Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Please send your prayers....

This is a mall that I frequented when I lived in Omaha. My aunt (aka older sister) had just left the front entrance of this store when she heard a faint popping noise. She thought nothing of it and headed to her car as people came out screaming.

Please keep the victims and their families in your prayers.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Vile Virus...

Ugh, I have been down and out since last Friday with this nasty bug! Grrrrr. I'm hoping to make it to work tomorrow. I have a busy week going on and I need to be there. I've been so sick that I haven't been able to knit until today. I'm trying to finish up a few UFO's so that I can concentrate on making a squares for Oliver's Fund and then make some mittens.

If you haven't stopped by the Soaring Eagles Project, we are in full swing, but still need more volunteers! Please help if you can!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Actual knitting content... and Happy Halloween early....

Happy Halloween! Nan and Em going to Trunk or Treat last night at a local church.

Irish Hiking Scarf for someone special for Christmas, but can' say who at this point because she reads the blog.

Nan's hat on her Christmas List!

A hat for Em's Christmas list.

One of the two Fawkes socks for Nan's Christmas list.

Another pair of Fawkes socks for Em's Christmas (other sock in progress)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Why this week sucked!

Five children injured in school bus accident
By E-E Staff Report
Friday, October 26, 2007 2:22 PM CDT

Five juveniles were treated for injuries and released from Jane Phillips Medical Center following a school bus accident south of Bartlesville.

According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 8:33 a.m. Thursday morning, one mile south of the city on U.S. Highway 75.

According to the report, the bus, driven by 83-year-old Darwin Wayne Widmer, was northbound and had stopped to make a left turn. At that point, a northbound 2002 Dodge 2500 pickup driven by 22-year-old Ryan Herx, of Warner, apparently failed to see the bus until the last minute, swerved and struck the bus in the driver’s side.

Neither Widmer or Herx were injured in the accident. However, five children, including a 9-year-old boy and four girls, ages 7, 11, and two 10-year-olds, were reported to have minor injures.

Three other bus passengers were not injured in the wreck.

My children were two of the three that were not injured, but they were traumatized and it's going to be a long old road! Original story can be found at

Most of my attention will be with the girls this weekend, as well as with the Soaring Eagles Project. I'm so worried we won't have enough volunteers!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

What I did on my Fall Break from school...

Fall break started on Wednesday. On Tuesday night we got a jump start when I took Nan to her soccer practice. I'd love to say that she was busy scoring an awesome goal, or working a highly skilled defensive move, however.....she was trying to stand on top of a soccer ball, slipped fell and well....the rest is history. She hyperextended her right elbow. She has a radial growth plate fracture. We had a bet on how long it would take her to use it as a weapon. Sadly I won! It took her less than 30 minutes to smack her sister upside the head. 13.5 minutes to be exact!

Of course I had to end with a gratuitous dog photo.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Soaring Eagles Project Part Deux...

Ok, gang, it's in the works! Go over to the blog and help me out by giving me some feedback if you don't mind and also spreading the word. Even if you can't help this year, let's use the power of the Net to get things going. There should be a Ravelry group up and moving soon as well!

Soaring Eagles Project

Fam update....

The divine Miss Em turned 8 on Sunday. The weekend was full of birthday festivities.

Nan is at real school this year and turned in a GREAT school picture, which shows her sweet and beautiful side, but you can see the naughty wheels turning as well!

The house is coming along nicely. It looks like we won't be in by Christmas, but we are hoping to be in by January sometime.

Friday, October 05, 2007


Ok, so the past week I've been in deep thought. It is project Soaring Eagles time. But we have enough hats left over from last year that I've been protecting in totes that we can give them to the new school I'm teaching at. This school is different. These are not the inner city gang youth from my last school, but they are very needy. There are a lot of drugs in the neighborhood (especially meth) the kids all get food bags and clothes given to them. The politically correct term is generally poverty stricken caucasian youth. I do have quite a few Hispanic and Native America students as well. I was thinking about possibly doing a Christmas stocking thing, I'm completely open to whatever anyone else thinks. There coudl be the adopting of individual classes, etc if we wanted. This time there are only 320 kids at our school versus the 400 of last year.

