Over Mother’s Day weekend, Studmuffin made Angel hair pasta and sauce. It was yummy but he made a HUGE amount of pasta -far more than we could or should eat, so he suggested I make a baked pasta casserole of some type. The last few days have been quite warm – almost ‘normally’ warm, which we are unused to because it has been such a cold spring…….I had no desire to heat up the house by baking something in the oven when it’s 90 degrees F (32 degrees C)!
It’s been quite a while since I posted this. I was thinking of editing it, adding new stuff….but after messing with it for a while, I didn’t improve it any, so here it is. Hope you enjoy it – even tho’ it *isn’t* Tuesday. xxxooo
- laugh & be silly
Are you smiling yet?
Really, if you aren’t smiling yet, you need to go do something silly immediately!! A few more for you “hard cases”…
2. sing/make music/hear live music
Making music is a human birthright and do not let “performance anxiety” get in the way of that. Listening to recorded music is wonderful…but it won’t make your life better in the way that making music does. Yer not performing at Carnegie Hall, so silence yer inner critic and make some music EVERYDAY. And then make a date to go out and HEAR some live music; there’s just something about that energy that is good for the soul.
3. STOP watching the news
Yup, you really can and still be a well-informed individual. You can read the news and you’ll get more out of it I reckon. I dare you to stop watching tv/online video news…
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Ok so I lost my mind during March, maybe several times. It’s been an odd time for me – everything’s ok in general, but I’m not feeling normal… I’ve done almost nothing abut gardening which is SO UNLIKE ME. SOmething’s up, but I dunno what it is.
There is almost no knitting getting done, so I thought I’d share a sewing project I did quite some time ago.
I had to take a few photos this morning of Emmy, our young cat. The above picture shows her in one of her favorite places: sitting in the sun in what used to be called a “picture window”. Now I know it doesn’t seem too sunny in the photo; that’s because it’s a cell phone photo and today, everything looked really terribly blue. So then I tried fixing it, and even though the picture isn’t “fixed”, I got a nice effect.
Still, all of that isn’t the reason I needed to take pictures of her today. As I was puttering through the house this morning, I noticed a new behavior from her…that I think is cute. Therefore, the next photo:
She has her front paws resting on the window with the sheer curtain inbetween! I’ve never seen her do this before today….
I think its adorable. I am hoping she wont leave holes with her claws in the sheer curtain. Of course, when I tried to get a little closer, the act of taking the photo disturbed the subject-
Then she hopped down and then back up to her truly mostest favoritest spot: the ironing board.
This ironing board no longer stays up by itself, so we have a “C” clamp that we use to keep it up. It’s a little bit of a hassle to take down and put it back up again, so sometimes it stays out in the living room like this for several days at a time (especially if I’m into a sewing project). Doesn’t everyone? I put an old towel over the board when I’m not using it to keep the cat hair off of the surface. Then somebody put this polar fleece scrap on here (the red fabric); I’ve no idea why. I sometimes wonder what the cats think about the appearance and disappearance of this favored cat perch…..
Have a lovely day, and take some time to dance.
By the way, I **COMPLETELY** missed my TENTH Blogaversary…It was in January. Which seems completely in character. Maybe I’ll do a bunch of giveaways or something…for the Eleventh. xxxooo
Yeah, I know. It’s 2016 already, so I’m very late (this isn’t news).
And of course, an end-of-the-year wrap-up is NOT a groundbreaking blog post idea certainly. But I find it helps me see 1) what I’ve been accomplishing for good or for ill, and 2) how much yarn I will actually use in a given year – which is a serious curb on any urge to enhance the stash. I have NO BUSINESS buying more yarn! Except maybe more Ultra Alpaca……. Since this is SUPPOSED to be a knitting blog primarily, it’s ACTUAL KNITTING CONTENT. So there. I hope you’ll enjoy it anyway.
Why is this not about 2015’s output? I’ll tell you at the end…a payoff for slogging through all the rest of this.
If you click here, you can hear some lovely Christmas music.
