Wish Y’all Were Here

It was a red flag day again Sunday on the beach – which means no swimming – but we still had a great time with the Knight’s brother and his family.  We walked the beach, collecting shells, laughing.  Sissy still doesn’t like the ocean, but we’ve decided the water is just too cold for her.  (I know it’s not a water problem because she got in the shower with me AFTER we came off the beach, but also wouldn’t let us hose her off with the rather cold water in the rinse-off stall…)

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Sissy avoided the surf like a pro, but got caught off-guard a couple of times and got wet.  Even with my camera on “action” settings, I couldn’t capture a good photo of her in the ocean, so this is what you get. 

But thanks only to Jessi and her HTML tutorial.  Seems that OBX wireless takes me to a new page (not WINDOW!) for uploading, and that’s the problem.  Today, WordPress correctly says I have 97.3 or some such storage left, which is about right.  I think I was just REALLY confused and frustrated yesterday… And yes, I’m correct, because it won’t let me link to Jessi without the warning that we’re navigating to another page and all unsaved work will be lost.  I suspect this will be my last post until I get home and/or figure out what the problem is.  I’ve reset things to allow for pop-ups, so I’m not sure what the problem is… but I’m blaming the free OBX wireless, which insists on running banner ads above whatever I’m doing.

I just spent another five minutes messing with my settings and allowing all pop-ups, but nothing helps.  Strange.  Can’t even remember what I was going to tell you, so I think I’ll just add a few photos of Sunday’s beach time and wish you well until Friday morning, unless I really get the hang of this HTML stuff.  (And why did it work just fine for that first photo and the link to the Tale of the Whale?)

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Since we’re on the shore, I’d fly the house flag upside down because I’m in some serious distress here.  No, no, the Knight’s being a saint, and even tried to get Sissy to go outside with him to let me sleep in, but *MY GIRL* would have none of that.  Sissy’s being funny and cute, and calmer than I’d have thought for a dog who has lost her free to run about the woods liberties here in OBX. 

WordPress is the cause of my consternation.  Send help.  Seriously.  It says I’m all out of free photo storage, and wants what I consider an insane about money for a short-term (a few months) solution.  What’s a tech-idiot blogger to do? 

Without photos, I can tell you the weather took a turn for the beautiful.  All the seasonal places we can’t frequent as non-peak visitors are open, so that’s cool.  We’ve only had a problem with crowds at the pizza place that was the Knight’s first choice last night.  (Any OBX regulars have an awesome, year-round pizza shop to share?) 

We also have added The Tale of the Wale  to our musteattherewhileintown list.  Several regular visitors to these parts had recommended it, and we finally got there Saturday night.  The fried oysters were fresh and perfect.  The salads were great, and the dressings must have been homemade; my bleu cheese was the best I’ve ever had, and the Knight’s honey mustard was beyond compare too.  The bread was delightful too. 

There are great photos to share, so Sissy’s play date at the ocean will have to wait for a solution to my storage problem.  I sure hope y’all have some options.  I don’t mind paying for service, but it has to be reasonable.  Seems to impact my “categories” list too, for some reason.

Yes, we are!

Yep.  I know it’s supposed to rain virtually the whole time we’ll be at the beach, but we’re happy to be going, just the same.  I’ve said for years that a bad day at the beach is better than a good day at work.  I’m packing extra towels – mostly for Sissy, who doesn’t own a raincoat yet – and hats, and we’re going to have a good time.

We’re going to rest, read, sleep, knit, watch House Season 4 DVDs, walk on the beach, eat lots of seafood and probably catch up with some friends and family down there.  The Knight will do more of the sleeping, and I will be doing all the knitting, but we’ll still hear/see the waves crashing on the shore, and it will be warm enough to scrunch my toes in the sand most days.

I’ll blog when I can.  Keep your fingers crossed that the weather hasn’t knocked out the wireless connection.  If I remember my card reader, there will even be photos. 

Am I the last to discover the Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer?  No, I won’t be reading it at the beach, but it will be at home waiting on me.  (Michelle!  I got the whole series with bonus points from a book club membership I keep meaning to cancel.)  It’s not my usual genre, but neither was Nora Roberts, and I’m enjoying her too.  I just like to read, period.  Generally, I prefer the stuff many of you were all but forced to read in literature classes, that and historical biographies, but these days, I need something less demanding of the two braincells I have on duty at any given time.

