The blind Post classified news May 2018 edition
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May 9, 2018
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This months columns:
Global cane outreach update from Beverly Crook.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady.
The book shelf, This month’s review is from David F on Henry VIII.
The pet place, a reader's guide dog story.
Blind man walking, A Classic, by Joshua Loya.
Living with low vision, Out and About By Donna Williams.
Blind people talking, a story celebrating Mom,.
Yarn, hook, and needle, Crafts by Phyllis Campbell.
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From the editor:
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms reading this issue.
Some of those wonderful moms have passed on, but we still remember their love and their giving of themselves. Some of us have grandmas that were moms to us, and some of us have wonderful women that stepped in to fill their shoes.
This month’s news is full of excellent articles from our favorite writers. We have a couple of writers back for this month, and next month we will be introducing some new ones. There are some wonderful ads and announcements. I have put the headings in again. I received so many emails of appreciation for them. I love hearing from all of you with any comments or ideas, or just to say hello.
Please remember to email me any of your poems or stories on your pets, guide dogs, and experiences with your blindness. I know we all have some good ones to share. There have been some funny stories in past issues. Even some of those difficult times can help another person.
I also want to remind everyone that in July there will not be a Blind Post. So, any ads or announcements pertaining to July or the first half of August, you want to put in the June issue.
Thank you so much for reading and sharing the news,
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New Medicare Cards are in the Mail
I’m pleased to report that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have started to mail new Medicare cards to beneficiaries.
Instead of a Social Security Number (SSN), the new cards will have a Medicare number that’s unique to each beneficiary. The new card will help protect identities and secure personal information. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.
Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost to the address on file here at Social Security. So please make sure the address of anyone you’re helping is up-to-date. An address can be updated easily by using my Social Security.
As Medicare beneficiaries begin to receive their replacement cards, please share these three tips with them:
1. Once you get your New Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new one right away. Don’t just throw the old card away—shred it or cut it into small pieces.
2. Doctors, other health care providers, and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing your old card. They’re ready to accept your new card when you need care.
3. Beware of anyone contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, you don’t need to do anything to get your new card. Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.
In addition, just last month Social Security started removing the SSN from many of its notices and forms to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. These communications also include benefit-verification notices, Social Security post-entitlement notices, and certain documents sent to appointed representatives. The benefit-verification letter includes the recipient’s name and address. The SSN is not intended to serve as identification, nor should it be used as such by third parties.
Please share this information through your networks. For more information about the new Medicare card, visit medicare.gov/newcard
You can also check Medicare.gov for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.
As always, thank you for your interest in our programs and the people we serve!
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Global cane outreach update
From Beverly Crook
Happy Spring to all of you! I do hope you are able to get out and enjoy feeling the warm sunshine, and all the wonderful fragrant blooming flowers, in your part of the world. It is nice to be back together again.
My last trip was the Philippines and I think I wrote about it already, as it was last August.
We have since sent funds to a blind man in Bolivia. He makes canes for a living, so we helped him out and then the canes went to a local blind school where the people normally must buy their canes. So, the ones we provide are free to them. We are also going to send some audio Bibles there too.
My husband, Guy, went on a mission trip to Guatemala and trained some local missionaries how to teach cane mobility. He also left some canes , and audio Bibles, there too.
We are now in the process of communicating with a man in Kenya about the possibility of a mission trip.
We have some new board members: Our very own editor of this magazine, Lori, is our new secretary, and Jimmy with custom canes. Also, a wonderful friend of mine from my church, Donna, is our fund raiser.
Another exciting project is that we are in the process of making a YouTube channel. Hopefully next time I write we will have it done and I will be able to share it with you
Blessings to All,
Global Cane Outreach
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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
I just love the spring weather! I want to feel good and walk and get some good exercise.
If you have any sort of chronic pain or joint pain, it can be difficult at times. I came across a remedy for joint, bone, and knee pain on YouTube. I found it about a month or so ago. I decided to try it, since I have osteoporosis and knee pain along with fibromyalgia. I bought all the ingredients and used my food processor to blend it. I poured the mixture into another container, covered it, and placed it in the refrigerator. The next day I began taking a little more than a tablespoon, twice a day. The gelatin gels it up nicely so you can just carve out a piece and eat it by hand.
