About Me

Arizona, United States
I'm a work-at-home mom who enjoys the beautiful sunsets here in the high desert.

My Designs

For the free patterns for these afghan squares I designed for My Reading Afghan, click here.

My Recently Completed Projects

On The Hook

Ravelry CAL Afghan 1 in progress
Ravelry CAL Afghan 1

Ravelry CAL Afghan 2 in progress
Ravelry CAL Afghan 2

Ravelry CAL Afghan 3 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 3 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan 3

Ravelry CAL Afghan 4 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 4 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan 4

Ravelry CAL Afghan 5 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 5 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan 5

Ravelry CAL Afghan 6 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 6 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan 6

Ravelry CAL Afghan 7 in progress (squares 1-4)Ravelry CAL Afghan 7 in progress (squares 5-8)
Ravelry CAL Afghan--Flower Burst 7ARavelry CAL Afghan--Flower Burst 7B
Ravelry CAL Afghan 7

Ravelry CAL Afghan 8 in progress
Ravelry CAL Afghan 8

Ravelry CAL Afghan Blocks:
Dream Catcher
Cross My Heart
Cygnus
Chocolate Delight
Flower Burst

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Randomness--Word Association

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Let's do good ol' fashioned random word association this week :o)

I say....you think...

1. flower..... bouquet
2. paper..... roses
3. coffee ..... cup
4. tire ..... iron
5. sand ..... castle
6. work ..... play
7. reality tv ..... laugh
8. itch ..... scratch
9. tooth ..... brush
10. sour ..... dough

Tulip Time Completed

I finally got all the embellishments done on Tulip time. I sewed white lace appliques and lilac roses on the yoke of the dress and on the insteps of the booties, and I wove sheer lilac ribbon into the dress for a sash and into the booties for ties. I'm really happy with how this layette set turned out.
I made the baby headband from a pattern in a different book, but I think it goes well with the Tulip Time set, especially since I used the same white lace appliques and lilac roses on it, too.
I also crocheted this blanket, Shining Star, from another book to go with Tulip Time, so now all five pieces are ready to be gift-wrapped and sent on their way for the baby girl expected by my nephew and his wife.

My brother and sister-in-law are also expecting a baby girl, so I'm planning to crochet Morning Glory for her, which is from the same pattern book as Tulip Time--'Beautiful Baby Boutique' from Annie's Attic. If you follow this link, you should be able to see a picture of the cover of the book. Tulip Time is in the main shot, and Morning Glory is in the little circle in the lower right-hand corner.

Baby Headband Completed

Believe it or not, this (above) turned into that (below). All 186 stitches around ended up fitting around the 16-inches-around elastic when I finished the 6th round, which was the closing round. That final round was single-crocheting through both the 5th round and the 1st round with the elastic enclosed within the crocheting.

It did fit very compactly, which ended up making the final headband nice and cushiony, so the pattern ended up working out wonderfully without having to make any adjustments. I sewed on white lace appliques (which are difficult to discern in this picture) and lilac roses to match the Tulip Time dress and booties, and now it's all done.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Being a Watchman

(I originally wrote and posted this on my previous blog on 03/15/2007.)

Reading: Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 3-5

Eze 3:17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Yisra'el. And you shall hear a word from My mouth, and shall warn them from Me.
Eze 3:18 "When I say to the wrong, 'You shall certainly die,' and you have not warned him, nor spoken to warn the wrong from his wrong way, to save his life, that same wrong man shall die in his crookedness, and his blood I require at your hand.
Eze 3:19 "But if you have warned the wrong and he does not turn from his wrong, nor from his wrong way, he shall die in his crookedness, and you have delivered your being.
Eze 3:20 "And when a righteous one turns from his righteousness and shall do unrighteousness, when I have put a stumbling-block before him, he shall die. Because you did not warn him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done is not remembered, and his blood I require at your hand.
Eze 3:21 "But if you have warned the righteous one that the righteous should not sin, and he did not sin, he shall certainly live because he has been warned, and you have delivered your being."

This passage is very thought-provoking. Especially considering that the Jews call those who believe in Yeshua as Messiah 'Notzrim', which means 'watchmen', this is a message we need to listen to and take to heart.

The wrong AND the righteous are to be warned to turn from sin. When you think about it, that includes everyone!

Compare the above instruction given to Yehezqel to the instruction given to the disciples:

Mar 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to every creature.
Mar 16:16 "He who has believed and has been immersed, shall be saved, but he who has not believed shall be condemned.

Shaul (Paul) obviously took these instructions to heart and was faithful to obey them:

Act 20:26 "Therefore I witness to you this day that I am clear from the blood of all.
Act 20:27 "For I kept not back from declaring to you all the counsel of Elohim.
Act 20:31 "Therefore watch, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not cease to warn each one with tears.

Reading these passages scared me because, unlike Shaul, I have not been faithful to this charge and have held back from sounding the watchman's warning in order to avoid conflict or due to a myriad of other excuses.

But if we saw someone walking into a minefield, wouldn't we warn them and plead with them to turn back? I realize that we cannot force people to listen or to take heed, but according to the Scriptures we are still responsible to sound the warning, "whether they hear, or whether they refuse".

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Last Night's TV

The Moment of Truth: I am guessing that all of these episodes got recorded before any of them aired, else why would any 'loved one' of any of the contestants go on that show? Once you've seen the show, you've gotta know that the only reason your contestant got picked to be on the show is because they've got dirt on them during the lie detector testing that will only humiliate you once it is revealed on the show, and there you'll be with your face hanging out. And wasn't that Leanne, the hit-and-run driver who goes to bed with strange men, quite the gem?

America's Got Talent: The problem with this show is the judges' inconsistency. One minute Piers will talk about how the the contestants need to have an act that could be a successful show in Las Vegas or something, and then the next minute he'll let through to the next round a skinny, disturbingly weird, no-talent guy who can't dance simply because he made him chuckle a couple of times.

Wipeout: So far, this show just keeps being laugh-out-loud funny. I love the nicknames they give to the contestants, usually based on their interviews, like "Self-described Weirdo" and "One-word Model".

Big Brother 10: That was kind of a scary fight between Jerry and Libra and then Libra and Renny. Michelle may live to regret not using that power of veto to backdoor Libra and get her evicted while the getting was good. Very masculine of Jessie to have his toenails painted.

The Next Food Network Star: I'm glad nobody got eliminated because I think Aaron might have been the most likely to go, and I still like him. He did great on his promo, but his presentation at the buffet was horrible, and his food wasn't impressive. Adam and Lisa didn't do as well as Aaron on their promos, but I thought they did okay. Lisa was a surprise doing her presentation with a song. Adam's presentation was not as impressive as Lisa's, but much less embarrassing than Aaron's. Adam's food seemed the most popular at the buffet. I sure wished I could try those chicken wings with blue cheese dressing!

