Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A is for....

you may have noticed (on my newly updated sidebar) that i have decided to join the ABC Along! i think it will be fun. i'm a little behind, but i'll catch up.
i've decided to do the entire alphabet in theme. all about the town where i live. hope you enjoy :)



i've lived here and very near here for pretty much my entire life. there was a period of 5 years that we were away for my husband to attend Texas A&M University. other than that...this is it. there are a lot of great things about living here. it's a nice place to raise kids. especially for my husband and i. both of our families are here (for the most part). my kiddos get to see their grandparents any time they like. they are close with all of their aunts and cousins. they have tons of 3rd and 4th cousins - i think that's what they are.... kids of hubby's cousins and some of them even have kids. so when there are family gatherings on hubby's side of the family... to say there are 30 people under the age of 12 would not be exaggerating! they love it! then, on the other hand.. in my family, my kids are the only ones. everyone is completely ga-ga for them. they love it! they've got it made either way you look at it. back to A.... i'm not really going to post any more about amarillo, because i have B-Z to tell you all about it!


Rick Husband

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

all fixed (sorta)

well, it seems that my troubles are all in my laptop. for whatever reason it has some cookie issues. so pictures and other things will have to be done from the other computer. which makes it a pain for me... but for you, my dear readers.... i'll deal :)

looky at this gorgeous wool! mmmmm. the decadence is in 'chocolate' and is absolutely delicious! positively the softest yarn i've ever held! i'm going to be getting more so that i can make myself a sweater from it. yum yum yum

there is also 2 hanks of laceweight shimmer in maple leaf. and a pattern for a lovely shawl to make with it!

and... and 2 skeins of sock wt in gardenia. i am SO happy to get this! i love love the colorway!

winter wool

see. i already had some :) but only 1. and because we all know i am terrified of socks. i didn't know what to do with it... but now - i have 3!!!!!!

i'm making the cutest legwarmers to ever exist! they are (of course) for my daughter. who is, a girly girl and loves to wear skirts and dresses. and because (of course) i think she is the cutest girl to ever walk, i love to dress her sassy and fun. aren't these going to be a PERFECT addition to her wardrobe!?! i'm all a flutter about them and can't seem to put my needles down. although... these are S.L.O.W. going. 3k2p ribbing on sz 2 and then 3 then back to 2 needles. i just can't wait to get them done. i hope i do before winter is oficially over :P


soooo, talking about how long these are taking me... brings me to another thought - notice (on my newly updated sidebar) i've decided to join in on the knitting olympics. i had planned on making the theresa sweater (kinda ballet-looking, ruffle job) from the debbie bliss junior knits book for my daughter. but i just may be making the 2nd legwarmer :P (forgot to say, these are also from the junior knits) we'll see....
well, i gotta get, just got a phone call from the school that precious, beautiful, fabulous girl i was just speaking of barfed. that's the great thing about moms. they love ya even when you're barfing.

Monday, January 23, 2006


sorry i've been away for a while. i've been working on the behind the scenes stuff and trying to make my page look better.
has it changed for any of you?
see all the hard work i've done? i also took out some broken links and deleted some old swap stuff..... added some new swap stuff and cal/kal things.
i really really really want to tell you all about the wool i got for the winter wool swap... but i'm having some technical difficulties getting pictures up right now. hopefully i will get it worked out soon.
still haven't heard anything about biggest loser contest *sigh.......

Saturday, January 14, 2006

lose big

someone out in blogland asked the question "where do you do it?" although most everyone else answered this a week or more ago... i'm just getting to it.

my office

i most often work in my suburban. you see, i have a bizarre little schedule. my youngest still must have a nap everyday. but he won't until around 1:45 or 2. well, the other three kiddos get out of school at 3. which totally ruins the boy's nap when i have to put him in the car to go. SO- what i do is load him up around 1:45 everyday, drive over to the school of my Xavier and Elizabeth. park under a tree (for shade).... i crochet/knit/spin (whatever i feel like that day) and he snoozes. when school is out, we drive across town to the other campus (where my oldest is). then drive home. arriving around 3:40, so my little one has had a nice 2 hour nap. see, i'm not crazy. a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do - naps are essential for 3 yr old little boys :)

