May and the Musical Appliances

Here are all the occurrences from May!  Nothing too, too exciting,  but hopefully nothing boring either.  😉  Quite a bit of this happened last week because my memory just doesn’t remember the previous weeks that well.  But I’ll get started, as I am sure you are dying with curiosity what I did with my month, and how it relates to what I mentioned in the title of this blog post!

  • We got musical appliances, giving a whole new meaning to the name SamSUNG.  We have owned a Samsung refrigerator and dishwasher for a while now, but just recently replaced our washer and dryer.  They are both quite the musical performers, for appliances anyway.
  • As our dance recital gets closer, the dance studio where some of my sisters and I take classes had a picture night.  We had to dress up in our costumes, do our hair, smile, be blinded by the camera….all the while being suffocated by sparkles, sequins, and hairspray.  I’ve danced a long time, and love it, but I still have no regard for sparkly stuff whatsoever.  I guess it’s just not meant to be!  By the way, our dance recital is next month, so more on that later!
  • I got to play volleyball for the first time this year- it was great.  And I got a lovely bruise on my wrist from hitting the ball too hard.  In the wrong direction.  Multiple times.  Needless to say, I was not the MVP.
  • We celebrated Memorial Day by going to the oldest Memorial Day parade in the country.  It started in 1868.
  • I had a friend over for the holiday.  Friends are just the best. 🙂
  • Our truck decided to break down on Memorial Day, but everyone made it home safely and our poor, old truck is getting repaired….
  • I tried a Frozen Hot Chocolate smoothie from QT.  I should have tried it sooner!
  • We had young friends stay over with us for almost a week- that was fun, and it’s always interesting adjusting to having different people in the house
  • We are preparing for one of my sisters’ graduation party.  In trying to make our house presentable to our general acquaintances, it’s turned into a slight renovation of the house.  I’m only exaggerating a little.
  • Our meat chickens made a change of residency- they went from the garden to our freezer, with a little work in between.  But I’ll spare you the details, just know that I was stuck plucking, and dread the day I shall have to again.
  • Our strawberry patch started producing earlier this month, and has yet to stop.  Our table that had been covered in small plants and dirt is now covered in beautiful, sun-ripened, delicious strawberries.  I had forgotten how good they taste!  My family had a strawberry patch several years ago in our garden, but were replaced with vegetables.  Last year we turned one of our hills into a terrace-type thing called a swale, and planted a ton of strawberry plants.  We are now reaping the benefits, plus some.  I do believe that today we begin the making of strawberry preserves….
  • In addition to the graduation party we are having, I have already been to one this month with more to come.  It’s typically fun to go to those and see the baby pictures, socialize, and eat cake.
  • We got more chicks.  This time they are egg-layers, and much cuter.
  • On my way to a dog-sitting job, with two nine-year-old backseat drivers, I saw baby foxes!  They were just hanging out by the road, but thankfully not on the road.  Did you know that a baby fox can be called a kit, cub, or pup?  At least that’s the story that Google is telling, and they’re sticking with it!
  • Our garden has been slowly coming together.  There will be some planting, and then it will rain, then more planting, then more rain.
  • My sister and I began a thing called oil-pulling.  We swish coconut oil around in our mouths for 20 minutes every morning.  It’s not the most pleasant thing in the world- who would like a tablespoon full of coconut-flavored oil in their mouth?  It’s like shortening with coconut flakes in it.  But that’s only for the first half a minute or so.  After that it melts.  Our respective motives for doing this odd thing actually vary.  The oil-pulling is supposed to pull bacteria out of your mouth.  In doing so, it can have the added benefit of whitening teeth, and better health for teeth(like cavities and such).  My sister is interested in the teeth whitening, I am very interested in reversing a partial cavity I have because going to the dentist is not, by any stretch, something I enjoy.  We’ll see if we each get our wishes…. Another added benefit is that our teeth feel clean and glossy all day.
  • Lastly, I have been knitting.  I have been working on an eternity scarf/cowl.  It has checkers of a caramel color and a chocolate color.  I like it quite a bit, but being that I don’t wear a whole lot of scarves, it’s going on  my Etsy shop.  So look for it on there soon, if you want to see it anyway….  🙂  Or I might put a picture of it on Instagram- @Hannah__Abell I’d love to know what you think!