I'm Reed Fish

This wasn't an engaging movie and not as funny as it thought it was. I wasn't able to follow the story very well because of the device they used (kind of a double story) and therefore didn't know exactly what the end was and who all was who until I read the plot summary at Wikipedia. Granted, I wasn't paying all that much attention during the movie because it wasn't very engrossing, so maybe if I had paid closer attention, I might not have needed to read someone else's plot summary to finally understand the whole thing. But even after knowing all the details, it still wasn't satisfying.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Baby Headband--Part 1

I was really hoping that this would start looking like it was going to work by the time I got to this point. The inner circle is a 16-inch length of elastic with the ends sewn together. The outer circle is the circle of crocheting that is eventually supposed to cover the elastic and result in the headband. As you can see, there is quite a bit of discrepancy between the two.

The interesting part is that the pattern I'm using calls for worsted weight yarn (a 4 on the yarn bulkiness scale), and the yarn I'm using is a DK yarn, which is a 3 on the scale, so thinner than worsted weight, thus it should crochet up smaller than it would with worsted weight. I'm using the same size hook the pattern calls for--an F--and I chained 186 as the pattern stated. At that point, even upon seeing the huge circle I had, my hope was that with the thinner yrn the circle would draw up some and get smaller as I completed the first round of single crochet. It did get smaller, but still was a lot larger than the elastic.

At this point, I'm not quite halfway through the second round, which is single crochet alternating in front and back loops, and it doesn't seem to be getting any closer to the circumference of the elastic. I can understand if it is a little larger than the elastic for a gathered ruffly effect, but I don't think it will work being this much larger around than the elastic.

I think the whole thing is only 6 rounds, with the final round joining to the first round with the elastic inside. I think I'll keep going until I finish the third round and then reassess whether to continue or to start over with a shorter chain, look for another pattern or try making up my own pattern.

Ten On Tuesday--Least Favorite Celebrities

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  1. O.J. Simpson. Have you found the 'real' killer yet, O.J.?
  2. Jane Fonda. She'll always be Hanoi Jane to me.
  3. Michael Jackson. I wouldn't let him anywhere near my kids.
  4. Mike Tyson. Taste any good ears lately?
  5. Tom Cruise. Quite possibly certifiably insane--that Scientology video of him was scaaaarrrry.
  6. Rosie O'Donnell. How does she offend me? Let me count the ways.....
  7. Julia Roberts. That awful laugh and helping herself to someone else's husband.
  8. Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie). Can't think of anything concise to say--there's just so much.
  9. Alex Trebek. I'd know all the answers, too, if they were on the cards in my hand.
  10. Pretty much any and all rappers. I refuse to call them 'singers' or 'artists'.

Latest TV Watching

The Mole: After initially suspecting Victoria, I then switched to Alex when she got eliminated. After Alex was eliminated, everyone left looked so mole-y that I couldn't settle on a single suspect. Now, with Clay gone, it's even more difficult to narrow it down because all four left have done mole-ish things. For a long time I felt like Nicole couldn't be the mole because she was far too obvious, but now I'm wondering if that could be a strategy--look so much like the mole that you won't be suspected? Craig, being the 'nice guy' through most of the show, is also suspect for that alone. Paul and Mark have caused trouble and kept money out of the pot at various times. For me, right now, it's a toss-up as to which one is the mole, and it's driving me crazy, especially since I haven't caught on to ANY hidden clues. I always hate when they show those at the end of the season and realize I totally missed them.

Big Brother 10: Jessie is just not a likable person. He seems to hate women and be overly concerned with other men's looks, not to mention his own. He certainly has made it a tall order to expect everyone to 'respect', i.e. admire, him as much as he does himself. Keesha is overly obsessed with April, and one has to wonder why--is she jealous because Ollie is interested in April instead of her? I have a question for Jerry: If what you did to Brian was totally justified, then why the repeated talk about how you didn't wear any military garb while you were doing it?Jessie was foolish not to use Dan's loyalty to his advantage instead of putting him on the block. I don't really want to see Dan or Steve go, but I'm not sure who I'd want to leave in their place if one of them gets the power of veto. At this point, Jessie's the most offensive person in the house, even outranking Renny, but since he's HoH, no chance of him being evicted yet.

Nashville Star: Okay, isn't it way past time for Billy Ray to get a haircut and a new do? That stringy hair in the face just doesn't work. And I still cannot understand why that Coffey guy is still in the running. He sings like a goat and sounds terrible. I guess I just don't get it. I thought Melissa was the best singer from the beginning, and I think she still is, but it's sure difficult to predict who will win. I never would have dreamed Coffey would make it as far as he has, so I suppose anything can happen.

Wanna Bet?: I don't want to try it to find out, but the way that guy was able to tell what a CD was by licking it has to be because they can be 'read' like Braille somehow. The letters and/or designs have to be different in some way from the rest of the background, by taste or feel, but how does one manage to first discover this? Pretty weird.

High School Musical-Get In The Picture: We liked most of the Eastern finalists, but would have preferred either of the two boys who got eliminated over too-full-0f-himself Isaiah and Ciara over Bailey. It's too bad that we had to see Tierney, a lovely girl with a beautiful voice, belching so much and so loudly--not a pretty picture. Looking forward to seeing the Western auditions.

Weeds: I think we're caught up on the episodes of this show. It looks like there may be a romance brewing between Nancy and the Mexican boss man. Bee-stung Doug was hilarious, as was Celia's gap-toothed smile at the dinner table.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY...
Yom Sheni, the 17th day of the 4th month

Outside My Window...
the big kittens are playing and scampering about.

I am thinking...
of how much I'm already enjoying the book I just started reading--'The Other Side of the Sun' by Madeleine L'Engle.

I am thankful for...
being able to have a nice long conversation with my 25-year-old son a couple days ago.

From the kitchen...
This week's dinners:
Southwestern Chicken*
Crockpot Roast
Chicken Soup in a Pot*
Beef Stew*
Steak with Pizza Potatoes*
Super Easy Chicken*
Beans and Cheeseburger Macaroni
(*these recipes are from 'Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly' by Phyllis Pellman Good)

I am wearing...
a purple skirt and top.

I am creating...
a crocheted baby headband to go with the Tulip Time dress and booties.

I am going...
nowhere today, but will probably be doing the usual shopping and errands on Preparation Day later in the week.

