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Gimme’s never get



WordPress Blog Prompt: Was there a special gift or toy you wanted as a child but never received? What was it?

When I was little I wanted a light bright.  I had friends that had them but I never got to play with them very much.  I asked for one for Christmas…. then for my birthday…… but never got one.   When my kids were little I bought one……for them….really.

My oldest son never was interested in that so I had to wait until my youngest son was old enough that he wouldn’t eat the pegs.  By that time there was a really cool version out with little colored compartments for holding the different colored pegs.  He and I laid in the floor for hours poking pegs into black paper.

Now my kids are 18 and almost 16 and the light bright has been long gone………… but I still find those darn pegs!

Oh, Happy Day!


I’ve been up all night listening to music.  Since I woke up at 6 pm there is no way I could go to sleep.  I’ve been making my way though all the music on my computer that was labeled “other” and there is still a chunk left.  This is all the music from everyone in the whole house by the way.  When my other laptop gave up the ghost my husband got me another one and dumped ALL of the music onto it.  So I’ve been painstakingly weeding out the stuff I don’t like and now and then finding something new that I do like.  I get sidetracked occasionally and listen to something else but I’ve gone through a lot of random music and given it a classification.  I also make sure each file has all the details because I think I’m a little OCD and can’t stand to leave out a detail or leave a blank unfilled.   I double check the dates too and if a file is a greatest hits album I research and find out when it was originally released.  That way when I sort my music by decade I get what I want.   I did go through all of the RAP music which took me all of 2 seconds.  I selected it all and hit delete.  I do NOT like RAP!  I can’t believe someone in my family downloaded that in the first place.  Of course I’m only deleting the music from my laptop so I’m not permanently deleting anyone else’s music. Next I have to go through all of the music labeled “unknown”, “genre”, and nothing at all….  Once I get those sorted I can go through the known genre’s without worrying about duplicates hiding somewhere or downloading something I already have.  Funny thing is I’m actually enjoying this.  I love researching and reading about the bands on Wikipedia.

I just found a song  from an album my older brothers used to have.  It was “Life’s Been Good” by Joe Walsh from the album “But Seriously, Folks…”  I had some major flashbacks going on and now I have to download the rest of that album.

When I was younger… not sure how much younger exactly but I’m thinking 10 or 11 maybe….  I remember sitting on the floor in this old van my brothers had and listening to 8 tracks and cassette tapes while waiting for them to do odd jobs I believe.  The van had an 8 track player and they had a extremely large “boom box” for cassettes.  I loved this and never ever left the van or got into trouble because I love music and at home I wasn’t allowed to listen to anything except choir music, “preaching” on tape and sometimes some old country music.  It seemed like the time went by so fast when I was listening to music in that van.  I never got lonely.

Anyway, guess what?  I got an award!  From my buddy Sabrina at http://www.muchneededadvice.com.  Isn’t that cool?  There are some rules though so I have some work to do.

The requirements of my accepting this award are:

  • I share 7 completely random pieces of information about myself.
  • I nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  • I inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

So I’m going to start with my list of 7 random facts about myself…  Let’s see if I’m as interesting as Sabrina LOL

