Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Very little crafty stuff going on, except for some knitting. Here's a picture of a "baby alligator" scarf I'm making for my 5-year-old niece, Ivy. It comes only as a kit from Morehouse Farm and it's not very difficult once you figure out how the "scales" work. I have to say that I don't really like the yarn, though -- for a child's scarf, it's not very soft. If I make any more of these, I'll definitely use comething different. (they have some other cool kits, too; I got one for me called "rat race" but I haven't started it yet)
I have a local friend who's going to start making a Civil War Diary quilt -- and I'm sort of tempted to play along with her. On the other hand, I really want to do a Shakespeare in the Park quilt, too. I'm thinking I might do the Shakespeare quilt using Civil War reds and tans, and to that end I did a little shopping at Longs fabric department today. Longs is a big drugstore chain in California, and they have one store nearby with a fabric department that is the go-to spot for a lot of quilters. Lots of high quality flat-folds of last season's fabric at $3.27 per yard, and current yardage on the bolt from about $6-8. I found a bunch of Windham reds on the flat table, and they also had several of Marcus Bros. Civil War prints on the bolt. 4.5 yards = $21!
I've heard that my Four Seasons swap quilt is in the mail and should be arriving soon -- hope it shows up before I leave town again on Thursday! There have been some really nice photos on the Flickr site, and I can't wait to see which one comes my way...
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Next up -- a bit of travel, mostly for work. For the last few years I've done a horrendous 4-countries-in-5-days "dog and pony show" trip every winter for one of my clients. This year they decided to break it up into two trips. Next week is Boston and Bermuda... quite the contrast!
Then I'm home for most of a week and after that I'm off to London, Munich and Zurich. I have arranged to have 2 days to play in London. I've spent quite a bit of time there, so I don't feel like I need to do the seriously touristy stuff. But -- I'd be happy to have any recommendations for quilty or knitty things, favorite teashops, etc. Part of the time I'll be with a colleague who has zero interest in fabric, crafts, "culture" or anything but clothes shopping and her kids' sports activities. In other words, we have absolutely nothing in common except that we work together a couple of days a week! I am going to make sure I get to escape for a day, though, to do the things I want to do.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
oh my godness.. yourPenis is BELOW average size, ...
I've gotten the same spam, with the same typos, about 37 times. Along with the dozens of "replica watches", re-finance offers, and drugs. And, can anyone tell me what this means?
honestly, does anyone ever respond to these things?
at the office, we have a service that filters most of the spam into a daily "junk box", which needs to be checked periodically for "real" mail gone astray. There's a statistic each day -- today's says:
Messages received by your organization in the past 24 hours -
and that's a good day -- sometimes the ratio is 96000/1500!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
- it's winter, we had a big rainstorm last week, and the ground is wet
- we live in a nearly-70-year-old house so there are lots of ways in, especially if you're very, very small
- they are absolutely f-ing EVERYWHERE!
They are not on my desk, yet, but I came home to find the entry, living room, dining room and kitchen awash in the buggers. I started seeing them a few days ago, and Al very kindly wiped up a bunch of them and put (more) caulk along the baseboard in the living room which seems to be their current favorite access point. He kindly (ha ha ha) left the caulk gun there for me to use while he went out of town for a few days.
The one thing that works is to create a moat around anything you want to protect -- such as the catfood dish, which sits on a dry tray inside a tray full of water:
There's really nothing more pathetic than Bucky crying when he discovers that his food dish is swarming with ants! And it's a lovely thing to have to clean up first thing in the morning... I need to figure out how to build a moat around my sewing space.
Finally, here's the real reason why I haven't gotten any sewing done for several days -- I re-discovered the stash of un-done jigsaw puzzles in the basement. This one is a Magritte painting with 1,000 small pieces that all look very much alike. I've done the "easy" parts and I might have to go back to sewing now!