Wednesday, December 27, 2006

baby quilt

I am making a baby quilt for my mother's friend. Here is what the top looks like.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Snow pictures

Well there was a blizzard here Wed. and some of Thus. morning. Here are some pictures from Wed when it was still snowing a blowing everywhere.

The carport that is in the back yard, I did not see this until this morning.

Here is what happened to Shawn's carport.

Here are the front steps or lack there of.The front yard. Before I cleared the driveway.

The scary snow on the roof near the front door.

The driveway

There was 17 inches drifted that had to be moved before I could get out off the driveway.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Year Without a Santa Claus

I saw the live action TV movie The Year Without a Santa Claus last night. It was pretty good. I think that when it comes out on DVD I will get a copy for me and one for my sister. They did a good job of remaking it and I think that it was cast fairly well. It was done well enough that it might last as long as the first one.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Medical Stuff

Meds that I should not take:

Lisinopril makes me cough, very frustrating

Atenolol no longer effective

Cozaar no longer effective

drugs with sudafed in them, I should under no circumstances take. I get insomnia and a vile headache.

I am putting this down mainly so I can remember. I have been having to switch meds lately and do not want to get them mixed up in my head.

I was at the Dr's on Wed and Thus. Wed I got my back adjusted, this went very well. It only took one try to get them all to crack.

Thus. I found out that the CT I had 2 weeks ago showed that five of my sinuses are infected. This definitely explain all the pain that I have been having. My ears have been hurting because my sinuses have not been draining right, they have been pushing against my ear drums. So I am back on antibiotics and mucinex D. I will see what happens. It is just that I have been having issues for around four months and want it over. That and all of the meds are expensive, $24 each, it adds up.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

SF Book Club’s list of The 50 Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books

“Behold, the SF Book Club’s list of The 50 Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books, 1953-2002. And no list like that can go without someone somewhere turning it into a meme. Shocking, this internet.

So, the rules: Bold the ones you have read, strike through the ones you read and hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put a star next to the ones you love.”

Follow me below the cut . . .

Let’s make this at least marginally interesting. Any books here I haven’t read which you consider an absolute MUST?

  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
  16. *The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany — I read and loved Nova; does that count?
  21. *Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
  22. Enders' Game, Orson Scott Card
  23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
  24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,J.K. Rowling
  27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
  43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson — Listen to Reason.
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer
I think that one of the reasons that I have not read many of these is that they are from a long time ago. Many are from before I am born and when I started to read Sci-Fi they were not about anything that I wanted to read. Not all books stand up to the test of time.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving prep

I have been cleaning and decluttering my house. My parents are coming and everything must be clean. Dude I let things get a little to far. It took all day to get my craft room cleared enough to get the beds set up in there.

While cleaning the kitchen I set the oven to self clean. This worked and my kitchen smelled bad for a while. The cleaning cycle finishes and the oven should unlock. It doesn't. I end up Sunday taking the back off the over and taking things apart to get the oven door to open. I currently have the door switch covered with a piece of duck tape. The oven works but I think that I will start to look for a new one.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

the questionnaire

This makes the forth or fifth time I have tried to post this.

The Questionnaire:
Are you allergic to any fibers?

What are your favorite colors?
Purple, green, blue, jewel tones

Are you a new mitt knitter?
Yes, I have only made one pair of fingerless gloves.

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? Multicolored

What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn?
Superwash Wool

Where do you usually knit mittens?
One the couch or in the DrÂ’s office

How do you usually carry/store small projects?
In a small bag I made.

What are your favorite mitten patterns?
Right now I have only made one so I do not know.

What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques?
Magic loop, finger down.

What new techniques would you like to try?

What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens?
Knitpick Circulars

What are some of your favorite yarns?
Blue Moon yarn, Socks that Rock, Black Bunny Fiber, Lorna's Lace

What yarn do you totally covet?
None right now

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object?
Convertible gloves

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)?

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be?
I have no idea.

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?
Good dark Chocolate, and cookies

WhatÂ’s your favorite animal?

Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts?
Warm, it gets cold here.

If you were a color what color would you be?

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature?
The beach or Pikes Peak mountain

Do you have a wish list?
Not right now.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


I voted yesterday, for me it was only a 40 minute wait. Half of it was a wait for the precinct and then the rest for the voting. Three precincts vote in the same place. I did get to do over 10 rows of of the sock I am making. It is just a good Idea to have a cheat sheet when you go vote. some people were spending over 20 minutes reading and then voting. There was so much to vote on. I voted so I get to complain now.

