Friday, May 30, 2008

How much help do I really need?

I have an indoor table-top water fountain that I made years ago (about the same time I made the first pyramid). It has needed a new pump for awhile and I finally got one and went to set it up today. I got a lot more help that I really thought I needed.

(Yes, she has a napkin on her back, we were using it to clean up some of the water she had thrown around and that's where it landed.)


This is what it looks like finally all put together, still getting help with the cord.

I am sure it will have its own rug by morning.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Keepin' Cool in Summer Dischloth Exchange

It's that time again, just in case you are wanting to join in the fun and are wondering where to find it. Registration is open now through June 6th.

The Questionnaire
1. Do you Knit or Crochet? For how long?
I knit and having been doing so for about ten years.
2. Do you enjoy using metal, wooden, or some other kind of needle\hook?
I usually use bamboo circulars for my dishcloths and either metal or wood circulars for most everything else. Except socks, for those I love my Harmony double points (not that I have tried Harmony anything else, I might be converted...).
3. What are your favorite types of yarn? Any you just can't stand?
It is easiest to say what I don't like. Scratchy yarn, squeaky yarn, stuff like that.
4. When it comes to cotton, are there any brands you'd love to try and haven't?
I keep hearing about Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton and have never used that, so that would be fun to try. Or CotLin.
5. When you make Dishcloths, do you use them yourself, or tend to give them as gifts?
Both! I use them, Hubband gave some to his poker buddies for Christmas, and I have given them to several other folks.
6. Do you have a favorite color? Any that you dislike?
I really like most any and all colors. There aren't any that I can think of that I really don't like. There are some that I don't use or buy very often but I love to stretch my "zone" so am always open to different ones than I normally get myself.
7. What color(s) (if any!) are your kitchen and bath decorated in?
My kitchen has black counters and a black and white tile floor, so we use a lot of color in it. Our bath is dusty rose, grey, and sage green.
8. What are your favorite scents around the house?
Clean. Well, I like lemon, mint, and vanilla.
9. What is your very favorite thing about summer?
Sunshine, knitting on the deck before it gets to hot, and homegrown tomatoes.
10. What is your least favorite thing about summer?
Humidity. Tornadoes.
11. Do you use soap or body wash in the shower?
I use Cetaphil cleanser.
12. What scents do you enjoy in the bath?
Very few.
13. What is your favorite dishcloth pattern?
I really enjoy the interplay of colors in the ballband and how color works in the slipped stitches of the DW. But there are other ones I like as well.
14. What sort of treats do you enjoy? Sweet or Salty?
Both. I actually love chocolate covered raisins mixed with salted peanuts.I think it is a great contrast of sweet and salt as well as textures.
15. Imagine today is one of the hottest days of the year - what do you do to keep cool? Or are you one of those folks who loves the hot weather?
Go camping in the high mountains (think over 6, 000 feet).
16. What sorts of hobbies do you enjoy besides knitting or crocheting?
Cooking, baking, reading, beading, sewing, weaving,gardening.
17. Do you collect anything (besides yarn!)
Some hand thrown pottery, some cookbooks.
18. Are you on Ravelry? If so, share your ID!
Yes, CoffeeYarn.
19. Do you have any allergies?
Yes, strong perfumes/scented items, dust.
20. Do you have any pets?
Yes. Two bassets and one cat.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hubband is landing

in Rochester tonight for a (roughly) thirty-six hour layover on his way to Phoenix from Australia. This is actually an improvement from what it looked like a couple of days ago. Then it was looking like he would be a landing in AZ for five day layover on his way to Rochester. Yeah, neither one of those were on the radar when he left sixteen days ago. Also new on the radar is the (roughly) twenty-four hour layover on Monday in Rochester on his way to NYC. Luckily, when he gets home from there on Wednesday night, it looks like that layover might last a couple of weeks. Of course, that could change overnight. Wouldn't be the first time and I am guessing, not the last.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Have you ever noticed

how cool certain features of computers are? How you come to rely on them being there? Rely on them so much that you pretty much forget that they are there until they don't work right? (Kind of like breathing?) Really, really cool features, like an "Enter" key? Seriously, how often do you use yours? I bet you don't even realize how much, it is so automatic to expect it to work. I can assure you, I had no idea until mine stopped working this week. Well, if I poke it repeatedly (and with a little bit of extra gusto than usual), it will work, but I am well aware that this is not a very good idea; apparently it will also work if I just push down hard enough on it. I, however, do not normally employ that method of keystrokes when using Miss Kaylee. I bet if the person she was named after was here, she could fix it. Since I really don't expect her to be stopping by for a visit anytime soon, I will be waiting for Hubband to get home next week to take a look. In the meantime, he has suggested I grab one of the keyboards out of his office to use. The keyboard is bigger than the computer, and noisier (no wonder I can hear typing above my head all day long). Plus there really isn't that much room for it on a permanent basis. Right now it is in my lap, but there are several other things that belong there instead. Fortunately, only one of them complains. DTY says we might be able to re-rout the "Shift" key below it to be an "Enter" key, but I am not sure my brain is up to learning a new keyboarding style.

