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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hat for Baby!!

Here is my friend's grand-daughter wearing the hat I made. Isn't she precious?! Such a tiny hat for a tiny baby!! The pattern is on my projects page on Ravelry - simple K2P2 rib with stockinette top decreasing after it's about 4" high from CO edge.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Matt's guitar

Matt's guitar
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Looks can be deceiving, but trust me, he's a happy man!

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Keurig Christmas!

Keurig Christmas!
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My mother-in-law and I both got Keurigs! Woo Hoo! I also got dark chocolate cocoa, a stand for the containers, a tea filter insert for my tea leaves and a gift box full of differnt coffees. Happy times!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winter Break!!

Yay!! It's here!! Winter break has arrived!!! We all know it's the kids' dream, but here is a secret - teachers love winter break too!!!

I thought I'd share a pic of the cutest socks one of my colleagues gave me:

Socks from counselor

Happy Holidays and best wishes to all of you for a healthy and happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Knitting Night Happy Holidays Party

We had such a nice time at our holiday party!! Thank you everyone who came and brought yummy things to share! I think I can safely say that a good time was had by all!!

Here are the busy knitters at work: (unfortunately, my phone took on the glare from the lights)

Holiday party2 2010

Here we are smiling and posing:

2010 holiday party

Holiday party 2010

2011, here we come!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Busy Saturday!

We got a lot accomplished today! I had another Biomodular appt. and had a great conversation with Shana, the Nutristionist. We will continue it in two weeks when I'm back for my appointment with Dr. Ria. I've been doing pretty good with taking all of my supplements regularly and although I don't feel great - still fatigued and low on energy, this is the first school year in years that I have not had to take one sick day!! I know I'm a week early, but I feel confident in saying that I made it to winter break with no flu, no pneumonia and no cold!!!

I made the baby hat for Joyce's grand-daughter. Here it is, I used Moda Dea Dream on size 8 DPN's:

Baby hat Joyce's grandbaby

Here is a pic of it on my hand so you can see how tiny it needed to be:

Baby hat for Joyce's granddaughter

Pretty teeny, huh?!

Bryan spent most of the day cleaning Matt's room - a job I did not envy!! Matt was working all day but was very appreciative when he got home. We even got kisses from him!! I did some last minute holiday shopping as well and then we went to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant, Plum Tree. We get the most amazing gluten free meal there and we don't even need to place the order anymore. We walk in, they know us and put it right in for us! It's so nice there, they are so kind and take good care of us!

In the meantime, Bandit enjoyed his Chanukah gift from my parents.... as they say, a picture says a thousand words!!

Bandit's new bed

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jeanette's scarf!

Finally finished up her scarf - it's my leaf pattern that I'm using for the fingerless mitts and shawl set, but I added gold beads to match her dress. I hope she likes it!! I did a drop stitch pattern for the main length - she's tall so I thought it would be complimentary to her.

Jeanette's scarf

Here is a close up of the bead work:

Detail Jeanette's scarf

The only thing I'm not thrilled with is that since it's a cotton yarn, it won't really block well. She's going to have to fiddle with the leaf pattern to get it lay the way she wants.

Next up, a baby hat for my friend Joyce's new grand-daughter!! She's so tiny - 5lbs!! I'm going to use my hat pattern from the free pattern page. I'll post a pick when I'm done.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sweet ending bird story

So, you all remember the whole bird fiasco from the summer... Someone sent me this video and I thought it would be nice to share a happy bird ending!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cancer Support

This is a serious post. My grandmother died of breast cancer. My other grandmother survived uterine cancer. A couple of years ago, I had a breast cancer scare. After many tests, including a biopsy, it turned out to be benign, thank G-d. My cousins, who are brother and sister, each have a child that survived cancer (one is now 7, the other is 10). Due to his one cousin having lost his hair during chemo, Jarett is growing out his hair for Locks of Love. You can see pics of the length on other posts. Recently, a good friend of my parents' got diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having a mastectomy. So, this disease has been touching our lives for a long time.

I needed a new watch since mine died and was considering going with a Citizen Eco Drive. When I saw that they had pink faced watches with the proceeds going to Susan G. Koman, I of course bought one. It's gorgeous too - here it is:

My black Friday watch!

It's hard to see the color, but it's a pale, pearlized pink and the numbers (except for 3, 6, 9 and 12) are diamonds. The three is the date.

