Sunday, December 28, 2008

cheesecakes and quilts

I have been learning to make cheesecakes and my new oven has a glitch. The glitch is that the temperature control runs one hundred degrees higher than the temperature in the oven. It is just as well though because you cook cheesecake really slow and then leave it in the oven to cool so that it doesn't split. So far, I haven't managed to make a cheesecake without a split, but I think it is because of the cold weather more than the oven. This house is not insulated.
I maybe have one of my quilts sold on the website so I am keeping the fingers crossed. One lady that has bought several quilts from me, (she must like my work) has asked me to hold it for her. She calls my quilts art and it makes me feel good.
Well, off I go to see what I can do in my sewing room now that I have a bit more space. If I can really manage to get the site addy of my quilt site out there it should generate some business.
The addy is so have a look see if you like. Remember they only seem expensive til you realize they will last a long long time with proper care. I only make about 2.50 an hour in labor, but it is something I truly love doing.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Essay by Maya Angelou--Hater

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.

They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever good enough!

When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters...

That's why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can't handle seeing you blessed....

It's dangerous to be like somebody else... If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them!

You never know what people have gone through to get what they have...

The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story...

If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!

We've all got some haters among us!

Some people envy you because you can:
a) Have a relationship with God
b) Light up a room when you walk in
c) Start your own business
d) Tell a man / woman to hit the curb (if he / she isn't about the right thing)
e) Raise your children without both parents being in the home

Haters can't stand to see you happy.

Haters will never want to see you succeed.

Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be on our side.

How do you handle your undercover haters? You can handle these haters by:
1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are *(VERY IMPORTANT!!)
2. Having a purpose to your life: Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled.
A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation.

Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live...when its your time to leave this earth, you 'want' to be able to say, 'I've lived my life and fulfilled 'my' dreams,... Now I'm ready to go HOME!

When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, 'Don't look at me...Look at Who is in charge of me...'

Pass this to all of your family & friends who you know are not hating on you including the person who sent it to you.

If you don't get it back, maybe you called somebody out! Don't worry about it, it's not your problem, it's theirs.. Just pray for them, that their life can be as fulfilled as yours! Watch out for Haters...BUT most of all don't become a HATER!

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'
Maya Angelou
This essay really spoke to my heart. I have a hater or two in my family--and it is nice to realize that it is not my problem; but their problem!

Blowing up the stove!

Okay here I go again. I think my last post got lost in cyberspace somewhere.

I have had a wonderful week spring cleaning my kitchen--it sort of was a God thing that I felt moved to do so. I pulled out the stove on Tuesday nite and sparks flew everywhere. It seems that the wiring was shot to heck and if I hadn't decided to wash all the walls in there, it would have been a real fire hazard. People: check your electric stoves now for worn wires. I found out a friend just had a bad house fire from the same thing that was wrong with my stove.

Bless our landlord--he went out and bought me a brand new stove and they are delivering it today. Good thing because I am way behind on the holiday baking and mom and dad should be thru here next week. I want to send a lovely box of goodies up with them to Becca's house.

Peter is driving me nuts and so is Claude. Claude just has a bad attitude. That man is the most selfish person I think I know right now. I seem to pick selfish men for husbands. I won't make that mistake again. This is my last try at marriage and if it doesn't work---I am done!
Peter is driving me nuts because he doesn't have a job right now and is super bored. I really wish he would get his teeth fixed so he can get a job. That lack of a high school diploma is really screwing him up.

The dogs are being normal dogs, in and out all the time. Puppy will soon be six months and weighs almost 60 pounds now. Goodness, she can eat the chow! At least she is starting to settle down and act like a dog, and is pretty much housetrained now. I am working on spring cleaning the whole house this winter in order to feel a bit better about the environment.

WE finally got a website up and running and it is located at and hopefully it will get our quilts sold. Peter and I really need the money from a sale or three so we can start more quilts.