Tuesday, September 05, 2006

And while I'm here....

... I might as well tell you what is new in my little stitching world.

Well, as many of you know, I stitched a beautiful Celtic wedding sampler from www.dinkydyes.com, which I promptly RUINED by washing it (even though the instructions with the overdyed floss DISTINCTLY said "DON'T WASH FLOSS!") So I am making that again, although I haven't started it yet. I did order different fabric, though, as I was never comfortable with the fabric I was using - too dark, IMO.

So in the meantime, I stitched "No Late Knight Snacking" by Dragon Dreams, which I gave to my brother as a little housewarming gift. And I am in the process of stitching "Bethlehem" by K. Elaine Kramer Designs.

I've barely put in a stitch in the past few weeks, because my sister shanghai'd me into going to eastern Iowa to look for our roots, on my dad's side. We were gone for 4 days. We had a lot of fun, learned a lot of stuff about my family I had no clue about. We spent a lot of time in libraries and courthouses, and in our "spare" time in the hotel room (e.g. when we weren't in the hot tub), we were assembling a scrapbook of her husband's family's photos, which she was basically drafted to do. Not that she doesn't love them - she just thinks that someone else should bear some of the load too.

Anyway, since we've done that, I've become a little obsessed with the genealogy project, trying what I can to track down ancestors and fill in some blanks. With a name like "Smith," it is not easy, let me tell you! Why could we not have been Zisserfusses or something like that?? (No offense to anyone named Zisserfuss - but you have to admit, it would be a lot easier name to trace!). So if anyone out there who has access to vital records can find a birth or death record for Frederick Jacob Smith, born 1885, Seneca, Nemaha Co. KS, died 1952, probably Henry Co. IA, please email me at sdpokey@hotmail.com ASAP! That's my grandfather, and it would rock our world to know where he is buried!

This weekend or next weekend, I have a SOLAK quilt to deliver to a little boy who just turned 5. He suffered brain damage when he and his father were crossing the street and were hit by a hit-and-run driver. His father was killed. Hopefully the quilt will give him some encouragement to keep getting better, and comfort in the knowledge that people are thinking of him and praying for him.

So that is my life to date... DH and the kids are back in school, OS is in marching band, so I hope to be a band groupie for a few weeks.

Till later,

A little about Pokey...

I haven't posted in a while, so now I have to see if this works -
Well, it works, but stupid Blogger wants to turn the url link at the bottom into its own entity. So if you want to find out a little about yourself (or someone you know and love), use this url:

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Pokey!

  1. If you blow out all the candles on Pokey with one breath, your wish will come true.
  2. Most bottles and jars contain at least twenty-five percent recycled Pokey.
  3. Pokey is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature!
  4. A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but Pokey can not.
  5. A lump of Pokey the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court!
  6. Pokey will always turn right when leaving a cave!
  7. Pokey can jump up to sixteen times her own height.
  8. Pokey can drink over 25 gallons of water at a time.
  9. The ace of spades in a playing card deck symbolizes Pokey.
  10. In 1982 Time Magazine named Pokey its 'Man of the Year'.
I am interested in - do tell me about

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Heaven Gains Another Angel

Patricia G. Smith, 61, died May 8, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed peacefully surrounded by her 3 sons.

Pat was born December 16, 1944 in Hendricks Minnesota to Earl and Juanita Kruse. She was the youngest of 3 children. She graduated in 1962 from Astoria High School.

Pat was married March 21, 1964 to Dennis L Smith. They had 3 boys Todd, Travis, and Trent. Her marriage came to an end in 1977, at which time she dedicated her life to raising her 3 boy and being as good a role model as possible to them and later their wives and 7 grand children.

While being a single mother of 3 boys Pat earned 2 degrees (Business Management Degree, Stewarts Hair Stylist Degree) as well as becoming a Certified Cardiovascular Tech. Pat spent 10 years as a hair stylist at Stewarts and later JC Penny hair salon. She spent the last 15 yeas of her life employed at Sioux Valley Hospital as a Certified Cardiovascular Tech.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Juanita Kruse.

