Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Asleep today

I'm asleep today because my head exploded last night. But I leave you with this.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 06, 2009

This cracks me up

My boys are pretty excited about Christmas coming so they talked me into getting out the tree and decorations. They did most of the work of decorating, I just had to clean a bit. Then they got to the nativity set. They asked me how things should be arranged. So I told them that baby Jesus goes in the middle with eveyone else grouped around. As you can see, I think Jesus has groupies. Maybe not a bad thought at that.

Friday, December 04, 2009

There was this paper

I had a paper due. It was about weeds. Lately my middle name is Procrastination. (I've never liked that name, ha!) Anyway I did get it finished and presented yesterday and the prof said it was good. Yay! So now maybe I can get some other things done. I'm wanting to knit and spin. Wanting to.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Every day

Every day I take a shower (aren't you relieved?). Every day I open the shower curtain to grab my towel. (Cue sexy music) And every day I then see 2 cats, looking at me like "What, you didn't know we were here?"

Monday, November 16, 2009

I was

I took a picture of my toe last week. I had drawn a happy face on the bandaid because it was a sad toe from being slashed by a nail. But it was scary. So I didn't.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The eyes have it.

I didn't really tell you the whole story of the eye thing. First we went in, they did all the little lens flicking on that monstrosity they use to check your vision. the letters were all on a screen on a computer that was reflected in a big mirror. The last time I went to the eye doctor, people didn't have computers much. All these new fangled gadgets these days. (getting old alert) Then we were told we needed glasses. So then we picked out frames. Mine look spectacular thankyouverymuch. Then the drops. Some drops to numb your eyes and those burned a little. Then the drops to dilate. Those were the trouble. They work. Wide eyed little kitten I was. Too bad I couldn't see anything. Then they put you in a dark room and shine a bright light in your eyes. (I know, I know, they do it to everyone but it's all new to me) Then they bring you out and make you sign your life away when you can't even read anything. Then out into the cold cruel world. Well, actually it was nice out. But so bright! So I took my son to Mcdonalds (food mecca) and I couldn't tell if they gave me the right salad because I couldn't see it. Then I go to throw all the trash off my tray and as I tip it, I hear a clink. Holy crap, my keys. I say "oops" and hear some giggles off to my right but I can't tell if it's young girls or old men giggling at me. What is there to do but start digging. Fortunately they had just changed the trash and so I was only digging through my trash. Finally found the keys and beat a hasty retreat. It took a long time for my eyes to get back to normal. The next day felt like my eyes had a hangover.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Augghhhhhhh, my eyes!

My son and I visited the eye doctor today. First time for him and second time for me. Turns out that ours eyes have nearly the same prescription. They dilated our eyes though and now I can't see very well at all. Pretty annoying.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I dreamt of fish the other night. Now, I don't like fish, I don't like to fish. Just not a fishy person all the way around. So I'm dreaming that I come home after a trip. (except it isn't my house) I go in the house and see a very big fish tank with fish in it. (I don't have fish) I think "wow, I hadn't seen that before I bet they are hungry" I go to look and there is a blue fish and a yellow fish. (looking suspiciously like fish from Finding Nemo) As I get closer, they leap out of the tank. My husband grabs one and puts him back and I finally corner the other one who is trying to bite a chunk out of a 2x4 and get him back. Weird. Then I'm at work, walking past a sink and I see two big fish in the sink. Red fish. I think that someone just caught them and are about to clean them. As I walk by, one red fish just leaps out of the sink at me. So I put my hand out to ward him off and yell. Well, it woke me up and woke up my son and he asked why I yelled. I said, 'well, there was this fish...."

