Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mom's Birthday

I have a bit of a dilemma. My mother is turning 80 soon. Now, 80 for some would be quite elderly. But "elderly" is NOT in my mother's vocabulary. She still pokes me at grocery store lines to let the "older ladies" in ahead of us (I know for a fact that one such "older lady" had just retired from teaching, and was about 64). She lives on her own, is very capable (in fact, takes care of me when I have had my many knee surgeries) (I'm up to over a dozen now, by the way, on both knees), and certainly does not need anything. But what to give her?????????

I thought about making something for her (she is, after all, the source of my knitting abilities). I thought about the log cabin wrap made from Kidsilk Haze in the "Color Style" book. I was thinking of the colours, however- I think a palette of purples and mauves and greys and pinks and creams would be perhaps more fitting. Because I love to see a bright centre, I would make sure to put a bright pink in the beginning squares.

But then I thought- where would she wear it? She made herself a Koigu shawl (another gift from my sister and I) and has never blocked it (said she just wanted to know if she could do it). I gave her enough cream cashmere for Xmas to make a large wrap (over 1300 yards of fingering/sport weight), so that will probably be her wrap- she doesn't need two.

She makes afghans like it is going out of style- she has one on each couch and in each room. When she and dad retired, she actually made a granny square one (with the bright colours and the black for contrast) out of mohair (very very beautiful, let me tell you).

This is my mom, taken last summer (she was only 79 in this one) Ya see what I mean? Hey- if I could be so darn lucky to age as well as she has, I would be a happy person! She loves colour-never wears brown (apparently a brown corduroy winter coat from her childhood comes back to haunt her)- she has many interests-knitting, quilting, cooking, volunteering (her time mostly- she is always knitting for charity), her grandkids, her great grand baby, travelling (although she hasn't travelled too much since her travelling partner died), she also loves theatre and movies.
Any suggestions? Ideas?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Give up?

Hmm- something black and sexy?????

Scroll down to see what my dear sweet husband has decided to give me for my 50th birthday................................................


Oh I do love that man..............

Thursday, January 08, 2009

IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!

And all the buses in the county were cancelled! Thank you to all those dancers out there-your combined efforts pushed the weather gremlins right over the top!!!!!!! I did have 9 kids, but it was a pretty relaxing day.

And I have some news! I will be turning 50 next month, and my husband announced what I am getting for my birthday. I'll give you a hint-it's black and it's sexy!!!!!!!!!

And speaking of birthdays.............Today is my husband's birthday!!!!!

Happy Birthday, sweetheart!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

It didn't work yesterday, but.....

The evil weather urchins are getting rather rowdy. It seems the storm warnings are up again for tonight. Hmm- SHAKE THAT BOOTY! WORK THAT MONEYMAKER! MAKE ME SOME FREEZING RAIN! (but then, after the buses are cancelled, please return the weather to something nice)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Okay, here's the plan.....

Tomorrow is the first day back after the holidays. It seems the weather gods are playing fast and loose with some freezing rain. So, in order to allow this girl to have a few extra sleepy minutes in the morning, we all must do the "freezing rain dance". Shake those hips, wiggle those arms, implore the weather gods to sprinkle a little more ice into the mix. You know ya wanna.

This has been an unpaid service announcement from teachers everywhere.