What do you all think? We could even harness the power of Ravelry if we needed to!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Wow, has it really been that long?

I can't believe that it's been almost a month and a half since I last blogged. My life has become SUPER crazy. I thought that it would be easier living in town, but it just means I don't have as much down time. The house is coming along nicely. Don't know if we'll be in by Christmas, but I think shortly thereafter.

I've been knitting a lot, but not as much as I would like to.

I was laid up with a tilted pelvis for a few weeks, but things are going better. Soccer is in full swing here and now both girls are playing. And I'm coaching both of their teams.

The divorce of the ILs is going much rougher than I would have ever imagined. Mr. Outdoors and I are smack dab in the middle of things. It sucks! Let's just say MIL is in the depths of a mental breakdown and FIL has already moved in his girlfriend (they just filed the paperwork Aug 2nd).

Knitting pictures and such will be coming soon. I'm in full Christmas knitting mode. Since either we will be moving before Christmas, or shortly after, I've decided that I need to finish all Christmas gifts by December 1st! We'll see if I make it!

My birthday (30 part deux) was last week. It was great. I am teaching 5th grade. I have 17 kids (all disadvantaged like before) but it's cool just having the 17 and developing close relationships with them all.

I'm hoping to be a little more visible in blogland in the next few days. I'm sorry if I haven't been by in awhile!

((HUGS)) to anyone that is still out there!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Whew! It's been a little while....

longer than I would have hoped. I could blame it on Ravlery but that wouldn't be nice, as it's been a little more complicated than that.

The girls started school on the 15th. Em is in 3rd grade and Nan started full day pre-K. It was a big day made even bigger by the fact that I also started the new job on the 15th. Well I've been going to many meetings, but my first day with students was Wednesday. I have 17 in my 5th grade class. 11 girls (who mostly like to talk all day LOL) and 6 boys (most of which are medicated ADHD). They are all very sweet and smart in their own way! It's been a good 3 days with them. Talk to me in January. I am however in love with the 10 minute commute I have everyday! It's nice to be around and get to know other teachers that live in town. I've been invited to a few get togethers, but haven't been able to make any.

The house is coming along, but now we are just waiting....for the a/c guy to install the a/c, the electrician to wire, the bricklayers to brick, and for the garage door to get here soon. I'm really starting to get rather nervous that we will be able to get in and have Christmas in the house. I'm thinking more like the middle of January and hopefully not in an ice or snowstorm! LOL.

On the knitting front there HAS been knitting!! WOO HOO!

I've been knitting on the MS3 and am 1/2 way through Clue 4, which is amazing to me that I've gotten this far. It will be a Christmas gift, so I think I have time!

I've been working on a pair of "hunting socks" for Mr. Outdoors for his birthday...or Christmas. I haven't decided yet which they will be for. I'm kind of making them up as I go which is really new for me. I just hope I have enough yarn when I'm done!

This is the beginning of an Irish Hiking Scarf. I will most likely be a Christmas gift. I'm in the mood to start working on Christmas so I don't get overwhelmed (yeah right) in case we are moving or packing or both. But I am resigning myself to not knitting for any more birthdays except possible for Mr. outdoors'.

As far as the dyeing goes, I'm getting back into the swing, just trying to organize myself so that I'll have some time to complete.

I hope to have some time to stop by blogs soon! ((HUGS))

Friday, August 10, 2007

Inheritance stash....

I received the above yarn from my chidren's great great grandmother. That's right, she is going to be 100 on the 27th of August and we call her "Maw Maw". She is just PERFECT! She used to crochet a lot when she was younger, you know in her early 90's. She recently moved out of her home of her own accord. She moved into an assisted living apartment in Tulsa, coolest thing is her little brother (he's only 96) lives next door to her. It was her idea and she is loving it. There was a garage sale last weekend. Before the garage sale I was told that she wanted to give me "a little bit of scrap yarn" that she had. This was her entire stash. There is a lot of ancient wool and acrylic (some bought in the early 80's and late 70's).

This calls for an acrylic project for her. I wanted to do something for her by her birthday, but I don't think that is possible with the new job, our new schedule and building the house. So I'm hoping to make either a nice cardigan (with some of the wool) or a blanket (with the acrylic).