Pat is survived by her Sister Nancy (Chris), Brother Daniel, Sons Todd (Lori), Travis (Cheryl), and Trent (Nancy), Grand Children Marissa, Zachary, Maxwell, Megan, Madeline, Morgan, and Claire, As well as many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society, or Sioux Valley hospice.

Pat left a wonderful impression on any one that was lucky enough to get to know her, and she will be deeply missed by family and friends alike.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Such is my life at present...

First, an awesome image -

This is a static image of Mount St. Helens, taken from the Johnston Ridge Observatory. The Observatory and VolcanoCam are located at an elevation of approximately 4,500 feet, about five miles from the volcano. You are looking approximately south-southeast across the North Fork Toutle River Valley.
The URL for this cam is http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/. I go there when I need validation that there is true beauty in the world.

I have been working on a piece called "Home of the Brave" for a fallen soldier from Sioux Falls. When it's done, I'll have it framed and present it to his family. I wish I could take credit for this idea, but the real credit goes to Eileen at the American Soldier Memorial Project (URL
http://geocities.com/americansoldiermemorialproject/). I am lazy today and don't feel like providing "real" links, so you will have to be satisfied with the whole messy url thing! As soon as I'm done with Home of the Brave, I think I'll do Dolly Mama's "Big Girl Panties" for my sister.

I also finished Maggie the Messmaker. Here is a picture of the finished project:

There is a close-up view of most of the cording at my Webshots http://community.webshots.com/user/pokeysd.

I'm saddened by the news that Michelle Kwan won't be competing in the Olympics. I think this was her last chance for gold, but I'm glad that she chose her own health over Olympic glory. Sarah Hughes' sister Emily will take her place, and I hope she can overcome the rushed travel plans to do well in the competition.

There was some other stuff I was going to write, but I got distracted by NASCAR and my IQ dropped a few points, but only briefly! :) No offense to NASCAR fans out there...

Congratulations to ASSOCIATE JUSTICE Alito. Gee, don't the Dems look stupid... learn to choose your battles - this wasn't an example of a good time to attempt a filibuster. Didn't Justice Alito look awestruck at the State of the Union?

I guess that's about it for now. Time to make tacos and watch some Olympics, and because I'm a sucker for things with fur and 4 feet, the AKC Agility Trials is on Animal Planet at 7.

Keep your needles sharp,


Thursday, January 26, 2006

...And in the "I'll Be Damned" Category....

Democratic Lunatic... er... Senator Robert Byrd from West "By-God" Virginia just announced his intention to vote FOR confirmation of Judge Sam Alito to the Supreme Court. I was pleasantly surprised when Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) announced the same, but I was truly bowled over when Sen. Byrd declared that he refused to tow the party line and would vote YES to confirm Judge Alito. Along with Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, that is three Democrat votes for confirmation. I am duly impressed, since, except for Nelson, who announced his intention last week, I truly expected the party line. I expected Johnson to wait until there were 51 affirmative votes and then vote "No," so I will send him an email expressing my approval.

At any rate, I work tonight so I should be sleeping... I have finished some things and started some others, and if I feel up to it tomorrow afternoon, I'll catch this up and post some pictures.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

21 Ways To Be A Good Democrat

Found this today on www.hannity.com, on the Hannity poll page:

21 Ways to Be a Good Democrat:

1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand.

2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity. (This one is really important)

3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese and North Korean communists.

4. You have to believe that there was no art before Federal funding.

5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical documented changes in the earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV's.

6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial but being homosexual is natural.

7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.

8. You have to believe that the same teacher who can't teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.

9. You have to believe that outdoorsmen don't care about nature, but loony activists who have never been outside of San Francisco do.

10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

11. You have to believe that Mel Gibson spent $25 million of his own money to make The Passion of the Christ for financial gain only.

12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.

13. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.

14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Thomas Edison.

15. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.

16. You have to believe that Hillary Clinton is normal and is a very nice person.

17. You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried is because the right people haven't been in charge.

18. You have to believe conservatives telling the truth belong in jail, but a liar and a sex offender belonged in the White House.

19. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.

20. You have to believe that illegal Democratic Party funding by the Chinese Government is somehow in the best interest to the United States.

21. You have to believe that this message is a part of a vast, right wing conspiracy.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

The BOOM!! That Went Bust (or www.DIDNTblowzipup.com)

And there we were, huddled around the television on a Saturday afternoon (we were supposed to be there in person, but I worked Friday night, it was uber-cold, and we did not wish to venture outside), awaiting the Sioux Falls event of the decade, the demolition of the 210-foot Zip Feed Mill. The MS Society had sponsored a ticket drive and a raffle to be the one to "push the button" that would bring the 50-year-old elevator down. There were upwards of 25,000 people downtown, standing in the cold, lining bridges and parking lots, hanging off balconies, awaiting the moment.

Finally, at just before 12:55pm on December 3, 2005, the countdown began. 5... 4... 3... 2... 1! The button-pusher pushed the button, the explosion exploded, and Zip Feed Mill -- well, you can
see what happened. For those not inclined to view the video, the feed mill went from this

to this

in a manner of seconds. If you watch CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News at all, you may have already seen it. We are kind of a laughing stock as a city now, but we take it all in stride, have a little laugh at our own expense, and even take pride in our temporary Leaning Tower of Zip.

At www.blowzipup.com, there is live video of the feed mill, where you can observe the demolition (by wrecking ball now) over the next few weeks that should have taken a few seconds last Saturday! **Edited Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006 - The Zip Feed Mill is now a small pile of rubble that is being removed from the site. Thus, the website www.blowzipup.com has been removed.**

It seems that this isn't the first screw-up by the Oklahoma-based demolition company, Dykon, in recent years. In a 2002 demolition in Omaha, debris from one of the imploded buildings destroyed a banquet hall. No one was injured, but it is still under litigation. Several other buildings have failed to detonate, or failed to detonate as planned.

One of the phrases being tossed about this week regarding the Zip job is, "this isn't an exact science." But it is, if you do your homework. How else could demolition crews in Las Vegas implode a casino wedged in between two other casinos, without so much as throwing a brick through the wrong window? And they do it all the time, making it look as artful and beautiful as the fountain at the Bellagio.

If Dykon's only criterion for a job well done is "no one got hurt," then that's only a matter of time. They noted that the concrete on the west wall was "too soft" to hinge properly - that instead of going over, the building sunk into the basement. It seems to me (and granted - I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination) that they should have known the makeup of the concrete and planned accordingly. Some experts say that age doesn't soften concrete - it strengthens it. If that's true, the theory doesn't wash, anyway. And they should have had a "plan B" for if it didn't blow the first time. But at least they're gonna spring for the wrecking ball.

For now, we will chuckle as we cross over the viaduct and look to the north; we will follow the progress of the wrecking ball as it does the job of what should have been well-placed explosives. I think that, as a contingency plan, the city should've called in an airstrike from Ellsworth Air Force Base, or maybe ordered up an F-16 from the Air Guard. I think the people of Sioux Falls would pay good money to see that!

On the bright side, maybe MS will get a lot more fundraising mileage out of a tilted tower than a fallen one; the OOPSplosion put Sioux Falls on the map; we are having a good laugh at our own expense; and it fosters editorials like this one. Because if you can't laugh at yourself, what else is there?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Spoil Sports

I would love to be able to allow comments to my posts, especially the thought-provoking posts, but I have received three spam comments in the last 2 days, and I haven't even had a new post in over 2 months! So I decided to do away with comments because those of you who still come here, wistfully hoping I'd post something new, do not deserve to be subjected to those types of comments.

There is a new post coming soon that will encompass all of the events of the last few months.