Thursday, July 31, 2008


Whoops! I forgot!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My latest creations...

Harvest Corn Stalks

I spent all the time posting these to Etsy and it didn't save for some reason! ;.;;; And now I have to get ready to go run some errands quick and can't take the time to re-enter it all again! But if anyone is reading right now, and is interested in one or both, I was listing them for $1 each, $1 S&H, and I can add a pin back for free if you want. Also I'll be listing lots of five for $2.99 later (no pin back option though)... Aren't they just the cutest? Perfect for scrapping or topping cupcakes or on cards or in party favors...

Anyway, gotta run!

Jacqueline has been published again!

These are some great articles!

First a timely article on Lammas: Ten Ways to Celebrate Lughnassadh, a Pagan Harvest Festival

Then another article for teachers: Ten Quick Classroom Management Tips for Elementary School Teachers

Our kids are so funny...

I woke up this morning to find the following offline messages:

JoAnn: So, I was just surfin
JoAnn: ebay, and, fo'shizzle ma drizzle, I saw the lot of mah dreemz!
JoAnn: Y'know, ya'll, mah peeps, can keep the left ova' moneh from da 20 dollas I givin' ya'lls! (Birthday money from her grandparents...)
JoAnn: Big long eBay link
JoAnn: 'course if, tralalala, I can't git it, I be fine
JoAnn: Dat's how I roll, y'know? Mah peep-alicious-es

We're waiting for her to wake up to discuss it with her to double check it's *really* what she wants to spend her money on, as she said yesterday she wanted to go to Walmart, but we did for her big sister, I see no problem with doing it for her too...

Anyway, isn't she funny? They don't talk like this... well not to us anyway! LOL! And she spelled it all out correctly! ^_^

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Ooooo.... it's another shot of my right ankle & foot! Woot!

Yes that 'shroom is in our backyard... how cool is that? ^_^

Mermaid Bauble

I have finally put up the complicated piece I've been working on for OVER a month now... I am so happy with how it turned out!

Go see the pretty shiny-shiny!

I've also got a few things drying on the table to list tomorrow... Not sure how I feel about them, but Jacqueline & the kids assure me they are cute and someone will definitely want them. But for now... I have a few things to do then it's off to bed!

For those of you who missed it, it can still be viewed here...

The Magic Of Thinking Big

(from a spammish email Jacqueline got...)

As long as you are going to go about your day thinking anyway, you may as well "think big". Anyone can think small, and most people do. In fact, most people keep themselves in the same place in life, doing the exact same thing, without significant growth or change because of limited or conditioned thinking.

Don't just think about what is possible, think about what might seem nearly impossible, that would require you to grow and move beyond who you currently know yourself to be. Think about what you have always wanted to do or have in your life ... those things that your heart speaks of.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." ~Walt Disney

Thinking big equals going big. Thinking small means staying small. You decide. You get to choose your thoughts. Try giving big thought and energy to the direction you are going and the person you are becoming. Be outrageous and let your imagination fly. This does not mean thinking unrealistic, pie-in-the-sky stuff, like being able to suddenly perform superhuman feats. It means allowing yourself to stretch and believe in the beauty of your dreams.

My big thoughts for today is that we WILL managed to come up with rent before we are kicked out...

Monday, July 28, 2008


I have ice cream! ^_^

Long live Edy's Espresso Chip!

Sadly it's the last of it... -_-

Treasury of treasures!

Ooo! Look! Jacqueline was featured on someone's Etsy Treasury! Isn't that marvelous?

I need to hurry up and put up the Lammas things I am making! ^_^ The first is coming up!

Sunday, July 27, 2008


It's been 14 years since I got this... I really want another... I really want to make this a full anklet...

But right now, I'd be happy paying rent on time... D:

365-7 ... A little late...

I meant to post this last night, but I was so tired that I just shut my machine off after catching up on LJ and climbed into bed, which is when I remembered I had forgotten to post! LOL!