OH.MY.GOSH. ya'll are not going to believe what i did. ready for this?
my town is doing a local version of "Biggest Loser". i applied. yes, i did.
i really really really really really really really really really hope they pick me. they are chosing 3 men and 3 women. the applications are due in by tomorrow. then they are going to do some interviews. i don't know the date they will be selecting the contestants. yes, there are prizes... but who cares! they are giving the 6 chosen a gym membership (with a personal trainer 3X/week), a "diet" from a local place---- woo hoo! what an opportunity!! keep your fingers crossed for me. i'll let you know when i do.
you should see the pictures i turned in with my app.... YIKES!
if i get chosen, i'll show you. if not, forget it

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


whew! how are you? i'm good, thank you.

so i told you a funny about the youngest. now, one on the girl.
she's 6 and in the first grade. in her school there is a color behavior chart. at the end of the day, you end on a color accordingly. they begin every day on green and move up to purple and then blue for good behavior, or down to yellow, orange, and red for being naughty. every day after school they (my 6 & 4 yr olds) climb in the suburban all excited telling me how they day went. on this day, Xavier was on blue and very excited about it. Elizabeth was only green. so she started to whine and complain about how she "never gets to move to blue!" so Xavier over and over is singing "i was on blue". Elizabeth turns to him with fire in her eyes "YOU. ARE. NOT. HELPING!" he he heee oh man, i laughed out loud!

well, had a conference at the school today with my oldest's teacher. egads. that was no fun. but i believe we got a lot worked out and have high hope that things will get better....
high apple pie in the sky hopes

thought i had escaped, but alas deneen tagged me:

the 7 meme

A. 7 things (i hope )to do before I die:
1. see my children become happy adults
2. travel all the state parks with my kids
3. go to Disney(world - land?...the one in florida)
4. go to Italy
5. finish writing my "supermom" book
6. be 100% fluent in spanish
7. get my durn blog page to look the way i want to
B. 7 things I can not do:
1. walk on my hands
2. anything without a list
3. drink tequila
4. speak greek
5. fly
6. be around flying insects (ick ick - yes, i scream like a little girl)
7. drive a motorcycle
C. 7 things that attract me to:
1. my husband: he loves me
2. my husband: he loves our children
3. my children: they are so damn cute
4. my children: they make me laugh
5. my children: they love me
6. my critters: they love me (is there a theme here?)
7. yarn: it brings out my crafty side
D. 7 things I say most often:
1. i love you
2. stop it! (to the kids and critters)
3. damn it!
4. hey honey....
5. rock on!
6. what happened here?
7. oy!
E. 7 books (or series or genres or topics) that I love: (does this include tv?)
1. The Vampire Chronicles (Ann Rice)
2. Parenting Books
3. tv - 24
4. tv - ER
5. tv - CSI
6. pc games - Halo-online
7. pattern books (sew, knit, crochet!)
F. 7 movies I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
1. Made In Heaven
2. Gone With the Wind
3. The Breakfast Club (oh, i'm dating myself!)
4. Justice League (every single episode over and over and over...ugh!)
5. Spinning I
6. Spinning II
7. pretty much any other kid movie on the planet
G. 7 people I want to join in:
1. Julie - i think she's the only one i can not remember having done this yet????

sing with me! (yes, it's still in my head)
High Hopes
Frank Sinatra
Writer(s): Cahn/Van Heusen
Next time you're found, with your chin on the ground
There's a lot to be learned, so look around
Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant?
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant.
But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes
So any time you're gettin' low'stead of lettin' go
Just remember that ant.
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant
When troubles call, and your back's to the wall
There's a lot to be learned, that wall could fall.
Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam.
No one could make that ram, scram.
He kept buttin' that dam'
Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes
He had high apple pie, in the sky hopes
So any time you're feelin' bad'stead of feelin' sad
Just remember that ram.
Oops! there goes a billion kilowatt dam.
All problems are just a toy balloon
They'll be bursted soon.
They're just bound to go, "pop".
Oops! there goes another problem

Friday, January 06, 2006

my funny boy!

whew! i've been busy :)
a little spinning, crocheting, knitting, shopping.... oh how i enjoy my crafts.

before i begin with my fibery goodness. i have to tell you all a funny.

have you ever played the game feeding frenzy from yahoo? here's the gist: you are a little fish, there are smaller fish you eat and larger fish that will eat you... you grow and levels get harder and harder... it's fairly addicting. pc crack. my three year old is at the desk playing this game [yes, my 3 yr old knows how to play on the computer, work the camera, vcr and dvd]... so here he sits working the mouse; chomping and avoiding chomping and avoiding.... then, in a wicked little voice we hear "come here, my juicy little snack!" oh my gosh! it was SO STINKIN' FUNNY! oh, this boy!

