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Last Day of 2007

Mornin’!  Here we are on the last day of the year. What have we accomplished this year?

Done a lot of knitting, played with paper and multi-media, built and sold some looms, taught some people to spin, knit and weave, played with my grand nieces, organized and sorted about a ton of fiber, moved Laura to her new home and set it up for her, (she was setting up the new Starbucks in Danville, Va., hiring & training and working 18 hr days!), saved the guard dog from being euthanized for doing his job, missed my T and her girls like a toothache, rode horses a lot of the Blue Ridge Parkway horse trails through the mountains, looked at property to build a family retreat, moved about 3 horse trailers full of JUNK from Fl to Va, spent some time at the beach and with Josh, got Kevin a storage building (12X24 built by the Amish),  filled it with JUNK and lots of power tools, table saw, wood lathe, band saw, miter saw, reloading equipment, he has loaded tons of bullets this year, given some away and traded some for deer which we canned and froze, 5 of them!  Went hunting, fishing and to the Outer Banks with our dear friends, had a blast catching fish and eating them, they have a wonderful hide-away down there! 

This coming year we are going to Pennsylvania with them.  We have a dream of seeing North and South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and NM this year–I said a dream! If diesel stays at $3.50 a gallon, I guess we will start burning converted peanut oil or get the left over from chinese resturants who soak everything in oil and then throw it out! All of Willie’s buses run on converted oil, but then he has a little more money than us. 

Kevin is going to the shooting range to collect brass and lead, barely able to walk but he is still going like the ever-ready bunny.  I am going to spend the day with my friend, Joan, and we will make something, Lord only knows what!  May put some programs on her Baby Lock for her, or make some polymer clay dolls, or paint a picture, it doesn’t really matter as long as we have fun!

I feel very alone this year, with Mother and Auntie gone, neither of my brothers speaking to me, who knows why, I don’t!  We spend 75% of our time looking after Mom & Dad even tho they pay a fortune a month for care at the Glebe, if we do not go at least every other day, they are ignored.  In that they know we are coming, they take pretty good care of them.  Dad is busy with little projects but Mom sits there and says she can’t get anything done.  Too busy saying she can’t get anything done and asking Kevin to do it all for her to even begin to do anything. I have tried to get her knitting again, and doing some of the things she used to enjoy, but she is adamantly unhappy. That is her choice whereas Dad is in terrible shape, on a feeding tube, making and repairing clocks and fixing little things, with a project going constantly. His statement is always the same, Feel bad, so what? What we gonna do today, let’s get something done! He gets in the electric wheelchair and you have to run to keep up with him! Take him to Sam’s, you might as well sit down and wait, he is going to SHOP!!!  He is a living miracle, we give thanks for him and his attitude daily!  If we could only get Mom inspired to do something, anything! 

New Year’s Day in Pensacola, Fl this year. We always try to be here for Josh’s Birthday on Dec 29. It is hard to believe my baby child is 26 years old.  He is so strong and so capable, it is awesome to see him at work.  He is such a procrastinator tho! He leaves everything to the last minute and then gets in a flurry that his Dad and I find very disconcerting!  We are moving at a slower pace these days, and do not rush unless absolutely necessary. We see people hurrying everywhere, off to work, kids to the day care, running each other off the road, for what? The almighty dollar?  Cut out half the stuff you do not NEED to survive and you won’t have to be in such a rush, play with your children and you will be much more satisfied, give your neighbors your phone number in case of emergency, yes, that means you have to introduce yourselves, look out for each other, pass a little gift to someone in need, make a resolution to be nicer this year, to move slower and enjoy some little thing each day, before your days are over and everyone you love is gone.  Moms, stay home with your children until they go to school and make sure they know you and know that you love them, Dads, take time out for each child each week and do something special, they need you too!  People, stop screwing around indiscriminately and having children out of wedlock! The effect is yet to be seen on the latchkey kids and the children raised without any role models at home, ask Montel, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, they will give you the stats on the problems, Bill Cosby will tell you if you would only listen!  The spread of disease is eating away at our society, gangs and atheists are tearing us apart, what ever happened to being proud of our religion and our God? Start this new year with love and God in your hearts and see if you can’t accomplish more, in a nicer way and consider others before yourself, what a novel idea! 

