Archive for May, 2007

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Found a Peanut

May 30, 2007

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I didn’t put anything next to this mohair for size reference so here is a little interactive blogging. Hold your hand out and make a relaxed “C” with your index finger and thumb. See that space between those two fingers. . . that is how big this skein of yarn is. HA! that cracks me up. This is some nice mohair and I am thinking of something light and airy like the Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts on page 69. I like this yarn because it comes in very natural colors. I got mine from KPixie, love them.

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Memorial Day

May 28, 2007

I hope you all are enjoying the longish weekend. I know I am thrilled to have an extra day off to do nothing. I have gotten another 14 rows of my lace done and made some headway on another project. Plus, yesterday I finished a book. Woohoo! It only took me 3 years. I’m not joking. I started this book about three years ago on a trip to Las Vegas, got about 1/2 through, put it on the bookself and forgot about it. After finishing The Ice Queen a few weeks ago, I went to the bookself to pick out a new read and picked up the book and decided to finish it cause it really is fantastic. What is the book? Watership Down by Richard Adams. This book came to me all the way from England so it feel authentic to me. Anyway, this is a fantastic book. I never thought you could get so invested in the lives of rabbits. Richard Adams really brings these animals and their trials to life. The writing is very fluid and the stories within stories are great. He creates fables, gods, community, struggle. Read it, just don’t take 3 years to finish like me. Rating: *****

“At that moment, in the sunset on Watership Down, there was offered to General Woundwort the opportunity to show whether he was really the leader of vision and genius which he believed himself to be, or whether he was no more than a tyrant with thte courage and cunning of a pirate. For one beat of his pulse the lame rabbit’s idea shone clearly before him. He grasped it and realized what it meant. The next, he had pushed it away from him. The sun dipped into the cloud-bank and now he could see clearly the track along the ridge, leading to the beech hanger and the bloodshed for which he had prepared with so much energy and care.” pp. 425

Have a Heiny
Have a great day and enjoy all the people in your life. Cheers!
~DAWN

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Class of 2007!

May 26, 2007

The night was beautiful and warm and the stands were full of, probably, 1/2 the town. All the speeches were short and sweet except for two (you have to have at least one windbag). It ended with silly string, confetti, and hat throwing. Happily, no eye was put out with the pointy cardboard hats. Now, onto the shameless display of photos from the proud mama.

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Shameless, I know. Two down, one to go. . . in 7 years. Ah, a break.
We are going to the the Pirates 3 movie later today. I plan on dedicating this weekend to lace knitting since I haven’t worked on the wrap in about a week. Have a fun weekend!!
Peace~DAWN

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Look, She Knits

May 24, 2007

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See, there has been knitting going on here. I just can’t post about it ALL the time. Well, I could but I choose not to. I don’t normally stand around knitting but when I put on that outfit, I felt so cute, I wanted to share it with you. I wore it mainly because my new room at work is like a sauna! I have the vent wide open, a fan blowing and still it is stuffy and hot. I hope that the owner gets it fixed otherwise I may not be able to handle it as the summer rolls on. Oh, and I also have dark, heavy lined curtains hanging at the windows. I should take a picture of my massage room to show you. It is small but cute, like a jewel box, all purple and cozy-like.

Tomorrow is a big day around these parts. My second son is graduating high school. I am going to brag a bit. . . they only do top 10% recognition here but my son is in the top 15%! which (in my opinion) kicks ass!! He is so smart and so sweet and so cute and so tall. I will have plenty of post grad photos over the weekend (I know you are looking forward to that). He will be going to the same college as his older brother (that sounds funny since #1 is only 362 days older). #1’s major is Graphic Design and #2’s will be Mass Communication (he likes photography).

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That is a picture of the moon with Venus that my sister called me about the other nite. It was much cooler in person, but you get the idea. Look at the close proximity of that planet–it was one of the prettiest nite skies I think I have ever seen.

Carry on with your day–Peace~DAWN
on a P.S. note: my youngest son’s reading class is watching Alfred Hitchcock’s “THE BIRDS”. His reading teacher is the bomb!! she also taught them poetry by teaching them the song lyrics of people such as John Lennon and The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Hello, my teachers in Elementary school were never that cool (except for Mrs. Cowling).

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Who Are You?

May 23, 2007

While reading my May copy of Shambhala Sun I came across an article with an interview with Alice Walker. This is my favorite part of the interview. It really spoke to me because for some reason people want to know, “what are you? are you Christian, Jewish, Pagan, Buddhist?” I never know what to say because I don’t have a tag for it. When you tag yourself you limit yourself and I don’t want to do that. I want to continue to grow and to learn. I believe that is part of all of our journeys. Anyway here is the question and Alice’s answer:

You meditate, you read Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh, you have praised the work of Jack Kornfield, you go on retreats, and yet you say in the book that you’re not a Buddhist.

I’m not. The whole point of anything that is really, truly valuable to your soul, and to your own growth, is not to attach to a teacher, but rather to find out what the real deal is in the world itself. You become your own guide. The teachings can help you, but really, we’re all here with the opportunity to experience the reality of hereness. We all have that. I trust that.

For me, that is like shaking hands with a kindred spirit. I believe in a higher power and I believe we all have the capacity for greater things because we all make out destiny during every moment of every day. So who am I? I am just someone who wants to do what is right in this world, for myself, for my family and for all those who share this planet with me. I am a student AND a teacher. You know what? so are you.

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This here picture was taken by the smallest digital camera I have ever seen. It is basically 1 1/2 inches square. I got it in my Christmas stocking and was cleaning my bedroom and found it. You can put the camera on your keychain and always have a camera at your disposal. The caveat… you have to take the pictures outdoors and preferably on a sunny day. Oh, well.

I leave you with another favorite quote from the article (if you are still with me, this one is fantabulous!):

You write that “heaven is a verb”. Can you use it in a sentence?

. . . . “heavening on the beach in sight of a six-pack.” Isn’t that good? [laughs] Are we there yet?

Okay, have a great day. Peace~ DAWN

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Tagged

May 21, 2007

The particulars – Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag 7 others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog. I’ve been tagged by Anna. If you haven’t done this one and have been chomping at the bit for it. . . consider yourself tagged:

1. I hoard books, pens and notebooks. I have tons. I love them all whether they are in use at the moment or not

2. When I hear a really good piece of music it gives me goose bumps.

3. My first cup of coffee in the morning has to have 1 ice cube in it because I am so anxious to drink it, I always burn my tongue. After that, no ice needed (the edge is off and I can relax about the second cup).

4. I say a silent blessing over each of my clients at the end of their session.

5. I never held a job until I got my massage license and began working at the age of 37 (I was a student, wife and stay at home mom till then).

6. I like odd numbers and asyemetrical design.

7. When I was little we never had pets. Since I have been married, we’ve never been without pets. As a matter of fact we always have more than one.

Tah-dah!
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Happy Dance

May 20, 2007

Please go to this link about Matt and watch this video. My favorite is when he was in Rwanda, all the little kids came running over to dance with him. It is one of the cutest and most heartwarming things I have seen. The captions are pretty damn funny, too. Now, go out in public and do a little dance.
Peace~DAWN

my sister just called me to tell me to go out and check out the moon. I did (and I dragged out my whole family–husband, 3 kids, and my dad) to see this awesome moon in a clear sky. Gorgeous!! Thanks, Sis!!