Monday, May 29, 2006


We remember those who gave all. . . especially Hunter's friends Jason, Jens, Michael just to name only a few.

My friend from college, Rob.

May their families & comrades know peace

Friday, May 26, 2006

Thanks Kish for the pattern!!

One of the gals on my Tote Exchange created this pattern which helped me 1) use up the 2 skeins of Ticker Tape that were going unused in my stash & 2) create a great little bag for Hunter's cousin Megan (19 & going into her sophomore yr of college). This bag is right up her alley!

It's a cute little bag & I think would work well as a bigger messenger style bag as well!

So thanks Kish & here's my bag!

Here's the link to the pattern:

Monday, May 22, 2006

Beading bug hits!

I have no clue what put this thought in my head but yesterday I was COMPELLED to go get some beading accessories to make stitch markers. So the wiggly one & I went to AC Moore & scoured the beading aisles. Found some pretty beads & came home & got to work.

Fast forward to today after mallwalk----went to Walmart to get round needlenose pliers & then Hobby Lobby for more beads/ accessories.

The total stands at 2 sets (6 ea) of beaded stitch markers, 6 prs of earrings & I'm going to get more levered backs for earrings tomorrow!

The blue earrings are for the gals who were on the Executive Board w/me this past year.

These are the pink stitch markers I made for MIL for her b-day The blue markers (yes, they are identical to the earrings) I haven't decided what to do with yet. I may keep them for myself or save them for the next knitting exchange I have.

My exchange bag is coming along nicely--I've decided I will make one for myself this fall in cream & brown. Will post pics of that soon!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tuesday, Tuesday

. . .somehow it just doesn't have the same ring as Monday, monday. . .

Relay for Life was held on Friday night & was incredibly moving in so many ways. Two of the Moms who walked with us (Beth & Sandi) are cancer survivors. Beth took her new son Jacob (5 mos old on Friday) to walk during the Survivors Lap. It was very humbling to see all the people who have survived. The hardest for me was to see the children. So many little ones walking as survivors. While part of me thought "yay for making it" I have to admit I was MAD. WHY would those poor little innocent things be forced to deal with so much in their little lives? WHY? It made me ashamed that I've been complaining about Bets being fussy w/ her 2 yr molars & w/ this whole "terrible 2's" thing. She's healthy damn it. Those kids walking are lucky to be alive & here I am whining that my daughter's being a pill.

As a team we nearly doubled our goal which is awesome. One of my goals for next year as President is to have a kick ass RFL team & to beat this year's $$$ raised. I am proud of our accomplishments this year & know next year we can do even more!

Had a wonderful Mother's Day (thanks to my sweetie!). He did EVERYTHING all day long---got up w/ the Wiggly one, made her breakfast, took her grocery shopping so I could rest, lunch, rest time, took her to the park so I could sit & watch Absolutely Fabulous (one of my all time faves!) on BBC America while I finished the bag for MIL's b-day. Fixed a yummy supper & gave me 3 cards---one from him, one from Bets & one from Libby LOL.

I also have $$$ towards a facial, mani & pedi--woo hoo!

Ran errands & cleaned today. I was in line returning something @ Walmart when this man turned around & smiled at me. I smiled back & he turned back around---did a double take & whipped around to tell me that I look exactly like a girl at his church but she doesn't have a child (I had Bets in the stroller). I chuckled & said "they say we all have a twin somewhere". He then told me that he knew I couldn't be her since she didn't have children. And then goes on to say she's 27 & how old was I? I swear, I almost smooched this guy but I make it a rule to not kiss strange men in Walmart. Especially in GA.

We have MOMS Night Out later this week---sushi--yum! Wine--yum!! We have a new member joining us from LA who will be there so I'm looking forward to meeting her. She was on the executive board w/ her old club as well as Sunshine Mom so she may get tapped by me in the fall to be our Sunshine Mom.

I'm off to see if Bets is still napping & take Libby out to play. . .

Friday, May 12, 2006

Today is Military Spouses Appreciation Day

A friend of mine posted this on another board I'm on. It's nice to be appreciated, isn't it???

Military Spouse Appreciation Day: May 12, 2006
by Arlene H. Hull LIFELines

"If the military had wanted you to have a spouse, they would have issued you one." Remember those words? Well, that was then and this is now. America's military has realized and acknowledged the significance of the military spouse.