It is a beautiful, sunny, 70 degree day in Florida, I am going outside and soak up the rays and pray for  us all!

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Dreamspinners

Who cook from scratch, who spin their own yarn, weave their own rugs, who dye their own fiber, who shear their own sheep, llamas and dogs, who are determined to live in the old ways and pass the ability to survive to any who will listen! As Hank says, “Country folk can survive!” And don’t try to take our guns, especially the pink ones, we got knives too!

Dreams of being self sufficient, spinning, weaving, knitting, painting, crafting for a living, drinking coffee, loving Starbucks,  (promote, promote, promote!)  loving life, adding a special something to each life we touch, teaching others the arts we know, not being left behind with nothing to show for all the effort, wishing peace and love to the world, looking for an honest politician, wondering if the world will be here in 100 years, shooting our guns, standing fast and firm for the right to bear arms and speak our minds! Just try to take our right’s from us or anyone in the wonderful USA!  If you do not like it here, or speak English, if you have not blended into our society; go back where you came from and you will see that you will never have the rights you would have here as a legal citizen. If you are here illegally, leave and enter this country with your head held high, our men & women have sacrificed themselves for you to have the right to become a citizen. Do not try to sneak in our back door and commit crimes on our people!

We stand for those who will stand up and fight for this country IN this country~! Does anyone besides me feel we have been invaded by aliens, politicians, illegals and idiots?  are we going to have to fortify ourselves and our homes to be able to live in peace in our own country?

Are you angry at me yet? I have not begun to express the sadness in my heart of the changes in this country for the last 50 years. I used to be safe, barefoot, running the hills of Southwest Virginia as a girl, we would walk 5 miles trick or treating, and no one was ever afraid, we never locked our doors, we got on our horse and rode alone, a little girl to a friends house to play, the gate was always open to anyone who was hungry, tired, traveling and needed help. What happened to those days? Where did our safety go? Who decided it was good to rush, rush, rush and keep all the stores open on Sunday, whatever happened to a day of rest?  Those who preach it, go out to eat every Sunday and expect to be served but would never themselves work on Sunday?

What has happened to us in this country that we would be paranoid and fearful in our own homes, why do we need to spend money every month on surveillance of our security system?? Why do our children sit inside and stare at the TV?  and video games? Don’t get me started on the violence of that? Why does humanity crave violence in the movies and ridiculous, filthy speech is the norm, who decided for me that I wanted to see people slaughtered and hear profanity??

I have the right to choose not to watch and not to listen, not to smell the pollution, to use natural resources wisely and to love my friends and treat them with respect.  Who will stand with me and refuse to allow the acrimony, meanness, the lies, the disrespect, the smut and the violence touch their lives? Are we the only people who feel this way??

Are we–the dreamspinner’s– deluding ourselves, do we need to go live with the Amish to find peace and brotherly love?  Do we have to purchase our own mountain and fortify it like the military so that we can safely live in peace and quiet the rest of lives, safely? Does that sound like the United States of America that you grew up in, or are we just so selfish, rude, rushed, pushed, overburdened with debt to the point that we cannot even take care of our own? Who is going to teach the children how to live on their own if this world falls apart and they need to survive without TV, microwaves, running water, public restrooms, video games, cars that pollute the air and burn up the earth, airplanes that race people from coast to coast, how would we live without the computer I am writing on right now?

Does anyone remember the Pony Express? The wagon trains that settteled this land? The sacrifices our grandparents made for us to be where we are today? Would they be proud as we abuse each other?  Don’t ever think you can turn your head and ignore these things and not deal with them, they will come back to haunt us all!

This machine told me to write my first post, well, it got more than it asked for, huh?

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Howdy, yourself!

Here we are! Looking for a life! What cha doin? Been running all around the internet today, looking for answers.  Needing to find that ever elusive cash cow, have you seen Bossie?

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Hello world!

