Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas

Glitter Photos

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas!

This is a picture of the sugared fruit wreath in my dining room. It seemed to turn out better than the Christmas tree pictures. The wreath is simple in nature. It is a reminder, every time I look at it, of my thankfulness to God for his daily, bounteous blessings!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Remember Christmas is not about the gifts, it is about the birth of Jesus. Everything else is, as I consider it, accessory. If you had a chance to enjoy Christmas Eve services at your church or a local church, it helps keep in the forefront the "reason for the season". I do not like to start my holiday without this very important service or at least reading the gospel record of why I should celebrate Jesus' birth. A point well made this year is that even though we don't know the real date of Jesus birth, it is important to celebrate His birth. The shepherds and angels celebrated Jesus birth. The record is written in the Bible so Christians can reflect and, if they choose, can show honor as did the shepherds and angels. Whether the date is December 25th or some other date, we will not know. What we do know is that the events surrounding Jesus' birth were magnificent. So magnificent that Luke chose to record those events so that we could forever remember, first and foremost, the entrance of our Lord and Savior into our earthly world. What an entrance! His entrance lead to an earthly ministry that would affect and change the lives of individuals for centuries to come.

Wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another Year Older and Granny Watch

Yep today was another milestone--one year older. My family didn't let me forget this day. I received some very nice presents and gift cards to one of my favorite book stores.

It has been an interesting week to say the least. My Mom fell and fractured a pelvic bone last Saturday. So all of us are on "Granny watch" for up to four weeks or two months at the most. Doesn't help my lower back helping her get up and down, but you do what you have to do. So when she is safe and secure in her recliner, I lay back down and give the back some rest and suck down the medicine. My sisters and nieces are very much involved in my Mom's care too. We have rotating schedules. When your Mom is almost 88 years of age, any fall is dangerous. We knock on wood that this one was not a broken hip.

Well, going to hop in bed and look at some of my new knitting books. Have to be at work early tomorrow-6AM. Work schedule changed to take care of Mom. We all have some very understanding employers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

America Has Spoken!

So yesterday, November 4, 2008, was our time as a nation to cast our vote for either Democrat, Republican or Independent. Late last night the votes were tallied and the winner was declared--President Elect Obama. Both speeches from John McCain and Barack Obama were great.
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Now it is time for our future new President and his soon to be appointed staff to help all Americans put this country back on track. Economics is the issue that seems to be in the forefront and it monopolizes the thoughts of many Americans. I am very blessed to have a job and a husband with employment. I thank God every day for those blessings. So many Americans are losing jobs with no prospect of finding immediate employment. I pray that jobs will become available to all those seeking employment so that their economic needs will be met.
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I am not sure if I can help in some small way economically, but I posted, as a comment, in someone else's blog that we, as knitters, can help by supporting our LYS or LNS. We can also support those within our own states and within the US by purchasing knitting supplies from them. Not to say we can't shop outside of the US, we can. We have a demand for supplies related to knitting, spinning, weaving, crocheting, etc and there is a supply. Remember to check out the resources made available whether it be on-line, in magazine advertisements or your LYS or LNS. I think one of the things that made me the unhappiest, was to see our LYS close. We have a new yarn shop and I couldn't be happier.
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I haven't posted any knitting lately, but I have my KnitForKids sweaters knit through #9. I don't have them seamed yet, but I will get to that soon. My goal is to have all of them made through sweater #12 before mid-December and in the mail. Pictures to come soon.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Dad's Special Day

I am taking time out today to post about my Dad. This would have been his 80th birthday. He passed in 2005 from complications due to Alzheimer's. So today I will make a special trip to the cemetary to spend some time with my Dad. The flowers will be changed and a nice Fall arrangement will be put in place. Days like today make me cry, but I will have my family with me. It's nice to know that we will all be leaning on each other. I MISS YOU DAD!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Big Brother!

Glitter Photos

A Note to my Big Brother....

Happy Birthday! This is your special day and a special day for your little sisters. We love you so much! I hope this day brings you much joy and love!

What does my Big Brother mean to me? He is the guy that taught me how to tie my shoes, ride a bike, improve my reading and play board games. He is the guy that would buy his little sisters big bottles of soda and yum yums and let us ride with him in his car! When he married SIL, he never forgot his little sisters. When he and SIL went on vacation, he would always bring us back some little treasure. He still comes South to visit his little sisters and Mom at least once or twice a year.

Big brother loved sports growing up and still does. Now he has his own family of three children and nine grandchildren. He is an integral part of their lives. He loves to watch his grandchildren participate in sports and other activities. If you ask him what he has been up to, he will usually tell you something surrounding the children or grandchildren. He and SIL are on the go constantly keeping up with the grandkids.

But it is not always the children and grandchildren. Big Brother and SIL have volunteered at the local elementary school to tutor children. Big Brother also watches out over SIL's mother. She is elderly and a widow. He takes her to doctors appointments, to visit family and friends. He also spends the week nights with his elderly MIL so she will not be alone. SIL still works. Big Brother is retired. So care of his MIL is foremost too in his life.

I believe my brothers best attribute is his ability to give of himself, but he is also probably one of the best conversationalists I know. He can engage you in conversation and never make the conversation about himself. His conversation will be questions and general points. When the conversation is finished, you will know he never talked about himself. I don't really know many people like that and can name maybe two others in my lifetime that have that ability.

Big brother also loves history. He watches TV, reads or listens (books on tape or cd) to whatever he can on history. I don't believe I could win a game of Trivial Pursuit against Big Brother when it comes to history. He has instilled in his little sisters the drive to know more about history. So we all dig into history in some form or fashion in our own ways because of him.

My very favorite things is to hear that deep voice of Big Brother say "hello" to me on the phone and his wonderful laugh!

I could say so much more, but I will save that for another day and blog. So ending this special post to Big Brother, have a great birthday on this your very special day!

Love always,

Little Sister #2 aka Snowbird

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Election Year 2008

I thought I would take a minute to reflect on election year 2008. Suffice it to say, there is a lot of mud slinging going on out there. It is hard to believe what people are saying on both sides. Some is spoken with truth and some is spoken in pure ignorance. I pride myself in making sure what I know about either candidate is supported. It would behoove other Americans to do the same. It appears that very few are checking their facts. This causes me great distress. We are supposed to be a nation of informed individuals. But, are we? From things I've read and conversations I've had recently, it appears people are taking everything at face value or because so and so said this or that. Shame on you for not doing your homework America. Both candidates have web-sites to check their platforms and there are watchdog groups to make sure facts are in order.
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I work in a profession where everything I do is based on facts and knowledge. I pride myself in being able to offer correct information and answers to my customers with supported, approved documentation and facts. In my field of endeavor, incorrect information or wrong answers could mean lawsuit.
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To make this election year more meaningful, do your homework. Check your candidates fact sheets. Know what your candidate stands for and what he doesn't stand for. Then vote responsibly for the candidate of your choice. Responsible voting is not gut feelings and warm fuzzies. Responsible voting is a careful check of everything your candidate stands for, your candidates record past and present on issues related to: economy, energy, war, education, health, etc., and how your candidates position makes that person the right one for the highest job in the nation for the next four years. All of this information is public record.
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America is feeling very troubled over the last few weeks. Our troubles have become the worlds troubles. When we show high levels of ignorance, remember the world is watching. Technology has made America an open book. I have seen and heard things on both sides of this election that must be appalling to outsiders--the world connected to us by technology. Remember we are supposed to be a nation of "informed" individuals. I hope I am not taking that word "informed" for granted.
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In November, vote for your candidate of choice and vote with pride knowing that you have done your homework. Voting is your right and your privilege. By living in America, we are proud to be able to vote Republican, Democrat or Independent. Our great nation has given us choices. Again, vote for your candidate in November and vote with pride knowing you have made an informed choice.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Up and Down the Road and an Estate Auction

