You Are 34% Evil
A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.
In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
We here at Chez Beamer like to color coordinate our holidays as much as possible, thus this year's 4th of July breakfast of champions (or at least of me) was this...
...vanilla yogurt topped with black and red raspberries courtesy of Myrna's Naked Acre.
The dog is still here...
...though this time next week he will be heading home with his family, if all goes according to plan. I won't miss the random piddling, but I will miss him. He's a great little dog. (And I'm taking him to the groomers on Thursday to get him bathed and smelling pretty before his mommy and daddy show up!)
Speaking of dogs, we had to put our dog to sleep last Monday. Yes, sad, as I've never had to make that choice for a pet before. But Rosie was 17 years old, after all...she'd led a good life and at least now she's no longer in pain.
I took this picture of her a few weeks ago. She was having such a hard time walking even then. I remember thinking how that was probably going to be one of the last pictures I ever took of her. Even at 17 years old, she still had the prettiest face.
In other news, I followed through with my intention of having my chest tattoo improved upon...
...the moon and bird were the original parts of it...I had the bird recolored and the swirls and stars (representing Cassiopeia, in case you're wondering) added...this was right after it was done, so it looked pretty red still. I'll have to take a picture of it again now that it is healed.
I sent the tattoo picture to several friends, including a guy friend who is also a pastor. I realized belatedly that, due to my close cropping of the photo, it looks like I was sending him a picture with a lot more b**b than is actually showing...the angle of the shot is misleading, as is the angle of this shot...
...ahem...was trying to take a picture of me in my cool new purple shirt...with a somewhat low-cut V-neck...(didn't send this one to my pastor friend! LOL) Not sure what it is with me and all the self-portraits I'm taking these days. Between Facebook, Ravelry and Plurk and the need for avatar images on each, which I like to change often, it's just gotten me camera happy. ;)
Let's see...what else? Oh, what the heck...one more b**b shot...
No, really, I cropped that one much better. This picture was of the necklace I've got on, which I got off of Etsy from Wyanne, who is a most wonderfully gifted artist. Totally cool necklace!
Now let's play a game...check out this picture and see how many collections you can spot...go ahead...I'll wait...
:::doo, DOO doo, doo...doo, DOO, doo...doo, DOO, doo, DOO, DOOOP!!! Doodoodoodoodoo...:::
Ready? OK. Let's see...there are the buttons, that's one. And the yarn, of course (which you can see more of in the mirror, good grief!), that's two. And the inks. Three. The ribbon. Four. And what? What is number five? Yes...three, count 'em, THREE McDonald's Sweet (Crack) Tea cups. I didn't realize I was collecting them, but apparently I am.
What's worse is that I rarely crave sweet things, but I think the Sweet Tea is affecting me, because I went shopping last week, and you know how they say you should never grocery shop hungry? Well, you should never grocery shop hungry but especially not if you're also PMSing, because this is what you come home with...
Foods not only full of sugar, but with the WORD "sugar" in their title! Sugar wafers?? Oh my gosh. LOVE THEM!!! Seriously...for two days in a row, I ate NOTHING but sugar wafers and nutty bars until dinnertime. Is that pathetic and sad and horrifying or what? I NEVER eat sugar like that! And yet, last week, I could not stop myself.
And while it may look like the can of artichoke hearts is sort of out of place here, it was actually purchased with the intent of making hot artichoke dip. I know that's not a sugary food, but it's full of fat and no better for you, I'm sure, than all this sugar. (To date, I have not actually made the artichoke dip, so that's something, right? Should I go reward myself with a nutty bar? LOL)
Ok...I think that officially catches me up. Whew! Perhaps this will teach me my lesson and I'll try blogging a little more frequently from now on! These marathon picture posts are killers!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Earlier this summer, I insisted on planting a salad garden. Good idea in theory. Kevin helped me, it got planted, it grew, we ate salads. Then I lost interest and didn't keep up with the weeds and we ended up with the Black Forest of Death Garden, Part 2. (The unkempt, flowerless flower garden was the BFoDG, Part 2.)
Thus it came to pass, Kevin made a comment about the sorry state of the salad garden, and it was clear he expected me to do something about it. :::sigh::: So, last weekend, this is what I did...
