July 30, 2010

I Got Nothin'

I got nothin' to tell you about. We've been busy, but nothing you want to hear about. Tough, you'll hear about it anyway.
Let's see....the only decent picture of anything blog-worthy is this:

My nephew flew to NY for a wedding and wound up at the Lego shop. Isn't this the coolest - no pun intended - thing? I love it! My sister said he went to NY and this was all he bought. I'd say he made a wise choice. Now if he had only gone to a yarn shop or two....

R had an appointment with the dentist on Wednesday. We were all dreading it. The poor thing has not had many decent dental experiences. Her first was a doozy. When you take your two year old to a pediatric dentist and they come out and get the child, but make you stay in the waiting room that isn't exactly child friendly - beware! They took my baby back to a room she had never seen before and strapped her into a papoose and started working. She screamed until she fell asleep and then they worked on her teeth. Needless to say, we never went back. Now that she is 22 she doesn't scream any more and doesn't need to be strapped down - thank goodness! Our dentist has an open office with glass doors so I was able to get up from time to time and peek in on her. No cavities! Yes! I was so proud of her! She has four areas of concern that could develop into cavities, but they can fix them now. That is our next step. The dentist said she was the poster child for our family. Yeah for her!

Yesterday was mammogram day for me and Mom. We've been made fun of for going at the same time, but it really makes the experience a little easier. It went very fast - which is always a blessing. Now we wait for the results and are thankful it's over for the year.

Little Miss M, who lives next door, is now two. She also went to the dentist this week. Apparently her dentist is a little more child friendly than the one we saw. She did great - Yeah for her! She's started saying, "What in tarnation?" It is hilarious! I didn't realize the word tarnation had so many syllables. She keeps us in stitches. Thank goodness for toddlers. Speaking of little ones, I met Mom's neighbors grandson, William the other day. Just a couple of months old and adorable. A little stinky - he was tending to 'business' when we met, but still adorable. He was over 11 pounds when he was born. I thought L was a big one at 10 lbs. 2 1/2 oz.! So cute.

So, that's all the news that's fit to print and some that isn't. I'll try to have the current pair of socks finished for the next post. I'm to the heel on both of them, so it should be straight stockinette after that and we'll be home free. Whew!

July 16, 2010

Double Rainbow

My rainbow socks are finished! YES! They didn't take long at all - whether it was the simple pattern or the love of the yarn, I'm not sure. I cranked these out in no time. The yarn is from Knit Picks. It is incredibly soft on my feet! I didn't want to take them off, but since it is 90 almost every day that was all the incentive I needed.

I HAD to name them 'Double Rainbow.' We were watching Jimmy Fallon the other night when Martha Stewart was a guest. They were talking about stupid YouTube videos when he mentioned 'Double Rainbow.' What a STUPID video! (If you haven't seen it, it's three and a half minutes of some guy freaking out over a double rainbow. I'm not even going to post a link to it because it's that stupid!) Anyway, after the socks were finished, I couldn't look at them without thinking about that video! So, the name stuck. Of course the kids helped a little when we found a song someone had mixed using the guys comments and they kept singing it.
These songs also remind me of socks I wore in Jr. High. My best friend, Karen, and I wore some pretty funky socks back then. If these were knee socks and had individual toes they would be SOOOO late 70's!

I found this picture in my e-mail box this morning. Frankly, I would have rather found this quilt in my mailbox this morning, but you can't have everything. Total bummer. My sister made this. Yeah, yeah, yeah - she quilts on top of all the other talented things she does. Disgusting, I know. The pattern is one my grandmother used. I love it!

July 11, 2010

Remorse? I Don't Think So!

Some cats like to nose around when you're eating. I've seen Mom's cats do it. You cannot leave a plate, bowl or glass laying around without them getting into it. Ginger hasn't been that way for years. The past year or so, she's been getting interested in drinking out of our glasses. Gross! I don't drink out of her bowl! She shouldn't drink out of my glass! The other night L but his bowl of peach ice cream down on the couch to go into the kitchen for a second. Yep, Ginger got into it. She likes peach ice cream. Who knew? Hope she enjoyed it because it's the last time she'll ever have it!
Isn't this a pretty picture? I love the way the light is shining through the trees on the right side.

These are some raspberries from Rs garden. It looks like the one on the right is puckering up to kiss the one on the left! I didn't realize how hairy raspberries were!

Yep, we're still knitting around here. I've got a pair of socks on the needles right now. I'm anxious to get them finished. I'm using the rainbow striped yarn from Knit Picks. So cute!

July 7, 2010

A Walk Through Town

We live in a very small town in North Carolina. When we walk to town, we are walking about a quarter of a mile. When we bought our house, we had no idea we were 'downtown'. Lately we've been trying to go walking every night. With the high temperatures, though, the walks are short! Last week we went for our 'short walk' with the kids. R brought her camera and L stood patiently with her while she took pictures of whatever caught her eye. I never know quite what she will see and it's so interesting to see the same walk through her eyes.
I LOVE this picture! I wonder if that is the law enforcement group waiting for someone to loiter! I wouldn't want to tangle with them. There wasn't much activity from law enforcement when we were standing there. Apparently what we were doing didn't qualify as loitering. Whew!
I don't know how long this tab from a soft drink had been there, but obviously long enough for grass to grow through the hole.

We couldn't figure out what this beautiful flower was. R thought it looked like a sweet pea. After some Internet searching, she found out it's an everlasting pea. It's supposed to be invasive, but we prefer to call it hardy! R is looking for people to talk her out of finding seeds for it. So, if you have an opinion, please share.

This picture as well as the one below were taken of a pine tree. What's the big deal about yet another pine tree in NC? Well, it was in the process of coming out of the ground! Made me a nervous wreck for any of us to be under it. However, the photographer and her spotter are a daring breed and went for it.

That is our walk downtown. Hope you enjoyed it!

July 3, 2010

Heebie Jeebies

I like mice as much as anybody else. Mickey and Minnie have that great spread in Orlando, not to mention other spreads around the world. Mighty Mouse is another fine example. I don't know of a mouse who can rock a cape like him. Even Sniffles from Looney Toons is a cool little mouse. Yes, he talks nonstop, but he's so cute. Desperaux was a pretty clever mouse - he could read! Ralph S. Mouse could ride a motorcycle! Stuart Little was pretty darn clever with his cars, airplanes and even going down the drain to retrieve his adopted Mom's ring. Gus and Jaq were handy in helping Cinderella.
All that to say this: I DON'T want a mouse in my house! Yuck! They give me the heebie jeebies! We live near the woods, so we are bound to get a mouse from time to time. And we do get a mouse from time to time. I believe we've had three, that we know of, since we moved here 13 years ago. Thank goodness for Ginger and her keen mouse radar! She was able to get one of them. I just wish she hadn't felt the need to share! Our neighbors have had issues with the little critters, so I know it's not just us.
The other morning I came into the living room to find one of the kids sleeping on the couch. Apparently we had another visitor in the attic who had some nocturnal activities to attend to - sounded kind of like tap dancing. Even though you have a wall or ceiling between you and the mouse, it doesn't really help the heebie jeebie factor. So, RL, our beloved mouse hunter, bought some traps. Oh, he has his issues with mice too, but since he is the mouse hunter, I will keep that little story to myself for now!
So, we sit and wait. We wait until that little mousetrap says there's a mouse inside. Yes, you can buy mousetraps that do that! Amazing! Is it okay to feel a little guilty, but still relieved at the same time? I mean, I wouldn't want Stuart Little in the trap.