When Friends Make Us Cry

I know I'll probably get flack for posting this here as its not about jewelry making or business stuff, but its something that needs to be shared.

I'm friends with a lot of people on Facebook that I've never actually met in person, or held an in person conversation with, I'm sure a lot of readers can relate to this statement, given how Facebook helps us network. But for all the down and depressing stuff I see on any given day, occasionally I find posts from friends I've never met, that absolutely take me by surprise. Surprise so overwhelmingly happy that there is no way I'm able to stop my tears flowing as I read what one had posted. Not a reposted meme, or copy of someone else's words, this was different. Tom's post, in his own words, brought me to tears, because I needed its message today. I needed to hear from someone who I don't live with, or am not related to that I'm fine just the way I am, and that there are a lot of people who agree with his words.

I should note that I know "of" Tom. I've seen him at events, and we've even talked through posts on Facebook, but I don't recall ever having actually MET him, even despite this, I consider him a good friend, in part for no other reason than the quality of the posts he makes. Posts like the one that made me cry silent tears, of happy thanks.

Because my readers need to hear this message, regardless of gender, regardless of whether you're on Facebook or not, you need to read this. Should you like to read, or comment on it directly on Facebook the post can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/tom.nadratowski.9/posts/10152290629266844

Please share. Please ensure all credit for the words go to Tom. I am well aware my own words are paltry in comparison, and I'm okay with that, but I wanted others to see his post, not just those on Facebook.

Its nice to know there's still some who appreciate real, true beauty, and it comes in all forms, not just what Hollyweird tries to force down your throats.

Obituary: Jon H Lindquist

A good # of family & friends wanted to see or at least read the obituary for my uncle here's the copy.

Jon H. Lindquist
Bolivar - Jon H. Lindquist, 74, of 7830 State Route 417 West, passed away Thursday (Sept 5, 2013) at home following a lengthy illness. 

Born August 12, 1939, he was the son of Henry & Ellen Haines Lindquist. He married the former Susan Hall, who survives, on September 1st 1962, in Bolivar.

Jon was a graduate of the Bolivar Central School, class of 1957. From 1957 to 1962, he was employed by the former Worthington Co, Wellsville; and from 1962-1964, was employed by the former CE AirPreheater Co, in Wellsville. In 1964, Jon started his career with the Bolivar Central School in the transportation department where he was employed until 2004. From 1977-2004 he was the supervisor of transportation. In addition, Jon owned and operated Lindquist Cub Cadet Sales & Service, Bolivar, for the last 45 years. 

He attended Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, and was a life member and former cheif of the Bolivar Fire Department. He was also a life member of the Southwestern Fireman's Association. He was active in area stock car racing, at area tracks including Angelica, Olean, Smethport, and Bradford, PA. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and his beloved New York Yankees. 

Jon loved spending time with his family and was always lending a hand to those in need.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Mary Ellen (Bill) Heitzenrater of Jacksonville, Fla, Kristin (Jerry) Johnson of Olean, SueAnn (Joshua) Torrey of Spencerport; 8 grandchildren; his father Henry Lindquist of Bolivar; two sisters, Nancy Lindquist of Bolivar, and Amy (George) Baker of Springtown, Texas; a brother Andy (Mary) Lindquist of Cuba, and several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jon C. Lindquist in 1986; his mother Ellen Lindquist in 2002; and a sister LouAnn Lindquist in 1960.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Sunday (9/8/13) at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc, Bolivar. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday (Sept 9, 2013) in the Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee. The Rev. Clint Pearsall will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Memorials may be made to the Bolivar Fire Department Ambulance Fund, 460 Main Street, Bolivar NY 14715 or to Heritage Aflame Ministries, 198 Salt Rising Road, Bolivar, NY 14715

There Was Joy: A Memorial to Jon H Lindquist

There was joy. 

It was the way my uncle lived his life. 

Jon Henry Lindquist, retired firefighter, former Fire chief, business owner, whose business will continue on with his name still on the sign. Dedicated husband, father, son, grandfather, and uncle. He built a car and raced at local dirt tracks for many years. He was a devoted follower of Nascar, and the NY Yankees. Devout Christian, humble servant to his Lord. 

He's finally free of pain after many, many years of suffering. Polymyositis for over two decades, then cancer which is what ultimately cost him his life. The chemo/radiation just stopped working. He fought more than anyone I've seen fight. He was fine 2 weeks ago, and passed away last Thursday evening at about 8 pm.

