Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
After dinner there was good conversation.
Some of us napped, while wearing the crowns.
We laughed and had a good time while wearing the crowns.
A good time was had by all.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Everyone I meet is complaining about the weather.....It's cold, It's snowing again, I have to change my plans, I'm sick of shoveling......etc, etc.....
Hey, complaining changes nothing! Adopt a new attitude. Enjoy the winter!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I agree, unless they are live meeses in my house. When I was very young, a new Mom, we lived in an old brick house that had terrible mouse problem.... We did not want to use poison, so we trapped and trapped. By Christmas, we thought we had trapped every last one..... One night, while gazing at our freshly cut and decorated Christmas tree I glimpsed an ornament move. A MOUSE had climbed the tree, crawled out on a branch and was having a little snack of popcorn that I has so carefully strung!! More traps, and that was one mouse that did not see the new year.
This year there are new mice on the tree, and I have been having a lot of fun making them.
Wool sweaters scraps again. It's no wonder I can't throw anything out, I used the smallest bits for these mice.If you love meeses to pieces, leave a comment, just a few words is okay, I will be having a drawing on Christmas Eve to give away a Christmas mouse to hang on YOUR tree, or whatever.. They all have little loops on their backs to insert an ornament hanger. Don't give this mouse to your cat, there are tiny beads and a jingle bell that would be sure to cause indigestion. SO comment for your chance to win! ____________________
Post Script: Yes, that is a purple mouse! I like him.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The artist is Micheal Martin Murphy, a cowboy singer, and musician. He is most widely know for his single, Wildfire, popular in the 1970.s.. I own almost all of Murphy's his albums including one titled, Cowboy Christmas.
In anticipation of the concert and the upcoming holiday, I dug it out and played this morning.... One particular song inspired this post. That song is called "Two-Step Round the Christmas Tree". Also included are "Cowboy Polka" and "The Santa Claus Schottishe". I encourage you to click on the links, these are tunes guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood, or the cowboy mood, maybe both! I guess maybe I am hoping for a singing cowboy under the tree?
These songs never fail to make me smile, remembering lots of happy times that include dancing... I grew up with a predominately German heritage, lots of polka and the like kind of music. I love dancing,,,,but mostly watching.
I have two left feet and no sense of rhythm,,, My sister is a different story, she can really dance.. One of my earliest memories is of MB dancing for admiring relatives. Even as a toddler, she really had it. (I had other talents, I guess)
MB got it from our mother Merc, I loved watching her dance, she was both graceful and lively in her dancing. I was so proud of her.... the years and arthritis now have her watching others dance.
We would dance in the family room at the farm,,, with the WTKM playing polkas, two-steps and schottiches,,, Merc and MB could tell you the difference, but it was all the same to me....all happy music! My Nana would join in , even in her late 90's, she would enjoy dancing for a song or two.
I suspect I have my fathers genes when it comes to dancing. I love it, but I really stink. My Dad does not dance,,,Some of the other men in the family are dancers, though. My sister's husband is a great dancer, he is Japanese, but he can polka like a true Wisconsinite. And my Dave is a good dancer, he grew up going to lots of wedding dances. His sister's husband was the leader of his own polka band, very popular locally, The Harold Steinbach Band. Dave has tried to teach me, at our wedding we did polka, I felt like I was flying, he spun me so fast. What a great time.
My daughter Lauren and her daughter Emili can dance, too.... Their favorites are Mexican tunes,,,, but a lot of them sound like polkas to me! Have a listen to this.
Monday, December 15, 2008
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Place ** after the books you LOVE.
4) Post your list so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 and force books upon them.
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte**
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee**
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte*******
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell**
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott**
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame**
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini**
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden**
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White**
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams*******
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl100.
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Delores brought me a sheep that she found in Cody, Wyoming on a recent trip.
Isn't he adorable?
He is standing on a scarf that I finished yesterday,,, finishing a knitted item is a gift in itself, don'tcha think?
I spun the yarn and knit the scarf all in the same week! For me, incredible!
Members of the Mayville High School Show Choir stopped in at the shop and did some caroling, a surprise gift.
Best of all, Clay and Alyssa stopped by for a brief visit last night. Clay brought by his homemade maple syrup, I have some for sale at the shop.......(Betty and Lynda, he wants you to have yours for free,,,,)A day like yesterday is a great gift, and I hope I can stop to appreciate my friends and family for the whole year...... especially this holiday season.
Friday, December 12, 2008
The big whitish thing to the right of the face is an armature, made from fencing wire, stuffing and strips of cloth wrapped around to make a basic humanoid shape, no hands, feet or head. (Not anatomically correct, either)
Here, I am gluing a stuffed mitten to the end of an arm. I use hot glue and burn myself more often than one might think....but if one knows how clumsy I am one might not be surprised.
Pants on, no feet yet
I tease out the locks, and make a small pile, saving a nice piece of mohair for the moustache.
Special glue is used to apply the beard to the face, note he does not have a moustache or eyebrows yet.
Finished with the face, I turn my attention to the hat. Earlier, I cut and sewed a basic stocking cap from fabric, I will trim it with this lovely mink cuff,