Sunday, December 31, 2006

Feliz Ano Nuevo (with bonus weirdness)!

On this New Year's Eve, I give you a post rife with variety. Photos which must hold you, dear readers, for the next few weeks as my camera is going on a cruise with some other Dear Readers (details to follow), holiday tales (grab an eggnog or something stronger), and a meme--I'VE BEEN TAGGED! I'VE BEEN TAGGED!

Here is the most beautiful tree we've ever had. (This phrase is repeated each year by the Murphy family regarding each tree, whether it looks like the darling little one in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or not.) (But this one is really fabulous.)

And what to my wondering eyes should appear in the mailbox but a brown cardboard box (sans the tiny reindeer). It Came From Paris (but it's not a monster flick). It's the loveliest box of le swag from my Pincushion Swap-giver, Valerie! I have a tres charmant Tour Eiffel pincushion, some darling little frogs, and tasty biscuits and chocolate! (Both of which have undergone strenuous taste testing and received approval from the Homeland Snack Security Council--namely the hubbo and girl-chick). I'm actually working on learning French, and so visiting Valerie's blog is delightful and a bit brain-twisting--go take a peek, she makes really creative stuff.

Do you see what I see? YES, it IS Navajo Churro Wool! Last year, I heard that one of the local Farmer's Markets in Phoenix would be visited by ladies spinning and selling this gorgeous stuff. We didn't get to it then, but earlier this year, we went and found the market. The ladies weren't there then, but my dearies snuck off one Saturday morning this month and met up with those spinners spinning! The grey is goat, the black is lamb, and Seth tells me that the woman who spun them knows the names of the animals from which came the fleece. Sweet! The luxurious goldeny one was dyed with wild carrot and the color is out-of-this-world. I just sat with them cuddled in my lap for the remainder of Christmas morning after opening the package. Thank you, my sweethearts!

Here's an interesting gift from my dear Della: Six Weird Things

THE RULES:Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”

I like weird.

1. I'm perfectly happy to tell anyone and everyone my age. 44! (And I'm stealing a bit of Della's list in that I, too, think my grey hair is cool. I've earned it!)

2. I unashamedly adore my in-laws. (They're getting temporary custody of my wee digital camera for their cruise thru the Panama Canal, and I'd gladly do anything for either of them.)(And the other-in-laws? The brothers- and sister-in-laws? Just as top-notch.) (I'm lucky.)

3. I love opera, but have never attended one. Perhaps in 2007...

4. At work, I can keep many balls aloft and wear five different hats and prioritize and keep calm in the midst of chaos. At home, I'm a slob and a sloth. Really.

5. Sandwiches must be made so that you can get a bit of each ingredient in every bite. If they aren't constructed properly, demolition and re-building will commence at once.

6. I drive with my toes instead of using my whole foot.

And with this tagging, I say ditto to Della's proviso that you should only play if you want to. (But come and play! It's fun!)

I tag:


Ok, so I chose 7. It's in honor of 2007, and I LIKE odd numbers! So sue me!

Happy New Year, everybody!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Just popped in for a minute...

Here's our tree, pre-decor, but with the added bonus of a little pixie peeking out from beneath...

Did your tree have one of these?

And here's my hat, taken from Lemony Lemonade (who is on blogging hiatus)(*sob*)
by way of a slight change from SouleMama's pattern. If you're interested, comment and
I'll link you up. I made one of these for a co-worker's wedding earlier this year and
fell hard for the pattern. Recognize the yarn, Della?

Happy Christmas again!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Christmas!

Here's a little gift for you, just in time for the big day........

courtesy of my uber-fun sister-out-law.

Going to sign off now until after Monday. I'm not getting as much time off as anticipated afterwards, so I must go and make merry now!

Thanks to all of my friends out there for your comments and inspiration and your many kindnesses. Wishing us all peace and health and happiness and lots of knitting and crafting joy in the coming years. Talk to you soon!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Good to be back

To welcome back those of you who still pop in, I present the latest

"Wacky Springer Spaniel with stuff on nose" photos.

Spot really is a treasure. He's got a funny sense of humor, and if I could
hang around the house all day with my camera, my Flickr set of Stuff on Spot's
nose would be enormous. Unfortunately, he's very camera-shy, and
usually either rolls over so his snoot is not visible or licks off whatever
has come to rest there.

Anyhow, here are a couple of fun snaps:

And I TRULY love this one.

