Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Knittus Interruptus

On the theoretical level, waiting rooms and parking lots should be splendid knitting locations. Just sitting for stretches of time should give one many completed rows, many projects near completion.

What I have found, though, in the last several days, is that, while many rows are, indeed, completed while one sits and waits, very few of those rows will actually be in pattern, or knit very well. Unravelling should be a competitive sport.

So, I haven't gotten as much knitting done (in the "finished" sense) lately, not because I haven't had opportunities, but because my mind has been other places. But, I am hoping that curve, along with a host of others, is beginning to move upwards again.

As per our day-after-Thanksgiving tradition, our Christmas decorations are now up. We will probably get the family tree this weekend, but the tree on the back porch, and the trees for each of our bedrooms are up and trimmed. This, of course, is my tree --- as if the lions and lambs, Yoda and Secretariat weren't screaming my name.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Help from Melanie

The singular Melanie has been a source of comfort and support in these recent days*, and she has posted this meme on her excellent blog. The answers to these questions will surely raise one's spirits!
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Frankly, I'm a fan of both!
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree? Santa's presents are not wrapped --- that's how you know they're from him.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Actually, I prefer blue lights on the tree. But between colors and white, most definitely white.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No. Never have.
5. When do you put up your decorations? The day after Thanksgiving. A family tradition.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Pecan-topped mashed sweet potatoes.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? One Christmas was actually white, and outside our house, in the snow, were two sets of footprints: one from a pair of large boots, the other a set of dainty hooves with an "R."
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Doesn't everyone know the truth? He's a great guy!!
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes --- everyone gets to open just one.
10. What kind of decorations are on your Christmas Tree? The aforementioned blue lights, and ornaments of all types. Bought, made, received, some from my childhood. Every year, we get one new ornament for the "family tree," and we each get one for the trees we have in our rooms.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread? Love, loVE, LOVE!! (As a Southerner, I've never had enough to grow weary of it.).
12. Can you ice skate? No way. I can't even roller skate.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? A drum set.
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? The sheer joy it awakens in my children.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? My Aunt Louise's green Jell-o salad.
16 What is your favorite holiday tradition? Going to a live Nativity Scene on Christmas Eve.
17. What tops your tree? An angel made from handkerchiefs. (Which doesn't sound very pretty, but actually is.)
18. What is your favourite holiday book? Something I read to my children when they were little; I'd have to look. . .
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Traditional: "O, Holy Night." Modern: "Please Come Home for Christmas." And I have to mention Aaron Neville's "Louisiana Christmas Day," which is the only holiday song I can, and do, listen to year-round.
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy? Yummy!

*Shannon and Rox have also been, well, rocks. And thanks to every other one of you who has been concerned.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

OK, Universe . .

I get it.

When you go after my children, you are coming after me.

Uncle.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Hey, Universe. . .

You want to run some sanity-testing, back-breaking experiment on somebody, come see me.

Leave my children alone.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Whither the Muse?

I've no idea why I haven't been blogging of late. Just uninspired, I suppose. Not sad or brooding or anything nearly so dramatic --- it's just that, when I've sat down to imagine something to say, nothing interesting has come to mind.

This despite having received a terrific Boo-ty Swap package from Benita in Canada, which included THE most delicious chocolate and hazelnut bar I've ever tasted. And a Swap-Bot package with a very pretty crocheted dishcloth, a hand care set and adorable postcard. I even talked on the phone with Jade for a nice long while Sunday. (She's coming close to us this weekend, you know. We will meet, and continue gossiping viciously about Kansans.)

Knitting continues, Christmas shopping has begun --- things are going along rather smoothly. Simply no pretty words nor turn of phrase with which to charm you all.



Saturday, November 11, 2006

Review

Teddy Joe Neeley, I'm sure you aren't reading my blog, but, on the off chance that someone near you, or near your ear, is, you are phenomenal. Thank you for sharing your farewell with little ol' Athens, and for still being a real rock singer.

If any of you are so inclined, and if this company of "Superstar" is going to be performing anywhere close to you, go see. It's a night well-spent.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Oh, Snap!

Tonight is a night of theater for my son and me. "Jesus Christ, Superstar" is in town, with the one and only Ted Neeley in the title role, as he was in the film (right.) Hannah, not interested in this little bit of acting history, opted to go to a friend's house for the evening. But Briton and I are pretty psyched --- he especially. For reasons that are really not mine to disclose, this musical, and Neeley's portrayal in the film are very, very dear to him.

Each quarter, I build into the class schedule what I call a "Mental Health Day." A day when class is cancelled so that we can all catch our breath, take a break from each other, whatever. Today was that day. I forced myself to dress and go out, else I probably would have spent the entire day asleep. Got some Christmas shopping done as the result of a long, unhurried walk through Barnes & Noble, got some tremendous clearance deals at Old Navy --- quite productive.

Speaking of which. . . Rox, I've gotten two scarves finished. I thought I was stronger than your throwdown, but my competitive spirit wouldn't be reined in. This is on now, too, along with the ongoing.



Tuesday, November 07, 2006

So. . .

Two dear friends have met in person, and come out unscathed. Couldn't be happier. I'm next up!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Does This Happen to Anyone Else?

Does anyone else find themselves on the floor because an animal has usurped their chair?

At any rate, I've been doing a lot of little things knitting: wristwarmers and tea cozies and armbands for iPods/cell phones, mitred squares, dishcloths. But today, I cast on some real knitting: an actual sweater! Do I remember how to construct an actual garment? Time will tell.

And this is despite someone issuing a catty scarf challenge. Oh, I'm tempted. Really, I am. But other fish to fry just now.

Hugh Roarie is keeping me very good company, and has fit in very nicely with the other lions. It wasn't too clear in the photo, but on the jeans bag is a button of HR's namesake. Hannah and I bought a button-making kit a while back, and I made one of him, one of a lion, and one of Katharine Hepburn. That's all I was able to make, as she pretty much hoarded all the other materials for herself.

Trips to Michael's and Hobby Lobby this afternoon for Ornamental 2 materiele. Have a couple of ideas, but won't do anything for certain until I get my match and see what stated tastes are. I've got a dishcloth swap going on right now, and then Ornamental, and then done. I think.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Feel the Yarn, Feel the Yarn. . .

I am sitting here working on a hat, and it is such a good thing that this yarn (a thick and thin, fuzzy type) feels wonderful slipping through my fingers. Because otherwise, I might lose it. I have been trying since yesterday to upload pictures of things. Yes, we're all tired of hearing griping about Blogger. But, honestly, without room in our budget to pay for a blog, where else can I go?

My Secret Pal, Fybr Grrl, sent me a package that arrived over the weekend, with note pads (love blank paper!), yarn that will make a superb scarf, and a Lantern Moon sheep-shaped door mat! Completely awesome. And the box was all decorated with sheep and yarn and needles. . . Very cute! The littlest of our cats, Lily, has completely claimed the mat as her own.

Thanks, by the way, to all who commented on Master Gable yesterday. That's one of the catnip ghosts that Jade sent a while back.

Hannah and I went shopping the other day, and gave in to our mutual weakness for stuffed animals. She got a polar bear, I got --- surprise! --- another lion. (Four baskets full just isn't enough. . .) Hers were christened "JM Bearie." Get it? The Peter Pan guy? Well, I wasn't going to be outdone. So I thought and thought, and finally came up with


wait for it. . .



remember, this is a lion . . .



just a smooch longer. . .




Hugh Roarie.