Sometimes you tend to take for granted what you see traveling the same road for over thirty years and then one day something changes. That is what happened to me this week. It started with a notice that someone had put next to my mailbox about an estate auction on the main road near where I live. I looked at the information and then dismissed the notice.
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The notice hit particularly hard yesterday driving down the main road. I looked and it was the auction. Cars on either side of the road. A white tent was up with chairs. I looked again and could not believe my eyes. I had watched the lady that lived in this house for years tend her flowers, mow her lawn, maintain the gates and take care of her house and property. Now everything she had was being auctioned away. Sometimes you take for granted that everything behind those gates to the property and doors of the house is okay as usual. I now recall I had not seen the little old lady with the cotton bonnet outside for quite some time. Just knowing that everything she had would now become the property of someone else just about broke my heart. I could not stop. I did not want to intrude on her property and privacy which she had guarded so well for many many years. Now everything was in public view.
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I hope the people who purchased this lady's possessions will take care of them as well as she did. I will never look at the house or property the same.
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This auction was also a realization for me that time does go by and things do change.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lower Back Update, Bedrest and Debates

Today I had another epidural and was sent home for bed rest. I will be resting in bed tomorrow as well. I am already just a wee bit stir crazy laying down or sitting halfway up for the better part of the day. So I took a nap this afternoon, read a little bit, and this evening watched the first Presidential debates and the after comments by the news commentators.

I just can't wait until Sunday rolls around so I can get up and move around more. Might even get in a few stitches on the needles. By-the-way, the sweater (beige/brown flecked) on the previous post has been completed for almost three months. Did I mention that using a camera is not my long suit. I asked Hubby to take a few pictures to post on the blog, but it was always in passing and has just now finally got done. I just might need to learn how to use that camera of his. ;)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

KnitForKids Sweater #5 for 2008 Plus More

Finally, I had the opportunity to get Hubby to take some pictures for me of #5 KnitForKids Sweater and #6 that is on the needles this past weekend. #5 has been done for some time, but just have not taken the time to post the finished sweater. Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea. I think this will look good on a little guy. So here it is with one of my roosters guarding the finished product:


Here is a picture of KnitForKids #6 that is on the needles. The yarn is a lighter weight and has a knubby texture of baby colors. So this one will be ideal for a little one age two and under.


I am probably not real fond of this yarn, but using up the stash. Really quite a simple knitting project to do, but it is sitting for extended periods of time that I can not take right now. I may take this one with me when I lay down (semi-propped up in bed) in the evenings to rest the back and work on it for a few rows until done. Talk about falling short of my goal for the year 2008. I really need to get cracking.


And then there is the February Lady Sweater for Bunny that is on the needles:

This is made out of a multi-color cotton thread that I picked up at Patternworks. The picture really does not do justice to the color of the yarn. When finished, I will post again, but from a different area in the house to get the correct lighting. I started, stopped, frogged, started, stopped, frogged and started again to get the correct size for Bunny's sweater. I used a different type of raglan on this since the lace is called gull stitch. I wanted something that would play off that stitch and have included a raised stitch and yarn over at the raglan instead of M1. I think it makes the blend much better. My personal opinion only. I have multi-color cotton yarn to make Baby her sweater as well in shades of pink. All of my knitting in time and as the back allows.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

First Day of Fall 2008

Welcome the first official day of Autumn! This is my favorite time of year. I love the changing of the leaves, the days getting cooler and the smells of autumn! Sad to say, changing of the leaves (we have tons of pine trees in LA) and smells of autumn are not really evident in the Deep South, but cooler weather is right around the corner in about a month or so. We don't have temperatures like Michigan, but it will be light sweater or jacket weather in a few months.
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Thanks to a friend in Michigan for supplying me with some pictures in the past to fill my need for Autumn in the North. This friend likes the Fall of the year also! Thanks Northern friend for helping make this day and season very real and like home for me!

World Alzheimer's Day - September 21

Today is World Alzheimer's Day. This day has special meaning to me since my Dad died from complications surrounding Alzheimer's. It also has special meaning because there are so many others in the knitting community who have/had family members with this disease. Please remember to support research for finding a cure. There are many ways to contribute either nationally or locally.

Our office always dresses up on Halloween. I always dress for a cause rather than in Halloween character. This year I will dress for a cause and it will be to support Alzheimer's research. Please check out The National Alzheimer's Organization for ways to support.

You can support in other ways as well. Please check out Through the Loops. She has a wonderful vest pattern available for a contribution to Alzheimer's research.

Please take a moment to look at Theresa's blog and how she dealt with this terrible disease caring for her Grandmother. Her way of dealing with this disease will touch your heart!

The statistics are staggering as to the number of people with this dreadful disease. Currently, there are more than 26 million people across the world living with Alzheimer’s and that number will quadruple by 2050. Every 71 seconds someone develops Alzheimer's. I recently watched programming on PBS regarding the disease and it was so close to home for me. The research is ongoing and the number of people developing the disease grows each and every day.

The Devastation of Alzheimer's:

The devastation of Alzheimer's is to see someone who was so adept at math forget how to measure, but can read every word of this post.

To know that that person can no longer discern colors, but can read every word of this post.

To know that that person does not know what day, hour, month or year it is, but can read every word of this post.

To know that that person can not tell you where he lives or his address, but can read every word of this post.

To know that that person can tell you things that happened 30, 40, 50 or 60 years ago, but can not remember five minutes ago and can read every word of this post.

To know that that person can not remember eating five minutes ago, but can read every word of this post.

To know that that person can not remember certain names of his family members, but can read every word of this post.

To know I can not reverse the damage already done by Alzheimer's, but that maybe just maybe somewhere in the future there may be a cure in sight and I can help in some small way. Maybe not for my Dad, but for the Dad of someone else.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Snap Crackle Pop!

Another doctor visit today and outcome is that Snowbird has to go next Friday for another epidural in her tail feathers. Trying to get this pain to go away with physical therapy (strengthen muscles) and injections. If this doesn't work, then the more invasive treatment will be next--SURGERY. Got to line up those disks so that the shifting will stop. If I lay down, the disks line up and pain subsides. If I stand up or sit for any length of time, the disk shifts out of place. So when I walk or sit down, it is snap, crackle and pop and shooting pain. The broken part is rubbing constantly.
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So what about my knitting? I have devised a way to prop myself up in bed and knit on some projects without sitting totally upright. Works for a while and then the needles are down.
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Hubby and I have tentatively planned a vacation in November, but I don't know if I can take the airplane flight without having to stand up every 15 minutes or so. Do not have tickets yet until I know for sure what is next on the agenda for the lower back.
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So for now, I'm going to sign off and go prop myself up in bed and try to get a little knitting time in for the day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Knitting Addiction?

