Friday, January 20, 2006

Another 4 things

Four Jobs You’ve Had In Your Life
1. Daycare
2. Tour Guide
3. Drycleaning front desk person
4. Mother and Wife

Four Movies You Could Watch Over And Over
1. Gone With the Wind
2. Galaxy Quest
3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
4. Its a Wonderful Life

Four Places You’ve Lived

1. Raymond, AB, Canada
2. Lethbridge, AB, Canada
3. Calgary, AB, Canada
4. Okotoks, AB, Canada

Four TV Shows You Love To Watch
1. CSI
2. Without a Trace
3. Extreme Home Makeover
4. What Not to Wear

Four Places You’ve Been On Vacation
1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2. Tampa Bay, Florida
3. Kelowna, BC, Canada
4. Great Falls, Montana

Four Blogs You Visit Daily and many
1. My Mom Knits
2. Our Home on the Hill
3. Frazzled Knits
4. Claudia's Knit Thoughts

Four Of Your Favourite Foods
1. Fresh Hot Bread
2. Popcorn with Butter
3. A noodle bowl from a Vietnamese place we go
4. Turkey dinner

Four Places You’d Rather Be
1. South Carolina
2. On a beach
3. With my daughter and hubby somewhere relaxing
4. At my aunt's kitchen table chatting

Four Albums You Can’t Live Without
1. Bo Bice - The Real Thing
2. Shrek - The Soundtrack
3. Meatloaf - The Best Of Meatloaf
4. Kathy Mattea - Good News

Four Vehicles You’ve Owned
1. 2004 convertible mustang (present vehicle)
2. Sunfire
3. Dodge Jeep
4. Van

Four People To Be Tagged
1. Cindy
2. Emily
3. Claudia
4. My Sp (round 7)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

SP7 Questionaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?

No I am not a yarn snob. Like them all...just prefer something that isn't too itchy!

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

I crochet. Have never spun but am interested in trying

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

The case one set was bought in and the rest in a wooden box

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I have been knitting for about 33 years but I still have lots to learn.
Learned many of my grandma's bad learning the correct ways now..LOL

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Not yet

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

I like lavendar, musks, and vanilla

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Absolutely and my waistline shows it. I like good chocolate or hard candies. I also like trying out new candies from different places (things I might not be able to get normally)

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I do it, bead, knit, crochet, quilt, cross-stitch, scrapbook and am always looking for new crafts to try

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I like 80s, soft rock, classical, country...almost anything. Not crazy about rap though. My equipment will play MP3s.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

Favorite color is red, red, red!!! Oh did I say red...LOL
I also like orange, rust, turquoise, blues, greens...mainly jewel tones...but like some pastels too.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

Have two cats, a dog, a beta fish, one adorable hubby and one strong willed daughter

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I wear scarves, mittens, hats, and am looking for a nice pattern for a light poncho..simple in style

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

Don't have a favorite. Each has its place and purpose.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Anything that itches. Hate it!

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

Things for me.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Quick knitting is scarves hands down but I like challenges too.

17. What are you knitting right now?

Two sweaters and a clapotis

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Yes...I love to get things that people have made themselves...shows their talent and how much they care.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Depends on what I am making

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Am not crazy about aluminum...have mainly plastic but was exposed to bamboo in SP5 and must admit Love them!!!

21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

No I don't

22. How did you learn to knit?

My grandmother taught me when I was 7

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

A sweater with a bear and christmas wreath on the front. It is 17 years old and I forgot I had it until this summer when I was looking thru boxes in the basement.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

Love elmo...cookie monster...Dogs...cats...

25. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas..followed by easter and thanksgiving

26. Is there anything that you collect?

Angels!!! They are everywhere in my house.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

Don't have any but am thinking about subscribing to "Cast ON"

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Stitch 'N Bitch Nation
A Good Yarn: Knit along with Deb Macomber
Knit along with Deb Macomber
The Yarn Shop series by Deb Macomber
Last Minute Knitted Gifts

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

Lace and cables

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Knit my first pair back in August. I wear a size 7 shoe

31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)

August 1

Seven things...

I saw this recently on a friend's blog and thought "what a hoot!"
So here it goes

Seven Things to do before I die (Not Necessarily in Order)
1) Travel throughout England and Europe finding all the historic areas I have read
about and sharing the experience with the man I love.
2) Raise my daughter to be confident in her choices and live out her dreams
3) Write a book
4) Own my own business
5) Learn something new each year I have left in my life
6) Learn a second language
7) Visit and see the Seven WOnders of the World

Seven Things I can not do
1) Make gravy that doesn't look like lumpy glop
2) Speak another language
3) Approach situations without involving my emotions
4) Not cry when Miss Mellie dies in Gone with the Wind
5) Put myself before those I love
6) be a coherant morning person
7) be a willing participant in "Fear Factor" (shudder!!!)