  1. I love fish.  I have a 55 gallon fish tank in my living room in the prime (central) spot of the living room where most people have a TV.  Some of my fish have names depending on their character.  Did you know fish have character?  I have a plecostomus (algae eater) that is the tank bouncer and his name is Bubba.  If anyone starts a fight he whips them into shape.
  2. I live in Alaska and hate snow.  Ironic huh?
  3. I actually like bugs and am always trying to save their little lives.  My mom was scared to death of everything that moved and if she saw a spider she would start screaming and stomping and swatting wildly.  I would scoop it up – with my hand even – and take it outside before it was smooshed into spider jelly.  Now that I’m older and know that some spiders bite, I don’t usually pick them up with my hands.  Alaska spiders are really small but there are some poisonous spiders here.  If I find a caterpillar or other interesting bug I like to put it in a jar and research online to identify it.  If I can’t, I go to the cooperative extension at the university.  My kids used to love doing this with me.  Of course, I always let the critters go afterwards.
  4. I love plants and growing things.  I have a perennial garden in my front yard that my mom actually helped me plant a few years before she died.  Sometimes I fill in a few annuals but mostly I love the perennials.  In the backyard I have my vegetable garden and I usually grow herbs too.  I have several house plants and when one starts to look ill or dies I actually morn like my dog died.
  5. I got my belly button pierced once.  I did it at the fair because of a dare.  My husband and a bunch of friends were teasing me because I could never get a tattoo or a piercing because I was afraid of needles.  I really was/am afraid of needles but now I’m a little better.  I’ve learned it isn’t so much the needles that I need to fear but the nurses that are bad at using them.  I had both of my children without an IV because I out-right refused one.  Anyway, these people were teasing me and DARED me!  So I did it.  I figured one poke was better than a zillion and piercings can be  removed later.  I actually kept it in for a long time.
  6. I’m allergic to nickel and can’t wear a lot of jewelry.  I actually have a wooden watch my husband bought for me because of this.  The back is also made of wood so I don’t have to worry about it causing a horrible rash that can scar.  I have a heart shaped scar on my chest from a necklace I fell asleep on.
  7. I HATE oatmeal with a capital H A T E.  I actually start to feel nauseated at the sight of it or of someone eating it.  My parents made me eat it when I was younger and I buried mouthfuls of it in my mom’s plants.

There, how was that?  Interesting enough?  I could keep going actually.  That was rather fun.  I’ll have to take some time to think of 15 websites to grant the award to.  Then I’ll post them here.  Wow, that’s a LOT!

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My flag on 365 Project

"My Flag" on 365 Project

 “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” ~William Shakespeare

I’ve been feeling a little better today.  Not great, still kinda punky but definitely better.  So I have been crocheting on my wool-eater blanket today and listening to music.  I’m still working on cleaning up my itunes music.  Anyway, I added a row of this bright variegated yarn that had some purple like the previous row.  Each row is getting bigger so it took me a while.  I never like to stop before I finish a row and that is going to get harder and harder as I go.  So, whenever I finish a row I always like to hide the ends before starting a new row so I decided to get that done right away.  I make sure and do a really good job since these blankets for Project Linus will get washed a lot and I don’t want it to fall apart.   I always make sure the hidden tails don’t show.  When I was finished I laid it out to take a picture and noticed it was ruffling at this one spot.  Then I realized why.

See on the top? Quasimodo happened...

I had added an extra shell where there was supposed to be a slip stitch (Valley).  I also noticed another spot where I messed up.  UGH!  I really wish I hadn’t hidden those ends so well!  I had to sit and find them and dig them out.   Thank goodness the errors were all on the last stretch that I had just done.  So I unraveled that side and fixed it.  I think it looks good even though the center is pink and the color in the bright variegated yarn is more of a red but it isn’t easy to tell and it doesn’t obviously clash.  I don’t think anyway…….. Anyone else???

I need another row of solid next I think.  I wonder if I have enough blue?


Okay, so the NaBloPoMo Prompt for today is

Tell us about your first teacher who was important to you.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm………  thinking………. thinking……………. (picture pooh with his hand to his forehead)

Nope, can’t think of any.  They were all evil.

