OK, so next time I’ll get you a video of Al knitting…..



I got this e-mail from our eldest this morning.  At first, I thought it was an Onion-like spoof on all the political petitions I send her from time to time (OK, I’m still her mom).  When I read further, I was almost physically sick. How evil can a person be?  I guess it hits home for me because my granddarling has been diagnosed with autism.  But I cannot for the life of me see the value in what this teacher has done.  In fact, I wonder if she should be allowed around children at all.  She has as much harmed the souls of the other children in her class as she has harmed the one she singled out.  And lest you warn me not to be too gullible, dear 3.5 readers, I have checked this out on http://www.snopes.com and nothing comes up.

Ew ew ew ew ew. I find myself actually feeling sorry for this kindergarten teacher.  But she really needs help.  Serious help.

KG has just read and signed the petition: Let’s vote Wendy Portillo out of her Kindergarten class!
You can view this petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/tell-a-friend/725042
Message from kg:
Hi, I signed the petition “Let’s vote Wendy Portillo out of her Kindergarten class!”. I’m asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support our efforts.

Well on another note: I’d best get back to getting my calendars in order, getting showered and dressed, and bringing in overdue work to the office. Next week is a busy one.  But I am looking forward to it. That and the slew of music I’m getting to do:)

Bis spaeter!+

OK, Let’s try this again….

I started the Mystery Lace 1 thingie again – don’t know that I did any better this time, but at least it was all done with a single strand, LOL:)  The greener one is more accurate as far as the color goes, but it’s really hard to see the true pattern, because I could not find a way to stretch it out properly.  Oh well, at least one cannot see the mistakes either! I put a little ruler next to it to give the view a sense of how small it is right now. I’m using the Fiddlesticks Zephyr wool/silk mix yarn with size three needles – a bit small than that called for by the pattern, but I like it better.  Oh well, maybe it will be a nice little scarf, LOL!

Today was a fairly quiet day – not much to do.  I kept thinking it was monday and did not go into the office as i was supposed to – darn! Well, if I get everything in first thing in the morning it should be OK.  Court is almost non-existent this week – a good thing because there’s so much to do to prepare for my week off.  So tomorrow will be at the office, then visits, then something I cannot mention with the choir (that sound awful, but trust me, it isn’t!)

I’m going to leave you with this week’s funky horoscope by Bob Brezsny:

I’m already feeling nauseous!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Maybe you’ve conceived a child at some
time in your life. Maybe you never have or never will. Whatever the case,
even if you’re a man, I invite you to visualize the experience. Imagine that
a force of nature has germinated, and that you are carrying another life
within you. Try to approximate the uncanny twinge that a pregnant
woman senses when her fetus first moves. This exercise will be a
simulation of and rehearsal for the psychic quickening you will soon enjoy.

George or Thomas – it doesn’t matter:)

A truly lovely woman, the Rev. Barbara Crafton, publishes a blog from which I get somewhat daily feeds via e-mail.  She posted the following today and I feel compelled to republish it here.  Apparently it is not her work, so I am not concerned about copyright infringement, LOL!:

Blessings not only upon our young men and women overseas, but also those who protect our shores and I cannot help today but think about the firemen and women who responded and worked without stopping from all parts of the country to assist with the workers at Ground Zero some seven years ago. I think about my nephew, Patrick, a NYC police officer who also assisted and burned through pair after pair of boots in the recovery efforts.  He is now a NYC fireman.

Pray for all of them – those who paid the ultimate price and those who continue on, making our way of life possible. God bless them and watch over them!

A Prayer of George Washington.
Except that it might really be Thomas Jefferson’s.

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tomorrow I go back to being my usual smartass self:) but o ne more thought: we human beings have so much more in common than we have different.  Who among us didn’t weep at the poor children killed during China’s devastating earthquakes? Or the tsunami? Or the devastation wrought by the tornadoes plaguing Myanmar?  The internet may be a place where people air their differences, but it is also a place where we can be fully human and share the blessings of humanity. So I also pray for the day when we  no longer send our babies to kill the babies of other women!

Pax vobiscum+

More lace and entrelac

Of course it’s not like I have 8,423 more projects awaiting me – so sure, why not start some new ones (DOH!) This one’s a little blurry, but it’s pretty accurate as far as color goes.  I’ve made a little progress.  Those little Noro balls go pretty far – I have about a third of the first skein left.  I might need one or two more, but I think I can swing that – might even do it in a related color scheme to keep it interesting.

