Sunday, December 31, 2006
Happy New Year everyone!! Hope all of you out there in cyberspace have a wonderful and safe celebration this evening.
I usually don't do Resolutions. At least I stopped making the lists at some point because a) it seems so arbitrary and b) I really don't follow up too well on these things. That being said I am making a list this year. And here it is:
1) lose 10 pounds. So this gives me 365 days to do this. It really shouldn't be to hard, but you should refer to b above.
2) exercise at least twice a week. Again refer to b. And Joe this does not give you a reason to hassle me about going. At some point I have to do these things on my own.
3) organize. this refers to things such as the filing cabinet, the loads of cross-stitch and knitting items in the closet (and elsewhere), and we will throw in magazines for good measure.
4) cook. I really need to cook more, which in my case "more" would be, say, five times in a year.
That's all I can think of for now. I need to get downstairs and check on the meatballs.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The twinkling lights. I really prefer the colored ones, much more fun don't you think?
So ignore the orange buckets, just pretend they are invisible. And yes, Smokey does actually eat the paper. I think she is in love with the phone book. Yummy!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Here you can see the bottom of her tail and some of the very bright green seaweed. I have noticed while looking through some other blogs and message boards that most people seem to either start from the top (maybe so they will have a face?) or they start in the middle somewhere. I haven't noticed anyone else who starts from the bottom as I do. Interesting... it seems the logical place to start if you ask me. But, it seems that maybe no one is asking me.
Monday, November 20, 2006
If you want to play along leave a comment and I will assign a letter for you to use. You are then instructed to go to your blog and list 10 words starting with said letter and what they mean to you. DO IT!
E is for:
Everything- We seem to have so much, yet people are still fighting over playstations.
Elephant- I remember my sister had bazillion elephants growing up because she collected them, only to find out that she thought they were OK but she kept receiving them as gifts because she “collected” them.
Equine- I dream of owning a few beautiful horses with an equally stunning barn for them to live in.
Elderberries- “And your father smelt of elderberries!” Monty Python the Holy Grail
Empirical- makes me think of science… I always liked science.
Energy- I wish I had more physical energy, maybe my brain sucks it all up being all obsessive compulsive like in my thinking.
Ecosystem- I worry about this, not so much global warming and all that but about the plants and animals around us. You know, the things that were here first.
Eggs- I love to eat them!
Epicureous- I like the way this word sounds and always associate it with food. Most likely because of the magazine with the same name.
Epilogue- I thought it would be appropriate to use this as the last word and then list some of the other E words that I decided not to use:
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Starting this has made me realize that cross stitch is my first love and not knitting. That is not to say that I do not enjoy knitting and that I will stop knitting, but that it will not be my priority. It is interesting to me when I think about this. Why am I driven to do one craft over another? Why does one consume me in a way the other does not? I don't have answers to those questions now, but I find them very interesting. Especially since I find knitting to be so fascinating.
I have recently started timing how long I work on various cross stitch projects. To give you an idea of how consumed I am with this project (at least for the time being...) I worked on this 3.5 hours last night, which is the picture above. I have worked another 5 hours on it today. WOW! I guess that shows you how productive I have been in other areas of my life today.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Fried bologna came up in a discussion at dinner last Friday night, oddly we were at a chinese restaurant. Here is the final product with a nice cold bottle of beer. Tasty!
I couldn't find any unsliced bologna, so I don't really feel like it is the same as Mom made growing up. Well, it was still really good! Anybody want me to cook one up?
Alright, gotta go and clean up the homestead since we will be having a few overnight guests tomorrow. Plus, Smokey's cage needs a bit of cleanup as well. funky...
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
So many things to talk about today. I have meant to post something for days, but there never seems to be enough time or I just plain don’t feel like doing it anyway. Heh, excuses are easy.
