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Note To Self:

Note to self:  Think up better excuse for big honking bruise on the shin than "I tangled with a cabinet drawer and lost........."

Random Thoughts for Friday

* It shouldn't have, but it honestly surprised me to discover "Heart and Soul" included in a piano songbook.  Is there anyone who has ever even gotten NEAR the piano who didn't learn that one?

*  There's a point in the life of cat owners when waking up to dead rodent gifts stops even registering.

*  For every person actually working on a political campaign, there seem to be about 75 experts who know how it really SHOULD be done.

*  One of the happiest gardening moments I have each year is the moment when I see the squash plant branching out in the "winter-squash" pattern rather than the upright "zucchini plant" one.

*  If one can't remember if one has done all three sets of weights or just too, assuming it was all three is a lot less painful if one guesses wrong. 


The Zucchini Blues

Now that one of our groups of friends has gotten into music, there are regular music-themed parties.  This weekend we attended a Blues Party.  Because this was just so clever, you have to see the invitation we received:

Your Part
A few good men/women who can do the blues (your terms, your music!).  Can be vocal, rap, harmonica, guitar, you name it!  (Please respond on this so we know who's sing'in/play'in or speak'in)
Perhaps a bit of grits to share and blues appropriate drink.  Sing'in the blues
1. Most Blues begin, "Woke up this morning."
2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, 'less you stick something nasty in the next line, like "I got a
good woman with the meanest face in town."
3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes ... sort of: "Got a
good woman - with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher - and she weigh 500 pound."
4. Th…

A Little Truth in Humor.......

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The US Olympic Committee's Hunting of Ravelympics Makes Business Week

One does not tick off 2 million people wielding pointy sticks in the world of social media without getting some notice.  Yesterday, it made Business Week:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-22/why-the-u-dot-s-dot-olympic-committee-cracked-down-on-a-knitting-group

The U.S. Olympic Committee did issue an apology of sorts, though the apology has actually ticked off knitters further.  First, no one in their right mind would believe that a letter which lists actual Ravelympic events AND specifically links to patterns is a "standard" letter.  Second, which every member of Ravelry understands even if the public doesn't, in order to get the list of events and links to projects, someone from USOC actually had to create an account on Ravelry to have access.  This wasn't just some casual form letter.  One can't access Ravelry without an account.  It's free, but one must create a user name and password and join to look up anything on the site.  SO, the U.S. Olym…

Ravelympics - U.S. Olympic Committee Says Knitting "Denigrates" Olympic Games

You've all heard me mention the Ravelympics, which I honestly care more about than the actual Olympics themselves, but the idea was always that knitters did events to coincide WITH the Olympics in order to watch them.   Well not this year.  Today the owners of Ravelry received a "cease and desist" letter saying the name had to be changed because knitting "denigrates" their athletes.  Yeah--and using athletes to hawk products like McDonalds and Dow Chemical is standing up to the noble ideas of fair play.  Technically, it's more like prostitution--just the legal variety.  I can certainly see how knitting would sully THAT.

So, the nearly 2 million members of Ravelry are furious.  I'm technically boycotting the games--though since I never watched them in the first place, it will be hard to notice.  BUT, in the age of social media, I think they're in for a bit of a firestorm.  The first news release is up already: 

http://gawker.com/5920036/us-olympics-c…

12 Flowers

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One of my "12 12s" for the year is to plant 12 different flowers.  I'm not counting the daisies,

which I planted a couple years ago and couldn't kill now if I tried.  They're rather smelly and they attract aphids, but there's still a lot to be said for flowers that grow with no help from me.

I've tried growing violas from seed several times, and they don't like me.  But,
(purple things on the bottom left) they seem to be surviving nicely in a pot where I put them as plants.  So, that's 1.  Then the petunias (2), the carnations (upper right) are number 3 as I added a second type of carnation to see if it helped with the scraggly can't-grow-upright single carnation I have been getting.  They grew and they're upright...but they don't smell nearly as nice as the vertically-challenged one.  So I may look for a third variety to add.

This is something called Linaria,
these are stocks,
bachelor buttons,
and if you can see it poking out from un…

"Radical" Feminist Nuns Trying to Protect the Poor

By now, I think most of us have heard about the group of nuns who are touring America to speak out against the Republican's Ryan Budget, which proposes severe cuts to social programs.  The nuns, shockingly, believe helping the poor is the Christian thing to do, and have been criticized by the Vatican for being "radical feminists." Amazing.   Wouldn't that make Jesus a radical feminist as well?  I'm not a religious person, but he did say an awful lot about helping the poor and that sort of thing--the Socialist.  I can think of no image I enjoy more than a group of nuns on a bus tour:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/06/nuns-group-plans-bus-trip-to-protest-the-ryan-budget/

Sister Simone Campbell has even appeared on Comedy Central's Colbert Nation, and held her own quite nicely:

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/415112/june-11-2012/radical-feminist-nuns---simone-campbell

You can learn more about Nuns on the Bus at their website:  http:/…

Ahem.............

Yesterday: live bird turned loose in the house
Today: dead mouse found bundled up in lace scarf laid out to dry
Tomorrow: kitty backyard privileges totally revoked............

Next Up....

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Since I haven't yet killed the last 2 houseplants I bought, I am feeling positively giddy in the green-thumb department, and picked up this today:

(though I, unlike my photo editor, have the sense to keep the plant right-side up).  Wandering Jew is actually my favorite houseplant, but I killed the last one rather quickly, and was a bit hesitant to try again, but I have cleaned up our back bedroom enough to be able to have a plant hanging in front of the window there, so I have high hopes for this one.  I had to Google this, because I wasn't sure if it was still called a "Wandering Jew" or not, or if that was considered racially insensitive, but it does still seem to go by that name.  That makes sense--if you wander around in the desert for 40 years, people are going to talk.  Could you imagine?

"Sarah, David--what a surprise!  Really--we were expecting you in 1972...." 

These things get noticed............besides, it's a wonderful plant.  And I say this…

You Have to See This

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The sewing room shelves are finished:
The upper shelves with the arches have lights, and the long shelf is to hopefully allow me to get the ENTIRE fabric stash back into the sewing room. 

Let the cleaning begin!!!

A Little Reading

I've fallen a bit behind on my reading goals in the past couple months, but thanks to having to slow down because of my back, I'm catching up a bit.  I don't often do book reviews here, but I have been reading a lot of interesting stuff lately, so it seemed a good topic for the day.

The Cat Who Came In From The Cold by Deric Longden
     I ran across this in the library yesterday, and was slightly hesitant at first because the success of Marley & Me (which I didn't like and couldn't make it through) has created a flurry of pet-themed books, but this one predates all of that, and--since I am behind--had the merciful quality of being short.  And it was delightful.  I was laughing aloud by page 7, and finished it before going to sleep.  Short, delightful, and definitely a fun book for anyone who has had a cat.  And, a nice break after:

Luckiest Man:  The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig
   Having lost 2 friends to Lou Gehrig's disease, I knew how the…

Note To Self

Note to self:  Just appreciate that Theo's rodent gift is DEAD this time......and try not to focus on the fact that he's flipping it up in the air and almost hit me with it twice...............

I'm Not Ready

It's June 1, and my garden isn't in.  I'm not even ready for it to BE in.  Because of the interruption to normal life (a.k.a. the back injury) that happened at the very tail end of canning season, it actually feels like I have just gone from gardening season to a really long and not overly restful nap to gardening season.  How do people ever survive in climates without winter?  Year-round gardening would do me in entirely.