Sunday, April 6

Who to believe??

The Autumn weather seems to have made me lazy & sleepy! I have been sleeping in later than usual, & have been very reluctant to get out of bed.

Temperamental dogs have not helped, as they seem to have been on a midnight run call every night, & in the end I have taken Honey back to our bed, & leave Leo on his own. Against all the best advice, but I just need to get some sleep. Leo seems to be better, & I think it has been Honey creating all the noise to get out.

The gift quilt has been given. I took this photo of it out on the clothesline in the sun. I called it 'Gratitudes', as it is by way of a small Thankyou for great friendship & many computer favours, as well as other favours such as music & movies. To say nothing of the laughs, by the bucketful!

We have been having lovely Autumn days with the cool nights. Last night we came off Daylight Saving time, here in New South Wales. I think my body clock has been ready for this for a few weeks, since I have been sleeping later & later.


This is the Question in the Title.
"A little girl asked her mother, 'How did the human race appear?'
The mother answered, 'God made Adam and Eve and they had childrenand so all mankind was made.'
Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.
The father answered, 'Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.'
The confused girl returned to her mother and said, 'Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?'
The mother answered, 'Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."

Someone sent me this joke in an email. I have seen it before.

To me, the question is quite real though. I don't believe either answer. I just find them both somehow impossible to believe.

I like to watch documentary programmes when I get a chance, & recently saw one about living matter, & the evolution of the earth. It made more sense than anything I have seen previously. Perhaps I have read the wrong books, or listened to the wrong information before.

My son finds it hard to believe I can not believe in either current theory. He is all for Evolution, & can quote far more about the subject than I can.

However, I do believe that all living creatures care about their offspring. The period of caring might me much shorter than a human span, but I dont doubt there is love & care, or surely, most species would have died out long ago.


Now that the colder evenings are here, I need to find some project I can work on while watching the idiot box, or movies. I found a host of great craft magazines at 5 for a $1 & so have plenty of ideas! I still have my granddaughter's quilt to complete too. I have some ideas for a wall hanging too, which are percolating around my head.

We haven't seen much of Small Grandson lately, except for 20 minutes last Thursday. He is still keen on his school learning so that is good. We collected him from his bus, & took him home, & he went to straight to his room to get changed!! What a good boy he is. We will be having him for a time this Wednesday, after school, so that will be nice.

His mother is almost recovered from her insect/spider bite. She recovered very well once the antibiotics kicked in, but she has been left with a very red lump on her jawline, which she says is itchy. She has no idea when or where she could have got that bite, but it was rather scary.

All I need now is a miracle cure for the itch!! I know most of you will be bored witless at the saga of this. I have a letter for the Specialist, which I have failed to act upon, recently, to try to get an appointment. Ever since I was told to try in another month, for the mere chance of an appt 3 months hence, I have scowled every time I think of it. I have this inbuilt fear/certainty that he will offer no answer or cure, & I will just be left with horrendous heamorrhagic holes in the bank account, & nothing else!

It is a curse, as, apart from the constant irritation, I wonder if I am scratching in monkeylike fashion out in public! I have to try to constantly remember it is not a good look, & hope I am not absently clawing at some inappropriate area! It might convince people we are definitely descended from monkeys!! Every bit of my skin itches, & at times I twitch with terrible itching I just can't deal to. Even my ears itch!

Scott Joplin, The Entertainer.


Stomper Girl said...

The quilt is gorgeous Meggie.

Apparently lavender is good for skin irritation, maybe a bit of sorbolene cream with a few drops of lavender oil would help you in the interim?

Tanya Brown said...

Just for you, my dear, I've linked to a very special video from my blog. Mwahahahaha.

Beautiful quilt. I love how the nine patches and triangles came together to form the light/dark pattern.

Glad your daughter is on the mend. So sorry about that horrid itch! Don't worry about scratching like a monkey in public. It's the least of your worries. This is the sort of thing that drives people around the bend.

I have a stupid question, actually. At one point the carpet was brought up as a possible suspect. Ripping it up as an experiment is probably out of the question, but would it be possible to go on holiday for a week or so, perhaps stay at someone else's house, to see if the itching miraculously abates? If it did, that might give you a partial answer as to the cause.

meggie said...

