Archive for December, 2006


It’s my anniversary…

December 29, 2006

Not my blog’versary…not yet, that will be soon. It is my 5 year anniversary of being married to Tony. (Of course, we have been living together for almost 9.)

We bought ourselves a new set of luggage this year. I don’t know what 5 years is suppose to be, but luggage works for me. I hope that is a sign that we will actually go on a trip together.

We didn’t have a honeymoon. We have gone on trips, but not sans children. Tony and I both really want to go on a cruise. How do you plan those? Where should we go? Would love to hear some advice on this.

We won’t be having a nice dinner tonight and even didn’t get a nice breakfast together like we had planned. Tony opted to spend it at the DMV renewing his driver’s license. He also agreed to go into work 2 hours early. Sometimes men can be complete idiots, mine is no exception, though I love the dear idiot.

I think our anniversary snuck up on us this year. Maybe he will plan a nice dinner or something tomorrow night? We were going to go to the coast but have opted to stay home and save money.

So it will be a cozy weekend at home with my honey…. 🙂


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2006

I am so excited. I had fun taking pictures of the tree. Yay for cameras that you can take 90 pictures and not have to worry about wasting expensive film. I will probably get a few nice shots tomorrow. This year is a good Christmas for us. I am going to cook a nice breakfast and Tony is going to do the lunch/dinner.

Tony and I already exchanged gifts. He bought me a new digital camera. He gave it to me a month ago. I bought him a scroll saw. He already has opened it as there was no way I could lift it out of the doorway.

Notice how the snow in my village is all crazy?  Well the kids play “village” and snow ends up everywhere.

My family’s Christmas party was last week and was really, really nice. I am so blessed to have the family I do.

Today we went and saw the coolest light show.

I tried to get the video on here, but I guess I can only post a link.


Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2006

Life is too short, enjoy all the little moments that you can.


Random gifts and thoughts…

December 22, 2006

Irish Hiking Wrist Warmers I made for my sister…obviously it isn’t completed, but I did finish them, made a pair for her to wear and she wore them away before I got a final pic. Maybe she will take a picture and email me?

She visited me for a few days and saw the one I made for my mom and my brother’s girlfriend and wanted a pair. We went yarn shopping. I meant to save the tag of this yarn. It is Prints or something like that. I don’t know.

Next up are the placemats I quilted w/ napkins I sewed. The napkin rings are those wine charms. The quilting was awesome. The binding of the placemats are absolutely horrid. I HATE binding. Seriously. I will cut, piece, quilt to my hearts desire, but nothing destroys my spirit more than binding. Bad binding really has a way of bringing down the quality of your quilting also.

Finally, we have the pair of Irish Hiking Wrist Warmers that I made for my mom. The yarn is Patons SWS.

Truly, this is only a small bit that I have been up to. I am crocheting the Baroque jacket for my mom. I am knitting a cabled pullover for myself. I have been doing some designing again and am realizing the joy it brings me.

There is an amazing feeling that comes from creating without a pattern, just creating organically with how you see the yarn flowing into fabric. I think I need to do more designing because EVERY time I design something I am so amazed at how “easy” and cool it all flowed together. I am not sure why I say “easy” because there is a lot to designing that is not, like sizing and writing down what you do.

The other night I was decreasing a crochet pattern and it just seemed so natural on how to do the decrease. Yet, I could not figure out the best way to write it, obviously it wasn’t a sc2tog type decrease. Instead it was skipping a stitch and the crocheting into the back post of the next stitch.

Sometimes crochet patterns can be way over complicated. Sometimes they are too wordy. Sometimes, they are so over edited that they make absolute no sense and you must learn to read between the lines.

For example, would it be better to write:

Single crochet in each stitch around…


Rnd1: sc

Round 1: sc around

Round 1: sc in each st

Round 1: sciestar (single crochet in each stitch around.)

I can’t believe Christmas is almost here and I haven’t sent out my cards…I need to get it together!


Gone Baby Gone…

December 19, 2006

The pains are all gone.  Well, not completely, but enough for me to not have to take any medicine.  I saw the doctor today who wants me to have some more tests, blood biochemistry test and 24 hr urine one.  This will examine the minerals in me…yeah!  He also suggested I drink 8 to 10 glasses of lemonade a day.  Who would have thought?

The interesting thing is of all people to get kidney stones, it is me.  I have always been a huge drinker.  I just am not one to leave a glass of anything laying around.

I have family here for the next few days and so may not be online much.  We had our family Christmas party at my house yesterday and it was fun and perfect.  The kids had a good time, as did the family.  Tony and I are exhausted from it.  I fell asleep on the couch watching a movie last night and woke up on the couch this morning, I guess I was being stubborn in my sleep and wouldn’t move or wakeup.

