Thursday, May 31, 2007
Now, in this day and age the term "four letter word" has a completely different meaning. What you hear nowadays are what we called FOUR LETTER WORDS. I will not go into detail here, but suffice it to say I'm not talking about crap or suck. More than likely there are other words that this generation thinks are FOUR LETTER WORDS.
I have submitted a request for those who are the keepers of all "four letter words," "FOUR LETTER WORDS," and "FOUR LETTER WORDS." Once they have completed the preliminary investigation a House and Senate Bill will be submitted for review and from there the bill will be sent to the President for his signature. At which point this four letter word of all four letter words will go down as the worse four letter word, and any derivation therefore, in the universe.
I have personally lobbied both the Senate and the House and just this morning have spoken with the President and he has given me his complete confidence that this bill will be passed and swiftly.
Now you may asking "What word can she be talking about?" Some of you already know and will be willing to join in the fight. The word, do I dare even whisper it, the word is "sock, SOCK, SOCK." Hitherto known as *oc*.
I know there are those of you who are presently having a love affair with *oc* or *oc*s. But, you just wait. They are filthy, little, lying, time thieving creeps. And even in your pristine world they will one day raise their evil heads. Now, I know, you can't judge one *oc* by another *oc*. True. I have knitted many pairs of *oc*s and been very pleased with their performance and the outcome. However, during the late spring and this early summer there is a bad breed of *oc* running rampant across the land. I know from personal experience. Also, my friend June has dealt with some renegades and I have read many, many blogs of *oc* knitters who have experienced this new revolt's fury.
I say ENOUGH!!!!! *oc* knitters UNITE. Let us conquer these demons. Let us force them to succumb to the image of our feet. There will be no, "Give me liberty" for these varmints. It is either you will conform into our image or you will be dismantled and frogged!!!!!!! Let these pictures be an example to all:
The beginning of a love affair. I took it with me everywhere, even to Gatlinburg to see the sights.
I displayed it in progress for all to see its glory and progress. But was that good enough? NO!!! Double crossing little creeps. I finished the first one........too big. I was nice, I was going to send it to a wonderful new home where it would fit in quite nicely. But no, when I went to turn the heel on the second one low and behold, the fricken fracken sole was longer than it should be. Yeah, yeah, I know, that wasn't the *oc*s fault. But, if the first one hadn't had it in for me I wouldn't have been so frustrated as to make that mistake. It wasn't my fault!!!!! It was the *oc*s!!!!!!
So *oc*s beware, this can and will happen to you should you not comply with my wishes.
You will be frogged, really just a nice word for ripped out with who knows how many four letters words flying about mingled with your stinking name *oc*!!!!! And yes, that is a new *oc* on those needles. It has been warned.
Now onto lighter matters.
The future Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Thomas
Ain't they cute. Like I said, her father and I are very pleased. Both of these two have waited a long time for the right one to come along.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
If you remember on of my previous posts about extroverted flatulenteur, well here we go again.
1 oz tussah silk
2.6 oz cotton
2.4 oz Olde Babydoll Southdown Sheep
.2 oz angelina
1 lbs hand dyed alpaca-merino blend
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
If you cannot tell, the theme for the party was Wizard of Oz. This one is of my sweet little "Elphaba" with her Wicked Witch of the West Barbie myself, Gammy, and her Gampy gave her. Soooooo sweet.
Whatcha think about those eyebrows? Cute ain't they.
And what wicked witch picture would be complete without a Dorothy or two?
Emma Belle's little sister, Ava. (left)
Tabitha's friend, Sonya, and her little Dorothy, Olivia.
We have to have a Tin Man, Emma's cousin, Bryce.
"Happy Birthday......." Emma's cousin Bryce singing happy birthday to her.
Blowing out the candles.
Enjoying a little cake. Ava really enjoyed the cake. :)
Emma, a girl after my own heart!!!!! She is saying WICKED RULES!!!!!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
You know the little fellers are so sweet, so inquisitive and honest. There was this one little first grade girl, Brittany, who was particularly sweet. One day she came up to my desk and put her arm around my neck and placed her sweet little brunette head against mine and said, "Mrs. Sturgeon, I love you. Did you know I had lice a couple weeks ago?" "Oh, Brittany, I love you too, you really need to go sit AT YOUR DESK....NOW. I really do think you are sweet." And that was in the morning!!!! I had to wait all day to get home and have myself checked out. Ooooooo shutter, shutter.