Monday, November 06, 2006

International Scarf Exchange

I got it!!! Mind you I am not sure who it is from. All I know is that is from The Woolly Workshop. I can not read the signature. I love the colors of the scarf.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

November Goals

What I finished in October, knitting wise

Fingerless gloves for my sister, one pair of socks for my niece, finished one of knee high socks for me, and a felted bag.

November Knitting Goals

1. Finish other knee high sock for me
2. Hat to charity
3. modus scarf
4. A scarf for Sheri

November House goals

1. Clean up trees in the backyard
2. Do touch up paint on house
3. Clean house
4. Organize garage

Sunday, October 29, 2006

You Know You're a Bookaholic When...

I got this from DianneCastell

I thought that is was funny.

1) You haunt the bookstores waiting for that new release, and the clerks ask you if you'd like to set up a tent.

No, but I have a list of the books I want for the next year with when they come out and the ISBN number, to make it easy to order.

2) You pack all your books for a trip but forget your underwear.

I have not forgotten underwear but I have forgotten socks.

3) Before you buy a purse you make sure a paperback will fit inside.

I do not have a purse but when I made my jacket I made the pockets large enough to hold a paperback book.

4) You become murderous when you discover a friend lost a book you loaned her.

No, but I have made them buy me a new one and never lent a book to them again.

5) Your twin sons' names are Rhett and Ashley.

No children.

6) You look forward to jury duty because you'll have all that waiting time to read.

That or knit.

7) You call in sick so you can finish reading a book.

No but I have been late because I could not stop reading.

8) You can't pass a bookstore without stopping.

This I can do. Mostly because the books I want I have to special order.

9) When you move you have more boxes labeled "books" than anything else.

Yes. This makes it expensive to move.

10) You plan a day of shopping around all the bookstores you want to visit.

No but I do plan what yarn stores I go to. I went to Denver this weekend for a science fiction convention and I had directions to 2 different yarns stores.

11) Your kids holler from the other room with something they consider a dire emergency, and you say, "Wait until I finish this page."

No children.

12) Your car is broke down, and it doesn't really matter because your favorite bookstore is right across the street.

Not going to happen, I am still paying for the car. I would be more worried about how much book money will it take to pay to fix the car.

13) You're sitting in the bathroom at 1:30 a.m., crying over the ending of your current read, when you know you have to be up at six to drive 150 miles and spend the day on your feet before driving back.

I have done this.

14) You read at red lights and get honked at because you were so engrossed that you didn't notice the light had turned green.

The red lights where I am you can read 3 to 4 pages before it turns green.

15) It's 2am and you think "just another chapter" and do the same thing at 3am when you know you have to get up in 4 hours and work.


16) You deliberately get to the bus/train station early, or even worse, just miss the bus/train so that you have more reading time.

Done this too.

17) Your significant other runs into the room to make sure you're alright because he heard you wailing so hard over a sad read he thought you were dying.

No but I have called up my sister to complain.

18) You try reading and walking at the same time.

On a treadmill this is posable.

19) You don't really mind if you get stranded anywhere as long as you have enough books while you're there.


20) You start haunting your mail box when you're waiting for a new book to arrive and can't do anything useful until the mail has arrived.

I am online to see exactly where the book is now.

21) You start fabricating excuses as to why you can't go out with your friends when you're in the middle of a great book.

I have missed parties by sitting outside in the car reading just one more chapter.

22) You dash out and sit in the park and read during your lunch hour (or sneak in a few chapters at your desk).

Done this.

23) You start thinking of the characters as real people.

No, sometimes I wish that they were real people and I some times talk like they are real people but I know what is real and not.

24) You get a friend or relative hooked on romance so you'll have another place to get books, but unfortunately it doesn't work quite right and they start borrowing from you.

I did this this weekend. I am a pusher of books.

25) You start up conversations with people in the bookstore who just look like they're dying to read a good romance but are having a hard time finding one.

I have hand sold books this way.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The little bump on the left is a fire hydrant and the bump on the right is a mail box.

Dude, they shut down the interstate freeway. Here are some early morning pictures of my yard.


I had planned to have today off for over 2 months. I had a Dr.'s appointment today. I had a dentist appointment today. Notice I said had. Yesterday it was over 50 degrees and sunny. Today there is a blizzard. And most everything is closed. If I am lucky my manager will call it a snow day and I will not have to take PTO for today. I do not want to drive anywhere. The fun part is Friday it is going to be over 50 and sunny. I am glad I have to drive to Denver tomorrow.
It will be a very wet muddy drive though. You know that it is bad when the local TV station is talking about the weather and saying do not drive. It is very bad when there are no adds. Even the news casters are not doing reports from on site.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

fingerless gloves for my sister

Here they are done. I used socks that rock yarn and the knucks pattern sort of. I used the sock of doom for the body and knit 3 purl 3 for the ribbing at the bottom.