I am reading...
for the Fast of the Fourth Month:
Zekaryah (Zechariah) 8:19-23
Shemot (Exodus) 32:11-14, 34:1-10
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 55:6-56:8

The Scriptures in Chronological Order:
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 19, 20, 25, 26, 35, 36, 45-49
Dibre HaYamim Bet (2 Chronicles) 36:1-4
Habaqquq (Habakkuk)
Dani'el (Daniel) 1

Parashat Matot (tribes):
Torah--Bemidbar (Numbers) 30:1-32:42
Haftarah--Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 1:1-2:3
Ketuvim Netzarim--Mattithyahu (Matthew) 5:33-37; Acts 9:1-22

'Restoration' by D. Thomas Lancaster

'The Other Side of the Sun' by Madeleine L'Engle

'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen (listening to it on CraftLit)

I am hoping...
that I can finish reading 'The Other Side of the Sun' before it's due back at the library.

I am hearing...
my youngest tattling on his older siblings.

Around the house...
I need to take inventory of the kids' clothes to see what they need before school starts.

One of my favorite things...
is taking a nice relaxing bath.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
RSVP to an invitation.
Return phone calls from family and friends.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

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More TV

Wipeout : When I saw the previews for this show, I assumed I wouldn't like it, but it is one show where I laugh nearly all the way through it. It's amazing how many ways the human body can bounce off of those big balls, and every single one of them is funny. It mystifies me why anyone would sign on to take this kind of punishment, especially for only $50,000, and that only if you come out on top of 23 others. On Dance Machine, another ABC show, contestants only have to beat five people to win twice as much ($100,000), and all they have to do is dance entertainingly enough to get audience votes. Even bad dancers can win as long as they can get the audience on their side. That is a lot better odds and a much less difficult way to get some money than Wipeout. But Wipeout seems to have plenty of people willing to physically punish themselves on the Wipeout courses, so for that reason, I don't feel guilty about laughing at the contestants' wipeouts. But that's not all that causes my laughter. This show wouldn't be nearly so funny without the hosts--John Anderson, John Henson and Jill Wagner. Their dialog and narration of the action and interviews with the contestants are hilarious and really make the show worth watching.

The Baby Borrowers: I was not prepared for how offensive some of these teenage kids can be. The temper tantrums are something to behold! One of the best of those was on the first show when Kelly refused to wear the pregnancy suit. Is she planning to have a baby without ever being pregnant? I guess it can be done, but someone will still have to be pregnant, and it sure wouldn't hurt her to spend one little day getting some idea of what that's like in order to at least empathize and gain some appreciation for how babies actually come to be. Alicea is another unrealistic person who is difficult to like. She seems to be getting more of a clue and engaging in some actual introspection in the most recent episode during the pre-teen phase, though, and that was refreshing to see/hear. I was really liking Jordan and Sasha and was impressed with their maturity compared to the other couples until Sasha had her atomic blow-up at the poor mom of the toddler. Jordan still seemed pretty level-headed, though. Kelsey is another drama queen with her little tummy-ache episode during the baby phase and taking offense at the mom of the pre-teens trying to explain to her why she needs to learn to eat right in order for her future children to eat right. The guys overall seem much more easygoing and ready and willing to do what it takes in each phase and also have an amazing amount of patience for the histrionics of their girlfriends.

The Next Food Network Star: I really liked Kelsey and was sad to see her go, but I kind of understand why they eliminated her. She just didn't have the same level of knowledge and experience as the others. Aaron's dishes always seem to be the ones I most want to eat when they show them and describe them. Now if he can just learn to cook and talk at the same time, he should do very well. I thought Lisa did well in the being-interviewed-while-cooking part of the challenge, but I agreed with the judges that she should have made more of an attempt at a better mac and cheese than Adam. I was surprised when Adam tanked on the interview portion since he did so well in the piece with Rachael Ray in a previous episode. It sure is hard to predict who the judges will pick as a winner out of this final three. Each one has different strengths and weaknesses than the others. At this point, I'm thinking that Aaron has the best chance of overcoming his weaknesses and being in a position to win.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Knit One, Kill Two Afghan Square Completed

I've finally finished knitting the Knit One, Kill Two square. I wanted it to be kind of like a scrap quilt, and I think I managed to do that. I think it would have been better to do something other than mesh for the bottom center block, but other than that, I'm pretty happy with it.

On the top row of blocks, I attempted to do a block with a K, then a block with a 1, then a blank block, then another block with a K and then a block with a 2, like this: K1 K2. This was supposed to stand for 'Knit 1, Kill 2' like the book title, but it didn't turn out very well. At least the attempt added some texture to those blocks, though.

I'll be posting a review of the book, Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton, as well as the pattern for this afghan square as soon as I'm able to get them typed up.

Randomness--Bookworms

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Let's talk about books this week.

1. What are you currently reading?
In the morning, I'm reading the Scriptures in chronological order, and as time permits, a little bit of Restoration by D. Thomas Lancaster. The book I'm reading before going to sleep at night is Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. When I'm in the car, I'm listening to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen on CraftLit.

2. Where is your favorite place to get your books from?
I prefer getting them from the library because they are free and only temporarily add to the clutter in the house, but the drawback is that sometimes I'm not able to finish them by the time they're due. If I can't find a book I want at the library, or if it's on a long waiting list there, then I look on Amazon or eBay for a used copy. If I can't find it that way, then I put it on my Amazon wish list and try to find it the next time I'm able to go to a used book store.

3. Name a book you read and did not enjoy.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I think that maybe my expectations were too high, but I found it boring and annoying, and so I had to force myself to finish reading it. I wanted to read it because it was a selection for a reading group I belong to (Knitting 19th-Century Novels on Ravelry) and also because it is such a classic and I had never read it before.

4. How has your taste in books changed over the years? What types of books do you read now as opposed to five years ago?
Many years ago I used to love to read romance novels, but finally got tired of the formula. I've always enjoyed historical novels and still do. A few years ago I went through a cozy mystery phase and really enjoyed those. I also went through a true crime phase shortly before or after that time. Also, a few years ago I discovered Harry Turtledove's alternate history books and loved those, but I haven't read any since then. I used to read a lot of fantasy, too, and still do, but not so often and regularly as I used to. I once tried to collect and read all the books on Oprah's list, but eventually got sidetracked. I did like nearly all of those that I did read, though. Since joining some reading groups in the last few months, I've been enjoying the reading selections (which are various genres) and the social aspect of the discussions about the books. The older I get, the more picky I tend to be about what I read (the 'so many books, so little time' factor becoming more and more relevant as time goes by), and the reading groups have helped me with that because the books are either classics or books that others have read and recommended. Out of the last 11 books I've read there was only one I didn't enjoy ('Alice' noted above).

5. When you walk into your favorite bookstore, where do you go? Mystery...Romance...Latest Releases....Non-Fiction...etc?
I tend to look at the new releases, the bestsellers and the staff picks first. Even if I'm there to look for a specific book (which could be in almost any section) and go there first, I'll still usually look at those three sections before I leave. I never know what treasure might be discovered there.

Still Catching Up On TV

We're still trying to catch up on all the episodes we missed during Husband's hospitalization and being away for work.

