Saturday, December 29, 2007

Almost a New Year!

Happy, Happy New Year!

I wish to reflect on all of the things that have made up my personal perception of 2007. However, I don't know where to exactly begin. I have stumbled and even landed flat on face this last year. I stood up from those falls, sometimes with skinned knees, and sometimes with nothing more than a little dust to brush from myself.

I have learned more about myself in this last year, than I can remember. I have learned to keep my mouth shut and not blurt out the first thing that comes into my little pea brain. Thinking first is a very good technique for me to practice. Sometimes even not taking any action on some of my thoughts is the best technique for me to employ.

I have learned that if you don't think about where you want your motorcycle to go; sometimes it will go where it wants. Not only will you bruise your ego, but your skin can take a lickin' too! I learned that an old dog can learn new tricks and be pretty darn good at those tricks too. I remembered this year how MUCH I love to ride motorcycles, and that I can have my own Softail Harley to ride. I named her 'Mariah' (that's the name for the wind), from the old movie Paint Your Wagon, with Clint Eastwood. I even rented the movie and watched it again what a crack up!

I have realized that life is tenuous at best and that I need to live for today. I know I want to be a better person today. I want to look for the joys in the moment, not the complaints. See each moment as the real gift that it is and not worry about what is going to happen next to screw it up.

Resolutions? Not really, I just want to live, laugh, love and be grateful I woke up and take it from there; everyday. Of course I would like to loose weight, win the lottery, sell millions of knitting patterns, have a housekeeper, cook, gardener (oh well I guess that all falls in line with the lotto), travel, go to Sturgis (I think?), take a class with Kathryn Alexander, um, well you get the idea.

I guess the bottom line is I am just plain grateful for everyday I get to be here with my family and friends. I wish everyone a year full of whatever you need to be complete.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

I am loved...

I am Loved....

I am loved, even when I bark. I am loved even when I'm not loveable. I am loved even when I forget and whine that I'm not. I am loved which is a surprise to me (I have a hard time accepting that I am worthy). I want those that love me to know that they are loved in return and I know I don't say it enough. Remember I am that crusty old broad, but I love you all, so much I think my heart will burst.

I am blessed and at times not grateful. I have health, comfort, love, smiles, creativity, beauty around me; my blessings are too many to attempt to name them all. I don't feel I deserve them, but I am living an abundant life and today will remember to be grateful. I will be extra patient at work, with those that may be stressed by the Holiday pressures. I will remember to take extra time driving, so that I won't take on others stress behind the wheel. I will smile even if the smile isn't returned. I will pet my cat, take my dogs for a walk, tell my family how much they mean to me. I won't wait until a special occasion; today is the day that I have! Carpe Diem! Seize the day! I will hold the door for someone; no matter if they are grateful or not. I will look at the sky and remember God is the most amazing artist! I will look at myself and attempt to be humble; seeing my gifts and detriments. I will take joy in the simplest of tasks, being grateful that I have the ability to do whatever is in front of me. I will sit still and hear the quiet, remembering my lost family and friends. I will rejoice at the sound of my husband saying good morning and always getting my coffee ready for me, even when I don't do it in kind as much as I should.

I will attempt to not wait for my turn to talk, but really listen and hear what is being said to me. I will accept others choices and not impose my will on to them.

In short I will live my life today; to the fullest and not complain if someone was less than grateful for some kindness I may have done. I am grateful for my life and wish everyone a wonderful day, today, tomorrow, and always.

I wish everyone only SWEET Pickles! Thanks so much Ashley...Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

2 Askew Design's

Presenting Fish Scales Socks available really soon at! We are finally off and running! 2 Askew Design's has sold 2 pattern's and I am rapidly printing more as I write. My spectacular partner in knitting/business, Allison, has just finished her 1st pattern for the company and that will be available real soon! I can't wait it is such an amazing hat pattern; naturally I want to start knitting it right now.

We do have one other official pattern, which is online at Jimmy Beans Wool, called Elegant Easter Eggs. This pattern is one of the shops free patterns, but 2 Askew Design's is given credit! Thanks are the best!!

I didn't know that writing knitting patterns could be so arduous, and while it has been a lot of work; I am proud of the product and look forward to working on more ideas.

The ideas are so many that at times I feel a bit paralyzed and not able to move forward. However, I will get there with such an awesome partner, and so much support from all of my family and friend's! I can't thank everyone enough.

You are all so special to me!! Thanks, thanks, thanks!!

Sunday, December 16, 2007


I had the most wonderful day, beginning with some much needed house cleaning. I worked on my sock pattern; which I am 99.9% sure is ready for public consumption. Then my glorious friend Sandy came over and we went over to Allison's for a wonderful afternoon of snacks, spinning, and knitting! Absolutely GLORIOUS!! I just love going to Allie's house and hanging out. It is like a wonderful, warm safe haven in life's craziness! I'll come over anytime Allie, just say when...Amy was there too and it was so nice to get to know her better.

Now, I do need to insert a little sideline about my Tuba playing young man! On Tuesday night we got to see the award winning McQueen High School Band play for us in all their finery. We got a tuxedo for Chris and he looked so handsome, I was overwhelmed. He is not my little boy anymore...sniff, sniff.