Archive for August, 2005

Bottles and Knits

DS#3 will be 4 on Friday. He is finally off the bottle, as of yesterday. How did this happen, you say? Well, I had seen him a couple times with the baby’s bottles, and warned him that if I saw that again, he would be through with them. And I did, so he is.

The paypal transfer made it to the bank. In just 2 days. Before any checks bounced. Yay!

Oh, and the van is now in the yard. DH and a friend picked it up Sunday. He’ll take it to AutoZone and let them out that diagnostic machine on it Saturday :)

It’s a rainy, stormy day here. I’ve got the washer and dryer going already, and the baby just woke up, so I’ll get her fed, then get on with the day.

And I promised a pic, but you get 2.

This is a shot of all the WIPs:
wips

Here is a close-up of the striped vest:
vest

Monday again!

How come every week has a Monday? I am feeling rebellious today, and do not want to get back into the grind. Maybe this second cup of coffee will help.

I did get another stripe in the charity sweater last night. Well, 2, but one came out, so the grand total was 1. I am betting I will have to buy more yarn for this, to do the stripes like I want to do them. I really set myself up on this round of projects. 1 large shawl, 2 sweaters, and a baby blanket, plus a couple other items. I musta been insane! I can’t see anyway that I’ll be done this month with all of it.

I changed my mind on the scrap-ghan. Log cabins really need some amount of planning, which really defeats teh purpose of “scrap”, doesn’t it? I re-crocheted the scraps into a squar-ish shape that I can just go round and round on. I may change my mind yet again, as I had forgotten that I had started a pillow cover with scraps. I may rip it again, and finish that. Or not. I may rip the pillow out cover out instead. Who knows what crazy thing I will take it into my head to do!

I will be working on this custom order for most of the day. Then this evening, more on the charity thing. I did go through my WIP book, and only 2 things have deadlines. The sweater and the sock pal sock.

I’ve been emailing with Ann, and she is really struggling with this situation.

I got to page 40 in my book last night. The heroine has now me the hero. I am sure enjoying re-meeting old friends. I use the Charlotte Mason method in our school. This is very short lessons, over small amounts of material, with narration. It really helps retention. I can understand that, reading this book this way. I am noticing details that I missed in my 3 or 4 previous speed reads.

This has sure been a ramble. My mind goes like this all the time! My cup of coffee is almost gone. I am no more motivated than when I started, so I suppose I will just have to make myself do it. I think it’s about time for a pic, don’t you? I’ll post one of the charity thing tomorrow. I really need to come up with a name for it, don’t I? What about “striped vest”, cause I really don’t think I’ll have time for sleeves. So tomorrow, pic of the striped vest, yes, ok?

I also need to introduce you to some more knitters.

And P.S., I checked the queue on Knitting Blogs today, and I am just 8 sites down the list. Woohoo!

So about that OUCH!

I just want to issue a PSA here.
If you keep your checkbook on the computer, and it fills in check numbers automatically for you, make sure that you take those numbers out, and replace them with ebt or debit for non-check transactions. Then, you can hit next check number, and it will give you the next check number. So, you know, you don’t miss checks by just looking at the register and inputting the amount of the number in the box. Like I did, and missed 2 checks. Which will leave me with $1.75 after the paypal transfer I made gets there. If it gets there in time. Yeah, great. And payday is still 5 days away.

So much to do!

I just made a nice little post for you, and clicked out of the window. Argh!!!!

List of stuff I need to do today:
Fold laundrydone
Grocery storedone
Deal with 10-ish pounds of hamburgerdone
Clean off desk
Tidy shelves on one of the bookcasesdone
Update checkbookdone OUCH.

This week, I’ll be needing to concentrate on biz knitting. I had a surprise custom payment come in, so I need to kick out the piece that’s OTN, so I can get this other one done as well.

But I still have today :) I want to finish the crocheted square I started last night, and then probably work on the sweater/vest for charity. I have a box of hats ready to go to Afghans for Afghans, and would like to add this. The stuff needs to be there by Sept 16, so I better get a move on. Oh, that would be another good thing to do today: Look at my WIP book, and note any that have deadlines. Cause I know my socks also have to go out by mid-Sept. At any rate, I am ready to start finishing things. I’m very cyclic in my knitting this way. I like to start things, and I like to finish them. Mostly because as soon as I get a batch started, I see something else I would like to make.

Dh is already out mowing the yard, and the heat index is 100 degrees now. He and a friend are going to try to get my van home today. It sits at Office Depot still. I am betting alternator, though I am sure the water system also has a leak.

Ok, none of that stuff to-be-done is doing itself, so I guess I better get on up and start now.

It’s hot!

Man, is it ever hot! I spent a lot of the day with my mom. We went for Chinese food, then to ACMoore, when I found some Auracania Nature Wool on clearance. In beautiful greens. Then to Wal-Mart for some stuff. Now, I find out I needed filters for the a/c, but I did not know that. So, I did not get any.

My friend Ann, who I have talked about before, has received pretty devastating news this week-end. On Thursday, her husband had “the flu”, and on Friday was much worse, and coughing blood. They went to the ER, and he has a mass behind his heart, wrapped around his windpipe and some major arteries. They are awaiting the results of a needle biopsy, but the doctors are pretty sure it’s cancer, and inoperable. She’s just stunned, of course, and he is too. He is on morphine for pain, and the hospital social worker has been by to explain how to apply for several types of aid. All in all, it doesn’t look very good.

Very limited surfing today, so no news tid-bits for ya.

I did start a log cabin scrap-ghan. It will grow slowly, if I do anything more with it at all. I don’t know.

I am working on a square for the cotton patch blanket. It was just too hot tonight to have a wool sweater on my lap.

