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This past weekend was the Motor City Makers Faire. On Saturday I spent most of my day teaching needlepoint to young people. Sunday I didn't volunteer, instead I wandered around with Jebra and looked at the various displays.

Tonight was the final FCB Concert Band concert of the season. It was held in downtown Farmington and attracted a good sized crowd particularly considering how cool it has been the past few days and how threatening the skies looked for most of the day. We didn't get back home until just around midnight which partially explains why I'm still up. The other part involves laundry and allergy medicines. I'm about to take my final dose of medicine before going to bed and the washing machine should finish the rinse cycle very soon.

While I waited for the laundry to finish I watched my recording of tonight's How Do I Look. I may have to stop watching this soon as the host is beginning to get on my nerves and the screaming women on tonight's show just made me want to slap somebody. I'm not sure who, but the screaming just annoys the heck out of me. I'm happy to say I don't know anyone in RL who acts that way. Tonight I was also annoyed by the woman who said that wearing counterfeit clothes is disrespectful to the designer. I don't buy counterfeit goods but the reason has more to do with the fact I find most of the things copied repellent in both the original and the copy. If I believed designer clothes were made of quality materials with superior craftsmanship it would be one thing, but even if they were, they would be out of style long before they were worn out.
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I'm having trouble believing it's nearly the middle of December. So much so that I keep thinking it's still early November. I suppose the weather isn't helping since it really doesn't feel like December yet, but considering how much I hate cold and snow I refuse to complain about that.

Friday night, while [livejournal.com profile] jebra was at band practice, I stayed home where I washed dishes, washed a bunch of laundry, and followed the pattern I worked out for a cat bed. I wanted to make sure the instructions were right before I published it to the web.

Saturday, rather than go to Nia, I went with [livejournal.com profile] jebra to Howell for the Tuba Christmas concert. While he was at practice I hiked over to Stitch in Time. I love that place and, as usual, had a great time hanging out with the shop's owner and browsing through her wonderful selection of yarn. This year I came away with only one new pattern but enough yarn to make it three times.

[livejournal.com profile] jebra called me when practice was over. We had lunch together then walked to the park where the concert would take place. [livejournal.com profile] mbumby and [livejournal.com profile] traveller42 appeared among the concert-goers and we stood together. Afterwards all four of us went to The Spinning Loft where I was given a quick lesson in spinning wool with a drop spindle and told to look for spindle spinning videos featuring Abby Franquemont on youtube.

After buying a spindle and some very pretty roving, [livejournal.com profile] jebra took me home where I continued working on my new pattern and did even more laundry.

Sunday was pretty much consumed by the FCB's Holiday Show. What with [livejournal.com profile] jebra being the equipment manager and having to set up the recording gear, we arrived at noon for the 3 p.m. concert. And as usual, it was mad dash getting everything in place before the lights went down.

From where I sat in the audience, the band sounded great. And for a pleasant change, I genuinely liked all of the music the selected for performance.

After the concert (and putting away the gear), we went to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] mbumby, [livejournal.com profile] traveller42, and another couple. Then it was home for yet more laundry and finishing Hamish's cat bed:



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I'm behind on everything, as usual. Last Friday, [livejournal.com profile] jebra and I went shopping for yoga pants that match the pirate t-shirt I planned to wear on Halloween. We lucked out and I found something that worked perfectly and didn't cost much. I wore my costume to the Nia Jam on Saturday and, later that day, to a Halloween party.

Most of Sunday was taken up by the FCB's annual Halloween concert. I took a few photos and created a pair of scrapbook pages with them.



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Today I shipped three scarves to the Red Scarf Project and seven scarves to the National World War II Museum. So far this year I've contributed 55 scarves to the Knit Your Bit campaign and knit 37 Jayne Hats for the Austin Browncoats. Right now I'm working on something a pet bed for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. I hope to get that wrapped up this weekend as I have a bookmark to crochet for a friend's Secret Sister.
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Busy, busy weekend.

After work on Friday we met with [livejournal.com profile] mbumby at Scotty Simpson's Fish & Chips. I'd never heard of the place, but Jebra searched the web for restaurants near the Redford Theater and up popped Scotty's along with many favorable reviews. [livejournal.com profile] jebra and [livejournal.com profile] mbumby appeared to be favorably impressed. I don't like fish and wasn't in the mood for chips, but the cheeseburger I ordered was reasonably tasty.

