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I Name Things. It's What I Do.

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Faithful readers may have noticed that I name things; spinning wheels, slippers, chairs, dog toys. Everything has its name and it's place. It balances My Universe. Molly Bee Names aren't crafted over time, they are most often blurted out before I can stop them. I am as surprised as anyone at what pops out-sometimes more so.

So there's this church down the road. The front lawn is a favorite of the local turkey tribe. 1 outta 3 times I drive by to get to town, there is a Tom and his bevy of beauties in the yard, doing their turkey thing-stuffing themselves on bugs I guess...stuffing themselves....get it? Anyway, this to me is an unusual phenomenon, so of course, it's inevitable that said church will eventually get its own special 'Molly Bee Name'.

It suddenly came up when someone was asking me yesterday where I live and I was trying to tell them, as I am wont to do, by landmarks rather than street names. I was confusing her more and more when I eventually mentioned…

Photo Essay Tuesday

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I've been busy living life at 100mph lately so have been lax on the posting. I've accumulated pictures that don't really go with anything, not even each other. But it's a photo essay of my recent days so here goes.

Beautiful sunrise outside the nest.

Mr. Ben-Not a morning guy.


Ben and his new buddy Sheldon Sheep. This is their normal perch when I work from home.


Pretty yellow flowers in the prairie across the street
I like that there's a fly in this picture. His name is Waldo. Can you find him?
New Glarus Brewery



I encourage you to tour the new site if you haven't already.



The mums on my patio. I love the purpley-pink color.
Told you none of it went together! In other news, I finished my self-designed-knit with-my-own-handspun-yarn mittens. As soon as I block them I'll post pictures. Judging by the weather forecast, I may need to wear them to Mt. Horeb Fall Fest on Saturday!

I Just Want My Money Back!

I just had an interesting interaction while trying to return a pair of shoes at a local big box store. (Yes, the one I abhor that rhymes with Schmallmart.) I bought them on Sunday. I tried them on in the store and they were comfy and looked pretty sharp too. All was well until I got home and put them on in the silence of the nest; step, squeak, step, squeak. Sigh. Now I have been down the 'I-Can-Break-Them-In-And-They'll-Stop-Squeaking' road many times, and I have a closet full of fully-broken-in-and-yet-still-squeaky shoes to prove it, so I knew they would have to go back from whence they came. Crap. I finally summoned up fortitude to go back today to do the deed.

I was pleasantly surprised to see no other customers in The Return Line. Usually, at this store, you have to stand for at least 30 minutes before talking to anyone. (It's kind of like the doctor's office that way, but honestly, I'd rather have (insert procedure of your choice here) done at the d…

Sometimes, There Just Are No Words...

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A-maze-ingly Corny Afternoon

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I was invited to participate in a Team Building event for work last week. We went to Shuster's Fun Time Farm in Deerfield to try our luck in the Corn Maze. It was a blast! A swanky limo showed up to ferry us to the farm. You can't see it here, but there was even a little sink in the thing!

When we got there we had an opening ice breaker exercise and snacks in the round barn. What a beautiful building with the silo in the middle!
You can see a bit of the outside of it in the background of this picture where one of our colleagues from Italy is taking a little rest in a very big chair!
We participated in a wide variety of competitive activities. Like Pig Racing...
And goose racing....

And the corn maze....
which was a little bit terrifying to be honest. This was taken from the top of a bridge above the maze....a vertically challenged person's nightmare....nothing but a sea of corn. AND the fact that we RAN it. I'z built for comfort, not for speed, I iz!
After the maze, the…

In The Presence of True Greatness

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I've long suspected that a Superhero may live in my building. I've never actually met him, but occasionally, when turning a corner, I swear I hear the faint swish of a cape in the hallway. There's a huge crack in the parking garage wall quite possibly hides a lair of some kind. And sometimes I catch what can only be the blur of an incredibly fast individual out of the very corner of my eye. I've always wondered who it could be and I was finally able to prove my suspicion and identify our hero at the same time this weekend.



