I am sitting tonight with my knitting in hand watching hour after hour of the news. I have packed bags for myself, my babies and my room mate, who is California Highway Patrol. He is out helping with the evacuation process for the fires. Like the Cedar Fires in 2003, there isn't just one fire, but several. The winds are high, the humidity low.
I was affected by the Cedar Fires. I lived in East county, I sat and watched the tv thinking I was safe and distant from the fire. When the fire came over the hill behind the house, I had not packed anything and had no gas in my car. Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was. While I did not lose my belongings, I know many who did. Many, woke to police banging on their doors. They had 10 minutes to pack what they could and go.
I went to work, for a short time, with a construction company that was rebuilding some of the homes that burned. Ironically, I met my room mate at that job and I work for that company again now, 4 years later. I saw the pain that people went through trying to replace their lives.
I will not wait. I will be ready. After packing, as I rake my brain, trying to make sure that I haven't forgotten anything, I sat knitting in an attempt to stay calm. Apparently it worked well, the cats didn't notice anything until the air became seeped in the ash. Even though I shut the windows as soon as I smelled the smoke, there is ash inside the windows. My eyes and throat are scratchy - I can only guess how the boys feel. They are now trying to figure out what is wrong.
My prayers go out to the men and women out there trying to protect us and those who have been evacuated.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
SO many things going on in my world!!!
Well, lets start with some new info over to the right ------->
I have some craft shows coming up this month and next month. I will have a booth with Goldie Knits so come out and see us! For those of you wanting one of my DPN Holders, this will be the first opportunity to purchase one! I will have pictures up of the options later this week. Custom knitting bags and organizers. Since Most of these are one of a kind, I won't have pictures up - you will just have to come out and see them. And, of course there will be socks - mostly baby socks but there will be a few for us big babies too.
Also, I am officially starting to do finishing work. For those of you who have a few projects stashed that are 90% done and you just don't want to bother blocking and seaming, don't ever get those zippers right, or just got bored half way through a project and don't see yourself finishing the project if you have to do it - send it my way! I have to send a great big "THANK YOU" to Corinne at Crafty Loca for such kind words today on her blog. She gave me the opportunity to work with one of my favorite yarns (Manos) and trusted me with the beautiful pieces that she knit for her man. I am so glad you are happy with the results!!
There is also a 'Disclaimer' over there. As cat allergies seem to run rampant here in California, I must throw out it out there. The "real bosses" here at Neurotic Needles are Hanz and Franz. While they are short haired and very well groomed, but they are still cats (sorry guys!). Brush and vacuum as I may, the hair is EVERYWHERE. While I will make every attempt to keep your item from becoming some sort of feline-angora, you may find a stray hair or two. Consider them blessings - their way of saying "Thank you for contributing to our next kitty platform".
Friday, October 5, 2007
On October 6-7, stop by your local (San Diego) Starbucks and purchase one of these fall favorites: Caramel Macchiato, Chai Tea Latte or Pumpkin Spice Latte, Satrbucks will donate 25 cents to the Zoological Society at San Diego to support its conservation efforts around the world. ~Like you need an excuse!!