Let’s start with the Hooker. Everyone loves a good hooker and I am no exception. I may even have to give her a name since I feel like she is a part of the family now. I am so in love! And, DH, that does not mean I am still happy with the whole “TV situation” either. Merely pacified with the end result. There is a difference, really. Oh, and I know people are going to google hooker and be sorely disappointed by the actual topic of this conversation, but it makes me laugh EVERY TIME hookerhookerhooker
If you look closely on the coffee table (the blue thing on the left) you will see that I have been knitting as well, oh, and shameless plug for the teeny tiny diet dr pepper can next to it.
The Hooker, let’s call her Lily, led to another costly purchase… the beautiful hand knotted Indian rug. I love it! Not as much as Lily, but love nonetheless. Now we are poor and unable to buy anyone Christmas gifts for the next five years, at least. Please send money to the poor destitute couple with the nice furniture who can’t buy groceries.
Ah the fabulous rug. It actually looks pretty dull in this picture. I am having issues with getting a good photo of its true colors, it really is much more lively in person, really.
What else, what else… umm knitting, I mentioned a bit of knitting before. The purse is on hold. I had started on the handles which were the last of the pieces to complete. However, running out of yarn seemed to be the status quo. I bought an extra ball so that I could “finish” the bag and then promptly ran out again when I started on the handles. I did manage to get yet another ball, but now they are in a bag waiting for me to complete another project that is on a deadline.
What is the deadline project? Really cute shrug that I am knitting so that I can wear it over one of two black dresses that I own for the Company Holiday Party (is this sentence to long/fragmenty?? I hate typing in Word and it tells me I am fragmenting… what does that mean??). I was very cold last year in one of said dresses and thought it would be nice to have a little something on my shoulders. The yarn is mostly mohair that is lovely to work with as long as you don’t have to tink back. The humanity of it! stickystickysticky! I have completed the back piece and have started on the two front pieces. Pray I have enough yarn for this project since there is no more to be had at the shop.Alright, that is enough of me blathering on for today. I will start logging new and exciting things for me to blog and hopefully be back a little sooner next time.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Looking good! The box anyway. Nice to see that this family heirloom was well packed.
This is the back of it. I am so excited that this is here!
Isn't it beautiful?!?! Yes, there is some cardboard and tape still on it, but it is on the inside of the glass and we had not found the key at the time of this picture. This is my grandmother's (NaNa's) grandfather clock. My aunt and uncle from Colorado packed it up and sent it to me. Thank you! Thank you! I am really happy to have it here! Once we decide where it will be placed in the house I will be calling an expert to put it together, clean it, and generally just get it up and running for me.
Do you sometimes feel as if things are just falling into place? I have been feeling that way this past week. Not only did the Grandfather clock arrive in pristine condition, but we will be receiving another addition to the furniture family tomorrow. I am super excited about it as well! More pictures to come...
Friday, November 03, 2006
This is what I came home to last night. Just laying right there on the grass.
I guess it's a good thing it didn't rain before I got home.
For those of you who are curious, this package is my 2007 Daytimer pages. Yeah!
So, I was going to cut the postal service some slack, but then I got up and looked out the window just now and what did I see? Yet another package just hanging out by the mailbox, laying in the damp grass. I guess it's a good thing that I have our sprinkler system turned off.
On a lighter note, this huge truck came to deliver a very special package to me today. What is it?
It's entirely to big to get into the garage, that's what it is! I did manage to unwrap the plastic and remove a much smaller box that was there, but I guess the gigantuan box will have to wait until I find a couple of big strong men to help me unpack this sucker. Any volunteers?
I will keep those of you who don't know what this is in suspense until I can get it unpacked and take some pictures. Stay tuned!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
There was much pumpkin carnage this evening at the pumpkin party this evening thanks to the lovely sharp pointyness of my new favorite carving tool. Many a pumpkin lost its top and guts for the festivities. Mmmmm pumpkin guts! Nothing like the sticky goodness of cleaning a pumpkin to whet your appetite for pumpkin seeds. Lenore.... I am waiting on my share of toasted yummy seeds!
