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


The Birds Have Returned

This morning there were 7 Magpies, 4 Flickers, and an undetermined number of Chickadees enjoying the Parkarosa bird buffet. The birds have returned. Around September they stopped coming to the feeder because there was plenty of food in the wild. Now, with 18 inches of snow covering all that food up, they're taking advantage of the free food provided by yours truly.

Speaking of snow, that's what it's doing right now. We've got winter storm warnings for today and tomorrow. That 6 to 9 inches I mentioned yesterday has grown to 6 to 10 inches. I hope they are greatly exaggerating because I need to go into Coeur d'Alene tomorrow. It's the Knitwits December meeting where all the stuff we made this year gets distributed. I don't want to miss that.

Yesterday Ruth and I put up the Christmas tree, and decorated it.

This year we have something new on the tree. Moose!

I found this strand of moose lights at a gift shop in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center while on our vacation last June. I had to have them.

This is the spiral rope necklace I'm working on for the beaded donut.

A close up.

Metallic purple and gold lined beads.

Wow! Today is the end of NaBloPoMo. 30 posts in 30 days. Somehow I managed it. It was fun, but I'll be glad to no longer be facing the pressure of coming up with something every single day. Things are returning to normal now. ;-)

Live long and prosper. \\//


A Sleeve is Born

So, as promised, a one armed cardigan.

 I have a complaint about the sleeve part of this pattern. It says to knit to desired length with no clue what that might be. Doesn't even mention what the designer herself chose as a length. The pictures show it as 3/4 length sleeves, so I measured on one of my blouses that have 3/4 length sleeves and went with that. That would be a total of 16 inches. It looks right to me. So if you're wondering, go with that. ;-)

Live long and prosper. \\//

29 down. Only 1 to go. Woot!



So, I finished the sleeve on the Teal Cardigan just a bit ago. I'll take pictures tomorrow. I hope the second sleeve doesn't take as long as this one did. I'd like to get it done by the end of the week. We'll see how it goes. After I get done posting this I'm starting the second sleeve.

We went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie last night. I really enjoyed it. It's very intense, dark, and sad. I know in the end it'll be a happy ending, having read the book.

Yesterday I started a beading project-the necklace to hang my beautiful beaded donut on. I've decided to keep it simple and started a spiral rope. It's the first beading stitch I learned, and it's still my favorite.

The snow has stopped falling. I'm so glad it did. Sweet Hubby gets a day off from moving snow out of the way. The weather reports say it starts back up tomorrow night. We're getting snow storm warnings and predictions of 6 to 9 inches for Spokane, WA. We typically get 2 to 3 times more snow than Spokane does, so it doesn't sound good. Sounds like a repeat of the week we just went through. I am thankful for my nice warm house full of knitting projects, beading stuff, cross stitch supplies and our 42inch screen TV. I'm also very very thankful for my Sweet Hubby who works so hard to make sure I can get out of the driveway should the need arrive.

Live long and prosper. \\//

28 down, 2 to go.


Will It Ever Stop?

It hasn't really stopped snowing since last Monday, when the storm moved into our area. Oh, we've had the ocassional short breaks, but then it starts right back up again. Last night it actually warmed up to freezing. We even got just a bit of rain, then it cooled of a couple degrees and turned back to snow.

I got up at 3:30am so I could say goodbye to Sarah and Frank. Sweet Hubby took them to the airport. They left here at 4am. I looked out the window to see how much snow had fallen since 11pm the night before. The snow was extra sticky and created quite a scene outside my window. The plum tree looked so pretty with the porch light reflecting off it and the sky still dark. I tried to take a pic of it. Here's what I got.

This is the kids getting into our pickup truck.

And now they're leaving for the airport.

I'm going to miss them so much. I am also very excited about them going on a life adventure. They're moving to Maynard, Massachusetts and starting a new life.

I went back to bed after they left. This morning, after I got up, I took more snow pictures in the back yard. The maple tree just outside the door.

Down the hill where the satellite dishes are.

Toward the north. That fir is seriously loaded with snow.

I did get a little beading done, and a few inches of Teal cardigan sleeve done. I also experimented with some background ideas for the blog for December. I know what I want to do, but I have no idea how to do it. I guess I'll be giving myself another html programming class.

Today we're going to go see the new Harry Potter movie, and dinner out somewhere. Probably Azteca, since we haven't been there in awhile and it's right next door to the theater. After all this American turkey dinner, a little Tex Mex sounds good.