I found it! I found the moo! She is an affliate of mine, you will love her, just click on the links! Page

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I am so happy!!!!!!!!
I am in Pensacola, Fl with my son, Josh, who will be 26 on Dec 29! I am so thrilled to be in 75 degrees and see my “baby”–he just hates that! We have been having wonderful discussions, debates, and enjoying the stimulation of being able to try to outdo each other intellectually. He is always a good challenge for me and keeps me from getting Alzheimer’s!! I do so adore this young man and am so proud of him. Today we are under tornado warnings, the rain has been amazing, especially since I was in the camper, I took Sweet Pea and Dolly and went inside, Josh gave me three remotes to operate the huge TV.
It is in the 70’s and so lovely when the sun is out. It feels reviving and refreshing just to be in the Florida air. Maybe that is why I have felt so depressed lately. I needed the wide open spaces of the Gulf of Mexico. Now I am feeling the need to purchase a condo on the intracoastal side for when we come down, renting it out the rest of the time. I did have this fleeting picture of the wind blowing the camper away so we could get a smaller one that is lighter with a toy hauler!! I had that ‘this isn’t Kansas anymore, Toto’ image!
I am knitting up a storm of my own, trying to complete: Icelandic shawl, felted kitchen mitt, oven glove, and pot holders and tudora for Tana when I get to Georgia. I also have with me the monkies, the diabetic sock, the marvelous mitts, and a bag of shoulder shrugs that are half finished. And Janet Evanovich’s High Five!
I picked up the new Quilting Arts Gift Magazine
and it is wonderful! Some of the neatest fabric wrapping, mixed media samplers, and a totally awesome needle felted and stitched purse ‘English country garden’. I love book making and it has an article on journals! Fabric winterish prints for covers, pretty cool, I have some new ideas!!
The new Threads has some wonders of its own. Mini purses, darted skirts, dazzling chiffon, and specialty feet for every sewing job! Pretty cool, I got some new ideas from there also. There is an extra section on embroidery attached which covers embroidering on everything and anything. As you can tell, I am into multimedia projects, and between these two and ‘Cloth, Paper, Scissors’ I am on fire with ideas and projects in my head!! It just means I can’t sleep with all these visions running around in what brain I have left, they are vivid and awesome and will not leave me alone!!
I am so excited about creating in the New Year, you will see some new directions in my Etsy store!
See ya on New Years for my next post! Keep on knittin’ and browse no more than 6 hours a day on ravelry!!

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Ho ho ho!! Merry Christmas To All!!!

I have been bustin’ butt on knitting gifts while hangin’ out with my fav knitter, Laura! Now I am homesick for my girls in Georgia! I am looking forward to heading to Florida later this month, and have made the decision to make a trip, even if I go alone, to Georgia at the very least every 3 months. I have missed so much with my babies this year, and for what?? I have accomplished nothing here that I could not have done there. I have been here to look after Kevin as he looks after his parents–a total full time job and more–and he has needed me but now he has learned how to pay the bills and how to keep track of all the dates! We are both depending more and more on his little notebook!
In the meantime, Liv has been cheering one whole season without her Granny Page, Em is playing on the middle school basketball team, Liv is cheering now for church teams- to keep her speech work up. I feel like I am millions of miles away and unable to do the things I really want to with the girls.
Josh is working hard, not smart, but maybe someday he will realize that he can put in his own job applications and stop depending on me to keep up with who is hiring in Pensacola and Florida! I have put in so many, I can recite the resume! I did hope he would get the process server job in Escambia County for experience in his field until he gets to the State Police Academy. The next class being in June 08. In the meantime, he must meet all the other requirements and this, like the special agent app. is one of those 6-8 month affairs to get on the waiting list.
Laura is chugging along at Starbucks. She tells me yesterday that they are looking for a manager in Kitty Hawk, I freaked–go go go!!! She refuses to move again, and does not want to be that far away from the grandparents. But Jeez!!! The outer banks of North Carolina are so beautiful and cool! She says no one spins and knits there, I bet someone does! We are heading to Roanoke Sunday afternoon, she has a doctor appt monday and will stay with us.
Kevin got another deer and got it all canned up by himself, is fussing at me for more clean jars, so I will begin running them thru here with the dishwasher! The only one in the house there are 2 hands, whoever the spirit moves, usually me but if I leave them long enough, he will wash them!! I am excited to think about heading to Florida for Christmas, it is so much warmer there than here, and my little camper awaits me! Yee haw! Walking on the beach with Dolly and Pea and cooking with Josh, have to see my doc on the 27th. I am not happy with my weight loss, I have only lost 20 lbs since being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and I need to lose 30 more pounds. I do feel better and am able to keep my sugar down if I am consistent with what I eat, but I have a weakness for sweets, even tho they are sugar free. I made apple brown betty last night with oatmeal and splenda at midnight and we had it with frozen sugar free kool whip, it was great with decaf Shade Grown Mexican Starbucks coffee. WOW what decadence!!
Kim’s girlfriend got in from Florida and we were celebrating, they will be moving to their new place tomorrow, and Laura will have her home back. Kim is one of her employees who ended up homeless several weeks ago and Laura took her in, despite everything, and it has turned out good. It could have gone so wrong!
This is my new year’s project. Sarah sent me a cone of yarn from her shop as a gift, no one better say anything about Sarah’s Yarns but good stuff to me!! I am making it into this shawl. The KAL is starting again in January, and I am so excited. This may take me some time, but I am going to enjoy the process and look forward to wearing it for next Christmas!
I am also starting one of two planned Hemlock Blanket Rings, one is chocolate brown and one is tan in Cascade’s Eco Wool, and they will look like this:

