About Prairie Pine Peddler - connect with nature

I'm creative and self-taught and have been blessed with many talents. My grandmother had a great impact on my life. One of the things - I remember her teaching silver-smithing at home to her jewelry associates. Unfortunately, I never got to learn from my grandmother's jewelry skills first hand as I had waited too long. An opportunity came to teach young adults jewelry classes at the library where I work. I studied the art of jewelry making and finally felt confident enough to share my information in these classes. They were fun and enjoyed working with the young people. I suggested that we teach adult women and had the same response. I have continued to teach in other organizations. After teaching several classes, I got hooked and found that jewelry making is relaxing and the time flies when I am creating. I feel blessed to be able to share my jewelry talents with others and enjoy seeing my creations worn by family, friends, and customers. I have worked in a Professional Framing Shop. Then, after my daughter was raised I purchased a mat cutter and have framed and matted pictures, needlework, and shadow boxes for family, friends and customers. I love doing genealogical research. At one time I did this as part-time job. Now I use this knowledge and help others find their ancestors that come to library when they are looking for obituary or not sure how to get started. It’s nice to get paid for something you love to do. I was interested in learning how to do flower arrangements and started making candy and flower arrangements. At Christmas time I like to make arrangements in cute snowman mugs and sell them. They are a popular item for me. I have some new interest as of 2014; I switched over and started wire wrapping all my jewelry components. When I attended college, one of my favorite art classes was a pottery.. I have a degree in Interior Design, and a Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Certificate. I have also taken various other college classes from time to time throughout my life. I am presently a reference/information clerk by day and was doing jewelry by night. But presently I am taking some time off and enjoying some new endeavors. Some of my other hobbies include sewing, Pinterest, socializing, cooking from scratch, just taking some time for myself.

Share your World ~ 7 Aug 2017

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved? can’t think of anything…

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation? I believe we will live with our families in the here after  in a new earth.   I don’t believe in reincarnation. 

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels? I don’t consider myself writer but I have written a few poems in my life. I also write in a journal almost faithfully everyday. Well I use to, until I started having pinch nerves in my lower back and now have been struggling with pins coming and going in my body in different areas of my body that it has been struggle to concentrate.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.  Last week,  my husband and I were coming home from Princeton as we had eaten at Culvers at it was too hot to cook, and I didn’t feel good on account of my back issues, so hubby suggested we go out to eat.  So on the way home we saw these really beautiful clouds, the sunset behind them, the shapes kept changing, they were really neat. Between these clouds they looked like a small town between them. I only had my phone with camera. My husband said the best way was to take a bunch pictures and then go thru them and save the ones you like. So that is what I did. Here are some of the pictures I took on the way home that night: They are not in order, Word Press wanted to up load them different and didn’t allow me to pick which one I wanted in the order I wanted so here are my pictures…

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If a movie was made based on your life, what actor/actress would play you?  My first reaction to this question is Jerry Lewis as he was very funny in some of his movies when I was growing up. However, even thou I consider myself on the quiet side, there is side of me that people think that I am angel in disguise, I don’t know actress’ names,  but someone from “Touch by an Angel” would be my choice.

If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?  If I could be famous, it would be good and renown Genealogist.

 

 

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Share Your World ~ 31 July 2017

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected? I had my lenses replaced when I was 57, thought that was early since both parents didn’t have their cataracts done in their 80’s. I prefer not to wear glasses. But I won’t not want to wear contacts either. I have allergies and I think they would bother them. I guess I like wearing glasses have the time and then I stick them up on my head until I need them. Sort of like an airline pilot.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? I grew up with both dog and cat. But cats are nice so when you go on vacation. When we go on vacation we can leave out food enough for week and not worry about them. Where as dog needs more maintenance.

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list? If I was going to move into house or apartment? Well if I was moving into apartment I would want to know what kind of neighbors I had, I would want a first floor apt and a garage. If I was moving into house  I would want a garage, live on corner lot and art room.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. I learned one thing, if I don’t understand what someone had explained to me, I am going back for clarification! It has given me more peace of mind instead of trying to guess what they were trying to say to me!!!!

Share my world ~ 24 July 2017

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List some of your favorites types of teas.

My step daughter turned me onto this Tension Tamer Herbal Tea because it was suppose to be good for people that got stressed out. So this use to be my all time favorite. 

Then a couple of years ago we went to Colorado. One the places we visited was the Boulder, Colorado and went thru the Celestial Seasoning Factory. While one was waiting to go on the tour through the factory, they had all the teas out to taste test. I fell in love with Bengal Spice Tea, I can make this and drink it straight without adding any sugar or honey sweetner. 

My daughter turned me on to a Chai Latte and so I bought this at Trader Joe’s version because it was suppose to be caffeine free.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

Just a bump in the road, you win some and lose some. Just keep pluggin forward.

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do?  As I was reflecting on this, I read Cee’s answer about what a certain show left impression on her or things she learned from that show. The show that is really old but I can still remember a few of the shows in my mind is TV show about old Chinese man that teaches young student how to be disciple and it was also about  martial art but on the same plain it was about controlling one’s self.

What are a couple of things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?         Be a good listener, hug or share something to get my mind off what I am stewing about.