Fortunately, it is able to move on to other topics, mostly for self-preservation.

Sometimes there are artifacts of our childhood that bring back great memories. It is interesting how we often acquire similar ones in our adulthood that become the childhood artifacts for the next generation. I am hoping that the one from my childhood will get to come live at my house someday. DTE has already told me she wants hers.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

An amazing second Spring Fling Coffee Box

showed up on my doorstep today! Gaylen sent me a wrap-up/reveal box and it was loaded with a lot of fun goodies; some just for me and some to share!

Someone got a bit impatient for hers, stole it out of the box, and off it went to do battle. (I am not sure that the cow had been intended for Orebel, but she claimed it right away!)
I did get it back long enough to get it in the picture with the stuff she sent for the dogs. Boy does she know what to get them! She should though; she has two basset hounds and a set of bloodhound twins! (The red ball with legs makes a loud noise when squeezed, and I think Simon will enjoy figuring out how to run it.)
There are yummy food treats that could be consumed while knitting

or drinking yummy coffee,

or partaking of the new reading materials she sent; which is loaded with fun things to solve

and inspire.

She made a set of knitting note cards and sent some knitting accessories.

I never seem to be able to find a tape measure, so having ones on carabiners to hang on my bag will be great! The stitch markers and basset key chain will also come in handy.

She also sent some really wonderful yarn! Hacho, which I haven't seen before but am really excited to learn about. I am so looking forward to knitting with it, it feels wonderful and the colors are beautiful!
In addition to all of this, and the box she sent in April, she also sent some Panda Cotton! I feel overwhelmed at her incredible gifts to me! Thank you Gaylen, so much for everything!

Midnight movie attendance

of this. It was fun, but required a major suspension of belief, a bit too much at times. There was one scene that kind of reminded me of an Ewok scene. But, all in all, it was a fun "swashbuckling adventure"!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More random reports on my trip west

I spent a little bit of time in Salt Lake City after I left Idaho Falls before flying home. This is a view of part of the Wasatch Mountain Range, taken at 1300 East and I-80. (I was facing SE, for those not familiar with the area.)

While there, we (my mom and I) saw several different spots, including the primary parking lot I utilized for some of my years in college. I figured you didn't really need to see the parking part, but this does identify which one it is. Not that it was called anything but Rice Stadiumwhen I was there.
Apparently this is another name for it, though that was a much bigger deal a few years ago (after we moved away).

It is also used for Real Football now, in addition to American football. (Which a lot of you know by now I never watched when I was in school; American football that is. I have been watching soccer since my kids were little.)
We did other random stuff like stopping into a couple of yarn stores, but I don't actually have pictures of that stuff at this point. I'll work on those soon, as well as a few other random bits from the trip.
I will leave you with these highway bridge construction pictures from the site we stopped to view. They are building the brides and then putting them in place. There is some information about it here and here. These are interesting if you like information about amazing feats of engineering. Well, plus the second one has links to Olympus Hills Park, which is the park we lived very close to for years. A really great park for kids, dog walking, soccer stuff, and general hiking around as a lot of it is still pretty wild. It also seems to be great for extreme snowboarding.
Presenting: Baby and Toddler bridges at their nursery.


It taunts me

with all its sunny beauty. It just sits there in the sun, calling to me. It doesn't care that I have things to do today, it says, "You're awake early and don't have to leave the house until after ten. Come out and keep me company. I don't care if you bring your knitting. Bring your coffee and keep me from being lonely." Yeah right. Only if I bundled up in a sweatshirt and blanket! It is a cold 45°F with a wind chill out there! It is probably a good thing I won't be staying home to have to hear its Siren call.
Maybe by the time I get home for lunch it will be close enough to the predicted high of 66°F to eat lunch outside, in a sweatshirt, in the breeze.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Only 115 miles

this time to bring the other one the rest of the way home.