Right now I'm watching Star Trek movies, knitting, and keeping warm.

Live long and prosper. \\//

27 down, 3 to go.


Who Knew?

...that Klingons knit?

I just never know what I'm gonna find on the internet. This photo was found on a web site featuring Rare Star Trek The Next Generation photos. There is much awesomeness there.

So, how was your Thanksgiving? Mine turned out very nice. For the first time in I don't know how long it was just us and Dan and Sue and our kids, plus one sister-in-law, Elizabeth. I can't remember the last time we were together with all our kids and their significant others at a table for a meal.

The food, of course, was delicious. It was Sue's turn to do the Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. Sue should be given a Nobel Prize for her gravy. It's that good. I made brandied cranberries, green bean casserole, and a cheese-ball which I served with crackers and celery sticks. We also had rolls, and the required large bowl of black olives (the kids insist). Dan cooked a salmon too.

For dessert I made a banana cake, and there was plenty of pie. We had pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate cream pie, and huckleberry cheesecake.

Today I'm gonna let all that digest. No Black Friday shopping for me. No amount of savings is worth the incredible shopping insanity that goes on this day. I think I'll do laundry, and follow that there Klingons example and knit, or maybe bead.

Tonight the whole Park family gets together for our annual After Thanksgiving Thanksgiving where we all bring our leftovers and eat them. There'll probably be 25 of us tonight. Gonna be crazy fun.

Have I mentioned our phone line/internet problems have been fixed? On Wednesday the phone started doing this weird ringing once and then nothing thing. It got quite annoying. So I called the repairman who had been here Monday to complain. He answered the phone with "I was just trying to call you! All I could get was 1 ring and then it tripped to static." Yay!!! He came right out, found the problem in about 3 minutes, and fixed it.

Live long and prosper. \\//

26 down, 4 to go.


Thanksgiving Day Greeting

Wishing everyone who celebrates a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Live long and prosper. \\//

25 down, 5 to go. Woot!


Group Names

The Grasshopper TrapI've been reading a book called The Grasshopper Trap by Patrick F. McManus. It's a very funny book of stories from the life of the author that, I assume, are heavily exaggerated. (At least, I hope so) There are stories from his child hood, hunting expeditions, fishing trips, and whatnot. He's a very good funny writer. I learned something from this book last night. Did you know that different groups of animals have different names? We all know herd of deer, horses, or cows, and pack of wolves, dogs, and gum. But here are some proper group names I was not aware of.

A group of Larks is an exaltation.

A family group of Grouse is a covey, but if it's a group that consists of more than one family it's called a pack.

A group of Ferrets is called a business.

Flock is the correct term for a group of Geese, but only if they are on the ground. If they're in the air it's called a skein of Geese, and if they're on the water they are a gaggle of Geese.

A group of Rhinoceroses is called a crash. If ever there was a more appropriate word for that, I don't know what it would be.

A group of Toads is called a knot.

My favorite is a group of Hummingbirds. It's called a charm.

Other group names:

A convocation of Eagles.
A skulk of Foxes.
A chattering of Starlings
A mustering of Storks
An unkindness of Ravens
A siege of Herons
A leap of Leopards
A congress of Baboons (why does this not surprise me?)
A pride of Lions
A murder of Crows

A group of Knitters is called a Knitalong, a club, or if you wanna get formal about it, a guild. Sometimes a class. Especially if there's a teacher telling everyone else how to do something. The ultimate group of knitters is called Ravelry.

More group names.

Live long and prosper. \\//

24 down, 6 to go.


A Very Fancy Donut

I have finished the project for the French online beading class I was taking. I am very proud of myself too. It was a challenging project.

A Fancy Beaded Donut

It uses a lot of different beads. Seeds beads in size 15, 11 (in 2 colors), 8, Delicas (in 2 colors), and 3mm bi-cone crystals.

Not the best photos I've ever taken either. It's super sparkly and was hard to photograph.

Lets face facts. Pics, no matter how good, would never do this justice. It is AWESOME in real life. Now, for a necklace that will properly show it off.......hmm, I'll have to think about that.

For pics of my classmates donuts click here:  More Fancy Donuts

Thank you to Laure for the class. Your generosity is unmeasured. Especially in taking on a student who doesn't speak the language.

Thanks also go to Google Translator. Couldn't have done it without you.

Live long and prosper. \\//

23 down, 7 to go. Good heavens! Only a week left!


