Tuesday, November 27, 2007

On The 41st Day Before Xmas I Hope My True Love Gets For Me: A Cocktail Ring!

....a title to an advert in my emails this morning.........

"Lydia Courteille 18k White Gold Skull Ring, 7,430 GBP, CLICK PIC FOR MORE INFO " That is $15,351.10

My question is that sticker shock on the the skull ring's face or am I alone in this thought? LOL!!!

If I had a ONE TRUE LOVE, and he spent $15,000 on a ring that looked like this.......well, let's just say....I would advise him, since we are on the subject of skulls...a lobotomy might be the answer... UGGGHHHH!
No offense Lydia Courteille, I am sure that this ring is ART... and could be a gift, some lucky woman receives from her beau....but, UFO boyfriend, in case you are reading this post....THIS IS NOT MY TASTE! or STYLE!!!.....it reminds me of one of those rings we used to get for 25 cents out of the gumball machines when I was growing up.......

Not to mention I am thinking this would be more appropriate for Halloween!!!! I also think it is interesting that the face points to the side, instead of to the public....front. So which, finger would you wear this on...your pointer finger? and when....you were yelling at a staff member? your boss? your significant other?
road rage? LOL!!!

NEXT........so did you survive your family Thanksgiving? Ours is small, since almost everyone on that side of the family is dead.....including the family members that would also start the fighting. And not one of the three cousins had kids....so that end of my family seems to be ending with my generation. It was peaceful, even UFO boyfriend was on "good behavior". His term, not mine. He was on good behavior the entire weekend... so what is up with that????

Friday I had lunch at my favorite restaurant, KELLY's on Lancaster ave. I had the fish and chips as usual. Small menu, but, all the food is good and fresh.

Saturday, I went shopping in New Hope, it was quite nice. While passing the Bucks County Playhouse complex I saw all these big birds flying down and a group of people crowded around...so I had to walk down and look. I think they may be some sort of vultures, not sure....But, what a sight!!!! Some of them were standing there drying off their wings in the sun. If you recognize this bird, let me know what it is....I am curious.

I stopped for a glass of wine at Havana's on main street. They have heaters all over the porch, so you can sit outside on a cold and crisp day. It is nice...although $9 for a glass of pinot noir is a bit pricey, if you ask me. I do not recommend the food at their restaurant, it is just not that good.

Then I went to the New Hope Winery for wine tasting. It was fun, plus they had lots of treats there to sample. I bought red wine biscuits that were absolutely scrumptious and a bottle of their Pennsylvania Chancellor red wine, which was very dry and delicious! They describe it " A Full-bodied robust red with a peppery finish. " I highly recommend this wine at $12.99 a bottle. Then to the Temperance House for my Saturday afternoon $1 hotdog with sauerkraut. You can have any one of their six toppings in any combination for that price. A rare bargain. They also make a great bowl of chili.

I am working on my Nicky Epstein sweater with the three cluster bobbles. The pattern can be found in the book, Knitting on the Edge. If you do not own this book, I highly recommend it as an addition to your knitting library.

I finished the back and am half way done the front. I was knitting like a fiend on Sunday at Barnaby's while watching the Rams give away the game to the Seahawks. They finally won two games....and were winning this game....and then....they blew the tie point one yard from a touchdown! My question is when are they going to fire coach Linehan.....he is amazingly bad.........and no one is doing anything about it!!!!

Stitch n' Bitch in Bucks County is having another knitting meeting at the Starbucks in Newtown, PA, this evening. I started this group in Ravelry....but, all who want to sit, knit and BITCH with us are welcome. We will be there from 7 pm onward. Last week we stayed until 9:30 pm. There were three of us, plus the ex-hubbie decided to sit down with us........why? I just can't figure it out.

He showed up at the Buck Hotel on Wednesday nite....as well, and actually stopped by the table to meet UFO boyfriend and my other friend. Go AWAY....please. My aunt thinks he is stalking me now, that he has nothing monetarily to hold over my head....who knows....but, I find it totally embarrassing! Where is that girlfriend, he left me for, six years ago? Please marry him and keep him busy and out of my hair!!!

I thought contentious divorces meant the ex, went away permanently....and never wanted to speak to you again. How does someone drag you through court, find a judge to "influence", drags you into court constantly on every trumped up charge he can conjure up to run you out of money, for four entire years......, leaves you without alimony, when you have not worked at his insistence for the last 14years....practically has you evicted from your own home and labelled as a "bad housewife" to force you to accept his ridiculous divorce settlement......and after all that, he wants to be warm and fuzzy friends?

