Friday, September 12, 2014

Phylly Fun, A Song and My Birthday Present

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:

CLINGerman, CLINGerman, 
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.  

If you happen to notice the gaping red fabric under my armpit, it is because I just happened to be wearing a top I was in the middle of making when Tammy showed up with my shawl.  I had tried it on to check the fit which was, obviously, horrible under the arms.  That is due to the FBA I always have to do.

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.

Phylly and I had so much fun today.

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!

Hugs, Joy


  1. It's happenin again, I just posted a comment and it disappeared when I clicked on publish. It's shorter now. I love the shawl Tammy made, it's beautiful and it's long and wide enough.
    Carol Ann

  2. And the bracelet. You make bracelets as fast as you type :)

  3. I don't know what is happening with your comments, Carol Ann. I haven't had anyone else say that, but I don't get many comments. Maybe that is why, lol. And NO! It takes me 3 to 4 hours and sometimes longer to weave a bracelet. Sometimes, I take them apart and start over 2 or 3 times. I do love them though.
    Hugs, Joy

  4. I have also had my comments disappear when I click on publish. This has happened to me about four times. I have started doing my comments in a word document and then copying and pasting it so when it disappears I can just copy and paste again. It only disappears the first time.

    1. Hi Anita!

      Thank you for telling me that. I have NO IDEA what to do about it, however. Your way sounds really good to me!

      Hugs, Joy

  5. I used to have that happen and I finally figured out what was happening. I think it was when I would need to sign back into my Google profile before I could post. I could never remember my password and it only gave me one chance. If I messed it up it would look like my post went, but when I went back later my comment would be gone. I had a really good one and very long about something once. I was so irritated when it disappeared. Watch it happen today and I won't remember my password and this will disappear!

    Joy Joy, I want to see your blue flower blouse under your blue jacket. That fabric was so pretty and I know when we found the solid blue it really looked good together. I know it was just a scrap of the blue flowers, but I just can't believe it won't look beautiful together. You are going to have to prove it to me. The bracelet is gorgeous, as usual. You make such beautiful jewelry. I know it takes lots of time because I've done it, too.

    I got tired of looking at phones last night, so I started looking at purses on eBay. Of course, I found several that I want. You know that will always happen with me. I just love purses. I could go barefoot quite happily, but I love purses.

    I loved your "emergency need day" on Friday. We had a ball and I actually got so much done on my jacket. It has taken me two days to get all the interfacing on the collar pieces and facings. I also played with the tabs and figured out the size that I need to use for the buttonholes. After I feed the grandchildren lunch I'm going to try out the buttonholes and see if I want a buttonhole or a snap behind the buttons.

    Hugs, Phylly


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Hugs, Joy