Seven Things that attract me to my Spouse
1) His eyes
2) His compassion
3) His sense of humor
4) His rational thought
5) His intelligence
6) His ability to be child-like but grown-up when needed
7) His passion for what he loves

Seven things I say most often
1) I wubble you!
2) Sheridan Christyne!!!
3) 3 positives now
4) Settle down
5) Good gravy!!
6) Hey Sunshine
7) Let Patches go

Seven Books (or series) I love
1) Gone With the Wind
2) Whole Harry Potter Series
3) Stitch and Bitch
4) Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
5) The Tin Flute
6) The Droon Series (read with Sheridan)
7) Wuthering Heights

Seven Movies I watch over and over again
1) Gone With the Wind
2) Indiana Jones Series
3) Lord of the Rings (all 3)
4) Yours, Mine and Ours (the original)
5) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
6) Father of the Bride (Elizabeth Taylor version)
7) ShowBoat

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

What do you believe?

The song "Angels Among Us" by Alabama has always struck a cord with my heart.
I firmly believe that things happen to help us when we are lost, confused, hurting or just need a helping hand.
Today as I reflect on my life and what I want to do with it....what comes along in my e-mail but something from Beliefnet.
It felt like a warm hug when I needed it.
Thought maybe I should share it with others......

What Can We Give?
Fifteen special gifts you can give anytime--and that don't cost a cent!
By Hal Urban

When we give our time we give our lives. It’s the foundation of these fifteen special gifts. You may not have previously thought of them as gifts, but they are. If you look upon them in this way you’ll be much more likely give them and be a blessing to others.

1. The Gift of Personal Communication
How do you feel when someone contacts you out of the blue for the sole purpose of reminding you that you’re a treasured friend? You feel the same way everyone else does—special, loved, appreciated. And you can brighten someone else’s life any day of the week. This can be done with a phone call, a handwritten note, or an e-mail, and none take more than a few minutes.
2. The Gift of Quotations
I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t appreciate a good quotation. That’s why I put so many of them in my books—they’re a gift to my readers, especially those who have expressed appreciation for them. The beauty of a good quotation is that it’s brief, to the point, full of wisdom and advice, and a boost for the spirit. Find them, collect them, and share them. It’s a simple way of giving someone a lift.

3. The Gift of a Good Recommendation
When you make a great discovery, one that in some way enriches your life, share it with others. It could be a book (like this one, I hope), a play, a movie, a restaurant, a recipe, an article, a product, a service, a TV program, or a music CD. When you make these kinds of recommendations, you’re really saying, “This brought some joy to my life. I want it to do the same for you.”

4. The Gift of a Helping Hand
All of us appreciate it when someone not only offers to help, but actually follows through. We’re all faced with tasks—some big, some small; some important, some trivial; some requiring skill, some menial. Whatever it is, it always goes better with the help of another person. Whether on the job, at home, in school, or out socially, the gift of help is always appreciated.

5. The Gift of Laughter
I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like to laugh. It’s one of the happiest and most healthy activities known to the human race. Victor Borge said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” It’s also a life enhancer and a great gift, one that can be given easily and often. Don’t let those funny jokes, stories, bloopers, signs, and one-liners fade away. Share them with others.

6. The Gift of Listening
There are many times when someone close to us wants only one thing—our full and undivided attention. Listening intently to another person, with our eyes and with our hearts, silently says, “What you have to say, and the feelings behind your words, are important. Right now this is the best gift I can give you. I value our friendship.”

7. The Gift of an Invitation
I regard all invitations, whether to a major event, a wedding, a party, a sporting event, or lunch with a friend, as special gifts. Whenever we ask someone to join us, we’re really saying, “I want you to be there. Your company is cherished. You have something good to offer.” We all want to be included, to be asked to join in, for a simple reason—sharing experiences with other people is one of the greatest joys of life.

8. The Gift of Physical Affection
How do you feel when someone gives you a hug, a warm handshake, a friendly pat on the back, a kiss on the cheek, an affectionate touch? If you’re a normal, red-blooded, breathing, living human being, you feel great. Alan Loy McGinnis, an esteemed counselor and author, advises, “Use your body to demonstrate warmth.” With the right people and in the proper setting, that’s exactly what acts of fondness do. Give this gift of affection liberally.
9. The Gift of Appreciation
When someone does something thoughtful for us, regardless of its nature, it’s a gift. We can give another gift in return simply by expressing our appreciation. The great psychologist and philosopher William James said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” We can satisfy that craving, and give a gift, every time we express our appreciation.

