Happy New Year’s Everyone!

Today is 12/31/2017 and in just a few hours from now we will be in a new year of 2018.

I often wonder why we celebrate this new year holiday. Everyone just picks up where they left off last year. The first month is filled with goals that never become reality. Intentions no one really has the intention of doing.

This year, I am working on my goals. I am writing more and really taking my time to make sure the writing is great. Quality over quantity.  I know they say when you have a blog you need to write daily like it is some sort of journal where everyone peeks into your most private times reading them with excitement. But I can’t do that.

You see, my life is boring. I go to work, I come home, I go to bed, I eat, I take a shower, blah, blah, and more blah. Who really wants to hear this? I could tell you everyday about my driving adventure from Rock to Munising. Which is usually nothing more than the traffic jams brought on by the deer, turkey, eagles, and whatever else decides to cross the road that day!

I ended up crashing this computer and now have to pay for a software to find all the stories I was working on. Sad but true. I need to get some gravy money. Massage has been slow in Munising. It always is when the town leaves to warmer climate. That is what the residents do anyway. Munising is hopping in the summer though with all the tourist which is why summer for me is not a good time to blog.

Winter is the best time for me to work on stories and I have 5 I am working on right now. Yes, I keep telling myself to finish one, get it on the blog, and then start another, but we all know what our minds are like.

Right now I am working on a ghost story, a science fiction story,  a mystery,  trying to find a new Miss Nose story in my head since those are the ones I lost, and I came up with a new idea, books with crocheted dolls. Yep, working on that right now. I am writing the story and then I will crochet a character for the book. I am going to self publish the book which means the story won’t be posted on my blog. Well, it may be but possibly a link to a website where you can purchase the item.

Which brings me back to this New Year’s Eve celebration of ending last year and ringing in a year that is just another day marked on the calendar. What is it you really want to celebrate? Is it family? Is it friends? Is it what you accomplished this last year?

If it is what you accomplished, will you make a best of 2017 together? Like pictures, awards, stories, and the like? I don’t think anyone does that. I think this is a great idea to celebrate the end of the year with a highlight of what you accomplished. That would be a better celebration. As my Grandma always told me she wanted me prepared for her funeral. As I get older, I see that more and more. I get my Grandma more and more each day.

Another reason I sort of blog the big stuff in our life with pictures and places we went. Just a bit of a documentary for my kids and grandkids. This way they will be able to go to my blog and see some great stuff I did. Maybe they won’t have to rely on my memory and story making processes like I had to with my Grandparents. Although, their stories were great. Especially the war stories my Grandpa had.

Anyway, there is an update. Stay tuned for more great stories! 2018 will have them. My goal is to get them out to you as they are finished properly. Might take me a few months to do that, but I want you to have a better reading enjoyment than just some words thrown together quickly in a rough draft. My main reason for having this blog to begin with was to put my stories in print.

May you all have a safe new year’s eve and a glorious new year filled with accomplishments! May you have a highlights version of the year next year. I think I will work on that myself! LLAP

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I realize I haven’t written in a while

SSSSOOOO, grab your coffee cup, grab a seat, sit on down, and let me tell you what I am up to.

I decided to start working on my Miss Nose stories and instead of bouncing from one to another, focus on just one. I did this with Murder of a Journalist. I am working hard on it, rereading it, editing it , and making sure it sounds spectacular. Only 1 problem!

IT IS TAKING TO LONG! 

Now for most that isn’t a problem but when you are blogging and away, people lose interest in your blog. I am hoping to make better quality work for everyone to enjoy. It isn’t just about writing to get a story out but to really write a story well. To keep you all on the edge of your seat. To keep you all wanting to stand in line for the next ride.

I am nearing the end of Murder of a Journalist. I just have to figure out how to get that villain to confess. Once that is finished, then you can preview the story. And oh what a story it is.

The last few days I went from 11 thousand words, to 10 thousand, then just under 9 thousand. Now I am back up toward 10 thousand words. I have taken details out to shorten it so you can read it. I even put up a poll to see how many words was a good read for you all. But really, I have no idea at this point how many words it will be or how much I will re-add to the story.

