Tuesday, December 25, 2007

What I Got for Christmas

I'm looking weary since I'm on my 10th day of being ill...most of us here for Christmas are sick. But we still opened presents!

DH got me this wonderful tiki from Hawaii - Kanaloa - god ocean, fishing and abundance. And I'm wearing a t-shirt sent to me by my online buddy Trecia. Thanks Trecia!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

More Weekend Photos

My brother has worked for years in the restaurant industry. Once during a visit, he and my DH got into a conversation about my brother's opinion that the public will eat anything if it's fried. My brother said if he could figure out a way to batter and deep fry a head of lettuce, people would eat it.

In deference to that conversation, we just had to try the grilled romaine hearts with fried capers and parmigiano reggiano at The National. Even though it wasn't deep fried.

below: part of my tiki mug collection

below: our house has two kitchens. Here's the downstairs kitchen, which is like a sunroom. Every other window opens outwards and is screened.

below: found this today for our Polynesian themed decor. It's around 3 ft tall.

below: DH wearing his new hat out to dinner.

Mitch's Hat

Here's the hat I made for Mitch, for our anniversary. He picked out the pattern and colors. It's a "Third Eye Chullo".

Fab Finds #3

More fab finds from Agora, the resale shop.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

More Fab Finds #2

More furniture finds at Agora.

below: a reportedly circa 1950s sofa by Flexsteel. Midcentury style and excellent construction. Needs some cosmetic work, missing some knobs on the front and a couple knobs are dog chewed (at time of purchase, not by my dog). Cushions need replacing. Hardwood frame. This sofa is 8 ft. long and comfortably seats 4.

below: we were thrilled to snap up this bamboo rattan chair. Will likely reupholster it with a retro patterned fabric (atomic style). Hope, hope, hoping to find a second one like it at some point to make a set. When we are done, the sofa and chair(s) will coordinate.

below: couldn't resist this resin tiki bobblehead and Leilani mug.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Trip to Highlands

Drove up to Highlands, NC the other day for some holiday shopping. Here are a few photos from the trip:

below: the Blue Valley

below: Cullasaja Gorge falls (they are HUGE...low water today though)

below: outfitter store in Highlands

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Orleans Thanksgiving

Only two photos of our Thanksgiving trip.

The first one I call "Why We Knit". Because it's soooo relaxing. Look at our eyes! We're zoning out.

Below photo is the central courtyard of the house where we stayed. The plunge pool can be cool, or heated and jetted like a hot tub. It has a waterfall, too. Since it was freezing, we used it as a hot tub. Divine.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mtn Yard Today

On the photo below, notice the bottom edge of the photo as true level, and you'll see just how steep our land is.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Thrifting Treasures

Hit the thrift stores this week on a secret knitterly mission, and found these other treasures:

tiki mugs, $5 for the set, I had to rescue them.

below: retro night light, only $2! I have been looking at these in the retro shops for a couple years now, usually priced from $40 - $20. I can't believe I found one in a Goodwill for $2. The brass base with it's shell motif, and the paper fan which matches our bedding colors, make it perfect for our beach themed master bedroom.

below: I had to rescue this from the thrift store, somebody spent A LOT of time making this afghan. Groovy!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

WIP: Cozy V-Neck Pullover

Whew! This sweater is an exercise in persistence. I had seen others' blog posts about this sweater's "miles of ribbing", but now I am experiencing first hand what that feels like. It really does get boring after awhile. But I keep going because the design of this sweater results in a garment that while fitted, feels like a comfy, worn t-shirt because of the give.

The yarn is 50% llama and 50% wool, and is so lightweight it doesn't feel like you're wearing a sweater. But it is TOASTY!

After I finish the miles of torso ribbing (still not done yet...it comes down past the waist), I'll move on to the miles of ribbed sleeves and ribbed neckline.

I think I'm going to LOVE wearing this sweater. The lavender color from the outside photo is more true.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

FO: Cell Phone Cozy

Knitter jargon: FO means Finished Object. WIP means Work In Progress.

I needed some instant gratification since I am working on 2 sweaters, so I whipped out this cell phone cozy. The button is faux; the cozy closes with Velcro.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My Car

For the second time in my life, I got to pick the exact car I wanted. I love it! It's a Honda Accord coupe. The must-haves are the sunroof, cruise control, good drink holders and the eyeglass holder. The unexpected luxury bonuses are the XM satellite radio (BEST THING EVER! Over 100 channels), heated seats (this is an awesome feature) and outside temperature reading. It also has defrosters on the side mirrors, I have not had to use that feature.

