A New Generation

My sweet grandmother (Gram) gave all her grandchildren little rocking chairs when we were little. Even though we are all grown up now, I know for a fact some of our parents keep these chairs out on display to this day. Even though she is no longer with us, a new generation of grandbabies has begun. And as they often do in families, the tradition continues. My mom and step-dad (the girls’ Grammy and Grampy) gave them the same little rocking chairs for their first birthday. Since we were away from home on their birthday they were nice enough to wait until we were home to send the chairs. They arrived today.

And the girls enjoyed them immediately.

Thank you Mom and Steve. The girls love the chairs. And we will start saving for the inevitable trips to the hospital they will surely cause!

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Give Blood, Save a Life.

Today I am going to encourage all my readers to consider donating blood.

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

That is a lot of blood. I personally know people who have received life saving blood, and I bet you do too.

  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

Donating blood is relatively quick and easy. With a basic whole blood donation the average time is one hour. Start to finish, from the moment you sign in until the time you get in your car. One hour every couple of months to save lives.

  • One donation can help save the lives of up to┬áthree people.

Three people! Can you think of another way to save three peoples lives with only an hour of your time? And guess what, you can bring a book, or your Ipod or whatever you might have been doing at home anyways.

  • Less than 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood.

Lots of risky behaviors can prevent someone from being able to donate blood including drug use and sex with prostitutes. Since I don’t figure many of my readers fit into those categories I will mention that you have to be feeling healthy (no cold or flu symptoms) at the time of your donation and you will usually have to wait a year before donating after any new piercings or tattoos. For more information on who can and can’t donate check out these links.

Age/Weight Requirements

Detailed Qualifications

  • Only 5 percent of people eligible to give blood actually do.

That number is maybe the scariest of all. After everything we know about our nation’s blood needs, why are people so unwilling to make a life saving donation?

  • 17 percent of non-donors cite “never thought about it” as the main reason for not giving, while 15 percent say they’re too busy.

I actually used to be one of the people who was not going to donate. Mostly I was scared about how I would feel afterward. Somehow along the way I was finally convinced and did a donation. (It was a Pint for a Pint program which traded coupons for free beer at a local microbrewery) You know what? It was no big deal. The type of donation I do is called a 2RBC (double red blood cell). Unlike a whole blood donation the blood is sent through a machine that separates it. It takes twice the number of red blood cells, but puts back in the other components such as the plasma. It also pumps in a saline solution which leaves the donor more hydrated than before. It does take a little longer than a whole blood donation but requires a longer span of time in between donations. (And for those worried about the needles, this type of donation uses a smaller needle!)

So please consider giving someone the free gift of life.

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Evolution of a Chair

Over the past few days I spent some time reupholstering a chair for the girls. This was left behind after a yard sale we hosted back in September and sat untouched in our garage for months. I had never reupholstered anything before and wasn’t sure how hard it would be. Turns out it was actually really easy! Here is a list of items needed:

  • couch or chair to be reupholstered
  • new fabric
  • staple gun/staples
  • something to remove staples (I used a screwdriver and pliers)
  • a camera

That’s it! No sewing machine needed. I did need a touch of superglue to attach the fabric to some buttons, but that was specific to this chair.

Here are some pictures of the process:

chair before

the camera is to take pictures before and throughout the process, so you remember how to put it all back together.

arm detail

carefully pull away staples and fabric, keeping the fabric intact (and possibly label the pieces… back, arm, etc.)

stripping down

clean slate

use the fabric you removed as a template for cutting the new pieces. I ironed the old ones first so they were more true to size.

cutting fabric

put the new cut fabric on and begin stapling in place.

reattach fabric

all done!

chair after

arm detail after

the pets thought the chair was for them.

Leila and Rusty

the girls fought a little over the chair.

Alyssa and Kylie

Kylie won.

Kylie relaxing

Published in: on April 6, 2011 at 10:03 am  Comments (5)  

Do Social Workers Deal With Demonic Possession?

I am just wondering because I saw this ad on Facebook for a social work degree program and found the choice of picture to be . . . interesting.


Published in: on April 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm  Comments (3)