My 1 Million Row Challenge

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Waiting for My ipod to Charge

While waiting for My i- pod to charge to charge to night I will give a quick update of the rest of the week.

Tuesday went a whole lot better than Monday I made progress on the hat for Eric's camp counselor.

Wednesday got even better I was on a roll on the hat, the house got some attention. Eric's pod also got some attention 50 new songs were ripped in for a total somewhere over 2600 songs with no duplicates. I also learned that I can not flip from Eric's account to mine during the download process or everything and I do mean everything just stops down loading and aborts the job.

Thursday and Friday I got a whole lot of knitting done. I also found some time to make some new stitch markers. I hope to get some of them listed tomorrow or early next week. Friday was also a wonderful day for Eric, he got to give the big check to Ronald McDonald for the money he and his camp group raised for the Tucson Ronald McDonald's Children's House. They raised well over $500.00 to help the sick kids and their families. Eric and his friends were very excited to meet Ronald live and in person.

I was 5 rows from the end of the chart today when I dropped a stitch I could not recover so the whole hat had to be ripped out. I did manage to get all the ribbing re-done plus 5 more rows this afternoon and evening. This is a very challenging pattern for me but it will be done by Friday, the last day of camp.

Well I think my i-pod has enough charge to last a few hours so good night and enjoy your families.

Monday, July 26, 2010

In a Sorry Rut.

I am in a very slow rut today. I had coffee with friends which usually cheers me up, but not today. I am very happy that their children are doing new and exciting things from jobs to tennis lessons. Yes I know that these are the small things in life, but darn it it would be nice to see Eric do some of these things. Yes I know it is NEVER going to happen so it is time to move on from that subject. I need to put the green eyed monster away, I hate when he creeps out.

The hat I am making for Eric's camp councilor had a major boo-boo so 5 full rows had to be ripped out an another ugh for today. It is back to row one of the chart. On the positive side I did not have to take out the 15 rows of 1x1 ribbing. So the hat is a wash for today.

Teri's blanket sits idle on the couch waiting to be finished with the humidity in the house over 35% and the thermostat set to 80 it is to hot to knit a queen sized blanket. I am so glad that I have an understanding daughter.

So I am ramping up my charity knitting see how many cold weather items I can knit. The economy does not seem to be ramping up fast enough and I personally feel that there will be a high demand this winter. I know I can not knit enough for all those in need but I will try to fill at least 2 XXL Ziploc bags full of a variety of hand knit items. I mean what else is there to knit when it is the the high 90's low 100's with the humanity of the monsoons so high.

It is time to turn my day around. So it is time to go find a comedy to watch on TV, maybe "Hot in Cleavland" on Tivo,  if you have not seen it it is a must. Time to also get those needles moving.

Have a great day and enjoy your families.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Not a Nickle Short

Last night we went to the Elton John concert. I bought the tickets months ago and the concert was delayed one day due to food poisoning, not me it was Elton. We were seated in the rafters, I know this for a fact because there were not any rows of seats behind us.

John, Eric and I had a great time. The TCC Arena was packed. All was good. Elton claimed his concert was a nickle short but aside from 2 quick breaks everything was wonderful. The music was wonderful, the back up band was excellent. The solos were awesome.

I did notice that since his last concert in Tucson the audience has gotten a little grayer, except for us of course we are not any older. I did bring my knitting but it was promptly put away when the music started.

Ear protection firmly in place we sat back and enjoyed the music, until it was time to dance in the aisles, yes after all these years the music still holds up well. Eric seemed a little shocked that one of his favorite movies had music by Elton John, he really enjoyed Circle of Life.

John had an app for Candle in the Wind and joined all the pod users in the new millenniums equivalent of last century's lighter wave. John really enjoyed the concert too, but had to get up for work this morning. I feel a little guilty for sleeping in until  7 am this morning.

The base was up so high that we not only heard the music but Eric's chair picked up on the vibrations too. So I am getting ready to bring a tired child to camp and then doing some serious knitting today.

Thank you Sir Elton John and Band for a wonderful night. Everyone else have a great day and enjoy your families.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Being Grateful for Life

It is almost 2 am as I start to write this blog post. Eric is having a very bad night and I can not seem to get him to go to sleep. But as hard as some nights are I find that I must be very grateful for all that I have in my life.

I am grateful for an understanding husband who provides everything we need.

