05 December 2007

My list!

This'll be fun! I'll share my Christmas list with you!

  1. What I really, really want for Christmas is a digital SLR...hope I get it!!!
  2. I'd also love some gift certificates for fabric, yarn, and scrapbook stores...I'm very into scrapbooking right now...just need that camera to take some pictures...
  3. I'd like something to renew my husband's spirit so he wouldn't be so cranky every day...
  4. Each of my kids could use an attitude readjustment... why can't we all just be happy?
  5. A little bit of snow for the week of Christmas would be great too!

That's not too much to ask, is it?

Happy Holidays?

I'm not feeling very merry yet! My husband comes home in a terrible mood everyday, my son has been puking for a week, my daughter also doesn't feel very well and is expressing it through pure crank...calgon, take me away! But let's be real...it's going to take a lot more than some bubbly bath to get this family back on track! Wish me luck!

31 October 2007

Ahhh...fall!

Happy Halloween!

I just love autumn! The other day I took the kids to pick out pumpkins. We went to a local farm. Each of the kids got one of those tiny pumpkins, I got two big ones for the door and a corn stalk bundle. (it even had corn on it still!) It really made me appreciate where I live now as the farm is only a few blocks from our house, yet we live right in town. How wonderful is that? I love the city life, but I think the country life suits me better.

Have you ever read the book Country Mouse City Mouse? It was one of my favorites as a kid. Funny, I liked the country mouse's life better. More relaxing...

My knitting is coming along very well. I taught myself intarsia (barely) and fair isle last week. My instructor said I was ready for a sock class, so hopefully I'll be taking that in December. It's the magic loop technique. But I still want to try dpns. There's a mitten pattern that uses them, I might try that!

I caught a yarn sale online the other day...but I really didn't buy too many of the sale items...funny! I now have the yarn for a beautiful shawl, a pair of fingerless gloves (could use those right now!), socks for my mom's Christmas present, a lace shawl, and another scarf/shawl thing. All of that only cost me $36 with shipping! Yay! It's really great because the yarn called for in the first shawl alone would have been $95! (Of course, it's alpaca...mmm. I might make another one some other time! For now it'll be wool.)

I also bought some fabric for an 'outer space' quilt for my son. He's very excited about it! He wants it finished now! I'll be working on that shortly.

I sure could use a digital camera. I'm half-tempted to buy one of those Hello Kitty ones at Target just to have something. Of course, I don't even know if my computer will cooperate. I need a new one of those too!

19 October 2007

Ah yes...

I woke up with my mind racing, so I decided to get up and do some catching up with e-mail and such. I also thought I'd get cracking on a swap that's due at the end of the month. So I went to find the book with the pattern in it. I spent a good hour looking for that darn thing! You know how I eventually found it? I decided to get on my hands and knees in my craft area to get a 'different perspective.' (yes, I was desperate) I found it right after I got down! Crazy, isn't it?

18 October 2007

Taking a break

Boy have I been stressed lately! I decided to take a bit of a break from the internet. I think it's helped, but I'm sure I'm missing out on things. You wonder why I'm stressed? Well, I think it's mostly just the normal day to day stress but it's built up over a while, and I just need to let some of it go. I also have 2 or 3 swaps (quilting related) that I need to work on. Have I mentioned that I'm a procrastinator? But sometimes, I really don't have time to play those games, yet I play them anyway, and this is what I get for it...

We recently purchased some new lighting for various spots in the house. One spot being the front door. My husband asked me to move my fine spider friend or he'd do it himself...meaning, of course, he would squash her. So I moved her to the other side of the door, and when he was done, put her back over by the light. But I don't think she likes the new light as much. Poor thing!

Today my son found a wooly bear caterpillar. He had fun letting it walk on his hand. They become one of my favorite moths. They're white, furry and have neat black and white striped legs. They're fun to hold too because they're so active they vibrate!

I had a knitting class this evening...though it's now the next day as I've been working on my purse for so long! I'm making a cute little felted bag in a lovely green yarn!

Tomorrow, which is really today, I have a hand quilting class. It's the thimblelady method which is supposed to be easier on the hands. That's quite appropriate as I've worked them too hard this evening! You know, if I'd never gone to the doctor, I wouldn't think much of it, but I have been to one and so I feel like I'm falling apart. I've got carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and tendonitis. I wouldn't have asked about my hands, except when I was pregnant with my daughter my fingers were numb for 3 months straight...that's when I learned of my CTS. I was only in high school when I found I had arthritis. Geez loweez! But like I said, if I had never gone to the doctor, I would have thought that everyone's hands felt like this...no biggie!

Speaking of falling apart, I think I'm going to try to do something about this lovely excess weight I've been carrying around. I'm not sure what though. The most realistic thing would be going to a gym, but I don't like doing such things without a buddy, and alas, I haven't one. Maybe yoga? I love classes. We'll see. Wish me luck!

01 October 2007

Now that's just funny!

When I first chose the layout of my blog I put that Adsense thing at the bottom of my page. It said it would have fitting content...I had no idea how. Well, it must pick up on words I use. Wouldn't you know I have 2 ads about killing bugs on my bug-loving blog! Irony at it's finest!

I wonder what sort of ad I'd have if I was talking more about my quilting?

On Wednesday I am taking a beginning knitting course...there will be 5 sessions. I'm very excited! I've knit before, but nothing but drab scarves, and I'm ready to make things I actually want! I'm a frilly romantic sort of gal! There are a couple of great books out there that are just perfect for me! There's Knitting Loves Crochet by Candi Jensen and Romantic Style by Jennie Atkinson. I thought there was a third, but I'm not seeing it right now. If you like romantic things, check them out!

