My restrictions continue. I have managed to find a way to knit while lying flat on my back. However, it’s not very fast and my wrists tend to go numb so I usually only knit a row or two at a time. Still, it’s nice to be able to knit just a little bit.
Besides being bored out of my skull because I can’t do anything, I’m also bored with TV. I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to XM Classics. (It’s channel 864 on DirecTV.) The unfortunate (or maybe it’s fortunate) side effect of lying down and listening to this station is that I usually fall asleep. However, I suppose sleeping a lot is good for me right now since it does allow the body time to heal. And believe me, it’s time for me to be healed!
Kishka has been dragging her food dish into the living room and then flipping it before she dines.
Instead of bugging her with my cane (which, I admit, was fun), I’ve been giving her belly rubs with it:
What do you consider to be the ultimate snack food?
Ritz crackers spread with peanut butter.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 as highest), about how popular is your last name?
I’d say a 3 or 4.
Who is your all-time favorite sitcom character, and why?
I would say it’s a tie between BJ Hunnicutt and Niles Crane. I can’t really pinpoint why I like BJ so much. I’ve just always loved the character and prefer the BJ years of MASH to the Trapper John years. As for Niles, I think he’s the funniest character on the show.
Do you shop online? If so, name some sites you like to browse for goodies.
I do most of my shopping online (including window shopping). My regular stops are: Overstock, Target, Knit Picks, Loopy Ewe, Amazon, LL Bean, Lands End, Etsy and Ebay.
Fill in the blank: I think ___________ should be ___________.
I think the media in this country should be reporting on real news and not entertainment fluff.
It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes And pleasant scents the noses. ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis
I know a lot of bloggers say this, but I have the best readers. Thank you for all of the comments and emails I received after my last post. You were all so kind and encouraging. I was also so grateful to hear from people who have had this injury and have recovered. That’s just what I needed to hear. Thank you.
I’m able to sit up for short periods of time now and I’ve been using that time to work on my Tropical Monkey Socks. I absolutely love this pattern. It’s interesting enough to ward off boredom, but easy enough to knit while watching TV. They are both ready for their heels:
Here’s a closeup of the pattern:
I’ve discovered the fun part of having a cane. I can lie on the couch and bug the dogs:
I wish I would have snapped a picture of the look on Kishka’s face after I did this. She seemed to be saying, “Listen, lady. If I had opposable thumbs I’d take that cane and beat you with it.”
Name something you think is “the best.”
What? Are we in third grade or something? Silly question.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 highest), how stressed are you today?
Well, that depends. If I really think about everything going on in my life right now, it would be a 9. However, I’ve been avoiding reality so I’d say a 2.
What kind of cleanser do you use to wash your face?
Neutrogena Facial Bar. My former sister-in-law introduced me to this wonderful product many moons ago (1993?) and it’s all I use now.
Tonight is a blue moon! What is something that you believe only happens “once in a blue moon.”
Once in a blue moon . . . I have good luck. Not to be pessimistic, but 2007 is not a banner year for me so far.
When was the last time it rained where you live?
Last week sometime.
This week’s feast:
When you were a child, which crayon color was your favorite?
From what I remember, I tended to gravitate toward the bright pinks, purples and greens. I do remember a fondness for magenta, but that’s just because I thought the word looked cool.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how likely would you be to change jobs if it required you to move?
I lived through this a few months ago and the answer is 1. My job moved and I chose not to move with it.
Take all the numbers in your birthday and your phone number and add them up, one by one. What’s the total?
Silly questions. Next!
Have you ever “re-gifted” anything? If so, what was it and who did you pass it on to?
I’m sure I have, but I can’t remember a specific item. I don’t think it’s bad to re-gift (as long as you use some sense about it). I would rather have someone re-gift something I gave to them than have them never use it or to throw it out.
Name something you need from the store.
Yarn. Oh, I guess that’s not a need. I don’t need anything because I just went to the store.
I was awake for the sunrise this morning:
The Iris socks should be finished soon:
Today’s Friday’s Feast:
When you travel, which mode of transportation do you prefer?
I usually travel by plane because I’m short on time. I like the speed of flight, but I love seeing the scenery when I travel so I would prefer to drive or take a train.
Have you ever met a blogging friend in person?
No, but I hope to someday.
When was the last time you were really, really tired?
Last Saturday. I arrived home after the Quilt and Stitch Expo and crashed for several hours.
If you could have dinner with any one fictional character from a book or movie, who would it be?
Ack. I don’t like questions like this. I can separate fact from fiction, thankyouverymuch.
Fill in the blank: One day, I hope to see _______________.
One day, I hope to see my name on a mortgage. I really like my little rental home, but I long to paint the walls and have a bigger yard.
Yesterday I cast on for a new pair of socks with this yarn:
Then, I looked at my sock bin and got distracted by the Berry Pink socks:
I tried to include Kish in the yarn photo shoot but she really wasn’t interested:
She’d rather sit around and look pretty:
The Forest socks are moving towards the toes:
I’ve been on a Modern Marvels kick lately and most of the episodes require attentive viewing. Since all of my socks in progress also require attention, I cast on a pair of mindless socks:
This week’s Friday’s Feast:
What are you proud of?
What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize?
I don’t think I’ve ever won anything. At least not anything I remember.
Name something you do that is a waste of time.
Hitting the snooze button too many times.
In what year of your life did you change the most?
Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?
Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?
Brian Williams. I’ve liked him ever since he had his own news show on MSNBC. I watch his Nightly News every night and read his blog. He’s the only anchor/reporter I can watch and feel like he/she knows what he/she is talking about. (Katie Couric I’m looking at you.)
Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.
Chicken, strawberries and peroigoes.
If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?
Ack. I don’t like these silly questions.
