Showing posts from September, 2008
I'm not really all that upset about what they call my job. I know what I do is valuable and that's what's important.

We were planning to go to the flea market today but the weather was yucky. Again. If I took a photo of the Saturday sky, it would have looked just like the Thurs sky and the Fri sky and now the Sun sky. And the weather folks say that the sky will look this way until Thurs or Fri of this coming week. It's humid like August but not as hot. Everything feels sticky. Chairs stick to the wood floors and linens are limp. And not a breath of air is moving.

So what does one do in weather like this? If one is bored with the Saucy sock, (well, not really bored but I found out it doesn't fit the intended recipient and that has bummed me out. I know someone else with very thin feet and ankles so I will change recipients. If I were to make it again, I would use much larger needles as there is not much give in the pattern and it is very narrow.), one might start a n…
Thanks for all the healing wishes. I am into day 3 of the anitbiotics and hopefully they will help my tooth "settle down" (dentist speak for fix itself without any further interference from her). The only problem is that antibiotics really tear up my stomach. Only 4 more days.....

I have not worked on the Wildflowers shawl much because I have been trying to finish up some holiday knitting. I didn't start out to make gifts for people because I don't like deadline knitting but somehow it turns out that I feel like making small gifts for special people in my life. So, I am knitting but can't really show it off until after Christmas. I can say that I might be knitting some Saucy socks out of the yarn I bought from Jessie. And I might point out that one is finished and the pattern is really easy and goes very fast. Kate commented that they look kind of like monkey socks. I really like them.

One of my coworkers said something that made me stop and think yesterday. She r…
Why am I blogging from home on a Tuesday morning? Because I have a dentist appointment in 45 minutes. I had a crown pop off about a week and a half ago and the dentist replaced it. Ever since there has been intermittent pain when I chew. This isn't supposed to happen. The crown was in place for 18 months with no trouble and now it hurts. I'm afraid it's an infection underneath. It's already had a root canal so it's not the nerves.

So, I'm off to see the dentist. I like my dentist. She used to be a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader which makes me smile everytime I think about it. Sort of blows the idea of cheerleaders being airheads right out of the water. There will be xrays involved. I have a small mouth (she uses children's instruments) and the xray thing gags me. Traumatic. But if it's an infection, I can take an antibiotic (thank goodness for modern medicine) and that should take care of it.

El's birthday was wonderful. We were a party of 10 and the…
It's Friday afternoon. I just got home so already I'm feeling good. I feel extra good because I arrived home to find a package from A Piece of Vermont. Yarn that I ordered Tuesday! And today is Friday. What terrific service. Jessie, who writes a blog about life on a farm in Vermont, also dyes and spins and knits (and raises chickens, goats, pigs and turkeys and peacocks). Her shop, A piece of vermontis full of beautiful yarns and books and rovings for spinning. I love the subtle colors and soft texture of the sock yarn. I'm a sucker for sock yarn.

And just to show off what a wonderful husband I have, look what PK got for me. Stitch markers. I wasn't sure he knew what they were. He has a female friend from a previous job that makes jewelry. He bartered some electrical work around her house for some stitch markers for me. It's hard to see in the photo (a photographer I am not) but the beads are colorful bits of glass and bits of polished stone. They are beautifu…
I get into work at 7:30 in the morning. It's quiet in the building as most folks don't come in until closer to 9 and the building doesn't open until 8:30. I cherish the quiet hour. I spend it reading blogs and catching up on telephone messages and email. (This morning the phone started ringing at 7:45! I think my clients think I live here).

This morning I was reading Teabird's blog and found this. It made me laugh. Give it a whirl. The questions are strange and the results are stranger. Perfect for a Wednesday.

Your result for Reincarnation Placement Exam...Garden of Eden41% Intrigue, 44% Civilization, 57% Humanity, 44% Urbanization.It's the Garden of Eden for you!Well, this is about as cozy and simple as life can get. We hope you like it here. The real estate is not well developed, but the garden is top-flight.Your answers indicate that you basically want to just coast through life. You don't want any trouble, and you don't want any special privileges either…
I had my cpr recertification class this morning. It was ok. I've been certified for 15 years and have never had to use it, a fact for which I am grateful.

Here's the thing. I'm watching the video and there is an infant cpr dummy wearing a sweater. And what am I watching? You guessed it: the sweater! I was trying to ascertain if it was a hand made sweater or machine made. I'm thinking mass produced but it was a nice looking infant sweater. All blue and soft looking.

And then I realized that I wasn't paying any attention to how to perform cpr on an infant. God help the babies around me.

Actually, I got a 100 on my test and I'm hoping I won't have to use it for the next two years.

