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Further, many students told Human Rights Watch that they did not feel comfortable reporting bullying, or did not know how to report bullying or what the consequences would be for themselves or the perpetrator. The datasets that DepEd releases regarding reported incidents do not disaggregate bullying on the basis of SOGI, so there is no available data to identify when such bullying occurs or what steps might be effective in preventing it. LGBT rights activists in the Philippines have long called for comprehensive sexuality education in schools. DepEd has previously incorporated some sexuality education materials into school curricula, but implementation is uneven.

The sexuality education curriculum has not yet incorporated the recommendations developed by experts, teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders, nor has it been accompanied to date by training to ensure that it is taught correctly and effectively. As DepEd and the Congress recognized with their initial efforts to address bullying in schools, exclusion and marginalization can exact a damaging toll on the rights and well-being of LGBT youth.

In addition to the documentation contained in this report, data collected by the Philippine government, academics, and civil society organizations illustrate how bullying and harassment, discrimination, and a lack of access to information and resources are adversely affecting LGBT youth across the Philippines. In the Philippines, as elsewhere, violence and discrimination place LGBT youth at heightened risk of adverse physical and mental health outcomes, including depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicide.

Although many LGBTs learn to cope with this social stigma, these experiences can cause serious psychological distress, including immediate consequences such as fear, sadness, alienation, anger and internalized stigma. One such study found that LGBT high schoolers were preoccupied with stigma, violence, bullying, discrimination in school, and anxiety over their future career prospects. On a broader scale, the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts for LGBT youth is evident in nationally representative data.

The results of the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey 3, for example, indicate that 16 percent of young gay and bisexual men in the Philippines had contemplated suicide, while only 8 percent of young heterosexual men had done so. Whether it takes physical, verbal, or sexualized forms, in person or on social media, bullying endangers the safety, health, and education of LGBT youth.

When schools are unwelcoming, students may skip classes or drop out of school entirely. Felix P. In order to keep myself in a peaceful place, I tend not to go to school. I just get tired of the discrimination at school. And I would stay at home. Once I stayed at home for two weeks. In many instances, the repercussions of bullying are long-lasting. In interviews with Human Rights Watch, students described physical bullying that took various forms, including punching, hitting, and shoving.

Most of the students who described physical bullying to Human Rights Watch were gay and bisexual boys or transgender girls. These incidents persisted even after the passage of the Anti-Bullying Law. As detailed below, very few of the students interviewed reported bullying to teachers, either because they felt that reporting would not resolve the bullying or because they feared that reporting would lead to retaliation by other students and make the situation worse.

In some instances, teachers also participated in harassment. Such behavior is not only discriminatory toward students of different sexual orientations and gender identities, but deters students from turning to teachers and administrators for help when they are bullied or harassed by their peers. For many LGBT students, bullying is often sexual in nature. Gabby W. Several gay or bisexual boys and transgender girls told Human Rights Watch that their fellow students had subjected them to simulated sexual activity or mock rape.

Ruby S. Gabriel K. I felt violated. Other LGBT students recounted slurs and stereotypes that were highly sexualized—for example, being catcalled in school or being labeled as sex workers. Sean B. And they have different ways of coping—some are hiding, but a lot of them are taking the challenge, being sexually active, without thinking of the consequences. Daniel R.

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Many students described being labeled as sinners or aberrations. Leon S. Anthony T. Only men and women are in the Bible. Others described how they were treated as though they were diseased or contagious. Some students noted verbal harassment that was predicated on the idea that their sexual orientation or gender identity was a choice. Analyn V. The high levels of verbal harassment that LGBT youth faced in schools had repercussions for their experiences in schools.

Teasing prompted some students to remain closeted, particularly in the absence of other positive resources to counteract negative messaging. Jerome B. So being gay was a curse, I thought for a long time.

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Some students altered their behavior or personality in an attempt to avoid disapproval from classmates. Patrick G. Ella M. In addition to verbal harassment by peers, many LGBT students described verbal harassment and slurs from teachers and administrators. Often, disapproval from teachers was expressed in overtly religious terms. Wes L. They say that gays are the black sheep of the family, and sinners. He prayed for me. There were no supportive teachers at the school. In some cases, disapproval from teachers was voiced in front of other students, reinforcing the idea that LGBT youth are wrong or immoral.

As students interact with their peers on social media and in other virtual spaces, cyberbullying has increasingly impacted LGBT youth in schools. I would post something, and they would comment about my sexual orientation. It was the usual, bakla , bading. Jack M. The Daily Beast. Vice News. Supreme Court gay marriage case". San Francisco State University. Tribune Broadcasting. Herald Communications. Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists. Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. Washington Post. Daily Mail.

