First, let me thank everyone who sent their condolences regarding the last post. Knowing that you all care and had us in your thoughts during such a difficult time means a lot. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Now, back to regular blogging…
Did you see the Google logo today? Odds are good that you are probably already aware that today is Earth Day. I will be spending most of the day getting my veggie garden ready for planting (grow local!), finishing up the mulching from hell (conserve water!) and hopefully sitting outside with my wheel for a little bit (save my sanity!). I may have to run to the store so I’ll be sure to bring along my Envirosax bags (delight.com also have RuMe bags on special for today only. They roll up into their own little package just like the Envirosax). I *heart* these bags and use them for everything – and since they’re so cute and pretty I hate to not use them which helps with remembering to bring them into the store with me. I even keep one in my purse ‘just in case’.
What will you be doing today (or every day) to observe Earth Day?
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely New Year! I can’t wait to catch up on my RSS feeds to see what you all have been up to over the past week.
In the meantime, let me tell you all what I’ve been up to (and yes, there’s actual knitting in this post – brace yourselves) ;o)
Christmas was pretty quiet, my Mom and Dad were here along with our old roommate Dave (aka ‘Uncle’ Dave) and RR’s Dad came over on Christmas Day. We exchanged gifts (WAIT ’til you see what Dad made for me – it’ll be a bit since I have to knit some lace first) and had an amazingly good tenderloin cooked by RR and Dave. Dobby spent the day with Whipping Boy and his ‘rents because her worthless *ahem* father had ‘other’ plans (aka ‘new girlfriend’). I received the usual mixture of technology (a red Nano!**) and fibery stuff (Sock blockers and a lace blocking frame made by Dad!) and RR was gifted with what he wanted most in the world – an indoor R/C Helicopter – that he went and made the mistake of letting me drive. Carnage ensued:
Good thing I bought replacement blades…
Dobby’s ‘big’ gift was a new stereo for her car that controls her iPod. She had to work Christmas Eve so while she was at work, RR made a visit to her car and installed it for her (he was a car stereo installer in another life). We stuck a big bow on it so she wouldn’t miss it and she must have found it right away since she called to thank us when she got out of work. ;o) We wanted to surprise her on Christmas morning, but it would have been hard for her to miss RR’s absence on Christmas eve while he did the install in the driveway!
New Years was quiet – RR and I watched the ball drop and then waited for Dobby to call to let us know she had gotten to her Grandparents safely. At 2am I gave up and called – she got there on time and safely, but forgot to call. grrrr
I showed you guys the yarn I spun from the silk/merino purchased at Rhinebeck – but I didn’t show you the finished product because it is a gift for a family friend. I was afraid that she would see it on the blog before receiving it – and she still hasn’t received it but I can’t wait anymore. Right now she’s battling the flu and won’t be near a computer ’til she gets the gift so I feel somewhat safe in sharing it now.
oh you want to SEE it? hehehe
I seriously love this scarf – and don’t want to give it away! However, when I showed my friend what I had purchased at Rhinebeck this year, she fell in love with the fiber and pronounced it perfect for a scarf. How could I not comply? ;o)
Okay, one more picture:
In other knitting news…oh this has gone on long enough. I don’t want this post to be too big! I’ll be back to let you know about my progress with the CPH I’ve been working on forever.
OH and don’t forget! The Complete Jane Austen starts on PBS January 13th! (For those fans of Bronte – Jane Eyre began on December 30th and will air the 2nd and final part on January 6th)
**The Zen that RR gave me for Christmas last year went and bricked itself a few weeks ago. A month after the warrantee expired. For its replacement I decided to go with a flash based mp3 player in the hopes that the memory will last longer than one with a hard drive.
…well, we’re getting close! One of those nauseating jewelry commercials (sorry but I have issues with those) announced this morning that ‘there’s only FIVE shopping days left ’til Christmas!’
I’m excited, I like Christmas (or Xmess as I’ve called it over the past few years on the blog), I like our tree this year and I’m pretty confident in my gifts to RR and Dobby.
My one hand knitted gift, however, is giving me headaches. Maybe it’s because it’s my first flat oblong item in a looong time, maybe it’s because I absolutely love the yarn and don’t want to give it away (selfish, I know), whatever it is, I’m not exactly loving the process of this one. It’s taking for-freaking-ever!
And, because it’s a gift for someone who may or may not read the blog, I can’t exactly show you a picture of it. Sucks, eh?
I can, however, show you a picture of my favorite Holiday mug:
A post over at Judy’s got me to thinking – and wondering – do our readers/blogfriends have favorite Holiday mugs of their own? If you do, post a picture and let me know! I’d love to see them!
…at chez ‘Lu. The tree is up and the dogs have been decorated:
The tree – we went with LED lights this year, I’m not sure how I feel about it yet but I do feel good about the energy savings (and finding the lights on sale half price).
As for the dogs, we tried to get a picture of them both together, you can imagine how well THAT went. Even better, I can show you:
um yeah, they don’t do close quarters well…yet. Yes, Beanie is trying desperately to get the wreath off of herself. *sigh*
We did get individual photos done (sort-of):
Beanie asks, “does this wreath make my hips look big?”
…and Jazz is just pissed. Something tells me she doesn’t want to be an elf.
…for the onslaught.
Grandma’s China (though I’ve been doing some research and I’m thinking it might have been Great-Grandma’s China)…out of storage, washed and ready.
Table…ready for final setting.
Oh yeah and porch…done enough for warmth.
Thanksgiving, here I come! (but first…a nap.)
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!