Showing posts from June, 2010
"Pearls Before Swine"  by S. Pastis.  One of the funniest strips I've ever read. 
Pig has a stalker.  It's a sheep. 

Just thought I'd share a laugh today.  Not much else is happening but a laugh always starts the day off in the right general direction.
I made it through the day on Friday surprisingly well.  Ah, the wonders of caffeine.  I usually avoid it since it interferes with my bp medicine but some days it's definitely called for.  I spent the day preparing for clinic on Monday.  The morning clinic is being observed by some high muckety-muck and the doctor is a little nervous.  Me?  Not so much.  This person has no power where I'm concerned and I know I'll do a good job anyway.

While I was on the train on the way home, my phone buzzed (it lives most of its live on vibrate).  Pk letting me know he was at the station.  I let him know I was enroute.  The phone buzzed again and it was Em. Em:  You guys have plans for tomorrow?
Me: No, why? 
Em: We want to come down and hang out.
Me: You want to go to the lake? Em:  No.  How about dinner at the park? Me:  Ok.  How's chicken salad sound?
Em: Great!  What can I bring?
Me:  Chips and Ice.  I'll make sandwiches and desert.

Me:  Want to take your wheel to the park?
It was a blank day yesterday.  No important emails (this does not count the horroscope or the word of the day, both of which are important), "no new messages" on the phone and an empty mailbox!  They didn't stay blank for the whole day (what a day that would be) but it was enough to get me started.

I generally work from 7:30/8:00 until 3:30/4:00.  I'm on the schedule from 8-4 but I'm here early so my supervisor doesn't care if I leave early as long as my clients are taken care of and my work is done in a timely manner.  On Mondays and Tuesdays I am usually here until after 4 because those are my clinic days.  I try to make up for it at the end of the week but that doesn't always happen.  (I have to learn not to return phone calls at 3:30!)

Yesterday as I was waiting for it to be 3:30 and time to go home, I noticed that the window had that reflective quality it gets when it's dark outside.  Now, it's summer here and is not usually full dark in lat…
"It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available-more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

This is today's inspiration and it's one that I have been striving for this year.  To find happiness in the present and not be waiting for "someday".  Most days I do ok.  Most days I can find some small spark of joy or wonder.  Some days I feel like joy and wonder are surrounding me.  Those must be the days when I am open to it and let it in.  Some days, I'll admit, it's a struggle and I have to look a little harder.

Today, while riding on the train into work, there was a woman with a small child (probably close to a year old) sitting across the aisle.  What a flirt he was!  All big eyes and smiles.  It made an ordinary train ride  something special. 
The weather continues to be hot.  This morning they said it will be this …
We are in the middle of another heat wave.  It's 90 degrees today and is forecasted to be hotter tomorrow and Thursday.  It's a bit warm for June but it is summer now and I guess we can't complain.  I'll  probably complain when I see the electric bill after running the a/c so we can sleep at night. 

I'm sitting here trying to get used to new glasses.  Pk and I went to the eye doctors and I got new glasses this year.  My vision plan allows for new glasses every year (which I understand is generous) but I usually average a new pair every two years.  It seems wasteful to me to get new ones if I haven't worn out the old ones yet.  The past few years I've gotten the same style, small oval with tortoiseshell rims and thin arms. 

This year I got a new style.  Through the magic of the internet, I found them online. (I looked at the arms and found the name and model number) These are my new frames.  They're more modern than what I usually wear and I have to kee…
Happy Father's Day (to all the Dads and the Moms who have to be both). 
We took Pk to Atsion Lake today.  We made the turn off from Rt. 206 into the park to be confronted by a line of cars and a Ranger in a golf cart counting cars.  We had some nervous moments as we approached the little building where you pay to get in.  We have been turned away before because when the park gets to "capacity" they close it.  We hadn't planned on it being too crowded, we usually get turned away on holiday weekends like July 4th or Labor Day.  It's five dollars a carload during the week and ten on the weekends.  Not a bad deal.  Today we were early enough to get a spot and we unloaded and took our cooler on wheels into the park and onto the beach.
There was one swimming section up and manned when we got there and after about an hour, they opened another one.  There were some fine examples of young man and womanhood working as lifeguards. 
It was a hot day sitting on the beach.  We …
We have been blessed with absolutely perfect summer days.  Yesterday, Pk took our car to the shop and 6 hours and 310.00 later, I walked the mile to the shop and picked it up.  And now we once again have high beams.  Whooppee.

Pk was working from home and so he had to stay by the computer most of the day.  I repeatedly fell asleep on the sofa and did some knitting.  I had to rip out the Legolas kerchief.  I couldn't keep the stitch numbers correct.  I kept tinking and I was afraid of making the yarn too fuzzy.  I finally ripped it out and found a one skein scarf/wrap that is a lacy leaf pattern and will show off the yarn and its colors perfectly.

