Archive for December 2007

Merry Christmas!!

December 25, 2007

I’m sitting here in chilly Colorado Springs at my sister’s house typing this blog post on a very cool Mac laptop.  I’m still a PC fan but this is rather fun for a brief change.The trip here started out rather rocky.  The snow and ice delayed our departure and we didn’t leave until 10:30 Sunday morning.  I needed to run by the ATM to get some cash and because I rarely use my ATM card, after the second try, the machine ate and kept my card.  Needless to say I was not happy.   We decide to head on down the road and on I-40 another vehicle threw small rock into my windshield and now I have this tiny crack to get repaired.  We made it to Amarillo and over to the Texas Panhandle before dark but had to travel that 70-90 miles of two lane in the desolate stretch in the dark.  As it just so happens it was a full moon and it was gorgeous.  It lit up the sky like a big night light.  Once we got to the mountainous section the moon lit up the snow.   It was pretty cool.  I did notice the moon had some star or possibly a planet that appeared next to it.  Do any astronomers out there know what I was seeing?   I took a couple of pictures but my camera isn’t the best for shooting a picture like that.  We had our Christmas yesterday morning, well, the present part anyway.   I got three new knitting books!  Yay!  New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bohrdi, The Best of Interweave Knits, and The Yarn Book by Clara Parkes.  I can’t wait to try some of these sock methods.  By the way, the Clapotis is finished!!  Born in Baltimore, Maryland, raised in Oklahoma, and came to life in Texas.   What a history!   lol  I pulled all those stitches and wove in the last ends just before we hit New Mexico.  My sister and oldest niece have been eyeing it.   It goes very nicely with my sister’s furniture and my niece just flat loves it.   Sorry!!  I’m keeping this one for myself.  I started the Bunny Tail by Susan B. Anderson Friday.   I worked on it in the car also and have one ear complete.   I don’t have much yarn left, it only called for one skein.  I sure do hope I can finish this 2nd ear with what’s left.   It has a very nice feel.   I used the called for RYC Cashsoft Baby in a pale pink.   It’s going to be very cute and I’m knitting it for a co-worker who is due to give birth to a baby girl later in January.  I’ve posted pictures before of my nephew dog, Chance.   He is such a sweet boy.   It was really a surprise to me to see when I got here that he is having some aging issues.    He has been such a big part of my sister’s family that is hurts to think of him not being here.  Well, that is all I have for now.  Tomorrow is yarn shop day!!!!!!!!!  Yippee!!!   I’m excited although I can’t say anyone else is.   :-)I hope all of you are having a very Merry Christmas.    

Silly questions

December 21, 2007

Do you sometimes wonder if other people have the same small mindless quirks that you do?   I do.   For instance, this morning as I was getting dressed it popped into my head that I always put my right shoe on first.   Do I do this out of habit?  Or is it because I’m right handed?   Which shoe do you put on first? 

 Another non-important question.   When you make your own hamburger, do you put your mustard/mayo on the bottom bun or the top?   I put mustard on the bottom bun.   If I have a cheeseburger I cannot stand the bite-y taste of mustard and cheese together.   It doesn’t happen with a bite of hamburger between the two.   lol

Do you floss before or after you brush?  I floss before. 

Does anyone else ever think of these things?   lol  If so, please share your questions.

I got up early this morning and was at Wal-Mart by 6:45.   I love it then.  It is almost like having the entire store to yourself….not quite but usually a few early shoppers so it’s much easier to get what you need quickly.   Except for some grocery store items I am finished shopping…..I think.   lol 

Thank God for gift bags.   I love the look of a wrapped present but I am not a very good gift wrapper.   So I stocked up on gift bags and am able to get away with only a couple of boxes that do have to be wrapped.  Yay!!

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Conversation with my sister….

December 17, 2007

Yesterday I called my sister to discuss my visit next week.   She said she wanted to do something FUN while I was there.   She went on to say she didn’t want to just sit around the house.   So I told her she was taking me to some yarn shops.   She groaned.   She is a person who knits, she is not a knitter.   She told me I wouldn’t be interested in this one shop out in Old Colorado City.  I reminded her I had been there several times and did want to go back.   Then she said the one I’d shopped at in Colorado Springs had moved and downsized.   So I told her I definitely wanted to see it.   Then she said:  Kay, none of these stores here are as good as the shop your friend has.  

