Sunday, December 16, 2007
My true love gave to me...a Porsche parked beside my front door.
On the second day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...two Gucci bags...
On the third day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...three weeks in Europe...
On the forth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...four Visa Gold Cards...
On the fifth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...five gold mines...
On the sixth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...six shining mansions...
On the seventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...seven liveried servants...
On the eighth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...eight maids for downstairs...
On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...nine maids for upstairs
On the tenth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...ten full length mink coats...
On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me...eleven diamond bracelets...
On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love said to me..."Honey, I'm broke."
"Give back the bracelets and the full length mink coats,
Fire all the servants, foreclose on the mansions, and the gold mines.
Four Visa Gold Cards won't pay for Europe,
Or the Gucci bags..."
But if he thinks that car is going anywhere, he's got another think coming,
'Cause the Porsche stays beside my front door!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Well, anyway... I sent:
3 boxes of ornaments from Doodad and Frippery, Diagon Alley
2 boxes of candy- Droobles Best blowing gum--
and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes Skiving Snack Selection--
1 candy jar from Honeydukes Sweetshop--,
filled with Sherbet Lemon drops, candy canes, pop rocks (a quaint muggle candy) and Gummy Frogs.
The ornaments were:
--Mini Weasley sweaters-- in red, green, blue, purple, and one Chudley Cannons in vivid orange.
-- Mini socks-Harry's dirty sock complete with mini Tom Riddle Diary (including fang holes and ink stains)
--The two socks Dobby gave Harry for Christmas-- one red with broomsticks, and one green with snitches
--The other sock Dobby wore with Harry's sock that was orange and pink striped
--and a stack of mini hats like those Dobby wore when returning Hedwig to Harry from Madame Grubbly-Plank, complete with knitted Hedwig on top.
--I also made 6 snitch ornaments.
All of this was packed in a box I got from WaldenBooks when I got my copy of Half-Blood Prince.
And I am so glad that Linda liked all my stuff, and it made her day brighter.
Now I have to go out and wait for my gifts... (sigh)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I work in an adult mental health unit, and as such, I get to listen in on some of the group sessions. I have said that I get free counseling as a perk of my job. I have used some of the advice I have heard given to patients, and I am thankful that I can. There is not one of us who can't use a bit of free advice now and then.
Today, in one of the groups the patients were to write down what they are thankful for in themselves, and to thank themselves. I had never thought that way. I have always been thankful to the source of things outside myself, but never thought to thank myself for what I have done for myself. So, here goes...
Thanks for your creativity...it has been a source of great enjoyment.
Thanks for your caring spirit... it makes me feel needed and appreciated.
Thanks for your faith...it has sustained me through some hard times.
Thanks for your cheerfulness...even when I am not really cheerful, I act it and it has made others see that I care.
Thanks for your singing...it has cheered others who needed a bit of song, and has helped me share my faith.
Thanks for believing in me...even when no one but God did.
Most of all, though, I am thankful to the giver of all good things, my Lord and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Without him, I would not be creative, caring, faithful, cheerful, singing or believing. All I have is a gift from Him, and without Him I am truly nothing. Thank you, Lord.
To all of my family and friends, I wish you all good things, and I am thankful to have you all. I am a lucky woman.
Friday, October 26, 2007
That old adage that "there is a place for every thing, and every thing in its place" seems to be lost on me. I know that the thing I want is in the room, but where?
Well, over the course of the past week, I have been organizing my stuff. New sets of those Sterilite drawers in all shapes and sizes have been filling my bedroom and storeroom/office. I have been sorting, and labeling, and resorting and moving stuff around, and, happily for my mother, throwing stuff out.
I have a bit of a problem throwing stuff out, and have stuff I bought eons ago, that has been gathering dust, because I might want it someday. Never mind that in all of those years I have never once wanted these items...
Well, I hope all this organizing has been the start of a new life for my stuff. I hope I can someday say, "Gee, what did I do with that beautiful wool yarn I bought?", and I will say back to myself, "Its in the drawer marked 'wool yarn'!", and I will go there and find it. Of course we won't talk about the fact that I talk to myself so much.
My yarn, by the way, fills seven of those large Sterilite drawers! I knew I had a lot, but seven drawers? Oh my! Oh my! I had no idea! (in the voice of Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh)
Well, my vacation is over, and I went back to work today. It was a day I would not care to repeat. Suffice it to say, I am glad it is over. I am on call tomorrow, and they notified me this evening even before I left work, that they needed me tomorrow morning. So onward I go.
