Wednesday, October 31, 2007
If you're quick, you might even get an entry in for Robin's 2nd Blogiversary contest. It closes tomorrow, so you need to be quick!
Have fun and tell them I sent you, okay?!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
So - his two friends arrive at the agreed upon time. 2pm. Since the only spot that is really feasible to work at is the kitchen table, Older Son had everything set up there. As I worked away in the livingroom, 2 rooms away, I heard some of the conversation. No - I was not intentionally eavesdropping. 11 year old boys are LOUD!!! They might want to keep that in mind in the future. This is what I overheard:
Older Son - Jennifer watches everything I do these days.
Friend One - That's because she likes you.
Friend Two - No it's not - it's because she wants to have sex with you.
Pardon??? They're 11!!! I did not immediately go into the kitchen. I gave it a few minutes. As I entered the room, Friend Two (if it helps, visualize Eddie Haskell) says "We weren't saying anything" before I had uttered a word. I explained that our house is an old house and that noise travels... And that while I understood that they weren't too young to be thinking about sex, they were definitely much too young to be considering doing anything about it!
Give me strength!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Giving credit where credit is due, I think that our lovely swap hostess has once again delivered a great swap for us! I did the Spring exchange and Virtual Vacation as well, and I must say that I have enjoyed all three. Always a good experience. I will say that I haven't had as much of a chance to get to know my upstream pal, Pennie, as I would like, but that is because I've been busy with work... I plan to do a post about some of our similarities, and differences of course, but the similarities are more interesting to me. And my downstream pal, June, is a lovely lady who I hope to get to know better. I had a terrific time preparing a package for her and was thrilled that she enjoyed it so much! And of course some of my favourite bloggers have participated in this swap as well. I'd mention names but I'd be afraid to leave someone out... And my bag? It is fabulous! I switched back to my hated black leather purse when I was away on business earlier in the week, but I started using my *new* bag as soon as I received to many compliments.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
What are your favorite kinds of coffee? (Brands, Roasts, anything at all you'd like to share!)
I don’t have a favourite brand, or a favourite roast. Nothing too, too strong, but a nice full body.
Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee?
I usually buy ground beans simply because of convenience. I leave the house at 6:15am most morning, so I don’t have a lot of time to grind beans on most days. But I do own a grinder.
This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees - do you drink flavored coffee? Do you enjoy special blends?
I do drink flavoured coffee and really enjoy “Eggnog” coffee during the Holiday Season.
How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? Decaf?
With a little bit of milk, please… Decaf??? What is the point...?
Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer?
I usually drink from a mug. Once again, this is a practicality thing. I don’t have time to wash fine china.
Winter and Holidays - PLEASE be descriptive! Your pal will need this information to be sure to put together a package you will enjoy!
What is your favorite part of Winter?
I really enjoy the first snowfall. Particularly with kids, this is an exciting event. If we're lucky, it is also the first snowman of the year. The only caveat is that I really hope that it happens on a weekend since people forget how to drive in the winter…
Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday?
We celebrate Christmas, although I try to expose my children to other traditions and beliefs as well. We don’t live in a bubble!
If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree?
Yes – usually at least 2 trees.
Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package? Either would be lovely!
Do you collect anything? Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snoflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect?
If I consider my Christmas ornaments, one tree is completely Victorian style ornaments and the other is much more whimsical – you could read that as “his” tree and “my” tree, although part of the Victorian thing is that the house is Victorian, too.
Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats?
I live in Canada. Did you know that minus 30 is the same in both Celcius and Farenheit? I NEED scarves, mittens and hats just to survive!
What is your favorite holiday or winter treat?
Christmas cookies. My favourite is a cookie that has candied ginger in them. They have a nice little “bite” to them.
Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory.
My Mom is the second of five children. There are 21 years between oldest and youngest. The youngest is only 11 years older than I am, although he is 13 years younger than my Mom. When I was a child, my uncle used to babysit us occasionally. When I was about 6 or 7 years old, he came to take care of my sisters and I one sunny winter day. We had had a lot of snow so we had some terrific snow piles. We made the best snow forts that day. It was so much fun!
Yarn and Crafting
Do you Knit or Crochet? For how long?
I knit. I have been knitting for close to 30 years. I am a “lefty” so haven’t quite got the hang of crochet, although if those amigurumi books keep screaming at me, I guess I’m going to have to figure it out.
Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? Circular or straight?
No preference… Whatever is the right size and material to “get gauge” and doesn’t already have a project on it.
What sort of projects do you enjoy making?
I find this question hard! I enjoy projects that will give me a challenge of some sort, but beyond that it is hard to narrow it down. Socks, sweaters, hats, mittens, blankets… Whatever…. Although I have never knit gloves. (Note to self: knit some gloves!)
What are your favorite types of yarn to work with?
I have a strong preference for natural fibres, although synthetics do have their uses as blending fibres for strength. And soft is good… Squishy!
Do you spin or dye?
No – although I’ve done a little bit of Kooaid dyeing…
Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else?
I do a little bit of cross stitch, play with beads (I’m not good enough to claim I make jewellery) and I sew.
