Saturday, February 26, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday – 2/25/2011


1. I got up this morning to find Wild Man at the table doing his copy work, his least favorite kind of schoolwork.  I told him that I’m not a young woman anymore and that he shouldn’t shock me like that!  Waking up to such a site could do me in!  (He has appropriately apologized and promised to return to his usual level of laziness first thing Monday Morning.

2. Wild Man has been studying India, so we watched Gandhi this week.  Wow.   What a powerful movie.

3. I watched The Last Days of Sophie Scholl, the story of Sophie Scholl who was a Nazi resistor.  The story encompasses her crime (writing and passing out leaflets), arrest, and execution.  It was inspiring and depressing at the same time.  One of the things that made an impression on me was how the prosecutor/judge kept saying things like “The Reich paid for your education and you repay them with sedition!”  We are very fortunate to live in a free country, but we have to be vigilant to preserve those freedoms.  It also reminded me that no one can say that the government paid for their education since we have chosen to homeschool.

4. I need a new “dream writer”.  I have been having lots of vivid and strange dreams lately!  Last night, I dreamed that I was somewhere in Florida and that there was a 14 foot alligator terrorizing people.  There were several helicopters that managed to hoist up the alligator (killing one person, unfortunately) and take him somewhere else.  I think you’ll agree that my subconsious needs new personnel.

5. We watched “Despicable Me” a couple of weeks ago.  The kids’ new favorite saying is “It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna DIE!!!”  Completely silly.

6. Our current read-aloud is The Hobbit.  I just LOVE Tolkein’s work.  Well, except maybe the Simarillion – I had a hard time with Tolkein’s writing style in that book.

7. The kids are watching Phineas and Ferb and the song playing right now is “It’s so much fun not knowing where you’re goin’”.  I feel that way rather often!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Knitting Update – 2/24/2011

I have been toiling away at my stranded knitting project – Dogwood Blossoms by KnitPicks.  So far, I’ve gotten 1 1/2 sleeves done.  It is definitely slow going with color changes almost every row.  After I finished the first sleeve, I measured it and realized that it was too small!  But, I promise that I did a swatch before I started.  Apparently, though, I knit the actual item more tightly than I did the swatch.  I’m going to finish the second sleeve and then block them, hopefully to the size that I need.  If that works, I’ll do the body using larger needles.  If it doesn’t, then I’ll do the body at the same gauge I’m doing it now and give the sweater to someone smaller than me.  Lesson learned: A swatch is vital, but it’s also important to check gauge during the knitting project!


Last weekend, PWM, Grandma, Rosie Girl, and I went to a Shop Hop in Appleton.  We started at a yarn shop where I bought some great yarn – at 20% off!  Then, we went to a bead shop where we got to learn to make earrings.  Rosie Girl picked up some wire and we both got some beads.  I’ve got some great ideas for adding beads to knitted items!  We ended up at a quilt shop that Grandma really likes.  I loved all the fabric, but I don’t sew much, so it was just “window shopping” for me.

Other projects I’ve got in the works are a scarf for the coffee shop owner and a pair of socks.  I’ve also come across a great idea for using leftover plastic grocery bags to make totes bags.

I sold a pair of wrist warmers this week!!  I guess I’m now a “professional knitter”.  Now that the weather is warming up, I’m thinking about some new designs for lacy wristlets, summer hats, and bags.  When I’m not knitting, I’m thinking about new pattern possibilities.

The yarn shop plan is still moving forward – just very, very slowly.  Lots of thinking, lots of ideas.

What fun and creative things have you been doing lately?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Proof That God Has A Sense Of Humor

I have a sin to confess.  Lean in real close and I’ll whisper it to you:  I’m an intellectual snob.  I’ve looked down on people who are interested in fashion (i.e. clothing) or work in fashion.  There.  I said it.  Lord, please forgive me of my intellectual pride!

You’re probably wondering, “How does this have anything to do with God having a sense of humor?”  As long as I was working as a physician, I was doing REAL work.  I mean, saving people’s lives – or at least getting them over their poison ivy a day or two early.  Either way – it was IMPORTANT work!  People who worked in fashion – not real work.  I mean, how many of them had 12 years of post-high school education under their belts and the pieces of paper to prove it?  And, how hard could the work be?  Really?  And since I’m pretty much a “jeans and T-shirt” kind of girl at the moment, it’s been pretty easy to be something of a “reverse snob”.  I didn’t look down on people because of their lack of fashion sense, but rather because they spent any energy at all on fashion.  I prefer books to magazines, ideas to art – and I thought that made me better than other people.