I was reading this good article about Woodrow Wilson’s legacy at Princeton (The Chronicle: Don’t Repress the Past ). I sometimes read the comments, though sometimes that *Really* isn’t a good idea because people will say the most awful things to one another sometimes. However, I came across this and it really sparked something in me. Here it is:
“Why. Who is being ‘degraded’ by having a building named after W. Wilson. I am no fan of the late POTUS but give it a rest. It was almost 100 years ago. Isn’t there a statute of limitation on this kind of thing? “
IMO & my experience, I think there are lots of people who feel this way, and I wanted to give a somewhat serious response, which is below. Don’t worry, there will be knitting content in the next post, I imagine.
Ummm. No. There isn’t a statute of limitations, so long as we teach US History and deem it useful. What kids in the US – to this day!- haven’t heard “Remember the Alamo!” Or what about all those much more recent memorials for 9/11 that say “Never forget!”? Or is it just that those who have been oppressed should forget?
And who is being degraded, you ask? Every single one of us who considers ourselves an American, regardless of race, religion, creed, or origin. Perpetuating lies when we know better/different – because it’s more comfortable and/or easier for some – makes us all accomplices to those lies AND it continues the wounding the wronged.
Here’s an analogy that may be useful in better understanding this issue. Just imagine if your whole life growing up, people told lies about your family. These lies are a hundred years old, but people still tell them. You know that what people say is not true, but the majority of the people you interact with, day in & day out, believe those lies to be true. When new people meet you, they hear your last name and they immediately say, “Oh are you one of that family?” referring to your family’s untrue but widespread reputation. If they don’t ask out loud, it is clear from the look on their faces, that they are thinking about those lies, and it affects they way they treat you. People you know well and have come to trust have learned that these lies are not true, mainly because you have taken the time to educate them, and to show them the proof that they are untrue. You do it, so you won’t go nuts, but you get damn tired of having to prove yourself over and over again to everyone. If an opportunity came along to educate the vast majority of people, to prove that the lies are untrue, do you think that you would take that opportunity? Or would you listen to those who say,”Just forget about it. It’s untrue anyway. What’s the big deal? That was all a long time ago….”
In the instance of the buildings, YOU may not care because it wasn’t you that has been wronged, but to those who have been wronged (and continue to be), it . does matter and it will continue to matter.
Kali, my mushroom colored calico cat, in the last 24 hours performed a rather amazing feat.
We’ve had Kali for about 6 or 7 years (or perhaps even longer…I don’t remember) and she started off as a complete ‘fraidy cat – she wouldn’t come out from under the Duke of Curl’s bed for the first month for almost any reason. Over time, she’s developed her own kind of boldness – the dogs leave her alone – but she still gets bullied by our much younger cat, Emmy.
About 3 or 4 months ago, the Force of Nature noticed something about Kali, and it wasn’t good news. A little wart-like growth she had on her rear right flank that she’s always had, had grown into a rather large, hairless pink tumor like thing and it was ugly, veined and growing. By last night, I would’ve estimated it was close to the size of a half-dollar coin. I’ve been sad about this because I cannot afford to take her to the vet for any kind of treatment for it, and I figured it would either kill her or eventually, if she was in pain, we’d have to euthanize her. Neither prospect filled me with joy as you might imagine.
So tonight, Studmuffin, the Force of Nature and I were in my bedroom relaxing and chatting – Kali was in there too, sleeping as per usual. The FoN went to look at the growth…and and cried out – it was GONE! I went to look – a thorough examination I made of it too – I couldn’t believe my eyes; it is gone. It almost looks like a surgical scar with stitches recently removed – I think she must have chewed it off or somehow convinced the other cat to do it…..
Who ever heard of such a thing? Not I, certainly. I try to imagine what it would take to chew something like that off; I haven’t got the guts to do it.Anyway, the growth is gone completely and it’s probably likely she’ll live healthy and a good deal longer.
And like I said – my cat is a BOSS.
No, my poultice did not look like these – WAY uglier.
