Saturday, July 14, 2007


I read this on Dragon Knitter's blog this morning and had to share it right away! Read it! Get It! Live It!


A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table And poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the Empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions -- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So... Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. "Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled."I'm glad you asked". It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

always room.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Then I get my life back. Don't get me wrong. Most of the madness happening around me has been positive (my nephew and cousin's high school graduations and graduation events), two family reunions (mom's family and dad's family), and several small get togethers with other family members and friends. But, the one big downer was the death of my cousin and his wife. I'm hoping after my parents leave tomorrow, I'll be able to get my life back on the track I had originally planned for myself for this summer. We shall see.

On the knitting side, I'm 75% done knitting my mom's "Red Hatter" socks. I completed one "Carolina" sock from the Socktopia blog, in "Yarn Pirate's Pretty Pirate" colorway (which I absolutely love by the way), finished about six more inches on my mom's black "Clapotis", and started my first stab at lace knitting and design (very simple pattern). Wow! That sounds like a lot of knitting, doesn't it?

On the home front, I've was forced to do some serious reorganization. I moved furniture around, and packed up and organized my yarn, books and knitting supplies.

I'm tired just thinking about it all.

I think my parents are spending their last full day here visiting their friends, so I'll be free to hit my LYS and go to my weekly Knit Night tonight guilt free. Tomorrow we'll have dinner at my aunt's before they leave for the airport. Then my life will be mine again. At least until the next time.

Monday, July 02, 2007

What A Day He Had...

Yesterday was my cousin's graduation party. We worked our butts off from sun up past sun down. But knowing how much fun he had, and all the congratulatory presents he recieved from family and friends, made it worth most of what I've been through the last few weeks. It was great getting to see family members I have not seen in years.

Now to begin my vacation. With as much knitting as possible. Hopefully I'll have a lot a pics to show off soon.