Hi Stomper, I love lavendar, have some lotion my son in law gave me, perhaps I can try that.

Tanya, I would love to go away to test the carpet theory out, but can't think it will happen just now. Perhaps I might get away if/when my brother comes to stay, as he would like to visit one of our cousins here, & they have invited us to stay.
I can tell you, I have often thought I wish I could rip out the mumblety mumble carpet, it is such a disaster in so many ways!!

Fiona said...

Now that really is my kind of quilt - nice and bright and scrappy.

jellyhead said...

I love that gift quilt, and I especially love its name. I must give someone I love a gratitude gift soon, 'just because'.

I'm sorry about your ongoing itch Meggie. Itching is just SO hard to bear, isn't it? It's worth at least booking a dermatologist appointment, and then if things haven't settled of their own accord, you will at least get some help and advice from an expert.

Hope you're having a peaceful Sunday evening. (I'm getting ready to curl up with a hot chocolate!)

Ragged Roses said...

Hi Meggie sorry to hear that the itch is still continuing, I was going to suggest dabbing it with some lavender oil too, just a little. Take care

alice said...

That quilt is just beautiful. Really, really gorgeous.

Lucy said...

The quilt is lovely and clever and quite makes my eyes jump around in an optical illusion way!

The sheer amounts of time and slow transition involved in evolution against our short little spans makes it quite mind boggling and difficult to grasp; we believe it because it's what rational scientific enlightened people are supposed to believe, but in fact when you try to encompass it it's as difficult as God really. and we still keep asking why. Only you don't have to worry about reconciling a loving all-powerful evolution with the existence of evil and suffering I suppose!

Rosie said...

Evolution took place over such immense periods of time that our brains have trouble processing the figures! It is a mechanism which has been proved by numerous experiments. But it is only a mechanism. All the juicy questions are still unanswered! I like to think that we are in for a few surprises when it comes to the whys as well as the wherefores...anyway get yourself that appointment with the doc. evolution hasnt got time to fix your itching so you'll have to help it along

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
I do not think anyone really knows how humans got here. Yet here we are, might as well enjoy it!
Your quilt is very beautiful. You have inspired me! I have begun to gather my old cotton clothes. I intend on cutting them up next winter and making a lap quilt for myself. I have never made a quilt before and I have a few ideas.
Hope you are able to find a cure for the itching. What a bother it would be!
Thank you for being an inspiration.

Kitty said...

That's a really lovely quilt Meggie - I know how much work they take.

As regards the itching - a mixture of lavender and tea tree oils, together with some calendula oil or tincture, all mixed into a simple base of something like aqueous cream might help? It's what I used on my kids when they had chickenpox (I found the recipe in a book on herbal remedies).

I always thought itching was a sign of too much histamine in the body - have you tried simple anti-histamines?

Hope you feel much better soon. xx

APO (Bem-Trapilho) said...

Lovely quilt!
huggs from across the world! :)

Granny J said...

Lovely quilt! Scratches from across the world!

Sorry -- I couldn't resist that, which is probably mean considering what you are suffering. I wish I had a cure to offer you.

However, knitting or crochet is a wonderful way to keep the hands busy during the winter dark.

Isabelle said...

And I too think your quilt is beautiful. Sorry about your itching - poor you.

quiltmom said...

Hi Meggie,
What a wonderful gift for your friend- the colors are rich and fun- that probably describes the friendship that you share.
I hope that you are feeling better soon and get rid of that itchy feeling- In Canada we have calamine lotion but I don't know what an equivelent would be- I know when my son got bit by a jelly fish on a trip we took to Mexico we mixed up a paste that used baking soda in it. It did relieve some of the itching but was kind of messy.
I am glad to hear your daughter is feeling better.
Feel better soon.

ancient one said...

Love that quilt. You do such beautiful work. I'm sure the person who receives it will treasure it.

You have been dealing with that itch for some time. Maybe you should go see the specialist. My doctor gave me a prescription cream that works for me. Wasn't very expensive either.