Many posts back, you saw the early stages of my Pincushion Challenge
project. Here is it completed! Monique collects lovely china, which gave me
the idea, and I figured that you should have biscuit if you're having tea, so
I added the little needlebook. They arrived safe and sound (if a bit tardy)
to her home in the Netherlands. Go take a peek at her blog! She's a crafty one!

I have decided to ditch the part-time work. I've been doing transcription from my office, and it doesn't really take that long, but it cuts into my crafting/relaxing in the evening time, so I'll stop after the holidays. Turns out it didn't really earn me all that much extra loot, and it became something I dreaded in the evening, so there you are.

We're all sharing a cold--swapping symptoms on an almost daily basis. Fortunately we're almost ready for Christmas. My mom was kind enough to give me her sewing machine, and I've been noodling about with it today. I have a few plans for some craft items which may or may not be ready for Christmas, but that's ok.

I sent off my 2 Caps to the Capital, I sent off 4 hats to Rabbitch, and I'm making a hat for me! More details as it progresses. I hope that everyone is enjoying the holidays in whatever way pleases you most. Be well and have fun!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Why yes, you MAY have my autograph!

Ok, soozs, I'm with you! Maybe we can be the next Brittany & Paris of bloggerland!


C-List Blogger

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Knit unto others

After reading about Knit Unto Others, I decided that since I was already doing what they suggested, I'd sign up! Dulaan got me going last year, and I had done Red Scarf, too (and plan to do so again), and KnitYoga got a couple of hats for her very good cause. The items that fall into the time category (Nov 18-Dec2)that I have completed are here below:

Hats for Vancouver via Rabbitch!

Cap for the Capital

Planning at least another baby cap or two and hoping to start my Red Scarf Project this week.

Any spare yarn? Got a few minutes? Cast on for someone who could use a warm, wooly hug! C'mon, all knitters are know you want to join in!

Belated Thanksgiving photos

Yam with lemon tree. Yam destined for greater things, namely to be boiled, then peeled, sliced, and fried with butter and brown sugar.

The star of the show. A Red Bourbon turkey, raised humanely and eaten happily. Note the huge cheese skulking behind the chair? My in-law's kitchen is papered with a London billboard extolling the virtues of Edam. I love these people.

Grandma's stuffing. Tradition calls for everyone to taste as it's mixed, and then complain that there isn't enough sherry in it yet, and then add a tot more. Who am I to question tradition?

The table, set and mostly ready for dinner. Note M and her fab Auntie K--they are inseperable when beneath the same roof. We actually had to leave Marion at my in-law's overnight as the two of them collapsed in the living room after dessert.

This was NOT done on Thanksgiving, but was in fact rigged this afternoon. For some perverse reason, I am ridiculously smug that ours is the first house on the block with lights up. I love coming home from work in the evening to Christmas lights.

Here's hoping that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving in whatever way it was spent.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006




1. Yourself: goofy
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend (spouse): tenderhearted
3. Your hair: messy
4. Your mother: literate
5. Your Father: jolly
6. Your Favorite Item: words
7. Your dream last night: forgettable
8. Your Favorite drink: beer
9. Your Dream Car: classic
10. The room you are in: jumbled
11. Your Ex: deceased
12. Your fear: hate
13. What you want to be in 10 years? me
14. Who you hung out with last night? Marion
15. What You're Not? tidy
16. Muffins: pumpkin
17. One of Your Wish List Items: travel
18. Time: meandering
19. The Last Thing You Did: surfed
20. What You Are Wearing: pajamas
21. Your Favorite Weather: overcast
22. Your Favorite Book: yes
23. The Last Thing You Ate: carnitas
24. Your Life: diverse
25. Your Mood: cheerful
26. Your best friend: huggable
27. What are you thinking about right now? snacking
28. Your car: geriatric
29. What are you doing at the moment? typing
30. Your summer: incendiary
31. Your relationship status: harmonious
32. What is on your TV? penguin
33. What is the weather like? fresh
34. When is the last time you laughed? earlier

(stolen from Rabbitch--thank you! Hats are being knitted!)

Monday, November 13, 2006

My other favorite dog

Have you met this chap?
We just love visiting with him and his mates.

You can even go play with them here.
(You may need to click the "skip intro"
button in the lower left corner to get it

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Random Sunday Ramblings

I guess I need to go back to smaller photos or to try again to tackle the camera's menu of how much memory to use per photo. I love our little digital, it's a Sanyo Xacti, but we got it on the E-bay, on the cheap, and I'm having a little trouble with the instruction book, which has amusing illustrations but is written predominantly in Japanese.......

