Friday, December 29, 2006

Take action NOW

Every pet owner in the United States should be taking note of this offensive and intrusive legislation in Louisville KY. Think this can't happen to you? Check out your own locality for legislation approaching and fast.
WRITE AND CALL the Mayor's office in Louisville. WRITE AND CALL your ARBA, AKC or other species organization and demand the attention of it's Officers. WRITE AND CALL your local legislators and let them know that you will not tolerate such imposition in your area.

To the Officers and Directors of ARBA:
While it is reassuring to know that those coming to Louisville for Convention will not necessarily be affected directly, this ordinance will still apply to those breeders and pet owners (both of whom you represent if they are members of ARBA) who are in that area--and they, no matter how few, deserve the full support of ARBA as much as any other member or area.
In Ashland, Oregon, a single person who is an ardent activist has managed to get nearly the entire city council to consider a downright draconian animal control ordinance, including barring the use of crates for cats or dogs.This measure would be enforced by volunteers. Can you imagine the average PETA member's response to a rabbitry setup, or, heaven forbid, carry cages?
The stated intent is to use the passage of this legislation as a stepping stone, a precedent, to expansion. The Louisville ordinance is very likely to be used as a template for other areas of the country--and if we are to fight this type of restriction, we MUST fight now, and not let it become any further entrenched than it is. As a result of the attention paid to theLouisville ordinance, there is also now growing concern about similar efforts in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, as well as Oregon. If you read further in depth, you will find the following issues within the Louisville ordinance, as listed below.
The ordinance as currently written:
  • Makes rabbit show vendors of rabbits 'animal dealers' by definition;
  • Defines all rabbit scratches and bites as 'attacks';
  • Defines rabbits solely as 'domestic pets';
  • By omission, prevents definition of rabbits as 'livestock';
  • Places a pet limit of four ALTERED pets kept primarily for companionship;
  • Defines 'occasional sale' as ONE animal OR ONE litter in a 12-month period;
  • (Those selling more than this are defined as ANIMAL DEALERS)
  • Defines any breeding and sales with any intent of profit as 'Pet Shop';
  • Requires licensure for Pet Shops, Animal Dealers
  • Requires all advertisements to carry the license number of the seller if seller requires a license;
  • Upon conviction of a second violation (for impoundment? Not clear), the person may not own animals for two years;
  • Upon impoundment, pre-emptive fees are charged for care and anticipated veterinary expenses, for all animals, in full, in advance--every 30 days until either the animals are signed over to the animal department or until the judicial system has determined guilt or innocence;
  • ANY animal which has bitten or scratched a human being shall bequarantined for ten days, and failure to do so is a violation;
  • in addition, ALL quarantined animals must be implanted with a microchip;
  • Defines 'abandonment' as leaving any animal for more than 24 hours without care or oversight by a caretaker or owner;
  • Sales or transfers may not take place anywhere but at your home or business or designated area;
  • By prohibiting the 'mutilation' of animals dead or alive, the use of rabbits for meat or fur in private hands is outlawed;
  • in addition, no one but a veterinarian may perform any sort of necropsy, or even a tatoo.
Contact information for the Louisville mayor and council may be found at: at the bottom of the page.
Please fulfill your duties as ARBA officers and directors, and ensure that ARBA lets Louisville know that this type of legislation is not only unwelcome, but is, and will be, actively opposed.
Sincerely concerned,
Pamela Alley, RVTARBA Member
Director, Rabbit Industry Council

Monday, December 18, 2006

Don't Mess with my kid!

My oldest son Nik Harvey recieved his 3rd Degree Black Belt Saturday December 9, 2006 Big Congrats Nik!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sexiest Man Alive..

Move over George...

Age: 43 Status: In a relationship with French actress Vanessa Paradis See Him In: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (in '07) Why He's Sexy: He's a great dad, having bought an island (yep, an island) to raise their kids, Lily-Rose, 7, and Jack, 4. "The only thing money means to me is the freedom it buys me. Living in the islands is heaven. It'll be easier to give [my kids] a normal upbringing there."

