Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Thoughts From Today

I had a wonderful time knitting with my friends Sunday afternoon at Panera's sitting in front of the burning fireplace. Mathew, Yvonne's son, was just as good as he could be. Quizzing us on movie and book trivia. He was cute and fun.

Today I had breakfast with my dear old dad. It was nice. Afterwards, we walked 30 minutes at the Cranberry Municipal Building. This is my way of easing back into exercise.
Tonight I started A Good Yarn the sequel to The Shop On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. The first chapter was a summary of the first book and the beginning of the new drama with Lydia's sister Margarette.

Having finished A Million Little Pieces I am eager to start James Frey's second book My Friend Leonard. First I'll finish A Good Yarn.

Hi Yvonne. Thanks for reading my Blog.

Knitting with Friends @ Panera's

Mathew was so well behaved while Yvonne, Jane & I knit Sunday afternoon at Panera's in Butler. Next to my nephew, Mathew is the sweetest boy I know.

Pam's Christmas Socks. I will definitely have them finished by Christmas Eve. Hopefully by Friday.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Radio City Music Hall Rockette Christmas Spectacular

Today I went with Mom, my sister and two nephews to the show. It was terrific. Afterwards my sister, mom, dad and I went out for dinner. I don't remember the last time just the four of us did anything together. It's probably been decades. It was nice. A family. The only family I have.

My sister's socks are almost finished. I tried taking a picture but it did not come out. Maybe I'll get a digital camera for Christmas. That would be lots of fun.

I have not yet heard back from my penpal from England. I hope I hear from her soon.

Tonight I went to B&N and read three Kids Chapter Books so when I recommend them to customers I know what I am talking about. I want to start doing more of this. Stopping by the kids department and reading for an hour or so. Chapter books are quick reads. I picked the most popular series.

I am still reading A Million Little Pieces. I love it. It gives me hope. I do not recommend it for everyone though. It is heavy. Many find it depressing. I don't. I find it encouraging. So many books, so little time.

I saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Thanksgiving Day. I enjoyed it. There were only a handful of patrons there. I'm ready to read book five now.

I ordered yarn from Joanns.com during there free shipping promotion. I hope I get my yarn in time to knit a couple of scarfs for christmas gifts. Next year I am going to knit vests and sweaters for gifts. I'm comfortable and confident knitting socks. I still enjoy them. AFter Christmas I plan to knit a pair of cable socks I saw in Interweave Knits. But then I am going to graduate from socks and try a vest or sweater. I'll probably start with a vest, it is a less expensive investment.

iF anyone knows of an inexpensive indoor pool where I could swim laps during the winter months please let me know. Or if anyone would like to be a walking or exercise buddy let me know. I'm miss exercising and want to get back into it. HELP WANTED.

Thank you to my Knitting buddies who have become my friends. Y'all mean a lot to me. I have a male friend who is a beautiful knitter. He put his needles away after his marriage ended and he no longer had anyone to knit for. I've seen his work. It is absolultely gorgeous. His mother taught him to knit when he was a young boy. He is/was a knitter without shame. I wish I could get him to join us at Barnes & Noble. He is not much for joining groups though.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

A Million Little Pieces

I've finished Pam's 1st sock and started the second sock.

I'm reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. I love reading it. I don't relate to his story of addiction but I do relate to the feelings of despair & hopelessness and the thin thread that he holds on to life with.

Work went well today. Christmas shopping is definitely in full swing.

I have 70 pages left of The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. It has not been a favorite. I'm reading it because it is a book club selection.

I had a piano lesson the other day. I felt such joy playing the piano again. I do want to keep up with it and hopefully improve significantly.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Today is a Gift

I'm almost finished with my sister's 1st sock. It will have taken me 4 days to complete one sock. It has been fun to work on. I spent two day at the Carnegie Library in Oakland knitting. If people can sleep there I can knit there. I'll get a picture of the sock as soon as I get access to a camera.

This morning I woke up to a phone message from mom telling me she wanted to take me shopping. How could I say No? It was wonderful. She bought me blazer, wool sweater, knits shirts to go with both, and a pair of jeans. Thank You mom. It definitely helped me feel much better. As I had been really in the dumps lately. That's a long story I never want told.

I went on an internet site and got a couple of penpals. The other day I received a letter from a penpal from England. She sounds like she has a wonderful bright spirit about her and a good sense of humor. I am looking forward to corresponding with her.

I'm in the process of boxing up another package for my secret pal. I've decided to change a few things from orignally planned. Hopefully I'll get it in the mail MOnday.

Today is definitely a Gift. I don't know if it is a gift from God because I don't even know if there is a God. But it is a blessed gift.