Monday, January 24, 2022

Best Intentions Burned!


I try, we all try, but sometimes efforts don't match expectations. I have a suspicion as to why I haven't written since November, which I'll tell you, but first, it relates to another skill I lack.
I've been "cooking" for enough years to keep six sons alive. One night after making soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, one of our boys said, "Thanks, Dad, this is good."
"Yeah, I love these sandwiches," another son added. "Thanks, Dad."
Surprised, I asked, "Why do you think Dad made this?"
Puzzled brown eyes turned to me. "Because the food isn't burnt." Then, with a gasp of sudden realization, my son asked, "Did you make this, Mom?"
"Yes, I did!"
"Good job," said another son, genuinely impressed.
"Yeah," said another of our boys. "You did it, Mom!"
You'd think I'd learn, but just last week I was trying for this:
But got this:
(I was SURE I'd turned the oven off!)
And, honestly, how hard is it to microwave a potato?
It depends on who's doing the microwaving. I managed to make a couple of potatoes very hard, so it's hard for me! (Haha!) 
(Guess who made the GOOD vegetables pictured? Yep. Bob.)
Now for writing: I had the best intention of feeding my writing soul for at least an hour a day beginning November 2019. Even though I wasn't 100% with my intentions, I got three books done. (Desserts!)
When I presented a class at the Kanab Writing Conference in November 2021 on the subject of regular writing, to my great surprise, I was so scared I ran to the bathroom 5 minutes before class because I felt sick to my stomach!
People, if you know me, you know I'm not afraid to speak. I've taught a decade of writing classes to children and adults. I created and ran the "Write Here in Ephraim" conference for six years. I was the Storymakers Conference queen (chair) one year. I presented classes there more than once, have done many school presentations, and told stories on several occasions in several venues.
So when I was inexplicably afraid, and hated the presentation I'd worked so long on, I didn't even feel like myself.
Why did my best intentions fall short of grabbing the cliff edge, so I fell, screaming, into the bottomless pit?
My best guess is that my immunotherapy cancer treatments (for recurrent malignant melanoma) from May 2020 to June 2021 changed me. Since then, I can't eat meat anymore. It generates a gag reflex. I was even surprised to have to spit out my first bite of comforting bread pudding last week.
In other worlds, I feel best after sleeping for 10 hours...and then have a nap in the afternoon!
for being unreasonably, unexpectedly, impossibly scared to teach a class, comes this little gem of information:
and this one!

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Never Unpick Again!

I began sewing as a 9-year-old after I was given a toy sewing machine that really worked. I excitedly traced my hand and thumb in a mitten shape on two pieces of red calico fabric, cut the mittens out, sewed them all around the edges, and then was extremely puzzled that my hands wouldn't fit inside.
What was going on? I'd traced them to my actual hand size.
I didn't know about seam allowances then, but I learned all about them, and unpicking, as a 12-year-old Home Ec. student. It also helped that my grandmother Alta was a professional seamstress. As a nearly 6-foot-tall teen, I sewed a lot of clothes simply so they'd fit my long arms and legs. If something didn't get put together right, I unpicked it, even though it wasn't easy to cut all those tiny little tight threads and avoid cutting the fabric itself, I knew if I didn't, I'd never want to wear that puckered article of clothing.
So I was amazed to see this dress in a store, actually for sale rather than stuffed in a rag bag alongside my sewing failures.  
Do you see what I see? You may initially think, as I did, that perhaps a clueless new employee simply buttoned the dress buttons wrong, but LOOK AT THE HEM! IT'S EVEN! So why isn't the collar even?
Even the front placket is off. Who thought that this design was worth selling? A 9 year old with a toy sewing machine?
However it was created, I can imagine that it was sent to the runway in order to automatically turn it into the next big fad.
One thing it proves is that if I'm willing to wear whatever I sew with pride, and perhaps a high priced tag trailing from the sleeve, I never need to unpick again! 
Do you like fads? Do you sew? What kind of handiwork do you do?

Sunday, January 9, 2022

It just looked weird

While driving along the highway with Bob and Carolyn, I spied this most interesting cloud that seemed to have bumped up against a mountain wall. I asked Bob to take a picture for me, but he suggested that I just stop and take my own picture.
So I did.
Have you ever seen a cloud formation that looks like it could be steam coming from the ground?

Best Intentions Burned!

  I try, we all try, but sometimes efforts don't match expectations. I have a suspicion as to why I haven't written since November,...