10 Books on Your Summer Reading List
1. Let them wear the strainer on their head.
2. Read their favorite books to them.
3. Color with them.
4. Play outside on the swingset - Clover would go down the slide 100+ times if allowed!
5. Go shopping. Maybe that's just Clover, but she LOVES to go shopping with her Mommy.
6. Play in a sandbox - nothing better for laughs than building sandcastles and knocking them down.
7. Build with blocks - same theory as the sandcastles - build and knock down :-)
8. Paint - paint on paper; paint on wood; paint on rocks; all painting is good.
9. Play-Do - who doesn't like to play with Play-Do?
10. Let them watch their favorite show on t.v. - yes, I said watch t.v. There are some really good shows for little ones on NickJr.
I could go on and on. How about you; how do you entertain a child?
The SMGSW's Annual Spinning Bee was held this past Saturday at Tare Shirt Farm in Berwick. Tare Shirt Farm is the beautiful 18th century farm & home of Peter and Nancy Cook.
Patti, Eileen, Carol and I packed up our wheels and headed there for a lovely afternon of spinning under the apple trees.
Words can't describe how wonderful the day was, so I won't even try. I'll just share some pictures from the day.
Nancy & Peter Cook
Carol, Eileen, (my wheel), Patti
Jacqueline Fee (Nancy's Mother)
I started the day with two two-ounce balls of this lovely Romney/Mohair roving which was part of my gift bag of goodies that Marianne gave me for my birthday. As you can see, I managed to spin one of the balls while visiting friends and enjoying the beautiful day. This fiber is a joy to spin and I'm hoping the weather is good next weekend so I can take my wheel out on the deck for some more spinning outside. There's nothing quite like spinning outside on a beautiful day.
It's been all crochet, all the time over here in Noolieville - not a stitch has been knit since the end of May when I finished a pair of socks for Clover.
I was inspired to make this after seeing a beautiful Noro log cabin blanket that Brenda knit (too bad she never posts on her blog or Ravelry anymore so I could link you to the blanket!) I had been itching to start a crochet project for a while and decided this would be just the thing to crochet. I contemplated crocheting log cabin squares and then decided to do this diagonal shell stitch pattern that my Nana used to use for afghans for all of us. Crocheting always makes me feel close to her; she's been gone nearly 19 years now, but when I'm crocheting it's like she's right there with me. She taught me to crochet when I was ten and I can still remember that day as if it were yesterday. Special memories never die.
Anyway... enough mush... I am nearly finished knitting the Noro; that half finished square in the middle of the picture is the last one. Then I'll be on to crocheting black borders on all 20 squares. Here's a (lousy) picture of four of the completely finished squares (unblocked). The squares are 12" so this will be a pretty good sized blanket!
1. Blog Fodder - I'll admit it, this is a big one for me.
2. Memories - Some of the lists bring back some pretty good memories. Last week's "10 Favorite Children's Books" is a perfect example of that.
3. Inspiration - Reading lists of other people's favorite things gives me ideas of things to try or reminds me of things I've been meaning to do. My to-do list is growing ever longer each week - hmmm, perhaps this is not such a good thing ;-)
4. A cool new button for your blog (that reminds me; it's time to redecorate around here.)
5. Quick and easy blog posts - some weeks the topic is an easy one that takes no time at all to post.
6. Challenging blog posts - some weeks the topic is very challenging (I'll admit to not always being up to the challenge and skipping some weeks, but usually I like a challenge).
7. Getting to know you - Your readers will get to know more about you and you'll get to know more about the other participants. It's not usually anything real deep and earth shattering, but it's the little things that make us who we are.
8. If you can't come up with the entire ten in any given week, you can always stop at 8, or 7, or 9, or whatever. I've never heard of anyone being kicked out of Ten on Tuesday for posting a list of less than 10.
Would you like to join in on the fun? Come on, you know you would.
What are you waiting for, go sign up!
I love the topic Carole came up with for this week's 10 on Tuesday; it's an easy one for me! I love reading children's books. I enjoyed reading them with my daughter and now I'm lucky enough to be able to read them with my granddaughter.
10 Favorite Children's Books
(in no particular order)
1. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise - Such a sweet story!
2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss - I would love this book in a box; I would love this book with a fox...
3. The Old Man and the Afternoon Cat by Michaela Muntean - this is one of Clover's favorites about a grumpy old man who ends up being a nice guy because of a cat. Clover loves to sing his song "I hate birthdays, I hate Spring; I hate almost everything."
4. Marvin K Mooney Will you Please Go Now by Dr. Seuss - Clover has loved this since she was just tiny. She'd shake her little finger and say "Mooney Go Now!"
5. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein - Just a great book of children's poems and drawings.
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - A great little board book - colorful and fun.
7. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - This book was a gift to me from my 8th grade English teacher. It's so much more than just a children's book.
8. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams - I love this story
9. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown - A great bedtime book.
10. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - Who doesn't love Peter Rabbit?
I could go on and on; I love kids' books! What are some of your favorite children's books?
Before leaving for the airport on that last day in Virginia, Dianne brought us to visit the National D-Day Memorial.
The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, VA because that community experienced this country’s severest per capita losses on D-Day.
Walking through the memorial was a very moving experience; I'm so glad that we were able to take the time to visit it.
What better day than today, on the 66th anniversary of D-Day, to share some of that experience with you.
Part Two - The Fun!
Don't think for a minute that my very long trip down to Virginia was in any way going to get in the way of me having a good time. If anything it just added to the adventure and gave us all something to laugh about.
The only negative thing I have to say about the entire weekend was that it was not nearly long enough! We did manage to squeeze in a lot of fun into the time we had though.
On Friday, we bought supplies to bring to the lovely place that Dianne's husband had so generously rented for the four of us to stay. The little apartment at Hurricane Hill was just the right size and couldn't have been in a better location. It was not more than 5 minutes from the Festival site and yet it was as if it were out in the middle of nowhere.
We spent the day Friday at the festival site helping Dana and Dianne setup for the festival the next day. It was a great day - weather was perfect, company was even better. Friday evening we ate yummy sandwiches at the apartment and tested out Havala's (Marianne's daughter) recipe for Purltini's - we all agreed that they were awesome! We also all agreed that Havala has the sweetest voice ever (we called her for the recipe)! There was a lot of talking and giggling, and good memories being made!
Saturday was spent at the festival - what a gloriously sunny day it was! Words can't describe it, so I'll just share some pictures from the day:
Some of you may recognize Chris in the picture on the right, but you probably wouldn't have made as big a fool of yourself as I did when realizing that "OMG, it really IS Woolybuns!" I was just so surprised to see her all the way in VA; I'm used to seeing her up in my neck of the woods.
Trip to Virginia - Part 1
Dana & Dianne (both from VA), Marianne (from OK), and myself have been planning for the last year to finally meet in person after several years of an online friendship (through blogs, Ravelry, e-mail, and Facebook). Dana and Dianne have run the Sedalia Spring Fiber Festival for the past three years and we all thought that would be a great time and place to meet. Marianne and I even managed to schedule our flights so that we would have the same connecting flight out of Detroit into Roanoke, VA, with just one seat between us (and we figured the person in that seat would trade with one of us or wish they had).
That's how it was scheduled.
I have only flown a handful of times in my life, and I've never flown alone. To say I was a wee bit nervous is a wee bit of an understatement. I was all set though; I had called my doc the week before and had my Valium in my purse and felt good about the trip.
Until I arrived at the airport.
My Dad drove me there and I had told him he could drop me off. No need to pay for parking to just to sit and wait with me. I had my knitting with me; I'd be fine.
Thank you Dad for not listening to me!!!!!!
The trouble all started when I tried to scan my boarding pass and it told me I needed to check in at the counter. Seems my flight was going to be delayed due to weather in Detroit and I was going to miss my connection. According to the ticket clerk, I had a few options: 1) take a later flight that day - oops, no seats on that flight; 2) take a flight out of Boston later that day - oops, no seats on that flight either; 3) take a flight the next day, or 4) take my chances with my flight.
I just kept looking back and forth from the clerk to my Dad (with what I'm sure was an incredibly stupid look on my face) until the clerk finally told us to talk about it while she helped someone else. While I was asking my Dad what to do, a woman who appeared to be a supervisor came by and said that all flights to Detroit were delayed and everyone should just take their original flights. Phew. I felt better. I called Marianne to fill her in and let her know that her flight might also be delayed. I only felt a little worried when she said that they hadn't mentioned anything about delays at her end; I figured they would eventually.
I went through security and boarded my plane with no problems; I was even feeling okay about the flying (yes, I had taken a Valium; that's what they were for). Once everyone was situated, the pilot came on the intercom saying "It seems we have some mechanical problems and will be delayed until the mechanics can fix them." Something about the brakes! Take another Valium. About two hours later, we take off. There goes any chance of making my connecting flight.