I’m thinking that’s about it!  Like I said, nothing too exciting.  But then again, you can’t say I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs either.  I hope you had a wonderful month of May!  I’d love to hear what you did.  🙂  Thanks for reading, and have a lovely weekend.

The Munster Mailbox

The Munsters....Remember these guys?  Herman is my favorite.

Courtesy of  munster.com

As summer comes around again(and I am very happy about that fact), there is green everywhere, and flowers blooming all over the place….Although, there is one thing that I really don’t enjoy about summer.  It’s a small thing, and there are probably a few (very few) other things that I don’t appreciate about summer…..but not much.  I am a big fan of warm weather.  This one thing I really don’t miss in the middle of winter though!  Anyway, here’s is something that you might like to know about our residence, should you ever be in the neighborhood. 😉

We do not live on Mockingbird Lane, have a vampire grandpa, or decorate with spiderwebs and dust.  However, I have noticed that my family has something in common with the Munsters from the TV show back in the 60’s.  It’s our mailbox.  Every time I go out to get the mail there are spider(s) and their webs, cockroaches, other insects (visiting, I suppose), and just general nastiness.  I have gone out one day with a resolution to clean it off, and succeeded with the help of a long stick.  I was NOT about to use my hand to evict all those bugs, particularly the spiders…. Anyway, I got it nice and clean- front, back, inside and out.  It looked like the lovely, rustic mailbox in the countryside, like it’s supposed to.  The next day I went out, and the unwelcome tenants were back.  Now, granted I hadn’t exactly gotten rid of the roaches because they run off whenever we open the mailbox.  But it was them AND  the spiders….again.

Honestly, I don’t know what the attraction is for these bugs!  Yes, it’s a nice mailbox, or at least I think so-  it’s old and the paint is fading, but it just adds to the rustic look. 😉  Never have I thought that any type of bugs had a taste for that though.  The cockroaches might like the darkness, but why our mailbox?  The neighbors is just as dark!  It’s not as big as ours, but I don’t exactly think roaches need space for their furniture, ya know?  I’ve thought about checking the neighbors’ mailbox, just to make myself feel better, but I think that it might be illegal to tamper with someone’s mailbox.  Don’t quote me on that though.

But just by looking at the outside, our mailbox looks much more like the Munsters’ than any other mailbox I have ever seen.  I also feel bad for the mailman/lady because it seems like on any given day there will almost inevitably be a spider making a new home on the handle.  It’s a good place to hang out I guess…. 🙂  Thankfully, there are other methods of opening a mailbox!  I have figured them out by necessity.   I have also formed the habit of shaking out the catalogs, when we get them, to make sure I am not bringing any of those little squatters into our house.  That would definitely be even worse than just seeing them once a day, maybe twice if I take out a letter to my pen-pal.  So I guess, in conclusion, there really isn’t that much about our mailbox that resembles the Munsters themselves, but I think our mailbox is the pretty close to the perfect mailbox for them.  I don’t recall ever having seen their mailbox in any of the episodes, but I’ve haven’t seen all of them, so maybe I ought to keep an eye out for it in the future! 🙂

I guess you could also call it the Addams Family mailbox…..Those TV shows were popular about the same time, I think.  IMDB says that they both aired from 1964-1966.  Apparently creepy, funny families were a topic of interest on TV in the mid-60s!

So, you now know not to tamper with our mailbox.  I’m not sure why you would want to anyway- we don’t get exciting mail very often.  But now you have extra incentive not to touch it. 🙂  Being that I’m working now, I don’t even have to touch it that much, because someone always brings in the mail before I get home!  No one else complains about it to my knowledge, but our mailbox has been like that for years!  Part of living out in the country, I guess. It’s not a bad price to pay for all the other things we get to enjoy out here though.

