Showing posts from March, 2014

Steeplechase Plaza in Ocala, Florida

This plaza has had many of its store spaces vacant for a few years but since 2013 many businesses have began opening its doors here again. There is an antiques consignment store, a fitness center, a laundry mat, hobby store, Papa John's Beall's Outlet, Chinese restaurant, and many other businesses. Parking lot of Steeple Chase Plaza   Fitness center at plaza     laundry mat at steeplechase plaza     New businesses at Steeple Chase  

DIY disaster turned bold masterpiece

A few years ago, I had stained an old table with mini wax stain in a mahogany red stain. There were a few years where the stain remained in very good condition as I kept it indoors. As I left it in the screened porch area, I noticed that the stain started to form a chalky residue and rub off. I was disappointed that the stain started to look really bad; so I decided to sand it all off and start from scratch by painting the table in a bold loud scream out Yellow color. I purchased this durable exterior outdoor spray paint since I decided to keep it in the screen porch area. I wanted to create a Moroccan theme porch area since it is not really used; opted to create a sort of nursery for plants with colorful tables. I love my bold yellow table, now I plan to go thrift shopping for small plant stands in funky octagonal shapes and paint them in bold blue and orange colors. I plan to add a nice colorful rug. There goes the funky Moroccan nursery porch area. Love my bold Yellow table 

Obama care myths and lies debunked

Americans have been fed a campaign of misinformation by the Conservative Groups such as Heritage and their elected politicians since 2010. The constant lies have created the backlash that caused the wave of republicans being voted in to office in 2010. To this very day, many people believe the lies that Obama care is a government take over of health care and that in itself is a big lie. The Democrats wanted a single payer system like Canada but that was a government take over of health care and Republicans and moderate Democrats were not in favor of that; so Congress settled on a nationalized version of Romney's health care plan which was developed by the heritage foundation. It incorporated government regulation with private HMO, Drug companies and health care providers. The reason Obama care is so massive is that it is a law that regulates the health care industry in the U.S. that is all it does. It creates computerized medical records system, streamlines how health care com

How to save a blouse with bleach stains

I was upset to discover that this really nice pink linen blouse I washed got messed up with two bleach stains from left over bleach residue from the washing machine. I had washed whites in the load before and some of the bleach residue remained in the washing machine when I washed some colored clothing afterwards. A pair of old black pants got messed up but the pink blouse was upsetting because it was really nice so I set out to try and save it. There were two bleach stains so I figured that I should get some fabric dye that matches exactly which is really hard because the blouse was a dusty rose color; so I searched online and purchased a small fabric dye in the same color and followed the directions on the bottle on the application of the dye. I picked a fabric dye that allows for multiple washings of the garment, the bleach stains were covered and I saved the blouse for future days and kept it out of a landfill.      

Why Conservative Talk Radio monopoly has brainwashed their listeners?

Since the 1990s, conservative talk radio has become a monopoly on the airwaves under the acquisition of Clear communications. This right wing Radio conglomerate owns over 850 radio stations around the U.S. buying radio stations across the country in all different markets. Clear communications has been allowed to purchase both liberal and conservative radio stations and then eliminate the opposing liberal viewpoint from radio airwaves citing that liberal shows are not profitable. Their agenda is clear to become one of the largest conservative radio conglomerates in the U.S which they are; they have been allowed to turn liberal talk shows into sports radio channels and expand Conservative Talk radio nationally. An example of their limited viewpoints expressed was the censoring of the Dixie Chicks music across radio stations when the band spoke against Iraq war and President Bush. Ironically, the band was right as proven years later. On the other hand, same conglomerate has no proble

How To make A Scrap Book Journal

A scrap book journal is a creative combination of creating or making a scrapbook and a journal. I have been writing in a journal for over 10 years. I think its a great way to write about dreams, goals, documents events. I had created a scrapbook where I kept photos and newspaper clippings about important events in history like 911, the election of the First Black President Obama in 2008. After I had kept a separate journal for many years, I decided to start a scrap book journal. I will start to combine both of these items in one journal as a fun interesting way to create and document personal and current history. There are creative ways to write in a journal such as using colored pens and pencils by adding drawings, adding stickers, or tickets to events in the journal. Add newspaper articles on important events to the journal. Remember, that this is a creative fun expressive outlet to de stress and to allow your writing skills to improve. Christmas in Ocala town square 2013 ww

Watch TV for free on your Internet

There are many TV network sites that stream their TV shows online such as A&E, AMC, CBS and FOX just to name a few. To locate more networks go to the search engines such as Google, ask Jeeves, or Yahoo. Another great source of free vintage Sci -fi and B movies from the 1920s-1960s can be found at the site. It is a great library source that offers not only videos and audio sources but books  online. Anyone can sign up to be a member and watch these old movies, from foreign movies; there are every genre. There are two other TV Internet streaming links; one is, and  the other is live . During this tough economy; if one can save a few dollars eliminating cable by using already the Internet connection. The option may be the best for savings since streaming will be the wave of the future for mobile TV long term.

Socialism in Venezuela or dictatorship?

American media has largely ignored the events in Venezuela by playing a one second sound bite on English media. CNN en espanol has been on top of the Venezuelan news coverage from day one. Venezuela is going the way of Cuba in its politics, and its fierce anti-American sentiment. Many Latin American countries are following the same direction calling it Socialism when it is actually Dictatorship. It is easier to place a Socialism label on the current events so that these governments can begin a propaganda campaign to lull society to their way of thinking and at the same time not revealing to its citizens the loss of their rights in their Democratic countries before regime. Venezuela was a democratic country before Chavez ideology or Chavismo came into society; since Maduro's election into power. Chavismo has accelerated Chavez's policies within the year he has taken power, since then Maduro has forced businesses to lower prices by taking over companies; censoring the media

How to wash a crocheted vintage lined purse

I was afraid to wash a vintage old crocheted purse that my mom owned. It is in very good condition, the issue with it is that I've noticed that the purse has yellowed with age and has turned brittle. I don't want to damage the purse by washing it in harsh detergents or in washing machine. I was not sure what was the best method to wash purse and find a way to soften it again. After searching online, I found some articles related to topic; there were no articles on how to wash or care for a vintage crocheted purse. I decided to soak the purse in warm water and dish detergent for three hours then I washed the purse in the delicate cycle in warm water with little liquid detergent and fabric softener. It whitened the purse but it did not soften exterior.  I have to keep searching online for tips on restoring old bag.  This bag is very 1970s cool that's why I will attempt to find method to fix bag. Hip fashion from the 1970s.  

Stop the TransCanada KeyStone XL Pipeline

The media has failed to inform the general public about the real terms of this pipeline. At first, I was like many who supported the idea of being energy independent and using our allies and neighbors oil instead of Middle eastern and Venezuelan exports. As more facts began to become exposed; including that the oil from Canada would actually go through the pipeline to the gulf to be exported to China and Europe. America would not get the oil; meanwhile assuming all of the environmental risk and damage of this tar sands oil which is dirtier and heavier than petroleum oil to the environment. The pipe line would be built over a natural aquifer which is the largest and cleanest in Nebraska. Nebraskans such as farmers and ranchers have led the fight against Trans Canada Keystone Pipe line that are afraid of the potential of a pipe line leak that could damage the aquifer and all of the natural clean resources in that region. Trans Canada and GOP conservative politicians from Nebraska and

Russia, Crimea and how do Snowden and his supporters defend actions?

The recent events in Crimea and the Ukraine and Russia's indefensible actions to just invade their neighbor and grab their land and resources smacks of hypocrisy.  Putin has been railing against the US and its policies of Imperialism in its decision to invade Iraq; meanwhile aiding Syria with killing its people, and Iran with faux diplomatic efforts with the West.  Snowden was at the recent SXSW convention in Texas with the Constitution as the back drop transmitting on Skype from Russia with the help of Wiki leaks Julian Assange. Snowden in Russia, and Assange transmitting from the embassy of  Ecuador in London where he has lived for  three years hiding out from Swiss/ American justice.  Ironically, Comrade Snowden's lack of comments on Russia's actions, don't surprise or shock.  Unlike, in America; there is no freedom of the press, or free speech, nor human rights, not even privacy rights.  Snowden and Assange lack  the moral strength and convictions to say when Russia

Voting and Democracy under attack in the U.S. 2014

Today, Kansas and Arizona won a voting suppression measure when a federal Judge upheld that these states could require proof of citizenship for new voters.  This decision would require that new voters show a passport or a birth certificate when registering to vote.  The GOP and conservatives have long cited nonexistent voter fraud from voter rolls to attack the rights of minorities, woman, elderly and students to keep them from voting.  The only problem is that in their zeal to suppress minority voters, they have opened the door for the erosion of Congress' power to protect voting rights. In my opinion, is what Conservatives have wanted to do for a long time; but being the political group attached to undermining the Civil Rights Act of 1965 is not a winner for them long term.  The federal judge decided in favor of the GOP  State Attorney General's that placed this lawsuit by stating that the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to set voter qualifications. This sets a dange

The Kumquats are coming, the Kumquats are coming

After years of this kumquat tree of not yielding many fruits; this year has been an exception with a strong number of kumquats growing left and right. The large number of kumquats falling on the driveway on the lawn; and now on the street being cleaned off daily is sort of a pain and at the same a reward. The best thing out of this is that there are a lot of birds that live in that tree and on the property; which is great. We have seen cardinals, blue jays, and wood peckers and other types of birds that call that tree home. I'm in bird heaven. Food, shelter this is the life. anonymous bird quote    

Beautiful hibiscus and roses blooming

These bushes are flowering after being cut down and trimmed, didn't know there were any hibiscus there until it was cut down. Roses are blooming despite the cold; overall Ocala weather has been warmer than most winters. Pretty in Pink Hibiscus. Springs Here! It's a little before Spring but I couldn't wait too bloom. A rose is a rose by any other name, Shakespeare