  What are you grateful for from last week,Because of the weather, we or rather I planted my garden in later than  normal. We either  had cold weather or rain it was impossible to get into the garden to plant etc.. When I went to nursery to buy plants, I called ahead of time to see if they were open and if she had any plants I wanted left, She told me a lot of people got their gardens in late this year. So I didn’t feel bad. . This is my first pickin from my garden that I picked tonight –  nice head of broccoli that I am going to freeze

and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  Well I had MRI, and I was told all my life that I had slipped disk, turns out I have vertebra slipping that is putting strain on the spinal cord and sciatic nerve.

 I can get this pain under control if I do some physical therapy. I am thankful that I don’t have to go under the knife. So I will be doing Physical Therapy three times a week for the next three weeks. 

 

Share my World ~ July 17, 2017

What is your favorite cheese? I basically love Swiss Cheese cut really thin deli style plus it is low in sodium.

Are you left or right handed? I am right handed, but in a  pinch I could write with my left hand. And one could still read my hand writing.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either? I basically like to walk about three times a week, nothing to strenuous but I like walking a mile each time. Lately I have had some medical problems keeping me from this, so I am anxious to start up again as I was loosing weight and still need to get 20 more pounds off in order to feel better with my back.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are wonderful… because I am normally cold. So when the weather is hot I love it. Everyone else around me disagrees!. One thing that would help a person stay cooler in hot weather is to eat less meat. Meat contains heat and therefore you will be hotter in warm weather and stay warmer in the colder weather. Therefore I like to eat more veggies and fruits in the summer time.

 What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that my dad is hanging on even though he is 90.

This week we are spending time with our grand daughter. She loves wearing dresses. She won’t wear shorts or long pants. She is definitely loves girly things, and reminds me of pioneer girl. She is celebrating her birthday (only 6) with her friends at dance academy and  pizza  party. We will be attending to watch her enjoy herself. 

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Boy did we have an unusual experience this afternoon. I was inside when my husband asked me to come outside. There was this terrific sound and I was not sure what he was going to show me. All of sudden out of nowhere across our trees it flew over, you could hear the noise of his engine really really loud. The trees stand next to our driveway.  He was flying so low that he looked like he was going down our country road that is in front of our house. . Boy did I want a picture of that. I ran back into the house to get my  camera on my phone. But he didn’t come that close again. I could hear the sound of his engine it was almost fearful. He traveled back and forth then going down into the corn crop across the street from where we lived.

Then he started making bigger circles that he went further out and he crossed over our yard out further and then he circle around drop really close to the ground. You see he was spraying the corn with something. It was a one man plane. The plane was painted a bright yellow color so you could not miss it.. So you could see it and hear it very plainly.

It was something else. the big excitement for us for the day. Hope I explained it well enough that you could imagine yourself here today.

  

Share my world ~July 10, 2017

How do you like to spend a rainy day? Most of my rainy days, are spent at work, but when it is raining even during lunch I will go out and eat in my car while it is raining. In my college years I use to run thru the rain with friend. That was fun. 

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary)

  • I love pretzels, I would love to find a healthy soft pretzel recipe made with whole wheat white flour.
  • I love vanilla/chocolate swirl ice cream cones
  • a dark chocolate bar.
  •  I love spaghetti
  • I love quiches. My grandmother always had luncheon for my birthday. I asked couple girlfriends over. She would make a broccoli and ham quiche and those were some of the happy memories I have of her.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? My favorite place to take out of town quest is either Brienzo’s Wood Fired Pizza in Peoria, Illinois or  Bishop Hill to the Bakery that serves unique lunches.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with? If I had been younger I would pick  Joe Cocker, I loved the way he sang

or with America Band that sang “Horse with no name” that is my most favorite song. 

  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that I have roof over my head and job. This week I am looking forward to getting furniture moved around. We painted the living room and every thing that was once in there is in the rest of the house, I can’t wait to unpack the books and put them back on the shelves of the book cases.

Share Your World ~ 3 July 2017

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Answers to Cee’s Share Your World 3 July 2017

For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other? I like spicy but it doesn’t always like me. I have sweet tooth but recently changed my diet as I was tired of either having cavities or teeth pulled. My husband is diabetic and can’t have sweet stuff so I don’t buy cookies or candy as I don’t like it sitting around the house. I recently have made Fudgesicles which  consisted of pure maple syrup, dark unsweetened chocolate cocoa powder, vanilla extract and plain yogurt. The carbs and sugar are low so we were both allowed to have them. I got the recipe from this book. Check to see if your local library can get this book for you and then if you really like it, then one can purchase the book at Amazon.com.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

I either try to put stuff away where it belongs or stick everything in the quest room.

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life? I would like to get up early and exercise before going to work, instead I walking after work couple days a week only. I have projects that I need to tackle and have not. Sometimes I think about it when I am at work.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  I would not perform but introduce the acts or serve cotton candy for free to young children.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am very grateful that my dad didn’t die last week.The nursing home he was in didn’t take very good care of him. The hospital had seen him 3 months ago and notice a big change in him, He had lost 20 lbs, bed sores on his back, extremely low blood pressure so he was near death’s door. He has pneumonia and was dehydrated. The nurses at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines were great and explained and updated us on his condition. They said he was stubborn but that is was plus as he would live longer and heal faster. The hospital got him out of ICU after 2 days and he is mending in regular room. I went to see him on Sunday, he held my hand tightly even thou he was kind of out of it. They are going to move him to different nursing home. I would not recommend this one he came from and I am not sure if my sister will turn this nursing home in or give them a bad review.