Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Fish & Spaghetti Fest 2007 a success!

The Saint wracks his brain making sure he has thought of every possible thing we would need for the day (fish...check, spaghetti...check, beer...check/check!) We're all set...
(doesn't he look waaaayy too serious?)

I have to give him all the credit. The F & S Fest is always his baby and he does a great job. Everybody left happy and the neighbors didn't call the police! hee!




As you can see I worked like crazy to get my part of the days preparations in order. Knitting and wine always help me prepare...



We gave nephew J a nice send-off...he leaves the 6th for 60 days at Ft. Hood then on to Baghdad. Please send good vibes his way.









The kids even talked The Saint into jumping the rope. (Notice his feet aren't actually off the ground :)





As you can see, it was a beautiful day, 32 people attended, plus 2 dogs, 1 that was very naughty, sneaking around eating all the Doritos that hit the ground... It was great to see everyone especially those who came from out of town.
Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. I need some sleep!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Friday! And a holiday weekend too?!

The ants are working hard on the peonies...



the irises are blooming like crazy...



















and Winston's ready to party in his new Hawaiian shirt...













It must be time for Fish & Spaghetti Fest 2007!

Wish you all could be here but, sorry, I don't think we have enough walleye to go around.

Hope everybody has a safe and festive weekend, be it graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties or just Fish & Spaghetti...thanks for stopping by!

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Ahhh! Monday.


Monday, Monday...what a great song! Man, that was a lot of years ago wasn't it? I remember sitting on my back porch with my 2 friends, Karen and LaDonna singing that song as loud as we could sing it...the neighbors probably didn't appreciate it but we were having a blast! Oh, the things you do when you're 11 or 12 that seem to live on forever in your mind.


Mondays are great days for me...I'm best in a "routine" so getting back into structured time is sometimes a good thing for me after spending the weekend running willy-nilly with my daughter on her "off" weekend. We hit the farmer's market early and then shop a bit, especially at our favorite LYS, City Knitting. There's always a stop for coffee. This weekend's coffee stop was Marie Catrib's, our most favorite eating and people watching spot.

Monday is the beginning, like casting on a new project (one of my favorite activities and I know I'm not alone after reading so many other people's blogs). Last night I cast on 16 stitches to make a tiny sock for my key ring size sock-blocker...have you all seen those yet? They're so cuuuute! I'm seeing lots of tiny socks being made here, so I can change them frequently. Wow, I can't imagine the size of the stitches with a "0", which I didn't happen to have, I'm using a "1" - that's the size of the toothpicks on my dining table! Yeh, gauge, smaudge! I knit so tight it will probably be the right size anyway. I had to get out my reading glasses to see those itty-bitty stitches and it was still a strain. I need a brighter light! Nothing like a good challenge though. I only have 4 rows done but I'm already geeked! The Saint just shook his head and smiled...he's so tolerant of my obsessions - and there are many.

I'm about 75% done with the picnic bag I'm working on, the Sanpoku sweater (pictured above) is languishing, waiting for the other spur-of-the-moment projects to get done. I'm just not feeling very sweaterish right now. I'm amazed at how patient some things can be, just laying there...waiting, for long periods of time...It will probably have to wait just a bit longer too, as I found a great market bag pattern on the Lion Brand site the other day. I'll be casting that on, hopefully by tomorrow night. Love those re-usable bags.

Hey to Amy, Laurie and Ruth...glad to know you're checking up on me. Hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Is it Christmas already?!

Amy is the best! See all this cool stuff?! My Knitters Coffee Swap package arrived today and it was soooo exciting! There is pink Fantasy Naturale by Plymouth Yarns and green Butterfly cotton I'll be making a couple of zippy new shells for this summer and fabulous "True Grit" sock yarn from White Oak Studio that has a special meaning for me, and Amy knows why...if you want to know you'll have to ask...a super cute floral print notions bag, coffee from Campiello Ristorante & Bar (I'll be Google-ing them at the first opportunity) that I'll be tasting in the morning, for sure...it looks and smells dark and rich! Perfect! Love the spring loaded note pad and a ball shaped lip balm...certainly not least of all a flight-size bottle of Hennessy to commemorate one of my not-so-shining moments in history.

Thank you so much, Amy for your thoughtfulness. That clear plastic bag looked pretty familiar...I hope this is the beginning of a long friendship...you know some day we'll be travelling in your direction. Knitty-Mama you're the best for putting this all together!

Now that the lawn has been cut I can do some knitting without feeling like there is something else I should be doing. The Saint is hobbling around in his "Darth Vader boot" and won't be doing any mowing anytime soon. It was a nice bit of exercise. I do so enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a well manicured lawn...call me crazy but I actually enjoy mowing.

Thank you and a big hug to Rena, my daughter, possessor of immense knowledge, for helping me get this picture and others posted...what would I do without you? Now, get to bed...you have to work tomorrow! As do I, so farwell til tomorrow, or maybe the next day...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Life's Little Surprises

So I'm sailing along, minding my own business, trying to get a picnic bag knitted for a friend's wedding, it's this really sparkly, golden yellow, cotton, viscose yarn that looks really scratchy but is quite nice when knit-up...that I got a great deal on from eBay...watching tv, getting through the going to work/coming home cycle...my DH aka The Saint, calls me at work yesterday morning and says, "hi honey, there's been a little accident, you need to pick me up at the med center". "Are you bleeding?!", I asked. "No, I just had 1600 lbs of steel fall on my foot and the doctor thinks, yes, thinks, it's broken" Same leg that had ankle surgery 5 years ago...I'm picturing something akin to road kill by the time I get there. Fortunately, when I arrived they were just getting ready to cast it and I could see for myself that there was no blood and no protruding bones. Phew! So tomorrow we find out if it's broken for sure and how long he'll be on crutches. I'll have to devote some time in the next few weeks mowing grass (that's been fertilized like crazy!) and taking out the trash so that means less knitting time for me. Ah, well. A reminder of just how important he is to the smooth workings of the household. He thinks it's a good time for me to learn how to back up the boat trailer! Yikes...look out! So, back to knitting...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Blame It On Amy

You're getting your way...here, I'm blogging...I hope you're happy now...you may be creating a monster...

I like to have my say in most things but have worked hard in recent years to hold my tongue. I've found it easier to keep friends that way. If we open this door and let this thing loose it may not want to go back to the quiet place. (insert maniacal laughter here)
Thank you, Amy, for the words of encouragement and I'm really glad that you like your package of goodies. It was so-o-o hard to put that yarn in the box and let it go out the door! And when you begin knitting those socks be sure to leave some slack in the tension of your stitches so you can get the socks on and off. The first pair I made looked fabulous but I couldn't get them on because I had pulled the cross-over stitches so tight. Ah, live and learn.
Anyway, hello everyone! Here you'll find my thoughts on a diverse list of subjects including, but not limited to, my family, pets, knitting and cooking. Stop by often and let me know if you find anything here interesting or educational. I'll do my best. Have a great day!