Don’t, no don’t sink the boat..

;) - that’s all you can do

Somebody stop me please. Now that classes at Umass are over for me and the current class in my Crochet 1 class has “graduated” I find myself in a place where I have tons of time and a mind that just WON’T stop coming up with ideas for new projects. Projects that I must immediately find the materials for and begin!! NOW!

Man, I have 12 projects in hibernation and 7 more that I’m actively working on and yet I spent 1/2 an hour today playing around with a crochet pattern for Queen Anne’s lace and wondering what I could turn it into, what yarn I would use, if there would be beads involved….

I also decided that I needed to reorganize and store my in-house crafty stash, I really need to get to the fabric that I have in boxes out in the mouse factory (garage) but I’ll need more storage before I can do that and it’s a big job. I’ll have to tackle it later. For now I have 2 new, 5 drawer containers that I am slowly moving all my yarn, felt, floss, and indoor sewing supplies into. Problem is I keep finding yarns I forgot about – projects I forgot about and various patterns and supplies. I started 2 hours ago and I’m only 1/2 way done. The hubby is giving me the look – pile ‘o crap in the living room and here I sit at the computer. mmm hmmm.

I’ll leave it at that for now, get back to organizing and photographing and then i need to go do some dishes and make some dinner – tacos (with fresh guacamole for me)

Toots

these pictures of you

;) – you were stone white so delicate

Whadda great weekend!

Between Saturday and Sunday I taught 4 adults and 13 kids to knit, 3 adults and one kid to crochet, I inhaled 2 DELICIOUS lamb burgers, bought one skein of beautiful yarn, worked 6 more inches on my shawl, almost finished my Fil’s socks, finally got my copy of MMO’s book signed!, had a great udon and sushi dinner with my husband, sang at the top of my lungs to one of my favorite records, ran into lots of friends( Melissa, Baby Kid, April, Kristin and Julia, Cirilia, KT, Jenna, Beth, Dorset, and Nyssa) , had a great dinner with my Mom, sister and friends and promptly passed out by 10pm both nights. I love Cummington in the Spring.

Yesterday was just me and the girls, Pat had to work. I would say too bad he had to work the holiday except for the added benefit of holiday pay! By 9:30 we were out scouring the woods in the neighborhood for big fallen tree branches that we could build our bean teepee with – Saeb was a wiz at this and found 4 out of the 6 that we used. Kid was dragging trees out of the woods many times larger than herself and thrilled by it! Aurelia was a bit more laid back and was just enjoying being along for the walk – she seems to be more allergy sensitive this spring and her asthma had kicked up over the weekend enough that it slowed her down some.  By the time I got the teepee installed they were done and headed off to play in the stream, ride their bikes and play in the sandbox. I popped on my sunhat and proceeded to dig, string, turn earth, plant seedlings, weed, water and occasionally took a break to guzzle lemonade, treat myself to a chapter and just take in the beauty of the day. In the end I managed to get 1/2 the garden in but with thunderstorms and hail predicted for today I didn’t want to tackle the direct sow seeds, I’ll leave that to later this week. Besides, I need to let the 2 blisters I earned heal a bit before I pick up that shovel and hoe again! :)

In the afternoon I took a walk around the yard and started picking flowers – what a collection! and my house still smells So Good this morning from the bouquet. The girls and I pressed more flowers in the evening after dinner and Pat took them out for a hike before bed while I made a couple loaves of bread – plain and cinnamon swirl. Of course they had trouble settling for the evening and bedtime was a mess but all in all it was a wonderful weekend.

How was yours?

Toots

Where will I be when I go back home

;) – and what’ll I do?

So I’m off to teach workshops in Cummington tomorrow. My friend April is doing the needle felting workshop again :) I’m looking forward to popping in and making a little sheep of my own.

In crochet news I’ve been working on a pineapple square and bouncing around ideas from that. I worked up a half square – trying out the idea of a triangle shawl but I thought that piecing together a buch of squares and 1/2 squares was too fussy.

So then I rewrote the pattern/chart as an ever expanding 1/2 square. Now I just need to work it out to a sufficient size and figure out how to finish it off. The one I’m sussing everything out on will be for my sister’s 29th (in 2 weeks). I’m using a skein of Araucania Ranco Multy sock yarn that I picked up at Webs almost a year ago, the colors are very her.

Have I mentioned that I’m 2 days away from my 12th wedding anniversary? boggles the mind.

Toots

The evening speaks…

;) - but we wouldn’t be that brave I know

I just watched the director’s cut of Blade Runner. I haven’t seen the film since I was, maybe, 18 or so, and it wasn’t this version – it was the original theatrical release. I forgot how much I like this film and strangely, Rutger Hauer.

