Monday, December 31, 2007

Peace Be The Journey

I joined in on the World Healing Day peace meditation this morning, which I originally read about on Lunaea Weatherstone's blog. I actually woke up at about 5 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up and knitted on the sock for my sock class until 6:00 a.m. This kind of knitting is very meditative to me anyways, just knit knit knit, around and around, so I was in a nice contemplative mood at the beginning of my meditation. :o)

My peace meditations always end up focusing on my hope that one day we will learn to live in peace not just with each other, but with Mother Earth. My prayer for 2008 is that more of us will learn to live gentle on our Great Mother.

My title for this post comes from the movie Cool Runnings, about the Jamaican bobsled team, which is one of my all time favorite movies. A strange fact about me - no matter how many times I watch this movie, I always cry when they pick up their bobsled after their wreck and walk across the finish line.


Peace be your journey for 2008!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sweeney Todd

We went to see Sweeney Todd last night, and it was an awesome movie! Definitely creepy and gory, but funny as only Johnny Depp can be in a creepy character. It was also very interesting to see him singing in a musical. :o)

Why is there always at least one of THOSE people at horror movies?? You know, THOSE people who must talk constantly through the whole movie, getting all upset when there is blood and gore? I just want to take them outside and slap them. There were two of them last night, all shocked at the amount of blood, and every time Sweeney Todd slit a throat and blood spurted, they were just horrified, screaming ewww, ewww, ewwww. Hmmmm, lets see...the story is about a serial killer who is a barber, who kills by slitting his victims throats. Then he dumps them downstairs into the meat pie shop where they are made into meat pies. And it is directed by Tim Burton, who has a wonderfully creepy mind. And it is rated R for violence and gore. Come on people, get a grip!

Anyways, if you like horror, and if you like Johnny Depp, you will LOVE this movie! What a delicious combination! :o)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sock Class

I am so excited! I'm going to be teaching my very first knitting class next month! It is a beginner sock class, just a plain cuff down sock using Opal yarn. I will be teaching at a shop called P is for Primitive, which is where I also took the beginner rug hooking class with Rissa and Cynthia. I will be teaching over three sessions two weeks apart - the first session we will cast on (which can be intimidating sometimes when you are casting on with all those double points for the first time) and start the leg, the second session we will do the heel flap and the third session will be the toe and kitchener stitch, and we can also cast on for the second sock during that session. I am really looking forward to it.

I am knitting up a sample sock for the class out of Opal Frosch, which is the blue frog colorway. Here is my progress so far. I want to finish it this week so I can take it to the shop to hopefully help attact attention to the class. :o)



I have weenie southern dogs. Our temp dropped to 26 or so last night, and we have a beautiful hard frost on the ground. My thin blooded weenie house dogs stuck their nose outside and promptly returned to bed. I had to pick them up and tote them outside so they would reluctantly do their business. Currently, they are all back in bed under the covers with my husband. Sad, so sad.

No, what is really sad is that I have to go in to work for a few hours. That just sucks. I don't know why they couldn't just let us be off today. We aren't going to do anything anyways! Of course, I could be mean and just refuse to go, after all, there isn't much they can do to me now that I have quit. LOL I am so ready for them to start interviewing to find someone to take my place!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dab of winter

Well, we had a tiny dab of winter that lasted about 2 days. Monday, we actually had a frost on the ground! Today, the temp was in the lower 70's, and it should hover about there through the weekend. I wish we got just a little bit more winter weather here in Mississippi. Sometimes I get so tired of warm, humid weather, and I long for snow, and for air so cold you can feel it in your lungs.

I did document our frost, so I could turn the A/C way down, look at the pictures, and at least pretend its winter!




And here is my poor little Flea, wondering why her grass is so crunchy and cold. It was hilarious to watch her try to hover over that cold grass and pee! Although from the look she gave me, she does NOT appreciate my humor. :o)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

This and that

Most momentous thing going on in my life right now - I turned in my resignation at work last Monday. I am taking a year off from work to devote to my embroidery. I am going to work on developing designing and teaching skills, and I am going to explore the possibility of opening my own needlework shop. I am taking a couple of art classes (design and drawing) at a local community college, and I will be going to several embroidery classes throughout the year. I am very excited!