Here's my November calendar page for Deb. I've really enjoyed this one all year--it's called "Bon Apetit" and features illustrations from French food adverts from the 1900's. Will likely keep this one around apres nouveax annee.

Here's himself with freshly trimmed ears and heaven knows what on his nose. I really do love this guy.

WIP--Pincushion Challenge Swap

She manned the nutcracker with minimal assistance and got this pecan out unscathed!

Pecans in the myrtlewood bowl

It was an interesting day. Seth had a job, so M and I hit the park and played catch, then came home and sat on the patio and sketched our versions of the backyard. I started Spot's fall grooming--Santa, if you're listening, a short-haired doggie next time?--and will progress to the wash and shave-down in the next day or two.

It felt funny not to have a softball game tonight! And I mentioned to Seth that this was the first Sunday in months that I did not look at the clock and think, "Cripes! It's already (fill-in-the-hour) o'clock!" I don't know if the first fact influenced the second, but it was a good day. Got lots of household stuff done and fun stuff and a little more of the part-time stuff as well.

Here's hoping everyone has a good week. As my friend and neighbor, Fred Rogers, says,

"Wish you well!"

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Have I mentioned how much I love leaves?

Seeds and their respective pods often run a close second.

Especially when they look so good on the leaf plate which was a
gift from dear folk in ol' Virginny. Thanks again, B&L!

These say "Arizona Fall" to me. Calm in color when compared to
the riotous fall hues elewhere, but very rich.

Here are two glimpses of recent finished (and sent forth) objects: one and two. Still working on the Pincushion Challenge Swap--should be working on that on the morrow.

Happy rest of the weekend!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Black Sox Win! Black Sox Win! Black Sox Win!

We played a double-header this evening and won the season championship! I made the final run to win the early game and put us into the final with the one undefeated team in our league.

And we pounded them handily, 15-4.

Yeah, I'm smug. And sore. We had some great plays and terrific catches, a slew of literally-over-the-fence homers, and a coach with a very happy smile at the end of the evening.

Time to hit the showers and plan for next season.

That's all tonight, just a happy little note.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Orange ya glad to see me?

Howdy there, my handful of readers! Sorry about the lapse. Things have continued to be hectic, and will likely continue in this vein for some time (Halloween pun HEARTILY intended!).

M's school Halloween carnival was Friday night, and it was wonderful. Games, bounce-houses, the teacher's traditional Mystery-Theatre (which Mr. AV man recorded with the help of his friend Mr. Channel 12-guy) and home-made baked goodies at the cakewalk. The silent auction, raffle and carnival en toto raised over $17,000 for the school! Yay us! And it was fun. I'll swipe photos from my FIL soon and you'll see our fairy-girl and her bee-mum.

Saturday night our neighbors had pumpkin-carving party. Here are the results:

Can you see the ghost? SPOOKY!

And since pumpkins were eviscerated, you know there were seeds.....

Bowl o'joy.

Some decorations were applied to the house this evening, and more will befall it on the morrow. This is kind of our house-anniversary--we moved in 8 years ago! Still love this place.

I may be biting off more than I can chew, but I'm taking on a part-time job that I can do in the evenings, at home, after the girlie's abed. I'm going to give it a two-week trial and see how it goes, so it may be quiet around here (as it has been of late), but don't give up on me! There's still crafting going on, and you may get to see evidence of it now and again.

I'll tell you more as we go along.

In the meantime, BOO! to you and yours. Go eat some candy. And make it good, for heaven's sake, don't waste calories on hard candy or Smarties! We're talking CHOCOLATE!!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


It was a hectic day at work today. We are really short-handed and having problems finding qualified people to work with us. There were people coming in with complicated problems. I was late leaving work (always a bad thing) and then the worst of all, there was a little bird on the ground just outside the front doors of the office.

It was a little verdin, one of my favorites. It was so tiny and perfect and still. I wasn't sure for a while if it was in shock or dead, but it was so limp and still that I guess if must've crashed hard into the glass doors. I just stood and held it in my hand for a while. It was so delicate, so small and light and beautiful; it's feathers and wings placed just so. It made me wish I had better drawing skills so that I could capture the elegance if it's lines, the absolute perfection of it's form.