Finn said...

Hi Meggie, what a beautiful scrappy quilt...just the best kind of all! And a great gift! Hugs, Finn

Mike said...

I truly feel for you over the itching thing Meggie. I have really dry skin and in the winter it drives me up the wall. There's not much I can do except try to keep it moisturized and pray for warmer weather.

Molly said...

The quilt is lovely Meggie! I love how you got that secondary pattern! Hope the itch on your skin leaves soon and you're left with only the itch to quilt!

Elaine Adair said...

So nice to visit with you again. No long comment today, due to other things, but I'm glad I came! 8-)

fifi said...

I so love the quilt, that will certainly be a beloved item.

Did you ever try pinetarsol baths?? coal tar liquid, it really worked for me once when I had really horrendous pelican itch, and nothing else did.

You havent been competing in long distance swimming races in Lake macquarie have you??? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Love the quilt Meggie. You did good!
So, the itch continues. You must be very bored with it by now. Did you ever try the Pinetarsal lotion? It really worked well for me.
Cheers for now,

Ali Honey said...

Light and dark and bright, bright bright - I love that. Great quilt.

I got a bee sting yesterday and got deodorant on it quickly... and it worked - sore for about 10 minutes but no swelling or itching. Perhaps you could try putting roll on on a small area of your itch and see if it takes the itch away.

Another thought is you may be deficient in Vitamin B6 and folate - do a little research on that.

Tanya said...

I love your quilt! It is so bright and cheerful! Such fun seeing all those colors.

Oh dear, that itch. Does it get better or worse as the seasons change? Hoping you find relief soon.

smilnsigh said...

I'm a great believer in doing what one's body seems to dictate. Rest away. And good for you!

The quilt is gorgeous. You who craft, are so amazing to me. I never did it, but I'm so glad some do.

And I'm soooooooooooooooooo gladddddd to read someone joking about and questioning about the issue of "Where we came from." Oh good grief yes!!!

-sigh- I had one of those weekends when I took ubridge at something blogged by some {ahemmmm} very Christian Christian. And... well, per usual, I came out on the bottom of the issue. Or at least, it felt like that. Definition of words and such.

Damn but I get sooooo sickkkkk of reading all the r-e-l-i-g-i-o-n pushed on me, by bloggers. I know. I have no right to get upset. All I need to do is not read them!!! duhhhh me.

But they post lots of fun stuff too. So I suppose I have to avoid them, when they go off on religious tangents.

Guess what??? I said to hell with all of it and I zapped every one who does this push-religion-thing, from my list on Google Reader. Zap! Gone! Done with! It isn't worth the high blood pressure I get, from now and then reading 'it.' Nor is it worth sifting through the fun stuff, and paying no never mind to 'it.'

Grrr.. Bahh humbug... And all that jazzzzzzz. So I am sooooo glad to read that irreverent part of your entry today. And wish there was some sort of a "sign" we could put on our blogs... to quietly show that we are free thinkers!!!!!!! Ya'know... like the r-e-l-i-g-i-o-u-s bloggers have those lines which declare that "As for me and my blog, I will praise the Lord." Something quietly heretical, for us! lol.

Thank you Dear, for letting me get that out of my system! It's been a tough weekend for this, and I was reaching boiling point. And an old gal, at boiling point, is not a pretty sight! Nor is she nice to live with. -evil giggles-

And as to your skin problem, doesn't it seem like you sort of should make a stab at an appointment with the Specialist again? That's your decision to make of course. But I so wish you'd get some relief.

Certainly by now, you've done all your own Net Searching on this, I am sure. So I won't suggest that.

Gentle hugs and good wishes for solving this damn issue,

Bren said...
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Bren said...

After thanking you for being so gracious in your respect of others beliefs, I needed to learn from you and remove the "snide" comment I ungraciously made in response to one of your readers. I will follow my own advice and show respect to another human being. Ahhh, this maturity thing is difficult!
Again, your quilt is gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

Meggie the quilt is totally fantastic! Alex Anderson has done one like this that is in my 'to do list'. Well done!!!!!