Fill in the _____ Friday

I was having a good day today until the evening.  I got up and took a nice hot shower, lotioned up with rose smelling lotion… gave myself a pedicure and painted my nails while I read in-between coats.  I had some yummy cake my husband bought last night with an icy cold (diet, caffeine free) pepsi.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. you know the diet pepsi cancels out the calories from the cake.  Anyway, then I listened to music loud while doing some laundry and cleaning up.  When my husband got home and I was talking to him a bit.  Then I unloaded the dishwasher and that’s when I spotted the filter in the door and saw it had stuff on it.  I remember Rebekah blogged about her dishwasher cleaning experience and took the filter off the door and cleaned it out.  It was kinda gross but really just mineral deposit build up and some paper label stuff.  My dishwasher is only about 6 years old.  Then I was looking in the bottom to see if there was a filter in the bottom like Rebekah’s.  I unscrewed this plastic screw thing to look under this round thing.  My husband said I should make sure to keep track of how I took things off but it was too late.  This seal thingy fell off when I picked up the round thing and I have no idea how it was on there.  Anyway, I didn’t find a filter to clean but did find a bunch of random gross things laying around the edges of this round slotted section in the bottom…. I found a VERY nasty scrubby, a melted medicine cup, and some really icky food pieces….  Then when I put everything back on my husband thought I did it wrong so he got down there.  He ended up breaking the plastic screw thing that holds everything together.  The threaded part broke off inside the hole where it goes and he was really mad and said some WORDS and mentioned that the dishwasher wasn’t even broken.  RARRRR!  So I feel bad.  I just ordered a new part (and printed a diagram showing I had it put together right in the first place) and although the part only cost $5 they don’t ship by USPS to Alaska.  So $19 for priority shipping and this plastic screw piece is only about 2 inches and very light.  I’m not very happy and not really feeling like talking to the butthead in the bedroom.

Anyway, here is my Fill in the Blank Friday deal – Click here if you would like to join in the fun.

1.   The last thing I ate was  very bad chocolate fudge cake

2.   The last song I listened to was  stand by me by BB King

3.  Using the letters in my name I can spell  my name LOL  [donna] okay, I can spell..  do, on, an, nan?  I can’t spell much

4.  If I had to dress in one color for the rest of my life I would pick  black, I can always accessorize. 
5.  If you were to look in my bag right now you’d find  receipts, lip gloss, a medical remote, wallet, lots of cards that I’m not supposed to use, change, coupons, hair bands, a LOT of pens I stole, glasses and eye glass cleaning cloth, my fancy butterfly compact mirror.
6.  When I finish filling in the blanks I’m going to  crochet and listen to more oldies
7.  My all time favorite song to dance to is none – I don’t dance

Anyway, about my wool-eater blanket I’m making….  I don’t remember where I left off yesterday but  this picture shows me adding the first row of the blue.  The second row of blue is now finished completing the circles.  I’m ready to start adding a new color but I am having a really hard time deciding what color to use.  I’m trying to use yarn I already have – yarn that was donated for Project Linus –  but it’s all so random.  Some of it is probably from the 70’s and wouldn’t look good at all.   I might go with some purple…. but I’m not sure… I actually started to add this mid-toned purple baby yarn with some green fun fur… it looked cute at first but once I got a full section finished the fun fur just made it all hard to see.  I realized I made a mistake too and when I tried to take it out it got stuck.  So I grabbed the scissors and I’m glad I didn’t go any further than I did.  Fun fur is bad.

Well I’m not sure which color will go next but it needs to be something bright I think……….but I do have some light pink that might pick up that lighter pink from the variegated yarn in the center.  Hmmmmmmm  Any ideas???????  I have a ball of this pretty sparkly blue/green variegated yarn but I don’t know if I’ll have enough to finish a row.  I also have some red, orange, white, dark blue, green purple variegated, dark primary variegated, light pink….grey….brown…… oh and some red heart multicolored yarn in the monet color – it’s soft mid-value colors of purple, blue, yellow, green,  blue, pink….  I really don’t know what I should go with next….

Here is my 365 Project picture for today.  I was looking at a sweater I was knitting but had put aside for a while.  It is wool-ease blush heather and I never really noticed all of the different shades of fibers in the yarn before.

Pretty fibers on 365 Project

So apparently the NaBloPoMo prompt I used yesterday was actually today’s.  If I blog later they already have put the next days up.  Alaska’s time zone is 4 hours earlier than Eastern.  Screws things up nicely.

