Ten Things I Hate and Ten Things I Love – Tuesday Lists of Ten

List of 10This week Tuesday List of Ten is actually 3 lists as I respond to a challenge.

It took me long enough, but I am finally going to answer the invitation to the Love/Hate Challenge as nominated by Donna of Homemade Naturally. Thanks to Donna for nominating me, and my apologies for the tardiness of my response. Check out the wonderful, informative blog Homemade Naturally.

In this challenge, I have to list ten things that I love and then ten things that I hate.   Then,  I must nominate 10 bloggers to do the same.

Ten Things I Love:

  1. My wonderful daughter
  2. My extended family: sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  3. My loyal and faithful furbabies Chelsey and Snoopy
  4. Books and reading
  5. Counted cross stitch
  6. Cool, comfortable weather
  7. Good home cooking
  8. Spring and autumn
  9. Nature
  10. Laughing and laughter

Ten Things I Hate:

  1. Bullies and bullying
  2. People who think only of themselves
  3. Prejudice
  4. Debt
  5. Domestic violence
  6. Mosquitoes
  7. Reality cop shows
  8. Sweltering heat
  9. Gossips
  10. Being sick

I surely found it much easier to list ten things I love, mostly because “hate” is such a strong word and much of what bothers me does not descend to the level of hate. And I must say that although some of the things on my list are people, it is not the people I hate but the unacceptable behaviors. Don’t I sound like a mother? “Of course, dear, I love you but I cannot stand that particular behavior.”

Ten Blogs I Nominate for This Challenge:(This is the hardest part of the challenge for me. Although I could pick literally hundreds of blogs, I want to make sure it is someone who has not already done this challenge, who would be interested in doing the challenge, would not be bothered by being invited to participate, etc., etc.)

I must say that I hope each of these is interested in participating, but if they choose not to I am fine with that as well. No pressure.

  1. Guevaragem at Word Nerd
  2. Ginny at My Time Stitching 
  3. Jessie at Reflections of Life’s Journey
  4. Seasoned Sistah 2
  5. Amie at Amie Writes
  6. Alice at Nipperandtyke
  7. Gerri at To Create Sunshine
  8. Atiya at May 13
  9. Paardji at Of Snail Mail, Books and Vanities
  10. Diya at Pen2Needle

To repeat the rules of the challenge:

  • List 10 things you love
  • List 10 things you hate
  • Nominate 10 other blogs to do the challenge.

Father’s Day – Bittersweet

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful, loving, awesome fathers out there.

Every day I am blessed to see wonderful interactions between men and their children. Many of us could write positive books about what we have seen men do for and with their children. Each of those men should really celebrate this day that is made to honor their accomplishments as a father.

I have two grandsons and a nephew who are celebrating their first ever Father’s Day. I believe they will continue to be the awesome dads that I have seen in the early interactions with their babies.

imageI am reminded of my own father, hard-working and caring and loving. He was a role model to all of us but has already been gone 30 plus years. He is remembered every Father’s Day and many other times. My grandfathers and uncles are also remembered this day.

This day is bittersweet for me and filled with a whole gamut of emotions. Although there are men in my life who are wonderful fathers, I am reminded of the fathers who are gone from this world too early, whose children had to grow up without them. I am sad for them and for their children.

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Interesting Facts About Books – A Top Ten Tuesday List

Top Ten Tuesday

Celebrate books!

April 23 is International World Book and Copyright Day sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization). According to the UNESCO website, the day “is an opportunity to recognize the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them.”

My Tuesday list this week consists of interesting facts about books or authors. To present only 10 facts about this topic is somewhat ludicrous. It is somewhat akin to taking 10 drops of water from an ocean and claiming the sample you obtain is representative of all the oceans in the world.

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I Love You More – A Saturday Stitching Post

imageAfter having finished a very large, long-term project prior to Christmas, I needed my next cross stitch project to be fairly easy and a quick stitch. I had visited my daughter in her current home in Nashville over Christmas, and I decided to stitch something for her that would match her color scheme. For a long time I have thought about stitching a saying that has been part of our conversations innumerable times over the years. I often followed her “I love you” with “I love you more.”