Of course, during all this, I was still more than happy to accept that “real” artists (who paint or sculpt) and musicians do useful work.  God spent plenty of time in the Old Testament giving instructions for the artistic things He wanted in the tabernacle.  Besides, God made petunias and roses – the epitome of beauty.  Making art makes the world a better place for all of us.  Unless that art is fashion, of course.  I did have my standards.

About a year ago, I watched a documentary about Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue.  And, I must admit that there are a lot of smart people in the fashion industry.  And they make beautiful things.  So – time to bite the bullet - I had to admit that fashion is as much of an art form as any other.  This acceptance means that I have to give up my superior attitude toward an entire industry.  (It may also be possible that I need to give up all my notions of superiority – it’s not exactly one of those attitudes that Jesus encouraged, you know?)

PWM and I are planning to open a yarn store one day.  I’m also starting to make my own designs so that I can sell some of my knitted items as well.  And these things mean that I need to know something about fashion – colors, fibers, shapes, etc.  In fact, one of the most popular knitting magazines is Vogue Knitting. You may laugh now. I’m pretty sure that God is.

In the last few years, though, I’ve learned tons about fibers, knitting techniques, etc.  I’ve also learned how good a nice soft pair of gloves feels, how pretty socks can make my day, and how a fun scarf can perk up my mood.  I may not worry too much about what’s on the runways each season, but I am going to have to learn to pay more attention to current fashion trends if I want to sell any knitwear.  It’s kind of fun to see my artistic side try to peek out a little.  And the part of me that likes math is happy because making my own patterns definitely requires math.  Maybe it’s OK to enjoy clothing.  If God clothed the “lilies of the field” with such beauty, I’m betting He won’t be too upset with us trying to beautify our bit of the world.

Yes, God has a sense of humor.  Go ahead and laugh and I’ll laugh right with you.  And pray (yet once again) for humility.  I’m never going to set the fashion world on fire, but I do hope that my little foray into designing and making knitwear (however small – I like socks, gloves, and mittens) makes our little corner of the world a little more beautiful and happy.  And manages to bring glory to God (the ultimate Designer) in the process.


P.S. I’ll post later this week about  how the sweater is going.  And I’m working on another Mobius scarf.  And got some amazingly wonderful yarn on Saturday that I haven’t decided what to do with yet.

Friday, February 18, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday – 2/18/2011


1. A migraine cure?  I watched a PBS special on the Donner Party this week.  Margret Reed was a member of the Donner party.  One reason that the family wanted to go to California was because Margret was plagued with “sick headaches”.  During the terrible winter in the mountains, however, she not only survived, but was considered one of the most brave.  After the family arrived in California, Margret had no more headaches.  Should I subject myself to a terrible winter ordeal in which half of my friends die in order to get rid of the migraines?  No, don’t think so!  (It’s unclear from what I’ve read whether or not Margret was one of the members who resorted to cannibalism.)

2. Rosie Girl is finishing her last Driver’s Ed classroom session tonight!  Her first drive is scheduled for next week, although she’s already driven around the school parking lot and then back home with PWM.  (And she did amazingly well – 100% – on the written test last week.)

3. I just finished listening to The Sisters Who Would Be Queen about Lady Jane Grey, Katharine Grey, and Mary Grey.  I am fascinated about the Tudor family and their role in British history and really enjoyed listening to this book while I was knitting.

4. Wild Man cooked dinner tonight for the family!  I’m so glad that my kids are learning these important skills.

5. My dad sent me a document a few days ago that was written by my great-aunt about my paternal grandfather.  My grandfather (known to everyone as Cavie) died before I was born, so I cherish this glimpse into his life and personality.

6. Rosie Girl and I have been listening to the music from Wicked since we went to see the show.  Wild Man has become hooked on The Dick Van Dyke Show.  He watches as many episodes as I’ll allow him each day!

