Saturday, July 24, 2004

Right now I'm living in Bizarro Computer world. I have a brand new computer that has to go back to the factory for repairs due to some storm damage related to the modem. It keeps rejecting new modems. So I'm forced to use the old computer that barely lets me read email much less send it. Being able to write a blog entry is an adventure in itself.

Things have been busy here. This weekend is devoted to getting the kids ready for "my favorite time of the year"(remember last year's Office Depot commerical?) Back-to-School!! Yea!!!!! WAHOO!!!! It's time, the kids are bored, fighting all the time. School is where they need to be. Time to get some structure back in their life.

Let's see, on the crafting-needlework front, I've managed to finish the fob for the long overdue swap. WHEW! Just need to find some emery or doll pellets to weight it down and then sew it shut.

Finally got a RR out the door and FedEx'd to the next recipient. Another one to check off the list.

I made some Fuzzy Furry Shoes(the pattern is at Marlo's Crochet Corner but I can't link it for some reason-the url is http://marloscrochetcorner.com/Furry%20Shoes.html) yesterday for one of the girls I work with. I found a bin of flip flops for a $1 a pair at Walmart and grabbed a pink striped pair for Angel in a size 7 and a green pair in size 7 for myself. I plan to make my neighbor a pair and fortunately she's a size 9, I think I got the only two size 7s left but they had tons of 9/10s and 11/12s. I'm also hoping to pick up a pair for my niece this afternoon and make her a pair too.

I can finally get back to work on the Houses of Hawk Run Hollow at www.carriagehousesamplings.com. I love this design and have hated having to just let it sit. It's been screaming at me big time.

I've made some progress on my Peyote Granny Square afghan but not a lot. I think I've finished 4 more squares in the last week. My goal is 10 a week. Hopefully I can catch up this weekend. I love this afghan. I've memorized the block pattern, have all my yarn in one bag, my crochet hook, and a pair of scissors. It's all ready to go whenever I want to pick it up and crochet a block and there's none of that losing your place when you set it aside, nothing really difficult to keep track of. I may just make granny squares all the time. So many things you can do with them. You think I'd find it boring but I don't. There's a gazillion color combinations one can come up with. This one is very bright, wild, tropical, 70s-ish all at the same time but now I'm thinking about playing around with some other colors. I can't decide if a granny square afghan in just three colors would look good or be boring.I want to make one to match a picture on the wall over my couch at one end of my living room and would like to go with three different shades of pink/rose. Kind of girlie for this almost all male household, but they can deal with it. I've also considered doing a granny square in as many shades of green as I can find. This picture has several different shades of green to blue so maybe that would be a better option for a granny square afghan and then I could do a ripple afghan with the pinks. Hmmm...I hate choosing colors because I'm not good at it at all.

I want to buy a good digital camera but it's not in the budget at the moment. I've been wondering if the $20 are even worth spending the $20 on them or just holding onto that money and putting it towards a better one? I mean surely the $20 ones get the job done? They couldn't sell them if they didn't work right? Oh well no reason to worry about that for the next two weeks anyway since my computer is going to be away. I've had Packard Bell computers for years and the first time I buy a good new computer a storm takes it out. Trust me, we've had plenty of bad storms before nope, this computer is obviously a wimp. Maybe Packard Bell computers are better than I thought they were. At least the modem doesn't fry at the first sign of lightening.

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