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Less than a week September 29, 2005

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And I leave for Paris!  I can hardly believe it.  Really.  I thought it was the following week.  With the flea bombing, the Scooby fiasco and construction starting–I lost track of time.  I am leaving Tuesday.  The scarf knitting has progressed to a more than respectable length.  The uncertainty of will I have enough yarn has passed!  A photograph…boring, gray ribbed alpaca?  C’mon! 

I started the hot water bottle cozy too.  I am using Rachael’s pattern.  Now, I love Rachael but she is a notoriously loose knitter!  So, I am concerned this will be a bit tight.  I am using a US7 and Lamb’s Pride Worsted….maybe I should go up to an 8.  I am just a little off gauge. 

 

Booty’s got back September 27, 2005

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Bootys_got_back Yesterday was spent visiting local shelters and calling vets.  No luck.  The phone call came this morning from a neighbor at the end of the street.  They had been away and found an orange and white cat on their deck.  They shooed him away.  Thankfully, they saw the poster and have been feeding him since yesterday. 

Gracie, unsuccessfully, looked for him this morning.  Cameron and I did a bit more and we found him.  We thought we saw him elsewhere but the neighbor said check underneath the deck.  Sure enough–he was there!  Now, his regular safety collar was off due to flea bathing but the flea collar was on and got caught around his front leg.  Poor thing was hobbled.  We coaxed him out with food.  He certainly didn’t come willingly.  Timid_toes He ate a bit and then I picked him up and drove him home.  Scooby started mewing as we neared the driveway.  He seems a little leaner and is very affectionate.  He looks okay.  Thanks for all of the kind and supportive words and suggestions!

I have knit more than enough on the scarf for my friend in Paris that I am allowed to buy yarn there.  Yippee!  I do, however, want to finish start the hot water bottle cover.  The latest FO around here is by my mom–more socks knit Waving_lace_from_mom for me.  These are the Waving Lace Socks from Interweave Knits Spring 2004.  She knit them in Wildfoote.  Black is pretty difficult to photograph but I absolutely love them.  She says this it–no more socks for me.  Do you believe her?  I don’t!  Thanks Mom!

 

Scooby too September 23, 2005

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Scooby_too Cat got out yesterday.  Owen was going into the backyard and he slipped out.  That was over 24 hours ago.  Cam and Gracie looked for him  yesterday.  I went out with food last night.  And woke up around 4am–his usual wake up call–as I thought I heard him scratching and mewing at the front door.  No luck.  Cameron and I drove around this morning.  On scooters, Cam and Gracie combed the neighborhood but still no luck.  He’s fairly content to eat garbage…so I don’t know.

Cam recently read a story in school about a cat that shared two homes–Charlie Anderson.  He thought, perhaps, Scoob had found a girlfriend, got married and was going to make some "puppies".  Kittens, whatever!  When I suggested getting a new cat if we didn’t find him, Cameron burst into tears.  I was thinking of Scooby Too.  Or Scooby Deux.  Just kidding–but it would be easier on Owen verbally.  Signs go up tomorrow. 

If you happen to see an orange cat that answers to Scooby or–as Owen calls him–Booty…please email me.  Seriously, keep your fingers crossed please.

 

September 21, 2005

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Knitting…really not much of that going on.  We are putting the house back together after the flea bombing–which appears to have been successful!  And we are sorting and cleaning in preparation for the upcoming construction.  Although I am not into decorating and whatnot–I did come across a cabinet idea that I am simply delighted about.  Check this out!  I just love the idea of that entertainment center on the back of the island.  We are not doing cherry wood.  I need lighter and brighter in our house so we are considering maple or some sort of light glaze.  And, of course, durability is very important.  We are also trying to decide on the color of the siding.  Everyone on our block has redone their house in that light brown color.  Kevin and I are somewhere between white and yellow.  Bold, right?

Back to knitting…I roped myself into some novelty scarves for an upcoming Fashion Show fundraiser for Owen’s school.  St. Brigid is calling to me…how about the rest of you?  But I have knitters guilt and really ought to finish the two projects long overdue for my friends in Paris–a hot water bottle cover and an alpaca scarf.  I have decided if I haven’t started and put several inches on the scarf before I get to Paris–no  yarn purchases for me.  Strict, aren’t I?  The problem–I can’t find all of the yarn.  I think it got buried in the tidy for the fleas. 