Have you ever owned something you thought would fit perfectly in a TV show?  Maybe you’ve thought that you should be in a TV show! 😉  What would the story of your TV show be?  If you’ve never wanted to be a TV star, maybe you can just tell me which TV show you like better- Addams Family or Munsters?  My favorite character in the Munsters is Herman, and Lurch is my favorite from the Addams Family.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!!!

April ‘Appenings

It’s “What Happened?” Week! This is my second installment of informing all of you just what exactly happened in my life this past month- the good, the weird, the bad, the boring…You get the gist of it I hope! Anything pretty much that was out of the ordinary you can find below. 😉

  • Easter!  I celebrated with my family and some friends from church.  It was fun!
  • I survived April Fool’s Day, and missed any pranks that someone tried to pull on me….Which reminds of a funny story from the 1st of April in 2014- I’ll have to tell you guys about that some other time
  • I got an iPhone!  So now I can actually make phone calls….Quite nice.
  • The weather in the Midwest is perfect(I hope it is wherever you are too)
  • My family got a new car- it’s a nice little Acura with a whole bunch of fancy do-hickies on the inside
  • I found an Easter egg….on the 11th.  Yes, a full week after my siblings were supposed to have found them all.  The Kit-Kat still tasted quite good though!  And the egg was still in one piece, even though I ran over it with a lawn mower…oops
  • Some friends and I got together to play Capture the Flag and Ghost in the Graveyard.  Even though I exercise semi-regularly, I was quite sore the next day half a week.
  • I met a boy that wanted to kiss me within an hour of our acquaintance.  His name was Sawyer, and he is two years old. And quite adorably sweet.  I gave him a hug.
  • My parents had their 27th anniversary.  We ate Death by Chocolate in celebration- it’s pretty much the best dessert ever
  • My little brother cracked a plate with his head- he didn’t get so much as a headache, but the plate didn’t fare quite as well….I’ll leave the rest to speculation
  • I completed a Mohawk hat for my cousin, C4R.
  • Our Tuesday night church meetings ended for the summer.  Dance will end in a couple weeks as well, which makes me realize all the more how fast summer is approaching!
  • Our backyard is covered with the ghosts of dandelions
  • Some of my siblings and I went to a concert where our cousin performed, and I gave him his hat.  We had a lot of fun together, and went to Applebee’s afterwards
  • The same siblings went with some friends and me to the movie theaters the next day, and then went to Taco Bell.  I’ve gotta get away from eating out so much!
  • My family rented “Five Armies”(the third installment of The Hobbit) and I must say I rather enjoyed it!  After losing interest in the other two part way through, I watched the entirety of this one and liked it. Bilbo Baggins’ personality and one-liners were probably the points of interest for me. 🙂
  • Last Tuesday I did some multitasking- weeding the family garden and working on my tan (invisible though it may be) at the same time.  If there my skin isn’t a darker shade, at least I can say I got my vitamin D for the day!
  • After my knitter’s block post last week, I almost immediately began a green textured slouch hat(I guess I just had to write it out?).  But now I have all the *great* suggestions from some very nice people of what I should knit next, that I can go back to when my project is done. 🙂  Thanks again to all of you for your ideas!

That may be all of what happened in my April!  Or at least, out of the ordinary…..What about yours?  Anything new and exciting?  🙂  I hope your April was wonderful, and the month of May is just as good.  Have a great week, and thank you very much for stopping by!

