Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
The article in question "Easy Clutter Control" - I know it's hard to see from the photo of the Table of Contents (found on page 32) - but it's on page 312. The article itself is 14 pages long. So ... quick math check: 396 - 14 = 382 pages of additional clutter in the house. I have a better Idea for clutter control - quit buying stupid magazines to tell me how to reduce clutter in my life!
And as luck would have it - Friday is trash day in my neighborhood!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
My new shoes on top, Kathryn's below. I wear a size 6 adult, she wears a size 3 youth. Hers is the same size as mine. Why am I paying more money in the adult section to get the same shoe that they have over in the youth section?
I am now just knitting her a pair of socks sized for me on smaller needles. I can't even show you the thing that I tried to get her to try on as sock #1 when we thought it was finished. Despite the super loose bind off, she couldn't get it past her toes. Good thing she has a sense of humor. But as for me - I'm locking up my shoes!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
My baby brother (at 41) lives in Marina del Ray, south of Los Angeles. He probably doesn't even know there are wildfires going on in the area. Or, he's out of the country on business somewhere.
Send good thoughts out that way to all those who might be in danger or who need some extra comfort.
Wish we could send some of the extra rain.....
Monday, October 22, 2007
Before you laugh - let me just tell you that this was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Fun, energetic, fast-paced. Not too "Disney" either. It didn't hurt that we were treated to this entire event by some friends, in a suite, with free food and beverages either.
Maybe it's just me, or maybe it was just being there at the exact moment when you realize that you are no longer the only idol in your daughter's world, but I cried, several times.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
She has asked for a pair of socks. Keep in mind, this is a child who has shunned all things knitted thus far. She needs these socks soon. As KmKat was oh-so quick to point out, her favorite pair of store bought socks, recently seen here have an enormous hole in the heel. I threw them out. I was bad. Artyarns Supermerino should knit up very quickly. We decided to call this colorway (#127) Apples because it reminded us of the apples we had in the house yesterday - Granny Smiths, Harralsons, and Honeycrisps.
I had been secretly knitting her a pair of socks before all this came about. When I pulled them out to continue them - a disaster had befallen them. There was a tiny hole somewhere up near the toe, rendering them impossible to continue life as they were. The last time I had worked on these socks was .....
...over here. Sorry Mayhem - I'm not buying that "Oh, I'm just sitting here not doing anything" look. I took my eyes off you for a second and left my bag unprotected. I know - it's my fault.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
15" of HDTV companionship, mounted up high so I won't knock it over or lose it like I do its remote about 10 times a day!
And of course every one's a winner when you buy a really big electronic toy. This was an entire evening's worth of fun for these two! Gotta run - I think there might be an "ER" rerun starting soon......
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thanks for a great year Coach Brad! You've done a great job with these girls and we are ever so thankful to you!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
. . . Chaos. Indeed I am among the lucky ones who is to caring for our recovering Chris as she recuperates at home. I brought a healthy lunch of chicken Caesar salads (no croutons or imitation crab meat for Chris) and two containers of Sharon's Sorbet (raspberry and chocolate). The sorbet is just a special treat for Chris, or in case say, Jeanne and I are over on Wednesday for knitting and good cheer. And by the way - it's THE best sorbet on the planet! After my bag was inspected by the local authorities, I was cleared and allowed to enter. We had a lovely lunch and discussed such things as what Chris did with all her left over tampons. Apparently someone, who shall remain nameless, Jeanne, will no longer need to make that emergency run to Target for the next several years. I was warned not to feed the animals; they were warned not to bother the human. We reached an agreement and lunch went smoothly.
We even had some time to sit and knit for a while. Since I was sitting in His Majesty's special place, the Princess took the opportunity to sit by my side and watch me with great interest. In reality, she was after everything in my bag and I snapped this picture just seconds after I closed the bag to keep her pesky little teeth away from my Addis!!
Chaos doesn't like to get to far away from Chris, especially now that the icky vet smell is gone! I'd say she is fairing pretty well - although I did have to admonish her several times yesterday afternoon to get off the computer and get to bed. I notice that Mayhem did the same today! Good girl May - just keep her comfy and pinned down in bed. She needs to rest for Sorbet-Fest tomorrow night!
Monday, October 08, 2007
As for our part, up in the Kid's Carnival tent, where it was shaded and quite cool and comfortable, it was our best year yet. There's just something about the kids coming in to play silly games like "Potty Toss" (yep, its just like it sounds) or "Cow Pie Fly" (yep). The ultimate goal of the carnival is to keep the kids happy so the grown-ups will spend more money at the silent auction and beer garden. So, just in our little tent, in 5 hours, we raised $6500.
I attribute our success to the hard work of the wonderful volunteer staff - who showed up just in time to mix up the candy and trinkets to be given out as prizes for the games . . .
. . . because in this carnival, the games all cost one ticket ($1) but every body's a winner!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Then there's the giant box from Oriental Trading Company. $400.00 worth of trinkets and trash. Parents have asked that there not be any whistles. I always happily oblige! I am also a parent. Usually alone in the tent ... with their children ... on a sugar high. Not in the far away beer tent where they are ... having fun. I doubt they'd even hear the whistles.
By Sunday it will all be over and the money will be raised and all will be happy and life will go back to normal. But for today, it's off to my class, then pick up Mom & Dad to take them to the airport for their trip to Europe, then on the the hospital to visit with Chris, then home to see my husband whom I got to spend a few minutes with last night when he returned from ..... somewhere.But look what I get to carry around today. Dogs, cats and yarn...three of my favorite things. Have a wonderful weekend. Wish me luck with all the kids. I'll see you there Connie!!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
... But welcome my friends, to my dark side.
Alerted yesterday by Chris that the old Harrisville potholder loom could be used for weaving with yarn, I dug it out of Kathryn's toy box and began practicing with it. It's very simple and produces a great six inch square. A video tutorial which will show you everything you need to know to get weaving can be found here. Go get yours - you know you have one!!
The 2x2 Weavette, picked up at Needlework Unlimited, has been busy cranking out little squares in all sorts of color combinations. I was inspired by Karrie during her "Week of Weaving series. Who knew? Who knew how hard it would be to find these little looms?? The 4x4 looms are pretty much only available on ebay - and even then, they are vintage. I bid on 7 before finally winning one. I can't even tell you what I paid because I'm rather embarrassed. I'll need the 4 inch square loom for the Weave-a-Long I joined over here.For me, this is still "faithful". It's faithful to a creative process, to my love of all things fiber, to hand-work, to a time and space that is quiet and meditative, to an art form which is centuries old. Now tomorrow, something maybe not so "faithful".