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Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

My parents are celebrating their 49th anniversary today. Wow. I never even made it to a first anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad! Knitting_018

Booking Through Thursday:

  1. 1.Short Stories? Or full-length novels? I like full length novels better but I occasionally read short stories.
  2. 2. And, what's your favorite source for short stories? (You know, if you read them.) My favorite source? Books of them! :) Such as Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology I just finished. But I seldom read short stories.
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To clarify, I was tormenting my SIL. By the singing anyway. What are in laws for? AND! she's married to my little brother. No escape. She assures me that she was dead asleep when I called (she's a reporter and covers city meetings etc and so tends to work until the wee hours of the morning ) and didn't even remember it was her birthday until she was up and around. She had to work on her birthday too, the poor thing.

She is the best writer I know, and I number among my acquaintance every author I've ever read. That she's not writing outside of her so called 'hack work' (she said it, not me!) is a loss to the reading public. Write!

Happy Birthday Dear SIL, Happy Birthday to Yoooouuuuu!

She hung up on me this morning. I think she's finally twigged that I will insist on singing happy birthday and no, I can't carry a tune. Or more likely, I woke her up out of a dead sleep after she worked late last night and she assumed I was calling my brother.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to my favorite SIL!

And since she's the best writer I know,  I thought it would be appropriate to list my Bythedecade 15 Books/15 Decades 3M is hosting.   

  • 1848 Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  • 1857 Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  • 1862 Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • 1870 The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  • 1886 Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (or:
  • 1887 She by H Rider Haggard
  • 1892 The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, James McNeill Whistler (non fic)
  • 1907 The Fifth Queen by Ford Madox Ford
  • 1911 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • 1920 The Outline of History by H G Wells (non fiction)
  • 1934 Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara or:
  • 1938 House of All Nations by Christine Stead
  • 1948 The Plague by Albert Camus
  • 1957 The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
  • 1967 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • 1974 The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar (non fic)
  • 1988 A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking  (non fic)

Nonfictionfive_3 And for The Non Fiction Five Books Joy is hosting:

  1. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies by James McNeill Whistler
  2. A Perfect Prince by Ann Wroe
  3. The Madwoman in the Attic by Satndra Gilbert and Susan Gubar
  4. The Queens Conjuror by Benjamin Woolley
  5. Mathesemantics by Edward MacNeal

Talk about overlapping challenges.

UFO challenge- March:

Mmip_220 Remember this? Its Jacket of the Twinset? Well, Its no more. Now Its been frogged and renamed Golden Gate (originally called Lace Edged Elegance by the designer Lois Young in the Summer 1999 Knitters magazine.) Golden Gate, so far:Mmip_402

Not the greatest shot (yes, that is the passenger seat of my car) but at least you can see the orange Golden Gate Bridge color in the sun. Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.

Oh, and I finally got the chance to use Scout's Messenger bag yesterday. It holds everything and more. Mmip_404

Titleless Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Speaking of writing in books, what about writing the entire thing? Do you write? Aspire to write? Dream about writing? I used to. In fact, I assumed as a child that I would become a world famous novelist because I loved to read so much. It turns out that it in reality, it takes talent, ambition and a certain amount of luck. I will let you all decide which one I lack or if it's just one. 
  2. If you do write, do you do it for yourself, or because you hope to be published? (Or because you ARE published?)  If I do write, other than here, it is soooo for myself!

In other book news, 3M is hosting a 15 book/15 decade challenge. Sounds like a great way to stretch my reading horizons.

The Lamp! The Lamp!

Daylight Saving Time is evil. Evil! Clearly there is no reasoning with me about it. 

I found the knitted lampshade! Blog_pix_336 Well, to be fair, Nicky Epstein replied to my desperate email query with the publication and a date range. It turns out to have been in the Spring/Summer 99 Family Circle Easy Knitting issue, Blog_pix_339 a fact that made me gnash my teeth a bit, because I have this issue set out specifically because of the baby booties. Cute, eh? Blog_pix_338 So it was, quite literally, the last issue I looked at. The last unchecked knit magazine in my house. It figures.

Blog_pix_297 Won't that lampshade  look cute on these? What's a good color for it? And I'm not sure why I thought they were shepherdesses.

Ranting about Daylight "Saving" Time

"Studies done in the 1970s by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that we trim the entire country's electricity usage by about one percent EACH DAY with Daylight Saving Time." (quote from this article)

Whoo! One percent! A study from the 70's! Thankfully, nothing at all has changed since then. We still get up and change the (thirteen or so available) channels on the TV set. No one has a computer. No one spends any time at all watching TV or on the computer, we're all outside enjoying the great outdoors, in our safe, sunlit environment. Clearly no crimes take place in the daylight. Moms stay home and hang laundry on the clothesline. Dad's have a nice short commute to the office (or maybe the farm) and the kids all walk to school. We live in towns called Pleasantville.

Ha. I think there are 20 kids that walk to the elementary school a few blocks from me, as evidenced by the traffic jam of cars clogging the streets when school starts and ends.

Okay, okay.

Day One (or two or whatever ) of DST.

-I wake up according to the clock at a time I'm normally on my way to the office.

-According to my Internal clock and Hezekiah, it is WAY TOO EARLY to get up.

-I manage to heave water all over the kitchen floor making coffee at the house.

-I find melted butter in the microwave that was supposed to go in the brownie batter last night. (the batter tasted fine. The brownies looked good. I'll have to scientifically test them tonight).

-I reach the office without mishap. In fact, I barely hit a traffic light on my way in. This would normally be very good, except I'm armed w/mindless knitting. Oh well. I'll take it as a good omen.