I hope your Monday is as interesting.
My husband likes to "rust hunt" (search for old tools that he can rehab into useable objects) as much as I enjoy going to yarn shops. We go to flea markets in search of rust (and I am always in search of yarn but I am always disappointed).
Today we went to the Columbus Farmers Market in Columbus, NJ. Inside the building is an array of shops selling everything from furniture and rugs to beer and wine making supplies. The best part was that they had an Amish bakery where we bought pound cake (which we enjoyed with strawberries and freshly whipped cream) and some dried fruits to make some granola. There was a meat market with some really yummy looking stuffed pork chops and other goodies. We skipped that in favor of this. That is Jersey corn and jersey tomatoes. I love fresh tomatoes so of course we bought some. We also got the strawberries, plums, pears, cranberry flavored honey, onions and some beautiful watermelon. It was hard not to pile everything in the cart. This is …
Because I have shared the tough couple of weeks I had at work, I thought I would share somepositive moments.

Today I had the kind of day that reminds me why I am a social worker. I got a warm, heartfelt hug from a woman who has been through some tough times and appreciated the support I gave. I got a thank you from a guy who told me that talking to me made him feel better. And I got a thank you from another woman who is facing some anxiety producing life events and I told her to call anytime and I would let her vent and get rid of some anxiety.

I don't doubt that most of the folks I work with appreciate the work I do. But often they are so caught up in their lives and their illnesses that they can't see much else. Today made up for all the crap that I have been subjected to by the administrators. Today, I felt like I made adifference. That's what it's all about.
It surely isn't about the money!
As promised, here is a photo of the Wildflowers Shawl center piece. I love …
I like to read blogs when I'm waiting for people to show up for appointments. This morning I ran across this one. I liked the idea of a list of books and this one had a surprising number that I have read. The National Endowment for the Arts has a program called the Big Read. Here is the list. The average number of books that an individual has read is 6.
Look at the list and bold those we have read.
*Italicize those we intend to read.The Lord of the Rings- JRR TolkienPride and Predudice - Jand AustenJane Eyre- Charlotte BronteHarry Potter series - JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Bible
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare1
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
The Time Trav…
I was having a conversation with Emily last night. As an aside, have I ever told you how nice it is to have adult daughters? It's wonderful. We can talk and enjoy each other's company without me feeling like I have to watch their manners or worry about how they are comporting themselves. I am free to enjoy the lovely women they are.

So, Em and I are talking about our lives and what we are knitting. I mentioned the Pignoli bag I am supposed to be knitting for the client that gave me the painting. Notice the words 'supposed to' in that sentence? I haven't made much progress because it is BORING to knit. And the hardest part about it is that I will have to give it away when I'm done. The young woman admitted that her artwork took "about 15 minutes" to do. I like the painting and am amazed it took only 15 mins.

So, in the back of my mind is the thought that no one said I have to knit the bag and then felt it. I could buy some felt and lining and sew a bag f…
Yay! I have started a relationship with a new player. Meet my new Sony Walkman. It has 8 G of memory. The 4 G players were 99 dollars and the pink ones with 8 G were on sale for 129 so for 30 dollars I got twice the memory. It is small and thin and very light. I bought a skin for it so hopefully it'll stay protected. I can't bookmark where I leave off in recorded books but if I just turn it off, it comes on where I left off so I'll get used to that. It's a flash drive and not a hard drive so it can take a little more of a beating than the hard drive players that have so recently failed me. The media manager that comes with it sucks big time. Creative is all over Sony in that respect. I am stuck with Windows Media Player (which is so-so) or someting called Media Monkey that PK recommends and has just downloaded onto my computer. Either way, my brain feels overloaded right now. I have managed to download a few of my books (thank goodness I save them on the com…
AAARRRGGGHHHH! (I love pirate phrases, they are perfect sometimes!) I can't read while I ride the train, I get motion sick. I can knit, maybe because my eyes don't move too much. I'm not sure what the mechanics behind it are. I also have labrynthitis which makes the motion sickness worse. The labyrinthitis is in remission and I have few or no symptoms most of the time. Occasionally I have severe dizzy spells which so far have responded to medication. Odds are good that it will remain that way.

That is all beside the point today. Because I can't read on the train, I have used a cassette player and books on tape and then books on cd and finally books on mp3 player. The mp3 player is wonderful because it is small and you don't need anything else. I'm afraid to listen to music because I can't help singing along when I recognize a song. Really, I can't help it. I hear a song I know and I just have to sing. I'm afraid I'll sing aloud on the train and e…
Happy Labor Day. Here in the United States we celebrate the men and women who work for a living by taking a day off. It's the unofficial last hurrah of summer. The lake closes until Memorial Day and if you want a weekend at the shore, this is the best time of year to do it because rates are cheaper and there are way fewer people. I keep reminding myself that there are still 3 weeks left of summer (how can that be?!) and I plan to squeeze as much outdoor time in as possible.
In that spirit, we took a picnic lunch to Batsto today. Peter Kevin and I have been going there since we were in high school. We introduced the girls to it early and it is a favorite family place. We drove past the lake (Atsion Lake) where you can see that it is crowded. They closed it at one point to wait until more lifeguards came on duty. But we weren't on our way to the lake. We were on our way to Quaker Bridge Road. We crossed Rte. 206 and drove into the woods. The first thing you see, after the Ranger…