Thursday, January 04, 2007

Closing Shop

Due to circumstances beyond my control, and totally beyond my comprehension, my Blogger blog is only sporadically available to me now. Following the lead of The Fearless Roxanne, I am moving this blog to WordPad. It's sad to me, really --- I don't think I'll be able to set things up quite the same over there. I'll miss my pictures of Rickman and House especially.

So, join me at When and if I can, I may throw an entry your way here, too.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Easier Than Weird

Melanie tagged me with the " Six Weird Things" meme that's making the rounds now --- I can only think of two things I would define as "weird" about myself. Does not finding yourself weird count as weird?

At any rate, that one will have to wait.

She has also, though, challenged me to come up with 10 things I love, each of which must begin with the first letter of the first name of my first grade teacher. That was Louise Polk, at Glencliff Elementary School, so I am tickled to be able to start with:

1) Lincoln --- Love, adore, worship. Practically every list I'm ever asked to make begins with him. My idol and my hero.

2) Lions --- Graceful, dignified, proud, comic, beautiful. What's not to love?

3) Lobster --- As in to eat. With drawn butter. Couldn't ever choose a live one out of a tank and send it to its watery doom, but if it's prepared outside my vision, I can deal.

4) Laughing --- Mostly, I love the sound of my children really finding something truly funny, but I enjoy a gut-busting laugh, too.

5) Libraries --- The quiet. The out-of-the-way places where you can hide and concentrate. Or daydream. All those books, any of which can come home with you. . .

6) Letters --- Writing them as well as receiving them. There is such divine pleasure in opening a mailbox to find something someone else, far away. composed themselves, addressed themselves, posted themselves. Thank goodness there are still people in the world who share my love of the non-form-letter.

7) Lasagna --- Especially my mother's. You get an occasional bite of the edge, where everything is crunchy, but not burned, or that perfect noodle with mostly cheese and meat, and just enough sauce to hold the tastes together. Aaaaahhhh. . .

8) Linebackers --- If you don't watch football, this won't matter to you. But I love linebackers. Middle ones especially. 'Backers are usually uniquely intense, and play the entire field, and make crunching hits. My all-time favorite pro football player is/was a linebacker: Jack Lambert. Yes, he played middle.

9) Lavalieres --- Necklaces I like long. Really long. (Although I always wear a regular-length pendant Daddy gave me.) Thanks to my son's theater obsession, I learned this word for long necklaces from "Chicago." See? Entertainment and education needn't be mutually exclusive.

10) Left-handedness --- Yeah, yeah. If you've been reading this blog long enough, you know the drill.

Now, I am supposed to give you (yes, you!) a letter of the alphabet to use for your List of Ten. Let's see. . . How 'bout you pick the middle letter of your middle name?

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. . .