University of Utah. The Atlantic. Emerson Collective. NBCUniversal, Inc. City Weekly. The New York Times. Kloosterman, who was a bishop from to , attracted headlines and scrutiny for an emotional talk he gave at a conference in Salt Lake City in apologizing to gays rejected by their Mormon families. He also lobbied for same-sex marriage in his state. But there were no consequences until March of this year, when, at a meeting, his bishop cited a Twitter post by Mr.

Kloosterman congratulating the first gay couple to be married in Utah. He said his bishop informed him that an Area Seventy church leader had weighed in on his case Mr. Kloosterman declined to name him , and that leaders had been monitoring his Internet activity and knew he supported groups that disagree with church teaching. The bishop revoked Mr. One group that wasn't in the Days of '47 parade was Mormons Building Bridges. They've applied to march in the Days of '47 parade for five years but have so far been denied.

Curtis Penfold got kicked out of his apartment, fired from his job, and left Brigham Young University all in the same week. Penfold originally went to BYU to be around fellow Mormons. But over the course of the two-and-a-half years he spent there, he started to find the lack of LGBT rights in the church distasteful and was unable to reconcile the idea of a loving God with the evil he saw in the world.

Journal of Counseling Psychology. The study found that: Between 51 percent and 69 percent of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25 percent of LDS couples who split up. The major findings from the study are that non-biologically based views regarding the etiology of SSA [same-sex attraction], remaining active in the LDS church, remaining single, and engaging in mixed-orientation marriages were all associated with higher reported levels of internalized homophobia, sexual identity distress, and depression, and lower levels of self-esteem and quality of life.

Conversely, biological beliefs about SSA etiology, complete disaffiliation from the LDS church, legal same-sex marriage, and sexual activity are all associated with higher levels of psychosocial health, well-being, and quality of life for LGBT Mormons. Slate Magazine. They Loved Each Other More". Esquire Magazine. Retrieved 20 November Equality Utah Newsroom. Equality Utah. Retrieved 27 November Voices of Love. Ogden Standard Examiner. The threat of excommunication did not come as a surprise to Mr.

He has conducted research on how church teachings have affected gay Mormons, and given a TED talk on being an ally to gay people. John P. Dehlin said the reason the church expelled him now, after years of monitoring his 'Mormon Stories' podcast and Facebook page, was his outspoken advocacy for same-sex marriage and the ordination of women as priests.

The Herald Journal. Supreme Court for same-sex marriage ban". Retrieved September 23, Scouting Newsroom. Archived from the original on 2 September Standard Examiner. Retrieved November 2, News and World Report. Retrieved 11 December The Guardian. Archived from the original on 5 April Note: This paragraph was later removed from this manual as seen by comparing the current and archived URL links.

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Now let me tell you I had not changed my P. However, after getting off the sofa to scream at the ignoramius shining the light in the window I did notice a police car sitting there so I felt perhaps I should go see what the big deal was. Well it was our local Police department, vigilant for once, alerting me that one of the doors leading to the undercroft of my building was handing by a thread But he assured me he had checked underneath.

First of all, I knew the door was hanging and have John coming on Monday to fix it. Homeless, in Ocean City I don't think so. This they saw but the hotel door wide open in April because the idiot that painted them forgot about them and went home leaving them propped open all night.. Go figure! So at a. I took one last look at my cleaned kitchen and went to bed Mary couldn't wait to call me this morning Brian saw them there last night to see why the police were at my house. Then she tells me Brian saw them and when I said, "Well thank him for coming down to see if I was alright," she said, "Well, he was afraid they were there for him since he had a couple of drinks after work before he drove home.

I can see now if one of us is going to be thrown under the bus I think it will be me! And this close to Christmas I just got an e-mail from a friend of mine who buys tons of gift cards for everyone every year and she sent me a list of stores to be leary of since they are still selling the cards but are going to be closing in January. So if you purchase gift cards I got a gift card which was purchased in October as a gift only to find out the restaurant went out of business in November.

I happen to mention this while I was in class I went back to college in my 40's with a student who mentioned that her in-laws owned a restaurant and is that amazing because this was the restaurant. When she heard what happened she said to bring the card to the restaurant she and her husband just opened and she would honor it.

Which of course I didn't do because how fair would that be to them. I didn't pay for the card I also don't buy cards very much but you can bet I won't be buying any now. Something is not right with businesses selling cards knowing they are going out of business. I think we can all agree on that. Well it's and I need to get home to check on my clean kitchen.

I can hardly wait to see it In case I don't get back to the blog before Thursday Enjoy your families, food, and stitch just a little if you find the time. Tuesday, November 18, The sun came out Hello Sun I was thinking of ordering a boat to commute I've been stitching up a storm here getting prepared for Christmas I've never felt so ready in the stitching department We had a great "Stitch 'N Bitch" meeting last weekend with a new layout for sitting since we redid the shop this year and got rid of our big table We had two new members join us Linda Wimbrow and her daughter Candi.