Once we arrive in Detroit, we are told to go to a certain gate to see what to do about our connecting flights that were missed. The gate was naturally a good 10 to 15 minutes away, even walking very fast! I get there, panting and out of breath, and there are at least 30 people ahead of me - that is no exaggeration. I call Dianne and tell her I have no idea what's going on yet; I think I was almost crying at that point. I noticed someone ahead of me in line calling the Delta 800 number, so when they finished I asked for the number and called it. My flight had already been rescheduled - it was leaving in an hour from a nearby gate. Called Dianne again with the new info; I'd be arriving in Roanoke at 8:15 (or something like that) instead of the original 4:41. Okay, Dana will pick me up at the airport. All is well with the world.
Or so I thought. (You knew it wasn't going to end there, didn't you?)
I get on the plane, which is so small that I'm arm to arm with the man sitting next to me (thankfully, he was nice and he was clean). We leave the airport with no problems and a short while later the pilot says over the intercom, "We'll be landing in Roanoke in about 15 minutes." Can you just feel my relief? A few minutes later the plane starts descending and I'm getting really excited that I'm going to be meeting Dana in a few minutes and Dianne and Marianne a short time after that. Then the plane starts ascending. Even I know this is not right. A short time later the pilot comes on and says, "We'll be landing in Raleigh in about 30 minutes; we were unable to land in Roanoke due to fog."
I could not believe my ears; I must be hearing wrong. Raleigh is in North Carolina; I want to go to Virginia. I looked around me and just asked, "WHAT did he say?" Unfortunately, Raleigh is exactly what he said. I must have looked like I was going to cry, because the nice guy who was sitting next to me asked if there was anything he could do to make me feel better. Yeah, go turn this plane around and land us in Roanoke where we belong!
When we arrived in Raleigh, we were told that they were going to bus us to Roanoke (a 3 1/2 hour drive). We waited in the airport for what seemed like forever until a rickety old, straight out of the 50's, bus arrived to take us to Roanoke. It was THE WORST bus ride I have ever been on. The bus was so loud that at one point I said to the guy sitting across the aisle from me, "What in Hell is that rattling noise?!" Turns out it was the shelf above where you would put your small bags. The seats barely moved and when they did move, they didn't move into a position that was comfortable. It was so uncomfortable and so noisy that sleep was impossible (even with all the Valium I had taken, because yes, more was taken).
I finally arrived in Roanoke after 4:00 in the morning and I was never so happy to see anyone as I was when I saw Dana's smiling face! She was standing there holding the sign that was meant to greet both Marianne and I at the airport nearly 12 hours earlier. It read "Welcome Marianne and Julie". You never would have known from the big smile on her face that she had just slept for HOURS in her car waiting for me! She got the biggest hug ever, I tell you!
She brought me to her house where we caught a couple of hours of sleep and then we were up and ready to start the day with a breakfast of champions:
To be continued......
Carole came up with a great (and easy for me) topic for Ten on Tuesday this week -
10 Favorite Cookout Foods
(in no particular order)
1. My Mother's Potato Salad - My mother makes THE BEST potato salad ever and gave me the recipe so mine is a very close second. Recently she changed it up a little by adding green peppers, which is good, but I still like her original the best.
2. Pepperoni - Any of our family cookouts always have a cheese and cracker platter with pepperoni and the pepperoni is the highlight for me (and the rest of my Italian family).
3. Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions - Hot or sweet, it doesn't matter; I love them all!
4. Hot Dogs - Burned black on the grill - I know, most of you are probably a bit grossed out by that, but I love my dogs burnt to a crisp. Not sure what that says about me.
5. BBQ Chicken - This is another thing that I like burnt; there is something about the crispy, burnt skin of BBQ chicken that is irresistible to me.
6. Beer - A nice cold Corona with lime on a hot day at a cookout = refreshing!
7. My Sister's Pasta Salad - It's so simple, yet so delish! In fact it's so simple I'm going to give you the recipe right here (it came off the back of the jar of seasoning): 4 Tablespoons (1/2 jar) McCormick Salad Supreme, 1 8oz bottle of Italian salad dressing, 1 pound cooked linguini. Mix all ingredients, chill, and enjoy! You can add veggies if you want, and I sometimes do when I make it, but it really isn't necessary.
8. Cindy's 3-Bean Salad - My sister-in-law makes the best 3-bean salad; I could eat the entire bowl of it!
9. CJ's Taco Dip with Nacho Chips - This is one of those layered taco dips that are so delicious - this dish always goes fast!
10. Watermelon - I especially enjoyed this at cookouts as a kid; it was fun to eat the watermelon and spit the seeds; now we mostly enjoy the seedless variety.
...to let you know I'm still alive!
I know I've been neglecting the blog for a while, but I'm hoping to remedy that. I've got a lot to tell you about, including a wonderful trip to Virginia to finally meet, in person, my wonderful friends, Dianne, Dana, and Marianne.