Maybe not so strange, I have an ooey-gooey romantic streak a mile wide and Ladyhawke is a guilty pleasure, favorite of mine (add it to the list). Seriously, though I border on loathing Matthew Broderick in this one, I genuinely enjoy the flick. And what girl wouldn’t love a man who looks like a vengeful viking, who turns into a black wolf at night, and spends his days trying to free the woman he loves, who herself turns into a hawk during his not-wolf hours.

Toss in an evil bishop – perpetrator of the animal curse, a cringe worthy sidekick (the aforementioned Broderick), a drunken monk and a bunch of incompetent guardsmen and you’ve got yourself something worth watching.

I did say watching, not listening. The soundtrack kills me. I suppose it was avant garde and trendy to use synthesizers and electric guitars at the time but Sweet Mercy!

Yeah ok, but you know what makes up for it? The man’s name is Etienne Navarre. Go ahead, say it. You’d like to come home to a man with a name like that – you know it. I would. One of my favorite scenes is in this clip – about 2 minutes in. After Philiipe ties Goliath to the tree. I lurve Rutger in this film.

Man, I need a book. Pat’s due to bring me home a copy of this sometime this week but I need to start something new. The next book isn’t due out for a year, and I’m in limbo with this series and this one and this one too (that I started when I was 16!). Anybody want to recommend something to me ? Preferreably a series that is DONE and maybe mostly in paperback?

More crochet soon and a visit to the Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair!

Toots

This woman’s work

;) – Oooh, it’s hard on the man

With my Crochet class coming to an end next week I’ve got hooked yarn on the brain. I’ve been playing around with squares, reading charts (strictly), and ideas for what to do with the results.

I’m thinking shawl? but I’m not sure of the shape. Triangle or long rectangle wrap? I’ll need to make a few more and play with placement before I can make any kind of decision, but this has been a great use of scrap sock yarn.

Right now I need to go finish up the final projects for my class so they can see the results. Tomorrow night I might make myself one of these – Carina’s ideas inspire me, and such a sense of color that woman!

Toots

you’re a bird of paradise…

;) – I suppose its very nice

MMO has tagged me for a meme. Like I don’t tell you people enough! :)

Please feel free to participate even if I haven’t tagged you but if I have…pain and loneliness lie in your future if you don’t join in… mwa-ha-ha… (totally kidding, some of you are in other countries and on the other side of the planet, what could I possible do? beg? please join in? pretty please? all the kids are doing it!)

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
Working third shift at, the then only, Wal-Mart in Athens Georgia (and hating it) with my husband and praying that our taped together Ford Taurus (hated it) would keep working until July when were moving home to Massachusetts.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):                                                     Fold the laundry – it smells SO good and its all crisp and stiff from drying on the clothesline. Make some bread, yum! Film a few short clips to put up on youtube for the students in my Crochet 1 class to remind them of what we covered this week. Eat lunch – amazingly there are days when I forget this, and work on a pair of socks for my Fil’s birthday.

3) Snacks I enjoy:                                                                                                                                            Avocados. On almost anything or all by themselves with a bit of lime juice, salt and pepper. Sharp cheddar cheese. And fresh, warm bread slathered with sweet cream butter. ‘scuse me while I clean up this horrible puddle of drool. I don’t think I’ll be forgetting about lunch today!

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:                                                                                                   Make sure everyone in my family had a home – paid for, and a decent vehicle ( and by that I mean hybrid or totally green)  I would buy back the house that my great-grandmother grew up in and give it to my mother – I’d restore the lions too Mom. I’d drop as much as I could on land preservation, Kestrel Trust, Btown Land Trust, and back home in the Berkshires. I’d have as sustainable a farm as I could with cows pigs, chickens, horses, turkeys and sheep for me and llamas and a decent sugar bush for Patrick.

5) Places I have lived:                                                                                                                                      Five different towns in the Berkshires, Long Island, GeorgiaHampden and Hampshire Counties

7) 6 peeps I wanna know more about:

The Crone at Wits End

Carina

Meliabella Knits

Marti

Here’s your damn juice

Annie in the Round – girl we gotta get you going

‘Kay ladies. Your turn :)

Toots

Seconds pass slowly…

;) and years go flying by

How was your Mother’s day? Mine was uneventful and fantastic.

Aurelia woke me up, Saebra was at a sleep over, to tell me that eggs and toast and coffee were waiting for me in the kitchen AND that I had a nice new pair of slippers waiting for my feet right there, next to the bed.

oh..cozy…squishy..warm slippers…

I got a lovely little strawberry plant with 3 immature fruits, a  card and a book all about me from Aurelia – apparently I work hard as a horse, make the best food and I’m the best Mom she could ever have. From Saeb I got a wonderful big card with a portrait of me on the cover – I look lovely in green lipstick –  her little hand prints were inside with a list of things about me – she likes that I give her treats, and I got a marigold that I hope will survive and bloom. Teachers, please stop sending plants home with kindergarteners in paper bags. You’d think these kids were winos and this was their last bottle of hooch the way they clutch at it. Thank you.

