Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oh Give Thanks

Well, I was stood up this evening, by some neophytes, who claim they want to learn to knit. Well their lack of appearance and subsequent lack of a courteous call to say, "I won't be able to make it." shows their true level of enthusiasm. One person did call, and she felt so badly for me, but I'm okay. It was just a little knitting...right?

Instead of knitting I folded some laundry, went over my floors and unloaded my dishwasher. So I was productive, although I could have been sharing my joy and passion with others, but I digress. I am thankful they did not show because I got some work done that would have been left until "later", after the kids were in bed, and before hubby got home. There would have been something of a rush, (well maybe not), but still it would have been later. And so I am grateful for the no-shows. It was a blessing in disguise.

Moving on. Since it is the season for "giving thanks", -(um, you know you should do this everyday right?) I will go ahead and list a few of the things that I am thankful for.
  • My family
  • my health
  • my friends
  • my creativity
  • the many blessings of Jesus Christ

I hope and pray that all of you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

And remember: Pace yourself, its a marathon, not a sprint.

Be Safe.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's Feels Good To Give

I love the holiday season. It puts me in such a happy, festive, joyful mood. I love considering what I'm going to give each person on my list, and quite a bit of thought goes into (most of the time). But this holiday season was eclipsed by the death of my uncle, so I've been dragging a bit. I've been doing a little "retail therapy", (honestly mostly for myself), however the true beneficiaries are those that I will gift throughout this holiday season. My favorite Ravelry group came to the rescue. Reclaiming the Home started a RAK group thus the color came back to my cheeks. I am able to give freely without expecting anything in return. It feels really good. I've got three more outpourings coming up at the end of the month with my Pay It Forward exchange. I just hope those are as well received as the needles I sent Beccanae. Well as per usual...

Be Safe.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

This Just In...America Has Spoken

Barack Obama is the 44th President Elect of the United States of America. Honestly I thought it was possible, but I don't know if I ever believed it would happen in my lifetime. But it has, and the first thing I did was fall on my knees and pray a blessing of protection over him and his family. This is a totally new era in world history, and I am blessed to have been able to see it. God Bless America, for finally living up to the standards, ( The Constitution), on which it was formed. I have never been prouder to be an American, than at this very moment.

I saw the news at first on "Indecision '08" a mix of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report". I thought it was a joke, so I turned to CNN, where I heard the same news, I was awestruck. Had McCain won it would have been equally as daunting, a woman as Vice President, and a real viable choice, someone with spunk and gumption, who is quick on her feet and willing to step up. HIStory has been written in a phenomenal way this year. May it continue to be so.

John McCain's concession speech was admirable. It was eloquent, supportive, and gracious, without being overly placating. It was generally well received and he handled the crowd superbly (for the most part). He's definitely no "W", and I am "especially grateful" for that.

God Bless America
Be Safe.

SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well for me anyways

Look at what I got for less than $25. Yeah, that's not exactly a steal, but it was a pretty good deal if I must say so myself. I was pleased and that's all that matters. Now the question is where do I reappropriate funds from to make this seem more about others than myself. Some of the needles are going to be given out as gifts and the yarn will be used to make a gift, so technically I could take this out of my Christmas fund (yes I have one of those).

I will admit this was an impulse buy, but you can't pass up bamboo needles for $2 and $3. I also bought this Caron Simply Soft Eco, of course because it said "Eco" and it is made partly from recycled plastic bottles. It is as per usual soft, but I'll let you know how it works up when I figure out what I'm going to do with it.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Rock the Vote!

Just a little PSA (public service announcement)- please go vote. No matter who your candidate of choice is I implore you to go and perform your civic duty. And go early if you can. Even advance voting here has had long lines. And just in case you experience any difficulties at the polls here are a few resources for you:

1. Call the local elections office to verify the location of your polling
place. Locations may have changed, and a vote cast at the wrong place might
not get counted.
2. Bring identification to the polls, preferably a government-issued photo ID
with your name and registered street address.
3. Ask for help from poll workers and check posted information signs if you
have questions or need assistance.
4. Make sure you cast a vote. If you are in line when the polls close, stay in line
because you are entitled to vote.
5. If you are offered a provisional ballot, ask if you can cast a regular ballot
by providing additional ID or by going to another polling place. If no alternative
is available or practical, cast a provisional ballot.
6. If you have a voting rights problem, ask to speak with the chief election
official or a voting rights volunteer at the polls, or call the toll-free
nationwide Election Protection Hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE, a project of
a coalition of groups, including the AFL-CIO, promoting voting rights.

-Information provided by the AFL-CIO

Be Safe.