Spotlight Friday : Music in my heart

I hope you didn’t miss me too much last Friday. We had my Cousin and her family here for a short week from Germany. We hadn’t seen each other in about 5 years, so I decided not to get on the internet. We enjoyed every minute.

On Monday it was time for back to School!  Two weeks before that I took advantage of registering my kids online, so the registration day at school would go faster. I had asked my little one if she would be interested in anything else like sports or music etc.

“na, I’m good I am already doing school TV” ( She has to be in school in the mornings before 7:15 am)  Ok,  I thought, we will just wait and see if anything comes along that will strike her fancy further down the road.

Wednesday she came home with a bunch of papers for me to fill out and said: “Mama, I would like to learn how to play the Violin or Viola. Can you fill out this paper?”

It said to go online and register, so I did.

I was not quite sure what a Viola was, I knew a Violin and a Cello, but don’t remember ever hearing anything about a Viola.  Well, off I go to google…

VIOLA: an instrument of the violin family, larger than the violin and tuned a fifth lower.

I think he explains it quite nicely.

We still have to wait for a little time until she will start. I am excited for her. She did learn the obligatory recorder in school last year and she loved it.

When I was younger I learned to play the recorder as well, then later changed over to a Tenor flute. Loved the deep sound this made.

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It was a little tall for me in the beginning. I still have the flute, but have not played it in a very long time.

Maybe it is time to pull it out again and start practicing.  In my teenage years I also taught myself how to play the guitar. It was a little hard to be self taught but it was enough for just me. I did sell my guitar before we move to the US. Why? I don’t know.

I do still want to learn how to play the piano. Right now we do not have enough room for one, even just a keyboard. But maybe one day.

I grew up listening to classic music and I still love listening to it today, well actually any kind of music that makes me feel good.

So from September on we will have someone practicing a string instrument, I hope she will not get discouraged from the learning curve in the beginning. I remember from boarding school, one of my room mates learned how to play the violin. And it was quite a torture for our ears in the first few weeks. She did get better and I enjoyed listening to her practice hours.

Maybe my little one and I could team up and practice together, because I am quite rusty at playing my Tenor flute.

This is my Music collection from ArtYah, click on the photo and it will take you to the corresponding shop.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vintage The Music Man Vocals and Piano Book 32 Pages Musical
by cookiecuttercat

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Music Lovers Personalized Photo Pendant Necklace or Key chain Piano Jewelry
by HandmadeInChico

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Tape Measure Music Love Retractable Measuring Tape
by AllAboutTheButtons

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Music Note Coffee Mug Rug | Raw Edge Applique Patchwork Mug Rug | Snack Mat |
by jen113

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White Hair Bow with Musical Notes Music Notes Hair Bow 4.5″ x 3.5″ Handmde New
by Maria32

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Renoir Copper Clip Earrings Three Notes Musical 1950s Vintage Jewelry
by VintageJewelryStore

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Peace, Love and Music Mini Cross Stitch KIT
by theartofstitch

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Vintage Sheet Music Lot Yankee Doodle Dandy Robert E lee Annie Get Your Gun
by cookiecuttercat

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Still Life of Violin and Music Cross Stitch KIT
by theartofstitch

 

What is your favorite music you listen to?  For me it really depends on the mood. It can go from Heavy Metal to Instrumental or Folklore all in one day, I do love listening to my R&B from the early 90’s though. Drives my little one nuts.

music-in-my-heart

this collection makes me want to turn my music up and dance. Find it right here, this link will take you to the Etsy treasury so you can take a closer look.

Also I found quite a collection on Zibbet, that I would like to share with you.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Fabric Buttons, Covered Buttons, Muscial Buttons, Vintage Buttons, Music Buttons, Brown Buttons, Piano Buttons, Muscial Note, 0.8 Inch Buttons 5’s
by Retronana

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Music Treble Clef Tree Cross Stitch Pattern***L@@K***
by LONE WOLF CROSS-STITCH PATTERNS LOOK

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Metro Music I (A Portrait of a Subway Musician)
by Egilpatr

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Music Box by JustBelieveCreations

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Mini Music Note Cookies (Four Dozen)
by CakeItToTheLimit

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Silver wire crochet musical clef pendant with pearl
by CatsWire

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Handmade Pottery Turtle Rattle / Shaker / Instrument – Native American Inspired – Wall decoration
by IntheShadeoftheSycamoreTree

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Little Purple Flutist Owl Print
by MoreThanZeroArt

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Antique Phonograph Blank Card
by Hollenmark Card Design

You see something you like, just click on the picture and you will be able to take a closer look.

