Friday, October 26, 2007

Contest!

I'm going to have a little contest here to help raise money for the MDA event. I need to spread the word! I don't get involved with a lot of fund raising events because it is so much work and I'm often afraid I won't be able to give it the attention it deserves, but this one is important to me. I think the money is spent wisely and it stays in the community. There are some kids with some real needs out there and I hope I can help.
November 15th is the day I have to have the funds raised and it is the day they are hauling me off to jail, complete with a mug shot, which I will post here.

So here is what I want to do. I am going to give away an Southeastern Virginia themed swag bag. I don't know all the items to be included yet, but it will be yummy and knitted related too!

So here is how it works, if you include a link to my site on your webpage telling folks about the contest your name goes in that hat, if you link to my page and make a donation your name goes in the hat twice! Just email me or send me a comment to let me know you've done either and we will get the ball rolling.

The drawing day will be evening of Novemeber 14th!

Please help me help some children with Muscular Distrophy. Thanks!

Rain, Rain!

We are finally getting rain and I mean real rain with thunder and downpours and everything it is great. It has been raining for two days and I think we got two inches yesterday. Today has been even more. It isn't enough really to get us back to where we need to be with the water table but it is much needed.

Here is a sunrise the day the clouds started to roll in it. What a wonderful sight.

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And a little nature shot from lunch yesterday. It was raining so it is a little unclear but there are beautiful red berries on the tree.

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I took the day off despite having to play 20 questions with my boss as to why I wanted the whole day off. I mean please! I have the leave and we have three people in Fridays. Anyway, ya'll keep your fingers crossed I've had two interviews this week. Something has to happen soon! So after my interview this morning, I came home with the intention of takeing the truck for inspection but that is when the downpours started and I didn't want to deal with the traffic with that. So I waited and thought it would stop, it didn't so the truck will have to wait until tomorrow and I took Molly to the vet instead. She her annual check up and the vet said for 11 years old she looks wonderful!Hooray, Molly! He didn't really like that I don't feed her very much commercial food, but there are two houses of thought on that issue and both old fast to their beliefs. One of the vets thinks its fine I feed the girls, steamed rice, pasta, baked or boiled chicken, liver and raw beef. I don't feed them anything I wouldn't feed my family. they do get a high quality kibble mixed in and vitamins so I don't think they are missing anything and he did say before he knew that, she looks darned good for 11 years old. She still acts like a pup too, runs and plays with Lily who is only 2 1/2. So unless something happens to make me change my mind they are going to continue to get their diet I prepare for them. Also, this diet had helped Rosie's skin allergies tremendously. She still has issues but nothing like she used to and her coat is so soft and shiny. So he means well I know but my girls are doing great and I see no reason to upset a good thing. But, love our vet just the same.

In knitting news, still working on the scarf and jacket, not much change there, sadly.

Hope everyone is planning to enjoy their weekend! Great weather here for more knitting!

Happy Fall ya'll

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tada! 100th Post

Today is my 100th post since starting my blog nearly a year ago. I started it right have I learned to knit last December. I have learned a lot and made so many wonderful knew friends! Thank you for sharing this milestone with me.

It has been an interesting week, the hubby wasn't feeling so good on Thursday due to a trip to the doctor, he is feeling better now but we are waiting on test results still. I hate the waiting. Friday, I was feeling a little under the weather due to some disagreeable chicken salad and my boss asking like a horses patoot. I left at lunch time and didn't go back. I just couldn't do it. Ever had one of those days, when you just know, that no good will come of any further human inteaction. It seemed the best course of action given my state at the time. Others do not seem to agree, but thats okay, whats done is done, can't wait for Monday! Not.

