"Knitting and crocheting has been my hobby since childhood. I started making stuffed toys for children hospitals several years ago. It has become a passion, I absolutely love making them. My “Critters” are a nice cuddly, hug-gable, lovable size for the children. And what’s truly amazing is how much pure pleasure a person can receive by creating them."
My patterns are written so that they are easy to follow, and include photos and instructions to help you. If you haven’t tried making a toy using the knitting in the round method, give it a try, your in for a very pleasant surprise! If you have a question contact me at bjfromnv@gmail.com

Friday, December 28, 2012

I hate the snow…….okay?

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I was born and raised in California, so snow doesn’t blow my skirt up. I don’t think that is too surprising. I am an avid walker and I don’t own a treadmill and I live in Idaho. Are you starting to get the picture yet? We were really lucky last year, we didn’t get any snow! I was so happy and until a couple of days ago, I was really hoping it was going to be the same thing this year. How could I possibly believe that? ROFL….

Well we got our first snow a couple of days ago………..YUCK! I was out and walked in it and have done so for the last two days…………..but today when I got out there with Stella, I realized that the side road had melted into one big sheet of ice. And since I am trying to get over a knee injury, I am just not willing to take a chance on walking on ice over pavement. No --- way!hate snow 7

So you say, so what? My problem is I have an 8 month old Mini Aussie Shepherd  who needs exercise. That’s my problem, it’s been difficult enough the last few months having to put up with a couple of nit wit neighbors who refuse to install fences or keep their dogs under control. I  had the problem when I was walking by myself, but add Stella to the equation, the problem has intensified.

There is something about walking a dog on a leash, and when a loose dog encounters you, they feel that the dog on the leash is fair game, and they instantly want to go for it. I just spent a couple of minutes checking back on some of my blogs, and was more than surprised so see I haven’t mentioned anything about being attacked and charged by my neighbors dogs.

It’s something I had to contend with when I was in Nevada, and I was not real happy to find the same problem here in Idaho. But the problem is much more severe here in Idaho. I counted the other day, and there is a possibility of being attacked from seven different houses where I walk.

I have had an ongoing problem with one neighbor from the first day we moved up here. He is very cavalier in attitude and in other words does not give a dam. Not until about 2 weeks ago, when I called him on the phone and informed him that the next time his dog or his son’s dogs attacked me, I was going to shoot them. He no longer waves at me, but I was more than a little surprised this morning when I was really hoping to use my new “Bear Pepper Spray” on his again charging/attacking dog, he actually opened his front door and called the dog off! I can’t believe it………………..a first! I’m still in shock!

The thing about being a regular walker, you know all the dogs in the area, and if you are smart, you get to know their names. Believe me it helps sometimes. At the moment I only have major problems with two out of the possible 7. The other loose dogs, have learned to back off and aren’t really that interested in biting me or my dog. But that still leaves me with the afore mentioned neighbor, and another who also has multiple dogs. This other man I have actually reported to the sheriff’s dept., he’s a real piece of work also. Has made it perfectly clear to me that he will let his dogs loose whenever and however he feels like it. That is the mentality I am dealing with. Now you might be asking what kind of dogs? Well they are NOT Chi hua hua’s………….but labs, mixed labs, and an aussie shepherd mix.

Let me state for the record right here: I am not afraid of dogs. Never have been, never will be. But at the same time, I’m not going to allow a dog to attack me or my animal. And you must keep in mind, that these men have never come out during the attacks, they only show up after I have stopped it. Chivalry is dead ladies, sorry to tell you that but it’s true.

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Now you might remember that I mentioned earlier that I was prepared and almost anxious to spray a dog this morning with bear spray? That is correct. And from what I understand, if you spray an attacking dog with bear spray he won’t be interested in messing with you again.  I have never used bear spray on a dog, but rather than shoot an animal dead, I am willing to take a chance with the bear spray. I bought some when I first moved up to Idaho, but a friend was working for the forestry dept. where there were bears and I thought she needed it more than I did. Well I have changed my mind, and I carry it every time I walk. Dog ownership information for 2011 shows that family dogs comprised 65% (20) of the attacks that resulted in death; 74% (23) of all incidents occurred on the dog owner's property and 29% (9) resulted in criminal charges, up from 15% in 2010.