Johnny island...oh YEAH!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Without comment....

No editorial. The judges I know probably won't even fact, it was a judge that sent this to me!

One day in heaven, Saint Peter,
Saint Paul and Saint John were standing around near the barns, watching the rabbits play.

"I am certainly bored", stated John. "Me too," Paul chimed in. Peter stood and watched the rabbits. "I know!" Peter began. "Why don't we have a rabbit show?"

Paul and John thought that the idea was great except for one small detail that Paul pointed out - "Who are we to compete against, Peter?" Paul asked. The trio pondered a moment when Peter realized the answer.

"We will call up Satan and invite him to the rabbit show. I mean, we have all of the finest rabbits here in heaven, all of the Champions are here. His rabbit barn is ridden with the spoiled, difficult and mean rabbits. We are certain to win at the show!"

And so the trio calls up Satan on the other realm communication lines and invited him to their rabbit show.
Satan laughed and asked why they would want to be humiliated like that, because he would certainly beat them.

Peter, Paul and John did not understand. "What do you mean, Satan?" Peter asked. "We have all of the Champion rabbits in our barn in heaven, how could you possibly beat us?"

Satan paused a moment and then laughed. "Have you forgotten so soon, gentlemen? I have all the judges!"

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Carroll Co. MD Rabbit Show

As usual, the Angora corner was the fun place to be! Since the show did something unusual and split the Angora breeds over 3 judges at the same time - and the French Angoras were in a whole different BUILDING!- I didn't get to see as much of the judging as I'd like to have.
Generally, the Angora breeders tend to camp out in one spot to minimize the flying wool from grooming and because we enjoy each other's company. In fact, I didnt' have any Angoras I really wanted to take this week, so I brought the easy-peasy Thriantas and rode along for the visiting.

That didn't stop us from cutting it up in the Angora corner though. At left is Kathy Kenworthy knitting and laughing and me drop spindling some rainbow dyed silk...and talking of course.

At right is Phil Osborn and the FA junior buck w
ooler that I have for sale (HINT: He's still for sale and he is the sweetest little guy any spinner could hope for - email me!) and Nancy joined him with her 'French Angora' baby. Nancy's 'baby' is actually a gorgeous 100% French Angora crocheted mitten made by Judy Osborn.

When all the grooming is done, you just have to have that little Pep Talk. Dru has a meaningful discussion with her darling Tort English Angora before hitting the show table.

Two breeders getting ready for Best In Show 4 class judging. Dru grooms her English to a picture perfect finish while Kathy Kenworthy knits. Both rabbits looked wonderful on the table. Therein lies the fundamental difference in showing English vs the other Angora breeds. LOL English take lots more work to keep that coat in great condition.

Dru with her gorgeous EA junior doe and Kathy with her beautiful SA junior doe waiting for judge Owen Yates (at right). I really wish I had a properly posed photo of Kathy's Satin angora. She was just beautiful with a fantastic body. You can also see Ellen standing next to Kathy trying to figure out her new camera.
Dru's English and my Thrianta doe both made it into the top 5 for Best 4 Class judging.
More photos from Ellen:

Kathy and that beautiful Satin doe. Ain't she sweet!?

Dru Shephard and her EA junior doe. Ohhhh the crimp on that coat!

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Finished Object report: This is the scarf I knitted from the wonderful Angora/Merino yarn I purchased at Stitches East. The pattern is documented back on the previous post. What I thought of the Pattern: Ok, the back part with the shaping and the stitch pattern is clever and lays very nicely, I would certainly repeat that again. The part I don't care for is the length and lack of shaping of the long front parts. As a scarf front, it's too bulky and too long. That can be fixed. :) The yarn...OH THE YARN! The Angora/Merino (blue) tended to want to split a little while knitting but wasn't really problematic. You want to use care with Angora anyway so I wouldn't say I used any more care than I would with any other exotic yarn. The fabric it forms is sooooooooooooo worthwhile! I'm just itching to make something in a stockinette with this stuff. The light band in the middle is a 50/50% Angora/Silk that is just scrumptious. It used to be white. A-hem. We seem to have a bit of a bleeding issue with the blue dye now don't we? Fortunately, this worked out very nicely but it's an important thing to know in the future. If I have this yarn spun for me, it will be un-dyed. I have such an idea for the colored Angora. ;)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Think about it...