Another charity I support is Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer. A great gift for a holiday stocking stuffer are the Hooks and Things pocket book holders. It's this cute little gadget that you lay on the table when you're out to eat, and there is a hook for your purse so you don't have to put it on the floor or sit on it. Here is the link - scroll to the bottom for the link to them and more info:


So, while you are all out doing your holiday shopping this year, please take a moment to see if you could support any of these charities. It may make a difference in the life of a woman you love.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

More snow

More snow
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It's starting to slightly stick- my bench swing is looking like a winter wonderland!

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Thanksgiving surprise!

Thanksgiving surprise!
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It's snowing! What a pretty treat!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hat for Israeli Soldier Complete!

I can't believe I actually got Matt to model it for me! I don't have any pics of him (other than karate clips) on here. So here he is - I used Lion Brand's Woolease and size 6 DPN's as per the pattern. The blog I got the info from is here:

And here is Matt modeling the hat with a wet headed Jarett sitting on the steps behind him:

Israeli soldier cap2

One more (can you see Bandit's paws at the door?):

Israeli soldier cap

This was a quick and easy knit for a good cause. So, if you are looking for a charity that is a little different from the "norm," please consider Channa's request. Until then, happy knitting!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jarett's Super Mario Star

My friend Jen made a few Super Mario toys for our charity project. Jarett fell in love with the Mario Star and begged me to make it for him. I was a little nervous since it's crochet, but the pattern was so easy to follow... here is the pattern:


and here is Jarett with his star:

Jarett & Star

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Free Pattern for Hat is up

The free pattern for the Basic Hat from yesterday's post is on the Free Pattern Page. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Charity Hat for chemo patient

As per my last post, we are doing charity projects in my knitting group. Here is a pic of one of the hats I am making. This one is for an 8 yr old boy who has been diagnosed with cancer. His charity rings true in my heart since Jarett is growing out his hair to donate to Locks of Love. Our cousin was about 8 when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He lost his hair during chemo and it really hit Jarett hard. He decided that he wanted to do something to help and when we told him about Locks of Love, he was inspired. He has about 3-4 more inches to go, but you can see in other posts how long it is getting. He is actually modeling the hat for me too. I will post the free pattern for the hat shortly as well.

Hat for charity

Here is Jarett modeling the hat:

Hat for charity2

Friday, November 5, 2010


It has been an exhausting week! We're doing two charity projects for my Tuesday knitting group. In the meantime, I am also trying to get holiday gifts done. Wednesday and Thursday nights were promotion nights at karate so we were there all night with our teams performing. It also coincided with my report cards so I was a little stressed getting it all done! However, being me and not allowing anything to get the best of me, I finished my report cards yesterday (they are due next Monday - yay!), the demo teams looked great and I finished mitts for one of Jarett's teachers. They're my pattern that is on the free pattern page, but in a different yarn. Whaddya think?

Jess's mitts 2

I'm trying to get a little fancier with the pics... notice the leaves???

Jess's mitts 1

I don't know how much knitting I'll get done over the weekend - we have a post wedding party, a birthday party, Matt's working and then there is demo practice.... It'll be easier when Matt can drive himself!!! Soon, soon, soon!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Biomodulator!

I had my first Biomodulator session. It was a little weird at first, but then very relaxing. They put these electrode pads on you and it basically zaps you. It's supposed to replace the electrons in your system, at least I think that is what she said... It was a little tingly at first but as I got used to it, it was fine. I think I fell asleep for a bit too!

Tonight, I made a yummy lentil soup with fried onions and spinach. I found this delicious gluten free bread called Udi's whole grain.
http://udisglutenfree.com/products It was awesome!! I lightly toasted it and put some butter and ate it with the soup. It was crusty and thick and delicious - didn't fall apart at all! Best yet, the boys loved it!! We have a winner!!!

Knitting tonight - getting holiday projects done. I can't wait to see what everyone in my group is working on!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Vampire's Halloween

Jarett decided to be the candy hander-outer this year. He dressed as a vampire. Whaddya think? Would you take candy from him?

2010 dracula serves candy

Here's a little more spooky version - like the spread out cape? He had a lot of fun and so did the Trick-or-Treaters that came to visit!

