Friday, July 26, 2013


I've made 2 of these before and they were given away.  This is no different.  My daughter's friend mentioned he'd love a quilt and loves purple.  Just so happens I was in the process of making this at the time so I offered it to him.  I worried it was a little feminine but turns out he loves purple and orange as they are "such complex colors".  So I finished the binding this week and sent it out in todays mail.  I think he will really enjoy it.  Some day I'm going to keep one of these. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Just finsihed the binding on this at lunch today for a co-worker.  Her baby is already 7 months old so I'm a little behind but I think it came out cute.  Grandma and grandpa are both pastors so hope they like Noah's Arc.


I guess it's a good thing I titled this blog years ago thats it's quilts and rambling cause I seem to do a lot of rambling the last few days.  The ideas behind Obama's healthcare act have always been half baked and unrealistic.  Can you imagine small employers that beginning January must offer employer paid health care or pay a fine of $2000 per employee?  Even larger companies in this economy have realized they have to cut back coverage.  While it's a shame and I wish every company offered health care, fining them will not produce more jobs or more coverage.  My coverage costs $7,985 a year.  Would an employer pay that instead of the $2,000 fine? NO but he may have to cut jobs and pay or hours to cover the expense of the fines.  So, fining employers does nothing but raise revenue for the government.

Today the government ruled to delay fining businesses until 2014.  Did you know that beginning Jan 2013 if you do not have healthcare that individuals will be fined $95.  Ask your elected officials why the waiver for businesses but not individuals.   Let's be honest, everyone would prefer to have healthcare if they could afford it but with wages what they are vs. the economy most people without employer plans cannot afford it.  So, instead of something to make it more affordable, lets fine people cause they can't afford it.  This insane law will hurt so many mid to low income families.

Instead of hating and battling insurance companies, talk to your eleted officials about what needs to be done to control costs but do it looking at the big picture.  It's not the insuance companies that you have to go after to lower premiums, it's the medical providers.  Wonder why your premium is so high?  Insurance companies are being robbed by providers.  I had lab work done last week and when I arrived at quest was told they no longer accepted United Healthcare.  I could pay for the tests myself or go to another facility. Since I was already there I asked the costs and was told is $640 but could be lower for uninsured people.  Well obviously since I have coverage I decided to go to an in network provider instead.  So I arrived at Labcor and after a 4 hour wait got my labs done.  Before presenting my card I aksed the price of the tests and she said if you have no insurance it would be $103.  I gave her my UHC card and she said no co-pay so I left assuming my insurance would be billed $103.  Monday I saw the claim on my UHC statement and they were billed $300 - three times the price of someone who just walked in the door.  Hello America, this is why healthcare coverage is unaffordable.  Why does the insurance company pay 3 times what I would have paid?  I talked to the lab and UHC and no one could gove me an answer except we bill more cause they pay us less than the bill. 

Today's Rant

Here is my new rant for the day.  Have you heard about Hobby Lobby refusing to offer heathcare benefits that include the day after pill?  If so, go out and support Hobby Lobby.  They are owned by a Christian company and they feel it goes against God's wishes.  Isn't this America?  Weren't we founded on relgious freedom?  The goverment says they are not a church so have no rights to claim the exemption for religious reasons.  What crap is that.  Do you have to be a church to have religious beliefs?  Do you have to be a church to stand up and say I own this company and am running it the way God leads me to do so and this is somethig I refuse to offer - it goes against what I believe?

Even if you put all this aside I have to ask - why should you're employer be responsible to pay for your birth control?  If you choose to engage in activity that could result in producing a child that's a personal choice and you should be responsible for the outcome, not your employer.  And an even bigger issue - if you're using the day after pill I assume you did not use a condom so I'm doubting your intellegence already - have you heard of AIDS.  The day after pill doesn't protect against that.