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Friday, October 13, 2006

Happy Day!!

So here I sit without sleep, but I don't care.

That's part of being post-menopausal. Sometimes ya just don't sleep so well.

So thank you all who have been dropping by my humble blog. What fun!

Here's a thought-for-the-day and then I'm off to bed and back up in oh, about three hours. Mercy.

In spite of illness. In spite of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things and happy in small ways.
- Edith Wharton

Have yourself a perfectly wonderful day and drop by anytime!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Try this game!!!

http://i.euniverse.com/funpages/cms_content/6489/a-maze-ing_new_cursor3.swf

I'm pretty new this computer stuff, but on someone's blog (and don't ask me whose!) I found this link. I'm also not big on computer games, but thought why not try this little ditty? Oh my. What fun! Give it a try and see if you are any better at it than I was.

Fun quote for today:

I'm addicted to placebos. I'd give them up, but it wouldn't make any difference.

- Ssteven Wright

That made me laugh......and today I needed a good laugh.

Hope you had a great day!!



A Shout-Out

Tonight I've spent a great deal of my "blog-reading time" at a particular blog I want you to know about. It's called Scribbit and it's written by a mother-of-four who lives in Alaska. This talented writer and excellent cook (check out her recipes!) captivated me for about two hours tonight -- so she's the focus of my today's blog entry. Check it out and come back and tell me what you think! There are movie reviews, favorites lists, book reviews and a whole lot more. Great writing is a thing of beauty. You aren't going to find it here, but you sure will there!

Have a wonderful tomorrow!

Monday, October 09, 2006

It Does Get Better....

A very sweet, younger friend of mine was bemoaning several situations that exist in her life at present...and as I sat there listenning to her.....I couldn't help but do a mental note that she-is-where-I-was at her age.

I think perhaps that's why we hear that a woman's "middle-age" is a wonderful time. I never really believed it until now..

I probably didn't believe it because the generation of women I watched move into middle-age were not a bunch of Happy Campers. Oh no.

And that pretty much is where we get our perceptions...we watch the women who are ahead of us.

My mom suffered her way through menopause. And she never found the end-of-the-rainbow when it was over. My grandmother had become irrational during her menopause. I wasn't looking forward to "the change".

Well, if what I'm experiencing here lately is a preview of what lies ahead? Bring it on!!!

Gone are those voices that tell me I'm not (choose from any of the following or choose all of them): pretty enough, tall enough, slender enough, talented enough, old enough, young enough, smart enough, tan enough, funny enough, good enough, educated enough, blah blah blah or blah enough.

Oh. And then there are the Motherhood Guilt-Issues. Those could take up an entire blog spot and maybe sometime I'll write about those. Motherhood in general was a whole cornucopia of stuff all by itself! Once the kiddies are grown, hey you've done whatever you have done! Be that good or bad, happy or sad. It's done.

So what does that leave?

Plenty of time to either rummage around in the old guilt-closet amongst all the stuff you can't do anything about....

or

It leaves plenty of time to do, say, think, practice, write, paint, sew, develop, cure, organize, participate in, accept and run with just about anything your heart desires!

It's called physical and emotional well-being.

Does it sound good? Oh yeah. Is it? Oh yeah. Will YOU be here some day, too? You can plan on it!

When the kiddos are screaming, the well is dry and the road ahead (called tomorrow) looks like just more-of-the-same -- cheer up. Before you can blink, you'll be writing a blog that says something pretty close to what I'm saying here.

It all goes very quickly.

Have a lovely day and come back any time!

When there is no life in your life....

I'm working long hours this week and have just come off a long weekend of working. Hmmm. Makes me really appreciate the time when I'm home!

If I could be rich, or even comfortably wealthy, I'm pretty sure I'd be so content to be home a lot. You know? It would just be so marvelous to not HAVE to work. Not HAVE to bring-home-the-bacon and not have to think about money! Ah, what a lovely daydream.

So I suppose my heading is way off the mark. There IS life in my life. It's just that I'm spending my days working and working doesn't feel like life to me.

Life, the kind I really enjoy, is full of time to knit, read, sleep, make phone calls to favorite people, write, read the paper, watch movies, take long naps, do some cooking, naps and haps. Did I say I love naps?

Sorry this is so dull once again. Maybe I'll tell a silly joke I heard on the radio today on the way to work...

A penguin walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says to the penguin, "Hey dude, there's a drink named after you!" and the penguin says "Why would anyone name a drink Ralph?!" hahahah hope you're laughing.

Good movie of the week: My First Mister (starring Albert Brooks) Ignore the raunghy beginning. It's the sweetest story and ends beautifully. The title is mis-leading. Worth your time!

Have a lovely tomorrow!

Friday, October 06, 2006

A Really Good Movie

I wonder if any of you have seen the movie Dear Frankie which is available on DVD? Oh my. What a grand movie. Check it out and see if you don't agree. It's just so heart-warming, interesting and full of surprises. Would be appropriate for teens, too, in case you're wondering.

Speaking of movies, which I love to do, have you ever watched the one called The Quiet Man which stars Maureen O'Hara and a very young John Wayne. Oh, a treasure.

Wow. What a boring blog this one is! I've been hoping I'd come up with something interesting to write, but haven't. Must be because life has been rather ordinary lately...which is not a bad thing, to be sure. Just, well, uninteresting to most anyone but me!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Visitors! and Puttering!!

