Thursday, July 27, 2006

Pirate parties

It's my favorite pirates* birthday, well actually it was yesterday (but I choose to spend time with him rather than blog). Pirate P is an amazing guy, he's witty and enjoys making me laugh so hard that I can't breathe. He tolerates my PMS (most of the time) and and enjoys spending time with my assorted crazy friends, even the knitters. He's a good listener and a compassionate man. He is a great Dad, friend and generally just super guy. He reminds me to live in the moment and be happy with what I have. So to the man who swept me off my feet**, Happy Birthday P.!

* to hear the pirate story you have to see him in person and buy him a beer, and it really is a true story, I met another of the pirates!

**He claims that I swept him off his feet but I think that he is the one that did the sweeping.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Bad, bad blogger that I am

I'm around, I'm alive and just a little busy trying to get the house to state where 8 people can live in more than 1 room. That and I am helping out a few friends with their little people and they are keeping me busy too. I owe some answers to some comments and emails, if you are waiting to hear from me I will answer eventually I promise

That being said I signed up for a swap... maybe not the smartest thing given my life at the moment, but it looked like fun! So here my answers

Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire

1. What are your top three favorite colors? Indigo, that lovely cornflower shade of blue ( like blue hydrangeas) and red

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? knitting, quilting (it's new but I like it) anything I can do with photos

3. What products do you really covet? hmm nothing that falls in the price range of this swap but I am interested in patterns for shawls

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? SLEEPING ( there has not been enough of it lately), cooking and I developing a like for my garden - it dislikes me but I like anyway

5. Is there anything you collect? junk! I'm a bit of a packrat

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? Cancer/snake

7.What are your favorite

scents/smellsVanillala, passionfruit and lightly scented things

types of music and/or bandAnythinging but rap

authors I'llread anything but most adult fantasyasty bores me

animals? I have dogs and any baby animal is adorable

places to shop? stores - yarn usually

Season? sSpring /fall

yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? it's all good

candies or goodies? i love sour things but not licorice , has it has flour - see #9

8. Do you have any wish lists? no

9. Are you allergic to anything? Gluten so if you send treats thay can't have flour in them

10. Do you have any pets? What are they? 2 crazy dogs

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy. I will love whatever you send me because you took the time to pick it out for lil ol' me.

Gotta go, I got 15 minutes to get out of the coffee shop and to M and M's house.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Bins, butterflies and birthdays

I know it's quiet here, like super quiet... to really show you why it's so quiet I need a picture but I am blogging from home and that is not a possibility.... Sooo imagine if you will, one of those large green dumpsters that you see outside a construction site, now think about how big one of those dumpsters is and how much stuff you can insert inside something that holds 10 tonnes. Got a good picture of that in your head, right now multiply it by 2 and then you have the picture I need to post. Yes in the last 12 days or so we have filled not 1 but 2 dumpsters and I must say it has been a huge job. The first one was full of stuff that came from inside the house, mostly wood, drywall and flooring. The 2nd one was the remnanats of the stuff from in the house ( it did not all fit in the 1st one) , including the carpets that I pulled up this week and years of stuff that had accumulated in the barn. The house looks better, we are only 2 painting jobs aways from putting rooms back together and we almost have 2 guest rooms ready ( we have 3 but one is not going to be ready in time) Why the huge push to get it done? Well we have a great deal of company coming in August they are all only overlapping for the weekend of our party but it will be a busy place with 11 extra people in it (the kids are sleeping in tents) and then there is our party where only 150 of our nearest and dearest friends are coming to visit for a evening.

I have super abundance of butterflies in my yard and they are so beautiful! I am not sure where they came from or what I planted that they are so attracted to but everyday when I go outside there are a 4 or 5 of them fluttering about outside my front door in the garden, they are lovely to watch and marvel at. I have always enjoyed butterflies because I'm amazed by how something that can be so small and plain can become so beautiful. Between the birds, the frogs and the butterflies I am lovin country life - oh yeah and the fireflies too. Yeah and guess what else, we have tire swings! ( they aren't up yet but they will be soon, I love tire swings)

It's my birthday! P and I were discussing how life has changed so much in the last 12 months and if you has asked me last year were I would be this year I would not of said married to P and renovating a farm house. It's all good though, sometimes I miss the adventure of traveling but I am happy here in my corner of the world, happy and in love. What more could a girl ask for, I really think that being happy is the most important thing in the world.

Alright I must be off, P and I are going for a picnic tonight and since he is working today I have to get the food! Thank God for take out

Monday, July 10, 2006

welllllll, (like the well the from the BNL "Bryant street theater" comedy sketch at the end of their Rock Spectacle album)

If you don't know what the title is about I am not going to even begin to explain because I have broken my finger and typing is a bit of a process with only 2 fingers on my right hand that I can use effectively. To make a long story short let's just say that a ladder on a boat and I did not exactly agree on where it should be. It's broken and it hurts and sadly I has planned to spend this week painting and such because the house is slowly but surely nearing a state of temporary completion.

The house still has a long way to go but our carpenter has taken the summer off... so once we get the tiles in and the drywall painted we are stopping till the fall. Actually there is more to do than those 2 jobs but I won't get into it all now. My sad finger and I will do our best to paint and set up the living and dining rooms and then we will take a break.

The worst part of the whole finger thing is no knitting - at least for now as it hurts to much but I can spin in short stints and so I will finally get through all that roving that I got in California. When I get some batteries that work in my camera I will take a picture of the coolest wedding present that I got ( yes it really is only for me). It's a hand woven knitting basket from Shetland made from sea grass, it's amazing and I'm so in love.

One more thing, my fabulous older sister had her birthday yesterday and much to her discontent she's still older than I am. However, even though she is older she is a wonderful sister and frankly I don't think I could have one I loved more if I was allowed to choose one myself ( because you don't to pick your family) ... Happy Birthday C. ( who is sadly blogless, although between work and 2 demanding small people it's not like she has time)

Thursday, July 6, 2006

CJ says I haven't updated this recently enough

Things are busy and I must say that since I am not coming into the city as often I am not blogging as regularly. I can blog from home but it is not very enjoyable as dial up is so slow! So know that I am around even if I am quiet.

P and I have been spending all of our free time trying to get the house under control, after 9 months of reno we finally have most things finished but there is still work that will be finished in the fall and I need to find someone to tile the kitchen/bathroom! Trust me this is not an easy task in the summer! Aside from the floors things are coming along. P started his new job this week and has decided took 1/8 of his million books to his new office - Yippee for extra space in the office.

I have been gardening ( dug a new flower bed and planting where the tulips were) and putting together the monster barbecue that we bought. I really like to barbecue and we decided to go big as the sale price was great and it is a really nice way to cook.

I am helping out a few friends over the summer and playing with their munchkins during the day so I really must be off as they expect me soon. Spending a day in the park is always a challenge...

Oh yeah and I am working on my first toe-up sock but I must say that the progress is slow, not to much knitting time at the moment but I have got some spinning done, I have 2 very full bobbins of singles and just need to ply them - I love spinning!