Monday, March 30, 2009

Original Creations

So I've decided that I have enough of an eye for color that I can hand dye yarn for sale. From my first couple that I like so much that I'm not willing to part with, however, this could become somewhat of another addiction! Anyway, I'm working on color recipes at this point, and using only non-toxic dyes. My first two that I'm happy with are pictured here. The one I'm not so happy with is not refuses to stop bleeding and even dyed my fingers for me after it was dry when I was just trying to wind it. But these two are a success and I'm keeping them. When I get my first order of bare yarn I'll start working on it for real and put it up on etsy. In the meantime, just the stitch markers are available

Pictured here: Pineapple Sherbet and Fruit Bowl (top and side shots to show the colors of honeydew base, and splashes of strawberry and raspberry).

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Today isn't a lucky day!

I just read Cara's blog and got a laugh out of the astrological info posted for her birthday. So I looked up mine. I find it rather amusing. Some of the songs that were popular back then are ones we still hear today. Don't know that we'll be able to say that about songs that are recorded today. if you want to look up your own.

Your date of conception was on or about 22 August 1958 which was a Friday (mom was obviously busy that day!).

You were born on a Friday
under the astrological sign Taurus.
Your Life path number is 8.

Your fortune cookie reads:
Your skill will accomplish what the force of many cannot. Ah! So I am skilled...and learning new ones every day. Love it!

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22. Ray is a 4, so I guess we really are compatible.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path number 6. Do I know any 6's?
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 7 & 9. But Cara is a 9 and we get along great!

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2436703.5.
The golden number for 1959 is 3.
The epact number for 1959 is 21.
The year 1959 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/8/1959 and ending 1/27/1960.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Pig.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Beaver; your plant is Wild Clover.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Epipy, the third month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 7 Iyyar 5719.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is
12 baktun 17 katun 5 tun 10 uinal 19 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Friday, 7 Dhi'l-Qa'dih 1378 (1378-11-7).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 29 March 1959.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 3 May 1959.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 11 February 1959.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 17 May 1959.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 24 May 1959.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 3 October 1959.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 23 April 1959.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 10 February 1959.

As of 3/24/2009 6:40:04 PM EST
You are 49 years old. (Don't tell anyone!)
You are 598 months old.
You are 2,602 weeks old.
You are 18,211 days old.
You are 437,082 hours old.
You are 26,224,960 minutes old.
You are 1,573,497,604 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (1981)David Charvet (1972)Emmitt Smith (1969)
George Brett (1953)Madeleine Albright (1937)Trini Lopez (1937)
Anna Maria Alberghetti (1936)Jasper Johns (1930)Eddy Arnold (1918)
James Mason (1909)Joseph Cotten (1905)

Top songs of 1959
Mack the Knife by Bobby DarinThe Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton
Venus by Frankie AvalonStagger Lee by Lloyd Price
The Three Bells by The BrownsLonely Boy by Paul Anka
Come Softly to Me by FleetwoodsSmoke Gets In Your Eyes by Platters
Heartaches By the Number by Guy MitchellSleep Walk by Santo & Johnny

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 7.12759295499021 years old. (You're still chasing cats!) I'm younger than my dog!!!

Your lucky day is Friday. Very true.
Your lucky number is 6. Didn't know that. I'll remember that next time I buy a lottery ticket.
Your ruling planet(s) is Venus. Love love love!
Your lucky dates are 6th, 15th, 24th.
Your opposition sign is Scorpio. Um...I'm married to a Scorpio. And my oldest daughter is a Scorpio. So opposites attract?
Your opposition number(s) is 9 & 11.

Today is not one of your lucky days!

There are 52 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 50 candles.

Those 50 candles produce 50 BTUs,
or 12,600 calories of heat (that's only 12.6000 food Calories!) .
You can boil 5.71 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1959 there were approximately 4.0 million births in the US.
In 1959 the US population was approximately 150,697,361 people, 50.7 persons per square mile.
In 1959 in the US there were approximately 1,667,231 marriages (11.1%) and 385,144 divorces (2.6%)
In 1959 in the US there were approximately 1,452,000 deaths (9.6 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1959 the population of Australia was approximately 10,160,968.
In 1959 there were approximately 226,976 births in Australia.
In 1959 in Australia there were approximately 74,363 marriages and 7,315 divorces.
In 1959 in Australia there were approximately 89,212 deaths.

Your birth flower is LILY. I've never really liked lilies...

Your birthstone is Emerald. Love emeralds

The Mystical properties of Emerald

Though not meant to replace traditional medical treatment, Emerald is used for physical and emotional healing.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Agate, Chrysoprase

Your birth tree is
Chestnut Tree, the Honesty

Of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritable and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner. Okay so I didn't meet Ray until I was in my 40's...

There are 276 days till Christmas 2009! I didn't need to know that.
There are 289 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was in its first quarter.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Knitting and Etsy

I'm headed today to a retreat for the weekend with the other folks from the local yarn store. The goal of the weekend is to finish up projects that have been hibernating. I'm taking 2 with me, maybe 3, and the one I must focus on is Paula's baby blanket. Her baby girl is due at the end of next month, but we're having the shower on April 4.

I also started making some cute stuff to sell on Etsy! I'll be doing hand-dyed yarn as well, but that is still to come. CraftsMeow

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March anniversary

Ray and I met face-to-face for the first time today, 9 years ago. We'd been communicating via email for a couple of months but March 11 was our first meeting. Mimi's Cafe in Dublin for dinner. And during that dinner we discovered we worked less than a mile from each other in SF!

March seems to be shaping up to be sock month for me. There has been zero interest in my resume, and now I'm bored. So I knit a good part of the day. My wrist has given me some reprieve and hasn't been bothering me nearly as much...just at night. So I'll have to start wearing the brace again I guess. Anyway, I've finished 2 pair of socks already this month, and here's proof!

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Am I really a housewife now? Wow...who woulda thunk it? I've had absolutely zero response to resumes, and the job listing I get for payroll professionals every other week has maybe 3 jobs listed, never any that are local, when the list used to be 25-30 positions. So, I guess 25 years' experience and a degree just doesn't count for much in this economy. So my life now revolves around the house, planning menus and making dinner, and making economical choices. Such as:

  • The kitties no longer get premium cat food...they get Cat Chow Indoor Formula mixed with Costco brand. And they don't throw up anymore! So all we needed to do to quit having to clean up cat yuk every day was to put them on cheap food. Go figure...
  • If the kitties don't get premium cat food then Prada doesn't get premium dog food least not as much. Her food is now mixed with Beneful and she couldn't care less.
  • Dinner is still the best cuts of meat, but we buy in bulk so it costs less and I've learned to actually do something with leftovers! Did you know that leftover chicken and/or leftover tri-tip makes for GREAT enchiladas? I didn' I do. I used to put leftovers in the fridge, wait until they would look like a science experiment, and then throw them away. Not so any longer!
  • Yarn diet...sigh. Nope. I won't lower my standards on this one...ever. But I am committed to knitting up everything I own before I die. The first thing on my bucket list I guess.
Ray did an in-person interview after a successful phone screening and felt good about it. But it's been a week and they haven't called. Now, looking back on it, he's thinking it was more fishing for information rather than honestly looking for a web architect. Bummer...

So life goes on. This week it's time to find an accountant to start our taxes. I sure hope there will be good news on that front.

Chanel's latest picture - she helps me knit! Actually she just sleeps.