Friday, May 29, 2009

Blather and Friday Fill ins

What a wonderful day! I am healthy and it is my Lieu day! YEAHHHH!

If you remember, we drove to GA because there
was nothing else we could do with Di’s heart condition, couldn’t leave her with a kennel or fly her. In fact, the vet expected her to do better there and I was all prepare to have the guilt trip laid on me about moving her to CO. But. . . she was worse. I had to sit up with her a couple of nights as she could not breath, I finally called our vet (who is great) and he called in another prescription to the local Walgreen’s. The prescription helped her breathing and so we continued our visit. She is now taking 8 pills at night and 7 in the morning. A little extreme, but what else can I do. Now her nose has started peeling and cracking, which looks painful (sort of like my heels in the winter) so my Di is going to the vet next week for another zillion dollar check up. :-) The poor old thing does not realize she is old until she starts playing with Lola and has to stop after a couple of minutes due to her cough.

I wanted to go to Sock Summit, but I did not register in a “timely manner” (a work phrase that I use a lot when chewing someone out politely) so guess what? All the classes I wanted were already gone. I hate it when I procrastinate and miss out on something great! My own fault, but that does not make me feel any better, grrrr. Did any of you get in?

My arm is not hurting, so I am going to go knit for a while. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

1. It's cold and wintery in the movie theater.

2. I cannot wait until I can taste my tomatoes.

3. My favorite health and beauty product is sleep lol, next it is Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, recommended by the dermatologist.

4. Driving to Georgia is a nice long ride.

5. Well, first of all who knows?

6. I can’t remember who was in it; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was very scary.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to knitting and reading, tomorrow my plans include knitting, working in the garden and grilling and Sunday, I want to do the same thing all over again!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blather and a Contest

Okay, what is going on with Blogger? It will let me add pictures, but I cannot move them around as I used to, and who wants all the pictures at the top of the post?

We had a great weekend, DD2 decided we should invite company for a barbecue on Sunday, which required a heap of cleaning before hand as we had not completed unpacking or cleaning since our trip to GA. In addition, one of the people we invited was allergic to dogs, so we had to get as much doggy dirt out of the house as possible. I don’t know if you remember my stories about DD2, she likes to sit on the couch in case it tries to float away, so I was amazed at the work I got out of her. She cleaned up the deck (it was still piled high with junk from the move), cut the grass in the back yard and we planted veggies and flowers. I was able to use the military discount for the holiday weekend and got wonderful prices at Home Depot on gardening wants. We were very stiff by the end of the day, but the yard looks very good.

About 5 minutes after our guests arrived on Sunday the rain started; it was so stereotypical it was funny. It wasn’t just rain; it was a torrential down pour with hail and thunder. It rained like that for at least an hour, it was a good thing I had crudités prepared, because everyone was hungry by the time I could light the grill. And since everyone was so hungry, no one complained that the sweet potatoes were a little charred in spots. :-)

I will post pictures of the flowers and gardens this weekend when I can figure out how to do it. Grrrrrr

Darcys Knotty Knitter is having another contest in conjunction with Meg of
Blogless No More. They are giving away a membership to the for the last spot in the Summer 2009 Wee Tiny Sock Club. It sounds fun, go here to enter.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Here are a few contests that I ran across today while catching up on my blog reading-

Darcys Knotty Knitter is having another contest to celebrate Sandra Singh's 4 year anniversary. Go here to enter and please let her know I sent you. It closes May 28, so hurry.

Through the Loops is also having a contest, you can enter here. The giveaway is Jade Sapphire Cashmere Silk and pattern for the Lavalette scarf, which is gorgeous.

And finally, the BeeBonnet Report is giving away a sock pattern called Selkie, and it looks wonderful. Go here to enter

And the Winner is. . .

And the winner of the Knit Kit is (drum roll please). . .