The Owner is Liable For Your Dog Bite

Dog owners have a responsibility to the general public. Dogs should never have the opportunity to bite innocent people. It does not matter if the dog has a history of aggression. The owner is liable for the dog bite. With recent dog bite cases in the news, the public has a heightened awareness for potentially dangerous situations. Unfortunately, many dog bite cases occur with virtually no warning.

Dog bites are often due to handler or owner negligence. Not properly restraining a dog is a large reason for many dog attacks. Owners of vicious and dangerous dogs may often try to blame the victim. The idea of placing blame on the victim for somehow provoking the dog is unacceptable. Provoked or not, dog owners must restrain their dogs for public safety.

Extreme caution should be exercised around breeds particularly well known for violence. Pit Bulls are known for the extensive amount of tissue damage they can inflict on victims. Certain circumstances can be more dangerous than others. Dogs on chains are often deemed more dangerous than others. Walkers should take care never to approach loose dogs

Dog bites often occur when a dog is on the loose. Many dogs have been known to escape their yards or enclosures to attack their victims. Many attacks occur when dogs begin fighting. It is not uncommon for a menacing dog to attack a responsible dog owner’s leashed pet. This can become fatal for the pet that is attacked. This also puts pet owners in a dangerous situation. Many responsible pet owners have been grievously injured while trying to save their own pet during an attack.

This is no joke, so if you or anyone you know is going through the same problems, tell them not to hesitate to contact the authorities. Although it may or may not do any good. I think you should take the full situation into consideration and act accordingly. I have wanted to write an article in the paper, but I don’t think it will do any good. And I will be deemed a crazy old lady. Well maybe I am, I guess most old ladies would retreat to the safety of their home. But I have a God given right to walk outside, and I’m not going to give it up!

p.s. and until the snow melts or we get a new pack of fresh snow, me and Stella will be seen making laps on our 2 acres. Yee Haw! Have fun! I knew there was a good reason why we have spent the last 5 years cleaning up this property!!! :) BE CAREFUL…………..HAVE FUN!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dec. 21, 2012…We are still here!

Well, as another year draws to a close. It conjures up many memories of the last few months. Not the best year for me, but knowing what others have had to endure this year, I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I am a very lucky person!
This has been a year full of major events! I am not going to recap them all here. But the presidential election here in the US, and the earthquake in Japan are the two biggies for me. This last earthquake on Dec. 7, 2012 was not nearly as big as the one on April 7, 2011. But it reminded me of how small we humans are compared to the awesome power of Mother Nature.
There are some things controlled by people, and some things that people can never control. As I have grown older it all seems to have  become so perfectly clear. We humans always knew we could not control mother nature, but with the effects of global warming, who would have thought that humans might bring about our own destruction? Just too ironic in so many ways.
I have always enjoyed all modern technology, I might not have embraced it as vigorously as some. I do have a cell phone, but I do not carry it with me unless I am going on a trip. It does not have all the bells and whistles, and it does not control my life in any way.
               
                Cell Phone Etiquette, Woman on Cell Phone in Movie Theater
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I think you can see from these photos, that people really need to learn how to turn off their phones, and spend a little time in the real world. They need to look up, look around take a deep breath of fresh air, and thank the creator for another beautiful day.
Of course I am in my sixties, so for example my youngest grandson knows nothing else, and without help he will think this is the norm. Children don’t go outside and play anymore. Scary shit. Sorry for the language, but sometimes it’s necessary. And I haven’t even mentioned driving and texting or talking while on a cell phone!
ORLANDO, FL, April 12, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- According to a study released by the National Safety Council in January 2010, a staggering 28% of all car accidents in the United States are caused by drivers using cell phones. The vast majority of those crashes, 1.4 million annually, are caused by cell phone conversations, and 200,000 are blamed on text messaging, according to the report from the council, a nonprofit group recognized by congressional charter as a leader on safety in the United States.
Don’t get me wrong. I am NOT putting down cell phones! But there is a time and a place, and it’s not while you are driving! I think they have become miniature Computers and they truly are awesome. But at the same time, it’s very easy to see that millions, yes I said millions of people in this day and age are totally addicted to their cell phone. They have more of a relationship with the phone, than they do with a person standing, setting, or walking beside them.