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:22 am

Knitting…really not much of that going on.  We are putting the house back together after the flea bombing–which appears to have been successful!  And we are sorting and cleaning in preparation for the upcoming construction.  Although I am not into decorating and whatnot–I did come across a cabinet idea that I am simply delighted about.  Check this out!  I just love the idea of that entertainment center on the back of the island.  We are not doing cherry wood.  I need lighter and brighter in our house so we are considering maple or some sort of light glaze.  And, of course, durability is very important.  We are also trying to decide on the color of the siding.  Everyone on our block has redone their house in that light brown color.  Kevin and I are somewhere between white and yellow.  Bold, right?

Back to knitting…I roped myself into some novelty scarves for an upcoming Fashion Show fundraiser for Owen’s school.  St. Brigid is calling to me…how about the rest of you?  But I have knitters guilt and really ought to finish the two projects long overdue for my friends in Paris–a hot water bottle cover and an alpaca scarf.  I have decided if I haven’t started and put several inches on the scarf before I get to Paris–no  yarn purchases for me.  Strict, aren’t I?  The problem–I can’t find all of the yarn.  I think it got buried in the tidy for the fleas. 

 

drive by–flea bombing September 19, 2005

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Fleas_and_fun_001 Darn cat has fleas.  Who knew indoor cats could get fleas?  Maddening.  Sure, he looks cute on his back–belly up.  But there are fleas on that belly.  We I am bombing today.  Kevin did most of the clean up–clearing the way so we could bomb.  And Grandpa came through with the bombs.  Fleas_and_fun_004 Two kids out of the house and one to go.  I am setting up for the book fair at Owen’s school this morning.  I have had total locker dreams about setting the flea bombs off and not being able to get out of the room.  And I am wondering how Scooby and the gerbil are going to fair in the garage together. 

Knitting…yea.  I am working on a scarf for the shop.  It is the  Misty Garden Scarf by Jo Sharp from Scarf Style.  The yarn is Zitron Prisma.  Although it is a simple feather and fan…I seem to be adding a stitch every once in a while.  Tinking mohair is not fun.  I can’t remember what else I have been working on.  I don’t think I have been knitting much.

 

We were on a break September 13, 2005

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Me and my blog.  Yup, like Ross and Rachael, we were on a break.  Today, however, I was shamed into posting by Ann.  The thing is…I am feeling a little apathetic toward my blog.  Perhaps a change of color and design is in order.  I don’t know. 

I have been knitting.  I just don’t feel like picking up the camera.  It could be back to school blues.  I learned a new seaming technique.  I mattress stitched the cast on and bound off sleeve edges of the second little Debbie Bliss cardigan I knit.  I will spare you a picture till I block it.  But I was really pleased with the technique I learned from Knitting Tips & Trade Secrets. 

The cat has fleas.  Construction on the downstairs (Phase 1) begins the end of the month.  We areArts_tile_1  going into the garage and gutting the kitchen.  We are planning to have an open kitchen/dining/family room.  Kitchen cabinets need to be chosen.  I love these tiles I found on eBay but at $32 a tile–I don’t think they are really in our budget.  Even sporadically throughout the rest of the tile–it’s just too expensive.  An apron or farm sink is in the budget though. 

Maybe it’s the hurricane…it just doesn’t feel right talking about redesigning our kitchen when so many have lost everything.  I was able to donate a ton of clothes the kids had outgrown last week.  I donated locally because often other charities get forgotten or neglected when something so catastrophic occurs.  I was glad to hear that our local charity was sending stuff to Katrina relief too.

 

September 9, 2005

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It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a week.  Gracie and Cameron started school on Tuesday.  Gracie loves middle school.  She comes home with glowing reports every day of all the fantasticSchool_days_013  things that happened.  And the unfortunate things, like getting hit in the head with a locker door or not able to open her own locker, are secondary.  It is a blessing. 

School_days_017 Cameron is happy to return to elementary school and likes his 2nd grade teacher.  He reports there are too many girls in his class but that is probably for the best.  Also, he is keeping up with the review work quite easily–very little regression, I hope!

Owen began yesterday.  The teacher assistants reports were all positive but the behavior report said he bit the two of them.  Wednesday we went out there to drop off his school supplies and he began to whimper as we turned off the highway.  He wasn’t the only one…when we got out of the car he threw himself on the ground crying.  A mom came up to us and said, "Mines used to act like that.  You are going to love this program."  With a level tone, I informed her that mine was entering his 3rd year and still behaved this way but I was happy for her.  She apologised and said something about it being a spectrum.  I wanted to say, "Oh really?  I didn’t know" but I just walked away. 