Greatest American Dog: I really enjoyed the second episode of this show. Sadly that Brandy, who pushes around her dog, Beacon, is still in it, but at least we will no longer have to endure the supremely annoying eh-eh-eh sounds from Elan, although her giant dog, Kenji, will probably still be subjected to them. The highlight of this episode was Beth Joy defying the judges and defending her practice of dressing her dog, Bella Starlet, as if she was a Barbie doll, despite the experts/judges explaining to her why that was not a safe practice for her dog (other dogs cannot read her body language cues because of the clothes covering them up) and because part of the challenge was to judge each dog's grooming, which they were not able to do since most of Bella Starlet's body was covered with a dress. After her outburst at the judges, which we thought would seal her fate, we were surprised when they eliminated Elan and Kenji instead, but oh well, there's always the next episode, where maybe we'll get to see Elvis (Jack Russell Terrier) attack one of the other dogs again while his indifferent owner, David, looks on.

Fear Itself: The episode we watched was the one that was another variant of the Dawn of the Dead theme--ghoulish zombies wandering around eating people. In this case, it focuses on a woman who seemed to be recovering from a night of heavy-duty partying, still hung over, and not initially aware of all the chaos going on around her. There were regular flashbacks to the night before throughout, which got totally predictable when her friend told her she was taking a cab to the party instead of being be picked up by her. In addition to the poor acting in this episode, the ending was a total betrayal. Basically they told one story all the way through until they got to the end, and then they retold the whole story differently. It was unsatisfying.

Last Comic Standing: I still think Sean Cullen is the funniest when it comes to those little side interviews. How does he even think of things like 'frozen barf'? Marcus is pretty funny, and Jeff Dye did do great in the Bed, Bath and Beyond challenge, and I can see why Carrot Top picked him as the winner. I was sad to see Paul Foot go, as he was likable--strange and odd, but likable--and funny often enough to remain likable. I wasn't sad to see Papa CJ go, especially after we had to endure the same old material from him. These comics need to keep in mind that while each studio audience may be a new one, the TV audience is likely to have already heard whatever material they used in previous episodes. Big congrats to Iliza for eliminating four contestants, for being the 'killer comic', as Paul Foot referred to her. I wonder if they'll finally stop picking her for the elimination challenge now that she's proven how deadly she can be.

So You Think You Can Dance: Comfort went to the bottom of my list early on because I didn't like her attitude in the early episodes, so I was content with her departure, only to be discontented with her return in the next episode. While she has seemed to adjust her attitude, I still don't think she's as talented as the other female dancers. I've now kind of settled on who my favorites are: Chelsea and Katee for the girls and Will and Joshua for the boys. Will is just technically amazing, and Joshua does a really good job maintaining his masculinity and still being a great dancer. Chelsea and Katee are just amazing dancers. While I like Courtney and Kherington, it was okay with me for one of them to go rather than Chelsea or Katee, although I would have preferred to Comfort to go for the second time. I'm okay with Gev leaving rather than any of the other guys. I think my favorite dance of the week was Will and Katee's Pas de Deux.

Big Brother 10: It's wonderful having Big Brother back on. What we've seen so far is up to where Brian gets evicted. The back-dooring of Brian was the GREATEST flip and blindside I've ever seen on Big Brother. I don't think I've ever seen that many people united so early on to make such a big game play. The way I saw it, it was Libra who initiated the whole thing, so she's going to be someone to watch. Brian just got too interested in letting everyone know how in control he believed he was and ended up really blowing it for himself. We had already noted that he was mistakenly thinking of himself as Dr. Will far too prematurely before Libra came to the same conclusion. I think Michelle is someone to watch as well because I noticed she was doing a lot of comforting of everybody, seeming to try to endear herself to everyone and trying to be everyone's friend. Jerry's repeated talk of not wearing anything military while stabbing Brian in the back was pretty lame, as if as long as he doesn't wear it the exact moment he is doing the backstabbing, then it's okay to keep wearing it after the backstabbing. I really wanted to like and root for Jerry, but he disappointed me when he allowed himself to be so easily manipulated by Brian and then by pretty much everyone else. It's almost like he's never watched the show, but he claimed in the intro that he'd watched every episode since season 1. Both Jessie and Renny were equally annoying to me in their little conflict. She kept going on about how immature Jessie is, but exactly how mature is it to go into a room full of sleeping people, turn on the light and make as much noise as you can? On the other hand, Renny was right about the fact that she apologized right after the incident, and Jessie was indeed lying in saying that she hadn't. But conflicts like that are what make the show entertaining, so I was hoping that they'd both stay for that reason alone. Most disgusting moment of the show: April going around requesting people she just met to feel her breasts and then the people actually doing it!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Princess to Slave

(I originally wrote and posted this to my previous blog on 03/14/2007.)

Reading: Ekah (Lamentations) 1-2

Lam 1:1 How alone she sits, The city once great with people! Like a widow she has become, One great among the nations! A princess among provinces has become a slave!

This book is called Ekah in Hebrew, which means "how", and is a collection of 'songs of wailing', or dirges, about the destruction of Yerushalayim. It has an interesting construction. The first four chapters are in acrostic style with each verse (in chapter 3 it is each trio of verses) beginning with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in alphabetical order. Some Psalms (25, 34, 37, 119) are also in this style. Even though the fifth chapter of Ekah has 22 verses (the number of letters in the Hebrew alefbet), it is not in the same alphabetical acrostic style as the others.

Lam 2:14 Your prophets have seen Falsehood and folly for you, And have not shown you your crookedness, To turn back your captivity. But their visions for you Are false and misleading messages.

The saddest thing about the destruction of Yerushalayim and the exile to Babel is how the leaders led the people astray instead of calling them to repentance. They continued to tell them that everything was fine instead of pointing out their sin so they could turn from it. We have this same problem today. Leaders tickle the peoples' ears instead of calling them to repentance.

The Day of Judgment will come for each and every one of us. YHWH is extremely patient, but that Day will come, and the books will be opened, and each of us will go on trial. The writer of the book of Ibrim (Hebrews) gives us a preview:

Heb 10:26 For if we sin purposely after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a slaughter offering for sins,
Heb 10:27 but some fearsome anticipation of judgment, and a fierce fire which is about to consume the opponents.
Heb 10:28 Anyone who has disregarded the Torah of Mosheh dies without compassion on the witness of two or three witnesses.
Heb 10:29 How much worse punishment do you think shall he deserve who has trampled the Son of Elohim underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was set apart as common, and insulted the Spirit of favour?
Heb 10:30 For we know Him who has said, "Vengeance is Mine, I shall repay, says יהוה." And again, "יהוה shall judge His people."
Heb 10:31 It is fearsome to fall into the hands of the living Elohim.

