Saturday, December 30, 2006


To Mr. Laurie, here, for being awarded an Order of the British Empire. Don't think we can call him "Sir" yet --- that's a knighthood, if I'm not mistaken. Can you keep moving up the chain once you're on it?

Speaking of which, why isn't Rickman in this deal? Hello? Queen Elizabeth?

And what has happened to my Anderson Cooper button? Does anybody out there see it? All I've got is one of those disappointing red x's.

Knitting finally on track here. There was a time when I wouldn't knit in front of my mother --- how weird (man, I miss my thesaurus. . . ) is that? But now I don't care. I've finished a gauntlet out of the yellow and black sock yarn my Secret Pal sent me a while back, and I've made a couple more squares for the quilt. Sundays are my days to put them together, so I'll see if I can add to my total tomorrow.

The plan is to go back to Athens on Monday, but the weather is looking horrid. We really could wait until Tuesday if absolutely necessary, but I'd rather bug out early. Don't know if I'll be back to you before then, and I don't know when the computer at home will be repaired, but I'll be in touch as I can be.

Be careful and sane with your New Year's celebrations, and thank all of you for your friendships and inspiration in 2006.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Hooray for Tennessee!

'Cause I just love it anyway, but, right now, it's giving me a chance to catch up with all of your blogs (Shannon, darling, those hands!), read some e-mails and finally post again.

We had a nice drive up --- traffic was steady, but not overwhelming. Most of the problems were on the other side of the Interstate, including a vehicle fire. The weather is chilly, but clear. Our Christmas-gift-opening was lots of fun: Briton and Hannah got several more things which had been on their lists, Mama seemed truly happy with her things, and I got some lovely goodies. Yesterday, we shopped a wee bit, today we'll probably shop a wee bit more, then hit one of the fine eateries here tonight.

At the end of last year, I bought an English knitting magazine which came with a little diary. (The new one is on the stands now.) I decided I'd keep track of what I knit during the year. Well, the other day, I went back through and tallied everything up --- I completed 141 projects! I was stunned that the number was that high. Granted, so very much of that is scarves or washcloths --- things that take very little time. But there are also sweaters and afghans and socks (which take some time for me, OK? As Rox says, don't judge.) Though I spend every free minute possible with needles in hand, and there are times when my hands almost literally itch to knit, it's still a little difficult to imagine that I got that much knitting done.

I don't think I'll keep such a record in '07. You've seen how competitive I can be. Even with myself. (The final Rox vs. Kim Scarf Throwdown for me was 14. The last one was an angora chevron stripe in gold and black. Vanderbilt colors bought here the last time we were in town.)

Looks like we'll be staying here through the 1st. A day of re-acclimation on the 2nd, then back to school on the 3rd (kiddos) and 4th (me.) Hope each and every one of you has a safe, sane New Year's Eve. . .

Monday, December 25, 2006

A Christmas Miracle

Not only did we get all of us in the frame with the self-timer, but the computer and Blogger are allowing me to upload this picture!


*Cats exist separately.

Friday, December 22, 2006

For all my grousing about this town during football season, it is a good place to be if your computer breaks down. When the students have all gone home. Because you're likely to be able to find a free machine in a cafe or a library somewhere. This allows you to read over 100 e-mails received during the Breakdown Week, and also allows you to catch up with favorite people on favorite blogs.

It doesn't, however, allow you to upload personal photos, nor access materials you will need for school's reopening. The first is troublesome, the second a far-distant problem that I will ignore until positively forced to face it.

How is everyone? You all read as though holiday plans and schemes are humming along nicely. I've a little wrapping to do yet, but the shopping has ceased. More out of lack of funds than full completion of the mission.

It is raining here today, our part of the snowstorm which has trapped some friends of Briton's and Hannah's in Denver after a ski trip. Phone calls have been flying back and forth, text messages heralding even a slight break in the cloud cover. At first, it was sort of an adventure, I think, but it's just a pain now. Especially since one of the girls may be stuck in the airport for her 18th birthday.

I have finished the 13th scarf, and am maybe a third of the way through #14. I'm also making Mason-Dixon squares like mad. I figured out that I'd need 56 big ones (each made of 4 small ones) to cover my queen-size bed. Trouble is, I don't like the sound nor the "feel" of the number 56. "48" is infinitely more to my liking. So I will probably go with that. As of today, I have 12 big squares complete.

Today is our magnificent Jessie's 10th birthday. Wish to death I could put a picture of her here --- she truly deserves it. She is a great dog. And we love her to no end.

Don't know when I'll get back. Maybe not 'til the library in Tennessee. But I'll do what I can to stay in touch.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Don't Even Ask

Our computer has serious issues. I am only with you right now through a combination of spit, Band-Aids, rubber bands and prayer. I'm not sure how often I'll be able to be with you until we can get this thing properly repaired.