I love inheritance stash, even when it is kind of sad, I enjoy the memories and the love that comes from the stash. Mr. Outdoors thinks that I'm a total spaz when it comes to this, but who care because he is not a Knitter. LOL.

Way to go Winnie Cooper!

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Fawkes Socks are FINISHED!

and ready to be given as gifts! YAY!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Actual knitting pictures...

MS 3 through clue 3. It's coming along, but very very very very slowly.

A birthday gift I'm working on called Fawkes. It's from HP. You can find the pattern over on Knitting Pattern Central It's been a fun one to knit and knits quickly. There is also a Bellatrix and a Nagini.

Nan went to meet her teacher today for Pre-Kindergarten. She is so excited. Ms. H seems like a very nice person even though she is a really new teacher.

Oh and just a little sidenote, I got into Ravelry, but it's know biggie....yeah right! LOL. I wasted too much time today over there already. If you are on, my screenname is RachelH.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

House pictures...


Oh hell yeah I'm antsy! I checked the list at Ravelry and here is what I found.

Found you!
You signed up on June 8, 2007
You are #7795 on the list.
42 people are ahead of you in line.
15116 people are behind you in line.
33% of the list has been invited so far

While I'm awaiting my invite which I hope to come tomorrow, I did find something to add to my HP obsession. It's over at socktopia

I didn't find the patterns there, but if you go to Knitting Pattern Central you will find that there are Fawkes socks, Bellatrix socks and Nagini socks! WOO HOO! I'm working on Fawkes right now and although it calls for 2 circulars, I'm just using 4 DPNs instead and the pattern goes really quickly! I'm hoping to finish them for a birthday gift for this coming week.

On another note, I haven't been knitting all that much, even though I'm actually finally working on Clue 4 of the MS3. It's crunch time here at Chez Procrastiknitter. I start back to meetings for my new job on Tuesday, Nan meets with her new Pre-K teacher tomorrow and school starts for reals on the 15th. Also, we have been working on our house....ALOT. Now it's not just concrete, but a real house that has been framed, has a roof, windows, door and will have shingles on it by the end of the week. We have also worked in the evenings at getting the plumbing roughed in and I've been learning an awful lot about home construction. I'll hope to get some pictures out tonight, or early tomorrow.

I also apologize for not coming by everyone's blogs. I'm going to try to get to some of them this evening.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Less than 500....

Woo hoo, I think my invite for Ravelry will be here in the next week! WOO HOO! There are only 490 ahead of me. I'm trying to knit as much as possible because I know once I get my invite there won't be much knitting for awhile.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Back to Bloggin'...

Ok It really didn't take me this long to read the new HP book. I started it on Wednesday evening at 8pm and finished it Thursday evening at about midnight. I'm a quick reader and I couldn't put it down. After I got done reading, however, there was a lot that I had not done around the house. Friday - Saturday were spent cleaning up and getting ready for Mr. Outdoor's homecoming (went fishing in Canada). The wedding was MARVELOUS and lots of fun! Here are a few pictures:

The groom and his Mommy!

Grandma E, Grandma W and my mother R at the rehearsal dinner.

Nan sipping her champagne (aka Sprite) during the toasts! She thought she was such a big girl!

Bride and Groom dancing their first dance.

Em and her reunion with her BFF from Nebraska Kallin.

The Groom (our cousin Toddy) and Nan at the rehearsal dinner.

The girls before the rehersal dinner. I'm confident that Nan reminded me of a small 4 y/o Jackie O.

Em and Nan swimming and being goofy in the hotel pool.

Yarn that was dyed up for Ewe-n-Me in Grove. I'm delighted that it is such a hit there!

This week brings lots of working on our new home in the evening (We have a roof and walls now! WOO HOO!). During the day I'm getting ready for my new foray into 5th grade here in town. Although my first day of school isn't until the 13th, I do have to go to some new teacher (for the district) meetings starting next week. It's about that time. Although we've had a great summer, I'm actually ready to get back to school because hopefully by Winter Break, my house will be ready to move into.

