Sunday, December 31, 2006

Six Weird Things Meme

Shelley tagged me for the Six Weird Things meme, here it goes. Hhhmmmm, only six of the weirdest things about me, let me narrow it down......

1. Most people think my eating habits are strange, but hey, it works for me. I am what I call a Pesco Ovo vegetarian, which means I do not eat meat of any kind or consume milk, cheese, or any other dairy product. I do eat seafood occasionally. I am sort of a health fanatic and chose this type of diet about 8 years ago.

2. I'm a Dog Fanatic!! We have 10 very special, pampered, trained dogs that my family loves very much. We own Wonderland Kennels and spend a lot of time training our pooches for showing and competition in Conformation, Agility, Schutzhund, and Obedience. If you see me, you will probably see one of my dogs as we take them nearly everywhere.

3. I play with my dead ancestors!!! . . . Okay, don't freak out on me, I am into climbing my family tree, a genealogy junkie! I actually got into this when I was a little kid in second grade, after watching Roots. Seriously, this is what I would call one of my big life-long hobbies. I was accepted as a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Dec. 9th, I have an application in progress for the Mayflower Society, and I hope to join more heritage organizations this year. Yes, my name is Tina and I'm a genealoholic! LOL

4. What! There's a chicken and goat in my yard!? Did I mention that I love animals? We have a very small mini-farm and live way out in the country in Kentucky. The farm animals actually have a very nice little pasture and building to sleep in, but the poultry likes to play in our yard, which is actually one of the reasons we got them; along with all the eggs we can eat, they also keep the bug population down. And Minnie Pearl, one of the Pygmy goats, just gets into the yard because she can and she thinks it's funny.

5. I love spooky stuff, like Stephen King books and horror movies. The weirder the better!

6. I try to find the fun and adventure in everyday things, which sometimes annoys people, but hey, I believe you should make the most out of every single day. I love eating new kinds of food at strange little restaurants, I stop in those odd specialty stores that pop up in town, I will make the van come to a screetching stop if I pass a zoo, and I try to amuse myself and the whoever is around me in otherwise boring situations.

Thanks for tagging me Shelley! Now the world nows my weirdness! LOL

I didn't know who to tag, so if you are reading this and you haven't yet participated in this Meme, then, POOF, you are tagged!!

"THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the "6 weird things about you." People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog."

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas! And tell all of the kids out there in bloggerland not to worry about a thing. Our little Capone is well prepared to fill in as one of Santa's spare reindeer!

Here is a shot of the sweater vest I made for Tyler to wear tonight for Christmas Eve with my side of the family. It is made from Patons chunky Shetland yarn, and it has a nice cable running up the front that doesn't show up very well in the picture. He has a new button down shirt with a nice tie to wear with it....he's not real excited about the tie part, but he just looks so cute all duded up, I couldn't help myself!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Frugal Pup Sweaters

So what can you do when you have a house full of dogs who have been complaining about the freezing cold weather that makes their 'potty walks' miserable, an hour of free time, and a couple of adult size thrift store sweaters lying around? Well, you can cut off the sleeves and make some quick and easy doggie sweaters, that's what! Mine have a closet full of 'good doggie duds' for wearing to town and impressing their canine friends, but I didn't really want them to wear the good stuff outside in the wet cold conditions of winter, especially when they could roll in the snow and mud. So now they can wear these 'everyday' sweaters when they have to be walked. (Yes, some people have the nerve to think I'm a bit eccentric where the pooches are concerned, can you believe it!) It was pretty dang simple. I just cut off the sleeves and cut two 2-inch arm slots, I turned down what used to be the wrist section to make a turtle neck, then I zig-zag stitched around the leg openings and ran a straight machine stitched seam around the bottom edge. The stitching was just to keep it from unraveling. I got this idea from a TV show I saw on HGTV, but they used Fray Check on the cut edges instead of the stitching. I could have fancied these up with nicer edge stitching and by adding knitted cuffs, but like I said, these are just for everyday walking in the cold yard at pee and pooping time. I did all four in way less than an hour and they cost me a buck a piece! Can't beat that, huh!

We had a fun time last night! My Mom treated my three kids, my niece and nephew, and me to a live performance of 'The Nutcracker' in Madisonville. It was pretty nice. My favorite part was watching some of the little kids that were cast in it; they were too cute!

We are gonna put up the tree and decorate for Christmas this afternoon, so that's all the blogging I have time to squeeze in, for now.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Hats and Yarn

On the left are the caps I made for the girls in the Atacama alpaca yarn. The green hank in the middle is the one I went back to the store to pick up and will one day soon be turned into a scarf for me. The red and grey are chunky Cascade for three or four pairs of Snow Mittens.

After I finished Amanda's hat yesterday I was all psyched to start the chunky mittens until I discovered, to my horror . . .I did not have the right size double points!! I hate it when that happens! I have a chart that I keep track of what size needles I have, but I didn't look at it because I just knew that I had the right ones. So, after a short but colorful cussin' fit, I decided to start on a sweater vest for Tyler that should keep me busy until I get to town to buy more DP needles.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


I actually finished these gloves's for Brittany without having a complete nervous breakdown! They looked just awful while they were still on the needles because there were nasty gaps and weird spots between the fingers; luckily , these were corrected when I wove in the loose ends. I'm glad I have the experience of making these under my knitting basket, but never again! Mittens are soooooo much fore fun to make.

I absolutely love the alpaca Atacama brand yarn I'm using for hats for my girls. It is sooooo soft and the colors are really pretty. I went back to the store to snag a green hank for a scarf for myself! I'll post some pictures as soon as I get this second hat finished. I also have some plans to make make up some 100% wool mittens for when the first snow hits. Personally, I can't wait for a big blizzard to come along so I can do some sledding!