In the dark of the night

this moved into our driveway. I am sure it is giving my neighbors fits of curiosity, but I am also pretty sure they are much to polite Mid-Westerners to ask. (Have you ever felt that phrase is a misnomer, as I have? I live in neither the mid or the west, and certainly not the Mid-West. I digress, once again.) It "belongs" to my friend Shivery Knits and her husband. They have a bit of lag time between closing on their "old" and "new" house. Our driveway/neighborhood is a great place to put a truck for a few days for safe keeping. It did require a tiny bit of rearranging the driveway, but we are more than happy to help out. They aren't moving too far in the big picture of things. I will also have a good reason to go on a road trip to visit when she isn't busy studying.
Apparently the phrase "Build it and they will come" can be paraphrased to "Fill it and they will come." I hadn't seen any
Orioles around yet, though I knew they should have been here. The other day I filled their bowl with some grape jelly and within a couple of hours we had several.
I am now off to meet a late train (knitting in tow, of course!).

Monday, May 19, 2008

Things I have been distracted with lately

Well, I am sure you can guess DTE is at the top of that list! I have also been distracted with knitting on the baby blanket, knitting on a sock, DTE, sourdough pancakes, making bread, talking to Hubband at weird times of the day via Skype (he is 15 hours ahead of me), DTE, an almost cat/still kitten creature, two dogs, weeding a bit of a couple of garden patches, starting a hat, DTE, and such things. (It isn't her fault at all, it is all mine.)
The last time it has been really warm enough to knit outside was Thursday, so I am glad I took the chance while I could. It was OK for the weeding on Saturday, but not really very warm or sunny. It was also supposed to rain that afternoon but it never did. It is finally raining today, which is just as well. It is supposed to get up into the 70's to 80's this weekend; I am looking forward to that since so far the weather hasn't really been very motivating towards the whole garden thing and it seems to be getting late to me for getting stuff into the dirt.
Tomorrow I am off to get my next main distraction. Fortunately it doesn't involve as much travel as the last one.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

After 474 miles

of driving today, I have one down and one to go. The other one gets home next Tuesday.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A day wherein I didn't do much

This morning our weather was (finally)warm and sunny, so I headed out on the deck first thing with my coffee and a baby blanket I am making for a friend of mine. While makeing great progress I got to see all sorts of things like this

(Simon loves being on the deck)

and this (I didn't manage to catch a picture of the Red-Tails headed into those trees, but that is where they live),

and this (and I am sure you know by now that these all look better when you click on them).

I also had to be careful not to rock onto Sadie. She and Simon were pretty much interchangeable in their positions you see here throughout our session on the deck.
The blanket really spent a lot more time in my lap, growing, than it did on the back of the chair. (Yep, I headed right out in my pajamas and stayed out there for about two hours, stopping only to refill my coffee cup. If Hubband had been home, I am sure he would have done that for me. He is a super nice guy like that.)
I finally tore myself away from all that fun to run a couple of errands. I would have rather stayed home on the deck, but needed to go pay property taxes, get a book at the library, and do some drop off/pick up of packages at the post office. I also stopped in at the grocery store since somehow I was down to only having about two cups of flour in the house. Seriously, how did that happen? That is pretty much all out as far as I am concerned. While I was there, I found this new (at least to me) cool product. It really doesn't have any butter in it, it is just pure maple syrup that has been creamed. Have you ever had molded maple sugar candy (often in the shape of a maple leaf)? Do you remember how the outside is kind of crunchy, but the inside is all smooth and creamy? That smooth and creamy is what this stuff is like. Way yummy! Good thing I have someone coming home tomorrow who likes pancakes; guess I had better get the sourdough out of the fridge to be all ready for Saturday's breakfast.

After getting the groceries put away and a sink of dishes done, my sock finally got to spend some quality time with "The Chair" this evening.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Umm, he forgot?

OK,how does someone forget something like this? Though it might explain why he didn't have the proper "authority" and it wasn't registered.

Random things from my trip to Idaho

This is my dad's cat; he is blind in one eye and his name is "Cat." My younger sister found him on the roadside in a snowstorm and figured our dad needed company at his house on a full time basis. (She was right.)

This is my sister's dog, Murphy. He is an absolute sweetheart and if I could have brought him home with me, I might have seriously considered it. (Not that my sister would part with him after all these years.)

My dad and younger sister the evening the three of us went out to dinner.

Now for several pictures of the Teton Mountain Range

A slightly different view

More Tetons (Please note that each of these are different links to information about the range and the area.)

The Grand

A couple of things from our drive into the park.