-I manage to improperly place the coffeepot in the office kitchen and brew the first pot on the floor.


I Don't Know What Year It Is, Much Less The Day

Blog_pix_325 This is what I really, really, really would rather be doing. Alas, I'm not. I'm at work doing my typical mid tax season mind freak of trying to figure out what year it is. My date stamp was inexplicably set to 2017. (Thankfully I'm not actually required to date stamp anything). After correcting the date stamp (I can't just leave it if it's wrong!) I look up at my computer screen and think "EEK! I'm in the wrong year's program!" Well, no. 2006 is the tax year.

Now that I've got all that straight. Can I go home? No? Darn.

When I get home, I'm going to string beads for Chelle's Beaded Socks. Because there is no such thing as too many projects and no time for any and they are SO. DARN. CUTE! And I found size 8 beads last night and I have the perfect yarn and....and....and!

I might even do a row or two on Nygard. I knit Liz on the way in - traffic is so lovely - a whole row! Mary T is just going to have to wait for an actual block of time.

Speaking of many projects, this is the yarn I'm using for my Jaywalkers for FiberFlix this month. Logan's Run can't possibly be a cheesy movie, can it? I'm almost positive Amanda Cathleen sent me the Irving Park Shepherd Sock yarn. Blog_pix_101_2

And no, I haven't gotten much knitting done. I'm almost done with Topi, but I couldn't do the wrap and turns during the play Sunday. We saw The Secret Garden at the Willow's Theater (with my mom and some friends). The set was absolutely gorgeous. Lucy Simon (Carly's sister) wrote the music and lyrics for the play, and it was just lovely. I didn't remember the grown ups having all that much to do in the book and rereading it, no they didn't, but the play did flesh out their backstory. Except for poor Dickon's Mother, who had quite an important part in the book, and the nurse were pretty much cut. Oh well. Dramatic license.

I'm listening to the radio discussing the hoopla of Daylight Saving Time this weekend. Not to wish any personal injury on anyone who didn't vote it in (and for them, much horror and anguish) but I hope it's a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE mess. Apparently phones are going to be affected too? Good grief. News flash - we do not regulate the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth! Stupid retail. They think that they can lure us all into stores to squander money if it's late lighter. Grrr.

And from Booking Through Thursday:

Do you lend your books to other people? If so, any restrictions? I do. Usually, I want it back, eventually. Preferably in a condition where I can still read it, but I don't care if it's a bit worn. As long as the pages aren't falling out and a chocolate bar wasn't used as a book mark.

Do you borrow books from other people? (Friends or family—I'm not talking about the public library) Sometimes. SIL and brother moved across the country, probably to avoid lending me books. I did tell you about the bathtub and the suntanning incident, no?

And, most importantly—do the books you lend/borrow get returned to their rightful owners?? Eventually! Pinky swear!


The quake was only a 4.2 but it was a nice lovely jolting quake at 8:40pm last night. I barely got home in time for it. I knew it couldn't be a big one because I wasn't standing in front of a huge plate glass window, which is where I'm traditionally standing for all big quakes. What can I say? It's so cool to watch the office window sway from one tree to another or watch pool water turn into whitewater.....

I think it was Hez's first quake. She did not appreciate it much. She spent pretty much the rest of  night under the blankets.

Grey's Anatomy was a repeat. [said with scorn and derision and loathing]. I was all set for a new ep. Boo. Hiss.

This is what I'm carrying around with me. Note that there is little to no progress on any of it, nor is there much hope I'll have a chance to knit on it until I get home (unless the Big One hits and then I'm set). Better to be prepared though....Blog_pix

And I think that qualifies as prepared. Never fear, I've got a couple of books in my Earthquake kit too.

Out of historical interest,  one of the original tax forms (as snapped in one of the Smithsonian Museums): East_coast_113


That's that gorgeous yarn from Lisa Souza I was talking about. It is now wound. That's one skein of it......

Oh! I was graciously and charmingly asked by Tea Reads and Stephanie to help with the admin of Knit the Classics, so I'll be assuming those duties in late April. What this really means is that the darn Book Forum can't lock me out again! I hope. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood is the month of March's read. You know, I've got several of her books and they sound fascinating, everyone says they're so good, but I've never read a single one.

All I know, I've got to finish Re-readings by tomorrow at 6pm when the library closes. They won't let me renew it again.

So What If It's Thursday?

Booking Through Thursday

How many books would you say you read in an average month? It used to be untold number and now maybe ten? Maybe two? It depends.

In a year? Ha! I've been tracking this the last couple of years. 49 in 05 and 77 in 06 Over the last five years? Say, 240? If those numbers hold. The last 10? 480? All I know is that I read a whole lot less since I've discovered knitting and the internet.

Blog_pix_319 Are those not cute paws? Hez, helping me decide what to do on my day off by draping herself over my ankle and promptly falling asleep.

That blue mohair shawl is one of my first FO's and favorite knits. It's a little too big (and warm) to wear outside, but it's a fabulous throw.

Work is crazy and why I'm pretty much MIA. At night, if I'm not mindlessly watching television (Gray's Anatomy tonight! Jericho last night!) I'm casting on something new. Like I don't have enough projects. I ran across Liz, looking dusty an unloved, so I frogged the rows I'd knit, cast it on again and am now up.......five rows! Negative progress! And then I decided I had to knit this. Naturally not in a yarn that was wound already - I've got to get a wool winder. Mary T and Nygard? Who? Slowly. But Shirley.

Hez says: (and click on it if you can't quite see her) No one can find me here.....