Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Letter of Apology

To my former best friend and junior sister from Wells College, Class of 1979, now living in Portsmouth, RI, because she didn't have the opportunity to read this letter:
I’m writing to ask if you could ever forgive me for being the callous, self-centered young woman that I was in the 1980s.  I have missed you very much ever since.  I have wanted to contact you, but couldn’t find out how until recently.  I am so very sorry I wasn’t more sympathetic and responsive.  I’ve always regretted our following out.

I am not sure if you were aware of it, but my father was an alcoholic, and more or less died from it.  He had almost a classic case of narcissism, which I just figured out.  I grew up pretty warped and it took a long time to overcome.  I think I’ve been mostly successful.

I hope you will reconsider our friendship.  If I don’t hear from you I understand.

It wasn't very nice to send your former friend's Christmas card back in the mail. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

How Knitters Celebrate

I was just offered a full-time permanent position with full benefits and bonuses.  It took me five years to find this job.  Next Monday when I arrive for my first day will also be the fifth anniversary of being down-sized from my former employer.  I'd hoped that was a good omen.  It came just in time.  I had been in the process of applying for public assistance. 

So how does a Knitter celebrate?  Not the way that some people would.  I loved the leaf patterned blanket by Inge Spungen in the Winter 20013-14 issue of Vogue Knitting, and it was the only one I liked.  Normally I wouldn't buy an issue just for one pattern, but I thought this time I would.  I like leaf patterns.  I hope to get together with a couple friends soon, though.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Catbook Contest Tied

As part of the Happy Holidays to All photo contest on Catbook, I entered these three photos for my cats:

The end date of the contest keeps being extended because all three of my cats are tied for first place.  I think the photo of my black cat deserved to win since she recently went to the Rainbow Bridge.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Did I Save!

I live in an apartment complex.  People invariably discard items that they shouldn't where they're not supposed to.  I can see this area from my apartment, gone dumpster diving and gotten some good things that way. One time I found an intriguing piece of cat furniture.

The cats had a grand time checking it out.  However the fabric it was made out of wasn't very sturdy and was ripping as they climbed around on it. I decided to take it apart and make a cover out of better fabric, someday. Tonight I discovered that it sells for $89.99!  I'm going to use fabric I have to recover it, so I'm just spending some electricity and my time.  Did I save!