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So it has been awhile….

July 11, 2010

I’m still here….(Hi Callie!).   I have neglected the blog for a long while.   I really didn’t think there was anyone who still read this thing but I received an email from a distant relative who obviously does read my blog.  🙂 

Speaking of, this is a small world story.   Callie, correct me if I’m wrong because my brain is like swiss cheese these days.   Awhile back I blogged about this.   And because of this post I received an email from Callie who is a member of the Meeks side of our family.   She is on a different ‘branch’ than I am so I don’t know the exact relationship but my guess is a cousin several times removed?   lol  Ok, we both have the same great great great grandparents.   Does that make us cousins?   Our great great grandfathers were brothers.  All of this to say it is a very small world and I am so glad Callie found me because of family geneology post.  

So what have I been up to the past few months?   Not much.   I did take some time out to find this:

I always name my cars so let me introduce you to Gabrielle.   She is new to me and rides soooooooooo nice!   I can’t believe the difference between my former car, Sydney, the Solara and Gabie.   The Solara was beating me up.  No kidding!   It is unreal the aches and pains that no longer exist since I bought Gabie.  I now sit up higher in traffic and I do like that.   I feel more protected and safe.  

On the knitting front, I am knitting on the Firefly Fringed Scarf by CEY.   I fell in love with the finished product I saw in Tulsa a few weeks ago.   So I bit the bullet and paid $15 for a booklet that only had ONE pattern I liked.   Grrrrrrrrrrr   That hurt in and of itself but then to make matters worse it is one of the most poorly written patterns I have seen.   I had a clue when the lady at the yarn shop told me she would be available for help/questions if I needed help while knitting the scarf.   Then I went on Ravelry to look up the pattern and had my eyes pulled wide open when every single person who posted that item said more or less the same thing:   poorly written pattern!!   Arrrrrgh!   Anyway, I made it through the increase portion no problem.   And just my luck I hit the decrease section on the 4th of July when the yarn shop was closed and everyone was busy with holiday celebrations.   Ugh.   So I sent out a few messages on Rav and put it aside until I got some answers.   As it turns out I was proceeding as I should but because my stitch count was off I was stumped.   Turns out the stitch count is off and you continue on in pattern.   Ok!   I’m on the downhill slide now.   There are seven stitches that will be dropped when finished and those stitches will form a fringe.   I’ve not done this before but I’m excited to see how it unfolds.   Pictures then, I promise! 

Lexi is doing well.   She vascilates between laying on me so that I may pet her and going off alone for her beauty sleep.   She is such a sweet and spicey kitty!  

I hope you are filling your days with plenty of knitting!

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2009

The weather outside IS frightful!  I don’t think I’ve heard the wind blow like this in forever.   This picture was taken out my front door around 10:00 am. 

And this picture was taken around 1:30 PM.   Note the angle is different.   Also note that the afore seen pickup was parked.   The same pickup is now STUCK at the corner outside my house.   The drive abandoned his effort and went back into his house.   I just hope those who have to drive around this corner are able to avoid hitting the pickup.  

Oh and this picture….yeah can’t tell what it is?   Well, it is my sidewalk from the front door……..see why I can’t/don’t get out??  

Mmmmmmm, I cooked a turkey breast 2 weeks ago and then used the carcass to make some broth for soup.   Today was the day!   I enjoyed a mug of turkey noodle soup out of my favorite mug.  

If I’ve already shown this forgive me.   But this is supposed to be my current project.   Girasole by Jared Flood.   I looked it up.   It is Italian for sunflower and is pronounced jiruh-so-lay. 

I am participating in the KAL at L & B for this.   I say that sheepishly because I haven’t touched this in a month!   I made a fatal mistake and was tinking back slowly but surely one Wednesday evening.   Vanessa offered to repair my mistake by dropping down and fixing it.   I let her and she fixed it but I haven’t touched it since.   It is a very fun knit.   Looks intimidating but is really easy.   So why did I put it down?   I wanted something MINDLESS like this:  

This is the Merci Scarf by Susan Rainey of the blog The Rainey Sisters.   I’m using Charles Tahki Tweed Alpaca.   When I saw that yarn the first time I knew I had to knit something with it.   So the Merci Scarf is it!   I’m about half finished.  