After Scottys, the three of us went to the Redford for the Second Animation Rarities festival. We saw 14 rare films, only one of which I remembered from my childhood (A Sheep in the Deep, from 1962 and directed by Chuck Jones). The cartoons we saw ranged from a silent Felix the cat cartoon from 1928, to Betty Boop's Museum (1932), to The Peachy Cobbler (1953). We also saw Scrappy's Art Gallery, which featured a near-forgotten 1930s cartoon star, and two Private Snafu cartoons, both original prints from 1944 that were sent overseas to the servicemen during WWII and somehow made their way back home to the states.

Saturday morning I got up at the usual time and took myself to Nia where we did Aya. After class Jean called and asked me to meet her at her house rather than her mom's. I said sure and decided I'd take the simple route of Nine Mile to Orchard Lake and then from there I'd know which side streets to take. What I didn't expect was for Nine Mile to turn. Mile roads are supposed to be straight lines. I got so lost and turned around I had no idea which way I was heading but somehow managed to blunder my way up to
Twelve Mile. As I told Jean, I've never been so happy to see McCabe's Funeral Home in my life, as that was the first landmark I recognized after a half hour of driving around Farmington/Farmington Hills. I can also say that I never truly appreciated just how pretty Farmington is as I saw more of it during my adventure than I ever have before.

Anyway, after finding my way to Jean's house, we jumped into her car and went over to her mom's house to work on cleaning up the yard. We weeded and trimmed for a good two, two-and-a-half hours, before returning to Jean's house to get cleaned up and ready to leave for SEMGS.

SEMGS was at [livejournal.com profile] kevinnickerson and [livejournal.com profile] icyfeetofdeath's house. [livejournal.com profile] jebra joined us at Jean's house (he'd been at the high school gathering equipment for Sunday's gig at the cider mill) and then we drove over. We had a great turnout and the food was fabulous. Especially the beef stew and Hawaiian bread Chris brought.

Sunday morning Jebra let me sleep in a little and made oatmeal for my breakfast. We managed to get showered and dressed and out of the house on time, and made it to the high school to pick up the truck in record time. Once we arrived at the Franklin Cider Mill I took off (completely forgetting that I had the recorder and Jebra's program notes in my knitting bag) and went exploring. I stood in line to see the apple press at work, and got to see what happens when the hose that delivers the cider to the rest of the mill looses it prime -- alarms start sounding and many employees come running. After that bit of excitement I bought myself a cider slushie and walked outside. Where I discovered an animal rescue group was holding an adoption day. I lost track of time as I considered the various dogs (none of whom had any experience with cats, so none of which I could seriously consider adopting) and then watching the cats play. After some amount of time mbumby found and reminded me I was carrying Jebra's notes. So I went in search of him, turned over the stuff he needed, then wandered around with mbumby and our mutual friend MJO. Both MJO and myself had the same reaction when we saw this:



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MJO had to leave shortly after the concert started, but two other friends appeared a few minutes later. Both of whom would also attend Sharon's Tea Party later that afternoon. I knew I'd be late for the Tea Party as I would be helping move equipment back to the high school, but I made it there eventually. As usual, Sharon had put on a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Sharon has a unique talent for throwing parties, particularly those with a vintage or shabby chic theme.

I drove home at exactly the right time, in that it wasn't so dark I couldn't see but so close to that time I was worried it would get there before I reached home.

At home I popped Christopher and His Kind into the DVD player. I was worried it would upset me, being set around WWII as it was, but honestly it was a lot like Cabaret only with more sex. So I liked it and will probably borrow it from the library again.

After the movie I meant to watch Unusual Suspects, but I was so tired I kept falling asleep. After fifty minutes, when it occurred to me that I had no idea what was going on on screen, I turned off the tv and went to bed.
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... in a few minutes. At the moment we're in Houghton Lake at my in-laws. They'll be going up to the Island too. The FCB is performing there today, hence the trip.
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/POGGMjrFclY

(He's the tall guy, standing, all the way to the left.)

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Friday morning I went to the dentist and had my bite guard adjusted. Now that I'm not grinding my teeth at night, my mouth has finally stopped hurting.

Friday night we went over to Jean & Marshall's for dinner. We ate and hung out and it was all good.