I started the project in January by charting the design. That simply means that I got out graph paper and drew the design that I wanted to use. Then it was a matter of picking out the floss colors and fabric. For me it is absolutely thrilling to make those first stitches in a project and gradually see the design unfold.

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Child’s Play

imageThe things that keep children most entertained are often not the expensive flashy toys, but rather simple things found around the house. Very young children can be absolutely delighted playing with pots and pans, or cardboard boxes. As a young child in the 50’s, I certainly did not have the  quantity of toys that American middle class children have today. But I was never bored. I always found a way to entertain myself. In my case I was aided by having seven brothers and sisters although the oldest of my brothers were too mature (and too cool) to play some child’s games.

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Childhood Memories

We Prayed for a Baby
We Prayed for a Baby [1956]
Every now and then I hear about someone who has vivid memories from when they were three or even two years old.  That fascinates me, but I surely do not remember things from that far back. I do have some clear memories from when I was five years old.  I am confident of the age because my older brothers and sisters were in school and I was not.  In addition, my family moved when I was in first grade and I can identify the old farmhouse as the setting of my memories.

I had two younger brothers,  21 months and 5 1/2 years younger than me.  My first lesson in faith revolved around the birth of the baby brother. My little brother and I told our mother that we wanted to have another sister or brother.  Mom told us that if we prayed to God we might get one.  Oh my, we prayed.  And, voilà!  We got a baby!  And almost immediately! That sure convinced me of the power of prayer and of God.

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Valentine Hand-made Craft Ideas – A Top Ten Tuesday List

Tuesday's Top Ten
Tuesday’s Top Ten

For today’s Top Ten List I honor Valentine’s day by sharing some home-made craft and food ideas dedicated to the day of love.  I am a pushover for hand-crafted, made with love, home-made gifts and decorations, the kind that takes time and thought.  There are many other ideas available and I am not implying that these are automatically the best.  These are 10 that caught my eye but there are many others deserving of mention.  I would love to see this list be increased by having additional sites and ideas added in Comments.

  1.  A Valentine’s Tea Party.   A mom and her daughter have a valentine’s tea party including crafting.  Check out Eileen B. Jennings website.
  2. Handmade Valentines.  Who does not love getting home- made valentine cards specially created by a much loved child? Bean & Bantam offers great cards using the outline of the child’s hand.  And Off the Waller shares another idea.
  3. A Valentine’s Wreath.  In the blog A Wandaful Thing, a crafty idea for a Valentine’s Wreath is presented.
  4. Bay Rose Sugar Scrub.  Having been a recipient of some home made sugar scrub this past Christmas, and absolutely loving it, this crafty idea from My Glamour Temptation seems so neat.  Of course, maybe it can’t be made until after the Valentine rose bouquet has run its course, but it is still a great Valentine’s DYI idea.
  5. Knitted Hearts.  If your special talent is knitting, a cute idea for knitting little hearts is presented in Knits by Sachi.
  6. Crocheted Hearts.  If I include a knitted heart, I must also include a crocheted heart.  The Agrarian Artisan shares a valentine heart.
  7. Valentine Garlands.  Aixie’s Space presents a heart garland as valentine decor.
  8. Cross stitched hearts.  Because I am a stitcher, I have to include at least one link to a cross-stitched design.  Stitcheroo My Darling provides a link to a pretty freebie.
  9. Love Posts.  Callie & Chef presents a ribbon of daily post-its for the month of February.
  10. Homemade Valentines Food/Gifts.   There are great food ideas among the blogs so I am going to list some of the great ideas I found which are all links to the site and recipe.

Once I started to compile my list of 10 sites I realized how impossible it is to say these are the greatest. There are a lot of great ideas to choose from.  I would love to see other ideas or sites added in comments.

93,100 Stitches of Love

I am a stitcher.  I have worked many pieces that I have gifted to people with mixed results. My latest completion was one of great success. It brought the recipients to tears and their reaction brought me to tears.

I inherited 5 step children when I got married.  The youngest of the children, a boy, had 4 boys of his own.  Tragedy struck the family when the father, my stepson, was killed in a car accident in 2008. Then his wife, the mother of the children, was killed in an accident in 2013.  At that time the boys were 13, 17, 21 and 25. The oldest of the boys who was out on his own took in his two youngest brothers. The second son was in college.

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