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10 Favourite Musicals

What fun! Musicals are a bit of a family tradition. Often times we would watch all together – Aunts, Unlces, cousins, grandparents. So musicals hold a special place in my heart – for all their cheesy too-happy situations and co-ordinated song & dance breakouts.

1. Showboat

Kinda morbid for a little girl but this is my favourite, hands down, since I was a preschooler. Life upon the wicked stage + the water = magic. I wanted to be Katherine Grayson when I grew up. And marry a rakish gambler who would slowly realize I was worth more than his freewheeling life as a broke drunk surrounded by fallen women.

Aim high little girl. Aim high.

2. Music Man

Love, love, love this! There is something so bright and cheerful about this one. Yee gods, it must be the 76 trombones. Hmmm…I grew up adoring librarians, and am one (of a sort) now so…perhaps these musicals were more of an influence than I realized.

also – another charlatan is reformed by the love of a good woman, begrudgingly reformed…theme is emerging…

3. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Ha! Howard Keel is back and he’s looking for a lady – not any will do: Heavenly eyes, but oh that size! He helps his brothers when they steal the women they love and keep them ’til the spring thaw’. Of course by then they love their kidnappers (pretty advanced psychology) and are pleased to all pretend they’ve had a baby out of wedlock so they can be married.

Life lessons are happening all over the place.

4. The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Of all the musicals I’ll list, and they were all watched over and over, this one does make me cringe when I see it today. The heavy handed acting — well, shouting really. But some of those songs are mighty catchy — fave: He’s My Friend…

Even as a kid the money in the stove hurt, physically hurt me — my stomach is tightening just thinking about that scene.

5. Gigi

Oh I thought Leslie Caron was so gorgeous — I didn’t see this til I was 10 or so and my goodness did she impress me. Maurice Chevalier – what a voice.

6. My Fair Lady

Oh! Everyone was so shocked when she said ‘bloomin’ arse. I’m not talking about the upper crust Brits – I’m talking about my family!!!

7. Singin’ In the Rain

So funny. I could watch this any, any time. One of my favourite childhood memories is of accompanying my beloved Grandfather to the bank on a rainy, Vancouver afternoon, and singing the title song together. Tomorrow it will be 22 years since he passed away and I still miss him everyday. What a gentleman.

8. Meet Me in St. Louis/Easter Parade

I really don’t recall either of these in their entirety but they, plus the preceding 7, evoke the warmth and security of my grandparents living room, in pj’s surrounded by family, watching and singing and laughing together. Just sharing.

9. The Sound of Music

Oh boy. I distinctly recall being able to stay up 2 hrs!! passed my bedtime to watch this on tv on a Sunday night – and I had school the next day! I have seen this too many times to count. Including live, with an old, old german couple seated behind us who were singing along but, said aloud in a tone of complete shock at Rolf’s moment of confrontation: Und he’z a Nazi!!!

If I only could watch one musical over and over – I think this would have to be it.

10. The King and I

Oh how I wanted to travel the world and fall in love with the gruff but kind gentleman/barbarian. These shows really weren’t the best example setters! But they sure were a great way to pass an evening.

11 & 12 – yes  2 extra. As a teen I became obsessed with the Phantom. In my college years I saw and loved Les Miserables.

Oh no – 13 (the irony of this ill intentioned number pairing with:) Jesus Christ Superstar!

‘who in the hell do you think you are’ – that’s what i thought the lyrics were! This has to be one of the sing-alongable-est musicals going. I didn’t see it til I was in my 30’s. My mother still disapproves.

Oh. 14. I was blown away by Donny Osmonds’ Joseph – great great talent.

k – i’ll really stop now…

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Popcorn & PJ’s Night!

This seemed like one of the easier list items to complete!

Originally the idea I had was for adults to do this – then I thought I should do this with my little cousins and then I thought – hey, why not host the evening for them to enjoy with their friends?

Just leave me here!Everyone came in their pj’s – so comfy! We started with some arts and crafts downstairs — making name placards for bedroom doors was the idea but it became much more about the process than the end product – which was perfect.

