Monday, July 31, 2006
Well, today was my first day back from my so-called vacation. We really didn't do much. On Monday, I stayed home and did laundry. Tuesday, watched movies at Miss Tammi's. On Wednesday, we did go to the beach. I forogt my camera. But I did do 2 repeats on DD #1's sock, and did swim alittle. Annie picked up a little dead fish (yuck!) and dropped, only after me telling her several times, over Miss PJ telling her feed it to the birds. When she dropped it, it swam off (personally, I think it was PJ shouts of "Feed it to the birds" that scared it back to life). We all sunburned a little (thank the Heavens for SPF50, or it would have been worse). And knew it was time to leave at about 6 when the sea gulls started dive bombing. On Thursday, it was back to Miss Tammi's to watch more movies. On Friday, yet again, more movies, and I made Chicken Parmesean from scratch, in white sauce and marinara, with fetticini noodles and baked potatoes. On Saturday, I got caught up in Genealogy, and that took the better part of Saturday and Sunday. So, since not a single pic was taken of my "vacation". I'll do a vacation revisited. Well, I was going to post photos from last years vacation to Cave City Kentucky, but Blogger is being a Booger and won't let me. Maybe tomorrow.
Anyway, don't forget to sign up for the Harvest Sock Swap, if you haven't already. I'll be posting the questionaire by August 11th. Hope to see you there.
Monday, July 24, 2006
I had a great start to my vacation. I got to sleep in late, and when I did wake up, I was able to lay and watch a movie for a while. Around noon, Annie came down to my room and said," Mommy, the mail man was here." I told her I would come check the mail in a little while, and she said, " But, he came up to the door. I think there is a package out there." So, I flung back the covers and got up, and told her I would go check now. She said,"If there is a package, I'll get it for you." And, sure enough, there was a package leaning up against the door step. And what I found inside, oh how my pal spoils me. So with no futher ado (and I'll apologize for my poor photography now), here it is:
Here is the box. Look at all the stamps.
Here is what I found when I opened the box.
Here is everything, wrapped up in pretty blue tissue paper. From right to left, it was labeled: For your kitchen; For your house; (on top) For your wonderful hand knits; (on bottom) For future projects; and the last one said Another yarn.
Here is a beautiful pair of pot holders that were in the one marked for the kitchen.
Here are some wonderful rose incense in the one marked for the house. Nothing smells better than roses.
Here are a set of wooden buttons (sorry, it's really blurry) in the one marked for future projects. They have small flowers that have been burned/engraved on them. I think these would look great on a hooded pullover. And if I can't find a pattern that's just right for them, I'll just have to design one myself.
And here are some custom tags in the one marked for your wonderful knits. Again, a blurry pic, sorry. But they say "Handknitted by Tonia", and have a picture of a child knitting as another child watches.
And the yarn. This is the most wonderful yarn I have ever touched. It feels so soft, just like the purple she sent me. I'd love to know what fiber this is. I just adore it. And such wonderful colors, this pic does notdo them justice. It goes from a dark teal to lime green, to green to a bright turquios.
Muchos Gracias, mi Secret Pal!
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Anyway, this isn't a run by fruiting, it's a run by posting. Just a quick word, as yesterday was filled with making corn hole bags (I'm going to have nightmares soon of corn chasing me), great grilled chicken, and a front yard party till 3 am. And today will be the bi-weekly cook out at Miss Tammi's.
But we did have some excitement yesterday. I was out admiring my rose bush and met the mail man. There was a box in there for Miss Amy from her secret pal, and a large white envelope that was addressed to Katie. I looked at it for a moment and wondered who's hand writing was on it, maybe one of her cousins in Dayton. And then I noticed the post mark. It said Royal Mail. Could it be? Miss Amy pulled up at the same time, so we went in and I told Katie she had mail from England. She just about came out of her skin. See, in late June, she had me mail a letter to Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter), and this was the reply. She got an autographed black and white picture and an update letter. Both were really signed by him. She was in tears. So, when we trooped off to the store, I bought her a frame for it. So, with no further ado, here it is:
Isn't he such a little cutie pie?
