Thursday, July 31, 2008

August is almost here...

SP12 Question 8 is a toughy for me.

What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?

I tend not to eat much in the way of supper when it is hot and miserable. So, I have a hard time saying what my favorite would be. I'm thinking anything made by someone else would be my first choice!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008


One word per question. No explanations.

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your significant other? nonexistent
3. Your hair? short
4. Your mother? aging
5. Your father? deceased
6. Your favorite thing? computer
7. Your dream last night? bad
8. Your favorite drink? soda
9. Your dream/goal? freedom
10. The room you’re in? office
11. Your hobby? charity
12. Your fear? debt
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? retired
14. What you’re not? thin
15. Muffins? banana
16. One of your wish list items? yarn
17. Where you grew up? Maryland
18. The last thing you did? typed
19. What are you wearing? clothes
20. Favorite gadget? computer
21. Your pets? none
22. Your computer? three
23. Your mood? worried
24. Missing someone? no
25. Your car? hyundai
26. Something you’re not wearing? rings
27. Favorite store? Michael's
28. Like someone? sure
29. Your favorite color? burgundy
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? Sunday

*I've seen it around and thought I'd fill my Friday with it! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Oh, my spoiler is so good to me!

My SP12 spoiler is single-handedly keeping the USPS in business! Today, in my mailbox, arrived box number 5!

She has me Branching Out in this one.

The delicious Fruit & Nut bar was consumed while uploading pictures. In addition to the Fruit & Nut Bar, the 100 Calorie Jolly Time Popcorn box contained super soft Andean Treasure, 100% Baby Alpaca yarn from Knit Picks, in the Embers colorway to make the Branching Out scarf; T-pins* for pinning out the final product or any other lacy knit of mine; and simply basic country pear body lotion and spray. Hmmm... lovely scent!

Thankyouthankyouthankyou! You are a wonderful Pal!

*I needed more of these - the one package I had is proving to be 'not-enough!' for some of the things I've made!

SP12 week 7 and a meme

What is(are) your favorite place(s) to knit?

No favorites. I knit at my desk and table if I need a complicated chart. I knit in my overstuffed chair with an ottoman if I am watching tv. I knit on the bus. I like knitting everywhere... no favorite place.

What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?

Air conditioning! oh, and a cold Diet Pepsi! :)


And now for something not so completely different...

Lifted from Margene:

1. Who was your first prom date? Prom? Michael Steele. It was my Senior Prom and my 18th Birthday. I had a free ticket and no boyfriend, so my friend Michael agreed to go with me. We arrived fashionably late because he had to sing in his school's Spring concert first! :)

2. Do you still talk to your first love?
No. Darry moved away when we were 7. Hard to keep touch in 1966.

3. What was your first alcoholic drink? My first ever? A juice glass of beer at the tender age of 2. Over the years, a bit of wine and/or after dinner liqueur such as anisette, at holidays. Approaching legal age, two bottles of beer at a cast party two weeks before I turned the then-legal drinking age of 18. But I preferred pink squirrels and white russians and I was not old enough to drink them until I was 21. Since I looked 21, I totally got a away with the girly drinks instead of beer.

4. What was your first job? Basket attendant at the local pool. Made enough that summer to buy a bike! :)

5. What was your first car? A hand-me-down 1968 Chevy Belair. About the time I needed a car, my parents bought a new one and gave me there old one.

6. Who was the first person to text you today? No texting yet. and I didn't pay attention to my e-mails, but Cathy wrote on my wall sometime between 11 PM and this morning and that was the first thing I read this morning.

7. Who is the first person you thought of this morning? Me, and how I didn't want to get out of bed at 5:30 AM

8. Who was your first grade teacher? Sister Julia Marie. I have a lovely memory of her happy smiling face. Then the next year, Sister Andrew Marie, who I remember as quite stern.

9. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane? Ireland via New York, from Dulles International Airport. It was 1976 and my Granny Sullivan had read Roots. She wanted her granddaughters to find their roots, so she sent me and my sister on a trip to Ireland!

