Monday, January 15, 2007

Snow Day!

Or more accurately.... Freezing Rain and Paranoid School Board Day!

First hint...let the dog in after his morning pee, and note the sound of ice pellets hitting the tiny bit of snow we gathered over the weekend.

Think hopefully, while thoroughly expecting to be crushed...."hmmm, I wonder if?"

Check the local radio station's website (because actually listening to this station on the radio is painful) for news and announcements.....

It's closed! I'm free! No school for me today!

(accompanied by gleeful bouncing)

I'm 41 - you probably think I'd have left gleeful bouncing behind me? But why bother? :)

Janet was really happy that I called her to let her know - she hadn't been checking the weather report, and couldn't see it from her 8th story apartment in the city. I don't think she bounced exactly, but she did sound pretty darn gleeful.

They don't pay us enough for workplace loyalty.

I did try to be suitably sad for my husband as he scrapped off the car and went into his workplace, all alone.

But it didn't work, really. :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Garden Stuff, Yarn Harlot

The potatoes that we bought at the market just before it closed for the season have started to sprout. I need to get them in pots, with dirt, and hibernating in a cold dark place.

I need to not plant these seeds too soon - like right now, when there's still too many weeks left before they can be moved outdoors.

Last night, I attended a meeting of the KW Knitters' Guild. These are my friend Linday's hands, happily knitting away on her latest project. It was a little too dark for the speed at which her hands were moving so the picture is a little blurry.

The big draw that got me out to the meeting, was this lady. The Yarn Harlot - or Stephanie Pearl-McGee.

Here she's taking a picture of her latest sock project meeting the audience.

Now.....I'm not a knitter. *gasp*

But I do spin (dim and archaic!), weave, naalbind, and crochet. I'm also a natural dyer, and growing natural dyes like weld, woad, dyers' broom, alkanet and madder in my garden. I'm a bit of a gardening nut.

It's not that I don't know how to knit, I just prefer to give my energy to other string crafts. I know, I know.... it's some kind of evil.

The Yarn Harlot is a very very funny lady. If I ever ran into her in a bar, I'd buy her a beer and get out of her hair so she can keep on knitting in peace. I imagine the groupie factor must be annoying sometimes.

I'm saving my geeky groupie side for someone else.


Sunday, January 7, 2007

planting in January

Yep, you read that right. We were out planting bulbs yesterday in wonderful 10°C weather. Tulips, hyacincths, allium, dutch iris, a million crocii, and garlic, in case you were wondering.

While it's true that I'd rather have normal weather - a good 10 cm of snow or thereabouts - I welcomed the chance to get some of the fall gardening done that had gotten left undone.

I do worry a bit about the bulbs that are already in place 'though....


Tuesday, January 2, 2007

New Year's Resolutions

I resolve not to make New Year's Resolutions.

But I am going to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year and get fit. Yah, yah.... me and a million others, I know.

Let's just say that I stuck my arm in one of those drug store blood pressure machines and I'm a little worried. I know you can't trust these things any further then you can throw them, but still....

Neil and I are planning on taking a tai chi class this year so that's a good start. I'll get back to y'all on other plans and progress as it happens.

And speaking of folks named Neil... I just added a new link in the Blogs I Read. Neil Crone taught my Neil in high school, and then went on to become an actor and eventually started this blog. I've visited his blog before but this post, in particular, convinced me to add his blog to my listings. Go visit, it's important.


Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Best wishes for 2007. It looks like it's going to be a busy year. And we have a few plans of our own as well.

I hope that George Bush gets impeached, and that Stephen Harper's Conservative party gets defeated in an election. Not that I have any control over either event, of course.

On the other hand....

I hope that I'll have grass restored to the 2/3rds of the lawn upended by the septic tank replacement in September.

I'd like to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year and be healthy. I'd like the hubby to lose 20 pounds in a healthy manner as well, but don't tell him I said that. ;)

I'd like to renovate just one more room in the house.

I'm leaning towards spring 2008 for the long awaited honeymoon, but we'll see - he might persuade me to his preference for this coming fall.

Not exactly resolutions.....we all know what happens to those... but these are things I'd like to see happen.

What are your hopes and dreams for the year?