Friday, September 28, 2007

So far so god

Well I've been on the job for two weeks and so far so good. I am really enjoying it and am learning alot! I got to help out in the copy centre yesterday and I am glad to say I haven't screwed up yet...... YET being the key word. hehe

We've been busy with the sports, brownies, Terry Fox run and life in general. Haven't had much time to knit but hopefully this weekend.

Its a PD day for the kids so I am hoping to get the laundry done and head to the farm. I'm going I think everyone else wants to stay home. That's fine.

Well back to the laundry!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Knitting Saturday!

Well last night I got some knitting accomplished! I finished a mauve scarf for the craft show. Then I started an orange toque for my son to go hunting with hubby. Turns out I need BLAZE ORANGE yarn not bright orange. Anyone know where I might find this at at a reasonable cost? Blaze orange shows up in the dark. Go figure. Needless to say I don't want my son getting shot so I am going to look for some. I did find some for $17.00 a ball (250 grams).

Any way..... I couldn't sleep so I got up and finished the hat (6 rows left) and I started and finished a scarf in black fun fur. That only took 40 minutes. When you used 10mm needles, 10 stitches and the yardage is 65 yards. It really doesn't take that long.

Well today the kids and I have gotten some housework done. I've backed a snitch pie, have a roast in the oven, carrots and potatoes on the stove ready to go. A nice fall meal.

I am hopping to finish off a candy bag and a dishcloth tonight. I have some laundry to do as well before I go back to work tomorrow.

Yeah! New job! New experiences! K get your resume in! Its part-time at Staples - doing deposits, covering cash for breaks and learning alot. Can't wait to do this.

Have a great day!

Leigh's Christmas Knitting List Updated

I have made a new list of knitting that I would like to get done by Christmas.

1. Matt's Sweater - needs to be sewn
2. Miki's Sweater - needs to be knitted and sewn (front done)
3. poncho needs to be sewn
4. 1st niece - sweater
5. 2nd niece - seater
6. Nephew - not sure
7. Matt - hat
8. Miki - hat
9. teacher 1 - scarf
10. teacher 2 - scarf
11. teacher 3 - scarf
12. CWL raffle - scarf
13. CWL raffle- spa set (3 items)
14. hubby - slippers
15. me - slippers
16. son - slippers
17. daughter - slippers
18-20. my sister - 3 dishcloths (I have the yarn)
21. son - orange hat for hunting. DONE!!

There maybe the odd thing after this. The teachers scarves could possibly be done. I can take them from the items I have knitted for the craft show. Or I might do a different colour.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Its been busy weeks for me!

I can't believe how fast these last few weeks have gone! With getting the kids ready for back to school and having them in. WOW!! Then there's the extra circular activities. Brownies, basketball, karate, soccer (maybe for dd), and the cross country team at school. Both kids want to go in it and the first meet is Oct 13. I think they will have fun and we need to get them out and practice. Only thing........I DO NOT RUN!!! Not interested... don't want to learn. BUT!!! For them I will maybe give it a try.

Also! I start a new job on Monday! Part-time at Staples doing a whole lot of different duties. It will keep me busy and out of trouble. I bought the kids an electric pencil sharpner and they love it! They were sharping pencils for about a half hour! hehe

Well not much else is new. Brownies registration went really well. We hae 24 girls. The meet the teacher went good today and we ordered hoodies, hats and T's for the kids. They got to have pizza and pop and then ds went off to Hoops basketball where his team won! Yeah!! At least hes' not the worst player on the team. When this is done then we will get him into karate. He loved it this summer so I will get him in it again.

Well off to bed for a busy day of cleaning house. Ohh! And doing laundry now that dh hs fixed the washing machine. How long it will last is anyones guess. Its the best twenty dollars we have spent. Saved us from spending $1000 on a new machine. Though we will be forking out money for a new hot water tank. This one is leaking and I am afraid that one of these days that it is going to go! Literally!


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Knitting Badges that I have earned!

A fellow blogger had done this and since I am a brownie leader and I love badges! I had to do this! lol

Here's the link for Cast On!

The “Proselytize Knitting” Badge - A requirement for all Knitting Scouts, the recipient must do his or her bit to present knitting in a positive light, whilst at the same time avoiding all references to “hipness”, grandmothers, and yoga.
I have talked it up with my brownies and my daughter. Its fun to sit at lunch or in the public and knit!

The “MacGyver” Badge (Level One) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a non-knitting tool in a knitting-related scenario. For instance, recipient has used paper clips as stitch markers, or successfully whittled and then utilized bamboo skewers as dpns.

I have used different things as well for stitch markers and have used pens as cable hooks when my have gone missing.

The “Knitting Whilst Under the Influence” Badge - This applies to both actual knitting under the influence, as well as achieving moments of stunning intellectual clarity about ones knitting under the influence. Presumes talking about knitting whilst under the influence a given.

Guilty on both accounts!

The “Inordinately Fond of Novelty Yarn” Badge - In which the recipient professes an arguably unhealthy affinity for yarn with slubs, sparkles, spangles, fur, feathery bits, and an unconscionable proportion of man-made fibre. Recipient makes no apology for the preference.

Making abunch of these for a craft show. Two words: Big needles!

The “Knitting Has Forced Me to Seek Medical Attention” Badge (Level One) – In which the recipient has been forced to seek the advice of a medical doctor, nurse, or alternative healthcare professional for injuries sustained as a result of knitting.

