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New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2009

Brrrr it sure is cold today.  I feel very lucky that I have another 4 day weekend.  Yay!    I made a run this morning to the big WalMart and came home loaded with goods.   But I want to know WHO went out and bought all those hampers I mentioned?????? I could not find any of those hampers today.   I asked a sales clerk and she told me those were probably bought for back-to-school.   And that makes sense because I have had mine for dirty clothes for a few months.   Sigh.   She did show me where the other hampers were and I nabbed the LAST one they had.    I actually like the one I found today better because there is no hole in the top like the one I bought last fall.   Less likely a moth can get into the hamper.   Yay.   I ran over to the smaller WalMart here in town and they only had the mesh type with no lid.   That won’t work.   I think tomorrow I’ll hop over to Target and see what they have.  I’m determined to get this stash organized by weight PLUS I hope to gain some space or at least have it contained in the space I have.   lol  

Thanks to Carolyn, Anita, Laura, Michelle, Sue, Tasha, Chris, Pam and Terri for your comments.   Now Terri knows I found the fish stitch markers….don’t tell Karen!    She still doesn’t know.   🙂 

I wore my new Koigu scarf this week.   I got several nice compliments on it.   I really do like it….not to thick nor too long.  It’s warm enough without being too much and I love how it looks.

I cast on a new scarf this week.   No pictures yet but I’ll take some over the weekend.   It’s a linen stitch with a solid and variegated Cherry Tree Hill.   Funny I have about 4-6 skeins of Cherry Tree Hill and this is the first time I’ve ever knitted with it.   So far I love it.  

Ok, I stopped and took a picture of the new hamper.  

As you can see it is full.   That is three 27 qt bins of fingering weight yarn.   Ugh, I have too much yarn.   But the good side is I think my hamper storage system may be a winner.   I’ll have to find more of the hampers to see if I can rearrange the stash closet to know for sure.  

I guess that is all for now.   I hope all you have a warm, safe and very Happy New Year!   Lexi and I are gonna celebrate tonight.   I know she is anxious with anticipation.   😉

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Ten on Tuesday

November 24, 2009

Ok, this was not my idea for Ten on Tuesday.   I read another knitter’s blog this morning and this was her idea.   Ten people you’d like to have over for  Thanksgiving Dinner, living or dead.   That started the wheels to turning so here is my list:

1.  My paternal grandmother.   She died when my dad was two and I would like to meet her and talk to her.

2.  Nancy Wells who is buried here in Norman and was my great great great grandmother.   I’d like to know what her life was like here in this part of the world a little over 100 years ago.

3.  Sarah Palin.   And for those of you rolling your eyes, I feel so much compassion for this woman.  It makes me ill because she has been attacked and vilified and most of all by her own gender!   And she can say bullcrap all she wants.  

4.  Elizabeth Zimmerman.   Wow.   I would LOVE to knit with this woman.  

5.  Barbara Walker.  

6.  My dad.   It has been 10 years since he passed away and every day I wish I could see him and talk.

7.  Clint Eastwood.   I fell in love with him as Rowdy Yates.  

8.  Aunt Vicie.   She was a great aunt who died long before I was ever born.   I was told I look just like her.  

9.  Don Draper aka Jon Hamm from Mad Men.   🙂

10.  Ann Richards.   I always liked what I saw of this woman.   She had more grit and spunk than I thought possible.  

I’m sure I could come up with many more given time but this is my list for now.   Who is on your list?

Ahhhhhhh

November 23, 2009

Stella made with Ultra Alpaca

Knitting with Knit Picks Zephyr needles is like cutting butter with a hot knife.

Stuff…..

August 4, 2009

Question:   Why is it when you walk into many restaurants you can’t smell the cooking anymore?

Question:   Why is it when the media reports a GOP protest it is a mob and when it is a Democratic protest it is a grassroots protest?

