Sunday, May 28, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Just as well I drink decaff!
Thursday, May 25, 2006
last yarn purchase
kind of hard to see from the pics, but the purchases are two lots of Habu, from K1 Yarns I aim to make up a simple pattern to knit this lot into a simple, open shell. The second lot will be a variant on Katherine's own pattern, 'Cricket'. If you are in the Glsgow area, you should drop into the shop. Not only does Katherine stock great yarn, but her own patterns are pretty neat, too. In the mean time, I am trying to knit 'River' from the last-but-one Rowan mag. It's not that it's difficult, it's just that I have NO TIME at the moment. Still, I am making progress on my assignment and hope to finish it this long weekend. Well, that's probably a bit over-optimistic, but I'm gonna try real hard. In fact, this is my only real break tonight. As soon as my Gaelic tutorial is finished at 7.00pm, I intend to come straight back here and get stuck in...
I'm really into podcasting, now that I've worked it out. One of my favourites is Cast on , which will not be a surprise to anyone has listened to it. I find that some North American accents grate on my ear (I say this in the full realisation that many people probably get p***** off with mine!) but I could listen to this woman for hours. I love most of the music she plays, too - not what I would normally choose, so all the more refreshing for that. So, all in all, I am in love with my iPod Shuffle. When I first heard about them I thought they were useless pieces of plastic. Not any more. I've eaten a big (well, fairly slim, really) piece of humble pie on that one. So, before I humiliate myself for an hour, trying to speak Gaelic, I'm off to Cast On. TTFN
Saturday, May 20, 2006
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....
A well-earned break
I've been slogging away at 'It' since 11.30. Now, I know I had promised to start at 10.30, and I did take an hour for lunch (well, I just had to finish that novel), but I am feeling quite hopeful. That's when I'm not in a flat out panic. But I think I have some structure now. And I have thought of another way of asking pre-schoolers about gender-stability - don't I lead an exciting life. So. I.deserve.a.break.
Before said break,, I need to bake a cake. Banana or lemon?? I'm off to a Buddhist Day Retreat tomorrow, and we are all taking some food (vege, natch). I figured a cake might go down a treat. I'm a bit worried about tomorrow. I'm not very good at the old meditating bit. So far, walking meditation has been the easiest, followed by lying down. Only trouble is, lying down makes one prone to the odd 40 winks. But I will not be able to sit for more than about 15 minutes. Dilemma time. Fall over or fall asleep? Which one would YOU go for?
made to be mine
Thursday, May 18, 2006
I have already sent something winging on its way to my SP. Haven't told her yet - I want it to be a complete surprise.Course, I want to blog about it - I really like what's on its way. Hope she does, too. Isn't it great sending someone something that you are sure they'll love ;0)
Oh, by the way, SP. You asked if there was anything I would like..... well, I've really enjoyed using KoolAId for dyeing- that isn't so easy to get a hold of here. So, I suppose if you had a few packs looking for a good home, I'm sure I could oblige.On the studying front, I finally feel like I've made a reasonable start of my assignment. I'll be hard at it tomorrow night and all day Saturday, trying to break the back of it. I'm supposed to go to Gaelic on Saturday morning, but I can't justify the time. I'm going to be at a day retreat at the Buddhist Centre on Sunday, so have to work hard the rest of the time.
Speaking of the Buddhist Centre, I've done a fair amount of talking to folk at the Centre, and to various friends. My feelings are fairly much as they were before - I will remain a bit detatched and will keep the sceptical awareness, but otherwise get on with things.
One of our 'girls', Isis, is a bit under the weather - she's got 'wet eczema' and Athyr is making it worse by constantly licking the affected area, so they've had to be split up. They are not amused. Neither are we - Siamese are vocal at the best of times, but when they're naffed off.......
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Continuing the SP theme, I fell out with Mr India tonight. I was trying to pay something with PayPal. It didn't go very well. Neither did the offer of assistance....Oops.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Hoist on my own Petard....
So, why the Petard??? I got iTunes working. I got podcasts going. I subscribed to Woman's Hour podcast ( I know, so middleaged.....). What was topic that was downloaded today? Yep. You got it.....
Saturday, May 13, 2006
forgot to say
Legs cut from under me
So, some of my friends will not be surprise to know that I attended the celebration of Wesak which was held at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. I found it a thoroughly enjoyable, and moving, experience. Being the kind of person who is attracted to ritual, I enjoyed the seven-fold puja (note: I tried to put a link in here, but it wouldn't work) and the sight of the shrine lit up with many candle flames, covered with chrysanthemum petals was very moving. However, there is much more to Buddhism than ritual! Much of the ethics of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order fits in with how I feel just now, how I would like to live my life, where I might want to go in the future.
So. I was horrified on Thursday. I did a Google search about Wesak, as I had intended to post a bit about the celebration, and what was happening in the Tramway today. What I found was horrific. There have been accusation of the most awful kind against the FWBO. One of the centres in England was accused of behaviour which, quite frankly, beggars belief. If the word 'Moonies' was substituted for FWBO, that gives you an idea of what I mean. I was stunned. Upset. Horrified. Speechless.