Now I would like to wish you a wonderful day filled with wonderful music! 

Spotlight Friday: piercing

The other day we finally made out trip to North Carolina. It had been in the planning for a long time. For ages if you ask my oldest. She was one of the reasons we made the trip. For quite some time she had asked me if she could get a nose piercing. When we had talked about it we agreed that she needed to be at least 15 and pay for it from her earned money and be done with her NJROTC, because they do not allow you to wear any jewelry with your uniform.

Well after we had that agreement I had looked up what regulations are for nose piercing here in South Carolina. After finding all the information, I was thinking, maybe I should of done this first!?

The first link I had found was this one  http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/tattooing-and-body-piercing.aspx  where it said

South Carolina S.C. Code § 44-34-10 to 44-34-110 Tattooing. Prohibits tattooing anyone under the age of 21.  If a person is at least 18, they may get a tattoo with parental consent.
S.C. Code § 44-32-10 to 44-32-120 Body Piercing Facility. Prohibits anyone from performing body piercing on an individual under age 18.

Well, maybe I should of checked with the laws first.  It didn’t even cross my mind to be honest. I had mine done 20+ years ago in a jewelry shop with the “gun” they use to pierce ears.  I did find out though that this is not done in the US anymore. You will have to go to a tattoo shop to get your nose pierced. Oh boy, a total new can of worms that I just opened up.

I did find some shops, that looked good to me but they all disclaimed that here in SC you have to have parents and Doctors consent to get a nose piercing and at least 16 years old. When she had her yearly physical to get the sports physical we asked the Doc. Of course she said no.

Ear piercing and nose piercing have been particularly widespread and are well represented in historical records and among grave goods. The oldest mummified remains ever discovered were sporting earrings, attesting to the existence of the practice more than 5,000 years ago. Nose piercing is documented as far back as 1500 BC. Piercings of these types have been documented globally, while lip and tongue piercings were historically found in African and American tribal cultures. Nipple and genital piercing have also been practiced by various cultures, with nipple piercing dating back at least to Ancient Rome while genital piercing is described in Ancient India c. 320 to 550 CE. The history of navel piercing is less clear. The practice of body piercing has waxed and waned in Western culture, but it has experienced an increase of popularity since World War II, with sites other than the ears gaining subcultural popularity in the 1970s and spreading to mainstream in the 1990s.

The reasons for piercing or not piercing are varied. Some people pierce for religious or spiritual reasons, while others pierce for self-expression, for aesthetic value, for sexual pleasure, to conform to their culture or to rebel against it. Some forms of piercing remain controversial, particularly when applied to youth.

You can find into depth information about all the piercings and their history 

When I searched our neighboring States I found out that they had different regulations. We live pretty much in the middle of South Carolina, so it was either direction not more than 1.5 hours.  Plus going up North would mean we could stop in at IKEA which we love to go to, but don’t get to go very often.

So we found a Tattoo/ Piercing shop that had very good reviews and I kept my fingers crossed that it was all true.  And it was, the store was very clean, the staff was very friendly and explained everything into detail. Everything was sterile and the piercing artist really made my kid feel comfortable and walked her through every step. She is told to come back in 4 weeks for a check up. I don’t remember me having that when I had mine pierced.

I never had anything against my daughter piercing her nose. How can I say no, when I have a pierced nose  myself. We did talk about the aesthetics and how much would be too much, and what it would mean when wanting to work in certain fields. We agreed on that this is the only one I will allow, besides ear piercing, as long as she lives in our house.

So now you know a little bit more about body piercing and it’s history.

