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You Canna Change The Laws Of Physics

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009

On a quiet suburban street of the most remote city in the world a strange phenomena occurred in the early hours of this morning. This is not an isolated incident, as similar reports have come from far flung places such as Koryak Okrug, in far east Siberia and even Antarctica. The victim, who wishes only to be identified as “Ms Stitcher” says it is not the first time she has experienced this occurrence. She admits it happens on a seemingly random basis to herself and her crafty friends.

There was a hint of things to come early on Tuesday morning. Ms Stitcher had been sitting quietly knitting when she noticed her ball of yarn was not shrinking at the usual rate. She continued on and was relieved to observe shortly afterwards the ball was decreasing at a normal rate. She shrugged this off and didn’t think about it again until this morning when she was struck again. This time the attack was much more sinister, as it had affected the scarf she was knitting. No matter how many rows she knitted, the scarf did not grow.

Dr Aida Destash, an expert in crafting physics confirms the credibility of Ms Stitcher’s experiences. According to Dr Destash there is a simple explanation – black holes which spontaneously form around crafters. “The side effects are minimal. The most common is a temporary feeling of frustration on the part of the crafter brought about by the black hole’s string effect.” Long term comprehensive studies are being undertaken on what is being coined “crafter black holes”. Experts say there is no cause for alarm.

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It’s Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I was having a serious discussion with Nibbles on his preference for fresh sunflower seeds over packet ones early on Sunday morning about 6am when there was a gust of warm wind and I got the feeling that Christmas was not that far away…..I’m sure some Christmas magic blew in! Either that or I was delusional due to heat exhaustion. I had just cast off a scarf and was getting close to cooked as I was wearing it!

Their Baby Kept by Shepherd’s Bush

CrossStitch 2007 Christmas Ornament Special

DMC floss on 28 count Cashel linen.

It could have something to do with the fact that Christmas is pretty much organised this year…..apart from the cooking…..which is going to be cold turkey and salads….plus the obligatory plum pudding for dessert! I reckon that is a first. Last year I was finishing ornaments for Mum and Dad’s stocking at 2am on Christmas morning….muttering that I will have EVERYTHING finished early in the future! 

I’ve called the scarf Insomnia 2. When I can’t sleep I get up and knit for a while. I find just knitting rows of garter stitch relaxing. There are other advantages too – I get to fondle my stash and have a new scarf for work next winter when I am out on playground duty.

 

I’ve not had any gratuitous piccies of Lestat for a while….The Missus snapped this piccie of him a couple of weeks ago as he was waking up. He will be ten in January and like all of us as we get older it gets harder to wake up! When he’s not sleeping he still likes to run from one end of the house to the other as if the devil is after him. He came from a cat home as a tiny kitten and has a charmed (and spoilt rotten) life as an indoor cat. He is never far away from me and is always ready to “assist with anything crafty“….Which usually means sitting in the middle of whatever I’m working on.

 

Top Right – Lace Snowflake complimentary design http://www.cross-stitch-directory.com DMC floss on 14 count aida.  Bottom – unknown designs.  DMC floss on 14 count aida.  

I’m still hooked on biscornue. As you can see, these are in various stages of finishing. I don’t know who designed the patterns for the small ones. I just did the middle and left off the outside border on the brown one. The snowflake is going to be one of this year’s new Christmas ornaments if it gets finished….if not it will be an new one next year!.

From left to right: Night Owl – Prairie Schooler, Pumpkin On Gingham – , Batty Jack – (with modifications)Just CrossStitch 2008 Halloween Issue. DMC threads on 14 count aida.

 

These three will be added to our Halloween collection next year. Halloween isn’t celebrated in a big way here in Australia….but that doesn’t stop us having ghoul-lash for dinner, followed by frog in the pond for dessert with I-scream and a scary movie to follow!

Cross Stitch Crazy Issue 116DMC threads on 14 count aida.

 

 A no calorie cup cake is always a good thing…..This one will find its way to the front of a tea towel.

Oooooooooh, It Is OOGLIE!!!

No piccies today…the cross stitch I’ve been working on for the past couple of days is so horrible it wouldn’t even look good if you looked at it through beer goggles on! It is so ooglie that you would go blind in one eye just looking at it! I wouldn’t want to do that to you. It’s not often that I start something that I really don’t like….I glanced at it a few minutes ago and felt quite faint…..Now being a fan of the macabre I have a pretty strong stomach, but it was just too much. In the bin with it. For about a nano-second I considered persevering with it….but it is just beyond hope. What would you do with a piece (big or small) you loathed?

