August 23, 2006

Lazy poster

State Fair was fun! Not as fun as other years though, I have to say. I don't like the new layout, and really missed seeing the tractors in action, and the single valve compressors running the thing that's grinding the corn, and so on. It's just so much more interesting if there is stuff happening, rather than a static display.

Also, it seemed like there weren't as many shows going all. Usually you can wander around and catch bits of the calvacade of horses, or the diving show, or the hypnotist, or the acrobats, and usually there is a band playing in the middle of the food court. This year - nothing. The Budwieser Clydesdales weren't even there this year!

REO Speedwagon was FABULOUS!

No, not really.

They were about as good as I thought they would be and I did not have hight expectations. But I enjoyed their hits. Kevin Cronan talked and talked and talked. I'm sure there was a guy on the side of the stage telling him to S T R E T C H with hand signals.

Again I took not many pictures, but here are a few:

Sean and Llama ("So I says to him, I says...")

Goat Whisperer

Popular Comedy Central TV Show

Kris and Rich ROCKED OUT! I don't care what they said.
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And my favorite art (click for big):
I just loved this watercolor, by a little girl in the 8 to 9 year old group.

This quilt was so beautiful and well made. I think it won all the highest awards available to be won. Unfortunately I didn't write down the person's name, but .. .Wow! (click for big)

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August 13, 2006



Our neighbors have a lovely tea rose that peeks over their fence. So pretty. It now has done us a favor and given us a sconce for our fence::


Full view:


Sean and I had a working weekend. He worked in the yard both days (heavy, hard, digging type stuff) and I did regular chores, and managed to finally complete a few sewing projects, the most important one being the matching cover for the other cushion on the couch. Whew! That's been a monkey on my back for awhile. I also did a lot of mending, and made a pair of shorts out of some thrifted pants. Yay!

Thanks for all your nice comments about the felted bunny! (And dugs, I have checked out the hilarious catswholooklikehitler! Have you seen

In other news, Sean wrecked his truck on Friday in a minor fender bender. He'll hear next week if it's fixable. Our luck needs to turn back to happy good pretty damn soon or I'm going to have to re-name this blog!

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August 9, 2006

Felting Fun Bun

The other night I broke out the needle felting kit I bought at Lambtown and decided to give it a try. In my usual way, I glanced at the book I bought and then just forged ahead on my own. I decided to make a cat:


aaaand of course, because I had no idea what I was doing, it morphed into a sheep and then finally a bunny.

Here's another pic:


Overall I like needle felting and I think I did pretty good for my first try. Unlike quilting, which I've decided I hate. At least hand piecing. Although, I'm willing to admit I probably didn't have the right tools (like a thimble, that would have helped) or a pattern, and I probably started with the hardest fabric in the world to work with - silk. (The bunny is sitting on the silk fabric I bought.


If you loved that OK go video, be sure to check this one out too:

OK go - A Million Ways to be Cruel.

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August 8, 2006

Need an instant pick-me-up?

LOVE these guys!

(Edited to add: Aw heck. That link isn't working for me. Go to YouTube, look for the video for OK go - Here it goes again. You won't be sorry!)

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August 7, 2006

Five Day Update

Oh Man! I loved ya'lls comments on the last post! Such great stories! Unfortunately, I was trying to fix my comment problem (no e-mail notification, non-junk comments going in the junk folder and needing approval before they're posted, meanwhile spam gets right through!) and lost them! I don't know WHAT happened. Urg.

So what's been going on.

Last Thursday, I received my new D3LL computer. By Friday morning it was on it's way back. Perhaps I was a bit hasty, I might have gotten used to it, but I hated it immediatly. I simply can NOT look at those new laptop screens that look like TV screens. It's like looking right at a migrane. Plus, I hated the 15.4 inch display, and I hate how huge it was. Just too much real estate for my eyes to be able to take in. So, I returned it. I'm not sure what I will do now. I want a notebook computer, but I hate all the screens. They almost don't make them without that new screen.

On Friday I visited a thrift store at lunchtime, and scored! I found a pair of shorts exactly like a pair I have already, same size, same color, same brand (Columbia) but in brand new condition! Yay! Mine are frayed everywhere, I've worn them so much. And, since I've had them for years, the styles have changed and I can't wear the new styles.

