Monthly Archives: March 2008

Blink of an Eye Weekend

Wow — Sunday night already!  I could use another day.  This weekend has really flown by.

Friday evening I went with two friends from work out to dinner and then we saw the new Frances McDormand film, Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day.  Good little movie.  I enjoyed it.  Then I got home in time to watch the last 14 minutes of the KU game.

Saturday I got some things done around the house.  Packed a couple of boxes to mail to the fashionista — some clothing and miscellaneous stuff that she didn’t take when she left.  I went to the library and got a couple of dvds – We are Marshall with Matthew McConaughey and a foreign film called Sophie Scholl, which is based on a true story in WW II.  I haven’t watched either yet.  Basketball has been on all weekend.  I did some grocery shopping — I just finished cooking some rice for the week.  I want to make some Indian food — curried chickpeas — later this week and eat them over rice.

Even though it turned rather wintry and damp at the end of the week, I went ahead and got my spring and summer clothing out and sorted through it.  Some I will not likely wear and put in a bag to donate.  The rest I got laundered and either hung up or put in the ironing basket.

I got the second piece of the tank knitted and did a 3 needle bind off on the shoulders.  It is ready for the side seaming and then the single crochet edging.  I also got two repeats done on the Branching Out scarf while watching basketball.  It doesn’t seem like I got much knitting accomplished, but compared to the last few weekends, I really did.

I really like the Minimalist sweater that is now available for purchase at Knitting Daily.  I usually buy Interweave Knits but for some reason the Fall 2007 issue escaped me.  I think I may order the pattern, but I am waiting until I have at least two items finished.  That should motivate me!


Wavy and Breezy

Marble Wavy Scarf

Here is the Wavy Scarf (free pattern on that I am working on at present — one of several projects….  I bought several skeins of this Marble yarn and I really like it.  I didn’t look at the ball band when I bought it and was surprised to find that it is an acrylic.  I have been thinking I may go back and buy more of this.  I might like to use this to make the Tweedy vest from Interweave Knits to wear next fall.

This week the temps are supposed to become more springlike — along with the wind that always blows in the Midwest.  I am starting to think about planting more and more.  I need a couple more african violets, so I plan to get those this week.  I have been looking at seed packets when I see them in the stores — the itch to garden is becoming tough to quell. 

Soldier Daughter and the little buddy came down Saturday morning for the weekend.  We had a nice time.  We met at Panera and had a nice lunch.  Then we went over to SuperTarget and I bought the little buddy a couple of pairs of shorts and tee shirts for summer.  Soldier Daughter picked out a summer nightgown and I bought myself a new pair of summer sleep pants and a tee.  After the little buddy’s nap, it was rather dreary and chilly out, so we got coffee at Starbuck’s and went over to a McDonald’s PlayPlace — he had chocolate milk and played for about two hours.

I hosted the family dinner yesterday — it didn’t seem quite the same without the fashionista.  But I talked to her on the phone late yesterday afternoon, and she seems to be doing well.

Everyone was gone by 4 p.m. yesterday and I had a nice relaxing evening.  Cleaned up a bit, ate some leftover ham and fruit salad for my dinner.  I knitted on the Wildflower DK tank and watched a dvd — Miss Potter with Renee Zellweger.  It is a nice little movie.

Movie Quote Contest

Ah, my first contest.  I guess I will find out if anyone really reads this blog.  The following are quotes from my ten favorite movies.  The person with the most correct answers will win a yarn-y prize.  In case of a tie, I will put the names in a hat and draw one out.  Deadline is Wednesday, March 26.

1.  The truth is I gave my heart away a long time ago, my whole heart, and I never really got it back.

2.  I will miss you.  And your very slow typing…and your very bad driving.

3.  Give me a word, any word, and I show you that the root of that word is Greek.

4.  What are you up to?  Two shows a night?

5. The great advantage of having a reputation for being stupid: People are less suspicious of you.

6.  I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

7.  Happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat.

8.  Anti-wrinkle cream there may be, but anti-fat bastard cream there is none.

9.  I suppose you think that’s very funny, Harold……. Oh, dinner at eight, Harold.  And do try and be a little more vivacious.

10. What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes?


What Karin Means

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.

You are also a keeper of knowledge – meaning you don’t spill secrets or spread gossip.

People sometimes think you’re snobby or aloof, but you’re just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.You are usually the best at everything … you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic “Type A” personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You’re always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can’t handle you. You’re very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you’re likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It’s easy to get you excited… which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don’t stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

My Little Buddy is 2!!