We went out to dinner and then to the bookstore.  We got home at twilight and the temp was delightfully perfect.  We decided to sit outside while the sun went down.  I made some coffee and Pk had a beer and we sat and watched the lights come on up and down our street.  I tried several different settings on the camera but this is the darke…
Today, I spent the day at a training.  It was Choosing an Overall Rehab Goal and is part of the courses I have to take to keep my psych rehab certification.  Problem is, I have been taking these courses so long that I am running out of new ones and they are all sounding the same.  It's a three day training and the first two days were in May and today was the final day.  I think it could have been done in two days but now I have 18 more hours in my training column.

I was working on Pk's socks in May and someone remembered the red socks and asked about them.  She was fascinated by the sock knitting and proceeded to watch me knit plain stockinette with a self striping yarn (perfect for lectures).  I got a few inches done on the sock today.  It's moving along faster than I expected but I think self striping yarn moves faster.  I keep watching the stripes form and it motivates me to keep knitting.

I am taking Friday off from work to take my car into the shop.  It failed inspect…
Today is Flag Day here in the United States.  It's not a major holiday here, postal service is not interrupted and businesses and schools are not closed.  It's just a reminder that our flag is special, just like your flag is special.

I am whatever you make me, nothing more. I am your belief in yourself, your dream of what a people may become.... I am the clutch of an idea, and the reasoned purpose of resolution. I am no more than you believe me to be and I am all that you believe I can be. I am whatever you make me, nothing more. ~Franklin Knight Lane

When I was a little girl, we flew the flag for the major holidays (Memorial day, 4th of July, Flag Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day) but not every day.  I had neighbors who had huge flagpoles and flew their flags all year long.  I thought that was cool.

We had a flag and a while ago flew it on the patriotic holidays but we seem to have fallen out of the habit.  People here fly flags of all sorts  celebrating a birth, graduation, …
I was really disappointed not to be able to change the look of the blog but wasn't willing to spend inordinate amounts of time to play around.  Then I got up this morning and lo and behold, blogger offered different choices and made it easy for me.  I kinda like this one.  It appeals to my sense of summer whimsy.
When I say nothing much has happened this week, I really really mean it.  It was a quiet one.  I think I had a small cold and kept falling asleep at my desk at work.  I got enough sleep (or what I thought was enough) but I would find myself nodding off.  I just didn't seem to have any energy so Pk and I took a "gym vacation" for a week.  Tomorrow it's back to regular workouts.
Yesterday, I spent some time spinning.  I was spinning along on this roving that I bought quite a while ago.  I think it's merino.  I like the colors and have been playing with it for a while.  I have enough just about 4 ounces of it so it may be enough for a pair of mitts or ma…
I have wanted to make small changes in the look of my blog for a bit but am not that computer savy.  I found all kinds of templates that I liked but somehow they wouldn't stick when I tried to move them over.  I am a creature of habit.  I don't move my furniture around (except to clean behind it) and I don't change my earrings every day.  I found 3 pairs that I like and I wear them all the time.  I don't want to have to mess with the blog settings too often.

I just don't want to be bothered with all those decisions.  I also like simple.  So, for now, I'll live in this pink world and see how it fits.  I can always ditch it if I can't stand it.
eta:  I hated the pink.  The text space was so limited that it messed up the arrangement of the photos so I moved back into this arrangement. 

I finished Pk's fire socks last night.  He offered to try them on for a modeled shot even though the temps hadn't dropped by that point. He loves them.  They're the Dia…
What do you do when the weather is unseasonably warm and you are not used to it yet?  If you have not installed the a/c in your bedroom yet? 

If you're us, you go to the river where there is always a breeze and it always feels cooler. 

Pk and I got up and lazed around a bit.  I had a wicked headache but after a shower and some breakfast, it seemed to abate.  We went to the post office where I mailed some sock yarn to Louiz for her blanket and a bit of yarn left over from my Feb sock yarn club to someone who needs just a little bit more to finish a project.  Then we hit the diner for breakfast and the grocery store for food.

We came out of the grocery store (which is overly cool and I actually put on a sweatshirt) into the hazy heat of a very hot day.  Usually early June is not too bad.  Nice balmy days and cool nights.  This past week has been a trial.  We got the groceries home and put away the cold stuff and decided to pack the cooler with ice and some of my very favorite soda…
Whew, it's a hot day.  We laid Aunt Joan to her much deserved rest today.  She was dressed in pink and was wearing blue handknit socks that I made for her.  Like me, she always had cold feet and it's comforting to know her feet are blanketed with love and wool. 
We had a nice day at Emily's house on Monday.  Jim barbecued some delicious chicken and of course hamburgers and  hot dogs.  We had potato salad and carrot cake. I made the carrot cake that Bells made and it came out delicious.  I changed it a little and put some frosting on the top.  If I were to do it again (and I probably will, it was soooo good), I'd leave that off.  I might put a little crushed pineapple in it, though.  And maybe some raisins.  Or I might just leave it alone. Sometimes recipes are fine just the way they are.  It was not as high as I expected but I used a wider pan than called for because that's what I had.

It was so hot, I didn't have the heart to ask anyone to model the Evenstar. …