Wow, Etsy was full of jewelry for piercing. So I narrowed it down to nose piercing. (Click on it and it will take you to the Treasury on Etsy) Or do your own search for piercing jewelry.

nose-piercing

It was a little tougher on Zibbet to find just nose piercings. So I added other piercing jewelry into the mix. Just click on the picture if you would like to take a closer look.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
A 2mm Tiny Amethyst in Sterling Silver Nose Stud by GazitJewelry

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Cartilage ear cuff “Gold Tender LOVE” – no piercing-fake piercing ear wires- wire writing
by KOZLOVA

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Beautiful Brass Flower Earrings – Tribal Jewelry by ronyibiza

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Ear Cuff Sterling Silver Pearl Pink Freshwater
by stonehorsedesigns

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Modern sterling Silver Dangle Earrings for Pierced ears,
by Menno

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Gold Belly Ring Bellybutton Jewelry Body Jewelry
by stonehorsedesigns

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Elf Ears – Enchanted Night, elven ears, elf ear cuff, elf ear wrap, elf cosplay jewelry
by SilverElfJewelry

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Horn And Shell Plug – Piercing Plugs – Tribal Plugs – Unique Plugs – Artistic Plugs
by ronyibiza

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18g little vine hoops– primitive series– handmade by thebeadedlily
by thebeadedlily

These are the ear piercing jewelry that I have found on ArtYah, I think some beautiful pieces.


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Hand carved White Jade calla lily bead earrings . 925 sterling silver earwires by BethShanIreland

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Cat on Lime Green Wooden Dangle Earrings
by wowwy

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Mini Tea Cup Earrings
by HagAndNagAntiques

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Dandelion Sterling Silver Hand Stamped Handmade Earrings – Dangle Earrings
by silvermustangs

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Feather and Beetle-wing boho earrings on birdy earwires
by BethShanIreland

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Beaded colorful hoop earrings, geometric earrings modern art earrings
by lutita

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Tribal Feather Earrings, Long Dangle Gemstone Earrings, Aztec Bohemian Jewelry
by morethanprettythings

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Large Textured Copper Earrings with Turquoise
by SilverandEarth

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Sterling silver teardrop stud earrings Understated jewelry Minimalist earrings
by Freesize

Do you have any body parts pierced? Which ones?

I did have 3 holes pierced into my earlobes on both sides. I did wear earrings in all of them for the longest. But the last few years, I hardly even wear any earrings. Don’t know why. But after seeing all those wonderful creations I might just have to change my mind.

 

Here is a link from another blogger, going a little bit more into detail about body piercings if you would like to read more about it.

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Spotlight Friday: Soap

“Honey, my shaving soap is gone. Can you get me a new one?”

We love using hand crafted soap, they smell so much better and don’t have all those unwanted ingredients in them.

A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC. The Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550 BC) indicates the ancient Egyptians bathed regularly and combined animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to create a soap-like substance.

In chemistry, soap is a salt of a fatty acid.[1] Consumers mainly use soaps as surfactants for washing, bathing, and cleaning.

When used for cleaning, soap allows insoluble particles to become soluble in water, so they can then be rinsed away. For example: oil/fat is insoluble in water, but when a couple of drops of dish soap are added to the mixture, the oil/fat solubilizes into the water.

Handmade soap from the cold process also differs from industrially made soap in that an excess of fat is used, beyond that needed to consume the alkali (in a cold-pour process, this excess fat is called “superfatting”), and the glycerine left in acts as a moisturizing agent. However, the glycerine also makes the soap softer and less resistant to becoming “mushy” if left wet. Since it is better to add too much oil and have left-over fat, than to add too much lye and have left-over lye, soap produced from the hot process also contains left-over glycerine and its concomitant pros and cons.

Even in the cold soap making process, some heat is usually required; the temperature is usually raised to a point sufficient to ensure complete melting of the fat being used.

Homemade soap will be kind, even healing, to troubled skin.

There are a lot of books out there to make your own soap. You have to be very precise when measuring the ingredients. You can have a peek at how soap is made in this video.

 

I don’t like sticking to ingredients down to a gram and not patient enough to get to a certain temperature. So I stick to buying my soap from people who come up with wonderful herbs, beers, oils etc combinations.

So I went to ArtYah to see what kind of fun smelling soaps I would find there.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Natural oatmeal soap
by obsoaps

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Pure Castile Guest Soaps, Package of Four by SmallbonesStudio

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Lavender Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap,Goat Milk Soap,Vegan Soap,Avani Earth Scents
by AvaniEarthScents

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soap samples, bath, beauty, handmade soap, samplers, bath and body, soaps
by normasbathandbody

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Sunflower Soap, Glycerin Soap, Melt and Pour Soap, Novelty Soap, Poppy Seed Soap
by CutiePieSoaps

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Blood Orange Handmade Artisan Soap 4oz
by BeautifulGiftsShop

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Sumptuous Swimmer’s Shampoo All Natural Handcrafted Seaweed Soap Bar
by lanmomoriginals

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Peppermint Soap
by SEAandCLEAN

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Orange Soap, Market Fresh round soap, Handmade bath body soap
by CoquetteBath

and you can find many more delicious soap.

