Claudiabb's Blog


How Many Things Can You Make From a Felted Sweater?
December 19, 2014, 6:20 pm
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I have been picking up wool sweaters the last few years and felting them in the washer.  The last couple of weeks I started making some things to take to Uplift to hand out.  I think there were about 45 sweaters to start with.  First I cut the arms off of them and sewed the cuffs together to make a long arm/hand warmer.  Then I made mittens out of each sweater.  Some of the sweaters felted down too small for that project, so I ended up with 30 or so pairs of mittens.  Then I made insoles out of the remaining material left from all those sweaters.  I didn’t even count how many pairs of those I ended up with, but quite a few.  They should all be handed out and gone here shortly.

Uplift is an organization in KC that goes out onto the streets to feed and help the homeless.  If you are interested in learning more about it see uplift.org.



Lexie’s Trip
September 11, 2014, 5:47 pm
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DSCN0360My niece Brooke and great-niece Alexis and I took a trip in July to Springfield, Illinois.  Lexie is a real history buff of Lincoln and we visited all the sites there.  It was a fun trip and I’m glad that they included me in the plans.  This was my first trip since 1988.  I don’t get around much. :-)  On the way home we stopped at Hannibal, Mo. long enough to eat lunch and take a riverboat ride.

I have been enjoying this year with a much different routine than I had for the last 46 1/2 years of working.  I always liked my 2 jobs, but am very glad to get the chance to do other things.  It’s not a luxury that everybody can enjoy and I don’t take it for granted.



Retired — and liking it
March 26, 2014, 7:41 pm
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It’s been a long time since I posted on this blog.  There has been another big change in my life.  I left my job of 44 1/2 years at the end of last year, which is giving me an unscheduled life for the first time in my life. There were times when I didn’t think I’d ever get to the place in my head where I could actually stop working.  This was my second paying job in my life.  My first job was two years at a hamburger joint that I left for the library, along with a lower salary.  It just got to the point last year that somebody opened a door for me with two words, and those two words gave me my freedom.  And I am really grateful for that.  And no, the two words were not “you’re fired.”  A friend and coworker’s wife made the comment “don’t look back” and I haven’t.  I do miss my coworker’s and patrons and even the work I did, but I am glad for a new chapter in my life. 



My life in 2012
December 20, 2013, 8:57 pm
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My life in 2012.

I made this video sometime last year (click on the title) and thought I’d post it now. Especially since I am retiring at the end of this year I’d like to mention Connie and Phyllis, who used to work with me and are in this video.



Nancy
December 6, 2013, 10:09 pm
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Nancy

My sister-in-law Nancy died last Monday. She had been battling a very long illness and then had a stroke, or what appeared to be a stroke, a week before her death. We knew her time was getting short even before the event a couple weeks ago.

She was one of the bravest persons I have ever known, or even known of. She never let on how much she was dealing with over the years. The loss of her physical presence is a lot to bear. But we are glad she is no longer going through everything she has had to deal with the last quite a few years.

Goodbye, Sister. But I know you’re still with us.



Still Thankful
November 27, 2013, 9:32 pm
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A year ago today we buried my Mom.  This has been a year of changes.  I lost my Mom.  I’m leaving an almost 45 year job.  I lost one of my best friends in the world.  And will probably have to move in the not so far future from what I most consider “home” of all the places I’ve ever lived.  I’m about to lose my sister-in-law, who is one of the bravest persons I’ve ever known in my life.  She has battled cancer for quite a few years now which progressed into bone cancer.  Last Sunday (the day last year my Mom died) she suffered what we assume is a stroke and is now very close to the end of her life.  I don’t like to think of life without her in it.  But we are survivors and we will do that when we have to. 

My husband and my sister-in-law were both adopted.  They are nearly 10 years apart in age, the same difference between George and my ages.  Nancy told a story about a year ago about when their parents, Ed & Alyce went to the orphanage to get another child and they were shown a little boy who (unfortunately for him) just didn’t click with their Dad.  I hope he ended up with somebody.  They then brought George out (who was named Anthony by the nuns) and Ed spent some time holding him and then announced “this is the one” – they just connected.  George was always told he was adopted but never felt the need to search for his birth mother, although for genetic reasons he was interested.  He and Nancy were lucky to get parents who picked them and I think my brother-in-law and I would both agree that Ed & Alyce made good choices for our futures, too. 

 

 

 



And Here’s That Cake!
November 13, 2013, 9:14 pm
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And Here's That Cake!




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