10. Who was your first best friend and are you still friends? Alice and, no, we sadly lost touch after grade school, though we occasionally ran into each other at odd times over the years, we never totally renewed the friendship.

11. What was your first sport played? Umm... sports and I, together? Not so much. I did the least amount of participation I could to still get a B in HS gym. I made the bases for kickball in the third grade, but I did not participate. I didn't like the rope skipping at recess either.

12. Where was your first sleepover? The first memory of a sleep-over I had was at my Mary Ann's house for her Birthday. Or maybe it was Mindie's house with the Girl Scouts. I can't remember which was first.

13. Who was the first person you talked to this morning? My mother so the noise of me working upstairs didn't confuse her!

14. Whose wedding were you first in? My Aunt Margie's. I was 14 and we wore blue velvet dresses and it poured rain! We also had blue suedish shoes and I wanted to dance in my Blue Suede shoes when that Elvis song was played, but I had to go get in the group picture!

15. What was the first thing you did this morning? Pee (I copied margene here, but it's true!)

16. What was the first concert you went to? David Cassidy, followed closely by Alice Cooper and Pat Boone. Boy, was I a weird 13 yo!

17. What was your first tattoo or piercing? No tats. Have pierced ears, I think I was 16 or 17. When my father died in 1985, I got the pierced again for two holes in each ear.

18. What was the first foreign country you went to? Mexico, for about 2 hours. I was 11.

19. What was your first run in with the law? Of my own? A traffic stop for a blown headlight. I actually think he pulled me over because there were 6 teenagers in the car. I was the ride home from play practice. He just gave me a warning... but I didn't stop shaking for an hour!

20. When was your first detention? I haven't had it yet. I may have outgrown it by now. I received 1 demerit my senior year for making noise in a media center. You needed to receive 3 demerits for a detention.

21. What was the first state you lived in? Pennsylvania, for the first 9 months of my life.

22. Who was the first person to break your heart? Darry (see #2). He didn't want to see me for at least a month before he moved away ... :(

23. Who was your first roommate? Jaeanna and René

24. Where did you go in your first limo ride? Sadly, my Granny Sullivan's funeral.

Friday, July 18, 2008

SP12 Week 6 (already??)

Questions #6
What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?

Hmmm... I haven't taken many holidays/vacations since I started knitting. I have been crocheting for a very long time and that was my project take-alongs for years. As for knitting, on the vacations I have taken, I take too much (see the next story) :)

Favorite things to take along would be smaller projects and a variety of them at that. Baby yarn for quick crochets - baby hats and booties for donating. Wool for hats to be sent to far away places to keep others warm. Sock projects - either one of my current ones for me (now that I am doing those) and/or dk and worsted weight for Magic 28s or other kid socks to donate.

I also throw in a skein of Red Heart Supersaver (or similar yarn) in case I get the urge to crochet a square or rectangle -- or two or four :) -- for the various places that use these in blankets for others.

If I'm traveling, there is a minimum of three different things along for the ride. Now that I have to drive almost all the time, I don't get as much done. But I haven't cut back on three or more projects on a road trip.

I am NOT a monogamous knitter/crocheter!

If you’d like to share a story…Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting.

It was a planned knitting vacation so I'm not sure it qualifies as too much. And what is too much, after all? Anyway,

I took a suitcase of clothes and a suitcase of projects! I couldn't decide what I wanted to work on while I was gone. I knew I'd be swatching a sweater I wanted to make, but I also knew I would not be starting the sweater. Two needle sizes and a skein of the yarn I was going to use. I also brought new sock yarn, my sock in progress, my shawl in progress, and new laceweight to swatch for another shawl. In addition, I brought a book containing a variety of patterns and extra needles, yarn, stitch guides, markers, holders, etc., as well as my crochet hooks and some baby yarn as I mentioned above. I had my own mini-studio in my rolling bag!

