Saturday, January 3, 2009

Yea! for YARN - Yes Yarn that is!

My LYS (local yarn store) was previously located in a cozy loft in the back of a quilting shop. It has grown to need a new location, and has moved just down the street a bit to a much larger location, with plenty or parking.... and papa johns pizza right around the corner :-)
Today was the Grand Re-opening, and even though I have been in much pain with my wisdom teeth I was going!

I was AMAZED at what greeted me at the door - TONS or yarn neatly organized along the long wall starting with sock and graduating to the bulky and the super bulky.

The shop was full of people looking for this and that, tasting the scones that Debbie made. (they were RAVING, I didn't get to taste, but maybe I will get to later) I was totally overwhelmed. I had planned on just getting a skein of whatever looked good at the moment as my purchase, but I couldn't decide! So I figured I needed to take the plunge and knit a vest. To me a vest in a step before a sweater. I would like to knit a sweater, but I'm afraid. So Margaret, the proprietor extraordinaire grabbed up some pattern books and I plopped down and looked through them. I really liked a vest in The yarn girls' guide to knits for all seasons, and Margaret recommended it. I decided on Galaway Highland Heather in a nice dark greenbluepurple shade.


When I checked out I also got to enter to win a fabulous door prize, shown here by YY's door man.


ihopeiwin ihopeiwin i hope i WIIIIIIINNNN!!!! I've never won anything. Ever. Oh well. So that was my trip to YY's re-opening. If you are ever in the area please go check it out. M and D really are amazing people.





Friday, January 2, 2009

Book Challenge

I hated reading when I was in elementary school! In the third grade my teacher was Ms. Russell and we had to do a book report. I waited until the last minute to read my chapter book, my dad was really mad at me for it. He found a book for me and told me I couldn't come out of my room until I read half the book. I piddled around my room pouting for a while, and then I picked up the book and finally got on with it. Later that evening dad came in to check on me and see if I wanted to take a break for dinner. I didn't want to put my book down, I refused to eat dinner that night and finished my book at around midnight. I was hooked. After that struggle it was never a problem for me to grab at a bit of fiction and escape. My parents signed me up for the Baby Sitters Club book club and I read every single one. Reading got me through a lot of the tough times in my child hood, and I've let leisure reading take a backseat to other things in life. This year I want to make it more of a priority. I want to read 50 books this year. I'm not going to say that it will be one a week, it may be one a month until summer, and I guess it depends on what it is I am reading.
If you don't know about Paper Back Swap you should really check (me) it out. Basically you share your used books with the world, and you get some in return. I tried a couple of other book swapping sights and this one really is the best. Most of the books I read this year will end up there, but not the first one. Currently I'm reading A Devil to Play by Jasper Rees....its about his attempt at mastering the french horn in a year. I am also learning to play the horn, so I'm reading it for inspiration.

What are you currently reading?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ten Lousy Bucks

For those of you that are knitters you probably know about Ravelry . For those of you that don't know what Ravelry is, its a great online knitting community. Patterns, yarns, people, common interest groups. Its really great, and to keep it free people often start fundraisers, called ravelraisers. The thought is that those who can, will donate, to keep ravelry free. I tend to be a VERY frugal person, and shy away from donating willy nilly. THIS is something I will be donating to. If you use Ravelry friend me! My user name is Breezyquarters. And go donate your 10 bucks, I am!

and now your daily fiber....

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Soap! Anyone?

I haven't mentioned it here yet, but I make soap. For a while this year I got out of it, but now I'm back on the ball! I decided to get your opinions on what scents I should purchase to make my spring / summer collection. You can vote on Fragrance Oils, or Essential Oils or both! Take the survey, and leave a comment and I will send two of you two bars of soap from my winter collection. I will choose a winner on January 10th. Please check back then to see if you are a winner!
~ if you aren't a blogger user and would still like to be entered leave you Ravelry name, or just your first name so I have some way to ID you :-)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Over so fast