Real Neat!

real-neat-blog-award

The Real Neat Blog Award, thanks to the Real Neat Renee. 🙂

Well….As you know, Thursday is my “normal” post day, and Friday is my award day. sort of. officially, now that it’s been decided by a very indecisive individual(me).  I’ve decided to start “Flattered Fridays”, when I’m so flattered to have an award to post. 🙂  If you have any better suggestions, feel free to share them!  I’m also thinking that maybe the last week of the month will be “What Happened?” Week (kind of like my March Madness post).  I’ll just let you know what happened in my life for the past month.  Unless it was really boring, and then I’ll probably skip it. 😉

If you don’t have a calendar in front of you, or for some reason forgot that it’s FRIDAY, let me remind you- it’s Friday.  Hence, award day.  This is partly because I missed my regular post yesterday due to a visit with a good friend, and partly because I thought “huh, award day is a good idea- it’s gives me a routine kind of thing”.  So be aware that I am starting a ritual.

This time I was nominated by Renee, who has a very neat blog herself and seems to be a big fan of Boba, whatever that is. 🙂  It’s the Real Neat Blog award- how neat is that!  So here we go….

The rules are:

  • Put the Award Logo on your blog
  • Answer seven questions by the person who nominated you
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blog
  • Nominate any number of blogs for the award, linking to their blog
  • Let them know that you nominated them for the award

Renee’s questions for me:

1. Favorite animal?

Do butterflies count?  Butterflies are my favorite! 🙂

2. Favorite place to travel and why?

Well, my experience with travel has been limited, but Chicago is a fun place to go. I like to go there because it’s so different from how and where I live-  I come from a very rural area, and it’s a super-duper huge city!

3. What kind of person do you aspire to be one day?

This is hard.  But I would say, I want to be a blessing to others. That’s the kind of person I want to be.

4. Best book you’ve ever read and why?

I have a tough time picking favorites, but the first one that comes to mind is ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  I probably have some other favorite books, but that one is such a classic and so good. 🙂  It’s so fun to get lost in the language….Yes, that is a direct quote from “You’ve Got Mail”!

5. Best movie you’ve watched?

Hmm….Pride and Prejudice? 😉  The BBC version, but that’s really a mini-series….I told you I wasn’t so good at picking favorites!

6. Why did you want to start blogging?

I started blogging as a way to promote my Etsy shop- To Knit or Knot

7. Favorite song of all time?

I don’t have a favorite song….But here’s a good one to listen to!  Favorite Song by Tobymac.

For the Real Neat Blog Award, I nominate:

Hannah Brencher

Witty ‘N Pretty

The Captain’s Speech

I Lost My Lens Cap

Glimmer of Happiness

Scarlett Curtis

There are many more really neat blogs out there, these are just a few I thought of….

And my questions for these Real Neat bloggers are:

1. What is the most interesting thing that happened to you this week?

2. Did you become who said you wanted to be when you said “When I grow up…”?

3. What is the weather like today?

4. Red or blue?

5. Are you dealing with Spring Fever?

6. What is the nicest thing a stranger has said/done to you?

7. Would you prefer a compliment or a hug?

And I apologize for not posting a something about knitting like I said I was going to- getting together with my friend came first.  I know you’re terribly disappointed, but I hope you understand. Thanks again to Renee, and everybody have a Real Neat weekend! 🙂

March Madness

Here is a whole bunch of madness, exciting, out-of-the-ordinary stuff that happened in my month of March, that has absolutely nothing to do with an orange ball dressed in black stripes….I apologize for disappointing you basketball fans.