I did this for a week and noticed that I did feel better. I ate two portions a day for another week and continued feeling great. I was enjoying walking, without the intense bone and knee pain. I seemed to have more energy too.
For some reason, I missed taking it for a few days, and then noticed I was feeling tired and my knee pain was coming back. It dawned on me that I had forgotten to eat my wonderful remedy. I mixed up another batch and now am feeling good again. I do not want to stop taking this. It is so good for you in so many ways.
I decided to research all the health benefits of each ingredient. I was amazed! Each one mentioned it was great for joints, bones, arthritis, along with digestion, fighting cancer, and much more.
The original recipe did not call for the coconut oil and water. I added it to make it easier for me to mix and it also made it easier to pour into another container to chill. It also makes it much easier to spoon out.
Joint, bones, and knee pain natural remedy
Three tablespoons raisins
40 grams pumpkin seeds, about 1/3 cup
Two tablespoons unflavored gelatin two packets, each packet is one tablespoon.
Four tablespoons sesame seeds
200 grams honey, about 2/3 cup
Eight tablespoons flax seeds, or a little less if already ground.
I also add about one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil,
And I add about two cups almost boiling water to the mixture.
Add all ingredients in a blender or food processor until it is a homogenized liquid.
Pour into a container and put in the refrigerator.
Take at least a spoonful before breakfast and another before lunch.
If you are consistent every day you will notice tendon ligament bone and joint knees will feel stronger and without pain.
Your metabolism will also improve.
I found a great website, Basic measurement standards | Deviliciously Raw,
while researching converting grams to tablespoons and cups.
There is a lot of great info here for you cooks that want to know measurements for various types of food, when you don’t have a food scale to use.
I found the following recipe on a review for ground flax seeds on Amazon.com.
“I use this flax to make Energy Balls and they're delicious! My kids love them as well. Super healthy & we have replaced our purchasing of granola bars
which is even greater :-)
One half cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
One third cup honey
One teaspoon Vanilla
Mix above together then add:
One cup Old Fashioned Oats
Two thirds cup coconut
One half cup flaxseed meal
Six teaspoons mini chocolate chips
Combine all and let chill before rolling into balls. Store in air tight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!!”
Two tips I can give you this month:
My fingernails are not as long or as useful as they once were at tearing open bags of foods. I keep a dedicated pair of scissors in a kitchen drawer to use on those stubborn packages that I just cannot open any longer. Maybe after I take my remedy from above, I might be able to again! Also, some of those flip top cans of soup, olives, or beans, I will use a butter knife to slide under the part that you would normally use your fingers for. I use the knife to easily lift it up and then I don’t have to hurt my fingertips.
Please email any questions, ideas, or recipes
And I will put them in a future tips and tidbits article.
The book shelf:
Book reviews and recommendations.
This month’s review is from David F on Henry VIII.
Has there been a British monarch more written about, more talked about, or more baffling? In his early years, he was to be a priest. His elder brother Arthur was to be king. It was only upon his brother’s death in the early 1500s, that Henry became a key player. The young monarch was fun-loving, handsome, lavish, amusing, educated, musical. If he had a flaw, it was his ability to let Cardinal Woolsey run everything while he played at being Sir Loyal Heart for his wife, the self-same Catherine who had first married his brother.
Margaret George burst onto the historic novel scene with this fictionalized autobiography. I had only heard of this technique once before when Ernest Gaines used it to tell the story of a fictional everywoman, Jane Pittman. While Henry is definitely a real personage, too real imho, this autobiography is fiction at its creative best. (
Note: A friend of mine who took a class with Gaines, when he taught part of the year at our local university, ULL, said one must audition to be in his class. One submits a writing sample and should one be fortunate enough to be picked, one becomes one of the chosen who can enter the charmed circle. He lives part of the year in California or last I heard he did.)
The NLS annotation tells us as follows:
The autobiography of Henry VIII: with notes by his fool, Will Somers : a novel DB24919
George, Margaret; Sommers, William. Reading time: 44 hours, 8 minutes.
Read by Norman Barrs.
Combines history, dramatic narrative, and an account of the pleasures and perils of power. Develops the story of Henry VIII through the use of fictitious autobiographical memoirs interspersed with irreverent comments from his jester and confidant, Will Somers. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.
