What Has Happened to People in America?

Have you noticed the change in folks in America?    I am what you would call the “older” generation.  And I have noticed quite a bit of change in people.

There are too many folks who don’t want to take the time to learn something. They want it spoon fed to them or implanted in their brains.

There are too many folks out there crying, whining and boohooing, using their motos “I can’t” and  “I don’t know how”.

There are too many folks thinking they shouldn’t have to work for something they want.  They believe it should be handed to them on a silver platter.

There are too many folks taught from a young age by their parents, teachers, schools, little league, etc. that they don’t have to put forth any effort to win at something.  Why? because everyone will get a trophy just for showing up.

Folks who don’t let their children learn that things aren’t always fair;  that if someone wins, someone has to lose; that life is full of hard knocks, get up and try again; are doomed to have adult children that will feel they are entitled to whatever they want without putting forth any effort to obtain it.

Life is hard, people. Teach your children this.  You will be preparing them for a future they can handle and succeed in.

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Saying “No” To Others

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All of us at one time or another has been inundated with requests to make this or that; something that would infringe on our time, with no payment offered or, if so, a minimal amount that would not even cover supplies.

First of all, I am crafty. I sew, knit, crochet, make cards, dabble in polymer clay, photograph, etc. I love doing different things. But over the years, I have learned that most folks are “gimmie pigs”. “Make me this or make me that” with no consideration as to how long it took or the cost involved. And the worst part, finding out that they failed to take care of it, even when you provided them with hand written care instructions.

So I have learned to say, “No”. Yes there are ways to say “No” very politely and ways to say “No” rudely. I fall somewhere in between. For the most part, if I know you, I will say “No” somewhat politely…”No, I am not able to do that.” No further explanation is given. If you press the point, you will get the annoyed stare and a repeat of the former statement. If you continue, you get to see a side of me that tends to scare the crap out of people.

My youngest has told me in the past that I am rude to people. This was in reference to door to door sales people trying to sell me AT&T Uverse, something I neither needed or wanted. Yes I was blunt when they asked if they could tell me about it, but they got the point and left. I consider door to door sales people rude and obnoxious. They knock on your door and demand your time, then expect to separate you from your money. They usually realize quickly they have knocked on the wrong door.

Anyway, over the years I’ve learned that I do not owe anyone a handmade item. I also do not owe anyone an explanation as to why I am saying “No”. “No” is a complete sentence.

Just to clarify things a bit, I do make things for people, but they are things I want to make, when I want to make them and they are usually gifts for Christmas.

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Private Tour Of Fort Pickens

The other day, oldest and I took a trip out to Ft. Pickens. It was a beautiful day.

When we reached the gate, the Park Ranger asked if we need a map of the fort and info on it. Oldest said “No”. After all, he has a history degree and he has thoroughly researched Ft. Pickens.

He told me all about the guns, bricks, people in charge, etc. I learned stuff I never even knew.

But, please don’t expect me to remember all of that stuff. I’m old and decrepit after all. 🙂

Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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After visiting Ft. Pickens, we went down to Portofino and took some pics at the beach.

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Adult Content or Not, Offensive or Not

Recently, I found a pattern on Ravelry for mittens that I thought was hilarious. I posted a link to it on one of the groups I’m in on that site.

Well to make a long story short, someone got offended because they weren’t warned that it was adult content. So I had the whole thread removed. Then they came in and said they didn’t mean to have the thread removed, blah, blah, blah. Lesson learned. I will post a header that it is adult content.

Anyway, this is what I found. Be warned! This is adult content and this is my blog. I don’t care if you find this offensive. You don’t have to look. I think it’s funny and that is all that matters to me.

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These blue and black mitts turned out to be a bit small for oldest son, so I am working on a new pair using larger needles. These should be just the right size for him. Here’s a pic of the first one (done).

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Our Fair’s 75th Anniversary

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of our local fair.  Entry was only $0.75 per person.  All rides were $0.75 and a multiple ride ticket was only $7.50. 

It was crammed with people …. eating and riding those thrill giving rides.  I was not one of those riding.  Way too chicken.  And the food is way to greasy for my taste.  I did enjoy the exhibits, though.  I even won a few blue ribbons in my categories.  I’ll post pics of them later.

Here’s one of those rides that scare me (I’m more a merry go round person).

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