Jar's spooky!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dr update info

So, with all the excitement from karate, I never posted the update from the Dr. She has me on CoQ10 and vitamins along with some other supplements. She hasn't spoken to me much about my diet, but I eat relatively healthy so I think she's not as worried about that. What concerned her was the level of cortisol (stress hormones) in my body. That test came back really high and as a result, my other test which was something about the heart, came back weak. I can't explain that one because I have no medical background but I understood it when she said it - I just can't re-explain it... anyway, I go back in December and am trying to be really good and take all my supplements as prescribed. On Tuesday, I have to take Jarett to an appt and am then going to the Dr's office for some kind of Biofeedback thing for an hour. At least, that's what I think it's called. I sound pretty dumb here, don't I? I'm honestly more intelligent than how I'm sounding, but again, I don't know what all this stuff is called... They put electrodes on my back and neck and it sends impulses, or something like that... Anyway, here is a picture of my lunch from the other day - it was one avocado sliced, two tomatoes sliced, a quarter of a cucumber sliced and the put olive oil, lemon juice and si salt over it. Gluten free rice chips completed the yumminess!

Avocado/tomato/cucumber & chips

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Demo Team Performance

If someone posts video for my younger son's team, I'll post it.

Here is my older son's team - he's the first one to do a back tuck (flip), the shorter of the two boys in the middle:


Enjoy, it's amazing!! I'm so proud of all of them!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

We WON!!!!

I am proud to post that both the Action Karate Feasterville Junior and Senior Demo Teams won this year's competition!!!! Talk about an adrenaline pumping day! My team (Jr) performed at 9:15. We were the last of the two sections to perform and then had to perform again for the head to head competition. It was awesome!! Two Tournaments in a row - I am so proud of the kids - they worked so hard and had a well deserved win! Hopefully someone took a video and will post it on u-tube so I can show you. Then, we had two hours until Matt's team (Senior) performed. They were amazing and it was close, but they did it!! Talk about nerve wracking - I was a mess!! My throat is sore from screaming so much!! Then, the boys had about an hour to rest until the rest of their competitions. Matt took first place in his Sword Creative Kata and Jarett took a second place doing Mass Attacks Traditional Kempo Kata. Bryan and I are exhausted but proud and Matt and Jarett are so proud of themselves. Keep up the great work - I am so proud of you both!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

What will the Dr say???

So, I had my tests last week and they weren't great - my cellular age is 64 yrs old - really scary!! I have been trying to be good and take my supplements regularly. I know I'm not quite exercising as I should, but I've been better. It does cut into my knitting time though... I'm starting to work on some holiday gifts but after I log off the computer I will do the re-bounder for a few minutes and then get back into the whole crunches and push ups thing. Hard to believe that a year ago, I was doing 500 or more crunches a day and 40 push ups in a row!! Wow, did I get out of shape fast!

I did do the gallbladder cleanse, and let's just say that even though it worked, I will probably never do one again. It was horrible and I was sore for days. I'll spare you the grisly details, but trust me, if you have a weak stomach and intestinal track, don't do it...

I have my list of pH numbers and temperature along with all the test results. The only thing I"m missing is the Stress Check results which aren't ready in the lab yet. It's been 13 day since they got it, but when I called she said it's 7-10 week days and since Monday was a holiday, that doesn't count. That makes today day 9... I really want it for Wednesday when I see her.

I used my Health Master and made veggie juice. It wasn't too bad - it tastes like a V-8, unfortunately, I just don't love them. I made broccoli Charan's way tonight - sauteed onions and garlic with some ginger in olive oil and the added the broccoli and pressure cooked it. I think I added a little too much water as the broccoli was softer than I would have liked, but I'll know for next time. Tonight I'm going to put out beans for soaking so I can have beans and rice tomorrow. See, it's the planning that I have to get together. Once I sit on the sofa, I'm done and don't remember to do a thing!!

Okay, off to put out beans and jump on the re-bounder! I'll let you know how Wednesday goes!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Homeopathic Dr.

So, a friend of mine from work recommended Dr. Ria Gilday to me. So far, I really like her. You can check her out here http://www.drriand.com/ I had three test done yesterday. I am not happy with the results, but that is why I am going to her... I still feel exhausted all the time and even though I eat relatively well, my body is not functioning at it's best. Since I've been gluten free, I have come a long way, but I still need to learn how to handle stress better and I need to excercise. Yeah, I know I do, I just don't. I haven't been to karate for anything other than coaching in a good 6 months. Although knitting is super relaxing, it's not cardio by any means and that is what I really need... Okay, enough lecturing at myself and anyone who's listening!!