On the knitting front:   I am plugging along on the Anne Hanson’s Ostrich Plume Stole.   I’m using Prism Saki in the Tumbleweed colorway.   I originally bought 2 skeins as that was 860 yards and the pattern calls for 700 yards.   I am at the 30 inch mark and only have a row or two left of yarn from the first skein.   I picked up a 3rd skein Sunday because I was afraid two skeins would not be enough.   Now I’m thinking if I get 30 inches from one skein, 60 inches from two surely when I block it I’ll gain 12 more inches?   Oh well, if I don’t need the 3rd I can always use it for something else.   It is a very pretty colorway.

Is anyone else addicted to Farm Town on Facebook??   I am in need of neighbors.   Hint hint.

Stay cool and knit on!

Ten on Tuesday

July 28, 2009

Today’s theme is ten sounds you love to hear.   Ok, this should be easy peasy.  🙂

1.  Sometimes when Lexi is napping in the chair next to me, she’ll wake up, make this trilling kind of meow and raise her head to me.   She wants me to pet her for a second and then she lays her head down and goes back to sleep.   Hearing her do that warms my heart.

2.  I love the sound of her paws/claws on the carpet when she is playing.

3.  I love the sound of my friends’ laughter.  

4.  I love hearing a shower singer.   I don’t hear that often but when I do it makes me smile.

5.   This is old but when I was a kid I couldn’t go to sleep until I heard the Johnny Carson theme playing.   After it was over or during I’d close my eyes and go to sleep.   Daddy always watched Johnny Carson every week night and I didn’t realize until I was 11 or so how hard it was to go to sleep on the weekends.   lol  

6.  This is another old one.  I can remember riding in the back seat when I was a kid and hearing the clop clop clop of the tires when we’d go over a seam in the highway.   I guess there were bunches of them between Tulsa and Sapulpa because I would drift off to sleep hearing that sound.  

7.  This is a brand new one….but the video on You Tube of Jill and Kevin’s wedding.   I’ve watched that video at least 17 times now and I love the music and it becomes an ear worm.   It makes me smile just thinking about it.

8.   This one voice.   It calms me and is soothing to hear and I feel all is right with the world when I hear it.  

9.  A baby’s laugh.   It is infectious.  

10.  A song I can sing along to.   Sorry….way too many to list just one.  

What sounds do you like to hear?

Gotta see this….

July 23, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0

 

This has to be the best way to start a wedding….Enjoy!!

Ten on Tuesday

July 22, 2009

Ok, so I’m a day late.   Tuesdays are usually difficult but easier than Mondays…anyway here goes:

Ten Favorite Places to Eat:

1.  Wildfire in Schaumburg, Illinois.   Marjie and I had the best steak I’ve ever had last August.   We tried Wildfire in Atlanta and it was not the same.   The Illinois location had steak that was butter smooth and melted in your mouth.   Yum.

2.  Lou Malnati’s Pizza again in Schaumburg, Illinois.   (Someone told me Chicago had some great food and they were not wrong.)   I grew up on cracker thin pizza and that is my preference.   This is not cracker thin pizza.   It’s deep dish in all it’s glory.   Butter seemed to permeate the crust.   Lordy, was it good.

3.  La Hacienda in Lewisville, Texas.   I have only eaten there once but it was the best fajitas I’ve ever had.   From what I’ve read online, this restaurant is owned by the same family who had the old Mariano’s restaurants in DFW area.   La Hacienda is a steak house with a few Mexican dishes.   The building is a huge log cabin with a spacious porch and at least one nice rocker.   We had to wait for quite awhile but it was worth every minute of it.

4.  Exit Coneys!!!   Ok, that isn’t the real name but that is what we’ve dubbed them.   Coney I-lander in Tulsa.   Please make note of the name.   There are many others who try to ride on the coattails by using a similar name but this is the place with no S in the name.   There are several locations across Tulsa.   My fave is off 41st and Yale BEHIND the Barnes and Noble.   One of my earliest memories of Tulsa was in the original location that used to be on 4th street.   I remember my Daddy picking me up and putting me into one of the old school desk seats and asking me what I wanted on my coney.   Needless to say that was many years ago.   Daddy used to joke that the downtown location was THE BEST because the elderly man who made up those coneys had bad vision and had to breathe on the coney in order to fix it.   🙂   (No offense…..)   Anyway, all these years later and I’ve managed to hook some OKC folks (you know who you are) on these delicious gems.   Try ’em, you’ll like ’em.  