There are so many beautiful things all around us and I hate that we (myself included) take them so for granted. I was going to post these last night, but I made one wrong keystroke and the whole thing vaporized. Now that I think about it, I think they were meant to wait until today.

Seth made this birdbath for me years ago, and I still love it. And so do my backyard friends. I present to you:


And here is the square for Grandma Purl. I really love the stitch.

And at the end of the day, I get to come home to a wonderful man and a splendiferous child and a wacky Welshie, and things get better. And I make omelets and we all chat, and I feel a bit better still. Then I spend time reading "Rascal" to my girlie (God Bless Sterling North) and tuck her into bed and check my e-mail and find three wonderful notes from three wonderful people and to top it all off (in fine run-on sentence style) find delightful comments and questions awaiting me on the blog and all's I can say is, "Thanks everyone."

It's with a big grin that I answer my friends:

soozs: The boxes are done in garter stitch, side-bottom-side and then stitches are picked up on both sides of the bottom to make the 3rd and 4th sides, then single-crocheted up to fuse the sides. The Mason-Dixon book is oh, so holy, and if you can't put your hands on it in the library, let me know. These boxes are addicting, and I may have to bid on them myself to be sure they go to good home.

Barb: Thanks, firstly, for all the nice words! We had a computer guy come in and look over my little laptop a while back, and he recommended Opera as an alternative to Internet Explorer. I have found that it'll post my Blogger photos lickety-split, then I can save as a draft and go back to IE to put in verbiage. Works for me!

Thanks for popping in, folks. You helped re-make my day.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Hiya kids!

Long time, no type. Been busy of late with this and that. Tried to put together a post last weekend and the machine ate it. I'm finding that I can post the photos quite easily using Opera, saving as a draft, and then hopping over to IE for adding the verbage. It's a bit slower than doing it all at once, but hey, I'm not spending any cash!

For those of you eager to know, my softball team is 4-1. We have two more games before the playoffs. I played catcher last Sunday and actually got a runner out at home! Woot!

Here is my latest round of crafty stuff:

A Mason-Dixon cotton bib for a sweet new baby.

More Mason-Dixon goodness in the form of the felted boxes--
these will be auctioned off at my girlie's school Halloween Carnival.

Here they are nested.

My Recycle Pincushion Challenge entry and
it's inspiration.

Not my doing, but funny nonetheless.

Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend and is readying for Halloween! I have finished my square for Grandma Purl's blanket and am off to block it. I shamelessly utilized the lovely pattern from La Harlot's scarf (see 10/12/06 post) (sorry, not sure how to permalink), and with the green yarn I used, it bears an awfully strong resemblance to this! Perfect for a square from Arizona, methinks. Will post it apres blocking.

I think this (see 06/06/06 post) will be next on my scarf list.....

I have my Pincushion Challenge swap-partner's info and am planning out her pincushion as we speak. I haven't yet introduced myself to her, but I think I will do that sometime this week. She's in the Netherlands and has 3 English Springer Spaniels! This was meant to be!

I'll blabber more at you all later.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Welcome October!

It's been a busy time around here. Work, as usual, keeps getting in the way and I'll happily blame it for my lack of posting.

I've hit my limit for my free Flickr account, and have to figure out if I want to just let them cold-storage my older photos or if I can justify the cost of getting an upgraded account. I like Flickr, don't get me wrong--I just hate to pay for anything. Otherwise I'd have scurried over to Typepad long ago!

Here's a few key snippets of what's up with me:

1. I entered the Pincushion Challenge in the Recycle category (see if you can guess which one is mine). What a blast! On to the Swap!

2. My softball team won it's third straight game tonight! I admit that I had little to do with the victory this evening, but watch out for me next week!

3. Have begun the square for Grandma Purl. I sure do get a kick reading her oh-so-talented and not-just-a-smidgen-sarcastic granddaughter's blog! Doesn't everyone?

4. Today, my MIL handed me a magazine clipping which I really applaud. If anyone has some yarn and a tiny bit of time (as most of you are speedier knitters than I), please go check this out and contribute.

5. I'm also hoping to get a couple of hats done up for KnitYoga's Cancer Charities Craft Fair next month. Better get cracking as they have to cross the pond!

That's my full plate. Looks appetizing to me, and we'll see how much of it gets done!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Information, please

Firstly, I misspelled. Appy-polly-logies.