Quick trip around the Internet

So, just what are we over there for? Anybody even remember this explanation anymore?

More on media bias.

A new read. Lookie here, fascinating! Welcome abord, DS#2t!

If you like polls, here’s one of interest to both sides.

The American Princess has some guest bloggers, just now, I believe. Someone I don’t know has written a nice (er, well, thought-provoking, since I am not sure “nice” can be rightfully applied to the topic) piece on the rise of anti-Semitism.

CNN.com – Iowa to enforce new sex offender law – Aug 19, 2005
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Registered sex offenders who live within 2,000 feet of a school or day-care center must move within two weeks to comply with Iowa law.

YES!

Umm, ok, Why do you kill a wild animal for doing what it does? This is just……………worth a Darwin award.

Oooh, look, they are being so peaceful again!
(CNN) — An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for rocket attacks Friday that targeted but missed two U.S. military ships in the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba.

Friday coffee

Morning! Baby is still sleeping, so I thought I’d get a quick post in :)

I’ve been reading a book, Outlander. I am up to about page 12 or so. I read a few pages before I go to sleep. Not much, as you can see, but at least I am reading.

Let’s meet some friends!

Knit4soul is writing a book. She’s waiting for the proofs.

Shobhana does more than knit. Check out these earrings. She’s also writing a book.

Angela has lots of pics on her blog, and not just knits. Salsa anyone?

Rose is recovering from cancer with great wit and aplomb. The fiber helps too!

Over at the Knitty Gritty, she’s collecting squares for blankets. Read all about that here.

Amy knits a wide variety of things, with no shortage of pics.

Satori is the knitter preparing for life with Gunther. She still knits, though. See?

After the biz knitting today, I’ll be working on my sweater. I reckon to finish the sleeve today, and start the body. After I get the body and this sleeve joined, I’ll make the second sleeve.

Here’s a little something to occupy your imaginations:

ships

Miss me?

I know today’s post is late ya’ll. I overslept this morning, and had no time to sit with you for a bit. But here I am, and I have “things ta say”.

Now, I said no more on Cindy Sheehan, and I am not saying a word. Really. But I will drop the strong hint that if you were to meander on over here or here, you might find some interesting reading about Todd Beamer and a guy named Andy.

Ya’ll know I love a dog. Ya’ll also know I will never have another one. But I can live vicariously. Gunther has been adopted by a knitting blogger I read. He’s a whopping 15 days old now. I’ll be following his adventures :)

Ann posted about this. It would be laughable if it didn’t hurt so much.

Micheal Yon writes from Iraq. His bio says:

Michael Yon, author of “Danger Close,” is currently in Iraq. Email: MichaelYonIraq@hotmail.com Michael Yon is an independent, informed observer chronicling the monumentally important events in the efforts to stabilize Iraq. His dispatches have the benefit of his life experiences without drawbacks based on deadlines or demands of marketplace. The cost of these dispatches is borne solely by Michael. Readers who enjoy these dispatches and want to support Michael’s mission in Iraq, can make a contribution using the PayPal links which are activated when the “support the next dispatch” button is clicked. Donations can also be sent to Michael Yon P O Box 416 Westport Pt MA 02791

I’ll be reading :)

Look at all these warmongers! Amazing!

Wiccan Reversal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge who ordered two Wicca believers to shield their son from their “non-mainstream” faith overstepped his authority, an appeals court said Wednesday in dismissing the order.

The Indiana Court of Appeals said state law gave a custodial parent the authority to determine a child’s upbringing, including religious training. A judge could find that certain limitations were needed to protect a child from physical or emotional harm.

You may remember I blogged this story the first week of July. I am delighted by this reversal. Those of you who think I’ve lost my mind need to remember that my/your right to be a Christian is only as strong as “their” right to be *not* a Christian. I happen to have acquaintance with several Wiccans, and none of them are as dangerous as your average radical Muslim, for instance.

BushClinton speaks out on Iraq.

CNN.com – Maid pardoned 60 years after execution – Aug 15, 2005

Easley denies Pardon

Easley denied the petition of Sylvester Smith, 54, who was convicted in 1984 for first degree rape and two counts of first degree sexual offense, the governor’s office said Wednesday.

Smith said Easley had a conflict of interest because he prosecuted the case when he was district attorney in Brunswick County. “I don’t think he’s man enough to say he made a mistake,” Smith said.

A judge ordered Smith released from prison in November. The accusers, who were 5 and 6 at the time of the trial, recanted their earlier testimony and said their grandmother told them to say Smith was responsible for the abuse rather than their 9-year-old cousin. The cousin, who can’t be prosecuted because of his age at the time of the crime, is serving a life prison sentence for murder. The grandmother has died.

Smith won a new trial and a prosecutor dismissed the charges.

Now, why CNN did not say this, I do not know, given the reputation we have down here. But I saw the news. Smith is a man about as black as I have ever seen. He does not speak well, apparently not well educated, and certainly not well-heeled. Easley? Yep, Easter-Lily white.

I looked at dh last night after they showed this story. And I said, “This is just WRONG, that was not a robbery conviction, but child molestation. He should NOT have to live with that stigma if he did not do the crime.” I’m still shaking my head over it.

Terrorists involved in……..terror?

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — A militant Islamic prison gang may have been behind an alleged plot to attack synagogues and National Guard installations on Jewish holidays or the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, investigators said.

The group — known as Jamat Ul-Islam Is Saheeh, or JIS — is headed by an inmate at the California State Prison, Sacramento, law enforcement officials said. It has existed for about five years and is one of at least three Islamist groups operating in state prisons, officials said.

Is anyone really surprised by this?

Ok, there’s enough to keep your mind busy over that postprandial coffee. Yes, Fee, you can laugh. Just don’t spew yours on the screen.

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