Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tenzing Norgay where are you when I need you?

Today was my appointment for my annual mammogram. It's bad enough that those machines smash the "girls" so flat that they can now be buckled into my pants. But to add insult to injury I had to hike Mt. Everest to get to the new mammography department! St. Peter's Hospital in Albany is undergoing extensive renovations and, as with many hospitals that start out small, the additions have made for very unusual trails through corridors and up elevators and around corners. I haven't been to the St. Pete's parking lot in over a year and a lot has changed since my last visit. The new entrance to the new parking garage kind of threw me off course right away. I found my way up to the third level to park and started the trek to the building. Had I known it was going to be such a long walk I would have worn my walking sneakers, but NOOOOO! I had to go and wear my high heeled booties (or shooties, or whatever they are called). Keeping in mind I left my house 35 minutes before my appointment, I had only five minutes left to get there on time. Most of the time so far was taken up trying to find a parking space. Anyway, getting back to the hike....I made it to the main entrance of the building and the nice lady at the information desk gave me a map to my appointment. Uh-oh! Is it so far that I need a map to find it?! And then she told me about the two elevator rides I need to take. TWO elevators? Oy! I can see already this isn't going to be a short walk. And those boots!!! I walked the length of the front of the building to the first elevator and rode up one floor with two sweet little older ladies, one who was obviously having trouble walking even with her cane. When the door opened I could see a very small sign that read "Elevator M" so I turned down that hall thinking it's right there. Wrong! I walked at least four more miles to the "M" elevator and then had to ride up to the third floor. Ok! Almost there people! Nope! Wrong again! Little signs posted on the wall pointed me around the bend and down a looooooong corridor another four miles, or at least it seemed that way in those boots! I started to wish I had brought some bread crumbs with me because it was obvious that this wasn't going to be a quick or easy exit. Finally I arrived at my destination, as did the two little old ladies with me. Lady with the cane got to the desk first and I heard the receptionist tell her "No ma'am, I'm sorry it's one floor down from here." Oh no! That poor woman now had to walk all the way back to the elevators and go back down a floor! My heart broke for her. But I was in the right place and thank God the "girls" are fine, a little lower, but fine just the same.

Remind someone you love to go for their mammogram or go get one yourself. So what if the "girls" droop a little. Victoria's Secret has the solution.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Whole Lotta Knittn' Goin' On!

Let's start off showing you a little shawl I just finished. It's a pattern I found on
I used Crystal Palace Mini Mochi yarn, a merino wool and nylon blend sock weight yarn, which was heavenly to use! It's so soft and the drape is beautiful. The long color changes make a nice striping effect. The pattern was very easy since it's a stockinette stitch broken up by a garter ridge here and there. The saw tooth edge lace is knitted onto the final row of the shawl by knitting the last stitch of the edging together with one stitch from the shawl edge.
This next project is already off the needles but not yet blocked. I used a baby alpaca and silk blend yarn that was left over from my clapotis from a year ago. I found these neat black buttons to make this short scarf fit like a cowl. When the blocking is done and the buttons are on I'll post another photo.
Kathleen finished yet ANOTHER scarf for our cancer survivors project. It's the Shale Pleated Scarf from WEBS.

I wonder if you can see smoke coming off Kathleen's knitting needles when she works. She sure produces a lot of beautiful, finished items!

Barbara is working on a Country Rows shawl which is a pattern I threw together when I was playing around with some solid rose colored yarn.
Sheila is our newest Chick and she is in the first stages of learning how to knit. She's working on casting on stitches and knitting. Purling will come later. Sheila is a good student and has the patience of a saint! God bless you Sheila! You're doing great!