That will have to wait though; I have a post ready for tomorrow's 10 on Tuesday and I'll start the tale of Virginia on Wednesday (it's going to take more than one blog post to chronicle the fun we had!)
I'm terribly behind on blog reading as well; that may take a bit longer to catch up on, but I'm going to really try! I miss all my blog friends!
1. House - I don't think there is an episode of House that I haven't seen, and there are several that I've seen multiple times. I love the show and I LOVE Hugh Laurie; I think he's an amazing actor. I was stunned the first time I heard him on a talk show and realized that he really has an English accent; you'd never know it by watching the show.
2. Law & Order, SVU - Another show I've seen every episode of. I love sitting with some knitting and watching marathons of it.
3. Law & Order - See #2 I especially loved this show when the character Lennie Briscoe was on it. Sadly, Jerry Orbach, the actor who played him, died over 5 years ago (hard to believe it's been that long).
4. Grey's Anatomy - My sister introduced me to this show a couple years ago. It used to be if I called her on the night it was on, no matter what we were talking about, when it was time for the show, she hung up. Now, I'm the one who can't miss it (except I DVR it so I can talk and have my Grey's too.)
5. Private Practice - I wasn't too sure about this one at first, but I've gotten hooked on it this season.
6. The Biggest Loser - I usually get home from Chicks with Sticks in time to catch the last hour of this and I usually end up eating while watching it. In my defense, I don't usually have time to have anything to eat between getting home from work and going to knit night.
7. The First 48 - I don't know what it is about real life murder mysteries, but I love to read them and I love to watch them and this show fits the bill.
8. City Confidential - See #7
9. Trauma: Life in the ER - I find this show fascinating.
10. Snapped - It seems there is a Snapped marathon on every Sunday and since there isn't much else on, that's what I like to watch. 99.9% of the time, it is about women who murder their husbands. Chris has been known to ask why I like to watch it so much. My answer - I like to know how the wives get caught!
What are some of your favorite TV shows?
(Two posts in one day is unheard of, I know, but I just had to share this with you.)
Nothing tops the conversation his mother relayed on Facebook yesterday, though. With her permission, here it is:
Colin (to his mom): My friends at school told me that two boys can get married.
Christy (his mom): Yes, not in every state- but hopefully someday... people should be able to marry who they love- dont cha' think Colin?
Colin is silent for a bit- thinking really hard, then says: Well I guess I just have one question, Mama. Who wears the wedding gown?
Isn't it great that the only question he has is who wears what?
I got home yesterday and found a package in the mailbox, but it wasn't for me.
What was in the package?
The cutest little Jester's hat from Dana.
She loves it and loves making the jingle bells jingle when she jumps.
10 Signs of Spring
1. Rain – LOTS OF IT! As a matter of fact, it is raining right now.
2. Mud – That’s what you get with lots of rain.
3. Green grass – I noticed on my way to work today the grass is turning green.
4. The little green buds on the trees – I haven’t seen many yet, but there are a few.
5. Crocuses and daffodils and other spring flowers– again, I haven’t seen any yet (the picture above is from a few years ago), but some in my area have.(click that link and scroll down)
6. The return of the robins and other birds.
7. Buds on my Weeping Crab Apple tree.
8. The occasional warm, sunny day to remind us that summer will come eventually.
9. Opening the windows to air out the house (on those occasional warm days).
10. Leaving the house without wearing a coat.
Thanks, Carole, for a great topic this week!
I finished spinning and plying some of the fiber I bought while at SPA last month.
This was nice fiber to spin. I am pretty happy with the way it came out; this was just the yarn I was going for (except for the few under plied sections). I'm not sure what it will become; for now it will sit in my handspun stash and look pretty.
I knit one of the projects that I listed a couple of weeks ago as one of the "10 things I want to knit RIGHT NOW"
Mods: The only mod I made was to do two extra repeats of the pattern to make a longer hat.
This hat was a joy to knit; the pattern was well written and easily memorized. I'll definitely be knitting it again.
I asked Chris if he'd take some pictures of my finished sweater for me since I couldn't seem to find the time to do it myself when the light was good. It was on the dress form in my fiber room and I asked him to take it outside for a photo shoot. I asked him to be sure to get shots of the detail around the neck, on the bottom, and on the sleeves.
Yarn: Cascade Eco Plus, color 0507
I love this sweater; I just wish I had finished it in time to wear this winter. Of course, I do live in Maine so there is still a chance we might have more snow. I really hope not; I don't want to wear it that badly!