But I hope you all stay tuned for the next installment. It will be a doozy.

How Long Should A Story Be?

My Miss Nose story I am currently working on is at 5000 words. It is getting longer by the day and still not at the completed phase.

I am embedding a poll to see what size stories everyone reads. I want to know what holds your attention.  This way, I can maybe put it into parts if needed or just post the whole story.

Please take the poll.  Thank you!

 

Little People from the 1970s

Do you remember playing with the little people? I had the school, the airport, the house, the farm, and I think everything Fisher Price made for little people.

I have been crocheting and working. I have been mainly working. That is what I have been doing. Working and working more on my farm. The chickens and goat need me you know. We have been remodeling the coop and barn. The flooring and walls are bad in both so they need attention. We had to fix the roof on the barn as well. Can’t be having water leaking in and ruining feed. It is a long, hard process.

But I digress. What I really wanted to show you is my little person. I figured him out just like Foxy from FNAF. So without further ado, here he is:

What do you think? I know. Work more on the face! But I think I did a really great job on him.

When I get the time, I have several stories that need polishing and then publishing right here for you all. I am sorry for no writing. Here in the UP our summer is short and I am trying to get a ton done in this short amount of time I have. I even have my garden growing in the house for now until I can get the fence up for my garden. I don’t want the deer eating what I am growing. I have a yearling buck and 3 does that come in my yard for food. Nice thing about my job, I can crochet while I wait on clients. It is just hard to write while waiting for them since it is usually about a 10 minute wait time.

More to come. I have adventures to go on this summer as well. Then I will get you some great pictures and tell you all about my adventure somewhere here in the UP.

A wee bit of government intrusion today

The U.S. Forest Service like the DNR are jokes. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe we need to stop illegal hunting, we need more land for the animals since people think they own the whole planet, and we need some services they do offer. BUT…..

The government seems to be under the belief they own everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING! They tax us to death in property taxes and when you can’t pay, they take your land. If a corporation wants your land to put a tower on for anything, the government takes it. If the city wants a new highway, the government takes it. Do you see where I am going here? We the citizens really don’t own a damn thing thanks to our useless government.

All this leads me to this article recently published.  Good-bye to cabin life: U.S. government tells owners in U.P. to leave! That is right the good ole U.S. Forest Service is again taking away land from people and telling everyone they can’t use it. Well, if it is public land then we should be able to use it however we see fit. This is like the time when Obama closed our parks including Pictured Rocks. Do you remember the government shutdown in 2013? Our Governor, Rick Snyder, decided it was ok to follow what the feds said and closed the parks. Wrong thing to tell a Yooper! Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures 

The other social nasty I really want to get rid of in our government is the inflation/deficit we face. Inflation keeps rising. When I entered the workforce many, many moons ago, I made $3.35 an hour. This was good. Milk was only 50 cents a gallon. Bread was about the same price. Gas went between 75 cents to around a dollar. In the 70s we had a gas shortage which made us top around $1.75 or so depending upon where you lived. But groceries were cheaper. A can of Spaghettios was 75 cents a can. Back when we could make a homemade pizza for under a buck. Today it is under $5. I really hate that our economy has gotten like this. By all rights minimum wage should be around $18 an hour just to keep up with rising milk costs. Since that is 6 times what I made back in the 80s, our factory workers and professionals should be charging 6 times as much for their wages as well. Most attorneys charge $200 an hour today which is cheap with the realization of inflation vs wages. By all accounts an attorney should charge $1200 an hour.

This little rant is brought to you today by this article I discovered on my browser home page. Escaping poverty requires almost 20 years with nearly nothing going wrong

The biggest problem we face is money. I always loved Star Trek because they didn’t use money. Everyone had their spot on the planet and no one ever mentioned money. Except of course the Ferengi with gold press latinum.

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Found this online. Not sure who made it but I love it.  It is on 45 or more sites.

That is all I got for today. Back to writing and crocheting. I have been working a ton of hours lately. Maybe if I get time, I will post some pics of what I have been making.

 

Peeps Delights Blueberry

 

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The package before I opened it. As you can see the Peeps look really good. I like the blue flecks.