I mean cheating and lying during the marriage was not enough for this guy.....he made sure I was drawn and quartered in public....for getting angry when he cheated on me.......LOL!!! ....and may I add for the general public, in case you are contemplating cheating on your spouse....most spouses are going to get very mad...and want a divorce....if they have any dignity left. Just a wee something to consider before, you think you really need to have a one night stand.....with that cutie you just spotted.

Why is it, that the biggest creeps in our society today, get away with "murder"? Is the art of lying more highly prized these days than the truth? I felt like a rape victim in my divorce. My entire life was put on trial...but, the guy that broke the marriage contract's vows, got away scott free! Such is life....it is not always fair....BUT, IT SHOULD BE!!!!

So back to the bobble sweater, I just finished the decreases for the armholes of the front....YIPPEEE!!! That means less stockinette stitches to knit. The best part of the sweater was making the bobbles for the bottom points. The rest is primarily stockinette....so this was my knit in public sweater for the past few months....until, I really made major progress during the Rams game. This sweater has mostly been knit standing in bank lines, doctor's offices and waiting at red lights, while driving. I like the yarn as well, it is blue heron beaded cotton in the colorway called Sand I. It is very soft and nice to knit with on bamboo needles.

....and lastly, this is the soap sac that I made with the bobbly yarn
with high twist that I promised a photo of many, many months ago... So I am a procrastinator....I eventually get it done. I like using this textured yarn, I found on ebay, for the soap sac as it will help slough off all my middle aged dead skin cells....and provide a massage sensation.

I use the first cotton one that I made, each and every day in my shower and it is wearing well and is very soft and thick....but,I wanted to try a new one....

I will let you know how my thoughts on which one of the soap sacs I like better. Find the free pattern here

Tired of typing on this blog, for today. I want to get back to my knitting. I want to finish this sweater, in the next week. I am tired of it...and I am trying really hard not to cast anything new on until I finish at least one project. I have been thinking lately of making a pair of those fingerless mittens for winter blogging. I am searching now for a good pattern and if I do not find one soon....I will make up my own.

Wishing you a wonderful fiber filled evening,

Smiles to you,

Wednesday, November 21, 2007



Today is World HELLO DAY!

"Held on November 21-World Hello Day started due to the conflicts between Egypt and Israel in 1973. Since then, it has been celebrated by people in about 180 countries! Anyone can participate simply by saying "hello" to 10 strangers. People around the world use the celebration as an opportunity to express their desire for world peace. The activities of the day help send messages to world leaders, showing them how to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts and come to agreements. All it takes is one simple friendly gesture!"

Sometimes, we are all so busy, we forget the basics....to smile and send cheer out into our world....and today is the perfect day to see what a difference those two small actions can do to change YOUR WORLD and your own life. Do it!

Please also remember all those that you come into contact with, who are perhaps alone on Thanksgiving Day...consider inviting one of these persons to your Thanksgiving table....you will not be sorry that you did.This is a yearly tradition in my family. It is awful to be alone on a holiday. Your generosity will be returned

Happy Thanksgiving to all......
smiles to you,

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

No finished UFO's or other OBJECTS to report........

It is the week of thanksgiving...and I do not know about you....but, this year is almost over...and I feel like I have accomplished so little...other than my heart is still beating, I can still function and get my daily errands and chores accomplished.

It has been a crazy month....for me, so much has happened, none of it exceptional...and most of it a blur...

I am baking sweet potatoes as I type this for my favorite T-ay holiday dish. I saw it made on Oprah years ago...and you can probably find the recipe on her site. I modified it and it is really wonderful....so here it is.

Sweet Potatoes with Carmelized Granny Apple Casserole

4 lbs of sweet potatoes roasted in oven at 450 degrees until soft. Peel skin
off and mash in a bowl.

3 granny apples, peeled, sliced and chopped. Put it into a saute pan with 1/4 cup
of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar and sauted until carmelized and brown.

In the meantime, melt 1/2 stick of butter and then, mix with 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4cup brown sugar, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Pour this mixture over sweet potatoes and add 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed OJ and mix well. Fold in the apple mixture.

Pour into a casserole and top with large marshmallows...put in a preheated oven at 375 degrees and bake for 30-45 minutes until marshmallow top blows up...

Make sure to put aluminum foil in the oven under the casserole, or you will have a real mess...but, a MESS well worth it. You can make the potatoe mixture in advance, I did tonite, and then just pour into a casserole the day of your event, let it come to room temperature and then follow baking instructions.

My friends who do not like sweet potatoes, love this recipe...they can never believe that it is so good!!! enjoy!

