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Couldn't pass it up...

Two of my favorite things  --> Myers-Briggs Type Indicator & Harry Potter...
How could I not?

Your Result
You are a RAVENCLAW!
As a Ravenclaw and as an NFP, you value imagination, ideas and intelligence. You are probably somewhat of an individualist and avoid conforming just for its own sake. You are insightful and perceptive, and since you are empathetic and value harmony, you usually try to avoid conflict. Of course, you may enjoy participating in heated debates, but only as long as they remain on an intellectual level and not a personal level. In general, you are open-minded and curious, and set high standards for yourself.

I just called... to say...
I'm online.
Just long enough to say that I'm stressing over Christmas knitting & i'll be back online ASAP after i finish the project i'm working on.
Oh, and I just found out that two more people have cancer... what is it about this time of year?  Something in the eggnog?
Anyway, prayers go out to the families of Donna & Kim, as well as continued prayers for Jen's family and the other families i'm too brain-dead to recall at the moment...
(for Chutchy Face: "Kurt! That's the one I left out! God bless Kurt!")

ETA - Deanna's family! That's the one I left out! God bless Deanna & her mother!

Such a hypocrite...
as in, "I am such a hypocrite"... not to mention way too competitive for my own good...
As an avid reader, I was disappointed that the schools I have taught for encourage kids to read by giving them points for simple read & recall via Accelerated Reader...
that was until the librarian at my homeschool put me on a fifth grade team for our school's baseball themed competition (our home is J.K.Rowling Stadium, if anyone is interested ;D)... so, needless to say, batter up!
In two lunch breaks, I've racked up almost 300 points... gah! It's easy when most of the points go to SciFi/Fantasy books at the 6-8 grade reading level... but still. I can't help feeling like i'm crushing my competition (grades 1-4) instead of encouraging them to read more.  I tried to stop -- really!-- it's just so nice to get a quiz back with 100%... at my age. 
so, no more AR until the new year for me :(
(my New Year's Resolution, early)

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland...
So this morning, as I stumbled groggily toward the kitchen to start the coffee, i was surprised to see snow in my living room.  As it turned out, it wasn't really snow, but some Patons Silverlash that my cat, Snape, had stretched across two rooms, over my dining room table, ran in circles around and under an armchair, and left the final tangle under an end table.  I wish that i had taken a picture...
Speaking of pictures... here are some of the ones I promised to upload when i got a chance, plus some i haven't mentioned yet. Knitting/Crocheting photos first!HPIM0734 
My niece's
Mini MonkeysI made with the leftover 52PP yarn from my Monkeys
Drop-stitch Shawlette for my Step-Mom's B-dayHPIM0992
Nikita models the (almost Dr. Who length) scarf for Chutchy FaceHPIM0985
LittleStar blanketfor baby E.H. (due to K.H. & M.H. this Spring)HPIM1039
My contributions to
ChocolateSheep's Connor Caps(top right: beanie from Charmed Knits; the other two are my own pattern, which I call Cabbage Ruffle Cloche and hope to post --for free-- on this site, as soon as i bother to write it up properly)
Next, the lower bath remodeling photos I promised ages ago:BEFOREHPIM0054  HPIM0056  HPIM0057
AFTERHPIM0744  HPIM0747  HPIM0749 
When we moved into our house, we called this bathroom "the throneroom" because it was really more like a hallway with a toilet at the end... the hubster suggested a red carpet leading to the "throne" and the name stuck. I chose two shades of the same color to paint this bathroom in an effort to make it look more square: the darker shade on the walls with the towels and the shower, the lighter shade on the wall behind the toilet, in the shower stall itself, and in the sink area -- darker colors make things look smaller, lighter colors make things look bigger (and reflect more light).  You probably can't see the different shades in the photos, they are only obvious--in person--if you are really looking for them.  It truly does seem to make a difference in the perceived size and shape of the room, though.