I’m a little bit allergic to fire ants and yesterday I got 6 bites on my left hand, 3 on the same finger. Man, that finger hurts & it’s pretty swollen…but better today since I soaked the hand in hydrogen peroxide & after I put a poultice on the bites.
Yes, that’s right – a poultice. Studmuffin, who did NOT grow up in the country, makes fun of my poultices and herbal things. He is a bad man.
There’s a website I like – http://www.nineteenmonths.com/
really lovely photography on it, and they just started asking some writers to read a quote from the Baha’i Scriptures, then write 95 words about it. Here’s the quote for this round:
“O My servants! Be as resigned and submissive as the earth, that from the soil of your being there may blossom the fragrant, the holy and multicolored hyacinths of My knowledge. Be ablaze as the fire, that ye may burn away the veils of heedlessness and set aglow, through the quickening energies of the love of God, the chilled and wayward heart. Be light and untrammeled as the breeze, that ye may obtain admittance into the precincts of My court, My inviolable Sanctuary.”
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p 322-3)
I decided to write my own 95 words. Here they are:
I think of the earth and how we can be as reconciled and meek as she – quite unfamiliar territory! Still, she is the source of our material well-being, our treasury. What power she holds in her meekness.
I think of the hyacinths coming up so early in the spring – their shape so unusual, colors so bright, that the eyes will find and must take notice, with fragrance so powerful and heady – like an open bottle of perfume the Supreme One hid here to remind us again of His constant love and presence.
I notice the ridges in my fingernails
‘A ha!’ I think, yet another sign of age
I am, by turns, horrified and fascinated
By these ever more numerous energetic strands of hair that surprised my little brother.
‘Oh! Silvery!’ he said, while sporting some of his own in his beard.
Now that my steps are limited to daily dozens – I am, of course, grateful for them and parsimonious with them – still…
I wonder how many more I might yet make?
…about having a small furry cat come over to you, let you know she wants to come sit on your shoulder and be petted while she purrs.
Much more regular blogging to return in May. Thanks for your patience.
So, you’ve not heard from me lately for a few reasons:
- I’ve been working on an end-of-2014 post. It *is* almost done…..
- My family has been laid low by the SUPERcold (more on that in a minnit)
- Hence, I cannot concentrate much at all.
Studmuffin came home early last Wednesday feeling poorly and proceeded to infect the rest of us. Thanks hon! I call this a SUPERcold because its symptoms are multitudinous* and lingering. I do not have it as bad as the others, but it is working thru my system much more sluggishly than everybody else; they had 2 days of fever, aches & chills & I’m now on day 4 of fever, aches and chills. Grrrrrr….. On top of this, I cooked something that really didn’t agree with me & so has just added to my misery. And it’s raining. And bloody cold. Yay! Ain’t I just Miss Merry Sunshine today?
So I’ve been knitting some & binge-watching TV programs. I’ve watched almost all of the Great British Bake Off – yes, all 5 series – and all of Outlander.## Now that I’m thru with those, I’m reading sewing blogs, which is by turns satisfying & highly frustrating at the moment. I love catching up with all the different sewist blogs I read (like 30 of them…) & getting inspired by what people are doing, really wanting to sew but I don’t feel well enough to actually do any of the activities that comprise sewing – even little bitty things.
So until I feel better……..sending love out into the Universe for all y’all.
* symptoms: sore throat, fever, chills, aches, malaise, runny nose, sneezing, hacking cough, watering eyes, serious sinus pressure. When I lay down, I can hear my sinuses bubble. Did I mention all of the phlegm…..?
##By the way, you ABSOLUTELY ***need** to watch the Great Comic Relief Bake Off from last Wednesday with Dame Edna Everage. I laughed so hard I thought that I was gonna have a stroke!
I went back to the first place I blogged (Livejournal – it’s still there…..if you look for it) and saw the date:
21 January 2006
THAT’S NINE YEARS! I have to go lie down now…..
Actually when I think of her success (the Yarn Harlot’s) in blogging, I feel like this:
I’ve been blogging only 2 years fewer than she has…….how come? Why not me?