I took a nap today and right now am feeling the best I have in a long time.

Oh, and the doctor told me the kidney pain in the morning, upon waking up was muscular…ha ha, not likely.  I laugh about this because I did some google searches on what was going on with me and it seemed that a lot of people had my same problem and were told the exact same thing, muscle pain, which they were upset about, too.

I have to say that here is an example where the medical community needs to wakeup a bit.  If you ever experience kidney stones/ureter pain, you can decipher what is a muscle and what is a kidney/ureter pain.   They are not even the same or close.  Since mine is getting better I decided to just ignore the little comment from the doctor.  Apparantly, it is one of those things that they don’t know and I will assume it is healing pains from being traumatized.

I am sorry I haven’t emailed all of my blog readers and commenters back individually.  I do appreciate and read every comment and thank you for all of them.

I promise to have pictures soon…I made some quilted placemats, some napkins, knitted 2 pairs of irish wrist warmers, am working on the baroque cardigan for my mom (she has tried it on as I didn’t want to go any further without seeing how the arms fit.)  I had knitted 2 scarves, but gave them away at the party before I had a chance to take pictures.  I also have organized my desk/yarn area.


Up in the wee hours of the morning…

December 14, 2006

My kidney hurts and I can’t sleep.  The crazy thing is my doctor told me I shouldn’t be in any pain anymore.  Per the ct scan, there is nothing to be causing me pain, still some small fragment stones in both kidneys, but nothing blocking the ureter.

Of course, I think maybe he damaged my ureter or my kidney or maybe I am just so darn fat in the middle that the ct scan doesn’t show exactly what is going on.  I don’t know.  All I know is that I hurt.  I dread sleeping too, as I wake up in the worse pain which for some reason I try to sleep through instead of get up and get pain meds.  If you are in pain, don’t ever do that, it is just stupid. I wonder if it is one of the body’s defense mechanisms.

I am working my butt off to get my house in order for my family’s Christmas party.  I still have a long ways to go.  I have most of my presents finished.  Can’t show them.

I just cut out some fabric to make placemats.  I am only making 10.  I am expecting 8 people (maybe 9)…and with the drama that happens at family events, maybe only 7.  (not counting kids, of course.)  I am only making 7 napkins, is that wrong?  Okay…maybe I can come up with an 8.  Apparantly I underestimated yardage on that and am too lazy to go back to the fabric store.

So…should I stabilize my placemats with something?  In the past I quilted them with a thin batting.  Should I do this, or should I just sew two rectangles together and turn them?  I am looking for something quick, but also something that will look nice and hold up.

Deneen sent me a fabulous Christmas present.   She sent me some gorgeous roving that I need to take a picture of and come back and edit this post.  I absolutely love them and really can’t wait to have my spinning wheel set back up in my bedroom.  I need Tony to move some things for me before that will happen, but maybe by this weekend.  I would like to show my sister how the spinning wheel works and she will be in town for a quick visit from Texas.

Sorry this is another pictureless post.  For someone with a new camera, I am not doing much with it, huh?  Honestly, I am afraid to leave it out because of the kids (particularly Madeleine)  and if I put it up it isn’t convenient to just grab it and shoot.

Oh…and I think I have finally convinced Madeleine to stop eating the ornaments.    I hope.


Soundtrack of your Life:

December 5, 2006

I got this from Eliany.

If your life were a soundtrack, what would the music be?

Here’s how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. New question– press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool

Opening Credits:  IZ – “Somewhere over the rainbow”

Waking Up:  3 Doors Down – “Landing in London”

First Day at School:  Vertical Horizon – “Echo”

Falling in Love:  Vertical Horizon – “Everything You Want”

Breaking Up:  Dixie Chicks – “Travelin’ Soldier”

Prom:  Aqualung – “Brighter Than Sunshine”

Life’s Okay:  Jason Mraz – “Rocketman”

Mental Breakdown:  Maroon 5 – “Harder to Breathe”

Driving:  Aqualung – “If I Fall”

Flashback:  Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes – “Dont Cha”

Getting Back Together:  Collective Soul – “Light Shine Down”

Wedding:  Maxwell – “This Woman’s Work”

Birth of Child: – Maroon5 – “Woman”

Final Battle:  Vertical Horizon – “Forever”

Death Scene:  Vertical Horizon – “Best I Ever Had”

Funeral Song:  Gnarles Barkley – “Crazy”

End Credits:  Aqualung – “If I Fall”

I don’t have many songs in my playlist right now…so this is pretty much it.  I think it is funny my funeral song is Gnarles Barkley – “Crazy.”