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At last RAIN! Oh, and some banging, flashing and booming to go with it. But we really need rain so we’ll take the thunderbooming without complaint. It was getting hotter and hotter and the hoomidity was really getting to me awhile ago. Now I can feel the cool breeze coming through. Yeah!
Ron went to bed at like 9. What’s up with that?
I started sewing the “tree” part of the pieced border blocks. Hope I don’t distort the whole thing, that would not be a good thing. But I had to start somewhere. I have decided to go with the mauvey color rayon thread. But I knew I wouldn’t like to have one thread over the whole thing, so that’s why I’m doing the trees. I stopped for a bit while the bangs were really close.
Guess I could go get some more done.
Oh I just remembered — this weekend is the Scottish Games up in Altamont. LOL – nothing like a good soaking rain to turn the Altamont fairgrounds into a mud hole! Ask me how I know!
Don’t even know if I’ll end up there this weekend. Bummer.
Live from Netscape 6.1. Not acting quite as flakey as it was the other day when I installed it, so we’ll see.
A Public Service Announcement for the Ladies out there – get your yearly GYN exam & Mammo. And if your last exam wasn’t a pleasant memory, call ahead and get them to have smaller speculums on hand. Yes they do exist and they probably have them. So ask!
we now return you to your normally scheduled programming:
Stopped and did grocery shopping this afternoon and then stopped at the farm stand. Well! Not only are gas prices hiked up for the holiday weekend, but corn prices are as well! Last week – 10 ears for $1. Today – 3 ears for $1. Geesh. Oh no, I’m not suspicious. I bought some anyway. Sweet corn season is too short to take chances with!
I guess that’s about all for now.
Today was just too hard to explain.
I did send off the packet, back to Apple. Hopefully will get some information in return.
Other than that I’ve puttered. Ate left over lambchops and birthday cake for dinner. How’s that for lame? Actually the lamb was pretty good. Wished I’d had some chutney to go with it. Instead I shared a bit with Maggie, who was more than interested. Yes, I’ll probably be the 80 year old with the 20 cats.
Last night, some nice person left one of the big roses from the top of the cake on the plate. So a biggish end piece AND extra frosting. Life isn’t all bad. The frosting is real butter cream – I could only eat about a third of what was there…..ok, and the rose.
I seem to be stuck as to what to do with the winter quilt. I’d be tempted to go on to another quilt but this is one that is supposed to go to the Berkshire show in Oct. Well. I guess there’s still time. Maybe I’ll do a couple little scenes. First I think I better clean the machine and change the needle.
My folks called first thing this morning and I got the traditional birthday song from Mom. Dad didn’t sound too bad on the phone – he has bronchitis. I was thinking about going up there but I’m not sure if I’d be silly to expose myself or expose him to more stuff. I have great parents. And the older I get the more I appreciate them.
Ron left a book and the quilt engagement calendar on my laptop this morning. No card which isn’t unusual. No “happy birthday”– it was something more along the lines of “you’re hard to buy for.” and “you should get your quilt in that (the calendar).” uh, I did have a quilt in there a couple years ago. Oh.
He went to work around 7. Probably thought it would be easier than figuring out why I was crabby.
Happy Birthday Mary Beth and many more.
It’s my birthday and I’ll ::**::dance, sing, shout, eat cake, accept jobs::**:: if I want to!
Yes another year.
At tonight’s NYQuilts! monthly meeting, I was surprised with a wonderful cake from the Vanilla Bean bakery. One work – YUM. And some prezzies from Pat, Sue and of course Mom and Dad.
Even got sung to.
All in all not as bad a night as I’d worried about. People were reasonable, jolly at times, friendly to each other, and listened to the important news of the day.
The raffle quilt was well received. Pat did a great job making it out of what we had. And the quilting’s more than not bad too, LOL (Mary Beth pats self on back)
For those of you who are really into celebrations – you can sing along with the Birthday dirge – it’s one of my favorites! And yes you DO know the tune.
At dance camp, if it’s one’s birthday, hopefully your friends or SO will tip off the rest of the camp, arrange for a cake or at least a candle for your dessert etc. When the announcements are made, the birthday person is announced as well and everyone sings Happy Birthday in like 8 part harmony. They then sing:
Why was she(he) born so beautiful? Why was she born at all?
She’s no bloody use to anyone. She’s no bloody use at all!
and this is normally followed by the Birthday dirge. Now this is sung to the tune of the Volga Boatman (yes you DO know that tune) and where you’d put the UNNHH, grunting noise, at camp everyone slams a fist on the table. Well! The sound of 100-120 people slamming a fist on a bunch of wooden tables, on a wood floor in an open-air dining room is NOT to be missed.
So happy birthday to me. It’s been a year of unemployment, but really a wonderful year in terms of my quilting and getting back to photography (in a digital way), getting the grant (yeah – they think I’m an ARTIST!). Yes, some bad stuff too (sucky, weasely bosses, no income….. On the other hand, being home meant not catching stuff from co-workers too stupid to stay home when they’re sick! On the other hand, I miss vacation.
I’m not twenty. I’m not even 30. I’m past 40. And I wouldn’t go back. So yes, happy birthday and another year ahead for me!
Here’s what USA Today had to say about Blogs and the people who write/keep them:
“Online journals popular with the opinionated”
Need more information? You can start with Blogger.
As one of those quoted in the article said (ok, it was Ev Williams, Blogger founder!): “A lot of the main draw of the Internet isn’t consuming things, it’s communication,” he says. “You can speak, and there’s a potential that you can reach a lot of people. It’s really about connecting to people.” Ah, just like I always thought – people to people, content, communication. Potent mix.
What do I use blogs for? I currently use them as a way to present a grant that I’m doing, this journal of more far ranging topics, I used to have one that was work-related (to keep a log of what I had done and when), and the last week I’ve used one to show a group of people the progress on a group quilt I was quilting.
Blogger makes it easy to add today’s progress report or rant or topic or interesting links – you go to a web page, type your thoughts, click post and publish – voila – it gets FTP’d to your directory and is live. Doesn’t get much easier than that. Archives itself as you go along. (That, for me, is the most wonderful thing about blogger. Archived, dated content from the past – automatically!)
The other wonderful thing about blogs in general is that they often link to other interesting sites. I often go to the blogger home page just to surf the most recently updated or the featured blogs. Brings back memories of when we were first able to look at web pages and I would surf from one site to another, following a chain of links.
So here’s to Blogger and the whole Blog movement. Let the voices of the net community be heard.
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