I am grateful for my daughter and her independence. She will change the world for the better.

I am grateful for the ability to do laundry in the middle of the night, while the house is cool. It might not get folded right away but at least it's clean. Thank you power and water company for reliable service.

I am grateful for my knitting, the ability to take bits of string and make warm clothing items for those who are not as lucky as we are. I can sit with Eric and get him through the worst and still have time to give back. We live in the world of Gd's creation and I hope to leave it in a better place than I have found it.

I am grateful for my wonderful husband and children. They help me define my goals in life. Yes even in the middle of the night I am grateful for Eric. He does make me rise to the occasion. I would like to add that G'd does give us more than we know we can handle, but how we step up to the challenge is what matters even if we fall short of Gd's expectations.

I am also very grateful for all my friends. You make my life so much easier.

I would like to know what you are grateful for in your lives. Please feel free to leave a comment.

It is beginning to get very quiet so I hope to be able to get at least a few hours of sleep this morning.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

FDA Warning for 2 lots of Advair Diskus Inhalers

FDA Alert: Don't Use Stolen Advair Diskus Inhalers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers, pharmacists and wholesalers to be on the lookout for stolen Advair diskus inhalers.

The FDA says that "certain Advair Diskus inhalers stolen from a distribution warehouse in 2009 have been found in some pharmacies. The safety and effectiveness of the stolen inhalers cannot be assured and they should not be used."

The lot numbers, doses and quantities of the stolen Advair Diskus inhalers are:

Lot 9ZP2255 - NDC 0173-0696-00, Advair Diskus 250/50, 60 Dose,

Exp: Sep 2010 (14,400 inhalers)

Lot 9ZP3325 - NDC 0173-0697-00, Advair Diskus 500/50, 60 Dose,

Exp: Sep 2010 (11,200 inhalers)

You can find the lot number on the inhaler. If you think you may have one of the stolen inhalers, contact GlaxoSmithKline's Customer Response Center at 888-825-5249 and follow up with your physician or pharmacist for a proper replacement.

Click here to read the full statement from the FDA.

Please feel free to pass this on to friends and family who use Advair Diskus Inhalers

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bake Sale Announcment

On Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Eric's camping group Taglit will be holding it's annual Bake Sale.
It will be held from 10:00am to 3:30pm in the JCC lobby. The main parking lot is at the corner of Alvernon and Dodge it's big enough not to miss.

This year all the proceeds will benefit the Tucson Ronald McDonald House. This is a place where families can stay while their children are receiving treatment away from home, at a very nominal cost to the families.

In addition to the basket of goodies on the left, which is full of scarfs, bookmarks(the squiggly looking things) what nots, coasters and last but not least wash cloths. Yes the basket does look a bit empty and I am still making more goodies for it.

There will also be cookies, cupcakes, Rice Krispie Treats, brownies and lemon bars.

If you have any soda pop tops I will also leave a box for you to drop them off during the bake sale. Please put them in a clean Ziploc bag. The Tucson Ronald McDonald house uses the money raised from the soda pop tops to help pay the utility bills and other expenses. This is a year round project for Eric, he really does like helping the sick kids and their families.

So please stop by and get a mid-day snack or pick up something for a dessert treat for later in the day. While you are there you might want to also take a peek at the sculpture garden.

Please feel free to copy this post on put it on local bulletin boards.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I had a great visit with Teri. I am now home.

On a sad note I had to frog everything I brought on vacation with me. But on the bright side I get more knitting time out of the yarn.

Happy to be home. I miss Teri already.

Enjoy your families.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Vacation So Far or My Adventures with Teri

Yesterday we started off the morning at an awesome donut shop not far from Teri's place called Physico Donuts, I kid you not a real place with really wonderful vegan doughnuts and the others doughnuts looked pretty awesome. I will post their address in a vacation summary when I get home. Then it was off to the mall for some serious shopping and walking. After dropping everything of at Teri's place we went to an awesome Art and Wine Festival that Teri found. We had some really fresh  fruit to start lunch off. Followed by so fresh roasted corn. We found a fish and chips booth that served fish and chips and the fries we covered with fresh garlic. I have never had anything like that before, but they were wonderful.  I wonder if it has anything to do with being so close to Gilroy, but I will definitely have them again and find a recipe to post on line. Yes the were really that good.

