Some censuring Readers will scornfully say, why hath this Lady writ her own life? Since none cares to know whose daughter she was or whose wife she is, or how she was bred, or what fortunes she had, or how she lived, or what humor or disposition she was of? I answer that is true, that 'tis to no purpose to the Readers, but it is to the Authoress, because I write it for my own sake, not theirs. ~Margaret Cavendish in 1655

Thursday, November 30, 2006

i kid you not

For those who are in the know, my Cousin Jamie amuses me to no end. I hope I do the same for her, but probably not to the level that she amuses me. The other day, she started a web page for her animals (she is a true farm girl) and you all will love the name.... 'Frisky Friends Farms'. I'm putting a link up so you all can go and check it out on your own. Cousin Jamie is slowly, but surely, getting all her photos uploaded. She's making promises to put the fainting goat's pictures up. I want to see them faint. I have no clue what will make that happen, but I'm willing to do quite a few things to see this happen. I'll keep you updated.

Friday, November 24, 2006

the turkey is dead... long live the turkey

I'm all nerded up today... I received my sock yarn in the mail today. 3 skeins and a pattern and about did a jig in the post office! But it will have to be delayed gratificatioin for the socks. glitch. I still have to finish baby Bryden's blanky (3 months of knitting and counting) and knock out some red scarves. I finished off a deep mulberry red one and have started a bright red lovely scarf. I have my pattern perfected and it takes me less than a day (if I'm not too distracted). Come January, I will have to mail them off and then I can start my first pair of socks. I need to finangle a small instruction course on double-pointed needles, but I think that I can bribe or sweet talk a lesson.

Now I just have to come up with a nice white elephant gift that isn't a white elephant. hmmm.... I have started into making mixes and good stuff like that. I think that tomorrow I will start an assembly line to make mixes. That means I have buy dry measuring cups and measuring spoons. That is something that didn't make it to the move. I have no clue where they are. hmmm... How badly do I want to fight the crowds today? Maybe I can sweet talk Sweetie when we go to the movies this evening.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


I'm going to add a new link to the right to support the orphans... and no I'm not being melodramatic (at least not today). I'm trying to get folks to make and send red scarves to the Orphan Foundation of America's Care Package project. These are college kids who have aged out of the foster care system and are going to college. Since they are orphans, they don't have anyone to send them care packages, thus you and I step up (along with some corporate sponsers). I've made a couple of scarves thus far, but the more the merrier. And I think that I have convinced the ladies at Knit Wits to also participate, so more good news.

So officially, I want YOU to be a joiner.... a sheep if you will. Pull out your yarn and knit or crochet. Or just make cocoa for your buddy who does.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

banned books

I'm just about on my soapbox with banned or challenged books. I've added a new link to the American Library Association's website on books that are challenged. So, be a rebel and read a challenged book.... or you may already have, if you've read a Judy Blume book or the Harry Potter series. However, alot of the titles suggest to me that they explain the birds and the bees... like What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-up Guide for Parents and Daughters by Lynda Madaras (she also has the same title, except for boys, that is on the list also). My favorite author, Isabel Allende, is also on the list for her Pultizer winning (I think it's a Pultizer, but it could be some other prize) book The House of Spirits.

So, visit your library today and see which banned books you can read and demand all 100!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

letting my inner nerd out to play

I am officially a nerd. And I'm ok with it! I joined the Knit Wits and am the youngest member by a few decades. I am still finishing up this baby blanket for Cousin Nichole (and no one else will EVER get a blanket out of me, unless you liquor me up and then all bets are off) and then I am going to learn to make socks. That's right... socks. I purchased some sock yarn on the web and I will learn to make socks, no matter what. I think that this is something that I can do and even take on the road with me. The scarves maybe dead to me... we'll see.

Speaking of liquor.... I need to just go out and buy some! I am living in a 'dry' house and the wrongness factor is high. I lived in a Muslim, dry country and had more liquor then than I do now. (God Bless Thailand and the King's duty-free shopping extravaganza at the Bangkok Airport.) Again, with the high wrongness factor. hmmmm... I think that I will have to go out and do something about this. My liver needs the occassional pickling. Sweetie can vouch for this.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

God did not strike me down... yet

Why I am an uber-nerd at times.... I totally enjoyed Megan's blog so much that I accidently duplicated her template thing-a-ma-bobber. That's what I get for not paying too close to attention and being sleepy at the same time. So, I switched things around and we'll see for now.

Erin and Dan got hitched yesterday and it was absolutely lovely. Erin made a beautiful bride and the bridesmaids had lovely dresses. I looked cute and so did everyone, come to think of it. I hate going to weddings and seeing folks not even try to clean up. That is sooo annoying! I read the Bible verses without a major flub and so did the other 3 readers. At the rehearsal, the organist yelled at us to be quiet... not the first time I'd been in trouble in church, but the first time in a while. It would probably happen more often if I attended. hmmm...

I also got to meet with some of Erin's other friends and I really enjoyed Jo and Jerry. She is an Aussie working at the tire factory. She cracked me up and now I want to be her friend too! hmmm.... I'll work on Erin for an opportunity!

Sweetie should be back soon from his trip to CA with Berk and Stella. The pictures are really good, so check out his site!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

change is a good thing

As you probably have noticed, I decided that funky pink is the way to go. Megan's blog inspired me to switch it around and I finally got around to it. Ta-da!

This evening I had a lovely time with Mom. We went to Bluffton College's Yoder Hall and watched a string sextet, composed of 2 mandolins (one of whom switched to violin on occassion), a mandocello, a mandola, a guitar and a bass. It was completely delightful! They played classical music, bluegrass, ho-down, new age and finished with the Beatles. I'm in love with them. They are the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and if you have a chance, go see them!!!

Also, I am excited that Heather H. is coming and staying the night. She will be the first guest at Casa Ferguson and I can hardly wait!

But before that can occur.... Erin from Marysville is getting hitched on Saturday and I have to go and read scriptures. I hope God doesn't strike my sinning butt down for just showin' up. Beware of thunder.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

new digs

I moved out on my own yet again! I'm over in Ada (if you don't know where it is, please Google it) and I have set up shop over a business on the Main drag of the town. If I have neglected to send you an email with my new snail mail address, please just email me and I'll be happy to oblige.

Since last I've blogged, Jilli has grown big, I'm knitting a blanky for Cousin Nichole's baby (and this will never happen again), I've found a recipe for Pumpkin butter I can't wait to try and I figured out that this is my 27th or so move in the last 11 years. Yes, the number is somewhat correct. Scary isn't it? I think that I will stay here for at least a year, but you never know. I hope to start grad school on-line, as soon as the paperwork gets done. Ugh... paperwork. A necessary evil.

So, if you are in the neighborhood, drop by and I'll make some s'more on my gas log fire in my livingroom. A girl has to take advantage of what drops in her lap!