Election Aftermath

I don’t even know what to say, I have been trying to think of a way that this is some sort of joke or that there will be some scandalous re-count and Trump will be sent packing. There was no question for me that I would never vote for him, no matter what, and I thought that was the majority opinion. I almost feel like the media paved the way for him to win by misleading us that Hillary was the obvious winner so there are people out there that voted for the 3rd party or didn’t vote at all that might have, had they known this was going to happen.

I didn’t follow the campaigning very much, I don’t watch the news and I don’t listen to the radio. I have been in my own little bubble, just seeing the occasional meme or crazy rant on Facebook. I wish I had done more but I don’t know what that could have been, but I’m now thinking about what I can do to continue the progress of our society without falling back to gender inequality, racism, and overall bigotry and hate.

I just tried to explain to my 4 and 6 year old what happened in the election, that Donald Trump has been elected president and some of the things that might mean for them. I defined for them race and racism, feminism and bigotry. I told them that I didn’t know what was going to happen in the future but no matter what, we believe in equality for all and in being kind.

I’m going to start looking for ways to help out in our community and get prepared for what needs to be done but in the meantime I’m going to start small with overall kindness. I think we need to be kind to one another, we don’t need to love everyone but we need to show respect for others and their opinions. “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything” type of stuff. We might have different opinions and backgrounds and ways we reached our decision but I think for the majority of us it comes down to wanting what is best for our country.

Definition of kind: generous, helpful and caring about other people (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/kind)

Sarah

 

Fabric Stash Buster, Easy Quilt

I’ve been wanting to do another sewing project and decided that I better start using up some of the scrap fabric I’ve been holding onto. I sorted the fabric into a bold pile and a light pile and decided to make a small quilt with the bold colors.

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I basically followed along how I made my first quilt, cutting out the squares and then laying them out to figure out the pattern. I did pin up an old flannel sheet to the wall as a quilt design board, which worked ok. I was able to put up the design but then my kids came along and were wiggling the fabric.

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Flannel sheet pinned up for quilt design board

I also had pinned it in front of the closet so when my hubby came home he wasn’t too excited to have to compete with the sheet and flying squares of fabric to get into his side of the closet. I think next time I will pin it up on the wall by my side of the bed, where I can keep the traffic to a minimum.

You can see the edge of the blanket I used

You can see the edge of the blanket I used

For the inside of the quilt I used an old blanket that I had been holding onto thinking that it would work for something just like this and it was perfect (and there is plenty more for other projects).

Back on, edges trimmed and quilted

Back on, edges trimmed and quilted

I had some strips of red with white tiny polka dot fabric left over from a Christmas tree skirt I made last year and used that as the binding.

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The quilt isn’t very big but I am happy with the end product, its just big enough for the girls to sit on for a picnic or to keep in the stroller for the park. I think for the lighter pile I am going to try the half square triangle type quilt but will need to buy some white fabric for that so we’ll see what happens.

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Nehalem Bay Camping in the Pacific NW

Pacific NW style… Prepare for rain and be happy if it doesn’t! 🙂

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I spent weeks preparing for camping. Shopping, food prep, laundry, packing and more packing. I’m starting to feel like all the prep for only 2 nights of camping is not enough time camping! My body on the other hand is definitely ready to sleep in my own bed after two nights on the air mattress with a wiggly teething toddler. That being said it did not rain (whoot!) and we had a blast! Continue reading

Friendship Bracelets are kind of Addictive…

It has started again… I think its when I start to see all the pictures from Coachella on instagram and the spring/summer weather. I get out the embroidery thread and start making friendship bracelets, I just can’t help it! I didn’t even do this when I was younger but now I find myself being sucked in! Continue reading

Portland Ice Cream Recommendation

We live in SE Portland and we love ice cream.

Salt and Straw is delicious but its not with in walking distance and it tends to have a huge line every time I go there. On Woodstock in SE Portland there is a cute little ice cream shop that has all local ice creams and makes some in shop too. I have never had to wait more than 5 minutes and the ice cream is delicious! Continue reading

Portland Food Cart Recommendation

There are so many food carts in Portland, sometimes it can be a bit intimidating trying new ones or knowing where to go. Since I live in SE Portland I tend to stick around the food cart pods here but would like to venture further out. Continue reading

August Burns Red

Last night was “Tuesday Night” i.e. date night. We have forever had Tuesday’s set up to be our night to spend time with each other. Sometimes we actually go out or just stay home and play cards or watch a movie (which we try not to turn the TV on since that is the usual thing we do to relax after the kids go to be). I highly suggest to any couple that they should pick a night to be date night, this started before we were married when we worked opposite schedules so “Tuesday Night” was VERY important!

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