Thursday, November 30, 2006

It's Good To Have Skills

I just love my job. Just when you think I’ve heard it all, I have a day like yesterday. One of my ‘kids’ came to me and asked for my help. His problem? His computer screen ‘was turned completely upside down’. And you know what? It was! The monitor was upright, but the image? On its head completely! So I poked around and fixed it. Just as I was laughing that weird things like that don’t pop up too often, another ‘kid’ came over and asked for help getting her ‘air pump needle unstuck from her bouncy ball’. No joke. She used exactly those words. She was filling up one of those exercise ball [because the current trend here is to sit on them instead of your chair which amuses me] She finished blowing it up with a bike pump and the needle wouldn’t come out. I fixed that too; two new skills to add to my resume, image uprighting and bouncy ball unsticking. That’s what you get working for scientists. They can split the atom, but they can’t change the toner in the copier….or apparently blow up bouncy balls properly. I guess I can stick around here a few more years. Seems I haven’t heard everything yet and they still seem to need me!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Long Overdue Update...

Apparently the thing on my it WAS a corn (and not a horn!)….results came back benign-thank goodness. Still waiting to hear about Mr. Bee’s.

Was more than a little blue this Turkey Day so didn’t do much by way of celebrating. I launched an assault on my messy house on Friday while Mr. Bee was out. How do two people create such a mess!? Put up some outdoor Xmas decorations because it was warm out. I refuse to turn them on until at least the 1st of December though! I’m still not ‘Christmassy’ yet. Although all of my shopping is done which is good!

I spent Saturday scouring the countryside for my favorite Celestial Seasoning Holiday tea. Walgreens had them on sale 2/$5 (and one Walgreens had them entered into their computer incorrectly as buy one get one free so it was $2.99 for two!). I got enough to do me for the year if I ration wisely. I may even give a couple of boxes away to special friends….but they have to be VEEEEERRRRYYYY special.

No pics but I am working like a fiend on the peach Christmas socks for Grammie. # 1 sock is almost to the toe. This Yarwool (?) is the finest(as in thin) sock yarn I’ve ever worked with. While it is lovely and soft, it takes forever to get anywhere because it’s so wee! And if one stitch is a little different from his neighbors, it shows up like a skunk in the fog. Hopefully blocking them after I finish will help this.

I am also working on two other Christmas projects that I can’t talk about-so no pics there either. Remember my vow to not make anything for Christmas? Yeah right! What was I thinking?!?!? I just wish I had seen these projects ‘that would be perfect for so and so’ a little earlier in the year! I’m down to the wire again! At least there are two Knit Nights at The Ear in December. This Friday and the third Friday.

And I have this other problem. As soon as I ‘have’ to knit something, even if it’s a self-imposed ‘have’, I can think of twenty seven other projects I want to start-for me! I have to find a way to just settle down and enjoy each project without tearing through one so I can get to another.

Friend-Eli (6) went with me to see Happy Feet on Sunday at IMAX. I hadn’t been to the IMAX before although she was a seasoned pro. There were a lot of ‘scary parts’ in the movie involving seals and orcas chasing the happy little penguins. I really wasn’t expecting that. Probably wouldn’t have been scary on a regular screen, but a 5-story high, 70 foot wide seal is pretty darn frightening I’ll tell you-no matter how cute they are in real life! Friend-Eli solved this by hiding her face until I tapped her on the leg and said it was OK. I just swallowed hard and tried to be brave. I don’t think I’ll be going to IMAX again anytime soon. It really wreaks havoc with my motion sickness/balance problem. It was fun to go once and see what it was all about though.

I’m off. Time to make American Chop Suey for supper, take a short walk (heel is MUCH better and it’s 50-something degrees outside) and settle down for some more peach socks, Celestial tea, and The Bachelor finale.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Oh The Humanity!!! The Saga Continues...

