Tuesday, January 29, 2008

On The Mend

What a time. I am so relieved the sequence of events took place the way they did.

Joseph came home from his trip on Friday. It was so good to see him. I think I understand empty nest difficulties after last week. We went out to Montana's on Friday night. On Saturday I went to The Purple Purl. Paul called me just as I was going to go for lunch. Joseph had a fever and Paul was going to go to get some liquid Motrin. I asked if I should come home and Paul said no he didn't think it was necessary. I left a short time later anyway. When I got hime Paul went for the Motrin. Joseph was sleeping when I got home. When he woke up he was shivering like mad and his fever was up to 104F. We gave him Motrin soon after that and when we checked things around 30 minutes after he had the Motrin his fever went up to 104.9. That was enough for me. We went to the after hours clinic at the hospital. That was a useless exercise. The doctor did a throat culture and said they have had problems with the lab losing the tests so they might not get the results. If Joseph still had a fever in 2 days I should take him to his family doctor. I did that yesterday. He has an ear infection and is now on antibiotics. Like I said earlier, I am so glad he didn't get this when he was away at Mansfield. I know it isn't fun to come home and get sick as soon as you get here but at least he was home. He's on the mend now and will go back to school on Thursday.

Not much is going on knitwise. I'm working on something that I can't really talk about and I am having fun with it but right nowt he progress is slow. Tomorrow I need to go to The Purple Purl after work and sort things out with the Joy that I am going to leave there as I try to sell it.


Friday, January 25, 2008


I have to agree with the comment Nancy M. left. Paul and I had all these plans for the week. We were going to get the tvs all set up and arranged. Instead, today is Friday and Joseph is coming home today and none of our plans got done. Heck, I hardly got any knitting done this week either. The place has been so empty. It didn't help that when Joseph called on Monday night he sounded HORRIBLE because he was so homesick. It got better on Tuesday but Paul and I were still worried about him. Friday is now here and I don't think I have looked forward to a Friday this much in a LONG time. Friday is always nice when you work Monday to Friday because you have the weekend to look forward to. Today is extra special. We are planning on taking Joseph out to dinner to celebrate his homecoming. He wants to go to Montanas. I think he loves that place. It's his restaurant of choice.

I've been tagged TWICE. Once by Penny and then by N. Maria.

Here are the rules for Penny's tag. Link to the person’s blog who tagged you (see above).List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself.Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. (Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog and also so they can look at your blog and not tag the same people all over again!) Let the fun begin.

I've done this meme twice before and to be honest, I don't know if I can think of anything else right now so instead I am going to link to those posts. Here is the first one. Here is the second one. Together that's 12 things so I think that should do it. I'm not going to tag anyone so if you want to participate, consider yourself tagged and have fun.

For the second meme the rules are: I am to open a book I am currently reading to page 161 and copy the fifth sentence on the page.

Here it is. "My parents will be spared worry, expense." The name of the book is Sotah by Naomi Ragen. I started it when I was on in NYC and sadly I haven't read a word since I got home.

Same rules apply. I am not going to tag anyone but if you would like to participate, consider yourself tagged.

(When I first typed the sentence for this meme I did the 15th sentence and then realized it said 5th. Funny how the mind plays tricks on you).

Joseph is due back at school around 2:30. I think I am going to leave work early and go to his school for 2:30. I only work until 3 anyway so it's no big deal. Hooray for Friday!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

What A Day

Joseph is going away on a school trip tomorrow. It's the annual grade 7/8 trip. They alternate between winter and spring trips. Last year they went to Ottawa at the end of May so this year it's a ski trip. This time they are going to be away all week!! Being the well organized people that we are, we were all ready for this trip and had it packed and ready to go out the door a while ago. NOT!!

Yesterday I had an unexpected lunch invitation. One of the guys who used to work out of our office called and said he would be in the area and would I like to join him and his wife for lunch. I haven't seen him since November because he had knee replacement surgery on December 5th so I was thrilled. Paul and Joseph decided not to tag along and when I got home they said they would take the day off. That meant that EVERYTHING that should have been done yesterday and today needed to be squeezed into one day. I feel like I've been running around all day. Now comes the packing. By tomorrow morning I might actually look forward to Joseph's walking out the door. Of course, that will only last a day at most. It will be too quiet and I will look forward to Friday when the young man returns.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

In The Nick Of Time

With all the stress I've been going through lately, what better way to help get rid of it than finally getting my second Majacraft wheel? I've been working on getting enough money together for the Suzie Pro and I've finally acheived my goal. I spoke with Laurie from The Black Lamb and she will hopefully get it to The Purple Purl for me towards the end of this week and then I'll go there and pick it up.

