Thursday, November 29, 2007

Harry Potter and Charlie Brown

So, I stated a few posts back that I thought I was going to start reading the Harry Potter books, and I have and I'm so glad that I did. I'm reading book 3 now, The Prisoner of Azkaban. It has really taken my mind of off some of the things that were stressing me out. That and the occasional screwdriver :-)!

I am so happy the holiday season is here, I do love this time of year. I love the decorations, the food, the shopping and just about everything about it. My favorite Holiday CD is the Vince Guaraldi, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas". I absolutely adore it and probably play it way too much this time of year, but's great!

I'll post another post on the true meaning of Christmas later, I don't have the energy to criticize the way some people treat Christmas right now..besides I'm happy and anticipating my Egg Nog Latte From Starbucks tomorrow that really sets off the holiday right. I've been watching ' A Charlie Brown Christmas' online on youtube and it set the day off right!
for the original here are the links, it might make your day brighter.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

To Everything There Is A Season

I have a little progress on my sock to show:

and that is it, I never made it to Michael's when I said I was going so hopefully I can make it today. I went to my second funeral in 2 weeks today, first was my G-Ma's last monday on the 12th and today was my cousin's. He was only 41 and was a great husband, father and all around good guy. He will be truely missed. He had a massive heatattack on Wednesday the 14th and it took everyone by surprise, including me. He and his wife and and of their sons were just at my G-ma's funeral that Monday and all week long before that his wife had been over the house helping with the preparations. So this one was blowing my a bit, but then I read

Ecclesiates 3:1-8
"To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecc 3:2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted; Ecc 3:3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; Ecc 3:4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; Ecc 3:5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Ecc 3:6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; Ecc 3:7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; Ecc 3:8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

And realized that there is a season for eveything, and sooner or later we all must pass that way.

The point in life is to spread the Word of God and live a life worth of the Salvation you've been given if you are a true Christian and to live each day to the fullest. Tell the people that you love, that you love them and be thankful and greatful for all that you've been given and for all the people who you've been allowed to share your life with and who have allowed you to share in theirs.

As for me I will be spending my turkey day morning watching the turkey day parade from my bed all wrapped up in my covers with some hot cocoa and my turkey day dinner at my cousin's house. The last time I went to the actual parade I was a kid and it was freakin' cold outside, so I told my mother that we didn't have to ever do that again and so the watching it from bed tradition began. I would always spend my thanksgiving dinner at my G-Ma Hale's (the one who passed away) and my Christmas morning at my G-Ma Rowe's, this was the arragement that was worked out between my parents a long long, long long time ago, and it's always stuck. Till this day I spend my Thanksgiving with my dad's side of the family and my Christmas morning with my mom's side of the family. So I will be spending my Thanksgiving at my cousin's house since she took over Thanksgiving dinner last year....and luckily she can acctually cook, not quite G-Ma's, but close.

Wishing Everyone A Happy Turkey Day and a Wonderful Holiday Weekend!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Broken Rules and Giving Thanks

So, last week I broke one of my rules I set up for this blog, I am suppose to post at least once a week, but last week was my G-Ma's funeral service and a cousin of mine also past I didn't post because I wasn't in the mood.

I don't have any pics this week because I haven't had much time to knit (which has been a tragedy to me). I decided that I'm going to make the Brea bag for my mom for Christmas and I think I will make the Danica scarf for friend's mom. I need to go buy the yarn for both these projects so I will be headed to Michael's tonight.

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and the year has flown by. Here's a list of things I'm grateful for:
1. Being Saved!
2. Every second that the Lord allows me to have on this side of the dirt.
3. 3 day work week
4. My family and friends
5. Left over turkey samiches (yes i spelled it that way on purpose)
6. Knowing that everything will be alright

Life is a wonderful everyday to the fullest because tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Hedera,The Socerer's Stone, and American Gangster

I've made a little progress on my sock, but not as much as i would like because I'm real busy at work. I do love this yarn though, its just springy enough and it doesn't split on me which is great. I'm loving the pattern because it's simple and since it isn't plain stockinette it has just enough variation to keep me interested. I even love the color combination in the yarn, I wanted to do a sock pattern with a little lace just to keep me interested in knitting it and I think the selection of yarn and the pattern turned out pretty well, although to see the lace work better I'll knit it in a solid color next time. Please excuse the fuzziness of the pics, I took them with my cameraphone.