So Mr. Bee goes to Dr. W. today to have a thing removed from HIS arm. Not only did Dr. W. rat me out about me trying to con him into a big bandage for my tiny head boo-boo yesterday; he bandaged Mr. Bee’s arm up like he had broken it at the shoulder or something. He only has three stitches on his forearm and he’s got this groovy ace bandage thing going on all up his arm. I’ve been hosed! I think they are in cahoots. To add insult to injury, Dr. W sent him home with a roll of the ace bandagy stuff 'in case I want to wrap it around my head’. Hardy Har Har! A little late to get a free supper out of it now! Especially since the jig is up! Revenge is mine sayeth Molly Bee!

I started a pair of socks at lunch today for my Grammie for Christmas. I got the softest, light, plain, peach Jaarwool. No funky stripes for Grammie. Then I got a skein of Trek in yucky browns, tans and greys-boy colors- to make a pair for my brother. Don’t know if he’ll wear them or not, but he tromps around in the snow a lot and if he’d try them he might appreciate the lightweight warmth. We’ll see.

Tonight is off the complete my Christmas shopping. I just have a couple more things. I had the majority done by Halloween. If I don’t get it completely done by Thanksgiving I’ve failed. I can enjoy the season a lot more if I don’t have to don my protective gear and battle the hoards in the stores!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Cooking Up Some Dinner-One Way Or The Other

So I had this little ‘thing’ removed from my forehead today. Don’t know what it was. Public opinion varied from, ‘I don’t see anything at all’ to ‘I knew your horns would come in some day’. Dr. W. is having a biopsy done on it and will let me know if it is indeed an actual horn. I hope so. What a proud day that will be. There may be photos involved.

So in my ongoing effort to get out of cooking dinner, I tried to bully….eh…that is…gently coax Dr. W. into a turban-esque-whole-head bandage. My plan was to milk this puppy for all it was worth and guilt Mr. Bee in to talking my poor, injured-now-recovering-from-what-must-have-been-major-surgery body out to supper somewhere tonight. Anything that looked less that a full-blown brain surgery was not going to get me even take-out Chinese. But I'm thinking that a bad-WWII-movie-style-bloodied head wrap, possibly accented with a limp, slight cough and a strategically planned swoon or two might do the trick. But he’s a tough cookie that Dr. W.. He saw right through my onion-skin charade. I suspect maybe he has a wife that tries to get out of cooking dinner on a routine basis.

I ended up walking out of his office with one of those little, weenie, round dot Band-Aids like they put on corns. To say I was little insulted, and majorly disappointed is an understatement... unless it turns out to BE a corn. Ooo! I never thought of that! Then I guess it was totally appropriate. But I’m not going to be pacified until I hear that for sure. Until then I’ll be at home... cooking dinner.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Celtic Knots

I took my button class this afternoon. I made10 misshapen ugly-ass lumps and lost aproximately $100 and three hours of my life. Mistake!

I have been practicing Celtic Knotwork and made this card for a friend. I've got a long ways to go but I love how intricate they look.

Knit night was fabulous on Friday night. I finished one pink sock and got the leg done on the other. I also finished a secret Christmas project so it was productive as well as entertaining.

Schooner Fare cancelled on Saturday night. Chuck was ill and couldn't fly so the concert got postponed. I was so excited to go. Guess I'll just have to wait a little longer.

Off to start a new secret project. Will try and blog more next week.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Decision

Deep Breath. OK, I’ve been thinking about this long enough…I’ve made a decision. I made a top-down v-neck cardigan for myself last spring. Once finished (including sewing on the buttons) I discovered that the button band was way too short. It hauled the front of the sweater up. So I did what any good knitter would do. I stuffed it in a bag and put it in storage. I checked periodically to see if the button band had decided that it had been punished enough in the cold and dark, come to its senses, and grown to the appropriate length. It hadn’t. And I checked a lot! Button bands are wicked stubborn that way. So back into storage it went.