Friday, October 23, 2009


I was given a turkey the other day, and since it was thawing out, I decided to cook it. I roasted it nicely. It came out beautifully. Arguably the best turkey I've ever cooked. It just fell apart as I was lifting it out of the roaster. So far, so good. So every day I tell my friend Karie, "guess what I have for lunch? Turkey!" She caught on after a couple days and knew the answer ahead of time. Smart girl. So yesterday I start the drill. Pull the pan with the turkey out of the fridge to carve off a few hunks and take them for lunch. As I'm lifting out one end of the pan, the other end just jumps out of the fridge, landing on the floor. I guess it was looking to escape. Unfortunately, the turkey was in pieces already and just scattered all over the kitchen floor. After herding the cats into the other room and shutting the door, I picked up the least dirty looking pieces and washed them off and took them for lunch. I believe the outside cats will be getting the rest.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The computer sits on the desk, the computer is off. Nighttime, resting time. A nice handmade dust cover over the computer monitor. All is quiet. Then I hear it, the tap tap tap on the keys. I glance over and see the cat on the keyboard. To the untutored eye, it seems like he is just turning around, trying to get comfortable for a nap. But what he's really doing is typing. Typing what? you say. It has to be the kitty manifesto. The statement of intent for kitties everywhere. Their reason for being and what they intend to accomplish. For you did not know that kitties are blessed with intelligent reasoning, emotions and the wisdom to think and ponder their actions. And so, he was writing it all down, making it known to all. The kitty manifesto. And then, I fell asleep.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Yes, I see you. What, praytell, are you doing the bathroom on the sink?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I am in a strange but upbeat mood today. I'm talking (alot) and saying pretty much anything that comes into my head. I DID sleep well last night and everything but that can't be all of it. I wonder.
Must be these.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Not much makes me cry

But something about this is so sweet.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

No one was hurt

Looks pretty scary eh? Mom is fine and the other people were fine. But the vehicle? Not so fine.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Overheard yesterday.

It's kind of a descant sandwich.
Look, a music buffet!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Public Service Announcement

That lump under the covers is not a pillow or a lumped up blanket as you might think. Lean a little closer and listen for a moment. Do you hear the purring? Does the lump move? Peek carefully under the covers. A-ha! It's red kitty! (AKA DJ)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The sky

I've been taking more and more pictures with my phone camera (wish I had a real one). As you can see, I watch the sky a lot and weather patterns intrigue me. Here's a few I took a couple weeks ago when I was out at mom and dad's.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Math on my mind

This is what I came up with in the middle of the night. I'm just as scared as you.

F(x) = Cat^2 + 7cat + 4

A quadratic function indicating the the number of cats and people in and around my house.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The sweater (a misnomer)

Today is a way chilly day. Seeing that it would be, I wore a sweater. I found this sweater at a garage sale, and seeing that it is made of cotton, I washed it and it turned out fine. I really like the sweater. You can't see in the pictures but the dark colors are kind of silvery looking and it was a nice effect. Problem is, THIS SWEATER SNAGS. Like crazy. I pick up my wallet, it snags my sweater, I put on a bracelet, it snags my sweater. Heck, even a harsh look in my direction is snagging my sweater. Have you ever had a piece of clothing like that? You love how it looks but it drives you crazy? Well. I'll wear it again but I will wear something under it as well because I've been freezing as well. Karie suggested I call it a chiller instead. I can go with that. ;)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

So sorry

I did not blog yesterday, I was asleep instead because I had been up with a migraine the night before. Logically, sleep follows no sleep. And that's how it is.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I got my new favorite pens.

It goes like this. I never win anything, I enter blog contests and they never let me win anything (I'm talking to you PW). It gets depressing after awhile. So when I saw that Nanny Goats in Panties would send me a pen just for asking, my life suddenly became complete. I've promised that the pens will be used for good, not evil.
I'm so happy to get the pens. They write great. I mean they write nicely. I don't write nicely, but they do. You know what I mean.

Here are the pens helping me work.

Here are the pens helping me take notes in class.

Here are the pens doing very complicated algebra.

And here are the pens taking a well deserved break after a long day.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kid Quotes

As I struggle with algebra word problems, my son is watching over my shoulder. Finally he says, "mom I don't know what those mean, when am I going to learn algebra?"

Friday, September 11, 2009

I found the Friday post.

It was right here.
LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Such a lovely apple. One of the lovely apples we rescued from the fruit stand in New Mexico. (They were just going to sell it to someone else, I know it!) I took this picture just now because the apple looks just like an apple should look. It's the apple leaf that does it. Just like a painting done by someone other than me. Perfecto.
Anyway, the trip was lovely in other respects as well. Other than the steep dirt road down into the gorge, it was most pleasant. I stopped in Taos and bought yarn. (yes, more yarn) I ate a nice lunch and had interesting conversations with my parents. They are my kind of people, which is good, because I'm related to them.
The Rio Grande Gorge is pretty spectacular, especially because you can't really see it until you are nearly on top of it. Then it goes down down down.
Makes your stomach feel a little strange to look down that far. That's the Rio Grande far below. I wish you could see the scale. Later on that day we went to see where the gorge starts farther upstream. It looks as if the water may have carved this but that isn't true. According to geologists, this is a rift. The river is just flowing at the lowest spot. We live in a rift valley just like the rift vally in Africa. Just not as spread apart as there. But some day in the far far future, there may be an ocean here. I'll let you know. ;) At the start of the gorge it's more tame and not so scary deep. It's picturesque. Or as dad would say, pictureskew.And the apple? It has gone to a better place.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Don't they look peaceful? Cute? Darling? Awwwwwww? Don't let them fool you. Deceit of the highest order. You open the door. A flash of gray and he escapes. You open the window and whoooosh, he's gone. The irresistible lure of the outside. A plethora of sights and scents and sounds. Hmmm, all 's' words. That's interesting. "And which one is it?" you say. Which one indeed. They both look equally cute and cuddly and innocent. How could such sweet little babies ever cause mayhem? I'll tell you. It's the blue collar one. The one whose name changes every day. (don't ask me, talk to my son). Today, I'm told, his name is Sweettart. But tomorrow is another day. Another escape.

