De-decorating pause: A single piece of tatting

As is the case with decorating, when it’s time to ‘de-decorate’, a walk down Memory Lane ensues. As I took ornaments off our Christmas tree, I paused to admire a handmade ornament featuring a small piece of my grandmother’s tatting. I think tatting is almost a lost art. Continue reading “De-decorating pause: A single piece of tatting”

Florida Man, Florida woman: Never a dull moment

The words ‘Florida man’ in a headline are a tipoff about what’s in the story. Just reading those two words ensures the story will be a doozy. A simple search using those words (or ‘Florida Woman’) will turn up all sorts of entertaining tales.

Today’s archive link takes note of the term that has become a Sunshine State icon.

In the story Florida Man, Florida Woman: Arts Potential Crosses All Genres, I share my own ideas about this, and I offer some links to memorable moments with Florida’s ongoing meme.

Be safe, holiday people! And have a great weekend.

(Kay B. Day/Dec. 17, 2020)

Annual Christmas train wreck occurs at Indie Art South

It’s that time of year we in my family call the ‘Christmas Train Wreck.’ As the big day approaches, efforts ramp up and this year will be different in some ways, but the same in others. There just isn’t enough time in each day for those of us who are Christmas-obsessed. Continue reading “Annual Christmas train wreck occurs at Indie Art South”

Alert to supporters: Please do NOT follow IAS PayPal links on these pages

This is an alert to those of you who support my writing here with tips. Please do NOT follow any PayPal links on these pages. By the first of 2021, I will find a new way for people to tip. There are two reasons for this.

The first reason is a compromised link I discovered quite by accident. I clicked on the link I pasted into a column I was writing. The link does not really take you to my PayPal account as best I can tell. It goes to an account I cannot verify. The only difference is a missing period in the faulty link.

I don’t know how this happened. I always copy and paste code; I never input it myself.

The other reason is that PayPal charged me $15 for an error made by an unverified user. That user donated to my account, then immediately asked for a refund. I agreed to a refund once the charge posted, but the donor was in a hurry and went to PayPal. The donor claimed she never received a product she did NOT order in the first place.

For my honesty, PayPal charged me $15.

I’m not wasting any more time trying to communicate with PayPal. I spent hours back and forth with that suspect donor who claimed to want to donate to a fund for a girl’s braces. The young girl the donor claimed to care about had passed away and her death was widely reported in US papers.

So please do NOT follow any PayPal links on articles here. I hope to purge every link as quickly as I can. I am closing my PayPal account today.

Tech titans do not heart indie bloggers who think outside the statist box. That is an absolute.

(Kay B. Day/Dec. 15, 2020)

COVID Christmas solace: Even the Grinch came around

I told my mother a few days ago I have enough Christmas spirit for all of us. Her Christmas spirit is stuck in neutral right now. (Story continues after photo.)
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