Showing posts from January, 2008
I am feeling special today because Joan, the Fairy Godknitter, awarded me the "you make my day" award. I started to wonder what it takes to make someone's day. If you're Dirty Harry, it takes someone pointing a weapon at you and trying to kill you!

It doesn't take much to make my day. A really good cup of coffee in the morning can do it. A smile from a stranger as I walk down the street. Checking my voicemail and hearing the recording "no new messages" at work. But mostly, I am responsible for how I react to the events around me. If the train gets stuck and we have to wait, well, that's just an opportunity to finish a few more rows on my socks. Yes, I may be late for work, but that is out of my control and I refuse to let it ruin a perfectly good knitting session.

So, now the hard part. I have a long list of blogs that I read and enjoy. These are the ones I check in on first.

"Give the award to 10 people who bring you happiness and inspiration and…
It seems to me that knitting a lace shawl is an act of extreme faith. How in the world this is supposed to turn into something light and airy and beautiful is beyond me. I love the colors together. I don't even mind the loooong rows of purl stitches. It is designed so that it doesn't have an obvious "right" side so there are lots of knit rows and purl rows. I have seen the magic blocking can perform on other blogs and I am trying to remember that it will look really different but like I said, it's an act of faith.

Today's Buddhist inspiration says that no matter our educational level or economic level , raceor religion or sex, it is our purpose to be happy in life. I liked seeing that this morning because I believe it whole heartedly. I remember learning about the Puritans when I was a kid and wondering if they ever laughed because for them, life was about work and sacrifice. Katie complained this morning that PK and I woke her up because we were laughing in th…
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Today's inspirational thought from is rather thought provoking:

People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.

~Pema Chodron
What if, when something bad happens, we stop looking for ways we went wrong? What if we looked at it as something we needed to learn? In order to have an open heart and to fully exerience the beauty of life and the world around us, we need to learn certain lessons? What if we stopped being so hard on ourselves and remembered we are imperfect beings with things to learn so…
This is our backyard on Thursday when we got some snow. It lasted a few short hours and when we got up Friday morning it was all gone. What a tease. The snow was big, heavy flakes and was gorgeous for the time it was falling.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the Mullica River just off Quaker Bridge. In art class last year Kate painted it. We framed it yesterday and it looks gorgeous. We bought the frame and had the mat custom cut. It will soon be hanging in the living room.

And finally, here is a progress shot of my Icelandic Lace Shaw. I can't tell you how many times I ripped out the dark grey section because the stitch count was off. I can't tell you because I lost count. I was determined to make it as near perfect as I could and so ripped and ripped. I was getting pretty upset with it after a while but I put it aside and now I am finally making progress. It doesn't look like much yet but all those lovely yo's will open up when it's blocked. I am almost f…
On Saturday we traveled to see Emily's new home in Royersford, Pennsylvania. It's about an hour from our house, or longer if I drive. I tend to drive the speed limit. I promised Em I would not post photos of her house, she wants to do that, and so here is a photo of the lunch she made us. It's one of my favorites and very easy, cream of potato soup. She also made grilled cheese sandwiches and brownies. Sorry, no brownie photos, they were eaten too quickly. The house is really nice and I must admit, it makes me rest easier knowing they are in a good neighborhood. It was lovely seeing her in her own kitchen, preparing the food and serving us. It made me realize how lucky I am to have such a lovely confident daughter. This is Em at her stove. "Mom, why are you taking a picture of me cooking?" She should know that it's all good blog fodder!

I tried to take a good photo of the Fools Rush sock but it was difficult to get one that shows the pattern and the color bi…
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This is from one of my favorite web comics, xkcd. Notice the "knitting"accident? Whooppee. We made it onto a web comic! Written by a young man who doesn't (as far as I know) knit! Happy Friday everyone!
As promised, here is the latest delivery from Roxanne at the Art Walk Sock Yarn club. It's from a painting by Leighton called "Flaming June". You can see the painting on the website. I seriously love this yarn. It is superwash, bamboo and nylon. Soft and beautiful. I think it's my favorite one so far. Roxanne is amazing. She pulls colors out of the paintings and turns them into lucious yarns that beg to be knit up into gorgeous socks. I am almost finished one sock of the Fools Rush pattern. It is so damn simple but I evidently cannot count to 5. Yep, the lace only involves 5 stitches and I managed to mess it up and had to rip it out several times. I have no idea what the problem was, but it seems to be fixed and I am getting ready to start the toe decreases. I want to make Peter Kevin another pair of socks. He wears the pair I made him during the Tour de France kal but only in the house. I want to make some socks he can wear to work but he tells me "th…
Today I got my wrist slapped at work. Yep. For doing something I thought would make everyone smile on a gray and dreary Monday morning. I get my daily thought, reminder, call it what you will from I love it. Some days they are more profound than my somewhat feeble mind can embrace but mostly they are thought provoking and joyful. Friday's was about hope and how hope is what makes a bad day bearable. Hope that tomorrow will be better. Well, today's was simple. "Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful". A simple thought, right? Not preachy? No promises of hellfire if you don't believe what I believe? I sent it out to all users in our building with a comment about how I don't usually do this but we should all remember that a smile can change someone's day for the better. Now, remember I work in a mental health center. My supervisor told me that she was told by "the administration" to tell me not to do tha…
Today we spent the afternoon on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. It was 40 degrees and damp. There were lots and lots of people on the boardwalk. Don't they know it's January? The photo of the ocean with PK and Kate makes it look a little brighter than it actually was. You can see that they are bundled up. We took Holly to AC because she is going home tomorrow. This is an elephant modeled on Lucy the Elephant who lives in Margate New Jersey. This one is covered in Jelly Belly jelly beans. The jelly bean elephant is in the store called ItSugar. After we walked down the boardwalk and admired the ocean, we headed to Harrah's casino for dinner. They used to have a buffet called the Fantasy Reef. It was so cool because the walls looked like sand and there were large fish tanks all over the place. It was like being inside a sand castle. And the food was incredible. I was disappointed to find out that they had closed and opened something they call The Waterfront buffet. Nice but…
Happy New Year! My family, knowing my love of pop-up cards and books, found these. They are perfect. When you open them up, the stars pop out. They seemed particularly appropriate for today.
I am sitting in my room, catching up on blog reading because tomorrow is a work day. Kate and Holly are in Philadelphia watching the mummers. If you are not local, the Mummers Parade is a tradition. There are clubs that prepare all year for a march down Broad Street in fancy costumes. They compete for prizes. I tried to put the photo here but I'll have to settle for the link from the Philadelphia Inquirer. There are a lot of string bands and "fancies" ( music and lots of feathers and props), and comics. These are mostly men dressed as women and clowns that strut down the street. It is a strange and wonderful event. Kate has never been in person and decided that Holly should go. She also made sure Holly got to a diner (a Jersey specialty). I'm waiting for them to call me to pick th…