I cleared it all out. In a bold move, I took the hedge clippers to the chard and just cut it off, since Kevin said it would grow back (and it has started to regenerate already!). I picked the last of the onions that were hiding among the weeds...
...accidentally got a few carrots, too. Aren't they the scrawniest things?? And then there is this one renegade Easter Lily that I'd forgotten was in the bed we used for the salad garden, and it miraculously survived the rototiller, came up right on the edge of the bed and the grass, and has all of these beautiful blooms on it! (We won't bother telling it that it is a few months late.)
The whole family ended up getting in on the act, which always helps motivate me...
And so the yard and the salad garden side of live looked much cleaner and far less scarier than it had been looking.
Then, in a weird twist of fate this week, I found myself with the urge to clean up the flower bed on the other side of the front of the house (a.k.a. the BFoDG, Part 2). I used to do up our flower beds every year...mulch, annuals...and by this time of year, they looked gorgeous with big, full plants. A few years ago, though, I lost the will to go to that trouble and started buying perennials instead. I love perennial gardens some of my friends have, and the lack of having to plant things every year seemed like a great idea. I had no clue that these things still would need major attention, to be separated and moved around and such. Not to mention, the perennials I bought? They were ugly. Big, green fuzzy things that took over. I largely ignored them for two years. This year, however, I dug them all out and pitched them down in the woods. Nothing in the flower beds was better than those things.
But now it was July, and I had exactly that...nothing in the front looking pretty. My only accomplishment from the perennial experiment was the day lilies thriving on the driveway side of the flowerbed...
I love orange day lilies.
I have no idea what each of them is called, though I know the little yellow ones (that were not blooming when I was taking pictures) are called Stella D'Oros, like the cookies.
I especially love this variety, as it reminds me of the ones that grow along the roadsides and, when I was a kid, my dad would stop and cut some and bring them home for my mom. I loved when he brought those lilies home. It's such a great memory.
Anyway, the gardening bug bit last week, and I know to jump on it when it does that, and so I did...I went and bought a truckload of mulch (because mulch makes everything look prettier)...
(And I totally think it is funny that the first three letters of the truck's licence plate are "YCK"...if you could see how beat up the truck is, you'd understand how "yuck" seems appropriate, though it is one heck of a reliable old truck for things like this.)
And then I went to Lowe's and bought pretty perennials...
And then I decided to rip out bushes. Seriously. We had two azaleas that had seen better days, and a small, scrawny green bush that was misshapen, all at the corner of the house. We've talked about getting rid of them, so I hooked up a chain to the tractor, had the kids wrap it around the bottom of the first bush, and yanked that sucker out. Moved on to bush #2...and it would not come out for anything. Long story short (too late!), I called Kevin and he told me to just leave it and he'd do it when he got home...which is his way of saying, "Oh my god please do not demolish anything else!!!" (I've already ripped out walls in the house while he's been gone...my bursts of motivation can sometimes be scary.)
So, he came home, tore out the last two bushes, and then we had the great idea to move a sizable rhododendron from the driveway side of the house up to that now empty corner, as the driveway side doesn't get enough light and the poor thing never does well. So, how else does one move a big bush?
With a tractor, of course. (How do people garden who don't own machinery like this?? LOL)
Getting it lined up...
...voila! One rhododendron moved about 15 feet to a new home. It is currently encroaching on one of the remaining bushes further to the right, but after it takes root again and begins to grow, Kevin will trim it and it will be fine. Hopefully. Or we'll end up with a big, dead rhododendron and have a huge empty space in the flower bed to fill...like this one...
(What it looked like pre-rhodo move. Those hostas sitting to the right then got moved down to the spot where the rhodo had been. I seriously dislike hostas. Not sure why.)
Good thing about waiting until night to do this was that everyone pitched in and helped with the planting and mulching, thus what would have taken me the better part of a day only took us a couple of hours. And now we have a happy flower bed...
Nigel the gnome is happy to be able to see daylight again...
And doesn't the mulch look pretty???
