Sunday, July 22, 2007

Life is strange...

I don't write here very often... more things to do I guess that keep me too busy? But thought I'd better do a little updating... Life is strange... that is all I can say to start this off...

Yesterday - 7 years ago our house burned down while we were on vacation and all our pets were killed in the fire... a total tragedy that seems like yesterday. I can remember every detail of that weekend... and the weeks that followed... and the horrible grief of losing our loving pets... all of the "stuff" can be replaced - but the pets... well, time goes on and you get new ones - but they are not the same. They have not replaced the old ones. You love them tons and tons - but you still miss the others.

Well - yesterday, J's rat, Ruby, died. 7 years to the day... she lost her beloved Hekekiah 7 years ago and now - Ruby... it's so unfortunate that J is in Hawaii and was not here to be with Ruby in her last hours. She was so afraid that Ruby would not make it the 5 months she'll be gone. Ruby had a tumor that was growing leaps and bounds - but it didn't seem to slow her down - at all. And then, she was gone. We had a little funeral for her in the back yard - the man cried and cried as he loved Ruby just as much as J did... life is strange... and what is with July 21st??

On the knitting front... I have worked and worked on that darn U-shaped vest from Fitted Knits and was actually begining to get close to the end... and then I tried it on. It was HUGE!!! So - I ripped it all out!!! ugh... I hate that!! I'm not sure if it was me thinking I should knit one size or if it was really the wrong size pattern? I should have measured before I ripped -but I was bummed out! So - I think I will set that pattern aside for a bit and work on something else... I hate that!!

On the rest of my life front... I've got exciting news and things going on... can't spill the beans yet - and those that "know" me - already know anyhow... but my life could involve lots and lots of yarn and that is very, very exciting... I am praying and praying and trying to listen to the Lord's leading so that I don't make any major life mistakes - again!

I'm missing the girls something fierce... but I am glad they are together and doing things that young women their age should be doing - living life in an exotic place and having a good time. And it's so nice that they are together!! But - I miss them and the house is to - to - to quiet!!

Well - there you go... that's what's been going on...

Verse for the day:

We are made right in God's sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. Romans 3:22 NLT

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Just catching up!

The Shower:
Well - we had the shower!! It turned out fantastic... the food I made was delicious!! I made two different quiches, a spinich & feta one and then a sundried tomatoe one.... I also made the most fantastic fruit salsa and cinnamon chips to dip in it!!! I will be making that for every party for the rest of my life I think! I'll have to post it on here just in case someone ever reads this and wants it! Ha!!

The daughter got a lot of nice gifts and many gift cards so they could buy whatever they wanted/needed. Which was great! Now daughter #2 is going to go to Hawaii to live with her sister for the summer - I guess untill the wedding... she's also taking her BFF... and they will have a blast living in Hawaii!! My feeling is - do it while you are young and have no responsibilities!! Wish I had done that when I was that age - but no - I had to get married...

I'm currently knitting the Back to School U-Shaped Vest from Fitted Knits. I'm using LOVE - which is silk/bamboo. I love it! It's really soft and looks great - with just enough shine... should be beautifull when it's done - and I'll be able to wear it year round. It was supposed to be knit in wool - but I just could not bring myself to do that right now in this heat! I'm also trying to finish the Razor Cami so that Daughter #2 can take it to Hawaii with her. I had messed it up while sleeping while knitting - and so I had to tink back several rows... so I set it aside for awhile... but now - I'm motivated to Get It Done!

Verse for the day:
"Let those who know what you're all about tell the world you're great and not quitting. And me? I'm a mess. I'm nothing and have nothing; make something of me. You can do it; You've got what it takes - but God, don't put it off." end of Psalm 40

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I'm so excited!!

I just can't hide it... everyone - sing along!!

I am so excited!! My sweet thing daughter #1 is coming home!!! She's bringing her chefiance' home with her - and they'll be staying the week! It's been a while since we've seen them and I miss her horribly. We'll be doing a bridal shower for her and the RSVP's are trickling in.

I have to wonder - do people even RSVP anymore? Most people believe that the RSVP does not apply to them - it's for other people - because really now - "you knew I was coming. How could you think I wasn't? I didn't need to RSVP!" People! Please, please, please - let me know if you are or are not coming!

D#1 wants to go to her favorite mexican food place for her b-day which is the same day as Father's day. Works out well - since it's my dad's favorite place also! Runs in the family, I guess... She complains that the only mexican food on the island is Taco Bell - which we all know is NOT mexican food - but something else. When you can buy food that cheap - is it even really food?

