Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book #100!

Well it would be a cheesy read that would mark my 100th book. I love this series. A bit raunchy, but funny. Since summer of 2005 I have read 100 books and 29,353 pages!! That's pretty good for a virtual non reader before that date! Yeah! Know It is something I look forward too every night. K~

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This ought to be interesting

Ok, so I need to put in a billion hours of volunteer time at TCA, C's school. So I think, "I know, I will offer a class to people who KNOW HOW to crochet and knit. That way, I can maybe teach them a new stitch, or help them if they run into a snag, but mostly, it will be a quiet class where the kids can work on a holiday project or a project to donate. I give my class write up to the lady in charge. I speak to the coordinator and explain that I really can only teach one on one. That I am not an accomplished knitter, but wouldn't mind if people knitted if they wanted to. I also gave a second idea for a class if crocheting and knitting didn't work. I told her we could do cross- stitch bookmarks in a different class. So.... I read the description of my class and it includes "crochet, knit and cross-stitch class". Oh no.

I get there on Monday and I ask my 13 class members who wants to knit, some hands go up. Who wants to crochet, some hands go up. Who wants to cross-stitch, no hands go up. I say "great, ok, let's get our materials passed out" One girl raises her hand, "Umm, could you explain the difference between them?" Several heads nod up and down.

As if I am reading a book, I "go back a few pages" and start from there. I explain to them the difference. We get a bit worked out, and I get some materials passed out. Of 13 girls, 3 know how to knit and one knows how the crochet. The rest...zilch, zip, nada. As I am handing out materials, I hear a girl ask my helper, who by the way can only cross-stitch, "what's a skein?"

I went home and said to myself..... Class and attitude readjustment time.

Today I did a 3 day our syllabus for myself, and in a 30 minute class had everyone paired up and grouped together. All the knitters had some yarn casted on their needles and all 5 of the crocheters has chains ready to start there scarves.

Way to regroup and get something done.

Next Monday may be a different story.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

under sea baby hats

Some odd little baby hats. I figured if I was going to put a pom pom on the top of the hats, why not an octopus and a jellyfish? K~

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

What are Bacterial Mats?

Yellowstone Bacterial Mat

The runoff from this geyser hosts an interesting juxtaposition of Archaea and bacteria living in different temperature ranges. Thermophilic algae (Cyanadium) are green and live in waters 38-56oC. Reddish deposits are siderophilic (iron-loving) Archaea ranging between 50-60oC.
They are so beautiful and so delicate! Just a little earth science lesson for today.

Monday, November 01, 2010


Here is an insight into a matured relationship.
Me "Do you know what's funny?"
Rick "Jokes?"
Me "Do you know what would make me feel better?"
Rick "Not being sick?"

That was 2 conversations we had in the last week.