What will most likely be the next book you read?
1776. I’m going to start it tonight.
What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?
If I’m close to him, the eyes. If it’s from a distance, the chest and arms.
Another scarf flew on and off the needles in less than 24 hours:
Green and Blue Scarf
Date started: 3/22/07
Date finished: 3/22/07
Dimensions: 3.75″ x 44″, including fringe
Lesson Learned: None. I still love this yarn.
Destination: Warm The World
I knit a bit more on the Pastel Rainbow socks:
I like how this pattern looks, but knitting it is boring me out of my skull.
So, I knit a little on the Berry Pink socks:
Parker likes to strike a pose on the back of the couch:
While Romeo prefers to curl up in his blanket:
Samantha’s love affair with the pink bunny continues:
Kishka finally got a chance to play with the bunny while Samantha was sleeping:
Kishka also kept a close eye on me:
The girls practiced synchronized sleeping:
A gorgeous afternoon:
morphed into another sensational sunset:
Name two things that made you smile this week.
The antics of my dogs and several gorgeous sunsets.
Fill in the blank: Don’t you hate it when ________?
Don’t you hate it when people let their dogs run loose?
When you can’t go to sleep, what is your personal remedy to help yourself drift into Lullabyland?
This doesn’t happen to me very often. When it does, I often daydream.
What is something about which you’ve always wondered but have not yet found a good answer?
I believe everything happens for a reason, but there are a couple of things in my life that I haven’t figured out what that reason may be.
What is your favorite pasta dish?
My mom’s lasagna.
I think Kishka looks like she is smiling in this picture:
And here she is, caught in mid sentence:
Kish was very chatty today and I managed to catch some of it on film:
The new socks are on the needles. They are Berry Pink:
Today ended with another beautiful sunset:
What is your usual bedtime? Do you like that, or would you rather it be different?
For the past few months, I’ve been a total night owl: going to bed in the wee hours of the morning (2am-4am). I love this sleep schedule and would keep it forever if I could.
When it comes to advice, do you give more or receive more?
Hmmmm….that’s a tough one. I try to give advice only if I’m asked for it. I’m also not one to ask for advice very often. I’d have to say it’s even: I give as much as I receive.
Describe a memorable meal you’ve had.
I’m not one to get emotionally invested in meals, so I think this is a bizarre question. I can barely remember what I ate yesterday. The meal that I remember the most is my most recent: a simple dinner of grilled cheese that was shared with friends while knitting and gabbing.
Name a work of fiction that affected the way you think about something.
Another odd question. When I read fiction, I tend to read fiction that is brain candy. Nothing too serious or engaging, but enough to entertain the brain cells for a few minutes. I’m going to cheat and answer about a non-fiction book: From The Ashes of Sobibor rocked my world. It caused me to reevaluate every aspect of my life. I read this book ten years ago and I still think about it often.
What is your favorite type of fruit juice?
Hands down, it’s orange juice. I adore orange juice.
The socks. They have heel flaps.
I should be farther along on these socks, but I ran into technical difficulties. While knitting the first heel flap I was totally engrossed in an episode of Man Moment Machine. When the show ended, I looked at the heel flap and discovered that it was totally mucked up. I’m not quite sure what I did, but the stitch pattern was not what I thought I was knitting. So, I had to rip it and start over.
What does the color pink make you think of?
Rosy cheeks on a cold winter day.
Name something you thought you had lost, but later found.
The green and white checked blanket that was on my bed while I was growing up. A few years after I left home, I asked my mother to send it to me. She couldn’t find it and we assumed it had been lost to the sands of time. A couple of years later, she came to visit me in Colorado and surprised me with the blanket. She had found it packed away in the basement and it was one of the best gifts I have ever received. The blanket is torn and tattered and I don’t even use it anymore because it’s in such horrible shape (one tug by a dog and it would be dust). However, I like knowing that it’s stowed safely away and there whenever I want to see it.
In 3 words, describe this past week.
Lack of sleep.
What are you obsessed with?
What kind of perfume or cologne do you like to wear?
I don’t own perfume. This admission may require me to turn in one of my X chromosomes, but I’ve never been a perfume kind of girl.
Now, for more Kishka Chronicles. Besides taking forever to eat her meals, she also like to flip her food bowl.
This habit of hers can actually be quite adorable. It’s also maddening because I’m always stepping on dog kibble.
I took the girls with me today while I ran errands. They both love the car, so it was quite a treat for them. When we arrived home, Samantha tried to chew on her Nylabone, but immediately fell asleep:
Where on your body do you have a scar, and what caused it?
Left middle finger from falling off my bike when I was 5.
Six inch scar on right foot and ankle from slicing it on a swimming pool ladder in 1985.
Four scars on stomach from gall bladder removal in 1991.
Scar in middle of back from biopsy in 2002.
Scar on right leg from biopsy in 2006.
What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle?
I don’t believe in miracles. I have had one “holy crap, I should be dead” moment in my life. A few years ago I rolled my truck while driving 60mph. I walked away without a scratch. Thank you, seatbelt, and thank you to Ford for building an awesome truck.
Name a television personality who really gets on your nerves.
I don’t think we have time for my whole list. Off the top of my head, I would say Larry King, Bill O’Reilly and Nancy Grace.
What was a funny word you said as a child (such as “pasketti” for “spaghetti”)?
I didn’t come up with it, but my family often refers to ‘milk’ as ‘nop’. That’s what my brother called it and it stuck. I even put ‘nop’ on my shopping list.
Fill in the blank: I have always thought ______ was ______.
I have always thought ‘out west’ was the place to live. I’m a native Michigander who declared at age 11 or 12 that I was moving west when I grew up. At age 24, I made the move and have never regretted it.