I never really considered myself addicted to anything, but then again knitting can be "habit forming". Addicted versus habit forming. Is there a difference? I saw this post over on Smoking Hot Needles today and thought I would share this little ditty that she picked up at Theresa's site:

Yep, I have a stash like that in my closet or should I say CLOSETS. I laugh when I write this because then I'm thinking maybe I am addicted to knitting. My yarn is in multiple closets even hubby's closet. HEHEHE! Young niece, Bunny, helped me organize my yarn, fabric and crafting goodies in plastic containers so that they would store nicely until I am ready to use them. Did I mention that Bunny is the family secretary. She keeps us all organized. What did we do without her for a whole year while she was in England getting that extra degree?

Anyway, check out Theresa's site and download this cutie. I think it represents the mindset of a few hundred knitters out there in blogger knitting land.

P.S. Take a look at the neat little scarves that Smoking Hot Needles is working up right now for gifts. They are gorgeous. I believe the patterns are there too.

Friday, September 5, 2008

In Memory of Daisy

In Memory of Daisy
October 26, 1955 - September 6, 2002
GOD GRANT ME
THE SERENITY
TO ACCEPT THE THINGS
I CAN NOT CHANGE
THE COURAGE
TO CHANGE
THE THINGS I CAN
AND THE WISDOM
TO KNOW
THE DIFFERENCE

You will always have a special place in my heart and are missed each and every day! Thank you for sharing and for being my "Lucy". I owed you so many nickels when you passed. A debt that I know can never be repaid. Rest in God's care Daisy!



Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gustav, Hanna and Football!

The Gulf Coast is preparing for Gustav. Even though the storm is slated to hit further West from LA (lower Alabama), just a slight wobble of this storm can move it either East or West. The East side of any hurricane is devastating to anyone unfortunate to be on that side of the storm. Not only is the wind bad, but the rainfall and tidal surge is horrible. I do not wish anyone bad luck with this storm and PRAY that it will weaken before landfall, but the weather maps and forecasts don't indicate this at all. EVERYONE PRAY PRAY PRAY THAT THE WINDS WILL SUBSIDE. I hope that all individuals in the New Orleans area have made their evacuation plans and are heading out now. Then right behind Gustav is Hanna. Hanna is going to make her way somewhere in the Caribbean and where it will end up is any one's guess. Yes we are approaching peak for hurricane season. The downside of living on the Gulf Coast--June 30th thru November 30th every year. November 30th can't come quick enough. The same thought pops into my head this time of year: snow or wind, snow or wind, snow or wind.
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Yep! It is college football weekend. So besides all folks down here preparing for hurricanes and tropical storms, all football fans will be glued to the televisions. Not sure what game I will watch today, if any. I hope your team wins! Did I mention I like those Michigan Wolverines! GO BLUE! Sorry Tide and War Eagle fans!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Domesticity

My niece, Bunny, and I have been waiting for months for the release in the US of Jane Brockets book "The Gentle Art of Domesticity". To my surprise the book was on the shelf at my local bookstore a whole month early. If you have read the blog Yarnstorm, you will enjoy the book. The blog and book gives us the license to be "domesticate diva's" and to love every minute in what is called "the simple pleasures of home".
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For me, I never really thought of knitting, embroidery, quilting, cooking, baking and cleaning as domesticity. Maybe cleaning, but not the other five. As far as knitting, embroidery and quilting, it is satisfying the "crafty bug" deep inside of me. Cooking and baking are necessity unless it is around the holidays. I don't mind cooking, but it doesn't rank high on my list of favorite things to do. Nevertheless, reading this book sheds light on all things considered "day-to-day" and makes them more than ordinary. Her books helps you feel fulfilled in what was once considered mundane tasks or chores.
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I love the fact that Jane Brocket looks at books, movies, art, textiles, food and nature and brings them into the comfort of "home-sweet-home" so they can fill our senses of hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight.
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After reading just a few pages of this book, you may be swept back to simpler times (that is if you have some age on you) of sewing, gardening, canning and do-it-yourselfers. I really think there are a lot of people now who are jumping on this bandwagon. Reading some of the blogs out there in the internet world, I can really see where young people (and older folks) are enjoying gardens, canning fruits and vegetables, sewing, knitting and embroidering. Maybe there is something to this "domesticity" thing. Do you think it helps the inner spirit? I do. With the fast-paced world and 40 hour work weeks that seem to never end, we need someone to promote sensory-satisfaction (sewing, knitting, quilting, etc) in the confines of our humble abodes. Thank you Jane Brocket. I will wear my "domesticity" badge with pride!
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This will be a good weekend read since Snowbird is resting her tailfeathers and is also waiting on what remains of Tropical Storm Fay to make her way into LA (lower Alabama).

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Diagnosis Finally!

FINALLY! There is a diagnosis for Snowbirds tailfeathers--the lower back pain. It is called SPONDYLOLISTHESIS. That is a mouthful to say without slurring or stuttering. One vertebra slips forward in relation to an adjacent vertebra. And what caused the slip? Two cracks / breaks / fractures in L5. How did that happen? Who knows. Doctor said it could have happened in childhood and just gotten worse with time and the disk finally slipped. The back has always bothered me, but has been worse over the last 7 years. So we will have a program of treatment which includes injection in lower back to reduce inflamation on Monday so he can see the nerves and what all is being compressed.
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Sitting is not the best thing for Snowbirds tailfeathers and it shows with the lack of knitting projects. I have spent most evenings laying down because I can't stand the pain from sitting for long periods of time. Makes the 40 hour work week almost unbearable too. Constant pain can not only be physically tasking, but emotionally draining as well. I tried knitting halfway sitting up in bed, but not really comfortable. Knitters will try anything to work on a project. So if I do a couple rows here and there, I might be able to complete another project without any undo stress on the tailfeathers.
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Thank God for this doctor! Maybe Snowbirds tailfeathers will be on the mend.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beijing - 2008 Summer Olympics and Tropical Storms

Yep Snowbird has been caught up in the Summer Olympic Mania. I have watched mens and womens gymnastics, diving, swimming and beach volley ball to name a few. Last night I watched Michael Phelps tie the record Mark Spitz made in 1972. Not giving away any age here, but I remember when Mark Spitz made that history 36 years ago. It was a joy to watch Mark Spitz being graciously interviewed last night and his comments about Michael Phelps. Two great athletes together. More Olympics to watch this weekend.
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I will also try to post some knitting this weekend. The needles have been put down somewhat through the Olympics and also to give Snowbirds tailfeathers a rest. The lower back has been giving me fits. So I do my eight hour work day that involves sitting for the better part of the eight hours (I try to take a "walk about" every hour-on-the-hour to stretch and relieve the pressure in lower back). When I come home, I do whatever little bit needs to be done and then lay down to take the stress off the lower back. Thus the needles have been put down. Doctors appointment on Tuesday for next plan of action for my tailfeathers.
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Almost forgot! Watching the goings on of Tropical Storm Fay in the Atlantic. Errr! Do not like tropical anything when it has to do with weather and I think you can understand since I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The cone on the weather maps make me just a tad bit nervous. Those cones seem to be inching over our way every time I look. I hope this one keeps low winds and just blows through without incident. Will have to wait and see.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Standing on My Soapbox--Trumped Up Resumes

