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

Friday, April 27, 2007

leaving ada

No, not forever, just for the weekend. I've been a good girl for way too long and need to get out before I go postal.

Last night I went to Greenwood Grange in Grant, Ohio. For those who are not familiar with Grant, Ohio, let me reassure you that you are not missing much. They don't even rate a stop sign, let alone a stoplight in Grant. There are a couple of houses, a church and the Greenwood Grange. It was so riveting that I knitted through the whole thing. My shawl is coming along nicely :) And like all good Grange events, there was snacks afterwards (jello is a must, however my suggestion of jello shooters was not take to the disamay of many). Grandma F was in her prime last night. I was her chauffer for the occassion and I heard her take on everyone and everything on the way home.

I really need to invest in some good liquor at home.

So, that is why there is going to be a Girls Nite Out. In Columbus. Laura1, Alison, Heather and myself are going out to dinner and then out to drinks. Since we'll be meeting in the Short North, there will probably be tons of cute gay guys. All look and no play. It's probably for the best.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Tucker Frederick

Isn't he a cute litte guy? Cousin Jamie had an uneventful birth and now her hubby has a boy. After 3 girls and their inherent pinkness, he is finally getting a little blue in his life.
I already knitted him a Bulldogs' purple and gold hat (of which I don't have a good picture for) and I was sooo happy that it fit!
I have also been knitting little hats for Cousin Melissa's not-yet-born, probably-will-be-a-preemie baby girl. Hopefully, her little girl will make it to Week 28.... only two more weeks to go.

As for the baby blanky.... maybe Tucker will get it for a graduation gift. We'll see.

Friday, April 13, 2007


Cousin Jamie has a little boy, named Tucker Fredrick as of this morning. More details to come, but it seems mother and son are both doing well.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

i can't believe i just found this recipe!

After living in a sub-tropical climate for three whole, stinkin' years, I found a recipe for pineapple liquor to make at home. I wish I knew then what I know now.

Tepache 101 by Drew, the Crochet Dude.

By request, here is my version of tepache, that wonderful summer beverage that hits the spot. It may or may not hit your spot, but it does indeed hit my spot, and I'm not saying that it does have alcohol when it's finished because it may or may not, and I cannot be responsible for any deeds actions or otherwise table dancing or bad crocheting that may result from imbibing said refreshment... Anywho, proceed at your own risk....

Ingredients:One large fresh ripe pineapple, 4 c brown sugar, 4 cinnamon sticks

Step One:Cut the top and the skin off the pineapple. Discard the top. Core the pineapple, slice the good part and grill until it just starts to caramelize and serve on a burger with avocado, onions and, now that's a good burger. Where was I? Oh yeah, after eating the burger and pondering its goodness, take the pineapple skins and the core and put them all in a large pot with 4 qts of water. Cover pot and sit on your counter. (Sit the pot on the counter, you yourself do NOT have sit on the counter. I suppose you could sit on the counter if you want to, I leave that as optional.)Wait one full week (no peeking).

Step Two:Add brown sugar and cinnamon sticks (I like to break the cinammon into pieces). Mix well and cover pot.Wait another full week (no peeking again). Your refreshing beverage should look something like this at the end of the week:

Step Three:Scoop out all the big chunks of pineapple and discard. Strain the liquid into a pitcher:At this point I check to see if it's sweet enough for me and I'll add a little more brown sugar if necessary. I recommend serving this chilled, it brings out the different flavors when it's cold.

Step Four:Get into a comfortable position and enjoy the weekend!
I think that I might have to purchase a pineapple to give this a whirl.

A busy fool

So this is the first of two socks finished. I started the second one, but immediately put a hole in it, so I had to rip out 6 rows... hmm... socks could take me longer than a blanky at this rate. But first, I have to admire this one. Isn't it cute? Then I found this OSU colored skein at Knitters Merchantile in Columbus. See a future pair of socks.
Then I went to wind it up. It still looks like this and I haven't figured out what to do next. I refuse to cut the skein for now. I really hope that it won't come to that. :(And now for another "View from my desk" pic. Cousin Jamie and I experienced a couple of slow afternoons, so she came to visit with Jilli. I love how Jilli uses her unborn sibling as an elbow rest. Both ladies had their magazines to read and I couldn't resist this picture.

Cousin Jamie's due date is the 13th, if baby doesn't come before. Her husband, Chad, thinks that he could probably birth her at home and Cousin Jamie's response was, "uh, NO. You don't have access to the good drugs." She didn't question his ability, just his drug access. Only a farmer would have said that to his wife and gotten that response. I'm with Jamie on the drug thing. Why have children without them?