7. I’ve been reading The War On the Weak, which is a history of eugenics in the US.  It’s really scary how far along the movement got.  Many of the leaders would have been happy to have all Native Americans, African Americans, and those of many other nationalities exterminated.  Unfortunately, we’re doing some of the same thing by allowing (and encouraging) abortion of children with birth defects (and even those who are just inconvenient).  If we don’t respect all life, we respect none.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Remembering . . .

For some reason, I got rather nostalgic last night thinking about people I’ve been close to who have died.  Maybe it was the migraine getting to me.  In any case, it’s not a bad thing to remember.

Danny was a year younger than I and lived “next door” to us.  Actually, it was around the corner, but since there were no other houses between ours, it was pretty much like it was next door.  Danny was a well-loved and well-respected professor of Old Testament as an adult.  But as a kid . . . I remember the time that the three of us who waited at our bus stop (me, Danny and my brother) decided to hide in the bushes until the bus went past and then told our parents that the bus had come early and we had missed it.  Of course, they were all working and didn’t have time to drive us to school (a good 15 mile drive), so we got the day off!  I also remember going to his family’s house every year for Christmas (they came to ours for Thanksgiving – it worked out well).  And since we lived in Florida, we could usually wear shorts!  Danny died about a year ago from a heart attack.

I didn’t know my Aunt Annie very well.  She lived in Minneapolis during much of my life and then in Dallas.  What’s kind of funny is that I’m geographically closer to her kids now than to any of my other cousins since most of them still live in the South.  What I remember most about Aunt Annie is how much she and my mom look alike.  When I was down South a year and a half ago for another aunt’s funeral, I got to see Aunt Annie again – and the similarities between her and my mom were striking.  Aunt Annie died this past fall.

My Aunt Alma was my favorite aunt (narrowly edging out Aunt Dot – more on her later).  Her first husband died while I was in high school.  In fact, I missed taking the PSAT because of the funeral and never investigated how to take it again, so I never got to see if I’d qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.  Anyway, when I started college, Aunt Alma lived in a trailer and I would visit her on holidays since she was only about 2 hours away from LSU, but my parents lived 15 hours away.  After my sophomore year, Aunt Alma remarried and moved out into the country.  I visited her once and we had squirrel stew with dumplings for lunch.  It tasted like chicken in case you’re curious.  But it was definitely squirrel – little tiny bones.  Aunt Alma was  diagnosed with cancer about 2 or 3 years before she died.  We were able to visit her a month or two before she died and she was able to meet the kids.  Actually, we had been there the year before and the kids  had picked blueberries and we made them into pancakes.  It’s been over ten years since Aunt Alma died, but it seems like yesterday.  I have her set of china now displayed above my cabinets.

Aunt Dot.  What can I say about Aunt Dot?  The woman was crazy!  She was funny and loud and loved me and my brother.  I discovered when I rode with her and Uncle Travis  to New Orleans one day that there was a side of her I didn’t like – she and Uncle Travis argued over everything!  And the driving made it worse!  But, she taught me  how to sew when I would  visit in the summer and helped me to make a sundress and a denim skirt.  I learned not to ask her real name – she was a little sensitive about it, and honestly, I don’t blame her.  She died while I was in college – the same summer that Aunt Alma got married, I believe.

Uncle Bill was the next to youngest of my mom’s 11 siblings.  Mom was the youngest, so the two of them were very close.  I remember visiting him and his family whenever we went to visit family in Mississippi.  They had a pool in one of the houses where they lived which we just loved!  My most recent memory was when we were visiting a few years ago and my dad was teaching Wild Man and my nephew to fish.  While Dad was trying to help my  nephew get his hook baited and everything started, Wild Man caught a fish.  My sister-in-law and I were the  only other two adults around.  So, I went down to the edge of the pond and helped Wild Man unhook his fish, throw it back, and then baited the hook with a cricket for him.  Wild Man threw the line out and the fish (which were pretty small) ate the bait.  About that time, Uncle Bill pulled up and stepped in to help.  He told  me I was hooking the cricket wrong – you were supposed to hook them behind the head instead of through the abdomen like I was doing.  I handed over fishing responsibilities to Uncle Bill since I didn’t like dealing with crickets anyway.  The fish ate the bait off the hook that Uncle Bill baited too!  So, he took Wild Man to another spot on the pond where he had good luck earlier in the week, but this time  the fish weren’t biting!  Uncle Bill died almost two years ago from a heart attack.