My Saturday began with Nia. In the afternoon I went to the 2nd Ravelry gathering at the Coffee Beanery. This time there were six of us and we stayed for two hours talking and knitting and getting to know one another. I'll have to miss the next gathering, but I hope to make the one after it.

Saturday night we went to pre-Halloween party. I spent the party knitting rather than carving pumpkins but had a good time nevertheless.

Sunday was the FCB's Halloween concert. The music was excellent (and we recorded the concert), but my photos were, for the most part, a failure. I scrapped the best of them on the page below.

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Monday was the typical mixture of work & band practice for Jebra, and work & knitting & laundry for me. I finished the scarf I cast on Friday and am quite delighted with how well it turned out.

V for Victory scarf )
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Last night was the last FCB gig of the 2009-2010 Season. I brought my knitting and my camera with me, and spent the evening alternating between working on rag rugs and taking photos of the FCB Big Band. I was asked to photograph the band, but I think I may have gone a wee bit overboard as I came home with 364 photos.

After the concert, a bunch of us went out for a bite to eat. I enjoyed talking with folks but ordering a cheeseburger and fries that late in the day was an error. When I finally got to bed I just laid there, thinking about how much my stomach hurt and how stupid I was for consuming that many calories so near my bedtime.
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As soon as we can get the car packed, we're off to Elkhart, Indiana for what looks to be the last Elkhart Jazz Festival. If all goes according to plan, we'll be home sometime on Sunday.

Last night was an FCB Concert Band performance at Heritage Park. Followed by moving gear, dinner with a few FCB folk, and then trips to work and the post office. It's no wonder it was 5:30 a.m. before I crawled into bed.

And since I have no idea what internet connectivity will be like while we're gone, Happy Birthday one day early, Maddie!

Click here to see Maddie's birthday card )
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I've been busy with knitting and crochet, having finished two Jayne Hats and seven kitty blankets for the shelter in the past ten days or so. I've also been getting better about posting stuff up to freecycle. My goal is to post a new item as soon as the previous item is picked up, but so far I've managed to do that exactly once. If the item is mechanical, I want to test that it still works before posting it, and if it has accessories or an instruction manual or whatever, I put off posting until I've located everything that should go with it. I've also been watching new episodes of both of the Hoarding shows. Yesterday's had an acronym I rather liked "SICK" -- Sensitive Intelligent Creative and Kind. Creative certainly fits in my case -- I have a hard time parting with nice stuff -- meaning stuff that is unbroken and clean and that I could repurpose or use as an ingredient in something else. Like plastic trash bags -- those I save for the shelter, but I can think of lots of other things I could do with them without even having to think hard: cut into loops, string together, and knit, crochet, or weave them into something new, or I could layer them and iron to fuse the layers, turning them into sheets of plastic fabric which I could then use to make raincoats, bags, tablecloths, or other stuff. This sort of thing is why I was so happy when a fellow freecycler said he wants my sole-less sheepskin slippers. The hide is in great shape and could be used for all manner of craft projects -- which is why I couldn't just throw them out -- but I know the odds of me actually doing something with it are quite low.

Last week Farmington had their annual Festival of the Arts. The FCB performance was on Saturday and we had to be there bright and early for Jebra to get the band's gear set up. Being my lazy self, I took off and explored the art show and gabbed with a handful of the artists who worked the festival. I was particularly enamored with the weaver -- she produces some absolutely gorgeous fabric and with the woman from the needlework guild. She's doing something called "stumpwork" which sounds ugly but isn't.

Click here for the Festival of the Arts scrapbook page )
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Yesterday the FCB Concert Band had their Halloween Concert. There were lots of good costumes, fun music, and jokes told by middle school students. I brought my camera and crochet with me. Very stupidly, I didn't think to take photos of the three friends who joined me in the audience. Having them there, and then going out for dinner with them afterwards, were the highlights of my day.

Click here for the Spooktacular XXIV scrapbook page )

Talents

Jul. 20th, 2009 12:00 pm
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Yesterday was the debut of the fabulous tuba shirt [info] icyfeetofdeath made for [info] jebra.Click here to see the scrapbook page. )

Talents

Jul. 20th, 2009 12:00 pm
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Yesterday was the debut of the fabulous tuba shirt [profile] icyfeetofdeath made for [profile] jebra.Click here to see the scrapbook page. )
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I took some 150+ photos, but only a handful were worth keeping. I never know what settings to use and whatever I picked yesterday produced very dark and grainy images. Bah.