Another dream of mine is also coming to fruition next year. Not only have I enrolled as a student at Hinds Community College, I will be teaching there as well! They called me out of the blue a week ago to see if I would be interested in teaching the night Accounting II class. I have always wanted to teach college accounting classes, so now I have my chance to see if I enjoy it. I am just thrilled about this too! I told Mark, depending on how much I enjoy it, I may become vvveeerrrryyyyyyyyyyy interested in pursuing a docotorate degree, which I have made noises about off and on for several years now. :o)

I have never been so excited at the beginning of a new year in all my life! :o)

I have been making progress on To The Acorn. I finished the reversible blackwork band. And it is reversible! :o)

Here is the front


And here is the back


The next band is cut work, and I have my box basted in and I'm ready to cut threads. That is always a heart-pumping, adrenaline filled moment. :o) Although I have already learned (guess how and why!) how to rethread threads cut in error. LOL I enjoy filet work, and I'm looking forward to working on this band this weekend.

Megan, Billy and I went to see I Am Legend last night, and it was great! Very spooky and creepy, with lots of heart pounding suspense, but it made me cry at spots too. I highly recommend this movie.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Not a happy post about an abandoned dog

Friday, when Katie and I were going back to work after lunch, I saw some people abandon two small dogs. It was on a cut-through road that goes from one busy road to another. They were pulled over at this gravelly spot, and I saw two little dogs running around, then I saw the car leave. I told Katie that those people had thrown out those little dogs, and I turned around and went back, passing the bitches on the way back. Sure enough, there the little dogs were, looking confused and lost.

Katie and I stopped, and another lady who had turned around and came back pulled up too. I got one of them to come to me - a little male red pomeranian mix. I handed him to Katie and went after the other one, who was very shy and wouldn't let me anywhere close. The little cut-through road is very busy, so I kept jumping out in the road to make people slow down and stop so he wouldn't get hit. He looked like a little chihuahua mix, and those dogs can be so nervous. I was so afraid for him.

When it became very obvious we weren't going to be able to catch the other little dog, the other lady said she would take the pom mix if I didn't want him. I told her to go ahead, and she left. I just couldn't bring myself to leave the other little dog. I called the Flowood PD, and an officer responded even before I got off the phone. But he couldn't do anything either, we couldn't even get close enough for him to be able to use the noose thing to catch him. So I gave up and went back to work.

Once there I called the MS Animal Rescue League, just to see if there was something they could do, but there wasn't. I knew that in my heart. I was so upset I just cried. I couldn't help it. Everyone at work knows I'm wacky when it comes to animals - I made our runner take a turtle that one of our trucks ran over to the vet a couple of months after I started working there. (And the turtle was fine - the vet was able to fix his shell and let him go.) I worried and worried about the dog all afternoon.

When I went home, he was still sitting there, watching the cars. I really wanted to stop and try to catch him again, but I knew that would be very dangerous for both him and me in 5:00 traffic. :o( It just broke my heart, because I know he was sitting there waiting for his owners to come back and get him. I really hate those people who did that - three young women in a silver car. I wish I had gotten their tag number, because Flowood enforces its animal cruelty laws. I worried because it gets cold at night, and I worried that another animal would come and get him, and I worried that he would get in the street and get run over. I worried and cried so much that Mark finally offered to go look for the little dog in the dark. :o( But there are no lights in that area, so I knew that was useless. I told him I was going back in the morning, and he said he would go with me and help me.

So yesterday morning I took food, water, a leash, and a blanket with me. And this story does not end happy. He didn't make it, he had gotten hit on the road. I feel awful, like I failed him, even though I knew I did my best for him. And I really hate those horrible bitches who abandoned him. I wish I could find them and tell them what kind of people they are. There is no reason to leave a dog on the side of the road. We have an open-door shelter that will take in anything, no questions asked, no cost to the person turning the animal in.

I just don't get people who view animals as so much trash to be disposed of at will. Animals are sentient, thinking, feeling beings just like humans. They deserve respect, and they deserve to be treated with respect. Sometimes I am really ashamed to be a part of the human race because there are just too many people who don't give a shit about Mother Earth and our fellow creatures who inhabit her.

Yes, I am very angry. And I am grieving for that little dog, and all like him. I light a white candle for him, and I know that his spirit is in the arms of the Mother Goddess, and I take comfort in that.