This was Wild Bill's pimped out pumpkin. Notice the lovely pimp hat and gold tooth. Stylin!
Before I got to sleep (because pumpkin carving is tough business!) here is a picture of our hideously scary pumpkins.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Also on the knitting front, I have discovered the world of podcasts. The first knitting podcast I have been listening to is Lime & Violet. Fun and interesting! Once I get current I will start on a new one. Yeah!
Off to work a bit more on the bag and then clean up a bit. MIL will be here tomorrow for a charity auction that is sponsored by NASCAR.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
On to some knitting news. Here is the partially completed square for the Lizard Ridge Afghan. I have almost completed one of the many squares that will be needed to complete this project. What I found amusing is that you knit from the inside and the outside of the ball, which is supposed to mix the variegation of the ball of yarn. Unfortunately, it seems that my ball had green on both ends with all of the other colors being in between... oh well, I am sure it will look beautiful none the less.
Below is the Noro handbag that I have been working on. I am done with the second panel, just need to bind off. Then I will start the strip that will connect the two side pieces together. You may see me carrying this around soon!
Finally, the sock. My lifes ambition all tied up in this one item... it is going to be ripped back and started over now that I have completed the class and learned most of the techniques needed. I am starting over because the ribbing at the top is too loose and there is a hole in the leg of the sock where, I don't know, I perhaps can't keep the stitches together. So, again the sock is to be no more and will, hopefully, start a new life as a much better constructed sock in its second life. Then I just have to knit a mate for it.
Gotta run... DH (dear husband for the one who asked) and I need to ready for the beer tasting party that we were invited to by one of his co-workers. We are bringing some Lambic beer from Belgium. Lots of fruit flavors, really delicious!
Monday, October 16, 2006
For more interesting fare you should check out Lenore, she got back from her lovely trip to Italy today.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Since I am on the subject I wanted to post a link here to an issue that I have long felt strongly about, but was really not able to explain this in a really logical fashion. Today I was searching for some information on breast cancer and I came across this website for Breast Cancer Action. Ok website, but what really caught my eye was their article on Think Before You Pink. I have long felt that companies may or may not be taking advantage of "Breast Cancer Awareness" or other such worthy causes so they can sell more of there product by making the buyer feel that they are really supporting said worthy cause. I am NOT advocating that these products not be purchased. What I am advocating is that you ask yourself why you are buying it and if you are buying it soley based on the pink ribbon on the box then ask yourself is this company really doing a service for this cause.
Monday, September 25, 2006
So, I should probably talk about the actual fun that I had and not the icky bugs, huh. Well, we stayed at the Beach Club Resort. Thanks D&R! We were there with my aunt and uncle, my brother Joe and DH. We had so much fun! I don't have the pictures with me, but we went to the Magic Kingdom first and Mickey met us at the door for a picture. I have so many pictures with the characters... I can never seem to have enough. The next day we went to Animal Kingdom, which is definitely in the top two of my favorite parks there. Animals are cute!
Here is DH and I posing in from on the new Expedition Everest. That's the giant mountain that they built with a really cool roller coaster ride in it... at least that's what I heard. I chickened out and waited for them in the gift shop.
Here is a picture of the Tree of Life.
Here is a picture of a cute littel bird that was kind enough to pose for DH in the bird of enclosure. As you can see my new camera rocks!
OK, we did go to Epcot the next day, which is my other very favorite park. They have a new ride called Soarin' that was really cool. Not only did you get to fly over California, but it included smell'o'vision as well! The other cool ride is Mission Space, this ride is so intense that they now have the easy baby ride if you don't want to go on the full force one... Joe, DH, and I went on the REAL ride!
Here is DH and I with Chip 'n Dale at Epcot.
Last, but not least, here is the super friendly squirrel friend that we made in France (Epcot). This guy knew how to get some pastry and cake from everyone. He would come right up to your shoe. I actually thought he was going to crawl right up onto one of my shoes while we were there. So cute! Of course, my luck he would bite me and I would end up with rabies or something. Suffice it to say, I fed the little guy, but there was no petting.