As far as knitting, I have frogged and frogged the MS3. However, I'm working on it and finally almost finished with clue 2!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


I'm back from our vacation. Got back Sunday night late. I have pictures and knitting to show, but it will have to wait as I'm reading the book right now and really don't want to come up for air! See you after the Epilogue.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Blatherings... in bullets.....

* I have ripped out my MS3 for the 9th time! Grrrr, I'm always having trouble getting past the 1st clue. This could be a sign that it is not for me, but I'm going to keep trying in spite of my inability to do lace.

* I have finished up 40 skeins of yarn for an order to be dropped off on Wednesday before I leave town. I'm so excited by it all!

*MIL and FIL are going through a legal separation, which will be a nasty divorce, after almost 35 years of marriage. So I've been drug through all the drama and nastiness that has been ensuing. It's so hard living in town with it all so public and trying to not get caught in the middle of all of it.

* Packing, packing and more packing for this wedding.

* I have been sucked into two new shows, the first is
The World Series of Pop Culture and then the last is the new show from Victoria (Posh Spice) Beckham.It's almost as bad as when I started watching The Girls Next Door! LOL

*School starts in less than a month! EEKS!!!

* I went to the library this morning and was pleasantly suprised to see this book on the new book shelf and quickly checked it out. I love the patterns and can't wait to make a few things from it. If you haven't looked at it you really should!

* And can I just say that I am insanely jealous of all of you that are already on Ravelry!!! You suck! I'm still waiting and I got on the waiting list a month ago. Thanks to their new little tool on the site I found out that there are 1945 ahead of me, but there are 9602 behind me! Although, it's probably good I'm not on it right now as there really isn't that much time for me and I think I would never sleep! LOL

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Potter, Stoles, Cement and Babies Oh My!

*Caution this is a picture heavy post!

Mystery Stole 3, Half way through Clue 1. I need to get it going and catch up with the rest of the group!

Is that a cement truck I see???

We have a floor! Yeah for CONCRETE!

Cousin Charlie Rose! Almost 2 and just as sweet as she can be!

Nan, Charlie and Em! They enjoyed each other so much. It's a shame they only see each other a few times of year!

Baby D (the girls' cousin from California born mid-April)

Outfit for Baby D! See there has been some knitting around here!

The summer is flying by! We have been so water logged, that when it decided to finally quit raining we were not in the house at all hardly. Yarn business is going well. I'm sorry I haven't updated the site in awhile, but truth is, I don't have much to offer online at the moment. I have been working with
Ewe and Me Boutique in Grove, Oklahoma. They are carrying my yarns and they are keeping me very busy with orders. Which is wonderful, but I hope to have some more yarn up for online sales at the beginning of August!

We have a wedding in Nebraska, and the girls and I will be leaving next Wednesday (the 18th) for a few days. It should be a great time! Mr. Outdoors will not be going with us (grump), but instead going to Canada fishing with the male members of his family for 10 days.

We do now have a concrete floor for our house! WOO HOO! HOpefully here will be a roof, and walls before too long. I have also decided to join Mystery Stole 3! It is so fun, but I'm a little behind and just mid way through the first clue.

We also had some family from California visiting. The girls enjoyed it so much!

Last night I saw the new HP movie! It was fanastic! I will be seeing it again soon I hope!

Monday, July 02, 2007

The Sounds of Silence...

Ok, well only here on the blog,not in real life. I've been busy dyeing and trying to get some new colors. I've been spinning with a friend of mine and now have a business partner.

Anyway, about 95% of the time I've been trying to figure out how to occupy my 7.5 y/o and my 4.5 y/o girls without going outside. We have had measureable rain everyday for the past month. My dear friend Linda introduced Em to card weaving and then Nan was doing some cardboard weaving.

We also have a ton of pictures from the Flooding. If you have heard of COffeyville, KS and all they are going through we are only about 30 minutes southwest. We are having our own flooding issues due to all of the rain from here and from the north. The flood waters are supposed to crest later this afternoon. I took the pictures last night and this morning, but the water has all gone up since then. We are fine because we live on the highest point in town.

Click here for the slideshow.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New button...

Be on the lookout for new colorways by the end of the week!

House pictures...

Well, there is some progress going on. There should be more, but it's not going to happen with the weather looking like this!