I was at Wal-Mart during the after Easter sale. I purchased these Peeps for $.99. They were 50% off.  The package pre-Easter sale time must have been close to $2 or more. I was very fortunate to get these for $.99!

 

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I tried to get the nutritional information off the back.
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The ingredients and calorie information on the back. I got as close as I could and tried to make it readable.

 

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The rest of the ingredients up close and personal.

 

The first thing I smelled when opening the package was chocolate. I unfortunately got the dark chocolate. I am not a fan of dark chocolate. I love milk chocolate more. The aroma was overwhelming and tempted my taste buds so I hurriedly ate one. The dark chocolate overwhelmed the blueberry Peep. I took another one and ate the top of the Peep to taste the blueberry. I must say blueberry Peeps without chocolate would be an all time fave.

 

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The 3 little Peeps awaiting their fate in my tummy and looking all sad that they must be eaten. They are so cute. The chocolate smell is the first to hit your nose.

 

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I ate the top so I could taste the blueberry Peep without the dark chocolate. Dark chocolate always over takes the taste of anything else it is combined with.

 

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The dark chocolate underside.

The most unfortunate part of this whole Peeps with chocolate package is, there are only 3 Peeps in the entire package equaling 150 calories. WHY????!!!!! I want more! My hope would be that Peeps would make a milk chocolate, 50 or more piece of the blueberry/chocolate Peeps. 3 just isn’t enough.

Since I was late getting to the Easter sales, I have no idea if there were any other flavors or other types of Peeps this year. I am hoping next year will be much better and I will be delighted in Peeps.

These Peeps I would definitely tell you to buy. Don’t buy the yucky Oreo cookie Peeps but do buy these. They will fill your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Today is my birthday

That is right. Today is the day where everyone says, “Happy Birthday” to you on social media. But it is much more than that. It is the start of my new year. Today I was brought onto this planet and not without great pain. Dr. Olson and Dr. Dehlin both celebrated my day by having a doctor’s appointment showing me the x-rays of my birth. I was trapped sideways in the birth canal and finally was released at 10:40 p.m. Back in 1970, I could have died. We didn’t have the greatest of medical care then. We are so far more advanced today than in 1970. I really started to think today. I sat here all day working on stuff and no cake, no ice cream, no party because at 47 everyone is already sick of throwing you one. So I sat here in silence, writing, reflecting, and wishing. Mostly, I wished I could have a bloody piece of cake, a doughnut, or even a damn cupcake! But that is not what is really important. What is important, some people remembered without facebook ever telling them.

Anyway, I decided I would share my birthday wish with everyone this year. Although every year is usually the same. I wish every year to win the powerball and live on triple digit millions.

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One of my birthdays I think my 13th or 14th. I have Garfield on my cake.

Making wishes on my birthday

Every year we all make wishes on our birthday and never tell a soul in fear they won’t come true. This year, I am going to tell you all my secret wishes since keeping them to myself every year hasn’t made them grow into reality.

Here is my wish in abundance for the next year of my life.