Last year, a ten year old boy died from cancer.  He was the son of one of my partners in medical practice – in fact, I delivered his older sister and him.  I remember what an adorable child he was.  The family moved about thirty miles away, into a larger city, partly to get the services he needed because he had some developmental  delay.  Right after they moved, he was diagnosed with a muscle cancer.  Thankfully, it was pretty treatable and he was doing better within a year or so.  But, it turned out that he had a rare genetic illness (that I’d never heard of before this) that made him predisposed to cancer and he had developed a cancer in his brain.  I don’t remember the timeline of things, but I remember that he died right before Easter last year.  I think this was one death that impacted me more than anything else.  Why would God allow a ten year old kid to die?  I had a number of my patients who died, but they were  almost all older.  Having a ten year old boy who was well-loved by his family and community die just seems unfair.

But, really, these all seem pretty unfair.  My Uncle Bill was an active, busy man with horses who should have had lots of time left on this earth.  Danny certainly is missed by his wife and kids, who are still in high school.  So, I don’t have any answers – just more questions.  I’m going to need a few weeks to spend with Jesus in Heaven to ask all my questions!



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

But If Not . . .

I’ve had a rough few days with migraines – the kind that make me wonder where God is and what He is doing.  Cause, clearly, he’s not healing my headaches.  I know from the Bible and from history that God is able to fix  them, yet He has chosen not to.

Do you remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?  (I remember a great Sunday School song we used to sing about them.)  They were Jews who had been exiled to Babylon.  While they were there, King Nebudcanezzar decided it would be a great idea for him to make a huge idol of himself and require people to bow down to it.  Some of the king’s astrologers saw this and reported it to the king.  Here’s the exchange that happens next:

13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, 14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

So the three guys got thrown in the fiery furnace, but survived and were even joined by another being – either an angel or a pre-incarnation of Jesus.

What I find interesting, though, is what they told Nebudcanezzar.  They believed that God could deliver them, but even if God chose for them to die in the furnace, they would continue to worship Him.

And if not”  (the King James’ Version).  That’s what I need to remember.  “And if not” (i.e. God chooses to let me continue having migraines, etc.), I will still only worship the one true God who loved me enough to become a human and pay for my sins.  And, honestly, my sin issue needs far more work than my migraines. 

Every morning when I wake up (or afternoon, like today), I have to make a choice.  Will I follow my Lord?  I know he can heal me, make life work out perfectly, etc.  And if not, I will love and worship Him anyway.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What I Like About My Life Right Now – 2/15/2011

It’s been a rough couple of days around here with my insomnia and migraines.  It’s 3:15am and I’m still awake, although I don’t feel the need to have an icepack on my head.  Instead of complaining tonight (this morning?), I decided to regale you with a list of things I like about my life right now.

1. I’m allowed to sleep as late as I want in the morning.  When I was working, I was up between 5 and 6am (and sometimes had been up all night the night before).  Since I don’t have to be anywhere tomorrow, the insomnia won’t decimate the day tomorrow.  That’s pretty nice.

2. I totally love that my dear hubby bought me a single red rose (just like he did almost 20 years ago when he met me at the airport in Colorado Springs) and some truffles from a florist who recently opened a shop downtown.  It was sooooooo sweet – and made me forget the headache for a few minutes.

3. Christopher is the silliest boy that I know.  He loves to tell jokes and otherwise be crazy.  But, he can be serious, too.  He came back from H2O, the junior high youth group, last Thursday so excited not about the games (although he enjoyed those), but about the stories people told about how God was changing their lives!

4. Rosie Girl likes to talk to me.  She’s less interested in discussing school items, but she will talk up a blue streak about her anime and manga stuff as well as music.  Yesterday morning, she asked me about the history of various European countries because one of the anime shows she watches has characters that are personifications of the countries.  I don’t really understand all the stuff about the anime, but I do like getting to talk about things with my kids.

