Monday, October 29, 2007

Movie meme

Missing my favourite (Truly Madly Deeply) but a good list and obviously a few hours spent watching:

1. Citizen Kane (1941)
2. The Godfather
3. Casablanca (1942)
4. Raging Bull (1980)
5. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
6. Gone with the Wind (1939)
7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
8. Schindler’s List (1993)
9. Vertigo (1958)
10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
11. City Lights (1931)
12. The Searchers (1956)
13. Star Wars (1977)
14. Psycho (1960)
15. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
16. 2001 : A Space Odyssey (1968)
17. The Graduate (1967)
18. The General (1927)
19. On the Waterfront (1954)
20. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
21. Chinatown (1974)
22. Some Like It Hot (1959)
23. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
24. E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
25. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
27. High Noon (1952)
28. All About Eve (1950)
29. Double Indemnity (1944)
30. Apocalypse Now (1979)
31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
32. The Godfather Part II (1974)
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
35. Annie Hall (1977)
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
39. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
40. The Sound of Music (1965)
41. King Kong (1933)*
42. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
43. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
45. Shane (1953)
46. It Happened One Night (1934)
47.A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
48. Rear Window (1954)
49. Intolerance (1916)
50. Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
51. West Side Story (1961)
52. Taxi Driver (1976)
53. Deer Hunter, The (1978)
54. M*A*S*H (1970)
55. North by Northwest (1959)
56. Jaws (1975)
57. Rocky (1976)
58. The Gold Rush (1925)
59. Nashville (1975)
60. Duck Soup (1933)
61. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
62. American Graffiti (1973)
63. Cabaret (1972)
64. Network (1976)
65. The African Queen (1951)
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
68. Unforgiven (1992)
69. Tootsie (1982)
70. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
74. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
75. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
76. Forrest Gump (1994)
77. All the President’s Men (1976)
78. Modern Times (1936)
79. The Wild Bunch (1969)
80. The Apartment (1960)
81. Spartacus (1960)
82. Sunrise (1927)
83. Titanic (1997)
84. Easy Rider (1969)
85. A Night at the Opera (1935)
86. Platoon (1986)
87. 12 Angry Men (1957)
88. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
89. The Sixth Sense (1999)
90. Swing Time (1936)
91. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
92. Goodfellas (1990)
93. The French Connection (1971)
94. Pulp Fiction (1994)
95. The Last Picture Show (1971)
96. Do the Right Thing (1989)
97. Blade Runner (1982)
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
99. Toy Story (1995)
100. Ben-Hur (1959)

Bold the ones you have seen.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Marble - 6 months old and cute as a button

The astounding thing about this is that Puddles has been the very last one to accept the new babies. This is a first!

The electrician is done (except for 2 older chandeliers that need rewiring and the fan in the room that we are insulating and drywalling). I have light! I can see!

Must knit!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Rhinebeck pics

Don't I have lovely curls?

Yes but I have wool on my face...

Yes but I have curls aaand HORNS!

And Stephanie is wearing her Kauni (looks damn good on her too!)

Charlotte's Web

Sheep and butts

Sheep butts

one shepherd told me she knows the rear ends of her sheep almost better than their faces - especially when there is food in front

Gorgeous red shawl
Sunday morning sing along in the Blue Faced Leicester pens. "Morning has broken....."

More sheep butt

I have wool on my face and a lovely pair of earrings - oh wait a minute - they are supposed to match? Baaaaaaaaa

When a Lincoln tries to stare you down...... Let her!

Ah yes, but I have way more horns! And aren't they jaunty?

Stealthy green shawl shot

Here is the end of the line waiting to get into the Fleece Sale

and the beginning of the line - still smiling...

And Ainslie waiting in line with a nice woman from New Jersey


I am not sure about you...

Um we are hungry....

Will you look at that nose!!!!

Just the two fo us....

Yes I am pretty!