Since I'm about to get the Suzie I've been thinking of names. I'm toying between two names for my Little Gem. The two names are Lily or Elizabeth. Whichever I decide on I might use the other for the Suzie Pro or I am debating on Grace for the pro as well. Originally I thought Lily for the Gem and Grace for the Pro. But then I thought of Elizabeth. I'm pretty sure I'm going to use the Lily for the Gem because it just fits, in my opinion. I'll wait until I actually have the Pro before I make a final decision on her name.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Life Sucks Sometimes

I have so had it with my job. I can't really go into details here but suffice it to say I MUST find myself another job. I can't really quit without something in the works because we need the money, such as it is. Today was just the pits. I will say the a-hole wants me to work 4 days a week for him and Friday's for the "other people in the office." Like I'll get enough hours to make up for the lost pay. If I were to agree to this and I am at my desk working for the other guys, I'll still end up working for him just by being there. So what he'll get is me working for him for free. That's what he wants. If I agree to it I'm just going to tell him I'll do the 4 days and use the 5th to get a second job to supplement this one and then quit when I find something else.

On top of that I have the second a-hole still driving me crazy about my music. He told me today while he was eating lunch "can you do something about the music before I get indigestion?" I don't know how he can hear it where he is when I can hardly hear it at my desk. The guys in the cubicles closest to me don't complain. My boss is such a wuss that all he tells me is "just tell him you spoke to me about it and I told you the music is fine." I've told him that before. Now my boss has to tell him to leave me alone and that will never happen. Why not? See above.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

How Did I Do That?

I saw this test on Wannietta's blog and thought I would give it a shot. BOY am I surprised by the score!!! I know I did well when I went to university but that was a LONG time ago.

You paid attention during 100% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Back To Life

Where to begin. I've been so preoccupied with getting the iPod done that I've neglected everything else. I've finally finished the initial stuff and now it's an add as you find sort of thing.

I haven't blogged much about my trip to NY much except the picture of the kids, or what I've been up to since I got back. When I was in NY I did something for the first time in my life. I had a manicure and pedicure. What fun that was. I don't have long finger nails and I don't want them. They would get in the way of my knitting and my typing. That didn't stop me from getting a cute design done on my fingers and on the big toe of each foot. My nails don't have the polish on anymore but my toes still look great. I can definitely see myself getting pampered like this on a regular basis.

I also got my Bosworth Book Charkha while I was in NY. The workmanship on this is amazing. I haven't quite figured out how to use it yet but I have played with it and figured out how to assemble it. I'm taking a spinning cotton class in the spring and I'll bring the charkha with me so hopefully I'll get the hang of it then, if I don't figure it out before that. I also got this gorgeous pink ivory featherweight spindle from Sheila along with the charkha. Like all Bosworth spindles, it spins like a dream and the wood is just gorgeous. I'm still waiting on one more spindle that I am hoping will be sent soon.

When I got back from NY I went to the Purple Purl. Miko asked me to bring something back from NY for her and I wanted to deliver it as soon as possible. What a blast I had. I had planned on staying for just a few hours but once again I was there from the time the store opened until it closed. I told Paul the next time I go and I say I'll be home by 2 or so to just ignore me because it probably won't happen. I didn't come home empty handed either. I bought this gorgeous skein of Indigo Moon silk. I am trying to figure out what I want to knit because I can't wait to start using it. The picture doesn't do the colour justice and it is so soft.

I also bought Cat Bordhi's New Pathways For Sock Knitter's book. I haven't had time to try anything in the book but it is very interesting. The book is about different ways to knit socks. I look forward to knitting at least one of each mini sock that explains how each different sock is constructed. If I find one I like better than what I do now I might just change. I knit 99% of my socks toe up because when I knit top down I end up having lots of pain in my left hand when I try to graft the toes. I fractued a bone in my hand almost 27 years ago and for some reason crocheting and grafting toes causes me pain. I'm just greatful that knitting doesnt bother it because if it did I'd be in a lot of trouble. I do have to be careful when I am spinning because if I hold the fibre in my left hand and if I hold too tight that can agravate things as well.

My granddaughter Liba wants me to knit her a pair of socks. When I asked her what colour she said purple and pink. So I did the only logical thing. I emailed Maggie, at Dyed in the Wool Handmade, and asked her to dye some yarn for me. This is what she gave me at our last snb. It's called Prescription Medication. She is going to dye a more pastel colour combination and then I'll decide which one I want to use for her socks. Once again, the camera doesn't do it justice. One of these years maybe I'll learn how to use a photo editor better so I can improve pictures.