Sometimes I feel like things need to be said and other times it's good just to suck it up and say absolutely nothing. However, I am on my soapbox now.
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I look at how hard I have worked throughout my life (35 years worth) and what it has taken me to get where I am at in my insurance career (licensed insurance agent with two designations and working on #3 and #4). Then I look at what others are trying to accomplish in their careers, but it is done with dishonesty.
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When a resume is published and disseminated, make sure what you put on that resume is, in fact, true. Do these people who "trump up" their resumes think they will never get caught? It usually comes out in the wash. Most of the time, it is the little things that will break the resume falsifier.
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I know of an instance here locally (and not in my office) where the person has made out that they have certain experience, qualifications and education. Now this is all questionable. Case-in-point: Most offices use a word processing program that we all know. Do you know how to print an envelope using this program? This is the basic-of-basics that even this old timer can do. Yes, they can send e-mails all day, but then most elementary kids can do that with their eyes closed. Do you know what an FEIN is? This person should and yet did not, but was supposedly in a previous operations position where this is actually "101" knowledge. Why lie about your work history? You either have the knowledge, are qualified to do the work or you are not. It is one thing to boss people around (and a lot of people are good at dishing out orders), but it is quite another to "know" the job for which you were hired. Remember: questions and comments in the workplace are a dead giveaway as to whether you are what you say you are. Liars are usually found out.
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This is one time that I can honestly say that this individual needs to be discovered and fired. I don't say that often, but then I think falsifying a resume deserves the harshest outcome.
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I can truthfully say in my working life of 35 years, my jobs have been secured honestly and without falsifying my resume. "Atta girl and boy and kudos" to all of you who have secured your jobs honestly with a resume that is not trumped up. Shame on all of you who have done otherwise!
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P.S. I DON'T BEGRUDGE ANYONE A JOB, BUT OBTAIN IT HONESTLY!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Larry, Moe and Curly in My Backyard!

Guess what I woke up to on Friday morning before going to work? Larry, Moe and Curly were standing in my backyard! Not really, but that is what I have affectionately named these "guys" who found their way into my postage stamp backyard.


They just sort of meandered into the yard thru a portion of the fence that was half-way down in the back left-hand side of the yard adjoining a farm. It was really quite humorous to see them walking around and just eating the grass that, by the way, needed to be mowed. Young niece, "Bunny", walked down to the owners house to let "farmer Bob" know that we had company in my back 40. Unfortunately, "farmer Bob" was not home. Husband went down later to try and contact "farmer Bob" without success. So the plan was to make sure the side gate was shut and they could stay all day while we were working until someone came home to let "farmer Bob" know that we had his steers.

My Mom kind of watched throughout the day to make sure the gate stayed closed and the steers were safe and that someone didn't call animal control in the subdivision. When I came home they weren't in the back yard. As soon as I walked into the back yard, here they come again over the broken down chainlink fence to check out my surroundings. It was just too funny. "Bunny" and "Baby" (young nieces) went down to "farmer Bobs" who was now home to tell him that Larry, Moe and Curly were in my backyard. Here comes "farmer Bob" with a pail of grain to lure The Three Stooges back home. It was just unreal. "Farmer Bob" kept apologizing about the steers in my back yard and he fixed the fence. Have you ever seen steers/cows jump? These guys actually jumped over the fence that was halfway down. Now I laugh at the nursery rhyme about "and the cow jumped over the moon". Steers/cows can really jump.

I did get a little mowing done on the back yard thanks to Larry, Moe and Curly. Hubby finished the job over the weekend trying to dodge the "cow piles". Hubby also had to adjust the satellite dish so that we could watch TV as it was no longer pointing in the right direction thanks to Larry, Moe and Curly.

"Farmer Bob" plans to add more animals to his little piece of heaven besides cows and horses. The plan is to add some chickens too. Hopefully, the neighbors adjacent to the farm won't mind the "million dollar smell" and the sound of "farmer Bobs" animals being that close to the subdivision. I really don't mind at all. It is better than the smell of paper mills, chemicals and the sound of sirens all the time. Something about watching and hearing nature that helps calm the inner spirit!

Come visit any time Larry, Moe and Curly! If the grass is up, it is yours!


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Music to My Ears! Do Snowbirds Have Ears?

I guess I never thought about whether a bird has ears. When I was thinking about something to write in the blog, it just hit me. So I did a little looking and found these two links with really good information: #1 and #2. One of the things I found interesting in the reading was: Birds can be music buffs and can distinguish between human composers such as Bach and Stravinsky. So what do you think Snowbird would be listening to as she writes today? And do you think birds would love to listen to this violinist? You can find him here. I was personally able to hear him perform with the local symphony and it was absolutely "music to Snowbirds ears". He is fantabulous. Is that a word? If it isn't, it is now. I have downloaded most of his music to the Zune for easy listening. If you ever saw the Ladies in Lavender, the music is being played by this violinist--Joshua Bell.

Snowbird loves all types of music. I grew up in the rock n' roll age, but I have never limited myself to only that type of music. Living in the Deep South, I have even come to like "country" and "blue grass" music. But there is something about "classical" that makes me appreciate the depth of the music. I can listen to the music all day. It is like nature is talking to me when I listen to classical and the various instruments contributing to the overall sound.

Now I would love to see Yo-Yo Ma in concert. My nieces have seen him perform. Another child prodigy playing the cello at age four. Maybe someday! Until then, I will listen on the Zune!

Such beautiful music to Snowbirds ears!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Middle of the Night / How to Soothe the Spirit?

Don't you just hate it when you can't sleep? That's me. Up again in the middle of the night. Right hip and leg hurts so I'm up to move around. May take a couple of Tylenol and lay back down, but for now, I'm up.

It's also a good time to sort and think things through. Some things I'm thinking about:
(1) Health (lower back and hip) What is next in line for treatment of this problem? Call the doctor today for results of MRI.
(2) Job (commercial insurance) Is it time for a change? Non-stop stress can be a killer especially when you live on the Gulf Coast and spend 1/2 the year in hurricane season and insurance companies don't like where we are located. I like my job, but not the endless stress and mountains of paperwork.
(3) House (need to look at buying) What do I want and need? Simple wants and needs. A place to put my yarn stash and knitting chair is top priority. The rest will just have to fit in somewhere. I like the house I am renting next to little sister, but is it a fit for me and hubby? Hubby would like to move out of the South, but I'm not up to that big of a transition just yet.
(4) Knitting--What project should I work on next? Where to begin? Sweaters or socks?
(5) Cross Stitching--Which project to make for gift giving?
(6) Clean (spare room needs my attention) How to do with lower back issues? I want to make it my craft room.
(7) Lawn (definitely needs attention) Do I hire this done to achieve results that will make Snowbird happy? Did I mention hubby likes to do the grass thing, but not the landscaping. Lawn work for Snowbird is not an option right now.

