Yes!  March.  I can’t believe I haven’t posted since March.  Shame on me.  Well, I’m up late working and watching my computer tick, so I can put in a few words and hopefully a pic or two.  Not much on the stitching front, because I have a few things going, and not a lot of progress on any.  I started LHN’s Liberty Belles on July 5th.  I know.  It’s late, but it’s a little fun piece, and we actually ended up celebrating the holiday on Monday anyway.  Ribeyes, jumbo shrimp scampi, and potatoes, onions, and sweet potatoes in butter on the grill, lots of lemonade and a new piece to stitch on.  That was a nice day.

In other news, I recently went to Orlando for a conference.  Whilst there I realized that Universal was having a “soft opening” of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Islands of Adventure.  The park has now opened to the public, but I was able to sneak in one morning that I was there, with only 999 other crazy people.  While I hear that now, the waiting line to just get in is 9 hours.  Sheesh.  I have to say, as a big Harry Potter fan, they got this right.  It was just really fun, and the new ride is a blast.  I have tons of pictures, but here is a good one, with my friend Cheryl and I in front of the Hogwart’s Express.

Cheryl and Laura in front of the Hogwarts Express

Cheryl and Laura in front of the Hogwarts Express

Hogsmeade Snowpeople
Hogsmeade Snowpeople – Don’t they look great for being in 90 degree weather?
Hogsmeade Toward Hogwarts Castle

The Hogsmead skyline towards Hogwarts Castle

Owelry And Butterbeer

A View of the Owelry and the Butterbeer Keg

You can probably tell in the picture that I brought home a bit of loot.  The thing I forgot about was that my wands — being the long, thin, pointy things they are —  might cause a ruckus with airport security on the way home.  Yep, they caught sight of them in the Xray in my carry on, and had to search my bag.  But, what happened next was something I wish I’d had a video camera for.  They guy at the X-Ray pulled one out of the box, carefully looked it over, then raised it above a co-worker’s head, and with a flick of the wrist and swish of the wand, found out that it wasn’t really magical at all, and let me pass.  Funny stuff.  I did tell them that they would probably have lots more come through security in the next several months.  Luckily, the folks at Universal were smart enough not to make them sharp on the ends, or I would have lost a pricey investment in cast resin, I think.

And, I do have tickets to James Taylor and Carole King next week.   It’s been a long time since I’ve been willing to spend good money on a live performance.  In fact, I think it’s been since I got my iPod.  Who knew that lovely digital thing that contains most of my music collection would be enough to keep me in boogie heaven.  But, I couldn’t resist the option to see James and Carole together, and even splurged for seats on the floor.  I’ll let you know if it was worth it.

I have purchased a bit of stash.  My auntie Susan and I spent a day a couple of weeks ago in Ogden at Shepherd’s Bush and the Needlepoint Joint.  I picked up the last Blackbird Loose feather chart, linen and a thread conversion for The Goode Huswife’s “With My Needle” (already had the chart) at SB.  Teri was there, dressed in her usually cute jumper attire with a big felt flower brooch pinned on, and my Aunt went nuts.  She has decided she wants to be the queen of felted, knitted, and crocheted flower brooches in Boise, Idaho.  She decided this before we went to the Needlepoint Joint, where we found, some free knitted and crocheted headband charts, and a book called “100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet”.  I also picked up a chart of six knitted dishcloths, and a couple of skeins of mercerized cotton for the dishcloths in a neutral color.  I just love the little dish and face cloths that Staci at Snippets and Stash does.  Especially the neutral colored ones.  Okay, any of them are great!  And, I’ve wanted to knit some up for gifts.  We’ll see how much knitting I get done while the sun is shining so much.  I did see a wonderful knitted purple pig, that apparently is in a Rowan book that was not in stock… that saved me about another $30 I’m guessing.  Well, maybe not, when I order it online and feel compelled to make sure I buy enough to get free shipping.  I think it’s a plot.  After we shopped for stash, we picked up my cousin, and returned to Rooster’s for a great dinner.  It was a fun day.  I don’t often get to spend time with my favorite aunt.