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Recipe for Rochelle

I was going to post this last week and then I got sidetracked. Now I can't remember where I saw it.

The Recipe For Rochelle

3 parts Panache
2 parts Devilry
1 part Drive

Splash of Whimsy

Limit yourself to one serving. This cocktail is strong!


Sunday, January 13, 2008

I've Fallen Into A Black Hole!!!

I know I've been silent for a while but there's a good reason. Paul brought me home an iPod the other day and every since I've fallen into a black hole. I've been trying to download my cds to the iPod and since the format I had on my computer is not iPod compatible, I have to do it all over again. So far I've been working on this for about 4 days and I've managed to download over 1600 songs and I've used almost 6 gig of the 80 gig. Originally I wanted the 160 gig and a black iPod but neither were in stock wherever we went and everyone kept telling me the 80 gig is plenty of space. So I decided to tell Paul to forget about the 160 gig and go with the 80 silver. Since I have it in a case, the colour won't matter much anyway.

Not much knitting is going on around here. However, I did manage to finish the first of sock from the January Sockamania Club socks. I've been too busy to do much knitting. Spinning is impossible at the moment. There's no room until a certain old television get's put somewhere else. We're just waiting to get a stand for the new tv. We tried going to a mall this afternoon but it turns out the Sears they have there is an outlet store and all they had was junk. With everything else we had to do today there wasn't enough time to go someplace else and look. Once this is all sorted out I am going to get my Little Gem out of moth balls. I miss her.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008


I saw this on Melinda's website. Considering I don't drink at all, and I thought it took me a while to get most of the answers, I didn't expect this score.



Friday, January 04, 2008

Home At Last

I arrived back home last night. The trip was great but I am exhausted. I have to head over to the Purple Purl today and bring something for Miko. After that I am going to relax for the rest of the weekend. Monday it's back to work, yuck!

I didn't have a chance to do any posting while I was in NY. It is hard to believe how much the grandchildren have grown. Sunday was Yoni's Bar Mitzvah. He's the boy in the hat. He's the one that broke him wrist just before I went to NY. He did a fantastic job on the speech he did at his Bar Mitzvah. I am couldn't possibly be any prouder of him. Shayna is the oldest and the last time I saw her was when she had her appendix out in May. She has grown into a lovely young lady. Liba is going to be 7 in March and I can hardly even believe it. She's in grade 1 now and learning to read, add etc. Shimon, the boy all the way on the right, had a blast on Sunday. He was walking around the hall with the microphone singing and dancing and completely enjoying himself. He's a little genius that one. He's 5 by the way and boy can he add. He was playing with Rummykub tiles and adding them up. He hit his max when he added 27 tiles together of various denominations and he got it right!! I was amazed. The little guy, his name is Menachem Mendel but everyone just calls him Mo, he had his 3rd birthday about a month ago. When I was in NYC in May he wasn't talking at all. He is such a chatterbox now. You can't shut him up. Sadly, I won't be back until August, I think and they will all have changed enormously again by the time I see them again.

This little guy is Mati. He is such a happy, sweet baby. His first birthday is at the end of this month. When I saw him in May for the first time he hardly had any hair. Of course when you grow a boy's hair until he's three, it's not such a bad thing not to have too much hair when you're a year old. Still, by the time he turns three he'll have pony tails and just look adorable. They always do. By the time I left yesterday he was actually smiling whenever I smiled at him. When I first saw him on the 24th he wasn't exactly sure. He just looked at me like who is this crazy woman.

I got pictures of Elisheva as well but silly me accidentally formated the sd card so a friend of Usher's is trying to restore the card for me. I'll know later today if he was successful or not and then will post some pictures of her when I get the card back. She looks so much like Henny did when she was a baby but she has cheeks like Chana Leah had. Her cheeks are so pichable. You just want to pinch them or bite them or something because they are so big.

As for knitting, I finished the first of the Regia Galaxy socks in the airport on the 23rd and actually managed to knit the second sock while I was in NY. I left the pair down there for Henny so I don't have any finished pictures. I've started knitting the January Sockamania club sock using some Knit Picks yarn but I am not really happy with it so I think I am going to have to restart the sock. I find this yarn is thicker than what I would call fingering but the yardage is right - 220 yards to 50 grams. I think the sock yarn is called Memories or something like that. I believe it's discontinued. I just have to decide what I want to do. I'll probably decide later today.