I use to go to Gulf Shores or Dauphin Island and sit at the water when I needed to think issues through and through. Haven't done that in a while. There is something about sitting next to the water and listening to the waves beat on the shore that helps restore your spirit and then problems or issues just seem to take a back seat.

I've also thought many issues through when I pick up my knitting needles and go for it. Long term sitting not good for back though. Knit a little bit, then stand up and go for short stroll (even if it's just to the end of the driveway or through the house). This takes place all the time.

Maybe a short short road trip on the weekend. Ugh--price of gas! Maybe across the bay and back. I could handle that without breaking the bank.

Waves/water, knitting or road trip? Which one will Snowbird choose to soothe her spirit?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

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To all knitters, crafters and bloggers, have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend from Snowbird and family.

Snowbird and hubby enjoyed the day off. We ate dinner at little sisters with "Baby" (niece #3) cooking for the group. She made burgers, baked chicken (for those on diets), potato wedges, corn, green beans and baked beans. Her Mom provided apple pie. We didn't have room for the apple pie. Maybe we will enjoy a piece today with a big cup of coffee. Thank you "Baby" for doing the cooking. It is always a joy when "Baby" cooks for the group.

When all of the cooking was going on, little sister and I sat down at the computer to do some geneology research. With little sisters help (she keeps me focused), there were some additions made to the geneology book that just seems to keep growing. We are going down different lines in the family tree now to see who is sitting out there in the branches. We both love that sort of thing. Especially the history associated with past members. We have my Dad's family through the Grandmothers line back to the Revolutionary War. We have a past Great (#5 I believe-always have to check the #) Grandfather who was in the Revolutionary War. So we look back at July 4th with pride knowing that somewhere back there a family member helped establish history and was part and parcel to our nations birthday in some way.

Again, Happy 4th to all!

Monday, June 30, 2008

KnitForKids Sweater #4 for 2008

KnitForKids sweater #4 is finally finished. I have #5 about 3/4 of the way finished and it will probably be posted over the 4th of July holiday. Everytime I make one of these sweaters, I wonder what child (and in what country) will wear one of my sweaters. I like the fresh peach color of this one. Hopefully, a child somewhere will like it too!



Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sleepless in LA (Lower Alabama)

It is 1AM and Snowbird can't sleep. The last few days have been stressful. It seems I go to bed and wake up thinking about my friend that passed away so young with cancer. The minister at her funeral today said she was 57 (young by my standards). She had fast growing cancer of the brain, lung and liver. A couple of months ago, she was outside at a family members house jumping on the trampoline with the youngsters. Today, she was laid to rest. It is things like this in life that seem so unreal to me. You often ask: "why this person?" Then I step back and think it is not my place to ask that question. My friend had a strong faith in God and lived a life that emulated her faith each and every day. She was not one to slap you in the face with her beliefs, but rather her character displayed her faith. She earned the respect of her working peers and friends by simply being herself. It is hard to say that in society today. I remember her last phone call and note to me in response to a card I sent her. These I will always cherish in her memory.

Early this morning, I will go for an open MRI on my lower back and hip to see what is causing the extreme pain apart from the slipped disk. This is supposed to help the doctor with the next phase of treatment. Snowbird has felt like her tail feathers have been clipped for a long while now and it is time to mend. I can't mend without help from the professionals. So we go through the protocol of treatment on this road to recovery.

I have been reading The Wandering Bunny blog and keeping pace with this young lady's day-to-day life. She is relentless in her love of books and cross stitching. She has also picked up some other arts and crafts along the way--sewing and possibly crocheting. Snowbird has attempted to teach Bunny to knit, but maybe that will come later on down the road. For now, I am happy that she has found some things in life that will occupy her time. I believe that the other blogs she has read and living abroad has fueled her drive to cross-stitch, sew and the like. I am amazed at the young people now who have developed a love for these crafts. It is absolutely wonderful. Bunny's sister, who I call Baby, loves to cook and read. Maybe we can convince Baby to blog so we can keep up with her loves too! Both girls are such a joy. Snowbird doesn't have children of her own, but I often say I have custody rights to Bunny and Baby. Did I mention that Bunny and Baby live right next door and they are my nieces. I smile as I write this.

Well enough for this middle-of-the-night writing. Tomorrow is another day. Wait it is tomorrow already. Until the next post....

Sunday, June 22, 2008

In Memory of Patsy


This is a sad day for me. This morning a good friend passed away after a brief battle with cancer! So hard to say everything I can about Patsy in this post other than she was a hard worker, a good friend and someone you could always talk to about anything. She was always there to listen even when my world seemed to fall apart in 2002. She listened as I talked to her about family, marriage, my Dads' sickness, the death of a very close friend (and how much that friend meant to me) and anything else I needed to talk about. Now I think about Patsy and losing her as well. God hold you Patsy in His care on this day! God please comfort her husband, mother and friends who all loved her! This picture is for Patsy who always used a purple pen in her day-to-day work; the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. She loved God so much! I will miss you Patsy!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Clean and Recyle on Saturday


Well Snowbird will certainly be busy today with the help of hubby. Waiting for dear hubby to crawl out of bed. He likes to sleep in on Saturday. I'll make some coffee and have a little breakfast and maybe work on some knitting until he gets up. Like to keep the noise down. But after that, going to clean house and take some items to the recycle center. The picture posted is the last accumulation of plastic bottles and cans that made it to the center between two households--mine and little sisters. Today's load is equally as large and about one month later. I have purchased bins to store the cans and plastic so that they don't make it to the regular trash pick-up. I can't say enough about recycling. Every little bit helps. Take care of Mother Earth and she will take care of you. I am researching to see if I can find a knitted (washable) grocery bag so that I won't have to deal with plastic bags. Looking for one with a great bottom and sides that expand with durable handles. So many things on my "to do" list.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to all the men in my life. Especially to my hubby, brother, uncles, nephews and friends. But most importantly this day is special because of my own Father. He passed in 2005 from Alzheimers, but he is always remembered on this day. What can I say about my Dad?
(1) He was first and foremost a husband, Dad, Grandfather and friend.
(2) He was always there to talk to when I needed someone to listen.
(3) He never compromised values, but stood for what was right and ethical. His greatest vice--smoking.
(4) He came from that "greatest generation" that Tom Brokaw wrote about.
(5) Dad could "pinch a penny and make Lincoln cry" I would always say.
(6) He was a good provider. When he passed, we said that "my Dad was the gift that keeps on giving". He made sure my Mom was taken care of even after his passing. He always planned ahead for the "rainy day".
(7) He taught me how to fish.
(8) He always had an orchard both in MI and AL. What a difference between the states in what you can grow.
(9) He planted a garden as long as he was able.
(10) He was never wasteful. He would pull nails out of boards and put them in mason jars just in case he needed them for a future day. He would stack the wood in his shed for another rainy day of need.
(11) He always put his work clothes in the laundry room. My Mom never had to pick up after him.
(12) He liked a good cup of coffee.
(13) His favorite cookies were what we like to call oreos but were vanilla on one side and chocolate on the other filled with creme in the center. He really liked cookies.
(14) Chocolate was another favorite. He liked chocolate covered Cherries and Hershey's Kisses. He was always content with having just one or two and then savoring the rest over a long period of time.
(15) Licorice was another favorite candy.
(16) His favorite other drinks were creme soda, root beer or ginger ale (Vernors).
(17) He was a farmer at heart, but machinist by trade.
(18) He would say he was a "jack of all trades, a master of none". There was really nothing that he couldn't fix.
(19) He was a grandfather. He loved all of his grandchildren equally and was a great influence on his two granddaughters in AL. They called him "Pops".
(20) He wore a billed baseball-like cap always and drove a pick-up truck (his last vehicle).
I could ramble on and on and on about my Dad, but it would become a book. These are a few things I remember most about my Dad that I don't mind sharing with the world.
I hope you like the picture I have selected for this day. It was when he was in the Coast Guard and is the best representation of what my Dad looked like day-to-day except the uniform changed from khaki to navy blue (work clothes).

