Sunday, August 31, 2008



I had this drawing done yesterday by an artist at Arts, Eats and Beats.  I love how he rendered my cheeks, nose and chin.  He was very entertaining too.  He kept me laughing the whole time he was drawing my portrait.

Sarah, Beth, Jean and I had a pretty good time, until it got too hot.  I don't handle direct sun with no breeze too well.

Can't wait to do it again next year.  Maybe with an earlier start though.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


My excitement is growing each day with the counts down to the big 40. You all will have to forgive me. I'll probably be doing A LOT of blogging about it.  I'm just too excited not to want to talk about it!!!

Over the last few weeks I've had lots of ideas on how I want to spend the big day/weekend/week. And I've also had a lot of ideas on how I want to mark it here in blogland. Right now, my priority is a 365 day photo project to mark my 40th year. The idea is not original, although I can't for the life of me remember where I first heard about it. And I know there are also identical, and very similar projects (click on the word "projects", this is my favorite so far) going on Flickr.  I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with posting mine in such a public forum. And since this project will probably have nothing or very little to do with knitting I'm going to create a separate blog specifically for this purpose. If you'd like to follow along on my progress, and help keep me honest in this endeavor, come on over and check it out.

I hope to see you there.

Have a great weekend, and a fun and eventful Labor Day Weekend!


Friday, August 29, 2008


In three weeks I will be 40 yrs old.  And I can't wait.  I've been looking forward to this for a very long time.

Unfortunately what I had originally had planned for the big year got side-lined by the work issues earlier this year.  So, I've had to make a lot of adjustments.

First, I started the celebration of this year by buying a new, much needed car.
(Sorry about the photo, it was taken on my cell)  Isn't she cute?  The blue is almost purple, and I love it.  It reminds me of a matchbox car.

Then, I decided at the last minute to make a major change in my appearance.  I got my hair cut.  My dad is going to kill me, but I don't care.  I really like it.

Next up is a new tattoo.  I have two already, but I have been wanting an anklet tattoo for as long as I can remember.  But something always came up to stop me from getting one.  Now I just have to decide what to get.  I'm torn between a rose on the side with a vine around the ankle.  Or a chain link with a heart charm on the side.  I'll have to make a decision soon.

I have made a few purchases too.   

<span class= Namaste bags from Have you any Wool and Loopy Ewe.

<span class= Some Lorna's Laces for a shawl.
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Not sure what I'll be doing next.  But I'll try to post it whatever it is.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Yesterday afternoon my parents and I went over to my granddads for a family picnic.  My aunt always goes all out at these things, no matter how large or small.

As always, it great to see my granddad.  At 80 yrs old, he's still more vibrant than most people half his age.  I can only hope I live that long and look this good.

We had a really good time.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


This weekend has been filled with up and downs and way to many knitting starts and stops.

I'll start with an up.  I found an old friend from high school on-line a couple of weeks ago.  Actually he was a boy who was a good friend.  I haven't seen him in over fifteen years.  So needless to say, connecting with him again after so long has been fun.  We spent hours on the phone the last couple of days catching up and reminiscing.

A major downer happened yesterday.  I went out with my parents car shopping.  Actually I thought I was going to purchase the "Saturn Astra" I want.  As if things haven't been bad enough lately, the price for this car is too high for me now that my wages are so low.  Sucks so bad, I really wanted that car.  I'm going to have to re-direct my thinking and try to find something more within my budget.  Right now I'm leaning heavily towards a cute little matchbox car:  Chevrolet Aveo.

I've also cast on two more new projects.  Which is ridiculous considering the number of UFO's I already have.  I cast on another "Perriwinkle Turtleneck Vest"  from Fitted Knits (in purple of course), and a moebius from "A Treasury of Magical Knitting".  I think the moebius is going to the frog pond though.  Not really happy with my yarn choice.  I think I'm leaning more towards Cat Bordhi's more lacy design.

Hopefully things will get better, or at least more stable soon.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hello Blogland,  It's Me Shorty

It's been almost two weeks since my last actual post, though I did upload a few videos, and I only have a little bit to share.  Tsk, Tsk, Tsk!

Well, my parents, Harley and I planned to go WI to visit my sister and her family Sunday the 10th.  And to all our surprise at the last minute my aunt and cousin decided to go with us.  It was a very pleasant surprise to say the least.  Unfortunately the trip started out kind of sucky.  Due to construction on I94, we got stuck in Indiana for over two hours.  But we arrived safe and sound.  Tired, but safe and sound.

Monday morning the girls decided to take a drive down to Lake Michigan.  Here's me, my sister and my mom on the rocks overlooking the water. 

The next day we drove over to "The House on the Rock".  Unfortunately, dunce that I am, I forgot to grab extra batteries for my camera so I only got a couple of pics.  I tried to take a few with my camera, but they didn't come out to great.

If you ever get a chance to get there, it's an attraction I highly recommend.  The house itself is a fascinating must see.  But when you add on the Infinity Room, and the warehouses full of all different kinds of collections, you will be in awe.

This is the Japanese garden outside the entrance to the house.

These are the few viewable pics of the carved ivory tusks, one of the many miniature dolls houses, a "Old School Pimp-mobile" (with a heart shaped tub in the back), and his collection of department store "Holiday Teddy Bears".

I wish I could have shown you more.  But I hope these will at least inspire you to go and check out the web-site.  And maybe go see for yourself one day.  Believe me, it's worth the trip!

I'm off to take Harley for a walk, so I'll leave you with some cuteness.

Harley and D 2

Here's another vid of D. and Harley playing.


Harley and D.

Here is a video I took last week while visiting my sister and her family. My youngest nephew, D., had a great time playing with Harley. He had him running full speed through the house.

Forgive all the talking and goofy laughing. We couldn't help ourselves, and I don't know how to edit it out.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Dairy Queen Fudge Brownie Temptation 2008 Commercial

Here is the commercial I was complaining about a few months ago. Is it just me, or is this video sending a terrible message to young girls?

Friday, August 08, 2008


Today was my last day at work for over a week.  And it could not have come to soon for me.  This week at work has been horrible.  And I'm glad it's over and I'll get a little break.

Tomorrow I'll be taking Harley to the groomers to get him all pretty for our trip to my sisters.  My parents are going to be busy with friends, so I'll have plenty of time to pack and get myself ready for the trip.

I plan on taking lots of pics, and doing as much knitting as is possible.  So I'll have plenty to share.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


I tried to share these over the weekend, but I most have done something wrong.  So here is my second attempt at sharing the exploits of my little guy.

In this video, I finally caught Harley running through the house at full speed, sort of.  Of course as soon as I got the camera out he stopped.  That's why it's such a short video.

Here's a video of Harley that I took to show how long it takes him to fall asleep.  It's so funny watching him twist and fidget and blink until he finally falls asleep.

Mom and dad get here tomorrow morning.  And I've been working my butt off to get myself and the house ready for their visit.  Not that it's going to matter to my mom.  Nothing I do is ever good enough for my mom.  But I continue to try.