I would like to try them all, I wish there would be smelly screen right now.

good-smelling-soap

You can find my Etsy collection right here! (just click on it)

 


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Get Clean with ‘Dirty Soap’. For very dirty people. Unisex scent by Naturalana

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Dairyland handmade soap
by tenthavenuesoapworks

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Oh Baby! English Rose Olive Oil Soap
by Juicybath

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Cranberry & Fig Soap
by Ralph and Ruby

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Bay Rum Lime Handmade Soap
by GingersGarden

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Bakery Box Cupcake Soaps
by ajsweetsoap

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Hello Handsome
by Tip Top Soaps and Gifts

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Sweet Pineapple Soap by beachbabiesbath

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Patchouli Spearmint Soap
by HandcraftedbyErikka

Don’t they all look yummy? I found these all on Zibbet. Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the shop.

Often I stick the soap in between my clothes in the closet or drawers. And then when we run out of soap in the bathroom fish it out and get ready to use it.

Like this every soap gets “used” twice and my clothes or linen get to smell good as well.

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Spotlight Friday: pharmacy

Yes, I didn’t write a Spotlight last week. The reason…..well nobody really wants to talk about some pain in the butt. But it struck me Wednesday afternoon. I thought it was one of the “normal” ones I have and it will be over in a few days. Boy was I wrong. By Thursday afternoon I was in agonizing pain. I went online to see if my Doctor had an appointment available for Friday. She did, I claimed the spot and had another sleepless and tossing and turning night.

By the time I got to my appointment my “pile” was pretty large and didn’t want to stay inside anymore.

I was hoping that something could be done, because this grape between my butt cheeks was driving my bonkers. But I walked out with a prescription for cream and suppositories.  And a referral.

Well it was Friday, nothing was going to happen over the weekend. “Start calling the insurance late Monday or Tuesday to see where your referral is.” my Doc said on the way out, “you know it can take up to 10 days until you get it” I was ready to get physical. My butt was in pain and every step hurt. I am usually very pain tolerant but this…. I have not felt that much pain since the birth of my first kid. That’s where those hemorrhoids stemmed from.

So I spent another night not sleeping, trying to find the right position that would cause the least pain.  I spent a few hours surfing the internet, trying to occupy my mind with something else. Went through different forums to see what is the latest on the medical side of how to handle this “pain in the butt”. There I learned that:

A hemorrhoid is a cushion of blood vessels in the lining of the anal canal. All people have hemorrhoids; we are all born with hemorrhoids. Not everyone, however, has hemorrhoid causing symptoms. When these hemorrhoids become enlarged, you may have painless rectal bleeding. Swelling of hemorrhoids may cause them to prolapse (slide out) during a bowel movement. (http://www.colonrectal.org/services.cfm/sid:6688/hemorrhoids_internal/index.html)

I didn’t know that everyone was born with them. I thought they developed.

Also I found out that a lot of treatments that where done before are not used anymore because they seem to be to risky for infection or are not really effective because they tend to come back after a while.

Believe me this was the longest weekend I had in a long time. The minutes turned into hours. My kids enjoyed it, the didn’t have to get out of their jammies and slouched around just as much as I did.

Come Monday I was online to check my referral status…nothing…. later in the afternoon…. nothing. Ok let me call the insurance and see if they have gotten anything. “well Mam, I don’t see anything here but if you went off Post then it has to be sent to post first and then we get it, but you can call the referral center on Post. Usually once we get it you should see it within 3 -5 days.” It was too late to call there, it was after hours. So I would try Tuesday.

I did and their answer was “oh it went out to the insurance on Monday, but you know they have 7- 10 days to process this.” I was ready to scream. It has been nearly 7 days since this ordeal has started and I am not one step closer to getting any relief. Tuesday night I did see the referral online. What a relief, I can make an appointment tomorrow  with the specialist. I called first thing in the morning, got an opening on the other side of town, because the office closer to me was booked till half way through September, for Thursday, yeah.

