Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Playing Catch-up...

Wow...has it really been almost a week since my last post?

I just realized I didn't even post about our camping trip almost 2 weeks ago. Though it stormed on that Saturday night we still had a wonderful time...well, except for waking up on that Saturday a stupor...without look out across from our campsite to see this~~

What do you see?? I literally had to put on my glasses only to find it necessary to ask Hubby if he was seeing what I was seeing! BigFoot lives at Claytor Lake State Park!

We did have the opportunity for a beautiful sunrise...

I must say I love this place, it's nice and peaceful...unlike Smith Mountain Lake, which has become "The Vacation Spot" for many. Personally I prefer a little less noise. I remember as a kid going and not seeing but a few fishing boats all day (I know I'm old). Now there are so many pleasure boats, speed boats and jet skis you really can't enjoy a ride on the lake without being beat-up by the wakes. There was a couple killed a few years ago by a drunk boater, lots of issues with boating and alcohol during the summer. Put me by a babbling stream with a fishing pole and/or my knitting and the birds singing...I'm happy!

I did get Hubby's socks finished, he's very pleased.

Thanks for all the comments & guesses on my last post...I do love my garden especially this time of year as I anticipate all the new flowers, so you can expect to see plenty more of my pretty garden faces as they emerge!

Here are #'s 2, 4 & 6~~they opened this week.

Maryland Sheep & Wool happening this weekend...but I'm not going....again! The timing is so bad for me, from what I hear about the crowds...I'm not so sure I want to battle for my purchases. I'd LOVE to meet all my blogging buddies there, but like I said the timing is bad. It just so happens that the first weekend of May is very special...this year we celebrate 25 years~~My Baby Boy...DS#2 turns 25. So hard to believe! Not to mention I'm not lacking in fiber of any sort, so it's best I stay away from the temptation. I hope all you that ARE going will fondle some fiber...kiss a sheep and/or alpaca and say hello to my fellow bloggers for me! I'll miss you all...

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008


I have Best Buds, Knittin' Buds and

Flower you recognize any of these?
Some of the latest "stars" about to emerge in my garden.

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day '08

I call this one..."Glowing Spring"

I'm still playing around with my "old" film camera. "Trick" photography has always fascinated me...playing with the shutter speeds, various lens angles and film is FUN!

How do you think I achieved the effects in this photo? No...I haven't altered it in any way, well, except for resizing it for uploading.

While you are thinking about that question~~I'll ask another...

What are you doing for Earth Day today?

My thoughts of what do to started over the weekend. While we were camping I started picking up after the "pigs" people who use the trails & fish along the shore line of the lake...yes, I picked up some thoughtless idiot's trash (I know I shouldn't call people names but come on some deserve it). I even did so yesterday after my walk at our local park. I REALLY don't understand these people! A couple of places where I picked up trash it was about 20 feet from a trash can.
When you hear about the possibility of State Parks closings (please give Birdsong any support you can)'d think people would do more to take care of what we have! It costs the State money to pay for maintenance and clean up...I'd love to catch someone leaving their trash. They would hear my full rant...and...I know what my name would be! It would start with a "B"!!

"Pack it in--Pack it out"!!

.....and I started (about a month ago) using my own tote bags at the grocery store!

Okay, now for the first question. Did you figure out my "trickery"?

Infrared film

It creates some really dramatic effects with the fresh shoots of greenery, it glows. Awesome huh?

Thanks for all your kind thoughts about my 4-legged nephew, Hank. He's going to be missed so much by all of us. It's just a waiting game now...

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Saying Goodbye... such a hard thing to do.

This is my 13 year old nephew, Hank, though the picture was taken some time back he's aged a great deal since. Bad news came Friday...we must tell him goodbye.

Tears flow like rain...

Tribute To A Best Friend
Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor....
then I remember,
it's where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound....
then I remember,
It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can't be yours....
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

--Author Unknown

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I'm Still Here~~

I'm still around....Knittin' & Spinnin'!!


DS #2, Chase, is a HUGE Red Sox fan...and has recently taken up golf. He went out and bought a new set of clubs with all the BoSox accessories he could find with the exception of one thing. I noticed he had the generic golf club covers, so what does a Knittin' Mom do? She designs and knits him some golf club covers! One glitch I had was the fact that today's golf clubs aren't like the golf clubs of old. Thankfully the #5 club is the same size of the "clubs of yesterday", so I had to re size for the last 2 covers in order to fit these "MONSTER" size clubs. I'm not a big golfer, though I do enjoy smacking the ball around...but these new LARGER clubs do make me wonder. Are they just so that the "guys" can pat each other on the back and say "Mine's bigger than yours"!