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Niece #2

Happy Birthday Niece #2. I hope this has been a wonderful day for you! Time sure does go by fast. I remember your entry point into this world at about 2 pounds. But, by the power of medicine and maybe a little help from above, you have surprised everyone. You graduated tops in your class in high school and college and moved across that big pond (Atlantic) for a year to get your Masters degree in England. Who says small packages can't contain big things. Way to go little girl! Each day is a new adventure! I hope all of your adventures through this life will serve you well! Love ya!

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Future Figgy Goodness!


These little beauties are on their way to becoming fig preserves, strawberry and/or raspberry fig jam. Nothing better than a biscuit with good butter and fig preserves and/or jam. The fig tree is loaded this year. So I have to make a concerted effort to get out there and save as many as I can before the birds have a field day with the figs. I also really like fig newton cookies, but just don't know if I have the nerve to try to bake these little goodies. Saw Martha Stewart make homemade fig newton cookies one time, but..... Hmmm! I may just have to get my nerve up and give it a try.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Boyfriend Curse?

I've read so many articles and postings on the "boyfriend curse" in knitting. Well, I'm here to say that I don't really believe in curses, but I've experienced the question as to whether or not it is or isn't a curse to knit for your boyfriend. Many years ago, I decided to knit a tennis sweater for my then boyfriend. This took place in the early 1970's (so I'm giving away some age here). It was gorgeous to say the least--off white with red and blue stripes at the waistband, sleeves and neckline. Pretty proud of myself, I was! I gifted this sweater to boyfriend and it fit like a dream and he really liked the sweater. Now the question is: Did the relationship last? Well, what do you think? I, til this day, can't say what the ex-boyfriend did with the sweater. I think of all the "woman power" that went into knitting that thing. When SNOWBIRD moved to the Deep South, boyfriend just went POOF! After a while, he married someone else.
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LESSON LEARNED!
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Did I knit hubby a sweater before I married him? NO!
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Hubby pestered me and pestered me until I finally relented and put yarn to the needles and made him a great looking dark green sweater. I have only made him one sweater in our 14 years together and that has been in the last five years. Don't want to take any risks. Hubby has decided he wants another sweater out of a hemp blend for durability. Do I dare knit another? Probably will since the curse is only for boyfriends.
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So what makes boyfriends run when you knit them a sweater? Haven't found any answers to that one yet.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Socks!

This is my latest endeavor! Knitting another pair of socks. Check out Grumperina's blog for her GOOD NEWS! Really like the yarn in her name by Lorna's Laces, colorway and the feel. I purchased my yarn at Birds N' Yarn. Shipment was super fast. The only differential is that mine seems to be spiraling instead of consistent rows of one or the other color. I have more skeins in a different dye lot that I will be trying to see if the same thing happens. May change the ribbing to a solid color and the body of the sock with the variegated. Whatever! I still like the sock so far.


Friday, May 16, 2008

T G I F!

I T'S F R I D A Y! Finally! It's been busy the last two weeks. Have been in physical therapy three times a week for lower back. It is helping some, but pain is still there. So PT this morning and then back to the doctor for discussion and then off to work I go to finish my 40 hours.
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Working on two pairs of socks and will post some updates this weekend when my photographer of choice (hubby) can make some time to take pictures for me. Oh yes, I did buy some more sock yarn and it is LOVELY! Just could not help myself and I have my eye on some more that I just saw this morning blogging around that I may have to add to my stash!
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Update on Sam (see picture posted earlier of my sisters rescue dog)! He has gone from about 8 lbs at rescue to 35 lbs and is about 5 months old. Wonder how much Sam will weigh in about one year? He is growing like a weed!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day to all Mom's everywhere! Especially Happy Mothers Day to my own Mom who is 87 years old. She still gets around great and is as sharp as a tack. I hope everyone has a great day! Aren't we thankful that Anna Jarvis in the early 1900's thought that Mothers should have some sort of special recognition.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

KnitForKids Sweater # 3 for 2008

KnitForKids sweater #3 for 2008 is finished. This has been done for about a week, but just needed to take a picture and post. Behind on my knitting goal for 2008 KnitForKids. Need one for the month of April. Must select the yarn and get to "throwin." Yes, I knit by "throwing" the yarn and not "picking" the yarn. This is the way I learned to knit many years ago. I can knit "picking", but like my pace by "throwing". I guess each to their own way of knitting.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

EARTH DAY 2008 - WHY RECYCLE?

Today is EARTH DAY 2008. A day to celebrate our great earth, the air we breath, the land we walk on and the beauty we enjoy. Do we take these things for granted? Some evidently do. Do we try to preserve our earth so that we can continue to celebrate its beauty? We should start somewhere in our quest to keep our air and soil clean and toxin free. Have you tried recycling?
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Why recycle? Think of everything you put in your trash cans and then to the curb for pick-up and then it is toted off to a landfill somewhere. How many tons of garbage do Americans dispose of every year? Check out Keep America Beautiful for some interesting facts and figures about how we are treating our earth and, in particular, our great nation.
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I set a personal goal to recycle plastic bottles, milk jugs, aluminum cans, glass, paper and anything else that our local recycle center will accept. It takes a little more effort, but I couldn't believe how much my family and my extended family next door accumulates in just one month. When I thought this through, how much have I contributed to the landfill problem?
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The starting point for me was a program I watched one day on PBS about Rachel Carson in the 1950's and early 1960's. A woman ahead of her time. Her quest was to take care of nature and eco-systems. The end of the program focused on plastic bottles and batteries that are thrown into landfills. I could not believe how much waste. Better yet, what did not decompose in landfills--plastic. I cannot begin to imagine how our trash is affecting any eco-system? I would like to put my head in the sand and not think about it, but I can't stop thinking about the eco-systems. My choices can affect life.
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This is something I truly truly support. I have been able to see the eco-systems in the Great Lakes Region of the United States and on the Gulf Coast. Both areas of the country worry about how to maintain healthy eco-systems. One life supports another life and so on and so on. When this breaks down because of our polluting air, land and water, we have problems.
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Okay, I'm trying to get off my soapbox now.
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Help in some small way-- RECYCLE.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

SAM, I AM !

This post is about a rescue. A small bundle of wonder that weighed 8 lbs. found by the side of the road that is now almost 20 lbs. and still growing. This bundle of energy is a chocolate lab. Luckily for him, my little sister (who has a soft heart for animals) found him and gave him a caring home. She came walking over to my house with him all wrapped up and I thought I had another member of my family. She said this one was hers and had already named him. MEET SAM!