Carole posted this meme on her blog yesterday and since I don't have pictures ready for the post I wanted to write today, I decided to play along today.
1. Explain what ended your last relationship?
Since I’ve been married forever (over 27 years), I think I’ll just skip this question.
2. When was the last time you shaved?
It is still winter, isn’t it? ‘Nuff said.
3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.
Putting my breakfast in the work refrigerator.
4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
Some mind numbingly boring work (which is why I’m taking a break to post this).
5. Some things you are excited about?
Today – 4:30 and the end of the work day.
Tonight – Chicks with Sticks
And in May - going to VA to meet Marianne, Dana, and Dianne – finally!
6. What is your favorite flavor of JELL-O?
Orange. I love orange jello with cool whip and eat the sugar-free version every night!
7. Your prom night, what do you remember about it?
No much ;-)
8. Do you have any famous ancestors?
Not that I know of.
9. Last thing received in the mail?
A big box of coffee
10. How many different beverages have you had today?
Three - coffee, water, iced tea
11. Do you ever leave messages on people’s answering machine?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
12. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
No - the beach is for soaking up the sun on, not drawing on.
13. Any plans for Friday night?
Same plans I have every Friday night - get in jammies as early as possible and relax. I know, I lead a very exciting life!
14. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?
15. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns?
Yes, and I'm ashamed to say that I have actually been known to eat it.
16. Do you re-use towels after you shower?
Yes, my body is clean when I get out of the shower so why not?
17. Describe your keychain(s)?
My keychain has a blue tag on it that says "#1 Mom". Samm gave it to me in a moment of weakness.
18. Where do you keep your change?
In my wallet or coat pocket.
19. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?
I never speak in front of a large (or small) group of people if I can help it!
20. What kind of winter coat do you own?
It's red with a cream colored, soft lining and it's comfy and warm; I love it!
There you go, more than you ever wanted to know.
Feel like playing along? Let me know if you choose to so I can read your answers!
Have a great night!
I have been working half days this past week and watching Clover in the afternoons.
I knew she had a lot of energy (I do live with her after all), but I had no idea just how exhausted that energy would make me (which is why there hasn't been a blog post since Monday.)
I did manage to take quite a few pictures - here are a few of my favorites:
And this is what she looked like most of the week -
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I plied some singles that I had spun a while ago. The big skein is 3 ply, the small is 2 ply. The fiber is from Marianne's Etsy shop. The way this braid of fiber was made up was a bit different than any I've spun in the past - the three pieces of the braid were each a different color and a different fiber - Pink Superfine Merino&Cashmere, Mauve BFL, and Green BFL&Kid Mohair. The larger skein is my first true 3-ply and the smaller is a two ply with the extra pink & Mauve.
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:
The brown & white bobbins are the Jacob fiber that I bought at NHS&W and had started spinning last week. I had one bobbin 3/4 full and spun the rest on Friday. This will remain singles; I just need to wind it off the bobbins and set the twist - maybe you'll see a finished picture this weekend. The rest of the bobbins are 3/4 of the pound of a wool/mohair blend that I bought from Friend's Folly farm. The colorway is called "Necco Wafer" - you can only see a couple colors in this picture, but while in the bag, the fiber looked like a package of Necco Wafers - very pretty! I finished the 4th and last bobbin last night at Chicks with Sticks(and wheels) and plan to 2-ply the singles. I think I'll end up with a heavy worsted weight yarn.
I'll wrap up my SPA posting with some pictures that I think will give you an idea of what the weekend is all about.
Carole came up with a great topic for this week's Ten on Tuesday list - 10 Things You Want to Knit RIGHT NOW. I'm going to change the topic just a little by doing a list of
2. Morning Surf Scarf by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer - I have the perfect handspun yarn for this -
Sereknity Beach Glass in merino/alpaca/silk. I spun this yarn nearly a year ago with this scarf in mind.
3. A sweater for a fish - the sweater sampler in the book I picked up at SPA, The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee.
4. A sweater of my own design for Clover using my new book and the new Sereknity Verity DK weight yarn I bought while at SPA.
5. Feather and Fan Scarf by Elisa Purnel - This is a crochet project that I'd like to do using some of my handspun yarn.
6. Fair Isle Tote by Valerie Kurita - another crochet project that I've had on my list for far too long.
7. Twisty River Vest by Gina House
9. Roo by Kate Gilbert - I think this would be a perfect fall sweater/jacket for Clover!
10. Monkey Ear Flap Hat by Adrienne Engar
There are many, MANY, more projects that I want to make RIGHT NOW; unfortunately, there just never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything I want to.
What are some of the things you want to make RIGHT NOW?