  • I got a whole bunch of new knitting magazines for under $20(it gets more interesting, I promise)
  • The girls in my family(and little brother, because he couldn’t stand to be left behind) all went to go see “Cinderella”  I liked it quite a bit!
  • My dad got a new job!  This is good because he was not happy at his last job, and needed a greater sense of accomplishment.  So yay for him. 🙂
  • My brother got a new job! Yippity-doo-da for him as well. It’s nice to have happily employed relatives. 😉
  • My sister has a new job- dressing up as a princess for birthday parties.  Totally not a job I ever saw her being excited about, but maybe I misjudged!  And there is more to it than that- she’s an intern for event-coordinating, just what she wanted!
  • I stayed at my job, it makes me happy and is a good place to work…..I just thought you’d like to know that I did not get a new job
  • I met a famous guy who came into the place where I work, although I’m not disclosing who it was because he’s already famous enough, so he doesn’t need anymore advertisement here
  • My family is enjoying the presence of little ones in our home again- we have two little girls staying with us for a couple weeks and are learning just how out of shape our little-kid-chasing muscles are
  • There was a high-speed chase on a highway my dad and I were traveling on, and we nearly got involved in it(thanks very much to the young man who nearly hit us while he was playing tag with the cops), AND we got to see the aftermath when we caught up to the party while moving with traffic.  Mr. Naughtiness was being led away by the cops.  I’m glad we got to see the results. 🙂  I’m also quite ecstatic that we didn’t die.  You can check out the whole thing here. And if you watch the video, my dad and I were passing the scene right about 02:10, but you can’t see us…. Oh well.
  • We got chicks!
  • I got my first two Liebster awards
  • My cousin released his new album- Heroes in the Making Check it out!
  • The color green made an appearance in our yard(and other places too…) again- it’s kind of the opener for spring- the main attraction 🙂 I’m pretty hyped about it
  • One of my sisters made it to 14 years old, and did it with flare
  • I went bowling, and thoroughly embarrassed myself.  But it was with friends, so I enjoyed it anyway!
  • There were several people in jail who I talked to on the phone(it comes with my job), and one was trying to give me advice on said bowling, and the other wanted me to take him partying when he comes to visit!  Haha, no.  Both of them freaked me out by calling me by name- someone in my workplace was nice enough to share that information with them, without informing me….
  • My family and I watched “Big Hero 6”  *fist bump* Fa la la la….. I apologize if you don’t get that reference, it’s from the movie, which I can recommend fairly highly!
  • I talked with a Ms. Smith on the phone(at work again), who seemed to think that someone should recognize her by her last name. Sorry to disappoint, but um….  And no, her name isn’t changed for her protection.  That is her name, and you still have no idea who she is….That makes two of us!
  • I finally made it to 100 followers….plus a little. Thanks a million!!! Well, really just a hundred, plus a few more. 😉
  • Our garden was planted…..on our dining room table.  Before you raise an eyebrow, we put them in seed-starter thingys which have a much tidier appearance then a pile of earth plopped on the table.  They (supposedly) transfer to real dirt easily.

Next week’s post should probably have something to do with knitting in it….I haven’t shared anything about that in a while now, and just realized it. *sigh* Oops.  Well, I’ll leave you in suspense about what exactly the subject shall be, but it will mostly involve needles and yarn of some sort. 🙂  I hope you had a great March, and are springing into April happily!  Until next week, TTFN- Ta ta for now!  Let me know what you did in March, I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

You Don’t Know Whatcha Got….

….Until it’s gone.

Have you experienced this truth?  Or are you just an unnaturally grateful individual? 🙂 For me, I like to think that I am thankful for many things(granted, not as much as I should be), but there are still times when this rings true in my life.  I don’t even see it coming!  In some cases, it is something that has been in my life for so long that I don’t even think about being grateful for it- it’s part of my everyday life!  I guess that means I should look for opportunities to be appreciative, huh?

Anyway…. After my slightly dramatic introduction, you are probably thinking that I had a major loss in my life.  You should be relieved to know that it’s not that at all.  It was just a little-ish thing that happened to our scenic drive on the way home.  I’ll divulge. 🙂

My family and I live in the country, if that hadn’t been made clear before.  So if you hear frequent reference to farm animals(we got our pigs last week, by the way!) or other things that would be difficult to do in a city, it’s because we live in the country!  We have to travel about fifteen minutes at least to get anywhere of consequence.  That’s just the way it is.  To some people of our acquaintance, that seems rather extreme. But after doing it for a while we got accustomed to it, and now it’s just a regular part of life.  I’m *not* taking it for granted here.  😉  Having a longer trip home, quite a few things can be done!  Knitting, reading, talking about where you are headed/coming from, relaxing in the car, just enjoying the music and thinking, knitting….There’s lots of things you can do!  Oh!  There’s also playing on your electronic device of choice, and knitting.