They drive up from Chincoteague. Linda and Candi have been friends of ours for some time. Linda has supplied us with many samples for our store over the last couple of years and now Candi is following in her footsteps. They are fast stitchers too Now these are not models I've commissioned It certainly takes the pressure off of me to produce, thank God since I haven't managed to frame anything in months. I love to do the stitching but I fall short after that. Kay was missing from the meeting along with Pat.. We hope you are feeling better Kay.

Hedy was also absent after having surgery wemissed you too Hedy God, is that Kim a red hot mess or what. First, if I was as ignorant as she is I certainly wouldn't go on national T. When they were in the Mexican restaurant and they used the Mortar and Pestle to prepare the guacamole for the chips and she actually said out loud I mean people where the hell has she been living under a rock? The speculation over who Big Papa is goes on, however, Ellen S. I'm sure Big Papa had to pay extra for that day in the studio This is one classless jackass, people And does she think highly of herself.

The more I see NeNe, the more I don't mind her anymore. I could have died when Anderson Cooper was asked what he watched and he mentioned NeNe and when the person who asked didn't know who NeNe was he began to fill them in I just tell you here because we're all friends. Back to NeNe I think we all know she's loud and semi-obnoxious because her childhood was apparently a nightmare, the man she was told her father really wanted little to do with her and as it turns out after the DNA he isn't her father at all and now with her mother dead she may never find the truth.

So I'm giving NeNe a walk on this one. Sherri though, will not get the same break. She is what is wrong with people that come into money. Instead of being grateful, she is a smart ass who thinks she's God's gift to the universe. I was thrilled when she got a little kick in the ass last week. I mean really people She decides she wants to come out with her fashion line in 2 weeks and she hasn't finished the designs yet let alone had them cut, or sewn.

And then the person she hired did a crappy job and suddenly she has nothing to show so she has her sketches blown up and shows them?

Is she kidding Honestly this woman had such a high opinion of herself, which as you can see I don't share If you haven't seen it Survivor hasn't given me insight into who is going to be the clear winner yet I have one person I can't stand Honesly it's like these people never saw another Survivor. We all know the one that sits there and boasts about how smart they are and how they are running the entire game are always the ones that go I do wonder at the choices they make on who to kick off.

But now that they are out of the team mode Only the strong can survive Amazing Race my last addition.. I disliked the divorced couple at first but when they helped another team I decided to rethink their position. So right now they are all neck and neck as far as I'm concerned. Stay tuned. Tuesday, November 4, I'm back again My final retreat mini this time is over and I'm back in the office, in the shop, doing the job I'm suppose to be doing When C. Wells cancelled the class she was suppose to be teaching this past weekend due to "the expense of her time", the stitchers decided they still wanted to get together..

Wells Memorial Weekend Retreat. While I hosted Debbie L. On Saturday we joined together to stitch, discuss our cancelled class, hold a memorial service for C. Wells and we had a ball. And I have to tell you it's the first time during an event where I actually sat down and stitched. And I stitched each day until about or pm. And the weather As you can see in the pictures we are not wearing jackets, a couple of us had on short sleeved shirts.. We stitched all afternoon and then decided to have our little memorial service where we gathered around the tombstones and gave our thoughts about C.

Great weekend, great friends Ladies, thanks for being here with me I had fun.

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Wednesday, October 29, I'm so far behind I'm so far behind not only with the web site but the blogging as well, I'm embarrassed, however, I've decided to discuss our stitching retreat first and then go back to Jamboree. We pulled out of Ocean City around a. The sun was shining, Sara and I were in good spirits and Sara was driving so I spent the better part of the trip sleeping off and on, and occasionally stitching.

But we were both so excited that we could hardly contain ourselves Of course as she is dealing the state policeman, I'm on the phone calling Vernon and Mary to tell them what was happening. But even that did not deter us from having a good laugh. Of course when we find out what the ticket is going to cost us perhaps it won't be as funny, but on Thursday we chose to see this as part of the great adventure. We stopped for our first meal at the Cracker Barrel in Emporia and we were less than thrilled with the service and the food, and decided that we wouldn't be eating there ever again We hit Hilton Head around 12 hours after we began our journey and finally got settled into the Marriott, which I have to say is a lovely property.

The grounds are huge and the rooms spacious and accommodating. Sara and I had two rooms next to each other and we made my room headquarters for the weekend Friday morning we got up, went down to eat and then sped to the Moss Creek shop We use to carry the Moss Creek kits in Salty Yarns back when Rae and Ron were into wholesale, they have since sold their own kits only on line through their web site. However, when we carried them I did several of them and they are without a doubt the best teaching kits I have every stitched. I always enjoyed them because Rae did such a wonderful job of illustrating the stitches she used and using stitches you just don't see anywhere else.