My complete favorite age group was middle school. For me there was just something special about 7th & 8th graders. They can take care of themselves but they are still somewhat pliable. You can still impress them. Unlike high school students. One year I taught the last 5 1/2 weeks of high school mathematics. These classes had already ran off two other teachers. It was rough. But, I did survive. High school students aren't really impressed with anything, particularly the ones I had in those classes. Back to my story and the middle schoolers. When the teachers left a video or when I had a free period I always knitted and the kids were pretty amazed at that. One day this young man, Chad, wanted to know if I could knit like those chickens on the cartoons. You know, they move their elbows up and down and the knitting just flows. This is the same sweetie that told me his goal was to be a drag queen and since I was a Christian, what did I think Jesus thought about him wanting to be a drag queen. I told him Jesus loves us no matter what and we should just ask Him what we should do. He was really precious. There was this one particular literature class that I loved but they were rowdy, ROWOWOWOWDY! They had been reading Romeo and Juliet and the teacher had left the old 1970's version for them to watch. I knew the video had been edited to leave out the the semi-naked scene with Juliet. But, being the conniving, slick person I am I told them that I was really going to have to be attentive because there was a naked scene I had to make sure I fast forwarded through. You wouldn't believe it. Those kids were glued to the tv and kept asking, "Mrs. Sturgeon, is coming up?, Mrs. Sturgeon, we haven't missed it have we?" Best little white lie I ever told. :)
I'm finally getting to the whole crux of this story. I had a good friend who at that time taught 7th Mathematics, now she is an assistant principal there. There was another teacher in her group that taught 7th grade Science, we shall call him Carl. The names have been changed to protect my butt. :) Carl would come into the teachers lounge every day and proceed to tell us every detail about his evening prior. He was an only child and thought that the sun and the moon rose and set just for him. Anyways, my friend made the comment one day, "Carl can't even fart without having to come in and tell about it."
I've been thinking, I think I'm kinda like that. Well, I do not tell about my flatulence, however, I could tell you some doosies. No, now seriously, I think I AM like that. Purt near anything that goes on in my life I gotta tell somebody. And you poor blog readers get the brunt of my extroverted flatulence. How about you? Maybe that is why we are bloggers.
And of course my (our) Emma Belle at our church picnic. Saturday we are celebrating her 5th b-day. It is going to have a theme. Can you guess it? Guess you will have to wait until the next fart. I mean post.
I promise, I will not continue this gaseous topic beyond this post.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Not long ago I made a beautiful pair of socks. I was so excited. Over several years of knitting socks I only have one pair myself. All the others have been gifts, because I'm just so darn sweet. But for these special socks for special me I had picked out some special Cherry Hill sock yarn. Really nice, soft sock yarn. Although I absolutely hate to check gauge and typically don't for socks I thought I would go ahead and have a look see. It checked out just fine. The pattern was "Retro Rib" from Interweave Knits- Winter 2004. When I finished the little creeps they were way too big around my ankle and calf so I gave them to my oldest son, Aaron. He really appreciates my handmade goodies so they went to a good home. Although, I haven't seen them come through the laundry........nope I'm not even going to think about it. Personally, I like living in the land of denial. Life is so happy and care free there. This is the only picture I have because I was so ticked when I finished them.
Well once again I'm a little bummed out. I started working on these stupid socks oh, I don't know, several weeks ago. These are the first pair I've knitted toe up, the jury is still out on whether I like that or not. These don't appear to be the hugging type either, not with my foot anyways. And I've put too much work into them to rip out and start over so they are liable to end up as a gift. We shall see, I might be fretting for no reason. Here are a couple pictures of the foot part. What do you think?
I think I might try and trick the little demons. I 'm going to slip in those size 1's to finish the cuff and we will see who laughs last. Jerks!!!!!
On to a happy thought. What post is truly complete without a picture of my little Emma Belle. Sunday was our church picnic, the theme was "Hoe Down." Sara bought Emma the cutest little hot pink cowgirl boots you ever did see and this pink cowgirl hat. I took this picture at the grocery yesterday. Isn't she adorable. How about those big round brown eyes.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Long story short, what I thought would probably take about 1 1/2 hours from June's house ended up taking at least 2 hours, probably more I think. We finally got to the bunny house and we all rolled, I mean climbed, out of the car. Once there it was so difficult to choose which bunnies I wanted. There were three litters of babies, 10 weeks, 8 weeks and 6 weeks. After going from one cage of babies to another I finally chose the two that would come home with me. The both are French Angora, could I have anything but French? One sable pearl (I think that is what it is called) female 6 weeks old and a REW male 10 weeks old. We packed back in the car with Zippee and Zappee and headed back to Ole Kentuck.