Then, last week, after I spent all day at a meeting at the U, I stopped by a couple of shops on my way home just before they closed.  First, I had to pick up some new bamboo size 8 needles, because someone chewed on one of mine… while it was in the yarn still…  this boy-dog of mine has a yarn fetish.  Yarn and threads are the only thing he goes after to chew on.  Well, that, and jelly doughnuts, which is a story for another day.  After picking up my needles (and avoiding any more yarn purchases, which I’m proud that I did),  I did trek on over to The Craft Center.  While there, I picked up some threads for the BBD loose feathers piece.  I didn’t like the colors called for, and in fact, they don’t look much like the photo in my opinion. So, I did some switching.  And, I’ve decided I’m going to stitch the front and back of the pocket in a sampler form, with one on top of the other.  I also picked up the first two charts of Lizzie Kate’s Christmas Rules.  I’m not much of a big Lizzie Kate fan anymore, but I just can’t resist a few of her latest designs that say so much. 

So, there you have it.  It’s a long post I know, but lots can happen in four months!  Whew.  I’d better make this a habit, or call it a quarterly newsletter or something other than a blog, don’t you think?  The good thing about this big post though, is that I can see I’ve been really blessed to have good family, friends, and fun the past four months.

Well, life is busy.  Better get back to my computering.  I’m also really grateful to be employed in a job that I love!  Hope that the few of you who read this are having a great summer also.


Well, I’m going to resort to the suggested list of topics today (although out of order)… because I’m still at work, and will be deep in work for quite a while, so no great pics of things I’m working on.  So, music… As others have said, music is a wonderful way to get to know someone.  Here then are the most recent artists I’ve listened to in iTunes, that start with the letter “A”:

Aaron Neville, Acoustic Alchemy, Al Jarreau, Amy Grant, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin

And those that start with V, W, X, Y, or Z:

Various Artists (hee, hee), Vince Guaraldi Trio, Wicked Cast, Wynonna, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Zac Efron

Wow, this is wild.  Here are the albums that start with “A”:

American Bandstand Library of Rock N’ Roll (Mr. Various Artists Himself), All For You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (Krall), All the Best (McCartney), All This Time (Sting), Anne (of Green Gables soundtrack), Anthology (Diana Ross), Awake (Groban)

And those from V, W, X, Y, and Z:

Variations on a Sacred Theme II (Azevedo), Very Best of (The Spinners), Very Best of (Patti Austin), Waiting for My Rocket to Come (Mraz), We Are in Love (Connick, Jr.), Weekend in LA (Benson), Welcome to the St. James’ Club (Rippingtons), What’s Inside (Eliot), When You Know (Reeves), Wicked (Original Broadway Cast), The Wild Places (Fogelberg), Windows and Walls (Fogelberg), Yentl (Streisand), Yesterday Once More (Carpenters), You’ve Got Mail (Original Movie Soundtrack), Your Secret Love (Vandross)

I suppose this is a really random way to expose my musical tastes… and I must tell you that my iTunes collection only represents about 1/4 of all of the CDs and old vinyl I own, and only generally represents the music I listen to on the weekdays.  I have a lot of classical, religious, broadway, soundtracks, more jazz, more rock, more soft rock, some country, a little punk, and lots of old disco.  Anything but that rap or grunge stuff, really.  But, my tastes are showing my age too.  I’m a musical child of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  I’m a music nut.  My sixth grade graduation present was a pair of headphones, and I was ecstatic when my dad brought home an old stereo system with the turntable attached to the top of the receiver that he found in an apartment he was cleaning out.  I used to put three or four records on my turntable and listen to them in succession… they would drop on top of each other, and I would be in my room with my headphones on listening until late in the night, long after I should have been asleep.  The first album I ever bought was by Neil Sedaka and it cost me some pretty dear babysitting money… that was closely followed by Earth, Wind & Fire’s Greatest Hits (when I say album, I mean those big spinning pieces of vinyl folks).  I never, ever, in my wildest dreams thought that I would be able to buy a shiny disc with whole double albums on them, let alone carry my music around in a little package smaller than my calculator (or abacus if you really want to know how old I am AND just how inspired I think this iPod thing is).  So, in honor of this very telling post about myself, here is a pic taken just a few days ago, while I was carrying on my tradition of listening long into the night…while working in my home office.



I think this shows just too much about how tired I was… oh well.  And, here’s a pic of the fence-building crew, and said fence, mentioned in  my last post:



That’s all for today!