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Sunday, July 30, 2006

A few things...

At the grocery store yesterday, I passed by a couple of folks talking on their smoke break. All I heard was "...Can't sleep, clowns will eat me." Luckily this just turned out to be a bumper sticker on a nearby car. Another good one, " I like candle light dinners, long walks on the beach and poking dead things with a stick."

Last night was not a good night for sleeping. I was tossing and turning for what seems like forever. Finally I fell asleep and was awoken by sirens. We hear sirens all the time in our 'hood but this was the first time they were accompanied by a warm orange glow and the smell of smoke. We could see the flames from our window and got up to see what exactly was on fire. About half a block away was the full fledged structure fire...But we are still unsure what the structure really was. A woman standing there and she told us that the old potato chip factory was on fire, it had been set fire once before so it was probably some kids faults. We went by there this morning and it is all burnt out but it started dawning on us...Old potato chip factory? It looks like a garage or large carriage house. I guess it could have been a potato chip factory in like 1890 but I just don't see it. I can't find anything in the news about it though...Very weird.

Been knitting the baby blanket, working and TRYING to beat the heat around here!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

New bedroom

We have been working on our house lately. Before moving to CO, my good friends' husband was able to install our new hardwood floor in the bedroom! One day I actually fell through the old floor with some high heels on- not to mention the countless splinters we have got over the past year! We LOVE the new floor...
Old floor.........................................................New floor!

So much so that it inspired me to paint! I finished just in time to spend all our time in here as it is the only room with AC. Don't worry, the lamp is still there.

Old room............................................................... New room! (Yippee!!)

Pinwheel baby blanket...take 2

So I started the Pinwheel Baby Blanket before I left for Texas. I noticed that I had only 5 instead of 10 sections and didn't think anything of it. Till I realized that I am not increasing as fast as I SHOULD be with only 5 yo's every 2 rows. D'oh! I started over and am on track. It is for another baby due in October. It is slow going but that is because I have been working in the evenings or playing softball more than knitting lately.

As for the old one, I still haven't frogged it. I worked long and hard on it and am still bitter that I messed it up so badly. I will do it once I get a bit further on the one that is right. Till then I wear it as a very pointy hat.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Big Bad Baby Blanket

I finished this during the trip to Texas...Still need to get the ends weaved in and get it in the mail though. Luckily the baby isn't due till October!
Pattern: Big Bad Baby Blanket from SnB
Yarn: Caron Super Soft in Yellow

I liked this pattern but it was my first big project so thought it got a bit long and repetitive. I will do it again and I love the acrylic for softness and function!

Paws up!

Sorry for the delay- my computer has been having issues- NOT GOOD with the big conference in 3 weeks!! Anyways, here she is, our Turtle! She is named after a character in The Bean Trees (by Barbara Kingsolver) who was also an abandoned little girl. She is progressing well. Still eating well, has more energy everyday, cuts healing and even is using the litter box!

I didn't think it was even possible but she gets cuter everyday too! She loves to put her paws up and get her belly rubbed...

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Could you leave an injured kitten alone in the woods? Apperantly V and I cannot. Today we went collecting in Delaware to try once again to find me fish for some research. As we are driving on the dirt road to the impoundment where the fish are*, we see a little kitten in the middle of the road. We pull over and it runs off the road, but just far enough to meow at us a ton. V notices it has a flea collar stuck around its neck and legs. He cuts it off of the little girl and we see that she has been out in the wild for a while, the collar leaves some pretty bad looking cuts and sores. Luckily she is walking ok and followed us all around the field site. She even guarded the car when we were in the water. Too cute! Well, we brought her home and agonized about what to do with her (after agonizing over bringing her with us in the first place). We took her to the vet this morning and after tests showed that she has none of the big bad kitty diseases- just a few been out in the woods diseases- we got shots and meds and one of those funny collars to keep her from licking her cuts (which weren't so bad to need stiches or anything either). She will reside in the basement until she is well enough to introduce to Seymour and Cal and then we will see if she can stay with us for good. V went to NYC today but we will do a photoshoot with the little lady tomorrow!

Whew! Between V's car breaking down on Saturday, this new aquisition, ArtGirl visiting Philly for work this week (yippee!), AND our final softball game tomorrow (with possible playoffs on Wednesday) it is QUITE a week!

*or where the fish AREN'T as it turns out.

Monday, July 10, 2006

I'm Punny.

We like to say "Who's a Big Bear?!" to our pets as the guy did in "Grizzly Man." This mutates into many different questions to our pets- Who's a Kit Cat? Who's a Dig Dog? Who's a poop machine? etc.

It is really hot and humid today and Cal is breathing really heavily. V replies..."He's just hot." My response...."Who's a Hot Dog?"

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Only in Our town

Ahhhhhhh, the 4th of July. Good food with friends, fireworks, and a fun day all around. Except that things are a bit different here in Our Town. After every big boom, I ask V if that was a firework or a gunshot (the gunshots are rare, don't worry mom).
The fireworks themselves were really good. They lasted a whole hour- the longest I have ever seen and everytime we thought it was over, the finale just kept on going. But at the fireworks show, there was a skydiver that landed on the football field before the show began. He had an American flag attached to his foot. The foot he uses to LAND his parachute. I was a bit disapointed he didn't light up the flag right then and there after running to stop and dragging the thing on the ground. Maybe flags can touch the ground if it is sacred ground like a football field. Speaking of sacred ground...the stadium where we watched the show was across the street from a cemetary. Where a ton of people sat in cars and on the ground to watch it. Nothing says respect the dead like lighting sparklers and eating funnel cake on your grave.