Bats, Bees, Trivia and Knitting

One of the things I discovered when I moved to a new city is that without small children, meeting new people is not as easy as it used to be.  I missed my coffee buddies and knitting groups.  So, of course, I turned to the Internet.  I found Meetup!  The site offers groups for almost everything  I needed.  My first foray into the groups was a photography group.  I went to a meeting and then went to the wrong spot for a nature walk for photography.  Bummer.  That group is still on hold for me.  I didn’t have the time (because I was working) to make the meetings and didn’t want to attend unless I could be more involved.  My second was last night. I attended the Weeknight Wind-down with a Stitch and Bitch group.  I had no idea what I would be find.  We met at a cute little coffee corner with lots of art and interesting beers and wine.  Great little artsy spot complete with a lending library of books.  The group of women was very diverse and very welcoming.  There were four knitters, two jewelry crafters, and one needle point.  Conversation varied from one person’s trip to China and search for yarn that ended up in an Indigo fabric shop…. drool… photos were wonderful… to bee keeping and bat houses, not the Adam West kind.  What a fascinating group of women and smart!

The evening was topped off by a Trivia challenge that consisted of three themes and 12 questions each.  Looney Tunes (there is an advantage to being of an age)

looney tune1. Do you know who this guy is?  We didn’t get to see a photo, just a verbal description.  Everybody missed this one.  (Answers at the bottom)

2. A description of a little guy with a roman soldiers helmet and a funny way of talking was the next stumper for some, but not my group of ladies.

Next theme was famous last words.  I can’t remember any of the examples, but we aced the category.

The final group of questions were based on Board Games…. ugh… not my specialty.  There were bonus questions in this segment.

Bonus question one – On what city was the board game Monopoly based?

Answers – Sorry I don’t know how to put these upside down.

1. Gossamer – who knew?
2. Marvin the Martian
3. Atlantic City

The Knitting ladies won the top two spots!  We were also a little more sober than the rest of the crowd.

Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that.

– Coolio

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A Little Bit of Bliss

One of the things that happened this summer is that I decided to unofficially retire.  My job teaching computers to K5 students was terminated due to lack of funding.  That is how bad schools are today.  A lot of money goes into a top heavy, highly paid administrative department.  Nuff said.  I mostly work for insurance, but hopefully I can find some adequate insurance for a reasonable amount.

As a result of being unofficially retired I can spend more time with grandkids.

IMG_2684We are having a lovely afternoon quietly playing and watching the Disney channel. Kids need a lot of this “unorganized time” to just quietly play and create.  So does this kid (meaning me).  While he played I played, putting strips of fabric together and creating.  Can’t think of a better way to spend a muggy, summer afternoon.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

– George Bernard Shaw

It’s Been a While….

What a year!  I’ve missed blogging, but life just seems to get in the way and that’s okay, too.  My summer is packed with baby quilts.  Four of my friends or their children are having babies.  I love to create baby quilts, so full of color.

July baby quilts 2015 _sm

I love how colorful it makes my space.  The daybed is covered with all kinds of starts and almost finished quilts.

When time allows I am also working on my Matrix knitted quilt.  I’ve been working on this for quite some time.  I need to learn how to create an icord so I can put a border around it.

knit matrix_small

It feels good to be back.  I don’t think I will stay away so long this time.

 

My quote for the day:

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”
― Allen Ginsberg