I could say a lot here about where we stopped to eat, suffice it to say we were not happy. The trip home didn't seem to take as long, you know how that is. Emma changed their names to Cloudy and Sunshine. We dropped June and Caryn off and home we went.
Their names were changed to Elphaba and Fieryo. David, who usually names all our animals, wants to name them Priscilla and Aquilla from the New Testament. Emma just said she wants to call the girl Kitty. I don't know what the heck they are going to be called and at this point who care.
I was away from the house a total of 8 hours counting traveling time and stopping by the store for bunny stuff on the way back. All in all I'd say it was a pretty good day. Except for the fact I scared the crap out of June at least a couple times. My brakes on the passenger side are out, sorry June.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Can't you just see this in a lovely lacy pattern? I can't remember how often she said the Limited Edition Collection skeins were coming out. Guess I'll have to check in every month.
My request is for you to please pray, fast or just contribute to the Peggy L. Sturgeon Sock Yarn Relief Fund. I'm sure this isn't the last you've seen of these stupid limited edition thingys.
Also, here is a picture of the other hibiscus the kids gave me for Mother's Day. I love coral.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog. The facts:
1. I took piano for 9 years and my favorite composer is Beethoven. However, I haven't played in many more years than 9. Sad but true.
2. I always wanted to be a female 007, but I can't stand to be chased!!!!
3. I love all things French. I've been to France once and completely love the country and its history. My husband says I think I am Marie Antoinette and that I'd better watch my head. :)
4. I love impacting the lives of others. Enlarging other's horizon of experiences.
5. I have 90+ hours of a degree in Mathematics. But don't ask me to do simple arithmatic or make change. :)
6. I'm getting my very own angora bunny this weekend. If it is a boy it shall be called: Oscar, or Wilfred, or Bucky, or Otto. If it is a girl it shall be called: Penelope, or Zelda, or Cricket, or Cinderella. Actually, it probably won't be any of those name, but I thought that would be funny.
7. I am an extreme extrovert!!!!! Somewhat, okay very very much so. Hyper and spastic if you get me on the right subject. :) Those of you who know me, you know what I mean!!!!
I heretofore to solemnly tag: June, Holly, Traci, Roseann, Heidi, Loribird, and the other Holly . I totally understand if some of you do not want to or do not have the time to participate in this, so please do not feel obliged.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It is tradition for me to preach (speak, talk, blab) on Mother's Day. Before I began speaking I was given this beautiful bouquet of flowers. It looks so refreshing with the lemons in the vase.
My message was about the need for traditions and the passing down of not only heirlooms (no matter what monetary value) but also the passing down of attitudes, being an influence, a mentor to all those we come in contact with. One of my main points is that whether you have biological children or not, you can still be a mother, a teacher, an influence. There is always someone whom you can brighten their day. That grocery clerk or the waiter/waitress at the restaurant. People who need just one smile are everywhere we look. My main reason for bringing that up here is I brought up the fact that one of the things that is very important to me to pass down are "old" arts and crafts. I brought some of my knitting and gave a very, very, very short demonstration of using a drop spindle with a little history. I thought about taking my wheel but then I was afraid everyone would want to touch her. :) All in all it went quite well. I received a lot of positive feedback.
After church I was treated to a scrumptious meal prepared by my daughter Sara. I didn't have to do anything!!!!! What a blessing.
Directly following our meal Sara was adamant that we all had to get ready to go down to the pool and that we all had to go together, no one could dilly dally or come down later. "WE ALL HAVE TO GO TOGETHER!"
Imagine my surprise when I came down the steps off the deck, rounded the corner and saw this. While I was away at Sunday School, Sara, her boyfriend, Matthew and Aaron had all picked up this lovely patio furniture. A table, umbrella, four chairs, two loungers and an accent table.
They had also bought two hibiscus. One is a lovely double bloom coral and the other is a surprise. You AND I have to wait until it blooms.
What an extremely wonderful day. I count myself to be very blessed and I am immensely thankful. Hope your day went as well, if it didn't, never ever give up, it can and will change!!!!!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
I also received some lovely alpaca roving from North Star Alpacas. Maple also sent me a bar of some wonderful smelling lavendar soap. It is all so yummy. The alpaca fiber is extremely soft. I can't wait to spin it up although I'm a little anxious being as I've never spun alpaca before.
I've just realized that I have another awesome purchase I recently made. It arrived about the same time I purchased all my sock yarn so I was totally embarrased to reveal yet another thing. I do really love it. With spinning the Jacob I purchased from Red Barn I was able to weigh it and divide it up evenly so I will have equal amounts to ply and not as much left over as I have had of other fibers in the past. I purchased it from Just Pounds and Ounces on Ebay.
