Friday, February 29, 2008

From my window.....

The Three Sisters - Faith, Hope and Charity. Brought to you by a beautiful Feb 29th! The sun is shinning, I'm working and enjoying it, kids are happy and I've got socks on my needles - what else can I say. Life is good.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Back to Reading

I’ve been meaning to write about my reading adventures lately – Yes I do other things besides knit!!!

I have recently read: Eat, Pray, Love; The Geography of Bliss; Knit Lit too; and am now reading Boom!!

I loved Eat, Pray Love – not only entertaining, but insightful and inspiring. Although the author had time and money to travel and explore – somehow that makes a big difference! It is definitely a good read.

The Geography of Bliss is an analysis of the Happiest countries – it is funny, surprising and full of wonderful quotes and studies. Eric Weiner is a journalist for NPR and writes really well. I am completely enjoying this book.

Boom! by Tom Brokaw is really interesting – the book as you may know is about the 60’s – and as I was a college student and very affected by the events of the day, this book is really interesting. (My college was the first woman’s college to go on strike – it ruined the usual graduation ceremony!) The book gives a bigger picture of the times and brings lots of events into better perspective for me. He interviews many of the players of the day and the ‘man on the street.’ Overall it is a book I must read slowly and think about. I’ve always had a not so secret crush on Tom so it was a must read!

Knit Lit too was really fun – I always enjoy hearing other fiber junkies write about their lives. Some of the stories are so poignant. I hate it when I finish a book like this – can’t wait for more!

Oh – I also have another WIP off the needles! I really like this scarf…will sample it for a few days and then probably put it away for a future gift. I did knit a few rows on the Celtic Cardigan (when am I going to finish this and quit talking about it!) Then I started a new pair of socks. I’m really working out of my stash (can’t afford to do anything else). This is a Nancy Bush pattern I copied out of a book a long time ago - can't remember which one - but am enjoying it.

The girls were here for dinner tonight and then we went to see 27 Dresses - what fun - we laughed out loud!!

I am happy to report that the recipient of the Baby Norgi sweater arrived this evening - after considerable effort I understand!! Welcome to Lauren Kathleen!! A true buckarette!!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Weather keeps changing

College Girl is home for a week! I spent last Wed/Thur worrying about how she was going to get here - considering that the pass was closed twice because of Avalanches.....and closed again today and they say it won't be open again for a few days! The other pass was clogged with traffic and more snow than they've seen in years. So needless to say she came around the very long way - up the valley, up the Columbia River Gorge and then down through Central Oregon. She was just between storm warnings on this side of the Cascades and she made it just in time - the question is will she get back next weekend!

We've had back to back major snow storms - but unfortunately Redmond is just enough east of the Cascades that we don't get a lot - on the other hand - Bend (13) miles away got a ton! What wimps - they even canceled school one day last week - it was just snow not ice!! But all is now well.

REI Girl came and spent the night last night and I got one of my favorite moments this morning - two sleepy girls sitting at the kitchen counter teasing each other about how wonderful they look! Simple pleasures!

Today is catch up day (since I worked yesterday - 6 days a week -whew!). My laundry, housework and the dreaded bill paying process. Then I'll be sitting down to watch Superbowl commercials and working some more on this....The girls think it is too 'grandma' - I don't! I'd like to figure out some pretty fringe - but no beads - that will make it too heavy I think - plus they'd get lost! Then I've got to figure out a new project- oh yea - I could go back to the Celtic Cardigan couldn't I? Well see!!

I got a call from the recipient of the Norgi Baby Sweater - she was so sweet (Baby is due tomorrow!) It was very gratifying to knit a gift that I knew would be special and appreciated. This is the first Grandchild in my group of friends (We were 'older' mothers) so it's a pretty special event! I'll be awaiting the call from Grandma Jill!

Enjoy your week!!