I have started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and am pleasantly surprised. I actually like and enjoy reading it.I haven't read a book that wasn't school related in soooooo very long. I feel like a kid again, I use to read all the time and while this isn't the hardest reading on the planet, it's fun and exactly what I need right now.

I also saw the movie American Gangster...a classic, and I bought Jay-Z's American gangster CD. Both are Hotness! Go see the Movie and go get the CD! PRONTO!

My family is making arragements for my G-Ma's funeral and I've had a headache for the past two days but when I woke up this morning it was gone, finally. Nothing much else is going on.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Shopping Therapy

So, I participated in some shopping therapy yesterday. I didn't lose my mind, I just bought some new sock yarn and some new Addi US# 1 circular needles 40" and started a Hedera for myself and the first Harry Potter book (The Sorcerer's Stone) and the November issue of Elle. While nothing changes the grieving process, a little distraction is always helpful.

I have never knit an adult sock before so this is my first attempt, I knit some baby booties ( that turned out too small) for a friends baby boy, so I know the general technic, but we will see how this goes for me. I love knitting and wish I had time to do it all the time. I don't know how I did without it before.

I'll probably be doing some baking therapy later on this week, brownies and cupcakes always make things better.

My pretty Zitron sock yarn, the pics don't do it justice, its so pretty (at least to me it is).

And soon I will have pretty socks ...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Beauty for Ashes

Isaiah 61:3
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."

This morning, I am sad to say, My g-ma passed away, but God is still good and his will is perfect. If you don't know Jesus, I suggest you get to know him, it will be the best possible thing you will ever do and He will sustain you when times are hard. I love my g-ma and I'll miss her dearly, but I'm glad she doesn't have to suffer anymore, i'm glad she's at peace.
Love you G-ma!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Another Monday

I'm grateful for each and everyday that the Lord allows me to see, but I'm feeling sluggish today. I didn't get any work done on my paper over the weekend, I have tons of work at work to do and my Father just called me and told me that my g-ma is not doing well and she's back in the hospital.

My g-ma has been battling cancer in her bladder all year, she was diagnosed in February and has since been through chemotherapy and radiation at the age of 86. She's a trooper but it hasn't been easy and she was never a sick person so it's been really hard on her and the family. My father called me to tell me she's back in the hospital and that he's not sure what's gonna happen. She's been in a rehab facility for about a month now and she never liked it there, she just wanted to go home. She didn't eat much before she got sick because she was always 'watching her weight' so now getting her to eat to get her strength back had been a trying ordeal. I've always been the only person I knew whose g-ma is taller than me (I stand 5'5 and she is 5'9 at 86! and she's got jokes about me being short too). I don't want her to be in pain and I want her to be happy so I understand if she's tired of I'll be at the hospital tonight praying and hoping for the best and knitting for comfort.

On the Needles:
So I started the Child's Placket-Neck Pullover, for a friends baby boy. I wasn't paying attention and I cast on for the 1-2year old size, so now i have to decrease down to the 6-12 month size because the boy is only 3 months old now. I plan on it being a Christmas gift..we will see how things go. Here are some pics of the start of it:

Lots of stockinette here. I've never done any color work before, but U of M beating Michigan State on Saturday(I'm a wolverine, GO BLUE!!!!!!!) put me in the mood for some, I want to make myself a Maize and Blue scarf with the University of Michigan M on it, but this project might have to wait until Christmas knitting is over, so very sad for me :-( put very good for the projects I need to finish for Christmas

Since I quite my part time job, my goal is to be a domestic diva, but in order to start my diva-ness off correctly I have to clean my SUCKS! I have not ever been a super organized person and so for me cleaning and organizing is a massive task. Don't get me wrong, I do know where everything is, it just takes a while to find it exactly. I call it organized chaos. While I stick to my statement that cleaning SUCKS! I do love the end result, so this week it is on, I have to clean, organize, throw out something every day. I know people usually clean in the spring, but I call this fall/ holiday cleaning. My aunt always had said that a cluttered space is the result of a cluttered mind, so I'm clearing out my space and hopefully my mind will be focused in the process.