Archive for February 2008

Saturday’s Trip and a Lesson Learned

February 24, 2008

Yesterday, Marjie, Karen and I took a road trip.   Believe it or not our motivating spot was Meers Store in Meers, Oklahoma.   I had told them how great the burgers were at Meers and then not long after that The Food Channel had Bon Appetite’s Top 3.   And guess what spot had the number 3 top burger in the nation????   You got it, Meers!   So we decided we’d head to Meers stop and eat and then head on down to Wichita Falls to visit a yarn shop located there.   We got to Meers a bit early but since it’s open for breakfast that was no problem.   In fact, I was shocked to see several tables of customers who were either waiting for their meals or who were finishing their burgers.   I’ve been there before and knew the giant burger that fills the bottom of a pie plate was more than enough for one person.   So we all ordered regular sized individual burgers.   That was a mistake.   You don’t get enough meat on the regular burger to get that great taste of hormone-free, no antibiotic fresh ground beef.   But, I don’t want to lead you to think the burgers were not good, they were.   You get more meat when you order the larger burger.   I also feel compelled to tell you….ONE of us eats SISSY burgers.   But I’m not telling who.  😉

I wish I would have taken my camera.  If you’ve never seen the restaurant at Meers you wouldn’t believe it.   The building is like 115 years old and has been added onto over the years.   The heat seemed to be non existent so if you go in the winter dress warmly.    The restaurant also houses a seismograph that detects earthquakes!    Click here and you can read more about it.   It’s pretty interesting.

We left Meers and with the help of Rico Suave (aka Marjie’s GPS system)  made our way back to the highway to head further south into the great state of Texas.   Now I have to back up a bit here and tell you a little voice in my head told me to call this shop last week.   I thought I would make sure of the hours etc. so we’d have plenty of time to browse and shop.   But I did not follow through.   And yep, you guessed it, that is how we learned our lesson.   We drove all that way only to drive up and see a handwritten sign on the door “closed until further notice”.   Damn.    So that was our lesson for the day……always call ahead.

Today is the clappy party.   I plan on going.   Hope to see you there!


I fell down…..

February 20, 2008

I made a half-hearted promise to myself that I wasn’t going to buy anymore yarn for “awhile”.   I guess I could let myself off easily since I didn’t give a time frame???   lol  Yeah, right.   lol  I stopped by L & B the other day to check out the new Miss Babs sock yarn.   Yummy!!   It has some wonderful squish to it.   So naturally I had to get some.    I got this colorway:


It reminds me of fall but it is a break from my usual blues that I seem to be hooked on now.

Then there was this other sock yarn that jumped in my hands:


I have to confess it is a disappointing “squeeze” compared to Miss Babs.  This is the Plymouth sock yarn.

Then I saw the new Mission Falls Whirl!   I LOVE this colorway.   I bought a token skein until I can decide what I want to do with it.   You just can’t go wrong buying Mission Falls.


Sorry for the blurry picture.

Later on we stopped by for Happy Cat’s opening/going out of business sale.   I scooped up a couple of different yarns.

I got this sock yarn:


I saw a sample sock knitted out of this and I really liked the colorway.

Then I picked up this:


I got two skeins of this red and two skeins of white.   I thought it would be great for some washcloths.

Now this is what motivated me to go in the first place:


I loved this bag the first time I saw a picture of it on net.   I lucked out and got in the room this was in and snatched it up.   There were only a few and I wanted this.   Isn’t it gorgeous??

I had some help with the picture taking tonight.   Meet the Inspector:


Movies! Or Desperate for Blog material :-)

February 16, 2008

I think I fall into the second category.   Oh well here goes:

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste this as a post. Then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up.Have fun!

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x)Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
(X) Ray

() Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
() Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
() The Princess Bride
() AnchorMan
(x)Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Memoirs of a Geisha

( X) Flight Plan

( X) Hitch

( ) White Noise
( X) White Oleander
( X) Anger Management
() 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
() Scream
() Scream 2
() Scream 3
() Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
() Scary Movie 3
() Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x)American Pie 2
(X)American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
() Harry Potter 1

() Harry Potter 2
() Harry Potter 3
() Harry Potter 4
() Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
() Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
() Finding Nemo
() Finding Neverland
(X) Signs
() The Grinch
(X) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
() White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(X) The DaVinci Code

() I, Robot
() Robots
() Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( X) The Departed

(x) Along Came Polly
( X) Deep Impact
(X) Crash

() Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
( x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
(X) Mr. and Mrs. Smith

(X)  Walk The Line

( X) The Terminal
(X) The Pursuit of Happyness

( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
() Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( )Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
(X)Little Miss Sunshine

(X) The Devil Wears Prada

( ) Surviving X-MAS
( X) Flubber
(X) Blood Diamond

(X) The Aviator

(x ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
() From Hell
(X) Million Dollar Baby

