Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dealing with the Government ~


 
Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE this Country, but sometimes dealing with the bureaucracy can make one crazy.   

Case in point #1 ~ Medicare "Wellness Visit". 
 
If you are enrolled in Medicare Part B, you qualify for an annual no cost Wellness Visit.  And I quote from the doctor's office paperwork.  "This is a chance to meet with a member of our health care team to talk about your history, your risk for certain diseases, the current state of your health and your plan for staying well."  And further "The Annual Wellness Visit in not an appointment for refilling your medications, discussing existing conditions or addressing new or immediate health problems.  Addressing those additional items during an Annual Wellness Visit would require a longer visit and separate charges would apply."  The questionnaire asked if I was depressed, felt anxious, hopeless.  Do I need help eating, dressing, with laundry, housekeeping, etc?  Get the idea?  Thankfully I was able to talk with the doctor about the arm pain, but I could not have the x-ray he ordered done the same day.  ARGH!

Case in point #2 ~ Social Security

I receive a government pension because I retired from city government.  I also qualify for Social Security because I worked enough quarters in the public sector.  The State of Ohio is one of only a handful of states that penalizes you for receiving a government pension.  My Social Security is reduced by 2/3.  (Shouldn't a federal program have the same rules nationwide?)  Good thing I don't smoke because after my Medicare payment is made, what's left is less than the cost of a carton of cigarettes :)
I have been trying since last September 5 to get an issue resolved.  One form, and only one form, needs to be properly processed.  I have spent many hours at the local office and made countless phone calls trying to get it taken care of.   Recently one of the employees of the local Social Security office told me I should contact my local congressman for help.  WTH???  I told them that was unacceptable and it was not my job but theirs.  Still not taken care of and they owe me about 6 months of my piddly benefits.  I would just like this resolved.  Come on.  We are coming up on 9 months of dealing with this.  Can it really be that difficult?
 
Okay.  Rant over.  I hope everyone is looking forward to the holiday weekend. 
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Around the Yard ~


I love my gardens in the spring.  They are lush and green with so many things blooming, but don't get too close.  They look great from afar, but up close they are a bit wild.  I have so many invasive perennials taking over.  We leave for California in eight days and I am desperately trying to get yard work caught up before departing so I don't come home to a jungle.  I'm about half done with the edging, one of my least favorite garden tasks.  Too bad it's not once and done.  I find it hard to keep up with it.

 
Poppies are one of my favorites.  Pretty now but when they are done blooming the foliage dies back and are very scrappy looking.  The seed pods left behind do add some interest to the garden.  This is a very invasive variety.

 
The start of this wisteria came from my parents' farm many years ago.  Beautiful, but also a very invasive variety.  Shoots come up all over the garden and in the grass.






While I was dragging my feet hooking the bear on my Crooked River challenge rug, I needed to pull a few loops so grabbed the first pattern I found and transferred it to linen.  Just a little 8" x 10" mat that is not as pinky looking in person.

 
Off to the doctor today for a Medicare "wellness" visit.  I have had this pain in my arm for months, but have been told I cannot discuss such an issue, that the key word is "well".  What the heck?  If he could diagnose my pain, wouldn't I be more "well" . . . lol?
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, May 20, 2018

WRRH Hook In ~

 
I was going to do a blog post days ago, but time has just gotten away from me.  Yesterday was the Western Reserve Rug Hookers annual hook in.  A first class event once again.  Great vendors, awesome lunch, wonderful raffle baskets and door prizes.  Best of all, great company.  Unfortunately I came home empty handed, but my 3 tablemates all were lucky winners.  I brought a rug to bind, but didn't even begin to work on it.  Typical of my accomplishments at a hook in.
 
Here are a few of the rugs from the show.  Most of the display was down a narrow hall and hard to get pictures.

 
Isn't this a hoot?  3 Sheeps to the Wind.
 

 
The guild had a challenge.  Hook this paisley pattern however you would like.  So many wonderful mats!  (I did not participate in this challenge.)  The mats will be on display during rug week at Sauder Village in August.



More rugs . . .







 
Thanks to the generosity of dear blog friend Cathy, this pattern came home with me.  She gifted me with an Old Tattered Flag gift card that I saved to use at the hook in.  Julie Thomas purchased the antique rug last year and reproduced it.  I think this will be on my frame soon.
 
 
Here is Julie's rug with some of the wool she used.  I thought I took a picture just of the rug, but must have imagined that I did :(


 
A couple wools purchased from Heavens to Betsy that I thought might work in the rug.
 
