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Life Explained

On the first day, God created the dog and said:

‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’

The20dog said: ‘That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:

‘Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.’

The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?’

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said:

‘You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.’

The cow said: ‘That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?’

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man and said:

‘Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’

But man said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?’

‘Okay,’ said God, ‘You asked for it.’

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I’m doing it as a public service

April 30, 2009 Posted by | Random | 2 Comments

The Bad, The Good, and The Yarn

The Bad:

I got a speeding ticket on the way to Stitches South.  That means I’m going to have to take a day off work to deal with it in a couple of months. Grrr!

The Good:

I got to go to Stitches South.  It was almost the perfect shopping experience.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have a butler bringing us drinks and nibbles and a Sherpa carrying our packages.

The Bad:

All the walking we did on Saturday apparently aggravated my heel bone spur, which I did not know I had.  Now, I can barely walk.

The Good:

Mrs. S is one of the most generous people I have ever met.  While we share a passion for knitting and agree on politics/faith/family, we also have diverging tastes on yarn and patterns.  That is the great thing about our friendship.  We can admire and appreciate all the things we can not wear ourselves.  I can honestly say, she is my most bestest friend.  Look at what wonderful things she gifted me with this weekend:

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Debra’s Garden Gauge Pendant

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Sample Sale Hand-knit Shawl

The true color of this lovely shawl is a deep midnight navy blue.  I don’t really fancy wearing shawls, however, this one has changed my mind.  It is beautiful.  I have to say its beauty only reflects the beauty of the gift giver.

The Yarn (and other stuff):

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The Sanguine Gryphon

from left to right: ‘Bugga’ in Hogwood Bonking Beetle, ‘Kypria’ in Cheiron’s Counsel, ‘Little Traveller’ in Bergen, ‘Bugga’ in Leaffooted Bug

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Miss Babs

from left to right:  ‘Bamboo Baby’ in Onyx, ‘Yummy’ in Wine Barrell

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Michael & Sheila Ernst

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I totally cannot remember where I got this awesome drop spindle.  Mrs. S gave me one, which is lovely, but I’m still scared to try it.  This man was using one of these spindles.  He was kind enough to give me a lesson.  It was so pretty and purple, I had to have one.  I think it just might tip me over into giving it a shot.  I also picked up a bag of alpaca fleece; but it is pitch black, and I couldn’t get it to photograph.

I also went by to see Sheep Incognito.  I had a coupon for 10% off, so I picked up a few more prints to fill out my collection.

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Peek-A-Baa

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Face Lift

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Hanging by a Thread

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Occupational Therapy

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Buttons:  branch, butterflies, birds

Overall, it was a wonderful day.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I stuck to my goals for the day: 1) only buy what would fit into my bag, and 2) only buy special things it would be difficult to get outside a fiber festival.  I spent the day with a good friend.  I made plans for another trip yarn crawl in Atlanta in a couple of months since we were too exhausted to go anywere else.  As a matter of fact, I was asleep by 9:30 Saturday night.  I woke up around 8 am with the intention of going to church, but ended up falling back asleep until 12:30 pm.  Wow! Just thinking about all we did and saw is making me sleepy right now.

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Events, Friends, Knitters, Knitting | 3 Comments

Friday Fill-in

And…here we go!

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1.   Apparently there’s some sort of thing called a yarn budget.  I’m not exactly sure what that is, but I’ll let you know if I find out.

2.   Work is the little storm cloud in the sunny day of my life.

3.   2009 is testing my patience so far.

4.   Lack of willpower – that was it.

5.   For too long I’ve been afraid to be me in front of everyone else.

6.   I am not obsessed with yarn and knitting; I am not!

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to having dinner with Mrs. S and going to Boy Child’s soccer game, tomorrow my plans include going to Stitches South and Sunday, I want to introduce new yarn to the stash!

April 24, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | Leave a comment

Tweet! Tweet!

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Now, it’s time to block!  And clean house.  Mrs. S is coming tomorrow! Yea!

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Finished | 4 Comments

All about Hubby

He makes me laugh like no one else.  He knows what I’m thinking without me saying a word.  He folds towels all wrong, but at least he helps with the laundry.  He irons his own clothes because he knows I hate it.  He mows the lawn for the same reason.  He lets me pick the movies when we go out, and he doesn’t mind if they are girlie ones.  He never judges me.  He never expects me to be someone I’m not.  He is super smart, though he doesn’t think he is.  He does things simply because he knows it will make me smile.   He stands up for me.  He loves Boy Child like his own.  He’s not afraid to walk away if someone is treating him poorly.  He’s not too proud to acknowledge when someone else is right.  Whenever there is a problem, he will stick with it until there is a solution.  He can find just about anything on the internet.  He has read the Bible all the way through.  He sent me flowers at work on my first day.  He listens to what I have to say.  He goes with me to yarn shops and fiber festivals without complaint, (Not even one! Ever) even though he will not wear the things I knit for him.  He is the best driver I know, and one of the only people I can ride with and not get car sick.  He eats the dinners I cook even though they are not always good.  He understands when I need to be alone and never makes me feel bad for it.  He supports me in my decisions.  He’s proud of my strength and intelligence instead of being put off by it.  His heart is good, though many people often don’t take the time to see it.  He is a great friend.  He makes me feel beautiful everyday.  He loves to travel and is a great traveling companion.  He takes wonderful photos.  When he makes a decision, he sticks with it no matter how difficult things might get.  He is willing to sacrifice for his family.  He is the hardest worker I have ever seen.  He only eats little kid cereal but drives an old man car.  He takes the time to read and pick out the perfect card.  He has the best laugh.  His eyes look like melted chocolate, and I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.  I smile just thinking about him.   I could list 1,000,000 more wonderful things about Hubby, but I need to save some for next year! hee!

