Rhinebeck 2009 Countdown

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Luck 'O The Irish ??? Eh, not really.....

So thankfully, this week is over.......ugh. I can't complain more about how MUCH not having a car is plucking my LAST nerve.....I just hate having to ask family and friends for help. Luckily over the last two weeks I've mainly been relying on my DH, my parents and a few times, a coworker who has offered me rides home when DH is working and my parents aren't available. I had to resort to getting a taxi one morning this week, and it cost $32 DOLLARS !!!! I almost threw-up.....next time, I'm taking the BUS!!! I don't care if I have to sit at work for two hours before my shift starts.......the bus only costs $1.20 one way!!!

The fundraising efforts for the Australian Red Cross netted a whopping $21k+ Australian dollars....I am so proud to have been a part of this fundraising effort. I have drawn the names for the 5 prizes I offered here on my blog, and the winners were:

Congrats to the winners and thanks to EVERYONE for the generosity!!!

Speaking of generous...I received my St. Patty's Day swap package from my partner, NatashaRhea. She sent an awesome package of Irish fun--stuff that met the Green & Irish theme. As you all have seen from my past yarn pictures, GREEN is one of my favorite colors, so this swap was right up my alley......

She sent me two books, one of knitting basics (stitches and such) and the other--1001 Little Ways to Save the Planet (get it.....going GREEN....LOL!), some yummy Twinings Irish Breakfast tea (which I have loved for years!!!), two fun St. Patrick's themed Velvet Coloring sets, a recipe box with recipies from her own kitchen, some shamrock decorated cupcake baking cups, a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter, a pattern for a shamrock dishcloth, a Tinkerbell Pez dispenser (which is too cute--I don't want to use it cause it's so cute.......), a cute mini Post-it pad which is shaped like a mini-green iPod (funny, because my iPod IS green!), two skeins of yarn.....some Sugar & Cream cotton yarn in HOT GREEN and a skein of Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in PISTACHIO.....the best part was the hand made Camera bag (it could be used for an iPod too.....but my iPod mini is small, but it's the PERFECT size for my camera) she made for me.....the color is SO me, and I just love the button!! Thanks Natasha!!!

Oh, and my mom's car is being repaired!! The girl that hit her had full coverage, so my parents don't have to pay for anything!! She's driving a rental now, so all is good. The damages (so far) are over $6k. Thank god for insurance!!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pictures of the Car Accident

Just thought I would share some of the pics taken at the scene of my parents' accident yesterday.

Now, they are dealing with insurances and getting a rental......JOY!!
(BTW, mom was was my ride to/from work for a couple of days a week, so I don't know now what I'm going to be doing.......stay tuned!!)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

What a difference a week makes!

Monday started the week with 6+ inches of snow.....today, the high temperature was in the mid-60's. Nice enought to turn the heater OFF and open up the windows......I love spring!!

Tuesday we got the news of DOOM about my car........$3700+ to fix (and that's just to get the basics fixed to get it to pass inspection). Our mechanic is a long-time family friend, so he's totally honest.......he basically said that my car isn't worth that much to fix. So, I am for the present and near future, WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION. Stressful, to say the least.

And, in other family drama....my parents and oldest nephew were in a car accident this afternoon, on their way to lunch. A 23 year old girl ran a red-light at about 50mph and hit my mom's SUV in the front passenger fender, and fled the scene. Luckily, no-one was hurt and there were two off-duty County cops and a retired cop that were at the intersection when the accident happened. The off-duty cops went after the girl and caught her. My mom's SUV has a damaged front wheel and the whole front end of her car was torn off. Everybody was pretty shaken up, but thankfully everyone is ok, and the SUV can be fixed (eventually......)

On a happy note, I have made such wonderful friends through Ravelry over the past 14 months. And my very good friend, Amy is just one of them. Amy and I met through one of my favorite Ravelry activities--swaps! We've been friends ever since. Amy decided to send me a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) after she read about the ever-continuing string of bad luck. Amy, YOU ARE THE BEST !!!

Working in the stationery and card business, you learn to appreciate high quality and attention to detail when it comes to cards. In essence, I've become a Stationery Snob! Amy picked the most beautiful card for me:

Isn't it gorgeous? It has all of these clear crystals (I just love BLING!) and even the envelope was lined with the same design. Yep, I'm a snob alright!

Amy sent just the perfect things for a pick-me-up.....CHOCOLATE (European MILK chocolate, no less), two perfectly-themed lip balms (Passion Fruit and Pineapple) and a glorious skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Melange in a colorway called Huckleberry (love....Love....LOVE--I must have more!)

Three cheers for yarn love from good friends!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Finally, I got my wish.......

There is a saying....."ask, and you shall receive". We've all heard it.

Finally, I got what I've been asking for ALL winter...........

And we're not talking flurries here, people.......we got the GOODS here in Delaware!!!

Sunday morning, DH and woke to a slight dusting....maybe a half-inch of snow on the grass. Kona, the Hawaiian eskimo dog......LOVED it!! She really loves any sight of the white stuff. She's like a child.....she can't wait to get outside and play in it. It was melted away by lunch. And she moped all evening.....

Then the real wollop arrived last night.....it started to snow......and Snow.......and SNOW.....it just kept coming. I woke up this morning and it was still snowing. Made the educated decision to NOT attempt my return to work today. Logically, drifting snow, wind and CRUTCHES don't actually go well with each other (kinda like my own version of "Which One Doesn't Belong...."). I'll probably get an earfull about it tomorrow, but HEY.......I gotta look after myself first. That's all I need....slip and fall in the snow. RIGHT!

The snow let up around lunchtime and DH went out to shovel. They had just plowed, so the road looks pretty clear (it didn't stay that way, as we got another round of the white stuff later this afternoon). In total, the official snow count was 9.5 inches.....not to shabby (and ignoring all comments from the peanut gallery of friends from the Midwest and New England.....for us in the mid-Atlantic.....this is alot!!)

Needless to say........Kona is in TUNDRA-heaven !!!!!
Ok, I am happy now.........is it SPRING yet??