August 02, 2012: Eva Mendes is spotted walking her beau Ryan Gosling's dog George for a walk before heading to the hair salon in West Hollywood, CA.
Get outside……………….take a walk! Better yet, take your dog for a walk…………………………………………….
In any of these photos do you a cell phone? My message is simple and I keep hoping that eventually people will begin to realize that their world does not exist here:
There is a big beautiful world out there, and you need to spend some time in it. Mother Earth is in trouble and she needs your help! You see my generation played outside all day, and we still had trouble getting home before dark. Can you believe that? It’s true. You are a human being, you came from mother earth, and you need to spend some time with her. Because your visit here is very brief, and if you miss out…………………………….????


Have fun peeps. Life is short, get out their and enjoy! Happy Holidays to you and yours…………with love always……………….bj aka beeg p.s. the pup I took over to my neighbors? They kept her, and her name is Penny!

Monday, November 5, 2012

DID YOU LOSE SOMETHING?

I meant to log on yesterday and relate what happened when I took Stella for a walk yesterday morning. But since I didn’t I am going to make it quick and to the point. As we were walking I looked over and saw a young puppy curled up on the side of the ditch amongst some bushes. It was alive, but since it was so close to the road, I thought maybe it was injured. It did not move when I stopped to look at it.

I realized that the house just before this field  did have a puppy, so I was thinking maybe this was their dog? No one was outside at this house, but the house on the other side of the road had someone cutting wood. So I yelled a country “Hey” at him and with out looking in my direction he replied, “what?”…………….I said over here…………trying to get him to look across the road and up from his property to see me and my dog standing there.

Long story short………….the puppy was not injured…………the neighbor with the puppy and the other cutting wood both joined me on the road, and I was informed that someone had dumped the dog off the nite before and that they had tried to catch it, but it had escaped into the alfalfa field. Can you believe that? This dog does not weigh 3 pounds, and we have all kinds of wildlife up here in Idaho. What a sick bastard……………..excuse my language. What the hell is wrong with people these days?

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Well the next problem was trying to figure out if the dog was injured and try to catch it. Stella my dog, kept barking and was not making things any easier. So after surrounding the critter, the puppy decided after a little growling and snapping in fear, that Stella looked the most friendly and came running up to her, which amazed us all.

This pup was indeed a female, very thin, and the sweetest little thing you ever did see. Once the wood cutter picked her up, she melted into his arms shivering with cold and excitement since it was about 10 am at this time and she had spent the entire nite out on her own. The next problem was, what to do with her. In our county, owners who want to get rid of their dogs dump them out of town. That way if you try to call the pound and get help they will tell you if the dog was found out of town they can’t help you. And of course this was Sunday, so nothing was open. :(

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So I convinced the neighbor with the puppy and the fenced in yard to keep the dog for that day, and that I would be there in the morning to take her to the pound. Even if I had to lie and tell  them I had found her in town, which I was prepared to do. I could not sleep last nite, I kept thinking about that little pup, and what was going to happen to her?

Anyway, at about 5 minutes after 9 I arrived and didn’t see her in the yard. I came with a leash and I had blankets and towels in my car. I got out of the car and she came running to me from somewhere under the car port. She practically jumped into my arms. I had not held her the day before, so I was shocked to see how really small and light she was. And of course she had spent another nite outside and she was cold and shivering. So I knew I had a decision to make, I had racked my brain all nite as to what I could do. We are in no position to take on another animal. And since I don’t know that many people here, I just could not think of anyone who would want a small house dog. But I did think of one neighbor who has two older poodles and are very good to their animals. So I headed in the opposite direction of town in the hopes that maybe I might be able to save this little bundle.  As of this note, I am happy to say I left her with this loving couple who had recently had to put one of their poodles down. They will either find her a home, or they will keep her. She was quickly accepted by the older poodle who I am sure is missing his partner. So people, sometimes fate, karma, or the Man upstairs will step into your life. So please try to do the best you can…………..have fun :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where is my hammer?