 

All in all, he is the perfect man for me.  I thank God everyday for putting him in my life and giving me the good sense to see him, accept him and love him. 

 

Happy Birthday my baby!  I love you more than I can ever say.

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Birthday, Family | 6 Comments

Sock Mitt to me

I did not get my skirt done this weekend.  I was busy, busy starting all kinds of new knitting projects.  I also finished my first socks for myself.

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I know it’s not the best picture, but they fit well.  That’s what counts.  I’m not sure I like the contrasting toe and band, but I ran out of the main color.   I also haven’t gotten the bind off down pat.  These are the little tight at the top.  Not too bad, for my first try, though.  I immediately cast on for another pair.

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I started these with the Lorna’s Laces in Rockwell that I picked up the otherday at the tax sale.  I’m really liking the yarn.  I’ve already had to pull back half the sock.  My guage changed from 9 stitches per inch to 8 inches per inch.   I’m not too upset, because the the colors were pooling bad bad.  Now that I’ve started over with fewer stitches, the colors are striping.  Nice, hu?

I also spent a goodly amount of time on Ravelry.    I’m not sure how I came across it, but I did.  Eva Katharina used the Endpaper Mitt instructions with her own chart.  I happened to have the exact same yarn (also picked up at the tax day sale) in the exact same colors, which I love.  I could not resist.  I cast on immediately.

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I love this project! I want to stay home and work on nothing else.  Again, irony rears its ugly head.  All I want to work on is cold weather projects now that is warming up around here.  Sigh.

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Finished, Knitting, Yarn | 3 Comments

Friday Fill-In #120

And…here we go!

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1.   Join me in wishing my SIL Shannon a happy 30th Birthday.

2.   Put a little yarn and sunshine in your day!

3.   Happiness is accepting and being content with your life.

4.   I can read/listen to four books at the same time without getting frustrated and confused.

5.   I’m waiting for a job I don’t hate waking up to.

6.   A yarn sale is hard to resist.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing up my very first toe-up socks, tomorrow my plans include working in the yard and Sunday, I want to sew my first skirt!

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 1 Comment

The yarn stash needs to watch its back

My LYS of choice has decided to return to its roots.  They began carrying fabric a couple of weeks ago.  I think this is great, because I have a growing desire to start sewing my own dresses and skirts to match my knitting.  I think sewing is a wonderful skill to have, especially for someone who loves having one-of-a-kind things without having to pay one-of-a-kind prices.  Anywho, the store decided to have a sale on tax day (yesterday) that included all regular price merchandise.  I thought it was a good time to pick up some fabric to get me started.

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I can not wait! The only problem is that sewing needs a good stretch of time.  It is not like knitting where I can pick it up for five minutes here and there.  I’m hoping I will have a chance to play around this weekend since we have an off week in the soccer schedule.  My plan is to have one skirt completed to wear on Monday.  Hopefully, I will have a pair of pajama pants as well.  The best part of this whole endever is that the cost of the fabric is about a third of what Anthropologie is charging for something similar.  Yea!

Don’t think I forgot about my love for all things knitting.  I gave into the urge and bought a book I’ve been eyeing for a while.

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These projects embody the fun funky style I’m drawn to.  I think I’ll enjoy making these.

I also picked up this book and a couple of skeins of new sock yarn to go along with it.  I have discovered a need to knit socks, only socks, all the time.

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  1. Lorna’s Laces – colorway: Rockwell
  2. Koigu KPM – colorway: 2230 (aka raspberry)
  3. Malabrigo Sock – colorway: stonechat

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  1. Reynolds Soft Sea Wool

One thing I’ve learned about my knitting (and my life in general) is that if I force myself to do something I really don’t want to do, it doesn’t turn out well.  So, for now, I’m going along with the whole sock knitting thing.  I’m sure I will get back to my sweater style soon.  Though, I also know about irony.  I’m sure I will get back into the groove of summer knitting just as the weather cools down in October or November.  Sigh.  Well, they say life is a journey.  I’m just on an unexpected detour, and some of the best sights are found on such paths.

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Books, Fabric, Knitting, Sewing, Stash, Yarn | 4 Comments

The one where the sock almost got arrested

Yesterday, I was able to go on a filed trip with Boy Child’s class to Montgomery.  Since I’m from Mississippi, I am not up on Alabama history or government.  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to learn along side my child.  We went to the Capitol.

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We did not get to see the Governor.  After that, we went to Old Town Alabama.  The sock saw a general store.

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The sock also took a little break.

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Then, it was inspired to do a little sewing.

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After a little lunch, the sock almost got confiscated at the State Building.

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I was a little afraid to pull out the camera after that, so I only have an outside picture.  Then we went to the Governor’s Mansion.

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The ladies who gave the tour were strict, so the sock stayed in my purse.  We did get lemonaide and cookies, though.

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Oh, I almost forgot!  These are especially for you Suzanne:

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April 15, 2009 Posted by | Events, Family, Random | 3 Comments

Happy Easter

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April 12, 2009 Posted by | Faith, Holiday | 4 Comments