After the crafty time, the kids went upstairs to watch the Bee Movie and we stayed downstairs, drinking tea, eating Lindor chocolate and talking. It was awesome.

I had made each child these cutesie Popcorn Cups that were a hit.Pj's and Popcorn the 1st    Comfy?

 It was so much fun! I decided to host another night (and there are one or two more in the works) because I have so many friends with children.

vfds 005 The difference between the two groups was hilarious. With the 1st group I ran out of popcorn, apple juice, milk and cookies. There was a solid half hour of sweeping to do after they left and two days later I was finding things under the couch and behind plants. No problem! That’s what life with kids is like.

dogsWith the second group I didn’t even serve the popcorn, goldfish or raisins. I think one child had a drink – of water! When they called down to ask about making a fort upstairs I said: Of course.

When I joined them upstairs for the last half hour I was almost speechless. There was no mess. NO mess whatsoever. They had built the ‘fort’ by laying a blanket over the coffee table. That was it. That was Cousinsthe fort – no couch cushions on the floor, no furniture moved. But they had a blast sitting under the coffee table in their fort.

They made fridge magnets. They watched Cinderella and danced about, pretended to be dogs and babies and then they all got bundled up and went back home.

I was left with a glass of wine and a super clean house by 8 pm. And I was already in my PJ’s!

Truly a rewarding experience completing this item on my list!

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Knitting Content!!

Yes. Your eyes are not deceiving you — it’s a slew (or is it slough?) of FO’s!

Topmost is the Tudora Ruff– or Tudorica. 😉  

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I think this picture turned out quite funny – I was actually trying to avoid a triple chin but…it makes me look kinda threatening.

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Great Canadian Traveling ScarfI joined a traveling Scarf Exchange, which is pretty fun – we just mailed off the second section. You start a scarf – knit the 1st 6″, send it on to the next knitter, they add 6″ and so on. Finally your scarf is returned to you and you knit the final 6″. Voila!  A complete scarf. And this way you – ok I – totally avoid the dread that comes upon me about 8″ in to a scarf — that certainty that the scarf is not growing – a fact that seems to be proven by measuring! Does anyone know how that works? How can you measure something at 8″, knit 10 rows and remeasure and it is still 8″?? I don’t know how it happens but it has happened to me more than once.

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I used the leftover wool from Tudorica and chose a pattern from the Stitch Dictionary my Mom gifted me. This is not the best picture. At least I hope it’s the picture.

I also joined a Granny Square Exchange and this is a terrible pic of the one I sent out. (at least there is a bit of a theme to the post!)

AND last of all: Aunty K’s Amendment Thrummed Mittens

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So named because they were to make up for the socks I made her for her anniversary that fit her granddaughter! (I’ve seen her wear them twice already!)

Thrumming was much easier than I thought and it is super-duper cozy. I might have to look into a pair for myself for next season since, you know.

Knit while watching: Lost Seasons 1&2; True Blood Seasons 1&2

Tudorica & Amendment Thrummed Mittens were projects for the BSG Fleet Power Battle (on Ravelry). Go Galactica!!

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10 Things I’m Looking forward to in 2010

1. Meeting my new cousin (mid-June)
2. Final season of LOST
3. Ravelympics — though I think it might be more of a commitment than I get
4. Being debt-free
5. Completing: The List
6. Baby chicks!
7. Alice in Wonderland
8. Traveling — not sure where yet
9. Blogging and blog reading
10. Can’t Stop the Serenity fundraiser

What about you?

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Ta Da!

FO's!

See, there has been some knitting around here!  While I was away my lovely landlords looked after my place. And my cats. And my chickens. And my fish.
Kind of a lot to look after.
As a way of saying thanks, I knit her some Mason Dixon Ball Band dishcloths (I love the way the colours pooled!) and added a jar of my Accidental Plum Sauce*. On the morning of my 1st piano lesson, I brought them with me. Her surprise was well worth the effort. 😀

I am also trying my hand at quilting. See below:

Quilt top

I’ve finished the top. Now the applique begins! Someday.