Oklahoma Ice Storm 2007

December 11, 2007

 I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am that I have power and Lexi and I are safe at home and warm.   After listening to our local weather people, I did put the car in the garage and I did plan on going to work late Monday morning.   At 4:45 the electricity went off and on and off and on and finally off.  It came back on around 8:30 or 9 AM.  We had power for 30 minutes and then it went off again for about 30 more minutes.   This was the story of Monday morning.   I opened all the blinds and made myself comfy on the sofa knitting with what natural light was available.   I got tired of moving from the sofa to my den and back to the sofa again.   lol   Finally around 1:30 the power came on and stayed on for the afternoon and early evening.   I took my cell and flashlight to bed with me in the event the power went off in the night.   Because I was prepared it did not go off.  lol   And I’m not complaining.   This morning I got up and got ready for work.   Headed in and was shocked at all the tree damage.   I noticed most traffic lights were out but the reduced amount of traffic managed fine with the 4-way stop signs.   Then I got to downtown Norman and my confirmation was seeing The Diner’s closed sign.   I knew then the electricity was out in downtown Norman.   So I came back home to snuggle with my Lexi.

I finished the knitting portion of the clapotis.  Yay!!    I wove in a few ends last night and spent alot of time pulling stitches to make the runs.   That is the only disappointment with using Noro Silk Garden.   The mohair keeps the stitches from running without help.   But it is soooo warm and soft and beautiful.   Pictures later when I have some decent light.

Here are some shots from yesterday morning.   Early and later in the day.   (Please excuse the pot with the tomato cage and dead tomato plant.   But it shows the ice accumulation nicely.)

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I didn’t notice this until I was taking the later shots but here is my neighbor’s basketball suspended in an ice net.

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And this is my sweet Lexi, safe and warm in the Kitty Kave.   All is well.

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A bit more from Stitches East 2007 trip

December 9, 2007

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Terri, here it is!  Proof of the Trader Joe’s shopping.   Don’t we look like a happy group of gals?   I’m sure we irritated more than one local shopper in the store.   We were all over the place individually and in a group pausing to gawk and marvel over the unique items we can’t find in our grocery stores.  I think the overall consensus is chai tea, buttermilk cheddar potato chips, Vermont apples, and English Toffee are MUSTS at Trader Joe’s.

Do you know what these are pictures of?   Click to see larger.

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We visited a yarn shop called Woolstock in Glyndon, Maryland which is a suburb of Baltimore.   The shop is lovely and cram-packed with yarn.   One of us, can’t recall who, needed to make a stop in the ladies room and came out to let all of us know it was a must-see.   These yarn sample cards are the wallpaper in the ladies room.   It was really cool.   It also gave some weird depth perception feelings with the black walls, with black sample cards and then all the small bits of color.

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Here is a shot of Marjie and Karen smiling at all the wonderful choices.

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Here is Jan looking at some hanks of yarn in Woolstock.   This stop was made the day after Stitches East.  We went with the intentions of not buying anything.   Ha.   You know how that goes.   This shop had a fantastic selection of Koigu.   We bought.   🙂

It’s icy here in Norman.   Lexi is babysitting her mama one more day.   I think she can handle it.   Hope everyone stays warm and safe!

Saturday Stuff….

December 8, 2007

 With all the weather reports stating we’re in for freezing rain and ice this weekend, I made no plans.   I have not had a full weekend at home in months and I’m past due.   Well, I did make some plans, but only those kind of plans that require staying at home.   I wish I was a more organized kind of person.   My plan was to clean, do laundry, bake cookies and knit.   So far I’ve done some laundry, mopped the bathroom and shuffled clutter around.

As far as knitting news, I am on the decreases on my clapotis.  I am a tiny bit worried I didn’t start my decreases soon enough.   I have about 1/4 of a skein of yarn plus one whole skein.   Cross your fingers for me.

I do have a finished object.   I had a skein of King Skipper that I bought somewhere on sale.   It is a beautiful pearlized cotton and I finally completed a round washcloth.   Picture below.

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I’m not entirely happy with the seam but it is what it is.   Gift for a co-worker along with a bar of Red Dirt Soap, IF my order ever arrives.

I have several of my Christmas gifts taken care of.   I only have my mother and son left to buy for.   Yay!   I avoid crowds and will not go to a mall or big box store on a weekend in December for anything.   So I know what I’m getting both, I just have to get out…..during the week.   lol

Here is a thought for the day:  Delayed gratification is the definition of maturity.

And it has been way too long since I posted a picture of my kitty-girl.   Lexi says hello from the Kitty Kave.

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An early gift…..

December 5, 2007

Look what Santa brought me here.   Isn’t that a gorgeous knitting bag?   The picture does not do it justice.   Anyway, I was very tickled and pleased.   And don’t let anyone tell you Santa does not exist.   She does.   🙂

Thank you…..

December 1, 2007

Sometimes I am at a loss of words when it comes to expressing my feelings about some things. I posted a few weeks back about my feelings regarding the Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays issue. Btw, if you did not read the comments on that particular post please go back and do so. I had a fantastic comment left by someone I don’t know. But I loved it. Today Nancy shared this email with me and again, I love it. I think I get so emotional I can’t express myself. So I am very thankful when others can. So with that in mind, please read this commentary by Ben Stein.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don’t know who Lindsay Lohan is, either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise’s wife.

Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. Is this what it means to be no longer young. It’s not so bad.

Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was  Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?

I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.