Thursday, March 27, 2008

Parent Job Description

POSITION: Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop

JOB DESCRIPTION :Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES:The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION :Get this: You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS :While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays an d no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Forward this on to all the PARENTS you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do...or forward with love to anyone thinking of applying for the job.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008


We had a great time in New York - even though it was cold, we are used to that! My DD has most of the pictures - so I'll post some when I get them.
When we checked in she decided 'we' wanted rooms with a view so she chose the 21st floor over the 6th. I don't do well with heights! Just looking at this picture (that I actually took) makes me dizzy! I didn't find any yarn stores - wonder if there is such a thing in NYC? But the girls did a lot of shopping and even found some bargains. I had some quality time with my sister who came in from NJ for the weekend. We saw the new "A Chorus Line" on Broadway which was great. Could never live in the city though - just too used to my quiet country life!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Easter

I'm heading out of town for the weekend - down to New York City and the Easter Parade! My DD, and two granddaughters and I are going and will be meeting my two sisters there - it's a girl's weekend! We hope to color eggs in Central Park, wear silly hats on 5th Avenue, visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in some museums, maybe an off broadway play - and probably freeze, since the temps in NYC will be in the 30s. I hope to have pictures to share next week.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a White St. Patrick's Day?

But it's more like a nightmare! Yes, it's snowing again in Downeast Maine!

I've been working on a couple of St. Patrick's Day projects (My maiden name is Donnelly after all!). This Shamrock dishcloth and a
A mini-accordion album -

just have to find some pictures to go in it - a good snowy day project.
I finally have some pictures of the State Cheering Competition in Augusta, ME. in February.

The girls did a great job - made it to the finals (call backs) and came in 4th in the state.


Sunday, March 09, 2008

Springing Ahead

It seems way too early for daylight savings time - but if it means spring is getting close I'll deal with driving to work in the dark for a couple of weeks. We've had a lot of rain this past week and I can once again see my back yard - another sign spring is coming - or rather what we call here 'mud season'.
On the knitting scene in my never-ending quest to use up my yarn stash (so I can justify buying more of course) I'm making some of these mini-Easter baskets with leftover felting yarn ( Patons, Cascade, and Galway 100% wool yarn.)
CO 25 stitches on size 11 16" circs and knit 24 rows in garter stitch (12 ridges). Then pick up 12 stitches along the side (just stick the needle into each ridge and knit a stitch), the 25 CO stitches along the bottom, and 12 more stitches on the other side. Join and work in the round for about 6 inches. Add different colors for stripes, or even use up some of that novelty yarn and fun fur as you go. BO. Make two 4 stitch I-cords about 12" long and sew them together at one end, twist, and sew together at the other end. Sew the handle inside the basket - through in the washer and felt down to the size you want. This one is about 6" wide and 3" tall.

And for the tiny bits of left over yarn (you can't just throw them away, can you?) I'm making these bookmarks. Patterns are on the

Yahoo Monthly Bookmark KAL - you have to join to get them, but can easily make up your own using any pattern stitch you would like to try out.

I probably should name my blog "Grammie Knits, while Grampy Cooks"!His latest kitchen toy is this really cook spice rack that goes under the cabinet. After you fill them, you can select how much you need on the little dial and it will dispense just that much. Now how cool is that! It's called the Auto-measure Carousel and made by KitchenArt. He actually picked it up at Hannaford - a NE grocery chain- while food shopping.

Think Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Sunset on Frenchman's Bay

aMy entry for the "Place that brings you peace and joy" on Zeeneedle's blog. Janet is also having a contest - go over to A Work in Progress and guess when her snow will be gone (she lives in Alaska by the way). Vicki is having a contest too although I think she's the one who should get a prize for weaving in all of those ends - enter the contest on Purple is a Fruit.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

In Like A Lion

March is coming in like a lion, just as promised. Predictions are for up to a foot of new snow today. Yes, it's pretty, but I can't wait for the lamb!

I haven't been blogging this week, but I have been knitting...a little.
Kris has designed another beautiful washcloth (too pretty to wash dishes
with! She calls it "Springing up Flowers" and you can find the pattern
here. She has designed some other great cloths too, and is generous enough to share them for free on her blog. You can see the flowers much more clearly on the photo over there.
I've also been knitting up these cute eggs - stuffed with Cadbury chocolate eggs! They are Jean Greenhowe's Novelty Eggs.
and use up small amounts of fingering weight yarn. I plan on making some little felted Easter baskets to put them in, although it's hard to think about Easter when looking out my window today. Easter comes so early this year we will surely be hunting for eggs in the snow.

Yesterday, I received my "Mystery Yarn Ball" package from Mary. In this Whoduknit Swap we had to wind up small treasures into a ball of yarn, and then provide a pattern for the receiver to knit. As you knit, the goodies fall out of the yarn ball. Mary sent some Bernat Black Lites yarn, and a pattern for the Trio knit tote bag from Crystal Palace Yarns. There were a few goodies in the package that I guess did not fit inside the yarn ball. I'm anxious to get started on the pattern and see what falls out!
If you too are snowed in this weekend, you might want to try this great clam chowder recipe. Our friends Layne and Tim (Hi Layne) served us this along with a great chicken dish and great company (and a little too much wine!) last Saturday night.

New England Clam Chowder

1 med onion, chopped 1 lg can chopped clams or 2 sm cans
½ lb raw bacon 2 qts heavy cream
2 Tbl garlic 1 Tbl lobster base
Black pepper to taste 1 tsp chicken base
2 potatoes, cooked, cubed

1. In soup pot, cook bacon; remove from pan and set aside. In bacon drippings, sauté onions & garlic.

2. Add pepper, clams & half the juice, and cream. Bring to a simmer.

3. Add lobster & chicken bases. Cook on low until thickened.

4. Add cooked potatoes. ENJOY!

Chicken Cacciatora with Olives

3 Tbl olive oil ½ dry white wine
3 cloves garlic, sliced 2 Tbl red wine vinegar
4-lb tender chicken, cut into pieces 20 ripe olives; 20 green olives,
1/8 tsp salt pitted/diced (I leave them whole)
1/8 tsp pepper 2 anchovy filets, chopped

1. In large pot, place oil and garlic. When oil is hot, add chicken, sprinkle with salt & pepper and brown slowly and thoroughly on all sides.

2. When chicken has a good golden color, add wine and vinegar. Add olives, and after a few minutes, the chopped anchovies.

3. Add several tablespoons water, and leaving fire on low, cook until chicken is done and sauce is thick and rich (about 45 minutes). Serves 4.