I accidentally cut out some of the fabric the regular way, not knowing what “on the bias” meant. My mother educated me and…I had to pick up some more fabric. Once I cut that out I discovered, I don’t own any pins?!?? So I had to make a trip to Wal*Mart and pick some up. By the time I got home…interest had waned in favour of The Office Season 3. So…there you have it.

scan001001A little closeup of the binding strips dividing the panels. Love the little ladybugs.

Now I wanted to make a gift for a friend who had a new baby, oh 6 months ago (yes Queen of Procrastination am I) and I love this little coat. So darned cute. I decided to make one for the new baby and one for her toddler sister. I cast on for the 6-12 months size and made quick (for me!) progress.New Project? YIP>5/365

I really like the fabric the seed stitch creates. As I was knitting and watching the Battlestar Galactica Miniseries premiere, I became increasingly uneasy with the piece.

Check this out:
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Umm that is my February Lady Sweater placed below the Smock Coat. And yes. They are the same width.

Ahh…I’m a plus-sized gal and this baby is decidedly typical, size-wise that is. 😉 I don’t know what sort of monster this coat would fit! Maybe this guy: So I was going to scrap it completely (though I did wonder if I kept on if it might fit me…)but after reading boards at Ravelry etc. Debbie Bliss’ patterns would seem to run wide. So now I am thinking this might be ok for the toddler and I could make the next size down for the baby?

What do you think?

 *I tried to preserve plums according to directions – they had only cooked 12 of the 38 minutes and were mush already — plus they were supposed to be processed for an additional 10 minutes! madness — my Aunt shared a simpler, more effective recipce with me that might have done the trick. You prepare syrup, fill hot jars with plums, pour the syrup over and then process the jars. The plums still softened up but at least they retained their shape! I’ll let you know later in the year how they taste === looking forward to that. Mmmm….

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Last weekend was the Brackendale Fall Fair. The weather was perfect – sunny and warm. Even at opening, the place was packed. So much to see and do.

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This young violinist was very talented (but I was country-musiced-out in about 20 seconds — ugh) 

 Cutest Cupcakes!Over in the food tent (not sure what it was really called) there were the most amazing cupcakes! A troop of Beavers – and check out that Cob of Corn! People can be so creative.

I was disappointed for them that they were only second place. 😦

 
1st Prize Cake @ Fall FairThis Sandwich rivals the Ace of Cakes, I think. A well-deserved Blue Ribbon.

Hair cuts at the Fall FairThis struck me as very funny – you could get your haircut. Right next to the Petting Zoo – for $10 no less!

I had the best breakfast at the Ninja Crepe. Fresh strawberries, Nutello and whipped cream folded into a hot crepe. Yum!

There were awesome booths this year and I am determined to have some FO’s by next September so I can enter them.

This year I entered some Kiwi Lime Marmalade that I made. I love it — I think it tastes like a Morning Margarita. Mmmmm….I used the recipe from the excellent book, Well Preserved, that I picked up while on Quadra Island.

And looky! It won 1st Prize! My very own Blue Ribbon preserve.
My Award Winning Jam

To celebrate, I picked up a coupla old gals and headed home.

Need a lift?

My Mom made some delectable scones, I whipped up some mock Devonshire Cream and voila:

Afternoon Tea

A most delicious day.

 

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Back Home

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Home from camping on Quadra Island.
I realize that I have continued to neglect this blog. I have written so many entries in my mind…that I forget I haven’t actually published them.
I wish life were a lot slower!

I took a week and slowed down intentionally. You can’t beat camping for introspection.

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I’ve been up to a few things since my last post — sadly, I had to get new chickens. RIP Chickanzees. {these are the new ones – 4 little girls and 1 boy}

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Spent some time being a tourist close to home:

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Started quilting:

1st Quilt!

Took up canning:

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Spent time with family:

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and pets:

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How did you spend your summer?

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