  1. I wish for peace to spread across this planet like a wildfire in June.
  2. I wish for everyone to find that one person to love for all eternity.
  3. I wish for all animals everywhere to be respected and love for the beautiful souls they are. For they too are on a path up the mountain and are learning their lessons to move on.
  4. I wish for abundance for all.
  5. I wish everyone wins the lottery at least once in their lifetime.
  6. I wish for everyone to be happy.
  7. I wish for all ailments to be cured.
  8. I wish for coffee to become our source of income.
  9. I wish for our waters to be clean.
  10. I wish for inflation to go down.
  11. I wish for .15 cent hamburgers.
  12. I wish for everyone, everywhere to have their own home. Their own stable place where they can always come back to.
  13. I wish for all politicians to grow a brain.
  14. I wish for medicine to advance to the point where a human being can regrow anything. This of course will make bald men everywhere highly excited.
  15. I wish for luck.
  16. I wish for all the dead to come back at least once a year to discuss stuff we all need reminding of.
  17. I wish for joy.
  18. I wish humans would become less of the predators and more of the caretakers.
  19. I wish for trees
  20. I wish the bees had more respect.
  21. I wish we all had land to farm.
  22. I wish for hippies giving out flowers again.
  23. I wish for more volunteers.
  24. I wish for more smiles.
  25. I wish for more laughter.
  26. I wish for more people gathering together at coffee shops filling their day with brightness.
  27. I wish for more sunshine.
  28. I wish for more family time.
  29. I wish time would slow the hell down.
  30. I wish my parents would get along.
  31. I wish everyone would practice forgiveness.
  32. I wish I had a jet to fly to other countries for coffee and pie.
  33. I wish for extinct animals to come back
  34. I wish for chocolate
  35. I wish I had the funds to travel more.
  36. I wish there was a computer glitch and I have millions in the bank.
  37. I wish I had a time machine.
  38. I wish we had free electricity
  39. I wish we didn’t have to use gas in a car.
  40. I wish you all knew how beautiful you are.
  41. I wish for the end of abuse
  42. I wish for the end of hatred
  43. I wish everyone just got along
  44. I wish Donald Trump was as funny as George Bush Jr.
  45. I wish I could save the whole world from itself.
  46. I wish you all have a chance to examine your life and make it better for yourself. There is nothing wrong with self-love. There is nothing wrong with wanting better.

Which leads me to number 47, the number I am today. This is the biggest wish ever. Most of all, I wish all my friends and family, the best life you could ever have! Remember, you are not promised a tomorrow so make the most of today.

Just remember, I can go on and on with wishes you know. I do them daily. I wish I had a maid, I wish I had a brand new car, I wish I had a doughnut, I wish I had more coffee, I wish I had more money. And on and on the wishes go!

McDonald’s Comes Modern McDonald’s

I should have written this yesterday but alas, I got busy and just didn’t do it. I am still selling crocheted animals and dolls if anyone wants one. On with the gossip of McDonald’s located at 503 North Lincoln Road in Escanaba, Michigan!

Everyone has rumors but I asked the workers changing McDonald’s and the staff of McDonald’s, what the hell is going on? I was there twice before and well, I am a nosy person, so I have known since around the middle of February that the playland was going bye-bye. I got to hear the Wilson’s talking to the architect about the designs and I got to see the designs the day before they took out playland. Now most will tell you it is coming out because of maintenance and insurance or liability. Just not so. Our McDonald’s has decided to follow the corporate rebranding of McDonald’s. This is the reason. Nothing to do with extra seating or playland but with the corporation itself. The new “modern” McDonald’s is trying to compete with Starbucks! Therefore, all the franchises are expected to follow corporate’s lead and ideas.

They are squaring up the outside of the building and remodeling the whole inside. They will have the lobby closed for about 1 day but no one knows exactly when. THAT IS RIGHT FOLKS THE WHOLE STORE IS GETTING A FACELIFT! The lobby is getting more plugs and the new design. If you have been to Green Bay’s McDonald’s then you will know what it should look like. They are leaving in the corner booths but expect all chairs and tables.

McDonald’s Corporation has been rolling out new designs like the ordering menus inside the lobby which means you don’t have a cashier, having someone bring  your meal to the table, and being more of a coffee shop with WiFi access.  McDonald’s is fading itself from the image of fast food and families to being a coffee shop that serves food giving people access to the internet.

I talked to the kids that came in and they all hate the new McDonald’s. They want their play area back. They no longer want anything to do with this place. What is most upsetting is that the play equipment went into the garbage. Everyone believes it should have been donated to a place, any place, where kids can still use it. Several parents have said they won’t be coming back and that includes grandparents as well. It was the sole reason to be at our local McDonald’s. It was the place to go with small children. It kept them wore out and on good behavior since they could play a while and eat. Even the elderly where asking the staff of McDonald’s where the kids were going to go now. We have really bad winters. This means finding an indoor place for the children to play. There is now a huge, HUGE gap in our town that needs replacing. It is nice that corporate wants to compete with Starbucks but at what cost. They are now alienating the families who really were the backbone of McDonald’s. McDonald’s would never have served millions of people with out the children begging to go there.