But then I remember:
- she’s far more regular in her postings than I
- she’s a better knitter than I am
- she’s far FAR funnier than I am
- oh yeah: she’s a WAY better writer – she’s been Canada’s top blogger of any kind for years!
When I think of why I started; I didn’t start this blog to get famous or a livelihood or nuthin’. I did it because my friends Meg & Joe thought it might be fun for me.
THEY WERE RIGHT!
Thanks for everybody sticking around at all through this time. Who knows? I might go another nine years….
Happy blogiversary to me!!!
Now go read the Yarn Harlot’s blog.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
Yup – I had a birthday last weekend and I’m VERY GLAD to be ALIVE for another year. I even got some prezzies!!! I got some books, some earrings and some YARN!
And instead of cake, I ate a WHOLE package of sugar-free peanut butter wafer cookies. It might not sound celebratory or decadent to you but I really dug it! Then the next day, I went up to southern Tennessee and did some singing with New Jubilee Baha’i Gospel Choir; Studmuffin came along as a gift to me. I even had somebody tell me that I don’t look as old as my age – for REAL! That’s never happened to me before. All good for me on the birthday front!!
So here’s some photos (which I did not take myself FYI) of the yarns I got:
That’s a misleading title to this post. It really should be Miss(ed) November. I have been trying to at least write once every 2 weeks; I find myself on November 30th not having written anything here all month! Though I definitely have been writing….
So I love Hallowe’en; I know yer shocked. I love it SO much that I’m one of the few who still bother to put in the apostrophe in it, which believe you me, SpellCheck simply loathes. Anyway, this is the first year in more than 20 that I haven’t had a kid dressing up to go Trick or Treat-ing. All my progeny are too old! But there were still a few preparations to be done:
- last night I did my annual Hallowe’en Blues show on WJAB. During this football season, the first 1/2 hour of my show is now a sports talk show. I know it is of limited duration; I’m really missing that 1/2 hour & never so much as last night.
The Duke of Curl (sitting nearby at the kids’ ‘puter): “It’s not that hard.”
Me: “Really?! Can you do it?”‡
Me: “Then how do you know it isn’t hard?”
Him: “If you can teach it to hillbillies, it can’t be that hard…” ‡‡
‡ He has taught himself how to do Tibetan throat singing. WONDERFULLY weird.
‡‡I come from a long line of Northern hillbillies, known as “townies”, and even though he doesn’t like it when I say so in this context, Studmuffin’s family is from West Virginia, he himself was born in WV and his parents are first cousins by marriage. Plus we have had – for months – a non-working car in the yard. It isn’t up on blocks, though…..
My little knitting group hasn’t been meeting regularly, but 3/4ths of the group did get out this past week and it was lovely to see them. One of the the 2 ladies with the same first name, who now has the blog nickname of “SaTwo”, was delighted to show me a “yarn crime”, reminding me in the process that it’s been AGES since I did a yarn crime post. Duly noted and I’ll get right on it…perhaps for Hallowe’en or sometime in November….. Here’s what she showed me:
I drew the black marks -fyi. I love this designer most of the time, but this time…..no. Just no. I asked the Duke of Curl for a caption, he said, “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….. sick boots.”
Have a lovely weekend and very happy birthdays going out to ALL the friends and family having October birthdays.
I’ve been missing y’all though. So even though my darling readers (both of you) really deserve an extensive update, I’ve not got it in me. Still, going with the idea that something is better than nothing here’s what I can give tonight: BULLETS.
- My mobility from the end of February to early August was next to nothing – lots of pain & very hard to get around at all. That, coupled with increasing incontinence (I know – TMI!- but hey….), made gardening this season a joke – even with 2 beautiful keyhole gardens. That’s why no gardening speak on de blog. Sorry ’bout that. I hope to talk some about the garden in the next month, including the story of what happens If You Ask an Engineer to Design a Bean Trellis….
