Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Michael!!!!

My baby is 23 today.
Man I'm getting old!

Totally Weird Day

The day starts out normal enough. Get up early, go to work early, the usual...
Then it turns into "remote controlled stuff" day.
At 11:00AM I go to show a house located next to a golf course. I'm driving down the road when I come upon a golf bag attached to a bag cart. It's not on the side of the road. It's in my lane on the middle of the road. I slow down... and the golf bag starts to move over to the side a little. Then back again as I begin to move forward. Somewhere, hidden behind a tree, I'm picturing a teenager (or teenagers) laughing their butt's off. I couldn't help it. I laughed too. It was funny. I love kids with ingenuity and a great imagination.
After that I proceeded to go back to the office. I turn down our street and there are two grown men playing with the largest remote controlled car I've ever seen. They were running it all over the road and into people's yards having the time of their lives. It was a noisy thing. Really, really noisy. As I was getting out of my car, I saw a woman marching down the road toward the men with death rays eminating from her eyes. She gave them a piece of her mind. I don't know what her beef was... maybe a sleeping baby, or something. At any rate, she was a lot less amused about it than I was.
I can't wait to see what the remainder of the day holds.
ADDED LATER: My husband informs me that remote control golf bag carts are not uncommon. He said, while extremely geeky, they are commonly seen on the golf course. Who knew?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ending up short.... again.

Clare's "Bubby"

I have one full row left to do, and then the top triangle row.... and a ball of yarn left about the size of a golf ball. And we all know that ain't gonna cut it. Ugh. Every time. %)#!@($&*#

The colors in the photo are not really true. They are much softer than this in reality. I guess I better start to hunt for some of the skein bands so I can figure out what to order and pray I can find the same dye lot. I guess I actually could make it smaller, but it's small enough to begin with.

On the yarn shopping front, Cate picked this out here for her annual "Christmas" socks. It's "Jitterbug" and it feels awesome.

And for something REALLY special, I got my handspun 100% Shetland Wool yarn from Shelly yesterday. I wanted this for a pair of men's fingerless gloves. I can't wait to get started on them.
There is something I LOVE about working with yarn that is handspun by someone you know. It makes the project that much more special. Thanks Shelly!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Beaded Scarf

I can't remember the name of the pattern (I'm at work) or the yarn... but here are the photos.
If anyone wants to know either of those things, let me know.
Great yarn, great pattern.
I just got back from the beach with the beach babies and a few days with Cate in Charlottesville.
Great vacation... visited three nice yarn shops. One in Lewes, DE, and two in Charlottesville, VA.
I think that was the motivation I needed to get started again. And I better because, Christmas is coming!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

This is funny...because Steel Blue is one of my favorite colors.

you are steelblue

Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
the html color quiz

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Knitting With Beads....

If you haven't tried it yet, do. It's actually very easy. I meant to take a photo of the scarf I'm making with beads last night but I forgot. I'll try to remember this evening. While I don't think I'm addicted, I am enjoying it a lot. I was wondering who I would give it to for Christmas, but I like it so much I may just keep it for myself.

When I started knitting again, years ago, I did so after being motivated by reading a lot of knitting blogs. I kept up with most of them on a daily basis for a long time. Then, as time went on I sort of left them behind, only to visit them once in while. Today, on a whim, I clicked on one of them that I haven't read in a long, long time. The woman has MS. As most of you know, that is one of my pet causes. I had a sister in law die from the ravages of MS and my niece has MS. I always marveled at how upbeat this woman was all the time even though she spent most of her time in bed. She's a sock knitter. Socks, socks, socks. My kind of gal. Her husband had a multitude of health problems as well. I believe he had an amputation due to diabetes. The daughter looks to be a teenager. So the first post I came across this morning was describing how her chemo therapy was going. Chemo? For MS? That didn't make sense to me. So I scrolled down, and down.... She has two types of cancer now and a poor prognosis.

I got to wondering. Why does one family have so much to deal with? I don't know. I guess no one really knows. And even with all this, she writes her blog with humor. Still. I wonder how hard it would be to hold on to the humor.

I don't even know what she looks like. But I know one thing. She sounds like a person you would be lucky to call your friend. Next time I start complaining about something, I hope I remember her.