Saturday, September 05, 2009


A few days ago I saw this movie. Set right after WWI it's an interesting commentary on prejudices and morality prevelant at the time. You end up admiring Inge and Olaf tremendously for the challenges they overcome and their strength against adversity. Their love shows through. I enjoyed the movie very much.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Attitude adjustment weekend

It's been a bad two weeks, friends and neighbors, so the weekend we must have an adjustment. Happiness and frivolity must prevail.
There must be some of this, and this and this to make everything good.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Zip Line

I went to a picnic yesterday, and I played horseshoes, and I ate picnic food, and I got rained on. And I got to ride a zip line. It was the most fun I've had in a coon's age. Don't ask me what that means.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Stop me if you've heard this

Ha ha ha, like you could stop me.
via purdue
One day I was in a bad bad mood. Stomping around, growling at everyone. Nothing was right. Mad at the world. Finally my kids convinced me to take them for a walk. So I was walking along, not noticing the blue sky and the green grass and the lovely mountain misery to enjoy a view. Too buried in my own misery to notice anything. Something hit me on the shoulder. I glanced over. Something was on my shoulder. White, gooey, ick. A bird had pooped on me. Just what I needed on a day like this. Perfect crappy ending to a perfect crappy day. Suddenly I felt like I was in some kind of movie and I started laughing. Nothing so perfect had ever happened. How often does it happen that you feel so awful and then a bird poops on you.
Made my day.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

This is why

This is what happens when your brain stops.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Math, math, math all the time

2 hours to finish 15 math homework problems. I see what I'm going to be doing the next 3 months.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Friday sky

On my way home last friday the sky was amazing and I stopped to snap this picture.

Friday, August 21, 2009

It is Friday.

And all brains have officially turned to mush. Mine and hers and hers and hers. He went home and I haven't seen him all afternoon.
don'tcha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today's post

Help I need somebody
Help not just anybody
Help you know I need someone HELP!

I was thinking of the various projects I have in process (dishcloth, blanket, socks, shawl, spinning) and wanting to get a lot done on them before school starts. But, school starts next monday. After which I will be doing math homework a lot. Math homework that promises to be hard. I have this sneaking suspicion that I'm not going to get anything done. Oh well, story of my life.

Yesterday's post

Just so you know, this is yesterday's post. In which I say many clever and wonderful things. Writing pithy quotes and intellectual, witty and brainy observations on everyday life. (gotta love the thesaurus) Aren't you glad I remembered to post?
And today I wil do today's post. Which will be more of the same.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hit the ground running

I woke this morning about 5:15 AM but then went back to sleep. I dreamt that I woke up and it was 8:3 am! In my dream I was running around frantically trying to get ready and trying to call my boss. It didn't help that I was suddenly at my parent's house and a much younger version of one of my cousins was there too. I was trying to get her ready too. whew! Then my alarm went off. Normally I sit and watch the morning news while sipping my coffee and trying to get myself to get in the shower. But this morning I washed all the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen, got my lunch ready, fed all the cats, drank coffee, got in the shower, remembered to take my phone to work and got books together to return to the library at lunch. I also ate breakfast on the way to work and I got to work on time!

