Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spring Approaches

Yesterday was gloomy, rainy and grey...until I saw this patch of bright yellow crocuses in my yard. The flower cups were filling with water.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

First FO of 2009

Finished this alpaca vest yesterday. Alpaca is my favorite yarn. It's sooo soft, and does not itch.

Here's a photo of a shorn alpaca. I took this photo at a fiber festival in Asheville, NC.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Clair de Lune on Guitar

Beautiful song by Debussy that I downloaded onto my iPod last night, as performed by Presti and Lagoya.

President Obama

"...every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents."


"We will restore science to its rightful place."

- President Barack Obama, inaugural speech

Thursday, January 15, 2009

How My Week Is Going


oh we're not gonna take it
no, we ain't gonna take it
oh we're not gonna take it anymore

we've got the right to choose and
there ain't no way we'll lose it
this is our life, this is our song
we'll fight a 1000 legions
don't pick our destiny 'cause
you don't know us, you don't belong

oh we're not gonna take it
no, we ain't gonna take it
oh we're not gonna take it anymore

oh you're so condescending
your gall is never ending
we don't want nothin', not a thing from you
your life is trite and jaded
boring and confiscated
if that's your best, your best won't do

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Family Strife

It's an all too common occurrence. Someone dies in a family, and one or more remaining family members turn ugly and mean...ripping and clawing at others. That's what's going on in my family right now, after the death of my grandmother.

Today some wonderful knitters/crocheters from the Ravelry Twilighters group (Twilighter: someone obsessed with all things Twilight) sent me some funny videos to lift my spirits. How great!

Their lightheartedness really helps.

This one is super funny and was sent by Hollye. It will not allow embedding, but please click the link because it is sooo funny. Supernatural Eye of the Tiger. I could watch this a million times. A gazillion times.

Feistyyoungbeden sent the 3-2-1 Contact intro...

And Tiggzie sent some Tranformers.

Grendelsmother sent a very appropriate one for Twilighters...Morgan Freeman as Dracula taking a bath in a casket.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

For Twilighters Like Me

I proclaim it...I've seen it four times. And now I'm addicted to fanfic.

This fan video is hilarious!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Safe Journey, Dee!

My grandmother passed away this morning in the hospital. She was 90 years old. After being admitted two days ago, she was nonresponsive. Mitch and I sat with her yesterday and while we were there, the nurse said it would be a good thing to play music for her, since hearing is the last thing to go. Luckily Mitch had an auxillary hard drive in his bag along with his laptop, and was able to pull up some Hank Williams, Sr. A radio show. It was really good.

As the music played, her face did smooth out and relax.

Here's one of the songs.

This photo is from this past summer, on her 90th birthday.

When it's my turn, this is what I want playing. And this.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Fake vs. Real

The All American Rejects have redone a Britney Spears song, because, they say, they can "do it better". How true! To me, the contrast between these two videos illustrates the difference between the fake, auto-tuned, airbrushed junk music served up by the music industry and real musicians who can really play and sing.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Knitting Year In Review

Here's everything I knitted in 2008!

Crocheted bag for my sister, Sarah. I also made the top, but that's from a couple years ago when I was a beginner.


Angora scarf for me.

Knitting 026

Chullo for me.

Cross Country Chullo

Sock monkey hat for Mom.

knitting 060

Pirate hat for Mitch.

knitting 053

Tank for Hawaii.

Lacy Tank

Another tank for Hawaii.


A baby sweater, bib and toy for my friend Trecia's grandson.

08-24 234

This was a big accomplishment. I finished this mohair shawl in 15 days while watching the Olympics.

My Ravelympics Shawl

I finished this sweater in 2008, although it was started in 2007.

Cozy V Neck Pullover

Dish cloths for Don which he turned into Dad Doilies by putting them on the chairs of his recliner! 8-)

Ball Band Dish Cloth

A sweater vest for ME.

Back to School Vest

A felted coffee cozy for take out coffees. Works great on iced, too!

Kuryeon Coffee Cozy

A sock monkey hat for someone in CA, in trade for a Katrina tiki mug.

Sock Monkey Hat

A cozy for my huge coffee mug.

Mug Cozy

A set of flip flop luggage tags for a friend going to Hawaii.

Slippah Luggage Tags