Friday, October 20, 2006


I hate being sick. Last month I had what I thought was a cold, at the end I would go to blow my nose and nothing would come out. After a week of sinus pain I went to the Dr. She thought that I had a sinus infection, gave me antibiotics for 2 weeks, Nasonex and told me to take mucinex. At the end the pain went away.

How ever just 2 days after I was done with all of it the pain came back, and hurt worse.
So I went back to the Dr., I could not get her but was able to so the nurse practioner. When she looked up my nose it was so swollen and red that she could not see anything. She said that I needed to get my inner nose unswollen and had me take astilin, nasonex and claritin. The mix of astilin and claritin put me to sleep and made me hungry. After 2 weeks if it did not get better I was to come back.

It was not better after 2 weeks so I went back. This time they think that it is a chronic sinus infection and I am on antibiotics for 21 days. My nose was still swollen. If this does not help I am going to end up going to an ENT and an allergist. I just want it to stop having post nasal drip, stop hurting and to be able to blow my nose and have stuff come out.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Tea Swap

As I type this I am drinking a very good cup of tea from Bridget. The box from my Tea Swap partner came on Friday but my brother forgot to tell me till today. Dude he is in so much trouble. The cookies are already gone and I have started reading the book.

Monday, October 09, 2006

knitting to be done in Oct

Knitting that needs to be done in October:

Fingerless gloves for my sister. I have been knitting and unknitting one for way to long. I think that I know have a pattern that will work, the main part in stockennet just did not look right. I am doing the body in the Sock of Doom pattern. I am almost to the ribbing. This in Socks That Rock yarn and it is great.

The socks that I have started or that are unmated. There are quite a few.
The toe up knee sock for me in Lornas Laces. I am almost done with one. I will be doing the mate in a different stich pattern. I got tiered of it. The first one was done with something from Sensational Knitted Socks.

Jaywalkers in
Cascade Sassy Stripes. I like the yarn, this will be my second pair of Jaywalkers. It makes a good sock to do while waiting, this time I am using an eye-of-partridge heel.

The start and finsh the mate to a mock crock sock I am making for one of my neices.

Finsh one and start the other
Hedera sock. This set I think that I will have to redo. It seems a bit loose. I am making it for someone with size 7 1/2 wide feet.

This seems like it will be enough. I know that I will start something else though. I also need to finsh my felted slippers. I have one done and felted. The other one just needs the second bottom done.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Yaaa! My parents and my brother with his fiance will be coming. Only my sister and her family will not make it. I am so excited. Now I need to start to figure out everything that I need to do. I am going to have Merry Maids come by on Wed. to clean. I would not get the house clean enough. I think that I will sleep on the couch and give my parents my bed. I have some twin bed mattresses I think that I will set them up in the craft room.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Lets see if I can get the button to work.

I am planing on using this to finsh some of the socks that I have half done.


  • When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I took a class. This was in May.

  • What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
I never finished my first pair. I do not like the yarn at all. My second par were a set of Jaywalkers I made for my sister. She likes them.

  • What would you have done differently?
For my first pair I would have gone and bought good yarn. I was using a wool acrylic mix and I hate the feel of them.

  • What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
Socks that rock and lorna's laces.

  • Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I tend to use DPNs and then when I do the bottom of the foot I use 2 DPNs and one circular

  • Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I only know how to do the flap heel. I am trying to learn how to do the short row.

  • How many pairs have you made?
3 complete ones and 2 that are lonely.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

International Scarf Exchange Pal

My pal got her box today.

I am glad that she like everthing. I was a little worried.

I took a soap making class today. It looked easy. I just needed to get the supplies. The stuff you use to make soap should not be used to cook with.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

International Scarf Exchange

It is the mail. She should get it any day now.

sock wars

Well this is as far as I got. The color strips is differnt in this yarn. It is very random. I think that I might have knit it a little to loose. Oh well, I do not get to finsh it. I sent it off overnight and Rachel should get it by noon Friday.

Here are my socks. They are very cool. I am a little sad that I did not get farther. I lost before I even got the info on the person that I was knitting for.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Sock Wars

I lost already. Dude she was fast. I got 3/4th done on one sock. The pattern is cool though. I am going to use it again. I will have pictures to post when I get home.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Not a cold but a sinus infection

Well it turns out that I have a sinus infection. This is not fun. I take darvacet for back pain and my sinus still hurt. So I spent 3 hours in my Dr's office to get a antibotic. I then spent $50 at walgreens for all of the meds and stuff. Not fun. Tonight I am going to Target to get a humidifier, this should help.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Lunch for the week

Here is my lunch for most of the week. I think that I need one or two more boxes to be able to make a week's worth of lunch at one time. I like to do that so I do not have to think in the morning when I leave for the day. This week looks to be pasta, tomatos, carrets and raspberries for a few days.

