If I were a r*ch g*rl
Yes! We have pictures today!

Yes! We have no pictures today...

I feel bad about that -- and I do have things to show!  The back of Opptuna is on a holder and there's a few inches worth of progress on the front.  I love the color and I love Silk Garden more than I thought I would.  Maybe I can finish this by the weekend and give it to my sis!  There is no hurry, as she's still 2-1/2 months from her due date, but this knitting is so fun to do and I can't keep it to myself!  Kt has started knitting one of the bags in the latest Rowan magazine (on US 3 needles, even) while wearing her fabulous new shoes!  I'll have pics tomorrow; it's kind of always been that way 'round here as far as pictures -- feast or famine -- but I'm also in the midst of trying to find a new groove.

Somehow, some way, I'll find my nonsmoking groove.  The change has had impact in so many little ways.  Many times, my smoking time on the back porch was not only a stress reliever, but a time to regroup or transition -- 2-minute planning sessions.  I'm not really doing anything during those times right now except try to suppress urges and concentrate on not smoking; I'm not taking any time to regroup and there's no transition.  I guess that's why I feel so distracted -- my sister mentioned feeling that way, too.

But it's Day 4 and I haven't caved.  My resolve is still strong.  I can't disappoint my family or Ann or Connie (stay busy, breathe deep!) or Nurse Becky (she called last night) or anyone who has written one single word of support -- or myself.

When I arrived home last night, I noticed that the mail hadn't been brought in yet, so I went in through the front door.  It wasn't 'til I was actually on the porch that I noticed there was also a big box on the chair.  It was a big, heavy box, and the return address made me smile.  Cara, you're the biggest sweetheart!  What was inside?  A wonderful, encouraging card, a bag of 300 DumDums, four boxes of stir sticks, countless sticks of gum, and many bags of sunflower seeds.  When I showed it to Mdd, she said, "Wow!  Your friends must really care about you!"  I got tears in my eyes as I realized:  Oh my goodness, yes they do!

Yes they do.  Mwah!  I love you, Cara!!

*******Okay, enough mushy stuff.  As promised, Terby's Blog-A-Thon Interview!  She got it from DomestiGirl, who got it from Three Olive Martini, and there are technicalities to take care of...

Blog-A-Thon Rules:

  1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
  2. I will respond by asking you five questions HERE.  They will be different questions than the ones below.
  3. You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions.
  4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
  5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Here are the questions that Terby (hey, congrats on admission to the Knitting Blogs webring!) asked me:

1). What's your favorite thing about living in Wisconsin?

First, it's that most of my family lives here. My siblings are all within a one- to four-hour drive; I have a good relationship with all of them, I like to spend time with them, and I especially like my kids to spend time with their kids.

Second, it's the seasons. I guess it's in my blood, having been born and bred (for the most part) here. There is absolutely nothing like the freshness, rebirth and discovery that is Spring after a Wisconsin Winter (or any place that really has Winter).

2). What have you learned from blogging?

I have learned about a whole new world full of kind, caring, generous friends; pattern and fiber sources that I never knew about before. I have been inspired, empowered, and challenged.

3). You do a lot of texture knitting, and you mentioned you have never done color work - any plans to try it?

I will try color work. I truly enjoyed knitting the 2-color Northstar Mittens and look forward to doing some of a multi-color, Latvian variety to continue learning. I imagine my appetite for color work will be whetted even more next month after taking classes with Joyce Williams and Lizbeth Upitis. I never used to care much for color work patterns, but how they've grown on me -- design and technique are both very appealing.

4). What song are you secretly singing to yourself?

I have been singing or humming "So Happy Together" for over a week.

5). And finally, blatantly stolen from Kirsten, where do you get your knitting inspiration?

It comes from everywhere. Admittedly, a lot more from blogs and the internet than ever before -- one thing I really enjoy about KALs and popular patterns is seeing how different yarns work and what modifications and observations other knitters might make. I still get a lot of inspiration from books and published patterns, too.

If you'd like to be interviewed, too, leave a comment.



Hey! Interview me!

I'm sooo proud of you.


Now you got me crying...Mwah right back attacha!

And because I'm a sucker for these things - interview me too!


Oh, how sweet of Cara. I've been thinking of you the past few days. Stay strong!


Four days! Woo hoo! Keep it up! I'm bursting with pride over here!

p.s. interview me


Stay strong. 4 days, excellent so far!
You can interview me.


Congratulations on quitting smoking. If my DH can quit after 40 years you can too!! :-)
Feb. was a year for him. Good luck!!!


4 days......you are doing great! I am on day 3 of a new diet and resolve to get fit for my kids. I am completely understanding the discombulated feeling. I haven't blogged for over a week as I just can't get my thoughts to quiet down. Food and wine are definitly addictions for me....not physically......but mentally~

I just keep telling myself, to keep my eyes on the prize. Have a great week and good luck!!


So many thanks Vicki! I really appreciate your warm welcomes to the blog world. Thanks for answering my questions! And you can interview me back, but only if you feel like it. :) You're doing a fabulous job, and it will only get easier with time. You deserve all the best!


YIPPIE! I've heard the first day is one of the hardest and look....you did it. I have a food addiction which, like all addictions, is hard to break. You encourage me to quit binging and just get on the band wagon.

Bravo You!

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