count down to christmas

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A thought for the day....

This came to me by email.  I have no idea of  author.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
It could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on)

Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Good read..

An Amish Christmas
from barnes and noble
I just finished reading this book. It has alot of meaning.  If your life is busy and you feel like there isn't enough time in a day....stop and take a little time out for yourself and read.  I started reading this book and felt so relaxed and just wanted to keep reading until I finished the book.  She has another book "A Plain and Fancy Christmas". It came out in Oct. 2011.  I am going to be reading it as soon as I find it to purchase, get at library, or get ebook.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

so sweet.............

I was looking at the usual blogs that I check everyday or so and ya know how you do. One blog leads ya to another. :)  Hey its a great way to find new blogs that I otherwise would never have found.  Anyway here is one with a beautiful little story.  If only every spouse was this dedicated to their spouse. This is a must read if you liked "The Notebook".  scroll down to Jan. 7, 2012.  Very heart touching.. 
Have a great day.

Friday, January 13, 2012

part 2 usa made yarn...

Lion Bran also has some USA made yarns.                                                                                          

So if you are intrested in seeing more about yarns made in USA just google it.  I wasn't aware that there were that much still made here. Quite intresting I thought.

Have a great knitting, or crocheting day.  It's a great thing to do on a cold and windy day.

USA made

I like buying usa made products. I know that everything we buy isn't made here.  Wouldn't it be nice if it were. :)   Lets keep our manufacturing here by buying it here. 
As you know from reading my blog I love to quilt and do some other things like knit and crochet.  Here are some yarn companies that make yarn here in america.  Maybe not their entire line of yarn but you can check it out to see where its made before you buy. 
Red Hart Yarn    They have 19 yarns that are USA made.
Here is another:

Did you know they can make yarn from corn? I sure didn't. The yarn looks beautiful. They actucally have beautiful colors available.
They also have yarn made from recycled blue jeans. Yes you read right  recycled blue jeans. Check this out.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

fund raiser quilt....

I am so excited to tell everyone that the quilt I made for the fundraiser for my grandkids private school raised almost 400 bucks. Yipeee. You can see  photo of the quilt below.  It  is the scrappy quilt with light blue.  I loved the quilt and was hesitant about giving it away.    But I decided I could make another. Well you know how that goes. I can, I could, but I haven't and I probably will not.  There are just too many different ones out there to make two alike.. Do you make two of the same?  I am sure I will make more on the order of that one but not going to use the same colors.

I made one new years resolution...I think I will be able to keep it too.  :)
To quilt,, quilt,,quilt.

Happy quilting everyone

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy New Year

Hope everyone is having a great new year.  I have had some time to sew so I think that is a great way to start off the new year.  I am working on a quilt called "Country Spirit".  Here is the site for the pattern   
from McCalls Quilting site
  I am putting my rows together. I will post pics of mine soon.  It is a very easy quilt.  One that I enjoy. One doesn't have to piece quilts that are extremely hard for them to turn out pretty. Don't you agree?   I used thimbleberry fabrics with a cream for the sashing and a barn red for the stars. It is coming together great.
     In Dec. I pieced a table topper for my coffee table. I have finished piecing the top but never got a chance to get it quilted. It is scrappy also.
     Also I made my granddaughter a bed set (bed ruffle, mattress cover, pillow case and little quilt)  for her doll bed that her great grandmother made her for christmas.  Stay tuned.... for pics........