"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


Fridays Feast 9/14/07

It's been a couple weeks since I've done a Friday's Feast. So, the feast first, then life's news.

When was the last time you visited a hospital?
It was in 2005, now what month? Funny that I can't remember that. A former friend of mine had back surgery. They put 2 pins in her spine because it got twisted in a car accident. I was there because I care so much about her. She meant a lot to me. Unfortunately, our friendship broke up last year after I closed my store. She is a complicated person, with problems, but I love her anyway. Clearly the feelings were not mutual, which is a shame cos she was a lot of fun.

You know what's really sad, and weird, about this (besides losing my friend)? Folks don't believe she had the surgery. I know she did cos I was there. So, what's with that? I wish I knew.


On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how ambitious are you?
Here is the definition of ambitious according to Dictionary.com:
1.having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.: ambitious students.
2.showing or caused by ambition: an ambitious attempt to break the record.
3.strongly desirous; eager: ambitious of love and approval.
4.requiring exceptional effort, ability, etc.: an ambitious program for eliminating all slums.

Based on that, I'd say about a 5. Over the years I have come to realize real success is not having a lot of fame, wealth, and/or power. Success is being happy, comfortable with yourself, and having loved ones in your life. It would be wonderful to have the first list of things, but I am not willing to do what is necessary to obtain those things. I'd rather be happy and have fun! I say 5 because those things that I do, I desire to be able to do them well. I always want to keep learning new things. If I ever stop learning, call Dr. Kevorkian.

Make a sentence using the letters of a body part. (Example: (mouth) My other ukelele tings healthily.)
Awww geez...I hate this kind of thing. Okay. Eye - Eat your eggs.

Main Course
If you were to start a club, what would the subject matter be, and what would you name it?
It would be a knitting club, an actual chapter of The Knitting Guild of America, and I'd name it Knits of the Yarn Table. I want very much to have a knitting club in Rathdrum, but I ran into some road blocks when trying to start one and decided it wasn't worth the fight at this time. Reserved for later.

What color is the carpet/flooring in your home?
Hah!! That's a funny one. I'd call it dirty stained light ocean blue. I hate it. When we ordered our house (it's a manufactured home), I wanted green carpet. They came with pink, blue, or grey. Yecch! So we 'upgraded'. Unfortunately, the carpet sample that looked green in the sales reps office turned out to be more blue. I've hated it since the day it was installed. We're gonna replace it with bamboo as soon as we get the chance. Was supposed to happen this summer, but, well, life got in the way.

On to life. I woke up yesterday morning feeling kind of wretched. I'd started coughing during the night and coughed all day. Was I coming down with something? None the less, I carried on. I headed to Bead It! and taught my little tubular peyote class. I had one delightful student. She caught on very quickly. It only took one of the 2 hours scheduled for her to learn it.

While teaching a lady came in seeking help. She wants to learn how to do bead embroidery. I heard the boss say "oh yeah, she knows how to do that. We'll schedule a private lesson for you." I have a very expressive face. Dismay and horror must have appeared cos when she looked at me she started to backpedal. I wish she'd ask before making statements like that to customers. No, I have not done bead embroidery before. It's something on my list of things to do though.

This gal wants a LOT of help, right down to telling her what color beads to use and all. I mean, color choice is so personal! She's gonna have to do that herself. I'll teach her how to sew them to the fabric, the rest? She's on her own. She's got a brown corduroy vest with a paisley print that she wants to embellish.

So, we've got a tentative lesson scheduled for Saturday. When I got home I immediately started researching the subject of bead embroidery. I can sew beads to fabric. That's easy. But I know there are tips and tricks that an experienced person knows that I wouldn't. I learned all kinds of interesting stuff. I made up a little hand out, and I'm ready. I'm SO glad it has turned out to be an easy subject. If the boss does this to me again--heads are gonna be bouncing on the floor!

I also set up a private lesson with my delightful student. She was unable to attend the Cabochon class, so I'm gonna teach her that. I'm looking forward to it.

Back to the coughing. As I said, I coughed all day. The air around here is pretty smoky. I can hardly see the mountains to the northeast of us. There are forest fires all around--all 150 miles or more away, but the wind carries the smoke here rather well. Then there's the Coeur d'Alene Indians. They're burning their 1000's of acres of blue grass fields. I mean, the air smells like burning grass!

When I went to bed last night I coughed and coughed. Darn! I'm getting a cold of some sort. Then I started analyzing just exactly how I was feeling. Tight chest (having difficulty breathing--actually painful to do so), goo coughing up (yecch!), slight dizziness (definitely oxygen deprivation going on here). I am such a dummy! I'm having an asthma attack! Clearly the oxygen deprivation is causing my brain to malfunction! I grabbed my inhaler, puffed twice, and haven't coughed since.

Have a great day.


  1. Great soup! =^)

    Happy Friday!

  2. Ah, love the name of your knitting group. I'm in the process of learning how to knit. So far, I can only knit a hat and a scarf but hey...it's a start!

    Great feast!

  3. Hi, we are both Lindas and both posted two feasts!

  4. I wish I could knit. I do fine as long as I'm straight knitting and/or purling, but when you get to all the fancy stuff, I guess I just don't have the patience. I can knit a mean dish cloth though!!!!