Showing posts from February, 2008
First off, let me explain about the comments that have been "deleted by administrator". I never delete comments written by real people. But more and more the spam comments are showing up and I don't want to subject any one else to them. So I delete them. I wouldn't delete comments that disagreed with me or thought I was a twit. Hey, you're allowed an opinion. I will, however, delete spambots. Nuff said.
I spent the last three days home with a strange virus. No fever, or low grade fever, sinus pressure and congestion, sore throat and overall exhaustion and fuzziness. I felt silly staying home when I don't have real fever but I was so unable to focus on anything that it would have been a waste. I tried to knit but had to rip out whatever I knitted. I can't count to 2 or 5. It's a ribbed sock for goodness sake! But I had trouble wrapping the fuzz in my brain around the complicated concept of 2/5 ribbing.
Until last night. The fog lifted and I was able to f…
I was at work yesterday when I started to feel really cold and shivery. Then I was hot. Then cold. I got all shaky and had a hard time focusing on things. My first thought was "Oh shit, I made fun of the flu shot and now I've got the flu". I left early and went home to put on some warm pajamas and sleep. I woke up feeling less fuzzy and was soaked so I guess I broke the low grade fever I was running all yesterday. That would explain the headache and fuzzy feeling. Today, I sat around in my pj's and dozed off and on. I did some knitting but not much. Not enough brain power. I am planning to go back to work tomorrow. We'll see how the morning goes.

I did work some on PK's Spey valley sock. I opted to only do 3 pattern repeats of the design. I am now into the ribbing down the foot. The yarn is so soft and fuzzy that the pattern doesn't show up very well and I thought it was enough. I like the way they feel. Soft and comfortable.

I also snuck outside to snap …
Just a quick link to Kniting Gal who is having a contest celebrating 1,000 hits on her blog. Go check it out.
Today ends the second three day weekend we've had lately. This week is going to seem soooo long. And I have a dentist appointment on Wednesday. Happy times.

I finished Elanor's Go with the Flow socks and they are great. Despite my best efforts, they striped a little at the end. El doesn't care. She loves them. I really like the pattern. It moves quickly and is easily memorized. It's in IK's 26 Favorite Socks.

Kate and I went to a yarn store in Mt. Holly yesterday. I was looking for some brown sock yarn for PK's socks. He wants some plain brown socks. We drove to Woolbearers and were really pleased with the service and the selection. It's a small store (they all are small around here) but they sell supplies for knitters, spinners and weavers. The staff is knowledgeable and really nice. I got some of this for PK's socks. It's really more brown than the photo shows . It's a little heavier than fingering weight and should make some nice socks for m…
You Are From the MoonYou can vibe with the steady rhythms of the Moon.
You're in touch with your emotions and intuition.
You possess a great, unmatched imagination - and an infinite memory.
Ultra-sensitive, you feel at home anywhere (or with anyone).
A total healer, you light the way in the dark for many.">What Planet Are You From?

So, I am from the moon? I don't know about the ultra-sensitive part but folks do look to me often for comfort or to vent. I guess that's healing.
Yay! It snowed, it snowed, it snowed!!!! Well, it snowed last night and there are about 2 inches of the lovely white stuff all around. When the alarm went off at 6 this morning, I looked outside and it was really coming down (with freezing rain predicted this afternoon) so I decided to use my "tentative" vacation day. So, now I am sitting on my bed after having eaten some delicious cinnamon sugar toast, (why do I always forget how much I love that stuff?), drinking hot chocolate and getting ready to watch The Women. If you've never seen this movie, it's the ultimate chick flick. There are no men in the movie. It was made in the 40's so the hair and makeup are wonderful. They talk very fast and the dialogue is witty and very, very catty. These are women with claws and they know how to use them.

Peter Kevin is having a stress test today. It takes 2-4 hours. When he gets home, we're going to go to my aunt's house to see if he can fix my cousin's computer.…
Because I have been tagged twice (Emily and Bells) to come up with seven interesting things about myself, I will try. I keep telling you, I'm just not that interesting!

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

I am totally breaking the rules because I can't think of 7 more folks to tag but I'll try.

1. I was a girl scout for 11 years. I loved it. I stayed in until I had a run in with a leader who was all about control and power and I wasn't having any fun any longer. When I sold girl scout cookies, they were 35 cents a box. (yes, i'm old)

2. I can still twirl a baton after 3 years in marching band and also can step 8 to 5 (8 steps for every 5 yards on a football field). It's been over 30 years and the arthritis in my fingers makes it a little le…

I found this on Teabird's blog. I guess I have to go and re read my zombie survival guide. I think I scored low because I wouldn't shoot my loved ones in the head if they became zombies. Such a softy.
Ingredients for a peaceful Sunday. In my mind, at least today, they include the Sunday paper spread all over, a cat sleeping peacefully on my bed (that is Hobbes) some hot tea with cranberry honey and a pile of knitting that is challenging but not frustratingly impossible. This is my shawl. I have finished the beige rows and now have only the medium brown and then the dark brown rows and the edge will be finished. Then I will pull out as much as I have to of the middle to fix the error. It is satisfying to watch it steadily grow.
Here is an artsy fartsy photo of the gusset of Elanor's socks. This one had the best and most true colors. Sock number two looks different. For some reason, the colors are more stripey and less just there. I have only just started it and maybe it will settle down. I love this color.
Bells read a comment I left on Amy's blog in which I recounted how I do not own a television. That is not strictly true as I do own one but I am waiting for Emily to come a…
I have a date for lunch today with my boyfriend. He passed this restaurant on his way to work and said "I want to take you to lunch there". An actual date! I can't wait. The sun is actually shining and for once I can walk out of the building and not need the unbrella. So, in an hour and a half, I am leaving this place of frustration (work) and walking from 8th Street to 13th street and meet the love of my life for a lovely lunch.