If they know of him at all, many folks think Ben Stein is just a quirky actor/comedian who talks in a monotone. He's also a very intelligent attorney who knows how to put ideas and words together in such a way as to sway juries and make people think clearly.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
Here with a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife. Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. If this is what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.

Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.

I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this Happen?" (regarding Katrina)Amy Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?" (She said the same thing when interviewed after 9-11)
In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school . The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.

Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards .. honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein


Please feel free to forward this to others via link or email. If you want to read more by Ben Stein, go HERE

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Stitches East 2006

On Friday, I gassed up the 'burban and met Jane in York to head on down to Baltimore's Inner Harbor for the XRX publishing knitter's market known as Stitches East. I'd love to share some photos with you of the highlights - and there were many - but alas, photos are not permitted. Why? well, one big reason is that there is a whole group of bloggers whose pleasure derives from photographing people at fiber events, vendors booths and ticketed and copyrighted shows and then posting their pics on blogs and making fun of them. Not good natured opinion sharing mind, viscious character assassination based on their choice of clothes, yarn, knitting ability or style. Nice huh? Well, we can thank them for the lack of photo journalism of the various Stitches events. Fortunately, the vast majority of people attending such events are sooooooooooooooo much nicer than that. OK, I saw my share of things I'd not choose to knit or wear myself, but then not one such person actually asked me to do so. We all shopped in peace and had some good laughs along the way.
What did we see? How about the funnest (it's MY word - shut up) space age lighted drop spindle ever. Did I buy one? No and I'm kicking myself for it too. By the time I got back to that booth, they were pushing us out the door to close. Apparently, these folks opperate from an eBay store so go check them out. This is too much fun for $24.95.
I also saw lots and lots of great wool and wool blend yarns.WAY more than years past and WAY more wool than novelty and ACK-crylic stuff. Things are definitely looking up for lovers of GOOD yarns.
I have been known to speak of 'plastic yarn' in a most derogatory fashion in the past. I was always referring to ACK-crylic. Now I can't do that anymore. I have met a true plastic yarn and it's tons of fun! Actually, I've known about Jelly Yarn for some time but never really explored it's possibilities. Folks, this stuff is HILARIOUS! The latest deal in Jelly yarn is to string cool buttons on and knit them into a bracelet or belt. Fun, fun, fun. Can you really go wrong with a yarn that requires the use of WD-40 in the knitting? BTW, the couple who sell the stuff are some really funloving folks too...from PA no less. :)
I did have a "run in" with one vendor who shall remain nameless in order to both protect her identity (from attack) and so as to not send customers her way innadvertently. It's not that she was nasty or mean, she was just criminally STUPID. She sells a product billed as 'Irish Yarn'. OK, peaks my interest, so I check it out. It makes coarse rug yarn feel like angora. YUCK. Then I check the label hoping I've misunderstood the stated purpose or something. Maybe this is supposed to be sisal rope for Irish fishing boats or something. Nope, it's labeled as 'Aran weight' sweater yarn. Um, huh? What was in my hand is a bulky weight 3 ply rope. Aran weight is generally at least 5 ply and roughly DK weight! Doesn't bode well. So in my further effort to justify a wool product I ask the proprietress if she had it spun herself. "No, it was spun at a 300 year old mill in Ireland." I see. Not real likely, but could be. I ask for clarification; "What type of sheep is used?" the answer.... "Irish sheep"..."um, no, I mean what BREED of sheep?" she looks me dead in the eye as if I'd just crawled out from under an acrylic rock and said "IRISH know, from IRELAND." I think I blacked out at that point cause it all goes fuzzy until Jane was sorta slapping me back with a skein of scrumptious Angora/Merino...
THIS Angora/Merino to be exact. Now doesn't that just make you say 'ahhhhhh' and forget all about stupid people who don't understand their own stuff? :) Actually, this is spun by a lady who I hope to do some more and wonderful work with in the future. Take it from me, this is roll-around-in-nekkid good! This is one of about 12 colorways that she had and the dying is just as good as the spinning. This skein is one of only Three things I actually bought all day. The second was this pattern from Strickwear to use with the Angora. Check the site out for the color blend kits too. They were all the rage at Stitches and they really are pretty awesome.
The other thing I bought was a skein of Trekking. Boring, whatever, I wanted it. I really like Trekking colorways.
So that's my exciting report from Stitches. Next stop. Completely stop. Done. Fini. Tired.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Red Lace