It has been crazy time at work.   I am now supervising a program I detest.   I thought when I retired I got away from it.   That’s what I get for thinking.   Sigh.   Anyway, that is what has been consuming me and my time for the past 3 weeks.   It is a good thing our family switched to drawing names this year as I have not even had time to shop.   The name I drew was easy peasy.   Land’s End online shopping, thank you. 

Anita, the reason I don’t post often is I think besides Michelle in Amarillo, you and I are the only ones who read this blog.   Maybe someone will prove me wrong.   Tap-tap-tap…anyone out there?

Lexi has settled in for a warm winter’s nap…..

And I think that sounds like a wonderful idea!!  

I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas! 

What’s going on today…

June 23, 2009

Blogging

June 16, 2009

Ok, the reason I don’t blog very often is because most often I am lacking content.   I spare you from hearing the details of the daily grind at work and you should thank me for that.  😉   I am knitting most days but when working on a piece that goes on forever and ever I don’t really want to clutter up hard drive space and webspace showing yet again another picture of the same scarf I showed you last time.   All of this to say I’m going to start participating in Ten on Tuesday!!!!  

Here it is Ten on Tuesday .  The theme for this week is 10 Things You’d Bring on a Deserted Island. 

1.  A nice tall man (emphasis on nice).

2.  Lexi (and she may be number 1 if the tall man isn’t nice but I digress)

3.  Sun screen because I have the complexion of a red head.

4.  Ten tons of bottled water (btw did you know that you can use the empty bottles so that condensation can form resulting in a water supply?  just saying).

5.   My pillow (are you getting the drift that my comfort takes a priority here?)

6.  Materials with which to knit and that includes every needle I own, every skein of yarn I own, all patterns and every implement needed.  Whew!   And those of you who have a clue about my stash know I could knit for a year or more on my stash alone.  🙂

7.   Many books including one entitled “How to Survive on a Desert Island. 

8.  Carmex (the lipstick variety)

9.  Bug spray (yes, I’m a woosie when it comes to insects).

10.  My favorite knitting peeps (and you KNOW who you are)!

Knit on and prosper!

A New Meme

December 29, 2008

Ok, maybe I’m the only one who thinks these are fun….but here goes?

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yes, the story my daddy told was that he named me after Kaye Starr, a singer he admired.    But here is what I think is the real truth.   My daddy’s mother died when he was two.   His grandmother and aunt raised he and his siblings because my grandfather was on the road working wherever he could.   The aunt doted on my daddy and he adored her as well.   She was like a mother to him.   Her name was Katherine.   Aunt Katherine did not like my mother and was very jealous of her.  I think Daddy knew this and knew that in turn, my mother didn’t like Aunt Katherine either.   So when it came to naming me he couldn’t get away with naming me after her, so he got close.  My middle name is the same middle name my cousin Ronnie has only mine is spelled the feminine way. 

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Today.  Sisters sometimes do stupid stuff.  

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
My handwriting is horrible but once in awhile I do way better than other times.   I prefer to type.  
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I love good old fashioned bologna.   But I can’t have that very often so I’d have to say turkey or ham.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes one son, Michael and a feline daughter Lexi.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yeah, I think so.   I get told alot that I’m very easy to talk to.   I was once told I can get someone to spill their guts within 15 minutes.   I don’t know if I’m THAT easy to talk to or not but I love hearing people’s stories.  🙂
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Uh, yeah, right.  

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
No.  Had those out when I was 5 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.   Favorite tonsil memory is the Hawaiian boy and girl embroidery kit my folks got me.   It was my first foray into the needlearts.  lol 
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Hell no.  

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Hmmm, well I eat Cheerios most mornings.   I can’t say its my very favorite but its what I eat most.   I do love some good oatmeal and Cream of Wheat made with milk.   Yum. 

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
In some ways yes, others….no.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Ben and Jerry’s Brownie something or other.   I grab it at the store but I can’t really recall the correct name.   lol   Plus I can’t eat that stuff very often.  That reminds me, have you seen those tiny little cartons that contain maybe a quarter of a cup?   Portion control.  

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
It varies.  I have to admit I notice how a person is dressed.   I also look at their eyes.   I like a person who can look you in the eye when they are talking to you.   I think it says alot.  