Vicki of Vicki’s Knitted Things. She will receive the Knit Kit, a skein Schachenmayr Nomotta Regia Color 4 Ply that I found at Elann, and a key chain. BTW, the Knit Kit looks much better in person than it does in the picture, now I see why everyone wants one, lolol. Vicki- please contact me at georgi dot wellington at gmail dot com with your mailing information.

And Second prize goes to Trek, she will receive the Schachenmayr Nomotta Regia Color 4 Ply and a mini sock blocker key ring (which I cannot get a picture to come into blogger for some reason).

Thanks to everyone who played, it is fun to get comments and opinions (even to old posts) from everyone. BUT. . .

you do not have to quit commenting because the contest is over :-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Whiskers on Wednesday

Like any fool that has more pets than sense, I purchased a Furminator in an attempt to control some of the pet hair roaming through my house. When we got home Sunday, we had to vacuum the furniture before we could sit down, (in fact that ranked up there with cleaning the litter boxes) they turned our red couch grey and the olive chair was black. I don’t even have to discuss the dogs, as they both hate the furminator and won’t come near me when they see it in my hand; however, Jackie boy loves it. Jack is our fattest (and fluffiest) cat and the most sensitive about being touched. If I reach out for him, he will pull away, but if I am sitting still, he will come up and pat me with his paw telling me he wants loves. I was sitting on the floor paying cards last night, Jack did his normal patting routine for attention, and I petted him for a few minutes, noticed the Furminator sitting near at hand, and started using it on him. He loved it. He didn’t even mind when I ran it down his back in the wrong direction. I must have pulled a pound of hair off him and he enjoyed every second of it. Of course, this drove Onyx nuts, she can’t stand it when Jack receives attention she feels should be hers, so she proceeded to sit next to me and ignore us both. Therefore, when Jack finally was bored and moved on, I started on her. She hated the Furminator when we first purchased it and would not let anyone use it on her, but I guess watching Jack enjoy it made her think it was cool (cats are so human about some things) so let me use it on her. But Onyx decided that the best part was playing with the fur I had already removed and thought it was keen fun to bat it around, I guess it was very soft to play with.

Jill, of course, is such a b-cat, she would not let me go near her with the Furminator, she just glares at me.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blather, Manic Monday

We are home!

The trip home seemed to go much smoother than the trip to GA did when we had a deadline. We wanted to be there in time for the hooding ceremony, which was at 7pm so we were very rushed. But coming home, we took our time and enjoyed the view. We arrived home Sunday evening to very angry cats and thirsty plants. DD2 and I are both sick with the creeping crud, but we had a great time.

I didn’t get nearly as much knitting done as I had planned, my hands and arms are hurting badly when I knit lately, and aspirin is not cutting it. I may have to mention it to the Dr. next time I go in. I did work on all of the normal stuff I have started (baby blanket, socks, sweater of many stitches, etc. . , but I thought I would be able to knit a lot more than I did.

I read Debbie Macomber’s new book, Summer on Blossom Street, last week and enjoyed it, though I liked 20 Wishes better, but I do not know why. Isn't it weird how a book can either grab you or not? What is your opinion on the two books?

If you could completely redecorate any room in your house at no expense to you, what room would you choose?
My bedroom. The furniture that I brought with me from GA is big furniture, and the Master bedroom is not very masterful, so there is little room to move in the bedroom right now

Which hour of the day do you feel goes the slowest?
Twilight always seems to drag to me.

If your birthday could be in a different month of the year, when would you have it?
I am good with March, it doesn’t matter when my birthday is.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Blather, A Contest and a Quiz

There are a huge number of entries for my contest that closes on the 17th; I guess everyone wants a Knit Kit. I am not sure if it will be that handy, but. . . Don't forget, if you sign up to be a Follower, you get an extra entry.

Here is a picture of the wee tiny sock (Cherry Tree Hill Yarn) I received and the sock I finished, with a broken DPN laying on it. Our Chihuahua was looking for a Fiber One bar in my knitting bag and decided the needle would be fun to break. She was not a pleasant car rider after she ate the entire hi fiber bar. . .