Wow — it just doesn’t seem possible but my little buddy turned 2 on Friday.  I drove up to Soldier Daughter’s for his party yesterday.  I had a great time.  We played a lot and two of Soldier Daughter’s friends and their children came.  We ate pizza and the kids played and then my Little Buddy opened his gifts and we had cake and ice cream.  He is just such a cutie.  He loves Thomas the Tank Engine, so I got him a Thomas table and chairs for his room.  He has a Thomas play tent set up in his room and he spends a lot of time in there playing.

Soldier Daughter found a gymnastics center that has open gym on Friday nights and she took him there.  He had a blast.  He loved the trampoline.  So she signed up for a Mommy and Me class and will take him back to the open gym on Fridays.

Later after everyone else left, he kept putting a rubber lizard on my arm and I would fake scream and he thought that was hilarious — he laughed and laughed.  Soldier Daughter got some of it on video.  He kept it up until I was tired of fake screaming.



Here are two squidge cloths I finished using the new Sugar/Cream Stripes yarn.  I made my cloths a little smaller than the pattern.  I used 32 stitches instead of 40.  I like the stripey yarn.

Saturday while I was getting my hair done, I was browsing through the April 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living.  There was a short article on sweet potatoes and a suggestion for baking them which I had not tried.  When I eat sweet potatoes, and I only recently developed a taste for them, I peel and slice them and put them on a sheet of foil, drizzle with olive oil and then fresh ground pepper and sea salt, then bake in the oven.  This recipe called for leaving the sweet potato whole and baking it.  Then topping it with sage butter (melted butter with chopped sage) and goat cheese crumbles.  I tried it for dinner Saturday evening, and I think this is my new favorite way to eat sweet potatoes!

I started a Wavy Scarf (Knitty free pattern) in the Marble yarn that I have left from another scarf project.  I took a photo of it, but it didn’t turn out well.  I really need some natural light and it is dreary and rainy here today, so will take a photo of that another time.

Squidging and other blah stuff

I have lots of knitting, but have felt a bit blah this week, so I have just been knitting on squidge cloths for my kitchen.  I didn’t get a photo up yet, but will do that soon.

Don’t know what my problem is — have not felt terribly motivated to do much.  The weather has been up and down, I have been a bit worried about the fashionista who is off living la vida loca.  I think I need a getaway — which I will be doing tomorrow.

I am driving a small group of women up to a retreat house in Concordia, which is about 2.5 hours north.  The weekend is a personal retreat, and we will see each other at meals and we will have a group gathering time around 8 p.m. in the evening.  I have been to this retreat center before and I always come home with an overwhelming feeling of peace and refreshment.  So I think this may be just what I need.  No television, no phones, no laundry, no cleaning, no cooking ( the retreat center has an awesome cook!), no dirty dishes.  Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?

Soldier Daughter came down last Friday afternoon and we had a nice visit.  It was good to see her.  I had missed her a lot.  We went to dinner, then to an art reception of my mother’s, then browsed some shops, and went to see the new Christina Ricci movie, Penelope.  We had originally planned to see The Other Boleyn Girl because she loves the books, but it got 1.5 stars review and she didn’t want the movie to ruin the book for her.  We both thoroughly enjoyed Penelope.  The next morning we went to Target and Borders, and then ate lunch at Pei Wei.  Then she left to head back to the base and I went to my music lesson and then did some other errands — such as grocery shopping.

The cats miss the fashionista — they are both her cats.  She has had one of them since he was 6 weeks old.  I put my new comforter on my bed and covered it with a large beach towel so that it would not be covered with cat hair.  That darn cat pulled the towel back and laid on the comforter and the new shams.  The bed in the other room has a white duvet with a pink border on it.  So I put one of my grandmother’s afghans on it, thinking that it would satisfy him — but of course it didn’t.  He pulled the afghan back and laid on the white duvet — he is a Siamese mix and so there is black and brown cat hair everywhere.  The cat totally frustrates me. 

Last night I made sweet potato and black bean quesadillas.  I boiled a sweet potato and then mashed it with black beans seasoned with lime and cumin.  Spread a portion of it on a whole wheat tortilla.  You could add cheese if you wanted to.  Then I put another tortilla on top and then grilled it on my stove top grill for 3-5 minutes on each side.  Removed it from the grill, cut it with a pizza cutter and then spooned some salsa on top of each piece.  It turned out very good!

I started a summer shell at the end of the summer and I got the back piece finished.  I am using Wildflower DK in a pretty sage green.  I think I will pull that out tonight and pack it to take to the retreat center.  A stockinette tank front will be simple mindless knitting and a good project for the weekend.