Knitting.  I lack one repeat (two rows) from finishing the body of my Blue Heaven sweater.  I hope to knock that out tonight, and start on a sleeve.  Then, most likely, before y’all head to work, school or whatever on Monday, I’ll have finished my first top down sweater!  I’m also tossing my travel sock aside in favor of the Chevron Scarf.  (Ravelry links, one and all.)  However, I plan to focus on Fredfoot for the bulk of this trip.  It will be one year on October 5th, and I want the shawl done by then.  I’ll take one more project with me, just in case I really do have some serious knitting mojo going on, but I don’t know what just yet.

What about you?  What do you have planned for the weekend and the upcoming week?

Secret Meme

Skip this post if you’re not up for a challenge.  Seriously.  Because if you see your name below and leave me a comment asking why, you’ve bought your way into this secret meme. 

I found my name on Grace’s post.  I’m rather curious by nature and actually like a meme every now and then, so I was in.  Now, I hesitated to post this just now, because especially with foul weather on the eastern seaboard, I don’t know when I’ll be back online again after tonight.  However, I also didn’t want to ignore this for any longer than I already have, so we’ll just have to hope that either you’re all curious quickly, and/or that we have a wireless connection at the beach.  Otherwise, be curious and patient, and I’ll get back to you with more information as soon as I can!

So, here are my answers to this secret, reverse meme.  (Y’all have to have your sense of humor in hand here…)

1. Stacey
2. Rosanne
3. Gnat
4. Dianne
5. Ann
6. Michelle
7. Grace
8. Anita
9. Jessi
10. Holly
11. ?
12. Claudia
13. Kathy
14. Lacey 
15. Pissy 
16. Ruth
17. Sissy
18. The Princess
19. Gaylen
20. ?
21. Nancy
22. Monica
23. Me!
24. You think I’d name ’em?! 
25. ?
26. The Knight
27. Mary
28. Amy
29. Greg House! 
30. Laugh!  I was in a zany mood when I filled this out…

It’s Not Me

Okay.  It’s not me.  I emailed myself my new WordPress password this morning, but couldn’t sign in this afternoon.  Anyone else having that problem?

Despite WordPress’s efforts to make me crazy, I’ve received a couple of very flattering awards today.  True to my norm, I’m not passing them on according to the rules.  There are so many blogs I love, so everyone deserves that one.  So many of you inspire me to be a better person, so if that shoe fits, pass it on, and keep up the good work.

Dawn honored me with this one.  Here are the rules as she posted them:

If you’ve already received the award, great! That means you really, really deserve it! And feel free to pass it on again!

1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!

Frankly, I think anyone who makes the effort to blog, who puts herself out there to share with the world deserves that award, so if you’re so inclined, consider yourself nominated!

“Com o Prêmio Dardos, se reconhecem os valores que cada blogueiro mostra cada dia em seu empenho por transmitir valores culturais, éticos, literários, pessoais etc. que, em suma, demonstram sua criatividade através do pensamento vivo que permanece intacto entre suas letras e suas palavras.“Este selo implica duas regras:a primeira, linkar o blog do qual recebeu o prêmio. A segunda – escolher blogs para entregar o prêmio.

“With the Premium Dardos, recognize the values that each blogger shows each day in commitment to transmit cultural values, ethical, literary, personal etc. that, in short, demonstrate their creativity by alive thinking that remains intact from their letters and words. ”

Kim honored me with this very special award.  It touches on several things that mean a lot to me, but it also recognizes that each blog, each blogger, is a treasure.  So, please help yourself and share the honors!

Thanks ladies.  When I first started this blog, I wasn’t at all sure I wanted to share much at all beyond knitting, but given my rather verbose nature, that didn’t last long.  Just know that I enjoy reading your blogs too!

Growling Dogs on Thursday

Stolen from Anita

Stolen from Anita

(One of many AWESOME photos Anita took of Sissy.  You’ll be seeing more of them, because each one is simply outstanding.)