Molson Golden was a WONDERFUL Canadian beer.
(Most Canadian beers are wonderful, as far as I'm concerned.
Oh, Canada!!! I LOVE YOU!)

My sweetie taught me to put a bottle in the freezer
for about 20 minutes before popping it open to get it
to near-slushy consistency. It's almost like a

This is a mandatory beverage for consumption in Arizona in

Sadly, we are having trouble finding "Golden", and the Molson Canadian
isn't quite as near perfection, but we have recently begun watching
the carbs here at the Why Not? household, and as such, have
begun a series of freezer-related experiments with Amstel Light.

(A peek at the website tells me why we can't get it here
any longer--either the exportation has stopped or they
have deleted it from the product line And as yet,
I have not seen Molson Ultra here in the sadly-Budweiser-oriented
U. S. of A.--I'm blaming President Skippy.)

Now you know. Go forth and uber-chill that brew!

And Happy Weekend, too!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

5 is a delightful odd number

Suse led me to Bec, and as I haven't meme'd in a bit, this looked fun....

5 things I wish were in my freezer:

*A batch of my mom's homemade spaghetti sauce
(with extra garlic, please!)
*A Pepperidge Farm layer cake
*A Molson Goldon, approaching icy-ness
*ice cream sandwiches
*more of the halibut that Seth caught this summer
(I'm greedy, we still have some...)

5 things that shouldn't be in my wardrobe:

*The short black lace-up granny boots
that I used to go dancing in back in the 80's
(my redhead calls them my "polio boots")
*many sweaters that never see the light of day in our
overly temperate winters
*holey undies that crack up my 9-year-old girlie
*travel clothes from when Chico's was new and cool
*a pair of simple, low-heeled slides which I think are
really too narrow for my canoe-sized feet

5 things I hate about my car:
(this is tough--I love my old granny truck)

*no airbags
*broken tailgate
*eats batteries--new one like clockwork every year
*nowhere at all to put cups
*the exorbitant fee I must pay to register her
every two years-- $32! (heh-heh)

5 things I should throw out of my pack:

*melted crayons
*gum and mints that I don't like
*multitudinous cash register receipts
*used sticky-notes (mostly doodled on by the girlie)
*old aspirins and allergy pills

5 things that I don't want to admit are in my bathroom:

*a shower that should be declared by the EPA
to be unsafe for human use
*a Nora Roberts book
*a classic package of Band-Aids which will NEVER
be opened because they're in the tin box that they used
to sell them in when I was a girl
*wet wipes

Is there anyone out there reading this? If so, please consider yourself tagged! To quote from the wonderful Eva Ibbotsen in The Secret Of Platform 13,

"Play up and play the game!"

(Too much information about work and life in general and more photos to come this weekend, if I make it through Friday...)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Well, my passport IS up-to-date...

You Belong in Amsterdam

A little old fashioned, a little modern - you're the best of both worlds. And so is Amsterdam.

Whether you want to be a squatter graffiti artist or a great novelist, Amsterdam has all that you want in Europe (in one small city).

Monday, September 11, 2006

Good advice, now and always

Can you make it out?

Look closely....

Thanks to my redhead for taking and sharing the photos.

Love and peace to all.

The Party's Over...

Here is the doomed sock. The cuff is a bit wonky, I know I goofed up the short-row wraps on the heel, and looking at it now, I can see the little ladders from the placement of my needles. Love the yarn, but the pattern didn't work.

Marion did the honors of removing the needles....

And this is sans heel and foot....

Look! A Rockette-in-training! Naught but the cuff remains...

And here is the delightful yarn, happy to be restored to it's un-socked form, ready and rarin' to meet it's next challenge with me, Novice Sock Gal, at the needles.

With this sweet little face, we bring to a close the first-ever
"Why Not? Frog-Along". Thanks to everyone who participated and left comments--I'll try to track down everybody's work and link to each blog so that you can all enjoy each others unraveling!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Frog-along hops towards a finale....

Welcome jpknits! We're so happy you could join in.

Today's post will have to be a two-parter, as Flick'r can't seem to upload all my frogg-ariffic shots just now.

Know that I, Too, have frogged.

And it feels GOOD!!!

Photos pertinent to said frogging (including the finest handmaiden a knitter could ask for) will be posted ASAP, which will likely be later tonight if I'm not completely toast after my softball game.

Keep up the good work, and report in here when you've met your goal (or Waterloo...) I'll put together an Honor Roll at the end of the festivities.