How can we expect the blood of Messiah to cover us if we're trampling Him underfoot? He told the woman caught in adultery to "Go and sin no more." He did not die and shed His blood for us so that we could treat it as an unholy thing. He wants us to walk as He walked and "sin no more" so that we can live with Him in the New Yerushalayim--

Rev 22:14 "Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city.
Rev 22:15 "But outside are the dogs and those who enchant with drugs, and those who whore, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood.

I don't think any of us wants to end up singing dirges as Yirmeyahu and the rest of Yehudah did, so we need to listen to the Word of YHWH and turn to Him and away from sin.

Friday, July 18, 2008

My Husband Rocks!

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In addition to being the priest of our home, my husband takes his role as provider very seriously. He has a long commute, and then he works very hard out in the weather (right now over 100 degrees and sometimes even over 110 degrees) doing a very physically taxing job to provide for our needs.

His job has never been an easy one, but especially since his heart attack, it has been even more difficult when his body doesn't cooperate with his will. But he just keeps cracking away at it. His cardiologist tells him to, "Take it easy", apparently oblivious to the fact that there is no 'taking it easy' in my husband's kind of job. Not to mention that if my husband doesn't do it, it won't get done because he is self-employed, and there is no one else to do it, and if it doesn't get done, then there is no income, etc.

This puts a lot of stress on my husband, especially when he has to spend time in the hospital, and his work gets behind and has to be caught up once he gets out of the hospital. I am amazed at how he bears up under the stress and strives to keep going as best he can. He will always be my hero for that.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen--3rd Edition



Thirteen books to be read for the book clubs I belong to:



1. The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L'Engle

2. Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann

3. Atonement by Ian McEwan

4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

5. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

7. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

8. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

9. Vanity Fair by Willam Makepeace Thackeray

10. Dracula by Bram Stoker

11. Knit Two Together by Connie Lane

12. Needled To Death by Maggie Sefton

13. A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton





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Canvas

This was just an okay movie. Could have been worse and maybe could have been better. It's about a boy growing up with a mentally ill mother and how all three of them cope with the situation. I wish they would have developed the nosey neighbor story line more--I think that would have helped make it better. I liked the way the boy used his own coping strategy to help his dad continue with his coping strategy. That was touching, and it also showed that deep down he accepted his mother, even though some of the things she did caused him pain.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Whiskers On Wednesday

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KITTENS!

This is Velvet with her babies shortly after delivery and before I changed the bedding.


Here they are after I got the bedding changed and after Velvet got them all cleaned up and dry.

Velvet loving on her babies. Notice the one under her that she's rubbing her head against.


The kittens trying to find their num-nums.

There are four of them--3 females, 1 male. The male is a tuxedo, and he hisses a lot, which totally cracks me up--so fierce in his tinyness! The females are: A solid gray, a tortoiseshell and a tortoiseshell-and-white. Velvet is a gray tortoiseshell-and-white, and she has the most beautiful green eyes.

This is my favorite kitten--the tortoiseshell-and-white one. She has perfectly symmetrical orange and white patches over her still-closed little eyes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Another great Harry Potter movie. I've enjoyed every single one. I love all the effects, the strange surroundings, the alternate world feel and look of it, and all the different characters.

A funny thing happened during this one, though. I had to be pretty exhausted to fall asleep during a movie I enjoy, but sure enough I did fall asleep for several minutes. I missed the part where the nasty woman first became ensconced at the school.

Our cat, Velvet, had been pregnant for what seemed like forever, every day getting bigger and bigger until she looked like a big round ball. I would check on her a lot to see if she was going into labor yet.

So, what woke me up during the movie were little mewing sounds, and I hopped up and started heading for the laundry room (where Velvet was being kept safe from harrassment by our new dog) while mumbling that Velvet must be having her babies.

My entire family started laughing at my not-quite-complete awakening and bumbling run to the laundry room and informed me that the mewing sounds were coming from the cat pictures in that nasty woman's room in the movie.

After looking at the TV screen briefly, I still went and checked on Velvet just in case, but still no kittens were being born yet. They did arrive about a week later, though, and they are the cutest little things.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I Am Marianne Dashwood

Since I've been trying to catch up on work and blogging, I didn't knit or crochet yesterday, so nothing to show and tell on that front.

In my travels around the blogosphere, I came upon this 'Which Austen heroine are you?' quiz and here is my result:


I am Marianne Dashwood!

"You are Marianne Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are impulsive, romantic, impatient, and perhaps a bit too brutally honest. You enjoy romantic poetry and novels, and play the pianoforte beautifully. To boot, your singing voice is captivating. You feel deeply, and love passionately."

It's been so long since I read Sense & Sensibility that I can only dimly recall the character, but the description above is kinda like me. I do play the piano, but I wouldn't say 'beautifully', and I doubt that my singing voice is 'captivating', but I do love to sing. Impulsive, impatient and honest are right, but I'm not as romantic as I used to be.

Click on the picture to take the quiz to see which Austen heroine you are.

Catching Up On TV

We've been catching up on episodes we missed while Husband was in the hospital, so I'm sure I'm way behind. Even when he's home, I rarely know when the air dates are since I just watch them as Husband plays the previously recorded episodes.

Weeds: I don't like the theme of this show as far as the mother engaging in criminal activity with her kids involved, but I do like the show because the characters and writing can be so funny and fun to watch. For instance, even as an unlikable guy, Albert Brooks is hilarious. I loved the part where Celia was in jail and how cowed and subdued she was as well as the changes in her make-up and hair style. Other than Albert Brooks and Celia in jail, I'm not enjoying this season as much as the previous ones. The Nancy-working-for-Guillermo story line is already getting old, and I miss the whole suburban subdivision setting and the Little Boxes theme song.

Greatest American Dog: This was a lot more fun to watch than I expected. Some of the dogs are pretty amazing in what they can do, and you have the usual assortment of people, some likable and some not. While the guy and his Boston Terrier (Michael and Ezzie) who got eliminated were not favorites of mine, I still think they should have stayed instead of that unbearable woman and her dog who wouldn't do anything (Brandy and Beacon).

Last Comic Standing: So sad to see God's Pottery gone. I really enjoyed those guys. I wish that Papa CJ would have been eliminated instead of them. I didn't like him from the beginning. On this episode, I thought Sean Cullen was hilarious in the little interview bits throughout the show. He wasn't as funny in the challenge, though. I guess some people are like that--really funny conversationally, but not so much in a stand-up comedy type way. I'm glad that Esther was eliminated. She got on my nerves, and I can see why the others couldn't take her raucous laugh anymore. Jim Tavare was funnier in this episode than I would have expected from what I'd seen of him before.

