I've added more new blogs in hopes that these folks will be keeping us updated, especially better than I have been lately.
I found this on one of the new ones. Mentally I have added the words "will be" between the two lines.
I certainly know that my needlework calms me and keeps me sane. It may not do a lot for my spelling however.
I've gone in and changed the "blogs to read" listings. IF you haven't posted for a couple of years, I doubt you are coming back, no matter how much I enjoyed reading your blog. So I did a little surfing and found some new ones which I hope will be interesting. I hope you enjoy them as well. Feel free to recommend blogs for me to check out.
Dare I say it? It has stopped raining. The sky is blue. It's also barely above freezing. Are we sure it's April?
Today I am off to the district semi-finals for the Pinewood derby - a Boy Scout thing. My oldest grandson came in 4th at his pack. Not bad for a little guy for his first year. The first 4 go on to the district derby races. Hopefully he will do well there too but I'm not holding my breath.
So any stitching will be delayed to this evening. And I have a good-sized "flower" that is in the wrong place. I am not looking forward to fixing this. It will be the second time I have fixed it and yes, it has to be fixed for the whole thing to fit properly. Darn!
#RespectYourCatDay, Yes, it is a real "holiday" or celebration might be a better word. Then again, every day seems to be a cat day in their opinion. Thanks to our kitten, rapidly moving towards that first birthday, we now move furniture on a routine basis. It seems that he likes things, anything, that he can push, pull or pick up and then moves it to a hiding place. I never realized how much space was under my dresser in the back. Last week I was going crazy trying to find my watch. So I moved my dresser,not an easy feat. There was my watch, two missing bottles of nail polish, a chapstick (one of many missing) and some torn paper. Yes, I have a cat that likes to rip and eat paper. He has chewed my referral for a doctor, a bill and a box (at least one edge). Those are just what we know about for sure. Then there is the cat who is nearly 5. Calm, relaxed and tolerant of humans to a degree. He doesn't come out when there are guests here. Though if they stay longer than a day, he will finally wander out. At Christmas, it's a game of who sees Max first and who scares him off first. He has made it clear to the kitten who is in charge, even though the kitten is now slightly larger than he is.- height and length, not pounds.
I know I'm behind in everything. I did change out the Christmas picture at least.
Yesterday March arrived with a huge bang - lots of rain, thunder, lightening, etc. I was even dreaming of the sump pump failing. Does not make for a good night's sleep. Temps are now back down in the 30's. I think I need another vacation.
On February 8th, all across Japan, Harikuyo will take place in
Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Hari-kuyou is a Japanese religious
practice which is said to have started in the Edo
era (early 17th century). Hari means
noodle, and Kuyou is a Buddhist memorial service. Memorial services are usually
held for spirits of the dead but it is also common to hold them for inanimate
objects that have served well in life, or indeed that life depends on. There is an old Shinto belief that inanimate
objects, as well as living beings, have a soul and spirit. The animists believe
that to simply discard a tool that has served you well is disrespectful would
anger the object's soul.
Known as the Festival of Broken Needles, it is a ritual of thanks and respect
for tools of the sewing, tailoring and embroidery trades. It dates back 1500
years; women (and men) dress in fine kimono and gather together all of the
needles they've used, broken and/or and worn out during the previous year. They
proceed to the local temple or shrine, where a three-tiered altar is prepared.
The lower level displays sewing accessories, such as scissors, thimbles, thread
and so forth. The top tier offers seasonal fruit, and white mochi (ceremonial
rice cake offerings). In the center section is a large slab of tofu or konnyaku
(jelly-like substance made from konnyaku potato), into which everyone plunges
the pieces of their broken needles. Sticking the needles into something soft is
a way of showing appreciation to the needles which have been stuck through hard
substances. The needleworkers also pray for improvement in their needlework
Later they will be taken to a sacred final resting place. The tofu keeps them
safe and not forgotten, yet because of being protected in the tofu they can do
no harm with their points. In a second sense they are still present in life.
The priest will incant a sutra, that reflects the passage of the needles from
use, and invokes a Buddhist blessing that is passed on to the users of the
needles. By showing respect to the needles they have used through the past
year, they are offering thanks and requesting that the power and energy of the
needles be present in the stitchers for the coming year, so that their skills
may be improved. Priests will also sing sutras to comfort the needles, heal
their broken spirits and thank them for work well done. No sewing takes place
on this day.
needles became commonly used in the 14th century. At this time, needles were
precious and used with especial care, which probably led to the idea of doing
"kuyou" for the needles, a religious ceremony to calm the spirit and
put them to rest". Although it is originally a religious practice, in
present days, it is widely known as a ceremony for needleworkers to show appreciation
for the needles and pray for improvement in needlework skills. These days, many
kimono seamstress and needlework schools still go to the shrine to attend the
Hari-kuyou ceremony. Some needleworkers show appreciation by simply not doing
any needlework on that day, thereby giving their needles a holiday.
On Feb. 8, 1910, filed incorporation papers to create the Boy Scouts of America. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts have helped build future leaders, many of whom went on to serve in the U.S. military. In this 1920s photo, Boy Scouts honor America's Unknown Soldier in observing Armistice Day.
Among the first to observe Armistice Day in Washington were the Boy Scouts of America, who journeyed to Arlington National Cemetery bright and early where they paid a colorful tribute to America's Unknown Soldier. Richard Buddeke and Wagner Lawder, Eagle Scouts, are placing the wreath, while Dick Babcock is [playing] Taps. (Photo courtesy the Library of Congress)