This was fun - she has this really cool Royal Chair in her office and of course, Jarett loved it. Here he is pretending to be King. Tell me this isn't cute!!!

Jarett the king!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Busy weekend

I feel like it's been a whirlwind weekend again. My brother's step-mother-in-law was in from WI for a conference in Philly. She stayed at my parents' house. We had dinner with her Friday night after work. It was a nice visit and we exchanged e-mail addresses and talked about my nieces and nephews. She loved my house and wants to get the kids here to swim in the summer. That would be awesome since I haven't met my newest niece in person yet!

Saturday morning was a driving craziness mess with Matt thinking he had to be at karate to meet Cara at 9 and then called me back at ten after to tell me it was the wrong day - he was supposed to be there at 9 on Sunday... then we had to get him to work at 12 for a birthday party at the Newtown karate school. We then picked him up again at 2:30. Later we met Jess and Scott for dinner and then went bowling. Can I just tell you that I really am bad... I broke 50 points and that was great for me!! It was fun though, as sad as I bowl...

Today, I am up early to take Jarett to Hebrew School and I teach a Hebrew reading class. Matt's coming with to help me. Then of course, we have Jr Demo practice this afternoon and Matt changed his 9 am meet with Cara to 5:30 so they can come to demo practice (they love working out the kids) and then work on their kata after the class... By the time we get home, it'll be time to pack lunches for Monday and get everyone to bed. Hee hee - they all have school but I am off - yay Philly and Columbus Day holiday!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A new First Degree Black Belt in the family

Jarett passed his Black Belt test!!! We are now a family of Black Belts!!! I am so proud of him!! He worked so hard for this day!!! I am a mess - I know if I should laugh or cry. We are going out to celebrate! This is so awesome! 81 defense moves, 9 katas and a 4 hour workout. Unbelievable... He is soooo happy and excited!! Black Belt Spectacular, here we come!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jarett's socks

Taaaa Daaaaa!!!!!!

Jarett's socks

Silly Jarett - here's another of him:

Silly Jar's socks

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Jarett finally decided on a blue-green mix for his socks. I'm using Sockotta #5618. Here is what I have so far:

Jarett's basic toe up socks

I'm doing a very basic toe-up pattern and as you can see, I like to knit both at the same time. The way I do this is to knit a few rows of one, and then a few rows of the next. When I keep track of my rows, I divide a piece of paper down the middle and use my stitch marker to tell which sock I'm working on. For instance, one has a purple marker and the other blue. I will tally rows on the side of the page labeled "blue" and then tally the same number of rows on the side labled "purple." Make sense? This helps to alleviate the dreaded second sock syndrome, which I so easily get!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fun Family Day

We had a wonderful day yesterday! Two of my dad's sisters came with their kids and grand kids. I haven't seen my cousins in years. It was so nice to catch up! We had a lot of fun reminiscing about when we were little and slept over each other's houses. I remember doing Denise and Gina's hair for hours! They remember my crazy long nails with designs on each. Before kids, (I had already quit playing the violin) I had 1 inch long nails and would spend hours painting and drawing different designs on each. I loved it so much that while I was college, I got my nail tech license and worked in a shop part time... that was so long ago... Now, I have short nails (for when I still fiddle with my fiddle) and rarely even polish them. I'd much rather knit than wait for polish to dry and since I have a license, I hate to pay someone else to do them!

Anyway, Denise's kids are absolutely adorable. Her daughter Maya is so mature (at 8 yrs old) and has no fear what-so-ever! Lilly (4 yrs old) was shy and took a while to warm up, but sure enough when I brought out my turtles to show her, she became my best friend! Dylan (6 yrs old) followed Jarett around and looked up to him just like little cousins should - how cute!! The swam, went on the trampoline and even took Bandit for a walk around the block. Alexa (Jimmy's daughter - 1 yr old) was the happiest baby I've ever seen. She never cried and just giggled the whole day! Gamble (Jason's daughter - 6 yrs old) was as mature as Maya and jumped right in to be with the "big guys!" It was so nice to see their kids playing with mine. Now I understand how my Aunts have felt seeing my brother and me with their kids...

