Happy New Year’s Eve!

Okay, my final post for 2006. I have had a very pleasant day, knitting on the mate to my Leaves of Grass sock. Did I mention I had to save it from Flea? I was so mad at her. During the night she got it off my table and dragged it under the bed. She took both needles out and chewed one of them up. I just wanted to beat her little butt, but dog’s can look so sweet, pitiful, and innocent all at the same time. So I had to get my needles back into the sock, and when I did that I discovered a mistake, so I had to rip out the heel flap. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. But now I’m at the gusset decreases and making good progress.

I watched Wicker Man with Nicholas Cage in it last night. It was very suspenseful and kept my attention the whole way through, but the ending was bleh. It was a strange movie. I also have Celestine Prophecy to watch. I’ll probably watch that in the morning.

We are going to Gwen and Danny’s house tonight. I enjoy them and the group that gets together every Saturday night. So I’m looking forward to tonight. I hope everyone has a blessed and happy new year’s eve!

Happy New Year’s Weekend :o)

I have had another lovely start to another lovely holiday weekend! Again, we got off work early. And even better, I got to have lunch with Rissa, Cynthia, and Roger. I really enjoyed visiting with them. I wish Cynthia lived closer, and that we all had more time to spend together doing girlie stuff, stitching, knitting, and belly dancing. And they brought me presents, which was so sweet! I didn’t have one for them, which made me feel bad. But I loved my presents, and I really appreciated them! Thank you!!! I love you guys!

I finished a sock this evening (see the post below). And now I have three whole days to spend stitching and/or knitting! I don’t have to go anywhere like last weekend, so all the time is mine, mine, mine. :o)

We are replacing the flooring in the house, and the installers called this afternoon. They will be coming next Thursday and Friday to install the floor. We are putting down wood laminate stuff, and I am looking forward to getting all this dirty, nasty carpet up. Carpet doesn’t do well with three dogs, a man, and teenagers tromping on it. Of course, the carpet is seven years old too. I love the look of wood floors, so I will be glad to get this done, even though it means totally tearing up and disrupting my nest. I really hate for my nest to be disturbed, it tends to make me very cranky. But it should only take them a couple of days, so hopefully I won’t get too evil. Poor Mark, pray for him! LOL

Leaves of Grass Sock Finish

Woohoo! A sock finish! I finished one of my Leaves of Grass Socks. I know I should have worked on Summer’s Dream, because I have to send it in next week, but I was just so close to finishing the sock. I don’t think I’ll finish Summer’s Dream, so one evening’s stitching time just wouldn’t matter. Or that’s what I told myself anyway. It just feels so good to finish something!

(Please excuse the mess in the background, housework is just not on the agenda right now. Okay, if I’m honest, it’s never on the agenda.)

These socks are knitted out of Knit Picks Parade – Daffodil color. I ran out of the yarn right as I reached the toe, so the toe is Cascade Fixation – Yellow (left over from another pair of socks). The yellow doesn’t match, I know, but I don’t care. I love my sock anyway. And Evil Kitty Baby approves of it too.

Or maybe he is just tolerating it because my picture taking space is his laying space on my desk. You can never tell if a cat is approving or just tolerating. :o)

Christmas Mouse

A mouse had taken up residence in my kitchen, a not-very-mouse-friendly place to live as it is also home to Honey Bear, the ferocious mouse huntress, Flea, always up for a game of chase, and the apex hunter, Evil Kitty Baby. Mark put a live trap under my stove drawer, and we caught him this afternoon. I was ecstatic! Mark and I took him out by the pond on the other side of the run off stream (in hopes that he won’t come back) and let him go. He was so cute. He scooted under the leaves by a tree, and we looked at each other for a minute. I explained to him that he was really better off outside. I’m not sure he believed me, as it is cold and rainy out tonight. I hope the little fellow has a nice long mousey life.

Christmas Holiday Weekend Fun

I love holiday weekends. It is such a treat to have extra time off from work. I have been stitching very hard on Summer Dream, a stumpwork course I am pilot-stitching for EGA. It is a beautiful piece, and I am enjoying it very much. It is a companion piece to Fantasy Remembered, which I am also working on. I’m running up against my deadline though. I need to be finished by next weekend. But even if I don’t totally finish, I still have been able to make some (I hope) helpful comments in the text.