Now, to the part where I was taking something for granted-  Since we live in the country, you are free to assume it’s as beautiful as you want.  There are hills, trees, creeks and/or streams, curvy bumpy roads, cows on a hill(my mom loves that, because it always reminds her of Psalm 50:10), and other agricultural things.  Lots and lots of stuff to look at.  Except when you occasionally come across some fields, and it does happen sometimes, I’ll tell you that.  A neighbor we had once put it this way-  Instead of house after house, you get to drive past field after field of corn, corn, corn, beans, corn, beans, corn, and corn.  Lots of corn.  But you’ve got to have a lot of corn for all those cows!  On to the next paragraph, because I took up this one talking about corn and cows….

So before we get to the corn and cows on our way home, we drive down a highway with hills and (used to be) trees.  However, in the last week there has been a change to that.  The men in fluorescent green and orange came with their humongous toys and dug up a lot of trees and multiple front yards of the poor people who live along this highway.  I’m sure it is for a ‘good cause’, like widening the sad, little highway, with no shoulder and ruts all over the place.  At least we are hoping that’s what it is, because if it is for any less-noble reason, there will be a large amount of displeasure throughout the area.

This is what I took for granted- my scenic drive home.  Thankfully, there are other ways to get places.  But we take this route fairly frequently I would say, and it just looks so sad!  Just as everything was starting to turn green too.  In fact, just because of how awful it looks, I’ve decided that it reminds me of something like you would see in Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” video.  I’m not saying it is that dramatic, but it’s also not just one tree cut down, or a few branches pruned.  It’s dirt being turned over for at least a mile along the current highway, and anything that happens to be on top of it being taken out as well.

I took the beauty around me as I drive places for granted.  Like I said, not a huge deal.  But, it still made me think.  Right now I’m thinking we’d better get one fancy highway out of this!  And of course that nothing should be taken for granted. 🙂  I hope you have a lovely day and enjoy everything that is in your life!

The Fifth of March

Well, howdy do!  It’s the fifth of March, also the 1st Thursday of the 3rd month of 2015.  Just a reminder- this weekend is also Daylight Savings.  Losing one hour of sleep one day for an extra hour of sunshine every day after that?  I’ll take it. 🙂

So, it is now March!  Spring and warm weather is getting closer and closer.  I can’t say that I can *feel* it yet, because it’s still cold.  But I know it’s coming.  And knowing that spring is coming, my family has started preparing for it!

First, my mom ordered chicks.  We have full-grown chickens right now, but their egg-laying/food-eating ratio isn’t working out too well- they eat too much food, and don’t lay enough eggs.  So every few years we get new chickens.  This is the year to get them.  I’m not sure exactly which breed she got, but I’m sure it’s a good one.  She had talked about getting a breed that when she said it, sounded like ‘Hawaiian goats’.  I’m sure that’s not what she said, but that sure is what it sounded like.  Can you imagine what Hawaiian goats would look like though?  It’s quite the mental picture, you know, with the grass skirts and all. 🙂  Our little farm will also be holding chickens used for meat, for a time at least, until their residence moves to our freezer.  Which reminds me….

My dad ordered pigs!  Or at least I think it’s in the works?  Anywho, we should be getting more swine soon.  Raising pigs has only been tried once before, but it went pretty well so we are doing it again!  There were two here last year.  Their names were Sausage and Bacon.  Can you guess where they are now?  Yup, I don’t think I need to confirm your educated guess….

And finally, we have started planting.  Very minimal planting.  So minimal it fits in the house somewhere.  I’m not sure exactly what seed(s) it was that found its way into dirt, but I was informed after I got home from work yesterday that the planting has commenced.  At this point I am still looking forward to working out in our garden, in the hot dirt, under the sun, multitasking by trying to get a tan(probably wishful thinking right there….) and weed or plant at the same time.  That will likely change mid-summer, but it might not.  We shall see. 🙂

So now you know what we are doing to prepare for spring, once it comes again. 🙂  Until then, I will stay inside, knit some black and red socks for a coworker, and watch the snow and ice melt, among other things.  Which reminds me, I need to finish some bread I am making….