Of course, I forgot to take a picture of him and he looked so cute in this little skater shirt.  It was so dirty when he got home that I couldn’t take it then.  Here’s a cute, slightly out of focus one.School_days_012  The district pulled a fast one on us.  They are not starting home services until 9/19.  A decision was made to make that the official start date.  I understand this is important for students in district to establish the classroom setting but Owen’s services are not in the classroom.  Add that to his regression over the summer and I am seething.  NY State Quality Assurance tells me it’s not a good fight.  I can go to mediation but we can’t even get a meeting with the district till 10/16.  Owen is, however, entitled to compensatory services for the summer hours he missed.  So Kevin is faxing the request for that today.  If they ignore or deny it, I am filing a complaint.  I hate to make waves but as a teacher/friend said they are forcing us to.

Knitting.  Isn’t this a knitting blog?  Yesterday I tinked back the final row on St. Brigid.  I used the rosewood Holz & Stein needle my mom gave me.  Wow, what a point!  But the slide on the addi is better.  Is there a perfect needle?  I finally sewed the buttons on the little aran sweater for my nephew.  Darn thing needs to be washed again.  Cat or blocking/drying outside means a bit of dirt.  Off to work today and contemplating the knitting I need to get done before Paris.  I want to, at the very least, start the scarf for my friend using the yarn I bought at La Droguerie.  And I am knitting his partner a hot water bottle cozy.  Or have been planning to. 

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:22 am

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a week.  Gracie and Cameron started school on Tuesday.  Gracie loves middle school.  She comes home with glowing reports every day of all the fantasticSchool_days_013  things that happened.  And the unfortunate things, like getting hit in the head with a locker door or not able to open her own locker, are secondary.  It is a blessing. 

School_days_017 Cameron is happy to return to elementary school and likes his 2nd grade teacher.  He reports there are too many girls in his class but that is probably for the best.  Also, he is keeping up with the review work quite easily–very little regression, I hope!

Owen began yesterday.  The teacher assistants reports were all positive but the behavior report said he bit the two of them.  Wednesday we went out there to drop off his school supplies and he began to whimper as we turned off the highway.  He wasn’t the only one…when we got out of the car he threw himself on the ground crying.  A mom came up to us and said, "Mines used to act like that.  You are going to love this program."  With a level tone, I informed her that mine was entering his 3rd year and still behaved this way but I was happy for her.  She apologised and said something about it being a spectrum.  I wanted to say, "Oh really?  I didn’t know" but I just walked away. 

Of course, I forgot to take a picture of him and he looked so cute in this little skater shirt.  It was so dirty when he got home that I couldn’t take it then.  Here’s a cute, slightly out of focus one.School_days_012  The district pulled a fast one on us.  They are not starting home services until 9/19.  A decision was made to make that the official start date.  I understand this is important for students in district to establish the classroom setting but Owen’s services are not in the classroom.  Add that to his regression over the summer and I am seething.  NY State Quality Assurance tells me it’s not a good fight.  I can go to mediation but we can’t even get a meeting with the district till 10/16.  Owen is, however, entitled to compensatory services for the summer hours he missed.  So Kevin is faxing the request for that today.  If they ignore or deny it, I am filing a complaint.  I hate to make waves but as a teacher/friend said they are forcing us to.

Knitting.  Isn’t this a knitting blog?  Yesterday I tinked back the final row on St. Brigid.  I used the rosewood Holz & Stein needle my mom gave me.  Wow, what a point!  But the slide on the addi is better.  Is there a perfect needle?  I finally sewed the buttons on the little aran sweater for my nephew.  Darn thing needs to be washed again.  Cat or blocking/drying outside means a bit of dirt.  Off to work today and contemplating the knitting I need to get done before Paris.  I want to, at the very least, start the scarf for my friend using the yarn I bought at La Droguerie.  And I am knitting his partner a hot water bottle cozy.  Or have been planning to. 

 

When it rains, it pours September 1, 2005

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The devastation of Hurricane Katrina seems almost unreal.  The largest hurricane of my life, Hurricane Gloria, is nothing compared to the photos and videos from down south.  I was asking Kevin yesterday if his company was matching donations.  It seems Kevin is organizing something himself at work–one of his coworkers is from Louisiana.  Her mom and brother with autism live down there and are currently homeless.  I can’t imagine how Owen would cope in a situation like that.  Around the blogosphere, Margene and Susan are organizing some donations.  Jean of The Scottish Lamb is doing something too.   I am sure others are putting things together.  Our group of bloggers always do!

In a bit of good news, Owen had 3 offers of home services.  While the district did not let us have our pick–their pick was my second choice.  She has been in the field for quite a while and even works as a parent trainer for her agency.  I am also getting excited for Owen to return to his teacher.  She is a fabulous teacher.  He is, however, enjoying his time off of school.