The satellite radio comedy channels will be a great thing on road trips. I already listen every day. It's a great thing to get a laugh every time you get in the car.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Buddy Pat

Here is my online buddy Pat (left) after a yoga workshop with Tilak Pyle (right). Pat has given me tons of support and encouragement over the years in our shared weight loss and fitness journey. She gifted me with a copy of Tilak Pyle's yoga dvd, Altar of the Heart, to celebrate my completing the 200 hours of education and hands on practice required for my national yoga teacher certification. Pat also recently participated in a fund raising walk benefiting research into juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Pat has been instrumental in my quest for health and fitness. And we have never met in person!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

On my Needles

I'm working on two sweaters right now. The first one is a free pattern from Lionbrand.com, "Sweatshirt to Soiree", pattern photo below. I doubt I'll put on the pom-poms, though. I'm knitting it in a denim blue. In the photo of my knitting, you can see the reverse stockinnette stripe off center towards your right...see the line of purl stitches? This is a quick, easy knit on large needles (US 15).

The more fancy sweater I'm working on is Stephanie Japel's design from her book, "Fitted Knits". I'm working her "Cozy V-Neck Pullover" in a lavender tweed of llama and wool, using the recommended yarn - Cascade Pastaza. This sweater has ribbing from the bottom of the bustline to the hem, and ribbing from the upper arm down to the sleeve hem. If you are viewing this online (as opposed to email) you can click on the photo for a closer look at the pattern photo. This is a good looking sweater.

Below is the yarn store in Watkinsville (very near Athens) where I purchased the lavender llama/wool yarn. Sorry for the small photo, I didn't have my camera and this photo is from the store's website. The store is in a renovated barn, with porches around and cozy chairs outside and in for hanging out and knitting/crocheting. Upstairs is a classroom.

Song to go with sweaters...Meryn Cadell describing the adolescent girl's love of the Boyfriend Sweater.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"If You Want to Destroy My Sweater..."

Sweater I knitted while sitting around healing from the car wreck. From the book, "Fitted Knits" by Stephanie Japel. A free copy of this pattern can be found on lionbrand.com

Song to go with it, "Undone" by Weezer:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Car is totalled. Wheel is not turned that way, it is bent that way.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Haven't been posting because I got into a car crash on Thursday. Didn't have my camera, or I would have blogged the damage.

For those who know the area, I was driving North on 441 from Tallulah Falls. Had a green light at the intersection with Wal-Mart. 3 cars traveling South from Clayton all HAD to get to WalMart immediately and turned left into my path even though they had no turn arrow. I was unable to miss the last car. Luckily there was a police officer right there who saw the whole thing.

It seems likely that my car will be totalled, still waiting on the final word.

I have a back injury that is painful. Have seen the doctor twice so far and been sent for xrays. Waiting for the results. Doctor wants me to get physical therapy, too.

What amazes me is that the other driver was not ticketed, even though the police report clearly shows him at fault. My car ran right into the passenger side rear door, where a teenage girl was sitting (she was OK). I am flabbergasted that the other driver can endanger lives with reckless driving, and receive no ticket. The driver was not the owner, or the insured. So he gets off scott free.

Meanwhile, I am in pain, missed work, and will have to shell out big bucks and time to get another vehicle. I had a paid off, dependable car.

When I asked at the Sheriff's office why someone can cause a crash involving injury and loss of property and get no ticket, all I got was a stare.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Can't Get Too Much Mai Kai

**Tomorrow I'll be posting a video from inside the Mai Kai.

Below: here's why I gained weight during my trip...crab rangoon and cocktails! The drink in the foreground is mine, the "Oh So Deadly". Mitch had the one in the back, something with mint. Evidently it went down smooth, since his is half gone just in the time it took me to get the camera out.

below: Mai Kai is dark. Very dark. This creates a feeling of mystery. Here you can see the haole fire dancer on stage, balancing lit torches on his feet. Behind him you can make out 3 musicians standing under a thatched mini-hut.

THOSE OF YOU GETTING THIS VIA FEEDBLITZ: if you can't click on the photo and get it to enlarge, go to my blog http://yogaluca.blogspot.com and click to enlarge. You can see a lot of detail in the interior this way, including the musicians, the dancer's costume and more.

Below: dark. Did I mention , dark? We loved it. Plus everyone looks great by torchlight.

below: outside in the garden.

below: ummm....Wha??? Imagine seeing this as you walk through jungle.

below: I like the weathered, plain wood ones best.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

More from Ft. Lauderdale

The first place we noticed after landing in Ft. Lauderdale was Waxy's Irish Pub. After checking in to the hotel, we went straight back to the pub. They had actual Irish women working there! Strong accents and all.

below: we saw these at the pub and elsewhere, but did not get to try one because of rain. It's like a glider...the table & floor stays stationary but the benches glide back and forth together.

below: the glass says Bass, but I'm pretty sure it was a Guinness.

below: I started a tradition a couple years ago of taking Mitch's photo outside of any law office we see. We chortle about the suits inside while Mitch is running about in shorts and Aloha shirts.

below: the only photo we got together, unfortunately it's out of focus. Outside Casablanca's on A1A.