5. I like that we (the whole family) have real discussions.  Rosie Girl is reading Wicked right now.  One of her friends tried to read it but got bogged down early on.  (There’s a lot of political and religious commentary throughout the book).  Rosie Girl told me and PWM that she thinks she’s having an easier time with the book because we often having religious/philosophical discussions.

6. Of course, I’m loving yarn these days!  My Fair Isle sweater is coming along pretty well.  I was trying to figure out how to deal with all the ends since I change colors just about every round, but I’ve come up with a working solution that involves weaving in ends as I go.

7. As frustrated as I get with the difficulties of sticking with a schedule, I still love educating our kids at home.  Rosie Girl needs help with just Chemistry and Math, which PWM takes care of.  Wild Man is able to do more and more reading by himself.  I’m also going to start having him work on typing skills and copywork so that getting ideas on paper/screen is easier for him.  In the meantime, I like being around my kids.  They are really fun!

8. And I’m glad for my friends, especially the one who meets me on Thursday for a nice chat! 

So, that’s it for now.

What do you like about your life?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Why I Haven’t Posted . . .

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This is what I’ve been working on for the last few days.  (The picture was taken yesterday, so I’m a little further along today.)  I’m sure I’ll post something else in the next few days, but for right now, I’m immersed in my sweater!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Lombardi Trophy Comes Home!

I was going to write something deep and philosophical today, but we’ve been pretty engrossed with the Super Bowl today!  Grandma came over, we made homemade pizzas, and we watched the Packers win the Super Bowl!!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Our Week In Review – 2/5/2011


While the rest of the country was bombarded with snow and freezing weather, we had  our usual “Great White North” snow and freezing temperatures.  We did get fresh snow a couple of times this week.  Unfortunately, we also had one night with below zero temperatures – although, I guess, it’s good news if you like to ice fish or snowmobile on the frozen lakes.

Wild Man

I feel like Wild Man is getting short shrift these days with the school stuff.  He’s been reading a good bit, but we only got to spelling and grammar once this week.

He’s supposed to be learning about Central Asia, but we just got the two discs about Russia from Netflix that we’ve been reading some about Central Asia and then watching DVR stuff about Russia.

Wild Man is doing quite well in Math.  He is still using ALEKS and working on math facts with PWM.  He’s much more able these days to read and understand the explanations in ALEKS without PWM’s help.

Yesterday, Wild Man went over to Grandma’s and learned to sew a little bit.  He has no interest in other needle or fiber arts.  But, it’s important to know some sewing basics, and I’m glad that Grandma is teaching him.

Rosie Girl

Driver’s Ed started this week!  Rosie Girl was pretty overwhelmed on the first day of class, but is settling in pretty well.  The class did a practice test for temporary licenses (even though Rosie Girl already has hers) and Rosie Girl did wonderfully well.

PWM has been helping Rosie Girl with Chemistry this week since the chapter was on unit conversions (i.e. math) and energy.  It was very nice for me to have a break from Chemistry – and PWM is a good teacher.

The highlight of Rosie Girl’s week was Thursday night when she and I went to dinner and then to see Wicked at the PAC!  The show was wonderful!  (I would have loved to see the show on Broadway with Kristin Chenowith, but I can’t complain about the traveling cast that we saw.)

That was our week.  Not terribly exciting on the education front.  I’m going to try to do a little more Language Arts with Wild Man this week.  Otherwise, we’ll just keep moving forward.

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Friday, February 04, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday – 2/4/2011


Friday!!  Yippee!!

1. Last night was Girls Night for me and Rosie Girl.  We went out for dinner and then to the Appleton PAC to see Wicked!!  The musical was absolutely wonderful!  I was concerned that our seats weren’t going to be very good, but we were on the first row of the highest tier, so we could see the whole stage very well and even down into the pit orchestra.

2. It looked like the bass player had an old-fashioned stand-up bass, but also had an Ashbory electric bass.  The reason that I know about the really cool little Ashbory is because that was PWM’s Christmas/birthday present last year.  And, he loves it!

3. It looks like my week is going to be taken up by LAUNDRY!!  I’m soooooo excited!  Usually I do laundry early in the week, but I never got to it this week.  It looks like tomorrow is laundry day around here.

4. Living in the Great White North, we are serious Green Bay Packer fans!  Wild Man, in particular, is really stoked about the upcoming game.  Go, Pack, Go!