I took a deep breath. Calmed myself. Spoke to my husband. I do not feel that there are problems of this nature at the centre I have been attending, Quite the reverse. However, as my husband and I agreed, a degree of healthy scepticism is required (which I have been employing ever since I began to attend). I have spoken to a fellow attendee, who has had a lot of contact via her husband. I have spoken to a member of the association. I feel much better. He did not deny that in the past there had been some difficulties - I am not going into the details of what we discussed, but I am much more at ease. I do not feel that the FWBO as it stands is any more of a 'cult' than the Catholic church or any other mainstream 'religious' organisation (in otherwords, I think there is an element of cultish behaviour in all these things, it just depends on what the type of behaviour is). I feel that the FWBO centre that I attend is staffed and attended by the normal cross-section of humanity that have an interest in such things. I feel that the people whom I have met are open, genuine people who have no more of a hidden agenda than the rest of us (make of that what you will!).
Where does all of this leave me? Well, I have spoken to Mr India and a few of my friends about the content of this website and my reaction to it. They will keep a little eye on me to see if I act out of character (or any more so than usual...). I will discuss the situation again with one of the order members. I will continue to keep my sceptical eye employed as before. And then I'm going to relax and enjoy the experience and the company of some kind, open hearted and generous people. Now, if I tell you all that I can't buy anymore yarn because all of my cash is going to the FWBO, you'll know there was a problem 0:)
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Bloglines and 'stuff'
I have finally put fingers to keyboard in respect of my assignment. It hurts. In more ways than one. I have a sinus infection at the moment and am not on the correct antibiotic. Unfortunately, I now have less than a month to go, so I cannot sit in a miserable heap and feel sorry for myself. I know, it hasn't stopped me before, but I really have to get the finger out on this. It's Wesak this week - what some of the organisers at Glasgow Buddhist Centre fondly call 'Buddhist Christmas'. I am going to try to take some of the Buddhist philosophy to heart - and remind myself that nothing lasts forever, even the pain of this darn assignment (and sinus infection).
Continuing on the plus side, I have just found the Rebecca mag that I had
done the usual with and tossed negligently to one side misplaced, so my reward knitting is going to be the cute little crossover cardigan that lots of folk did last year. Hey, I don't mind being retro. My reward knitting was going to be 'Cricket', a nifty little design from Katherine at K1yarns. Knit in a Habu 'paper' yarn, it's gorgeous. Too gorgeous. So, I'm saving it as a really special treat - to begin the day the assignment is finally handed in
Saturday, May 06, 2006
So, thanks to 'anonymous' who reminded me to switch on my RSS feed - it's great that there are folk out there who want to keep up with my bloc ;0) Kind of cheers me up. I think I have done that now - in which case, I also need to thank another blocker, right - here for the instructions on how to do so. In answer to KAthleen's question, I think (notice that hesitancy again) that it allows me to receive an automatic update when specific blogs have been updated. I think that individual blogs might have to have the 'RSS feed' enabled in order to be included - if that is the case, it might explain why I haven't been able to add some blogs to Bloglines. In which case I shall just have to maintain two lists.
Taking a look in my FO spot on the sidebar, you will notice that I have finished the April project from Project Spectrum . And here it is - ta-dah!
Some of you might note that there has been no progress on it of late. Some of you might notice that it is now May. Some of you might conclude that I was late. Some of you might suspect that I have been frantically trying to find the 'obvious' place where I left one of my
thousands few works in progress. Some of you may even imagine that I am going to pass this off as completed by the deadline when in fact it wasn't. Me? I couldn't possible comment...... My friend
Heather shudders at the thought of abusing knitting in this way (washing with it, I mean). She may have a point. But when you've committed to a knitalong, have limited time and are not so keen on the colour, extreme steps are sometimes necessary. That's my excuse, anyway.
So here we are, time for another colour theme. This one will be much easier. In fact you will be astonished to know that I already have several green projects on the go. No, really, I do. I'm toying with the idea of finishing the Oxenburg scarf, but it seems a bit too hot (stop sniggering, we do get the occasional day with the temp above 5 degrees) to be working on a KSH scarf. However, I am in love with the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino sock pattern, and I have some green of the required yarn in that. Decisions, eh.
ON a personal note, my son had his birthday recently, so we tootled off to spend some time with him. We took him and his girlfriend out for a meal and had a great time. He seems much happier than of late (I think having a part time job is good for him) and every time I visit at the moment he seems more mature and sophisticated in his outlook. He's a lovely boy, and from what I can see, treats his girlfriend really well. I'm so proud of him. And, if I'm honest, by extension I'm proud of the way I have brought him up.
Thinking of myself has led me in a natural way to think about some of the aspects of Buddhism, which I have been exploring lately. It is hard to accept that everything is temporary. This was brought home to me when I was looking at the blossom on the trees outside my living room. I quite often find myself enraptured by the mix of the pink and the white flowers, and I remember well the feeling of loss that I had last year as they faded and died. Guess I have some way to go.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
We interrupt this service...
I've managed to subscribe to Bloglines, which was a long, painful and messy business. Now I just have to work out how to get all my links in, so I'm afraid I've got two lots of links at the moment. I'll sort it out as soon as I can. Honest