10. The Gift of Good Advice
Not everyone asks for it or wants it, but there are times when good advice is the greatest gift of all. The reason is that it can change lives. Countless accomplished people throughout history have cited good advice as the key to their success. When the opportunity is there and the other person is willing to listen, never hesitate to give this precious gift.

11. The Gift of Encouragement
One of the greatest things you can do for another person is give encouragement. The word means, literally, to give courage. Sometimes it’s all a person needs to get started on something important. History is full of stories about people who achieved great things because of someone else’s encouragement.

12. The Gift of Patience
This is actually a dual gift, because patience always comes as the result of understanding. That’s what we most want from other people, especially those closest to us. We especially need their patience and understanding when we’re not at our best. They’re gifts that enrich relationships by allowing them to grow. We can give the same gift to our family members, friends, and colleagues.

13. The Gift of Empathy
Any time we can share feelings with another person, whether they’re of sorrow or joy, we give a treasured gift. When Cathy’s dad died unexpectedly in his midfifties some years ago, she experienced both shock and loss. The greatest comfort she received was from people who had also lost a parent under similar circumstances. They were able to identify with her, understand what she was going through, offer hope, and let her know they were there for her.

14. The Gift of Forgiveness
This is the ultimate win-win gift. Both the giver and the receiver get something of great value—healing. We’re all in need of it because we’ve all been hurt and offended by someone else. It makes it easier to forgive them when we remind ourselves that we’ve also caused pain in others. Forgiveness releases us from unnecessary negative emotions and allows us to move on to better things.

15. The Gift of Prayer
It was not a coincidence that I received an e-mail, a phone call, and a handwritten note about prayer while writing this chapter. Each one was from a dear friend who was not only thinking about me but praying for me. What made the gift even more special was that I hadn’t asked for the prayers. Since I look upon prayer—communication with God—as the highest activity of which a human being is capable, and because I know the sincerity of these people, their gifts became lasting treasures.

Definitely words to think about!!!!


This morning I woke up in a very reflective mood!
I have spent most of the time since thinking back on my life. Looking at where I was, what I wanted out of life and where I am now.

Nothing is more disheartening than looking at your life and wondering "what happened!?"

Don't get me wrong. I love so many aspects of my life. My husband and my daughter are at the top of that list! I wouldn't change that part for anything. But I remember being interesting, caring about myself, wanting to learn, be more. Somewhere along the way I forgot how to be fun....forgot to continue learning...forgot to strive for more....and I just settled.

As my daughter approaches the most difficult time in a person's life - Jr. High, she will be questioning who she is, where is her life headed and what are her beliefs...her desires....her dreams. Scarey thing is I think that at 40, I am experiencing the same growing pains...LOL

It is time to re-evalute me. What are my dreams! What do I want out of my life! Who do I want to be when I "grow-up"....or do I want to "grow up"

Any suggestions...?

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Reflection and Resolution

Well hello strangers...LOL

It seems like forever since I last made a post.

The end of 2005 was a very trying time for me personally. Not going to bore you all with the messy details.....but I do see a light at the end of the tunnel finally.

I have been told on many occasions that trying times are what makes us grow as human beings. It teaches us to break out of our comfort zones and become more of who we were meant to be. Let us hope that this is true. I would hate to think that I learned nothing from all this that I have endured!

Today I decided to post my goals or New Years Resolutions...only to reflect on December 31, 2006 and see what I have been able to accomplish.

It is a "me" year. It seems like forever I have put others needs and wants before mine....this year I am making sure to remember me.

1) Health - at least 30 mins of cardio daily, eat healthy (reduce snacking) and have atleast 8 glasses of water daily.

2) Declutter home. I figure if I focus on one room per month, I will finish the house within the year with time to spare.

3) Focus on improving relationships. Spend quality time with daughter and hubby...together as a family and individually. Remember friends, near and far with notes, phone calls, etc.

4) Treat myself each item for wardrobe, facials, manicure/pedicures

5) Learn to ride a motorcycle....learn to play a guitar

6) Read a new book each month.

7) Start no new projects until all started projects are complete.
Note: I have so many projects (knitting, sewing, etc) that I have bought supplies for and occasion even started. I will keep you posted.

So what do you think? Not bad.
Everyone has to start somewhere.

Just reading for January is Dead Run by Erica Spindler.
Weight this morning was 155lbs and water count is 8 glasses water/4 green tea

Here's to a new year...a new beginning....a new journey!!!!