On the knitting side - I'm making progress on the Dropped Stitch Tank for the Fitted Knits Along. I'm to the point of splitting to top of the front, and I haven't been knitting that much on it. It's a super quick knit - but I need to be more disciplined about spending more time on it. I did start making the top down bonnet from Hello Yarn. In fact, it's the first time I've used the figure 8 cast on and now I know I can make socks from the toe up!!! Funny how you think "that's just too hard... or too time consuming" and then you learn a new technique - it's really much easier than you thought... come on - if you can figure out how to knit you can certainly figure out how to do everything else that goes along with knitting! So anyhow - I made the bonnet for a newborn and decided it was just to small - not for a newborn, of course. But for a baby! I want my hand knitted gift to get ALOT of wear out of it!!! So - I took it all out and cast on again but this time - for a baby. I swear - I will not rip it out and make it for a child.. it would be tooo many years before the baby could wear it and then - the parents, if they are anything like me - would lose it and it would never get worn!!

I'm also knitting a shawl - I think it's called the mermaid shawl - I got the pattern at Babetta's. Only the best yarn store in town!! The shawl is pretty mindless knitting - but I need something for when the office gets cold.

And I need to finish up the tank I'm doing for D#2. I'm such an ADD knitter though - and I love planning new projects. (read: buying new yarn!)

The one thing I am not excited about is this HEAT!!!! It's way toooo hot here - yuck!!

Verse for the day: You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Thursday, June 7, 2007

What's wrong with this picture??

I hate to say that I am somewhat obsessed with this whole Paris Hilton comedy... it amazes me that she is in the news as much as she is. Smart girl, really... not many people can become famous for doing nothing and then continue to be in the news every single day!

Today they let her out of jail early... I hate to even talk about it when there are so many more things that are more important than her! But - it goes to show that there is something wrong with this picture... really, really wrong.

While we have young men inIraq where they have no business being, fighting a war we have no business fighting.. and giving their lives for people who may or may not be appreciative - something is wrong with this picture. Many days I must search for news on the war... but Paris is always news.

When each night in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of terrified children leave their villages at dusk and walk to town, many miles away, to avoid being kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army—a brutal rebel force that has abducted more than 30,000 children to serve as soldiers and slaves in its 20-year war against the Ugandan government, something is very, very wrong.

If the children do not make it to safety the boys are forced to loot and burn villages and torture and kill neighbors, sometimes even their own families. Abducted girls are routinely raped and become sex slaves or “wives” of rebel commanders. There is something wrong - very, very wrong!

Today, people are crying out for justice because she was released from jail. When will we cry out for justice for these poor, innocent children?!

When will the genocide in Darfur be front page news? Every single day the people of Darfur are terrorized, made homeless or murdered. Since 2003 hundreds of thousands of innocent people of Darfur have died from violence, disease, and starvation, and thousands of women have been raped. About 2,500,000 civilians have been driven from their homes, their villages torched and property stolen. Thousands of villages have been systematically destroyed. Many people have not even heard of what is happening in Darfur - something is really wrong with this picture!

It makes me sad... but it's reality. Our country is more obsessed with what is happening with celebrities than what is happening in the world. And in many ways, I can understand that. Times are hard. Gas is high, houses are being forclosed on. Food prices are going up and half the time we are not even sure that our food is safe to eat! Life is hard. People want to escape. People don't want to think about things that are terrible... things they feel they can't do anything about. Something is wrong with this picture! At the least - we can pray. And beyond that - we can contribute, we can volunteer, we can spread the word. We can do something - even if all you do is CARE.

I promise to not be a downer tomorrow. In fact, if they put Miss Hilton back in jail, as they may, you just might see a party going on.

Verses for the day:

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me. Psalm 86:6-7

Not everyone who says to Me. "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Matthew 7:21

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What I think when I can't sleep...

I know that everyone is just dying to know what I think about when I can't sleep... which is just about every night. Last night I actually fell asleep at a reasonable time - 1:00 am... but then I woke up about 3 am... ugh... Hate That!! So I prayed for awhile.. prayed for the family, my prayer partner... things that have been bugging me... and then I fell back asleep - for about a whole 1/2 hour!!! Ugh... so when I woke up again about 4 am I thought about an email that my daughter had sent me about what things people would be surprised to know about you. So - here is my list... the list that I thought of when I should have been sleeping!!

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Largescale balloon designer - one of my favorite jobs!
2. Event Coordinator – a great time in my life

3. Funeral Director – my absolute favorite job!!
4. Business Developer for A/E/C industry

B) Four movies you would watch over and over:
1. Very Bad Things – A very guilty pleasure
2. Drop Dead Gorgeous – too fun
3. Fried Green Tomatoes – an all around great “chick” flick
4. The Breakfast Club – need I say more?