Did you ever fool around with something until you reached the point where you just want to get a hammer and fix it? I posted on my blog yesterday after almost 4 months, and discovered that since I had upped my security on my email address, no matter what I did I could not use this application! I have uninstalled, reinstalled, used restore a couple of times……………..you just can’t imagine where this little journey took me. I am not a person who cusses on a regular basis, but I could just scream right now!!!!!

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I will just close this lovely little note, and say I LOVE COMPUTERS, but some days………………..you better keep that hammer away from me. Hope your day was better than mine! ROFL……………

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Where have u been?

Been a long time. So many things have happened since I last wrote in this blog. Some good, some bad. But that’s life right? Anyway, I was just about to go out on line and start looking around for some afghan patterns. Got a buddy who has worn out his last one and needs a new one. Also needs a bigger one, since his better half keeps pulling his off and taking it to her side of the bed. Just spent a couple of days down in Nevada, didn’t get to go to the Pow Wow this year. So one nice thing about going down this time of year it was a heck of a lot cooler! My old home town in Nevada hasn’t grown much, but I was glad to see a couple of new stores that will save the people there a lot of money. Plus give them a little variety. That was always the worst thing about that town, was the shopping was the pitts! We got back just before the snow started, so maybe we will travel just a week earlier next year. Glad to be kicking and back on my feet again, did some major damage to my left knee and was down and out for over 3 months! It just never fails to amaze me how you can be just fine one day. And the next………………..you can’t walk? Dam…………Don’t want to bother going in to the details, but I am just about as good as new…or should I say old? Anyway…………..I am so very grateful……….. My pup Stella got her stitches out this am, and she is now a proud member of the 3rd sex………………….spayed! Yeah!
She is one awesome little lady, and I love her dearly. She is very friendly and loves everyone! And almost completely house trained. Smart as a whip, and funny as hell! This dog is such a character, she just makes you laugh~and laughter is the best medicine my friends. So I hope you have been busy creating since my last blog. I did just finish a lace scarf and have already given it away. I don’t plan on being so industrious this year………..a few scarves, and a couple hats, and a couple of afghans will keep me busy til the end of the year. And of course some toys for the kids!!!! So …………………WHAT’S ON YOUR NEEDLES???

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lucky Me!

Howdy do! Well the tennis thing turned out great, the only problem being I didn’t get to see the end of either of the single matches! Rain delays, etc. Very frustrating but a fantastic tourney. I was hoping my Scottish dude would have done a little better. But with Wimbledon starting tomorrow lets cheer him on. Here………here………

Well this might turn into a kind of rant, so if it gets deleted later, don’t think a thing about it. I guess I just can’t get over how rude and cruel people can be. I am talking about text or e-mail messaging. It seems that some people are so rude and crude, because they don’t bother to reread what they have written or they don’t give a sh-t and enjoy hurting people. So many times belonging to different computer groups in the past, I witnessed how easily the written word can be taken out of content, or just because of the way the words are written they can cause major damage! I have seen friendships permanently destroyed. So as a result when I write something that might be misunderstood, I reread it and try to edit so that it is clear and certainly not insulting or cruel. I don’t work that way. I will admit in my younger years, I would not hesitate to let someone know that I did not appreciate their insensitivity to my feelings. I guess what I continue to find so shocking is how people can vent and say cruel hurtful things to a complete stranger.

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I think you have figured out by now that I was the “Lucky” recipient of just such an e-mail.  Two of them in fact, and I wrestled with myself and I am proud to say I won, in the fact that I did not lower myself to the substandard cruel and insensitive human who wrote these messages to me. I deleted both of them and have blocked this person from contacting me in the future. Her messages were so poisonous that I find my self even the next day still reeling from her attack.

It seems this person bought one of my patterns and since she is such an expert knitter she got stuck almost immediately. Well dang……..so then the poison starts…………….bla bla bla………..she  does not know how to read a pattern? And she has made ark loads full of toys? I know I sound childish, but I don’t get a kick out of hurting people, it DOES NOT make my day. She ranted and raved, criticizing all of my work. So even after I wrote back to this person and explained that there was no mistake………………….I got another message and the nasty tirade only continued. But let me tell you, it totally ruined my day.  So please people when you are writing to someone, especially a stranger, try to be polite. We are not machines………………I am a human being………a little kindness goes a long way in this mean old world we live in.

