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    Friday, October 14th, 2011
    11:41 pm
    Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

    Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

    Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

    Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

    What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

    The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

    So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

    If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

    What to do?

    - Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

    - If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

    - You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

    - Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

    Thursday, July 7th, 2011
    2:34 pm
    Yarn Stash sale
    I'm selling yarn stash again. We've got a financial hump to get over, and I have cats who need a minimum of 2K of vet care - kidneys, thyroid and teeth = 3 older beloved cats.

    User Aviatrix18 on ravelry has the beginning details. I'm adding more today.
    Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
    1:48 am
    Magpie Telegraph Alert!
    Elise is having a sale!

    Cut, paste, peek and have fun!

    Current Mood: creative
    Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
    11:19 pm
    Ice cream social - a sew along

    Because I am crazy and I thought it might help me actually finish a project, I signed up for the ice cream social - a sew along for Oliver and S's ice cream dress pattern.

    I picked out this fabric -

    And I've got it cut out!

    Now to get sewing!

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    Sunday, March 14th, 2010
    6:10 pm
    Shiny Alert!
    Elise is having a sale, so go look!

    I'm the one drooling in the corner, okay?
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    4:55 am
    Got Paperback books?
    Do you have Paperback books that you do not want that need a good home?

    Well, here's the scoop.

    My brother has been shipped over to Iraq, and is at what appears to be his posting. He's a cook, which means he's in the mess hall and there is a place to swap reading material that he has access to.

    He has specifically asked for paperback books and magazines. He's rotating between two different bases, one which is muddy but okay in his words, and one that has no internet or anything.

    Another Ham Radio Buddy has just left with his reserve unit for Afghanistan.

    If you have paperback books in any genre that you do not want, please contact me via email.

    My plan is to send them as many books as they could possibly want.

    I can't do anything more than this for my brother and Ham Radio friend. I'm also turning this into a community service project for my 4-H groups.

    Feel free to share this journal link - I've made it a public one.
    Many many thanks.

    Current Mood: busy
    Monday, December 28th, 2009
    12:55 am
    Apply to Viable Paradise
    It's that time again! Applications open for VP 14 this Friday/Saturday - Jan 1st/2nd and will be going until June 30th.

    If you want to apply to VP - now is the time to do it. If you are an Alumni of the workshop, please mention this to people you think might be interested or on your blog.

    Visit the webpage - and click on the how to apply link.

    Spread the word, think about applying (and do so!), and who knows, come this October, we could be seeing you on Martha's Vineyard!

    I'm glad I went to VP 4. It changed everything for me.

    VP4 Alumni, VP Staff

    Current Mood: creative
    Friday, November 6th, 2009
    1:35 am
    OOOH! Shiny Alert! Elise is having a sale!
    OOOH! Look at the pretties!

    Elise is having a sale.

    Go and look. You don't have to buy.

    Just ooooh.

    Current Mood: impressed
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
    3:46 am
    My first Oliver+S dress!

    I love Oliver+S patterns! I like them so much that I have several of them. However, I've been intimidated by my buttonhole skills, which are not wonderful.

    So armed with issue 6 of Sew Hip magazine - a British sewing magazine that I adore, I tackled the Popover dress for my Miss S.

    She chose the main fabric, and I picked the yellow contrast.


    I will work on my button holes so I can make the other Oliver+S designs I love much.

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    Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
    2:01 pm
    Sometimes I need to check the bookcase...
    Before I buy a book online.

    I bought a second copy of Sharon Shinn's "Fortune and Fate" which is part of her Twelve Houses series. It can be read as a stand alone.

    First person to say they want it - gets it. I'll even keep it wrapped up in the nice brown paper wrapping that it was shipped in.

    (I'm posting this to my facebook account too.)

    And it's gone... less than six seconds on facebook.
    Maybe I'll look for more books to giveaway this way.

    Current Mood: content
    Friday, July 31st, 2009
    3:15 am
    my car is .....
    Back in the shop.

    I didn't even have it a week.

    Current Mood: crappy
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
    4:07 pm
    Secret pal 14 package #1

    A box from Down Under!

    And it is neatly wrapped!

    With knitted flower pins!

    And yummy hot chocolate mix!

    The tiniest pair of mittens - ever! And some really nice buttons which will go on a dress for Miss S.

    And this cute little guy who plays Waltzing Matilda.

    And a skein of lovely thick/thin wool yarn in a deep rich purple!

    Aussie road sign stickers so I will know what to avoid if I ever drive in Australia. : )

    And some chocolate Tim Tam cookies ( or biscuits as they say )
    Wow! What a great package Secret Pal! Thank you so much!

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    Monday, July 13th, 2009
    1:21 am
    SP 14 Questionnaire
    1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
    I like wool, alpaca, mohair, cashmere, silk.
    Acrylics, cotton and weird novelty fibers and I don't get along.

    2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
    I have a huge plastic drawer that everything has been tossed into. I could wish for the organization brownies to come and straighten things out for me, but the cats keep brownies away.

    3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I'm self tought and have been knitting for well over 20 years. I'm somewhere between intermediate and advanced.