 
Even though I did not win a prize, I came home a winner.  Dear friend Linda (Primdollie Koch on Facebook) makes some of the coolest primitive items.  She sent this fun guy home to live with me.


That face just makes me smile :)


Must get busy and do some yard work.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Mental Thing ~

 
FINALLY.  I made myself finish this challenge piece.  I thought this would be an easy hook but how I struggled with it.  All I had left to hook was the bear and it took me about a week and a half to hook him.  I'd pull a few loops and then quit or just look at him and not pull a single loop.  The overall size of the rug is only 14" x 20" so you know the bear is not that big.  Maybe that was the problem.  I had to hook him in an 8 cut.  My cut of choice is an 8.5.  It doesn't sound like there should be much difference between the two sizes, but to me it is huge.
 
 
Hooking the beauty line around the paws was a real bear ~ pun intended.  I'm still not totally happy, but I just want to get him steamed and bound.


I have another little challenge piece to hook for the Crooked River Rug Hookers Christmas in July meeting and also want to hook the first of my Christmas presents.  I always wait too long and then don't get done what I had hoped to.  Will share soon.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day ~


 
 
MOTHER'S DAY QUIPS

(I know I've posted this before,
but it still brings a smile to my face.)


PAUL REVERE'S MOTHER:

"I don't care where you think you have to go, young man. Midnight is past your curfew!"
 

MONA LISA'S MOTHER:

"After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that's the biggest smile you can give us?"



HUMPTY DUMPTY'S MOTHER:

"Humpty, if I've told you once, I've told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall.

But would you listen to me? Noooo!"


COLUMBUS' MOTHER:

"I don't care what you've discovered, Christopher. You still could have written!"



MICHELANGELO'S MOTHER:

"Mike, can't you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?"



ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S MOTHER:

"Again with the stovepipe hat, Abe? Can't you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"



MARY'S MOTHER:

"I'm not upset that your lamb followed you to school, Mary, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you."


BATMAN'S MOTHER:

"It's a nice car, Bruce, but do you realize how much the insurance is going to be?"



GOLDILOCKS' MOTHER:

"I've got a bill here for a busted chair from the Bear family. You know anything about this, Goldie?"



ALBERT EINSTEIN'S MOTHER:

"But, Albert, it's your senior picture. Can't you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something...?"


JONAH'S MOTHER:

"That's a nice story, but now tell me where you've really been for the last three days."


SUPERMAN'S MOTHER:

"Clark, your father and I have discussed it, and we've decided you can have your own telephone line.

Now will you quit spending so much time in all those phone booths?"


THOMAS EDISON'S MOTHER:

"Of course I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Thomas. Now turn off that light and get to bed!"


Missing my mom today.
Enjoy your day.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Mystery Solved ~


Thanks to blog reader Kathleen, I now know where to find this pattern.  It is from the May/June 2014 issue of Create & Decorate magazine.  I thought I had all the issues from late 2005 until it ceased publication, but can only find issues until 2012.  The person who hooked the rug let me know she found the magazine at the library but did not remember what issue it was in.  Thankfully friend Melissa found her copy.  Now after all my whining about the pattern and where to find it, I better hook it :)

 
I love my yard in spring.  So much is in bloom and everything is turning so green.  Spring has finally arrived in northern Ohio and a few days of summer, too.  This is some of what's blooming today.








There was a Vintage Market in Cleveland this weekend, but I bet 90% of the items were Chinese imports.  Kind of hard to see, but I did get this wonderful yard ornament. 


Granddog Kali went home today.  She enjoyed her walks, but when she saw a squirrel or another dog, she was almost more than I could handle.


Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Weekend Visitor ~


Pug wannabe Kali is my weekend visitor.  Son J and grandson Jake are on their annual bikers weekend at Hocking Hills State Park in southeast Ohio so I get to watch the granddog.  It's so hard to get a good picture of her because she never stops moving.
 

Congrats to Tammy Pelkey, the winner of my give away.  You have three days to email me your snail mail address and the pouch you would like.  A hooker, she says her hook is always busy.  I wish I could say the same . . . sigh.
 
I went through many years of my Create & Decorate magazines (I have from half of 2005 until they ceased publication - I think I was just missing one issue), and never did find the pattern.  I contacted the hooker, but did not receive a response.  Does anyone know which issue it was in?  If I ever find out, I will let you know.

 
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren