Mood Music

Music makes my world go ’round.  Lately, I’ve been stuck on XM channel 8, which is all ’80s, all the time.  I guess for three minutes or so at a time, I can remember what it was like to not have a care in the world, other than getting a paper in on time, or whether to buy a new dress for the next formal (duh?  yes?). 

My weekend was, as the trend seems to be going, not much like what I’d planned.  It started Friday afternoon, when a call to my aunt to confirm Sunday’s furniture pick-up turned into “let’s do it next week when we can really enjoy the visit.”  I walked back in the house to this:

Gretchen (aka: Sissy) was four-footing in the woods and tangled with a bee.  It was really rather impressively swollen, but she kept hunting, and trying to learn to walk on fallen trees.  By the time I went to the firehouse for dinner, it looked rough.  The grape children’s chewable Benedryl didn’t do much for it by bedtime, but when I gave her a second one in the morning, within an hour, it was markedly improved, and by noon when the Knight got home, it looked normal.

I wish I had a cute, current shot of Baby G.  Oh my goodness, how she made my WEEK!  From the first moment I held her at just a few hours old, that baby has had my heart like no other.  She knows it too.  She rarely kisses her own father, yet when I shouted her name across the firehouse bays, she threw her arms wide and practically jumped into my arms, immediately pressing against my shoulder with her own little brand of upright spooning.  While I was soaking that up, she picked up her head and gave me a kiss, smack on the lips!  I got another before dinner, and yet another when they were leaving.  It’s the simple things in life…

Saturday, I was up bright and early to head to the River City Knitters meeting with Rosanne.  The bit on podcasts was interesting, but I still think I’m a reader.  If there’s noise, I’d rather have music than someone I don’t know talking to me.  If you go to the Show and Tell page, you can see me with Margaret (blogless) and our socks.  She did contrasting toes, but I wasn’t excited about contrasting toes, for some reason.   Margaret’s look awesome though!

Yes, yes, I finished the second motif sock, just in time to gift on schedule, but that post will have to wait.  After the meeting, a group of us went to lunch together at PF Chang’s.  Robin was having something delightful that I couldn’t resist; I don’t know the name of it, but the shrimp with the melon balls and glazed walnuts was outstanding!  It was great to see Mary again too.  Katie and Alice were there too.  (Hurry up and click on Alice’s name to see that INCREDIBLE waffle weave towel she made!)

Rosanne kicked off my birthday celebrations on Saturday with a great tote full of goodies.  I’m not about to blog about every gift I receive, or even all of the yarn-related ones, but Rosanne is a gifted giver, and as always, there are a couple of items that if I didn’t share them here, I’d be remiss in my duties as an enabler.

Firstly, there were these beautiful stitch markers from Better Bead It! Designs.  They’re truly little works of art, made from glass beads.  I need a better system for storing all of my pretty stitch markers; some are in the pouch Mary made for me, but you know, stitch markers comes in different sizes, and now, I have crochet markers too…  So many accessories, so little well-designed storage!

This is a coffee table cookbook if ever there was one.  SIGH!  The Knight has been watching the cupcake craze, and wishes he’d been able to have a cupcake “cake” in lieu of our wedding cake.  There are some impressive ideas within, and I might – MIGHT! – just be inspired to create cupcakes galore for his next birthday.  The food stager and photographer(s) for this book have my deepest respect, and if you happen to live near Charlottesville, let me know.  I might be in need of an outstanding food artist…  Oh – and be sure to click on the photo and go visit the website.  I haven’t joined the club yet, but you never know…

After a great morning and afternoon with friends, I knitted a bit and then headed to the station for dinner again with the Knight and his duty crew.  Bless the captain’s heart…  He and the Knight prepared a feast, to celebrate his wife’s birthday (Sunday) and mine.  He even made us a cake, and I’m sure you’re sorry the Knight didn’t snap a photo of the two of us blowing out our candles together.  She’s quite a bit younger than I am, so her wise husband simply gave us two candles each.  The guys muddled through just about the worst rendition of “Happy Birthday” I’ve ever heard, so much so that I began singing to my fellow celebrant too, in an effort to drown them out.

Sunday was lunch and thank you cards at the inlaws’ house, followed by the Knight snoring while I knitted.  I’ll do an FO post on the socks soon, and probably before dinner tonight, I’ll finish the hat that’s been languishing for weeks too. 

How was your weekend?





21 comments on “Mood Music

  1. Nancy says:

    I love Kate’s XM. It’s usually on #16 (country) but for the road trip with my friend I put it on #25, the blend. good mix, that. Glad your little hunter is OK!
    Sounds like you had lovely weekend. I think those glass bead roosters/chickens? are awesome!

  2. Sarah says:

    That sounds like a good weekend to me! 🙂 I hope you are having a good Monday!!!

  3. gaylen says:

    Love those pretty little glass bead markers. As for storage – I have all mine hanging from that pretty little hook that came with the scotty dogs (you enabler) and then have them in a clear plastic bag.

    The most exciting part of my weekend was that I actually left the house when I didn’t have to. Lately I haven’t been able to force myself out when I have to, much less for anything else. So, me thinks I might be starting to feel better 🙂 I got some sewing done, some knitting, some shopping and even some baking 🙂 g

  4. Amanda says:

    Is Sissy’s name really Gretchen or did I totally miss something? ha ha…

    Glad you got in some good knitting time.

  5. Kathy says:

    Oh the stitch markers are adorable.
    The cupcake book looks very yummy. You and the Knight could have a renew vow ceremony that way you get the cupcake cake.:)

    What did I do this past weekend? Clean! Not. Fun.
    Glad to see Sissy is okay.

  6. Anita says:

    Poor Sissy, I’m glad the swelling went down.

    I think your socks came out good too! Good photos of your day with the knitting group.

    Those little puppy cupcakes on the cover of the book are just too cute! I’d have a hard time eating them. 🙂 And I just love those little rooster markers!

  7. Sigh. A belated Happy Birthday to you! I need to wake up and pay attention….I’m gonna get the kid to bring me that book from the library, it looks really fun to me.

  8. Grace says:

    yukky thats how my weekend was, It sucks being sick, if you didn’t get a package today from me, it better be there tomorrow, I went out Friday and mailed 2 boxes and california got theirs today so I hope you get yours!!!! Love the rooster beads and the cupcake cookbook, I adore cupcakes!! happiest Birthday sweet friend!!!

  9. nymphchild says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Channon! I hope it will be a wonderful day for you that you can enjoy whole and completely.

  10. Mary says:


    I love those stitch markers, they are so you and so adorablely cute!!
    Glad Sissys eye is better now. I’ll email ya, have a plan 🙂

  11. Dianne says:

    Is it today? Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great dinner on Sunday night.

    Those markers are fabulous! I’d like to figure out a way to display my markers, yet still be able to use them. If you figure something out, let me know.

    Poor Sissy. She fought with the bee and the bee won.


  12. Gaylen says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope your day is everything you want it to be. Take care of you (that’s my theme) and do what you want today – not what everyone else wants you to do. Have a great day. g

  13. Darcy Watts says:

    Happy Birthday:)Hugs Darcy

  14. Nichole says:

    Those markers are adorable!!!!!!
    Happy Birthday!

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  16. insanknitty says:

    I’m such a dunce! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can’t believe I forgot.. please do forgive me!


  17. Judy W says:

    Happy, happy, birthday!!

  18. Alison says:

    There certainly seems to be touch of cupcake fever going on right now. Those stitch markers are so adorable.

  19. Holly says:

    Happy Birthday! Time zones are such that I am late to everyone’s blog….

    Don’t do cupcakes for everyone at the Knight’s next Day – just for him. That way he is special (and it is a lot less work for him).

    Or how about a fluted Bunt pan that looks like a supersize cupcake?

  20. AlisonH says:

    Glad Sissy’s okay! The chickens are cute, and the cupcakes made me laugh out loud and I can’t wait to show them to a friend with a white terrier.

  21. Mindy says:

    I hope Sissy’s bee sting is healing okay! Poor doggie.

    I’ve never listened to XM radio. Is that something you have to subscribe to? I have a couple of favorite free internet radio sites. has radio with an “I love the 80s” channel that you might like. I think Yahoo radio does too. I usually listen to Project Playlist, but if you’re starting your first list it can take a few minutes to get set up – worth it, though. I made a few lists of my own and listen to other peoples’ as well.

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