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It truly is one my biggest dreams that you will try one of my patterns and that it will turn out so fantastic the very first time, that you won’t believe your eyes! And if you think you have found a mistake or typo, please contact me.  Any help I can offer please don’t hesitate, I can remember years ago I was trying to make a crocheted dress for my daughter, and I had no one to help me with the pattern. I am talking at least 45 years ago. I must have read and reread that same line 500 times! Because with crochet you know if it’s not right if it’s not the correct shape. Luckily I figured it out, and I was able to finish it. But could you imagine if I would have contacted the designer and told her I wanted a refund because I didn’t like the way she wrote her pattern? Question: have you ever seen a pattern from the early 1900’s? Well baby, let’s just say this………….no one is gonna take your hand and lead you down the garden path. Sigh………………..well you know what? I do feel better………….and maybe I hit a few familiar chords for you? I really hope so…………….too much cruelty in this world…………….when all we need is love…………..<3

take care………….have fun…………….:)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gorgeous George Gorilla aka Monkey

Just a note……………..how have you been? Can’t believe I haven’t posted in this long a time. But life just keeps getting in my way. I want to introduce George and Georgia………they are my love birds…….and love is what makes the world go round. Don’t ever forget that.

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I will be back tomorrow and fill you in on some tennis………even if your not interested…………..lol……..I am…………Don’t you love that smile………………have fun! :)

Monday, April 30, 2012

More rain today……sent some critters packing!

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No outside pictures today……………seven critters shown here, still had room in the box so I added 2 more. It really makes my day when I ship them out. But being just an over grown kid myself, part of me will miss them. But I don’t make them for myself! I just hope and pray they can make a sick child feel better!

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This is a test to see if you can tell which ones I added…did not have too much time for taking pictures. Could have done a better job…………anyway……LOL….have fun………………:)

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
Mother Teresa

Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

Buddha

Friday, April 27, 2012

Winsome Wardell the White Wabbit

How do you like that name? Wardell is a man we met at Home Depot. He made such a fantastic impression on myself and my husband, I put his name on this wabbit. Funny how you can meet someone like that.

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I guess you can see Wardell is a white rabbit? About 11 inches setting and 17 inches when standing. He is a quick knit and I think he came out pretty cute!

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The second one I used  a new Red Heart yarn called “LOVE” I love Red Heart yarn anyway, but this really does have a wonderful soft texture. Easy to work with, like all Red Heart Yarns. Do you think they will give me a discount if I keep bragging on them? Anyway, I just wanted to stop in and show you these critters.

We had oodles of rain yesterday, and it was supposed to be a 50% chance of more today, but it didn’t work out. But it sure did cool down, I had shorts on earlier and now have sweats! I want to quote something from the “Daily MInd.” It helped me….maybe it will help you.

Over the course of your life you will encounter many disappointments. Sometimes it will be a loved one who let’s you down. Sometimes it will be a work deal or a business meeting that doesn’t go as planned. Other times it will seem as if the whole universe is kicking you in the head just because it can.

If you want to live a happy and fulfilled life you need to learn how to deal with life’s disappointments. The next time you feel disappointed by someone make sure you check to see whether your reaction is justified. Did the person try their best? Did they really mean to hurt you? Is your frustration really necessary? Most of the times the answer is a resounding “no”.

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Buddha and the bright side of disappointment
Let’s look at a concrete example from the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. After the Prince set off to begin his quest for enlightenment he spent several years living as a hardcore yogi. During these years the Buddha spent most of his time fasting and sitting in one place without moving.

One day, however, the Price realized that this extreme path was not going to bare any fruit and so he gave up that life in search of something more effective. He had spent years mastering a style of meditation that was not going to work.

Now most of us would view this as “wasted time”. We would curse the fact that we spent all those years and didn’t achieve anything. But the Prince moved on to new things. He knew that the time wasn’t wasted because without that work he would never have progressed to the next stage. Without it he would never have become the great man that has changed the lives of hundreds of millions throughout history.

Using disappointment to grow
We need to be more like the Buddha. We need to see disappointment as one step in a series of many that is leading to bigger and better things. If you choose to dwell on disappointment and curse the day that it happened you are going to get stuck. The wise use it as a catalyst for change.