This is a pretty little project that I can't elaborate on too much. Suffice it to say Christmas is coming. :) This is counterpane design and I've been wanting to try this for
awhile. What holds me away is that you have to knit the same square over and over and over. Since this is knitted in a tube (HINT) I had to knit the same square 8 times. That's about 6 times past my attention span. But the end result is good, so I consider it worthwhile. This is knitted with a new favorite yarn of mine called Summit Hill by Kraemer Yarns. Kraemer is a commercial yarn mill in Bethlehem PA. I LOVE that this is not just American made yarn but locally made yarn and it's FANTASTIC. Summit Hill in particular is a superwash Merino. I usually shy away from superwash but this has none of the usual crunch. This is a 4-ply yarn and it is exceptionally well spun, has excellent hand and the colors are rich and very stable. I would highly recommend this yarn for any texture work. GREAT basic worsted weight yarn! The Kraemer Yarn Shop is a quality establishment. The ladies there are not just knitters; they are all extremely skilled and some work as test knitters for the largest magazines. Quality eeks from every cozy corner of this shop. Click on the picture to visit the Kraemer site and see their entire line of yarns.

Here's the latest on the Orenburg Lace. I've managed to pick up the border stitches and knit 5 or 6 rows back and forth on the body. So far the only annoyance is this stiff Addi circular needle. I really think I need to order those KnitPicks circs. The tips are sharper and would be a great help here and the cables just don't fight back like this.

And a little Kitten-y Goodness
Furball is doing really well. Her litterbox habits are flawless so far despite being locked out of her litterbox room the
other night (Daddy apologized profusely). She's easily learning the meaning of 'NO' and is really getting to be buds with the inside bunnies. Keshare has learned that if she presents the kitten with her head, she'll get a sandpaper tongue rub between the eyes (which she LOVES). The only habit that is bothering me is her preference to use her teeth in play. This is not an acceptable behavior and needs to stop. She'll get it eventually.

I've been asked about this new Rabbit club a couple of times so I'll comment here. I am a member of this group and I hold high hopes for it's success. This group has NOTHING to do with the national angora club, it is simply another ARBA sanctioned specialty club offering benefits to it's members. Some of us just don't want the politics and issues previously inhibiting our enjoyment of the hobby. Here is a copy of the notice posted by Amy Spang, the club President.

To All Fellow Angora breeders:),

I would like to announce the formation of a new Angora Rabbit
Club. As of October 29, 2006, a new club entitled the 'United Angora
Rabbit Club' is officially open and will be accepting new memberships. This
club will be National/International in scope and will actively seek
members from both the show and fiber communities, with benefits offered to
at every phase of Angora rabbit production. Our club is now officially
chartered with ARBA and will be included in the next Domestic Rabbit
Magazine, and we will be hosting our first Specialty show at the PA
State Convention in Lebanon, PA, in February of 2007.

