Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Gotta love the Mailman!

My postman brought me a box today!!! I love getting packages! :)

My Fairy Godmother sent me a wonderful package -- what a sweet secret pal you are! :)

I absolutely LOVE Knit Picks yarn! My sneaky friend sent me four skeins of Wool of the Andes in Blueberry and Cranberry, 2 skeins of Palette in Garnet Heather, 2 skeins of Shine Worsted in Watermelon, Tazo Passion tea, a pattern book "Learn to crochet socks'' and two crocheted dishcloths (which I accidentally left out of the photo).

I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything that you sent!!! Thank you for being so thoughtful!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

We had a really nice holiday weekend. :) Friends came over Saturday and Sunday evenings to play boardgames with us, and we had some nice family time. :)

On Saturday morning, we took Joshua to see the ducks at the lake. It's on the grounds of the local community college, so it's landscaped and really pretty there.

Here's Josh and Daddy throwing bread to the ducks and geese.

Joshie posed for a picture:

And here's Joshie with Daddy:

I don't know a lot about ducks, but they have some unusual ones.

This guy is kinda ugly:

And I've never seen a black duck before.....but here he is:

Does anyone know what kind of ducks those are??? The black one has a bit of shiny green on his wings, but he was black everywhere else that I could see. And the red on the ugly one looked a bit like a turkey waddle. Any duck experts out there???

We didn't only feed the birds at the lake. There were some small Blue Gill (sun fish) in the shallows who also enjoyed the bread. If you look closely in the top center of this picture, you can see one of them. :) They were like little bread-eating Pirana.

And since today's blog seems to be an animal post........wanna see how Fooful, our Pixie Bob, likes to sleep??

On any given afternoon, Fooful can be found in the livingroom eagle spread and sleeping. He even snores. :) And yes, his fur is as thick as it looks. He looks like a big brown bear. His paws are just massive. And he's just completely loveable, bob tail and all. :)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

The weather here in NC has been fabulous for the last week.....not too hot, nice breeze, blue skies! Joshua is loving it! We've been playing outside a lot this week. The dogs are loving it too!
Buddy has been teaching Drake how to fetch. When we throw a squeaky toy, Buddy goes into fetch mode, and Drake has been watching him, and will now also fetch toys. :) Sometimes, they bring them back together....I'll have to try and get a picture of's cute! :)

I actually got Joshie to pose for a picture yesterday....usually he hides his face. :)

A big thank you to Sharon for my May colorswap package. This month was Purple! I love purple!! She sent me two skeins of handspun wool in a beautiful purple shade, 2 bars of her fabulous handmade soaps in lavender, some lavender shea butter that smells heavenly, a note pad with a pen, and recipe cards.

Sharon has a great site for selling her soaps..... Check it out!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Love Story??

Yesterday, I watched him struggling to get her attention. He called to her. She ignored him. He cleaned her house. She paid him no attention. I couldn't hear it....but I could imagine him serenading her with love songs. I did see him showing off for her....trying his best to show that he was a strong and good man.....

Nothing worked. She just stared him down with disdain. Not even moving an inch in his direction. I really felt sorry for him. Totally rejected....

I'm not normally a voyeur. But the whole drama was impossible to miss yesterday while I sat on our porch watching Joshua play with the dogs.... If he didn't want the world watching, he should have taken his wooing attempts to a more private location.

But then again.....he was so wrapped up in his goal that he didn't even notice me.

And most likely I was the only person who noticed his pick-up lines were failing.

The two lovers were spiders on the ceiling of our screened porch.

Obviously she must have considered his advances, as he had taken up residence in her web with her. But, alas, his attempts not only met with a stern NO, but his was a fatal mistake.

When I went out this morning.....she had not only killed him....but she ATE HIM. The poor little lovesick guy that yesterday was plucking her web strings with his front legs is today a little flattened dead spidie still stuck to her web, his little legs flopping around in the breeze.

Today, another male spider is hanging around......1/3 her size. he hasn't ventured onto her web....he's sitting about 8 inches away. You'd think with his dead rival still hanging there, that he'd try to woo another Miss Spider. She must have great legs or something.....