Blissful Blue Faced Leicester

Baby Jacob trying to be invisible

Great fun. Go if you can

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rhinebeck - Day 1

We came, we saw, we bought and we had a good time.

Arrived just after 8 this morning and had the place largely to ourselves for about 30 minutes. Saw a lot more naturally dyed yarns and rovings and placed to get natural dye materials. Very excited to see this as I am dying to dye with natural dyes

I didn't buy a wool runner from Mexico in the most beautiful shades of reds and greens ($650.00) or actually very much. Probably do more tomorrow but wanted a chance to look around and get a feel for the show.

I did buy some Mountain Colors Bearfoot - a red and a teal and some madder dyed roving.

There is a much higher ratio of vendors to sheep than at Maryland - the sheep are in 1 and a 1/2 barns here although there were lots of Blue Faced Leicesters - the featured breed at the NYS-S&W.

Spotted Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in her Kauni Cardigan and also several gorgeous shawls - a red one, a green one and a very pretty Charlotte's Web. It was pretty warm for anything heavier.

I will post some pictures later - blogger doesn't seem to want to cooperate this evening

Friday, October 19, 2007


Have arrived.

Rhinebeck sighted

Target shopped at

Diet Cherry Coke acquired

Tomorrow starts soon

Good night

Reporting later

Thursday, October 11, 2007

OMG - I forgot to tell you

the most exciting thing on the planet ....

I am going to Rhinebeck and I leave a week today!!!

Having missed Maryland Sheep and Wool in May, I feel it only right and proper that I go to the New York version but I have been so far into the renos and work that it only just now struck me how soon Rhinebeck is!

Spinning mojo is in great danger of coming back after a Rhiney visit and I can dust off my Lendrum and maybe spring for a Woolly Winder to make it really impossible not to spin.

Knitting mojo must also be out there somewhere but it is looking pretty good for getting Kauni out and going again

House progress:

Plugs all updated and all grounded
Pigtails (temporary bare light bulb lights) installed in the bedrooms - which is the first time there have been overhead lights in there !
Outside plugs x 3 - 2 of which are protected while in use and 1 protected as long as there is nothing plugged in - did you know there were such things? I didn't
Boiler (furnace thingy that heats the water that circulates in the rads) and new hot water heater are in and being connected by the most interesting series of valves and elbow joints this side of the space shuttle. The poor man who is installing it has to take frequent brain breaks as it is so complicated. Here's hoping nothing leaks!

More to come! Knitting too I hope

Friday, October 05, 2007

Plugging along

Oh that is such a bad pun.... and so much fun when there is an electrician in the house upgrading all the plugs...

I am amused by small things and proud of it!

Forgive my bloglessness, I bin bizzy! Well not me exactly but getting it all organized took so much more time that I would have every thought. And the guys who didn't even bother to call back - now that's just rude....

Progress to date:

All asbestos wrapping the hot water heating system pipes - GONE
Ancient cast iron boiler that was once fueled by coal - GONE - they had to cut it into 4 pieces to make it light enough to carry out
Big old ugly cast oil tanks that took up way too much room - GONE
Knob and tube wiring and groundless plugs - almost GONE
Botched eavestroughs that dumped water everywhere but into the down spout - FIXED

Still to come:

New furnace/boiler (a really really small one that will also supply hot water to the house) NEXT WEEK!
Gas line to fire up the boiler - 4 more weeks - keep your fingers crossed for warm weather for me PLEASE
Repairs (long needed) to a couple of my walls which sport their original plaster and lath from the 30s when this little house was built - some of which - the plaster that is - has landed in big chunks on the floor - SOON

Knitting progress?

Kaffe Fassett Mirage sock in earth - DONE

Started a baby sweater from Interweave Holiday Gifts mag - a little wrap cardi in the lovely dragon scale pattern - almost done 1 fron after 1 session. These little projects are great fun

Oh and the most delightful thing from today? There is a plug in our bathroom now! Any one else out there not have a plug in the bathroom. How did I love without it!!!