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Archive for August, 2011


Sunday, August 28th, 2011

I felt rebellious yesterday. I knew I ought to work, but I didn’t feel like it, so I didn’t. My husband will be coming home today from the fleshpots of Las Vegas (I bet they really have fleshpots there, whatever fleshpots are), so yesterday was, in addition to being Saturday, probably the last perfect opportunity […]

Kitchen Nightmares

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

I’ve had a week of classes now. My classes seem particularly excellent this term, and my summer class did as well. There are three possibilities: We are using happiness as our group topic rather than global warming, and this just makes everyone so cheerful that we naturally have fun and get more out of class. […]


Friday, August 26th, 2011

This morning when I woke, I found that one dog had wet her bed and another had made a mess on the kitchen floor. Once I had dealt with that and fed the monsters, the third dog vomited on the carpet. And yet last night I went to a recital of transcendently lovely music. For […]

Come and Dwell

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

We had a bunch of new hymns for a 9/11 festival we have coming up. “Come and Dwell in Solomon’s Halls” was completely new to us, and Egypt and I were both tearing up over it. It’s just a beautiful piece. She was also rather emotional over Mark Hayes arrangement of “Let There Be Peace […]

Simplicity 2263

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Here’s the blouse from Simplicity 2263. It’s constructed in an interesting way. The front and back are cut in one piece each, the back on the straight grain and the front on the bias. The back extends over the shoulders and meets up with the front right about at the collar bone. When you heard […]

Fall Schedule

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Here’s yesterday’s sewing: the straight skirt from Simplicity 2263, though I changed the pleats to gathers on this one, since I plan to make this in the teal gabardine as part of the suit for this SWAP. I also cut the two piece dress from the sateen print, and used said print to line the […]

SWAP Fabrics Arrive

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Once again the stupid dogs woke me up at 4:30 am (actually, 4:22, but who’s counting?). If I ignore them, they’ll wet on the floor, so I really don’t have an option. If you’d like a nice dog, for free, come and pick up one or more. This was probably a good day to be […]

Today’s Schedule

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Today’s schedule: 4:00 a.m. Be awakened by stupid dogs, after having bolted out of bed lat last night upon realizing that I had forgotten a client’s blog. 4:30 Try to go back to sleep, but have confused dozy dreams about cardigans until dogs bark some more. 5:00 Get up.Threaten dogs. Begin blogging. Make breakfast and […]

A Lot of Beginnings

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Last night I realized that my schedule was about to get more ferocious. I work all summer, so I don’t think about this the way most teachers do — the summer is half over, or it’s only three weeks till I get back to the classroom… But not only do I get back to the […]

Knitting Blogs of Yore

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

I spent several hours yesterday scrubbing things and a couple of hours working and sewed a pair of pants (all but hems and fastenings, and then I decided to have a look at the knitting blogs of yore. “Knitting blogs of yore?” That’s worse than “astronauts in the old days,” which¬†¬† #2 son once said. […]

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