Well, thank you as always for reading!  If so inclined, let me know what you do to prepare for spring!  Have a lovely week, and don’t forget to switch your clocks this weekend!  Trust me, I know from experience that being an hour off of everyone else(especially an hour behind) is not a good way to start a week.  So there ya go, take it from someone who knows.  🙂  Happy March 5th!  Or whatever day it is that you are reading this….

Frozen

Everything is frozen….the trees, the ground, the outside world in general, my brain, my feet.  Everything.  And it’s NOT for the first time in forever….You know I had to get at least one reference in here, with a title like that! 🙂  Well, not everything is frozen, but a lot of things- it’s just easier and more dramatic to simply state everything.  I had wanted to write something about the snow, or about times coming when there will be no more snow(hopefully…..), but my mind being in the current state that it is, I have nothing that is too exciting to write this week- or read, in your case.  All I can say is that it is snowing again, that it really is quite beautiful, but also that I am quite ready for spring to visit(and perhaps, stay a while?), and here is some poetry you might enjoy.  One is by Emily Dickinson, another by Christina Rossetti(my favorite poet, or poetess?), and the last I just read this morning, for the first time, but liked a fair amount. *Note: I didn’t like it because Monsieur Frost has any horribly virtuous qualities, but rather I admired Miss Gould’s imagination and portrayal of a character. 🙂  Thanks for reading what I am inclined to believe is my shortest post ever, and have a lovely week!  And if you would like to, let me know which of these three poems is your favorite.  Or tell me your favorite poem, and I’ll check it out! 🙂

March

We like March, his shoes are purple,

He is new and high;

Makes he mud for dog and peddler,

Makes he forest dry;

Knows the adder’s tongue his coming,

And begets her spot.

Stands the sun so close and mighty

That our minds are hot.

News is he of all the others;

Bold it were to die,

With the blue-birds buccaneering

On his British sky.

                                           -Emily Dickinson

  A Wintry Sonnet

A Robin said:  The Spring will never come,

And I shall never care to build again.

A Rosebush said:  These frosts are wearisome,

My sap will never stir for sun or rain.

The half Moon said:  These nights are fogged and slow,

I neither care to wax nor care to wane.

The Ocean said:  I thirst from long ago,

Because earth’s rivers cannot fill the main.-

When Springtime came, red Robin built a nest,

And trilled a lover’s song in sheer delight.

Grey hoarfrost vanished, and the Rose with might

Clothed her in leaves and buds of crimson core

The dim Moon brightened. Ocean sunned his crest,

Dimpled his blue, yet thirsted evermore.

                                           –Christina Rossetti    

The Frost

The Frost looked forth, on still, clear night,

And he said, “Now I shall be out of sight;

So through the valley and over the height

In silence I’ll take my way.

I will not go like that blustering train,

The wind and the snow, the hail and the rain,

Who make so much bustle and noise in vain,

But I’ll be as busy as they!”

The he went to the mountain, and powdered its crest,

He climbed up the trees, and their boughs he dressed,

With diamonds and pearls, and over the breast

of the quivering lake he spread

A coat of mail, that it need not fear

The downward point of many a spear

Tat he hung on its margin, far and near,

Where a rock could rear its head.

He went to the windows of those who slept,

And over each pane like a fairy crept,

Wherever he breathed, wherever he stepped,

By the light of the moon were seen

Most beautiful thing. There were flowers and trees,

There were bevies of birds and swarms of bees,

There were cities, thrones, temples, towers, and these

All pictured in silver sheen!

But he did one thing that was hardly fair,-

He peeped in the cupboard, and, finding there

That all had forgotten for him to prepare,-

“Now, just to set them a thinking,

I’ll bite this basket of fruit,” said he;

“This costly pitcher I’ll burst in three,

And the glass of water they’ve left for me

Shall ‘tchick!’ to tell them I’m drinking.”