Friday, July 25, 2008


Things I Did Today

Finished Jade's Journal

Got a flat tire

Walked nearly a mile to the nearest phone - and back - mostly barefoot (flipflops weren't meant for walking long distance)

Got cajoled into doing a somersault

Walked along Onondaga Lake a bit

Toured the yard

Loved my family

More freaky jelly!

You take some Whole Thornberry Jelly!!! Congratulations!

The Strange Jelly Saga continues... LOL!


I love my family. Really. That is all...

365-um... 5!

Yesterday, I took one pic, and the battery in the camera died. And I wasn't going to post one, but Jacqueline said I had to post the one I took. (Who's in charge here???) Anyway, just cuz I am posting it, doesn't mean you have to see it as horrible as it was looking... Muah-ha-ha! So here I am... :P

For reference, the cat in glasses you can see is on my shirt... :P

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wish Upon a Hero

A friend showed me this site, and I think it's a wonderful idea!

Wish Upon a Hero

You can put up a wish for people to grant, or you can search through other people's wishes and see if there are any you can grant! And they're not all huge greedy things! Some people just want prayers or cards, others need real help, and yes, there are a few who are hoping to find something they just *want* - but that's ok too!

Check it out!

Feeling Worthless

Written by Alison Finch at

This subject is currently topping our poll in the Library section of our website, and for good reason. In my opinion, it's yet another area where the well-intentioned "Self-esteem Movement" has to date done more harm than good.

But more of that later. I want to get straight to the heart of this topic, because I firmly believe that there is a simple three-step approach that can cure feelings of worthlessness, even if you've felt crushed by those feelings for many years.

That's right: a cure.

It may not surprise you to learn that feeling worthless is very common among women. You almost certainly know that. In fact, feeling worthless is possibly the most obvious symptom of low self-esteem. But it's also one of the easiest to overcome.

Let me provoke you for a moment by making a bold statement about worthlessness. You may want to reject it out-of-hand, but I urge you to hear me out on this point because I'm going to show you how to prove this statement is true!

Feelings of worthlessness are entirely subjective. They are all in the mind. They have no basis in reality. They do not constitute a problem that requires "fixing", and you can choose to stop feeling worthless simply by opening your mind.

Fixing your self-esteem as a whole is not quite so easy, but nevertheless it is a reality for every woman.

OK, I know that some of you are now cross with me. You may even want to scream at me "it's all very well for you to say that, but I've been feeling worthless all of my life and I have no idea how to stop and it's driving me CRAZY and, and, oh I'm so sick of being ME!"

Whether you're cross or not, I'd like you to think carefully about what I've got to say next. It's about how we might assess what something is worth.

what's the easiest thing to value?

How about a ten-dollar bill, in pristine condition, uncrumpled, never having changed hands?

It's worth 10 dollars, right? To you, to me, to anybody. Imagine sealing that newborn, crispy ten-dollar bill in a watertight container and dropping it in the middle of a deep lake. What's it worth now? Well, it's still got an intrinsic value of 10 dollars, but in order to hand it over to a storekeeper in exchange for some food, you'd have to rent a pretty sophisticated boat, some fancy detection equipment, and maybe a team of skilled divers to get that box back. And that would cost you far more than 10 dollars.

At the bottom of a lake, your perfect, crispy ten-dollar bill is worth less than nothing.

what's that got to do with you?

You had some intrinsic value when you were born. Everybody does. You had a potential capacity to make the world a better place, to bring joy and happiness to others, to experience a sense of emotional, spiritual, and physical fulfillment.

That was worth something. It still is. Because you still have a potential capacity to do those things.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

- Marianne Williamson -

But what if you're an exception? What if your parents, the other kids at school, your ex-husband, or the rest of society has gradually knocked all of that potential worth out of you?

Well, they haven't. I can be sure of that, because it's impossible to take away a living person's capacity to add value to the world.

Only you can suppress that value. Only you can decide to hide yourself away, feeling empty and alone. Only you can put yourself in the position of a ten-dollar bill at the bottom of a lake.

do you see what power you have, right there in your own hands?

No matter how tough your childhood, no matter how rotten your luck, you can CHOOSE to enrich the world every day simply by the way you interact with others, by the way you make caring decisions, and by the way you feel about yourself.