Anyway, they had all of their kits there and some of the charts from Sherri Jones Patrick Woods. We were just oohing and aahing all over the place, and of course grabbing whatever we could. We were early enough that we really were able to get everything we wanted and like our events, they had shopping bags waiting for us to load up. You weren't allowed to take anything away however, as Ron hadn't set up for that as yet Anyway, Friday afternoon we had our first class.

Now, before I say another word about the classes I have to tell you Sara and I both enjoyed ourselves and have every intention of going back again in so please understand that what I'm about to say is not a criticism of the class, just an observation. The Friday class we were taking was a paint on linen class taught by Catherine Jordan.

What we noticed first about the class was the noise level. At our events we strive to have quiet rooms while the teachers are teaching don't always achieve it, however it is our goal , however in this event at one point a group was singing a show tune while the class was taking place. They spoke over the teacher, under the teacher and around the teacher, which Sara and I found rude on their part and really distracting at first I have to say none of it made me fall behind I just found it rude.

The problem stems from a group of friends taking the class together I think The paint on linen class was fascinating. I really didn't think I'd ever want to do this again, however, as soon as the class was over I ran over to the Moss Creek shop and purchased the paints and the brushes so I could do it at home.

We painted the background on linen to put on a small box, and then we stitched a design over the background. Many were worried they wouldn't be able to paint, but it's nothing precise and no matter what you do or how you do it, the design works out. I'm a copier When we finished the box and got back to the room I worked all night on the ship two of the classes centered around nautical designs The stitching was straight forward, cross stitch, padded satin stitch and long stitch And by morning I had the clipper ship stitched and was ready to do my grass and tree work.

Saturday morning brought us to Sherri's class which was a gorgeous mermaid design done in two colors of silk on a gorgeous color of linen. When completed it becomes a holder of needles, scissors, etc. When closed the project looks somewhat like a scallop shell. Anyway, it was a glorious kit to behold and I was really excited to stitch this one as well.

We worked on a scissor fob in class, just outlining the fob and then trying to work a scroll stitch, which I tore out so many times I swear I had to set a record. To tell the truth, I never got it the way I wanted it and at night ended up tearing it out one last time.

I still haven't put it back in, but wanted to practice on a spare piece of linen with a thread that came out of my stash so I didn't waste the kit thread. While we kept practicing the stitch Sherri had done her homework on mermaids and gave us the history. Very interesting, but then it was time for lunch and the next class. The afternoon was spent in Rae's class which was a Celtic piece which becomes a holder of needles, fob, etc. Here again we started working on the fob using a few interesting stitches while Rae gave us a history lesson. I am thrilled to announce that I was able to finish my fob Saturday night as Sara and I were drained and so excited that we rushed back to the room, skipped the dinner O.

What fun that is. And after pestering Ron who I know got sick of us going to him every couple of hours for our bags way too much, when we went down again to the shop around he gave in, added up our stash and we were able to rest easy knowing that it was paid for. The kits we purchased are gorgeous Rae has such a knack for not only designing but assembling. Saturday brought a storm to the island so it was great to just sit and stitch. An observation regarding this hotel And if you approach the desk they fall all over themselves trying to help you out. Sara is planning on taking a class from them as she see's that her attitude in the summer is less than Marriott worthy, in fact it's down right rude at times.

Having said that, I doubt if any of the employees we encountered work 18 hours straight So I think we can excuse Sara if she gets a bit testy Anyway, even the staff who delivered more than one room service meal to us always asked how we were enjoying our stay, where we were from Very pleasant. It was amusing to us to see the stitchers flock to the beach once the weather straightened out While all beaches are not alike, the view is the same Sunday was so gorgeous if we were staying we might have gone out there, however, we went to the brunch, and got out of there early to start our trek home.

Sara drove and I slept as usual.. I never slept so much I'd doze off, start snoring and wake myself up and five minutes later did it all over again. We made it back without Sara getting another ticket so we're calling it successful. By the way, we ran into Carol B. But what a wonderful weekend, great teachers, great shopping, a huge success. Ron and Rae Iverson do a great job. I highly recommend this event. Also once the lecture or the demonstration is over and you know what you are doing you can also leave. They do have the classrooms open at night for anyone who wants to sit and stitch there.

We took 2 days to drive home and that really worked out better. So we arrived home on Monday and I took Monday and Tuesday off to unwind and stitch. And now I'm back. And you know Thursday, October 16, I'm back I've been buried under paperwork since the Jamboree ended plus I was physically and mentally exhausted. However, I'm almost back to normal my normal, not anyone elses and I'm ready to talk about it. Coming off of the Delaware Guild retreat we were a little tired, but set up for the Jamboree to come so that made it a tiny bit easier.

We always close the hotel after the Delaware Guild retreat not because of anything they did but to ready us for the Jamboree , however as we were about to breath and lock the doors Fran C. Unfortunately, we have to close for our own mental state to get ready, so Fran decided to go to another hotel and come back on Wednesday when we reopened. Debbie L. Debbie and Phyllis come down a lot to it's like 'old home week' when they are on site. We have little retreats and stitch with them, well Sara does I'm usually home sleeping.

