Monday, March 25, 2019

the other one ...

This is the other one that I stitched for the card for a friend's  March birthday.  I'm pleased with how it turned out ...

I tore a piece of brown paper for the background and made the envelope from gift wrap.

always believe something wonderful
is about to happen 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

bunny and daffodils ...

I stitched this one for a card for a friend's late March birthday - bunny and daffodils seemed appropriate.    No matter what I did it didn't look good as a card so I ended up stitching something else.  When I was sorting through my Spring and Easter pieces to display I realized that I could use more Spring ones and that's how/why this one ended up being finished this way.  Oddly enough I quite like it as a little pillow and yet it looked dreadful as a card - go figure.  ^^

There's been fabulously warm Spring weather this week - most of the snow has disappeared - I even heard a robin!  We've been taking advantage of it and spending a lot of time outdoors.

life is like a mirror -
smile at it and it smiles back at you 

Monday, March 18, 2019

fresh greens .....

These fresh greens are making us feel Spring-like ... am I beginning to sound desperate for Spring?  

 The top dish contains  beets, carrots, potato and daikon.
The bottom one has a Napa cabbage. 

there is always a reason to smile ...
find it!


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

warming up ...

Today the temperature actually reached +6C and there was sunshine - yeppers, water was running here and there and it was a beautiful day! 

I've been racking my brain trying to come up with something to share.  Do you really want to hear about doing my taxes or the friend who is ill in hospital or the weather that is slow to warm up or the raging cabin fever, etc.  I haven't been doing much needlework either - I did stitch one piece that was such a pretty design but I'm not pleased with how it turned out - completely my fault not the fault of the chart.  There, I did find something to talk about but there needs to be an accompanying photo - didn't take one of the delicious curried carrot soup that I made  nor of the yummy lemon butter or the English muffin bread. So how about the knitted square I made last month - I'm not a knitter although my mom taught me to knit at an early age  - and many years ago I knitted my toddler a fisherman knit pullover.  This square intrigued me and I wanted to see if I could do it - it's a better looking heart for real than it looks in the photo  - the best part is that I want to do more knitting now ...

having a soft heart in a cruel world
is courage, not weakness 


Friday, March 1, 2019

march ...

I am so ready for Spring this year - the months have gone by quickly but the winter weather has been with us for a long time.   So I decided to celebrate the arrival of meteorological Spring.  My thanks to Maja at The Snowflower Diaries for this beautiful design...

The plants are enjoying the warmer sun and longer days ...

happiness is not a destination - 
it is the journey

Thursday, February 28, 2019

birthday gift ...

It wasn't my birthday but Meg's   and she was giving away gifts ... and I won one!!   This pretty packaging ...

contained all these lovely goodies ...

Thank you Meg!

Monday, February 25, 2019

missing link ...

 This is posted at the request of Lavender Dreamer - not sure how we can help but this could happen to any of us - this will at least help you find her blog again.



Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Behemoth squashes the little Lavender Dreamer

That's right. "The Rise of the Machines" is upon us. Our former happy little blog ( was suddenly terminated.

Why and how was it done? It wasn't someone reporting us. It was Google's automated piece of software (a bot) that roams the Blogger world looking for pre-programmed words of woe. Once it detects something it kills the whole blog without warning. Without any notification about these supposed offending words. Without an opportunity to fix anything. Just ZAP ... your digital life is deleted. Everything is gone!

Ten years of blogging, thousands of posts, many thousands of photos, over ten thousand comments and a hundred thousand heart-felt words all gone in an instant. Devastating! Be warned all you innocents in blogland.

The blog was actually removed twice, for "phishing". Which, as you all know, is absurd. We have never asked for your personal, private information. The Appeals process reinstated the blog the first time then the Google Bot zapped us again the next day. But the second time we were locked out of the Appeals process. We tried sending Feedback. Never got a answer. Tried to post to the Blogger Help Community. They never published the post. Located twenty phone numbers for Google. The numbers are all automated and only a couple allowed you to leave a message. We left messages. Never got a callback.

Google/Blogger pronounces you guilty using an "automated system" (their words) and gives you little or no opportunity to prove otherwise. It's been a nightmare. (for more details see the timeline post below)

So what choice do we have now that Google/Blogger has burned down our blog? Like the Phoenix from Greek mythology we shall rise from the ashes with this new blog. We will start over and hope that our many friends and followers will be able to find us and that they will never ever have to suffer the same fate.
Mr. Lavender D.

You can imagine how devastating this has been to me. I appreciate my sweet hubby taking the time to help me start a new blog. But can I ask all of you to do me a favor? Will you please put a sentence or two in your next post to let people know where I am and what has happened to me? You can say that my blog was unfairly removed by Blogger and we are trying our best to get it back, but for now I will post updates on the process here:
And also a plea to Blogger to bring back lavenderdreamstoo. We're a supportive community! Maybe they will listen if we all voice our consternation together!
Thank you, Lavender Dreamer Diane

You have our permission to copy and paste any part or all of this post to your social media. At the very least please post a few lines on your own blog about what's happened to Lavender Dreams and include our new blog address. Thanks. MrLD


Let me be clear, we love blogging. We've been doing it since 2005.

I personally have created probably 60 or more blogs for family, friends, clubs, organizations and given blogging classes in our retirement community. All for free. All on Blogger. They all have worked well, present issue excepted, because Blogger has provided the best platform. Plus it's free.

We use numerous other Google products, again all free. And they work well. As you can see, I believe in free (and open source)!

This present issue has shown us that the customer service area of Google/Blogger may need some improvement. And the process of automatically removing a blog or other product really needs some work because, as we discovered, there was no warning mechanism or contact prior to execution. We were only notified after the death of our blog.

Because we ran into so many roadblocks on our quest for answers we had to resort to making this issue known to our friends and followers. It is with the blogging community's help that we hope to solve this issue.

Thanks to all who have pitched in with their support and encouragement.


PS: We're not mad, we're sad.


The beginning of the end was Monday, February 18.
     The end of eternity was Tuesday, February 19.

The timeline is being compiled and will publish soon.

(new comments disabled until timeline is completed)
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