It's been wonderful to come in here and find that someone has actually left me a message!! Hoorah!! Thanks!

I've had a most wonderful day today. Alone. Puttering.

"Puttering" is one of my most favorite activities. Probably because I hardly ever get a day to putter in! What's puttering you ask?

Puttering is taking a chunk of time and just going from one little thing to another. Come to think of it...I guess that's what I named my Blog about. Every-little-Thing. Little things.

Puttering is standing at the sink, cleaning your comb and brush. Well. It's taking all the Q-Tips out of the little holder and actually cleaning the little holder. Then replacing the tips. It's opening a drawer and thinking "Hmmm...I wonder if I really want everything that's in here?" and going through them and making decisions.

Puttering is scooping up all the little piles of scraps of papers (notes, coupons, ads) that occupy the corner of the desk and putting them in an attractive basket instead. Then, little-by-little going through them.

Puttering is having the chance to take all the yarn out of the storage bin and actually making an index card list of what you own. (My stash, bless it, fits in a large storage bin.) You are puttering when you allow yourself to do a miriad of tiny, miniscule (sp?) things that you would normally never, ever take the time to do.

A Putter Day. A Putter Hour. Even a putter moment -- they are all good for the soul. Good for the brain. Good for the heart.

Puttering is relaxing. Puttering is accomplishment. Putter is heavenly.

What do you do when you putter?

Surfing the Web, surfing blogs...this is NOT puttering. Putter means laying your hands on your belongings and rearranging them to please just you. Don't putter in your teeenager's room. Nooooo Putter in your own space. Don't putter in husband's space. Whoah. No.

Recognize your own space and putter away. You'll be a calmer, happier person for it. I guarantee.

Have a lovely day, and you'all come back now!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Getting Things Done

It's been a good weekend, so far.

First, I've learned how to customize my own Homepage! For those of you who understand computer stuff, that won't impress. For those of you who don't (like me) you'll recognize a Big Thing when you read it.

The idea is to have me go to bed during the same day I get up, rather than spend countless (and it's a very good thing I haven't been counting) hours going here and there reading blogs I like. With the Personal Google Homepage I have a quick-view of my favorite blogs (and there are lots of 'em!!!) and I can quickly see if a blog has a new entry. Yeah!! Time-Saver to be sure. Makes me feel likea woooman!!! A high-tech wooooman!!

ET won out (that's Evil Twin) yesterday, having talked me into finishing off the pan of brownies she'd made (and HID from the family -- imagine!!) the other night. So this eat-well-and-prosper that I had in mind for the weekend went right out the door. (sigh) So today's another day. Go take a nap, ET. I have stuff to do!!

I have beautiful material for 7 (count 'em)...SEVEN caftans to make. I know many of you won't even know what a caftan is. I made one for a twenty-something friend of mine and while she recognized the style, she didn't know it was called caftan. I found the easy-to-do pattern by typing in "caftan" on Google. There were several free patterns there to choose from. I went with the simple one. I'd looked through every single pattern book available at JoAnn Fabrics, and not one caftan pattern could I find. I think the thing is a throw-back to the 70's....

Anyway, today is cut-out-materials day. AND I added a skein of soft, precious light-blue yarn to my Make Preemie Caps project which I will also begin today once I go to JoAnn's (thank goodness they are open on Sundays) and buy a set of size 3 straight needles. I looked in my stash of needles last night and found I own only 1 very bent size 3. Pathetic! How did that happen? My guess is ET's been doing stuff with it. I don't want to go there.

There aren't any more brownies to get through, I'm ready to cut out materials (and by-the-way when you're working with LARGE pieces of slippery materials it works great to hold them together with -- tada-- wooden clothes pins!!) and me and JoAnn will have fun later on today 'cuz I have a couple coupons to use up!! It's a sin to throw away good coupons, did you know that? Well, it feels like one anyway.

I noticed on one of my favorite blogs that the knitter had made a beautiful toddler dress out of yarn she'd purchased at Michael's. Hmmmm That made me feel right-at-home. Maybe one day I'll be able to buy expensive yarns, but that day hasn't come around yet. So I knit with Caron yarn and Bernat yarn. I knit for children who need warm sweaters and now for preemie babies in the hospital. And it's amazing to me how thick, soft and wonderful my sweaters turn out. Some little kid somewhere in the U.S. or another country is staying warm this winter because I made the sweater they are wearing. Woah. That is a really, really good feeling to have inside. That's what I knit. And it feels like enough right now. But watch out! Some of you bloggers have said things that have me humming around the house, thinking I can try SOCKS......and the possibilities are endless! I'll keep you posted on that one.

Sounds like a good day in the making. Hope you have a happy one, too!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Another Night into Morning....

I guess the best way to look at it (never going to bed because I've been "surfing" blogs) is that I'm doing "research". Yeah. That'll hold up in a court of law.

It's not my fault..who knew I'd love reading other people's blogs and therefore completely losing track of the time night after bleary night?? Not me! That might be my ET (evil twin) who can't leave the chocolate alone, doesn't know when the LAST ROUND of knitting comes along, can't turn the television off even when it's a boring movie but hey, we've been going to see this one like forever! SHE has no....oh what is that word? Self-control? Yeah. She doesn't have much of that.

So I've been in bed sleeping and she's been out here in the living room, typing away on the laptop that she just HAD to have....so if this blog is wierd, 'taint MY fault!zzzzzzzz Nighty Night or Good Mornin'. It depends on who you're talking to.