Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I am totally knitting this!

Wool People
I am totally in love with this object du wool, designed by Anne Hanson for  Shelter wool.  I think it would look stunning in the Faded Quilt (blue) color way. Yes? I think yes. Do go have a look.
There are other many patterns there to tempt and delight and you can buy one! or buy all -instantaneously with the speed of lightening or at least the internet-- whichever works better for you.
But the blanket will be perfect to take to the beach and wrap around us while we watch the sun come up. yes it will.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer Lunch

Lazy Sunday morning

Random picture from the city. It is so hot here. 90 degrees f in long beach and it is not yet 11 in the morning. I have been reading and writing some. Not expending too much energy. I may try to find a bookshelf in local tag sales. Maybe go out to lunch with my sweetie. Do some financial updates ( pay bills) and hope to see one or more of my children today.
O- and make some defiled eggs. hahaah deviled eggs ..

I am saddened by the mass murders in Oslo and all such despicable acts of violence against innocent people. I add my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all of the victims. I will light a candle tonight in their memory.
I am also saddened by the untimely death of the talented Amy Winehouse, a victim of the disease of drug addiction. Another painfully and often fatally misunderstood affliction.
And, as I continue to live, I will practice love and kindness wherever my path leads me today, For it is these things that I wish to grow in the world. This is the life I will choose to live for as long as I am able.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happy mailbox

I love receiving gifts in the mail. Even if I order them myself. Both items from knitpicks.com

Siggie quilt

One of the bonuses of the Dear Jane group has been the siggie (signature blocks) swaps that take place over the years. This quilt is a collection of three years of swapping with quilters all over the world..

It has yet to be quilted and I think this is the next one to be sent to the long arm quilter.
I am getting the hang of this blogsy app...I may have to get a new iPad when three comes out .. I could learn to love it.

Blogsy test

This will be a test post to blogger using the app "Blogsy "

Blogging from iPad.
Today is my day off. May have to find an adventure..I look forward to days off for knitting and sewing but then when the day arrives I want to be out and about. So far I am sipping coffee and playing with this new app..
May go to the Astoria graffiti and sculpture garden wit Dave and Frank. That could be a plan.
So far there is steep learning curve to this app. I want it to be less digging for how to and more posting. Now let's see how it posts .. Ready set go

Thursday, July 14, 2011

cutting the herd

I am thinking of selling some of my small herd of antique  sewing vehicles. I have a couple of nice ones in cabinets and a 221 that I love but are just taking up space. I do not want to hold on to things any more. Maybe I am having belated spring cleaning syndrome.

Monday, July 04, 2011

word of the day, from a personal series of observations

june 30, 2011

word of the day is measure
there are many things to count 
and weigh and sort and tally
units of measure can be drafted and drawn and drifted on a chart
visualized and color coded and valued and redrawn and reframed 
and marginalized and massed
you can count up things and count on things and recount things and even counter things 
and there is an underlying belief that all things can be enumerated and weighted and bartered and assigned
valued and deflated and scatter charted and indicated and collected and hoarded and saved and preserved and allocated and divided and added and projected 
there are somethings that defy standard methods of measure. beyond scope, counter to widely held notions, they are immeasurable. 
and they shall and should remain so.
one cannot measure chance, weigh prevention, contain happiness or sorrow. 
while you may measure the velocity of water against skin as your fingers trace a path in the water  as they dangle from a white painted row boat on a brilliant still summer day on a deep blue lake, 
you cannot count or capture the ergs of bliss that it brings.

Friday, July 01, 2011


Podcasts for commuting

As I drive to work, (an hour and twenty minutes each way, forty nine miles one way. yes that is a lot of driving) I often listen to podcasts.
Many students at my job, where I teach lessons in how to use Apple computers, do not know what a podcast is. I tell them it is like a recording (pod) of a radio broadcast (cast) that you can listen to whenever you wish.
There are thousands of podcasts on the itunes site and the majority are free! You can listen to one episode or you can subscribe. You can listen on your ipod, ipad, iphone or computer.
My all time favorite is Garrison Keillor's A prairie Home Companion, Tales from Lake Wobegone, from National Public Radio. I also listen to the New Yorker Fiction Podcast. And the Moth Podcast. And the Etsy Podcast. Whatever your interests are, there is a podcast for you.  Check it out and let me know what you find~