Sunday, July 16, 2006


I will be internet free until August 1st. Enjoy the rest of July and I hope to have some tales to tell when I come back.

Aloha :)

**Camp Wanna Knit Knit Knitters--I had a GREAT time!! I'm looking forward to doing it again :)

Friday, July 14, 2006

Summer Reading Challenge--Week 7

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Lord of the Rings
The Belgariad
The Black Jewels Trilogy
Sword of Darkness(thanks to a recommendation from Guernseygal)
Knit the Classics(1 summer book)
rereading HP4-6
rereading Dark Hunter series: finished
Dark Side of the Moon: finished
Danse Macabre: finished

I haven't read a lot this week--as a matter of fact, I haven't accomplished much of anything except tend to the children and try to get ready for vacation. I'll have more to report by the end of the month(I hope):)

Booking Through Thursday

This week's questions were suggested by Christine.

  1. Do you read non-fiction books for pleasure, not counting books required for courses or for work?Yes

  2. If so, what areas of non-fiction interest you the most? If not, why not? I read books when I'm researching topics of interest to me--the topics change depending on what I'm interested in at the moment. Right now I'm reading a few books on greyhound adoption. I also like reading things on travel, knitting, reading/writing, education, and such.

  3. What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) books from those areas? I don't really have a favorite nonfiction book.

Booking Through Thursday

  1. What is the most pristine, perfect book in your collection? The one that looks like it's never been opened (and in fact may never have been)? Whose binding is uncracked, the corners still perfect?Most, if not all, of my hard covers are in pristine to near pristine condition. I get furious if someone even folds a page. My deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is still in it's wrapper that it came to me in, so I guess that is the most pristine book I have.

  2. Why is that book so perfect? Was it a gift? Is it a coffee table book too beautiful to use? Something you simply have no interest in and haven't bothered to open? I treat all my books with near reverence; I've read just about all of them(although I keep accumulating more) and I feel that they should be handled with the utmost care and respect.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Stitching Thursdays

Magic Witch:

Magic Witch QS

I have already finished my goals for this piece for the month. Today's update brings me to 14540/31350 stitches or 46% done. I also finished page 1. The cool thing about working in columns is that now I'll finish 3 pages in pretty quick succession. There are 6 pages total in the pattern(although pages 3 and 6 only have a few stitches on them).

Today's SBQ was suggested by Vash
( and is:

What is the biggest mishap you have had with your stitching material
(i.e. spillages)?

Knock on wood--I haven't had any mishaps with my stitching. I am very careful to keep everything away from it and I try not to let people handle it too much.

Today's SBQ was suggested by Carol (
and is:

Since you started blogging, have you noticed any difference in your
stitching habits? Tell us about them.

I actually stitch more now than before I started blogging--I was in a major stitching slump then. I also set more goals and I am more dedicated to achieving them--I think it has to do with putting them in writing out here for everyone to see; it keeps me more accountable.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

8 Years Ago Today

The Beginning

I was getting married to my best friend in the Wedding Pavilion at Turtle Bay in Kahuku, Hawaii. It was a perfect place to start our lives together.

Happy Anniversary, honey!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Summer Reading Challenge--Week 6

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Lord of the Rings
The Belgariad
The Black Jewels Trilogy
Sword of Darkness(thanks to a recommendation from Guernseygal)
Knit the Classics(1 summer book)
rereading HP4-6
rereading Dark Hunter series: finished
Dark Side of the Moon: finished
Danse Macabre: finished

I finished Danse Macabre today. I think that Hamilton has finally taken the series too far for my tastes. First, the book only covered about two days. Second, it was crammed full of stuff dealing the ardeur(and if you read the series you'll know what that means--I'm surprised she can keep track of who she is sleeping with and even more surprised that she could walk by the end). Third, it was really lacking in storyline and that's something for a book that was 483 pages.

Richard was back and I'm happy to say he seems to be coming to terms with things--hopefully, he'll move on and get away from Anita. I have to say that I agree with what her friend, Ronnie, said about her. I am stunned that Anita has done a complete 180 in her character; I'm having a hard time coming up with any redeeming qualities she has left. That being said I'm sure I'll still read the next book.

My favorite quote from the book--Nathaniel to Richard:
"You're like a dog marking your territory. Maybe you should just piss on her, so we'll all know she's yours."

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Stitching Thursdays(on Saturday)

Storykeeper was my Project Spectrum focus piece for June. I'm sorry it's so overcast today because the blues in this are just stunning--there are so many with just subtle variations in shading.

Storykeeper 7/1/06

Magic Witch(13740/31350)

I met my goals for both my stitching pieces in June--it's a first--Hurray!!

For July I want to get 2800 stitches in Eternal Promise(Arwen and Aragorn) and 800 stitches in Magic Witch. This will be a tough month as there will be a lot of traveling going on.

Today's SBQ was suggested by Cheryl and is:

What do you do with your charts once you've stitched them? Do you keep
them or dispose of them? If you keep them, do you organize them in a
way that is different from the way you keep your unstitched charts?

I keep 90% of my charts once I stitch them. I usually make working copies and file the original in a 3 ring binder. They aren't really kept any differently than my unstitched charts. Honestly, I'm not sure why I keep them--I have so many things I want to stitch that I am pretty sure I wouldn't stitch something again. I guess I keep them because I'm not 100% sure that I wouldn't stitch them again :)

Today's SBQ was suggested by Vash and is:

Have you ever used a magnifying glass while stitching? If so, did you
find it helpful?

I haven't yet but I can see the need for it in the future--especially if I keep stitching these over 1 projects.
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Today's SBQ was suggested by Angela and is:

How many cross stitch books do you own and how often do you use them?

I have two that I can think of off the top of my head. One on Christmas Stockings and one with Mary Englebreit. I don't use either.
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What's Your Dosha?

Your Dosha is Pitta

You have a quick mind, a gift for persuasion, and a sharp sense of humor.
You have both the drive and people skills to be a very successful leader.
Argumentative and a bit stubborn, you have been known to be a little too set in your ways.
But while you may be biased toward your own point of view, you are always honest, fair, and ethical.

With friends: You are outgoing and open to anyone who might want to talk to you

In love: You are picky but passionate

To achieve more balance: Be less judgmental of those around you, and take cool walks in the moonlight.