If you're feeling worthless right now, then I'd like to ask you a question. What proactive steps have you been taking recently to overcome those feelings? Many, many women - when I put this question to them - answer with something along the lines of "um, well, nothing really because I feel stuck in a rut".

Those women, all of them, are certainly not happy that they feel like that. But feeling like that is a habit that has become - almost paradoxically - a source of comfort to them. Why? For one of two reasons:

  1. Feeling worthless is a safe option because it reduces the amount of pain you suffer when things go wrong. If you already know that you're no good and that no one will fall in love with you, or give you a job, or even care enough to listen to you, then when a rejection wings its way towards you - which it certainly will because it happens to all of us - then you're better prepared than most. You can say: "Ah ha, you can't ruin my life because I already knew this was going to happen; I already knew that you didn't really love me/want me/value me!"

  2. Feeling worthless is an easy option; if you're worthless there's no need to try to do well and succeed in the things that matter to you because there is simply no point. Also, if you act as if your opinions and your desires are all worthless then people leave you alone. If you say you have no remarkable skills or talents then there is no need to apply them. If you say that you are a useless, hopeless nobody then people will expect far less from you. And just maybe you could get lots of sympathy and perhaps even another person (on a white horse in shining armour) coming to your rescue to sort your life out for you.
deep down, all of us really WANT to feel valued

But, the harsh truth is, we will feel valued only if we are willing to contribute something to the world around us. And whether we contribute anything or not is a choice. OUR choice.

A few of you might be annoyed with me at this point because you're still feeling worthless but you do not agree that you are either choosing the safe, easy options or looking for a sympathy vote. If so, let's take a look at your logic.

Your annoyance can only be caused by the injustice of my suggesting you are choosing the "safe" or "easy" option. You're saying to me "Don't put me down. I'm not like that. I AM WORTH MORE THAN THAT!"

Exactly my point! Please remember, I am not the one doubting your self-worth, you are. All I'm doing is pointing out that if you're feeling worthless then it simply means that you are not doing as well in the areas that matter to you and therefore you need to invest in your self-esteem. There are no exceptions: if you want to feel like a worthwhile human being then you have to really work at it like everyone else and never give up on yourself.

It's up to you know to acknowledge the fact the all human beings are capable of adding value to society, including YOU. As an adult there are no excuses for saying things like "I'm a worthless, stupid, lazy, ugly, useless, pathetic, helpless woman" because - as an adult - you now have the choice not to be any of these things.

All you have to do is acknowledge your real value, accept it and then make a commitment to retain it and build upon it.

George Bernard Shaw once said:
"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."

woolly-thinking in the Self-esteem Movement

Remember that old adage about the road to somewhere nasty being paved with good intentions? Here are just two examples.

  • The Self-esteem Movement has attempted to wrap us all in cotton-wool for years now in the hope of protecting our precious self-esteem. It's the "self-esteem is our birthright" argument.

    Sadly, the only people who cling to this argument are people with low self-esteem who either have no idea how to improve matters, or lack the will to do so. The argument seduces them, because it appears to hold out hope that "someone else" might somehow take responsibility for their lack of self-esteem and magically confer higher self-esteem upon them, like a court awarding compensation.

    Believe me, this won't happen, and nor should it. If you've ever been even slightly seduced by this argument, try asking someone whom you consider to possess strong self-esteem whether she believes it was her birthright or whether she had to earn it for herself. You can guess what she'll tell you.

  • The Self-esteem Movement seems to want us to believe that both self-esteem and self-worth are "binary" - that is, they exist in only one of two states like a light-switch that can be on or off. You've either got self-esteem or you haven't. Of course, this fits well with the first point, but it's simply NOT TRUE.

    Your self-esteem is more like a mosaic - made up of lots of little pieces, some of which can be damaged or missing to the detriment of the whole. You can make small improvements (baby steps, if you like) in one area, or in several areas at the same time. Either way, the overall mosaic will become more defined, stronger, and more appealing.

the best path forward

Thankfully, I sense that the world is beginning to reject the "teachings" of the Self-esteem Movement. Their good intentions have not delivered the results that were hoped for. There is a far better path to tread, and it leads to somewhere meaningful. It's a path that anyone can follow if they want to. The signpost showing the way is this:

Self-esteem = doing well x feelgood factor

The truth of the matter is that NO-ONE is worthless but some people are worth more than others.

