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April showers

 

Here in the San Juan Islands it’s been snowing in big fat drops.   I found these flowers buried in partially-melted snow this morning. 

All this cold weather coupled with very windy conditions make it absolutely freezing!  I prefer hat and sweater weather, myself.

This picture of the first snowfall reminds me of the book cover from Snow Falling on Cedars (which takes place in Puget Sound, WA). 

 

Crochet pictures to follow.  There’s really nothing to show today since I’m working on the Swap Swap Gals purse-themed swap and testing a pattern.  (Thanks for asking me Mellissa!)

*That’s cool* a random fact

Naturally occurring organic compounds called thujaplicins give cedar wood it’s distinctive smell that is highly unattractive to insects, moths and pests.   

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Wondermommy tagged me! 

The tag rules are:
1. When tagged, place the name of the person and URL on your blog
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself
4. Name 7 of your favorite weblogs
5. Send an e-mail letting those bloggers know they have been tagged

So here are 7 random things about me:

1.  The sunshine on bright, sunny days gives me headaches.  Even with sunglasses, it feels like I’ve been looking directly into a bare lightbulb at the end of the day.

2.  I gave myself a haircut when I was three.  My mom put a ribbon in my hair for the picture below to keep the short hair on the top of my head from sticking straight up. 

3.  I love fresh ground pepper – lots of it.  I even put it on popcorn.

4.  At restaurants, I tend to shred, tear or strip my paper napkins by the end of the meal.  It’s very bad manners, but I always make sure every piece is scrunched up on the plate before I leave. 

5.  My public high school graduation ceremony was at the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Cobb county, Georgia, the same county that had the famous ‘evolution is theory’ sticker controversy.

6.  I love going to those cheap matinee movies where there’s five other people and you get to put your feet up.  The theater on this island only plays two shows a week in the evenings, so I don’t get to do this often.

7.  I have a tiny scar under my left eye from when I was a toddler and an older kid at daycare threw a record at my face.

I’m tagging the following 7 people:
*That’s cool* a random fact
When trade was monopolized by the Portuguese in the Middle Ages, pepper was worth more than gold by weight.

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You make my day

          

         

         

Angela, Ashley, Cami, Christina and Lesa were kind enough to give me the ‘you make my day’ award.  Thank you for the award and to all my readers everywhere!  I’m just excited that a few people find my craft world interesting enough to follow.  

The rules of the award read: “Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.” 

I’m passing this award on to the following ten blogs:

Melissa on A Mess Put Together Nicely 

Umme on ummeYusuf

Angela on My Tangled Threads 

Ashley on Crafty Ashley

Andrea on Knits and Knots

Christina on Crafty Christina

Paula on Hookandyarn

Niki on Knockout Niki Crochets.

Cami on Crochet Cami

Lesa on Lesalicious Style and Life

 

While we’re on the topic of blog fun, I saw this on Mary’s Little Craft Corner:

Anyone seen the BAND MEME going around? Basically, you go to three sites to randomly select your band name, album title, and cover art.

1. Go here for the band name: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
No matter what the title of the article is, that’s the name of your band.

2. Go here for the album title: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words from the very last quote on the page makes up the title of your band’s album.

3. Go here for the cover art: http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
Whatever the third picture is, that’s the cover to your band’s album.

~here’s my results~

Name of my Band:
ITM2C

Title of my first Album:
To Be a Hundred

Cover Art:

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I visited Lopez Island and all I got was this lousy picture. 

Seriously, Lopez was so frigid and overcast I didn’t get any nice photos.  The clouds were dark and the rain made everything damp.  I just remember trying to stay warm and endlessly drying the camera. 

I’m so tired from shivering today!  Please excuse the rushed blog and the lack of essential details.  If you’re curious you can see a slideshow of the day’s trip over at Photobucket.  (Bonus points if you can spot a glass house hidden in the landscape.)  Otherwise, enjoy the plastic finger puppet picture from my dash.  I swear the blurry greenery is a genuine Lopez Island backdrop!

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I got lost walking around in Seattle today.  I’m very good at getting lost but luckily my brother was with me.  We were on our way to visit our cousin Erika in South Seattle, but made a pit stop around Pike and 6th to have a look around. 

Isn’t this manhole cover pretty?  I wanted to take a clear picture but felt kind of silly on my toes, holding a camera at arms length, so I took the stealth way out and settled with a blurry version.

After sightseeing and stopping to play a few games at the Gameworks Video Arcade we got a little turned around.  We were able to back track with the help of a few friendly Seattleites, but by my estimate I would say we walked around for three hours, one-third of that in a confused state.  If I have learned one thing today, it’s that Seattle is not a flat city!

*That’s cool* a random fact

Seattleites buy more sunglasses per capita than any other city in the United States.

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Good tidings

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Look how dark the landscape is!  This was around ten in the morning and the water was almost black.  The sun is hiding somewhere behind that big gray cloud.   The horizon isn’t level, but considering I was on the car deck of a very rocky ferry boat I’ll consider it a win.   Wow, was this boat rocky!  Usually there’s just a slight sway or nothing at all but this ferry ride caught every wave.  Bleh. 

So I went off island to visit my grandma in Salem with my mom.  We had some business to take care of regarding my late uncle.  (Thanks for the comments everybody.) 

Below is her tomato pincushion complete with pointy needles.  She is an excellent quilter currently working on an applique project.  I felt the need to picture this veggie in it’s natural habitat.  See the purple plant in the background?

   

My grandma is an African violet aficionado.  She has over twenty blooming in her room of all different colors.  They are all lined up on the window sill, soaking in the few light rays Oregon has to offer.  Her secret technique is watering them from the bottom with hot water.   

In first grade I got a little chive seedling from Mc Donald’s.  Weird, huh?  I wonder if they’ll ever bring the gardening theme back to Happy Meals. 

Anyway, I grew it with my mom on the dining room window sill.  When it outgrew its tiny pot the chive plant went live on my grandparent’s farm in Yamhill.  My grandma planted it in her garden and kept it alive for about ten years.  Nothing says ‘I love you’ like fostering a Mc Donald’s chive plant for a decade.   

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