In 1984 President Reagan proclaimed the Friday before Mother's Day of each year to be Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It is your day to stand up and be honored.

For the times you've stood and watched a ship sail from the harbor, an aircraft disappear into the clouds, or a truck convoy pull out of sight, not sure when they would return, we thank you.

For the countless household moves you've made from a place you know to one that's strange and different -- often by yourself -- we thank you.

For the families you've held together, for the anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays you've celebrated alone, we thank you.

For the hand you've extended to another military spouse when the need was there, truly creating a military family, we thank you.

For the spirit and strength you've shown when your service member has gone into harm's way, we thank you.

For the pride you've displayed while serving as an ambassador of the military spouse to the rest of the world, we thank you.

Far too frequently, the sacrifices and dedication of the military spouse have gone unnoticed and unappreciated. In our nation's recent history, thousands of service members have been placed in harm's way as they stood watch as freedom's guardian.

You too have stood watch at home, facing challenges alone. You have waved flags and held banners high to express your support. You have kept the candles burning on the home front as a reminder of our deployed military. You have made difficult sacrifices of your own, and have called upon your inner reserves to nurture family life so your service member can focus on the business at hand.

Even in times of relaxed alert status for our military, you have stood ready and alert for the slightest of signs, perhaps overlooked or ignored by your civilian counterparts, signaling a potential change in the status of our military forces.

As a military spouse, you have willingly packed up and relocated countless times, and may have been separated from your own parents and siblings for several years at a time. Quite often, you have been placed in an unfamiliar ethnic or cultural setting, or a remote location. You have met this challenge with confidence and pride, making your nation proud of you.

By the same token, you have extended your hand and hospitality to visitors to our country. A country cannot count itself strong by its armed services alone, but must also depend on its civilians.

With military wives and husbands setting a superior example through devotion, courage, and commitment, we are a nation of strength. Military spouses ... stand tall, stand proud ... we salute you, you are truly our unsung heroes.

Monday, May 08, 2006

"Off the Cuff" bag

My friend Kris loved my pink & green cuffed bag so much she asked if I'd make one for her! She showed me a scarf her Mom had made her in a gorgeous chocolate brown w/ fun fur & the quest for the perfect yarn began. I wound up using Bernat Lana (AWESOME deal @ Hobby Lobby--3$ a skein!), Paton's Merino & some Yarn Bee (HL's in house brand) fun fur for the cuff.

I CO on Friday only to frog it b/c it was too wide. Saturday morning I CO again & got it done & felted Sunday afternoon. It went thru the washer 2x & today was dry enough to take off the box I was using to shape it & attach the straps.

I have to say that I LOVE the color combination of cream & brown & may wind up w/ something similar myself for fall!

Now I'm finishing a cloth for a friend's baby shower next week (train wash cloth) & will CO for my Tote Exchange later this week!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Back to the grind. . .

Well the weekend's over & I'm thankful---both Hunter & I were sick w/ a cold all weekend & felt ooky. The good part of it is we laid low & I got some good knitting time in.

I finished the first of his socks (about to CO the mate tonight during Big Love, if we're still up), got Kris' bag knitted & felted & got a baby washcloth (turtle pattern) done for Leslie's baby shower in a couple weeks.

This week I need to get my bag CO for my Tote Exchange. The yarn is here, the pattern is printed & I'm ready to go. Got the Sus seal of approval on it last week & am hoping my Exchange buddy likes it!

Here are the pics of the sock & bag (prefelting. It was 17" wide by 37" long)

Friday, May 05, 2006

This year my MOMS club decided to form a team & participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. It's an overnight walk to raise money for the ACS. It's also a time to remember those who have fought the battle & won & those who didn't. I'm walking w/ my wonderful MOMS girls & in honor of those I've lost to cancer---My Aunt Barbara who died of ovarian cancer in 1982. My Pepere who died in '83. My darling college roommate Eleanor (see Yahoo 360 blog post of 12 Dec.) & Hunter's grandfather who died in '03 while I was pregnant w/ Betsy.

If anyone is interested in making a donation the link is:
If you can't make a donation at this time know that prayers & warm wishes are also accepted!