Thanks to all who have sent thoughts and gifts and cards. Special thanks to my Secret Pal for the dreamy purple banana silk yarn, which is almost a complete collar scarf. (Which will be #13, Roxanne. With #14 on another pair of needles. That may be the end of my output for the stretch of time you've laid out.)

We're finished with every single obligation as of today. Nothing to do but sit around and wait for Sunday night. . .

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Holiday Bounty

Numbers Eleven and Twelve. Rox admits being overcome with awe and jealousy. I may well have ruined her holidays. She can't even blog anymore.

(Which may actually be a clever ploy on her part. . . Kansans are universally admired and feared for their stealth.)

This horribly blurry photo is of a magnificent lion and lamb ornament sent to me by the even more magnificent Melanie. And yesterday, I was gifted with beautiful stitch markers from her. Those would not photograph at all, so let me just say that there is one set of beads with Japanese scenery and calligraphy, and one set of lion-shaped beads. Extraordinary!
Then, today, this came. Well, the hat part. The daughter and the cat I had already. This amazing felt number is from the gracious and generous Jo. Hannah, who has always been a hat person, models, while Gable got "lovingly pulled" into the shot. Jo also included a box of gourmet lollipops, some of which might make it to Monday.

Thank you, my friends!

Friday, December 15, 2006


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Photo Time

This is the previously discussed handkerchief angel tree topper. Told you it's prettier than it sounds: all lacy and baby's-breath-y. And this year, there are lights underneath it, which gives it a nice glow.

My darling best friend, Lisa, with whom I lived for 3 years, and whom I've known since (my right hand) Kindergarten, sent us a box of goodies. She insists that they aren't Christmas presents, but they certainly evoked Christmas-like delight:

Briton checks out the booklet from his "Grey Gardens" soundtrack;

my lion/lamb love got a significant boost (oh, she knows me so well. . .);

Miss Hannah (who adores Lisa, and shares many of her tastes), thrills to her David Duchovny "X-Files" action figure (between you and me, I'm surprised Lisa could let this go. . .)

My contributions to the Rox Challenge: 7 scarves here, 3 already Christmas-gifted, 1 just about ready to come off the needles.

I believe that's double digits. What's the count in Kansas?

Monday, December 11, 2006


Thank you for all the nice compliments on our tree --- it is especially pretty this year. Melanie wondered
where all the lions were. Well, here are three! They're scattered all about the tree, trust me.

Oh --- and you wanted to see the handerkechief angel, too, didn't you, Melanie? I'll try to post that next time.

For those who are scratching their heads about the previous post --- let me assure you that I love Roxanne. Well, as much as you can love someone whom you've never met, nor even spoken to. (Though I have talked to her husband, and he is very nice.) Rox cracks me up, supports me, does all the things a good blogfriend should do. Yet, somehow, the two of us are viciously, violently competitive. Whether its our taste in men, or a casual wondering about how many scarves could be knit by Christmas. No hostility, I promise. Just fierce convictions on both sides that the other will be left in the dust.

In the most friendly, loving way.

My output pictures soon.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Dear Rox,

I was going the quiet, humble route.

Then you jump all up in my face. Jump ugly.

Bring it.


Friday, December 08, 2006



Let the gift-wrapping begin!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A Swap is Not Just A Swap

Signing up for a Christmas ornament swap, one expects to receive a lovely little bell, or a delicately beaded treasure to sparkle amidst the tree lights. You certainly don't expect a teddy bear with a complete wardrobe! And yet, that's just exactly what Teresa sent me for the Knit the Classics holiday ornament swap.

The bear (as yet unnamed) arrived in angel gear, but can also don a Santa suit (complete with bag) or a sporty turtleneck for those winter get-togethers. This was a delightful surprise, and, if I'm not extremely careful, will most assuredly wind up in the possession of my stuffed animal-crazed daughter.

Thanks, Teresa! May you be royally gifted in return!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sundry and Various

A teacher's weekend, near the end of Fall Quarter (really nice teacup courtesy of local Goodwill store, thank you very much):
Secret Pal, that wonderfully soft Rumor yarn you sent me? The yarn I thought would make a delightful scarf? It made a much more delightful little cardigan/shrug, don't you think?
The reasons no one dares threaten our homestead:
Things here are OK.

Friday, December 01, 2006

It Was a Good Mail Day

Look what Postman Jim brought me yesterday! (Yes, that is his name, and, yes, he does look a wee bit like Santa.)

This is from my International Scarf Exchange partner, Amy J. Loads of beautiful Australian scenery, sent in an appropriately beautiful scenic air mail envelope! Thanks, Amy!
Then, from my Secret Pal, FybrGrrl, a long-coveted book and two skeins of sock yarn in Vanderbilt's colors! How awesome is that? She's a Texan (by residence, at the very least), and it may have galled her to buy something not burnt orange and white, but I am deeply appreciative. Don't know what I'll whip up with it --- seems a shame to make socks which will be mostly hidden. Maybe some wristwarmers and a scarf? Stay tuned.