25 November 2007

Monday's Musing

Well, I was going to post just this quote:

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
- Abraham Lincoln

But then I got reading and couldn't resist these other gems, and since they cost nothing to post and they are guilt free, I figured it was ok to indulge. ;) So here are a few of my other favorites from Abraham Lincoln:

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

Two of these, the first and third of the four posted, run through my mind often, along with this one from my grandmother: "You feel sorry for a mad dog, but you can't let it bite you" and this one attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte: "Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence." Wise words!

Do you think of famous quotes often or not at all? What runs through your mind?

Happy Monday! Have a great week. :)


22 November 2007

With Thanks

Today in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving. And I have much for which to be thankful: my family and my dear friends, and all of the positive people and influences in my life. I am thankful that my family and I live in a safe and beautiful place, and that we have good food to eat and clothes to keep us warm, when so many do not. I am thankful for the wonderful people (all over the world!) that I have met through this blog and through my work. There is more, but today is a day for family, and that is where I should be right now. :)

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, wherever you are!


18 November 2007

Monday's Musing

"Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events."
- Sir Winston Churchill

Do you believe that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it? Over and over again?

I do.

Have a wonderful week everyone!


14 November 2007


The camera software is bunged up and I don't have any time to de-bugify it. So you are all going to have to imagine the gorgeous surprise that my Secret Pal sent me. It is hand dyed in a plummy purple, it is mohair and it is laceweight. What could possibly be better?! I've been fondling it. It is hanging by my work space beckoning to me to cast on with it. It is my reward. Yes, my reward.

And while you are imagining that, imagine me crocheting, and hand & needle felting for hours at a time. Did you know that hand felting is great exercise for your triceps? Neither did I!

Hopefully I can convince hubby to fix said camera software by Friday so I don't have to take time away from my stealth felting activities. 'Cause dayamn, this blog is boring without pics! (And no! You may not tell me it's boring with pics too! That's TMI for my tiny brain!) ;)

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12 November 2007

Monday's Musing

The other day, my husband was having his usual cup of tea. It's one of those brands that has a quote with each tea bag. He always reads the quotes to me, and this was a particularly great one, in both of our opinions:

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome." - Booker T. Washington

In fact, I loved that quote so much that I looked up others by Mr. Washington. And that has led me to proclaim today the unofficial "Booker T. Washington Day" on rosemary-go-round. :)

Feast your eyes on these fabulous quotes:

"I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

"No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem."

"One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him."

"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up."
- Booker T. Washington

What do you think? Was the man a genius or what? I think so. It is so inspirational to me to see the incredible positives that extraordinary people can make of their difficulties. It buoys me.

I hope you've enjoyed the quotes! Have a great week everyone!


11 November 2007

A Veterans Day Remembrance


Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die in vain
as long as my sacrifice is not forgotten.
-author unknown

07 November 2007


That's what Soo's Muir is. Simply stunning!

I'm afraid I have no pictures for you today. Not much other than stealth knitting going on. And the camera is recharging to boot.

So...I'm going to have to try to think of something interesting. Like the fact that yesterday I had hits from both Moscow, Idaho and Moscow Russia. Or the fact that I reconnected with a friend today with whom I have not spoken in 22 years.
And then there's the dear friend I spoke with over the weekend. I hadn't actually heard her voice in over ten years, I think. Emails, yes. But there's something special about the phone. Gotta love that free long distance. :)

Do you ever go through periods of wanting to reconnect with friends from whom you have drifted away? I've been doing that. And the funny thing is I've changed and they've changed, but it still seems like I just hung up the phone with them the day before. How can that be after so much time?

This month will be even shorter on the blogging, I'm afraid. I've got deadlines! Major deadlines! Wish me luck. :)

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04 November 2007

Monday's Musing

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to homeā€”so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)

What an amazing and thought provoking person she was.

Have a great week everyone!


01 November 2007


I forgot my camera last night! Waaaaaaa! We took the boys to our dear friends' house for trick or treating, as is our yearly custom. And I can't believe I forgot the camera! So you'll have to be satisfied with a bad cell phone shot from last year.

Hope everyone had a great one! :)