THEN - I went to the local yarn store and bought some more! :)

I almost always have a bag with some project in it ready to grab as I go out the door... I've only ever been stranded once and it was just a few hours. I thought I was taking my son and dropping him off some place. The person who was to bring him home called on our way and said he wasn't going. Instead of going home and coming back, I hung around... with no knitting and no book. I went to the store and bought a book! :)

Now, I always have a tote bag with some project and, most of the time, reading material as well.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Well, it's Wednesday.

Some of you know that Monday was an important doctor's appointment for my mother and me. It was to talk with her doctor about the results of some tests conducted to rule out certain things that might have been causing her memory loss and lack of spark and confidence. The doctor suspected a particularly insidious condition that afflicts the elderly, mostly, and the results of these tests would rule out everything but this insidious condition... and they did. So, she's got it - Alzheimer's Disease. Early, early stages, but the path is set. Medications can slow the progression, but there is no cure.

It is hard to see right now. It's just the little things. Unfortunately, they add up to some mighty big things. She is still fully functional. She just forgets you had that conversation, two, three, four times already. She is beginning to put things where they used to belong - in her old house - and just sometimes. When asked a direct question, she sometimes comes up completely blank or looks puzzled, as if she doesn't understand the question. Small things, when gathered together, look like big things. Things that were enough to concern me, to concern her doctor and her sisters and my sons and her friends... so There You Have It.

I've been debating sharing this here. I'm not looking for sympathy. It will be a part of my landscape for some time to come, so I thought I should put it out there, and not try to hide the 1000 lb gorilla in the room.

I'm cranking up my research so I know where we might be heading. Both of us will be finding resources through our Office of Aging and the Senior Centers down here in the County. Her doctor suggested support groups for both of us. It's a very good idea. I'm thinking we'll need them more a little farther down the road than now, but getting established early is a good thing.

Phew - got that off my chest!

Now to share some GOODIES!

My SP12 Pal continues to spoil me. Do you think she knows I need to lose weight and keep my strength up? Look what she sent:

Nah, I'm just joking! She DID send me the box... but is was filled with these lovelies:

Yarn, needles and pattern for a Quickie Cowl and delicious nutty, salty, nougat-y candy! :)

Thank you, Secret Pal! It was a delight to get some fun mail today. Of note, my SP12 mailed this from the West Coast on Monday and it arrived at my door on the East Coast on Wednesday!!!! WooHooo for the West-to-East Postal Employees!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

My weekend wrap-up

Have you ever noticed that events you like to attend all seem to fall on the same weekend? You can go weeks without an opportunity to go out and do something fun and/or fulfilling only to find all the things you want to do happen on the same weekend, leaving the others empty and needing to be filled? Happens to me ALL the TIME!

If I plan something I want to do, suddenly there are three or four things I want to do at the same time or at an overlapping time or just on the same weekend... then I have to make choices. This weekend was sort of like that. I chose two of the several things I could have done. The next two weekends? Nuttin' honey!

The two events I attended were planned well in advance of the weekend and I knew it would be busy. These were things I really wanted to do, so while I am one tired puppy, I had a lot of fun! I was also invited to go to the movies with some friends on Sunday afternoon. Sadly, I had to decline because one more thing would have been one thing too many!

I also have no pictures, except of one sock


which I finished last night. Second to be cast on this evening, if I don't fall asleep!

As I was saying - This weekend was filled with events I wanted to attend and DID!

Saturday, after some cleaning and grocery shopping, I prepared my supplies for a night out with my Creative Memories rep. She was a fabulous room at her home set aside for cropping and scrapping. Almost every month, she has a get together and invites her customers to enjoy some uninterrupted cropping time. Since this is about the only time I get to sit and scrapbook, I love to go. For this month's Crop, we all brought dinner contributions. We cropped and chatted and ate and relaxed and enjoyed ourselves from 4 - 10 pm!