some of the spinning is a secret...... shhhh
what do you think of this?

the color is pretty true, although you can't see the really great halo this yarn has. i don't remember what the fiber is or whether it is superwash or not... so.... i spun to a fingering weight and plan to attempt branching out again.... because noone wants to be a contribute-less member

the crocheting that i've done is without pictures. it's a blanket i started a while back that was supposed to have been a gift for my uncle for Christmas. didn't make it. bought him a really cool 'Abbey Rd' tee instead. i'll post a picture when i get a little further along with it. but the point is that i'm working on it! woohoo! go me!

i have one knit throw that is on a pair of 11 cables. it's mindless work. plain 'ol stockinette stich with a 2" garter stitch border. can't show you a pic of this either, as it is a gift for someone who passes through this way on occassion. i have 2 other projects on needles... i'll tell you tomorrow - i'm such a tease.

and as for the shopping, well, some of what i bought is a secret.
and some is not:
i LOVE this book!!

thank you debbie! i love you! seriously, every pattern in this book is phenomenal! it's all knit patterns for ages 3-10 --- and for someone who has 4 children within this range - the best pattern book EVER! and, there are really great patterns for my oldest son as well as my youngest son! i can not wait to finish up the purse i'm working on so i can cast on for one of these!!! do you see how good i'm being about finishing my projects!?! yay me!

also, i purchased my shoes for the BUkick it along.


what do you think? see the heels!?! for a chic who's wore (literally) nothing but birkenstocks for the last 2 years - that's a big deal!
to go along with my resolution to take better care of myself, i hope to lose a little weight (read that about 75lbs). i'm thinking that once this starts to show, i'll want to dress a little funkier - so i'm getting started with this!

hmmm, what sounds good for lunch? i'm hungry. think we'll do a grilled cheese.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

none broken

(we won't talk about the coffee w/ cream or the coke i had today)
yay for me! so far so good on the resolutions :)
finished up this throw last night.
cassi's gift
it is done with 3 strands tobacco colored chenille held together with a N hook. done in diagonal box stitch with just a plain ol dc mesh border. it's nice and warm. it was meant to be a wedding gift for a cousin and his bride... but that was a few months ago... in fact, they're expecting their 2nd child (yes, the 1st was before nuptuals)

denim close

i think i've showed you this before, but it was on the wheel... here it is all 'set'. it's about 11yards varying from lace to super bulky weight. any suggestions as to what i should do with it? yes, i have the supplies to spin more. so if you think of something that will require more.... i can do that.
i know there was more i inteded to tell you than this... but 3 of my 4 children are all begging to use the laptop. what's wrong with the 2 desktops in this house? who knows. so anyhow, i'm gettin' while the gettin's good.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


hubby and i rang in the new year with the kiddos. only the girl didn't make it. my 3 and 4 year old really surprised us and made it all the way to the ball drop. i knew my oldest would. he's too stubborn not to :)
speaking of... the boy asked me for a red and black hat. and well, because i am the coolest mom in the world (hey, this is MY blog!)... i did just that

the yarn is RH i had in stash. the pattern is tychus. the adjustments i made were: went down a needle size, knit 4 wedges instead of 5, used only 1 strand of yarn instead of 2. he's pleased. so am i.

ya wanna know what else i'm pleased about?
cable purse
i knit cables!!
want a close-up!?

the yarn is LB wool ease thick N quick in pumpkin (i think that's the color name). the pattern is cable knit purse. the adjustments i made were: i used sz15 needles instead of 13 because of my choice of yarn. it didn't even take a full skein! i'm so happy with it. yes, i know it's not completely done. but i'm going to have to buy handles because i don't have any in stash and couldn't wait to post about it :)

oh, and apparently i wasn't as good as i thought. santa did not bring koigu. :(

on to the resolutions for the new year:
1. read more (read period)
2. finish projects that have been started that i truly want to see finished and frog the rest!
3. spend more time learning (knitting techniques - spinning novelty)
4. design! (crochet)
5. take better care of my body

pretty reasonable list, i think.
and no, i didn't put anything about being a better mother or wife because that is not something i think should be a 'new year resolution' it is a daily committment.

Happy New Year to you all!

Traditional Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
The sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.


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