Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Light at the End

Kathy has a son named Zach, who has recently begun selling some of his photographs online.  I fell head over heels for one, and placed an order.  This was about a week and a half ago.

Those intervening days have been achingly awful for me --- I've been low and weepy and my therapy session today was really hard.  I thought some take-out from a good Chinese restaurant might lift me up a bit.

Several weeks ago, I began keeping bottles of water and individually packaged snacks in my car.  It seemed to me I was seeing a lot more people standing on corners and at intersections with cardboard "Please help" signs, and I thought, if I kept things on hand, I could help them out a little.

This afternoon, after my tough session, and on my way to get my food, I saw an older man sitting on a curb with a sign that said, "Homeless.  Anything would help."  I got into a parking lot, got some water and snacks for him from the car, but when I got to him, he said, "Miss Ma'am, I got something to eat.  I need money."

I was stunned.  I walked back to my car, shaking.  What had just happened?  WHAT HAD JUST HAPPENED?

I managed not to cry until after I got my food.  I was just trying to do a good thing.  Even that turned to woe.

When I pulled into my driveway, I saw a package on my front porch.  It was the picture I ordered from Zach:

At the end of this miserable day, there was a light.

Thank you, Zach.  More than you can know.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


More often than not, the final exam in my Intro to Sociology classes was
"You can invite any 7 beings* to a dinner party.  Who are they, and what do your choices say about your social rearing and expectations?"  I would always answer, too.

Today's Ten on Tuesday, then, isn't a stretch for me:
"What 10 Fictional Characters Would You Invite to Dinner?"
1.  Yoda 
2.  Hershel Greene ("The Walking Dead")
3.  Atticus Finch
4.  Hobbes ("Calvin and Hobbes")
5.  Colonel Brandon (Sense and Sensibility)
6.  Frank Wheatley ("Sling Blade")
7.  Crow T. Robot ("Mystery Science Theater 3000")
8.  Mrs. Tonitini ("Weekenders")
9.  Bennet Drake ("Ripper Street")
10.  Christina Drayton ("Guess Who's Coming to Dinner")

Charlotte (Charlotte's Web) will greet each guest with a personalized web.  Dr. Gregory House will provide piano entertainment.

*Fictional or not, human or not (Secretariat is always on my list.)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Trouble with Tea

Last night, I made The Perfect Cup of Tea.*  It had steeped for exactly The Right Amount of Time, meaning it wasn't too weak, nor too bitter.  It had precisely The Right Amount of Sugar.  It looked exquisite in the cup.

The problem with The Perfect Cup of Tea is that you drink it quickly, and want another one as soon as it is finished.  Except the second one won't be Perfect, because you're trying too hard.  The Perfect Cup was just Meant To Happen --- you hadn't thought that much about what you were doing when you made it.  That means it's pointless to try to remember.

But you drink the second cup, all the while planning to make a third cup, because you refuse to be bettered by a little bag of dried leaves.  But you are huffy and resentful now, and don't even want a cup of damn tea.

Lesson: Savor and Remember.  Don't expect to Duplicate.

*Rooibos Cream Caramel from The Tea Table.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Want Some?

Alright.  Here are the yarns I have to give away.  I haven't taken pictures, but you'd probably be able to find them with a Google search.  First come, first serve.

DK / Green Tea / Delicious Yarns / 310 yds.

Sock / Navy and aqua / Regia / 1 ball, 420 m..

Suede ribbon / medium green / Darn Good Yarn / 1 cone, 22 yds.

Sock / Dark greys, greens, blues / Premier Deborah Norville / 1 skein, 230 yds.

Sock / "Aquamarine" / Premier Deborah Norville / 1 skein, 230 yds.
(I have always been able to get a pair of socks out of one skein)

Sock / Browns, golds, teals / Regia / 1 skein, 420 m.

Sock / Deep navy / Regia / 2 skeins, 230 yds. each

DK / Dark taupe wrapped with shiny copper / Nashua Grand Opera / 7 balls, 128 yds. each
(I have only the top color, NOT the gold)

Worsted / "Black Coffee" / Cascade Sateen / 3 skeins, 225 yds. each

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sorting Out

My mood still tends toward mercurial, though leaning more "positive" than "negative" overall.  It seems that my Downs are cyclical, though I've never charted them.  At first blush, it might look like Manic Depression, except I am never manic.  Ever.  It's either "meh" or The Pit.

Been going through my yarns, thinning out the inventory.  I've got a while to go yet, but when I finish, the plan is to give it all away.  I haven't decided how, exactly, though.  Should it be by weight, by color, or in surprise bags?  What would be the most fun for you?  Mostly, it's rather oddball skeins/hanks, but there are a couple of sets of dye lots that were bought to make a sweater.  I'll keep you posted.

There was a nice dusting of snow on the ground today.  As I understand it, we're in for a good deal more tomorrow.  Which means cats and dogs and I will be sharing the couch, not sure who is warming up whom.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Not Sure Why

But this is me today.

I am in a horrible, horrible mood.  Good thing I don't have to talk to anyone --- pretty sure they'd be shredded.