So You Think You Can Dance: The dances I liked best from the episode I watched were the Adam and Eve dance by Will and Jessica and, surprisingly, the Bollywood dance by Joshua and Katee. I thought the Adam and Eve one was really poetic and pretty, and they did it so flawlessly. I was totally amazed at the Bollywood. I didn't expect to like it, and it really wowed me. Really fun to watch. I haven't seen the results episode yet, so I don't know who got eliminated.

Now that Husband is out of the hospital, he's doing all he can to catch up on work, so I have to wait until he is back home in a few days to see more TV.

Ten On Tuesday--Vacation Moments

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Some of these are obviously not favorite vacation moments, but they are certainly among the most memorable:

1. Backing into a tree while camping in Sequoia National Park.

My parents had borrowed my grandparents' Suburban for this camping trip, so my stepfather was not used to driving it. When we got to the campground, he told us kids to get in the very back and watch out the rear window as he was backing into the campsite because there was a huge tree there. When we got close to the tree, we kids started yelling, "Stop! Stop!! Stop!!!", and for some reason he kept going and BAM! hit the tree. We asked him why he didn't stop when we were yelling "Stop!" over and over again, and he admitted that he figured he still had plenty of room because we were just kids and probably would think the car was close when it wasn't. Huh? Then why'd he ask us to be the look-outs if he didn't trust our judgment?

2. Backing into a Mercedes in Paris.

Yes, he did it again for exactly the same reason as before--didn't trust that we kids knew when it was time to stop. This time it we were in a VW bus, and he drove into an entrance to an underground parking garage, but with all our luggage on the roof rack, we couldn't clear the opening, so he had to back out with a bunch of traffic piled up behind us. Again, we kids went to the back of the vehicle, and with our eyes glued on the car behind us, we yelled "Stop! Stop!! Stop!!!" at the appropriate time, only to continue to more frantically and loudly yell "Stop!" until he hit the front grill of the Mercedes. The lady driver only spoke French, so it was quite a spectacle.

3. Detained in Munich.

On this same Europe trip, for some reason our parents would let us scatter when we'd go places with the plan of meeting back at a certain spot at a certain time. Mostly it was my older stepsister (14) and I (12) who would go off together to explore. In Munich we went shopping in a big mall, and after going through a bin of earrings, we found some we liked and purchased them. However, as we were exiting the store, a woman with a huge hulking man in tow stopped us, and she started grilling us in German, which we didn't understand, while The Hulk held up two earring cards, each with an earring missing. Eventually she started speaking enough English for us to understand that they suspected us of stealing those cheap-o earrings! We immediately showed our little bags and receipts with the earrings we had purchased, but that didn't satisfy them, and they insisted on searching our purses. We were scared to death and had no idea where our parents were or what would happen to us. We kept insisting that we only purchased earrings and didn't steal any, and after they were through searching us, they finally decided to let us go. The main thing I remember about the woman (who was obviously the one in charge) was that she had about 3 layers of false eyelashes on with Tammy Faye-esque eye makeup. She was scary.

4. Detained in East Berlin.

As if the Munich episode wasn't scary enough, when we got to East Berlin (this was in 1970 when the Iron Curtain was still firmly in place), I got detained AGAIN! We traveled through East Germany, where you dared not have car trouble or go off the main highway or anything, so that was scary enough. Then we got to West Berlin, went to museums and stuff, and then, despite our pointing out to the parents all the gun towers along the Berlin Wall, barbed wire, barricades, soldiers, etc., they decided we were going to walk through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin. We got as far as the guard station on the East Berlin side, where we were detained. I was taken into a room by myself, separated from my entire family, and grilled by East German soldiers in German. Somehow I managed to figure out that they were asking me my age because I understood "zwolf", so I kept saying, "Zwolf, ja, zwolf" ("12, yes, 12") . We had a family passport, so the passport picture was of all of us, and they apparently thought I was an adult impersonating a 12 year old and maybe using this family as my spy front? I could only imagine, but again I was scared to death and just kept insisting that I was 12. They eventually brought in a Russian soldier, who seemed to be the big boss, and he grilled me in German and Russian and broken English until he was finally satisfied that I was telling the truth, or at least not a threat, I guess, and subsequently let us proceed with our walking tour of East Berlin.

5. Mom risking us getting into more trouble with the Communists.

You'd think having her 12-year-old child grilled by the Communists would be enough to keep my mom in line, but nooooo! We were only supposed to go to specified sites in East Berlin and could only take pictures of these approved sites, which I remember being various monuments. But my mother decided she wanted pictures of the people and the soldiers that were everywhere guarding everything and the gun towers and all the stuff you were not supposed to take pictures of. We kept begging her to stop, but she just kept doing it, apparently getting a thrill out of getting away with it. She was pretty giddy when her film hadn't gotten confiscated so that she was able to send it back home via air mail from West Berlin. Then, as if that whole time in East Berlin wasn't bad enough, when we made our return trip through East Germany and finally got to the border, there was a long line of cars because they inspected the cars very thoroughly as the East German people were apparently sometimes smuggled over the border into West Germany in hidden compartments in or under cars. While we were waiting in this long line of cars, my stepfather left us sitting in the car while he and my 16-year-old stepbrother went looking for a bathroom. Shortly after that, the line of cars in front of us started moving, but we were driverless, and my mother just sat there in the front passenger seat knitting while we begged her to move the car forward so we wouldn't come under yet more scrutiny by the Communists. Her only answer, while not dropping a stitch, was "I only drive automatics." The VW bus had a manual transmission with a stickshift, so we had to wait for my stepfather to return. I was so happy when we finally made it back over the border.

6. Waiting at the Coliseum in Rome.

After we had toured the Coliseum, my stepfather decided that he and my stepbrother would go get the VW bus and drive over to pick the rest of us up, so there we were waiting across the street from the Coliseum. My 14-year-old stepsister was swinging on a lamp post while the rest of us were sitting on boulders next to the sidewalk watching all the cars circling the Coliseum. After a while, a car pulled over and stopped next to the lamp post where my stepsister was, and the driver opened the passenger door of his car and beckoned to her in Italian, whereupon she turned to my mom and asked, "Should I get in?" My mom jumped up, yelling "No!" while she yanked her back to the boulders and away from the street. We've never let my stepsister live down this "Should I get in?" story.

7. Stalked in Venice.

My stepsister had red hair, and I had blonde hair, and this seemed to attract a lot of male attention when we were in Italy. Again, our parents let us go off by ourselves to see the sights, and men kept following us and touching our hair. Finally, while waiting for our parents in St. Mark's square, a French sailor decided to try some English on my stepsister and said, "Come wis me, baby, and we can spend ze night togezzer." By this time she had had enough of the stalking and propositioning that had been going on all day (and she was probably still trying to recover from the "Should I get in?" episode back in Rome), and she let loose with the most colorful string of curse words I'd ever heard her put together up to that point. The French sailor and all the others in the vicinity laughed and were even more enamored of her after they saw her angry side. Thankfully our parents came along shortly after that, and we stayed with them the rest of the time we were in Venice. The stalking didn't end, though. The next day, my mom caught a guy walking behind us trying to put his hand up my dress!