Anyway, we worked all week getting food prepared.

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Sara was in charge of hors d'oevres and I was in charge of the lasagna dinner. I made so many pans of lasagna I don't care if I ever see it again, and the pasta salad It didn't help that all Wednesday night I was elbow deep in pasta only to find that I hadn't prepared enough so I went back to the store, bought more ingredients and started all day again on Thursday which is why I made the faux pas of "not picking up Jane Timmer from the airport.

She finally called the shop and when Debbie L. I was so embarrassed, can you imagine inviting someone to your house, and then leaving them stranded. I just knew I was going to catch hell from Jane, but when I finally saw her and admitted that it was my mistake she was so gracious and kind and said it was alright which we all know it wasn't but I'm grateful she didn't have any hard feeling towards me. Anyway, that was the start of the Jamboree and as my mother always said, "a bad beginning makes for a great ending. While we were hopping all weekend, it was such fun.

Several stitchers arrived Thursday night and the drinking..

In the lobby everyone met, had some wine, and talked needlework. And they brought food as well, Jody King brought her wonderful "honey bun cakes" and her potato chip cookies Kay Owens, Judy Brunclik, Sue Quigg all brought the most delicious cookies to share with everyone and thankfully Sue let me keep the tins which I love to have at Christmas.

Carol Reither brought pizzelles which reminds me of my dad as he loved them and Cynthia Radley brought me a gorgeous plate of cookies piled high and topped off with the cutest shortbread mold While I didn't share that particular plate with anyone at Jamboree, I did share it with my home stitchers when we had our Stitch 'n Bitch on Tuesday following the weekend.

I've also gone on their website to look at all the hornbook molds There was plenty of show and tell with many of the ladies allowing me to display them all weekend in the shop: Jackie Janosky bringing her Stitcher's Treasure box smalls Jeannette Douglas designs , Stacie Stinson and her mother Caroline, including M Designs "Christmas" and several Elizabeth Designs blue ribbon winners. Debbie Liming brought the first piece designed by Crescent Colours, "All in a Moon," Candi Whitehead brought in M Designs "Halloween Tree" and her mother Linda Wimbrow brought in Little House "Snowflakes", so we had quite a display in the shop and some of the stitchers brought show and tell and I'm not sure what anyone brought except Jean Crockett who brought in "Red Thread Series" by Bent Creek, beautifully framed I started it and that's about all I can say.

Anyway, we had a great time during the weekend and the weather for both events was gorgeous Remember the Fran I spoke of at the beginning of the blog And the classes, oh my they were wonderful. Everyone loved the classes because they were taught new techniques new to them on putting smalls together.

Lauren designed the cutest pillow for a miniature adirondack included in kit chair with a nautical theme along with the Md. State Flag done on a lumbar pillow for the mini chair. The ladies were stitching this long after the class ended so I know most of them will have this finished in no time. Jane Timmer did a nautical hanging pocket which was so perfect and continued with the nautical theme we love since we live on the beach.

Several of the stitchers were also stitching away on her piece in the lobby after class. And Eileen taught different stitches, blackwork, pulled work, etc. In fact, the stitchers all requested all 3 of these ladies back, and many requested a weekend with Jane teaching her 2 day notebook course. Which, by the way, I have contacted Jane and she is available so I will be setting this up for spring. I also intend to have all three join us again if they can, for another Jamboree. I managed to get my exchange gift with Theresa Wood's done I took the design off of Shepherd's Bush "Sail Away" and put the scene on the top of a box, lined the inside of the box with "When this you see remember me" along with the date and OCSJ.

I stitched her initial and a motif on the bottom of the box along with an over one scissor fob the sailboat from the scene and a girl holding a spy glass was on the front of the needlebook. The biggest thing for me was in the finishing which as we all know I hate doing. But I completed it by end of day on Saturday and exchanged with her that night. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of my pieces for you, but I do have her pieces to me to show.

Which I will do upon my return from the Moss Creek Retreat I'm multitasking like crazy so I can get out of here before midnight. Anyway, I've received notices periodically from IRS regarding what they feel I owe regarding a form from Yes, I said I have sent them copies of every form from , numerous times, think it is straight and in a couple of years get the same letter.

I've been playing this game for several years but lately it's been coming more frequently. In August I sent them the forms yet again, along with letters from April and letters. The first of October I got a letter saying they were looking into the situation and would let me know. A couple of days letter I got a letter of intent to levy the assets. So today, I thought it might be prudent to call them.

You can imagine the response I've gotten. Paul answers asking me if I'm having a nice day. Now really, if I'm calling IRS you can bet it is not a great day for me So I tell Paul what my problem is So then I ask, "wouldn't the State of Maryland have been contacting me regarding lack of payment if I hadn't paid them? And why are you contacting me for State money? Anyway, he informs me that I have to get recertification from the State showing that I've paid the taxes. And then he says, we have monies of yours which we don't know what to do with from I notice they never contacted me on this which shows it is suppose to be put toward the form which is agricultural, are you a farm?