15.  Pink or Red?  Ok, quit laughing, those of you who know me know my hatred of pink.   I love a good warm red.   I hate the blue reds.   But a good warm red, like Ellen’s Shibuiknits Chinese Red she knitted her Seraphim Shawl….I love it.   I will accept some soft powder pinks and I love a salmon pink…you know the ones that have some warm hints to it.  

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My weight.   Sigh!  Like that is any big secret.   The other thing would be that I’m probably more sensitve than most.   That sensitivity makes me cry at times when I really don’t want to. 

17.  WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
No question there, my Daddy.  And my mother, although she is still living.   Since she got involved with her new man friend, she isn’t the mother I grew up with.  
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO DO THIS?
Well, not everyone but I’d love to see my blog-reading friends to do it.  

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Brown Born sandals.   They are my houseshoes.  Year round.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Broiled chicken breast and Italian green beans. 

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The sound of me typing.   It is after midnight and I can’t sleep.  
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Mmmmm, Seafoam green.   Or Periwinkle.

One more….hopefully the last

November 14, 2008

Ok, reluctant acceptance is slowly seeping in.   But someone sent me this poem and I can’t not share it on my blog.   I don’t know who the original author is but it is sooo cute.   🙂

The election day is over,

The talking is done.

My party lost, your pary won.

So let us be friends,

Let arguments pass.

I’ll hug my elephant,

You kiss your ass.

Hmmm

July 30, 2008

This might mean more to me if I were a Jane Austen fan. 🙂

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

This was fun…..

April 29, 2008
you are paleturquoise
#AFEEEE

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You’re smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people’s conflicts well.

Your saturation level is low – You stay out of stressful situations and advise others to do the same. You may not be the go-to person when something really needs done, but you know never to blow things out of proportion.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.

the spacefem.com html color quiz

See Terri????   There is a REASON I love blue and green!!!!   🙂

Maybe I’m getting old…..

April 6, 2008

As I was sitting on the sofa knitting earlier today I flipped by CMT with the top country songs/videos for the week.   I confess I’m a closet country fan.   I grew up hearing country music on the radio while Daddy was working in the garage.   I knew Patsy Cline songs when I was a little kid.   I used to listen to country music back in the Urban Cowboy days and then changed the channel when many of the songs took on an 18-wheel tune.   A few years later I came back and listened to country music until about 4 or 5 years ago.   I finally realized it made me cry.   I think the song that did me in was some song about a little girl being sick and dying.     So I chose to hear it in dips and dabs instead of keeping my radio tuned in.   Self preservation you know.   lol   Anyway, one of the commercials on CMT showed a well-known country star who is married to another well-known country star on stage at one of his concerts.   Now I will tell you right up front I think he’s a good looking man and sexy too but what I saw looked sleezy.   This man doesn’t have to dress sleezy to get me to look at him but I guess someone thinks he does.   Proof:

There is another country star who I’ve adored for many more years than this fellow.   I’ve never seen him dress sleezy at all.   He always seems to be in nicely pressed jeans and a starched long sleeved shirt.   I think more singers should take after him:

To me THAT is sexy.   lol  

We had another almost standing room only Knit In at Gourmet Yarn last night.   I think Terri said she counted 40 and I know a few more walked in after that.  David jokingly said they considered moving all the yarn out and just hosting parties.   Not a bad idea!!  lol  Just kidding!!!   But seats and space get in very short supply on knit-in night.  

A funny incident (at least to me) happened last night at Knit-In.   I heard a newbie to knit-in ask Karen last night if she was ‘the winner’.   I got distracted and didn’t absorb Karen’s answer but I sure did think that was funny.  Plus I was flattered that someone had read my blog and knew about our game.   Btw, ‘the winner’ went south for a few days and may have bought out a yarn store or two not to mention half of what Brooks Farms brought to the Fiber Fest.   Since none of the credible witnesses were with her….we can only guess.  

Knitting news.   I’ve been plugging along on the Woodland scarf and since it will look the same for miles and miles no picture.   I’ve also been plugging along on the Cavendish out of Mission Falls Whirl.   Again no picture they all look the same.  lol   I do have one picture though.   Guess what this is:

Happy New Year 2008!

