A letter of apology:

woman-writing-50sDear [name removed to protect the innocent...and the guilty],

I’m sorry your nice, wooden table got peed on.



This shouldn’t bother me as much as it does.

Okay, you know those mechanical gorillas that businesses put out in front to attract customers?  And you know how sometimes they dress the gorilla up to make it more eye-catching?  That can have some unfortunate consequences, in my opinion.

There is a local business that I drive by just about every day.  They have a gorilla.  Months ago, they added a day-glo yellow vest (the kind construction workers wear).  That was fine.  It was when they added the pink tutu that things got a little weird.  You see, the gorilla doesn’t have any hips.  The tutu started slipping down just a couple of days after it appeared.  A couple of weeks ago, the tutu had arrived at a place rather low down on said gorilla,  and I can’t help thinking it looks…hmm…how shall I put this?  The gorilla appears to be exhibiting inappropriate behavior.  It’s like it’s flashing passing traffic.

I know this shouldn’t bother me.  It’s a gorilla.  Gorillas don’t even wear tutus.  It isn’t even an anatomically correct gorilla.  It does bug me, though.  Am I crazy?  And no, I will not provide a picture.

Crocheted Fox Scarf

A friend of mine has a cute, knit scarf that looks like a fox has wrapped itself around her neck.  She wondered if there was a crochet version of the pattern because she has friends who crochet rather than knit.  I decided I might be up to the challenge of figuring it out.  It took me three attempts and an internet search for how to crochet a triangle, but I finally finished it.

fox scarf thumbnail

What do you think?  I’m actually quite pleased with it.  I’m not so sure about the instructions I wrote up for it.  I’ve never tried to write a pattern before, and I haven’t read a pattern in a while.  If you’re interested in trying it out, I’ve put it on a separate page here.  Let me know if I can improve on the instructions, if I need to clarify anything, or whatever.  If you try it out for yourself.  I’d love to see a pic.

Gah! Bubblegum!

So I had to get some work done at the dentist today.  The numbing gel had a really strong scent, but I couldn’t quite place it.  It was very strong, though, and tasted vile.  When I told them it tasted gross, the dentist said, “Yeah, that bubblegum flavor is pretty strong.”  My response?  “Gah!  Bubblegum?!  I hate bubblegum!”  I didn’t recognize it because it’s been ages since I’ve had the stuff.  Also, as an adult, I was not expecting bubblegum-flavored anything at the dentist’s office.  That’s for kids, isn’t it?  Anyway…they’re putting a note in my file: “hates bubblegum”.  Thank you.

Now I have to wait for the novacaine to wear off before I can eat something that tastes good.  Sigh.

So what’s the last flavor you’d ever want the dentist to put in your mouth?  Bubblegum?  Cherry?  Orange?  Piña Colada?  (Seriously, I was told that last one is an option.)

So this is what she does in her spare time.

I found a copy of Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan” and played it for BratzBasher.  Being a connoisseur of various fandoms, she immediately thought of Loki from the Avengers movie.  A couple of days later, I caught her putting the following video together and decided I had to share it with y’all.

Please let us know what you think of it.  She just loves feedback.

I wouldn’t exactly call them “free”.

free punches in faceNo, really.

All the people I want to punch in the face have actually earned it.

I just wish people would stop picking on my kid, that’s all.

Jeans aprons, as promised.

I have photos of two of the three aprons I made recently for a favorite things party.  We were to bring three of a favorite thing (purchased or homemade) with an approximate $10 value.  We wrote our names on three separate pieces of paper and placed them into a bowl.  Near the end of the party, we each took turns picking three names out of the bowl (checking to make sure we didn’t wind up with our own name or duplicates), and those women got the items we brought with us — after we explained why the items were our favorite.

I came home with a handheld (It had a strap so I could wear it on my hand.) canister of pepper spray, a homemade bar of lotion (similar to those you can purchase through Lush), and a bag that contained body scrub, cherry Twizzlers, and a bottle of Coke.  During the party, we munched on appetizers and traded ideas for favorite activities, date night ideas, local restaurants, etc.

My aprons were actually a representation of a favorite thing that I couldn’t package and gift away: the craft group I attend at the library.  The aprons were a project that I learned at that group.  I confess that the jeans for the two aprons pictured here came from Goodwill.  Normally I would balk at cutting up a perfectly good pair of jeans, but I couldn’t resist the bright colors.  The Christmas apron looks black, and I haven’t the means to fix that, so you’ll have to trust me when I say it’s actually a Christmas-y green color.


(The ribbon bows were sewn on by hand so that the usefulness of the pockets wouldn’t be compromised.)

Christmas apron

(I machine-stitched the patches, but they didn’t overlap across the pockets too much.  My favorite part is the row of miniature cookie cutters along the middle section.)

The third apron was made from a pair of ecru jeans.  I added a ruffle of polka dot fabric in shades of brown and a striped brown ribbon across the pockets and where the ruffle met the denim.  I had to replace the belt loops with the ribbon because the originals were poorly placed for my purposes.  (I did the same thing with the Christmas apron.)  If I ever get a picture of it, I’ll include it in another post — or maybe update this one.  It’s not as exciting as these two, but I think it turned out pretty cute.


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