So Thursday off I go, in the afternoon hoping for some relief of my pain. I have been taking tylenol because that is all I can take, which just took the edge off, sometimes. As well as the baths and ointments and oils and which hazel etc.

Well, she told me everything that I had read on the internet the last few days what is done now and what is not done anymore. She didn’t even look at my cute “little Jewel” that is housing at the end of my tailbone.  She gave me a prescription for some stronger meds that would shrink the blood vessels and numb the pain.

The first pharmacy I stopped in to fill my prescription on base, “sorry, no we don’t carry this, you will have to get this off base”

Sigh- ok, will stop on the way home in another pharmacy and get it there. But the next pharmacy said the same thing “sorry we don’t carry this” I asked the lady where she though I could get this kit. She told me to go to an independent pharmacy and try there. So I did.                                                      a-pharmacist-helping-a-sick-customer_71728564

I walked in and said ” I really hope you have this because you are my 3rd stop.” and handed over my paper.  I saw her eyebrows move up and said “oh oh” First she couldn’t even figure out what was in the kit and if there was a generic (but there wasn’t)  Price check $400. And I was, oh no, I don’t need a bill like that on top of my pain in the butt, just for my but.

So she tried to call the doctor to see if they could change it to something else, but of course the office was already close.

“well we don’t have it here, but there are 2 in stock, we could have one tomorrow” , ” let’s see if your insurance would cover it and then make the decision”  “sure let’s do that” was my answer and she did check. I was going to be out of $24, I can stomach that if it’s going to give me some relieve and healing. So tomorrow I will go and get my kit and fix my behind. I love using herbal and natural things, which I did, but they only go so far. Nothing really helps when you feel like you have a knife up your rear end.

So now you know why I wasn’t in the mood to write last week. I wasn’t really up to it this week either. But after this nice Lady in the last pharmacy was so helpful and went above and beyond. I thought I would give all the people that work in a pharmacy a round of applause, appreciating their work.

This is the treasury I created on Etsy 

pharmacy

I love those vintage pill and medicine bottles and containers. I remember when I was around 7 years old we used to have one of those old toy store furniture to play with, it looked like a pharmacy with all it’s little drawers. It had a counter in front of me and big shelves behind me. I used to be the pharmacist and my brother the shopper. I can still see us playing with all those little bottles and boxes.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
McCoy Schering Coricidin Medical Pharmaceutical Advertising Mug by VintageIntent

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Mustache Pharmacist Retractable Name Badge Holder Reel
by Badges and Beyond

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Pharmaceutical-Personalised-symbol/sign
by Funnybanana

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Vintage Bayer Childrens Aspirin in Original Box
by ZiLvintage

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Tape Measure Medical Theme Retractable Measuring Tape by AllAboutTheButtons

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Vintage Ceramic Diet Angel – St Andews Abbey – Signed Maur (Father Maur) by AzVintageVariety

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EpiPen Case, 8″ x 5″, Insulated, Zipper Top, Snack Bag, Made To Order by SewProDesigns

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Leather medicine bag with wolf totem and fringe , Fringed neck pouch
by thunderrose

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Organic Rose Water Hydrosol
by ApothOtopiA

This week I did a mixture of items I found on Zibbet and Artyah in this treasury. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the corresponding shop.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week so far and is going to enjoy a wonderful weekend.

We are planning to have a fish fry with our neighbors and some friends.  I am really looking forward to that and hope that my  behind will be in a better condition then it is today.

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Spotlight Friday: Sisters

South Carolina is “aiming” for a record this week, the weather is trying to beat 8 days in a row over 100 F (nearly 38 C). This has a consequence. You spend a lot of time indoors, because it is just not bearable to stay outside too long.

It has been a fairly quiet week here in our house. We did not go anywhere for the 4th of July celebrations, because on of my kids came down with something last Friday. Over the weekend her fever hovered around 102 F. She slept a lot.

The fever finally broke Sunday afternoon but then she lost her voice. Not even a peep. She tried, but nothing but a very low whisper.

It has been fairly quiet in this house since then. No arguing, no bickering, no yelling….. sisters…. The younger one even made sure her older sister would stay hydrated, brought her ice cream to sooth her throat. Went into her room to check if she was covered.

It was good to see that after all they do care about each other. You wouldn’t think that if you would peek into our home when everyone is well. Typical sister rivalry going on.

sisters-love-quotes

The other day, my youngest said : ” I miss my sister, well her talking, it is so quiet in the house.” That made me smile.