What I knitting now

I finshed the International Scarf Exchange scarf, now I making a felt bag, the yarn is cascade in purple and cascade that I colored with kool-aid. It looks very cool. I like the way the pattern is coming out.

I am also on the third try on the fingerless gloves. I think that I will like the way this one is going. The yarn is fun to knit with. It is Socks that Rock.

International Scarf Exchange

I finshed my pal's scarf. It looks very small unblocked. It was very cool to see the pattern came out when I began to block it. I was able to finish it this soon because I had to wait most of Saturday waiting for my car to be fixed.

Now I am getting the box together to mail. I am trying to think of what I can get in the US that can not be found in England. I have some Socks that Rock yarn that I think that I will be able to send.

Last week

Last week was not a fun week. I thought I had a cold, it turns I have allergies. To what I do not know. It is very frustrating. I had the sneezing, itching eyes, nose and throat, and a very bad sinus headach. I did not figure out what was happening until I talked to my dad. He knew what the symtoms were. At least now I know what is going on. The next time I go into the Dr.'s I am going to see If I can get an allergy test.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

this weeks bento's

Mondays bento was celery and tomatos on top and mac'chees with corn and peas on bottom, with a pear for snack.

Wed. bento was celery and tomatos on top and rice on bottom. I made the chicken soup and added the rice to it. I also had a pear.

my tea stash

As I was taking pictures of my tea stash I realized that I tend to buy a tea, drink it all and then buy another. I do not have much of a stash and what I do have at home is tea you drink when you are sick, hence the celestial seasonings tea, the Chi is for when I henna my hair. I use the Mr. Coffee to make the hot water, it has on auto turn off feature. Which is nice. I tend to like the breakfast teas, I switched to tea when I could no longer drink coffee.

The tea at work is the tea I tend to drink more often. The gold box is some girl genius oolong tea. I used to have some Awake tea, but I drank it and can not seem to find any more of the loose leaf kind.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

projects due this fall

Ok, it is not really fall but the weather seems to think that it is here.

Project Due For

Fingerless mittens October 27, in time for Mile Hi Con Francisca, my sister

Scarf As soon as possible International Scarf Exchange

Baby Blanket Mid November Monic's baby, due thanksgiving

Sock, Hedera one done to the toe by thanks giving Jesscia

I am sure I hove more to due but this all I remeber.


Eeeeekk! I have mice in my garage. I saw some dropping so I put out one of those traps that when the mouse is caught that you do not see it, a red maker is visable if anything is caught.

After one night there was something there. Man, this does not make me happy. I do have all of the food I put in the garage in plastic bins. I had a mouse problem in the spring and was hopping that would be the end of it. Oh well. Now I have to buy a bunch of traps.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

My first bento

I found the coolest box at Lows for only $2.99. I had to get it. Here is my first Bento lunch. It is some cherry tomatoes and cucumbers on top and spaghetti in the bottom tier.

It works well, except that it is not water proof.

International Scarf Exchange

I signed up for the International Scarf Exchange and I just got my Pal. She likes the color purple and sheep, silver, coffee and other things. I am going to make a lace scarf out of alpca yarn.

I started it yesterday. It is going well, 23 rows and only 2 pattern repeats I just have to figure out how to block it. I havenever make anything that has to be blocked before.

International Scarf Exchange

I signed up for the International Scarf Exchange and I just got my Pal. She likes the color purple and sheep, silver, coffee and other things. I am going to make a lace scarf out of alpca yarn.

I started it yesterday. It is going well, 23 rows and only 2 pattern repeats I just have to figure out how to block it. I havenever make anything that has to be blocked before.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Knitters Tea Swap 2

Yaaa! I got in on Knitters Tea Swap 2. I saw this at the end of the first one and thought it was the coolest swap. Now to find out what my Pal will like.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

socks that rock yarn

I have some bright pink varigated Socks that Rock yarn that I am making some fingerless gloves for my sister with. This is going to look very cool. The yarn is a little brighter pink.

I am also making Megan's Counterpane/Coverlet Square. This is hard going, knitting with cotton for any lenth of time makes my hand hurt. This is going to be a baby blanket for a friend of mine. I was going to make a log cabin blankt but is was a little boring and not as much fun. I figured it my hand was going to hurt no matter what I made I was going to make something cool.