Is something that needs to be grown and nurtured, always paid attention to, and never forgotten.

Like all good things I suppose.
(I read this recently in a young adult book but can’t find the exact quote, The Sweet Far Thing… this series is a great read!)

So Peace to you and yours this season…

Look what came in the mail recently!
Some bags of California botanical goodies and a self-assemble container to put them in. So pretty! From Gramily! Thank you so much!!!! It’s on my table right now, for xmas eve dinner… the candles aren’t too close!

icy beauty, why my life isn’t so boring but sometimes I wish it was, and beware of knitting Canadians at airports

icy beauty

We had no trouble with last week’s ice storm, though many in the northeast did. It was beautiful afterwards!

Last week we got our tree… cut your own, from a place where you wander down a hill, over a creek, through the snow and ice. All the trees there had personality. I wanted one with some real kinks, but dh thinks I like the odd ones.

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Of course all the trees were covered with ice, and since it was so cold and not sunny… no way it’d melt outside. So we brought it in.
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It’s nearly wicked cold out there right now, fresh snow, and a big storm on the way.

floor update

The floor is done! And we actually have baseboard up… I don’t think there was any of that in that room before…
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There’s a chair in that corner… and a tree in there someplace…


So my son is on a 10 day suspension from school (and snow days and vacation days do not count)… for having a pocket knife at school, and for pulling it out (unopened) to in some way threaten another boy.


The night or two before this, the knife fell out of his pj’s pocket. Mom (admonishing tone): “you’re not taking that to school are you“; kid (frustrated sarcasim): “what do you think, I’m stupid?”

Um… guess we know the answer to that.

But here’s the thing… Although I’m really angry with him for doing something he knew was (1) stupid and (2) against the rules with serious consequences, I am also proud of him.

The story: A boy was “dry-raping” one of kiddo’s female classmates against the locker. Kiddo pulled out the pocket knife, other boy goes off verbally but ceases with the girl, and nothing further happened between the boys.

I had to inquire about “dry-rape”… who knew I’d get to the point that I don’t always understand the English language.

We even got a call from the police, but not initiated by the school… initiated by the other boy’s parents… they wanted to be sure that kiddo’s parents knew he was suspended and why.

????? What kind of parent thinks that a parent wouldn’t know something like that. ????? And how did they know? It is the school’s policy not to discuss other kids with other kids’ parents.

The principal is furious with the police department and the other parents. Of course the officer who called is on vacation… The principal says she can’t get the police to respond to immediate and more serious needs. What does that say? Do you think somebody knows somebody?

So what happened to the other boy? At first nothing. Which of course totally incensed some of the kids in kiddo’s class, they have such a keen sense of justice at this age… one even went to the principal and did the “how dare you suspend kiddo when the other boy gets off” routine…. I do know that the school was doing an investigation, and they needed answers to a few more questions from the girl before they pursued any action. And I know that that has happened. But I don’t know what action was taken.

beware knitting Canadians

which perhaps should be titled

knitting notes are not a terrorist threat

Remember Colleen? She was on her way from Maine to Vancouver, BC… and here’s what she says…

Subject: keeping the world safe for democracy – one knitter at a time

a knitting story:

Once there was a knitter in an airport. She was knitting socks – not your average socks, but socks, nonetheless. She made notes about her knitting so that her second sock would at least vaguely resemble the first one. At one point she picked all of her stuff and headed to the bathroom, carelessly leaving her scrap of paper with her notes on it behind. A couple of minutes later she realized what she had done and went back to retrieve it. Then she was stopped by a security guard who was highly suspicious of her numbers and letters and arrows. She tried to explain, but he remained unconvinced. They were joined by a second guard, and she was escorted to an office. The knitter suggested that if they could find a guard who knit, this could all be confirmed. She also tentatively explained that if she missed this plane, she would miss all her connections and she really couldn’t afford another ticket all the way across the continent. This was possibly a mistake, given that security guards are not notoriously sympathetic to this kind of plight. Eventually a female guard who crocheted was found. She looked at the scrap of paper and the knitter showed her the sock-in-progress, explaining and and pointing out how the notations on the scrap matched the stitches in the sock. The crocheting guard was convinced,and the knitter was given back her passport and she gratefully rushed off to catch her plane.

She’s rather calm in her description, as she is in person. She likely only had notes because she was making the pattern up as she went along.

Me? I’d've probably been arrested…

Insect’s Christmas!

We’re home from work this morning because the state has delayed office openings. Haven’t ventured outside yet to see just how icy it is… But it gave me time to do xmas cards (I didn’t send any last year!)… and here’s something for all of you…

An Insect’s Christmas

This is a stop-motion animation made in 1913 in Russia. I think the translators had a bit of trouble with their bugs, they called the grasshopper “Miss Dragonfly”.

I need stamps… so off for an icy adventure.

the floor the floor the floor

… is what my weekend is all about.

We rented the sander, primed, and got a first coat down yesterday. The floor paint has to dry at least 24 (twenty-four) hours!

The couch is at the kitchen table, stuff is crammed here and there, other stuff is out in the breezeway, we have to use the front door (a pain with getting dogs into the back yard)… it’s looking like things will remain this way for a few more days.

