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knitting, eating (well, cooking first… mostly vegetarian), bodywork, menopause and general recreating

Happy!! January 4, 2008

Filed under: holidays,procrastination — lynne @ 8:14 pm

You know, belatedly… happy 2008 to anyone reading!

This holiday was a frenzy of fun, friends and food… a great time, but a bit of recovery required! We had a lovely little new year’s eve party with lots of Champagne, and our good friends spent the night and continued the party new year’s day with quiche, mimosas, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and a walk by the Bay. The first day of 2008 was gloriously sunny and clear here in the SF Bay area- a good omen, I hope, for the coming year. I’ve heard a superstition that odd years are harder than even ones, and I’m hoping that’s the case this year ’cause I could really use a good one! The last few evenings of 2007 we had just awesome sunsets, so that seems to be good omen too in some way… or perhaps I’m just groping.

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(sorry about the flash on the rosemary hedge, but just look at that sky! this was taken on Christmas day at mom-in-law’s house high in the Berkeley hills)

I’m the kind of gal who’s just chock full of good ideas, but has a really hard time moving them past that point. This year, if I can move just ONE of my many ideas forward into actualization, that will be enough for me to call it a success. Now if I could just figure out how to choose the one to focus on…

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happy! December 25, 2007

Filed under: holidays — lynne @ 8:53 am

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FESTIVUS!!! December 23, 2007

Filed under: holidays,knitting,yarn — lynne @ 8:36 pm

Happy Holidays to everyone (anyone out there?)!

I’m a bad blogger- but I guess I knew that going in. I’d taken this yarn pr0n photo a week or two ago, while daydreaming about what I’d knit with these two yummy yarns:

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Representing for those California hand-dyers! 

On the left is some yummy Vivace bamboo yarn from Yarn Place (www.yarnplace.com). At the Knit & Crochet show in Oakland this fall they had the Soliel tank from Knitty knit up in this yarn, and I’d been wanting to make that top but didn’t know what yarn I’d use- et voila!

And on the right we have Argosy Luxury Yarns Haiku 4-ply: 55% silk & 45% cashmere- oh yes it’s yummy! (www.argosyyarns.com) That will be a scarf, probably the Yarn Harlot’s one-row scarf pattern, for moi as well (to go with the winter coat hubby got me for my b’day this year)- yeah I’ve got the purple thing. Have since I was 10 and my sister and I got to choose our room decor when tossed into one room by the birth of our baby brother. We chose purple dotted swiss (remember that stuff?) bedspreads & curtains, and when the curtains were drawn it created this ethereal purple glow that may have affected me permanently- but in a good way, I like to think!

It is my intention to post ‘the tree photo’ soon- I have a real Christmas Tree lust, and I want to share it!

 

Crikey! December 8, 2007

Filed under: family,holidays,paris,travel — lynne @ 5:07 am

How time flies by at this time of year…

The trip east to see my niece as Clara in the Nutcracker was just wonderful- got to see my brother as well as the rest of the fambly, and the performance was so much fun to see. My brother-in-law got to be Drosselmeyer, and I think he was pretty nervous, but he did a great job. And of course my niece was angelic. The most perfect, beautiful little Clara I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. My sister reported, however, that after the last performance she was weeping broken-heartedly because now she’d been Clara, so that was done and she’d never get to do it again. I guess after five years of  striving for it, having it be over is pretty hard- especially when you’re 10! She does get to keep her nutcracker though, so that’s something…

On another note, on my flight home they showed a Discovery Channel special about the human body. In the part about our skeleton they talked about the honeycomb structure of the bones, and how it’s that interlacing structure that makes them stronger than steel. In fact they’re so strong that Gustav Eiffel studied their structure and incorporated that study into his design of the Eiffel Tower. Now come on- can I not get away from that dern thang??

I know I’m not the only one feeling plowed under by this busy season, but OY! What with Thanksgiving and then hubby’s 50th celebration and the trip back east I am so behind on my holiday-making I’m not sure I’ll catch up. I’ve already accepted that I’ll have to spring for Priority Mail to get the gifts back east in time for Christmas. We got our tree, but hubby flew away for work again today (last time ’til next April-yay!!) and there’s just so much to do!! I’ll be making soap this weekend so it’s ready for next week’s Hannukah celebration with hubby’s family… then there’s cookies (I like to give those to my acupressure clients too,) and tree decorating to be done. Can I get an aw poor baby, or is there too much company in this boat?? I do love the holiday season though, starting with Thanksgiving, (as Jon Carroll says, how can you argue with a holiday that’s all about gratitude and good food?!?) and always strive to keep my appreciation and enjoyment of it separate from all the commercialism.

(PS- OMG! I just re-read where I referred to ‘the bones’ of the Eiffel Tower…)