jAMES HOBAUGH is bizarre

On March 4, 2009, I posted Proud to be an American:

On this day in 1797, in the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams was sworn in as President of the United States, succeeding George Washington.

I wish we always lived up to our ideals.

To which, jAMES HOBAUGH (Hey, that’s how he signed his name.) replied:

You suspended two students for praying for their teacher.75%of americans are christians.We the people are watching you.Your money says in god we trust.I hope your school goes under because of your anti christian stance and my daughter will never go there shame on you sighned WE THE PEOPLE

WTF? I’m tempted to e-mail and ask, but maybe I don’t want to know. Maybe you could e-maill and ask him for me. He very … um … openly gave his e-mail for his URL, so if you click on “Proud to be an American” up top, you’ll be able to click and send him an e-mail. :naughty:

Good News

My dad’s potassium levels are back to normal … well … normal for a 90 year old man who’s had diabetes for 25 years and has his own kidney doctor.

Modern pharmaceuticals are a wonder.

His creatine levels are still high, so dialysis is still a possibility. And he is still planning for the future, so he will most likely opt for dialysis.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that the drugs do their job well.

Are you ever ready to say good-bye?

Dancing with my dad

My father is in renal failure. He’s been diabetic 25 years, and he’s almost 90, so it’s not like this is unexpected. I don’t know if he is going to choose dialysis or not. This winter was tough. Before Diego died, I would have said that he would absolutely choose dialysis; now I don’t know. He still has a lot to live for, but it’s gotten harder and harder for him.

When my grandmother died, … well, I don’t know if I was ready, but she sure was. She was miserable, and she wanted to die. So yes I mourned her, and I still miss her, but I can’t say that I was sad that she died. Judging by my reaction right now, I would be sad to lose my dad.

We’re going to Yosemite for the night, and I’m anxious about leaving him. But I can’t be there every minute; hopefully, I won’t feel guilty if he goes while we are gone. There, I just e-mailed Mom & Debbie and Dave, letting them know I’d be back Sunday afternoon.

I love you, Daddy.

A New Bag

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Totes a Lot Pattern & my fabric choices

My quest for the perfect bag continues. Actually, I need two bags: a small purse to tuck my wallet, keys, and Starbucks card into because I usually leave the pockets off my clothes and a big tote bag to put all my crap in that I seem to need to lug everywhere. So I decided to give the Totes a Lot pattern a try. It’s by Nancy Mirman.

Another tote bagThe pattern calls for quilting cottons and batting or fleece or something between the layers. I decided to use bottomweight fabric that was left over from previous projects, so I didn’t need the middle layer/batte. The fabric with the embroidery is a navy flannel that I made pants out of. The plain denim was a jacket that didn’t work out. DH bought the striped denim for temporary shades, and the light colored denim was a pair of pants.

I’m very pleased with how the embroidery came out. I digitized the oak leaf. Beth told me that it is a red oak leaf. Anyway, there are 2 different patterns, the solid leaf and the outline. I randomly placed the outline leaves.

Another tote bag
Embroidery Details

I wish I could say I am very pleased with the rest of the bag. I do really like the size and all the pockets. The construction method leaves a lot to be desired. This bag is constructed of rectangles. Each piece is cut out of the “main” fabric, the … um … “lining” fabric, and a piece of batting or fleece. The instructions tell you to layer the 3 pieces like a quilt sandwich and bind the top edge of each piece. Except for the 2 main pieces, there are no instructions to finish any other edges.

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Pockets on the ends of the tote

The instructions say to sew the bag right sides together and then to enclose the seams by resewing the edges wrong sides together. This was really hard to do on my sewing machine, and if you look closely at the image on the right, you can see I only encased the seams close to the top of the bag. It was just too many layers to go thru once I got down near the pockets, so I have many unfinished seams, on grain, in the interior of the bag.

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Bag Front

The only other issue, that I have is that the length of the key holder is way too long for me. Well, and I refuse to use velcro. I’d much rather put in a snap or a zipper.

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Bag Back

Overall, I really like this bag. It’s a good size for me. I like the chance for embellishment on the front pocket. The back pocket is perfect for my purse. The side pockets are great for my cell phone and camera. I can carry my journal inside and some art supplies, plus my makeup (that I almost never wear) and my allergy meds.

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I made some other changes in addition to not using the fleece filler. I took tucks in the top of the side pockets. The pattern called for elastic threaded in the binding. I had very securely finished my binding with decorative stitches, so I was unable to thread anything through the binding. One of the interior pockets is supposed to run the length of the bog and be secured with velcro. I hate velcro, so you know I didn’t do that. I split the pocket into 3 pockets and omitted the closure.

I need to use the bag for a while before I can pass final judgement, but as of now, I like it.

So much more than April Fool’s Day

Happy Birthday Apple! I prefer Macs to PCs.

Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act was signed by President Nixon on April 1st.
I’m very liberal, but the more I learn about what was accomplished on Nixon’s watch, the more impressed I am by him. His resignation is the first public event that I remember.

Word of the day: enosis – the political unification of Greece and Cyprus.

The Netherlands leads the way with Same Sex Marriage and Euthanasia.