I am having Thanksgiving with my aunt, a second cousin, a friend of aunties, and UFO boyfriend. She invited him....who knows why, because she does not like his behavior either. We are really not getting along lately. He has done some things that I really do not know if I can forgive. He insists that we will work it out, but I just
do not see that happening. Or any effort to make this come to fruition on his part.

I am dating others at this point. I just have not met anyone else that, I even remotely like being with for more than a few dates. It is so hard to meet someone at my age, we are all so set in our ways and have so much baggage we are toting around.

I think it is especially tough at this time of year not to have a SO that you enjoy being with...during all the celebrations. I am not looking forward to experiencing this again in 2007.

And if that is not enough to deal with, the ex-hubby has been turning up wherever, I am for the past few weeks. Spooky. Last night we had the first meeting of the Bucks County ravelers at Starbucks in Newtown and who shows up...and without his knitting. LOL! He pulls up a chair and starts to talk, like he was an invited guest. No he does not knit. I reminded him how he tried to value my stash at $25k during our divorce. Can you believe it? Who does a thing like that?

My thought, if you are considering divorce, nothing is sacred, get your stash out of your house, safely to a storage facility and do not tell anyone!!!

He is trying to convince me to give him back his golf clubs he left at the house, which are now legally mine. I said, I would be happy to give them to him, if he pays me the money he owes. Well you know how that goes, no where...it is circuitous, so I think I am just going to put them up for auction on ebay...because
when they are gone that argument is over.

I am working on a felted bag from the book, Knitters Stash with some stash yarns. It is for my aunt. I still have not assembled the Nicky Epstein 25th anniversary scarf...all parts are still lying in a box, to do. I am planning on sorting my stash this weekend and to start putting it up for sale. It is overwhelming me and I know that I will never use it all in a lifetime. Most was bought on sale at exceptional prices and I figure, I may as well pass it on to someone that will enjoy it and use it.

I think part of my hoarding fibers had to do with the mess my marriage was in and the distress of the long divorce proceedings. I want to destash my entire life these days and live simpler. It is like that old george carlin skit on STUFF...the more stuff you have the more time it takes to manage it all...it is a never ending fight. It sucks up your time.

I went to watch UFO boyfriend play at open mike night
at the rusty nail on haverford ave in ardmore, two weeks ago. It was fun. Many of our friends were there we had not seen in a while. He was not playing well in my humble opinion, so I was a little a disappointed.

The place is a bit of a dump...but there is good music and if you live nearby it is fun to go and listen to the locals play, on Thursday nights.

On the way home, I was behind this truck. I had to take a photo of it. I never saw anything like this. I guess I never wondered how a crime scene got cleaned up. I always thought it was done by the police or some other government agency. Apparently this is a career job and
business for some people.

YUCK....I guess this goes with the funeral home business, we know very little about this.

The following evening, while I was driving downtown, I heard a news report that in Havertown there is a gang of people, one woman and four men that are house jacking people's homes. The woman knocks at your door, and when you open it, the guys rush in and tie you up and rob you. Lovely!

I rarely answer my door these days unless I am expecting someone. I guess this is the safe way to live these days. Be careful if you do answer, because that person who looks hurt or injured and needing help may be
a ruse. It is probably safer to just call the police. What a world we live in!

This is the new puppy, I almost bought. I fell in love
with her photo, but someone came and bought her
the night before, I was going to visit her.

I was upset.

I have been looking for a companion for Koko for two
months with no luck. It is becoming depressing.

It is so hard to find a really wonderful pet...and even
harder if you are searching for a companion for another

If anyone reading this blog knows of someone with a litter of shih tzu's from a reputable breeder, please let me know...
I am so tired of reading the endless ads that lead no where...and I refuse to pay over $1000 for a dog...that is just insane!

wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday,
smiles to you,

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

well where should i begin..........

it's november....
NOVEMBER....where did this year go? Daylights savings time is back....and it is dark most of the time. I despise this time of year. The loss of light heavily affects me.....I find myself easily depressed until December 21st, the longest day of the year is over, because then I know it is uphill from there.

So it has been 12 days since I blogged....and that 12 days has been full of STUFF.....and most of it not good.

Let's start with the good stuff.........it will be easy. I went to visit a girlfriend....from my high school days. She bought a new house. I love it...it is a wonderful place....with good spirits, and I went alone and enjoyed myself immensely. To the left is a photo of me at her party.

...and that was the weekend before halloween........

...and it is 11:20pm....and I have had a long day...so will leave you here...with a promise to post more tommorrow...

Happy Trails,