    4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
    No, I don't. Sorry.

    5. What's your favorite scent? vanilla, lemon.

    6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Is it sugar? Is it chocolate? Then I'll eat it!
    I adore good chocolate.

    7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I spinn sporadically. I sew, I make wire wrapped jewelry, I cross stitch, I weave, and I scrapbook.

    8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)I can play mp3's, and my musical taste is eclectically odd. Anything from They might be Giants, Big Country, Peter Gabriel to Brubeck, Acapella and show tunes can be found in my cd collection.

    9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? bright jewel tones, blues, purples. Rich deep colors and corals. I'm not fond of yellows, orange and lime green.

    10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Married to my wonderful sweetie, 1 darling 3 year old daughter and three cats.

    11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? yes to all. Don't have a poncho though - not since the 70's - my mom made me an irish knit one out of blue/green varigated yarn

    12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? afghans, hats, scarves and sweaters.

    13. What are you knitting right now? toddler sweater, hubby sweater and too many ufo's to count!

    14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? - yes, thank you!

    15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Circular bamboos, Brittany wood straights are my favorites.

    16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes to both. Though my winder is getting rickety.

    17. How old is your oldest UFO? - Um, Do I really have to answer this? Over 15 years old.

    18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe? Christmas and Channukah both are celebrated in our house. My favorite holiday is Channukah and Christmas because that's when I get to spoil family and friends with gifts.

    19. Is there anything that you collect? I hate too much stuff. yarn, fabric, sewing machines.

    20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I'm not subscribed to anything. Some of the new indie dyed stuff looks great.

    21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? not sure, I'm in a knitting rut atm.

    22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I wish I could knit Socks. I try and then I get frustrated and I don't finish the socks. Maybe it's the 4 dpns falling out and hitting the floor, or the too loose cast on at the top I just can't knit them. *sigh* My feet are 8 and 3/4 inches long and 3 inches wide.

    23. When is your birthday? April 25th

    24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? yes, Aviatrix18

    Current Mood: chipper
    Sunday, July 12th, 2009
    12:01 am
    long day
    back home after the trip to take the inlaws home.

    the car tossed the serpentine belt in hartford ct.

    no injuries except the pocketbook and the car.

    extremely tired.

    Current Mood: tired
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
    12:10 am
    Mischief - 1993 - 2009
    We miss you stripy cat!

    Mischief was down to under 3 lbs, and was failing before our eyes. She couldn't even manage to get up onto the bed with Ernie the last few days.

    She's buried next to her sister, Trouble. We've explained to Sarah that Mischief is now becoming a flower like Trouble. Trouble's Lilly began to bud today.

    Current Mood: sad
    Thursday, May 7th, 2009
    1:50 am
    Magpie Alert!

    Elise M is having a sale, and you can go look here.

    I am doing my best to resist.

    but it is hard....

    Current Mood: bouncy
    Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
    3:55 am
    Free on line game
    I belong to Big Fish Games, and I pay them 7.00 a month for the right to down load a game at no additional charge.

    I got a card in the mail offering me a free copy of AZADA - a decent game.

    I already have it, and my Mom won't play it.

    First person to say they want it - gets it. :)

    Current Mood: lazy
    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
    12:59 am
    We had a weekend away
    Where we went to PA and visted with Ernie's folks.

    Miss S had a BLAST. She simply adores Grandma and Dad-Dad.

    Ernie and I had a less fun time. His cold came back with a vengeance and a high temp. He felt so crappy I got to drive part of the way home.

    I pushed myself way too hard last Wednesday and paid for it all weekend by being a myoclonic mess all weekend. Tuesday I ended up calling in sick as the full body myoclonus had kicked in along with some really nasty aphasia. I was reduced to one word answers/questions on the phone. Luckily Miss S was at Grandma's up here.

    Today I feel fine, and got to deal with the colored paint markers and Miss S.

    Thank goodness said markers are washable. The hardwood floor and Miss S. were covered in red, blue and purple. The hardwood floor no longer looks like a crime scene. I scolded Miss S. for coloring on the hardwood floor. She does know better and there was a big pad of newsprint that is hers to color on right next to her.

    She also fell off the couch while dancing on it, and had a glorious time in the tub after the body painting experience. I asked her why she colored on herself.


    Sounds about right for a 3 year old.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
    1:26 pm
    if I'm scarce for a bit
    it's because Ernie's Mom fell this weekend and broke her left wrist and Right shoulder.

    We may be going to PA and bringing them back here.


    Current Mood: worried
    1:25 pm
    Pricing help needed

    I made some jewelry to be auctioned at Miss S's nursery school. They want pricing for tax purposes.

    Pink tourmaline, green garnet, freshwater pearl on sterling silver

    Fossilzed coral and jasper on gold filled wire.

    Dyed freshwater pearl, silver plate beads,black tourmaline chips,onyx and opal beads.

    Silver plated beads, black tourmaline beads, and tourmalinated quartz. Has earrings to match, black tourmaline and sterling silver wire.
    Any suggestions?

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