Showing posts from March, 2008
Happy Sunny Sunday. I spent today in the first part of a training called Crisis Intervention System Management (CISM) and will spend all of tomorrow there as well. It is sponsored by the Red Cross and the contents are supposed to make me a better communicator when there is a crisis and enable me to help individuals in a crisis. Unfortunately, I was soooooo sleepy today that I am afraid I didn't pay much attention. I tried, I really did but I was having a hard time staying awake until I took out PK's Spey Valley sock and proceeded to work on it. I highlighted important passages in my book and listened and yawned. A lot. Hopefully, I'll get more sleep tonight and tomorrow I'll be more awake.

Emily Jane will be 22 on April 2nd. My 9 lb 9 oz, 21 inch baby with the 14 3/4 inch head has grown into a lovely, intelligent young woman with a good sense of humor. She invited us and Jim's parents for dinner last night to celebrate her birthday. She told us she wanted money towa…
Just a quick update on the health front. I called the gyn several times this week to find out the results of the ultra sound and got no response. Yesterday, they told me that the doctor hadn't looked at the results yet but she would and would get back to me. Today I left another message and then called the radiology place and asked them to fax the results to my primary care physician (pcp). I really like my pcp. He is straightforward and doesn't play around. And I just happened to have a regular blood pressure appt with him today. He told me that the results show that I have endometrial cysts and ovarian cysts. Unfortunately, he's not comfortable with making any real recommendations. The gyn folks called me to tell me that another doctor took a look and saw the cysts but my doctor would have to decide what to do to follow up. So, now I have to wait until Monday when she is back in the office. The nurse told me she would put my results on top of the pile. I'…
Easter was quiet and lovely here. The predicted snow/rain showers never materialized. Instead, we had a lovely blue sky, puffy cloud day. It was a little cold but that didn't matter. On Saturday, Kate and I spent the whole day together. We baked cookies. We had Easter eggs, Easter stars, Easter cows, Easter Mooses, Easter Elephants and some chicks. What? You all don't have Easter cows or elephants or mooses? That's too bad. They were delicious.

We also baked babka. This is a recipe from Peter Kevin's polish grandmother. It is a bread we only make for Christmas and Easter. This one has dried cranberries instead of raisins and was just as yummy as it looks. We also made the baked beans and potato salad for Easter dinner. There was a lot of laughter in our kitchen. During baking times, we worked on a jigsaw puzzle. These are a favorite but we don't often take the time anymore. It was a terrific day.

Easter Sunday was a quiet day. Em and Jim came late in the afternoon f…
Finally, the daffodils are starting to bloom. This should in no way be considered evidence of Spring here on the eastern US coast as there are snow showers in the forecast for tomorrow. Put all those hopes for warm, spring-like temps on hold. The National Weather People said that we are in an area that is likely to exprience much flooding this spring because the ground has more water in it than it has had for the last 75 years. Parts of the midwest got 12 inches (!!) of rain over the last few days. I can't imagine that much rain outside of a hurricane.

The test procedures went well. The mammo was clear and I am relieved that I get to go back to screening mammos instead of diagnostic ones. I think it has to do with the number of pictures they take. The ultra sound was a little more "interesting". I'll spare you the gory details but it is definitely unpleasant to have a stranger poking around in your girlie bits with a long pole. Nuff said. The part that irritates me is…
Get out your black arm bands. Arthur C. Clarke died. You can read a small obit here. If people haven't read his books (and The Nine Billion Names for God is an absolutely wonderful story!) they will recognize the opening bars of 2001; a space oddessy. He changed the way we communciate by asking why satellites couldn't be used for communications. So, as you use your cell phones and your internet services today, give a thought to the men (and women) who's brilliance make it possible.

Bye Arthur. I'll miss you.
What Donna Lee MeansYou are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You d…
Happy St Pat's Day if you celebrate it. As I was on my way home on the train today, I saw many young folks dressed in their green finery all headed to South Street in Philadelphia for the sure to be rowdy celebration. Me? I was just glad to be headed home from work after a particularly long day.