Let no failure, disappointments, death or despair bow down your head. When you experience any of these, take a rest, reflect and find a way around them. Draw strength from your pain and pursue your dreams until you reach glory and happiness.

Dr Joel Akande

Disappointments are to the soul what a thunder-storm is to the air.

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring Flinging……..what is that?

Just dropping in to introduce my latest pattern………..His name is Kosmo Kitty Kat.

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I was out early this morning to take a few shots of him, I love the soft morning light. And today is one of those hazy days. He is so photogenic, and pose able. He is a project that will surprise you, because he is really quite simple to make. But his personality will come out and shock you. That is my goal with all my patterns. I want you to try one of my patterns, and even when you are thinking this is such a pain in the arse. You keep going, and before you know it you have created a critter! And I hope he makes you smile. A totally fun project. Now I still have a couple of patterns needing attention. So now my dilemma is which one do I start next? Still setting in my pj’s, feel like I’m trying to come down with something. But I think the ole flu shot is keeping it from becoming full blown. It always amazes me how you can be just fine one minute and an hour later, be sicker than a dog.

We had a great trip down to Nevada! So nice to see my friends and family, but there is never enough time when you just go down for a couple of days. I would like to have seen my cousin in Gardnerville, but there just was not enough time. Had terrible wind on Saturday, and I found out that same day a micro burst came through and took down a couple of buildings right behind our place. Scary stuff.

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This is Cam Cat, knit with camouflage colors, she is the same height  as Cosmo just the way the pic came out. Can you see the color possibilities?

Well I’m gonna get busy. Hope all is well with you. Later. Have fun!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cheshire Charlie’s Caftan aka blanket buddy

Well how’s it going for you today? Went for a walk with my buddy. Gosh, she is one super person. Friends are a precious commodity in this world. So I appreciate the ones I have, and the older you get and the more you move around……………..well, do I need to spell it out for you? :)

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The Cheshire Cat is a beloved character depicted in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. One of his distinguishing features is that from time to time he disappears, the last thing to be seen being his grin.

This is Cheshire Charlie……………knit completely in the round, he has a pretty swirl pattern and a hint of a ruffle on his bottom. Gee, do you think I like bright colors or what? I have a lime green color I can’t wait to work up. Anyway, getting things together for our trip to the desert.

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So I hope you are enjoying spring wherever you might be. Need to get off this puter and get some knitting done. Have fun…………….:)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Howdee Do! You got rain?

Greetings from the big burg of Weiser, Idaho. It be a rainy kind of day. The soil here is so full of worms, you would not believe. When I took the pup out this am, the worms were so big they looked like night crawlers. It was raining pretty good and they always try to escape by coming into the cabana. Not a good idea, so I had to rescue some of the bigger ones! Who’s weird. ROFL!

Got a lot going on right now. Just finished two new patterns and I have a third one I need to complete. We are taking a little trip Thursday, so I think the third pattern will have to wait til I get back. I re-opened my Etsy shop. I only have a few patterns in there. I will have to close it before we go.

I got some yarn at the local yarn store and I can’t wait to use it. Talk about bright. The hot pink is hard enough to photograph, but this color should be really interesting. Notice I’m not telling you, trying to keep you in suspense? Think I could use a couple more hours of sleep, but when you wake up and your mind starts working on patterns. You might as well get up, because you aren’t going back to sleep. And with this ridiculous Daylight Savings Time, I never know or care what time it is. And for a retired hairdresser, that’s a mouthful.

Well let me introduce you to “Morpheus” Mutt’s Matt aka blanket buddy. It all started because I wanted to make a present for a new arrival in the family. Emilio Martin Hernandez is his name. That’s who I’m going to go see this week! So one thing just led to another.

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I wanted something soft that he could hold onto and drag around and sleep with. You always hope they will love what you give them, but you never know. My Mom said I would play with the simplest things sometimes, like boxes and paper bags? ROFL……….but they aren’t cuddly. Anyway…………….I hope you are having a good day. I was at the grocery store the other day, and heard a worker comment that she was “living the dream” and she was serious. And you know what? So am I, have fun………:)

Monday, March 12, 2012

How’s it going today? Did you get it all done?

pretty girlJust dropping in……..have wanted to add an e-mail I got a couple of days ago………..while I was reading it, I found myself laughing out loud which is pretty unusual for me……..anyway…here it is:

WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED:
Men Are Just Happier People --
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack...
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you,
He or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, even decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives
On December 24 in 25 minutes.

