Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Earl's Big Day

Poor baby. 

He's spending the night away from home following a little life changing procedure. 

He's such a great cat. I had to run a quick errand this morning before heading to the vet, so he was stuck in the carrier for a bit. As soon as we were on the road, I released him and he settled in to his spot on my lap. He doesn't move or interfere in any way. 

Once we were at the vet (who operates on a strict first come first served basis. which means there is often a few hours wait, but it's worth it because of his dedication to the animals he cares for), Earl settled in nicely and soon wanted out of the carrier. 

Being the most awesome cat that he is, it took only seconds before he was snoozing in my arms, on the seat behind me and even snuggled up to the gentleman beside me. 

All the while (we were there over 4 hours) he was completely oblivious to all the other cats, little dogs, big dogs, kittens, puppies and humans surrounding  him.

Earl...you are one cool cat. See you soon when you are cleared for pick up. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

On becoming a hooker...

Not sure how I feel about this. 

I know it's always good to learn new things. 

But, sometimes, what sounds like a good idea doesn't fit in with your likes. 

Tuesday, a friend and I took advantage of an opportunity to take a rug hooking class.  The process has intrigued me for quite some time, so why not try this little project and see if I like it. 

My overall impression was that while it's not terribly difficult to do, it is quite tedious.  The jury is still out on whether I will utilize open studio time to finish the project.

My suspicion is that I won't be falling for this craft "hook", line and sinker. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ho Ho Ho

From the days when they were small and full of the wonder of the season, to the present as grown young men, by far the best gifts in my life...


It's in full force.  Knitter's Attention Deficit Disorder. 

So many projects.  So little time.  Oooooh, wait...there's another.  

Ravelry will be the death of me.  And if not it, then Pinterest will complete the job!

I have projects on needles.  A couple in my bag and several more still tucked away in the moving boxes that will seem bright and new once the boxes are unpacked in their new abode...a K.A.D.D.'s dream come true!

Facebook is not helping either with the tempting project posts and commentaries in a couple of knitting groups.

My Modern Quilt Wrap is slowly taking form.  Ten squares down and only 62 more to go.  It is an easy knit, or would be super easy if it weren't for the fiddliness of Kid Seta yarn and the bajillions of ends that have to be woven in.  I got smart from the get go (who am I kidding...I am still AT the get go) and have been weaving ends in at the completion of each square.  The idea of that many tails hanging around and taunting me at the end of the project is enough to put the fear into me to stay on top of them!

The old brain needed some mindless knitting, so a pair of plain socks got started with some self-patterning workhhorse sock yarn.

And then yet again I was sidetracked by Naughty Reindeer hats (you're going to have to look that one up on your own) and pom poms. 

So, when someone asks me what is on my needles, the easiest answer is "What isn't?"

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's so odd...

The "holiday" time of year is weird to me.  It used to be so much fun and I loved every aspect of it.  Somewhere along the line things began changing.

The commercialism and crass "gimme" and "I want" nature of people comes out and it, to be blunt, disgusts me.  Not to mention the people that don't have anything to do with you all year long that suddenly pop back up on your radar complete with an attitude of fake lovey dovey all because it is a gifting time of year and they want something...that or they are trying to make themselves feel better by fake attempting to reach out.

My Christmas list is quite simple.  I don't really want or need anything.  I don't expect people to buy me something (especially don't want my children to feel like they have to just because of the date on the calendar...NOR am I going to make them feel guilty for not getting me something-although, sad to say, there are plenty of people that do such a thing).  What do I really want?  Honesty, "realness", time together--even if it is reduced to regular communication by text!  I want the people I care about to be truly present in my life and me to be in theirs.  That is the best.  It gets tricky, though.  I dearly love gifting the ones I love throughout the year, not just on "the day". 

The family traditions from back in the day are not so much traditions anymore.  The only real family tradition is that something different is added or removed each year.  It keeps things fresh.  Nothing is constant except for change.

So, how do I keep from being a Grinch or a Scrooge?  It's difficult to say the least.  For me, it requires focus on what really matters to me for the entire year and not on one or two prescribed days.  If you can't show the same "love" on some random day of the year, then I'm pretty sure it's not sincere.

Don't take these ramblings as a sign of darkness.  Honesty is not always pretty and rarely ever shared freely. 

All this being said, I wish for all of you, my family and friends to have a very Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah of Happy Festivus or Happy December 25...whatever date or celebration you choose.

Now, back to some knitting...


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