(A) Bury it in the part of the back garden where nothing ever grows in the dead of night.

(B) Keep going in the vain hope that the cross stitch fairy will take pity, wave her magic wand and transform it into something wonderful.

 (C ) Hide it at the bottom of your WIP pile, secure in the knowledge that it will never see the light of day.

(D) Make it into a sachet and fill it with catnip…then leave it in the garden where your neighbour’s mangy cat which lies on your prize flowers and flattens them will find it. The cat will be so traumatised it will never darken your garden bed again!

(E) Turn it into a miniature wall hanging and place it in a prominent place on the front porch and use it as a way to discourage unwanted sales people.

(F) Insert your own answer here.

Helllloooo Possums….I’m back!

It is luverly to be back in Blogland….I’ve missed visiting!

I found this questionnaire on Vickie’s blog and thought…why not?!?

 

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1. Been dive bombed by a magpie – yes….and the blood runs cold when you hear the whistle of the wings!
2. Have seen a crocodile – no.
3. Have seen a snake in the wild – yes many times of assorted varieties and sizes….including Herbert (a huge dugite which lived at the back of the carport in a block of flats in the wheat belt…plenty of mice means they grow BIG out there….)a gwardar which was curled up on the mat at the back door in the same town….I shut the door and went out to work by the front door……there were a lot of baby snakes in jars that day for show and tell….a nest had hatched that morning….a sea snake or three….including one which was wriggling in our direction….and the one which was sticking out of the sand waiting for the tide to go out (we saw about 6 foot of it).

4. Been bitten by a snake or other Aussie wildlife – no snake bites….plenty of insect bites, though….including a bite from the infamous white tipped spider…. Does getting bitten by a lamb, a piglet and a calf count? *makes a mental note to not pat unweaned cute mammals….their gums still pack a punch!*
5. Patted a koala – yes.
6. Seen a kangaroo in the wild – yes….including a mob of them at the bottom of the street every night in one of the towns I lived in a few years ago.
7. Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge – no.
8. Climbed the Story Bridge in Brisbane – no.
9. Visited the Sydney Opera House – no.
10. Swum at the beach – yes…..telling myself that the sharks are MAN eaters….so I will be safe!
11. Had fish and chips on the beach – mmmmmmmm yes! A Villies meat pie and a choc milk are also good on the beach!
12. Been stung by a jellyfish – more than once….unfortunately!
13. Had sunburn that peeled – OUCH! Yes.  Had it treated many times with a sticky concotion that smelt like week old dead fish, stained my clothes yellow….but it worked!
14. Camped under the stars – yes.
15. Visited Uluru – no.
16. Driven the Great Ocean Road in Victoria – no.

17. Seen the penguins on Phillip Island Victoria – no, but have seen them on Penguin Island here in Western Australia.
18. Had an outdoor BBQ with Friends – yes.
19. Played backyard/beach Cricket – yes to both.
20. Watched a real cricket match live – no.
21. Betted on the Melbourne Cup – no.
22. Attended the Melbourne Cup Live from Flemington – no.
23. Attended a live Aussie Rules or rugby football game – I’d ride my bike down to the local oval to watch the Goldsworthy Tigers when I was a kid.

24. Ridden a Melbourne Tram – no.
25. Snow Skied in the “high country” of NSW/Vicno.

26. Visited the Great Barrier Reef – no.

27. Been to Kakadu – no.
28. Crossed the Nullabour by road – by train when I was a kid….woke mum and dad up at some ungodly hour just to tell them we were on the Nullabour….they were NOT impressed!
29. Gone down the Murray River on a paddle steamer – no