5.  Ron’s Hamburgers.   Another Tulsa chain.   And I will tell you not all are created equal.   The best location for taste is 15th and Lewis.   It isn’t easy to park nor easy to get a seat (counter seats only) but damn those burgers are good.   The Spanish fries are good also.   Hand cut not frozen.   Yum.  

6.  Pappadeaux’s.   I’m sad to say Oklahoma does not have this chain.   And that is our loss.   I ate at Pappadeaux’s in Atlanta.   I ordered the chicken breast and Marjie ordered fried shrimp.   We split and shared.   The chicken breast was very good but the shrimp was to die for.  

7.  Pappasito’s Cantina.   I’ve eaten at two of these now, one in Atlanta and one in Richardson, Texas.   This is a Pappa’s family chain.   Again the reason I say it is one of my faves is because of the shrimp.   Order fajita’s with the brochette of shrimp.   Jalapeno stuffed inside shrimp wrapped in bacon.   Need I say more?

8.  Paradise Bakery in Denver.   This is the only store I’ve visited.   We ate breakfast there when we did our massive yarn crawl across Colorado in May of 2008.   Get the oatmeal.   Yes, the oatmeal.   They serve steelcut oats in a freshly baked oatmeal cookie with a spread of sliced strawberries on top.   Oh. My. God.   It is good.   Again no locations in Oklahoma. 

9.  Elmer’s.   It Be Bad.   This is a bbq joint in Tulsa.    I highly recommend the Badwich.   It is a bun topped with bbq bologna, chopped brisket, one hot link and a rib on the side.   It also comes with two choices of sides.  Elmer passed away a few years ago.  Honestly, I haven’t eaten there since I moved to the OKC area but I remember it fondly.  

10.  Ok, here’s one for the OKC folks.   Bricktown Burgers.   It has a great onion burger.   The sad thing is it is only open for lunch Monday through Friday.   Needless to say I haven’t enjoyed one since I started working in Norman.  

I know this list would be different at a later time….but for now….that is it.

Knit on!

Sunny Sunday

July 12, 2009

Since the announcement that Paul McCartney is coming to Tulsa, I started thinking about all the concerts I’ve attended.   My first was The Monkees back in 1967.   My last was Alabama probably in the mid 80’s.   In between I’ve seen John Denver, Mack Davis, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Turtles, Lionel Richie, Helen Reddy, Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Presley.   I’m sure there are few more (I wasn’t really into attending concerts).   I think  Tina Turner’s show was  hands down, the best I ever saw.   That woman put on the THE best show I’ve ever seen in person.   Why not Elvis?   Back when he came to Tulsa in 1976, ‘in the round’ concept had not really come to Tulsa.   Let me preface what I’m about to say with this:   I was not a big Elvis fan.   I appreciated that he was a great singer and entertainer but I didn’t get excited and giddy like I would for others.   I knew that I may as well go and see him so I could say I saw Elvis in person.   I had a coworker who was a HUGE fan and she was going to spend the night outside the ticket doors the night before tickets went on sale.   I decided what the heck…I’ll stay with her.   And I did.   It was chaos at best.   Long story short, the sellers refused to let us see a floor map and we ended up with about 12th row seats.   Unfortunately we were on the almost back side of the stage.    That part of the stage was stacked with coils and coils of hose/line of some type.   Elvis had to carefully pick his way over these coiled cords so that he was facing us.   Needless to say he didn’t spend most of this time on that part of the stage.   Big disappointment.

So I have this question for everyone, what is THE greatest/best concert you ever saw?

I guess the other huge news of the week was MJ’s  memorial service.   To me, it was more like a show.   When Jennifer Hudson had dancers swaying around her while she sang, it became entertainment.   I was thinking earlier while seeing some memorial type service on tv this morning….back in the early 80’s when his star was really on the rise, my then brother in law (who had his own graphic arts business) was approached by MJ’s people.   He was asked to do the art on the album cover for MJ’s next album.   I cannot for the life of me remember if it was for what would be the Thriller album or the one after.   My brother in law turned it down.   Why?   Because MJ’s people had one request:   that my brother in law do the work for free.   I guess they felt the mere honor of being asked and doing it for MJ was payment enough.   Tacky.

