Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

2 For 1

The Dillon sweater is done . . .

 . . . and so is the Right Right Now cowl . . . 

We'll see what shows up on the needles next !

Monday, November 5, 2012

Right Right Now !

Sometimes, patients say things that crack me up !

Like one day a few months ago, when an elderly man was late for his appointment . . . 
we were able to get ahold of his twenty-ish year old grandson, who told us that his
grandfather had gotten confused about the appointment time.  Our schedule had a little
leeway that day, so we said that if he came right over to the office, we could still see him.

The grandson says:  "Grandpa, if you leave right now, they can still see you.  
But you have to leave right now . . . RIGHT RIGHT NOW !"

It just made me laugh . . . and the phrase has made its way into my rotation !!

So when I was pumping gas the other night, in the freezing cold, I thought:

"Man, I could really use that cowl right now !"

And the Right Right Now Cowl was born !!!

A quick and easy knit, it should be off the needles & around my neck in no time !!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


So I got my third tattoo . . . !

It's the word "Joy" in Arabic, on my wrist . . .

and I love it !

I guess it's true what they say:

you can't get just one !!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Delicious Autumn !

My very soul is wedded to it.

And if I was a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking successive autumns."

- George Eliot -

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wool & Football

I got me some new wool !!

It feels so great to work with it again !  

I've got a new sweater on the needles, too . . . 
getting ready for cooler weather !!! 

(my new yarn is perched on our new Adirondack chairs 
that Jack's grandfather made . . . aren't they gorgeous ?!?!!)

I've dubbed this my Dillon sweater.  

It has nothing to do with the color, the design, or anything like that . . . 
just an ode to our new favorite TV show, "Friday Night Lights" !

It's set in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas, and follows the story 
of a high school football coach, his family, his team, and the town.
We completely fell in love with this show !!!
Even though it lasted 5 seasons, it wasn't enough . . . I miss them !

So, we make a Dillon sweater !

  If I liked football & actually went to a game, 
I might need a sweater like this one . . . !!!  Until then,
I'll just keep knitting and replaying the show !!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Getting My Mojo Back

This summer has been a bust as far as knitting is concerned !

The tank top I started back in May just didn't work out.  It was 99% finished when I
decided to just rip it all out.  I wasn't happy with it from the beginning, & I wasn't
any happier when I finished it, either !!  It wasn't a relaxing project, and it became
a chore . . . not exactly what a hobby is supposed to do for you, right ?!!!

So, the yarn is now destined for another project . . .
 hopefully a better one . . . next spring, perhaps !!!

I needed to get back to wool, and get a bit of my knitting mojo back . . .


so I dubbed this one my "Mojo Hat" !!!

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Quick . . . easy . . . happy !

We'll see what turns up on the needles next !!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Little British Invasion

Seems like I've been in a British state of mind lately.

I'd picked up a few copies of the British edition of Country Living magazine over the years,
and really loved it.  And now that the US edition of Country Living seems to be heading
in a bit more modern direction, I find myself more drawn to the Brits and their aesthetic . . . 

(both from the June 2012 issue)

So lovely !!!

I also started watching Downton Abbey recently, and have just loved it !
It's rare that I have my own show to watch . . . Jack & I watch most shows together, 
and he has his own cartoons & sci-fi stuff . . . but this one's just mine !

I love the setting (duh !), and the characters & story lines are great ! 
 I have a few more months of waiting until season 3 starts, though.
Until then . . . 

. . . we'll see what other British things invade !

Monday, July 9, 2012

"Makes Me Smile" Monday

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."

- Sam Keen -

Indeed !!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Cotton Won't Cooperate

My latest knitting project has been on the needles about a month now.  I found this lovely
lilac shade of yarn, and dubbed this piece the "Highland Park" tank, in honor of the
park where Rochester's Lilac Festival takes place each year !

And while I usually work with wool, I thought I'd take the chance to work on a summer
project in a different material & bought this ultra pima cotton yarn . . . it's hard
to tell from the picture, but the yarn has a really pretty sheen to it !

However, this cotton & I just don't seem to be getting along !  Pretty as it is,
this yarn shows every little glitch, mistake, and inconsistency !  I'm usually a 
pretty even, consistent knitter . . . but it feels like this yarn shows if you 
even breathe on it wrong !!!  Ugh !

Hopefully, once it's done, a trip through the washing machine & dryer 
will cure all ills !!  Fingers crossed !  After that, I think I'll be back to wool !

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Amazed They Come Back

I planted these foxgloves about 5 years ago, and continue to neglect them
(didn't turn out to be the gardener I thought I'd be !) . . . 

