It’s Monday, the phone won’t stop ringing and I can’t come up with a snarky or witty title for my post…

April 30, 2007

Why is it that when it is raining, cool, cold, windy, cloudy, overcast or anything EXCEPT freakin’ sunshine our phones are quiet. BUT when it is sunny out. Oh My! Watch out! I need a tree cut down, I need a landscape design, I have 20 stumps that need ground out, I want a water feature, Can I have a free estimate for a paved patio? Rrrrgghh! Why do they only call on sunny days?!?!?! I’m sure these things needed done yesterday too…when it was cloudy. I spend half the time on the phone, and the other half calling the answering service to pick up all the calls I missed while on the phone. And here’s the part I love with the landscape clients….they always say, “I thought I’d call early so I could get on your schedule.” No dear, April is not early, now we are in the thick of it, you are calling during peak season. Early? Yeah, that would have been January. Anywho, knitting…

So after frogging my swap sock. I got looking at another pair of socks that were languishing away on the needles. My Monkey socks. Now, don’t get me wrong I LOVE this pattern and I LOVE this yarn, but something just wasn’t working. I think the pattern was “eating” up the color. I really wanted a sock that would showcase the beautiful color and I really wanted a yarn that would showcase Cookie’s beautiful pattern. So again with the frogging. And from there on it was kind of obsession, because by Sunday night….yeah, the other one is cast on and a quarter of the way done. This is the same Little Shell Socks pattern I used for my last SSS swap buddy.

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Remember this? This will be Monkey socks…

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OK, gotta go now….phone’s ringin’ again…grrgggrmumblegrumble coffeee.


I’ve been bad…don’t give me that look!

April 27, 2007

So. I did a sock swap…mmm…last year? I won’t mention which one. It was a lot of fun and I had a great partner who sent me an AWESOME package. Great sock, in a great yarn, great extra goodies…but…one…teeny problem. Shhhh, now I am 99.9% positive that this particular swap buddy doesn’t read my blog, but ya never know, and I’m just apologizing ahead of time just in case. I just didn’t have the heart to say anything but nice things as that’s just me. I’m not a complainer…someone spent their time knitting me a sock and money sending me lovely goodies.

but…It’s big. Too big. I felt so bad because it’s so big and floppy it just doesn’t stay on…well I didn’t know what to do with it so it’s been stuffed in the bottom of my WIP’s basket for, well, quite a while. After my little spring overhaul it resurfaced and I really DO like the yarn. So…I…I…I frogged it…Yes! I know, I know, it’s terrible. I’m a lousy sock buddy. All I can say in my defense is, at least it will have new life and I will be casting on a new sock today.

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P.S. I was watching Star Trek Voyager last night and I swear I heard Scoop Du Jour whisper, “Seam me up Scotty, there’s no intelligent life down here.” from it’s little basket by the couch. Yeah Yeah Yeah! I will!


A wild natural phenomenon has been sighted.

April 25, 2007

Shhhh, quietly now, join me ladies and gentlemen, in our pursuit of a dying race. These specimens have been on the extinction list for quite sometime now. I have been very fortunate to spot one or two previously in my lifetime, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would…marry one. Behold, my friends, the do-it-your-selfer that actually knows what he is doing…and actually does it! I know, I know, I couldn’t believe it myself friends, but it’s true. Luckily, I have been a rare witness to this amazing species in action. I mentioned that I was tired of having no place to hang my robe after I took it off…

Amazing! I just mentioned it and POOF!
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We were having water seep in under the back door and the floor was all wood and messy and hard to clean, POOF!
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I said that my favorite lamp was on the fritz and POOF! Suddenly there was a new cord and switch installed.
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Gosh Honey, I need my mirror and wall sconces hung up…POOF!
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What’s more, the job is done neatly, and it’s done right. My what a rare find. Apparently they are brought up this way from the very beginning. They mimic the parents and learn this behavior. Take the male parent of this rare find. Our basement drain was broken and we were getting water in the basement, the lawn needed regraded, and I mentioned I would really love to have a vegetable garden…

POOF!
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POOF!
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AND POOF!
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I must say I am always pleasantly surprised by this behavior. I will find myself on wild excursions into a strange habitat called “Lowes”. I will ask our strange creature why he has brought me here and will receive the reply, “For your hooks for your robe honey.” or “To pick up a trowel for the linoleum paste to do the back door floor honey.” Wow!

Join us next week ladies and gents, on this same channel as we see the neat do it yourselfer co-habitat with the fiber addicted “nester”. Amazing!