I said no, that can't be I make quarterly payments to PNC and they must have processed it incorrectly and that should have gone on Form Well, for some reason that didn't work for him so he kept saying "you need to let us know what we are to do with that money. I'll deal with that money issue later. To which she said, if they felt you owed it they would. So while this is complete absolution I do think we're getting close.

While I was on the phone with IRS they did mention they didn't get my form and I should send that along. This is the first I've heard of this Anyway, I've got to run and start coping all my IRS forms so they don't levy my ass Have a great weekend and keep those needles moving. Monday, October 6, What fun we had Delaware Valley Guild is now just a pleasant memory, but what a good time we had. Some new faces were with the group, but many of the old faces were here so we felt right at home. I had been warned by my Sara that I wasn't to intrude on the guild since it wasn't an event we were hosting so I tried to restrain myself, but they were very kind to say that I was invited to sit with them and stitch if I wanted The projects that these stitchers were working on were fabulous The weather was gorgeous All the stitchers were excited to meet Ruth Sparrow designer Behind Twisted Threads who along with Stasi Buhrman she ran Ruth's shop when she lived in Ohio were having a mini retreat here and helped Sara and I with this retreat.

In fact, Ruth and Stasi cut fabric for me during the retreat thank God! Debbie H. I had admired hers last year so was surprised and thrilled when she brought me one as a gift. There were some new faces this year at the retreat and it's always nice when newbies are included.


Our own Linda W. She was so much fun to be around. While I had warned everyone about my Thursday night T. Good thing I left. Anyway, ladies it was a pleasure to have you here and a lot of fun to boot! Tuesday, September 23, Windy but beautiful. Yes, the wind will darn near blow you away, but the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day here in Ocean City. The waves are kicking up a bit, but who cares, I'm not going swimming anyway. Yesterday marked the beginning of the second season here in Ocean City.

Sunfest which was held Thursday thru Sunday of last week marked the official end of the summer season. And were we busy, good Lord, the folks were here and they were shopping. I don't know how that is possible since I don't think I stitched one thing, but my mind was on track and I was thinking of picking up a needle, it's just that hands weren't connecting with my brain.

So folks, it's official I'm back to stitching. The problem now is I'm so backed up with stitching that is that figuring out what to pick up next is a problem. I'm swamped with fabric, patterns, etc. And much to my surprise, I got treats from the girls Phyllis brought me the cutest tins, and there were probably 5 of them in the bag and thank God they still had the chocolate in them. They are so cute and a few of them in different sizes in the shape of a hershey kiss I can't wait to stitch something for them Thanks Phyllis, and Debbie, brought me a pattern that I was dying for and have checked ebay for almost a year a few times a week to see if anyone was trying to sell it.

It's a Just Nan stitching case done on pink gingham linen She also brought me a Merry Cox kit yes the fabric and thread was in it I am humbled by the generosity of stitchers. Thanks Debbie, I love my new stash. Debbie brought down many of her almost finished projects, she's been working like a dog I love their trees, and the finished piece looked just like the oil paintings you see in older Victorian homes. I loved it. And Debbie also like a child with shiny objects apparently I couldn't believe how quickly she stitched that because she was actually here for a seminar for work.

Yesterday as Debbie and Phyllis were saying good bye in walked Shiela F. They brought us black and white cookies from Wegman's. Needless to say, it took me less than 30 seconds to rip into the packaging and take a bite I did hold my self back and ate only 1 yesterday God only knows what I'll eat today My God There isn't a stitcher in the world who would cause any problems or is there , so we love our stitchers. So yesterday afternoon we had show and tell with them well we didn't show anything, but we were very good about looking at theirs. My God, Shiela must have done 20 ornaments for Christmas gifts And she finished them herself Trudy brought a Betsy Stinner piece that was lovely as all Betsy's pieces are.

She also brought a stained glass piece by Stoney Creek and inserted in their frame and it too was striking, and then she brought out a tray in which she had inserted an iris done on canvas You know after viewing all this beautiful stitching, I was even in more of a mood to stitch so Sara told me to skip working the desk and go on home, which I did so I could get stitching I see the light at the end of the Theresa Wood tunnel, but it's still a distance away. I really feel I might just complete this before Jamboree I know I can, I know I can. I've filled you in on stitching, but now I have to rant about something.

At the store our policy on closing is Well, the two women yesterday felt no such urgency. They strolled around, and talked, and strolled some more and then while one of them looked around the other came to the counter to fascinate me with her tales First as so many like to tell me, "I've done one of everything in your store. And it wasn't so much what she said as the fact that when she said it her eyes rolled back almost to the back of her head and her mouth would go into the strangest shape so I was so distracted by that I couldn't quite focus on what she was saying, so I was a mess by the time these ladies left the shop, and tired I have to say.