Can you say Tennis Elbow anyone?

The “Knitting Has Forced Me to Seek Medical Attention” Badge (Level Two) - In which the recipient has been forced to seek the advice of a medical doctor, nurse, or alternative healthcare professional, in a hospital emergency room, for injuries sustained as a result of knitting.

Can you say Tennis Elbow again and couldn't knit for two months!

Wordless Wednesday (lots of photos!)

These next photos are taken from the Elke farm that isn't too farm from Wiarton.

Some Canning that I have finished. The relish, more red beets and dill pickles.

Here's the tent that Matt won for the Scavenger Hunt we participated in through the library.

Our friend Bob the chipmunk. Next time I will bring the peanuts!

Photos from Camping at Happy Hearts.

Knitted Tea Swap 4

KTS4 is coming to a computer soon! I can't wait!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Powerful Felix hits Central America, Henriette roars into Baja California

CP Photo: Hurricanes Henriette, left, gained force as it churned south of the Baja Peninsula near Mexico... By Paul Kiernan

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) - Felix walloped Central America's remote Miskito coastline and Henriette slammed into resorts on the tip of Baja California as a record-setting hurricane season got even wilder Tuesday with twin storms making landfall on the same day.

Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes making landfall on the same day is unprecedented, according to National Hurricane Center records dating back to 1949.

Felix roared ashore before dawn as a Category 5 storm along Nicaragua's remote northeast corner, an isolated, swampy jungle where people get around mainly by canoe. Winds near 260 km/h winds peeled roofs off shelters and a police station, knocked down electric poles and stripped humble homes to a few walls.

"The metal roofs are coming off like straight razors and flying against the trees and homes," Lumberto Campbell, a local official in Puerto Cabezas, near Felix's landfall, told Radio Ya shortly before his phone line went dead.

Emergency official Samuel Perez said most of the port's buildings were damaged and the dock was destroyed, although there were no reports of deaths.

Forecasters worried Felix would do great damage inland as it slowed over Honduras and Guatemala, threatening mudslides. Up to 64 centimetres of rain was expected to drench the mountain capitals of Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City, where shantytowns cling precariously to hillsides.

By Tuesday afternoon, towns across Honduras were already flooding, and residents waded through waist-deep, garbage-strewn water in La Ceiba, on the northern coast.

In 1998, hurricane Mitch parked over the same region for days, causing deadly flooding and mudslides that killed nearly 11,000 people and left more than 8,000 missing.

"The major concern now shifts to the threat of torrential rains over the mountains of Central America," said senior hurricane specialist Richard Pasch at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

In the Pacific, Henriette's top winds increased to 137 km/h and it made landfall just after 2 p.m. on the southern tip of Baja, a resort area popular with Hollywood stars and sports fishermen. Few tourists or residents had expected much trouble, but they awoke Tuesday to dangerous winds, closed airports and forecasts of a direct hit.

"I've been hearing it from the wife, coming to Cabo during the hurricane season," said Derek Dunlap, 45, an engineer from San Francisco. "I was going to roll the dice, and well, here we go."

Henriette was on a path to drench Mexico's northern deserts, and its remnants are forecast to drop drop a few centimetres of rain on Arizona and New Mexico in the Southwest on Thursday night.

The Mexican government declared a state of emergency in southern Baja California.

Felix is the 31st Category 5 hurricane seen in the Atlantic since record-keeping began in 1886, and the eighth in the last five seasons. Some meteorologists say human-caused increases in sea surface temperatures are making storms stronger, while others say the numbers are up because new technology allows us to measure their intensity better.

In Guatemala, presidential elections were still scheduled for Sunday, but authorities prepared supplies and equipment for heavy rains and flooding from Felix. In Honduras, schools were closed and 11,000 soldiers went on alert as Tegucigalpa residents emptied supermarket shelves and waited in long lines for gas.

"I've been standing in lines for two days at different places to buy food and home supplies," said housewife Cristina Segura.

In the Nicaraguan mining town of Bonanza, 1,000 refugees crowded into 16 shelters. Mayor Maximo Sevilla said most roads were washed out or blocked by debris.

"We are cut off and being beaten by hurricane Felix," Sevilla told The Associated Press by phone, pleading for help from emergency officials.

As soon as Felix moved inland, the Nicaraguan army sent in a planeload of soldiers, life jackets and building materials, joining 700 troops patrolling against looting and clearing debris.

Tuesday was historic for two reasons: It was the first time on record that two Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes made landfall in the same year, with Felix coming two weeks after hurricane Dean slammed into southern Mexico.

And Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes have never made landfall the same day, according to records dating back to 1949. The closest comparison happened at 5 a.m. on Aug. 24, 1992, when Andrew devastated southern Florida 23 hours after Lester hit Baja California, Mexico, the Hurricane Center said.

Henriette's leading edge brought driving rain and five-metre waves that sent plumes of whitewater about 10 metres high at the main Cabo San Lucas marina. Waves also washed away sand and licked at the walls of beachfront hotels. Catamarans crashed against their moorings and palm trees bent in the wind.

Henriette claimed seven lives even before it strengthened into a hurricane. One woman drowned in high surf in Cabo San Lucas on Monday, and the storm caused flooding and landslides that killed six people in Acapulco over the weekend.

Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruises changed itineraries for six cruises to avoid ports in the area.