Download The autobiography of Henry VIII: with notes by his fool, Will Somers : a novel
Norman Barrs does a splendid job of narrating this lengthy romp through Tudor England. I do not know if he is still narrating or has retired or translated. I do know that this book is an excellent audible monument to the narrator’s art. Barrs does not over-dramatize. The caustic asides by Somers are amusing and keep Henry’s self-absorbed pomposity in check. I suspect listing Will Somers as a co-author is bibliographically incorrect because this is a work of fiction, but as I am not a cataloger, I shall refrain from mentioning it to NLS.
While going through my master book list, I found these notes that give me cause for concern. They relate to Alison Weir’s book, Henry VIII: The King and His Court. On side 15, about page 414, Weir states, "Note: After Henry's death, Sommers remained at Court, acting in masques and interludes for Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. After he retired, Queen Elizabeth did not employ any more fools preferring more sophisticated entertainment. Sommers was, therefore, the last Court Jester. End Note." Margaret George has Sommers leaving Court shortly after Henry's death being told by Thomas Seymour that we have no need of you here. George also says Henry kept Jane Seymour's attendants on at court for several years, Weir says they were shortly disbanded. Weir says there is no surviving contemporary evidence that Henry ever referred to Anne of Cleves as The Flanders Mare. This story she adds dates from the late 17th century when it was first written by Bishop Bernet who quotes no source for it. Weir and George both mention Thomas Culpepper's ruthless violence towards the wife of a park keeper whom he raped while his companions held her down and his murder of one of the villagers who tried to arrest him. The King not wishing to forgo his company, pardoned him.
Wikipedia also supports the idea that Sommers stayed on into the reign of Elizabeth I. Notice the spelling variation of his last name between the several sources. I did not misspell but used the spelling preferred by the particular source that I referenced in each instance.
Bibliographic information for the Weir’ book is given below:
Author: Weir, Alison, 1951-
Title: Henry VIII [sound recording] : the king and his court / Alison Weir.
Published: Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for
the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress,
Description: 28 hours, 34 minutes
Book Number: DB 52095 (May be available only for download)
Dewey No.: 942.052092 B ANF
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik.
Digital talking book. 2 levels and 74 navigation
points. Analog to digital conversion.
Author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII (DB 47483)
and The Children of Henry VIII (DB 47484) examines the life
of this refined and educated monarch (1491-1547) in the
context of his times. Discusses court life during the Tudor
era and the king's accomplishments as well as his
I like Anne Flosnik, too, as a narrator. Her precise, cut-glass diction reminds me of how students at RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, have been trained. She is not quite so over the top as that, but she’s fun.
Note from Reviewer:
Funnily enough, during a six-week multi-media presentation at our local library last year concerning H8 and the wives, our lecturer, a professor of Tudor history, preferred of all the recent scholarship and popular biographies, the following book for its balance and writing style.
The wives of Henry VIII DB36182
Fraser, Antonia. Reading time: 25 hours, 38 minutes.
Read by Mikel Lambert.
World History and Affairs
England's Henry VIII earned a distinct reputation from the fates of his six wives--Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. Fraser examines the lives of each of these women--the circumstances surrounding their marriages, their attempts to bear the king a male heir, the dissolution of their reigns as other women caught the king's eye, and, finally, their deaths. Bestseller. 1992.
I actually had an email from Margaret George where I mentioned some of these concerns. I am not able to locate it at this time. I do recall that she said she wrote it as she had researched. It may be that I accidentally deleted an MS Outlook folder, I have over 50, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. There is no backup for MS Outlook as there seems to be for downloads. It has something to do with real-time slave mirroring and updating every 24 hours. My backup drive with MS Outlook seems to instantaneously follow changes to the various email folders. Other elements including downloads and documents master folders, do not. I’d like to have included part of that email here. And regret my inability to do so at this time.
In conclusion, George is a good writer and has several other long historicals to her credit that are on BARD. She has told the stories of Mary Queen of Scotts, Elizabeth I’s later reign, Helen of Troy, and Cleopatra. I wonder what she’d do with Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, Hawaii’s Liliuokalani, or Queen Tamar of Georgia.