Pink Lace Mitts

I have finished the pink lace mitts.

Pattern: Fancy That! Malibrigo Gloves by Hannah Poon
Size: Womans

Yarn: Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport yarn by Loops & Threads in medium green.
100% Acrylic

Needles: Addi Turbo Circular size 6.

Cast on: November 13, 2010
Bound off: November 15, 2010

Comments: I love this pattern. However, as usual, I have made some small adjustments. The thumb wasn't quite long enough for my taste so I added some length to it. Instead of binding off the 10 gusset stitches, I put them on a holder. When I was done with the body of the mitt I put the thumb sts on needles, picked up 2 sts at the gap over the gusset, and knit 7 rows of 2x2 rib, then bound off in ribbing. Now it's perfect.


My friend Andrea has Pugs. She is a Pug rescuer. I adore her Pugs. They are such sweet and rascally little fellows. She also runs my favorite local yarn shop, CDA Yarn and Fiber. She has given me permission to share this years Christmas photo on my blog. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Buddy, Erwin, and Chester in their wonderful sweaters made by Andrea.

Erwin is a foster who is looking for a home. So if you live near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and you need a Pug to love and care for until death do you part, Andrea's the one to talk to. You can get a hold of her at the shop.

I worked on the cardigan last night. Got about 2 inches of the first sleeve done. I shall carry on some more tonight.

Today it has been snowing. all. day. long. We've got just over 8 inches of snow now and it's still coming down. We have blizzard warnings for tonight. I was going to take my daughter to see the new Harry Potter movie, but the roads are so crazy I decided to pick safety instead and stay home. On the first snowy/icy commute day of the season it is a good thing to stay off the roads if you don't need to be on them.

The repair men showed up to fix our phone/internet. They did all kinds of tests and could find nothing wrong. Isn't that typical? The static on the line stopped and everything worked fine. Actually, it's still working fine. Perhaps their presence scared it back into good behavior.

Live long and prosper. \\//

22 down, 8 to go.


Update on the Teal Cardigan

We're still having internet problems, but at least I can get on once in awhile. It comes and goes.

It's 25F degrees today, and snowing. The light fluffy teeny tiny flakes that don't amount to enough to shovel. There's a very chill wind blowing too. After I get done here, I'm curling up on the hug with a cup of hot cocoa and my knitting.

So, here's where I am on the cardigan.

I've got about 1 inch of the first sleeve done. I took a small break to work on the pink fingerless mitts shown the other day. I'm about halfway done with the second one.

One other thing I thought I'd mention. The French donut class I'm working on? Yesterday the teacher posted the lessons on her blog in English. It will make finishing so much easier for me. So far, I've done everything correctly. That's reassuring. If you want to give it a try:

Beaded Donut Pendant

Live long and prosper. \\//

21 down, 9 to go.


Internet Troubles

I shall be quick to post today because my internet connection is sketchy at best.

Today hasn't gone at all like I'd planned. First of all, when I got up we had no internet. We have DSL, which comes via our phone line. For some reason the phone line has a lot of static on it. This has been preventing the DSL from working. I called our DSL/phone provider. They are sending a technician out on Monday. They said something about water getting to the line or something like that. For some reason it has suddenly decided to work, though it's very slow.

I was going to work on the last of the French beading class lessons. However, I needed internet to do my translations to English. Then Sweet Hubby decided he just HAD to go out and spend some money. This happens every so often. I went along to make sure he didn't spend too much, and talk him into going with me on a couple small errands. I was successful on both accounts. I talked him out of a lot of expensive impulse buys, and I got my errands run. I also got some ideas for what to get him for Christmas. That was an extra bonus.

We just got home a little bit ago, and now we're gonna watch a couple Harry Potter movies to refresh our memory before we go see the new one later in the week.

I hope to post pics of the current state of the Teal cardigan tomorrow. Assuming the internet is working.

Live long and prosper. \\//

20 down, 10 to go.


A Bit of Knitting

I cast this on yesterday and bound it off about 10 minutes ago. It's almost 10:30 pm and I haven't done my blog post yet. Yikes! So I've grabbed my camera off the table beside me and taken these pics.

 Technically, it's still a work in progress cuz I have to make the second one. But, ain't it cute?

 It will be a birthday present for someone special.

Does everyone know we have only 37 days until Christmas? A friend showed me this video this morning and it is so cute and timely. My fellow knitters, and the folks we knit for, will all be able to relate.