When is your birthday?
Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!)
2 human sons and 1 cat “son”. Older Son is 11 and Younger Son is 7. Tiger will be 1 soon and will officially be a cat and no longer a kitten.
What are your favorite colors?
I don’t like brown or most yellows, but beyond that, I am pretty open. I tend to be drawn to pinks, purples, blues and greens. Cool colours…
Do you have any allergies?
Nothing relevant to a swap, since I’m sure that you’re not going to send me penicillin!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
A very cute note card from Pennie with all of her information, so that I can get to know her a bit now, the pattern for the Felted Buttonhole Bag from Mason Dixon Knitting, 3 skeins of Wool of the Andes from Knitpicks in "Cranberry", a Norwegian knitting thimble, locking stitch markers, a row counter, a too cute to believe sheep tape measure, a heart shaped bowl with a sheep on it, a "purl" badge, a pewter button (yarn and needles), a beaded stitch market and a lariat necklace with matching earrings and bracelet! Did I forget anything? I *think* that Pennie made the beaded stitch market and the jewellery... She is also a Bead Retreat instructor! The most interesting thing about the jewellery is the fact that it will all co-ordinate and mix and match with my existing jewellery! You probably can't see it from the photos, but there is a heart theme... I have other heart jewellery in co-ordinating colours! Hmmm...
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I think that my favourite Hallowe'en costume was the year that I planned to go out dressed as a die. If I had been able to convince my sister that it was a good idea, we could have been a pair of dice, but she was having none of it. It was a really simple costume - a cardboard box painted white, with black dots and holes for arms and head. So easy that my 10 year old self did it all alone. The hitch with Hallowe'en that year? I got bronchitis the week of Hallowe'en. My sister, who didn't want to be a die, hadn't come up with anything better, so she used my costume since I wasn't going to be needing it. Siblings...!
When he was really small, Older Son attended a daycare that didn't celebrate Hallowe'en for religious reasons. (The owner considered it devil worship.) So he didn't really have a Hallowe'en costume until he was 3. At that point, I started to make his costumes. This is the first year that I haven't made a costume for either of them. I'm just too busy with work and such these days, and this year, I bought Younger Son's costume. But my favourite year was the year that they went out as Super Heroes. Old Son was Batman Beyond and Younger Son was Flash. Finding a pattern for Batman was really easy. And knowing how popular Justice League was at the time, I figured that Flash would be similarly easy... Wrong! I ended up finding a picture of Flash on the internet and adapting a pattern for the Flash costume. I knew that I had it right when I heard a little girl saying to her mother: "Hey, look - he's Flash! Cool!"
At almost 12, there won't be too many more years of Trick-or-Treating left for Older Son. Since we live on a deadend road outside of the village limits, we take the kids up to the village for Trick-or-Treating. We usually go as a family. It is usually only an hour or so, but it's lots of fun and that is enough candy and junk for the boys for quite a while. Our ghost is already haunting the back porch, and a 3 foot spider has spun a web in the corner of the same porch. I'm pretty sure that the Jack'o'Lanterns will start arriving soon, too!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Now I've got to say that at 43, I readily admit to being "early middle-aged", with an emphasis on the early, please. If you put the two groups together, I would have been pretty well smack dab in the middle agewise, but separately is a very different matter! At Knitting Out Loud, I was handsdown, no contest, no one even close, the oldest knitter there. Yikes!!! At the Fredericton Knitters' Group, I was the second youngest... This is just weird little observation on my part, but I did find it well, interesting. Both groups are a lot of fun, although quite clearly very different.
I've belonged to the Fredericton group for a little more than four years, and I enjoy it very much. And I don't mean to sound disloyal or anything, but I'm still experiencing "knitter group envy"... Maybe I just need to work on the Fredericton ladies to convince them that:
- we need to meet more than once a month; and
- we need to meet in public.
Monday, October 15, 2007
What was the contest? Well, that would be the hunting weekend... The "hunters" caught, killed, shot at, etc. absolutely nothing!!!
Tiger, on the other hand, successfuly scored 2 mice and one toad. Who's a good kitty?
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I'm not surprised that demand has been overwhelming - they are even better in person. I ordered the full set of sock DPNs for myself, and to split the shipping costs, I ordered a second set for one of my co-workers. I had them shipped to the office... It was a very exciting morning for both of us the day that they arrived. We showed everyone! Want to scare your co-workers? Show them your new knitting needles. They won't understand why you're so excited and may look a little scared, but hey, scaring your co-workers can be a good way to keep them in line... (She has sharp pointy sticks in her bag and may be unstable - don't make her angry or make any sudden moves...) However, there was one exception to this - the woodworkers! The woodworkers in my office were almost (but not quite) as effusive about the loveliness of our new needles. They admired them... They stroked them... They appreciated the beauty of the needles...
Maybe we should all buy our non-knitting partners woodworking tools...?
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Since they don't have the "Cupcake" colourway listed on the site anymore, I thought that I'd give you a little bit more detail. Isn't it pretty? I think that it must be chocolate cupcakes with pink icing - YUM! Thank you so much SP 11 Spoiler - it was a great package. Of course I still have no idea who my spoiler is, but I was right in thinking that she is another Canadian. The postmark on the package is Alberta - a province that I've never been to...