                                           –Miss Gould

From Belgium, With Love (Part 2)

Custom Order Mohawk Hat

Brown and Beige to Belgium!

Well, it’s finished…. And actually, it’s already in Belgium!  Or so I’ve been told…. I had a few glitches along the way, but my first international order is coming to a close.

Last Wednesday(not a day ago Wednesday, but a week ago Wednesday), I put the finishing touches on my custom order.  I got home from work, and prepared myself to felt the Mohawk.  Just to let you know, a Mohawk hat must be felted, or it looks like a rug on top of a hat.  To get the spiky Mohawk, you have to soak it in soapy hot water and aggravate the wool in it.  Yes, I was aggravating my wool.  Anyway, I nearly had a heart attack when my wool wouldn’t felt.  Like, I repeated the process several times and it was *still* a floppy mess- there were no spikes involved.  Well, other than the imaginary spikes in my head, getting closer and closer to popping my balloon of success and happiness about my first international custom order.  And that above is why I rarely ever make creative comparisons- because my creativity is wacko and my comparisons stink…. So, back to my story…. The wool was NOT getting aggravated-  I was getting aggravated.  So, after probably the 10th time(very little exaggeration involved here….) of little success, I got more aggressive.  Instead of rubbing it in between my hands, which has always worked before, I started rubbing it fiercely against a flat, but textured surface.  My hopes of it working were low, but I was also getting pretty desperate at this point- I HAD to ship it out by the following Tuesday, I was almost out of yarn, and there was absolutely no way I could make another one.  Imagine my massive surprise(and even more relief!) when it actually worked!

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The day after that, Thursday, I took my little project to the post office.  I was quite happy that it seemed to be sent without a hitch.  Friday I checked the tracking number- USPS says that number doesn’t exist.  I thought that was okay- it was only the day after, and with all the Valentine’s Day mail….. Yes, I was grasping for excuses.  And they only got worse from there over the weekend, when my package and it’s tracking number *still* didn’t exist!  Monday I tried to call the post office, but then I realized it was President’s Day.  Sigh…..So, Tuesday, almost a week later, I finally talked to the nice post office lady.  Apparently, their computer system crashed or something like that, and she couldn’t check it at the time.  She called me back yesterday, but I was at work.  I returned her call today(tag- she’s it!) and got good news- my package is already in Belgium!  I’m not too excited that I can’t see it myself on the computer, but I was told that the problem is a result of that computer crash last Thursday.  So, now I have to play the waiting game and see how it goes about getting to my customer in Belgium.  We’ll see!

Thanks for reading!  If you didn’t get to see the original post, click here.  If you would like to see the original custom order from my Etsy shop, click here.

Have a lovely day!!!

How Many Heartbeats Do You Have?

An interesting thought was offered to me the other day- not revolutionary, but merely something I’d never thought of before.  And it seems appropriate to write about, since the Day of pink, red, roses, and hearts EVERYWHERE is coming up….(that’s Valentine’s Day, if I wasn’t clear enough) 😉

The thought was “Your heart only has so many heartbeats”.  Have you ever thought of that?  Yes it’s a TON of heartbeats, probably millions and billions, but eventually you run out.  Note: this is not meant to be disHEARTening(haha, see what I did there), it just sounds like it right now.  Keep reading!

When I heard that, I started thinking-   What is my heart beating for?  How am I spending my heartbeats?  Who am I sharing them with?  Are they being used wisely?  Because you know, I only have so many to use….

God gives us as many heartbeats as we need to accomplish His purpose for us, and touch other lives(and their heartbeats). 🙂  In return, we have people in our lives that make our heartbeats special(they might even make our hearts beat faster!  But that actually isn’t so good in this context….you’ll run out faster).

So this upcoming lovey-dovey day, consider how you are spending your heartbeats, and who you are spending them with.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!