Nevertheless, I scrapped a page to show off the few that did turn out and to highlight my favorite things. The crew decorates the stage differently every year and every year it turns out great. The crew is, in part, comprised of band students from one of the areas Junior High Schools. [insanejournal.com profile] jebra can undoubtedly tell you which one was this year; I've already forgotten. The kids did a great job with decorating the lobby and stage, introducing each piece, prefaced by one of the traditional horrible riddles (What's the mummy's favorite type of music? Rap!), and their own costumes.

The band played a nice selection of music but for me the best part was [insanejournal.com profile] jebra's performance on an old Smith-Corona typewriter.

Click here to see the page )
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I took some 150+ photos, but only a handful were worth keeping. I never know what settings to use and whatever I picked yesterday produced very dark and grainy images. Bah.

Nevertheless, I scrapped a page to show off the few that did turn out and to highlight my favorite things. The crew decorates the stage differently every year and every year it turns out great. The crew is, in part, comprised of band students from one of the areas Junior High Schools. [livejournal.com profile] jebra can undoubtedly tell you which one was this year; I've already forgotten. The kids did a great job with decorating the lobby and stage, introducing each piece, prefaced by one of the traditional horrible riddles (What's the mummy's favorite type of music? Rap!), and their own costumes.

The band played a nice selection of music but for me the best part was [livejournal.com profile] jebra's performance on an old Smith-Corona typewriter.

Click here to see the page )
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I took some 150+ photos, but only a handful were worth keeping. I never know what settings to use and whatever I picked yesterday produced very dark and grainy images. Bah.

Nevertheless, I scrapped a page to show off the few that did turn out and to highlight my favorite things. The crew decorates the stage differently every year and every year it turns out great. The crew is, in part, comprised of band students from one of the areas Junior High Schools. [livejournal.com profile] jebra can undoubtedly tell you which one was this year; I've already forgotten. The kids did a great job with decorating the lobby and stage, introducing each piece, prefaced by one of the traditional horrible riddles (What's the mummy's favorite type of music? Rap!), and their own costumes.

The band played a nice selection of music but for me the best part was [livejournal.com profile] jebra's performance on an old Smith-Corona typewriter.

Click here to see the page )
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I'm on my way out the door for a wedding reception, but before I go, I want to post the scrapbook page I made for last night's FCB Concert...

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That's [insanejournal.com profile] jebra's parents in the cutout on the lower right. They summer up at Houghton Lake, but came down to Ypsilanti for a few days and we were lucky enough to get to see them. And vice versa, I suppose.
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I'm on my way out the door for a wedding reception, but before I go, I want to post the scrapbook page I made for last night's FCB Concert...

Click here )

That's [insanejournal.com profile] jebra's parents in the cutout on the lower right. They summer up at Houghton Lake, but came down to Ypsilanti for a few days and we were lucky enough to get to see them. And vice versa, I suppose.
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I'm on my way out the door for a wedding reception, but before I go, I want to post the scrapbook page I made for last night's FCB Concert...

Click here )

That's [livejournal.com profile] jebra's parents in the cutout on the lower right. They summer up at Houghton Lake, but came down to Ypsilanti for a few days and we were lucky enough to get to see them. And vice versa, I suppose.
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I'm on my way out the door for a wedding reception, but before I go, I want to post the scrapbook page I made for last night's FCB Concert...

Click here )

That's [livejournal.com profile] jebra's parents in the cutout on the lower right. They summer up at Houghton Lake, but came down to Ypsilanti for a few days and we were lucky enough to get to see them. And vice versa, I suppose.
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Farmington Hill's newly constructed band shell was dedicated and the FCB Concert Band had the honor of performing the first concert on its stage last night.

The shell's manufacturer described it as a "kit" in their sales literature to the city. From remarks made during the dedication ceremony, I gather "kit" translated as "a pile of lumber, miscellaneous hardware, and instructions." Nevertheless, the shell is beautiful and does a superior job of directing sounds on the stage to the audience. In terms of sound quality, the shell is almost as good as Harrison's auditorium. (And the band itself sounded wonderful.)

Click here )

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