skin on) for about 45 minutes.
Chop up - 3 large carrots, 3 stalks celery, 1 medium onion.
Remove chicken pieces from broth, set aside to cool.
Add veggies to broth.
Add spices: salt, pepper, seasoned salt, dash of sage, parsley flakes, and tsp. of ground cinnamon.
Add one pint (or one can) stewed tomatoes.
Simmer till veggies are done.
When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove skin and cut chicken from bones. Add to broth.
Simmer mixture on medium to low.
Half an hour before you want to serve, mix ingredients for dumplings:
1 1/2 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
3 T. butter
dash of salt
'Cut' this mixture with fork until butter is thoroughly mixed in
Add 3/4 c. milk, stir
Turn up heat under soup so it is bubbling.
Add dumpling dough to soup carefully by teaspoonfuls.
Simmer for 10 minutes uncovered, then cover and simmer 10 minutes more.

This will either cure a cold or just make you feel so much better!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I Think I Have The Crud...

Great... I'm sick... dizzy... head plugged up... sore muscles all over... as I said...GREAT!!

Just getting into such interesting stuff in class, also have our second meeting for the blogging internship I'm involved in this afternoon...


Wednesday, September 13, 2006


OK, so I'm having trouble with getting my homework done. I understand it, know what I have to do, but I keep putting it off. I finally got something ready for class tomorrow! I can feel the stress! What's next? ACNE? I'm too old for this...

No, really. I have a goal with this class. I want to be able to design a web site to sell some of the things I make. I want it to be professional and workable. Don't want much, do I?

Monday, September 11, 2006

Three Hundred Posts...

I can't believe I've posted three hundred times! Holy cow! Nothing I've written has changed anything in the world, but there were things I wanted to say... to share... to even brag about a little!

I love posting pictures, love my digital camera. Good combination! Makes things so much easier.

I'm procrastinating tonight. Should be doing homework for my Web Design class... instead I've been making another baby quilt. Go figure. Dreamweaver was giving me a HUGE headache, so thought I should do something I can handle a little better!

Class tomorrow, looking forward to that.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Look closely at the morning glory vines...Most are brown and crispy from the fungus that attacked them. However, one vine struggled and produced the three lovely blossoms hanging by the one window!
My husband and son are in the middle of re-staining the house (hence the scaffolding), and they are going to try and paint around those proud little flowers!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Deer Me!!!

Right outside my bedroom window this morning, this little fawn was looking for acorns for breakfast.

Ah, found some really good ones!

Mom says, "It's time to go now."

64 and Still Counting...

Happy Birthday to me....
Happy Birthday to me...
Happy Birthday dear Sharon...
You're older than dirt!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Where's My Gun?

If only I had a better camera...
This is an 8 point buck... He had three other bucks with him...

Thursday, September 07, 2006


It's been decided that 'The Lodge' should only have links to current and former students of BSU. This seems logical. We want to be read by high school students, teachers, alumna, etc.
If anyone is interested in more, they can find our favorite reads on our private blogs.

On another note, it was way too hot today for September! And boy do we need some rain! Hopefully soon we will get a good soaking. Weatherman says we only got 6 inches in all since May. Puts a real strain on all the plant life!

So how about everybody doing a little rain dance? Please???

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Lodge is Being Read...

Well, Dr. Morgan sent us some interesting statistics... It seems that people are reading The Lodge! I think that's wonderful! That's what we were going for. And Loralee 2's name was mentioned. Dr. Morgan wants to add her to the blogroll! I've emailed her for her permission...

Monday, September 04, 2006

How Many Do You Know???

OK, how many people do you know who can say --- "I think my homework is giving me even MORE gray hair!"?????

Yes, I'm only taking one class, "Web Design for Content Writers".
Yes, I have a great instructor.
Yes, I'm trying my very best.
Yes, I'm just auditing, so there is no pressure about grades or credits.

BUT... in order to learn the software we will be using to create web sites, we have a book called "Essentials of Dreamweaver MX 2004". It is a spiral-bound workbook thingy with 280 pages. Instead of chapters, it has 12 'Modules'. In each module, we are led through all the steps to learn things like, 'The Basics", "Tables and Layers", and "Templates, Image Maps and Libraries". You know, the kind of book you just can't put down...... :(

We are supposed to go through 2 modules each week, on our own, saving our work to a 'flash drive'. At the end of each module is something called a "Confidence Check". In other words, we have to try to re-create what we did in the module. Yes, we can look back at the individual steps if we forget.

BUT... when I get stuck on only the second module... which I completed just fine the first time... but can't get past the first step in the 'Confidence Check', and NO amount of checking back helps... Well, then I can just FEEL the gray hairs sprouting all over my head, replacing the remaining light brown ones that were there just a minute ago...

And I just know that when I get to class tomorrow all the young people in the class will have completed everything just fine. I just KNOW this!

On the positive side, I have completed the other homework that was assigned. I mapped out 'wireframes' of two web sites we were asked to look at. I have attached my written observations, also. Everything is all typed out, stapled together, looking like I know what I'm doing....

Wish me luck!

Shameless Plug...

Dr. Morgan invited me to be a part of something new at BSU... so I'm one of a group who were invited to particitate:

  • four undergrads
  • two GAs
  • one grad
  • one continuing education student
  • two recent graduates

Yes, the 'continuing education' student is yours truly. We are co-writing a blog about being at BSU! We had our first meeting about it this past Friday, he had the blog up and running yesterday, and we are to post at least a couple times each week.
You may visit this new enterprise, named "The Lodge", whenever you feel in the mood.
There, shameless plug is over...

Friday, September 01, 2006

Oh, Deer!

The oak trees are dropping their acorns, so... it is feast time for all the deer in the neighborhood! They come singly, in pairs, in groups of up to 14! Does, fawns and we've even had up to 4 bucks at a time! The bucks' antlers are still in the 'velvet' stage. They are a little camera shy, however.

With their tails up, they decided to leave when they saw my husband come up the driveway.