Monday, December 31, 2012

last day...

found these on the camera
completely forgotten
but not too late to post
no more days left in
tomorrow is a new year
so we'll go out with what's left of Christmas for this time around
and see how long it takes to get to the next one
'coz this one came around awfully fast!!!!

hope you had a good one


Friday, December 28, 2012

last Friday of 2012...

one could almost say good riddance
along with so many horrible things
there were so many wonderful things too
so we'll call it even 
and hope wonderful wins out from now on

I continued to make doilies..
well I have finished now but have made a couple more..

I tried using a bigger hook the other day
and after the small steel ones
 it felt like I was hooking with tree trunks!!!
so I'll have to take a hooking break and get the thin feel out of my fingers!!!

I found this one at the bottom of a drawer
all bunched and crumpled
so I blocked it
because I can
and that is an old photo album from Egypt
that we've had forever
it's older than me so 
really really reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeealy
maybe one day I'll show what's inside
if there is anything left!!!

we haven't had this view for a while so maybe it won't be too boring to see it again
if you look in the  middle there
you will see a baffle headed duck
swimming with the Canada Geese
if I had a zoom it would have been so fabulous
there were others but they were all under the water
but in this you can see a bit more clearly what they look like
sort of
the sparkles were beginning to appear too

but with these overhead they weren't quite as bright as they get
big storm on it's way ...again
big storm...

here you can see a few more baffles as they swam off 
with a lighted wake to their rears
I couldn't help but make
putt putt noises

and then I got very very sad
husband handed me an envelope and said
hmmm...seeds from Norge
I know only one in Norway...
so I opened it and this is what I found
smashed to a million pieces
I'm so sorry S
Her Majesty would not be smiling if she knew
I'm not smiling either
but it is the thought that counts it really is
and it smells nice!!!!!

(I hope mine made it in better shape)

Takk fyrir S

Saturday, December 22, 2012

all safe and sound...

another disaster averted
thank goodness
how long does a 
let's see just how much we change this time around
I'm not holding my breath.....

I found myself doing some 
cross-stitch yesterday
and I liked it!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

the last one.....


nothing to report....

I think I'm done with the flakes and stars for this year
I've seen just about every one out there
and if there are more
I don't want to know!!!!
I made this one yesterday afternoon and evening
it's supposed to go on a brass ring
but I don't have one so it is starched and blocking
we'll see how it turns out
making the curlykews was fun
like those pasta pieces
....that's what they're called

I want to write reams about Connecticut but I can't
I just want it to change and it to stop NOW 
and  for commonsense to return

if brave women and little children can stand up to that horror
let those on the Hill
 up the road from me
stand up to those who have brought this about
we say enough
let them say enough

let it end
stay ended

Sunday, December 16, 2012

doily and such

I finished the doily I showed you bits of the other day
it's washed and blocked and I like it very much
a real granny doily..but nice!!!
and some more flakes...I found some in a jar and a couple I just had to make
I think I am over them now...


husband had to go to the big hardware store the other day
so I tagged along because I wanted to see if they had old fashioned string...
had an idea pop in the old noggin.....
but they didn't


and while I was there


I helped myself to a couple of pretty plants


and husband .....
well he couldn't leave without this


a big-ass Texas-sized humongous ivy and poinsettia pot!!!!!!
excuse my French!!!!!
it's sitting on the kitchen table 
coz it don't fit nowhere else!!!!!
I think I'll string some fairy lights in it and just light the whole dang thing up...
I was making coffee when the whole picture taking thing came over me....
it's grey and cold and drizzly out so I thought some colour might help

and even tho' it isn't a partridge and this isn't a pear tree
 there's room for a bird
 :) :) :)

and the other day before all the horror
I made a little tree out of a very old book I found sitting on the bottom of my bookcase
it was falling apart so I just helped it along a little
I've seen these around for years and always wanted one
so now I have one..

I'm trying to be festive but it isn't working
is it...
so I'll go and clean up the mess I made
well, I'll start with the closest one ...
and soon it'll be tea time so I better get to it!!!!

see ya!!


Friday, December 14, 2012

may they find a peace to exist in


even when you're not watching TV
the news gets through to you
and today it is the worst kind of news
it makes you feel sick and your blood runs cold

but your first reactions are getting dull and routine
in this country we hear of shootings all the time
just a couple of days ago there was a shooting at a mall on the West Coast
( I still don't know what happened there
 because I didn't watch or read anything...
like so many other things I don't read or watch)

you listen to the story on the news in the evening
you shed a tear
and then you go on...
another shooting in America

that is exactly what happened today
I was finishing something that I had to do for number two son
which was frustrating because the phone company I was trying to deal with
doesn't show the number you're supposed to call to deal with them
you have to go looking for a number
I found one and did what I had to do...
then I did something else and another thing or three
and when I sat down at my computer and logged on
 the news showed up and said
school shooting in CT...