January 1, 2008

 Blogging today was one of the first items on my list today.   It became impossible when my mouse/trackball took on a life of it’s own.  lol   No matter how I tried to position the cursor on this thing it had a life of it’s own.   I was convinced I had a virus or bug on my computer.   I ran Adaware and did a fresh virus scan, nothing.   Ran McAfee’s Stinger and still came up with nothing wrong.   So then I had to dig up the Dell mouse that came with this computer and try it.  Viola!   It worked.

The trip back from Colorado was uneventful until we hit I-40 leaving Amarillo.   It was around 5:30 and the sun was sinking when we hit the first of many icy spots.   We slowed to 25 mph and made a pitstop in Shamrock.   Gathered our wits and got back on I-40 for a few more icy sections and made the Oklahoma border where the road was D-R-Y!  Yay!!!!!!

There’s no place like home, right Dorothy???   I was soo glad to be back in my own bed with my own shower.   Michael was glad to have a real bed to crash in and sleep to his heart’s content.   And Lexi was very glad her mama was home even if THAT boy was here.   lol   Have I mentioned that Lexi is v-e-r-y selective about who she lets see her not to mention who she will let pet her?   lol  She’s a persnickety girl for sure.

My sister took me around to the yarn shops in Colorado Springs the day after Christmas.   The Knitter’s Kove had moved and downsized from when I’d been there a couple of years ago.   She still has a great variety of yarns but I did not see the great selection of sock yarns I’d seen before.   Also it was a bit difficult to see all the yarns with ease because of the cramped quarters.   It’s still a nice shop just not as large as when it was on Tejon.   This is what I got there:

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One skein of Cascade Eco + in purple.   I only snagged yarn I had a project in mind for use.   I will knit the Hemlock Ring throw with this.   Yum.

The next shop we visited was Green Valley Weavers and Knitters.   This shop also has weaving supplies in addition to yarn.   They have a great selection of Brown Sheep.   I did see some gorgeous gloves knitted out of Laines du Nord Cash-silk.  I wanted some of that yarn but walked out without buying any.   Stupid move.   I also saw the standard felted clog but this pair had some cute pizazz.   This pair was knitted with fun fur in the upper foot section.   I know, I know….fun fur yuck.   But these were so darling and really did make the slippers look cute.

Next stop was Needleworks by Holly Berry.   This shop is both yarn and needle point supplies, although I think the yarn is taking over.   Yay!    They carry Debbie Bliss, Lorna’s Laces and Blue Sky Alpaca.   And many more that I can’t recall right now.   My sister, who is very attracted to felting, loved this shop.   She is still learning and isn’t comfy in knowing what yarns felt and which don’t.   This shop had small tags above the yarns that would felt.   Makes it very easy for the novice felter.   This is what I bought there:

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Three hanks of Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk in a deep teal.   This yarn is destined to become gloves.

As you can see I really didn’t buy much.   Losing my debit card to the ATM before I could leave town really took a bite out of my after Christmas shopping plans.   lol   Talk about an enforced yarn diet!!!   lol   Oh well.   That only meant that I had more money to spend when I got back home and went to the sale at Gourmet Yarn.

And this is what I scored at that sale:

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Two skeins of Rowan Handknit cotton for Sweet Pea Hats; two skeins of Rowan Tapestry for a neck gaiter;  four hanks of sock yarn, two Mountain Colors and two Cherry Tree Hill.   I think the Moose River by Mountain Colors is not shown in this picture because I had already cast on a helmet hat for my nephew.   The variegated Cherry Tree Hill will become a pair of socks for my  niece who told me no less than 3 times that she wanted hand knit socks.   lol   The other two sock yarns will become socks for me some day.

For some odd reason I did not have Bunny Tail out for pictures.   That’s ok, the ribbon on the ears got wrinkled on the trip back from Colorado so I’ll fix that and take some pictures later.   Oh, I did not put the tail on the hat.   I figure most babies sleep alot and having a bump of a tail digging into the back of your head wouldn’t lend itself to a nice nap.  lol   But the hat is still darling even without a tail.

And here are some pictures of my niece, Caitlin, modeling my finished Clapotis.

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Please take my word for it, the clappy is much prettier than  photographed.   I guess I need some special lighting to get the colors to show correctly.   But it’s finished and I LOVE it!

I have the black eyed peas on the stove and will have some before the day is over.   I hope you have a wonderful 2008 that is filled with lots of fun and knitting.

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