Friday, March 31, 2006

East Side, West Side, All Around the Town...

The tots sang “ring around rosie”, “London Bridge is falling down”
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O’Rourke
We tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York!

Well, later today is the day! MP and I will be in NEW YORK CITY! And boy do we both need it! A weekend away to indulge ourselves, or not; to absorb culture, or not; to dine elegantly, or not! We are just getting away! Yay!!

I have the digital camera packed - so I expect to be posting picture come Monday! Until this, dear readers, toodles!

(Please forgive my over use of the sorely misused Exclamation Point! But, I am really, really, really excited - so I felt compelled to sprinkle my post with them!!!!!)

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Updates and posting new things

I am sometimes slightly disappointed when I visit another blog and the last update was a week ago. I am interested in what they have to say and want to read more. But the news is old and known to me. Then I come here and see that I too have not updated in almost a week (feeling I have nothing to say and/or no energy to say anything) and realize I might be slightly disappointing others.

I will try to be better. I hope you (whoever you are!) will too!

I have some stuff going on with my son that saps my energy and the situation is not for public consumption. So, I really don't have a lot to say - or rather - I don't have a lot I can say.

What I CAN say!! My sister and I are taking a 'Spring Break' March 31 to April 3. We are meeting in New York City. Seeing two shows: "Children of a Lesser God" to see my sister's friend, Lee Roy Rogers, perform; and "Sweeney Todd" with Patti LuPone because Lee thinks we should! Dining at the Museum of Modern Art. Just hanging out and being sisters!

Okay - gotta go pay some bills!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Phew! It is done! And it was Mah-velous!

Mom's birthday is today - the First Day of Spring! She is a 70-year-young Spring Chickie!! :)

Her birthday party on Saturday was a smashing success!

I have never given a party where EVERY SINGLE RSVPing person actually arrived - but they did (and then some!) on Saturday. When giving the caterer our final count, I had counted in my non-RSVPing cousins and they came. I had counted in some last minute RSVPs and they brought someone extra with them. I had not counted in an RSVPing couple that always RSVPs and never shows up! EVERYBODY came. So, we were a few Chicken Kievs short, but there was plenty of ham, veggies and potatoes for everyone. :)

And DESSERT? Oh, My! A simply scrumptious Trifle that was as pretty as it was delicious; Homemade carrot cake that was too tasty for words; And the most flavorful butter cream icing cake that the Safeway bakery could produce!

We Ate. We Laughed. We Cried. We Toasted a Life well-lived.

And, though the party was not a surprise, it couldn't have been a real party without a few surprises. An old friend and the adult children of a best friend that passed away a few years ago brought Mom to tears of joy.

Mini-overwhelming moments caused by surprise are okay for a 70-year-young person. I am so glad that sis and I did not plan Major Surprises!

I just have to say having the party catered was our best idea ever!!!!

Now, I can relax for a bit and get back to crocheting, knifty knitting, and - just maybe - REAL knitting! :)

I have three sets of booties and caps promised by March 31. One cap is done. I will have six hours this week, while I sit in Annapolis and wait for my son, to work on stuff. So, I'm sure I can accomplish this with no trouble, especially since it took just an hour to make the one I made!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Counting down...

9 days to party day - if you count party day too! :)

One last thing to order - the CAKE! One last call to make - "Yes, Mom's in the Kitchen, we have a confirmed total." (I figure if anymore decide to show, they can just eat Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, since they didn't RSVP in time! :))

I did mail 10 pair of booties to Judy. Five hat/bootie sets; eight other hats; six other pairs of booties and a crocheted "onesie" to Toni. I mailed a 12" square for a comfortghan. I mailed two burial pouches to Karen. I mailed a box of yarn to Sharon. I've been a busy beaver! Have two (or maybe 3?) more packages to prepare and send... but that will have to wait 'til Saturday!

Mom comes home tomorrow and I won't have time between now and then to get things ready. And she'll want to chat and show me things and that makes it difficult for me to DO anything that I might have planned. So, I never plan anything on her first day back!

More later. I'm tired. But my blog looked so lonely with no news since Sunday I had to add somehing!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Phew! Today I finished...

... all the things I should have finished a week ago. And a couple more!

All 10 booties are done and ready to send to be matched with the 10 hats sent by another on Friday.