My incredible spider friend


I mentioned the other day about the lovely spider who chases her prey. Well tonight I saw her catch a moth that flew too close to her web. It was rather amazing! I didn't even know she was on her web. I saw this funny 'lump' in the corner, and thought she'd abondoned it. But alas, she was the lump! I read that these spiders make a new web each day...injesting the previous day's web. She had quite a few large bugs the other night...could she have eaten them all?
Here is a picture...again, not mine. (someday I'll get a digital!) You can see her beautiful cross-like markings. They're really so pretty in person. The color seems a little washed out in the photo.
I'm very happy to say that the other night my son came to me and said, 'momma, there's a spider crawling on me.' And he patiently waited while I picked it up and put it somewhere else! It makes me happy that my efforts to raise bug-loving children seem to be working! :)


26 September 2007

I had a visitor today...


Today I was shopping in the quilt store when I felt something weird on my neck. When I felt something big with my hand I brushed it away. I found I had this beautiful little bug on me! I instantly recognized it's shape...a stink bug! But I easily picked him up and took him outside. He was crawling all over my hand...super friendly. In fact, I had a really hard time getting him to leave my hand. I wonder if they're all this friendly, or if I'm lucky I didn't get a stinky present!

I am very proud of my friend Marion. She recently saved a lovely moth from certain death! Yay Marion! :)
We also have a fine looking garden spider by our front porch light. She actually chases bugs that fly near her web! It's fun to watch! Careful moths!

14 September 2007

Be careful what you wish for...

Okay, so did I wish that I had a kitty who would hang out in my quilting area? I'd seen pictures of kitties curled around sewing machines...I thought it was so cute. But last night I found Mable scratching at a piece of wool felt on one of my fabric shelves. The exposed part is ruined. All I can say is I'm glad it was the felt and not 100% wool, and it was also the wrong color for my project, so I was going to get a new piece anyway. So last night at about 1 am I finally installed the door on that cabinet. Motivation comes in many forms!

10 September 2007

This Is Your Brain...This Is Your Brain With Kids...

You know, so many times I've thought of something I might like to chat about...and somehow, after 5,000 questions from my darling son, a few dozen screams and wails from my lovely daughter, and a handful of rants and raves from my loving husband, I've forgotten what those things were! Hmm, I wonder why?

Most times it feels as though my brain has been that egg on the drugs commercial. Someone cracks it into a bowl...no not a skillet, a bowl. And then they take their electric beater and scramble the crap out of it. I can only hope that one day in the not so distant future, that person takes that scrambled egg and makes a nice omelet...maybe some ham and a whole lot of cheese. And then I can get back to normal...whatever that was!

06 September 2007

Prizes

The September online mall crawl is officially on. I can't tell you how badly I do not want to do it this time around. I'm tired...tired of being on the computer so much. But alas, who can resist the wonderful prizes to be won? Not I! *sigh*

If you haven't heard of it, check it out at www.quiltindex.com It's a wonderful way to find lots of great online quilt shops. So my desire to skip the crawl has nothing to do with how I feel about it...but more because it seems that I'm always on this darn computer and never getting anything done!

Speaking of which, I have 2 projects that must get out...in fact, they're late! But I just can't seem to motivate myself to finish them. What's worse, is they're simple! I know I should just force myself to start on them...I'll enjoy myself and I'll feel so good when I finish...but alas, I'm still hiding from them!

Maybe tomorrow...

02 September 2007

Bugs

Do you like bugs? I do! Yeah, I know, the correct term is insects, as bugs are just a small group of insects, but alas, I shall call them all bugs anyway!

I just walked in on one of my fine cats (Tyrone) eating a spider. My normal policy would be to save the spider, but he was already pretty damaged, so I decided to let nature take its course. Spiders are one of my favorites! We have Hobo spiders here in the Northwest...such a lovely specimen! The exterminators like to scare people telling tales of the Hobo eating human flesh. Yeah, so? I personally would rather have a spider who bit and chewed my leg. Why you ask? I would probably feel it and be able to stop him. Whereas the other spiders, having bit me once, would have excreted a flesh 'melting' substance into my leg, so he could suck out his food.

Moths are another of my favorites. How can you not love them? They have little fur coats!

Now I do have some that I'm not so friendly to... mosquitos. Sorry mosquito. But besides being a fine food for some other fine creatures, I find you to be a great nuisance. If a wasp or fly are stuck in the house, I usually don't use my usual trap and release policy. Sorry guys.

With roaches I have a love-hate relationship. A fine bug...when NOT in my house! Stay away from my house roach! One apartment we lived in in Baltimore had them...and no matter what we did we couldn't rid ourselves of them. A) that area is FULL of roaches. Just go for a walk at the Capitol building at night and look at the ground. Those things running away from your feet...roaches. B) when you live on the 3rd floor and have disgusting, uncaring neighbors below you, you're SOL. Needless to say we got a new apartment! 1st floor...ground zero! No roaches. Okay, except for one. He was a lovely oriental roach, I kept him in a jar, fed him wet crackers and named him Ted. Then I lovingly released him in a field. (oriental roaches don't have wings!) Did you know the american roach loves beer?

Okay, so I figure at least 50% of any who read this will be grossed out. I find there are few people who desire to talk bugs with me. I hope you'll try looking at these fine creatures with fresh eyes. They're really magnificent! (And apparently tasty snacks to Tyrone!)