For more on Tamar of Georgia see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamar_of_Georgia
5 of 5 stars and I rarely give 5 stars but you just don’t see historic fiction written like this now.
The Pet Place:
hello, I am going to tell you a story about my guide dog I had for ten
years. A large very beautiful, unusually so, and very, very brilliant German shepherd Nanna.
I have repeated this story both to my guide dog school and other places. The story about us was posted in the school's newsletter a long time ago because the circumstances were
very frightening and weird, but we lived to tell about it.
I used to live in California. I had my second guide dog, Nanna who was
a long-furred girl and very very brilliant. She could do more than
most guide dogs I knew, and I had met many. Somehow, she
seemed to know everything a dog should not know. I always said that
Nanna had maps in her head, since she was always able to repeat routes
that she had only seen once all the time, and she loved absolutely to
travel ten miles at a time. She had extreme curiosity about all
things while we traveled. If there was a street we had never been
before she turned her head towards it to ask me if she could go
explore it. We all called her either granny since she wanted to take
care of me and all my friends, or we called her Nanna the explorer.
Both names fit as well as she had a zest for life wanting to play
basketball with all her friends and my x-husband as well and my mother
on our deck.
So, one evening I had gone to the store on my way across a very busy
lighted highway where my mobility instructors had to teach me how the
traffic lights worked there. I knew exactly when to cross or not, and
was a good judge of traffic as I had worked Nanna all over the U. S.
We saw that the time was to cross, and the lights were in our favor.
Halfway across an 18-wheeler truck got stuck onto a car, so they
swerved all over the intersection while I was trying to cross the
street. I really thought we were dead, and all the way across I
remembered our trainers said, "follow your dog" and "praise your dog"
so, I did both screaming "good girl" to Nanna as brakes screeched and
you could hear them all over the place. I finally reached the other
side and praised Nanna up and down practically yelling praise I was
so, thrilled we had made it without dying or getting hurt.
I couldn't believe it. I went two more blocks to the grocery store and
leaning against the building because both Nanna and I were shaking
like leaves in the wind it was so frightening.
Believe it or not, my Nanna and I were always like glue. If we could
have been one body we couldn't have been closer in our feelings for
one another. I often called her "Brave Heart" because even after this
experience she acted like it was nothing, and continued to work like
nothing happened to us. She was the greatest guide dog I have ever
known and so far, I have had six and known so many others that friends have had.
This is our story. To this day I still miss all the care she took of
me saving me many times as I traveled from coast to coast in airports,
busy streets in new cities all over the country.
I was so honored that my guide dog school gave me this dog. The
older trainers recalled her too because even they said she was very
beautiful and unusual.
Thank you, Seeing Eye, for all the great dogs I have had. Karen Bailey
and present guide dog and pets, Zelda a yellow Labrador now nine years
old. and great girl.
If you would like to share a personal story about a beloved pet or guide dog, please email me and I will post them in a future Blind Post.
Blind man walking:
By Joshua Loya
Hello readers. I had every intention of having a brand new article for you this month. I have had some exciting developments in my professional and athletic career of which I am not able to speak about just yet. I’ll endeavor to be more careful about promising articles in the future. It is my intention to be more forthcoming about what cool things are happening in my life next time. In the meantime, I’ll tip my hat a little to say it has something to do with the ocean…
When people find out I’m a martial artist, especially when they find out I hold several black belts, it is not uncommon for jokes to be made about how people shouldn’t make me angry. “Don’t’ mess with him. You wouldn’t want to piss him off. He’s a black belt.” Honestly, I am probably a lot safer to make angry than most of the people you meet.
I have spent the better part of a decade learning techniques enabling me to restrain, back off, hurt, and even kill those who are intent on doing harm to others. Fortunately, I have also been taught a guiding moral philosophy which dictates the following. “Use as much force as the bad guy makes necessary.” It’s very possible that no physical force is necessary, and that all that is required is to use some basic listening communication skills to calm a potential attacker down. Of course, if and when someone attacks, fighting techniques may be required. There are still varying levels of physical force which may be used, depending on the specifics of the situation. If I had a drunken uncle, and he got out of hand at a wedding reception, I would use a very different set of techniques than I would if somebody was trying to kill me or a member of my family. Differing levels of violence are required for different situations.
