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Saturday, May 23, 2009

This was in my Suddenly Senior newsletter today, and it is so true that I had to share~
Please go to Judy Gruen's site to read the rest. It is so true, yet so funny, that I nearly fell out of my chair laughing~

I know. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen one other. Things were certainly strained between us when you finally left for leaner pastures.
But I am not too proud to admit that I (and several articles of clothing in my closet) still miss you, sometimes desperately.
Perhaps I should have seen the early warning signs when you were slipping away from me, one belt loop at a time. With every extra bite of brownie or serving of mashed potatoes, I must have been pushing you away from me. But must we be like so many other modern relationships, transient and shallow? Can we not begin again?

JUDY GRUEN is the syndicated columnist of “Off My Noodle” and a member of NSNC. Judy’s main occupation is lobbying the federal government to create a Division of Cellulite Studies at the Department of Health and Human Services. In her spare time, she writes books, humor columns, and complaint letters. She is the author of three award-winning humor books, including "The Women's Daily Irony Supplement," ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year for humor. Read more of her work on

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

25 Reasons That I Love Crochet

25 Reasons I Love Crochet

1. Crocheting keeps me sane. (I am still sane, aren’t I?)

2. Crocheting helps keep my hands/fingers from “freezing up”

3. Crocheting will help me keep the use of my hands/fingers longer.

4. Crochet has been my first-craft-love since I was a child.

5. It makes me happy.

6. I love the expressions on children’s faces when I give them a finger puppet, Amigurumi, bloodshot eyeball hacky sack.

7. I love the happiness that some people express when I give them something crocheted.

8. Crocheted items that I give to charity helps those who are less fortunate keep warm in the colder times of the year.

9. It helps keep me from snacking so much~

10. Crocheting makes me happy.

11. It constantly amazes me that one can pick up a length of string and turn it into a useable, enjoyable work of art.

12. I love crochet because I can use a pattern, alter a pattern, or make up my own pattern to create something useful, funny, fun, and always beautiful.

13. It’s a good use of those plastic grocery bags, for WIP’s and to strip into Plarn and crochet with.

14. I am never bored.

15. Rainy days? Love ‘em. More time to create something with yarn~

16. Socks, lots and lots of lovely socks that FIT!

17. I love crochet because it gives me something useful to do now that my physical activities are so limited.

18. It makes me happy to know that after I am gone, a part of me will still be with my family and friends.

19. My cats love the beds and toys that I crochet for them.

20. My daughter’s cats and dogs love the beds and toys I’ve crocheted for them.

21. I love using and wearing the things that I’ve crochted.

22. I love crochet because it’s an art form that I can teach to others.

23. I love crocheting because it gives me a reason to buy more yarn, especially yarn that’s on sale!

24. I love knowing that I carried on a craft/art that women in my family have done for generations.

25. I love that my daughter crochets, and her daughter crochets. Two more generations of Hookers.

This is the last four generations of Hookers at a church sponsered Mother's Day Tea~

Friday, May 8, 2009

Kindle II - I'm in love!

This device looked and sounded nice, but I had severe doubts about buying one. It seemed a lot of money to spend on a "hand held electronic book reader". Hubby bought it for me, and I absolutely LOVE it!

I can take it with me anywhere waiting will be done, if I finish a book I can just choose another one to start reading, can purchase magazines and newspapers to read on it.

So far I've not found anything about it that I dislike~

Here is the blurb about it from Amazon:

It is just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines;

Lightweight - at 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback

Wireless 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. This is true, we live in a rural county and we live out of town in the country, but can still download books in a snap!

Books in under 60 seconds - Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required (This I could not believe until my Kindle came in and I downloaded books onto it, and it really is this fast)

Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and even crisper images

Read for days without recharging (Yep, I've read for a week without having to recharge, and I read a lot each day)

Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books. (The new Kindle DX holds 3,500 books)
With the new text-to-speech feature, Kindle can read every newspaper, magazine, blog, and book out loud to you, unless the book is disabled by the rights holder
Over 275,000 books plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs availableNew York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise. And there are a LOT of classics to be found free of charge. So I'm getting to read old favorites at no cost, anytime I want to.