my mom says it’s OK

Bob and I were shopping yesterday when I happened to spy a young boy in the self-serve bakery.  I had seen him before on another shopping trip blithely munching on a cookie.  I stood and watched him as he eyed the cabinet, looked both ways, and then reached in and took a doughnut, closed the door with one hand, then brought the stolen treasure up to his lips and took a bite.

He clearly saw me looking at him and didn’t seem in the least fazed.  I approached him, I couldn’t help myself, and said, “You know that taking that doughnut is stealing.”

To which he replied:

“It’s OK, the store lets you do it, and my mom says it’s OK.”

I was flabbergasted!  I told him that it is not OK to take things without paying for them.  He went on to say that he would tell his mother and she would pay for it.

Later as I passed the checkout lanes I spied the doughnut kid and his mother.  Again I couldn’t help myself… I went up to the boy and said, “Hey, did you tell your mother about that doughnut you ate?”  Amazingly, his mother said, “Is that the woman you told me about?”  and then to me, “I always let him get something and then I pay for it when we leave.”

“I see.”  I said, and turned to walk away.  Here is where I think it got really weird…

Suddenly this big hulk of a man came up to me and asked if I knew that boy and I told him no.  Then he says in a booming voice, “That’s not cool lady!  That’s not cool, she could have gone off on you!”


You know how it is with snappy come backs.  You never think of them until you are long gone.  Two things came to mind later.  The safe answer would have been “Yes.”  And the smart-ass retort would have been, “Then we are both glad that he was not your son.”  I concede that the latter would have been, very “uncool”.

The whole situation left me thinking, when is it cool to steal even just a doughnut or a cookie?  What kind of message are you sending when you allow your child to take what they did not pay for?  Aren’t you setting him up to believe that the little items don’t count, and that it is OK to steal?

The thing is, they do count and in a big way!  In 2014 alone *25 large retailer’s losses were approximately $44.2 billion (based on a University of Florida survey).  That’s BILLIONS not hundreds, or thousands, or even millions, but billions.

Some may think,

“Well what’s it to me? They are big corporations who factor in shrinkage (see below) and they can afford the losses”

But they can’t, and in the end guess who pays for those losses?  We do.  We pay for every doughnut, pair of jeans, small appliance and more in higher prices when we shop.

So when we choose to turn our backs to even the petty theft ,and not say anything just because it is a kid, then we are agreeing to allow the child to continue to steal and to paying more for our goods in the future.

Now that, my friends, is uncool.

Oh yes, and as it happens we ended up in the line the boy and his mother were in and Bob realizing who she was asked if I wanted to choose another line.  I said, No.  The mother looked up and the end of the checking process, saw me, and then said,

“Oh, and did you get that doughnut for my son?”

The checker said “No mam.” and added it to her total.

English: A plain glazed donut. This was bought...


SHRINKAGE:  The loss of inventory that can be attributed to factors including employee theft, shoplifting, administrative error, vendor fraud, damage in transit or in store and cashier errors that benefit the customer. Shrinkage is the difference between recorded and actual inventory. Definition quoted from Investopedia 


Noodle Needs

Waiting for someone?


Our little friend Noodle has very long and slender legs.  He is very close to the drafty floorboards too.  So when the weather drops below freezing you will usually find him in a lap or laying on a heat register.

Poor little Noodle dog.


Past the point of no return

My Kitchenaid mixer lays disemboweled upon the dinning room table


I have since cleaned it of nasty grease, installed the new screw-drive gear, repacked it with new nasty grease, and now await the new gasket which arrives this evening.  Bob’s homemade cookie withdrawal symptoms will soon be assuaged!


The incompetent repairman, after three weeks of unsuccessful attempts to procure the needed circuit board bulb (I called him yesterday and gave him what-for) has admitted defeat.  I advised him that I had located one at ShopJoya out of Oregon.  I asked him if he would like me to order it for him and hand deliver it when it arrived at the end of the week…

Incompetent repairman:  No, no, let me check again!

This morning early…

Incompetent repairmanViking still doesn’t have the item and I have searched and searched and can’t find the bulb.  Are you sure you found the correct bulb for your machine?

Me:    Yes. I have.

Incompetent repairman:    Are you sure?   Is the part number 412131201?  (Yes!) Well, if you can get it then order it.

I have and it should arrive this Saturday.

Hm…  Perhaps I should open shop as an appliance part locator and repair person?  Dunno, but it certainly has me thinking.


NOTES:  If you follow the video on PartSelect for replacing your screw-drive gear, be advised that although it is easy, that little pin in the screw-drive rod is soft and may mushroom when you pound it out with the recommended 3/32 drift punch.  I think this happened because the drift punch from Harbor Freight wasn’t true to size.  Why do I think this?  Because the fleeping thing became wedged into the rod’s pin hole and was heck to get out.

If you should venture into this activity and don’t have a true 3/32 drift punch, then the best bet is not to buy the special drift pins and instead just buy the worm-drive installed at the factory.   (Under $10.00)   This will spare you the aggravation and language, and your heart rate will remain within normal limits.  Just three small screws and you’re home free.

Just my humble opinion.

Still MIA: what I am working on

Because my little Viking is still in the *shop I have been keeping busy with a new task.  It is one I have wanted to try but never gave myself the time.

I love it!

This is my quilting table with my latest WIP creation all laid out.


They are hexagons.  Each little disk of cover stock was carefully cut out, hole punched and then pinned to a square of fabric.  The fabric was clipped with a generous 1/4 inch + edge for turning under and basting.  Each of the basted hexagons were then trialed into different arrangements until I decided on this one.

After I complete the right side of my layout I will be making half-hexies to allow me a smooth edge for binding.  Then I will be painstakingly sewing the little bits together to make a whole.

The finished item will be approximately 16 inches  wide by 48 inches long.

DiamondbackLooking from this angle I am suddenly reminded of the pattern on the Diamond Back Rattlesnake. This, of course, was unintentional.  Bees also use this shape for construction of their honeycomb!  I find the patterns in nature to be awesome.  Don’t you?

Diamondback snakeA Diamond in the rough…


*I’ve called three times regarding my little Viking and the repairman (I use the title loosely) says he’s still waiting for a bulb.  :(

And although I am holding out for the repair of my old machine I am facing facts, and have begun a search for a new Viking with these criterion:

  • It will be a fair price.
  • It will use my presser feet collection ($$$!!!)
  • It will be a newer model (from China, I know, but what other options do I have?)

I simply can’t abandon all the money I have invested in specialty presser feet.  So, if I must replace my old machine I will want one that is lightly used and substantially less than the sticker price of a new one!

They are out there.  I just need to keep my eyes open.

OPAL-670.aspxThis one would certainly be nice…  Click on her to see what she can do!