Showing posts from March, 2010

Mid week and taking stock

I'm almost ready to (GASP) steek this thing, a recent misplacement of the crochet hook having sidelined the Prayer Shawl temporarily.  This has moved along due to what I like to call "nervous knitting" - knitting that happens after hours, when watching the news, for example, or a movie - things I do with John on the evenings he and I are both home at the same time (yes, it actually does happen from time to time:)!) I need to add a few more inches, but not much more - I have decided to go with the Dolman sleeves for this EZ's Green Sweater pattern .  Right now it doesn't look like much.  But as I said before, I have faith. And as someone else once said, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
So what's been happening here in the FugueState? Music, work (as in visits and court), friends, family and knitting. When last I visited, dear 3.5, I was done with the Clothilde shawl and was planning on giving it to the recipient at lunch on Friday with her …

Got this from my daughters

It's probably making the rounds of the e-mail community, but who cares - it is soooo true:)!!
The Price of ChildrenThe government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.

But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month,
* $171.08 a week.
* That's a mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is don't have children if you want to be "rich." Actually, it is just the opposite.

What do you get for your $160,140?
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold, usually covered with j…

Some technical stuff.

Well, this book to my left helped me out today, although Wordpress had most of what I needed to know all set up for me anyway, LOL.  I have finally decided to get my own domain through wordpress, but am using Googleapps to create e-mail through it.  Since my wordpress blog has all my posts from this and other blogs all put together, I figure I should create something over there.
Today started with a visit from BG &E - a quick fix of the thermostat - a loose wire in the heating/cooling system made it impossible to change the temperature for the last few days and given the changes from 70+ degrees F down to 30-something this morning, it couldn't have come at a better time (the repairs, I mean!). Thank goodness for contracts.  The repairman was really nice - didn't play some of the stupid games (like ringing the house number once and not showing up when we didn't pick up, you know how that can go).  Nope, this guy was here, fixing what was outside and rang the doorbell at …


Finally:)! I just didn't have the energy at 2:30 this morning to block this shawl.  It's small - it had to be; I didn't have time to knit something huge, but it is kind of cute - and it is being paired with another birthday gift.  Three of us are going to lunch tomorrow - Nancy, Diane and I.  It's about a week early, but Easter is the recipient's birthday, so we won't have a chance to celebrate birthdays that day.  It will be soooo good to take a break from everything and hang out with good friends who make me laugh:) and who don't have anything to do with our legal system (well, except for being citizens, LOL). This week has been a daily round of court, meetings, more court and visits.  And in the evenings it's been bell and choir practices for the upcoming Holy Week services. Stop it I love it!:) This morning I had two early meetings before court, but then two fairly short dockets before two of the masters. After my morning docket tomorrow, I look forwa…

Not quite blocked, but almost there

Well of course I should be in bed sleeping, but I figured I'd post a rather poor

pic of my almost finished Clothilde. I opted for the smaller version, but added three rows of garter followed by a picot bind off.

Gotta go- early morning tomorrow!

God be with you 'til we meet again+


March is going out like a lion - or maybe a lion cub.  It's cooler outside, because of the wind, but it's lovely! I wish the weather would stay like this all year - just enough to need a sweater, but not so bad you're uncomfortable. John, bless his heart, came home from the supermarket (yes he did) yesterday with a beautiful bunch of tulips, put them in a vase and plopped them down on what I euphemistically refer to as my desk.  It's true name is the disaster area, albeit an organized one, LOL:). Tomorrow is court and I should be getting some visits in, but they will have to wait for later this evening after I finish with a mandatory training I'm attending in Baltimore City.  No problem! It's nice to see the rest of my colleagues and I will be bringing my knitting with me.  Why not? So how bad can that be? Thankfully, my boss is great and as long as I listen and learn, I will be accomplishing two worthwhile goals at once.  I will probably bring the Mondo Cable C…

Shhhhhh posting from court...

It's a rainy Monday here in Merlin, dear 3.5 readers and I am sitting in court waiting for my last case of the morning to be called. Of course it's contested. Of course it is therefore the last to be heard. Oh and I just found out that the hearing I was initially told was in the a.m. is actually in the p.m. Which means revamping today's schedule. Oy! But I am glad to be employed, LOL!
The good news is the new Knitty is up and I have already found two patterns I want to do. I'm also on the next stitch pattern for Clothilde and the end is in sight - although you can't tell from this picture.
And I've brought it with me!!
Gotta go case was called....

UPDATE: I found more than two Knitty patterns I want to do!:) I've got sunshiiiine on a cloudy day.....:)

God be with you 'til we meet again+

Happy St. Patty's!

From what little I understand about the Feast of St. Patrick, it is celebrated far differently by the Irish in Ireland that it is by the Irish of the U.S. That is probably because absence makes the heart grown fonder and the poor folks who fled starvation and death in their homeland had a lot to be wistful about in the slums of New York City. My family was a mixed bag: Irish, Scottish, Dutch and French (Canadian). But even my Scotch-Irish ("Orange") grandfather told me that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. So if I can, I'll hoist a beer (or if I'm lucky a glass of red wine) to the memory of my ancestors who braved poverty, uncertainty, possible death and the Atlantic Ocean to make a new life on the shores of the land of the free.
As my friend, Charlene says, "Slainte!" (I keep forgetting how it's pronounced! Sorry!) And I will continue to pray for peace in Northern Ireland. And I will wish all my Irish friends a Happy St. Patty's!

Good Lord Love a Duck!

Mr. Workman, our Junior High Band Director used to say that all the time. It sounded funny to us. We were native New Yawkas and his slightly southern (Maryland??? Virginia???) accent, though mellifluous, struck a discordant note with our "Mistah Workman!" Especially as he counted out in 6/8 time, "Rest RAIST Rest." The poor guy. I imagine teaching a bunch of middle schoolers music cannot be a task for the faint of heart!
Has it really been almost a month since my last post? I am falling down on the job. Last I saw you dear reader or two, we had dug ourselves out of about 3 feet of snow, sloshed through the muck, mire and variety of ice crystals and had all finally made it to work. Since then, the Orchestra of St. John's had its children's concert with the "Kinderman" who took a youthful audience (and the kids were young, too - yuck yuck yuck) through a concert featuring Rossini, Mozart, Paganini, Brahms, Tchakovsky, Joplin, Ravel and more.…