Thursday, July 20, 2006
First the roses. Remember when I pulled by back out? Well, I did it to plant my beloved rose bush, the first I've had in years. Now I really love roses, hence why I pulled my back out. I noticed last week that there were finally two buds on it, and when I got home tonight, I notice they are starting to open. Here is what I saw:
Yippee! I have roses. Lovely, red roses.
Now for the bacon. As I sat watching tv, in my dungeon bedroom, with a fan pointed right on me, since the a/c unit died and we are waiting for the repair man, the phone rang. It was Miss Tammi. When I answered it, she said, "We're going tanning." I laughed. Me? Tanning? And I said as much. I told her that putting me in a tanning bed was like putting bacon in a frying pan on a high flame. She said that we could have them put it on low. I said that they wouldn't let me in there or more than 30 seconds. I may be ghostly pale, but I don't like the pain of burned skin. I'll stay pale, thankyouverymuch! So, since I'm on vacation next week, I wonder what other things we'll end up getting into. You never know, maybe she'll actually get me into a tanning bed. I'll let you know.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
- I have been feeling very sick lately. I think I have a summer cold, and I feel horrible. Thank the Heavens that I'm on vacation next week, that way I can sleep as late as I want. I'm turning off the alarm clock after I get up on Friday.
- When I got home from work, Amy asked me if it felt hot in the house. It seems that the a/c unit has decided to go down hill on us. I tried changing the air filter, praying that was the problem. It's not. We'll have to call the rental office to get it fixed.
- I finished my pal's sock, in my icky, sick haze. It turned out great, and I am fighting the urge to cast on for the second sock. That's a hard urge to fight, but I'm winning so far.
- To fight that urge, I have started a pair of sock for DD #1 (no naming names, as she reads this every once in a while, when she gets a sec.) I am doing them in the Simply Lovely Lace pattern (simply love that pattern) in the Knit Picks Palette in Hyacinth, of course, picot edge on US 1 Crystal Palace DPN's.
- I finally got my Trekking XXL # 126. Yippee!!!!!! I had Amy ask if the LYS could order it, and they did. Amy got one, too. Neopolitan sock, here I come.
- The dog ate the last bowl of cat food, and Amy had to run to get more. Some how, the dog made it past the both of us, and gobbled it down quickly.
- It's entirely too hot! On the ride home, my back was wet from sweating, and so was the place where my seat belt lays across my chest. Why don't I use the a/c, you ask? Gas prices are too high, and every mile counts, as I drive a little over 60 miles a day. Sucks, don't it?
- Talked to Miss PJ today, and found out that she's on vacation next week, too. And she has the same plans, nothing, too poor to do anything. So, I'll probably spend a few days at her house, in the pool, of course. Then spend a few days with Miss Tammi, as she is still home with her injured hand.
- My mom is gripeing that I'm taking my vacation next week, and not in September. As I pointed out to her, my mental state dictates I take it now, not later.
Ok, I have to go now, as Annie is in the shower and needs mommy to wash her hair. Chat at ya later!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
It is the Victoria's Secret custom Hummer for the World's Largest Slumber Party. Now, I love their products, and I am shocked about their "no nursing in the store" policy, but this is cool. Here are a few other shots I took:
The license plate.
The sticker in the windshield.
All the stuffed Pink dogs in the front window.
A slightly different angle for the front.
And the logo on the door.
Now for knitting content. Here are my finished Trekking socks, and they have shade of pink, too.
Not the most flattering picture, I know. And, yes, I am that ghostly pale. Here are the specs:
Material: Trekking XXL # 133
Needles: US 1 Crystal Palace DPN's
Pattern: Didn't really use one. They have a picot edge, knitted in Stockinette with a short row heel.
On to more socks!
