What's New?

She's new! 
Her name is Za-Za, and we adopted her on MLK weekend, one day shy of the one year anniversary of our Lulu's passing.  We were lucky to be chosen as her guardians by Florida Chinese Shar Pei Rescue, where she was named Emily.
We think she's about 3; she's a goofy tomboy who is learning to love and trust.  We're working on her manners and trying to teach her that "walk" means just that and not "drag".  She does like to pull!

This house is new!
New to us, anyway.  We moved to a new home in September.  It has a fantastic yard with fruit trees and an herb bed and a swimming pool!  I'm in the pool every day and I just love it. 
We have renovation plans that we'll get to over time; right now the house is fine the way it is, perfectly fine.  We're enjoying the covered patio and we've had a few pool parties and have plans for many more. 

This past week I mostly worked and looked after the dog.  She spiked a really high fever (106) on Friday and spent the night in the hospital.   We spent the weekend looking after her and getting her back in fighting form.
I've been mostly knitting on my Amy Pond's Red Scarf, or the Vampires in Venice scarf.  It is large, red and it is the frost flowers stitch pattern, I believe.  It's a long-term project.
I'm reading a free nook book that I can't remember the name of!  I also started listening to the audio book of Hurricane Punch and it was so bad, I abandoned it on chapter 10.
I'm listening to podcasts and The Black Keys
I am currently getting ready for a busy week of work
I'm mostly looking forward to our next chance to have friends over for a dip
This weekend I watched racing ALL DAY on Sunday.  Congratulations to Dario Francitti on his 3rd Indianapolis 500 win!


Catching Up, Changing Channels

We planted a rather nice produce garden, and it did well all winter and spring. It's dormant now, except for the Arugula that seems immune to the extreme heat and humidity.
So lately, I've been finding lots of ways to eat Arugula! My favourite so far is wilted with pasta. A recipe will probably show up here on the blog at some point. Also, I fell in love with Kale over the winter. Sauteed with lots of garlic and some red pepper flakes, finished with really good salt. Joy.

The most recent finished object to come off the needles is the Old Man of Storr Shawl, which I made for a swap. The yarn is a delicious Merino/Cashmere/Silk blend, handdyed by K of Gherkin's Bucket. The pattern, available on Ravelry, is Old Man of Storr, an easy knit, and an enjoyable one.
Currently on the needles is Travelling Woman, which I'm making in Fresh From the Cauldron MCN in a colourway custom dyed in NFL Eagles. It was going along great, until the tip of my needle came completely out of the ferrule while I was knitting last night! I think I lost three rows (honestly, I don't want to look) of lace. Guess KnitPicks will be getting a message from me later today.

I suppose this could go under EATING, but whatever. Tonight, we are having grilled fish and I'm going to throw together a salad using some leftover cooked rice, green lentils, cucumber, scallions, tomatoes, olives, mint, parsley,lemon and grape seed oil. We'll see how that goes, and if it's good, I'll write down the recipe and take pictures. If it's not, we'll just pretend it never happened.

Never Mind all of That. Now This

So, uh, yeah. I abandoned my blog. It happens.

Never mind all that previous stuff, there's new stuff. Or, there will be new stuff. As I get to it, and as I feel like it.

So, yeah. There you go, here we are. Let's get started.

Key points?

My closest friend became very ill. She's well on the road to recovery now, but she sure scared the crap out of me, and everyone else who loves her.

We went to Italy again, in November, for my birthday. Our third trip there. It was grand.

Lulu passed away on January 17th. It was peaceful. She was really sick (cancer) and it was her time to go. I miss her.

Other than that, I am just trying to enjoy life.


Time is the Concord

Seriously, where in the flippity-gibbet is time going?? My last post was a month ago? More? Feels like days, honestly.

Well, pub quiz on the 20th went fairly well - we came in 3rd and we won a round of drinks (as if we needed them!) thanks to Skully's mad librarian statistical skillz!
Do you know what the "E" in "EPCOT" stands for? We sure didn't!!

Sales over at the Velvet Hippo are moving apace. Maybe I'll donate to my favourite political candidate with some of the windfall!
Speaking of donating, I'm giving 25% of the purchase price of anything pink bought at Velvet Hippo to Susan G.Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.

He doesn't like it when I post too many details about him, so I will just say that The Biscuit is reaching his last few days in the Coast Guard. The day of his retirement is set and is imminent! Wow.

Today is my brother John's birthday. Hope it is a good one for him, and that he gets my birthday wishes. One of these days, I will actually be able to talk to a real live person; his work schedule is my sleep schedule, and there is a little person in his house, so knowing when to call gets tricky. Plus, the time difference, forgot about that.

Well, that's what little is on my mind today...

Oh, the E? Experimental.


Q is for Sticky Bitches

Do you know what the Q, as in James Bond's Q, stands for? If so, you should have been on our pub quiz team last night!

In spite of my very sketchy knowledge of state capitals and world capitals (I only THINK I know), our team - which kept getting mis-named as "the sweating betties", "the sticky bitches", "the stinking betties" and "sweaty bitches" - managed to pull off a fourth place! Not too shabby! Thanks to Skully's and The Biscuit's mind-blowing grasp of all things superhero, we beat out nine other teams. One of them was quite put out by it, too. ha ha

I think our team name should be The Sweaty Betties or Exactly Your Brand of Heroin. Plus One, of course!

Here are some of the answers we missed:
Roger Federer
Joe Jonas
Boston (I have shame about this one. Deep shame)
Back to the Future
Nelson Mandela
and the answer to the question I posed at the start of this post? Quartermaster.


Bad Blogger! No Cake!

Yes, it has been awfully quiet over here lately, hasn't it? Want to know what I've been doing?? Well...

I started driving again after a 6 year break
My mother came to visit
I opened an Etsy shop! www.velvethippo.etsy.com
My husband retired from the Coast Guard after 25 years of service
I started my very first stitch marker Club...and it is a success!
I went to see Elvis Costello and The Police in concert
I went to hear Barack Obama speak
I realized I've got some pretty awesome friends in all sorts of places
I went to see The Cure in concert twenty years on, and still love them
I knit in public with some awesome people and some great dogs

No pictures of any of it. I'm very, very naughty. But at least I've updated!




These are the projects I am working on:
Another Tomato tee, this one in bright purple.
The Central Park Hoodie, in black Cotton-Ease.
An incredibly tacky fuzzy pink sweater with skulls and tattoo-like stuff on the arms.
A sooper sekrit present for a swap partner.
Coordinating a charity blanket project that is just sailing along...so happy about that one. Lots of great people are participating.
There will be photos, eventually, honest.


la la la

la la la
Wow, I love fog.



Can you believe this is real? This was the view from our hotel room in Siena, Italy. Kind of messes up your mind, doesn't it?



We're off to Italy! See you later!!


Got My Hairs Cut

Yay! I love a new 'do!



Welcome to the World

Miss Mara has made her entrance! I'd love to show you pictures, but as her parents are a little busy at the moment, I don't have any yet. Here are the details:
Mara Jade
January 7, 2008, 8:55p.m.
7 lbs., 12 oz.
20.5 inches long
Healthy, happy and hungry.

This tree, which lives in Tower Grove Park in St.Louis, MO, has nothing to do with Mara. It's just pretty to look at.