Okay, so the dogs aren’t growling; I am.  I’ve had to reset my WordPress password TWICE this week.  It’s okay though; in 48 hours, we’ll be beach-bound!

Kathy sent this to me earlier this week, and I knew I wanted to share it.  There’s lots I could say, but I think I’ll just post it and let it speak for itself.

10 Commandments for Responsible Pet Ownership

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3. Place your trust in me; it is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you!

5. Talk to me even if I don’t understand your words. I understand your voice and when it’s speaking.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, remember I have teeth that could easily crush the
bones in your hand, but I choose not to because I love you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if
something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I’ve been out in the sun too long; or my heart may be getting old and weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it” or, “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember I love you.

Don’t forget to check out all the Dogs on Thursday folks.  Happy  Little Friday!

Gabfest

I have a zillion old family photos that I’d share, if only I had a scanner that I could plug into any of the current computers.  Today’s “Celebration of Life” for Auntie was hands-down, the happiest funeral I’ve ever attended.  Oh, there were tears.  There were soiled linen and lace hankies, because Auntie’s mother inlaw taught her nearest and dearest that tissues were for colds and children, not for ladies out in public.  But all in all, I’m quite sure Auntie looked down from above and smiled.  We laughed, we hugged, we promised to stay in touch better now, because the family’s “linker” is gone. 

Her departed husband’s first cousin gave the homily/eulogy.  That’s significant, because Auntie’s inlaws are Catholic, and Auntie was Episcopalian.  The planets aligned and it was good.  The pastor of Auntie’s church?  His wife was born and raised in Auntie’s favorite beach spot, Pawleys Island.   The dear man even brought back a baggy full of sand from the beach this spring, and Auntie ran her fingers through the grit.  He said he watched the memories wash over her…

We reconnected.  We honored her, and we’ll continue to honor her by staying in touch as she would have wanted.

Believe it or not, there are more goodies for me photos to share.  And since Anita put a photo of us up on Ravelry, turnabout is fair play.  This was taken at the end of the day Saturday, but trust me, we gabbed the whole time, taking breaks only to sleep.  I’m quite certain that despite being raised to have better manners, I spoke with my mouth full more than once last weekend.  I’m smiling too hard for a good photo in just about all of ’em, but that just tells you that I had a blast!

But goodies.  We all like to windowshop on other blogs, right?  Well, here we go!

Anita gifted us each with a different set of stitch markers.  I should do a photo shoot with the assorted markers she’s made me, but today, these silly turtles get the nod.  While several of my girlfriends make neat stitch markers, I think Anita has a lock on CUTE.  If you haven’t been to her Etsy site, you don’t know what you’re missing!  (While you’re there, check out her tape measures, which are a special favorite of Sissy’s.)

Ruth brought me quite the package.  Isn’t this shawl lovely?  Be sure to note the green on the left.  Which side is the “right side”?  (Does it matter?)

She also gifted me some Pecan Tart tea and some rich, delicious chocolates.  (Do you say pee-KAN or puh-cahn? )  Thank you Ruth, for the gift of your time and the great conversation.

Sadly, I was so caught up in enjoying my visit, that even when Ruth snapped photos, I didn’t grab my camera and do the same.  So, you’ll have to wait until she blogs about our meet-up.  We had a very long, leisurely lunch at Michie Tavern, then parted ways briefly before heading to the downtown mall.  

We got lucky and made it in The Needle Lady just before closing.  I’ve been on a search for just the right yarn for a very special project, and I happened upon it there.  It’s Cascade Handpaints sock yarn, and had they had more of it, I’m pretty sure Ruth would have bought some too.  Ordinarily, I would have offered to let her have it, but this yarn really does have a mission.  The only hint I’ll give is that both the Knight and MJ agree the colorway is just perfect for the recipient.  Now, to find a pattern, a shawl pattern.  I have over 800 yards, but I’m not sure where this will fall into my queue.

Sissy and I got another care package yesterday too.  No, no, the emory board isn’t for Sissy!  There were some warm-weather Loopy Kisses for Sissy.  The Catalina Pouch is for me too, thanks to Nancy of Days Gone By.  Ever listen, or better yet read, the words to that song?  It was playing somewhere during our travels today, and it really got my attention.  Auntie lived life that way, and I aspire to too.