I was too lazy to change my lens from the 50 mm, so I don't have any full shots of the entire bed. Will take one of those sometime soon. Suffice it to say, it looks a little empty right now, but given time, these perennials should fill in nicely. Kevin is convinced I put too many in for the space they're supposed to take up, but I really like the "full" look, as long as the fullness is coming from pretty things, not weeds. And if it gets too full, we can always move them. Heh. ;)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Let's start with all things yarn related...a very good place to start. :)
First, I finished my first Hooha sock and have turned the heel on the second...
It is a) very hard to take a picture of your own foot from an angle conducive to seeing the details of a patterned sock, especially with a 50mm lens that you are too lazy to change out for a different one that would allow better picture taking and b) the pattern in this sock, while adding a nice texture to it, is subtle enough that the variegation of the yarn makes it hard to see anyway, but it's a little easier on the sock blocker, so here's a second picture of the Hooha sock on the sock blocker...
Next, I mentioned earlier that I'm participating in the Tour de Fleece. Now for the pictures...here's the roving I'm using, sitting prettily by the spindle I'm using (which I actually purchased some months ago from the one and only Amy Singer when she was purging her goods...how cool is that?)...
And here's my first finished product of actual spun and plied yarn -- classification: irregularly bulky...
And this is what a skein (skeinette?) of a whopping 9 yards of handspun looks like after the twist has been set and it's been fondled and oohed over by its maker...
And while 9 yards doesn't sound like much (figure I had to actually spin 18 yards in order to get 9 plied yards...so, that's much different, right? LOL), it IS enough to put in one row on my Swiftly Turning Afghan, which is coming along beautifully...
Who knew that a garter stitch afghan could be so satisfying to make and pretty to look at?
I love how the colors come together, and how the different weight yarns create such a unique and pleasing texture...
The idea of trying to add my own homespun to this project came after I set out looking for some of Cosy's hand-dyed homespun to add to it since I only had commercial yarns for it when I started. Nothing would have been wrong with that, but I love being able to use yarns that are singular in their character. Actually, Cosy's yarn is what is featured on the swift in my new blog banner up above -- aren't the colors just incredible? Here's another picture of Cosy's handiwork...
Another recent finished project is a purse I made for my niece for her birthday...here it is being modeled by my girlie...
And here's a shot of the best part of it, I think...the flame lining, LOL...
...for which I actually had to pull out my sewing machine...
Can't remember the last time I used it. I always feel so Suzy Homemaker when I sew. :}
In other projects, I'm still working on a baby sweater I should have finished months ago (yes, making it a 12 month size so at least the baby in question won't have outgrown it by the time she gets it!). And I'm taking part in an afghan square swap with one of my Ravelry groups, so I'm working on my first square for that and have it about half done.
So, so many other projects I want to be working on, and so many more I need to work on for gifts. Just not enough time in the day to get to them all!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
What Your Handwriting Says About You
You are a fairly energetic person. You know how do pace yourself, and you deal well with stress.
You are somewhat outgoing, but you're not a natural extrovert. You think first before you act. You tend to be independent, rational, and logical.
You are balanced and grounded. You know how to get along well with others.
You need a bit of space in your life, but you're not a recluse. You expect people to give you a small amount of privacy, and you respect their privacy as well.
You are somewhat traditional, but you are also open to change. You listen to your head and your heart.
You are a decent communicator. You eventually get your point across, but sometimes you leave things a bit ambiguous.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
1. Mona Lisa, 2. Wool, second edition (Ull, andre versjon), 3. Most of my hats..., 4. Just a Orchid, 5. eastlake I norah gaughan I berroco vol. 3, 6. Crayon Fence, 7. Lizard Ridge is Now an Afghan!, 8. Tattered heart stitch markers, 9. Finished!, 10. A touch of wisdom - Ale Ramírez, 11. ~ Light ~, 12. The Spring Mat
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
(If you click the image and go to Flickr, you can mouse over the individual images and see the notes of explanation I added for my answers. Some are more self-explanatory than others.)
So, here were the rules and the questions the photos answer...
Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr search. Using only the first page, choose an image. Copy and paste each of the URL’s into the mosaic maker over at FD’s image maker.
What is your first name?
What is your favorite yarn?
What was the first thing you made with yarn?
What is your favorite color?
Which crochet or knitting designer do you have a crush on?
Favorite handmade gift you have received?
What will you crochet/ knit next?
What do you love most about yarn?
One word to describe your craft.
Main inspiration to craft.