We are overflowing with plans to enhance and promote the
appeal of the Angora rabbit, and we will be taking a special interest in
education on behalf of the new breeder and fiber
enthusiast alongside long term breeders and showpeople. Below are listed
several of the benefits currently being discussed for inclusion into the
membership packages, in addition to many others:

-a National Angora show
-a National Fiber show
-Local specialty shows and fiber events
-Online Classifieds and Ads on the club Website
-Newsletter containing Rabbit and Fiber info.
-Advanced online discussion forum
-Workshops, Lectures, and Classes on the various aspects of Angora
ownership and fiber use
-Extensive collection of online articles and subject references
-Member contests
-Mentorship programs

-and much, much more.

A BOD in currently in place for our organization as well as a
working Constitution which can be viewed directly on the website at The mission of our club is to provide
positive support and educational opportunity to Angora owners
everywhere, and we will be relying heavily on the input of our members in
order to supply them with the tools they need to raise better rabbits
and larger quantities of wool.

The founding members of UARC consist of several long term
Angora breeders as well as experienced fiber people who are working to
construct a strong foundation for the Angora rabbit breeds and their products in
country. You may view the club's new website at, a continually updated reference which
will serve as an ever-expanding resource for it's members.

If you have any questions about this newly formed club please
contact myself, Amy Spang, at amy@..., or any of the Officers
listed on the website at their respective email addresses. There is a
membership form included on the site as well as a copy of
the C&BL for public viewing and reference. Prospective members will fill out a
membership application which will be reviewed by the board, and then the
Secretary will issue membership cards and mail them promptly. New members will
be asked to contribute articles,
pictures of their animals or fiber products for the website, and suggestions
they may have about improving the club for it's members.

I look forward to meeting many of you in this club in the future as
we look forward to building an organization which is unswervingly
committed to one of the most unique animals in all the world,
the Angora Rabbit:). Please print off a membership application and mail
it in today!

Thank You, and All the Best--
Amy Spang:)
UARC President

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

This and that...

Well, I suffered a terminally fried motherboard. Gotta hate that stuff. At least it explains why I've also been having all sorts of little breakdowns the past weeks. So now I can catch you up a little bit on what I've been doing.

The beginnings of an Orenburg style shawl. When I knit lace, it's really a process thing rather than goal oriented. I love the engineering involved in an Orenburg. I also love the Merino yarn and I HATE knitting on big needles. So this is in 2 ply Henry's Attic Merino laceweight on size 1 needles. I am so liking this!

Evidence that my Blue Eyed White fuzzy lop doe Keshare is extremely strange. With the cold winter approaching, I brought my 9 year old pet mini lop Radar back in the house. 'Share decided that a buck in the house means that she needs a nestbox. All she had handy was a toilet paper tube so she made do. Desperate? maybe....

My new lap-warmer. This is Furball. Yeah, I know. Not the most original of names but I "thought" she was just one of the barn kittens. Little did I know she would end up being a very special part of the family. She's about 4 months old, has 'furry' not long fur, she is completely unphased by the kitten-eating dog, and loves the rabbits. So far she's a very good kitten. When confronted with a new challenge, Furball has a unique way of attacking it; she purrs at it. Loud and aggressive purring...that will scare away the big loud things. Oh, she also catches mice.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sad but ohhhhhh so true!

My son Jeremy's first comment in reply: "Duh... Cows have them too!" I am so embarrased.

Thanks Dianne for pointing these out to me.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I KNEW IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...been saying it for years. Finally, it's in print. Believe me now? HA!

Too much testosterone kills brain cells

POSTED: 3:23 p.m. EDT, September 27, 2006
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Too much testosterone can kill brain cells, researchers say, in a finding that may help explain why steroid abuse can cause behavior changes such as aggressiveness and suicidal tendencies.

Tests on brain cells in lab dishes showed that while a little of the male hormone is good, too much of it causes cells to self-destruct in a process similar to that seen in brain illnesses such as Alzheimer's.

"Too little testosterone is bad, too much is bad but the right amount is perfect," said Barbara Ehrlich of Yale University in Connecticut, who led the study.

Testosterone is key to the development, differentiation and growth of cells and is produced by both men and women, although men produce about 20 times more of the hormone.