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I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. On the knitting front, I have been working on updating a pattern all afternoon. The original pattern called for fur type yarn to be worked with the main yarn, but it seems that people don’t want to fool with the fur. Too bad, because it sure adds some zip to a plain pattern. Anyway, I have looked at two tone  ears and other than sewing them together, I don’t like the way the join looks. So the next best thing was the patterned ear, which I think looks pretty snazzy. I always like variations, so I just printed up the different ear and added it my original Wendy pattern. Anyway, I gotter done………………hope you did too! Have fun…………..:)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

What’s up with you?

Just a few lines. Thought about writing a few lines this morning as I was making up my mind to get out of bed. You know how that is, laying there thinking about what projects you are going to tackle on a particular day. Then I started thinking about a song I have on my MP3 player. Buffy Saint Marie is the singer. I have several songs on there that inspire me. hawk head

It’s called “Up where we belong”

Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world, few hearts survive
All I know is the way I feel
When it's real, I keep it alive
The road is long, there are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know, up where the clear winds blow
Some hang on to "used to be"
Live their lives, looking behind
All we have is here and now
All our life, out there to find
The road is long, there are mountains in our way,
But we climb them a step every day
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know, up where the clear winds blow
Time goes by
No time to cry
Life's you and I
Alive, today
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know, up where the clear winds blow

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Bright Sun Shiny Day!

How you doing? Starting to feel like spring around here. A beautiful day in Idaho. Been staying up late working on the critters, and it makes me feel so dam good. I just love making them. And the very best and worst of it…………………..is shipping them off to the kids.

Crazy old lady……….I get attached to them…….some have the sweetest faces and I try to pour love into every stitch. I always remember how it felt to be sick as a child…………..but to be a sick child in a hospital……………? Anyway, it’s my greatest hope that they bring a smile and some love and a little security to these children.more feb babes

I try to keep a model of my patterns, so they are handy for referral. I still look forward to having them put into a book. Please note the critter on the front bench left………….interesting dude…. still working on that guy. He has been waiting for a long time to get down the road. I have a couple more in my chair that I need to finish up the pattern. I shipped off 10 critters today…………..not all pictured.

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I was just so glad we got some sunshine today. So I could take some pictures and pick any little pieces of polyester fill off of them. I used to take pictures of each and everyone and put them in albums. But I have made so many now, that I would have books of them. It’s just about giving back…………..whatever you can do in this world. It’s your call. Anyway………………have a great day…………………and have fun………….:0

Friday, January 27, 2012

Andy Murray……..your my hero!

After watching almost 2 weeks of the Australian open, I found my self sleepless in Idaho………..it’s 6 am and I haven’t slept all nite. You want to no why? Well after losing one hero, I have found another………..no matter what he does in the rest of his tennis career, this American woman will always be on his side of the court rooting for him!

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Andy Murray has struggled for a few years now, languishing in the top four,  the only one who has not won a grand slam. Well let me tell you, he might not have won last nite against Novak Djokovic,but he came out a true champion!

The brits have been pushing him for a long time, after their failed  hopeful Tim Henman, didn’t produce………..and I must admit I enjoyed rooting against Tim with great fervor…………I just didn’t like the cockey little bastard. He always had such an attitude……….and every time he lost it just made my day.

So when Andy came along, backed by the Brits………….I started to wish him unwell also. I can’t tell you why, but sometimes the Brits are just a bit much. Too stoic for this old Indian broad. But let’s not forget Andy is NOT a Brit………..he is Scotsman through and through and if you ever doubted it, he showed it to the world last night.

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LOL I have been watching Andy for several years now thinking what a “brat”.  Well let me tell you, he has grown up. I watched him battle with Novak last nite, and it was a thing of beauty.

Now if your not into tennis, later,…..but if you are, you know exactly what I am talking about. Andy Murray has shown he is truly a man of championship blood lines.

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The world No.1's championship defense looked in peril when Murray claimed a tense third set in a tiebreak to gain the ascendancy but Djokovic, who for two sets looked to be struggling with a breathing condition, found a second wind to storm home to a 6-3 3-6 6-7 (7-4) 6-1 7-5 victory.