I'm sensing a pattern here. Lori doesn't like change. Humph.

Anyway. Saturday was just a normal day, tried to get in as many chores as possible because I knew we'd be gone all day Sunday.

Sunday was my birthday, and Sean took me to San Francisco, to the de Young Museum where they have the Quilts of Gee's Bend on display. Of course we also looked around the whole museum. They have some very interesting things there. Then we had a picnic in the park, and after that, headed on over to the Library. I wanted a San Francisco Library card so that I could use NetLibrary. But, you have to apply in person, so off we went. After a short hike through the Tenderloin, where a nice samariitan asked us if we were lost and if he could help us(I probably looked confused, Sean knew where he was. I probably looked like a little old lady, lost in the Tenderloin, about to be overcome by pee fumes.), we made it to the Library and got our cards. Then we headed out for the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland (or Berkely? not sure...). There I passed on some coned Crystal Palace Breeze because it was $15.00 a cone. I thought they were asking too much. Now I'm wishing I had bought it. It was my color, and 100% cotton after all. Who knows when I will ever get back there? *Kicking myself*

I did buy some silk fabric that was leftover from designer ties. There were two ladies going through the boxes all excited. I asked if they were quilters and they were. They were bying boxes and boxes of the stuff. I got caught up in all their excitement and had to buy some too! So now I guess I must make a quilt of some sort.

Brought my camera with me to work today, but forgot the cable. I'll try to get some pics up here soon!

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August 3, 2006


Last night Sean fell asleep on the couch at about 8:30. Every now and then this happens, and when it does he is just OUT. Then I steal the remote and get to watch shows like Untold Stories of the ER until Project Runway comes on.

But last night, while he was sleeping, the following conversation occured:

Sean (suddenly seeming to wake): Are you going to dye it all the same color?

Me: What?

Sean: The yarn

Me: hahaahah

Sean: Am I sleeping?

Me: Yes Honey.

Sean: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Me: Where was I dyeing it?

Sean: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Me: In the kitchen?

Sean: Outside

Me: What color?

Sean: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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August 1, 2006

I really shouldn't save all this stuff up like this...

I've started back knitting on my sweater. I finished the neck, but I may need to rip it out ad re-do it. It looks kind of funny. But, I've decided before I do that, I will finish the sleeves. I'm about 1/4 of the way down one sleeve. Over the weekend I developed a wierd bruise in the palm of my right hand, for no reason that I can remember, and it hurts to knit! I only accomplished a few rows last night before I gave up.

It's official, my job will be over at the end of this month. The company is being moved to San Diego. This is such a bummer after all the waiting and work. But I'll have a month of vacation pay coming to me and a couple of weeks of severance, so I have time to find another job.

This last weekend, we went to Lambtown where I made the first of my last two non-essential purchases until I get a regular paycheck again. I bought a needle felting kit and book. There were several things that intrigued me, but there was a display of little felted animals that I really loved, so I bought the kit. (And, as much as I loved them, it never crossed my mind to take pictures.) I haven't tried it out yet, but it's in the queue of things to do. The weather beautiful, finally, and after Lambtown we walked around the little Dixon cemetary. (And again! No pictures!)

The other non-essential purchase I made was a biggie. It took a lot of thought and shopping online, and hand wringing, and buyer's remorse-ing, but I finally bought my own computer. I decided on a Dell, and it should be delivered late this week. The computer I use now is my work laptop, and, of course, I'll have to give it back. I'm tired of mixing work and home, computer-wise. True, I can use Sean's computer anytime I want, but ... I just wanted my own. So, happy early birthday to me.

Sean has a friend at work who is learning to paint. She's only taken one class (a "happy little trees" class) so far and has been painting less than a year. She painted this for us:

grets painting.jpg
(click for big)

We really, really love it! And, every time i look at it I get teary-eyed. She really captured him, especially in the eyes. (That's Grets himself in the little box to the left.) I love the colors, and how she embellished with the little flowers and the tree and the rays coming down from above. Ok, this is sappy, but it looks to me like a little window on his new world. (And darn it, I'm crying again.) As soon as it's dry, we can get it framed.

This upcoming weekend, Sean is taking me to see The Quilts of Gee's Bend in San Francisco. I'm also going to get a SF Public Library Card so I can check out Audiobooks from Netlibrary.

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