The Science Fair and Sleepless Nights

April 24, 2007

Well today is the big day. The Monkey has worked really hard on her Science Fair project and it has to be in the school no later than 4:00 o’clock. We had a blast last night putting together her presentation board. It looks awesome! Just see for yourself.

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Tomorrow night is the actual Science Fair. We can’t wait to see the response her project gets. In the meantime…tell us what you think? Video 1 Video 2 Video 3

So, the hubby and I put the finishing touches on the presentation board around 11:00. Great! I can still call it a night and get 8 hours of sleep, right? WRONG! I live in the sticks, out in the middle of Amish country. I also live near an army base that receives vehicles of all kinds to repair and send out. Isn’t there anything more wonderful than sleeping with your window open on a cool spring night, listening to the night noises? GRAGARARRRRGGGRRRGGG!!! 2:00 A.M.

1. Hubby Snoring

2. Dog Snoring

3. Amish neighbors sheep bleeting all night because he’s driving his Bobcat Mini-Excavator through them…yes, I said a Mini-X.

4. Amish neighbors gas generator operating the pump to pump water from the pond down to the business (greenhouse) to water the trees.

5. Did I mention the headlights of the Mini-X shining in our bedroom window.

Let me explain something to you Mr. Amish Business Man! Whether you use your mini-x during the day or under the cover of darkness……YOU ARE STILL USING IT!!! JUST GIVE UP THE GHOST AND GO MENNONITE SO THE REST OF US CAN SLEEP!?!?!?!

needless to say…I am not a nice person today.


It’s Freaky Friday!

April 20, 2007

For this weeks edition of Freaky Friday, I thought we would go with something a bit more on the macabre side. It is, no less, an art form, albeit very strange. I have seen her work first hand at a NY state fair side show display. Creepy little mermaids. Have I got your curiosity peeked? Without further ado Possums….the lovely and talented Sarina Brewer.

Oh, and if any of you were wondering what to get me for my birthday…everybody needs a Capricorn right?
And if this is all a bit too much for you…..see the post below for my new and sassy haircut.
Have a great weekend!


Check out the new doo!

April 19, 2007

OK, so I moved to PA last May…I have not had a haircut since then. Which is odd for me as I was a regular at my favorite salon back home. Of course it helped that it was owned and operated by a very dear friend of mine. She does amazing things with your hair. She knows what will look good on you and what won’t and isn’t afraid to tell you so. Anywho Possums.

I got my hair done for our crazy emergency flood PA wedding…another post, another time…at a place downtown called Matty’s Family Salon. It is run by Matty, a fabulous bi-lingual woman who has that same no nonsense approach. We live in an area that is heavily populated by migrant workers and Matty’s is one of the places for the local Mexican guys to get their hair cut and catch the “football” game on TV while shooting the breeze in the lobby. Matty is amazingly good at what she does. She can fit in 3 mens haircuts in the time it takes your color to process, and let me tell you ladies, these good lookin’ Latino men are more picky about their hair than I am. My girlfriend at work has her hair done there. So the other night all of us girls at the office made appointments and got our hair done at the same time. We kept scaring off all the guys that came in for a hair cut. I don’t speak Spanish, but could make out her saying “3 women” when the guys would ask if they could get a walk in…inevitably they would leave pretty quickly. We had the salon filled with crazy women giggling. Yay! I have found my salon again.

So, without further ado…the doo.

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Scoop Du Jour is blocking…but my hair makes for much better pics. So, soon you will get a post of me in my Scoop Du Jour and my sexy new hair. I know…you’re waiting with baited breath.


You spin me right round, baby, right round…..you get it.

April 17, 2007

So we bought this great shedding tool for Simon the other day, well, because he sheds…alot. It’s called the Furminator and it’s worth every penny. If you have a hairy shaggy dog, you need this tool.

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Here’s the funny thing, I have always wanted to spin Simon’s hair because, after trying it once I found that it spins up absolutely beautifully. The color is a light fawn and it’s soooo soft. Eat your heart out merino. The problem was that even if I saved what I brushed off of him after his bath each time, it would take me years to save up enough fiber to amount to anything. (Now ask me that after vacuuming and see what I say). Anywho, after last night’s first run in with the furminator I have decided to revisit the idea of spinning Simon’s fur. See why?

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Because after all, who wouldn’t want a sweater made out of their dog’s hair. My only question is, if I wear it in the rain…will I smell like wet dog?