The other package I received was a lovely surprise - I received a "thank you" package from my Sock It To Me spoilee, Audrey. And what was in it? Audrey made me a row counting bracelet (isn't it pretty?) and the cutest little sock key chain - simply adorable.Also included in the package were a couple of CDs. One has 2006 - 07 line from Bergère de France and the other has three bilingual knitting lessons. I was really touched, thank you so much Audrey!
P.S. For any of you who are morally opposed to hunting, please be assured that the likelihood of any living creature being harmed is minimal - unless you include the possibility of kitchen injuries amongst the "hunters".
Friday, October 12, 2007
I don't change the purse or bag that I'm carrying nearly often enough! I usually carry my black leather purse (which I thought that I loved when I bought it, but I don't) and often an LL Bean nautical flag tote. Depending on either what I'm wearing, what I'm doing or where I'm going, I may put the "essentials" into a different bag for a few days. I get bored of the basic black sometimes... When I'm going out for a day of shopping, I like to have a bag that has a strap that is long enough to wear across my body and that is just big enough for money, plastic, cell phone and lipstick. When I'm out for a day with the kids - it is still often a backpack.
If I was to choose just one bag as my favourite, it would have to be my leather backpack. It is almost 20 years old! It was a gift from a former employer when I decided to go back to university to study commerce. It's black and brown and has lived through many courses and exams with me, as well a rain, snow, floods and far to many moves to count. It's kind of old and battered - but I still love it!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
And then there are all of the middle school / junior high relationship issues. Who is going out with whom… Who was dumped by whom… Which girls are “mean girls” from a boys perspective. (Maddie S. isn’t doing well in the niceness sweepstakes but still seems to be able to attract the interest of a variety of boys just long enough to be able to break their very fragile young hearts.)
By the time that you put Younger Son, who is 7, into the mix, things can get very interesting. Younger Son has far too much personality than is good for him from time to time… He has discovered that teasing his older brother about having a “girlfriend” is immense fun! Immense fun until Older Son retaliates with a skilfully placed smack. And that usually lands them both in trouble. The message to Younger Son: teasing will not be tolerated. The message to Older Son: violence of any sort will not be tolerated.
And after the continuing saga of Younger Son coming home talking about how much Laura says that her older sister Kaitlyn likes Older Son, I finally had a conversation with Laura and Kaitlyn’s Mom. Shelly was suitably mortified for Kaitlyn’s sake, especially since she wasn’t sure that Laura’s version of the truth in any way resembled Kaitlyn’s! Yes, Kaitlyn likes Older Son, but maybe not in “that way”…
Since many people have survived the “tween” and “teen” years, I am sure that I will, too. But I’m also fairly certain that I will end up looking exponentially older.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Mr. Me and I have been married for thirteen years today. Do we have big plans to celebrate? Nope. Mr. Me is in Philadelphia today and tomorrow. I think that he will actually spend more time in airports and airplanes than he will in Philly. He’s going down to do a presentation at a conference… However, to commemorate the day and to give Kristen a smile I’m going to post some further wedding day photos as a follow up to this one. (Oh, and pop over to wish Kristen a happy anniversay tomorrow. Her anniversary is easy for me to remember...)
We had an absolutely fabulous day for a wedding, and like most weddings, there was the odd hitch, but all in all everything came off pretty well as expected. Now both Mr. Me and I have families that might be best described as complex. As a result of this complexity, many of our family members did not stay for long after dinner. While I was somewhat disappointed, we headed down to the Argyle Bar in downtown Halifax still in our wedding attire with some of our friends. A few shots of ouzo (compliments of the management) and life was good. And Mr. Me had the added thrill of some rather drunk young woman deciding that it was a good time to find out what men really wore under their kilts by sticking her hand under his! And as anyone who has gone out to the bars in Halifax would confirm, what’s a Saturday night in downtown Halifax without a stop at pizza corner? (The link is to the Wiki page for Halifax travel - scroll down, pizza corner is under "Budget".) This is one of my most favourite wedding pictures. Not because it is a great photo or anything, but because it never fails to make me smile. Mr. Me doesn't normally read my blog but I'm going to wish him a happy anniversary anyways!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I'm going to have to say the colour of newly ripened apples. We didn't get out picking this year, so I am relying on store bought local apples, but they look so lovely and rich and taste even better! MacIntosh anyone?
These photos were taken last Thanksgiving Day weekend at Upper Gagetown.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
I was surprised at how many variations there are on this counting rhyme! Clearly, some of them are more acceptable than others... In this case, the "tiger" in question isn't really a tiger at all but rather Younger Son.
Younger Son who is the proud owner of a brand new pair of hand knit socks made out of Opal "Tiger". There's just something so "boy" about that yarn. I ordered it back in July along with some other things from Simply Sock Yarns. How long does something have to remain un-knit before I can claim that I knit it from my stash? They're currently out of stock of it, does that count as being long enough?