All the while this time-honored process was going on, a little voice in my head was planting the seed, “Pssst…if you’re gonna to rip out the button band anyway, why don’tcha frog the whole thing and make the crew neck version from that pattern you got in Maine? You like that version better." [See, that’s the way us arithmetically challenged, folks’ thought processes work. Tearing out a couple of hour’s worth of button band knitting time versus a month’s worth of entire sweater knitting time? Peh! Potato/pah-tahdo. Same thing.] So, after the Christmas projects are done, I will Ripit! Ripit! Ripit and make myself an only slightly already used crew neck cardigan. I ought to finish it just in time for the summer heat like I did the last one! That ought to teach that stupid button band!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Knitty Nattering and Schooner Fare!

Countdown to Knit Night on Friday night! I’m sure now that it is snowy and miserable, The Sow’s Ear will be really hoppin’. Better get there early if you want a seat! I have a gift certificate just burning a whole in my pocket. I’d like to get some not-funky-colored sock yarn to knit Gram some socks for Christmas. She likes them because the cuffs don’t make marks on her legs, but she isn’t a glitz, glam, stripy, Fair Isle kinda gal. Solid colors…the lighter the better thank you!

I really want to try the scarf that Jerry is doing over his the When Knitting Was A Manly Art blog. Multi-directional and textured! I have the perfect yarn for it, but that probably isn’t a project to take to The Ear on Knit Night since I’ve never tried multidirectional before. I get too involved in being a social butterfly and craning my neck to see who’s coming through the door to actually follow a pattern. Best stick to the socks. I can do those with my eyes closed!

This weekend is the bi-annual open house at Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb too. Friend-Anne and I usually go together. The last three times I’ve gone, I’ve purchased the exact same sock kit! It’s like that Groundhog’s Day movie! I guess I really like that particular pattern! Wish I had time to actually knit it so I would remember it and not buy the same darn kit again! And again! I’ll take a better inventory of my sock kits before I go this time!

Saturday night Mr. Bee and I will travel to the metropolis of Milwaukee to see Schooner Fare in concert. They are a folk duo (used to be a trio-we miss you Tom, sob) from Maine and they sing Celtic and maritime music. The Mister and I play their CD’s in the car and sing along all the way to Milwaukee (1.5 hours) and back. We usually have a build-your-own hamburger at Fuddruckers along the way and then go to the concert. (We’re party animals, me and my Mister!) I always feel like we’re going to see family when Chuck and Steve come to Wisconsin! Plus I invariably run into other misplaced Maniacs in the crowd. Can’t wait!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Bah humbug

Haven’t updated for a couple of days. Still getting over my dust up with Stephen King. :-)
Started a new pair of Socketta socks; pink purple and blue. Winter dropped by on Friday and it made me think about warm wooly socks again.! A combination thundershower/sleet/ice/snow storm dumped about 3 inches of yucky mush on us and it’s still here. Our neighbor across the street spent today putting up his Christmas lights. I am NOT ready for winter this year! Bah Humbug!

My doc gave me some medicine that is taking a little bit to get used to so I’ve spent a quiet weekend at home. Mr. Bee is studying and I am vacillating between feeling great and doing housework and then feeling crappy and napping. Wee doggy has been ecstatic since napping is most favoritest thing ever! He’s very very good at it. He’s thinking about turning pro.

I forgot to call Philosopher’s Wool on Saturday to enter their free kit contest. And I was home too! I just spaced it! Rats! Makes me want to get back to the sweater kit I bought from them a couple of years ago when I was waaaaay to green to handle it. Will have to take another stab at it and see if my Fair Isle skills have improved enough to make a go of it.