Monday, August 17, 2009


My definition of lazy is way different than other people. I was not feeling great over the weekend and so I considered myself pretty lazy.
And for me, laziness consists of....
washing clothes and hanging them on the line, then folding and putting them away
grinding a pound of wheat by hand
baking 2 loaves of bread
baking a pan of bar cookies
washing the sheets then remaking the bed
reading nearly all of a book
going through a pile of paperwork to sort
washing dishes 3 different times
taking the trash out
walking to the post office, library, thrift store
ordering and fetching pizza
watching movies
playing video games


Friday, August 14, 2009


I went to the dentist to get 2 fillings on tuesday. But my teeth still hurt today. It's wearing me out.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Last weekend I watched Days of Glory. It's a French language film about troops in the second world war. They fought for France but were from the Morroco region. It wasn't so much about the war as it was about these men and the difficulties they faced. Very good film.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A new one

It's the all new kitty!
DJ the brave.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Grinding the flour

First the wheat

Then grindy grindy the flour

Then the bread rising. Then oops, we ate it.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

I love my yard

It has actual plants and flowers and trees.

Right now it's hollyhock time.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

What's that again?

It took me a minute to figure out why this looks odd. Not because it's a cheap toy, but it's a what?

New kittens

Since the crazy-psycho-jungle cats have retreated to the great outdoors, two new nice kittens have taken up residence as of today. I'll get some pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My head will explode

Ideas are popping out at an alarming rate. I have ideas for knitting patterns, sewing patterns, teaching knitting patterns and even a recipe popped in. It's getting scary. I either have to do these things or somehow bonk my head against the wall to get them out. Soon they will reach critical mass and make my head explode.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's time I said it.

You know this summer thing? It's overrated. The last couple of weeks have been close to 90 every day. True summertime weather. But I've noticed that I wish I could wear a sweater now and then, just for something different. I'm wishing the leaves would change color. I wish it would be nippier in the morning. Don't tell anyone, but I'm tired of summer. It's fortunate that I live here. Winter is approximately 10 months long, with summer being 2 months. It normally takes me about 9 months to get tired of winter.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Busy weekend

Parties and carnivals and parades and bread baking and garden weeding and clothes washing and yogurt making.
But somehow this suddenly appeared as well. A self-crocheting bag in blue. Will wonders never cease?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What am I?

Identity crisis.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Saturday was a good day. Farmers market in the morning where I got some lovely tomatoes and onions and carrots and a pillow that my youngest wanted. Then fiber guild that I FINALLY went to after being invited a year ago. Then later I took the boys to the playground and I read while they played. It was a nice evening and a good day. And the sun was even redder than the picture shows.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The boys

I had the boys all day yesterday as I took them to garden camp. They seem to enjoy it. Later on they got to paint suncatchers. I picked them up and as we walked to the car they wanted to check out Old Mose on campus. That is one big grizzly bear.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The purse

It's actually going quite well even after the yarn barf incident yesterday. (linen yarn LOVES to get tangled) Just a few more rows on the sides then the handles. I should then line it but I've never done anything like that so we'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

So cool it crochets itself

I finally found something to do with the cotton from 2 different sweaters I took apart. It's the Starling Handbag by Futuregirl. I found that after I had done a few rows, the yarn fits neatly inside the bag when I'm not working on it. Looks like it could crochet itself.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Are you sure it balances?
How about now?

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Rustler

I was calmly hanging clothes on the line, bringing in the ones that were dry. I heard the rustle, but there are leaves on the trees, there is a breeze in the branches. Not a big deal. But I hear it again. *rustle rustle*
I glance around. There are also dogs and cats and children and birds that are likely to be in the vicinity.
*rustle rustle*
Hmmmm, I walk over to the south side of the house.
*rustle rustle*
There is a hole under the house that I observe and I see a little black nose moving, more rustling. Then TAAA-DAAAAA!!!!!
The skunk jumps out of the hole and starts to mosey toward me.
I beat a hasty retreat.

Friday, July 10, 2009

It's a friday

This morning I had Starbucks for breakfast and managed to fry my brain on numbers so I haven't done much this afternoon. Lunch under a tree was nice and I'm trying to finish a book so life is sweet.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

At either end

I try to go to bed by 9:30 every night. Usually doesn't happen that way. About 10 is more the norm. I always hope to be very asleep because at 10:15 there is always the horn. The honking car. Someone very nearby is picked up at 10:15 every night. The car stops, the horn honks. Every night. You'd think that this person would know to watch for the car. It's the same time every night. I could set my clocks by the honk.
I sleep and then morning comes. 5:00 AM. Loud truck enters the scene. Vrooom, VROOOOOM and it sits running for a few minutes before the owner VRRRRROOOOOOMS away.
Both wake me up every time. You'd think I'd be used to it.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

To the skunk under my house

Oh skunk under my house
Why must you take up residence
Your malodorous intent
Wakes me at night
Your incessant shuffling
Disturbs me
Your elusive nature
Makes me wonder how to deal with you.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Why is it that when people tell you what to do, you'll not do it just because you are stubborn or whatever. Like flossing my teeth. I've never read anything that says it's a bad thing. It's not all that hard or time-consuming for me. I have dental floss in my bathroom. I just went to the dentist so I have tons of it actually. What is the problem? My problem is that my sister is always after me to do it. So I don't want to. What kind of weird things does your brain do to you? What does it matter what she wants? Now, the dentist advised I floss and he seems nice and genuinely concerned so now I will try. What things don't you do that you should do but don't because someone is nagging you about it?

