29 August 2014

Fragment Friday - The Labor Day Weekend Edition

How DARE you take me to the groomer. Pffffffffffffffttttttttttt. I'm going to roll in something as soon as we get home...

1.  FYI - Labor Day -" Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894." (History.com)
"Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the Pullman strike." (Wikipedia)

2.  I will labor pulling herbs and vegetables from my garden this weekend. What to do with my two, count'em TWO green beans? Toss them in a stir fry I guess. The bean plants not only didn't produce, they had the nerve to ignore the netting I put up for them to climb. The peas, on the other hand, gave heroically before they wilted. 

3.  One reason I look forward to fall - I don't feel as guilty being in the house writing when it is rainy or dark out. All those bright summer days and balmy summer nights were not conducive to butt in chair. How about you? What do you like about fall?

4.  It's funny the things that trigger poems. It can be something as small as one word or as big as looking up at the Milky Way at night. After a close analysis of my poems, I see that image triggers and word triggers are running about 50/50. I thought, being a visual artist, images would win out. Perhaps I've found a happy medium?

5.   I'm amassing a small mountain of yarn. I think it's my get ready for winter pile. That's my story, at least. On the needles - a pair of socks made of Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) yarn, in CSDye sky blues, the start of a vest in silky Siidegarte Flauschig yarn, a colorwork hat for eldest son- black with white pirate skulls all around, and a pair of colorwork mittens, navy blue and pale purple flowers. For weaving I have lots of projects planned. Just can't decide what's next, Lord of the Rings scarf, or Cartoon Windowpane scarf.


22 August 2014

Fragment Friday - The Tagline Edition

Summer was made for Bouncy-ball!

1.  Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.

2. Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each day, expressed in M&Ms: 250

3.  For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

4.  Dyslexus:  the car for drivers who signal left and turn right.

5.  One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

6.  Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.

7. Even if the voices are not real, they have some good ideas.

8.  It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

9.  The shortest distance between two points is under construction.

10. Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

15 August 2014

Fragment Friday - Testing, Testing

Test weave on the loom. It might be a bag, or Kindle cover when I felt it down.

1.  Oh, rapture! The first tomato from the garden. We coddled it, we watered it, we named it Bob. And now we cut it into slices, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and devour it. Then return to hovering over the garden for the next ripe morsel. 

2.  Do you listen to podcasts? Books on CD? Audible? I've been listening to 3 podcasts for a while now - Escape Pod, Podcastle and Clarkesworld Magazine. Just wondering if there is more out there I should be adding to the lineup. Sometimes my ears just want to do the reading. 

3.  I'm writing in fits and starts over several genres. I think the muse got hold of some really good double espresso. That's the only thing to explain the ping pong balls full or ideas being launched at my head on a regular basis.

4.  Bruno the granddog is big enough now to just step over the Corgis. Of course they don't take kindly to that. A few bites to the belly has him more cautious about where he puts his honkin' big feet. 

5.  I don't post recipes to the blog because I realized I don't really measure my ingredients all that carefully. Except for bread. I've learned to be careful measuring there. Other recipes are a lot more forgiving. Bread is not, at least at altitude. 

Lunch-time Ankle Socks, complete.

01 August 2014

Fragment Friday - Hot August Night Edition

Hot off the loom - A shawl width piece of cloth with multicolored yarn.
1.  One of my favorite things to do is research a topic in Wikipedia, then click on a link in the article and go read that article, click on a link in the next article, etc. I've discovered all sorts of interesting things that way, picked up ideas for poems and stories, and also procrastinated time away. Use with caution.

2.  I've always known I'm more of a process artist than a product artist, and weaving really brings that home. I love the plotting out of the woven item, the hemstitching at the beginning, the simple act of weaving. But by the time I'm within a foot from the end, I want nothing more than to get it off the loom and move on to planning my next project. How about you? Process or End Product? 

3.  Is it something in the air? Ideas are percolating up like soda bubbles. Me, me, me, no, ME. Of course I then have to prioritize - not my strong point. I think the muse just got back from vacation and is still a bit giddy. Any thoughts on prioritizing ideas?

4. For some reason I decided I need a netbook. Probably because I'm too lazy to return to my computer in the living room after I hit the bedroom. Sometimes the words come faster than my ability to handwrite them down. I type much faster. Someone suggested an iPad. Yeah or nay? Advantages? Would I like it? Netbook - good idea or not?

5.  I realized the other day I never outgrew the notion that the answers to all things are contained in books. I suppose the modern day version of this is the Internet is all knowing. But I still find myself shopping Amazon and other places for the perfect book to scratch that existential itch.
Noro piece on the loom. Not sure about the abrupt color changes.