Is that purdy or what??
I got the yarn at Mosaic in Blacksburg Virginia last spring and it is waiting for just the right project, here they are!! Don’ you just love that!!??
I am ready for the new year, this one has been up and down, and very raggedy.
I have not heard from Cathy in month’s and call and leave messages, but she does not call, and K says too much emotional energy is wasted there. She last wanted us to make monthly payments to her for Jewel’s care and boarding, which would be fine if that had been our agreement and I could go there and ride whenever I wanted, but that has never been the case. She is mad at herself for letting herself be taken by Randy and Sam, and is taking it out on the rest of the world. She knows where I am if she wants to talk.
I am asking for auction ware for Christmas, so I can start my own auctions, one for gun parts and bullets, and one for crafting supplies only. ETSY is great, for handmade items, and going great guns, not for me but for other items, but it is a sale not an auction. I like it better, I see something I want, I can choose to either pay the price or negotiate with the store owner or not but it. No waiting and seeing if I won the auction, I hate that, that is why I want to own my own auction sites, so that I can get other people hooked on bidding on stuff and ending up paying way more than they should cuz the REALLY want it!!
Laura has been doing some designing and I have been doing her sewing and se have both been knitting her new designs, she is really good at that, says she cannot do the math involved in knitting accesory design, then goes right on with the new quilting square ruler I got her and does all her own math!! We have made items for the girls for their needles and supplies, which will be in Georgia for the New Year and lots of yarn stash is heading their way as they both are knitting along with thier lovely mother! Em has no time with basketball, but Liv likes to have her “own” when her Mom is knitting! I miss them so much.
We will begin our New Year in Florida this year, being with Josh and Eric, going up to Georgia when they return from Virginia, yes, we are going there and they are coming here!! What a hoot!! Josh will be 27 on the 29th, and it is hard to believe that our lives are 2/3rds over, where did the time go? That is why I am so aware of how this year has basically been wasted. I have over $20,000. in student loans; no job, have only put in about 100 applications, but am always turned down, K does not want me to work, so I am the only person in the family with a Master’s degree and still no job. I thought about 30 seconds about going back for a PhD and seeing if that would get me a job, I would like to teach at the college level, but I do not want to be tied down, so I shall just use the education I got and set up the auctions I want with the software, and then see how that goes. I do not want to have to be on the computer all the time, so hopefully it will work well and I can hire a consultant to run the sites. I am thinking about Kim and Cassie for that!
Welp, I have sucessfully wasted a whole morning on keeping caught up here! I am disappointed that about.com has not deemed it worhty to have a spinning or weaving person. I would really like to do that! I keep looking to see if they have an opening, maybe I will write them again today, I also have plans to do some dyeing of wool today and some knitting to complete a hat a mitts for me, I am getting cold up here!! Love you all, keep up the smiles for the New Year, let it be prosperous for us all!!!

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