30. Survived a cyclone – yes…..every summer when I was a kid for a few years…..Cyclone Joan was the scariest…..a window the size of a wall came in and the roof lifted and was banging for the duration of the cyclone….leaving a huge fracture down a side wall!
31. Survived a bushfire – been close.
32. Experienced a big flood – yes…..and been cut off from civilisation due to flooding.
33. Know who the Wiggles are – yes….WAKE UP JEFF!!!
34. Know who Humphrey the Bear is – yes….Humphrey drools….Fat Cat roolz.
35. Watched Play School as a kid or mum of a kid Both
36. Watched Skippy the Bush Kangaroo – yes….and owned the book when I was a kid.
37. Own an Australia Flag yes.
38. Know the words to Advance Australia Fair – yes…..both verses.
39. Eat Vegemite -yes. There is always a jar in the fridge.
40. Drink Milo – yes.
41. Know what lamingtons are yes. Whenever I see one, I think of the Mem Fox book Possum Magic.
42. Know what Pavlova is – yes. Never made one from scratch, though it is on the cooking bucket list.
43. Know what Tim Tams – mmmmmmmmmmm yes! When I was uber broke I’d always leave one Tim Tam in the fridge…..If I had one left everything was ok….I would like one of those never ending packets, though.
44.Eaten a meat pie – yes….with the obligatory tomato sauce.
45. Gave or received a “dead arm” – yes….what are little brothers for?
46. Have owned an Akubra hat – yes.
47. Own/owned an Australia Cattle dog – No, but have patted a few,
48. Been to a B& S ball – or know what one is – Never been to one, but know what it is.

9. Drive a ute – no. Have been a passenger plenty of times in one.
50. Say G’day – yes
51. Can cook damper – I can burn it over a camp fire and cook it in the oven (if it counts as damper that way!)
52. Can make billy tea – Swing a tin of boiling hot water with a handful of tea leaves next to my ear? Nooooooooooo!
53. Supported a sausage sizzle – Mmmmmmmmmm yes!
54. Own John Williamson CD/Music – No. but have used them many times at work when teaching singing.
55. Owned chooks or know what they are- Don’t own any….but am rather partial to whimsical applique patterns which have them. There are three small chook wall hangings in the laundry and a medium sized one on the wall next to me.

56. Call the toilet “the dunny” – The outside kind – yes…..and was nearly carried off by the dunny budgies at Bluff Knoll.
57 . Wear thongs (on your feet…) – yes. The current ones have skulls with pink bows on their heads at a rakish angle.
58. Support Aussie music – Definitely
59. Enjoy a beer – an occasional Beez Kneez goes down very nicely in hot weather.
60.Swallowed a fly – Yes…more often than I would like.

 

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1. Been dive bombed by a magpie – yes….and the blood runs cold when you hear the whistle of the wings!
2. Have seen a crocodile – no.
3. Have seen a snake in the wild – yes many times of assorted varieties and sizes….including Herbert (a huge dugite which lived at the back of the carport in a block of flats in the wheat belt…plenty of mice means they grow BIG out there….)a gwardar which was curled up on the mat at the back door in the same town….I shut the door and went out to work by the front door……there were a lot of baby snakes in jars that day for show and tell….a nest had hatched that morning….a sea snake or three….including one which was wriggling in our direction….and the one which was sticking out of the sand waiting for the tide to go out (we saw about 6 foot of it).

4. Been bitten by a snake or other Aussie wildlife – no snake bites….plenty of insect bites, though….including a bite from the infamous white tipped spider…. Does getting bitten by a lamb, a piglet and a calf count? *makes a mental note to not pat unweaned cute mammals….their gums still pack a punch!*
5. Patted a koala – yes.
6. Seen a kangaroo in the wild – yes….including a mob of them at the bottom of the street every night in one of the towns I lived in a few years ago.
7. Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge – no.
8. Climbed the Story Bridge in Brisbane – no.
9. Visited the Sydney Opera House – no.
10. Swum at the beach – yes…..telling myself that the sharks are MAN eaters….so I will be safe!
11. Had fish and chips on the beach – mmmmmmmm yes! A Villies meat pie and a choc milk are also good on the beach!
12. Been stung by a jellyfish – more than once….unfortunately!
13. Had sunburn that peeled – OUCH! Yes.  Had it treated many times with a sticky concotion that smelt like week old dead fish, stained my clothes yellow….but it worked!
14. Camped under the stars – yes.
15. Visited Uluru – no.
16. Driven the Great Ocean Road in Victoria – no.

17. Seen the penguins on Phillip Island Victoria – no, but have seen them on Penguin Island here in Western Australia.
18. Had an outdoor BBQ with Friends – yes.
19. Played backyard/beach Cricket – yes to both.
20. Watched a real cricket match live – no.
21. Betted on the Melbourne Cup – no.
22. Attended the Melbourne Cup Live from Flemington – no.
23. Attended a live Aussie Rules or rugby football game – I’d ride my bike down to the local oval to watch the Goldsworthy Tigers when I was a kid.

