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A friend is interested in learning to knit socks. I love to knit and was really excited that she wanted to learn too.
Too make sure I didn’t forget any necessities, I emailed a couple knitting friends that live in the states.
These are the two answers I received:
tape measure, small scissors, needle measure doodad, needles to sew ends in
Post its, measuring tape, flask, chocolate, big needle point protectors, page protectors,
high lighter tape
I’ve been looking on one of my favorite knitting websites, Knit Picks. I’ve made a list of items that I think she absolutely needs:
6 inch Harmony Wood Double Pointed Knitting Needle Set
Double Ended Crochet Hook set for picking up dropped stitches
View Sizer – this is a needle sizer, measures stitches and rows, and gauges
Heel Foot Cream by SOAK (This is the best stuff)
Sock Knitting Needle Holders – you lay your project down and get distracted and don’t get back
to it right away, and VOILA! – stitches are no longer on your needles…this stops that!
Knitting Needle Point Protectors
Knitting Stitch Holders – various sizes
Bent tip Tapestry Needles for weaving in yarn ends
Highlighter tape – this is great stuff because you can use it over and over, really good help
when following a pattern – helps keep your place
A small spiral notebook to keep notes in of the project you’re working on.
If any other knitters out in Yarn Land can think of a few more items, or accessories, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.
All of the above items can be found at KnitPicks.com – except for one – highlighter tape, which can be found at other websites or even on ebay.
A few other websites I lurk around are JimmyBeansWool.com and SimplySockYarn.com – for you knitters outside of the U.S., these two websites ship Internationally. I love websites that ship Internationally!!!
Pura Vida from Costa Rica for now.
Some friends, Frances and Peggy, went to Nicaragua last week for a few days of R & R and to feed the street dogs and to put flea and tick stuff on them. Frances has Animal Lighthouse Rescue in Atenas.
When they returned, I got a text from her saying she brought home a Momma and two babies and one of the babies was for me! When do you want to come get her? My panic mode goes into gear because Mark has been adamant about saying “NO MORE DOGS”!
Sofi had an appointment with Dr. Douglas on Friday so I decided we would go after that. Mark was not interested in going!
I called after Sofi was done and we headed out to Frances’.
We were greeted with a chorus from all her dogs – not sure how many she has right now, must be at least 10! Sofi is not usually intimidated, but she is when she goes there! LOL She doesn’t want to get down and is content to be held the whole time.
After a little bit of talking, Frances said, “well, come meet your new baby.” So we went to the garden area of their front door and lo and behold, look what was waiting for me.
Frances had purchased a large Momma giraffe and two babies and one of the babies was mine! I got goosebumps, a lump in my throat, could have shed tears…..all over this giraffe!!! I so need a fix of visiting some live ones! LOL It’s been cloudy the last couple of days so I don’t have picture of Mollie, my new giraffe, in sunlight! Maybe tomorrow.
I have the best friends in the world!!! She said when she saw it, she knew she had to bring it to me….I am so happy with her. She said people would look strange at their vehicle because one of the giraffes was looking out the window!!! Said there were lots of smiles and waves on their way home.
Maricela, Dylana and Nazareth will absolutely go crazy when they see her!!!
Thank you so much Frances….you’re the best!
Pura Vida from “giraffe manor”.
Our friends Bill and Sandy just returned from a humongous trip that included Singapore and India and Bali and Australia.
Don’t know about you, but just thought of planning for such a long trip – they were gone for about 8-9 weeks! I would have to plan now
if I wanted to take my dream trip to Giraffe Manor in Africa.
I’m not sure if they went to Goa, India, but if they didn’t it was one of the few places they didn’t visit on their latest and longest trip. I bet they did visit because even though Goa is the smallest of the India states, they have a huge amount of tourism because of the beautiful beaches ancient Portuguese churches and more.
Portuguese? Yes, because Goa was an outpost in India for almost 500 years!
Sounds fascinating. I’ll be looking in Bill and Sandy’s photo slideshow to see if I can spot a Goa landmark.
Mark is a huge fan of the CBS hit Survivor. He’s now trying to be a Wall Street Survivor. He’s knows that he’ll never make in on a deserted beach with some twenty somethings cavorting in their skivvies and bra tops.
So he plays games online where nobody can see him and pass judgement.
He’s starting playing Wall Street Survivor. He’s taking their fake cash and investing in it real companies and watching how he does in real time.