I'll close with pictures from our family's newest favorite sport: Mastiff WrestlingHPIM0904b  HPIM0901  HPIM0900

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow (please!)
I'm not generally a "winter" person.  I enjoy summer, i adore spring & i love autumn... but the way the weather has been over the last few weeks (first flurries, then cold wind, now 100% cloud covering for days on end), i'm ready for snow.
I've been doing more knitting than reading lately.  I have a slew of items to complete before Christmas. Hats for Connor Caps, a stocking cap for our school mascot, a scarf for my BIL, a pair of socks or two... the situation is becoming dire.
On my bookshelf, however, hovers Inkdeath and i'm finding it harder and harder to resist. I'll let you know how I manage -- I must send the Connor Caps to ChocolateSheepASAP.  I also participate in Teachers as Readers (TAR) now, so i have about 8 more picture books to peruse before our next meeting.
Advent begins today!!Advent wreath - 1 lit  We light the first candle for HOPE.
Lord God, we light this candle to thank you for your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. We who have sat in darkness have seen a great light, the light of Jesus Christ, our salvation. We give you thanks and praise in Jesus' name, because he lives and reigns with you in your glory, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
(prayer courtesy of
Rev. Ken Collins -Copyright ©1995-2008 by the Rev. Kenneth W. Collins. Reprinted with permission.)

It was a cold and rainy night...
She felt irresistibly drawn to her computer. She sat down, booted up, and began to type:
"It was a cold and rainy night..."

She went on to explain her mysterious disappearance.
Hello again, my avid readers! (Are there any of you left?)
I have missed writing tremendously over the last few (5!!!) months.
Where have I been? What have I been doing?

June brought with it the 52 Pair Plunge II.  Things were going well... my last entry was full of pride at my first shared pattern.  I was actually keeping up with the pair-of-socks-a-week requirement of the 52PP when calamity struck in
July.  That tragedy was a severed tendon (80%; pointer finger) in my left hand (bread knife accident).  After surgery and much physical therapy I am finally (almost) back to normal.  I did a lot of reading while i was on the PUP list & i'll update my sidebar some time this week.  In addition to recouperating, i spent
August searching for a new job (i lost my job in July... it was not such a great month).  Since i could still use my right hand, i finished painting the bathroom, and i painted the dining room, and i started painting the "Mastiff Country Safari" fence.  I found a job in
September and i have been working ever since.  In
October i finished my first post-injury knitting project (a pumpkin hat for my littlest niece), despite only being able to work on it in (pain-free as possible) intervals.  I've written off being able to complete the 52PPII as i'm behind too many pairs-- which means i'll have to run it again next year (i am one bound-and-determined young lady). It is now mid-
November and i am desperately trying to do some Christmas knitting.  Somehow I got suckered into knitting a hat for our school mascot. I use the term "suckered" extremely loosely here... i totally volunteered.  Nothing like creating a 30+" diameter piece of school history that will stay with the mascot for years to come... it may be my only shot at immortality! ;D
Okay, so now we're caught up.
I'm going to do some quick updates on the sidebars before some Monday Night Football action...
Everyone have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD :
       "He is good;
       his love to Israel endures forever."
      And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
-- Ezra 3:11 (NIV)

and the little one said, "roll over, roll over"...
Huzzah! Yay for me and "publishing" (okay, okay, it's only on my blog so far) my first ever pattern:
Mini Monkey (Baby) Socksby eKNITabeth
(modified "Monkey" by Cookie A. )
02 Mini Monkey
A lot of my friends are having babies right now...
so, after making myself a fabulous pair of "Monkey by Cookie A." socks, i decided to create a smaller version for the munchkins who have recently been welcomed into the world around me.

