Monday, August 31, 2009

Murder TV

I like to watch what my husband calls Murder TV, all the biographical shows and cold case shows. Non-fiction, preferably though I will also watch Law-n-Order (I call it 'lonorda'- "Hey Bug, Lonorda is coming on!") I always like when the bad guy gets caught. Even when it takes 20 years.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bills Bills Bills

I ran all kinds of errands this morning, getting the car insurance paid, the car registration, my shot and pills and Popeye's catfish for lunch as Bug requested. I came home, got ready and now just need to let my (black) nails dry before I put my clothes on. I am already sort of tired! And haven't even got to work yet.
I haven't done much knitting, too much running, but I'm working on Kamish's black and blue hat. I hope it looks as cool as I plan it to!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August Oddness

This has been the weirdest and most beautiful August I've ever seen in Oklahoma, and apparently in Missouri. Everything is as green as springtime, and though it's been 106 in other parts of OK we were a lovely 90!
I am hoping today is a better day- had migraine and other issues on days off, still don't feel very well. Mom and dad think all my troubles have come from quitting drinking coffee. I don't think so, because when I was drinking coffee I would pour a cup and forget it. Dump it out, get another cup, have a couple sips, forget it. Forget it and find the pot still half full. Not smoking makes coffee a waste of time. Unfortunately, that I am scared of their water isn't something I feel up to telling either of them.
I wish I could skip this whole mess and go right to oblivion.
That's not an option, of course, not with the WhoScarf project and so much to do. I bought red yarn and plan to use it for so many things. I hope today doesn't suck as much as this morning has.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Off Today

And it's supposed to be nice. Thelma is crawling all over me purring andI am thinking of the dozens of things I'll have to get done before I can head out on my road trip.
Work particularly awful last night.
I am ready for a change of pace. Maybe I'll be ok. I could hardly sleep I had so much on my mind and I'll feel bad about it forever. Especially my days off but I guess I can't help it now.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Random Stuff

I finished Casey's hat, started work on Sarah's bunny hat and continued with the WhoScarf, which promises to be a challenge. I hope it turns out, though the pattern is daunting. I have about two feet done and it's not even 1/8th of the pattern....I like the mix of colors I have on hand though, which hopefully will be enough for a Whoscarf.
Other things usual. Which is never good. Phone rang at 9am on this lovely Saturday morning, despite my working until midnight and not going to bed until 230am. So I'm up now!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I am trying to stick to a routine but I can't seem to do it. Knitting hats, because I like them. I am also coffee free still. Not sure if it's good or bad.
I am working on a hat for Casey with purple.
Bought a wig head to take better pics of my knit caps, so we'll see if I can get some done. No telling. I am sort of yucky today, mostly because I have to get Doug to the dr. at 1:30. He didn't get any sleep last night. Now he's dozing. He can't eat anything, either. Not for 8 hours. I am dreading this. But then I dread most things, don't I?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thin Legs Policy

Sitting here watching The Mighty Boosh on the internet. I do enjoy the British take on things. I am having mitten issues- I suppose I'll have to break down and follow a pattern if I can find one I'm not too stupid to understand. Guerrilla knitting only takes you so far.
Got yellow paint for the kitchen and a ceiling paint that goes on purple and dries white. I don't know when it'll get done. Or by whom. I think Bug's tackling it. I haven't gone out of my sewing room out of lethargy.
I need to do laundry and then figure out what to do with the thumbs.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's my Monday

I am ready to go back to work. Though my days off were great and all, it's time to get back on a schedule.
Had such a good visit with my sister. We don't get to see each other much but when we do, we're just the same as always. I was glad to see the folks doing pretty well, too. Now if we just get my household in order, things will be terrific!
I bought more gold satin for the costume- washed it and folded it. I've got the dress pretty much made in my head, including the hat. But so far nothing done, just pinned together. I am eager to start but just can't make the time what with all the knitting.
Made a cable hat for a child, then a pair of mittens. So far I have one done, without the thumb, and about half through the other. I was done but found a flaw....several flaws...hell, it was all jacked up! I keep looking over patterns but none of them seem to be logical to my weird head. I'll keep trying. Next one I'll actually follow a pattern.
I made the kangaroo hat and discovered Thelma is terrified of it. She would lay her ears down and run when I put it on, then come right back the minute I took it off. Lots of fun with that last night!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I like hats, hardly ever wear them and I love to make them. I've almost decided that I will stay exclusively with caps and maybe mittens and just do the Who scarf. I haven't really enjoyed scarves and probably wont until I come up with a more rewarding pattern.
I made the kangaroo cap and knit a little cabled cap suitable for a little boy. So cute! I didn't have any other yarn with me so that's what I ended up with. I started a mitten. Bug suggested little boy across the street. I love the hat with the black band, and am considering making it in a little smaller size for Fiona. It would look cute in green or maybe blue. I don't know. I'm starting to think I need to get to work on the costume, which is starting to shape up in my head. I plan on making the underskirt in gold, then the big over dress. I got some black spray paint for the hat, which I might or might use but I'll have a bitchin' black hat at any rate.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Packing it Up