Knitting news:   I bought some Prism Saki yesterday in the Tumbleweed colorway.   I LOVE this color.   Being the fickle knitter that I am, I wound it and cast on last night for Anne Hanson’s Ostrich Plume Stole.

I had a great afternoon yesterday meeting with a bunch of knitting friends.   We always have the best show-n-tell when it comes to yarn, bags, implements and WIP’s and finished objects.   I guess we are also a bunch of enablers…..it sure does send us into a frenzy of writing down patterns and websites…that is for sure.

I took these pictures of Lexi earlier this week.   These were taken first thing in the morning when the east sun is pouring in through the windows.   This little kitty watches to see when it hits the floor and she lays in the beam.  Smart girl.

Stay warm and knit on!

Ten on Tuesday

July 7, 2009

The theme for Ten on Tuesday this week is 10 Things That Turn You Off About People.  Uh oh.   Here we go:

1. Liars.   I may not call you on it but I can tell.

2. Lack of manners.   I’ll say this again:   There ain’t nuthin more attractive on a man (or anyone else for that matter) than good manners.

3. Arrogant people.

4. A smart ass who isn’t smart enough to know when to shut up.

5. People who don’t take good care of their pets.

6. People who drive in the left lane.   Drive right, pass left.

7. People who see the glass as always half empty.

8.  Those who are always the victim no matter what the situation.

9. Fake, plastic, phony, needy of attention people.

10. People who talk too loud or too much and dominate conversations.

Ok, that was pretty much a downer.   Better than sports….but not much fun.   🙂

Ten on Tuesday

June 30, 2009

Yes, I skipped last week.   The theme was sports.   If you know me well at all you know sports are not my ‘thing’.   🙂  

The theme for Ten on Tuesday this week is 10 Guilty Pleasures on TV.  I can do this!!

1. Right now…..I watch Frasier almost every weeknight at 10:30.   Yes I’m well past repeats but once in awhile I see an episode I missed some how some way.   But that show does make me laugh.  

2. Big Brother.   The first time I heard the pitch for it I rolled my eyes and wondered how on earth someone could come up with a show like this.   I watched and I’m addicted.   Every summer when the new show comes on I think there can’t be a group of folks more repulsive or immature.   I also think why am I watching this?   And I continue to watch and am thoroughly addicted.   No more explanation.   Sorry.

3.  2.5 Men.    Silly show with adult innuendo.   It makes me laugh.

4. Dancing With the Stars (which is not on right now).   I grew up wishing I could dance.   We didn’t have extra money when I was growing up so once we did I had a choice:   piano or dance lessons.   Piano trumped because the piano would go in my room, an object I could see, touch and play every day.   I still wish I could dance and love watching others do the intricate steps on DWTS.

5. Project Runway.   Another show that isn’t on at the moment but I love seeing the fashion unfold, the drama of the queens and the gals and well…need I say more?  

6. Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.   As a kid, taking vacation was exciting but we either had to take the cheap route (staying in the camper and eating sandwiches) or we had to eat in a known chain place.   Daddy didn’t like taking chances with an unknown when it came to food.   So as an adult I get to play by my rules and those are:   you can’t eat at a place you have at home.   DDD tells me about places that I might visit someday.   Plus I love seeing how some of this stuff is made. 

7. The Next Food Network Star.   I only discovered this show the season Aaron McCargo won.   I so wished I could have seen the season with Guy Fieri.   This particular season seems to have several contestants who don’t quite get it.  

8. Desperate Housewives.   I love it.   No explanation.  

9. Gray’s Anatomy.   I don’t love it like I used to.   I honestly think this show would be great without Meredith and McDreamy for that matter.   I am glad Izzie is coming back.  

10. The Newlyweds.   I like this show.   I love how they put the couples through the steps to see how well they communicate and work together.   It’s also funny.  

 

I’m sure there are many other shows I watch more than the 10 listed above but none are popping into my head at the moment.