She even made sure we brought another tub of coconut ice cream home, so her older sister would recover faster. Of course she made sure first that she could get some of her own ice cream as well.

So as you can see it was a rather quiet week for us. I enjoyed the relaxing times, the extra cuddles and no pressure to be anywhere or to taxi anybody around.

I don’t have that sister bond to either of my sisters, sadly. I am the oldest of 4 kids, three girls and one boy. My youngest sister is 37 years younger than I am. Living in Germany.(That would be a whole different story to tell.) We do occasionally skype or exchange letters.

And my other sister is 7 years younger. I didn’t get to spend the first 5 years of her life together with her, due to me being in boarding School in Papua New Guinea.I did see her a few times a year, but that was always brief and the age gap just didn’t help.

I was 12 when we met again. We where strangers and that kind of didn’t change  for the remaining time I lived at home.

I moved out when I was 18. I tried to rekindle the relationship with my sister in my mid twenties, but we never really clicked. It’s sad, but maybe one day it will change again. We do keep in contact, not regularly though.

I did see her when we went for a visit to Germany, but only a few words besides “hello” where spoken. There was just no connection.

So seeing how my two kids care about each other, warms my heart.

Here is my Sister collection from Etsy. If you want a closer look at some items you will have to click on the link and it will take you there.

sisters

 

A lot of interesting sister items that I found on Zibbet. Just click on the picture or the link under the picture and it will take you to the individual shop.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
To My Sister on My Wedding Day Gift Card – 1 Card with Envelope – Gift For My Sister
by SewCraftey

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Witchcraft primitive witch Black hat Sisterhood sign Primitives Witches Wiccan Pagan Halloween decoration coven wicca magic sister
by SleepyHollowPrims

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Boy’s Sister for Sale Bib
by Mally’s

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Daisy Molly’s Sister fabric doll wall hanging
by barbiesewandsew

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Big Sister Hair Clip Set
by NannyGoatsCloset

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Sister pillow, statement for a sister, cross stitch pillow, home decor, gift for a sister, decorative pillow, embellished pillow with wool by CreationbyDJ

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End of the Day Digital Collage Greeting Card
by Cards by Colette

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The Two Sisters Standing Stones – Gothic Windowscape Vinyl Wall Decal
by WilsonGraphics

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Hand stamped necklace, gift for sister , a couple of nuts off the family tree stainless steel gift for her
by cmkreations

 

I also did a search for Sisters on Artyah and this is what I found. I think quite stunning pieces.

 


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Colorful running horse fine art print by Nancy Quiaoit at Nancyqart by NancyQart

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Twin lambs with Ewe Farm Animal Photography Blank Note Card by TheOldBarnDoor

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Big Sister Middle Sister Little Sister Infinity Necklaces Jewelry Gift by AccentCreations

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Baby Girl Lil sister Bodysuit & Shoes, Embroidered Baby shower Gift , #7 by Barb

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32 Peg Dolls – DIY Chess Set – Game Pieces – Unfinished Wooden Peg Dolls by WooWeeble

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Custom pet portrait cushion / pillow / cover by RagstoStitchesDesign

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Cute rainbow robot earrings, fun gift for girl, geeky jewelry by oceanalien

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Sparrows, male and female sparrow birds family by Lola

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IN STOCK and ready to ship – Handmade Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle – Migrating Elephants by gainespuzzles

 

I will keep trying to reach out to my sisters and see where it will take me. At the same time I hope my girls never loose their bond.

 

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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Spotlight Friday: nurses

After spending a good chunk of my day in the Urgent Care I just want to give all the nurses a big shout out.  I think they more than deserve it. Our Urgent Care on Post opens up at 11 am. I got there with my oldest around 10:40 am and was immediately signed in and then had to wait a few minutes to have my vitals taken.  A little while later we where taken to our rooms. After a little waiting, the nurse came in and said “I am so sorry but you might have to settle in for a longer wait. Usually we have three Doctors, but for some reason only one showed up so far. Good thing you are second in line.” Then she told us we could change the channel on the TV and get some water outside if we needed. And apologized.

I told her that it wasn’t her fault, but thanks for letting us know and we are prepared we brought books and drinks and some snacks.

