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.

icystream1 icyshrub

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.
icyxmastree icyxmastreelids

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…
floor 031
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…

10 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Mel said,

    December 20, 2008 @ 9:28 am

    What do you mean “nearly wicked cold”? The wind chill here in Portland is currently -12F. I think I’d leave off the “nearly”.

    And I’d probably end up getting pissed off at the security guards and say something like, “Of course you’re too stupid to understand a simple knitting pattern. That’s why they gave you a gun.” Which would, I guess, get me arrested, too.

  2. 2

    kmkat said,

    December 20, 2008 @ 10:16 am

    That knitter-as-terrorist story gives me chills. This Homeland *Security* thing has gone way nuts.

  3. 3

    Emily said,

    December 20, 2008 @ 10:19 am

    I’m guessing there’s a zero tolerance policy at kiddo’s school about knives. But apparently you can get away with dry raping more than once.

    Hmm, I would assume that dry-raping would be dry-humping without consent.

    The floor looks great!

  4. 4

    Chris said,

    December 20, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    My goodness, exciting times at your house. Too bad the kiddo didn’t leave the knife in his pocket during that altercation – sounds like there’s some scapegoating going on to distract from what the other boy was doing.

    Floors look great!

  5. 5

    Blogless Carrie said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 6:02 am

    Hmm – speaking of intrepid, it seems that some of us might have let Mother Nature do the defrosting of the tree OUTSIDE and perhaps waited a day or two, and THEN cut the tree. Work schmerk.

    Your floor looks beautiful – I am sorry I missed it the other day! I had not noticed the radiator before – was that painted, too?

    Have so far logged 5 hours putting together a toy kitchen and only gashed a few things with my very sharp utility knife. Hoping only a couple more hours and no lost limbs to meet Santa’s need…

    I certainly hope that other boy gets some serious consequences – at the very least, some counseling. And how is the girl?

    Hope you’re well. Looking forward to seeing you sometime soon –

  6. 6

    Gramily said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 8:45 am

    I understand the complexity of this knife issue, especially as a retired teacher and parent. There should be a no-tolerance rule in schools for both knives and sexual harassment.

    Have you read Peace Like a River by Leif Enger?

  7. 7

    mia said,

    December 22, 2008 @ 9:29 am

    Thanks for sharing your tree :) I remember I used to walk row after
    row at the Christmas tree farm waiting for that “special” one to
    talk to me. hehehe. If I listened long enough – one usually did.

    *ice storm* brr…. it’s in the minus wind chill factor here this
    morning. I’m afraid to look at what the weather has intended
    for the rest of the day.

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    December 23, 2008 @ 12:09 am

    Wow, yes, life is a bit too exciting there, seems.

    I do know that when my daughter was 6 and riding the bus, and a boy 1 year older told her to ‘kiss my dick’, we as parents were certainly interested in knowing what steps had been taken to deal with an unacceptable situation. And we *were* informed. Luckily, at that age, she didn’t ‘get it’. (And my husband rearranged his schedule for the next two years so that she didn’t ride the bus.)

    But in this case, the offense was against the girl, not your son, so it’s not technically your right to know what’s up with that, I suppose. Whereas with the (closed) knife-pulling-out, technically the slimy boy was the wronged party, so his parents may have been informed; in fact, had to have been informed what happened, and perhaps what the outcome was. The police thing is just bizarre, though.

    Nice floor! Nice tree!
    And scary, weird story. About on the same par as the Colbert Report with the crocheter and Homeland Security….

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    carolfog said,

    December 24, 2008 @ 8:21 am

    Happy Holidays, Lisa! I’m glad to hear that you have power up there. Floor looks fabulous!

  10. 10

    Lucia said,

    January 13, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

    Since I know it ended well, I find that story hilarious. That the TSA is wasting its time on stuff like this… not so much. Also lmao at Mel’s comment. Also way, way behind on blogs, can you tell?

    (Supposedly true story: sometime in the 50s or 60s, the FBI raided an apartment and found a piece of paper with the notation, “k2, p1, k2, co3, k1.” No one in the entire FBI could figure out what this meant. They were afraid it was a Scary Secret Code. At least these days there *are* female agents.)

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