I bought my supplies for the polymer clay button class I signed up for next weekend. I was really excited when I signed up for the $25 introductory class. I wanted to try it to see if I was going to like it. I was less enthusiastic when the confirmation letter came a couple of days later with a arm long list of supplies I would need. And far less enthusiastic still when I purchased them and they cost more than the cost of the class! I can see buying my own clay but the teacher/store must have some kind of tools to share so we can see if we like it without having to buy all the stuff ourselves! Especially for a class fee of $25! If I had known I would have to buy everything you would ever need to make the stupid buttons anyway, I would have just done it, read the book and taught myself. Lesson learned. I will be more choosy about where I take classes from now on.

Well, now. I have really got my grump on- rehashing all of that so I’m off to bed before I really hand you all the business end of a hissy fit. Hopefully tomorrow will be a much better day!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

They Never Inhaled I Swear! And Apologies to Stephen King...

I went to the Podiatrist today and the first thing she said is “Wow! Are your arches high!” I couldn’t decide if it was a compliment or not so I took it as one. (Why thank you very much, I’ve worked very hard to cultivate the highest arches in all the land.) Bottom line is that I damaged my heel tendon while I was out Geocaching in April (plantar’s faceitis-sp?) and didn’t do anything about it until now when it is so bad I can barely walk on it. What can I say, I have a high threshold for pain and a low tolerance for the medical community in general! In between I walked like a fiend an hour or so almost every day which she says was very, very Bad (with a capital B) but that my family practice doc says is very, very Good (with a capital G) for me and my diabetes. I guess the only thing to do now is to put them in a ring and let them duke it out while I sit on the sofa with a box of Godiva and watch. I give up.

So I got shoe inserts and a sheet of exercises which I am to do in my bare feet. (This she told me right after she told me to never go barefoot. Confused? Me too. ) And I have roll a bottle filled with ice under my foot a couple of times a day. It all sounds like a rocking good time, but if it helps, so be it.

I wrote an entry on Sunday night that has disappeared. Blogger ate it. Blogger told me it was probably going to eat it when I tried to post it, but I posted it anyway and it lo and behold it showed up on my blog. The next day I got an email from Elizabeth that said something about ‘not being able to post a comment to your latest entry…’ and by the time I had gotten back in to look, it was long gone-not even in my drafts. It’s as if it never existed. Although several people had read it. Hmmm.Twilight Zone weird!

I have received calls from two friends who each have an interesting conspiracy theory. I had mentioned a bad customer service experience at a local grocery store in the missing entry so one friend thinks that the Pick and Save Godfather whacked that entry’s knees and threw it to ‘sleep with da fishes’. The other one is my favorite. I mentioned that I was reading “Lisey’s Story” by Stephen King and that I was loving it and the ‘Little Stevie Wonder King’ sure could write ‘em! My other friend thinks that Stephen, (who we all know is a faithful reader or MY blog) was so upset by the name-calling that he phoned the good folks at Blogger and had them take down the offensive entry. This last one has now become my reality. I’m sorry Stephen! It was meant to be a compliment. Please don’t stop reading my blog!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Yarney Heaven

I am knitting the coolest shawl right now. I call it my REY (Ridiculously Expensive Yarn) shawl. It knits up quick on big needles and is a really easy pattern. I saw one worked up at ‘Off The Beaten Path’ and had to have one of my own. I bought some Cherry Tree Hill purple, blue, teal variegated and some metallic variegated to match. Don’t know if I’ll wear it as a shawl shawl or as an over the coat shawl with my long grey wool coat. Ahhh…decisions decisions.

I’m in a such spendy mood lately. I spent all of my birthday loot on a quilting frame and REY and now I’ve spent my work bonus on joining the Blue Moon 'Socks that Rock' sock club for next year. They sent me an invitation to join. Would have been rude not to! They send 6 sock kits containing their AWESOME yarn and lots of other goodies.

Ooooo! And I also signed up for a class on how to make polyclay buttons for all of the future sweaters I will knit. It's coming up in a couple of weeks. Sigh……today it’s very very good to be me! Too blessed to be stressed!