newborn & up (foot length is adjustable)
- any fingering weight yarn (superwash preferable); 1 skein (is more than enough for 1 pair)
- set of 5 US#2/2.5mm DPNs
- marker/safety pin (optional)
- tapestry needle
Gauge:7.5sts x 10rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Pattern Notes:K2tog - insert needle through two sts, as if to knit; knit sts together
YO2 - yarn over twice
Ktbl - knit 1 st through back loop
Ssk - slip 2 sts as to knit, insert left needle into front of both slipped sts, knit sts together
P2tog - insert needle through two sts, as if to purl; purl sts together
Lace Pattern(worked in the round over a multiple of 10sts) -
Rnd 1: K all sts
Rnd 2: [P3, k4, p3] to end
Rnd 3: [P2, k2tog, k1, yo2, k1, ssk, p2] to end
Rnd 4: [P2, k3, ktbl, k2, p2] to end
Rnd 5: [P1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, ssk, p1] to end
Rnd 6: [P1, k8, p1] to end
Rnd 7: [K2tog, k1, yo, k4, yo, k1, ssk] to end
Rnd 8: K all sts
Repeat rounds 1-8 for Lace Pattern.
Twisted Rib(worked over an even number of sts) -
Rnd 1: [Ktbl, p1] to end of round
Every round is the same.

CO 40 sts. Divide evenly between 4 needles (10 sts on each needle) and join to begin working the round, being careful not to twist. After a few rounds have been worked, place marker (optional) to show start of round.
Work in Twisted Rib for 1/2".

LegWork rounds 1-8 of Lace Pattern 3 times.
Heel FlapFirst set-up row: K10, turn work so WS is facing
Second set-up row: slip1, p19 onto one needle.  Heel flap is worked b&f on these 20 sts; remaining 20 sts on hold for instep.
Row 1: slip1, k19
Row 2: slip1, p19
Repeat these two rows 8 more times. There will be 9 slipped sts along each side of the heel flap.

Turn HeelRow 1 (RS): K11, ssk, k1, turn work
Row 2 (WS): Slip1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn work
Row 3: Slip1, k4, ssk, k1, turn work
Row 4: Slip1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn work
Row 5: Slip1, k6, ssk, k1, turn work
Row 6: Slip1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn work
Row 7: Slip1, k8, ssk, k1, turn work
Row 8: Slip1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn work
Row 9: K6. Proceed to gusset.

Working yarn is currently at center of heel; this will be beginning point of round for rest of sock.  When working Round 1, needles will be designated Needle1, Needle2, etc. They will retain these designations through remainder of sock.
Rnd 1: Using Needle1, k remaining 6sts of heel flap, pick up and knit 10 sts along edge of heel flap (1 from each slipped st & 1 between heel flap and instep sts); using Needles2&3, k20 instep sts (Row 1 of Lace Pattern); using Needle4 pick up and knit 10 sts along edge of heel flap, k remaining 6 sts of heel flap. (52sts - 16 sts each on Needles1&4, 10sts each on Needles2&3)
Rnd 2: K6, k8tbl, k2tog; work round 2 of Lace Pattern over sts on Needles2&3; ssk, k8tbl, k6.
Rnd 3: K to end Needle1; work next round of Lace Pattern over sts on Needles2&3; k to end Needle4.
Rnd 4: K to last 2sts of Needle1, k2tog; work next round of Lace Pattern over sts on Needles2&3; ssk, k to end of Needle4.
Repeat Rnds 3 & 4 until 10sts remain on each needle.
FootContinue in pattern as set, working sts on Needles1&4 in st st and sts on Needles2&3 in Lace Pattern until work measures approx. 1.5" less than desired length, ending with row 1 or row 8 of Lace Pattern.
ToeRnd 1: K all
Rnd 2: K to last 2sts on Needle1, k2tog; ssk, k to end of Needle2; k to last 2sts on Needle3, k2tog; ssk, k to end of Needle4.
Repeat these two rounds until 16sts (total) remain.
Using Needle4, k to end of Needle1.
Slip sts from Needle2 onto Needle3.
Graft sts on Needle3 to sts on Needle 4.
Weave in all ends and block well.

Take two (and call me in the morning)...
If i haven't posted lately it must be because school is wrapping up and the 52 Pair Plunge II is off and running (as of 6/1)...
and the allergies...
and the putting up of the "Mastiff Country Safari" fence...
and i found out that one of my college friends committed suicide...
(I'm okay, thanks, but prayers for the husband and family of S.D.G.S. are always needed/welcome)

I'll post some more pics soon
(hopefully sock-related)

the renovations of the downstairs bath have stagnated... at least for one more week...
yep, such is life.


Keeping up with the Joneses...