I have some more pictures for you all and when the remodel is complete, I will get you more. I am not sure what to think of McDonald’s new way of being. I guess we all grow up at some point in time. McDonald’s has been sued over and over again because of the menu maybe they think it is time to say goodbye to the food and hello to the coffee driven society of people.

 

I just wanted you all to know it has nothing to do with liability, insurance, or maintenance of playland but in the new rebranding of the McDonald’s image.  I will write you all again real soon. Until then, enjoy your coffee and net surfing at a McDonald’s near you!

Goodbye to McDonald’s Playland

Escanaba’s McDonald’s located at 503 North Lincoln Road is getting what they call a facelift. They are tearing out the playland area today as it rains upon the town. Even the weather is upset that McDonald’s won’t have a play area for the kiddos anymore. They are wanting more sitting room but have forgotten the only reason they need the sitting room is for the parents who have small children whose only reason for going to McDonald’s is the play area. It is a sad reality for many today as we watch the workers hauling the play equipment off to the garbage. I feel really bad for all the kids. It is a sad, sad day.

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I did find some uplifting news for you all on Facebook. It is mainly cat related except for the bear. What great news for this bear cub. I wish more people had compassion for other beings on this planet.

10 Healthiest ‘People Foods’ You Should Be Feeding Your Cat

http://honesttopaws.com/cat-possum/?as=5EH1

Hen With Motherly Instincts Sits On An Abandoned Kitten To Keep Him Warm

The Cat Handshake: How To Introduce Yourself To A New Cat

Hiker finds ‘almost lifeless’ baby bear, uses mouth-to-mouth to help save it

I still love watching The Simpson’s and I remember watching the Tracy Ullman show just to catch the latest episode of this zany family. It has been 30 years of watching the same family cartoon!

The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Ago

Some sad news in today and this is the stuff I usually stick on tumblr for conspiracies. There are political articles here too. Nice that Trump gave his salary to the Park Service! Never seen a President do that before. Another first from President Trump that I have never seen in my lifetime. Although, I still say down with Betsy but that is a Michigan thing. Some hate her here and others love her but to me, she knows nothing about education and is not qualified to do this job.

Man calls 911 with vague details of shooting, opens fire on responding deputies in ambush

UPDATE: Jacobs fails to enter plea for second time

Massive explosion, fire at house in New Hampshire just after officers arrived

Snyder signs law shielding records until contract announced

Trump donates first 3 months of salary to Park Service

Betsy DeVos’ latest attack on people with student loans will make your blood boil

More news later folks. I will write to you all again soon. Have a marvelous day!

 

Oh the Places You Will Go, When You No Longer Read Facebook!

I finished Foxy except for the tail. I want to get some of that special yarn that will make it look more fluffy like a fox tail should. But he is finished! I found I didn’t need the pipe cleaner even though I used it. I could have just made a straight circle and put a couple of stitches in to bend it like a hook. Nice to know since everyone makes a candy cane with a pipe cleaner but I figured out a different way! YAY to the ME!

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Here is the pirate Foxy laid out. He is pretty big.
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Standing up on my computer keyboard, you can see he is taller than the monitor.

 

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Here he is from another angle. Forgive all my yarn piled up.

 

I am super happy that my McDonald’s still has the shamrock mocha. Nice. By the way, they started taking out the play area today. Our McDonald’s is going down hill. I loved the play area as did many parents. It is a great place to take your kids to play and have some grown up time with your pals. The kids are entertained and you get some breathing time to have an adult conversation with actual people instead of a child. I shall get some photos of it for you. I am so disappointed. I am disgusted as well. The play area should always be at a McDonald’s.

I managed to get a bunch of orders done and I am working on some extras for selling. I have a unicorn I have to sew together. I sewed on the eyes and nose instead of using safety eyes. I figure this way, it can’t get into a baby’s throat.

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I love making these fancy rabbits. I sell them for $5.
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Here are only 3 of the many I have done. They are super cute. I like making them.

Enjoy the Foxy and Bunny photos. I will get some photos of the unicorns for another post. I still have to check the Facebook Beta app and see what is happening. Been busy today.  I will write again soon!