We've made a resolution to try to keep in touch more and get together. Gina and I exchanged phone numbers and I know we'll text and keep in touch. I can't believe she's an adult now - she was "the baby!" She's in school to do hair and I know she'll be fabulous. She's very artistic and you can see she loves design. I'm very proud of them all!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Busy School Days...

It's Back to School time!!! I've been busy with school work and setting up my classroom that there hasn't been much knitting going on this week. I did see that Blue Moon Fiber is having a sale, so I may snag some sock yarn (shhhhh, it's a secret - I'm supposed to be de-stashing!).

Jarett asked me to make him more socks. He's out-growing the others! I think Matt thinks he's too big for me to make him socks. :-( Off to pick out sock yarn for Jarett!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

September's free pattern is up!

Ear Flap Baby Hat is on the free pattern page. Enjoy!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weird shawl/vest thing on hold...

Too wide, too thin... somehow it's not working out right... Trudy is going to go back to KTKE and bring hers to compare. Her's seems too narrow and mine seems too wide... Oh well....

I'm back to working on the scarf. It was the braided scarf, but after one knit night Erica called it the pretzel scarf and Tina said I should add beads as the "salt" and call it the Philly Soft Pretzel Scarf. I loved the idea!! Here it is so far:

Here is a close up of the "pretzel."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The weird shawl/vest/wrap thing

I have to give another plug to Knitting to Know Ewe located on 232 in Penns Park. I went to drop off yarn scraps for donation to Doylestown hospital and while there, asked about the vesty, shawly thing. Christen was in there and she happily wrote out the pattern for me. Here is what I'm up to:

Here is a close up so you can see the mitered square and the pink I'm using:

The only negative with this project is that it can get a little boring doing the "arms" and "legs." It's good tv knitting though and I'm sure I'll love it when it's done. I haven't decided yet if I want to keep the legs that go around the waist in garter or do them half stockinette. I'm leaning towards the stockinette because it'll be less bulky to tie...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Decisions, decisions...

Ah... the life of a dog is so hard... what toy should I play with??? I've lined them up nicely so I can think about which one is better... ball or rope? Rope or ball? What should I do???

Bandit lined up toys

Ooooooh, I think I'll choose ball!!!!

He chose the ball.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Weird project...

So when we were in Peddler's Village, we saw this cool looking vest/shawl thing. It's kind of hard to describe, but it was made of four mitered squares and then had "arms" and "legs" coming out. The arms went over your shoulders, so from the front it looked like a vest, and the legs wrapped around and tied at your waist. We decided to figure it out and are making it. Here is the mitered square in progress:

There is more pink to it than what is showing in the picture, and I am using a hot pink as a contrasting yarn for the arms and legs...

On another note, camp ended and we had an interesting visitor for the last day! Check him/her out:

Leaf bug on fence at camp

It's a leaf bug!! Okay, I know I'm a little overboard with the whole animal thing... just can't help it!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Yarn, a bird and best day ever!

I spent most of Saturday with my good friend Trudy. She's been at me for almost a year to go to Peddler's Village. The boys went on a fishing trip so I was free to go. Our first stop? Knitting to Know Ewe in Penn's Purchase. Very nice shop with the most lovely owners. I highly recommend stopping in if you have the chance. No snootiness, just a genuine love of knitting and yarn! Here is what I bought:

Araucacia yarn from knitting to know ewe

It's Araucacia yarn in colorway 1012. It's kind of a brown/pinkish mix. Very pretty. I bought two skeins and am thinking of doing Citron, which is what Trudy wants to make, so we figure a KAL will be in order...

From there, we went to lunch at Oh Susanna's where I was so thrilled they were able to accommodate my gluten free diet. We had a wonderful lunch and then moved on to more shopping. I bought more tea - they had the most delicious smelling citrus orange, had to get it! I also got an English breakfast. Trudy bought the orange too.

My mom had told me about a kitchen store there and I did get a tea strainer to put over your mug to catch any leaves that may have fallen into your pot. So fun to have tea accessories!

Then we went to the best store that was so much fun - it was a store with everything and anything you could imagine as well as things you'd never think of! At the register, they had a wheel to spin to get a percentage off your order. They let you spin for each item. Anyway, how cute are these little scissors I bought for my beading?

Cutest pair of scissors ever!