I was thankful it was my last day in the shop this week. I'm just too tired and definitely need a break. It is now Saturday night and I'm finishing up some of the work on my desk I can't figure out how it keeps accumulating I get it down and the next day it's piled up again. Now, I would be remiss if I didn't discuss Survivor which had it's 2 hour debut on Thursday I think it was. Anyway, how long has this show been on Well, apparently Jan I think her name was missed all 7 years or the idiot would have know to pick strong men and not pick mothers like herself. For God's sake people you are challenged in strength categories most of the time and who does she pick for her team Now that doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with those people I'm sure they are lovely, but if winning a million dollars depends on your winning challenges based on strength Now having said that, she is certainly not the only loose nut that was on her team they got rid of her 2nd so they won't be able to blame her any longer So much for the 60 year olds.

You know what is truly sad I looked at her and thought, my I would never even consider doing this at her age, kudos to this woman, and then they said her age I thought the woman was older than I was I'm beginning to think perhaps I should look in a mirror and be truthful to myself.

I never think of myself as I'm not sure how old I really think I am I also look at the ladies around me who are 60, and I went to school with and they don't look 60 either to me. Am I lying to myself or what? I do live in a fairy wonderland or at least it seems that way at times. Oh, by the way, the needlework show is still on-line although I think Sunday may be the last day They even have a company where they use 4 letter words I'm never allowed to use although I do I can't imagine doing such a thing Maybe I'd do it as a joke I may be a prude I'll let you know!

I'm going to publish this tonight since I've been writing it since the beginning of the week. Have a great Sunday, come on down when you get a chance because there aren't so many people here now. Friday, September 12, Some of us are crazier than others It's been a while and people are starting to question what's happened to me, but I'm fine, I've just been in the shop morning, noon and night, however, Wednesday night was my last evening shift and now I'll just cover Renee's shift until next week and then I'll be back to normal well, whatever I consider normal.

First the weather update We saw very little rain and certainly not the rain that usually comes with this kind of storm, and I have to say the guests in Ocean City didn't even bother to leave town. They were out and about even in the windest of moments which by the way is not a safe thing to do because there is flying debris. We even opened for half a day in the shops and then I said the heck with it, let's take a day off half day off and Pat and I closed up and went home.

This week the weather hasn't been the best. While it hasn't rained it's been overcast every day and we've seen the sun only once late in the afternoon, but I have to tell you that didn't stop the Bike Week bikers. My God, there are millions of them or does it just seem that way? But these are not the "hells angels" bikers, they are your next door neighbor kind of bikers mostly..

And while it's really noisy with the engines being reved for 40 minutes before they pull out of the parking spot, it's all in good fun and we'll live through it. Now my crazy lady story I have had an unfortunate event take place Now I'll let you form your own opinion. Judy T. Wells class. Judy just loved her and has taken several classes from her. Debbie also enjoyed the class and was looking forward to another as well. So I decided to try to get C. Now getting in touch with her is like contacting the Pope The one time I finally got in touch with her she couldn't talk because she was on her way to Europe I have found that's her reasoning every time you are fortunate or perhaps that's unfortunate enough to get in touch with her.

Anyway, long story short I handed the job of getting this woman down here to Sara because after a couple of weeks of e-mailing and messages on her answering machine I was less than thrilled to deal with her. So Sara started the process. She did speak with her just a moment though as she was leaving for Europe I don't know why the hell she answers the phone is she's on the way out the door to Europe, and if she isn't on her way out, then she has 5 minutes to discuss her class. That actually went smoothly Last week Sara got an e-mail or call asking us how many attendees we had coming so she could get her supplies ordered before her you guessed it trip to Europe.

So Sara informed her that at this point we had 13 attendees, however, we were having 2 big events in the next month and we felt certain that we could get the 2 more she said she needed, but we couldn't guarantee it Again, I am sorry to cancelI was so looking forward to meeting you and Sally. Now this people, is the craziest thing I have ever heard and I've heard a lot , so C. Wells, becomes the craziest woman, in my opinion, especially in the needlework field and again, I've meet some doozies.

The expense of her time I'm not sure I'll ever get over her telling me that. I had Ruth Sparrow teach here when there were only 6 or 8 of us at the time. I've never once had a teacher care if there were 2 or So what the hell difference does it make for God's sake. Well to C. Wells, the difference between coming and not coming. Now you may wonder why I didn't just lie and say 15, well first, because I shouldn't have to I think it's a shame in an industry which is struggling to keep people interested and involved, and bring new people in, that this woman has this elitest attitude.