I told husband,  like I tell him it's going to rain...
then I read a little more and went to the TV
CNN was still gathering info and MS NBC was talking about guns and who should have them

in my opinion NO ONE....

I don't do Fox!!

I went back to what I was doing and a little later walked back  through the room
and saw
26 dead
18 children
 and 8 adults

gone just like that

18 little ones won't see Christmas ever again
Christmas will never be the same again for the parents or the children in the school or the teachers
 or the town

the policemen looked shattered
big huge men with big huge guns
crying in the parking lot 
of the school 
that this morning opened up and welcomed the kids
and planned on a day at school...
a few days before Christmas means they must have had parties to plan or gifts to make
secrets to keep
plans for the break that will come so soon
but now
nothing matters

except trying to explain to the little ones who made it out of 'Hell' that it won't happen again
and that the others have gone to'Heaven' to be with the 'angles'
and yes 'Santa' will still come

nothing matters 
but explaining to the parents 
why ...

we don't know who did this
we will soon
and his/her name will go down with all the other monsters who have done this so many times 
one worse than the one before

but this one
this one is one that should change everything
18 children died today
at the hands of a mad man
with a gun
don't care if he was as mad as a hatter
or ex-anything
or if he had lost his house and his car and his job
he did something you just don't do
you don't kill kids
you just don't...

 'we' do it
or the governments do it in our names in other countries and we call it 'war'
 we don't cry or yell about it
well, not very loudly we don't
and when it happens to OUR kids
it's the same thing
hours of mulling it over on TV
lots and lots and lots of talking
half on one side.... half on the other side
of gun control etc.
finding out every little detail of the monster
and then
it will go away
and the children will learn to live with it and the parents will cry themselves to sleep ( when it comes) for evermore
and no one will be able to tell anybody

other than 
he could

because sane men and  mad men can buy guns
 and use them on a Friday morning at will
and end 26 lives 
just like that...26 people gone
I feel sick
 but more than that
sad, so sad
because nothing will change

poor babies...all of them.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

time flies when...

you don't pay attention
here it is Thursday
tomorrow it's Friday
( aren't I just the cleverest )

remember when half an hour seemed like
THOSE days are long gone!!!

:) :)  :)  :) :)

I have had this little number in my files for ages
and thought that as I have the teeny tiny hooks out and the
 thin cotton
I may as well give it a

the written pattern is in French
but there is a chart so it's easy peasy
I can never understand why people say they can't read the charts
it's stitch for stitch    row by row
laid out right there for all to see
I have trouble with the written patterns now
especially when they aren't very clear
(like the ones I do)
some of the translations are just nonsense!!!!!

I'm almost done with the
blizzard of flakes
a few more and I never want to see another

just kidding...
come next 
this time of the year
I'll be back at them
one flake after another

hope those of you who got it
 are enjoying the big snow
it looks very pretty and fun for the kids
but please
 keep it
all of it

oh   and well done us for making it through

now sure why they kept mentioning it
and that people don't know that there is no 
13/13/13 next year
so now we have to hold our breath

do do do do
do do do do

ciao for now

Monday, December 10, 2012

forecast for more flakes...

everywhere you look
in the roomontheleft
you see
in various forms of being

or signs that there were flakes there

and some have even made it to the other side

and the sound of a 'potty mouth' is around too...
if you want to make your flake stiff
use old fashioned
liquid STARCH.....




Thursday, December 6, 2012

a table mat is done...

just silliness
but you can see how big/small 
it's a lot less bunchy than it was
and to answer the question about
if you wash it do you have to block it again
the answer is
yes you do
but if you're a spoilt brat
 such as moi
you can do it again
and some things just need blocking
and you don't actually have to have anything other than a towel and some pins
a lot of patience
don't sweaters and such have to be re blocked when they are washed
I guess the secret to this is
don't get it dirty
and you won't have to wash

:) :) :) :)

sorry about the really lousy photos of late, 
but it's the light...
it's the light 
it is the light
I tell you..........................
plus the photographer is pretty rubbish too!!!

la nappe est sur la table
with.....all together now.....
la plume de ma tante