- Modern medicine to the rescue -I got a steroid shot in the right ankle & another pill to take (vastly decreasing the incontinence(!) at the end of July and therefore was able to go on the first One Human Family Workshop Choir Harvest Tour – the first one in 9 years by my count. The ankle is still going pretty good and I no longer have to carry a towel and a spare set of clothes with everywhere I go…..
- Sang way too many low notes on tour ( I spent a good deal of time singing BASS – can you say ‘stoopid’? – & then talked my face off til 2 and 3 and nearly 4 am most nights…so the voice was TOAST when I got back home. Then I got summer bronchitis….still coughing up nasty stuff 3 weeks after the course of antibiotics and do not have my high notes back yet…..
- Celebrated TWENTY YEARS of NOT SMOKING on Labor Day weekend. Thank you God so much.
- I’m still knitting on my Shaelyn shawl…which I’m thinking I will give to a dear friend instead of it being for me. I had to tink back about 8 or 9 rows because of some really stoopid mistakes, but all is well and if I really knit on it every day I’ll have the knitting done in 5 to 7 days.
- I’m most of the way thru the foot of a sock in a retina searingly bright neon sock yarn ( I just realized I have not even put a project page in Ravelry for this yet….aack!) and gonna try out the Fish Lips Kiss Heel on this pair.
- I’m on a hat kick…again. I’ve made 8 hats since January – here’s a few: .. . . …. I’ve got one on the needles right now in lovely squishy Brioche stitch and gonna make AT LEAST 5 more pretty soon. More & better pictures will happen…at some point. STOP LAUGHING!
- Number One Son is supposed to move from NYC to Northern Virginia soon. I hope all goes well.
- The Duke of Curl was supposed to start college this fall as a computer science major, but decided at the absolute very last minute NOT to take on the $10,000 debt( and not allow us to take it on either) that would’ve been necessary for that to happen. SO he will start at community college in January and is currently looking for work and generally being a sweet fella to be around.
- The Force of Nature is focused on going into the Coast Guard after graduation from HS in a couple of years – more specifically the Coast Guard Academy and has been visibly doing HOMEWORK and has started running for actual exercise 3 days a week; she informed me today that she is on the A/B honor roll. We are beginning to think some kind of alien abduction/ switcheroo kind of thing took place while we were in the bathroom probably…..
- Studmuffin is still sticking with most of my dietary changes and so has lost about 25 pounds. He has also discovered a deep and voracious love for grapes. Eating about 5 lbs. per week with little help from the rest of us. I’m not complaining – just a bit amused.
- The last 3 weekends I was off doing singing things – that’s an unusually high ratio even for me. I will write about 2 of the weekends for sure and soon.
- The pets are endlessly amusing and every one of them sheds a bunch. I am sick and TIRED of hair control….. Still, they continue to be charming. Currently, the are two cats surrounding the keyboard, the younger one keeps tryna lick my fingers and then licks the older cat’s head…..weird.
- My potential career as a 911 dispatcher was cut short by my inability to type 35 wpm (I got 34 wpm) ::::sigh::::: Need to find some employment – orthodontics aren’t cheap and neither is college tuition. Plus, we need a new roof and well, you get the idea.
- Work on the book is ongoing but slow. I am determined to get a first draft completed by the end of December!!! Of 2014!!!
- I’ve been flirting with sewing clothing again. I’ve bought fabric and patterns at least….very little sewing has occurred.
- Been practicing the piano most days for a good bit of time ( guess what? If you practice, you get better! who knew?)and have the opportunity to do a couple of house concerts too. We’ll see…….
- I have been horrified at the killing of unarmed black people by the police for some time – I really became aware of Driving While Black about 20-25 years ago and started learning a lot from there on in. This summer has been truly remarkable (and mostly not in a good way) for the 1) wealth of information about white police officers killing/tasering black people with impunity, 2) the staggering naivete/ignorance/apathy of most white people about how different life is for black people in the US especially when it comes to law enforcement, and yes, I am gonna write about it here too. I’ve been sharing a lot on Facebook about it and some people close to me really do not like it but I cannot be silent about it! Even on my knitting blog. I encourage absolutely every person on the planet to investigate what is happening for themselves – do not take “the media’s” word, do not take the police’s word, do not take my word for it – learn about it for yourself. The truth will set us all free and then justice can take place and then unity will appear.