Live long and prosper. \\//

19 down, 11 to go.


Well, Well...

...look what I woke up to. We got 2 inches overnight.

Tommy made the first footprints in it.

He also made the first yellow spot, but I didn't take a pic of that (you can thank me in the  comments).

When it's snowing, suddenly Tommys smelly blanket is not such an awful thing.

Winter has arrived in north Idaho.

Live long and prosper. \\//

18 down, 12 to go.


Green/Blue Fuzzy Mitts

I am skipping WIP Wednesday in favor of a FO. I finally got a chance to take pics of the fuzzy green mitts.

Green and Blue Fuzzy Fingerless Mitts

Pattern: Maine Morning Mitts  by Clara Parkes
Size: Womans

Yarn: , Lana Gatto Amsterdam in green/blue
73% Nylon, 27% Acrylic

Yarn: Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport by Loops & Threads in medium green.
100% Acrylic

Needles: Addi Turbo Circular size 7.

Cast on: November 13, 2010
Bound off: November 15, 2010

Comments: The pattern is well written, easy, and knits up quickly. I substituted the fuzzy Amsterdam for the cuff. I also altered the thumb gusset instructions as follows:

Rnd 1: K2, M1R, P1, M1L, patt to end.
Rnd 2: K7, P1, patt to end.
Rnd 3: K2, M1R, K3, M1L, patt to end.
Rnd 4: K9, P1, patt to end.
Rnd 5: K2, M1R, K5, M1L, patt to end.
Rnd 6: K11, P1, patt to end.
Rnd 7: K2, M1R, K7, M1L, patt to end.
Rnd 8: K13, patt to end.

Rnd 9: K2, CO 5 sts using backward loop cast-on, put 9 sts on holder for thumb, patt to end.
Rnd 10: (K4, P1) twice, patt to end.
Rnd 11: K1, sl1 K1 psso, K1, P1, K2tog, patt to end.
Rnd 12: K1, sl1 K1 psso, P2tog, patt to end.
Next rnds: Work in patt until mitt measures 8 inches from beginning. BO all sts in patt.

When you work the thumb make knit stitches where it says purl.

Live long and prosper. \\//

 17 down, 13 to go.


Nothing to Say

I finished a pair of fingerless mitts last night, but didn't have time to take a pic of them yet. That is what I was gonna blog about. So, under the circumstances I really don't have anything to write about. Well, I did start another pair of fingerless mitts while at the Rathdrum Knitalong meeting, but by the end of the meeting I didn't like what I'd made so I frogged it. I am going to do something else with a lace pattern, or something. I'm tired of 2x1 rib.

Note to self: Plain yarn and novelty ladder yarn stranded together make a really scratchy pair of mitts.

I have finished the lace portion of the Teal cardigan back/fronts. Hurray! Now I have 1.5 inches of garter stitch, which i think I'll take with me to Yarnies tomorrow since it's brainless knitting.

It is cold and raining, still. Weatherman keeps talking about snow coming. We're ready. Bring it on.

Sheesh. A lame post. I'm sorry. This NaBloPoMo thing is kind of hard.

Live long and prosper. \\//

16 down. 20 to go.


Simple Womans Daybook for November 15, 2010

November 15, 2010

Outside my window...
it's too dark to see anything, but I know it's wet and raining.

I am thinking...
the day went too fast and I accomplished very little. At least, it seems that way. sigh...

I am thankful for...
the fact it's raining instead of snowing.

From the kitchen...
there is a pork roast in the oven. It's making the house smell good.

I am wearing...
Jeans, t-shirt with a subdued floral print on it.

I am creating...
a huge mess on the dining room table. Wading through files trying to work up a report on the well electric bills for the past few years for the family meeting next weekend .

I am going...
nuts doing it. I hate math, and adding up bills and payments is math.

I am reading...
a book my daughter gave me: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. It's a Vampire novel. We'll see if I like it or not. So far, weeeeeeelllllll.........

I am hoping...

I can find the 2009 missing statements. I can't imagine why they are not in the file. I also hope to get a lot more knitting done this week than I did last week.

I am hearing...

the house making clicky click noises as the furnace warms it up. It must be pretty cold outside.

Around the house...

It looks so nice. Ruth and I cleaned it up for the weekend company. Except the dining room table which is covered in paper and file boxes.