We had a great time walking around the art festival and saw a lot of incredible arts and crafts for sale. Since this is really a brief summary I will blog about the artists we found in a later blog.

After a 4 hour nap Teri brought in sushi for dinner at 9 pm. After a little girl chat it was off to sleep.

Today was another wonderful day. We started out at an impressionist art exhibit in Golden Gate park. with some great and not so great paintings. I think I like the Monet exhibit at the Phoenix Museum of Art is slightly better and they seem to have a better flow to their traveling exhibits. But I digress a little bit. The Original picture of Whistler's Mother was great, along with Monet's flag line street and a few others. Please try to go to this exhibit if you are in San Francisco during the show. A little pricey but worth the money.

We had Tea and sweets at the Japanese Tea garden an did walk around a little, but I was on the tired side and even with a snack in my tummy I really wanted lunch. Teri took me to a wonderful Dim Sum place for lunch. I shall also post the name and address of the Dim Sum place in my summary. We walked around the newer China Town in San Francisco.  We then headed off to a factory tour but I did not get good vibes about the neighborhood it was in so we drove by and left. We then headed to a place called the Embarkadro. We had some local tea from Pete's tea and did a little shopping.

It is now 7 pm so I think I will wake my driver up so we can go and get some dinner. Did I mention how nice it is to be chauffeured around by a daughter who drives. The boys seems to be have fun at home also. I hear that they went to Miss Saigon's and Frost yesterday. Well have a great evening and enjoy your families.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Travel Day

Today has been a rather long day, it started at 3:30 this morning. I would like to say that I was the only traffic on First Avenue until I got to Prince. I managed to miss the turn I was suppose to take to get to the airport, but made it there anyway. I did make some serious progress on my sock, I am at the heal flap and only have to tink 4 rows to fix the mistake.   Two plane hops later my darling daughter Teri meet me at the baggage claim area. After hugs it was time to find my checked bag and head to lunch.

We had way to much food for lunch and went back to her apartment to catch up. Then it was off to Starbucks for me for some more serious knitting, while Teri went to class.  After a short nap we went out to dinner with some of her friends.  They are a nice group of young adults. Well it is pumpkin time for me.  Have a great evening and enjoy your families.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

It has been a while since I blogged

Eric has been home sick so many days that I have lost track of time. I have been busy cleaning, knitting and packing. On the knitting front I have almost finished a full basket of scarfs,what nots, coasters,bookmarks and wash cloths for Eric's camp fundraiser.  They have chosen the Tucson Ronald McDonald House. When I have a date I will post it on line. I have been doing a lot of light cleaning and not the heavy duty fill the Goodwill box and recycle bin type of cleaning.

On a very happy note I will be leaving the guys at home and going to see my daughter tomorrow. If you see me at the airport I will be the very,very excited one. A visit with Teri is better than a shopping spree at my local yarn store. Sorry yarn stores but some things are even better than yarn.

And yes I will be trying to finish the pair of red socks that I started when Teri and I went to look at law schools. I am really on the second sock. Apparently it is easier for Teri to finish one year of law school than it is for me to finish one pair of socks. I have also packed a very easy to do 1 skein shawl pattern.  Since I will let Teri do the driving I am sure to get a lot done after all it is on size 8 knitting needles.

I have not decided if I am going to try to borrow a computer or wait until I get home to blog. But Teri has some exciting things planed for us to do. I do hope she has saved time for long talks because I really miss them.

So I am going to wrap up the odds-n-ends and take care of Eric. Maybe I will even have time to knit before 8 pm tonight. I want everyone to have a great day and enjoy your families.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Toasted Hands

You have read about the fundraiser for Eric's camp. I have been trying to make a large basket full of handmade items. With so little time I decided to pull out the crochet hook because it is a lot faster than knitting. But after only four days I can sadly report that my hands are toast. They are swollen and stiff. I will finish the one wash cloth I have on the hook.

Yes I will still make items for the sale but at a much slower pace with my knitting needles. So this morning I will look for fast, easy and small items to knit for the sale. I am also thankful for my friends like Nancy of  knittinancy who has donated 2 wash clothes to the sale. By the way check out her shop she makes wonderful bean bags and is one of our area best knitting teachers. I know that she has made my knitting much better, and I am not the best student in the world.

So I am off to look for some patterns and do some knitting. Enjoy your families and have a very safe and happy July 4th weekend. Please be sure to use your designated drivers.