The pool is finally relatively clean. I still have a few things to do, like vacuum more. We are very much enjoying it. Here are a couple pictures. The first is of my youngest, Jordan, the one at the top and Sara's beau, Matthew. Jordan made me blob him out of the picture. :(
And of course, would any post be complete without a picture or two of Emma Belle?
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I had purchased tickets for us to attend "Behind the Emerald Curtain." This is a behind the scenes look at Wicked. We found out all sorts of interesting stuff. Each and every wig used is made of human hair and is constructed by sewing each strand by hand. Actually it is kind of a "hooked rug" application. Even all the shoes are handmade. Tuesday's performance was the 844th performance there at the Oriental Theater. The theater itself is a treat. It is very ornate with its gilded architecture.
The performance was absolutely unbelievable. More than I could have ever hoped or dreamed. Having already been totally engrossed in the soundtrack I was afraid that it wouldn't match up to it. But, I have to say it was every bit as good. The young lady, Carmen Cusack, who played Elphaba, "The Wicked Witch of the West", was actually the understudy for the regular Elphaba. Which concerned me as well. She was phenomenal. I have to rate her right up there with Idina Menzel, the original Broadway Elphaba.
Here are some pictures of my little Elphaba, who stole the show in the lobby prior to the performance starting. To get the full effect make sure you click on the pictures for the larger view.
Elphaba, Emma Belle, outside the theater in front of one of the billboards. She insists on being very serious when in costume as Elphaba. She had lost a bit of her makeup at this point.
This one is Emma standing in front of Elphaba's fancy dress. This dress is unbelievably gorgeous and costs approximately $25,000.
While waiting we had a little photo shoot, this is my favorite pose. They do not allow photos to be taken inside the actual theater portion of the building so unfortunately we didn't get any pictures of the performances, the ones on stage or those by Emma Belle in the seat.
Oh, after seeing the musical, I feel quite differently about Glinda. As it turns out she was obeying Elphaba's wishes after her "death" to not come to her defense. So it is all good with Glinda and myself. And if you are one of those who believe the story in "The Wizard of Oz," that is just a make believe story, Wicked is the true story, "the untold story of the witches of oz."
Just a little fun during intermission. Emma Belle told me that "maybe when we go to your house some of these people can come and watch me sing." If she keeps going the direction she is they won't have to come to Gammy's house, they will have to go to Broadway!!!!!
I am already planning my next trip. I cannot wait to see it again!!!!!
Friday, May 4, 2007
As I've said in previous posts, this coming Tuesday we are going to Chicago to see the musical Wicked. Cannot wait. Here is a little video of Elphaba singing a montage of songs she performs. We are also taking a behind the scene tour with some of the cast members. Cool huh? Emma Belle is going to freak. Another of my obligations is I'm making Emma Belle an Elphaba dress to wear to the show and being the procrastinator that I am (see Tabitha, I owned up to it) I am just now getting started. It shouldn't be too much of a big deal. Possibly no sleep for several days, but no biggee. Really, I will probably have it done in one day. I have even gotten her some green makeup. She is going to be so adorable. This is the dress I'm making, the front one, in solid black and all the way to the floor. Pictures of the real thing coming soon.
I have gotten a little more done on my sweater, its coming right along, and a little more spinning of the Wensleydale on my Bosworth midi spindle.
And finally, the last installment on my sock yarn purchase. Some more by Hand Painted Knitting Yarns in Rigoletto, (the blues) and Otello, (the golds). Aren't they gorgeous!!!!Oh to stay home like the good ole days (a couple of weeks ago). As my mother has always said, "This too shall pass."
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Some more of the Wildfoote in Desert Grass, some of the wonderful Hand Painted Knitting Yarns in Tosca and some really pretty Rio de la Plata, 100% wool from Uruguay it has three names of colors in it, -- quartz pink - confetti - dry rose. If you know me at all you will know that am really partial to melon/coral colors. But then again, I like black, green, brown, gold.....hmm, I think I like all colors except I'm not much on pastels, but the Tofutsies are somewhat pastel. Heck, I don't know, I've confused myself!!!!!
Oh, yeah, and don't feel too awfully sorry for me, I am going to my Barnes & Noble knitting group tonight. And I did get quite a bit of knitting and spinning done yesterday. And it is supposed to rain the next several days so I'll be stuck in the house and I guess I'll just have to spin and knit. What else would I do? Housework? Nah!!!!