I think that's about it. We had a fabulous time and can't wait to go again!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Hopefully, when I get home the brick masons will have been there removing the brick from our front porch. To make a very long story short, when they cleaned the concrete off of the brick it removed the finish from it making it a completely different color than the house. You know that looked good. I did notice several weeks back that someone came by to “fix” it. What the fix looked to be was someone spackling some concrete like substance over it so it would blend with the house brick. Needless to say, this looked really poor. My ultimatum to the builder was Friday the 15th… we will see how that goes. Then we can work on the fixit things on the inside of the house. And they were doing so well up until the 30 day review.
And now for something completely different:
I guess the first thing that I need to say is that I really love to gamble. Since black jack is not available to me here I have had to make a substitution. Anyone care to guess? I know some of you know… it would be scratch off lottery tickets! Why, you ask? I haven’t the slightest, but I have been keeping track of my winnings losses on an excel sheet. Pretty interesting. At some point I would like to link the spreadsheet to the blog. Anyone know how to set that up?
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
On to knitting... I am really happy that I finally took that knitting class! Like I need something else to do with my time. Oh well! This is not the best picture as it was getting dark outside, but here is my completed scarf. I think Buddha really likes it.
Here he is modeling my new handbag. Ok, yeah, I realize it looks more like a reallly short belt, but I took that picture about a week and a half ago. Yes, I am that slow to put stuff on here. At this time I have one of two panels completed. I have just started the second one. I will try and get a nice daytime picture of it when I can.
Just to torture myself a bit more I found this today. Is that not gorgeous? I am actually kinda jealous of the setting of the picture as well. Wouldn't that be a nice back yard? I digress... the only problem is that this particular yarn is not only beautiful, but expensive as well. Hah! When has that stopped me? You may be seeing Buddha wrapped in an afghan before long...
Sunday, September 10, 2006
To celebrate the moment I thought I would dig up some wedding photos.
You can always tell an exciting wedding when the fire truck is parked outside!
This is me attempting to cut the first slice of wedding cake. Really, cutting the cake was easy, but someone should tell the bride that there is a piece of cardboard under the cake. It makes pulling the cake out a little difficult...
No wedding celebration is complete without a giant replica (this was bought at an auction by my dad and his brother as a gift for the bride) of a boa constrictor from a movie set. Hehe I'm not sure who won in this battle, but I think they are both tuckered out.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Found in many lakes and ponds, ducks are a common site the world over. Known for their famous quack, ducks tend to congregate in flocks or go off on their own in pairs. As a duck, you may seem friendly at times but will not hesitate to bite if someone is bothering you. Your love for travel and your ability to swim are some reasons why you are a duck.
You were almost a: Bear Cub or a Frog
You are least like a: Groundhog or a MouseCute Animals Quiz
Yes, this is the lazy girls post. It is cute though... I will attempt to get off my lazy butt and tell you all about my super exciting life this weekend. Joe will probably accept a few wagers on that one...
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
And for good measure, I, well, er, measured him/her/it. Four inches of icky slug is attached to my garage door. I hope it doesn't find anything good to eat in my yard cause I don't think I have the nerve to squish anything that big. UGH!
Other than giant slugs there is not much of note happening around our household. Just a little more knitting on ye old scarf this evening and in general being a bit lazy. Kinda nice.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Joe ran out back and screamed at the birds and they hi-tailed it to the safety of our roof. It was actually quite funny! So many birds, but I have no idea what they are. They look pretty boring actually. Just brown and dull. However, when there are 50 of them in your backyard one tends to take notice.
Now I am on a knitting frenzy! OK... lots of exclamations going on here, but it is so neat to see something take shape like this. This is my first scarf that has a pattern. I will be learning how to do variations on the knit and purl this Thursday so watch out!