They had to take quite amount of my blood and I felt sorry for the nurse when I told her that I bruise easily and sometimes when my numbers are low won’t stop bleeding for a bit. Oh and by the way the vein on my right arm tends to roll a lot. Which it did. She had to try 4 times before she hit. Both of my arms look like I got beat up, do to my ITP and “happy” busing.

The nurse was really friendly and displayed a happy mood, even though they where missing two Doctors and the patients started to pile up outside.

this is what I found on Wikipedia about the first nurses:

  • 1–500 AD (approximately)– Nursing care mostly included hygiene and comfort needs of persons and families. Religious organizations were the care providers.(Craven & Hirnle)
  • 55 AD – Phoebe was nursing history’s Christian first nurse and most noted deaconess.[1]
  • 300 – Entry of Christian women into nursing.(Crisp & Taylor)
  • ca. 390 AD – The first general hospital was established in Rome by Saint Fabiola.[1]
  • ca. 620 AD – Rufaidah bint Sa’ad became the first Muslim nurse.

nurse at hospital setting up iv drip

What is nursing?

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and population

 

And often it is a tough job. The nurses are all only humans as we are, they have families, they have problems and issues just as everyone else has. But they put on a smile and make sure you and your family are taken care off. I don’t know if I could do this day in day out. Hats off to all you hard working nurses.

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Nurse Case – iPhone – Samsung Galaxy by GenReyGifts

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Little Traveller – Lovely Little Nurse
by UntilOrg

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Keep Calm Coffee Mug
by Badges and Beyond

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OB Nurse Retractable Name Badge by Badges and Beyond

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Nurse, hand knitted mouse CUSTOM ORDER by handmadefuzzy

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Nurse/ Doctor Large Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods (12)
by CrazyBrainChocolates

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Teddy Bear Nurse Tote
by ETC

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Registered Nurse Medical Charm Bracelet – Beautiful – LVN or LPN
by Kipaji Praise Jewelry

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Trust Me I’m A Nurse – T-Shirt by MintyTees

this was the Zibbet Nurse tribute. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the shop.

And here are the treasures I found on Etsy: 

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And ArtYah has some fun nurse items on their pages as well:


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Heartbeat Earrings – Sterling Silver by OffbeatMelody

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Nurse graduation gift, She BELIEVED she could so she did
by circlesoflove

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Radiology Tech Gift, Radiology Tech, Tote Bags by Cre8ivGifts

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RELAX MY MOMMY IS A NURSE Baby Bodysuit
by Anna

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HAND X-Ray Tiebar / Xray tie clip
by gift for radiologist / gift boxed

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Vintage Ceramic Diet Angel – St Andews Abbey – Signed Maur (Father Maur)
by AzVintageVariety

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RN Nurse Caduceus JJ Nursing Hospital pin New Graduation Gift Pinning Ceremony
by Dollherup

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pure stripes in purple , hand knitted Stethoscope cover
by HandmadeFuzzy

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Dragonfly Badge Holder FREE US Shipping
by AllAboutTheButtons

 

 

So here is my big fat       7345ty-graduate-nurse-invitations  to all the hard working nurses out there!!

Have a wonderful weekend, even though it it’s in the ER room or where ever you do your duty. Enjoy it with your coworkers.

And everyone else party, have fun, but stay away from injury so the ER will not be overcrowded!

Happy 4th of July to all !

 

Spotlight Friday: Summer is here

A few days ago Summer officially started. And the temperatures now prove it. Oh my it has gotten hot the last few days here in South Carolina.

I usually take a bottle of water with me when I drive somewhere, but my last few trips to the stores, one wasn’t enough.

To go swimming in our backyard pool we have to go either very early or late afternoon. During the daytime it just gets too hot and the UV is very high as well.

Wow you run out of indoor ideas for kids pretty quick if you are stuck in the house and the heat just drags you down. Luckily we have fans that run pretty much all day to cool us a little. Our AC is  usually set to 10 – 12 F cooler then what the temperature it is outside. That made for a 86 F in the house the last few days, and even then it was running quite often. We shed clothing pretty quick, close all the curtains and blinds in the house, live off cold drinks and fruits, to stay cool. I don’t know how people did it when there was no AC.

Well I guess trying to cool down during a hot Summer has been around quite a while:

Evaporative cooling

Since prehistoric times, snow and ice were used for cooling. The business of harvesting ice during winter and storing for use in summer became popular towards the late 19th century.[3] This practice was replaced by mechanical ice-making machines.