I should be running around but I can't get motivated. Once I start I'll be ok but starting is proving to be a challenge. I need to pack and render myself dressed and see to the animals and Bug.
First thing this morning I was hugging Chloe and she flopped her head and popped me in the mouth. I figure the whole day will be like that.
I finished the mittens. I've done worse. I think I will attempt another pair, in a different size and dimension. I have to laugh at myself.
I need to get more serious about patterns. I WILL! Seat of the pants sewing and knitting is great but using a real pattern always produces the best results. Lazy not to do it. But you have to read it, then figure it out, then start it all and see if it's right. There is some satisfaction of grabbing some yarn and taking off.
I just decided I would make a few cardboard hands and come up with my own mitten pattern. We'll see.
Part of my difficulty with patterns is my problem with needle size. My hat knitters started out in life being one size (Which I can't even remember what that is) and due to Chloe's chewing and the regular demands of business (I sanded them down to get them closer to the size of my double pointed needles.) I don't know WHAT they are.
I just started a kangaroo hat for Tabatha at work. She is a great dresser upper, soon-to-be-married all around good girl. But I looked up some photos of kangaroos and they are not cute and cuddly. They are all gross and rodent-like. Eeeew. I might look up baby pictures. All babies are cute, no matter the species. Even humans!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I am fumbling through mittens- made a very cute hat with a simple knit-purl rib knit brim then increased the body of the hat, shaping it to the crown and decreasing, ending in a little pompom. All done in tan and rose, which is very pretty together. I am about 1/3 through the mitten trying to think how to make a better thumb than the last few thumbs I've made, which is a challenge. I love it!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hot Tuesday

Temperature hot, that is. I shudder to think what my PSO will run next month. Ah, well! Summer is like that. I'm not sure what my plans include today. Thought about making chicken and noodles which is Bug's absolute favorite... home made noodles. He just peeped in and said, "It's too hot outside. Why don't you just have a day of leisure." Which are great words to hear. Finished Justin's scarf, put thumbs on Heather's gloves and now am starting a Dr. Who scarf, an undertaking I approach with a little trepidation, since it's a 9' scarf with eight or more colors in it. I hope it's a long journey of ups and downs. I watched "The Last Knit" on Youtube and just nodded understandingly.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

No Coffee

I haven't had coffee since Tuesday, so I figure I can quit drinking it for good. Not that I had a problem with it but I do know caffeine is bad and I don't want to do anything bad for me. Ha ha ha. I also have tried so hard to quit Pepsi.....there is a whole story. I wont go into it but at times my password is, pepsi4me or pepsi4u....I love it. DELICIOUS! Oh, bad for you, bad for you.
Last night at work I was gifted with the coolest hat EVER, a patrol cap, with a beautiful pin and it's all the way from Iraq, given by the dear son of a dear friend. I get tears in my eyes thinking about what heads those hats shelter, young uns far from home, brave, good souls, just kids- but what kids! God bless our troops from all wars.
Perish the asshole son of a bitch teacher I had in high school who called our armed forces "Welfare in Uniform". I hate that fucker for even putting that in people's heads, when our soldiers in times of peace or war go willingly to make the same sacrifice. As the proud daughter of a proud veteran I feel deeply respectful and aware of those defending our freedom and protecting us. USA! USA!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Not too bad

Went to the doc office today and they took some blood, screening for...oh, lots of things I guess. One of the problems is liver enzymes, and the doctor said that might be caused in part by my spectacular no-smoking weight gain. I was pleased to note I have lost about 10 pounds of it. Oh, well! I don't know what's worse, fat or sick! Fat. No, sick. No, fat. Oh, tossup. I don't want to be either.
The bad thing is, I know about calories and diets. I used to do that for a living. Nothing has changed since I got out of it. I know you have to use more than you take in to lose. Back to counting every calorie.
I quit drinking coffee. Started drinking reduced calorie Gatorade. Maybe, maybe I will start to feel better.
As for knitting, about which this is supposed to be, I am still on Justin's scarf- the short side though. Who knows how long that will take.