Knitty Sue is having a contest, yeahhhh. Go here to enter, all it requires is a post about the contest and to sign up as a follower. She is giving away a book of patterns for ponchos and wraps that looks great.

I found the quiz below on Grace's blog yesterday and thought it would be fun for a try.
Your result for The Lover Style Profile Test ...

The Carnal Lover
50% partner focus, 57% aggressiveness, 70% adventurousness

Based on the results of this test, it is highly likely that:
You prefer your romance and love to wild and daring rather than typical or boring, you would rather pursue than be pursued and, when it comes to physical love, you concentrate more on enjoying the experience rather than worrying about your performance.

This places you in the Lover Style of: The Carnal Lover.

The Carnal Lover is a wonderful Lover Style, though it is often confused with terms like "player" or even "slut." The Carnal Lover is not necessarily either of those things (though sometimes is) but is instead a lover of life, romance and pleasure. The Carnal Lover is a treasure to find, though can sometimes be difficult to keep happy once found, because a Carnal Lover often loves a variety-filled life.

In terms of physical love, the Carnal Lover tends to be dynamic and driven, and can therefore be quite pleasurable. Given the right motivation, and the right lover, the Carnal Lover can be a delight in bed.

Best Compatibility can probably be found with: The Surprising Lover (most of all) or the Devoted Lover, or the Liberated Lover.

You can take this quiz here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Trip Blather

Wow, we made it to Georgia, after 28 hours. We had to stop every two hours to walk the dogs (and us) and we got so tired we ended up punch drunk; but we got here in time for the hooding ceremony on Thursday night. I had time to get the dogs settled, take a shower, and put on clean clothes and we got to the university just in time. I am so proud of my daughter she has worked very hard and had a 3.9 GPA, all while working full time. The graduation ceremony on Saturday was great (and thankfully brief); now she has pneumonia and strep throat, and she is as sick as a dog. I wonder where that phrase came from? What is sick as a dog? And why do we compare people to sick dogs? Just wondering. . .

The weather has been mercifully and unseasonably cool, but I am good with that.:-) We are just vegging now that DD1 is so sick, but that is all I wanted to do anyway. There is really nothing I want to do here but get a facial and knit, so everything is good. I started a pink Cotton Tots baby blanket for a woman at work who just discovered that she is having a girl. I am using the pattern that MajorKnitter used here; but adapting it to the size I wanted. Because of the differences in the yarn, I do not think the different stitches will be as noticeable, but it will be pretty and comfy for the baby, which is what counts. I am also finishing my second sock from the mystery yarn ball. I am dying to see what is in the center of the yarn. lololo

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day and a great weekend. I have to be at work on Monday morning, so we plan to leave here on Saturday. See you in the funny papers.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Sock

I have finished a sock! (Pix will be posted when I get home this evening.) Not the wee tiny sock, but a sock for big-footed DD2, and the best part is that the second sock syndrome did not attack and I have already started the second one. I might point out that thanks to Trek; it took me a little over three hours to get the sock started. She is very compulsive (?) about socks, and self-striping yarn, it must have the stripes in the same place on both socks. Well, that seems like a good idea, until you are working with a mystery yarn ball and have no ideas how much yarn there is or where the striping starts and stops. I cast on for that darn sock a zillion times until I got too sleepy and gave up. Then I got up Sunday morning and started all over again and it still took me three more tries before I got it right. I sent Trek a message thanking her for turning me into an OCD personality (I was never like that before reading her blog) and she laughed at me. Can you imagine, she laughed. . . and the worst part is that big-footed DD2 laughed at me also.

We are picking up the rental car tonight and leaving for Georgia in the morning. We bathed the dogs and got them ready; too bad I haven’t done my laundry or started to pack my stuff. I wonder what knitting projects I should take with me. It’s not as if I do not have tons of projects sitting around waiting for me to have time lololol.

I hope you all have a productive knitting day!