Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Good, The Bad And The Better!

First off, a huge Sheepie Shout-out to all of you who made those first donations to my Relay For Life Endeavor! Thank you so very much and you are all noted in the Sheepie Book of gratitude, not to mention in the running for the Goose Pond gift certificate.

There were about 1000 things that went wrong as I tried to get last night's post up on these here internets and, of those, one was of my own doing. The rest (which included the eating, digesting and belching of my entire first post by Blogger and a couple of broken links) were all handed down to me courtesy of Karma who is apparently still attempting to fix me in the cross hairs. For those of you who would like to contribute to my little walk to benefit The American Cancer Society, this link should work a bit better. Or, at least that's what I am told... Heaven only knows who Karma has recruited as part of their ongoing plot to bring me to my knees! But, I stand for the moment and should still be upright when it is time to participate in the Relay For Life so please feel free to keep those sponsorship dollars coming!

Meanwhile, it is hard to be blue when the Maine weather has finally decided to slap us upside our heads with a full-on dose of Spring! Did I say Spring? Heck, this is Summer! Exactly one week after watching my neighbors floating away in a freakish storm that brought every form of precipitation known to man to our doorsteps, we suddenly found ourselves breaking records for high temperatures yesterday. And today, while slightly cooler, was still quite warm and sunny. We might just have rounded the corner! I even slept with the windows open last night as it would have been too warm to keep them shut. My system is still in shock over this whole turn of events and it is taking some thought in the mornings to find appropriate clothing. I seem to be reaching for the turtlenecks and wool socks as if on autopilot...

Speaking of socks, let's all take a gander at a little gift that arrived in my mailbox yesterday!






It's a brand new sock kit! Moosies for Sheepie!!
This one comes to me via the wonderful Geraldine who thought I might enjoy it. I think she might be right! I have been considering another attempt at some colorwork now that I've improved my skills somewhat. The last try was probably ill-advised. It was one of those moments where you are really in over your head, but refuse to admit it until there is a tangle of yarn hanging from the back of a half-knit sweater and the empty wrappers from about forty Reeses Peanut Butter Cups crinkling at your feet. But, I've progressed to the point where I know what I did wrong on that doomed project and think that socks will be the perfect canvas upon which to show off my new-found knowledge. Look for these to go on the needles sometime soon because every Maine girl needs a pair of Moose socks! Thank you again, Geraldine! We miss your regular posts and hope that you get settled into your new digs soon so that you can fire up the computer. In lieu of your on-line presence, however, I did make up a batch of your amazing cheddar cheese muffins (from the Not Just For Vegetarians cookbook) to take with me to Mommy and Daddy Sheep's house last weekend. Sooooo good!
So, despite some technical glitches there are donations coming into my Relay For Life site, the weather is finally in agreement with the calendar and I've got a cool new sock kit with which to fiddle. All in all, The Sheep is firmly entrenched in the "win" column. On the not-so-winning side of things, tomorrow is class night so I will be spending my evening sitting at The Professional Development Center feigning approval of all that my project group has decided without me because they will be using it in our presentation next week whether I express dissension or not. Frankly, I've reached the conclusion that it is far better to just let them do all the heavy lifting and stop fighting the process. We all get the same graduate credits for the course and if they want to earn mine for me...well, that just gives me more time to work on my cool striped sock, now doesn't it? It is hard to believe that this class is actually winding down and will be over as of May 9th.
That's another good thing, now isn't it?
SA

12 comments:

Beth said...

Oh, aren't those cheddar cheese muffins the best? Mmm... Your socks are going to look great. That Geraldine is a sweetie!

trek said...

Cheddar cheese muffins and sock knitting and new sock materials in the mailbox. Life is sweet!

Mouse said...

I thought I'd offer a prize for your donation contest if you'd like.. since I'm unable to donate via Paypal with actual cash. Drop me an email.. knottymouse@bellsouth.net

Anne said...

I might have to see if my SIL will loan you her pair of moose poop earrings to wear with those socks. Of course, she is a high-falutin' lobbyist in D.C., so she may wear them every day. But I'll ask.

Julie said...

Cool Moosie sock kit! Looks like a fun pattern.

I'm really loving this change in the weather pattern; hopefully it'll stick around for a while.

Jacqui said...

my first colorwork experience devolved so spectacularly that my ex-husband had to cut me free of the sweater after i ended up so entangled as to become unable to separate myself from the work. even looking back, i cannot fathom how i accomplished that feat! socks have been much much kinder to me (and perhaps i am a titch less stupid these days). enjoy the meeses!!

Anonymous said...

A sheep in moose socks. There may be a kids book there somewhere.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Mia said...

Good days are just plain... good :)

Soak it up and enjoy Sheepie.. and yeah, the socks are WAY cool... maybe I need to knit myself some cotton "cloggers" hahahahahahhaha

i crack me up (and have had entirely toooo much coffee!)

Lorraine said...

I stopped by and made a small donation. They are having the same relay here in my hometown, so I've contributed there as well. Great charity choice.

Cursing Mama said...

Funny how spring/summer shows up right as spring break ends. Very karmic, you may want to run for cover.

Geraldine said...

Hi Sheep, Glad the pkg. arrived a-ok!!! Note the pound of tape I used to insure safe delivery LOL!!!

I really do look forward to seeing these finished and warming your toes, I would NEVER have figured out this pattern in a hundred years LOL again....

I do miss all of you so much too, trying to get a post done when I can these days. Not great but better than nada, and of course I make the rounds when I can too.

Huggs, happy knitting and baking,
G

kmkat said...

I have a soft spot in my heart -- and possibly my head, as well -- for moose, so I whole-heartedly approve of your sock kit. Two questions: how can I get one for myself? and, have you ever read Blue Moose by Daniel Pinkwater? It's a children's book and hilarious, as are all his books.