The basic concept behind air conditioning is said to have been applied in ancient Egypt, where reeds were hung in windows and were moistened with trickling water. The evaporation of water cooled the air blowing through the window. This process also made the air more humid, which can be beneficial in a dry desert climate. In Ancient Rome, water from aqueducts was circulated through the walls of certain houses to cool them. Other techniques in medieval Persia involved the use of cisterns and wind towers to cool buildings during the hot season.[4]

The 2nd-century Chinese inventor Ding Huan (fl 180) of the Han Dynasty invented a rotary fan for air conditioning, with seven wheels 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter and manually powered.[5] In 747, Emperor Xuanzong (r. 712–762) of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) had the Cool Hall (Liang Tian) built in the imperial palace, which the Tang Yulin describes as having water-powered fan wheels for air conditioning as well as rising jet streams of water from fountains. During the subsequent Song Dynasty (960–1279), written sources mentioned the air conditioning rotary fan as even more widely used.[6]

In the 17th century, Cornelis Drebbel demonstrated “Turning Summer into Winter” for James I of England by adding salt to water.[7] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning)

Modern air conditioning emerged from advances in chemistry during the 19th century, and the first large-scale electrical air conditioning was invented and used in 1902 by American inventor Willis Carrier. The introduction of residential air conditioning in the 1920s helped enable the great migration to the Sun Belt in the United States.

I love the mornings though, when I get out to water all my plants with rainwater. I see and hear all the birds out, the bees humming and getting busy. Early as well, because they retreat as soon as it gets blistering hot. The other day I got mocked by a blue jay. We “talked” back and forth and he got pretty close being nosy of what I was doing. Then it sounded like he as laughing at me, a few times. Then the bird took off. I enjoy those interactions with nature, while everyone in the house is still sleeping and the neighborhood is just starting to awake.

We spent a few hours at the lake here and maybe we might get a trip in to the beach. But actually I love having a stay-cation. The kids not so much, because then there is not a lot of “action”. I understand that,being stuck in one place as a teen is not too much fun. There are quite a few possibilities for day trips around here which I am sure we will get checked off our list.

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Don’t these wonderful items from this Etsy Treasury just want to grab your bathing suit and go find a beach?

There is a new online site for Handmade items, that I joined, so i thought it would be fun to see what I can find there for summer items. It is called ArtYah. (click on the picture and it will take you to the shop) This is where you can find me on ArtYah, my shop there


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Starfish pillows, nautical decor, blue starfish pillow, minky starfish pillow by Fleeceofnature

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Summer Eve at the Jetty, Scituate, Massachusetts by JoeParskeyGallery

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beach vibes, Hand Embroidered Mini Banner, Customizable by ArtandAroma

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apple body scrub, bath, beauty, scrub, gifts, body scrub by normasbathandbody

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Sun door hanger, sunshine sign, summer sign
by Angela815

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Dichroic Surfboard Pendant – Dragonflies – “Mountain Meanderings” by Crystal CaveGlassArt

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20 Thank You Tag Beach Wedding Tag Beach Bridal Shower Beach Baby Shower by Autumnslilshop

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Been There Done That Arrows Cotton Canvas Tote Bag by Jafnmac

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Red Poppies Meadow Original Oil Painting Impasto Flower Landscape Europe Artist by ArtistsUnion

And I also checked out Zibbet, what kind of Summer treasures they have:

 


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Butterfly Photo, Summer Wall Art, summer decor by SeeLifeShine


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Summer Nights Tealight Candles
by I B4 E CREATIONS


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Watermelon slice summer fashion tote bag by My Apopsis World


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Nature Mini Photograph Print by AmeliaKayPhotography


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BLOOMFIELD Summer Socks Hand Knit by PEIsocks


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Lemon and Lime. Handmade Yarn Wreath Spring Summer by ItzFitz


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Summer day Citrine and MOP earrings
by perhapsturquoise


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Petunia – A Summer Knitted Doll – Toy Knitting Pattern
by Joanna Marshall


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Handmade Cold Process Soap – Summer Citrus
by Simpson Soap Company

 

Now if that wasn’t enough Summer inspiration for you.

I wish you a wonderful Friday and a super relaxing weekend!

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