It can also be abused, and recent scandals have involved athletes who use the hormone, or steroids that turn into testosterone in the body, for an unfair advantage.

"Other people have shown that high levels of steroid can cause behavioral changes," Ehrlich said in a telephone interview.

"We can show that when you have high levels of steroids, you have high testosterone and that can destroy the nerve cells. We know that when you lose brain cells you lose function."

Ehrlich's team tried the same thing with the "female" hormone estrogen, just to be fair.

"We were surprised, but it actually looks like estrogen is neuroprotective. If anything, there is less cell death in the presence of estrogen," she said.

Writing in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Ehrlich and colleagues said their findings meant people should think twice about supplementing with testosterone, even if it does build muscle mass and aid recovery after exercise.

"These effects of testosterone on neurons will have long-term effects on brain function," they wrote.

"Next time a muscle-bound guy in a sports car cuts you off on the highway, don't get mad -- just take a deep breath and realize that it might not be his fault," Ehrlich said in a statement.

The cells die via a process called apoptosis, also known as cell suicide or programmed cell death.

"Apoptosis is an important thing for the brain -- the brain needs to weed out some of the cells. But when it happens too frequently, you lose too many cells and causes problems."

A similar process is seen in Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia in the United States, affecting an estimated 4.5 million Americans, and Huntington's disease, another fatal brain illness.

"Our results suggest that the responses to elevated testosterone can be compared with these pathophysiological conditions," the researchers wrote.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sept 11, 2001

We still see the world from this window. This view, on this day, has shaped our world and our personal perspectives. It was the lack of reaction to this event by those in the group I belonged, that changed my life irrevocably. Those who died on Sept 11, 2001 did not die in vain. It took every single one of those lives to make us realize that we were asleep and had to wake up. Apathy demands a sacrifice. Greater apathy demands greater sacrifice. Those people did not die in vain...unless we choose to continue our apathy and demand more lives in payment.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

It FITS!!!

JJ's Sweater
Patton's Classic Merino Wool, size 6 Addi Turbo
Elizabeth Zimmerman's EP Sweater formula
Cable stitch patterns chosen from Barbara Walker's Collections
Model is JJ but he asked that I not include his head :)

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Hey CHRISTINE!!!!...

It's DONE!
It's JJ's Aran sweater of course. It's taking a bath just now but I couldnt' wait to announce it's finished. As soon as it's blocked and dry I'll take a pic of the boy in it.

and a little gratuitous cute.
These are FA kits from CCR's Missy, a Chestnut FA doe. She's a real sweetheart and so are the babies. They are all 6 weeks old. The Orange is a doe and there is a black doe that's not pictured, the rest are bucks. I 'may' choose to keep the Orange, I'm not sure yet, but the rest will be for sale. These are NOT pure pedigreed and may (small chance) carry the Satin gene so they are sold as woolers. They can be shown, but not granded. Email me if you have interest.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

If you can't say something nice....

...I know, it's been forever. Let's just say that the past month or two has been a little challenging. The high point was seeing my gorgeous and precocious granddaughter but that's probably also the thing that sustained me through two (yes, TWO) broken toes, a summer cold, migraines, financial setbacks, heat waves, NARBC shennanigans and a veritable sea of tomatoes that need to be canned. I have no intention of complaining, just explaining why I haven't posted more. I promise to try and pull together the better moments (yes, there were plenty of those too) and come up with a good post.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

ARAs want feral cats CAGED!!!?

The old man and the six-toed cats: Hemingway home in dispute

Saturday, July 29, 2006; Posted: 7:18 a.m. EDT (11:18 GMT)
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- The caretakers of Ernest Hemingway's Key West home want a federal judge to intervene in their dispute with the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the six-toed cats that roam the property.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum disputes the USDA's claim that it is an "exhibitor" of cats and needs to have a USDA Animal Welfare License, according to a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Miami.

"What they're comparing the Hemingway house to is a circus or a zoo because there are cats on the premises," Cara Higgins, the home's attorney, said Friday. "This is not a traveling circus. These cats have been on the premises forever."