 . . . but they come back every year regardless, looking lovely !

Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Days Like These Require Sugar

It's been like "The Twilight Zone" at work lately.

And consuming large amounts of sugar is the key to coping
(for some of us, at least) !!! After all,
STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS !!!

So I made these:

Awesome !!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jam & Azaleas

So, the "Jam Hands" sweater is finally done !!!! YAY !

(here's a view of the back . . . have yet to get a good picture of the front !)

And of course, a new sweater is on the needles, with this yarn . . .

It's been dubbed the "Azalea" sweater . . . love this color !!!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Still Here & A Little Link Love

I'm still here !!!

As you can see, my little photo challenge didn't last very long . . . only 8 days !
I was enjoying it and all, but it's difficult & frustrating to take pictures
after work and in dark/bad lighting . . . I need some sunlight !
Maybe I'll try again during the summer, when the days are brighter & longer !

No new knitting projects to report . . . still working on the
"Jam Hands" sweater ! It's almost done & looking good . . .
I'm just ready to move on to something else !!

So, since I have nothing really to show or say,
I'll leave you with a picture of my favorite furry boys,
and some link love . . . .

* I made these cookies for Valentine's Day . . . . BIG YUM !!!

* I love this blog . . . everything is just lovely, especially this post !!!

* When I saw this, I decided it should be pinned to my sleeve !!!!

Happy Monday !!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 8: A Bad Habit

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I stack & pile up my clothes . . . and take forever to put them away !

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tagged !

I was tagged by the lovely Amy with this little meme !
I'm not going to completely play by the rules
(I'm not tagging anyone else), but otherwise . . . . . !
Here goes . . .

11 Random Things About Me:

1. I hate repetitive noises (foot tapping, pen clicking, etc.) --- this is a tough one, since I'm married to a drummer who is constantly tapping with his fingers !!

2. When I was little & my mom was trying to give me a bath, I would run around naked yelling "Nudo, nudo !" I don't do that anymore . . . !!!!!!

3. I'm a little OCD . . . when I put on my make-up, the front of the foundation bottle has to be facing me . . . when I unload the dishwasher, the "fresh" dishes have to go on the bottom of the stack (for equal wear & tear on the dishes . . . duh !) . . . and so on ! It won't wreck me if things aren't done this way . . . they just won't be done the "right" way !!! Uh oh . . . now you think I'm psycho . . . !

4. When I laugh really hard, my eyes water like I'm crying . . . and sometimes I snort, too !!!

5. I drink about 100 ounces of water every day.

6. Even though I was a nationally-ranked gymnast, I always have been & always will be a total klutz !!!

7. I almost got kicked out of church camp once !

8. I don't share well (I'm an only child . . . what d'ya want ?!?!!!!!!) !!

9. I'm terrible with song lyrics and titles . . . I get them completely wrong !!!

10. I'm always cold . . . . I even cover up with a blanket when it's 80+ degrees outside !!

11. I've tried to read the book "Middlemarch" twice . . . and never made it to the end !!

(Proof of #2 !!!!)

Questions to answer:

1. What was your most embarrassing moment ? I honestly can't think of one . . . I try to fly under the radar, so maybe it's working . . . or maybe my moment hasn't happened yet ?!?!?!!!

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be ? So many choices . . . England is lovely, and so is British Columbia . . . but tropical would be nice . . . can't decide !

3. Do you regularly dust your blinds ? Nope !!

4. What do you like best about yourself ? That after many years of insecurity, I'm finally content in my own skin & in my own life !

5. Do you have a celebrity crush ? If so, who ? Wentworth Miller is still my #1 celebrity crush, with Alex O'Loughlin a close 2nd !!!

6. What is your favorite Bible verse ? 1 Thessalonians 4:11,12

7. Do you lie about your weight on your driver's license ? Nope.

8. What's your worst pet peeve ? I can only choose one ??!?!?!! See my #1 random thing !

9. Who is your favorite musician ? Over The Rhine

10. Do you return your grocery cart to the designated area ? Always !

11. What would your ideal day entail ? A day with my boys (Jack & the cats !), filled with knitting, reading, sweet eats . . . oh wait, that's our typical "lazy Sunday" !! I'm easy to please !

There . . . done & done !!!!

Day 7: Fruit

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 6: From A Low Angle

I'm using a lot of these lately . . .

Between the dermatology treatment on my foot
that's left me blistered & walking funny . . .
and the meeting of my new Cutco knife with the tip of my thumb
that resulted in a trip to Urgent Care during the Super Bowl . . .

I clearly need to buy stock in Band-aids !!!!!

Good times !