I was just sitting here thinking. Yeah, I know, difficult to imagine. But, if you get me early in the morning with fresh caffeine coursing through my veins......it does happen....the thinking thing. Anyways as I was sitting here thinking, I was thinking about how exciting this year has been so far and what else I have to look forward to.
# 1 In April I turned the big 50. That's a pretty big deal. You know the number is no issue, I really don't care. I think for me the worse thing about getting older is the realization that that is one more tick against my life line. This 50 has gone by so fast, how fast are the next 30 or so going to go by. As a Believer, I am not afraid of death, what I really hate about the whole dying thing is the fact you leave your loved one's with their grief. I cannot think about it or I'm a basket case.
#2 Also in April, David and I reached our 30th Wedding Anniversary. God is so good!!!
#3 I purchased a spinning wheel and entered deeper into the fiber world. Can you say A-D-D-I-C-T-I-O-N? And through the spinning world I have made wonderful friends that are just as crazy as I am about knitting and spinning. Well, some of them aren't as luny about fiber as I am, or at least they won't talk about their real stash or they hide the fact they have just as many WIP's or UFO's as I do. (works in progress or unfinished objects). Some of these friends actually live in my area. I met June through a Yahoo Group dedicated to spinning. She introduced me to Joanne and the Barnes & Noble Tuesday Night Knitters (some hookers). Through my LYS I was introduced to RoLynn and Ashley when they inquired about a local knitting group. And then there are so many wonderful friends I have met on-line either through a Yahoo Group or from looking at various blogs. A great deal of those I have listed in "My Daily Haunts," are people I correspond with on a regular basis. I will not even begin to list them for fear I will leave someone out. The spinning/knitting community is really a close knit, hehehe, group.
Most of the knitting people I have known over the last 20 years or so have been people I have taught myself. You know, they enter in all wide eyed and naive. Some have an unbelievable immunity to yarn or knitting addiction cooties. Those who do get infested, well, you know, they are just babies. They have no idea where they are headed. Even if they come and see my stash or WIPs they see no correlation between my problems and themselves. It takes a while to develop a good addiction. So when I found all those in the paragraph above it was like being a leper and finding a leprosy colony. Finally someone who totally understands you. People who have yarn/fiber in practically every room in the house. And even some that have their latest purchases slyly hid in the top of their closet.
Today I received the first installment of the "Batt Club." Isn't this the most gorgeous stuff you just about ever saw?
#4 MS3. I joined the Mystery Stole #3 group. You can read about it in one of the previous posts. One of the neatest things about this is the fact that almost 7000 people are all knitting the same shawl at the same time. It is such a phenomena that USA Today is doing a story on it. That's a lot of yarn and a lot of beads folks. And members are from all over the world. They have instructions in about 5 different languages. Pretty cool.
#5 This one just occurred. In fact, at midnight last night. NOW LET ME SAY, IF YOU ARE GOING TO STONE ME.................... PLEASE USE MARSHMALLOWS. I am and have been for years and years a dedicated Harry Potter fan. The latest movie, "The Order of the Phoenix," opened last night, or actually early this morning. I bought our tickets to the midnight show yesterday and after getting back from B&N knitting I fiddle faddled around here and Jordan and I left here a little after 11. I really wanted to get there at 11 but fiddled or maybe it was faddled a little too long. We arrived at the theater around 11:30 or so. Had to park on the grass and had to sit on the very, very front row. And didn't get home until around 3 am. It was worth it all. I felt like it was Christmas. Jordan asked if I was going to dress up as a Harry Potter character, if I was I don't think he would have gone with me.
Look at the sweet gifts RoLynn gave me. Hedwig and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. For you muggles, Hedwig is Harry's owl and "Every Flavor" means every flavor, like vomit, bugger, earthworm. I think you get the picture.
#6 The next great thing to happen will be the release of the next and last (sigh) book in the HP series, "Deathly Hallows." This is the one that brings it all together. A great day of excitement and sadness at the same time. This wonderful series that has taken Harry and his crew from childhood to young adulthood, all the while showing us readers what friendship, love, courage and going forth even when the battle gets hard will finally come to an end. We have gotten so used to waiting for the next book every two years or so and then the next movie. It will be several years before the last two movies comes out so we have a few more years of magic!!!!
Tell ya how bad I have it. Last night while at the Barnes & Noble knitting group I checked with customer service to make sure they had my reservation for a copy of the new book. The night before the release of the book they have a big party with all sorts of fun things going on and then at midnight they start calling numbers and selling books amongst squeals and screams. Anyways, when I asked for them to check and make sure they had my reservation, he stated, "Yes, in fact you reserved it the first day of reservations, February 4th." I told you I'm a maniac!!!!
#7 Emma Belle starts school. Her mother, Tabitha, and I are already shedding tears over that one. We both know that it is a good, happy thing, but you just hate to see your babies grow up. This is a picture I took of our sweet little Emma Belle when she was just one day old. You can already see the attitude.
#8 My Sara is getting married October 13th.
#9 This happens every year. Nothing new. During the months of November and December I will be stark, raving, luny attempting to get all my Christmas presents finished. I plan on starting at the first of the year, I do start in January, but somehow those things get pushed to the side for other fun things to start. I'm always happy when family shindigs are scheduled after Christmas day because that gives me more days to work on the objects.