Monday, July 10, 2006
Now for knitting content. I have finished my Trekking socks! They are perfect. I still have to take pics of them. I'll post them tomorrow. I also need to submit them to Chrissy for the Sock A Month KAL, and the Trek Along. Which I'll do that once I have taken the pics. Also, I am plugging along the test knit for Chrissy. Once I am done with those, as I do believe the deadline for those it Saturday to the publisher, I'm going to start on my Summer Sock Party Pal's sock. Then I have several other pairs planned. I have no shortage of socks to knit, that's for sure. But even if I didn't have pairs planned, I'd still knit more socks, as they help me keep my sanity.
So, here's to knitting socks, a new cell phone on the way, and an up coming vacation (even though I'm not going anywhere since I can't afford it this year). Happy knitting!!!!
Friday, July 07, 2006
This is my new passion:
The Everyday Namaste bag. I must have one. I will scrape and save every penny, if I have to, just to get this bag. I love it. And, I need to decide which color:
I like the Avocado, but not for everyday. I am thinking Black or Chocolate. What do you think? It'll probably be a couple of months before I can order it. Another of my new passions is Trekking XXL # 126, as seen on Knitting Iris's, Claudia's, and Alicia's blogs. I first saw it on Claudia's, and really liked it them. But the more I see it, the more I want it. Now, to find it. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Otherwise, the next time I go into the Knitter's Mercantile, I'll ask if they can order it for me.
Now, in the words of my manager, "It's been the longest, short week ever." I'm gonna kick back, finish my beer, knit on my Trek Along sock and watch Katie have fun playing Harry Potter. Flipendo!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
What we have here (from left to right) is Claudia's Handpainted in Sea Dreams, Lorna's Laces in Mt Creek and Jungle stripe, the new Knitscene mag and 2 skeins of Regia stretch Crazy Colors in #115. The Regia is for footies for the girls, but now I need to decide what I want to send off to my pal. And of course, next we have the gratuitus kitty shot:
Here is Vinny checking out the stash enhancement. Needless to say, I am not allowed to go sock yarn shopping by myself anymore.
And the reason for the Knitscene is this:
Not too shabby! I'm getting the hang of this button thing. I'm gonna join up for this one, it's gonna be fun. Hope to see you there.
I have finally remembered to take a pic of my Candle Flame shaw progress. Here it is:
I have done 7 rows if the 4 repeat. Not bad for soemthing that has a 36 row repeat, and it's my first attempt at lace.
And finally, a parting shot of Vinny, sitting a box lid (as you know all cats love boxes):
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I think I have settled on a pattern for my SSP '06 pal, I just need to pick out the yarn. That sounds like a trip to the LYS this weekend. I have a brand in mind, I just need to pick the perfect color.
Right now I sit watching Bewitched, with Nicole Kidman. It's a cute movie, but she wears a sweater that I'd love to write my own pattern for. I'll let you know if I get ambitous enough.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Over the weekend, I got sucked into my book, and ended up reading alot, after finishing as many corn hole bags as we had corn for. I did have someone ask what corn hole is. It's a game very close to horse shoes. Instead of having shoes and pegs, you have 2 boards at opposite ends, set at an upward angle with 6" holes at the top, and 6" bags full of feed corn that you toss. The score system is the about the same. Once we get our set, we'll do a pictorial. Other than that, I slept through Miss Tammi's 4th of July party on Sunday, as I was still too wiped out from the late nights of sewing. Then she called and made me feel bad. 1st by telling that not too many people showed up and it was just like one of our bi-weekly cookouts, and 2nd because someone asked were I was a couple of times. The 2nd one caused mixed emotions, 'cause I'm such a chicken sh** sometimes about things like that. As much as I may want it, and say that I want it, I still run sometimes when faced with it. I may be 32 yrs old, but I'm still the insecure teenage girl when it comes to some guys. And I'm still gun shy after Mr. C, and that ended over a year & a half ago. But boy, did he errode my self estime in the last 6 to 8 months that we dated. It was the whole "Build me up, Buttercup" syndrome. But enough of my so depressing rants! Have a great and safe 4th, everyone!