My weekend started off at 12:00 Friday, because we got half a day off on that day. Woo hoo! Then there was a goodie in the mail – the final kit of the 2006 Socks that Rock Club. And I got a bonus hank too! I have enjoyed receiving all the pretty kits to add to my collection. At some point, I do plan to knit them all! I am thinking about joining the 2007 STR club too. I am such a stasher. LOL

This is the yarn for the final kit, called Mustang Sally:

And this is the beautiful bonus hank that I got. Its called Rare Gem, and I love the colors!

And since I have some extra time this weekend, I wanted to post about the 2006 EGA seminar I went to back in October. I really meant to post about this earlier, but I just haven’t had the energy. Life has been a tad difficult these past several months, with Mark’s problems. He hasn’t worked since the middle of September, actually his birthday 9/20, but he does seem to be getting better. But I don’t want to post about depressing things, so how did I get sidetracked on that topic? On to seminar 2006!

We drove to Richmond VA from Jackson MS, and let me tell you, that was a LOOONNNGGGG ride! Cynthia and Rissa rode with me and Mark, and I am impressed that we got all our stuff in my car. It took a Master Packer (Rissa) and a Man (Mark), but we managed to get it all in without the Man getting hurt. Downtown Richmond was disappointing because it was as dirty and icky as downtown Jackson. I don’t know why I expected it to be more than it was, I guess Richmond just conjurs Gentile South in my mind. But the rest of the town is gorgeous, and the hotel was nice. All the people I met were very nice too.

My classes were great! The first one was A Main Course with Jette Roy Finlay. She is just a lovely woman and a fantastic teacher. She is Danish, and the course was on Danish Whitework. Her husband was with her, and he was so funny. He is a professional magician, and he wowed us with some of his tricks. At the closing banquet, he went around with his little weasel puppet that he made look very real, and you could tell where he was by the screams that surrounded him. LOL

Here is my piece, just as I left it at the close of the class (you didn’t expect me to actually work on it some more, did you?) ;o)

And here is a picuture of what it WILL look like one day:

My second class was a crewel class with Canby Robertson. She is a very good teacher too. Since this was a class for advanced stitchers, she gave us just a guideline on how she stitched her piece and encouraged us to follow our own instincts. She talked to us about design and balancing the picture, about colors, and that kind of stuff, all of which was very helpful to me. The piece is called Tide Line, and it is very pretty. Here is what I got done during the seminar:

I know, doesn’t look like much progress for two days of stitching, does it? But let me tell you, those two little shells took lots of stitches! And you can’t tell from the photo, but the little white one puffs out. I like him. :o) Here is what it will look like one day:

Pretty, isn’t it? And the best thing about this class is Canby made me feel like I could go out in my back yard, draw something, and turn it into a realistic crewel embroidery piece. It was a wonderful class, and she is a wonderful teacher!

I had such a good time, I went ahead and pre-registered for next year, in Chicago. I don’t believe we will be driving though! LOL

Now, back to stitching on Summer Dream….

I hope everyone has a good holiday weekend!

Walking through the clouds

I just got back from my morning walk, and it is a beautiful, misty, magickal morning. There is a very dense fog around our pond. I took my glasses off because they were getting too wet to see through, and it made no difference. As I walked through the densest parts, I could feel the tiny water droplets floating in the air, prickling my face. I could hear the ducks quack-quacking, but I couldn’t see them, and I couldn’t even tell from which direction the sound was coming from. I have never experienced a cloud in such an intimate way before. Of course, we have had foggy mornings before, but I’ve never walked through one like this. It was very cool!

You know its been way too long….

…since your last post when you can’t even remember your user name! I was beginning to wonder if I was going to be able to get into my own blog. But finally, I cracked the code. :o)

Let’s see, what has happened since mid-October? My husband is doing much better, although still not working. I’m getting just a tad bit stressed over the no-income thing, but I’m hiding it well I think. The EGA seminar in Richmond VA was wonderful! Both of my classes were superb, and I promise to post more about them later, along with pictures of the projects (which haven’t changed ANY hee hee). I did nothing for Halloween/Samhein, most unlike me since that is really my favorite holiday and time of the year. I didn’t even change up my alter, probably had something to do with my worry about Mark. Thanksgiving was good, ate too much as usual. I got my tree up last weekend, and that brings my blog up to date.

I had a good weekend, as it was my embroidery guild meeting weekend. I enjoyed seeing everyone who came, and it is always lots of fun to go out to eat with Cynthia, Rissa, and the husbands. Although Roger didn’t come this weekend, and he was missed. But I did get to meet Cynthia’s sister, and that was nice.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m going to stitch for a while before bed.