Of course it's true that some people are born with physical features that are generally considered more beautiful than the average person's physical features. Other people are more intelligent, some are more athletic but none of this is anything like as important as whether you make the most of who you are today and what you've got going for you right now. If you do this, and keep doing this day-in, day-out for the rest of your life, I can guarantee that you will never feel worthless again. You'll be far too busy adding value here, there and everywhere to stop and wallow in self-pity.

Right at the beginning of this article I promised you a cure for worthlessness. Here it is, in three straightforward steps:

  1. Acknowledge your real value by writing a list of your strengths, attributes and the good things that you do each day. If you've taken the Ultimate Self-esteem Test, then refer to your Self-esteem Profile and the Self-help Programs recommended to you to remind yourself of both your strengths and the areas you still need to work on. Accept this list as your starting point.

  2. Make a commitment now to build your self-esteem and keep adding positive things to your life every day and find it within yourself to eliminate things from the negative side. Do more smiling, share more kind thoughts and caring emotions, be curious, optimistic, and courageous, work hard and have fun. And reduce the time and energy you expend in whingeing, moaning, or feeling sorry for yourself.

  3. Be your own judge. You know yourself better than anyone and now that you're an adult it is up to you to decide your worth and to attempt to live up to realistic expectations of yourself.

When I was living and working in Australia a few years ago I heard for the first time the expression "tall poppy syndrome". It captures the notion that small-minded people often like to put down those who strive to do well because "tall poppies" make little weeds seem even smaller!

Don't be afraid to be a tall poppy and enjoy the sun shining down on you.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Better late than never...

The Continuing Saga of Strange Jellies

The Jelly Keeper says 'Remember... only one helping per day!'

You take some Fire Jelly!!! Congratulations!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Jacqueline took this pic, but it *is* of me; so I hope it counts...
You can see a better pic of me in the earlier post...

38th Anniversary of my Birth Day

This morning I woke up all achy and sore, and blearily waddled my way to the bathroom for my morning ritual. And as I sat there, inside my head, there was a little girl, bouncing up & down and from side to side, screaming and singing, over & over, "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!" Sometimes I wish I could still be that kids and bounce around and scream and yell, but my body disagrees...

Anyway, I checked out my window as usual, and this is what greeted me...
Despite having mowed everything down, the meadow looks quite lovely; we even have some chickory! ^_^

Then, my sweet darling love created me a special ice coffee beverage for breakfast, which was served with birthday hugs from my dork-a-boo!

After a relaxing morning spent reading & replying to various birthday greetings, Jacqueline & I went out and ran a few errands. While shopping, we picked up some picnic food and went on an impromptu picnic. We found a nice place near the lake to eat, and happened to discover this little trail...
After eating we decided to check it out.

Just a short jaunt in, the trail opened up to the lake...

And to a long drop down a steep rocky slope...
Note the great blue heron flying away! ^_^

We decided not to go any further because the trail got *very* close to that drop, and opted to take some pics instead...

And somehow Jacqueline convinced me to try to climb a tree...
Thirty-eight year old fat chicks shouldn't try climbing trees - particularly not barefoot in a skirt - but I did find 13¢ in the crook of 2 branches! ^_^

When we re-emerged from the woods, there were several large birds flying low overhead. I *think* they were golden eagles, but they may not have been...

Then we headed home, where I had a beautiful and refreshing sparkling cherry lemonade, and JoAnn & I reorganized some of my crafting supplies to the tantalizing scent of pulled BBQ pork in the crock pot...

Unfortunately, I neglected to take photos of my delicious BBQ pork sammiches and the scrumptious four-layer German chocolate torte we had, but here is a shot of the artistic creations the girls made for me...

Lia also gave me a My Little Pony, which I *think* is Wisteria (the year on her hoof is 2002!), and you can see Ant's gift to me here...