Later in the day I told my Mom about breakfast and she wanted to know why it hadn’t been brought to me in bed. Patrick was cleaning up and messing about in the kitchen when I passed along the question to him (not that I minded, I was humouring Mom) “right. Because that’s what I want in my bed, sand. Hey, honey, were these graham crackers!?!” I really don’t mind – I’ve always found eating on ones own lap to be a bit awkward and messy.

I spent most of the day finishing up my final art project – I’ll post a link when the prof is finished with it – reading the last few chapters of this, picking rhubarb – blech, but Patrick loves when I bake it into stuff – , making bread and a chicken spinach pie, and generally doing whatever moved me at the moment.

The kids were…good enough. Re was great till her sister came home and had a head full of “birthday party” to tell me about. They bickered and Saebra spent the better part of the evening being obstinate and arguing with everyone about everything – the sky isn’t blue unless she says it is kinda stuff.

But the best part. I fell asleep in my husbands arms. Silly right? Not really. In 12 days we will have been married for 12 years and for almost 10 of those years we lived opposite schedules. I worked days and then I worked part-time days when the girls came along and he worked nights for most of that. Throw in me going back to work full time and going to school, him picking up a second job then dumping the first and taking the second one on full time and well, not a lot of time left for the two of us. We got used to having our own space in the bed and being careful not to disturb each other.  Even now we don’t usually go to bed at the same time and if we do I’m still reading or he is and the man falls asleep in the blink of an eye anyway.

But Sunday night we were talking and hugging and found ourselves comfortable and sleepy and just…stayed

I woke up a bit later realizing that we were still holding each other and, not meaning to, I woke him up because I was crying – good tears. I love this man.

Even better. It happened again last night.

I hope your day ended with you feeling as loved as I did.

toots

Let me have my way

;) – when was the last time you danced?

This is a busy weekend for me, though you wouldn’t know it by lookin’ this way. My final project is due in my art class on Monday night. We’re doing an exquisite corpse type thingy, with each student telling a story in 15 drawings and then doing a 16th drawing to transition to the next person’s story. I decided to do all of mine in Adobe Illustrator. We’d done a project earlier in the semester where we analyzed a painting, this was mine.

Jar of Apricots by Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin

I’ve got 8 more images to do in the next 2 days. I blew through 5 today so I’m not worried but I am busy. Aurelia had a brownie meeting this morning, Patrick had the usual Saturday errands to run, and Saebra is off to her first sleepover birthday party with 9 other 6 year-old girls – brave parents, those.

Somewhere in the middle there my Auntie Jo and cousin Tiffany popped in. I’m sitting here at the computer, clicking away at my assignment and I begin to wonder who the strange female voice is speaking to my children outside. It wasn’t one of the neighbors and I wasn’t worried so much as curious – Patrick was out there with them – when I looked up I saw my Aunt. I should clarify and tell you that no one in my family just pops over for a visit, they all live at least an hour away. They were out looking for hanging baskets full of an assortment of flowers that contained no purples. Not finding any to their satisfaction in the usual neighborhood haunts they had driven over to Northampton. Still unable to find the elusive purple-free flower basket they headed over the bridge and ended up on the road that eventually – and by eventually I mean that you take two lefts, an immediate right, merge right and then two lefts over the course of 15 miles – leads to my house. We visited for a bit and I’m proud to say that I didn’t feel compelled to hastily clean my bathroom before letting my Aunt “use the facilities”. I am not a good house keeper, its usually a mad scramble around here in the hours before we know company is due to arrive. They stayed for a bit to visit – crap, I never offered them anything,ugh. I loooove you, Auntie. Tiff too! – and they headed back out to find their prey.

I’m going to go make some pizza for dinner, doughs been rising for a couple hours and it smells so good. Soon I’ll fill you in on my sudden need to make bread. I’m also sneaking in a few stitches here and there on a drawstring bag for my crochet 1 class. Its leftover sock yarn from these and I SO love the colors – it reminds me of Wardi’s Happyscapes.

Toots

That’s the name of the game…

;) – everybody needs a good tweekend

I am on the verge of deleting part of a post from November. I try to never edit stuff – just let if fly, it was truth at the time. But I am seriously tired of this:

These are terms people used to find your blog.

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My blog had over 300 hits yesterday, yay. But I want those hits because of my humorous, crafty, artsy, entertaining content NOT because of one little pixie. Knowing, with a sinking feeling, that over half of the people who view this space on a daily basis are looking for one image or pron – and animated at that! – makes me a little ill. I mean, there’s pictures of my kids all over this place.

So yeah – post edited.

Toots