The Color Blue — Who Knew?

An enormous portion of the world we see is blue, between the sky above us and the oceans and lakes that cover the earth. It’s no wonder that most people love blue.

But the thing about the ocean and sky is that the color can’t be bottled up—unlike flowers, rocks, and all the other things people historically used to make dye. The color blue is all around us, but for so long it was out of our reach.

Today, thanks to the modern science of dying things, we can all dress like queens and emperors every time we throw on a blue t-shirt!

(thanks MissouriQuiltco.com)

Code Red!

Red is the power color.

Women with red lipstick get hit on more often than any other color. People using with red poker chips bet more. (Okay, maybe it’s not good to encourage even more gambling, but you get the idea.) Taekwondo competitors wear red win more bouts. Go figure. Do their red suits blind their opponents? Don’t know, but I do know that red velvet cake is only a chocolate cake with red food coloring dumped in. But, somehow, it’s better than other chocolate cakes. In the Native American color wheel, red is the power color, the color to wear heading into a scary situation.

I could go on forever but you get the idea. Red is great. Wonderful. Strong. Important. Wear red!

So why is red underrepresented in uniforms? You’d think that armies and police everywhere would dress their people in red to present a more powerful image but the only one that comes to mind at the moment I’m writing is the Canadian Mounties, and even they have downplayed red in recent years.

What gives, guys? Get with the program and think red! Wear red. Get out there and show the world how powerful you are!

(thanks MissouriQuiltCo.com)

Heritage Quilts

The United States has a beautiful history of quilting, influenced by all of the different ethnic groups that settled here over the years, as well as the necessity of ingenuity and hard work to survive the early days. One tradition was for a young girl to make thirteen quilts before she was married, twelve for everyday use in her future home, and a wedding quilt, her masterpiece which she would begin work on once she was engaged. Friends and family would gather to help her quilt this final quilt. A form of this tradition continues today, every time we make a quilt for a special couple tying the knot. Quilting is our heritage Thanks, Missouriquiltco.com

Still More Facts About Cats

* The oldest known cat was Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old.

* Here’s another reason to spay/neuter: it increases life expectancy! Neutered male cats live twice as long, and spayed females live 62% longer than their intact peers.

* Studies show that ethologically, pet owners may serve as a sort of surrogate for a cat’s mother – yes, you literally are a cat mom/dad!

* The first cat video on YouTube was uploaded in 2005 but cats have starred in films as early as the 1800s! A 1901 film, The Sick Kitten, features two children pretending to be doctors who are nursing a kitten back to health (the kitten wasn’t actually sick and they were just giving it milk).

* Unlike horses, cows, dogs and other domestic animals, cats were never domesticated. They chose to live with us. Imagine! If they had it to do over again, think they’d make the same decision?

Adorable, Expensive Baby Pandas

Pandas are adorable, but are they worth a million bucks?

Zoos that want a panda have to pay about a million dollars a year to the Chinese government for the privilege of hosting just one panda. And that’s before the costs of a habitat, food, and care.

And if you want a baby panda (and who doesn’t?) then that’s another million for a second panda plus if everything goes well and a little bundle of panda joy does come along, the Chinese government gets a $400,000 baby tax!

Sheesh! It’s a good thing they’re so darn cute!

(thanks MissouriQuiltCo.com)

Solstice and Sunflowers

A short time ago was the Summer Solstice (the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year) and I’m channeling sunflowers.
Sunflowers are so inspiring. I love the fact that their heads move throughout the day to follow the path of the sun, so their faces always follow the light. They grow up to twelve feet tall, stretching their proud yellow crowns up towards the sky. This summer I’m going for a more sunflower-y attitude.

May we always seek out the light and stand up tall and confident!

(Received in an email and had to pass along!)

Human Octopus

How many times have you thought in exasperation “I only have two hands.” Take heart, those of you who truly need more than those two hands because your time has come. T

he YouBionic company now makes a pair of two prosthetic hands that you operate with one hand, so with two prosthetics you could potentially be using four hands at the same time, two per arm! In theory, you could brush or comb your hair, feed the dog, pour cereal for your kids’ and frost that wedding cake you promised a friend and never got around to producing. But think hard before you place your order for those wonderful prosthetic hands because some things are better done with the care and attention that a pair of just two hands can give.

And, if that doesn’t give you pause, remember that when we wish for something and then actually get it, we all too often change our wish to become a wish for more of the same because what we got just didn’t seem like quite enough.

So consider — at what point would four hands not be enough and you’d want eight? Or sixteen? And so on. Octopus, anyone?

(thanks MissouriQuiltCo.com)

The Apocalypse Begins!

Recently my daughter decided that she could and would magically become organized – something she’s never been good at — if she had a giant whiteboard to write everything on. So, soon, an enormous whiteboard was delivered to our place and the very next day, armed with a drill and a stud finder, she mounted the humongous thing on the wall. Tried to mount it on the wall. Started to mount it on the wall.

But —  Returning home from a shopping trip, expecting to find it on the wall and covered with important information, I found it, instead, leaning against the wall. Not on it. Against it. Hmmmmm —

Upon closer inspection, I noticed several screw-holes and screws on the wall. The stud-finder had gone rogue. It told him there were studs where there weren’t and also said there were none where there should be.

In short, it lied. Intentionally? Deliberately? Has the apocalypse begun?

Have our faithful helpers in life finally turned against us? Should we run for the hills? Or Mars? Or somewhere farther away where we will be safe from uber intelligent, malevolent machines that believe we mistreated them in some previous life?

I don’t know about you but I’m stocking up on food and weapons and getting in line for the first space ship away from here! Because rouge stud-finders are just the beginning. Trust me on this.

(thanks MissouriQuiltCo.com)