So Thursday’s prompt was

Tell us about your earliest school memories.

I remember playing out on the playground and hanging upside-down from the monkey bars.  Then this little girl I didn’t know came up and pulled me down on my head.  It hurt and a big chunk of one of my molars broke off.  I told the teacher but she just told me to quit tattling and go play.  I showed her my broken tooth and she just said it was a piece of gravel and tossed it in on the ground so I couldn’t find it again.  She told me to go play and quit whining or I would have to have a timeout.  After I got inside I told another teacher about what happened and they actually made me apologize to the girl who did it for making up stories about her.  When I got home I showed my dad my broken tooth and the bruises from where I fell and he went in there storming mad.   That is when I learned my evil passive aggressive ways….  I used a baggy to pick up a soft dog poop and put it in her coat pocket.

Wool-eater blanket


You can click that photo to see it larger.  The sky is so pretty and it has been so long since I could see it!  I took two pictures today and had a really hard time choosing which one to use for my 365 Project.  The one at the top has a beautiful sky but I think this one is really the best.

Winter fence on 365 Project

It actually warmed up!  Yesterday it got to around 13 degrees F and now it is 5 degrees.  I have to admit I was actually thinking about slipping out to go to Joann’s since it is soooooo horribly close to me.  But, I remembered my new years resolution and  decided against it…for now.  I’m supposed to be using up my stash and I have a lot!!!

So my next creative project is a CAL (crochet-a-long) and I’m making the wool-eater blanket from Sarah London’s website which will help me use up some of my stash.  I have already learned something new.  UK and. US crochet stitches are not the same.    I found a conversion chart here.

So when she says to work a “dtr or double treble” she means to work a triple crochet or trc.  Also a dc/double crochet is really a sc/single crochet.

I also learned something else….. or rather I finally caught on to something.  I noticed in Teresa’s (crochet geek) video for the headband I just made that she wrapped the yarn around her hook counter-clockwise… the opposite way I do.  I don’t know if I was taught to wrap my yarn that way or if I just did it that way but I wondered why she did it differently.  Well, I remember hating triple crochet because the extra wraps never want to come off and I have to grab them with my fingers to move them over to the hook.  I was thinking maybe this was the wrong pattern for me because this was going to take me forever!  That is when I had my AH-HAH moment.  I realized if I wrapped the yarn counter-clockwise like Teresa did that the loops slip over much easier!  So now that I know what I’m doing I’m getting started with the same yarn I just finished making my headband with.   That will be my first stripe.  Now I just have to get the hang of changing something that is so ingrained in my head that I could do it in my sleep.  Anyway,  I’ll take pictures as I go.  This blanket will be for Project Linus and will go to a little one at the hospital.  If you know how to crochet or knit, or even tie fleece you can make a blanket for a child too.  You can find a Project Linus Representative in your area by clicking here.  If you are in Fairbanks, Alaska that would be me.  :O)

The NaBloPoMo prompt for today is a challenge to my memory.

Who was your first friend?

Well, I think that would be my sister.  I was always close to my sister when I was little until she left home when I was 5.  I was brokenhearted when she left.  My sister is the oldest and 13 years older than me.  She is still the one I call when I’m down and need a pick-me-up because she is really good at that.  What surprises me is that even though she left home and the state when I was 5 and I didn’t see her growing up we are still very much alike.  We like the same things.  When I went to GA for my (our) mom’s funeral I discovered that we made our coffee the EXACT same way.  I don’t drink coffee anymore but I used to be very particular about how it was made and no one could make my coffee….  until then.  We carry the same lip-gloss in our purses and were wearing the same shoes.   The only difference is I was born a tomboy.  I didn’t want anything to do with pink or purple, ruffles, lace or bows…. and my sister was all of that.  Now that I’m older I’ve found that I like pink and purple but still wont wear ruffles, lace, or bows!