Wednesday, September 30, 2009


October is my favorite month of the year! It starts tomorrow. The threat of hurricanes is much lower in October. The weather is finally cooling down - no more 95 degrees plus days.

There is so much to do in October. Houston goes crazy in October - every weekend there's a festival, convention or other big event. This weekend I am attending HAFA's biannual conference. Next Saturday is the ASG meeting. Then there's the quilt show. And then HALLOWEEN.

Last year we didn't get to parade around Kemah because Hurricane Ike destroyed a bunch of it. But, this year Kemah's boardwalk is back. I think I will be a poodle again. Unless it's really hot. Then I can dress as Nefertitty. Or I could always put on my carwash outfit. So many costumes, only one Halloween.....

santa scarf

Just saw this scarf on plays with needles blog. It looks cute and easy to make. I'll add it to my list of stuff to make by Christmas.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Yarrn! my latest project

I've been thinking about this project since last year. I realized it's almost October and a perfect time for a new sweatshirt jacket.

I appliqued a skull onto a black sweatshirt; wrote "yarrn!" with yarn, appliqued hot pink knitting needles where the crossbones would normally go under the skull.

I made front facings with black and white checked knit and added more yarn along the edge. I am still working on the pockets.

It's really cute - photo will come when completed.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Twinkle's eye

Twinkle had his eye removed a couple of weeks ago. The stitches haven't dissolved yet - the vet said it would take 6-8 weeks. The fur on his head is growing back nicely. The vet said his eye had been painful. I thought he would get more rowdy when he recovered from the surgery. But, he still is the quieter kitten. Buster is always looking for trouble.

I wish they were more cuddly. They are always ready to play but don't really want to be held.

I buy them lots of toys because they are so energetic and the rest of us are not. Still, they prefer to have me play with them. They love to follow me around and "supervise" my activities.

I hope they will turn into lap cats as they age.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Old Mulberry Inn

Here are some photos of the bed and breakfast inn that we stayed at in Jefferson, TX.

Ghosts of Jefferson, TX

Here are some photos that we took of the haunted places in Jefferson.

Jefferson, Texas

Marie Christopher was talking about her recent trip to Jefferson, TX at our last get together. Labor Day weekend was coming up so Jim and I decided to go for a visit.

It's a cute little town - lots of beautiful homes, B&B's and antique shops. But, the big draw is ghost hunting. We didn't know anything about all the ghosts until we went into the town on Friday evening (9/4/09). We went on a guided ghost walk around town. We didn't encounter any ghosts but we got to listen to lots of local stories.
The next evening we attended a ghost dinner at a haunted cafe. The dinner was pretty good - tasty spaghetti, salad, cookies. The guy who owned the building gave a talk. He was very strange. He's a ghost expert and used to lecture somewhere. He informed us of the difference between ghosts and apparitions- not to be confused with ufo's and aliens, of course.

I had lots of fun sharing what I learned at the dinner with the people sitting around the breakfast table at the Old Mulberry Bed and Breakfast the next morning. The Old Mulberry is a nicely appointed, pleasant B&B. It's in a residential area with lots of big homes and B&B's. We stayed in the Viking Sun room - big king-sized bed. I would have preferred a walk-in shower to the claw foot tub. The tub was difficult to get into but it was pretty to look at.

We spent Saturday searching through the antique stores in town. Sunday we went to a flea market in Uncertain, Texas. Another weird Texas town name...
I'd like to go again and see Caddo Lake in Uncertain. The pictures of it look so pretty.

I met George Foreman.

Last Thursday, 9/03/09, I went to a presentation by George Foreman sponsored by the Rice Alliance. He is a great speaker - enthusiastic, self-deprecating and motivating.
After his talk he signed my copy of his book. He even stopped to pose for a picture with me.

Now, I really should go out and buy one of those grills....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

2009-08-29 Red Hat Party

Last Saturday I held a lunch box swap party for some of my red hat friends. It was fun. I've attached some photos.