Monday, September 22, 2008

What is this world coming to?

This afternoon our news department started telling us the news: Bill Heard was closing their Chevrolet and their Cadillac/Saab dealerships in town, along with their other 11 dealerships around the country. You can read about it here. My thoughts immediately went to Mr. Tom and Ms. Cheryl. Tom and Cheryl are our Sunday School directors in the Preschool Department. Tom's worked at the Cadillac dealership as long as I've known him. I saw Cheryl tonight at church and just gave her a hug and told her I was sorry. She seemed okay, but please keep them in your prayers.

So then, I get to church and find out that vandals have spray painted swear words around the church property. When I got there, the children's minister (who happens to be Tom and Cheryl's son-in-law) was putting poster board over the door to the preschool hall to cover it up.

And what's up with the gas? How can gas stations run out of gas? It's really crazy. All this makes me wonder what's going on? Where are we headed? I just pray that God will give us the strength and wisdom to face whatever challenges continue to come our way.

On a positive note: Remember Daddy's vest? He was supposed to get it last Christmas and I only had the back done? Well, I finished the right front Monday night at the knitting group. Yea! So now I get to make a big, but fast project for me (the instant gratification will be motivating, honest), then do the left front. Also, I'm knitting some slippers and finished the first one at lunch yesterday and seamed it up last night. It's so cute! My coworkers were sufficiently impressed. I'll get pictures soon. I cast on for the second one today at lunch.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

What I've Been Knitting (It's Finally Been Delivered, So Now You Can See It!)

This hat is for my friend Lesa's husband, Glen. Lesa and Glen both work at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Purple and white are their school colors.

This hat is for Lesa's son, Reese. Orange and black are the colors for Kirksville High School where Reese is a student. Yes, you've seen this before - here.

These three hats are for Lesa. Girls need more variety in their wardrobe than guys do.

These three hats are for Chloe, Lesa's daughter. They lived in Columbus when the kids were little. I helped Lesa raise Chloe from age 1 until they moved to Missouri shortly before Chloe turned five. (Lesa traveled a lot for work, and Chloe would always stay with me when she was out-of-town) Chloe turned 14 this week. I still think of her as my first child.

There are a couple of other things I've been knitting, but they are en route to their recipients, so that will have to wait a few days before being made public. Let me just say that my hat binge is over! For now....

Sunday, September 7, 2008

But Wait, There's More...

Okay, I was tired last night and didn't tell you about EVERYTHING I got at Creative Yarns. First I've always wanted one of these:

Not the car! That's my third Civic. Take a look to the left of my Clemson License Plate:
So cool! Another thing I had decided I would get before I went there - if they had it, and they did - was this:
Everybody knows I love the Yarn Harlot. I knew this was out and Stephanie always says to support the local yarn stores. (i.e. Instead of vast corporations like Barnes & Noble and Amazon.)
Did I mention I got some of this?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Creative Yarns

Our knitting group went on a field trip today to Creative Yarns in Macon, Georgia. Wow! What a great yarn store! They were so nice and so helpful. The store was beautiful. Colorful. Spacious. There was candy and hot tea and coffee. And the yarn. . . I'm almost speechless over the yarn. So pretty. So many textures. So many colors. They were incredibly gracious. Even sending someone over to take a group picture of us before we left. It was an awesome day.
Katy gets her yarn wound.
Julie and Mona knit while they wait on the rest of us to make our purchases.
Pretty yarn and pretty project examples.
That's my yarn on the umbrella.

Lacey, Julie, Mona, Katy, Me, Laura, and Tara!
The yarn lady sent us around the corner to a cute sandwich shop, Harkins, for lunch. We got there just as they were getting ready to close, but the two guys working there were really nice and funny, too. The food was really good.
Tara and Lacey waiting for everyone to go to the bathroom so we could leave.
Laura asleep in the car on the way home. Downtown Reynolds, Georgia.
What a fun day. Some of the girls who really wanted to go didn't get to, so we are planning a return trip sometime in the not too distant future. Creative Yarns - so worth the drive to Macon.

Monday, September 1, 2008


Tonight we sat outside at Panera. (My allergies did not appreciate this, but I digress.) It's the first time since we've been there that we sat outside. When I went in to get some coffee, I noticed how quiet it was. . . because the noisy knitters were outside. I realized then that it was our anniversary at Panera. It was Labor Day 2007 when we moved from the Wynnton Road Burger King to Panera. In recognition of the anniversary, here are some pictures from our Knitting Night.

The very pregnant blond in the blue t-shirt is Pati. She's an army wife who is leaving on Wednesday for Ohio to birth her baby and then to Japan for three years. We're going to miss her. She's so sweet. We met Pati two years ago when one night she showed up at Starbucks (where we met before Burger King) to learn to knit. I have this picture of Debbie teaching her to knit from October 9, 2006.Why does the Army move people around so much?