Now on to the mind blowing portion of our post today. Here is the Reversible Stripes Scarf. No, you are not seeing things and yes, this is one scarf - both sides! The stripes run horizontally on one side and vertically on the other. How does that happen, you say? It's all due to a clever little play of slipping stitches. I love working on this scarf. But it's taking forever because I keep stopping to turn it over and over to see the stripes! LOL!
Kathleen started one using a fuzzy yarn and got this far when she decided that maybe the yarn is not the best one to use for this particular pattern. But it does look very nice.
Judy is making a reversible stripes scarf with two shades of green and it's coming along famously!
Here's side one, vertical.....
And here's side two, horizontal! WOW!
Joyce is making a reversible too but not when we're all talking and laughing. It does require just a little bit of concentration. Here she is working on a lovely, soft basic triangular shawl.
Maureen is working on a Country Rows shawl too. The pretty sage green yarn will be so tranquil and comforting to wear.
Well, I have to work on my Thanksgiving menu and make out a grocery list. I already have my grandmother's homemade escarole soup done and in the freezer so there is one less thing I have to prepare on Thursday. I also have the ingredients to make my Spinach Parmesan Balls, or green balls as my kids used to call them, so I can get those in the freezer too. I'm looking forward to having a houseful of company for the weekend and hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with the warmth and love of family.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Party Time! And the last day of Moose's Visit

DH won a silent auction bid at a charity event recently. The prize was a limo ride anywhere in the Capital District of Albany, NY and a cocktail party for 10 at the Century House
in Latham. We could fit only 8 in the limo so Justin and Matt had to meet us there. Sorry guys!

Being the country goobers that we are, we had to take photos of the inside of the limo. Too bad I didn't know it was stocked with ice and crystal. I would have brought along something to drink

Looking like deer caught in the headlights, we all pose for the camera! From left to right are: me, Maureen's husband Paul, Maureen, Marge and her husband Ross.
Ron and Andrew sat in the "Big Shots" seat.
Once at the Century House we had plenty to eat. And right in the middle between Andrew and me are Matt and Justin....Hi Guys! I guess you won't make fun of Andrew's photos showing up on my blog anymore, huh? LOL!

The last day of Moose and Manda's visit we had fresh bagels for breakfast and Moose gobbled them up.

Talk about a "cheesy smile"! He really liked that bagel.
All too soon the week of Moose's visit was over and we had to drive them back home. I guess the visit really wore him out.
But the whole gang will be back for Thanksgiving and we'll have a lot of thanking to do.
Wishing you and all yours the most wonderful Thanksgiving and continued good blessings.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

November 17th is my mother's birthday. I don't think she would mind my telling you how old she is but let's just say she looks terrific for someone in her 80's! She was a precious and precocious three year old in this photo. And those cheeks! What a cutie pie! I wonder if my grandmother knitted that hat and sweater for her...
Mom studied fashion design at MacDowell in Manhattan and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and worked a few years before she got married. She specialized in wedding gowns at Fara's House of Design in White Plains, NY. She designed her own wedding and bridesmaids gowns.
When she retired from full time work to raise a family she used her wonderful talents to make school clothes for my sister and me. We always had such a beautiful wardrobe because she would improvise on patterns to make them her own. And Halloween had to be her favorite holiday of the year. She would start planning our costumes months in advance and make unique costumes like the handpainted butterfly wings that spanned about four feet across or the Cleopatra dress with a fully sequinned collar and "golden" headress. Every year my sister and I would look forward to seeing what character we would get to portray.
I am thankful to have a mom with so many talents and blessed that she taught some to me.
Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween Munchkins and Visits with Moose

Eli Manning, aka Moose, came to visit me for Halloween this year. He enjoyed trick or treating in the rain and refused to use an umbrella. He's a tough guy!
Even Daddy Phil and Mommy Amanda dressed for the occasion.
After collecting his stash of candy Moose, I mean Eli tried to eat everything. It's hard to teach portion control to a two and a half year old!
Elaine's granddaughter Alex made a cute chicken.
I guess laying eggs is an exhausting ordeal!
Judy's granddaughter Storey made a cute, yummy cupcake...
and her grandson, Calvin was a courageous knight!
Joyce's granddaughter Ellie seems to be having trouble with her knitting. I think she's wondering how will she ever get through her stash!
In October Moose stopped by Uncle Drew's office for a lunchtime visit.

I wonder what's so interesting under here.

Let's send an email to someone.

After lunch we stopped by the carousel at the New York State Museum for a quick ride.
Last night we took Moose to see the Wiggles at the Palace Theater in Albany.
Moose is looking through the program for his favorite Wiggle, Anthony. He even wore his "Anthony" shirt just for the show.
It was a really cute and very entertaining show. Even Poppop liked it!
Moose danced and clapped for everyone.

And Poppop bought a Wiggles hat for Moose to remember the fun we had at the show.
We had a great time and sang songs all the way home.