Feets

Mark decided he needed new shoes to wear to the banquets at the EGA seminar, so he talked me into going to look at the shoes he wanted to get. So off we went to the Shoe Department, so he could get his shoes. Well, I quickly got tired of looking at men’s shoes (bor-ring!!!!), and headed to the women’s shoes, just to browse of course.

And it was love at first site!! I got me some pretty, sexy, sparkly shoes to wear with one of my banquet outfits. They are Mootsie Tootsies (I just love that name! LOL).

Aren’t they just the cutest things?? I’m going to have to do the toes in honor of these shoes! :o)

Then I couldn’t stop there; after all, I have a second banquet to dress for. Rissa, I’m on a roll, are you proud of me?

I’m a-thinking these sassy shoes look good with jeans too! But first they have to sashay me to the second banquet, then they get to kick it with the blue jeans.

But my feet aren’t the only ones in the household. I have some princess puppy feet; these feet belong to the Queen of the house:

Then there are the furry feet, belonging to the Monk-dog (as in neurotic) of the family:

This foot belongs to a canine Flea, so named because she is little, black, jumps around, and gets on everyone’s nerves, especially the Monk-dog:

And yes, folks, Big Foot is real, and he lives with me:

The dogs really enjoyed the feet pictures. They always think its great when Mom gets down in the floor, within easy licking distance. :o)

We got lots and lots of rain yesterday. I’m not complaining at all, because we desperately needed it. Then last night it stormed, hard enough to scare my dogs. The storm didn’t wake me up, but my dogs barking and climbing all over me did. LOL Now this morning its back to muggy. It is so humid outside right now, I feel like I can’t breathe.

I got my master craftsman piece back yesterday. It did not pass. I couldn’t understand the basis for some of the comments either, such as my complementary scheme lacked imagination, and my colors were not balanced. Then they commented that I should have used another color for the tendrils. Well, I emailed the chairperson and asked her if I could use any other colors, or if the two colors were all I was allowed to use, and all she said was to follow the directions. So that kinda pissed me off, to be told that I should have used a third color. They also criticized the direction of my stitches. Well, that is the way I saw the flower. I’m not sure if I will redo it or not. Obviously, my tastes and imagination don’t suit them. I like my piece. I don’t know if I want to put time and energy into something to please someone else, and not me. I think right now I’m better off stitching for my pleasure and tastes.

I got something nice in the mail too. The October Opal kit. The colors are very pretty, peaches and browns. I just love getting sock kits! :o)

5 Weird Things About Me

Rissa put 5 weird things about her on her blog, and then she tagged me. So here are 5 weird things about me:

1. I have a fish phobia, which I have partially gotten over, sort of. I used to be totally terrified of fish. I couldn’t be around aquariums, or be in the water with them, or eat them. Mark swears I can walk on water, because we were in chest high water once, and I saw a fish near me, and I was out of the water and on the bank before he knew what happened. I am now okay with aquariums, but I haven’t tested the part about being in the water with them. And I still can’t eat fish.

Okay, I’m trying to think of more weird things, but I can’t. I’m really the only normal person I know. Maybe I should ask Mark for some suggestions. I bet he can think of some weird things about me.

Okay, here we go, I thought of a few more.

2. I rooted for the Aliens in the movie Alien versus Predator. That really disturbed Katie’s son. I don’t know why that disturbed him, but he still talks about that, in a very concerned voice. But think about it…the Predators had enslaved the Aliens, and hunted them down for fun. They had the poor little queen chained up. That is just wrong. Poor little Aliens. So, yeah, I wanted the Aliens to wup the Predator’s ass. And eat some humans along the way. Go Aliens!! Poor little abused and misunderstood guys.

3. I hate sappy, sweet, girlie love stories. Give me a gory, blood-and-guts creature feature any old day. I want to see death, destruction, and chaos. Jaws is one of my favorite movies. And yes, I rooted for the shark. Poor little guy. I also love Alien and Aliens, with Aliens being my favorite. The other Alien movies after that were just dumb.

4. I am a sucker for the Sci-Fi channel’s horror movies. You know, the ones they premiere on Saturday night and then release to video. I always have high hopes for them, every time. And they are always so dumb. Well, usually they are dumb. Dog Soldiers and Komodo were very good Sci-Fi channel movies. But the rest of them are dumb. And I tune in every Saturday night, hoping for the best.

5. A couple of years ago the Soap channel was rerunning Ryan’s Hope from the 70’s, and I secretly watched it. They showed 5 hours worth early Sunday morning, and I would sneak up out of bed to watch it, hoping Mark wouldn’t wake up and catch me.