As I have mentioned before, my wife is very talented with her imagination and with her hands. She lives and breathes for her recycled arts and crafts that she has such a knack with. She enjoys turning “one person’s trash into somebody else’s treasurer” as the old saying goes. While I’m on the Internet she is usually right in the next room working on her numerous projects, which works out quite well for both of us.
She uses a lot of her crafts for the various and numerous gift giving occasions that come each and every year. Right now she is working on how to turn a piece of wood and a handful of finger machine handles into a ring holder, or to hold and display necklaces or bracelets, something that a lot of people enjoy as a gift. A gift that was hand made, nice looking and useful, in my eyes are the best gifts ever.
Last year she put a lot of her recycled arts and crafts online that she enjoys sharing with friends and family as well as Face Book and lord knows where else. We have learned to check with Mom before throwing certain items that she might want or need, it just might be just what she was looking for.
One of my all-time favorite hiking and camping spots is in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. There is a deep creek that runs around the mountain, several flat and grassy areas good for pitching a tent, and at the top of the mountain is a fire watch tower that anyone can climb and have a great view of four states: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. There is some great trout fishing in those streams. Huge fish that are trophy quality, although I strongly believe in catch and release.
Back in the days before cell phone cameras, no one would ever believe how big those fish were that I caught up on that mountain. But now I can take a snapshot and have proof of the size of my catch. There are many folks that enjoy the sport of fishing that are posting some pretty impressive catches on their Face Book Walls. Amazing how technology has even managed to effect the bragging stories fishers are (at least it used to) known for telling about “the one that got away” and how they always managed to stretch the length of their catch of the day by at least a few inches.
Recently I’ve noticed that a lot of the Facebook groups that I’ve joined have devolved into people simply putting ads up on the group’s wall, trying to promote their own business. I find that disappointing, and frustrating because I feel that it is a waste of my time to have to sort through what Facebook posts are trash, and what Facebook posts are worth my time to read. I’ve even started to think that maybe I should just leave the group completely.
I was out back mowing the lawn, thoroughly drenched in perspiration when I noticed my wife was walking across the lawn towards me. That is really unusual, so I knew something must be really good or really bad. When she got closer I could tell that she was not happy. I turned off the lawn mower and rushed towards her. “What’s wrong?” At that point she burst into tears. “Helen is dead” she cried. “What?” I didn’t think I heard her correctly. “My best friend Helen is dead!” I immediately pulled her into my arms and she sobbed into my shoulder. It wasn’t long before she pulled away though, saying that I was soaking wet. I left her for a moment and went over to my truck, and grabbed a towel and put it over my shoulder, and pulled her back into a hug.
It took a few minutes before I got the details out of her. All she knew was that she was on Facebook and saw that Helen’s daughter had used Helen’s Facebook account to post on Facebook that there was going to be a memorial celebration and details to follow. It took a little bit of searching, but she eventually found out that Helen had died of a heart attack a few days ago. What a way to find out that a good friend has passed away!
A friend of mine posted this YouTube video on Facebook as a “share” and I have to admit it that I have shown it to my family, and we have all gotten a “kick” out of it. We have a couple of dogs of our own, and we’d like to think that they could be trained to do something like this, but we have no piano. Anyway, we have watched this video a couple of times, and I wanted to go ahead and share it here on my blog too. I think that maybe I am enjoying it a little bit more than most people would enjoy it because I come from a long line of musicians. So here is this dog, supposedly playing the piano and singing, and we’d like to believe that this required no training, that the dog just “does” it. It’s a nice thought, but I really think that this involved a lot of training. What do you think?