And now, it is way past my bedtime, and the skeeters are getting more persistent in their attemps to feed on me; so I'll be off to bed! ^_^ G'night!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008




When your 10-year old leaves you $1 and change with a note saying it's for rent because she doesn't want to move, and your almost 16-year-old can't wait to turn 16 so he can get a job, not to make money for video games or a car, but to help the family, it makes you do strange things...

Despite our best intentions to move forward joyfully and positively, we find ourselves being dragged down by unending worry. Our children shouldn't have to concern themselves with our bills. We were able to borrow some money and have $200 from that, some of which will need to go for gas and groceries. Rent is $600. It seems like an astronomical sum to me to come up with in less than 2 weeks.

If it helps, you can think of it as a birthday gift to any one of the birthdays coming up this week...


Day One of 365 Pics of Me...
As an effort to increase a positive sense of My Self, I have decided to undertake the 365 Self-Photos-a-Day Challenge. (No I don't know if that's what it's called, but everybody else is doing it!) I was going to wait til Tuesday, my 38th birthday, and do from birthday to birthday, but I decided to start now and go until my birthday if I feel like it... So without further ado...

I have no idea where all the lights came from - all I did was brighten the image - they were there when I uploaded them to my computer! Perhaps one of the faeries was trying to get in the shot but our camera wasn't fast enough! ^_^

Saturday, July 19, 2008


You take some Squished Jelly!!! Congratulations!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Articles by Jacqueline!

We've been very busy preparing for my very best friend and her family to stay for the weekend, but Jacqueline found some time to write!

Unassisted Home Birth: Pros and Cons
What is Conn Syndrome?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bits & Pieces...

Do you know how I remember how to spell piece? (Yes, I do sometimes need mnemonic devices, not the point here...) You always take a PIEce of PIE, yes all that I before E stuff just didn't sink in... I am forever getting confused on those!

Last night I was lucky enough to snag a piece of rhubarb pie. *BLISS* I love rhubarb pie! I love it best with vanilla ice cream or cool whip, but it's been so long since I had it, that I was just happy to be having it at all. Nevermind that I also had several brownies and lots of fruit and even some fried dough! Yes, I had *real food* too: a hamburger, baked beans, potato salad, tomato and cucumber salad, and even some cheese cubes. We had a great time and the bugs were practically non-existant! Of course I paid for the bad eating with overnight indigestion, but I knew it was coming and it was worth it. It's not like an every day occurrence.

Wait, I think I got off on a tangent... I keep doing that lately.

Meanwhile the strange random jelly phenomena at Neopets continues:

You take some Whole Pinanna Jelly!!! Congratulations!

Hey have you checked out the new challenge for {stay}cation? I need to do the first *AND* second one now... I am planning a picnic for our [stay]cation, and I am for defs gonna use this website for some new and exciting ideas: 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics. Many thanks to PopFiend for linking me! (He also linked me to iDose and Creating a Life Plan, which I plan to explore more thoroughly when I have time...

But right now... well... We've moved the king sized mattress that we got from FreeCycle into the bedroom, and I think it's going to be a permanent thing. Sleeping on it the past 2 night has been pretty good for me, but I can't get into my bottom dresser drawer right now! LOL! (If anyone as a king sized platform bed frame lying about, we'd be happy to take it off your hands if you're not too far away...) So anyway, I've got some work to get done! Ta-ta for now! ^_^

Thursday, July 10, 2008

{stay}cation blogshop

OMG! Tomorrow is a new challenge and I haven't done last week's yet! EEP!

I made a few new things from clay this week, and I've been reading a lot of books on *how-to*... like draw things, and paint with watercolors, and make different things from polymer clay... but scrapping and papercrafts, I've done none!

I better get started bright & early tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Your result for The Attachment Style Test...

The Cuddleslut

40% Anxiety Over Abandonment and 23% Avoidance Of Intimacy

You're mostly secure, but sometimes you need a little extra reassurance to make it through the tough times. You are usually affectionate and sweet, and you find it easy to fall in love. An encouraging word from a crush or a loved one can motivate you for weeks.