While I was taking a picture of the dead Cassanova-Arachnid, I also took some pictures of the dogs. :)

This is Buddy. He's a Pomeranian Jack Russell terrier mix.

Buddy is a happy dog, and loves to play fetch with his squeaky toys. :) He's about 10 months old. We've had him since October.

Buddy was kinda lonely without another doggie friend to play with. So about a month ago, we got a dog for the dog. :)

Drake was posted on freecycle where we live. He's a schnauzer - terrier mix, and the most lovable raggamuffin there is. :)

He's on the go all the time, so it was hard to get a picture of him sitting still. I have several blurred shots where he moved while I was trying to get his picture. :)

Awwww.....look at that cute punum! :) Just gotta love him! :)

And he and Buddy are the best of friends! Getting a dog for the dog was a great idea!

Monday, May 14, 2007

It's Only a Bunny.....

Somewhere out there is the one person who knows why I blogged this. :) Is it you??? :)

Hee hee. :)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Summer Dishcloth Exchange Contest's my answers for Anne's contest on the dishcloth swap....

If you were going to be whisked from your home and taken to a desert island to live out a year of your life....

What one CD of music would you take? The Beatles Anthology :)
What one book? "How to Survive on a Desert Island'' LOL
What one hobby-related item? Knitting needles, of course!
What one person? A well known survivalist/naturalist expert.
What one food? (no, you couldn't survive on a single food, I'm just SAYING) Lots of fresh, clean water.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What would your soundtrack be??

I saw this on a blog as I was updating my buttons here on the blog, and just had to try this! :)


Directions:If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?

1. Open your mp3 library
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press Play.
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the Next button.
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool.
7. Don’t skip songs.

My Movie:
1. Opening credits: Strauss: Blue Danube Waltz
2. Waking up: Beatles: Revolution
3. First day of school: Sheila Nicholls: Bread and Water
4. Fight song: Millie Small: My Boy Lollypop
5. Breaking up: Hall and Oates: Rich Girl
6. Happiness: Shenandoah: Next to You, Next to Me
7. Life’s okay: herman's Hermits: Henry the VIII
8. Mental breakdown: Loreena McKennitt: Courtyard Lullabye
9. Driving: The Cisco Kid: War
10. Flashback: Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
11. Getting back together: The Hollies: Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
12. Wedding song: Ray Charles: You are My Sunshine
13. Birth of first child: Lee Greenwood: I'm Proud to Be an American
14. Final battle scene: Gino Vanelli: I just Wanna Stop
15. Death scene: Garth Brooks: Friends in Low Places
16. Funeral song: Trisha Yearwood: How Do I Live?
17. End credits: Savage Garden: The Animal Song

Gee, that really shows what a weird mix of music I have on this PC.....LOL

I actually learned something! lol

Well, now I have proof that internet quizzes aren't always on the mark....LOL

You paid attention during 91% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?
Create a Quiz

And, a big thank you to Jill S. for my April colorswap exchange! :) Jill sent me 2 skeins of Lion Brand wool, some sugar free candy, a pom pom maker, a journal, and a brown suede pencil holder. Thank you!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Un-Swap

How many of us make gorgeous handmade items with new awesome yarns.....and then box them up and send them to someone else??

We all have dream projects in the back of our minds that seem to get put off over and over again......

So, stop putting it off!! Join the Un-swap!

Members pick out an awesome pattern, or buy that special yarn or notions they've been eyeing, and at the end when it's all done, it's all theirs!! Woo Hoo! Stop dreaming of the perfect felted bag, that gorgeous lace scarf, or those totally funky awesome socks......and actually MAKE THEM FOR YOURSELF!!! And, have fun sharing photos and posts about your project with a great bunch of fellow crafters!!!

No deadlines. No hassles. No stress. No worries. No postage costs. Just fun!!!

The group has just gotten started, and we're gathering new members! Come and check it out -- instructions for joining the group are posted on the group blog. If you love to make blog buttons, feel free to make a couple for us. I'll post them in the blog margin as I receive them. :)

Hugs! Juli