One of my favorite things...
doughnuts. Hmm..don't know where that came from, but it's true.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
the usual stuff, plus getting that well water bill report done.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

If you want to join the Simple Womans Daybook, click here.

Live long and prosper. \\//

15 down, 15 to go.


Last Pic Taken Sunday

Found this meme while web surfing. Thought I'd add it to my list of blog ideas.

Scroll through your camera phone or digital camera, find the last pic you took – doesn’t matter what it was or how blurry or how random – Post it on your blog, and leave a link to it in this post’s comment section. I’ll stop by and check out your Last Pic Taken!

From my phone camera.

Now, you may be wondering what that is. Believe it or not, it's a pic of tiles in a ladies room at a restaurant. I liked the color combination so much I snapped a pic for future beading inspiration.  I just like the combination of deep purple, light sage green, and that orangey brown. It's a good thing I took the picture cuz I can't remember what restaurant it was in so I can't go back and look at it again.

Yes, I take pictures of color combinations. Doesn't everybody?

Live long and prosper. \\//

14 down, 16 to go.


Catching Up on the Donut

I have caught up on the French online beading class project. Hurray! There's one lesson left which I have downloaded and printed out, all ready for tomorrow. Then I will take pics and send them to the teacher to share in the group picture album. Here is where I am.

It has 2 identical sides and is fairly thick.

There were instructions to stiffen it up by putting some kind of plastic ring in it, but I don't think it needs that. It's pretty stiff as it is.

Next lesson will be building up one side and embellishing with crystals.

Now I need to go clean up the kitchen. We've got company coming tonight. We're throwing a goodbye get together for Sarah and Frank.

Live long and prosper. \\//

13 down, 17 to go.


My Dad Knits?

Someone said they wanted to hear about my Dad and his knitting. That's the subject of  the day.

As I've mentioned before, he is the person who taught me how to knit. Specifically, it was cast on, knit, and bind off. I was on my own to learn anything else. Other than that, I have NEVER seen me Dad knit. I only know just a tiny bit about his knitting history, from what he told me.

He learned to knit from his father. His grandmother knitted too. He knitted when he was in the army. He talked about sitting in foxholes and knitting socks. He was in the army in the 1950's, between wars. So he never had to kill anyone or be in any real danger. He was stationed in Germany.

After his tour of duty was over, he married Mom and never knitted again until the day he taught me. Then he never knitted again after that. I've tried very hard to get him to go back to it. Even bought him needles and yarn once for Fathers Day. He's not interested, which I think is a real shame because he would be really good at it and he's got a lot of time to do it being retired and all.

Besides, how cool would it be to go visit him and the two of us sit and knit together?. A fantasy that probably will never come true. Oh well. I have told him, many times, thank you for teaching me. Of all the things he's done for me, I appreciate the knitting lessons most of all.

Dad when he was in the army. This pic was taken in 1957 in a Salt mine somewhere in Germany. Daddy is the second fellow from the left on the train.

Dad when we visited last June, sitting on his favorite possession, his 4-wheeler ATV.

Live long and prosper. \\//

12 down, 18 to go.



It was a tense day for me yesterday. My back is actually sore from having it all tensed up while I worked to get rid of a virus that attacked my laptop. It started when I went looking for a beading pattern for someone. I googled it, then clicked on one of the links that came up in the search. Suddenly a program is downloading onto my hard drive without my permission, along with a window that said I needed to scan my computer for viruses. Yeah, it was one of those. I shut it down as fast as I could by closing my web browser and turning off my internet connection. It only took me a few seconds to do that. But in that time the virus disabled all of my Virus detection software.

Pc Tools Spyware Doctor/Antivirus 2011 - 1 User/3 PcI use Spyware Doctor and have been pretty happy with it until now. I can't believe how quickly it was shut down. I couldn't even open it to turn it back on. I spent 4 hours getting rid of the virus!I ended up uninstalling Spyware Doctor, then installing it all fresh and new. After I installed it I ran it and it found the nasty bug right away and removed it. But what a pain in the katoosh. The virus should not have been able to disable it like that. I will be sending a letter to the company to let them know of my unhappiness-in a nice way of course.

The 3mm bicone crystals I ordered arrived yesterday too. I hope to get back to working on the internet-class item after I get home today (It's Thursday-knitting class day) In the meantime, other students in the class have had pics of their finished items posted in a photo album created for this purpose. So many beautiful color combinations. I'm super excited to get mine done now.

Live long and prosper. \\//

11 down, 19 to go.


