No, it isn't my birthday, but I did just get my finished birthday present from my daughter. I am in complete awe of her ability to knit. Phylly can knit really good too. She even makes socks which I understand are really hard. Tammy won't make socks. She says after she makes the first one, she is tired of that project and wants to start another one.
Knitting is one craft I have not been able to master even in the simplest form.
It is like my learning to play the piano. I took lessons for five years of my early life, but you would never know it. The black keys seemed so unorganized to me, and I never could figure out how to read the notes that were floating around in space. I couldn't understand why "they" didn't draw more lines to go with all those floating notes.
When my Mother informed me that I HAD to learn how to type and take shorthand in High School, I figured I would be a complete failure at that too. But -- to my total surprise -- I picked those two things up like a fish to water. I was the fastest typist in the class. The teacher insisted that I run for Secretary of the FBLA. I never heard of the FBLA and hadn't the slightest clue what a Secretary did at it. I wasn't sure what a Secretary did anywhere! I just liked to type.
The teacher insisted though. My memory is fuzzy on this, but I do remember going with a group to a college in Arizona -- where I managed to get trench mouth off a water faucet -- and I was a candidate for Secretary of the FBLA. I was so afraid, naive and ignorant of the entire event, it is a wonder I didn't completely pass out from fright!
The people in the "club" or whatever it was had even written a song about me. They got up on the stage and SANG it to the entire audience. I didn't know anything about that either, but I remember the song perfectly:
Cast your vote for CLINGerman.
She can type,
She can write,
She's so fair to see.
She will smile,
all the while,
while typing A to Z!
Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up VOTE
It's CLINGerman for me!
You have NO IDEA what it sounded like, so I made this video for you. I KNOW I can't sing, but you will get the idea.
And HOW ON EARTH did I get off on that subject!!!
I want to show you my gorgeous shawl my daughter, Tammy, made me for my birthday. You can't tell in the pictures, but the yarn is sparkly with bits of metallic shiny sparkles in it.
I finished the red top today while Phylly was here, and I am making a skirt to match. I may show you that tomorrow. The part under the arm is now up against my body.
And Phylly was telling me today she had not seen my blue flower blouse.
Well, I guess I forgot to show it to you all.
Here is a picture of the bracelet I made to go with it. I get so excited making MATCHING jewelry for everything I sew. Can't show you the blouse because I didn't bring it with me.
Jerry and I own the company she works for, you know. She has a boss named Lu. Phylly was coming over to spend the night with me last night, so she was going to be waking up here this morning. I thought it would be so nice if she didn't have to get up early and go to work.
Soooooooooooo, I sent an email to Lu yesterday asking her if there was any way Phylly could take Friday off just in case something came up and I needed her. I told Lu I had not said a word to Phylly about it, and it was totally up to her.
Lu emailed me back and said it turned out that everyone was there, and Phylly wasn't behind, and it was fine with her. She went into Phylly's office and told her that she could take off a few hours or the whole day or whatever because I MIGHT have an emergency today and need her help.
It was a quiet, cool, rainy day. Not dark and rainy though. It was nice. Jackie adores Phylly and was extra happy all day long. Of course, the fact that Phylly gave her part of her steak from the restaurant last night didn't hurt.
Better go. The weekend is upon us. Hope yours is MARVELOUS! And by the way, I LOST the election for Secretary of the FBLA -- Thank God!