So much for brevity. How’s by you?
I warned you – I *REALLY* broke the yarn diet…with a bang! I went to Nashville to drop Studmuffin & the Force of Nature off at the airport – they’re off to Cali for the fab trip with Grandmother. Since it was the morning, I decided to try to visit some stores we don’t have in my part of Abalama-ding-dong & see some friends. There WILL be a separate review of the yarn store I went to since this is meant to be a quick post (yes, Virginia, there really are quick posts…..).
Here we go!
Eisaku Noro should either be completely furious or immensely flattered by all of the copying of his color sequences by loads of other yarn companies……
I was halfway looking for some Tardis blue sock yarn or some really groovy self-striping yarn. This cover both bases. YAY! There was a sample sock of this in another colorway that sold me on trying this – acrylic sock yarn!
I don’t know that I would call this laceweight; I do call it gorgeous!
I was having a SUPREMELY difficult time choosing the yarns to adopt – the yarn fumes* were very nearly fatal to my bank account! So I decided to use my old trick: choose only yarns I have not previously used/bought. I used just buy from companies I hadn’t tried before, but this time it was mostly yarn lines I hadn’t used before. This was one of the exceptions – though I have a couple of her publications, I’ve never bought any of Debbie Bliss’ yarns before. I have a soft spot for BFL yarns I admit. This may end up as part of a Fake Isle Hat.
Yes I know – more acrylic! But acrylic is so much better than even 5 years ago….. I’m thinking these are gonna be a part of a handbag I want to make. My trip to India really changed my feeling about color for the better!!
I will ALWAYS be a Malabrigo junkie. I tried raelly REALLY hard to leave this at the store…but I just COULD NOT DO IT. And the name? Candomble is a religion based on African traditions with elements derived from Christianity, practiced chiefly in Brazil. This may turn into yet another Tessie Lily Hat.
I want to make a shawl for someone I love very much & I have already bought the (super lovely silk) yarn for it but when I saw this, I had to reconsider EVERYTHING I KNOW TO BE TRUE. (more…)
Tis’ true, tho’ I broke it some before then too if I’m honest. More about that at the end of this post. While we were on the famdamily vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where just up the road last century Orville & Wilbur took that first flight, I decided to check out the local yarn scene.
I knew this was a dangerous idea to entertain, but heck! Yer supposed to break yer diet whilst on vacation, right? I reckon that’s almost required, innit? I looked in the trusty phone book and found Knitting Addiction and I am so glad I did!
Actual yarn photos follow…
…there’s actual knitting photos! Always remember and never forget this is a knitting blog….kinda sorta. Stop laughing!!!!
Nope, I haven’t found the camera – Studmuffin bought me a tablet!!! It’s little, almost a baby tablet, so maybe I’ll call it a tablette..AND it has 2 cameras : front and back. Fifteen minutes ago, I used the camera for the first time – it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy. I mean I’m just lying in bed…..
Moderne Cable socks for the Force of Nature. She loves cables and this color of Brown. Got ’em done on vacation last week ( and broke the yarn diet in a lovely way! More on that in a later post..). It’s the first pair of socks I’ve completed in maybe 2 years. Gonna cast on the next pair as soon as I’m done posting. Ravelry link
Estonian Rib hat #2 for me. I promise I’ll take a better photo and soon; it’s not really easy to see here because of its rather odd position kinda on its side, kinda upside down. Been on a hat kick lately. Ravelry link
Recently I knitted 2 preemie hats and 2 newborn hats. I hope to post those in a few days, along with my mostly done Shaelyn shawl. I’m well & truly delighted with my new gadget not only ‘cos I can now watch Netflix in bed when I cannot sleep, take photos, and blog and all of its other futuristic functionalities, but because the DH got it for a STEAL!!!! And it’s kind of an anniversary present too. Happy 26th babycakes. Yes, I’d do it again.