The agency has repeatedly denied a license for the Hemingway home under the Animal Welfare Act, which the home contends governs animals in commerce. The USDA has threatened to charge the home $200 per cat per day for violating the act, according to the complaint.

"We're asking the judge to let us know whether this act applies to the cats, and if so why that is if the animals are not in commerce," Higgins said. "If it has something to do with the number of cats, how many do we have to get rid of to be in compliance with the act?"

Agency inspectors who have repeatedly visited the property since October 2003 have never indicated any concerns about the welfare of the cats.

But they have said a 6-foot-high, brick-and-mortar fence Hemingway built around the property in 1937 did not sufficiently contain the 53 cats, which should be caged, according to the complaint.

Caging the cats, some of which are 19 years old or older, would traumatize them, and the home's designation as a National Historic Site prohibits extending the height of the fence, the complaint said.

The tourist site complies with city and county ordinances, Higgins said. "We don't know why the USDA got involved in this," she said.

End of article

Oh, we can tell you EXACTLY why the USDA got involved folks. Because the AWA (Animal Welfare Act) is the pawn of the ANIMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS. This is their doing, be assured of that! So....

The ARA's want 53 cats either put down or caged?

Now, go thank PETA, House Rabbit $ociety, Humane $ociety of the U$, and the Animal Liberation Front. Go ahead...they are just waiting for you....

Monday, July 24, 2006


Miscellany Main Entry: mis·cel·la·ny 1 a plural : separate writings collected in one volume b : a collection of writings on various subjects
2 : a mixture of various things

I'm not a big gardener. I love fresh vegetables on the table but I HATE the growing and harvesting thing. Some years the idea of fresh food convinces me to suck it up and grow a garden. This was one of those years. One of my favorite garden foods is Summer Squash and Zuchini (yes...I actually love having tons of zuchini and no, I don't make bread out of it.) Well, I was all ready for some Summer Squash steamed gently and soaked in butter until my husband brought in this one....

I WAS hungry...suddenly...not so much.

Every time I begin to take the knife to it someone in the house cringes.
My hubby wants to know just WHAT sort of seeds I'm planting in that garden.

I did some shopping with my friend Christine this weekend too. I did pretty well, some gorgeous beads, some of which are special and intended for gifts so no pics. GREAT bead store though. (and if I can remember the name of it, I'll add it in.) The yarn shop can remain anonymous. It was a great store if you like overpriced acrylic novelty yarns. Me? I felt about them just slightly less revulsed than by the squash. And then the quilt store (also a name I need to find). Fantastic little shop. They didn't have the most fabric or the most books or the most room...but they had two of the nicest ladies running the place who might have invented the term 'salesmanship'. They verbally and sincerely made us welcome, let us know they wanted to help us and also wanted to leave us to our shopping. I came home with purchases. One of which was this:

Now, the primary attraction for me might be rather obvious, no? it's a quilt of bunny applique's. Very cute. But can you see the price tag at the bottom? $20 for outlines of bunnies that honestly are not what a show breeder ever wants to see in their barn. Great idea, cute concept, one of those things I could work out on my own a little more to my taste and a little pricey....

Until I turned the booklet over and saw the title...

Damn. That's just not even fair. Stupid thing just hopped right into my bag. I swear I had no control over it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


I found a quilt shop today that just might be a 'home base' type store. Burkholder's Fabrics in Denver PA. The fabric selection was outstanding! The fabrics are arranged by color and novelty making selecting fabrics so much more pleasant and makes the store look just gorgeous. The book selection is good; not huge, but balanced. The pattern selection was likewise; not huge, but well balanced. In general the store is clean, spacious and never makes you feel cramped in. The owner was so sweet and welcoming! That's always a bonus. Apparently she bought the store recently and is doing some overhauling of sorts. I was impressed. I bought a few things. ;)

A selection of blues...





This is supposed to make you think of Ireland...

...and this of Thrianta bunnies...

..This is just HOT!