8. Trying not to see the Grand Canyon.

On one of our annual car trips back to Arkansas and Missouri from California with my dad and stepmother, I decided to opt out of the viewing of the Grand Canyon. My dad was in disbelief about this, but I was 14 and had seen it numerous times by then, but at the bottom of it was that I was afraid of heights and didn't want to admit it, so I just kept playing it off nonchalantly how I'd already seen it enough and didn't need to see it anymore and acted as much like a blase teenager as I could. My dad (AKA Clark Griswold) was not about to accept this and kept making appeals to me as I lay in the back of the station wagon, saying things like, "It's one of the seven wonders of the world. You can't possibly not see one of the seven wonders of the world!" My dad had me laughing so hard from all his silly appeals that I finally got out and stood there next to him looking out at the expanse of the Grand Canyon for about 2 seconds before saying, "Okay, I did it" and jumped back into the car. When the movie Vacation came out several years later, it had a similar 2-second Grand Canyon viewing scene, and my dad and I loved how it reminded us of that summer when I didn't want to see the Grand Canyon.

9. Dad and the park rangers.

When I was growing up, we did a lot of camping in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and we still did after I had kids of my own. All three generations would go on these summer camping trips, and we had a lot of fun going on the ranger-led tours and to the campfire programs, and my dad's constant refrain throughout these vacations was, "I want to be a Park Ranger when I grow up." This always made us laugh because my dad was a research scientist with 40-some-odd patents and not someone easily pictured as a park ranger, but he really loved those camping trips and probably did wish he could be a park ranger at least some of the time. I sure do miss my dad. He was the funnest person ever to go on vacations with.

10. Grandma and cars.

This vacation moment is from before I was born, but I've always loved hearing the story. My grandparents moved to the West Coast from Missouri during the depression. On one of their family car trips back to Missouri to visit family, they had car trouble, and while attempting to get the car going again, one of my uncles decided they were probably out of gas. My grandma then asked, "Does it hurt the car to run it without gas?" I miss my grandma, too.

Happy vacation days, everybody!

I Am A Sex Addict

This movie was strange, and I mean strange beyond the obvious as indictated by the title. I appreciate that the guy was trying to honestly address the problem of sex addiction from his own experience, but the re-enactments were embarrassing and sad to witness.

A recurring thought I kept having throughout the movie was that it is probably better for men (and women, for that matter) to keep a lot of their thought processes to themselves if they are anything like this guy's.

I think we watched it to the end for two reasons--mainly because it was like a train wreck and hard to not watch from that kind of perspective and secondly because of the way it started off with a teaser about the end of the story and having enough curiosity to want to know the end of the story because of that teaser.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Knit One, Kill Two Square--Part 2

I've made it to the end of the fourth row of blocks in this meant-to-look-like-a-quilt afghan square for My Reading Afghan. Only one more row of 'quilt' blocks to go.

Since I started designing this square, I have been very careful to write down each row as I am doing it so that it will be easier to write out the pattern. In fact, I've actually been writing down each set of stitches for each block as I've gone along each row, so that hopefully will help me avoid making any mistakes in the final pattern write-up.

I have my 'Middlesex' square all mapped out in my head, and I can't wait to get it started, but I have to get this one finished and off the needles first.

The Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY...
Yom Sheni, the 10th day of the 4th month

Outside My Window...
It has been raining off and on throughout the day, so our evaporative coolers have not been very effective in keeping the temperature inside the house as comfortable as I would like. It's fun to watch the rain coming down, though.

I am thinking...
and wondering how my husband is doing on his first day back at work after being in the hospital again.

I am thankful for...
my husband's heart to do his best to support our family under difficult circumstances.

From the kitchen...
This week's dinners:
Chicken Breasts with Rosemary*
Rice and Gravy
Tuna a la King
Chili Spaghetti
Steak with Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes*
Beef Roast and Potatoes
Beans and Cheeseburger Macaroni
(*these recipes are from 'Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly' by Phyllis Pellman Good)

I am wearing...
a green dress and a black snood.

I am creating...
the 'Knit One, Kill Two' square for My Reading Afghan, currently on the needles, and the 'Middlesex' square, also for My Reading Afghan, still in my head.

I am going...
to town later in the week to do the usual weekly errands and shopping.

I am reading...
The Scriptures in Chronological Order:
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 1-18
Parashat Pinchas (Phinehas [dark-skinned]):
Torah--Bemidbar (Numbers) 25:10-29:40
Haftarah--Melakim Alef (1 Kings) 18:46-19:21
Ketuvim Netzarim--Yochanan (John) 2:13-25; Romans 11:2-32
'Restoration' by D. Thomas Lancaster
'Around The World In 80 Days' by Jules Verne
'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen (listening to it on CraftLit)

I am hoping...
my husband stays healthy.

I am hearing...
the kids chasing each other around the house, laughing.

Around the house...
is the usual laundry pile-up that needs to be tackled. Have a bunch of medical insurance paperwork that has to be done first, though.

One of my favorite things...
is newborn kittens--we have 4!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
Still need to mail the package of books to my mother.
Also need to call my mother.
Need to catch up on work for my job that I missed during Husband's hospitalization.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...


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The TV Set

There was some funny stuff in this movie. It is about a writer whose series pilot is being developed, and his vision and the network execs' vision are different, so it shows what happens along the way from the initial vision of the writer to the final product that eventually shows up on the air. The struggle was kind of sad sometimes, too. The actors were all great with David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver in leading roles. In watching it, it felt like it was probably pretty true to life. Especially if that's so, it was interesting to watch the process from the writer's idea to the TV screen.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Knit One, Kill Two Square--Part 1

I've been working on the next square for My Reading Afghan. This one is inspired by Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton. I'm hoping it will look somewhat like a quilt in a frame. Here, the first row of blocks is finished, and I'm starting on the second row. It's been challenging to come up with different stitch patterns for each block, but I want it to look 'scrappy' like a quilt made from different scraps of fabric. I don't have a whole lot of colors in my scrap yarn that I'm using for this, so they'll all be repeated more than once. Just hope I'm able to randomize them enough to give it that scrap quilt effect I'm going for.

Randomness--Summer Love

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1. Have you ever had a summer romance? What happened?
I had a summer romance when I visited my grandparents in another state when I was a teenager. My sister and I went to the nearby river to swim and sunbathe, and there were some guys there playing ball whose ball convieniently kept landing next to us so that they had to keep retrieving it and saying something like 'Hi' or 'nice day' to us every time. We later ran into the same guys when we went to the roller rink that night, and one of the guys stuck close to me and asked me to go out to the movies the next night. We ended up seeing each other every day while I was there, and he even asked me to marry him, so I revealed to him that I was only 13 (not 16 like I had told him originally) and too young to get married. We corresponded for a while after I went home, but after school started, I lost interest and stopped writing to him. He was too serious about wanting to get married (he was 20), and I was way too young to get that serious with anyone.

