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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Stream

 Even in troubling times, the calendar seems to turn at a fast pace. Soon September will be here! 


1. Okay, this is a rant and if you don't want to read it, I understand. There is a lot of ranting everywhere these days. This is a cross stitch rant.  A lovely cross stitch chart is being released called Coming to America. It is in honor of the ladies who sailed on the Mayflower 400 years ago. There is a picture of the ship and a list of names. It is lovely but not really my style so I passed on ordering it. Last week while watching one of my favorite floss tubers, she mentioned she was due to get her chart soon. Then she added that there was controversy regarding if you should stitch this or not. Girls, I almost lost it right there in my living room. I am so tired of people trying to re write history, ignore the things that bother them and generally lose their minds over every little thing. I was willing to overlook this mania until it hit my happy place, the cross stitch world.  This is America. The Pilgrims were courageous explorers in my opinion and I would not be sitting here in my cozy chair if it were not for them. God Bless America!

2. I am reading Alex Trebek's autobiography, The Answer Is.  I have always liked Alex and I am a Jeoprardy fanatic so I was eager to read the book. I am about a third of the way through it and I am really enjoying it. You may not know that Alex's father was a Ukranian immigrant whose name was George Therebeychuk. It was shortened to Trebek which I always assumed was French Canadian.  Alex was known as Sonny in his family. That made me smile because Alex does not strike me as a Sonny. Alex credits his parents with raising him with a great work ethic and a moral compass. He is still in college but will graduate soon....what did he do in the years before he was on Jeopardy? I am eager to find out.

3. We are fortunate to have a nice furniture consignment store here in Decatur. I have purchased several things there. I saw a set of chairs that I thought would work well for my dining room table.  Marvin and I went to look at them and they came home with us. I took the old kitchen chairs up to my craft room so now we have room for the grands to sit and craft with me. You will see the chairs in my Friday Five.

4. Speaking of my craft/storage room. I took most of Friday to clean out and organize the space. All my seasonal decorations are there. I am really paring down on my things. Some will go to Ben and Katy while others are gifted to friends and one pile will go to the thrift store. ( Linda of Linda's Life Journal, I think you would find some things you like in the boxes I am dontating.)  I got rid of some of the craft things as well. Kendall and Landon are not so interested in that anymore and the other grands are seldom here to use the things so it was an easy decision to get rid of most of the supplies. We have a thrift store near us, run totally by volunteers and the proceeds go to missions. That really makes it easy for me to purge some of my things knowing I will be blessing others.

5. Marvin and I take a walk around our neighborhood each evening after supper. We are seeing signs of fall. The big sunflowers a neighbor has planted are bowed low, heavy with seeds. Several bushes are sporting yellow leaves and my hostas are beginning to look rather shabby. The other evening there was even a nice breeze as we sauntered around the block. 

6. Like many of you, my eyes have been on the weather channel watching the storms headed for the Gulf. I am writing this on the weekend so by the time this has posted, we may know more about the situation. I have several friends who live in the path of the storm.  Praying for those storms to fizzle out!!

Have a good week dear friends. 

14 comments:

Sandy said...

I too just don't understand what is happening to people's common sense and I will leave it at that. I just can't say more.
I have found that many wonderful !!! things are at these older "antique" or flea market stores. Many of the older generation are dying off and the young people don't want the wood pieces. Man, such great treasures. I fI were in need of furnishings like nightstands, chairs, tables, etc. I would definitely be there. I often love to just browse the dishes and decorative items. I don't need anything, but again if I were young it would be so much fun to go through and look to find goodies rather than the cheap stuff today found at every corner store.
I always love reading biographies. Have a good weekend. Yes, the storms look awful. They are good at getting track right but not strength these days.

Terri D said...

Yes!! God Bless America or we just might lose her! Rant away! I am sure the Alex Trebek book is interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us. We have a great little furniture consignment store here, too, and have both bought and sold pieces through them. No signs of Fall here yet but our seasonal changes are a lot more subtle than yours. The storms have strengthened, unfortunately. They passed us by, but it does look like Texas and Lousiana will see landfall tomorrow (Thursday). I hope people have prepared and I hope it isn't too hard on your area!

Robin in Virginia said...

I enjoyed today's Stream, Arlene. I'm with you on your rant. Like you, I passed on it because it really isn't my type of thing to stitch. Also like you, I am tired of the wanting to change history. I can't wait to see your new chairs. Praying for those who are in the paths of both storms. Be safe!

Visits With Mary said...

I agree with every word of your rant. I'm so tired of it all. Good for you on the new chairs, I'm looking forward to your Friday pics!

Jan said...

I appreciate your rant and totally agree with it. I am not afraid or ashamed to say that my paternal Grandmother's family came over on the Mayflower. I truly wouldn't be living in this wonderful country if it weren't for them and I'm very grateful to them for having the courage to come here.

Lee from AZ said...

You go ahead and rant, because I am right there with you! I am so tired of it all.....it is history, it happened. My husband is a direct descendent of two of the men who arrived here on the Mayflower and signed the Mayflower Compact....so should we just forget their, and his, history? I must be quiet because I could get really ugly about the craziness running rampant in our country right now.

Lee from AZ said...

You go ahead and rant, because I am right there with you! I am so tired of it all.....it is history, it happened. My husband is a direct descendent of two of the men who arrived here on the Mayflower and signed the Mayflower Compact....so should we just forget their, and his, history? I must be quiet because I could get really ugly about the craziness running rampant in our country right now.

Mari said...

I'm with you on that rant. I'm so tired of all this.
I like Alex Trebek too. I would enjoy the book.
I'm not ready for Fall!

Georgia said...

Hi Arlene, I agree with your rant too. My daughter gave me a gift of Ancestry. And I was surprised to learn that Priscilla Mullins and John Alden are my 10th great grand-parents. I have noticed so many cross stitch designers are designing more and more patriotic pieces, giving honor to our history. As the world around us is falling apart, I find I want to stitch more of these and also of my faith. They give me peace plus, a legacy for my children and grand children. They might not be interested in what I am doing today, but after I am gone, I hope they will find a treasure. Thank you so much for sharing, it means so much. Many blessings to you and yours, and stay safe!

Barbara said...

Thank you the the review (thus far) of Alex Trebek's autobiography. I have seen it in the stores. He seems to be such a fine man.

Signs of autumn. We are seeing just the slightest indication of seasonal change here in North Central Florida. Cooler temps would be most welcome!

Barbara said...

PS One more comment that I forgot to include.... like you, I think we should leave our history alone and learn from it but not obliterate it. I had not heard about the Mayflower pattern.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Rant away! I agree; glad you found some chairs you an use. Praying for those in the path of the hurricane.

Mrs.T said...

Ranting along with you, Arlene! I must tell you this insight from my 12-year-old grandson. I was debating whether or not to toss or donate (or keep!) a set of American history encyclopedias from my childhood home. There is a volume for every era of our country's history. They have great illustrations and are geared toward kids. I asked Josiah what he thought. His response: "You might want to keep them, in case all of our history gets erased." Wise lad! I have put them in a bookshelf at our cottage where they will be more apt to get read.

I always enjoy your Stream posts so much! And I too am paring down on things. Now that our work at the homestead is completed, Mr. T and I are jumping into downsizing here at our own home.

Mary said...

OH my word!! I would have lost it to Arlene...How ridiculous!!!