Today is a picture perfect day, all the clouds have been chased away by the breeze it is a nice low 72 degrees and a good day to sit and watch the clothes dry on the line. There is talk of puttying windows, but so far I haven't seen any action in that area yet so I am enjoying my freedom from domestic chores at the moment, except for the occasional break to hang more clothes, one does need variety even in something as mundane as watching the clothes dry. The excitement of the different fabrics drying at different speeds! Who needs NASCAR?! Okay maybe I'm still feeling the affects of the chicken salad.

In knitting news I am still making progress on both the scraf and the jacket, here is photographic evidence.

The jacket nearing the halfway point.

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The scarf not near the halfway point. This is my first attempt at fair isle, wow! Lori asked if I hold a yarn in each hand or let them drop. Well, when I'm only using two colors I hold them but in the instance when I am using more I let one drop. I am still perfecting my technique here. I hope this comes out okay. I have decided the hat will be a little more simple, stripes no fair isle.

I am still struggling in the land of selling a vehicle. I have had lots of interest but no buyers for my RV. It is taking a toll I am so tempted to donate the thing and be done with it, but they hubby is not happy about giving it away. I had an offer to trade it for a VW bug that is not street legal, an SUV with an oil leak and a radiator leak and a dining room set. If anyone had a tug or a trawler we'd be in business! Or maybe a yarn store they wanted to sell to retire in an RV somewhere, wouldn't that be perfect!

Can you believe we are half way through October and the holidays are almost here. Seriously, I'm not ready I have way more knitting to do to be ready, we need a slow down here folks I need more knitting time!

Well back to it! More to knit!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Can You Help?

Hi Everyone,
I got my donations webpage up and running. The history behind this is the county where I work participates every year in funding raising for MDA. They have a fun theme where the volunteers are "arrested" and have "bail" set. I will go to jail on November 15th and need to raise $3,000 in bail to be able to return to work.
I know knitters are generous folks by their nature, if you could please help me get out of jail and help me raise money for children with MDA it would be such a tremendous thing for the kids!
The website has a link for online donations as well as a list of what the money will be used for, things like wheelchairs, or giving a child the chance to go to camp when the might not otherwise be able to go.
Thank you so much!

Here's the link:
Bail Milly Out of Jail

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sweater Sunday

Yes, I actually finished the sweater today. I seamed up the sides. I don't think it is a great job as I am not yet very good at seaming but it does look like a sweater and it does fit so there is success! The hubby was quite convinced during the in progress stages that it wouldn't fit, he was pleasantly surprised today. I don't know why it took me so long other than I am just all about the process, even in cross stitching I have a drawer full of things I have cross stitched and never framed, fabulous things on linen and other uneven weave, but for me it is the enjoyment I get from the process. So I guess the same with the sweater. It has laid neglected in my sewing room/office on the blocking table for over a week completely dry and ready to be sewn up.
Also, let me say that I was so anxious to prove I had actually finished this, I didn't fluff my hair, I am just back from taking Lily on a hike down at the park and was wearing my "Knit" baseball cap so the hair is less than desirable. Or maybe that model isn't even me.

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In other knitting news, I frogged about 8 inches of the scarf yesterday I wasn't happy with the way the pattern was turning out, so I frogged it back to nearly the beginning and started over and am much happier with it now. I have not had time yet today to knit. In addition to taking Lily for a little hike, I then had to take Molly for a walk. I didn't have 25ft leashes for both of them to have a romp in the park so it meant two seperate walks, which is fine I need the exercise as much as they do. Rosie had not interest in anything today that simulated manual labor. Here is the end result.

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Also, it was Sunday so that meant baking bread for the week. I baked four loaves, plus make pizza dough which I used for dinner tonight. I had some herbs to the pizza dough and it really came out nice. It was a ground beef, chicken, onion and cheese pizza.
The before...

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and the after...
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Also, it was nice enough to day to still hang the laundry outside for that fresh air smell I just love. Nothing like going to sleep on linens that smell like the great outdoors.

While I toiled away in the kitchen the hubby waxed the hardwood floors today and other manly chores.