2. What's your favorite summer themed love story or movie?
'Grease' is the only one I can think of right now, and I loved that movie.

3. Do you find the seashore romantic or played out?
I think I will always find the seashore romantic. I haven't been there in a long time, and I miss it.

4. The boardwalk by the ocean, is it fun and entertaining, a great place to meet people?
Or is it too crowded and are you sick of it?
It's been at least as long since I've been to a boardwalk on the ocean, but I remember it being fun, though I never went there to meet people. Seems like I always went with friends, family or a date.

The Cradle

This was one of those movies where, even after what were apparently supposed to be explanatory review scenes, I still didn't completely get what had happened. I got the main thing, but the details were still not filled in, and a lot of questions remained unanswered.

Added to this are the usual stupid things people do in scary movies that people probably would not do in real life, which is always frustrating, but I suppose that is the lazy way of inducing suspense in such movies since it is so pervasively done.

The sad thing is that the first part of the movie was compelling and seemed to point to a good story. It's just that the features of the story did not come together properly. Even the twist would have been great if all of the blanks had been filled in in the end.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rebels

(I originally wrote and posted this to my previous blog on 03/13/2007.)

Reading: Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 1-2

Yehezqel was a priest during the time of the exile of Yehudah, and his book begins with some amazing visions. Even with Yehezqel's detailed descriptions, it is still difficult to picture what he saw, but his reaction is very easy to identify with:

Eze 1:28 As the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the esteem of יהוה. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.

I think we can all imagine falling on our faces upon seeing the "likeness of the esteem of יהוה"!

The Voice tells Yehezqel that He is sending him to the children of Yisra'el and gives him instructions:

Eze 2:4 "And the children are stiff of face and hard of heart to whom I am sending you, and you shall say to them, 'Thus said the Master יהוה.'
Eze 2:5 "And they - whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are a rebellious house - shall know that a prophet has been in their midst.
Eze 2:6 "And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or discouraged by their looks, for they are a rebellious house.
Eze 2:7 "And you shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious.
Eze 2:8 "And you, son of man, hear what I am speaking to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house, open your mouth and eat what I am giving you."


This phrase is spoken twice: "whether they hear or whether they refuse". Yehezqel is to go to the rebellious and speak what He gives him to speak whether they have ears to hear or not and no matter what threats they make and no matter how many dirty looks they give him.

It seems that especially when one is in the company of the rebellious, it is a challenge to know when to speak and when to remain silent. It can be very uncomfortable. Sometimes we will get 'looks' even when we are silent. And often it seems like there is no point because previous experience has shown that rebels don't want to hear what the Scriptures have to say.

But here YHWH is telling Yehezqel to speak to the rebellious anyway simply because He is telling him to, "whether they hear or whether they refuse".

It is not our responsibility to coerce the rebellious into hearing His Word, but it IS our responsibility to obey YHWH and speak His Word whenever and to whomever He tells us to, regardless of their reaction, and in order to do that, we need to eliminate any rebellion in our own hearts.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Shining Star--Completed!

Shining Star is finally completed--yay! I decided that 3 rows of shells in the border was enough and finished off. When I looked at this picture, I thought it looked kind of like a rug-lol! I hope it doesn't give that impression to anyone else. Of course, it would be fine to use as a floor cloth for the baby to lie on, but I was just hoping it would look more baby-blankety when it was all finished. I'm happy it's done, though.

I still need to crochet the headband, but I need to get the elastic for it first since it's crocheted over the elastic. Then once I sew on all the embellishments the whole set will be finished.

My Husband Rocks!

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My husband is the spiritual leader of our family and takes his role seriously, and this is the most awesome thing ever!

He leads us in Torah study every Shabbat and frequently shows me insights into the Scriptures that I hadn't previously seen. He makes sure the children know what they need to know to serve YHWH with all of their hearts. He does his best to be an example for us to follow, and he prays for us and with us. He blesses us with the traditional blessings and with everything else he does for us.

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Messiah also did love the assembly and gave Himself for it,
Eph 5:26 in order to set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word,

My husband rocks because he sets me apart and washes me with water by the Word.

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Mr. Bean really grosses me out, but Husband finds him funny, thus we watched this movie. I actually did end up laughing during the final part of the movie when the Willem DeFoe character story line took center stage, but it wasn't worth watching everything else to get to that part.

A good movie where Rowan Atkinson plays a better character is Keeping Mum. He didn't gross me out at all, and I thought the movie was clever and funny.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shining Star, Part 9

I ordered this book from Frugal Knitting Haus with the Ravelry CAL Afghans in mind, thinking it would be nice to do a different border on each one. In the meantime, it has come in handy for finding a border for this Shining Star baby blanket.

I decided to use a 5-round border (#39 in the book) that I think will go well with the stitches used in Tulip Time. It is a border that it worked over a multiple of 4 plus 3 total amount of stitches.

I spent quite a bit of time figuring out the math, and then I did a second round of single crochet around the entire blanket putting in the necessary increases evenly spaced to complete a foundation row with a total number of stitches that was supposed to be a multiple of 4 plus 3.

When I got towards the end of the first round of shells, I was a couple of stitches short, so I had to make some adjustments in the spaces between the last few shells. I don't know what went wrong with the math, but I decided it wasn't worth it to rip back to try to find out since the discrepancy isn't noticeable. In the picture, the second row of shells has been started.

The border patterns in this book are designed for square or rectangular afghans, so I'm hoping the border I'm doing will work out okay on this circular blanket. I don't mind if it ruffles, as that would work for a feminine look. I'm just hoping it doesn't get too tight and buckle up in the later rounds. I suppose if that happens, I can add some chains between the shells. I'll just have to keep going and see what happens.

Thursday Thirteen--2nd Edition




Thirteen Things to See Within 100 Miles of me:

1. Mohave County, Arizona--home of one of the largest Joshua Tree forests in the world


2. The Grand Canyon

3. Lake Mead


4. Chloride, Arizona--home of one of the oldest continuously running post offices in the United States (since 1893) and where you can see the Chloride Murals

5. Historic Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona


6. Oatman, Arizona--historic mining town where the wild burros roam the streets


7. The London Bridge at Lake Havasu, Arizona

8. The Colorado River at Bullhead City, Arizona and Laughlin, Nevada

9. Hoover Dam

10. Las Vegas, Nevada

11. Valley of Fire

12. Area 51


13. Red Rock Canyon








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