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Gracie meets “Reginald”…. and some speedy sanding

Actually, dh did most of the sanding. Since we painted, we weren’t as anal about it as one should be when varnishing.

The audience…
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Tinted primer! Scary pink!
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First coat, still wet, and not ready for second coat yet this morning…
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Then it’s on to figuring how to make baseboard wide enough to cover the cracks at the edge of the floor…

didn’t you know these things already?

Sucked into one of these things…. from kmkat.

I suppose some people must know at least some of these things already…

Things I’ve done (in Bold)…

  1. Started my own blog
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band (but I did play my guitar in front of people a couple of times)
  4. Visited Hawaii
  5. Watched a meteor shower
  6. Given more than I can afford to charity (but I have given a lot… I figure it all comes back)
  7. Been to Disneyland/world (world, in 1977 or so, when Space Mountain was new)
  8. Climbed a mountain (several, mostly in the Adirondacks)
  9. Held a praying mantis (um, yeah, and lots of other bugs)
  10. Sung a solo (but not in front of people… the good ones are in the car at 75 mph to Dean Martin’s greatest hits…sad, so sad)
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris (I have never been off of this continent, unless the Bahamas counted)
  13. Watched lightning at sea (the lightning was at sea, I was on land)
  14. Taught myself an art from scratch I suppose knitting counts?
  15. Adopted a child (No, but I have sponsored a child)
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  18. Grown my own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (again, not off the continent)
  20. Slept on an overnight train (see the May/June 2007 archives)
  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitchhiked
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (but I called them mental health days)
  24. Built a snow fort
  25. Held a lamb (and a goat kid)
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Run a Marathon (um, large breasts and running don’t mix well… I discoverd the wonderful world of double bras in my 30′s and have since found good single support items for athletic endeavors)
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  31. Hit a home run (maybe?????, but it would have been a pretty lame game)
  32. Been on a cruise (No, but I’ve taken the ferry to Nova Scotia…)
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors (does Maine count???)
  35. Seen an Amish community
  36. Taught myself a new language
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person (what’s with all these European trip items???)
  39. Gone rock climbing (does scrambling over boulders while mountain climbing or hiking count?)
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  41. Sung karaoke
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (train trip May/June2007)
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  44. Visited Africa (yet another continent)
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (I’m counting lakeshores and cloudy nights…)
  46. Been transported in an ambulance
  47. Had my portrait painted
  48. Gone deep sea fishing
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business
  58. Taken a martial arts class (many, many, many… 20+ years worth, and taught too)
  59. Visited Russia
  60. Served at a soup kitchen
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (hmmm… I was a girl scout for about 4 weeks, when I told my mother that I did not want to pay that b1tch leader a quarter each week. I’m sure I wasn’t there long enough to sell cookies… but I have bought them!)
  62. Gone whale watching
  63. Got flowers for no reason (isn’t there always some reason)
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (once, nearly fainted… they kept me extra long and fed me lots of sugar)
  65. Gone sky diving
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  67. Bounced a check
  68. Flown in a helicopter (I think so…. part of some consulting work along a ROW in a NY swamp…)
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (no but my mother saved some that were not favorites…)
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  71. Eaten Caviar
  72. Pieced a quilt (well, does putting in a few stitches at a textile museum count?)
  73. Stood in Times Square (I think so… I was there as a kid)
  74. Toured the Everglades (Shark Valley… it’s sort of the Everglades)
  75. Been fired from a job
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  77. Broken a bone (from taking out the trash…)
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (the driver of said motorcycle even, but I never got my license because I had that broken ankle and the year I applied, I got chosen for a random special class, without which they would not give you a license, and I couldn’t ride in a cast…)
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person (May/June 2007 train trip)
  80. Published a book (no, but I’ve published several papers… and I just finished reviewing a manuscript that a 15 year old I know is about to publish, I’ll let you know when it’s out… it’s fun)
  81. Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a brand new car (with gifted funds)
  83. Walked in Jerusalem (ack, again with off the continent…)
  84. Had my picture in the newspaper (but the funny thing is having your adult students say they read about you in the paper… huh?… in the police blotter! From a car accident… I wondered who reads the police blotter, and then I realized this particular population probably was looking to see what their friends were up to)
  85. Read the entire Bible (just parts)
  86. Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (no, but I dated a guy who did and for me…woodchuck stew)
  88. Had chickenpox (at 32!)
  89. Saved someone’s life
  90. Sat on a jury (does it count that after days of the selection process, we went in, sat down, and were dismissed?)
  91. Met someone famous (I’m sure I have, but what level of infamy is this about???)
  92. Joined a book club
  93. Lost a loved one
  94. Had a baby
  95. Seen the Alamo in person
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit (settled out of court, kiddo broke his leg in a car accident when he was 18 months old)
  98. Owned a cell phone (technologically deficient?)
  99. Been stung by a bee (and a yellow jacket, and a hornet, and a paper wasp)
  100. Rode an elephant (I even have the photo someplace)

These are not especially juicy tidbits… oh well!