Yesterday, was also a full day as we went to watch glider planes. They hubby loves planes and is facinated with gliders. I don't know not my thing really. I mean they just seem to circle around and around and land. The hubby assures me this is all quite facinating, something to do with the ability to fly without benefit of an engine. Who knows.

So to recap the weekend what have we learned?
In the baking department learned that a critical step not to be missed is the adding of oil to the pizza dough before adding the toppings, otherwise said dough can become soggy. Tasty but soggy.

From the knitting department, I don't care if it does say machine wash on the yarn label, hand wash it. or all this little ends you left poking out will fray like the dickens! And adding a nice I-cord to your collar because your stitches were a little uneven and looked pulled will make the neck hole smaller. Point taken.

Hope everyone got to knit something this weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sleeping Dogs on Thursday

It's Thursday, woohooo! It seems that every other picture I have of Rosie is of her sleeping, but that is her second favorite past time so hard not to get a picture of her doing it. But, seriously is this comfortable?

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She was admiring my knitting handiwork and fell fast asleep in my chair.

I have been plagued with a migraine for the past two days, today I had to break out the ice pack just to get through work, I did leave a couple of minutes early though. I am feeling much better now that I am home and have had my medicine, which is "iffy" taking at work, sometimes it makes me sleepy. And lately it seems I have slept almost as much as Rosie.

Have worked on both knitting projects in the past 24 hours, but it doesn't seem like I gotten very far, but progress is progress!

Hope everyone is planning a wonderful weekend!

Happy Knitting ya'll

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mid-Week Check Up

Well, it is a busy week already. And it only Wednesday. So on the knitting front I am working on the baby bog jacket and the scarf. The pattern I came up with is working out pretty good after a few adjustments. I have never attempted fair isle before and I think it will be a while before I attempt it again. Wow! But it is moving right along, right now it doesn't look much different than a regular scarf knitted in the round at the moment. And I have to be careful about posting too much because the recipient might be reading this right now! :-0 LOL.

In fun fund raising news, I got a call today and I am going to jail for an hour to help raise money for MD. The County participates every year and they have one of the police officers come and put you in handcuffs and then they take you to a local hotel hosting the event in a limo. And you sit there for an hour and call people trying to get donations. Then you get the limo ride back. So it should be great fun.
I will be setting up a website to donate online ahead of time and will let you know as soon as that is up and running. And hopefully you might be able to help out with a dollar or two? I'll have more info on that soon.

We got a little rain in Williamsburg this morning first time in a month, it wasn't raining in Hampton when I left there no rain there since something like June or July, very dry there, which is a bummer because the trees and leaves need it. And another bummer because I can't use my outdoor fireplace.

Today in a fit of inability to make a decision this morning I brought both projects with me to work on at lunch today.

Hope everyone is having a good week so far!
Happy Knitting

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Thursday - The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Hey hey, it's Thursday and that can only mean two things, first, it's Dogs on Thursday! Whoohoo! and second, it's almost Friday, whoo hoo hoooo!
So I have to work late tonight so I stayed home this morning some with the pups so they could have more play time outside, except they didn't want to go out and play they only wanted to sleep! It is really humid here today like 80% humidity and poor Rosie is really feeling it the humidity bothers her so, but the AC is on and that should help her out a bit. Her ears were yukky and I had to clean them twice before I left the house this morning.
But on a lighter note, I got to go shopping on the way to work. Now, I'm not a big shopper, I'm not into going to the mall etc. But, once in a while I get the urge and I needed some dressy tops for work, so I stopped and bought two on the way to work, big shopping spree! LOL. Then I drove the parkway into work along the river and it was such a nice pretty view while listening to music.

I'm stalling in the knitting department, although last night I did get some rows done on the baby bog, and the hat. I will probably finish the hat tonight if I'm not too tired from the meeting tonight.

I plan to bake some more bread this weekend. I think I will experiment with the recipe a little and see if I can jazz up the french bread with something.

Happy Knitting Everyone!