Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This afternoon we inducted members into our local chapter of the National English Honor Society. We have 11 new members, who are selected on the basis of overall academic achievement and outstanding performance in English. I blogged earlier about our project for this year, but I'm please to say that it was written up in the newsletter http://www.nehs.us/museletter/museletter_fall07.pdfof the national organization (page two). This link is posting strangely. I'll try to edit it later.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I was tagged for the "You Make My Day Award" by lizzyk8. You are supposed to list 10 blogs that you read each day and then those people will list 10 more, and so on. I’m listing blogs that I find to be good reading. If you are tagged and you don’t want to participate, please just accept what I say as a compliment.
The Adventures of _____ and ______. The names are blank and the link is not hot because this is a private blog detailing the adventures of two of my grandchildren. I think their mother intends to turn this blog into a book for them to have when they grow up. She includes lots of pictures (always a plus for the grandparents), stories about mothering, and frequent letters to each of the children. It’s a shame that none of us feel comfortable about having this out there open on the internet because it’s good reading.
_____ Adventures. The same security reasons apply to this blog about the other two grandchildren. My DIL has not been "at" it quite as long as my daughter, but the collection of cute pictures and stories is growing rapidly. Good work, K______!
Whimsy Knits. She lives in a nearby city. We both started spinning about the same time. Either she’s a really GOOD photoshopper, or she’s a much better spinner than I am, but she’s inspiring me to keep up. She is an inspiration in her knitting and her spinning, and I check her blog every day.
Sooner Be Knitting. I can be really dense. It took me almost a year to realize that the title of this blog can mean the obvious preference we knitters have for how we spend our spare time and at the same time refer to her enthusiastic support of her favorite college football team. You would think an English teacher (she’s one, too) could figure out a pun. Honestly!
Geocaching Knitter. I am not retired, not traveling, and not living in New England, but the Aran-style knitting on this blog is outstanding. I enjoy the scenic pictures, but I really love those in-progress shots of what I’d like to be able to consistently do some day.
So the Thing Is Blog. I first got interested in this as a knitting blog and then followed a summer trip to the South last year with a story about a haunted courthouse. I was particularly happy to find another Texas blog that was so entertaining. Now the author and her family are moving to Long Island, but I plan to keep reading anyway. She has the ability to make the trivial ups and downs of every day life seem interesting. And, frankly, I’m so glad that I’m not going through what she’s going through right now with a cross-country move and trying to sell a house in Austin in the beginning of a recession. Way to go, Barb! I want to hear all about Long Island life.
Fugue State Knits. This blog often makes me think and sometimes makes me evaluate my life. That is a good thing. It is also remarkable since I am very different from the writer in many ways. I always enjoy reading what she has to say.
Knit ‘n Teach. Another English teacher, but from New Hampshire. Again, this is a blog that I find thought-provoking.
Knitting--sleeves attached and yoke to placket point on Wonderful Wallaby.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Knitting--finished the pocket knitting for a Wonderful Wallaby project for next Christmas.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Notice, however, that I'm complaining about these people as if they are real. That's one of the tests of good literature--the creation of believable characters--and Kim Edwards has done a brilliant job of that. All things considered, this book was good brain food for spinning and walking and driving.
Spinning Monday--I bobbin of singles from gray roving from the Sheep Shed Studio.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
I have also knitted both sleeves of a sweater for next Christmas--can't post pictures.
The bathroom reveal is still upcoming; the shower curtain and hooks have been wandering around the US on a rather rambling route. The blinds are not here yet, either. The job turned out to be a little more complicated than we expected because there was a problem with some rotten sheetrock behind some tile in the shower in the other bathroom. It has been repaired and the area has been retiled.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Here are samples--my mother and her two younger sisters.
And my mother-in-law, from the late 1920s or early 1930s--
My dad's basketball picture--Lisbon High School, at that time outside of Dallas. I hope no one fouled out.
Friday, January 11, 2008
When we were standing around visiting after the program, a former professional colleague with whom I have also done volunteer work over the years rather quietly said that she is going to have to have a cardiac ablation as soon as it can be arranged. She is scared and miserable because she is already off her meds in preparation for the procedure. I was able to talk to her awhile about my experiences a year or so ago, and I think it really helped her. She has promised to call me as soon as she finds out her schedule. I was so glad that I had stopped feeling sorry for myself and gone to the meeting!