Monday, July 06, 2009

4th of July

"Creede - an open air asylum."
That was on someone's front door. The boys and I traveled to Creede on Saturday for a picnic up in the mountains and fireworks. It rained a little but was generally nice. Lots of other families were there and the setting is so beautiful for fireworks.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Good movie

"The Lives of Others" I finished watching this movie the other night and it was excellent. A German film with subtitles so at first I felt it was slow but it really was good drama. I didn't see what was coming and was shocked. You really felt what the characters were feeling and sympathized with all of them. Overall a very enjoyable film.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Yarn Shop

I went to the yarn shop today. Ostensibly to get some matching yarn to try a fix a friends cashmere sweater (found some laceweight I think will work). I also picked up some Cascade for a men's hat I'm trying to design. But then I was just browsing a little and I saw it. And I want it. I've been admiring it on the internet and there it was. The Cricket Loom. Add that to the Schact Ladybug they have sitting there and they have officially become the place I have to avoid if I don't want to spend any money. Evil bad yarn shop.

Monday, June 29, 2009

It was hiding

My yard is a total disaster. Well, not total. But I've been working on it and working on it and never seem to get anywhere. Yesterday dad was weed whacking, and whacking and whacking while I pulled grass from the garden. But, on close inspection next to the wild aspen trees that are trying to take over, I spied them. Thin, spindly, yellowing. Rhubarb. My own rhubarb. I think they aren't doing well because they are in constant shade. But next weekend this will change. I'm going to dig them up and move them so they will grow nicely. Next year, RHUBARB!

Friday, June 26, 2009


Walking down the street today I was accosted by the rolling paper plate of dreams. The plate was rolling along buoyed up by the wind of desire. Then a car ran over it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ice cream time.

I lead a sad existence. Go to work, go home, go to work, go home. Enlivened by a bit of dish washing and weed pulling.
Then Wednesday arrives!
It's ice cream time!
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cheap entertainment

Getting ready for bed. I'm reading a book and my son says, "look mom!" I look up and there is one of those giant mosquitos above my head on the ceiling. Not sure what it really is. So my son got his sword and shield from Medeival Times and slashed at it. It flew around a bit and landed on a wall. So then he got a towel and hit it. We think he killed it. Then we went on a frenzy, waving the towel at the other mosquitos on the walls. A grand time was had by all.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

And don't these sound alike

Listen to the bridge and refrain.

Sorry, it won't let me embed the second one.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Ever noticed

That Axl Rose is channeling Davy Jones? Watch them dance.

Tell me what it takes

Tell me how it is that you can sleep, in the night, without thinking you lost everything that was good in your life to the toss of the diiiiiiiiccccceeeeee.
he he he he he

I'm so clever. My son took off his socks to go to bed the other night so he wouldn't sweat. I said, 'are you made of wool?' And he says, 'what?' And I said, 'because you are a sweater' he he
I kill myself....

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Songs in my head

Ohhhhhh, the cat came back, he wouldn't stay away, he was sitting on the porch, the very next day.....

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I blogged!

Monkeys in a car!

Monday, June 15, 2009


I'm spinning some organic merino right now. Working on a 3-ply. The fiber is the double fiber club from Spunky Eclectic in Twilight colorway. It was January's club fiber if I remember correctly. It's coming along nicely. The weight is coming out to about what I wanted. I had been only spinning bulky things on my wheel so I had to concentrate to spin something smaller. I also got a lazy kate to help with the plying and it really does help. It's not quite so green in real life. More teal and purple but it was night and dark.
Saturday I was working on hanging up clothes on the line to dry and I heard a buzz buzz. I look around warily. Buzz buzz. Looking for the bee or wasp. Buzz buzz. I realize it's following me and sounds muffled. Buzz buzz. Ack! It must be in my clothespin bag I have around my waist. Buzz buzz. I don't dare put my hand in there. Buzz buzz. Oh wait, it's in my pocket. It's my phone. D'oh!