Most people are used to the idea of physical violence; even if they disagree when and if physical violence is appropriate. What may be a bit more nuanced is the idea of verbal violence. If I punch you in the mouth, it will probably hurt. It might even hurt a lot, and you may need some medical attention, depending on how hard I hit you. It will still heal over time, and you may even forget I did it at all. If I say something very nasty to you, drawing upon all the subtleties of every piece of information I know about you, it may take years for it to never hurt you again. You might never recover from what I said to you, depending on what I said, and the nature of our particular relationship. In short, we can do a lot of damage with our words.
Connected to this is the idea of the lawful target principle. When the lawful target principle is applied in a more constructive way, it becomes the upgrade principle. This is how it works. As a relationship grows in intimacy, from acquaintances to friends to close friends and so on, the quality of interaction ought to get better. The closer we are to someone, and the more we know about them, the more opportunity we have to cause them pain, either physical or emotional. Because the possibility of hurting someone increases as the intimacy grows, we should take more care to build the relationship up, rather than tear it down. Put another way, I should be a better friend than I am an acquaintance. I should be a better husband than I am a boyfriend. Too often, instead of doing it this way, we begin to take the ones closest to us for granted. We hurt the ones we love, as the saying goes. If I am living by the lawful target principle, I am more likely to let the closeness of our relationship give me license to hurt you. In other words, you become the most lawful target.
We are going to make mistakes and hurt people, just because we are human. Miscommunication happens all the time. We don’t need to do it on purpose. Also, if we want people to treat us well, we ought to do the same. We should be such good friends, husbands, mothers, sons, brothers, sisters, employers, and employees so that there is more keeping everyone in the relationship beyond the relationship itself. Instead of granting ourselves the license to act any way we choose because someone is not allowed to leave, perhaps it might be better to conduct ourselves in such a way that everyone involved wants to stay.
Just as physical violence is not ever something we should enjoy doing, we also ought never to enjoy using our words to cause pain. Violence is violence. It doesn’t matter if it is physical or verbal. I know what a palm to the face will do to someone. I know what will happen if I kick someone in the groin. It might be necessary, but it is not something I would ever enjoy doing. My goal is to create or restore peace. To that end, I should be mindful of the powerful effect my words can have, and use them to help create more joy. I should use them to strengthen connections and friendships because life will be tough enough on its own. I don’t want to make things worse. I want to make them better.
Joshua Loya is a martial artist and professional adventurer living
near San Diego, California. He recently launched a podcast. You can
find it by searching for Adventuremind in Apple Podcasts and various
other podcast directories.
Learn more about him by visiting his website: www.joshuathejedi.com
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Living with low vision
Out and About
By Donna Williams
During the time The Blind Post was on hiatus a close friend of mine was diagnosed with and died of cancer. As I watched her daily struggle with the disease and had conversations with her about choices she had to make and what she felt about dying it caused me to take stock of my own life and health.
I’m the first one to admit I am not the most healthy person on planet earth. I love my junk food and my interests don’t include a whole lot of activities involving major exercise. I don’t play sports or bike all over the place like my sisters do. Nor do I hike and camp. So what does that leave me doing? Well, reading, spending time on my computer, watching TV, and listening to music. I used to ride a bike when I was younger but now would not feel comfortable doing that because I can not see out of one eye and have a tendency to veer too far to that blind side at times. I did that once while riding in the street like individuals are supposed to and I think it was too bad a video camera wasn’t present and recording because I was pedaling at a decent speed when suddenly my front tire rolled under the back bumper of my neighbor’s car. I then proceeded to fly over the handlebars and land sprawled across the trunk and hood. My hands were on the hood and my stomach and legs were on the trunk. It looked as though I was somehow trying to climb up onto the top of the car. As for the bike it was half under the back bumper. My neighbor came over to help and I made a joke about testing his car trunk to see how comfortable it was. We both laughed but I knew at the moment of impact my biking days were over.