C) Four places you have lived:
1. California - forever
2. Oregon – for a month or so

D) Four TV Shows that I watch
1. The Office – Love it!!
2. Cops – Love it even though I shouldn’t!
3. Anything on Court TV – can’t get enough of true crime!
4. Dirt – like watching a car accident! You shouldn’t – but you do!

E) Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Las Vegas
2. Hawaii – when I was much younger
3. Chicago
4. Road trip across country – with my shmoop!! Not in order! Florida, Texas, Alabama, Arizona (incl. the Grand Canyon), Oklahoma (saw the OK City bombing site), Louisiana (incl. New Orleans), Mississippi, New Mexico

F) People who e-mail me (regularly)
1. Shmoop
2. Tiffy
3. Natalie
4. my boss

G) Four of my favorite foods:
1. Sugar – anything sweet and bad for me!!
2. Pizza – mmmm – love the pizza
3. Artichokes – dipped in a mix of mayo & miracle whip!
4. Tacos – homemade – or from somewhere that makes them good!

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Heaven!!! – praising the Lord!!
2. Anywhere knitting or at a yarn store – talk about great!!!

3. Home with shmoop watching a movie and playing toesies – so relaxing and I can knit at the same time!
4. With my kids – cause we laugh and laugh!!!

So - there you go!! Now you know what I was thinking about when I should have been fast asleep... I promise not to bore everyone, (all my millions and millions of readers!!) with my nightly think-a-thons!

On the knitting update! I finished knitting a darling little purple caftan for a co-workers baby. I am blocking it and then I'll seam it up! I'm thinking of adding a hood to it - but I'm tempted to knit a bonnet instead... a bonnet might get more use... and I want them to show off my knitting constantly - I mean - I want them to get a lot of use out of whatever I knit!

I also cast on and was knitting the The Perfect Periwinkle Turtleneck Tube Vest from the book Fitted Knits - but decided that to make a wool sweater for summer was NUTS!!! So I've put that on hold. I mean really, I can't stand it when the weather is over 70 and I'm thinking of wearing a wool sweater??? It doesn't have sleeves... but did you see the title? TURTLEneck!!! What was I thinking??? Even though I had decided to knit the neck part only 2" - 3" instead of 5... still - when it's a million degrees out - and anything over 80 is a million degrees to me - I could not wear wool!!! Sooooo - into the "Someday I'll Finish This" container- it went.

Last night I cast on for the Drop Stitch Lace Tank instead - from the same book. And it's really going along nicely!! I think it will be a fun knit and hopefully won't take too long, and hopefully I won't get bored and throw it into the "Someday I'll Finish This" container.

Thought for the day:
There are days when you don't have a song in your heart. Sing anyway!! - Emory Austin

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The First FO of the Blog! Prosperous Green Plum tank!

Well - I finished the Prosperous Plum tank - in green cotton.

I love it!! Love it!! Really...Well...I do love it. Except - that it could be a bit smaller... Cotton! Does it grow on it's own? I've even thrown it in the drier... praying the entire time that I would take it out before - oh my gosh - it's too late!!! Fortunately - you don't have to worry... I could easily have left it in even longer - and so next time - I may just leave it in there for "a while"... I believe that this last time I left it in there for a "few minutes" - just so it wouldn't turn out way toooo small... like that would really happen. BUT - you never know!! I mean - really - do you know for sure that the piece that I just spent hours and hours knitting would not shrink? And then - I would have been totally devestated - my beautifull green tank, that looks soooo good with my Curly red hair - has Shrunk!!! Ahhh - but alas - it just didn't happen. Maybe next time - but I hope not - I really just want it a bit smaller...

About the picture - it's really hard to tell that I've done the WW thing - I think I need to do it again and stick with it - but the candy calls my name... really - it does... mostly the candy that I love the most... reeses peanut butter cups... and Jelly Belly's!! They know my name by heart and sometimes I can hear them the minute I step into the store... I never knew that candy, especially those tiny little Jelly Belly's could scream so loud!!!
About the pattern - if anyone in the world reads this... it's a great pattern!!! Super well written! And it's fun to knit... I get so bored sometimes with knitting and purling.. I know - wash my mouth out with soap!!! How dare I say it gets boring!!! But you know - it does!! But when you start throwing in some YO's, or a few cables... or some short rows... or just anything other than - K, P... it's deliciously delicious!!! Then I really, really enjoy it!!! And this pattern had enough "other things" to keep it interesting - and it was fast!! I'm a slow knitter and this tank took me maybe 2 1/2 weeks total to knit... ok - maybe 3... but no more than that. And I only knit about 1 - 2 hours a day... although the weekends do see more knitting time - but I am a slow knitter! So this is a great knit... just beware of the negative ease and knit several sizes smaller than your "usual" bust size.
There you go - the First FO of this blog!
Thought for the day:
"Stand still and consider the wonderous works of God!" Job 37:14