Faster than a roaring Vespa...

Able to park by tall buildings in a single space....
It's a Bee? It's a Bat? No!
It's BumbleBat Man!


Apparently he forgot to engage the Invisibility Shield on the old BumbleBat mobile thus enabling evidence to be captured on film. He soon discovered his mistake because I haven't seen it since. But I know you're here BumbleBat Man....and I sleep just a little better at night.

Loot To Boot!

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Had a wonderful time with Miss Mary at the Sheep and Wool Fest yesterday. I marveled at her willpower when it came to keeping the purse strings tied up tight. I did pester her into buying some roving and borrowing my drop spindle in an effort to entice her over to the dark side when it comes to spinning. She fell for it hook, line and sinker, and bet she will be a formidable opponent at next year's buying spree!

I had zero willpower. I was reasonable however and didn't go hog wild....sheep wild? Anyway, here is my loot:


Kauni Yarn with ridiculously long repeats and more colors inside than you expected. I have a hard time finding this locally although I hear the Sow's Ear may be getting some in this fall!

Kindred Threads-merino, alpaca and little shiny bits batt

Coopsworth (which I've never spun before ) roving in 'Jelly Bean' colorway.



Frabjous Fibers Hand Dyed Silky Cashmero roving. It says it's 70% superfine merino, 15% cashmere and 15% mulberry silk. It fee…

The Day Finally Came!!!

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As you know, I've been chompin' at the bit to get to Sheep and Wool this year. I woke up this morning and it was POURING rain-harder than cats and dogs....more like rhinos and wildebeests. The first think I though was, "Great! If this keeps up, the sheep will be the size of chiuauas by the time I get there!" But by the time Miss Mary got to my nest and we hit the open road, it had let up to a drizzle, then a mist, and as we were pulling into Jefferson, it was just gloomy. By then the damage had been done though. Yesterday this sheep won a prize for being the largest sheep in all the land....and today..shrunken to a shadow of his former self.

It was only gloomy outside lemme tell ya. The shop barns were positively vibrating with happy shoppers and color! Color!! COLOR!!!

Multicolored Roving Solid colored roving Cones of yarn and more solid roving...

And ummm...some cute kid that I made pose in a dorky felted hat...You can't really tell, but it has these ridiculous, li…

Wind In The Willows

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I have been remiss on blogging lately. It's been a pretty busy time with not a whole lot of blog-worthy stuff happening. Plus, in my old age, I post updates on Facebook and misremember it as making a blog entry. Sheesh.

I have a large three-month project coming up at work that most likely will eat up a lot of my free time so I have been making the rounds with friends now-hoarding up on fun; Farmer's Market, suppers, brunches, Knit Nights, Game nights etc. I'm truly blessed to have such a supportive family of friends near and far!

Ben has been his normal Bentley self. Up to his old antics. The neighbors must think I have a paranoia disorder because when I take him outside, I hook his leash on and then look down and left, down and right, a little further out and left, a little further out and right; scoping out the whole area through the sliding glass door before we exit. You see, Ben has a toad licking problem, that with little provocation often leads to a toad eating problem…

Blankety Blank Blank Socks!

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I was going to go to The Sow's Ear tonight for iced tea and knitting, but since I am still a little draggy from my recent migraine/gastric misadventures (TMI?), I bagged the idea in favor of a long bubble bath and a good book. But before I settle in, I wanted to post these pictures of my Sock Blank Socks. Everyone is probably getting tired of seeing them, but I wanted to get the picture out there because they may be the only way my Mum ever gets to see how the sock blank I got her knits up. (Snicker: This is me being bratty and picking on her for not knitting more! It's so easy at 1500 miles away and out of 'swingin' range'! Heh heh heh!) So here they are along side the bit of blank that I had left over. The legs are 7 inches long and the feet are only 9" long so there is plenty in a blank for larger sizes.

These are totally out of my color comfort zone. I prefer the blue-teal-purple-aqua side of the color wheel. Those of you who know me personally have probabl…