I love to walk and that’s easy enough to do except I suffer miserably from chronic leg pain if I stand or walk for too long. There was a time when a friend and I used to walk 3 and a half miles every day. When I did that I was able to at the very least maintain my weight level. You may be wondering why we don’t do this walk anymore, well, for one thing I live in a different neighborhood then she does and although she still walks more then I do her diabetes has gotten worse. So what is the solution? Well, as my friend was dying one of the issues she struggled with was standing and walking. She was afraid of falling and she said her legs were weak. As a result she was unable to go home from the hospital to die as she wanted to. This made me begin to reassess my own health and lifestyle. I am lucky. Even though I don’t have a thyroid anymore I’m pretty healthy for my age. However being in my mid 50’s I am mindful that changes can occur at any time and I want to be prepared.
In March we had some nice days so I decided that despite the chronic pain in my legs I was determined to start walking every day outside. This lasted for about a week. Then we had a severe storm come through our neighborhood. This resulted in power failures and downed wires and trees. When I found out that the route I was taking was partially obstructed with debris it was real easy for me to give up and stop walking.
In late March I went to my Doctor and had blood work done. I found out then that my A1C was high. I was not put on diabetes medicine because my Doctor decided to take a wait and see approach. However it was recommended that I change my diet and start exercising every day. By this time all the debris had been cleared away from the sidewalk so I began to walk outside once again. I began to do this with new determination. Then one day I was walking on part of the sidewalk that happened to be broken up. As my foot sunk into a hole and I began to pitch forward my resolve diminished. I walked home but my leg pain was incredible.
After that it was all downhill. The weather was too cold, or it was raining out, or I was too tired or busy. I knew I had to come up with a solution though. Then one day I was reading an email in which someone mentioned an under the desk stationary bike. I investigated further and I can now tell you I am a proud owner of a pedal machine and I’ve been using it faithfully every day. Now I don’t have to worry about what it’s doing outside. This also means I can enjoy the great outdoors even more. Instead of walking or worrying about exercising while I’m out I can just sit and enjoy the birds singing, the sun shining and the deep blue sky I love looking at so much.
So as my dearly departed friend is always fond of saying, “I’m out and about.”
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A story for Mother’s Day.
A tribute to Mom
HEBREWS 10:30-33 (KJV)
30”For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.”
She stood 4’11” tall. She wore a whiter than white uniform, with pristine white shoes, and very white nurse’s support hose. That would have been good except she had the prettiest white and some gray hair which made her hair look like a silver dime, especially in the sun, and it was always well groomed. She had no ready smile, for it was very late or better stated, early in the morning, try 1:00AM. She picked up her large ‘walking stick’ or better still defense stick, a chain, on which she controlled a fierce canine, who was also, by the way white with black polka dots, a Dalmatian of all types, and off they went, battling the expectancies and of course, the unwelcome interruptions of a neighborhood that had slipped into disarray.
No one dared to mess with this fearsome duo, armed with stick, sharp teeth and a hidden weapon, a Sword which could be called on at a moment’s notice. Where were they going? They were traversing a dangerous route to meet the bus, scheduled to arrive five minutes after their secure establishing of the area. When the bus pulled into its stop, I saw her release the fierce canine, I saw her disengage the latch from his collar, and as I stepped off of the bus I was greeted by a whole dog in my arms, whimpering like a small puppy, wagging his tail, and licking my makeup off my chin. I spoke to the warrior. “Hi, Mom.”She handed me the chain, I engaged it on his collar, and off we went.
Even though I didn’t want her to meet me so late in the night, it certainly felt good when I looked through the bus windows and saw these very familiar and loved figures. Why? Dynamite doesn’t have to be in a great big package, and the defense that I needed was all wrapped up in my Mom’s secret weapon. She had no fear. She walked like a giant, and I believed that she could most likely fight like one, especially for her children or child. One day or night I asked her about why she was not afraid. She simply answered. “I’m not thinking about myself, I am going for you, to meet you and to bring you home safely, so that we can sit and have some tea. I’ve got some of those cookies you like. Lorna Doon, and the water has already boiled, so we can get a cup of tea as soon as we get home.” And we did. .
As secure as I felt knowing my Mom in the middle of the knight, is how much more we must feel leaving our fears behind and depending on The LORD, Jesus, to always be with us in times of trouble, our security is in His completeness or promise to take care of us in all situations. Do you believe that? GOD is so much Greater than my Mom. Please believe that.