“For what?” I hear you thinking. I’m so glad you asked!!
One Human Family is going on tour in the beginning of August for the first time since 2005, & this tour marks the first time that OHF is using online “crowdsourcing” to help defray the costs of the tour and we have 5 DAYS LEFT in our campaign. Always the leadership has tried to keep the costs of the tour as low as possible to encourage as many people to participate in that transformative experience called the Harvest Tour. To keep costs low, the organization has often chosen to go into debt; this time it is different and you can help make this difference.
More and more, we see people the world over struggling to overcome all kinds of difficulties brought about by longstanding prejudices & hatreds, lack of communication, understanding & education, often without the basic knowledge that we are ONE HUMAN FAMILY. The OHF organization since its beginning 16 years ago has always been about making those connections, overcoming those barriers, ever increasing and strengthening the bonds of fellowship, friendship, love and understanding everywhere we go. We do it with workshops, with travel, sometimes even a little “cussin’, fightin’ & carryin’ on” – but mostly with conversation, with laughter, and most definitely with music in praise of God.
See us in action in British Columbia!
…..a lack of FOCUS!
Y’all truly deserve a *real* post by me, but it isn’t in the cards this time around. I guess this is a “snapshot” of right now:
- I broke my yarn diet…TWICE in 2 weeks. I figure I’ve been REALLY good for 18 months so I wanted to get some new yarn! In total, I got 4 skeins of sock yarn: 1 NORO Silk Garden Sock, 1 Regia Fluormania & 2 Naturally Waikiwi (ya need two skeins for 1 pair of socken), & 2 skeins of laceweight: 1 Madelintosh Prairie in Clematis, & 1 Maharashtra Silk in Navy. I guess I want to make socks & shawls…..You can see pictures on Ravelry.com in my stash section……
- I’m currently working on a Shaelyn shawl in Madelinetosh Prairie in a gorgeous semi-solid dark blue. I’m enjoying it so much, it put me over the top to buy the aforementioned M’tosh Prairie in Clematis
- more knitting is happening b/c the kitten is growing up. This is very happymaking!
- no pics ‘cos the camera is misplaced….again.
- Instead of huge amounts of yarn, I’m buying loads of sewing patterns & fabric, so I will begin a fabric & pattern fast….soon.
- Not much sewing is happening….at all.
- I’ve bought 3 quilting books & 1 quilting magazine in the last month.
- And more quilting fabric. Like enough to make my dream quilt for my bed.
- And batting for baby blankets….. I think I have a problem.
- My therapist has been difficult to get ahold of……
- I have been reading many, many sewing blogs. This *has* to STOP!
- I’ve broken through my writer’s block on my book, so a good deal of progress is being made. Yay!
- My weight loss has slowed way way down, mainly because of the mobility problems, but also b/c I’ve learned how to cheat really well. This *has* to STOP!
- Total weight lost since Jan. ’14 – 43 lbs.
- I cannot believe it has been FIVE years since Michael Jackson died….
- And now Bobby Womack is gone . :::sigh:::
- Am reading a wonderful biography right now called: I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway by Greg Kot; I **HIGHLY*** recommend this book if you like soul or gospel music. If you are not familiar with Mavis Staples/the Staples Singers, I STRONGLY suggest you drop everything & get to listening!
- The Force of Nature is now a certified lifeguard. I knew she could do it!
- Parenting teenagers is a thankless job. The last 2 weeks were particularly thankless….
- My garden is all kind of peally-wally b/c I’ve been neglecting it (see mobility issues). Still the tomatoes will begin their inundation in a couple of weeks God willing.
- I’ve been thinking about ending my blog. Is seven or eight years enough? Does anybody care? Do I? I dunno….
- I really love Kiva.org , Indiegogo & Kickstarter.
- The One Human Family Workshop Choir is going on tour in August! First time in nine years……
I have so much more to write about everything here but Studmuffin & I are taking the Force of Nature to dinner to celebrate the lifeguardiness. The Duke of Curl is over at a friend’s house playing video games.
So, how are YOU?