24. Ridden a Melbourne Tram – no.
25. Snow Skied in the “high country” of NSW/Vicno.

26. Visited the Great Barrier Reef – no.

27. Been to Kakadu – no.
28. Crossed the Nullabour by road – by train when I was a kid….woke mum and dad up at some ungodly hour just to tell them we were on the Nullabour….they were NOT impressed!
29. Gone down the Murray River on a paddle steamer – no

30. Survived a cyclone – yes…..every summer when I was a kid for a few years…..Cyclone Joan was the scariest…..a window the size of a wall came in and the roof lifted and was banging for the duration of the cyclone….leaving a huge fracture down a side wall!
31. Survived a bushfire – been close.
32. Experienced a big flood – yes…..and been cut off from civilisation due to flooding.
33. Know who the Wiggles are – yes….WAKE UP JEFF!!!
34. Know who Humphrey the Bear is – yes….Humphrey drools….Fat Cat roolz.
35. Watched Play School as a kid or mum of a kid Both
36. Watched Skippy the Bush Kangaroo – yes….and owned the book when I was a kid.
37. Own an Australia Flag yes.
38. Know the words to Advance Australia Fair – yes…..both verses.
39. Eat Vegemite -yes. There is always a jar in the fridge.
40. Drink Milo – yes.
41. Know what lamingtons are yes. Whenever I see one, I think of the Mem Fox book Possum Magic.
42. Know what Pavlova is – yes. Never made one from scratch, though it is on the cooking bucket list.
43. Know what Tim Tams – mmmmmmmmmmm yes! When I was uber broke I’d always leave one Tim Tam in the fridge…..If I had one left everything was ok….I would like one of those never ending packets, though.
44.Eaten a meat pie – yes….with the obligatory tomato sauce.
45. Gave or received a “dead arm” – yes….what are little brothers for?
46. Have owned an Akubra hat – yes.
47. Own/owned an Australia Cattle dog – No, but have patted a few,
48. Been to a B& S ball – or know what one is – Never been to one, but know what it is.

9. Drive a ute – no. Have been a passenger plenty of times in one.
50. Say G’day – yes
51. Can cook damper – I can burn it over a camp fire and cook it in the oven (if it counts as damper that way!)
52. Can make billy tea – Swing a tin of boiling hot water with a handful of tea leaves next to my ear? Nooooooooooo!
53. Supported a sausage sizzle – Mmmmmmmmmm yes!
54. Own John Williamson CD/Music – No. but have used them many times at work when teaching singing.
55. Owned chooks or know what they are- Don’t own any….but am rather partial to whimsical applique patterns which have them. There are three small chook wall hangings in the laundry and a medium sized one on the wall next to me.

56. Call the toilet “the dunny” – The outside kind – yes…..and was nearly carried off by the dunny budgies at Bluff Knoll.
57 . Wear thongs (on your feet…) – yes. The current ones have skulls with pink bows on their heads at a rakish angle.
58. Support Aussie music – Definitely
59. Enjoy a beer – an occasional Beez Kneez goes down very nicely in hot weather.
60.Swallowed a fly – Yes…more often than I would like.

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1. Been dive bombed by a magpie – yes….and the blood runs cold when you hear the whistle of the wings!
2. Have seen a crocodile – no.
3. Have seen a snake in the wild – yes many times of assorted varieties and sizes….including Herbert (a huge dugite which lived at the back of the carport in a block of flats in the wheat belt…plenty of mice means they grow BIG out there….)a gwardar which was curled up on the mat at the back door in the same town….I shut the door and went out to work by the front door……there were a lot of baby snakes in jars that day for show and tell….a nest had hatched that morning….a sea snake or three….including one which was wriggling in our direction….and the one which was sticking out of the sand waiting for the tide to go out (we saw about 6 foot of it).