(An excerpt from “Alleviation of Fear” by True E. Ready writer a blind Christian Writer, who loves Jesus Christ, her LORD and Savior I pray that all of you have a wonderful, fulfilling Mother’s Day with great memory moments.)
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Yarn, hook, and needle:
Crafts by Phyllis Campbell
I always think of this is a sort of ho-hum time of the year. We may experience all four seasons in a short period of time. So, in keeping with this, here is a variety of things for your crafting pleasure.
Measurements: 9 inches x 9 inches
100% Cotton Yarn, Worsted Weight, 2.5 oz
Size US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
Cast on 37 stitches.
Note: Border stitches are in parentheses () at beginning and end of each row should you prefer to substitute a different border.
All Odd Rows 7-49: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Rows 1-5: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Even Rows 6-12: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 14: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K9, P10, K10, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 16: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K6, P16, K7, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 18: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P19, K5, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 20: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P20, K4, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 22: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P21, K3, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 24: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K6, P21, K2, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 26: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K7, P5, K3, P12, K2, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 28: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K8, P4, K5, P10, K2, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 30: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K9, P4, K11, P2, K3, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 32: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K10, P3, K11, P1, K4, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 34: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K10, P3, K16, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 36: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K3, P2, K5, P3, K16, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 38: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K4, P3, K2, P3, K17, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 40: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K4, P7, K18, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 42: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P4, K20, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Even Rows 44-50: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Rows 51-55: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Bind off all stitches in pattern.
FOUR HOUR BABY BOOTIES
Materials Needed: One Skein Fingering Wt. or Sport Wt. Yarn
(Fingering wt yarn will make a smaller bootie)
Size 3 16” Circular Needle or Straight Needle if you prefer: Size D Crochet Hook
Accessories: small buttons, pom poms, ribbon or beads for the bootie tie around the
SOLE: Cast on 36 stitches
Row 1: K1, inc 1, K 16, inc 1, K2, inc 1, K 16, inc 1, K 1 = 40 sts
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 Knit
Row 3: K 1, inc 1, K17, inc 1, K 4, inc 1, K 17, inc 1, K 1 = 44sts
Row 5: K 1, inc 1, K 18, inc 1, K 6, inc 1, K 18, inc 1, K 1= 48sts
Row 7: K 1, inc 1, K 19, inc 1, K8, inc. 1, K 19, inc 1, K1 = 52sts
Row 9: K 21, inc 1, K 10, inc 1, K 21 =54sts
Row 11:K 21, inc 1, K12, inc 1, K 21 =56sts
Knit next 6 rows
K 32, K 2tog, turn, K 11, K2tog, turn. Continue in this manner until 34 stitches
remain, K to end.
Knit one Row
Eyelet Round: *K2, K2tog, YO, Repeat from *, ending with a K2
Purl One Row
K2, inc in next and every 5th stitch across the row, knit remaining stitches = 41
Cuff Pattern: *K 3, P1, repeat from * ending with K 1, for 30 rows.
Bind Off, Sew Seam
With Crochet Hook Chain 60, fasten off and weave thru eyelet row.
Attach pom poms, or buttons or beads to the two ends of the crocheted chain for a
decorative effect. Fold over cuff.
Knit Afghan in Alternating Blocks
This afghan requires about 24 ounces 4 ply yarn varigated, about 21 ounces natural
color. One pair number 8 standard knitting needles and size 8 crochet hook. Afghan
measures approximately 49 x 60 inches when finished.
k ( knit ) p ( purl ) st ( stitch ) sc ( single crochet)
Afghan is made up of 7 strips with large and small blocks alternating.
With varigated cast on 31 sts. Row 1: P each st. Row 2: K1, p1 (ribbed pattern)
across. Work these 2 rows for 37 rows ending with ribbed side ( right side ), fasten
off varigated and join natural color. Work 24 rows ending with ribbed row. Repeat
these 2 block patterns until there are 5 natural color blocks and 6 varigated blocks.
Work next strip, reversing colors with natural for big block and varigated for small
Four strips will begin with varigated and 3 strips will begin with natural color.
When all strips have been completed, sew strips together alternating color sequence.
With varigated , work 3 rows sc around afghan. Weave in ends and block.
I haven't made this afghan, so if you make it, let us know how it turns out.
Until next time, happy crafting.
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