Fictional character with whom you might identify: Kaylee (Firefly/Serenity), Hiro Nakamura (Heroes)

KayleeFrye.jpg HiroNakamura.jpg

Other Attachment Types:
Secure: The Unicorn| The Cuddleslut| The Free Agent
Preoccupied: The Cling Wrap| The Squid| The Insect
Fearful: The Doormat| The Leper| The Exile
Dismissing: The Hermit| The Stone| The Player
Confused: The Waffler

Take The Attachment Style Test at HelloQuizzy

Sunday, July 06, 2008

{stay}cation blogshop


We're going on a {stay}cation!

Deviant Art

I have been a busy little Bunny posting several things over there, that may or may not have been posted here...

So go check it out, my friends...

BunnyKissd on DA

Friday, July 04, 2008

Summer Nap

Robins and chickadees
and birds I don't know
sing songs to each other
across the yard
Crickets and cicadas
call out for a mate
and the neighbor mows
his yard
Children laugh
and scream in joy
somewhere in the distance
but nothing stirs in the room
save a housefly
buzzing in the window
and dust motes
lazing in a beam of sunlight
that creeps
ever higher
up the walls

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Flickr Meme

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name? Bunny
2. What is your favorite food? candy, cheese...
3. What high school did you go to? Corcoran
4. What is your favorite color? Purple
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Sting
6. Favorite drink? iced herbal tea
7. Dream vacation? all expenses paid
8. Favorite dessert? chocolate chip cookie pie
9. What you want to be when you grow up? horse farmer
10. What do you love most in life? Jacqueline and her children
11. One Word to describe you? Stormy
12. Your flickr name? bunnykissd

1. Bunny Man, 2. Candies & Cheeses, 3. Corcoran Lion, 4. eccentric beauty, 5. Sting, 6. Iced Herbal Teas, 7. guess what? i just won an all expense paid diving trip to aruba!!!!, 8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, 9. Austrian Farmers, 10. Local children playing Chinese garter, 11. Heart of Satan - What it looks like when fireworks explode inside of a storm cloud over a river, 12. sweet kisses

For those crafty gamers who read...

Check out the cuteness of this!

DIY d12 Handbag (of Holding)

Think of the modifications! You could make ALL KINDS OF DICE!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Today is CGMS Denial Day...

A CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System) is a device that tests your blood glucose (BG) levels throughout the day and night, and can help you & your health care professionals decide on the best course of action for your treatment of diabetes. A tiny sensor is inserted into your abdomen, like an insulin pump catheter, and every 10 seconds it sends information on your glucose levels to a pager-sized monitor attached to your waistband.

For 3 days, you regularly check your BG and keep track of meals, exercise, and any medication or insulin. Then return to your health care provider with the monitor, and with the information gathered, you will be able to see patterns and trends in you BG levels, and create a better treatment plan for your diabetes, which will mean a lowered risk of diabetes-related complications and fewer medical costs in the future.

This is not something I need right now, as my diabetes is not severe and kept under control quite well with medication, but there are many diabetics who really could use this, and maybe someday I will too. However, despite the need, many insurance companies are denying it as "not medically necessary" - not seeing the long term benefits, only the short term costs.

If you have been denied, have diabetes, or know someone who does, please help spread the word, and hopefully the insurance companies will open their eyes and let the people with diabetes and their health care providers make the decisions about what's medically necessary and what's not.

For more information, visit JDRF's Steps For Obtaining Case By Case Coverage For Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMS) or CGMS Central.

Find the Magic...

Seven new fancies have arrived at Faerie Gardens ready to delight and enchant you! Two Asian-inspired decoupage brooches: one burning with the fiery energy of the sun, the other with the refreshing spirit of the sea, and a collection of shimmery, sparkly mermaids, flirty, spunky, and full of verve: vivacious redheads, saucy blondes, and the graceful Goddess Sedna, all ready to glimmer and glisten their way to you. Find them all at and celebrate The Summer of the Mermaid with us!

I am geek...

Hear me squeak!

Today's date is cool!