WIP Wednesday 11/10/2010

I am having a lot of problems with the laptop today. I clicked on a Google search link this morning looking for a particular beading pattern and a malicious fake 'virus detector' started to immediately download itself onto my hard drive. I stopped it within seconds (closing my web browser and whatnot) but now my real virus detector has been disabled and I can't seem to get it to open (I may have to reinstall it-sigh). It's also slowed things down considerably. I don't know who it is that writes these types of hacking programs, but I wish upon them a serious case of agonizingly painful unhealable boils.

It's WIP Wednesday. Here is a pic of the fingerless mitts I'm making along with the class I'm teaching. (Here's hoping this picture thing works)

It needs a thumb. I decided to do the cuff in the fuzzy yarn, and the hand in a plain solid because I don't have quite enough yardage to do the whole thing fuzzy. I'm short about 23 yards. I know I've got more of this yarn somewhere in the stash, but heck if I'm gonna go spend a couple hours trying to find it right now. Besides, this way is looking pretty cool.

And I got a couple rounds done on this sock today.

I actually had quite a bit more done, then discovered I'd screwed it up and had to frog back-mostly because I can't find my notes so I tried to figure out what I was doing and guessed wrong.

I got a few rows done on the Teal cardigan too, but not enough to be worth taking a picture of it.

It really hasn't been a very productive knitting week so far.

If you're interested in participating in WIP Wednesday, please join us

Live Long and Prosper \\//

10 down, 20 to go.


I've Been Appreciated

I woke up this morning feeling kind of down. I was thinking about Silver and how much I miss him, and my eyes were hurting something awful. I suspect there is a lot of mold in the air right now, and I slept with the bedroom window open a little bit. Having a throbbing left foot didn't help.

Today I had Rathdrum Knitalong. For those who don't know what that is, it's a knitting group that meets at the Rathdrum Library every Tuesday at 1pm. We get together to knit, and I spend most of the time  teaching and helping the members with their knitting. I consider it my 'volunteer knitting class'. I've been doing this for about 1.5 years or so.

Anyway, as I was saying, I was feeling kind of down. When I walked into the meeting room there was a table cloth on the table and food including cupcakes (Yum!). It was a surprise appreciation party for me. Yes, me! They wanted to thank me for all the knitting help I've been giving them. Believe me, I was surprised!  And overwhelmed. I almost started crying. It cheered up my whole week! I'm appreciated. Isn't that cool?

Knitters are awesome people, that is all there is to it!

Live long and prosper. \\//

9 down, 21 to go.



Here's something fun to do. You can make 'Word Clouds' to post on your blog, web site, or whatever. Word Clouds are generated using text that you supply. It gives more prominence to the words used more often. Here's one I made using this blog.

Click picture to embiggen

In this particular Word Cloud maker you can choose the font, cloud shape, and color. If you want to have a little fun, I suggest you try Wordle. If nothing else, it provides something to blog about.

Live long and prosper.\\//

8 down, 22 to go.


Random Blurts

It is raining and cold here today. It is, in fact, raining very hard. The roof is rumbling. I'm so glad I thought to put the cushions and umbrella from the deck into storage last Friday, while they were still dry. I still need to sweep off and wash the deck, and stack the furniture. But that can wait for the next sunny day. If we don't have one? Oh well.

After spending some time in Dan and Sue's hot tub last night my injured foot felt so much better-until I stubbed my toe on the couch leg before going to bed last night-which was how I injured it in the first place. Seriously thinking about amputation at the moment because I am only allowed to take Tylenol due to incompatibility of other pain killers with my daily meds. At least nothing is broken. Just badly sprained. I see another visit to Dan and Sue's in my future.

Swarovski Crystal #5301 3mm Bicone Beads Purple Velvet (25 Beads)Work on the French online beading class project has come to a grinding hault. It calls for 3mm bicone crystals, of which I have none. After visiting all the bead sources around here, I have found none. I tried 4mm crystals, but they did not work. So I will have to wait until the 3mm purple velvet bicone swarovski's get here before I can continue with lesson 3. In the meantime, I just received lesson 5 today. I hate being behind. Perhaps, while I'm waiting, I could work on translating those undone lessons.

We're going to see Reds at the movie theater in Coeur d'Alene this evening. Some of my friends have seen it and said it was very funny. I could use some funny.

I think I'll go knit and watch a DVD or something.

Live long and prosper. \\//

7 down, 23 to go.