This left me a little bit tired for my Sunday plan - the 19th Put Together Event for The Handmade Afghans to Thank our Armed Forces Project (aka HAP). Over 65 people participated in person today with many, many more contributing supplies for the event. Over 19,000 6"x9" rectangles were available for the volunteers to lay out afghans for assembly by even more volunteers. Each afghan requires 49 rectangles and the color combinations and designs were as diverse as the group! It was a fabulous day and the energy of the room kept me going through my tired spell. I very reluctantly got out of bed at 7 AM (am NOT an early weekend riser!) to get on the road in time to get there to help. From 9 AM - 3 PM, the tireless volunteers designed 252 afghans to be crocheted together, washed, folded and delivered to a number of military medical facilities.

It is a well-organized event, an all volunteer, grass-roots group of men and women putting together something special for our wounded warriors.

If you feel so inclined, help is always needed - from knitters and crocheters to designers; to cooks and rectangle checkers and table setters and more. Check it out at the link above or on my sidebar.

Hope your weekend was all it could be! Mine was!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

It's been a day...

And it was delightful to come home to a Secret Pal package!

After shuttling son to work, mom to the doctor, mom to the store, son from work and working in between at my real job... I was one tired blogger.

But - I want to share the lovelies sent to me by my Secret Pal 12 spoiler:

Yarn, pattern and needles to make Monkey Socks. Yogi Tea Green Tea and an article about the efficacy of the tea. Fabulous candy (all consumed!). Needle protectors and (not pictured) a cute, cute notepad. Somehow, the notepad missed its photo op!

It helped brighten my day. Thank you, SP12 spoiler. You are doing a grand job!

Oh, and my pal asked if I remember Laugh In! I say, "You bet your sweet bippy, I do!"

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

SP12 Week 5

Questions, questions, questions... they do make me think.

For Week 5, our SP12 hostesses want to know:

1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?
2) Where is one place you’d like to go?

My first reaction to these questions? I don't know and I don't know!

Thinking a little harder:

1) My favorite place to go on vacation is nowhere. I'd really rather just stay home. I like places I've been and some I'd like to see again, but I hate the getting ready and the remembering things and the anxiety and the stress of planning. When I have time off, I'd prefer just be to where I could reach for whatever I wanted and get it, rather than to remember where I left it 200 miles away, at home!

2) If I were to go somewhere - I'd like to go to Ireland and visit places I haven't seen and maybe meet a relative or two still living there. My sister and I went in 1976 when we were teenagers and took a tour of various places in the South of Ireland. We flew into Shannon and took a motor coach tour down and back up to Dublin and flew out of Dublin. I'd like to see the North and the Northwest of Ireland and meet some cousins on my mother's side that still live in Derry and Belfast.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

New Company! Free Yarn!

Check out the contest! Win Free Yarn!

Better yet... check out the yarn, but DON'T enter the contest - so I can win! MUhahahahaha!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

SP12 Week 4

I have a package ready to send to my downstream partner. I will get that in the mail in the next couple of days... I have lots of ideas for the future packages. Here's hoping I pull them off!

On to the Question(s) of the Week!

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?

I'm not sure if I know the answer to this one. I have tried many lovely yarns over the past couple of years, as I've discovered local yarn shops and indie dyers and suppliers. I suppose I'd like to try some Socks that Rock to see what the buzz is about. I saw it at Maryland Sheep and Wool, but wasn't "Wow"ed enough to stand in even the short line. The Buffalo Gold yarn must be something, given its price! Perhaps a hand spun BFL - I'm told that is marvelous.

But if I never try any of these? Well, I've tried so many others already!

2) What yarn do you never want to be without?

A basic worsted weight in a few colors - I love to knit hats and mittens and other small items. A selection of worsted weights in sufficient quantity to make hat and mitten sets or top down sweaters for toddlers or small children (one skein ~ 200 yard ~ for most things, but three to five for the sweaters) would be what I would want to have around at all times. (and I have a bunch right now! :))