I'm happy to announce that I HAVE cast on my first pair of socks of 2008 (I don't include golf club covers as socks...or could I?).

They are for Hubby...he didn't want a real tight fitting socks, so I searched and searched for a pattern that wasn't "too lacy" or feminine. This is from Charlene Schurch ,of course, Sensational Knitted Socks 5-stitch pattern Little Shell Rib. I'm loving knitting it...he loves the feel and the look...every one's happy!

I was tagged for a Meme by Becky
Post your here's mine!

Thanks Scout!!
Who am I tagging? If you feel like flashing...go for it!

The weather here has been crazy...but, of course, it's Spring least it was. The last few nights we've had freeze warnings, so my fear was that my beautiful flowers would suffer. I put them to bed everything...yes, blankets and everything...but I couldn't possibly save my lilacs so I cut this bouquet.

Yes, I AM an allergy sufferer...but I LOVE my lilacs! The tulips really opened up beautifully after I took the picture, I should have waited a little while.

We have a big weekend planned..."The First Camping Trip Of The Season"!!! I can't wait!!!!! Spinning & Knitting is already packed!

Hope you all have a GREAT weekend...

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

In Threes...

I'm so sorry to keep you all hanging on...after the happenings of last week I sort of regressed and forgot to post. Really all I wanted to do was go to sleep and wake up again!

So where was I? Oh...last Monday I received a phone call from my Mom, you know one of those where you KNOW something is wrong. They were rushing my only--younger--baby brother to the hospital with chest pains. Panic and fear hit me immediately. I made a few phone calls and off the the hospital I went. After lots of tests they determined there was no heart damage, well except for a little enlargement of his heart from...high blood pressure. My brother has high blood pressure and has had it for quite some time now. It's really hard to say that I'm happy that's all it is...but I am. Now he has TWO mothers calling him daily to make sure he's taken his meds!!!

Oh...but that's not all that happened!

Remember how everything happens in 3's?!

Well, on Tuesday afternoon DD was going to her class at the Community College when this girl backed into her. Smack dab in the middle of her passenger door! And had the nerve to say it was DD's fault!! Excuse me...
Now we are jumping through hoops to get the "driver-at-fault's" insurance to cover the damage!

What's the third thing you ask?

I'm counting Mr Ace's "injury" the week before as one of them!! He's much better and in fact "found" his pillow late one night, I'm putting it in the closet. If he can open that door he can have it! I remind him all the time that until he grows thumbs there are just limits to what he can do!

We did have a wonderful weekend...Milo was here. Sorry no pics, we were just so busy playing that I didn't even pick up the camera. This coming weekend is going to be even better...we are going on our first camping trip of the season. Don't you think we're in need of one?

I promise I'll have some knitting content...I have been knitting~~how else do I keep my sanity and MY blood pressure down? Of course I offered to teach my brother to knit...nothing doing!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Sucker Punched...

Have you ever had one of THOSE weeks? This is only Tuesday...what else can possibly go wrong? I'll fill you in later.

I know this is a knitting blog...and I do have some progress to report, I just don't have the energy to go there right now~~sorry.

But I must ask you to read THIS...some people make me SICK TO MY STOMACH! Personally, they should have the same thing done to them...that is if they ever catch them.

Sorry I'm in such a "P"-poor mood...

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Feelin' Better!

Hi Everybody!! Ace here...

I'm feeling much better, thanks for all the kind thoughts sent my way. This past week was a very confusing one for me.

All I know is...last Sunday night I was spending a little time with my "pillow"....the next minute I was hurting really bad.
Mom tried everything to help me. She massaged my back but that hurt...she gave me little orange pills, but I still hurt...and she cranked the heat up in my bed, which helped until I got out of bed. Nothing was helping! She called my Dr. who gave her this stuff that made me see "little pink mice"...I hate mice~they scare me! That medicine made me feel so weird!

After many days in my bed...I "jumped" on Momma's bed Saturday morning for the first time in a week. I actually JUMPED! I can wag my tail (unlike other felines, I wag my tail (like a dog) when I'm happy)...I feel SO much better.

However...there is just one problem~~

Momma's taken away my pillow & blanket! Hmmmm, but she leaves her fuzzy robe on the end of the bed...

What's a 93 year old Kitty to do?

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Happy Face!

Someone came to visit last night...he's all better! He said to tell you all THANKS for thinking about him and sending your positive vibes!!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!