Sam now has a backyard full of toys, a new doggie igloo, plenty of water and food, a vet who is watching out for his health, a master that walks him almost every night (let's correct that, Sam walks his master) and a German Shephard next door that thinks Sam belongs to her. The shephard runs the fence when Sam is in training mode. He has a lot of "puppyness" that he will grow out of with age. He is a pure joy. We are glad to have this chocolate lab as part of the family. SAM, I AM!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIECE # 3

Happy Birthday niece #3, my namesake. It does not seem possible that you are 24 today, April 14, 2008. Thank you for all of the many years of fun and laughter that you have brought to my life. I wish you the very best birthday possible!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

1928 - 2005 In Memory of My Dad


April 4, 2005 seems like yesterday when you quietly went to sleep and left us. You are missed each and every day. Thank you Daddy for always being there for me. Words can not say thank you enough for always being my protector. I wish I could have protected you from the disease that ravaged your mind and took your memory. With all that you lost, you did not forget my name. I pray that a cure will be found for this disease called Alzheimer's. Rest in God's loving care Daddy! You will always be missed!
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Please support research for Alzheimer's. Help those with Alzheimer's and those in the blogging community as well who may have/had family members with this disease. Check out Through the Loops for a wonderful way to help in the research and treatment of this disease. When you donate for the knitted vest pattern in memory of Dr. G, you will be helping support Alzheimer's research.
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Sobering statistics regarding Alzheimer's:
• As many as 5.2 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s.
• 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's in their lifetime.
• Every 71 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s.
• Alzheimer's is the seventh-leading cause of death.

Monday, March 31, 2008

KnitForKids Sweater #2 for 2008

This is sweater number two for my 2008 KnitForKids personal goal. I like this one better than the first sweater posted. It seamed up better in the bodice. I am behind one sweater, but will get to it shortly.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

KnitForKids Sweater #1 for 2008


Finished seaming a tee-sweater for KnitForKids. Not sure if I really like this one. I'll stick to tried and true in the future. The bodice and bottom ribbing is different on either side. The common denominator is the variegated yarn in the body of the sweater. Added a row of single crochet at the neck and sleeve edges in the variegated for contrast. I'm just glad that a child somewhere will have something warm to wear.

I'm seaming another sweater for this charity and will post it shortly. Trying to knit about 12 sweaters or one a month for 2008. The thing is to make sure that I knit for all sizes (2 - 10) and not just the smaller sizes. I don't have children of my own to knit for, so knitting for this charity fills the void. Yes, I am one sweater behind. Need to get the needles clicking to meet my goal.



Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Neighbors Barking Dog

What do you do when it is 3AM and every morning the neighbors dog wakes you up barking? This is every morning. It is early morning and every night as well. I like animals, but how do you sleep through the constant barking? Is the dog cold (it is 42 degrees outside)? Is the dog thirsty? Is the dog hungry? I have gone to my back door and shouted at the dog to be quiet, but to no avail. Do I go over to the neighbors house in the middle of the night and ask them to do something with the dog? Do I call animal control or ASPCA? What do I do? The neighbors behind me and on the other side have dogs and you don't hear them. It is frustrating enough to make this snowbird cry especially since I do the 40 hour work week! I'M GOING TO MAKE COFFEE, GET MY KNITTING OUT AND THINK THIS THROUGH!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Legend of the Dogwood Tree


There is a legend, that at the time of the Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus, nailed upon it, sensed this, and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering said to it: "Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross...two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it remember...that it was upon a dogwood tree I was crucified and this tree shall not be mutilated or destroyed, but cherished as a reminder of My death upon the cross."

Happy Easter!



"He is risen" Matthew 28:7

Friday, March 21, 2008

Spring in the South, Snow in the Midwest

Purple flowers in my sisters flower bed...

White azaleas in my front yard...
Now I understand why I live in the Deep South. Looking at the weather map today, Michigan was getting dumped on again. Don't get me wrong, I love the first snow. But, after the first few times, I'm ready for warmer weather. That's why this snowbird has migrated South. I always rethink my decision to live in the Deep South about June 1st of every year -- start of hurricane season. Snow or wind? Snow or wind? Snow or wind?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Officially Spring


It is officially Spring or we are in the midst of the vernal equinox. Vernal equinox? Beginning of spring: the time when the Sun crosses the celestial equator and day and night are of equal length, marking the beginning of spring. Either March 20th or 21st. Okay! Now that we all have the official definition, I just like the day because it marks the time when winter should be behind us and warmer days are ahead. By the way, it is 45 degrees at 7:24AM with a high expected of about 69-70 degrees for this first day of Spring. This is what is blooming in the Deep South right now in honor of this special day!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lovelies and More Lovelies






























These "lovelies" have been added to my stash to make a summer short-sleeve (Lacy Tee) top and the other will be a 3/4 length sleeve sweater for winter. I have my heart set on the 3/4 length sleeve Cabaret Raglan by Norah Gaughan in The Best of Interweave Knits (page 79). Going to make it out of Knit Picks Swish Superwash above. Knit Picks had a great picture of the sweater in this purple. LUV LUV LUV IT!! Did I say how much I love the sweater and the yarn and the color of the yarn? The summer short-sleeve (Lacy Tee) will be out of the Reynolds Saucy Sport turquoise--both found at Patternworks. So I will add these to my knitting basket and work on them when I finish a couple of childrens sweaters for charity and the white baby blanket. I can't wait to start these two projects.
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KNITTER BAD HABIT DEFINED: finding something else we adore and immediately want to knit the item of our adoration while another project goes unfinished.
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Might be a bad habit, but it keeps a knitter from getting bored. It's what I read one time called "rotation". Work one project, put it down. Pick up another project, put it down. Go back to the first project and so on and so on....
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I kind of like the rotation excuse for multiple projects myself.

Monday, March 17, 2008

FO's -- Scarf and Dishcloths


A few knitted items that are done finally! The turquoise blue merino wool scarf and three dishcloths.

The turquoise blue scarf needs to be blocked before its gifted away. I really like this merino yarn and will probably buy it again.

The dishcloths were thrown in for a change of pace. The two yellow dishcloths are knit corner to corner on the diagonal by increasing and then decreasing. Easy easy pattern. The swirl dishcloth pattern came from a knitting magazine. Probably will make another swirl out of a different color cotton yarn. The dishcloths are being gifted to an aunt in Michigan. She is in her 70's and still e-mails me regularly. Just got to love the "retired folks". They don't let technology get them down when they need to keep up with us.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Big Boo & Little Boo--They Rule the Roost











These are pictures of the four-legged furry ones that rule my house. Yep, the house turns around the wants and needs of these two guys!
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The yellow guy is Big Boo (the first real gift from Hubby to me). He is 14 years old and is our diabetic kitty. He requires two shots of insulin a day. I had never heard of animals being diabetic, but I guess they are not any different than we are with illnesses. He takes it pretty well and hubby has him trained to come for his shots and he gets a treat after each shot. He eats special food prescribed by the vet. He kind of reminds me of Puff in the Dick and Jane reading series in elementary school. That will take you back a few years.
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The black cat is Little Boo. My nieces rescued him after he suffered some head injuries. They spent about $400 having him treated at the vet's and then he landed at my house for safekeeping. His head wounds healed nicely (you can't even tell) and is a real joy to have around.
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Both pictures were taken when they were trying to nap. By the way, Little Boo gets a treat when Big Boo gets one because they are buddies and Little Boo stands guard to make sure Big Boo doesn't get hurt. It happens that way twice a day. The little guy watching out for the big guy.
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Both love attention and usually end up in hubby's lap when he is watching TV or catching a "cat nap" in his recliner. A sight to be seen. All three snoozing. These are the guys in my life.
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I can stand on my soap box about having pets and taking care of pets, but I won't. Watch for my post about "Sam" my sisters recent rescue--a chocolate lab. He is too cute.

