Tuesday, February 28, 2006

For Daddy

The perfectly lovely woman in the second row, in the red and black, is Mama. Representing us at the Hall of Fame banquet alone, but beautifully.

Far left in the front row is Donna Cole, JCole's daughter and all-around sweetie. I'm told she and Mama got a little teary that night. Who can blame them? Two top-notch men whom we all miss desperately.

Monday, February 27, 2006

This One's Easy

OK, so my taste in men isn't everyone's. I accept that. I'm proud of it. And this one might be a little cliche', but, for crying out loud,
just. look. at. him!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Really, I'm not a bad person. Oh, sure, a little selfish at times. Lazy, too. But I believe I have a good heart and good intentions. So why has our computer all of a sudden decided it wants nothing to do with either the digital camera or the printer? Some misbehavior on their account? Punishing me for some slight? It's beyond my ability to understand. And, if yesterday and today are any indication, also beyond my ability to correct.

SP7 sent me a wonderful package out of the blue yesterday. Just plain pretty peach cotton yarn, stitch holders and a needle gauge. Aluminum needle gauges are something I remember being fascinated with when I was young and would go through Mama's knitting things. They still make me feel comfortable and nostalgic. I have a miniature one on my charm bracelet. So, thank you Secret Pal!

We leave tomorrow for Tennessee, to attend the induction ceremony at the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame. Daddy's going in, fittingly, with his best friend, Jimmy Cole. The other thing happening to me that I can't figure out is throwing up for the last couple of hours. Don't know if it will be enough to keep us home, but it is miserable.

The One Whose Birthday Was is below. Most, most definitely sexy. Alan Rickman. A visit to Mindfull (my other blog) will reveal a photo and a self-portrait of Mr. Rickman. Voice, eyes, mouth, the way he carries himself, wickedly funny. . .

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Little Rays of Sunshine

I've discovered this afternoon and tonight that my camera will no longer relay information to my computer. And I spent an inordinate amount of time yesterday taking a picture of myself in my new ribbon bolero. This is my new favorite garment: the curve of the front, the collar. . . It's terrific. BUT, you'll just have to take my word for it, won't you?

As for Mr. Azaria here, another of my Sexiest. I've long since thought him brilliantly funny. When I saw him in person, though, I found out he is quite hunky. Who knew?

Happy 60th Birthday to a Sexiest who will be revealed later, and

Eternal thanks to Elaine, who has lightened a considerable burden today, and made me eternally grateful to those who matched us up for SP6.

Sunday, February 19, 2006


You've all been very generous with your compliments and support and cyberhugs. Things, after rounds of e-mails and telephone calls and discussions with teachers, counselors and The Children Involved, have become manageably uneven. We'll make it. Thank you.

The knitting has come around, too. I'm seaming together the rainbow bolero, have begun a baby blanket for a pregnant student, and am working through yarn leftovers for my lap afghan.

And, since I used him as a tease, let me 'splain my inclusion of Sam Neill on the Hottest List. (I'm thinking "sexiest" instead of hottest, which is causing an interesting putting-on and leaving-off process.)

Anyway, to Sam. Wonderfully expressive face, not show-offy, intriguingly reserved, and probably the most breath-taking set
of forearms and hands ever.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Peeklet

In all honesty, knitting is going poorly. There have, in the last week, been a couple of parenting crises with which I have had to cope. I'm feeling inadequate as a mom, I'm distracted, and the projects I've tried to cast on lately have come right back off the needles within half a dozen rows. Maybe my focus will return soon.

In the meantime, a glance at what's to come in my 20 Hottest list:

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


I'm one of those fogies who doesn't send a Valentine's Day card to everyone. And there are a lot of people in my life whom I love dearly. Many, many of them read and contribute to this blog (yes, you!) But I feel like the only people I should send Valentine's cards to are my parents, my husband (when he was here) and my children.

So, there'll be no Valentine's e-cards in your inboxes. But it doesn't mean that I'm not thinking of you, not deeply appreciative of your friendship and support and humor. I just don't do all those cards.

But I am trying to compile my 20 Hottest Celebrities of All Time list, as per Rox. For all my years of celebrity crushing, I am having a difficult time with this. Can I include women? There have been and are some beautiful women out there, you know. Let's not discriminate.