On Thursday it will be a New Year, 2009. I remember waiting for the ball to drop back in 99, trusting that Y2K would surely not affect us that much (or at all) but wondering in the back of my head if the power would go out. I don't know why I thought that, but I was afraid. I haven't had a nervous new years since then, but I will start 2009 with a bit of anxiety.
I'm starting if off with a bang, mortgage and car insurance due on the 1st, dental surgery on the 5th. I'm going back to college for a semester and that starts the 12th. I still don't know how I'm going to pay for that, but I have the three other things covered. ACK what am I doing? No one wants to be down about things to come.
Goals. I have goals, and 2009 is going to be a HUGE year for me. I've been a housewife since I graduated from college the first time (2006 BS History). Now with times getting tough I'm going back to school because the state department says I need 3 classes before I can teach HS (as opposed to MS). Hopefully after my 3 classes, and taking the PRAXIS I will start the PACE program, and teach for 3 years, while taking classes to become certified. This will change my life in a BIG way, but I want to do it, so that we will have more options in the future as a family.
I would really like to do more work on the house this year, and pay off our debt. Currently we are not paying for things with credit cards, but we have debt left over from college, as well as student loans, and a 15 year mortgage. For 24 year olds we are doing okay, but I REALLY want to be debt free. It will feel so good to not have to pay for things that I'm not even getting any satisfaction from at the moment.
I also want to make huge improvements in my music studies. I never got any music classes as a child, but I'm around music all the time. My Band Director (RR) is graciously teaching me to play. We started on trumpet, but I'm better suited for French Horn. (Its prettier anyways) and my goal is to play Seigfried's Horn Call all by myself in the Opera House by early December. If I work hard enough to do this, I will reward myself with a nose piercing.
There are so many things I want to do this year, I'd have to post forever to cover it all. I'd love to know what your goals are for the new year.
Have a good night, and some lamb to lul you to sleep.....

Sunday, December 28, 2008

My first post

I've wanted to start a blog for a long time. I don't really know why, but here it goes. Christmas break seems like the perfect time to start. The tree has been taken down, the house is getting back in order, and DH and I are busying ourselves with projects so that we don't kill each other.
DH is off work for two weeks, its nice to have him home, it would be better if it were just one week. We do have bills to pay, there is also a bathroom to renovate! Maybe it will get done this week, but that is not likely.

We started ripping the bath room out months ago. This isn't near as bad as it is now, for all those months since the rip out, there has been a giant gaping hole. It is winter, luckily it hasn't been that cold, but a nice breeze has been coming through the hole until DH closed it up about a week ago as a Christmas present to me. I really need to take more pictures.

Hopefully my posts will be better thought out.... but I'm off to a start. Thanks for reading, comment and let me know you are out there, even if all you say is hi!

An after Christmas Survery

Days After Christmas


Take this survey

What did you get for Christmas this year?
An abundance of useful and fun things - one of the best Christmases ever!

What did you have for dinner on Christmas?
ham, beans, this great salad my aunt made.... that was my favorite part.

Who cooked?
my grandmother, suplemented by my other women relatives

Did you get your pets anything for Christmas?
Kelsea(ie) (DH's dog) got tennis balls, and everyone else got a coupon for food (woohoo)

If so, then what?
balls, food

What did you get your friends for Christmas?
soap, assorted bath goodies, homemade cookie jar mix.... hope its good.

What did they get for you?
I think I will have to devote an entire post to my Christmas goodies

What's your all time favorite Christmas song?
I wan't a Hippopotamus for Christmas

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
I really don't have one, DH says its Home Alone, and I guess he is right!

Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
If you don't believe you don't receive!

What's your favorite Christmas decoration that you have in your house?
My BEAUTIFUL live wreath on our front gate.

Is Christmas your favorite holiday?
no, it really isn't I love Thanksgiving. All the great family and food, but no stress about gifts.

Does your Christmas tree have a theme?
I don't have very many ornaments because I want them all to come from somewhere, and mean something.

Do you know anybody that was born on Christmas?
DH's nephew matt, and J, a guy I went to HS with.

How many reindeer does Santa have?

What is Santa's wife's name?
Mrs. Claus, seems like it should be martha.

How many Christmas movies do you have?
none? maybe I should start a collection.

What's your favorite Christmas movie that you saw in theaters?
I remember going to Miracle on 34th street and The Grinch that stole Christmas.

Did anyone make Christmas cookies?
RR's mom sent goodies, and they are AMAZING! I usually bake up a storm, but i didn't have time.

Was there a mistletow?
I wish..... i need to make a list for next year.

Do you drink egg nog or hot chocolate?
HC, with peppermint schnapps when its cold at nigth :-)

Have you ever made gingerbread houses before?
Mom and I made one once, I think it got stale before we could stand to eat it. It was lots of fun.

Did you attend Church or Mass?
Communion on Christmas Eve.

How many people did you celebrate Christmas with?
30 or so, i'm blessed to have lots of family!

Are you sad that Christmas is over?
I'm really relieved, but its sad to not hear Christmas music on the radio the day after.

Do you still play Christmas music, even when Christmas is over?
I am still singing snippets :-)

Are you planning to return any gifts?
nope :-)


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