I also did the first clue again on the Lace Mystery KAL thingie in the pale green Fiddlesticks Zephyr shown in yesterday’s post.  I did a little cheat – doubled the strand for the first ten or so rows.  It made the piece a little heavier on the bottom.  The light weight of the yarn was driving me stark raving mad.  I like it – who knows if it will be all that noticeable at the end.  So far, the pattern is interesting.

This is a beautiful Saturday for a holiday weekend.  So far it’s not too hot, but the sun is shining, the yard is lush with green and there’s not a cloud in the sky  – a perfect day for the beach and a cookout!  I most likely will not be doing that today – John’s workkng – but today is a special day.  It’s our youngest daughter’s birthday.  Strangely enough the day she was born was also the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  We were living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and John and I had to drive from St. Michaels to Towson – my docs were at St. Joseph’s hospital and I as in my ninth month when we moved.  Wild times that year, wild times.  Our lives have changed so much since then, hopefully for the better. Now she’s talking about going to law school – that would be amazing! Happy Birthday, Joey!+

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

As you can see, I’ve been playing with yarn again:) I’ve joined that Mystery Lace 1 thingie that got a bunch of people twisted in knots in Ravelry :(.  But I’ve been patient, waited and the first clue was up – hence the lavender lace beginnings pictured here.  I’m using Opera mercerized cotton in lavender and, if need be, in baby blue also.  Why not? It’s turning out rather well – but what more can you say about 23 rows?  I’m also going to get started on a bit o’ lace in silk and wool – the pale green Zephyr’s  Fiddlesticks – a wool/silk blend that is so soft – shown above.  We’ll see how that goes.  And finally, just for sh*ts and giggles, I’m trying out an entrelac scarf in Noro Kureyon (color no. 52). I’m using somewhat smaller needles than the project calls for, but it’s turning out pretty well, considering this is my first stab at entrelac.

The last couple few days have been interesting.  K’s graduation at University of Baltimore was Wednesday night.  She did well – graduated cum laude  – and we were so proud.  Sonny and his mom came and we all went out for dinner afterwards at Ruby Tuesday’s.   Sonny’s Mom is such a sweetheart – I really like her.  Poor John missed a lot of sleep that day.  Hopefully things will ease up for him soon workwise!

Yesterday was a bit hectic – had to file an emergency/ex parte motion at the courthouse, which so endeared me to my colleagues who had other things to do – NOT.  We did not prevail, but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do!  I’d rather have a judge tell me I’m overreacting than a child mortality team!

 Have been getting to know another attorney in the case  – the attorney for the grandparents.  She is a wonderful advocate and a really good friend of Ellen, another colleague and dear dear friend.  I already figured she had to be a decent human being for Ellen to speak so highly of her, but now I know for myself.  There are many blessings in my line of work that counteract the curses, LOL!

After the brouhaha died down, I went back home to catch up on correspondence and telephone calls. Then I had a rendezvous with certain members of the St. John’s choir:)  Normally it is a choir rehearsal night, but our Fearless Leader, a/k/a SheWhoMustBeObeyed (SWMBO) a/k/a Nancy is out of town, taking a well-earned vacation with family.  In her absence, what else can we do, but cry into our beers?  Oh, we did a few other things, but on the one-in-a-million chance that she ever reads this thing, I’m keeping mum…

Well, I’d better get going.  In one hour, my darling grandladies are coming to pay a visit with “Gram” – the one who does the CRAZY routine:) I can’t wait:) We are going to definitely be up to no good tonight!

But before I sign off tonight, dear 3.5 readers, just a reminder: this weekend is not just about partying and hotdogs, hamburgs (and in Maryland) crabs or crabcakes – it’s about our fellow citizens who paid the ultimate price, dying for our right to mouth off like yours truly. Think of them with gratitude.  I know I will. The Vietnam vets hold a special place in my heart.  They did a thankless task – and were spit upon for it.   This is not the time for politics.  As John Kerry said, distinguish between the war and the warrior.  Pray for our troops – wherever they are, wherever they’ve been and wherever they will be.  They’re our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, children.  God bless them all.  And God bless the USA:)!!!