And there is knitting here. I finished a pair of boucle' handwarmers last night, and have cast on for my Leftovers Lap Afghan. The rainbow ribbon bolero lacks a sleeve, a collar and being put together. But I'm busy on the 20 List. And not sending Valentine's cards.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

First the gardenia from SP7, and now an Amazon gift certificate from the One and Only Rox!!! What a birthday. Thanks to you all.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Try as I might, I cannot get my photo of my birthday present from my wonderful Secret Pal to load here. It is a gardenia plant!! How perfect and perfectly wonderful. It arrived with one miniature blossom. So, while those of you out there under the thick blanket of this winter storm curl up with your teas and your covers and your knitting, I'll be here sniffing one of nature's most wonderful scents: the pure white heaven of a gardenia.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Pleasures of the Flesh

Knitting on the lap afghan, which is now finished, I realized how comfortable something draped across one's legs could be. (The blue suede cowboy boots are comfy, too, by the way.) So I have decided to make one for myself using yarn leftovers. May not make a feather-and-fan one again right away, but I'll come up with something.

Don't know if any of you also check out my MindFull blog, but I posted an entry yesterday about a site which feeds my affection for men's forearms and hands. I like shoulders, too, though there doesn't appear to be a website for them. The body hangs, drops from the shoulders, so one's bearing, one's carriage, begin and end there.

Tomorrow, I pick up my birthday cake --- an annual hedonistic plunge into layers of caramel so absurdly rich that an annual hedonistic plunge is about all you can stand. That tomorrow isn't actually my birthday, and so no one will be able to partake, is an exquisite torment.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

  • This
  • is the kind of gesture that makes me so very glad Rox is my friend.

    Sunday, February 05, 2006

    Yes, Virginia, There Is A Place Set For You

    As diverse a group as knitters are, your Dinner Guest lists did show some commonalities. Most of the guests were either authors or actors. Only a very few of you listed family members (as opposed to my students, by the way.) People I'd call "Activists" were well-represented (ECStanton, FDouglass, etc.) But the only person who appeared on more than one list?

    Virginia Woolf

    Her dining card is rather full, thank you, with three invitations. Hope she has a Palm Pilot. Or a Social Secretary.

    I have been knitting. The Muff Shawl is blocked. The ribbon bolero has a back and the beginning of a left front. The lap afghan is 60 rows shy of completion. And last night, I tried to cast on 2-circular socks, and found out I couldn't repeat my earlier triumph! (Snickle, your KAL has hexed me! Hexed me, I say!) I'll give it another try today.

    As for dinner at my house:
    Abraham Lincoln
    Harpo Marx
    Katharine Hepburn
    Lily Tomlin
    Arthur Ashe
    Alan Rickman

    (With Emma Thompson on speed-dial for any last-minute cancellations, and Anderson Cooper in a caterer's shirt/vest/tie and jeans to fetch drinks.)

    Hey --- you imagine your way, and I'll imagine mine. . .

    Friday, February 03, 2006

    Oh, Yeah. Knitting.

    Reading the answers to the Dinner Guest Question has been so fascinating, I've forsaken reporting on The Craft. But let me say thank you for responding; quite the literati out there! (Of course, a librarian and a Lit professor sort of stack the deck!) A couple of you have mentioned that the invitees might change, depending on the day you were asked. That's permissible. And understandable. I have a core group of 4 or so on my list, and the rest come and go depending on my mood. From a Sociological standpoint (and that's where this whole thing began), that's predictable. I'll be posting my list, and the synthesis of all the others, this weekend. Yes, yes, the waiting will be excrutiating, but hang on . . . ;)

    I finished the Muff Shawl. It needs a good blocking before I photograph it. Will say, though, that a test trying-on revealed that I was unable to get it to hang/drape/tie like the picture in Just Scarves. Then again, I'm minus a styling team, aren't I?

    Working feverishly to complete a lap afghan so that I can get a shipment off to Warm the World. It is going exponentially faster than it might have, thanks to the gift of an electronic row counter from the incomparable Melanie! Very slick little creation, when one is bound by measurement requirements. Or just when one wishes to wear a wee gadget around the neck that produces a nice "beep" at the end of a row. A sure signal of accomplishment.

    Also making a long-sleeved bolero for Self. Out of rainbowy ribbon tape yarn, which is prettier than that description sounds. It's going quickly so far, as boleros are small, and this one is knit upon 11s. I think I'm going to like it alot --- I just hope it fits. That's the thing about ribbon: not a whole lot of give.

    I am beginning the process of gutting handeye.com. The whole venture just isn't going anywhere as is. I haven't yet decided precisely how I'll reshape things, but I will. My shop on etsy has been a bust as well. Need some inspiration of the retail type.

    Thanks again for your lists! Dream and knit on!!

    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    Progress Report


    Not as many of you have completed your assignment as I might have wished, but the papers turned in so far have been fascinating! Thank you for your contributions. There will be a final "tally" of your answers, so that we can look for patterns, similarities, etc. At some point, The Instructor will also reveal her list.

    Still time to turn your work in!!!