Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Armpits, Construction and Perfect Patterns

Did anyone see Gertie's armpit besides me?

I find her so strange, although I admire her and like her very much.

She says she has all kinds of terrible thoughts about different parts of her body.  The only strange thing I see on her body is that she has covered her beautiful skin with tattoos.  She has -- or had -- beautiful everything from what I used to be able to see before the pink hair, tattoos and the new anchor on the top of each foot.  Gorgeous brunette hair, perfect skin and teeth, and smart as a whip.

Goodness!  I just don't see how she could NOT LIKE anything about her body. 

If you never heard of Gertie, check out the post I'm talking about here:

Go back to some of her old posts, and you will see how pretty she is with brunette hair, and not quite so many tattoos.  I find it shocking and very sad that so many young people, including one of my grandchildren, are finding some kind of contentment in that heathen practice.  Actually, I've seen a lot of older people doing it too.  I just don't get it.  I can sort of see the men that are in the different military services getting tattooed as some kind of honor statement or macho thing, but not young, beautiful girls -- or old ones either.

Please don't be offended if you don't agree -- and I doubt many do -- but this is my blog, and that is MY opinion.  I will love you if you have a tattoo or you don't.

I've been watching the very slow patio project.  The workers have decided to store all their saws and hammers and levels and saw horses and tool boxes and lunch boxes and water containers, and shingles, and metal, and siding and even a pack of cigarettes under the new cover over my patio.  I bet there are, at least, 8 ladders.  Three of them are Jerry's.  These guys just walk over into Jerry's barn and help themselves to anything they might need.  They asked us at first, but now they just go get stuff.  Even though they are now working on the front porch, all their paraphernalia is on the back patio.  I'll be so glad when it is all gone.  Then I will take some pics. 

Have I told you that Phylly may -- or may not -- be coming next week?  It depends on the grandkids' father who may -- or may not -- show up to take them for a week so Phyllis can have a break.  I don't know how she is supposed to make plans, and I don't dare get too excited -- just in case she does't get to come.

HOWEVER, if she does get to come, we will be doing lots of fitting and sewing.  Maybe I'll get a new video.  Don't know what I can show you that we haven't already showed you though.

According to one patternmaker lady, her patterns are PERFECT and changes are never necessary.  I beg to differ with her and so does Phylly.  MAYBE I'll take a video of the changes she says aren't necessary that we always have to make.  Patternmakers will defend their patterns to the death!  Nobody can make a pattern to fit everyone.  Not even Surefit Designs can do that.  Even SFD blueprints can require further adjustments, and Glenda will be the first to tell you that.

And don't think I dislike this patternmaker lady.  I think she is a LOVELY, FRIENDLY, VERY HELPFUL lady.  I just don't agree that her patterns never have fitting issues. 

My contacts have decided to dry out and stick to my eyeballs like a bug on a windshield.  Not comfortable.  Time to go get them out -- put my glasses on -- put my jammies on -- and sit on my fresh sheets with a computer in my lap so I can read something.

Hope everyone is having a marvelous week.  So nice to not have a tornado warning every night!

Hugs, Joy


  1. Joy you are a breath of fresh air and my favorite blogger. I love reading about you and Philly and the videos- wow what an accent. Thanks for being so entertaining. Jo in New Zealand.

  2. I am not a fan of tattoos. I agree that Gertie is an attractive woman and the tattoos are a distraction from that. I guess I am a fuddy-duddy. For me, they ruin the lines of a beautiful neckline or dress. I'm also old enough to associate some types of tattoos with drug addicts, prisoners, and sex workers. Prominent tattoos on the face, neck, hands, forearms, etc. still shock me when I see them on "nice" young women.
    I have two little girls, I hope they don't get tattoos, but I won't be able to stop them. I'll have to take heart in the fact that they are so common now that nobody in the younger generations seems to care.

  3. Agree whole heartedly about the tats. With the exception of one on the arm of a military man I think they are trashy and imply low life good for nothing sorts. I always told my kids not to deface their bodies with them..besides...have you seen pics of older women with tats when the skin starts to sag.........OH SO NOT ATTRACTIVE! So when my daughter graduated from college she ran right out and got a big tat accross her back and side. Karin is right, you cant stop them and the young think of them as their expression of art, of who they are. YUCK! Well that is my rant for the day. I only meant to say that I agree with you.

    1. I see it as a PERMANENT piece of jewelry. Would you ever put on a bright, gaudy, gigantic necklace and wear it for the rest of your life! If this is what the young people do now to rebel, what on earth is the next generation going to think up to do?

      I actually read recently where girls in China (maybe Japan) are going to dentist to get there teeth MESSED UP. Straight, pretty teeth are considered UNcool. Some of the girls looked like vampires. Terrifying!

      Hugs, Joy

  4. Rose hasn't heard from the Ex. I'm not holding my breath, but I sure hope it works out.

    Oh, yes, the tats. No, I don't understand it either. Are they going to be proud of them 30 years later. My brother has a couple that he got when he was in the Navy 50 years ago. They are blurry now. He has never gained or lost weight like I have. I can't imagine what they would look like if he had.

    Hope to see you next week.
    Hugs, Phylly

  5. I agree. In fact I recently thought that Gertie has almost become a cartoon character after viewing her photos/ video playing her ukulele, and her blog mostly seems to be a "sales pitch"

    I have always wondered about the tattoo on her right arm, which usually is not photographed. It looked to me (from what I could see) to be Our Lady of Guadalupe. Well recently there was a very clear photo, and that is exactly what it is.


  6. Joy,

    You do just that, bring so much JOY! I love the buttons...I remember my grandmother's button tin and spending hours helping her find the perfect button for her latest creation. I think I will begin my own button tin for my granddaughters.

    I am a HUGE fan of PSE. I have made about 15 photo books (Shutterfly). Of the 15, I have one that I purchased for myself of my dad's 80 birthday commemorative book. It is so much better that traditional scrapbooking - all your supplies are digital - RAH! Have you signed up with some of the digital scraping websites? Most of them offer free kits sometimes and they also have great tutorials. One of my favorites is

    I am convinced there is not a thing out there you cannot do - sewing, jewelry, quilting, machine embroidery, running a business, gardening, etc!

    You are an inspiration to me!

    I hope Phylly gets to come over! It is so much fun when you have someone to share your adventures.

    Much love,

    Debora from NM


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