Three wound warmers are ready to post.

Two 12" squares are ready to go (this are the extra things!) to be added to the 12" squares of others to create comfortghans for those in need of comfort - for whatever reason.

Tonight, I complete the edge on my friend's baby blanket (and whatever else I pick up) as I watch the annual {how-much-skin-can-I-show-and-still-end-up-on-TV} Oscars presentation. It will be interesting to hear/see a new host - Jon Stewart - though I really enjoyed the years of Billy Crystal's singing intro.

Tomorrow starts party duty in earnest! I've been receiving requested scrapbooking items from family and friends. I will have to begin assembling a few pages so that I can present the 'ungoing gift of memories' at the party! I also have to get the rooms ready for carpet shampooing. And I have to paint one wall that has been patched. And I have to reorganize the storage area in the basement (since it is spilling into ALL the areas of the basement!)

I have to pack up all my partial skeins. My full skeins. My looms and hooks and needles. And file all the paper and get into a less cluttered frame of mind!

I have two weeks. I can do it! Even if I couldn't do 23 items to win a gold medal in the olympics - I CAN DO THIS!

[maybe if I say it often enough - it will be true!]

What Muppet Am I?

You Are Kermit

Hi, ho! Lovable and friendly, you get along well with everyone you know.
You're a big thinker, and sometimes you over think life's problems.
Don't worry - everyone know's it's not easy being green.
Just remember, time's fun when you're having flies!

I really thought I'd be Fozzie Bear - I kinda like him the best! :)

Friday, March 03, 2006

I, He, She, They v. me, him, her, them - it's a dilemma!

I must admit that bad grammar does tweak at my nerve endings. I also must admit I am sometimes guilty of it. I do try to present my thoughts in complete sentences with proper spelling and punctuation. But I do occasionally need an edit button (and a dictionary and a thesaurus. Luckily these are available on-line!) so that I may correct the mispellings and missteps. I try not to be a butcher of the language and I also try not to nitpick the writings of others. HOWEVER... misuse of the word pairs in the title is one of the common errors that really, really, really bugs me. (Did I say really? Good, because I really mean it!)

A few of my friends, and fellow bloggers, have pointed out some things that, to them, can be "grammatical fingernails on a blackboard." (see Dorothy) I thought I'd join the fray and point out some of those fingernails of mine! Some things that make me squirm and scrunch up my face as I try to avoid the sound I hear in my head as I read some, well, horrible sentence structures uttered by seemingly well-educated people)! This post is about one, with more to come. I'm sure!

Today, an Assistant U.S. Attorney offers a classic example the misuse of title words - and one of my big pet peeves - when to use I v. me; she v. her; he v. him.

"Her and Mr. Williams are equal partners," said Assistant U.S. Attorney [name deleted to protect..., nah] Michael Rich.

Try removing "and Mr. Williams..." Would 'Her' stand alone in this sentence? Of course not! "She and Mr. Williams...", "Mr. Williams and she..." or "Mr. Williams was an equal partner with her", but PUH-LEASE not "Her and Mr. Williams... "

I sometimes have to stop and think (imagine that, stopping to think!) before I type or say something, or even after, because it sounds wrong, yet right, yet wrong. Does anybody else stop and think? I wonder if the Assistant U.S. Attorney has seen his words in print. I wonder if he even realizes they are wrong!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

KO let down? Or Spring Fever?

The Olympics are over. I have one more pair of booties to put together and then I'll mail them off on Saturday. I am feeling less than ambitious about my next endeavors.

I think the problem is - I have SOOOO many required tasks to complete in the next two weeks, I have little time for the fun, diverting things I might like to do. Yet I take the time!!!

For example, right now, I should be doing my on-line bill paying. That was my intent when I sat at this computer.

But, am I doing that? No-o-o-o-o!

I'm reading and responding to e-mail.

I'm checking out your Blogs.

I'm updating mine!

Anything besides paying those bills!

I'll sign off now because, really, I do have a lot of things to do... things I don't want to do... things I do want to do... So many things that I really don't know where to start!

Flylady, take me away!

Random Fortune Cookie.

I wasn't sure where to put this... so I thought I'd park it here for now!

Your Fortune Is

The best way to save face, is to keep the lower part of it shut.