It was not without the most major of late scares, though.

After moving to a 5-2 lead in the decider, Murray played the game of his life to break to love and then held another three break points at 5-5.

Somehow, however, the Serb prevailed.

After the pair split the opening two sets - Murray was passive and errant in the first but dominant in the second as Djokovic again showed signs of being in great physical distress - it seemed the spot would hinge on who prevailed in a tight third set.

It, too, was stark in contrast between some outstanding shotmaking and the nerviest of errors. But it was Murray, despite a poor conversion rate on break points, who ultimately prevailed on the biggest moments.

He faced set points three times when serving at 4-5 in the pivotal set - all caused by nervy errors - yet saved the first with an ace, a second with a forehand winner that clipped the line and a third, effectively, with a drop shot.
It was red-lining with a premium at stake.

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It was again Murray that upped the ante from 3-all in the tiebreaker, banging three massive shots and then closing it out with a big serve wide to the forehand.

Given Djokovic looked a broken man from midway through the second set _ he had complained of struggling to breath in his quarter-final defeat of  Spaniard David Ferrer _ the dhlikelihood pointed to Murray reaching a third straight final.

Instead it was the man that thrashed him last year who zipped through the fourth, breaking three times to claim it 6-1.

Djokovic went from hands on haunches every point to zipping from side to side. If the Thursday night final was breathtaking, this was completely random.

Even given Djokovic had seized the momentum in the fourth, the pattern of the match made it a difficult result to predict, particularly given both have built reputations as five-set warriors.

In the 12 most recent matches to have gone the distance, Djokovic had claimed ten. Murray's percentage was even better at nine from his past ten.

It was Djokovic who held the advantage initially at 2-1, but Murray saved a break point with an ace down the middle.

But immediately he handed the Serb another with a double, though that was squandered with a netted forehand.

A third was saved with another swinging first serve.

A fourth opportunity to break in the following game went begging when he narrowly missed with a forehand pass but when he somehow stayed in a fifth break point - his defensive lob was reminiscent of that which helped Nadal save off Federer for the final time a night earlier - to set up a winning opportunity, a spot in the final was on his racket.

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Novak……………I wish you the very best of  luck when you come up against Rafael Nadal in the Australian final,……….you are a true champion, you and Andy will meet again. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

2012……..can u believe it?

Well we sure haven’t had much of a winter this year…………..not that I am complaining. We did have a sprinkle of snow a couple of days ago. My walking buddy and I had arranged a walk that morning, so I put on my heavy boots and set out. Did fine til we were coming back by a trucking company, and as usual had my mouth going 90 miles and hour and stepped out into a frozen tire rut and went down on my southern side! Actually it was quite a graceful slide, and I am happy to announce………….no harm done. Whew, am I lucky. Was carrying my walking stick in the right hand and slid out on my left foot………so it was my left hand and wrist that I put out. The last time I fell like that was in Nevada and it was also in a frozen tire rut. So watch those ruts!

I am almost done with the holiday knitting. I was late this year, and I have decided that I won’t be jumping into anymore big projects like that. Too much pressure, and I really don’t think it’s appreciated. Just my opinion, but when I can’t even get the recipients to take a picture and send to me? So I am going down the home stretch on this sweater, I used paton yarn, as I feel it’s a virtual work horse of a yarn. And she should be able to wear it for many years. I think I was never so aware of using a reliable yarn until, I used a wool yarn from a very well known company to make a few toys, and within a couple of weeks this yarn just came apart! I was go glad I had not shipped these toys off.  I had stored the toys in a large plastic crate so they had not even been handled! Using an expensive yarn is fine with me, as long as you can use your project as intended without the yarn coming apart.

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Well that handsome critter is “Foxy” I am so bad about dates, my husband and I were thinking he is 11, but when we were going through some papers the other day we found that he is in fact 13 years old! So I guess he has earned the right to be deaf! I had ordered an overcoat for him and what I got was too big. The thing about schnauzers is that they are built pretty square.So with a lot of help from the company he now has a jaunty outside jacket. And as you can see, he’s pretty darn happy with it! Have fun!