At yesterday's staff meeting we had our "productivity reports". We are all supposed to log at least 100 hours a month on paper. I only logged 67.5. So I am 32.5 hours short. Now, none of this is 'billable time'. Case Management services are not billable in any form (unless I am performing services for my clients who have mental retardation. That time is billable) The part that frosts my cookie is that I volunteer for committees (time doesn't count), I volunteered to help train folks on the computer (doesn'…
Just a quick post to let you all know that Nancy over at Days go By is having a contest to celebrate her 300th post. She is looking for tips that you have learned that make your knitting life easier. Check it out.
Well, we were supposed to get some snow today. Emphasis on the supposed to get. I know snow makes it hard for people to get around and I never wish for ice or freezing rain. Which is what we are having right now. There is sleet and cold, cold water falling from the sky and freezing on whatever surface it hits. The weather forcast for overnight is for rising temperatures and for the ice to go away. We'll see. I don't think I would mind a "snow day" even if there is no snow.
I wanted to share some photos of the craft project that I have been working on for over 10 years and still have not half completed. It is an embroidered Christmas table cover. The joke in our house is which grandchild will get to inherit it and finish it because I don't think anyone thinks I will ever finish it. I will finish it one day. It's just that I can't work on it for a long time. I seem to work on it in chunks of time. And this past Sunday, there occurred one such chunk. The clo…
Do you remember the Desiderata? It was very popular in the 70's. It said something like this "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here" For some reason I have been hearing that in my head all day. Maybe it's because I have been comtemplating things I like about myself and it has been instructive, a real learning process.

Today we come halfway to number 5. I like that I am smart. I think I could learn almost anything I put my mind to (excluding geometry which is the only subject I ever technically failed in high school but thanks to a compassionate teacher, I passed with a C). I am a self taught knitter and crocheter. I learned to sew in school at a time when all young women had to take home ec and sewing and cooking. ( Makes me sound so old! ) I like to sew and I embroider beautifully but when I wanted to learn to knit a few years ago, I had to find resources to teach myself. Thankfully, the internet is …
Things I like about myself number three. As I was discussing this with Peter Kevin, he keeps asking me if I mentioned my ass yet. As in "don't forget to mention that you have a great ass". There, hon, I mentioned it. Now, back to things that I like. I am a nice person. I tried to raise my children to believe that "nice matters". I think that the word Nice has gotten a bad rep in the last several years. If you want to say something about someone but not praise them too highly, you say "they're nice". I think that being nice is important. And I am a nice person.

I had my annual gyn appt last night. As usual it was more fun than you can shake a stick at. The doctor asked me if I had any "post menopausal" bleeding. Then she looked at the chart and said "oh, you still get a period. Huh, every month?" I said yeah and I wouldn't be sorry if that changed. She reminded me that I am not a candidate for HRT because of my mother's h…
First off, let me say Thank You. Thank you for the positive comments. I don't think I've ever received such positive reinforcement outside my husband and children. It made me smile here at work (my computer at home is having software issues, something with the firewall and Explore and now it doesn't work. This is where living with a confirmed computer geek is really handy. Repairs or rebuilding will happen soon) on this grey, warm , grey morning. (did I mention it's grey?) I have a monster headache from the low barometric pressure and I have a gyn appointment this afternoon. Talk about your bright happy days! Anyway, the comments were wonderful.

So, in keeping with the ten things: I like that I have a sense of humor and tend to see the good things around me. I like to laugh and I like to make others laugh. I try hard to see something positive even in the seemingly worst situations. I always ask myself, "what's the worst that can happen?". That helps me re…
Today is our local high school's ROTC Winter Ball. It is the ceremony where they change the officers for next year. Usually, it is a little later in the year and it seems more reasonable for young women to wear dresses that are not terribly warm. Here are Kate and Gio ready to leave. Kate hates to get dressed up. You'll notice there is no jewelry in this photo. There is no makeup and there are no hair products. She is wearing a dress that I made for Emily's junior prom. It's a lovely dress. Kate was ironing it when Gio arrived and then sat down to cut her toenails (after all, she is wearing strappy sandals!). I offered to take her to the nail salon yesterday but she declined. Kate looks lovely no matter what she is wearing but she is most comfortable in her jeans and sneakers, on her bike, fishing pole in hand, heading toward the local lake. I can't wait until she gets married one day. I can see it now, jean shorts and tank tops in the back yard.
Look! My shawl is …
Welcome to my contribution to the Third Annual Brigid in Cyberspace Silent Poetry Reading . Read about it here

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go, my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
e e cummings