I just love them!! I also bought a "lady" jewlery holder, two hair sticks to use as shawl pins and the cutest little tea pot shaped tea bag holders. So here is the funny/ironic part, there were five tea holders but I only wanted four. However, me the goofy person I am, felt sorry for the leftover one and couldn't leave it there all alone. So, I took all five. On all of my spins, I got 10% off except for the tea holders - that one gave me 21% off and a free gift!!!! Woo Hoo!! So what was my free gift? Please see earlier posts if you don't get the irony in this.....

Free bird won at peddler's village!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

New FREE Pattern is up!!

Hooded Scarf pattern is in the Free Pattern pages!! Enjoy!

Hooded scarf

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What's on the spinning wheel...

I've spun up a little bit of my fleece from our dye-party. Here it is pre-spun:

Dyed yarn pre spun

Here it is on the wheel:

Dyed yarn spun

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

How cute is this?!

Silly Baby Goat (his name is Doc but since he's so little we've renamed him) didn't want to be in his crate to eat. Instead, he decided to share a meal with Ally the Alpaca! Soooo sweet!!!

Baby goat and alpaca share a meal

Now only if people could get along as well.... Here's another of a different goat who we renamed "Badness" and Hope the sheep. Badness is so named because he gets into everything. This time, everything includes the new hay bin we put up!!

Silly goat in haybin with Hope looking on

Monday, July 26, 2010

No more birds - I can't take it!

Sadly, Kirby didn't make it. He had a great weekend but then suffered either a stroke or seizure around 11:30 today. I cried, Drew dug another hole and we buried him. Courtney made a little tombstone with Marie. Aren't we sick???? I know, it's just a bird, but I really got attached to the little guy/gal over the weekend. So sad... if anyone finds anymore wounded animals, they are NOT to bring them to me! I can't take the pain.....

Friday, July 23, 2010

Kirby's a Bluejay!!

Here is me feeding Kirby. She seems to think my finger is her mommy's beak. Did I have any idea of what I would be getting myself into? None whatsoever!! I had to bring her home. Poor little Kirby is eating about every hour - and talk about an apetite!!! OMG!!! She's had FIVE worms already today and as you can see in the pics, she's pooping up a storm! Lisa from maintenace told me she had a friend who had a baby bird and fed it oatmeal. Sure enough, Kirby ate it! Tonight she is feasting on mushed up dog food. I figure, since the turtles eat it and it's mostly protein, why not? It beats cutting up worms and getting worm blood and guts under my nails, that's for sure! Check out her big mouth too!! And, true to her Bluejay roots, she screams up a storm! I hope that doesn't last all night.... She looks so funny though with her big legs that she can hardly stand on and her giant beak. After she eats, she falls asleep. It's kinda hard to see in the pics but she's barely got feathers. She has more fuzz than anything and when she spreads her wings, they are very see through. You can see the blue though and her back is still pink with a little fuzz on it. I'm guessing she's about two weeks old. So, this is how I'll be spending my weekend inbetween our visit to Aunt Kathy's house. She should be okay for a few hours. She'll be mad, but okay. I'll tell you though, it's too bad you can't hear her - she had a very piercing screech and it's going through my head. I think it may end up being a long weekend....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Another bird??!!!

What is going on with me and birds?? Long story short, a baby bird was found outside the kitchen at camp. They determined that it had fallen out of it's nest. I told them to put it back in the nest but, alas, the nest was too high to reach. So, they bring it down to me at Nature. This poor little thing barely has feathers and is crying with it's mouth wide open. We (this part is gross) cut up a worm into little bits and I actually dropped the worm pieces into it's mouth. After it ate the whole thing, we set up the tub with newspaper and an empty nest we had on the touch table. I put a light over it for heat. It was asleep when I left today and I am praying that it survives... I'm not very optimistic, it fell a great distance, isn't getting whatever baby food it would need and is all alone... I will be really upset if it dies - then I'll tell them to stop bringing me hurt wild animals!!! It is really cute though...

Baby bird fell out of nest

I put a seashell next to it with water although honestly, it won't be able to get to it. It can't move around really. Here's to hoping it's alive in the morning!! Not that I want to cut up more worms, but if it works, I guess I'll do it...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sneak Preview of new free pattern

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Why look for that scarf that matches your hat? Have it all in one!!!