However, she does, she's out and everyone who did sign on for the weekend will be receiving their deposits back. And that's my crazy lady story for the day. Fortunately, she is the only person I have had contact with who has used that excuse. So the next time IRS sends me a letter saying they need a copy of something I'm just going to write them back and say it wasn't worth the expense of my time to search for it Saturday morning And our "stalker" is back once again so my Sara is freaking out. As you may know, we have lost all but one of our foreign workers Add that to having Renee out for a week means I am unavailable since I've been in the shop for both shifts and Sara has had to man her shop and there are days where Vernon has to man his shop and Mary is stuck at the desk and has Solomon.

And of course we don't have the luxury of Roy in the laundry room since he had the nerve to pass away in June. The children were very optomistic in June but by September that optomistism has turned to pessimism and I can tell you it's been tough keeping the ship afloat. So when a fresh face I use the term loosely showed up asking for a job, Sara and Mary jumped at the chance to get someone doing the yard work and laundry room.

This young man is from Nepal, and no offense to Nepal, the only 3 other workers from there were fired with a weeks time, so I wasn't holding out too much hope for this guy, and it's a good thing. Vernon and Sara would show him how to do something, like fold a towel, and they would go back into the laundry room a few minutes later and he couldn't seem to get it right Forget about sheets, he just rolled them in a ball apparently.

From day one I kept saying, "Get rid of him Well, apparently he was wrong. Sara says and I quote He refused to take the paycheck so Vernon ended up telling him to take it and leave or Vernon was just going to throw it on the ground and close the door which is what happened and then he hung out at the laundry room door for an hour or so just waiting for it to be opened so he could once more ask for a job. This went on for a few times until Vernon threatened to call the police. Last night as Natalie was clocking out she said, "there's a guy from Nepal standing in the hallway who is looking for a job.

It's starting to freak Sara out so I said, "Go tell him we don't need him as we have already hired someone else. The problem last night is To me it's all in a days work, but to Sara and the tenant, well, it isn't. So Sara calls Vernon to get him in on it So then Vernon comes down. Now it's time for me to go home, so Sara says, "I'm walking mom out, but make sure you have a walkie talkie on you in case. Now I was feeling a little edgy It's a new day I can only anticipate the madness that will be our lives today Thanks for all the e-mails asking if I was alright Have a great day Friday, August 29, Last Weekend of the year It's finally hear and yet it's still hard to believe that it's over.

It seems like we just celebrated the 4th. I say this with just a touch of sadness I will still miss the friends we've made through stitching. But, on the other hand I get to see my in town friends again, friends who can't visit often in the summer and I'll be glad to see them again. The days of rushing about are about over and we will be back to our laid back ways in Ocean City. People who move here from the city just can't understand how anything gets done here. And while it's improved greatly over the past years, you will still be scratching your head if you hire one of the "old school" people to do work for you.

For down here the call of the ocean has caused even the most efficient people to take time to look at the ocean, go surfing during the day and leave work for later Someone years ago said to me, "I called the plumber and he said he would be here on Tuesday We were use to it, but new people just scratched their head at the way we worked.

I frankly miss the old days, where you knew everyone and everyone knew you.

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Of course growing up here that was a definite disadvantage, but as an adult it just felt good. Ocean City is no longer that sleepy little village I knew, it's become a major city in Maryland, at least in the summer, and it's a sleeping giant in the winter, with crowds on the weekends and then Mondays back to just locals. When I was growing up in Ocean City we had one movie theatre only open on Weekends and never showed anything but Grade D movies Now we have multi plex theatres with all the latest movies and I haven't set foot in a theatre in years. I was appalled so now I buy the DVD and pop my own darn popcorn and open my drink from the supermarket and it's a lot cheaper She called for a supervisor who wasn't in, and ended up talking with the person to whom she had spoken regarding the disconnect of her cable.

He then talked to someone, told her a supervisor would call her back and he actually did what a shocker. The long and short, after she got done telling him he was going to lose my business Now my question is This is the type of thing that drives me right up the friggin wall. I explained the entire situation to the person I spoke to and she starts talking about her damn aunt sitting at her house for her.

Honestly, where the hell did customer service go? Have you seen any lately? I hope you have if you've been in our shop. I know Barbara C. Renee said Barbara was being very patient as Renee got hit with a return, sale and the bracelet going on all at once. In fact it wore Renee out But I'm sure there are times when people thing we don't have good customer service. And I include myself here I get screwed up at times and forget something I was suppose to do I have good intentions when I arrive at work at a. I'm starting to show wear and tear, and by p. I'm on remote at that point and waiting for the door to close, which if you noticed this year is happening 15 minutes early.

It use to be that I would sit there until p. I would wait for you to be done. This year, I lock up at p. I don't ask you to leave, but no one gets in the door after that. And this year I've been in the office closing out things by or p. And of course in the hotel we've had our moments. Did I tell you about the women last weekend who reserved a room for 5 and then brought 6. If you have never been here our rooms are small, we're not a Holiday Inn kind of place.