Donna Lynn's Blog

I'm a 34 yr old, happily married woman with the 2 most wonderful doggies in the world! I live in Florida and love all types of crafting! Right now my fave thing to do with my hands is crochet!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Wearing "red" on Friday's

Ok, by now most of us have gotten one form of an e-mail or another about an American Solider flying the body of his fallen comrade home and the plane applauding him and out of this comes "wear red on Friday's to show our troops support."

Ok, I have read several of the e-mail versions and like most internet fiction, what could have been started in "fact" has been turned into a story. Regardless, I noticed a few months ago that a few of my co-workers were all wearing red. Asking if I "missed the memo to wear red today" they reminded me I'm supposed to wear red to show my support of the troops.

Now I am patriotic. I fully support the troops and I am thankful each and every day for the job they do to not only keep me safe but keep me living in a FREE country. That being said, why all of a sudden am I deemed "not a patrioit" and "unsupportive of our troops" if I choose to not wear red on Friday's?

Isn't this why our troops fight? So that we can all wear whatever color we want on any given day of the week? Isn't this a principal of freedom to be able to wear what we want??

All of a sudden, something that started as a "story" and a sad account of a solider who was killed returning home in a casket has turned into downright harrassment!

Yesterday at work it started all over again. I didn't say anything, just kept working and not really thinking about it too much when all of a sudden, people were passing out red ribbons and the next thing I knew, one person after another accousted me asking where my red was? Didn't I support our troops? Why wasn't I wearing red? HUH? First of all, I was NEVER offered a red ribbon personally, number 2, I probably wouldn't have worn it anyway. I started thinking about how for years we always wore a yellow ribbon to show our support? Remember the song "tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree"? I am not a history major but I was brought up believing we always wore yellow in these situations... Regardless, why am I being attacked at every turn for my not wearing of red?

I honestly felt like Kramer from Seinfeld. In the episode where he was walking in the Aids Walk but refused to wear the ribbon. He supported the cause, raised money and was in the walk, but didn't want to conform to the idea of supporting AIDS and didn't like being "forced" to do anything. At one point, a co-worker of mine mentioned that very same episode to me after I was talking about it during break.

I don't have a problem with anyone wearing red on Friday's. If you want to wear a different colored ribbon every day of the week that's fine, but when you start forcing me to do it too, that's where I have a problem.

I could be wrong, but I don't think our troops think me unsupportive because I don't wear red on Friday's. I do my share of things to support them and keep them in my prayers every night. I hang my American Flag proudly in front of my home and I have some items that are "red white and blue" and I wear them proudly when I want to. But being forced to do that is taking away the reason that our troops put their lives on the line every day.

Please folks... If you want to show your support by wearing red on Fridays, then by all means do it. But if you do, don't attack others who don't wish to do that.

P.S. I would much rather it be yellow. When I see red all I think of is "blood" and I think about troops being killed rather than thinking about them, their humanity, their families and such. Whoever decided blood red would show support for their troops must have been color blind...

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Have a happy WHAT?

Ok, so this really irks me!!! Have you seen the new commercials for "Always" brand pads? Regina King (of Jerry McGuire fame) does the voice overs for them and their tag lines are "Have a happy period." What? PLEASE!!! Does the company really think we are that dumb? You mean if I wear "Always" brand pads I will have a happy few days this month? Obviously a "man" thought this was a great slogan. The only thing that can make it "HAPPY" is NOT to have it at all! This tag line actually makes me NOT want to buy this product because it really ticks me off!

Am I the only one?

Woodstock Duster

What do you get when you have a 3 day weekend, tons of odds and ends yarn, and an old issue of Interweave Crochet????

The Woodstock Duster!!!

Doug called it a "coat of many colors" and I agree! It was so easy to make and I really enjoyed just changing colors here there and everywhere! I really didn't have enough of any ONE color to do it like the pattern called for so I just used my old balls of yarn in different types and colors. It's all pretty much acrylic... Some of it is red heart, others Caron Simply Soft and others, an off brand I got at a garage sale. This was one of the first items I've made from an Interweave Crochet that didn't give me fits! The only complaint I have about this thing is that it really makes my butt look huge!!! LOL

Ah well, it's totally me and I love it!

This is a pic of the front:

These are the cool bell sleeves:

This is another of the front:

The back which is my LEAST favorite angle! LOL

And finally, pics of it on a hanger: