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Leaving LJ

Just Breathe
I have decided to leave LJ. Originally I started my LJ to inform family living out of state of my daily happenings and to read about their happenings. But no one seems to be posting here much anymore and I don't have much interest in posting either. I used to make two or even three posts a day...now I find it hard to make two posts a month.

So all entries will be copied and saved to my personal files, then deleted from here. All pictures will be moved over to flickr. I'll still be lingering around a little until everything's cleaned up, but by the new year, I expect to be gone completely.

I'm still on the web at Facebook and Ravelry...look for me there!

Keeping You Informed

Reading
I haven't felt like making lengthy posts lately. It seems to be so much easier just to pop over to FB and make a quick little comment. So this will be a long update, just to keep everyone informed...

The Yard:
I've given up on the back yard. I'm done with it. Every time I weed and mow and try to make some sense out of it, Richard throws more garbage (aka car parts) back there. I usually spend a day just moving things around so I can actually work on the yard itself. Enough is enough. I'm tired of trying to make it look nice while he builds his junk yard. So I have moved to the front yard. Richard has been given strict regulations about vehicles on the front the lawn...there will be none of that! I will make sure that the front is mowed and any future planting will go out there. I haven't stepped into the back yard in over a month now. I refuse to acknowledge it's existence.

The House:
It's too crowded and cluttered. I have been continually donating items to AmVets because I just can't stand all the clutter any more. I would really like to cut back to bare essentials...if only I could get everyone else to comply. Sitting on the piano right now is a gift bag of little goodies that Richard got for Christmas. It's been sitting there since Christmas. I don't think he evens remembers what's in it. Will he miss it if I toss it out? Oh yeah. Then he'll have a fit. Same with the girls. Rachel has what I like to call "The Corner of Fun" in the livingroom. It's an unorganized cluttered pile of discarded half-started crafting projects. Every evening she complains, "I'm bored!" I say, "Why don't you finish one of your projects?" She says, "I want to do something fun!" So I direct her to....THE CORNER OF FUN! It just gets larger.

The Cats:
As you may already have heard, we've had a sick cat recently...poor Jack! In an effort to save a few dollars, I recently switched their food to something cheaper. Bad move! Seems the cheaper food gave him digestive/urinary issues and caused him to start peeing every where and peeing blood. Not cool. So now we have to give him pills for two weeks (one week to go still) and he's on a special diet for three months. Which of course means all the other cats are on a special diet as well. For two days they wouldn't touch the special food...finally they got hungry. After three months, we can switch back to the original food and all should be well again...I hope. Jack spent a very traumatizing night at the vet's and he's still recovering from that. I feel so bad about this whole thing...he just hasn't been the same cat since.

The Girls:
The new school year is off to a bang with both of the girls already missing several days due to Influenza A. Best time to be off, really...while everyone is still reviewing last year's material. Raven is working in the salon on actual clients now. She's got business cards and trying to recruit victims new clients so if you happen to be in town, plan on a trip to the salon. Rachel is jumping feet first into every activity she can find. For starters she's already joined the school newspaper staff and jazz band. I'm sure I'll be playing taxi quite a bit this year!

Richard:
Richard has also been sick with Influenza A and is still recovering. He's been very motivated lately, spending his morning hours solely on job hunting and his afternoon/evening hours working on his Mustang. Apparently he's making some progress; I wouldn't know because I refuse to acknowledge that we have a backyard with a garage. At any rate, he's been a great help. I wish that he were working, but it sure is nice to know I can count on him when the girls need things (like doctor visits) and the cat get sick and all hell seems to break loose. He holds it all together much better than I do.

Myself:
It's taking me longer to recover from the flu, as I was only able to take two days off work to rest. We couldn't afford more than that. I ended up with a sinus infection, as well. Two weeks and I'm still a little stuffy. But I've managed to get some knitting and spinning done. Raven swears I'll be knitting on my death bed...and she's probably right. Despite the hectic mess we've had around our house, things have been mostly well.

I've been reflecting alot on how different it is, my relationship with the girls as compared to the relationship I had with my parents in high school. I absolutely LOVE spending time with them and truly miss them when they are gone with their friends. They'll ask to go out and question, "What time should I be home?" My answer is always, "Right now!" It's going to be hard when they head out on their own. I'm dreading it...I really am...especially knowing how much Raven wants to travel. *sigh*

I do have plans for returning to school in the future. It will be much later than I imagined and in an entirely different direction, but I will do it. Right now I just want to spend time with my girls. When they're gone and I have lonely hours to fill, I'll hit the books again. I'm looking into the textile industry now...surprise, surprise...'cause I know that no matter what, there will be many more years of knitting and spinning in my future!

Crayon Love

Crayons
I've always had a fascination with crayons and coloring...not sure why...but I love it. So this year while out school supply shopping, I bought a box of 120 Crayola crayons just for me! The girls just shook their heads and smiled. Richard said in disbelief, "Really? You bought those for yourself?"

And when I got home with my crayons, I immediately opened up the box to find a surprise inside, as labeled on the outside of the box, and of course it was a crayon sharpener, which really is a must have item! I was thrilled as I sat at my table and dumped out the crayons. That's right, dumped them all out. When they package all those crayons, why don't the sort them out in a logical fashion? It doesn't take long to put all the blues together, all the reds together, all the yellows...etc, etc...and it just makes so much more sense.

After carefully organizing them, I did color with them. Crayons aren't just for display, after all. My only regret is that I didn't buy myself a new coloring book, but I still had some on the shelf from a very thoughtful Christmas gift I received some years ago. You never know when a great coloring book will come in handy. Goes well with a box of 120 crayons.

I'm thinking of dragging out the box again today when I get home...oh the lovely colors!

Books Read in 2009

Books
*This entry is being added to my memories section so that I can continue to add to it all year long. It is mostly for my own purposes.




  1. Tishomingo Blues
  2. Dead Until Dark
  3. The Alchemyst
  4. Babylon Rising
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  6. Awakening (Chasing Yesterday)
  7. Betrayal (Chasing Yesterday
  8. Truth (Chasing Yesterday)
  9. The Chronicals of Vladimir Tod : Eighth Grade Bites
  10. Bluebeard
  11. Asking for Trouble
  12. Booked to Die
  13. The Zookeeper's Wife
  14. A Thousand Splendid Suns
  15. Andromeda Strain
  16. The Electric Michelangelo
  17. Happy Are the Poor in Spirit
  18. The Fourth Hand
  19. The Rescue
  20. The Naked and the Dead
  21. The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning
  22. Thirteen Reasons Why
  23. Perfect Evil
  24. The Alienist
  25. Middlesex
  26. Ironsides: a Modern Faery's Tale
  27. Deadville
  28. The Short Novels of John Steinbeck
  29. The Bishop and the Three Kings
  30. House of Sand and Fog
  31. The Coffee Trader
  32. Vampire$

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Books Read in 2008

Reading
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  1. Captured
  2. Portrait of Death
  3. The Golem's Eye
  4. Snow Place to Die
  5. Ptolemy's Gate
  6. Water for Elephants
  7. Possible Side Effects
  8. Magic and Other Misdemeanors
  9. A Year and a Day
  10. The Lovely Bones (re-read)
  11. Dreams of My Russian Summers
  12. Blaze
  13. Oh Yuck! The Encyclopedis of Everything Nasty
  14. The Pact
  15. Kite Runner (re-read)
  16. The Rapture of Canaan
  17. Twilight
  18. Rant
  19. Mystery
  20. A Wolf at the Table
  21. Murder Walks the Plank
  22. Inkheart
  23. The Time Traveler's Wife (re-read)
  24. Inkspell
  25. New Moon
  26. The Historian
  27. Eclipse
  28. Breaking Dawn
  29. City of God
  30. Signs and Wonders : a Novel
  31. Galapagos
  32. Nixie's Song
  33. The Bride's Kimono
  34. Something Happened
  35. Daddy's Little Girl
  36. The Thirteenth Tale
  37. Duma Key
  38. Smashed

Books Read in 2007

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  1. The Shadow of the Wind
  2. Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
  3. Eragon
  4. Messenger
  5. The Lost Colony
  6. Every Which Way But Dead
  7. Arthur and George
  8. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  9. Yeats is Dead!
  10. Violets are Blue
  11. The Schwa was Here
  12. Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society
  13. The Devil in the White City.
  14. The Brief History of the Dead
  15. Moon Pool
  16. The Quilter's Apprentice
  17. As Simple As Snow
  18. Pure Dead Magic
  19. The Sisters Grimm Book 1
  20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (book 7)
  21. Under the Cat's Eye
  22. Vanishing Acts
  23. The Long Valley
  24. The Doorbell Rang
  25. The Sisters Grimm Book 2
  26. The Sixteen Pleasures
  27. The Sisters Grimm Book 3
  28. A Fractured Mind
  29. The Amityville Horror
  30. Operation Typhoon Shore
  31. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  32. Ice Hunt
  33. The Stepford Wives
  34. The Dragon King's Palace
  35. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (book 7)
  36. Under the Cat's Eye
  37. Dragon Rider
  38. Lost It
  39. Oryx and Crake
  40. Riptide
  41. Body Farm
  42. Mr. Dixon Disappears
  43. The Night Listener
  44. Cork Boat
  45. Geek Love
  46. The Tenth Circle
  47. Once Upon a Crim
  48. Pagan Babies

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Books Read in 2006

Books
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  1. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  2. Magical Thinking
  3. Mystic River
  4. At Knit's End
  5. The Dark Tower
  6. Fledgling: A Novel
  7. Big Fish
  8. The Dark Hills Divide (LOE #1)
  9. Beyond the Valley of Thorns (LOE #2)
  10. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
  11. The Virgin Suicides
  12. Seabiscuit
  13. Midnight Bayou
  14. Barrel Fever
  15. Dry
  16. American Gods
  17. The Kiss
  18. Magyk
  19. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
  20. The Cell
  21. The Cider House Rules
  22. The Amulet of Samarkand

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Books Read 2005

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  1. Timequake
  2. After Hamelin
  3. Cleopatra's Needle
  4. The Giver
  5. SWC #5: The Wrath of Mulgarath
  6. Dead Witch Walking
  7. Sickened
  8. Baca, Gaijin
  9. The Accidental Tourist
  10. The Moon is Down
  11. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
  12. Eye to Eye, Heart to Heart
  13. SUE#8:The Hostile Hospital
  14. Glitz
  15. The Supernaturalist
  16. My Sister's Keeper
  17. SUE#9:The Carnivous Carnival
  18. Angels and Demons
  19. Me Talk Pretty One Day
  20. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  21. Hatching Magic
  22. Where the Red Fern Grows
  23. Lullaby
  24. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  25. Murder in the Hearse Degree
  26. Angela's Ashes
  27. The Man Who Ate the 747
  28. The Night Crew
  29. Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors
  30. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  31. Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors
  32. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  33. AF#4: The Opal Deception
  34. Atonement
  35. The Trickster
  36. The Shakespeare Stealer
  37. The World According to Garp
  38. The Wish List
  39. Killer Asylum
  40. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  41. The Kite Runner

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Books Read 2004

Books
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  1. The DT #3 : The Waste Lands
  2. Four and Twenty Blackbirds
  3. The DT #4 : Wizard and Glass
  4. The SWC #1 : The Field Guide
  5. The SWC #2 : The Seeing Stone
  6. The SWC #3 : Lucinda's Secret
  7. SUE #1 : The Bad Beginning
  8. SUE #2 : The Reptile Room
  9. The DT #5 : Wolves of the Calla
  10. SUE #3 : The Wide Window
  11. Mother Night
  12. She's Come Undone
  13. Gulag : A History
  14. The Make-Up Book
  15. The Sirens of Titan
  16. The Da Vinci Code
  17. You Shall Know Our Velocity
  18. Midnight for Charlie Bone
  19. Blood Canticle
  20. The Perfumed Sleeve
  21. SUE #4 : The Miserable Mill
  22. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  23. Leyla : The Black Tulip
  24. Player Piano
  25. God Bless You,Dr. Kevorkian
  26. The Last Juror
  27. Johnny Tremain
  28. Karate
  29. Artemis Fowl
  30. I Know This Much is True
  31. Pippi Longstocking
  32. Snow White
  33. Black Lotus
  34. Catch-22
  35. Lord of the Flies
  36. So Many Books, So Little Time
  37. SUE #5:The Austere Academy
  38. Automated Alice
  39. Geek Love
  40. The SWC #4: The Ironwood Tree
  41. Novel Without a Name
  42. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  43. AF#2: The Artic Incident
  44. Once Bitten
  45. Inventing Elliot
  46. SUE #6 : The Ersatz Elevator
  47. Bel Canto
  48. The Hearse You Came In On
  49. This Boy's Life
  50. The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats
  51. In Her Defense
  52. A Separate Peace
  53. Hearse of a Different Color
  54. Middlesex
  55. I Who Have Never Known Men
  56. The Great Gatsby
  57. The Edible Woman
  58. SUE #7: The Vile Village
  59. The Pearl
  60. 2nd Chance
  61. Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
  62. The Count of Monte Cristo
  63. The Hearse Case Scenario
  64. The Lovely Bones
  65. Gimme a Kiss
  66. Bridget Jones's Diary
  67. Of Mice and Men
  68. Hocus Pocus
  69. The Confessions of Max Tivoli
  70. Pronto
  71. DT #6: Song of Susannah
  72. AF #3: The Eternity Code
  73. The Little Prince
  74. Treason
  75. Carolina Moon
  76. Getting Over It
  77. The Time Traveler's Wife
  78. The Secret History
  79. Skipping Christmas
  80. Black Like Me
  81. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
  82. The Cat Who Went to Heaven
  83. Beauty's Punishiment
  84. Beauty's Release
  85. Crime and Punishment
  86. Life of Pi
  87. Half Magic

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