(X) Wedding Crashers

( ) I Am Sam
(X) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
(X) Deja Vu

( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
() Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X) Brokeback Mountain

(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
(X ) Coach Carter
( X) Sahara

( X)  March of the Penquins

(x) The Mask
( )Son Of The Mask
() Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( X) Lucky Number Sleven
(X Ocean’s Eleven
( X) Ocean’s Twelve
(X ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
(X) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
() Predator I
( ) Predator II
() The Fog
() Ice Age
() Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
() Curious George
(x) Independence Day
(x ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
() Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(x ) Maid in Manhattan
() War of the Worlds
() Rush Hour
() Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(X) She’s All That
(x) Calendar Girls
() Sideways
() Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
() X-Men
() X-2
() X-3
() Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( X) Catch Me If You Can
() The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
() Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
() Shrek 2
( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
() Old School
(X ) The Notebook
() K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( X) A Walk to Remember
( X) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
() Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
() Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
() Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
() Baseketball
( ) Hostel
() Waiting for Guffman
() House of 1000 Corpses
() Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
() Highlander
() Mothman Prophecies
() American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
() Kung Fu Hustle
() Shaolin Soccer
() Night Watch
() Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
() Monty Python and the Holy Grail
() Shaun Of the Dead
() Willard
() High Tension
() Club Dread
(X) Hulk
() Dawn Of the Dead
() Hook
() Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(X) 28 days later
() Orgazmo
() Phantasm
(X) Waterworld
(X) Kill Bill vol 1
( X) Kill Bill vol 2
() Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
() the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
() Army of Darkness
(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( X) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
(x) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
() Animatrix
() Evil Dead
() Evil Dead 2
() Team America: World Police
() Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
() Hannibal

Valentine’s Day candies and memories

February 14, 2008


I’m sure many of you have already heard this story but there may be a few who have not.   Once my sister and I left the nest, my daddy always brought us a Valentine in person.   He most often dropped it off at our homes while we were at work but it was there waiting for us when we got home.   He would give us a card and a box of conversation hearts which we called “chalks”.   We called them “chalks” because that is what they tasted like to us and obviously we did not like them.  So one year I told Daddy to put the “-lates” on the “chalks” because we did not eat those little boxes of conversation hearts he’d give us.   Well, he listened and the next V-day I came home to a card, my small box of conversation hearts AND a small box of Russell Stover’s chocolates.  Yay Daddy!!    This is the 8th Valentine’s Day that he’s been gone but I kept many of those boxes of conversation hearts and will treasure them forever.  

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.  

A Book Meme

February 12, 2008

Emily tagged me for this.

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Find page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.

Then on holy days, when people come from all over the country to hear the services in the cathedral, we gather farthings galore.

It seems to me we might man the bridge on holy days only. and give you a fire out of the proceeds, said Philip.

Paul looked anxious.

I’ll tag:






A Super Saturday

February 3, 2008

After yesterday I needed today just to chill and do some chores.

Yesterday was a very special day for my friend Emily. So five of us started our Saturday very early so we could go see Emily become the permanent rector of her church. It was a lovely celebration and in true knitterly fashion (and with Emily’s blessing) we sat on the back row and knitted while we watched. Congratulations Emily!

After a quick lunch we went to the SWAK in the City open house. This is what I bought:


Madelaine Tosh sock yarn. I don’t know if it will become socks or a scarf of some sort but it is nice and squishy.

We then ran across town to secure our seats at Gourmet Yarn for Knit-In. We had a great time as always. Lots of knitter friends and plenty of great food. And this is what I got there:


I’m for sure going to make the drop stitch scarf with this yarn. Isn’t that yarn gorgeous? Now if I can only find a 3rd skein. lol

As far as actual knitting, I feel like a hamster in a cage. I’m knitting almost every day but I’m getting no where. I started a scarf out of Ultra Alpaca before Christmas. I frogged it twice before I settled on an even striped scarf. Well guess what? I’m not happy with it and it took a dip into the frog pond.

I’ve been working on the Andrea Reversible Lace Scarf by Schaefer Yarn. Problem is it isn’t something I can knit on when I’m with friends or when I can’t give it 100% concentration. So this is how far I’ve gotten on it:


I love those colors. I have a feeling though that it may take me a long time to finish this scarf. lol

I also started this a few days ago:


This is the Araucania Ranco Multy I picked up in Tulsa a few weeks ago. I was hoping it would be a beautiful drop stitch scarf but it just doesn’t have the pizazz it needs to be beautiful. Darn it. lol It seems everything I pick up I lose interest in it.

Cross your fingers for me….maybe my mojo will come back or something will spark and I will have a finished object that I truly love SOON! My clapotis certainly is!

PS:  Katie, we wonder also what “the winner’s” stash looks like….we’ve never seen it!!  We often tease her that while some people have a closet or maybe a whole room dedicated to yarn, she has a garage apartment she could fill.   🙂