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Archive for January, 2009


I forgot to post a photo of Emmy in the Calorimetry I made. 



Biscuts and Noro

Another post on the same day…no sleep equals time to do extra things.  Anyway, I was feeling a little less than inspired this evening when super time rolled around, so we had breakfast.  Grey has been asking for breakfast for dinner for weeks.  It’s one of those things that is kind of fun and definitely out of the norm for the girls.  I decided that we needed biscuits if we were going to have breakfast.  Mycah helped me make biscuits a couple of weeks ago, so she was ken on getting to do it again and Grey wanted t since she didn’t get to help last time.  They both have their own aprons for cooking and a different one for crafting.  Grey used her cooking apron, but Mycah used her craft apron because it is short enough for her to keep from tripping!  Anyway, they each cut in  a stick of butter (yes, the recipe calls for two sticks of butter).  I patted out the dough and they used my mother-in-laws biscuit cutters to make a ton of various sized biscuit.  We really had a good time. 


Me and the girls spent this past weekend with my mother.  While I was there I started and finished a cablomintry out of about 1/2 of Noro.  I wore it today and the girls were kind enough to take a picture of it.  I also made one for Emmy out of red cashmere and a loose spun silk.  I had actually made that one for me also, but Emmy loved it so much that I had to give it to her.  She looked so pretty.  I did make a second one for me, but it is still in need of ties and weaving in the ends. 


A New Day Dawns…where were you?

I spent the better part of yesterday at Wendy’s.  We watched the speeches, the music, the crowd and the swearing in.  I feel blessed to have witnessed such a monumental moment in American History.   President Obama’s term in office started with a moving call to action.  I felt it was one of those get up off your collective ass and make something happen kind of speeches.  I like that.  We are a Nation built from blood, sweat and tears.  We are a Nation of innovators, doers, thinkers, inventors, boot-strappers.  We can rebuild our Nation.  I felt like he made it pretty clear that we are each responsible for doing our part, whatever that part is, to get the country back on its feet.  He didn’t promise that government would do it all for us….they will do their part, we must do ours.  Now…I need to figure out what my part is.  (Stayed tuned)

I spoke to Henry after the event was over and he was as full of excitement as I was.  The art department drug a big screen TV into the entry area of the building and even placed a good number of chairs around.  They had some difficulty in caching all of it, though.  They had to watch the BBC feed (7 minute or so lag) because the CNN feed was choppy.  Unfortunately the BBC had to run its broadcast test thing right in the middle, so they lost that.  Then they wen to the choppy CNN coverage and it was lost…so one lady had a tiny radio that she turned up full blast to at least hear what was going on and then they went to someone’s office and watched some online.  They finally go the V going again and got to see the end. Let me say that everyone was pretty determined to see and/or hear it!  I have pictures below.

You may remember that we were in Iowa for the caucus.  We actually were able to caucus because we were living there for his school.  We were Clinton supporters…but I had a feeling that she may not make it and it turned out that she didn’t.  I’m not sorry that I supported her, but I am also not sorry that ultimately she was not the one.  I was very happy to vote for Obama and I think his temperament and his work ethic will be just the thing our country needs.  By the time November rolled around, we had moved back to TN.  So, we got to vote for Obama in our home state.  I finished my Tuscany Shawl just in time to wear it to vote….so it is really my Obama shawl.  I wore it again yesterday when he was sworn in.  I think that is one piece of clothing that I will always keep and I will always associate it with this moment in history. 

Here’s a bunch of photos from my experience in TN and Henry’s in Iowa.

January has been a big month

On top of January being the beginning  of the New Year with all the promises a new year holds, we have also had a number of big events here.  I took photos of most and will paste them at the bottom of the post. 

First, the narrative.  The first set of photos show Grey and Mycah on New Year’s Day.  They are each holding a penny that was in their black-eyed peas.  Every year for as long as I can remember I have had black-eyed peas for god luck on New Year’s Day. The peas bring good fortune in general, but whoever finds the penny gets an extra dose of goodness during the year.  Grey and Mycah both found a penny this year.  I hope their year is full of all of the promise, hope, love and luck that Henry and I wish for them. 

The next picture is from Henry’s birthday.  We celebrated at Kobe’s.  Kobe’s is a hibachi place.  The chefs cook on a huge grill in front of you and put on a show.  The food is good…a little over-priced…but you go for the show.  Henry and I both went as children (not together) and have great memories of it.  It’s one of those places that kids just love and adults get to eat something that is not chicken nuggets.  The girls loved it. 

The next photos are from Grey’s birthday party.  We invited her class to our house for a crafting extravaganza and cake.  The kids got their own craft aprons, made a door hanger, and painted a picture frame.  It was crazy, but fun and I will be recovering until next year when her birthday happens again.

Last, but not least, fairy milk.  Henry fetched the fairy milk from the fairies who keep fairy cows.  He only can do this on the full moon.  Since it was the first full moon of the new year and both Henry and Grey had a birthday, the fairies also gave the girls each a special little necklace.  Don’t you wish your husband had a direct line to the fairies?!  And the fairy connection is only one of the reasons I love him.


drawing-for-blogI had Mycah draw the winner finally.  She was not happy about there being only one winner and demanded that there be three… there are three.  They are Lori, Gina and Amy.  Gina and Amy, I will need your addresses.  I will email you.  Lori, I have yours!  Thanks girls for helping me celebrate my blogiversay!


100th Post and a Give Away!

Believe it or not…I have been putting off making my 100th post becauseI wanted something worthy to post about.  I know…silly.  Well, I have something worthy.  This morning I spoke with an old friend.  D was my best friend in high school.  He is a year older than me and I thought he was soooo cool.  He went to college first and was responsible for me meeting Henry.  D was also my first room mate in my first apartment.  For a while D, Henry and me were always together.  We had the best times.  Then, about 7 years ago something happened and we just quit talking.  I think I was not as good of friend as I should have been and neither was Henry as the two of us got so involved with our lives together and we pushed D….not on purpose.  Then he was pretty unhappy with us and then I got my feelings hurt..and so on and so on. 

Today Henry called him for something else.  They talked and then I talked to D.  He sounded very happy, different, but the same and not angry.  When I actually got to speak to him it really made me realize how much I miss him.  It sounds like the three of us will get the opportunity to try to rekindle our friendship and THAT is worthy of my 100th post.

Just to make sure my knitting buddies celebrate with me….I am going to give away some yarn and a book to go with it.  So…leave a comment and I will have one of my monkey girls choose a name from a hat.  (I have no idea how to use a random number generator and do not plan on learning right now.)  You have until Friday to leave a comment!