Tuesday, March 28, 2006


the letter Bb in Amarillo ...

ya hungry? i mean REALLY hungry?

mmmmm, Steak!

the Big Texan, home of the FREE 72oz steak. if you can finish it all in under an hour. and they mean all, salad, baked potato, dinner roll and 72oz-(the rules)-let me do the math for you - that's 4 1/2 pounds of beef. folks, that's a LOT of food! if you fail, you just bought yourself a $200.00 meal.
the offer began back in 1960. since that time, 37,000 people have tried to consume this monstrous meal, with only 6,200 succeeding.
if you opt for a meal from the menu, don't forget the appetizers: diamondback rattler (that's rattlesnake for you non-Texans) or mountain oysters -ummm, delicately named calf-fries --ummm, delicately named cow balls.

Amarillo also can boast about our very own, Botanical Gardens.
garden garden

a frequent flyer of the Amarillo skies:
the Osprey
Bell Helicopter is one of the major employer in town. Amarillo is the primary site for system design and development, integration, assembly and delivery of production military aircraft. (okay, so i cheated and took this off their site, all i know to tell ya is that they make the Osprey for the military here.)

sorry for the huge gap between entries, my laptop died. dead. being able to wrestle the desktop away from my children and hubby is not an easy task, add to this that the computer is hooked up to the one and only television in our home and well, my time is limited.

Monday, March 13, 2006

A is for...


Amarillo (again)

Yes, I've done it once before, but decided I didn't do it as well as I would have liked... so - Take Two:

Amarillo, Texas - my hometown.

Population: 182,462 (and steadily growing)

With a city slogan of ... Amarillo, a great place to live

Okay, so it's a little corny, but it truly is a nice place to be. A good sized city with a small town feel. A very eclectic town, that's for sure. From cowboys (the real ones and drugstore) to the elite and goth and everything in between, this place has it all. Over this coming year, following the ABC Along, you'll learn quite a bit about this town I call home.

The summers are hot and the winters cold, autumn is brisk and spring wet (well, sorta). March/April and May are littered with great thunderstorms and tornadoes. June/July/August and into September are HOT - frequently reaching temperatures above 100*. There is virtually no humidity here and the wind never stops blowing... ya know that blast of heat you feel when you open a hot oven? Yeah, it's like that. The autumn is great with a show of color on minimal trees (the Texas Panhandle is, well... flat) and the constant breeze turns cool. In the winter - snow. Yes, it's snows in Texas. Not usually all winter, but for a few weeks, we usually get dumped on pretty good.

My kiddos love it here. There are lots of things for them to participate in and their entire family ('cept aunt sissy and auntie sherry) are here. Family functions are frequent and they have a huge cheering section at all their soccer/karate/school and every other activities.

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A is also for Astronaut. Amarillo's International Airport was renamed in rememberence of Rick Husband, an Astronaut who was from here. Rick Husband was the captain of the Space Shuttle Columbia. All 7 of her crew perished upon re-entry on Feb 1, 2003

Rick Husband

Amarillo College - Change your tomorrow, Enroll today!

I hope I have intrigued you and that you've enjoyed this little bit. Remember, I have the rest of the alphabet to go ... all about Amarillo.


Sunday, March 05, 2006

more red

staying within color scheme, my work of late:

the lovely LadyLinoleum has a casting call for "tomatoes from the edge". Mikail Mato (made of 100% handspun -by me) is my contribution:

Mikail Mato

the ever handsome Dude has made a request for 12" squares. He is involved in a wonderful charity: Heartmade Blessings. this is the square i put in the mail on saturday:


after hearing about the fingerless mitts i made my grandpa, my mom asked for a pair. her office is a bit chilly and having had surgery for cts, the warmth on her wrists while she types all day is a good thing. and for my mom to actually request one of my crafty things... i jumped right on it. i'm using a ww lion brand wool ease, red with multicolored speckles. she requested no thumb and i wanted to make it a little more girly - so i chose a cabled pattern. here is the first one:

mom's fingerless mitt

a quick funny on 2 of my kiddos. i swear on a flock of sheep these are exact words!
i've told you before how my 3 year old loves feeding frenzy. so he sits, obsessed with enlarging his little fishy by consuming the smaller ones. with his older sister by his side with words of encouragement, "i believe in you, baby vic, i know you can do it" - how could he not? and then at last a ppbbbbbllliiiiing, from the computer, my boy raises his hands in triumph and yells "dreams do come true!" that's right friends, he passed a level he's been on for a while now :D

Thursday, March 02, 2006

could you, would you, on a train?

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss stamp

shall we celebrate with cake and ice cream? absolutely not! only one way to properly salute this great author of amazing children's books ---

green eggs and ham

I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!
(yes, this really was our breakfast this morning)

a great website for the young ones to play on: www.Seussville.com

hope you have a terrific day.... read a Dr. Seuss book to a child today (if you don't have one, borrow a kid from the neighbor), pass on the love of the Sneetches.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

at the RED-y

spectrum red

yes, it's true, i can't resist a fun a-long

Project Spectrum
"The idea of Project Spectrum is simply a celebration of the colors around us, and taking the time to notice them. Each month over a six month span will be devoted to a color group - participants can knit, dye, crochet, weave, spin, stitch, paint, scrapbook, sew, quilt, cook, grow, photograph, bake, or bead items in that color group (of course all arts and crafts not mentioned here also count!). "

the game plan:
March - Red and Pink
April - Orange and Yellow
May - Green
June - Blue
July - Violet / Purple
August - Neutrals / Black & White

my plan:
March - Red and Pink - arm warmers for my mom in red and kick it boots in pink for me and finish a hot pink necklace for my sis sherry (who has an interesting post on mardi gras up today), that is in the weaving in stage that sucks so bad
April - Orange and Yellow - undecided, although i have this really really great bulky wool rug yarn in bright orange that i desperately want to make a felted backpack for my daughter but have yet to find a pattern-suggestions?
May - Green - undecided (possibly something for my bil who is an A's fan)
June - Blue - Christmas blanket for my dad
July - Violet / Purple - Christmas blanket for my sister, chelle
August - Neutrals / Black & White - undecided

watch for the new button and progress on the side bar ---->

so this will be fun to see explode all over blogland. what are you going to make for march?

in other news:
Knitting Gold
my gold

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