Ravelry Notification!

Was accepted to Ravelry earlier in the week. Yahooey!
Took a few minutes then to look around Ravelry. Loved seeing what others have made. Noticed that there are a lot of younger people that have taken up knitting. Good for all of you!!!! For some time, I thought that knitting would become a lost art, but glad it has made a comeback over the last ten years or so. Still not done rambling through Ravelry. May have a chance this weekend. Trying to get some work done around the house. You know the usual washing and cleaning on the weekend after doing the 40 hour thing. Then plan to sit down to work on blog and do a little casual knitting. Thanks Ravelry for putting me in the loop!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Ravelry Update! Progress Has Been Made!

452 people are ahead of you in line.
5819 people are behind you in line.
94% of the list has been invited so far

Talk about progress and moving through the list!!!!!
I know there has to be some really excited knitters and crocheters out there.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Snow Drops

I guess this a harbinger of Spring. These are in my Mom's front yard. They are Snow Drops or, at least, that is what she calls them. They are around some of the trees and in a special garden. More pictures to come of Spring in the Deep South. It is my favorite time of year here. The colors are magnificient. Dandelions are peeking thru the ground, azaleas trying to bloom, tulip and red bud trees in full bloom. Last, but not least, a flock of robins. Where are you headed? It's a long flight home.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Snowbird or Junco

Thanks again my Northern friend for the picture of the Snowbird or Junco to add to my blog. I think it looks great!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Awaiting the Invite

Took the Ravelry plunge this evening. Where am I on the list of those who want to be invited? 6354 people are ahead of you in line. 8 people are behind you in line.
It seems like so many people ahead of me, but I can wait. I AM SO EXCITED!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Snowbird Banner and Picture Kudo's

Thank you goes to my Northern friend that sent me a number of snow pictures to help finish the set-up of my blog. I look at this picture with the long road going somewhere and think that SNOWBIRD may have traveled similar roads--some going North and some going South. I like the rustic building and the snow covered trees. Thanks again my Northern friend for sharing and being a part of my SNOWBIRD blog in some small way.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Knitting Books, Magazines and References

Took some time today after my eight hour "off to work I go" to add some of my favorite books, magazines, references and resources for knitting to the blog. This is by no means all of them. There are more. Just putting in what I can get my hands on quickly. Don't know about you, but I would be hard pressed to give up my knitting treasures. Sometimes I can hardly wait until the latest issue of anything knitting appears in the bookstore. Is it an obsession? I'm thinking, I'm thinking.....YES! It is just pure joy to look at the creativity of others, the yarn selections and new resources available to the knitter. I can take the knitting catalogs I receive and look at them for hours. Remember that catalog that came out during the holiday season that every youngster would look at for hours? That is kind of how I feel about my knitting catalogs. What do I buy next? Waiting for some books to come by "snail" mail within the week. Just pure joy!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Learning How to Knit

I would be remiss if I didn't thank the person who taught me to knit many years ago (1968-1969). She was my Junior High School English teacher. We would read aloud certain lessons and present thoughts on whatever the assignment was for the day--nouns, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives, etc. As we were doing so, my English teacher would be knitting and listening. You would think that the knitting would distract her from paying close attention to her students, but it did not. When she laid her needles down and stood up, we knew it was time for serious English lessons. It was the "lovelies" she used and the projects she made that captivated me and drove me to learn how to knit. So one day, after class, I asked her if she would teach me. She told me to buy size seven needles and a skein of inexpensive yarn. So off to the dime store I went with my Mom and she bought me the needles and a skein of "purple" yarn. My first project was a pair of slippers with pom-poms. That was the beginning of many years of knitting. I can never thank my English teacher enough for taking the time after school to teach me how to knit. Thank you Mrs. Miller. She has long since passed, but a part of her lives on whenever I pick up my needles and yarn.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Finished Objects and Some on Needles



White Baby Blanket


An acrylic baby blanket is on the needles. Found this pattern in an older knitting book purchased on E-Bay. Try to work on the blanket when hubby is not at home so I can concentrate on the pattern rows. Need to get going on this one to make my goal of keeping a ready supply of baby gifts in the "gift cupboard". Why knit some things in acrylic and less expensive yarn for gifts? Wash and dry. That is unless you can hand the person the yarn label with care instructions. I do try to make it as easy as possible when gifting handmade items. Living in the Deep South, wool sometimes not the better option for gifts as we are warm/hot most of the year. But for the few months when it is cool/colder, we do like to sneak in our wool "lovelies". What a treat....



Turquoise Blue Scarf


This unfinished scarf will be gifted. Yet another baby blanket pattern found on-line reduced down to a scarf. This is knit in 100% fine merino wool. The scarf will be gifted when finished. Love the color and the feel of the yarn when knitting. Only recommendation is to knit using bamboo or wooden needles as the merino has a tendency to slip on metal needles. The baby blanket done with the same pattern was knit using an inexpensive acrylic yarn in pale blue. This was given to a friends daughter for her new baby boy. I have the e-mail address for the person who posted this pattern and will try to post information regarding the pattern to give this person all the kudo's. Thoroughly enjoyed the pattern and will probably make another blanket in the future.



Hunter Green Scarf


Finished a scarf for my hubby to match a sweater knit and gifted in 2006. It is very dark green (picture shows it lighter than true color) and is knit in an acrylic/wool blend. Found the pattern on-line and changed the width as it was just a little too wide to fit comfortably. As soon as I find the link, will add to give credit where credit is due. Trying to get this picture-taking down to a science so that the fo's will show up. Maybe better to take pictures in natural sunlight?

Do know that I knit dark yarn better when using my full-spectrum floor lamp (brand name will be left unsaid). Before hubby bought me the lamp and working on his sweater, thought I would go blind trying to see the stitches. Really frustrating. Yes, my favorite knitting chair is not in a well-lit area of my house. But, it is convenient. My knitting supplies are near my chair and can watch TV there as well. The full-spectrum floor lamp is probably one of my most treasured gifts from hubby. Well not most treasured, but pretty close. Did I mention that he feeds my knitting/crafting habits? Was on "yarn restriction" for awhile, but should be using up my stash enough where more "lovelies" can be added.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

FINALLY!

I have finally taken the big leap into "blogger land" to share my day-to-day activities which include life in general, crafts and other such things. I hope you enjoy my future endeavors in "blogger land".