He says it’s “educational” and will help us avoid the fiscal cliff that is looming just around the corner.
He used to take pride in his Baby Boomer Portfolio:
- Altria – cancer sticks
- Novartic – cancer drugs
- Zimmer – joint replacement
- Carnival – cruise ships
- Quest Diagnostics – finding out what ails us
- Allergan – botox, baby!
- VCA Antec – keeping your pooch and pussy happy
- Kraft – Cheez Whiz and Mac and Cheese, retirement food
So we’ll see how that portfolio does in the game.
As long as it’s free and he doesn’t risk our real cash, I’m OK with it.
Actually, I’m thinking of signing up too and challenging him. I bet I can do better. Whaddya think? Maybe we will set up a league.
Right after March Madness that is.
Gotta have priorities right?
Tops = first team out; Hoosiers = NCAA Champions.
Delores sent me a copy of a blog bragging about this wonderful fabric place in San Jose. Within a couple days an adventure was formed….Delores, Lee, Robin and I set off to find this wonderful domain.
We actually found the place pretty quickly. However, the warehouse was gone and the best we could figure out, you were to “order” fabric and it was pretty much drape, furniture fabric, etc.
GPS was no help in finding another fabric shop!
Robin suggested we go to the San Pedro Mall. After Lee kept plugging it in the GPS and nothing would come up, she tried putting in Mall San Pedro and voila we had the directions. Still not adept at putting nouns before adjectives.
It was the first time I’ve driven in San Jose! YIKES! But I think I must have done fairly well because there were no gasps from any of the riders!
We drove through the edge of ”the new China town”….nice streets, go figure!
Arrived at the mall – many stories. There was even a medical kiosk where you could purchase dental tools and stethoscopes, etc. Haven’t seen that before in a mall.
Then we came upon the shop of all shops!
I’m sure I wasn’t supposed to take a picture but No habla Espanol can come in handy sometimes! LOL Alas, it wasn’t needed. But I did send the picture to Mark and told him we had made a detour from fabric to this shop! LOL
4 floors or more to this mall; and a food court on each floor. The things that I happened to look at seemed to be cheaper than Multi Plaza, but then again, who isn’t cheaper!
We did stop at Multi Plaza on our way home…..always a must to stop at Cemaco.
Left at 9:15 a.m. and didn’t get back till 5ish….and of course, I was too tired to cook! LOL So actually, I didn’t get home till 8:30 ish.
Fell into bed and of course, realized this morning that we missed the new episode of Justified – thank heavens it’s recorded!
Adventures abound in Costa Rica – 4 women leave with fabric on their minds and never saw a bolt of fabric all day! But we sure made a great adventure for ourselves.
Being able to adapt is all about living in Costa Rica. Being retired helps, I think. Because, it doesn’t matter if you achieve what you started out to do, but being able to make an adventure out of it, is what counts.
Of course first they need a DMV first. Which they really don’t need because nobody likes the DMV.
But if you live in California or anyplace else in the U.S. and need to pass a driver’s test, try the DMV Cheat Sheet or as they call it the “ca dmv handbook“
From Alaska to Maine to Florida, taking the written test to get your drivers license is annoying. Almost every state’s driver license manual or dmv handbook is over ONE HUNDRED PAGES long! Who has time to read that or know what matters!?
And what about all those expensive online “courses?” Who has time for that? With DMVCheatSheets you simply get it, print it, go to the DMV, read it while waiting to be called and pass your test. That’s it. Simple!
Best of all, no matter where or what you are studying for DMV Cheat Sheets can make sure you’re ready. Quick and easy study guides and online practice tests covering all the key questions and answers found in each state’s DMV manual or handbook for the driver’s license, learner’s permit, motorcycle and now the commercial driver’s license or CDLwritten test! So whether you need to jump in a Prius, on a Harley on slide into a four-wheeler, we’ve got you covered!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 24,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals
I don’t really understand 3D Blu-ray, but Mark has been raving about how cool it would be to have a 3D Blu-Ray player. We have a regular DVD player and of course a DVR that is hooked to the Slingbox. And a bunch of photos and music on CDs and in iTunes.
He’s been looking at something called Power DVD 12. He says it is the “ultimate” in a media player. The PowerDVD 12 plays all types of media, 3D Blu-ray and DVD movies, videos, photos and music. It’s designed to put all our media entertainment on the PC and iPhone and iPad.
