I went out to my deck tonight and looked at the moon, and reminisced to when I looked at the same moon rising over Lake Michigan just yesterday. The same moon. It’s hard to believe.
What makes the moon so much different viewed from a spot on earth three hundred-forty miles away from my home? Yesterday I saw the moon rising over a body of water that reflected tiny pinpoints of light. Tonight it illuminates my back yard. Yesterday the moon shone over a vast area as far as the eye can see. Tonight it peeks between treetops and the tops of houses. Yesterday the moon was the center of the universe. Tonight it was merely a reminder of the universe.
The same moon from a different place on earth. Why do I feel more in sync with the universe when I see the moon rising over the water? Why do I simply wish for other things when I see the moon rise over the rooftops? Sunrises don’t touch me as much. The moon, that’s something completely different.
The moon over Lake Michigan makes my mind soar. It makes me wish for things I know aren’t practical. It makes me part of something I can’t explain. Potential. A Divine plan.
I’m tucked into my comfort zone once again and the moon is quite a sight. But yesterday, over the great lake, it was a beacon of possibility.
Years ago when Husby and I were first married we’d spend our Saturday nights watching home improvement shows on HGTV. Not renovating shows, decorating shows. I also used to watch Martha Stewart and Carol Duval on a regular basis. I loved learning new crafts and new ways to spruce up our home with decorating ideas.
Alas, the thing these days on the home improvement TV stations is demolition and complete renovation, mostly kitchens. Craftiness seems to be a thing of the past on TV, so I often scour the internet trying to find a new crafting site or personality to inspire me.
Thanks to Dana at She Walks Softly I think I’ve found my new inspiration. Her name is Sue Teller and she could be destined for a fabulous crafting career.
Huh? What do you think? Martha Stewart, look out!
Hello, from the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters. I greet you this way because I’ve been busy making all sorts of things to sell at shows and stock in stores and my Etsy shop. Mostly I’ve been working on the bottle cap products, drink charms mostly, and some magnets.
The thing about making my bottle cap items is that the process is mechanical and deliberate but doesn’t require a lot of thought. Attention, yes, but not thought. Sometimes I work in silence, letting my mind wander to anything from my to-do list for the weekend or the vacation I want to take years from now. But there’s another way I can let my mind wander while I’m pressing, gluing, applying resin, and beading. I escape through radio shows.
I’ve talked about my penchant for radio shows before. I can get caught up in a murder mystery, be haunted by ghosts, and even travel through time. While my eyes and hands are occupied with the task at hand, I’m also entertained with countless stories while getting things done. I like listening to a story without having to look at a screen to see what’s happening. Sure, I could do my work in front of a TV, but why, when I can have the nostalgia of radio shows whenever I want.
Lately I’ve been listening to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. I remember when I was young and the family was coming home from a weekend at Grandma’s house ~ the car would be dark and my dad would turn on the radio so we could listen to Mystery Theater. He knew how to keep a car with three young children quiet.
With technology what it is today, I can listen to Mystery Theater whenever I want because all 1399 episodes running from 1974 to 1982 are available for streaming or downloading. I fill up my iPod with at least one hundred of these stories at a time and tune in whenever I have a gross or two of bottle caps to work on.
I love the old-fashioned radio shows. Try them out and let me know what you think.
Yeah, this isn’t actually a blog post. I’m trying out a new reader called Bloglovin. Please feel free to follow me over there if you’d like. The reader is kind of Pinterest-esque and there are tons of blogs to see that you didn’t even know existed.
I’m interested in seeing how it all works and what new discoveries I can make.
It’s Day Four of the twelve-day Minnesota State Fair and I’ve visited twice so far. Of course it’s everything I expect it to be every year, and more. There are lots of new additions to the fair this year, and as much as I don’t like change I like what’s been done.
On Friday I went to the fair with my dad, Charlotte, Fojo, and later in the day Paenney joined us. Mom is still recovering from her knee surgery so she’s depending on the rest of us to report back to her to let her know what’s going on. You can be sure she’ll hear everything.
Of course the main thing about the fair (for me) is the food, and I’ve had a bit of it so far, although much less than I would like. Good thing I’ll be going back a couple more times to fill up.
I missed out on my deep fried Twinkie-on-a-Stick, only because it was so hot I didn’t feel like eating much, but I did manage to have a deep fried turkey sandwich, deep fried pickles, Tom Thumb Donuts, a jumbo beef burrito, a taste of chicken and waffles, Pronto Pup, and onion rings. Not a record in the eating marathon that the fair is for me; I think I’m starting out slow and waiting for the sprint at the end.
Husby and I will be going to the fair two more times before it’s gone again for another year, so hopefully I’ll be able to eat everything I want. On the list:
1. Deep fried Twinkie-on-a-Stick
2. Shrimp Dog (shrimp and cream cheese covered in batter and deep fried, served with cocktail sauce)
3. Lobster Roll
4. Walleye Cakes
5. Foot-Long Hotdog
6. Crab Fritters
7. Sweet Martha’s cookies
8. Lefse with butter and brown sugar (Husby only)
9. Wild Rice Hamburger
The list goes on and on. Hopefully the weather will cool down a little and allow me to eat more.
I’ll keep you posted on all the great food I eat, plus whatever else I encounter at the Great Minnesota Get-Together in 2014.
In case you didn’t know, my entire world stops when the Minnesota State Fair is happening. Even though I’m not there each of the twelve days my mind is completely wrapped up in the event. After all, our state fair is a great state fair.