I was reading Jejune's blog and followed her link to here. It's an organization called EarthHour. The video explains it better that I can but the jist of it is that on March 29 we all turn off our lights for one hour to ease the burden on the earth. It started in Australia in 2007 and has spread worldwide this year. The statistics were quite impressive and it's definitely worth thinking about. This is a photo of the earth at night. It's from NASA's astronomy picture of the day. Imagine all of those cities going dark for an hour and all of the energy it could save! I am going to sign up and try to convince my family to go along with it as well. We always celebrated Ea…
Two posts in two days! Watch out world! I wanted to share this recipe for Irish soda bread that I found in a magazine so long ago that I can't remember which one. It wasn't even an article but one of those recipes that food companies put out to showcase their products. I think this was Fleischman's margarine but I'm not sure. This recipe may not be terribly authentic but it is really good. When it comes out of the oven and you put a little butter on it, oh my, it is what heaven must taste like. So, without further ado,

Irish Soda Bread

4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup margarine
1 egg 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (you can substitute 1 c milk with 1 Tbl lemon juice mixed in)
1 cup raisins
1 Tbl caraway seeds (optional)

Set oven to 350 degrees

Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cut margarine into mixture until it is the size of small peas. Add raisins and seeds and stir. Mix egg into buttermilk. Mix into f…
This has been a blah week. I have come home from work each day and felt so tired. I think it's the switch to Daylight Savings Time. This year it seems to be worse. But you can tell that spring is on the way. There were clear signs all around the house. There were crocuses, and some lovely yellow flowers that I call 'volunteer flowers' because I didn't plant them. They just volunteered to grow beside the path in the back yard. And speaking of the back yard, I can also tell that it's spring because the ducks are back. These ducks are native to New Jersey and can be found in fresh water all year long. We have a flock that inhabits our pool. There is the big duck and many small ones. When the pool is clean, they will float away, enjoying the summer sunshine.

And the socks came out to sit in the sunshine on the front step. Here is PK's brown sock. This is the second one and as you can see, it's not even half done. I am getting tired of all the brown so I started …
It rained today. It rained all day. Great blasts of heavy rain looking like silver falling from the sky. The clouds were moving quickly and the wind was blowing. Around noon, from my bedroom window, my neighbor's yard looked like this. You can see all the puddles. And it kept on raining. They said we would get 2 1/2 inches of rain and I believe it. And it was warm. Tonight the temp is supposed to go down below freezing and any leftover precipitation will fall as snow. For once, I am not looking forward to snow. It was nice to be warm today. Even if it was wet. I was sitting in the car in a parking lot knitting and waiting for PK and my oldest daughter Elanor to come out of Best Buy and the wind was blowing so hard it blew down a tree. I heard a crack and then saw the tree on the ground. Thankfully, I was far enough away from the little grove of trees that I didn't have to worry. And when we got home we checked out our trees and all are still standing. After so much rain, …
Look, Look, Look!!! Here is my Icelandic Lace Shawl!! It's finished. And right now as I type, it is blocking on the spare bed in Kate's room. It's hard to photograph because of the size but with some help from Peter Kevin, I got a few shots. We pulled it pretty hard but couldn't stretch it to the width it was supposed to be. It's supposed to be 76 inches across the shoulders but we could only stretch it to 66 inches. I wonder if it's because my yarn was different? It doesn't matter to me. I was unprepared for how wonderful it would look blocked and I wanted to just stand there and watch it as it dried. It took just over 2 months of knitting to finish. I started December 26th and finished March 7th. (I also knit some socks in there, too.) Once it dries, we'll try for some action shots! It feels weird not to have the bag it was hanging out in here next to me on the bed. I have knit lace before but nothing as large as this. All of my other attempts at lac…
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The last few days have brought some knitting goodies into our house. I won a prize in Nancy's contest over at Days Go By. She sent me a package that had this wonderful sticker in it. It's probably a dragon but we here in the Garden State know it's really the Jersey Devil (it says "Ever wonder why some yarns are flame retardant?"). There were some seasonally appropriate stitch markers. I only have plastic ones so these are my first fancy ones and I love them. Oh, and some yarn. Isn't it beautiful? The colors remind me of the ocean as it's supposed to look. You know, how it looks in the Carribean? Thanks, Nancy. You give good prizes.

Over the weekend, Em took Peter Kevin and I to lunch for his birthday. We had some delicious Chinese food and then Kate, Em and I went to Woolbearers. I bought some sock yarn for me. It's their own yarn and the colorway is mahogany.

Kate and Emily bought some roving to use with their spindles. (edited to add: Emily bought…