They promise that videos will be true HD and 3D quality.
We’re not big tv watchers but it might be fun to see some real HD and 3D right at home. It would be nice to review some of our pictures from days gone by! Power DVD 12 is not cheap, but they have marked down (love mark downs!) the price to introduce the thingy to new users.
I’ll keep you posted.
Posted November 10, 2012on:
We took Joanne and Velma to the airport this morning to catch their flight to Orlando; and then they fly on to Nashville. Sure hope they make it. It was going to be a tight squeeze between their original flight and their connecting flight.
They ended up “borrowing” a suitcase of ours because of all the purchases! LOL
It was a fun time but I am truly exhausted! Spanish class for today was re-scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m. – sure hope I’m up in time for it! LOL
Visiting us is so different than staying at a resort; you actually get “the feel” of living like a Tico (Costa Rican). We ate out a lot, saw a lot, shopped a lot, and we were able to introduce them to a lot of our friends.
They decided to get rid of all the colones coins and gave them to Dylana and Nazareth! They were excited - Dylana ran into their house and immediately wrote a thank you note! They are such sweet girls….won’t be long and they’ll be helping me trim the Christmas trees!
When we arrived home from the airport, all three dogs ran around looking for Joanne and Velma! They’ve walked around with forelorn faces ever since. Poor babies.
I love, love, love when our friends visit – but it’s really sad for me because I know it will be a long time till we see each other again. Scheduled a massage for myself on Tuesday – so I have something to look forward to and enjoy! LOL
Can’t decide if the December winds have arrived early or not – but I was able to get 2 washer loads of towels dry and a set of sheets! I try to NOT use the dryer unless it’s a necessity.
Mechanic had to go to San Jose to get a special wrench because he couldn’t get the tire off the car to see what the actual problem is….some people get to dream of sugar plums….we’re dreaming of dollar signs, er, I should say, colones signs!
They should be landing in Orlando about now! Such a beautiful day to fly – lots of sun and no rain clouds – at least so far here anyway.
I know they’ll both be happy to arrive home!
Velma had an excellent experience at the dentist at Denta-Vac! I’m sure she’ll share it with all of you.
Pura Vida for now!
Posted November 8, 2012on:
I’ve had a wonderful time with friends being here. Have re-visited places to show Velma and Joanne and it’s brought back fond memories of when other friends have visited! Ahhhh, good times. Friends mean the fun times!
Then there’s the friggin’ vehicle!!! Old Bessie basically died on us when Terri visited. The “new vehicle”, that is still nameless, has been excellent up to yesterday. Noticed a sound coming from the rear end….headed home from Sarchi; Mark immediately took it back into town to visit the mechanic. Supposed to get a call back today around 10:00 a.m.; please keep your fingers crossed that it won’t be major or cost too many colones to repair!
Velma was supposed to go back to the dentist today – Joni offered to drive her there because she wants to know where it is; her fee for doing this is some Hagen Daz ice cream!….which happens to be located fairly close to the dentist! So, we’ll be headed to Escazu this afternoon.
Yesterday we visited Sarchi and the Oxcart Factory – I’ve taken so many visitors there that I think I’m going to start asking for a kick back! LOL
Poor Joanne – signed up for international calling while in the states….oops! She got a text from AT&T this morning that she has incurred $250 worth of roaming charges! YIKES!!! Her phone is now turned off!
Tomorrow we’ll go to the Feria where Gabriel from the organic coffee farm is getting me some raw peanuts. Then I’ll fry the peanuts – pop some popcorn and mix the two together and pretend that I’m back at Terri’s eating her famous peanut/popcorn snack!
Then Joanne and Velma have massages scheduled for the afternoon. Joanne wants to go back to Antano’s for another meal! Hope you’ll be there Yaddi! (Big Grin!)
Hate thinking that their visit is coming to an end on Saturday. It’s been fun….except for the damn car! Actually, keep your fingers crossed that our car is back by then.
The sun has been a tad slow on coming out this morning; but it looks like the clouds are clearing and it will be another wonderful day in the neighborhood.
Friday morning Maricela is coming to fix breakfast for us! YUMMY! Great day to start the day!!!
Joanne just came back from a walk down the road. She saw a man at the bus stop and since she can’t speak Spanish, she tried using sign language! LOL Gotta love my friends!