Still knitting on plain stockinette DH socks.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Otherwise, it has been a hectic week, the first back to school after the holiday. For one thing, we had 10 seniors do early graduation at semester. That may not seem like a significant number, but out of a class of about 70, it is a noticeable percentage, and a few of them were the ones that tend to make classes sparkle. I'll miss them.
As always happens, the electronic rolls are still messed up due to schedule changes, which in turn means the computer grading system is also down.
Also, the truth is that I am old and set in my ways. If I don't have at least a couple of non-committed evenings in a week, I feel harried and almost claustrophobic. I still work a few afternoons a month doing bookkeeping for our family business, and this week there was a snafu with some electronic checking that caused me to have to rush in and do an unexpected afternoon of telephone tag with government people. GRRRRR! (Today, I got a form that came from them, an official form, with an apostrophe error. I so want to get out the English teacher red pen and . . . .). I have meetings on two different evenings.
Today my principal saddled me with one of THOSE projects--something very simple that does, however, involve a lot of community relations. He is an administrator who is just passing through a small town on his way to bigger and better things. I, on the other hand, have known these people all my life and will continue to live here, so I have to do this RIGHT!
I spent a day and a half in a classroom with a fluorescent ballast giving off a terrible smell and not getting anyone to do anything about it. Thank heaven, it finally just went out completely.
And. . . the reason I don't have much knitting content is that I have been waiting for a DVD for about 2 1/2 weeks. I treated myself to the Knitting Workshop DVD by EZ. I already have the book, but I promised myself that I was going to work through the lessons to improve my techniques and I've been ready to start for a few days. It came today! I ripped open the package to discover the right invoice but the wrong DVD. I don't want to wait another 2-3 weeks, but I really don't have much choice.
And, the weird one. At school we are faced, in our workroom, with an entire table covered in red and yellow plastic sand buckets with our names on them. We are supposed to put anonymous notes praising or critiquing our colleagues in personal buckets which are open so that anyone can pick them up and read them. This is supposed to build morale. Perhaps I am cynical, but it looks to me like an efficient delivery system for being tacky and really hurting someone. I know what we would say if students set up something like this.
All of these are such petty things that I am not sure why they are getting to me. I'm going to go to bed with a mystery story!
On the up side, the crew is coming to start on a bathroom update tomorrow. I've already made some "before" pictures, and I'll post the "afters" as soon as possible. I'm not much of an interior decorator, but it will be nice to have something clean and bright.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Coulter's novel, by the way, is standard mystery fare, with a nod to her past as a romance writer. I always find this author to be an entertaining read.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
First of all, Father Tim's visit to his hometown after an absence of 40 years or so is skillfully handled. Through the use of flashbacks, the reader is drawn into the world of the South in the 1940s and 50s. Both the strengths and weaknesses of Southern society and of Father Tim's personal background are demonstrated by the actions of his family and others in the community. In the present, we are introduced to an interesting variety of characters.
Watching Father Tim confront his own emotions about his past and learning to forgive not just other people but himself for mistakes that have haunted his life is the central strength of this book--the universal problem that every person of a "certain age" has to deal with.
What is disappointing about the this book? The plot device that prompts Father Tim's return to Holly Springs is interesting, and the reactions of former friends and acquaintances that find out he is in town are enlightening. The denouement of the main plot line is satisfactory. However, the author adds a string of coincidences, attributed, of course, to Divine Providence, which I feel stretch plausibility and weaken the point of the novel. Since Father Tim obviously intends to return to Holly Springs, not every thread from the past had to be wrapped up neatly by the end of the book.
I'll be very interested to see where the next book in this series picks up.
My first FO of the new year--a pair of socks from Paton's Kroy, plain stockinette.
Paton's does not have the feel of the more expensive yarns when knitting, but after it is washed, it is wonderfully soft and wears like iron. This particular colorway--Krazy Stripes 54801--was made in Italy rather than Slovenia and seems softer. I used KP 1s, the bigger ones. My tension when knitting continental is getting more even, but I am still starting the ribbing English, and I am knitting the heel stitch continental and purling back English. The yarn is from a stash of Kroy that my DD gave me for Christmas. This color seemed a cheerful way to ring in the New Year!