He lived to see his youngest daughter get re-married, and to see that she married a good man whom he liked. He lived to see his 51st wedding anniversary (September 1st) of this year. 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, his father, aged 98, his two sisters, and brother (my father), three female children and their spouses and children, I am his only niece, there are no nephews. He was predeceased by his son (1986), his sister (shortly after her birth in the 50s), and his mother in 2002.

Despite the words above mostly from the obituary, there are some of my own, despite the sorrow of a life lost to cancer, there was joy. Despite the tears, the loss, the void in our lives. Despite everything.

There was joy, simply by remembering his life. The world is a darker place, but our lives were so unbelievably richer, for having had him in them.

There was joy, because he lived.

RIP, uncle Jon.


Midsummer Breaks - Unintended Consequences and Mint Chocolate Muffins.

I'm taking an unintended break from the chainmaille for a few days. I also do cat rescue/rehoming due to our area being a dumping ground for unwanted cats. So on Tuesday while attempting to care for one of the kittens born in our neighborhood this summer I got bit by a kitten who couldn't see and was unable to tell that I was trying to help. So no mailling or anything that involves me using my index finger in a normal fashion for a few days.

Bored, I ventured into the kitchen. I adore sourdough bread, and other things made with the sourdough starter, when I can find a good easy recipe that works I stick with it. The part I hate is that I have to regularly throw out a good bit of starter to revive the mix that's been frozen to the back of the fridge or that just needs life breathed back into it. So I'm always on the hunt for good useful recipes that use the discarded starter rather than requiring me to toss a useful entity every time.

Today I got lucky. Very lucky. I was looking on Pinterest for a sourdough recipe that didn't involve 3 days of work for the intended outcome.

I found a pretty picture of chocolate chip muffins, sourdough chocolate chip muffins. And it led me to a link that no longer worked...of course...because that's how most things on Pinterest work it seems. If it looks too good to be true, it is, or it links to a site no longer working...

Well luckily for me I didn't give up just yet. I wandered the internet some more and found a recipe on foodgawker.com - that looked similar but not identical to the one I saw on Pinterest.

And I tried it.

Ignore the pile of other stuff on my kitchen counter. Look at the yumminess!

I altered the altered recipe I found on foodgawker and made my own double chocolate mint chip sourdough muffins.

For those of you who hate all things sourdough, but like chocolate, or mint, or kittens...you really should try these. There's zero trace of the sourdough flavor at all, and that's saying a lot as my Indiana raised starter has a very tangy, almost smoky flavor.

They mixed up in a matter of minutes and were on their way to a very hot oven. Twenty minutes later I had that bevvy of beautiful homemade goodness without anything un-natural about them - ok maybe the green mint-chips aren't natural but there's no preservatives, no chemical laden laundry list of ingredients...and the best part. They taste good. Really good.

Me, never being satisfied with just mint chocolate. I forsee a large variety of these little snacks in my future. I can also see the need to expand my jar of sourdough starter...which I did when I fed my starter after making these.

Oh dear...I need another jar.

The recipe breakdown on this ends up about as follows:
(per muffin)...ok so they're not healthy by any means...but they're not disgustingly unhealthy either. The next rendition of these won't be anywhere near this healthy. But they'll be as natural as can be...

 12 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Total Fat8.1 g
     Saturated Fat5.2 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat0.3 g
     Monounsaturated Fat1.1 g
  Cholesterol15.5 mg
  Sodium160.7 mg
  Potassium60.1 mg
  Total Carbohydrate28.2 g
     Dietary Fiber1.0 g
     Sugars13.5 g
  Protein2.8 g

Facebook FanPage: How to Remove/Edit an App from your page.

This is a quick & dirty tutorial on how to remove an app from your fan page.

This is just a generic tutorial on removing most any app from your fan page, and not pertaining to a specific one. Some apps may be slightly different. If you have issues you're welcome to email me at frawgz.dezignz@gmail.com and I can try & test the specific app and help you remove the app safely and with a minimal headache.

First navigate to the fan page the app is installed on (as shown here my fan page and my admin panel at the top and the location of the apps on the page at the bottom).

Next Choose the app you want to edit:
Mouse over the + button next to the app you want to edit or remove - and you'll get a new menu to appear...

Now when you can choose to either edit the app (some apps you can remove through the edit settings option) some you actually have to do this FIRST and then remove the app from favorites. Mostly its trial and error as each app is different.

Either way its quite simple to remove the app in question (unless the app's coding has some sort of trick to keep you signed up - if during removal you get pop ups asking questions, read them carefully before clicking OKAY or continue).

That should be all there is to it.
-hopefully this helps someone-



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