1. jonesing
to have a strong need, desire, or craving for something.
-- wwwDOT

After surfing the web (late at night) and tripping over a blog with a poem in French, i realized how much i've neglected poetry.  This brief revelation infused in me an ardent desire to find some... quickly!!!

PHEW! a quick fix:
SUPPOSE by Phoebe Cary

Suppose, my little lady,
  Your doll should break her head,
Could you make it whole by crying
  Till your eyes and nose were red?
And wouldn't it be pleasanter
  To treat it as a joke;
And say you're glad "'Twas Dolly's
  And not your head, that broke?"

Suppose you're dressed for walking,
  And the rain comes pouring down,
Will it clear off any sooner
  Because you scold and from?
And wouldn't it be nicer
  For you to smile than pout,
And so make sunshine in the house
  When there is none without?

Suppose your task, my little man,
Is very hard to get,
Will it make it any easier
  For you to sit and fret?
And wouldn't it be wiser
  Than waiting like a dunce,
To go to work in earnest
  And learn a thing at once?

Suppose that some boys have a horse,
  And some a coach and pair,
Will it tire you less while walking
  To say, "It isn't fair"?
And wouldn't it be nobler
  To keep your temper sweet,
And in your heart be thankful
  You can walk upon your feet?

And suppose the world don't please you,
  Nor the way some people do,
Do you think the whole creation
  Will be altered just for you?
And isn't it, my boy or girl,
  The wisest, bravest Plan
Whatever comes or doesn't come,
  To do the best you can?

Tea & sympathy...
Before i begin, i ask you:
How much would you pay for this pile of books?


12 books...
I paid
s-e-v-e-n d-o-l-l-a-r-s a-n-d f-i-f-t-y c-e-n-t-s!

So, onward...
Nif-Tea Fifties
Mother & Daughter Tea
Hpim0416  Hpim0425
Hpim0421 Hpim0489_2

While at the tea, one of the women in attendance was called away... her son had been in a terrible motorcycle accident...
Also, at church this morning, i found out that one of my friends had been rushed to the emergency room with a severe pain in her side (cause still unknown)...
Please pray for these two families! The need the healing, calming touch of the Holy Spirit on their lives in a BIG way.
Thank you!


"Food" for thought...
Does anyone else see the similarities?

Unhinged_jaw Snake_w_egg

... maybe I'm crazy...
(I haven't ruled it out yet)


mug shot...yep... i've got smurf-like patches... like some weird blue rash...

relax, kiddos, it's just paint.
I've finally picked a color for the bathroom and painting is in progress... i may even get to re-hang the TP roll tonight, if all goes well! yay.

pics to follow (i promise) when i find a chance/way.


Unravel me...
Well, kids, here it is... the website for the 52PPii is open for business!
(remember, sign-ups need to be emailed)
I tried to K.I.S. so that everyone would remember it...
Our theme this round is "Off the Deep End"... 'cause, really, we are!

Also, i'm waiting for my invite from Ravelry (wOOt.), so you'll see me poking 'round there soon (hopefully)

That's it for now... go check out the new site!

Hello, Loverlies!!
I'm taking a quick break and posting from work (despite the fact it is a BIG "no no")...

The 52 pair plunge ends tomorrow.
My "little" puppy turned the big O-N-E last week.
Hubster and I are fabulous, for the most part.

The Bad News -
Still no word on my computer, camera, cell phone, etc. that were stolen in October (notice the gap between my posts)... we have my in-laws laptop on indefinite loan, but it has so many pop-ups i can't deal.

More when I get another chance.  I need to go and congratulate those who survived the 52PP!

Ain't he a beaute! (okay, okay, brute)
Yeppers, that's my one-year-old baby boy ;D


and, yes indeed, he does sit taller than the kitchen counter now...
not to mention weighing almost as much as me...

As you can see, i've finally uploaded my pics (using my FIL's comp)... I will post the remodeling shots when the remodeling is finished!

Ravelry update: even with the minimum of 800 newbies/day, i should get my invite no later than Wednesday (wOOt.)

Hope you all are well!

I'm Blue (dabadee dabadai)...