4. Been bitten by a snake or other Aussie wildlife – no snake bites….plenty of insect bites, though….including a bite from the infamous white tipped spider…. Does getting bitten by a lamb, a piglet and a calf count? *makes a mental note to not pat unweaned cute mammals….their gums still pack a punch!*
5. Patted a koala – yes.
6. Seen a kangaroo in the wild – yes….including a mob of them at the bottom of the street every night in one of the towns I lived in a few years ago.
7. Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge – no.
8. Climbed the Story Bridge in Brisbane – no.
9. Visited the Sydney Opera House – no.
10. Swum at the beach – yes…..telling myself that the sharks are MAN eaters….so I will be safe!
11. Had fish and chips on the beach – mmmmmmmm yes! A Villies meat pie and a choc milk are also good on the beach!
12. Been stung by a jellyfish – more than once….unfortunately!
13. Had sunburn that peeled – OUCH! Yes.  Had it treated many times with a sticky concotion that smelt like week old dead fish, stained my clothes yellow….but it worked!
14. Camped under the stars – yes.
15. Visited Uluru – no.
16. Driven the Great Ocean Road in Victoria – no.

17. Seen the penguins on Phillip Island Victoria – no, but have seen them on Penguin Island here in Western Australia.
18. Had an outdoor BBQ with Friends – yes.
19. Played backyard/beach Cricket – yes to both.
20. Watched a real cricket match live – no.
21. Betted on the Melbourne Cup – no.
22. Attended the Melbourne Cup Live from Flemington – no.
23. Attended a live Aussie Rules or rugby football game – I’d ride my bike down to the local oval to watch the Goldsworthy Tigers when I was a kid.

24. Ridden a Melbourne Tram – no.
25. Snow Skied in the “high country” of NSW/Vicno.

26. Visited the Great Barrier Reef – no.

27. Been to Kakadu – no.
28. Crossed the Nullabour by road – by train when I was a kid….woke mum and dad up at some ungodly hour just to tell them we were on the Nullabour….they were NOT impressed!
29. Gone down the Murray River on a paddle steamer – no

30. Survived a cyclone – yes…..every summer when I was a kid for a few years…..Cyclone Joan was the scariest…..a window the size of a wall came in and the roof lifted and was banging for the duration of the cyclone….leaving a huge fracture down a side wall!
31. Survived a bushfire – been close.
32. Experienced a big flood – yes…..and been cut off from civilisation due to flooding.
33. Know who the Wiggles are – yes….WAKE UP JEFF!!!
34. Know who Humphrey the Bear is – yes….Humphrey drools….Fat Cat roolz.
35. Watched Play School as a kid or mum of a kid Both
36. Watched Skippy the Bush Kangaroo – yes….and owned the book when I was a kid.
37. Own an Australia Flag yes.
38. Know the words to Advance Australia Fair – yes…..both verses.
39. Eat Vegemite -yes. There is always a jar in the fridge.
40. Drink Milo – yes.
41. Know what lamingtons are yes. Whenever I see one, I think of the Mem Fox book Possum Magic.
42. Know what Pavlova is – yes. Never made one from scratch, though it is on the cooking bucket list.
43. Know what Tim Tams – mmmmmmmmmmm yes! When I was uber broke I’d always leave one Tim Tam in the fridge…..If I had one left everything was ok….I would like one of those never ending packets, though.
44.Eaten a meat pie – yes….with the obligatory tomato sauce.
45. Gave or received a “dead arm” – yes….what are little brothers for?
46. Have owned an Akubra hat – yes.
47. Own/owned an Australia Cattle dog – No, but have patted a few,
48. Been to a B& S ball – or know what one is – Never been to one, but know what it is.

9. Drive a ute – no. Have been a passenger plenty of times in one.
50. Say G’day – yes
51. Can cook damper – I can burn it over a camp fire and cook it in the oven (if it counts as damper that way!)
52. Can make billy tea – Swing a tin of boiling hot water with a handful of tea leaves next to my ear? Nooooooooooo!
53. Supported a sausage sizzle – Mmmmmmmmmm yes!
54. Own John Williamson CD/Music – No. but have used them many times at work when teaching singing.
55. Owned chooks or know what they are- Don’t own any….but am rather partial to whimsical applique patterns which have them. There are three small chook wall hangings in the laundry and a medium sized one on the wall next to me.

56. Call the toilet “the dunny” – The outside kind – yes…..and was nearly carried off by the dunny budgies at Bluff Knoll.
57 . Wear thongs (on your feet…) – yes. The current ones have skulls with pink bows on their heads at a rakish angle.
58. Support Aussie music – Definitely
59. Enjoy a beer – an occasional Beez Kneez goes down very nicely in hot weather.
60.Swallowed a fly – Yes…more often than I would like.