Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Too Much Information

Too much information running through my brain 
Too much information driving me insane...

I’ve noticed a lot of distractors on social media lately. I’m happy to see them. There are puppy pictures instead of politics, jokes, games and even some survey says type things where you have to answer questions about yourself. Reminds me of the good old FB days when you could see what everyone was having for dinner!

Recently a coworker asked me to help compile a list of the 'about me' questions she had seen on FB. I thought maybe I’d answer a few. So I did the ‘pick and choose’ and answered the ones I felt like finishing.

Without further ado, here are 20 absolutely useless facts about me.

Who are you named after? 
My dad. I was supposed to be their boy, a junior. My middle name is from my mom’s friend she once told me. I was never fond of that part of my name!

Do you use sarcasm?
Most of the time. Someone told me I’m not funny. I think I’m hilarious.

Do you still have your tonsils? 
I do and almost all of the other parts I came with as well.

What is your favorite cereal?
Depends. Sometimes it’s Rice Krispies and sometimes Frosted Shredded Wheat. If I’m feeling like I should be healthy it might be Raisin Bran or oatmeal. Usually it’s not the super sweet cereals. But sometimes they are good for snacking. I guess I don’t have a favorite.

What is your favorite ice cream?
I like ice cream so I’d probably try most anything I got. Right now it’s Rocky Road with milk poured over it.

What are you listening to right now?
Television. DVR is great and I can multi task then rewind when I miss something. And zooming through commercials is priceless!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? 
I couldn’t be just one color. I’m variegated at heart.

What is your hair color? 
Really dark brown, almost black. Nowadays it comes from a tube.

What is your eye color? 
My eyes are green but can also be blue, depending on what I wear. Sometimes they are kind of a gray color as well. If you ask people they will tell you different things. But both of them are the same color!

What is your favorite Holiday? 
I want to say Christmas but the past few have been stressful. I never thought we’d become one of those families...but we have.

Where were you born?
I was born in Lubbock, Texas. We moved to Albuquerque when I was three years old and I grew up there. But marriage brought Texas again and I’ve lived in this little town longer than anywhere else. I’m a Texan at heart with a little green chile thrown in.

Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? 
Absolutely. I dislike most anything medical; procedures, needles and visiting any medical personnel, dentists included. They always say this won’t hurt...but it does.

What do you think of hot dogs? 
I like hotdogs. A lot. I like them with mustard, relish and pickles, chili, cheese, bacon. I like hotdogs.

Do you have A.D.D.?
Probably. And H too.

Do you wear glasses?
Only if I want to see to read.

How did you bring in the New Year? 
I waited for E to get here for our traditional ‘party’. But he didn’t come home until 11:45 so I woke Alan, we waited til midnight and toasted then went to bed. Sad, but I think the littles are getting too old for this Mamye.

Do you own slippers?
I own several pairs of slippers. As soon as I get home from work, on they go. I love my slippers!

What is the last thing that made you laugh? 
Some silly joke I read on FB. What a life. FB makes me laugh and cry and lately, it also makes me angry...and scared.

What vehicle do you drive?
I love my Honda Accord. Her name is Bessie Lee and she takes me where I need to be. See how I did that?

There has to be one last question because I don’t like ending on an odd number.

Do you like odd or even numbers?
Apparently tonight it’s even.

Too much information running through my brain... 

Someone wanted a hat without a hole so I made her a happy hat!
The beginning.
Finished product!
 Here’s a last bunch of messy bun hats. Some are in the last picture too. I think I’ll switch to dishcloths for a while!

Too much information driving me insane...

Thursday, January 19, 2017


And she made promises
That she could never ever keep 

January is a time for goal setting. It is a time of pondering; new beginnings, improving any and all things that come to mind, accomplishing unobtainable objectives within ludicrous time limitations. It’s a time of resolution.

I gave up resolutions a while back. Although my intentions were always good, my actions seldom reflected what I wished to achieve. I started strong with energy and determination. Within a few weeks I had succumbed to the easier route, the no effort routines of which I was accustomed.

Enter the concept of the ‘word’. Do you remember PeeWee Herman when he had a Saturday show called PeeWee’s Playhouse? It was a little creepy because his character was a little creepy, but it was kind of fun in a weird way as well. The episode started out with a Secret Word that was revealed to the viewers. Whenever the word was heard everyone was supposed to scream and make a fuss throughout the episode. I’ve wondered how effective and also a little fun that might be if a teacher used it to reinforce vocabulary. I taught high school and I think even the tall third graders, which I determined high school students to be, would have enjoyed this activity. Anyone can learn and if the learning is fun it will stick a lot longer. That’s my opinion and I’ve digressed. So I’ll get back to the post. 

Choosing a word for the year made more sense to me. I like words that I describe as ‘all-encompassing’. What I mean by that is that they may be used in different ways. I like words that are nouns and verbs. I like words that can even be adjectives if needed. Last year my word was ‘Stop’. Someone asked me why I’d choose a word like that and there were many reasons, none of which I felt like sharing.

This year my word is ‘Act’. Dictionary says take action; do something, behave in the way specified, a thing done; a deed, a pretense. Fairly broad in content, but it captures my state of being for now.
And she made promises 
But they were all just lies 

The messy-bun hat, pony tail hat, hat without a top craze, whatever you might call it, hit here at home as well as everywhere on the internet. It started when some innocent girl posted a picture she had seen on FB and stated she wished she knew how to make one. I got the picture numerous times asking if I could make one. It’s a hat without the top few rows, so yes, I can make them. The girl who actually created the hat apparently saw the craze her picture started and vicious yarnies came out of the woodwork. They practically crucified the admirer of the original picture, accusing her of plagiarism, etc. Lesson learned: Beware of people who play with string and pointy sticks.
My friend Elizabeth modeling the hat with the smaller opening.
My baby manchild proving that it could just as well be a manbun hat!
A Google search brings a plethora of patterns; some free and many with a slight charge, each with a minute difference over the others. I have crocheted and even sold several. My favorite is this pattern I can’t make one in less than 2 hours at all but it’s a nice pattern and uses some bulky yarn I had on hand for some reason or another. The other one I like, with regular worsted weight yarn is variations of this pattern. It has a larger opening at the top. Aren’t my models great?
I told you I've made a bunch. I have many more.
Breaking her promises 
Disappointment runs deep

Sunday, January 1, 2017


2017...Bring it on!

Kids are growing up...only one brother this year.