I hope you all have had a good day, and enjoy the weekend!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I received two tear-jerker emails today. The first was from my cousin Jeannie's husband, Jerry. He told of Jeannie's passing on Sunday. She was one month short of her 61st birthday, much too young in this age of 70-80+ lifespans.
Jeannie was my 4th cousin, and I came to know her in the course of our genealogy work. She sent me a fat letter with the return address labeled"Your cousin Jeannie..." I had no idea who she was at the time, but I had emailed another cousin a few days before about an inquiry he had made at the local historical society, concerning mutual relative he was researching. He in turn contacted Jeannie, and she sent me pictures and copies of documents that I would not have been able to find without her.
My aunt Betty and I went up to her home just north of Buffalo, and she pulled out dozens and dozens of newspaper clippings and photos that her grandmother had collected over many years, concerning family and friends. It was a true treasure trove!
Jeannie was a truly delightful woman, and a very family oriented person. She and her husband looked after their parents with such devotion. Jeannie's Mom is still living at nearly 97 years old, and I am sure Jerry will take good care of her, but Jeannie won't be there.
Though I did not see Jeannie often, I will remember her with fondness.
The second email was a sappy one from my neice, Mandi. She is not one to write sentimental stuff, but at the age of (almost) 21, she has been taking stock of her life, and reached out to her friends and family to express her love. She has been through a lot in her life, and has come through it to become a young woman that I am so proud of.
By the time I was done replying to these two emails, I was a drippy ball of tears, as you can imagine.
Well, now, it is getting late, and my bed is calling me...
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I do some of my best work in the evening hours, and that is when I am most creative. It was a bit of a problem at work, because I was getting great crafty ideas, but was not at a place where I could follow my creatve muses.
I took to carrying a small notebook in my pocket, and would write down ideas I had. When I was sitting doing close observation on patients, my mind would race with ideas, and I would plan out craft projects, knitting patterns, shopping lists, stories, and sometimes just intricate patterns (doodles).
I am on notebook # 4, and that is just since last winter. One of them was compromised when I fell in a creek (don't ask...it was stupid...), but the others are still in pretty good shape, despite being in my pocket day after day.
I went shopping at a LYS (Local Yarn Shop for all you non-knitters) the other day, and am proud to say, I got enough yarn to satisfy my cravings, and kept the purchase under $60. I bought some Taos wool for a felted bag...pattern yet to be determined. I got some Panda Cotton in nice variegated blues and green, and some Panda Wool in a pretty teal. Both are for socks, the teal for a pattern I am designing myself, and the other for a generic sock.
I found a skein of Panda Cotton in a color called Red Cinnamon, but there was only one, and I needed two for socks. I wanted it for a pair of the Socktopia pattern called Fawkes, after the Harry Potter phoenix. I am going to see if I can find any online...
Monday, October 8, 2007
a Gryffindor scarf/hat set,
a Molly Weasley crocheted bag,
a crazy quilted tea cozy,
some Weasley's Wizard Wheezes brand Ton Tongue Toffees,
a cauldron pincushion,
a set of Harry potter dishcloths
in two Mrs. Scowers' Magical Mess Remover canisters.
I received her package to me on Wednesday, and it was full of cool stuff!
A Ravenclaw project tote,
and a letter from Hermione Granger-Weasley.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
I guess I can talk about what I have been reading, as that is my other passion. I just finished "The Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. I liked it very much, and expect that this pair will go far if they keep on like this one. I would call it an intellectual thriller, along the lines of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" and "The Quincunx" by Charles Palliser.
I like stories with historical settings, and although this one is set in the modern day, it is all about history. I would recommend it to anyone who likes deep, thoughtful plots.
I am just starting "Bridge to Terabithia" and have had several "over the shoulder reviews", all of them good. I love children's literature, for many reasons...but that is for another post.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I am busily working on projects for my swap partner, Scarlett, in the Yahoo! Harry Potter crafts group.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
There are cable panels in front and back. I have never felted cables before, and I am looking forward to doing this one.
I knit to relax and destress, and it has kept me sane over the years, not to mention it has kept me in bags, scarves, hats, socks and other fun items. I have even made a couple bucks selling what I make.