5. I’ve become such a hermit that going out in the cold weather is a big deal for me.  When I was working, I’d sometimes have to go in to the hospital in the middle of the night during the coldest parts of the year.  PWM was a sweetheart and would often start the car for me.  In spite of that, I still had to deal with some serious cold weather.  In the last few years, I’ve become a Winter Wimp!

6. Now that I’ve seen Wicked, I’ve got the music on my mp3 player and have been listening to it most of the day.  What a wonderful musical!

7. I read the book, Wicked, a few years ago.  The musical explores many of the same themes, but makes some pretty significant changes to the plot.  I was pleased to find that I enjoy both of them, just in different ways.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Knitting Notes – 2/3/2011

Now that I’m finished with the stranded knitting mittens and gloves, I’m ready to move on to the sweater.  I did my gauge swatch last night on size 1 needles.  Unfortunately, I was supposed to have 32 stitches per inch and I only had 26.  It was too big a difference to just gloss over.  So, I made another swatch using size 0 needles.  It was perfect.  I only have one pair of size zero circular needles and one pair of double points; both sets are bamboo and have gotten bent (not the end of the world, but I worry about one of them breaking).  I ordered two sets of circulars (Turbo Addi) last night: 1 each of size 0 and size 00 with long cables.  I also ordered a set of size 0 double points made out of a black carbon polymer.

On the needles, I currently have a pair of socks for Rosie Girl.  I’ve been going kind of slow on this pair of socks for some reason, but I keep plodding on.

I’ve also started writing patterns to make fingerless gloves (or wristwarmers).  I did one pair with snowflakes that I gave to Rosie Girl.  I’ve also done a heart in light pink on dark pink and another set with a purled heart on a knitted background.  Currently, I’m working on a purple pair with a light gray snowflake.  I’ve discovered that I definitely need to do stranded knitting on small items (like gloves and socks) with the item turned inside-out to keep my tension on the floats from being too tight.  Even so, I think that I’m going to increase the number of stitches in the wristwarmers, because they’re a little more snug than I would like.  By Saturday, I should have a couple of items ready for sale.

PWM got some Tunisian Crochet needles in the mail this week.  I’m excited to see how the product works out!  If I didn’t have so many other things going on, I’d probably try my hand at it, too.  PWM is also working on making little crocheted cell phone charms.  I think that doing those in the local high school colors would be a great item to sell.

So, where are we on the yarn shop idea?  Well, it’s still just an idea, but a more well-formed one.  We’re in the process of doing lots of research.  Every other day, someone in the house comes up with a new idea for a name, but we haven’t settled on one just yet.

I’ll post some pictures after I’ve finished and blocked the wristwarmers.

What knitting and/or crocheting projects are you up to?

Tuesday, February 01, 2011


So, it’s Tuesday.  And I don’t really have much to say.  The folks south of us are getting a huge amount of snow, although the 4 inches we got yesterday plus the couple we’re getting tonight is still nothing to sneeze at.  Nonetheless, I’m very happy that we aren’t in the middle of a blizzard.  The last time a blizzard hit our area, I had the migraine from h*ll.  And the worst part was that we couldn’t go to the ER for me to get the good medicine because the storm was so bad.  The good news is that I was reminded that migraines may be awful, but they don’t last forever.

PWM and I have been talking and researching more about the yarn shop idea.  I’ve got a few pairs of fingerless gloves ready to sell at the coffee shop.  We can’t think of a name for the shop.  I like “Main Street Fiber Arts” or “Fiber Arts on Main”.  Rosie Girl doesn’t really like those.  I’ve also thought about “Knits and Purls” and “Knit Knacks”, but I’m not so crazy about those.

A friend and I are reading Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges.  I’ve got a lot to say about the first couple of chapters – very good stuff – but it won’t be tonight.  I may not have a migraine as bad as the one during the blizzard last year, but the pressure changes have caused a pretty significant headache to lodge behind my right eye.  Oh, well.  I guess I’ll make some more wristwarmers to sell.  I really want to start on my Fair Isle sweater, but I think I need to be a little more awake and less headache-y before I get going on something so complicated.

So, how’s your Tuesday?  Anything exciting happening?