Sunday, September 30, 2007

Give her wings and watch her fly

A weird thing happened on the way to get pins for this shawl...
instead of talking to her like my baby, my child, i was suddenly talking to a friend.

specs for the shawl
US 6
Jaggerspun Silk/Wool Lace weight
center from 1st Modern Book of Lace Knitting
feather fan eyelet cable chart from Gathering of Lace

Tirzah's Bat Mitzvah Shawl

finally finished at 1:30 am
had to run to ace for more pins. i bought corsage pins b/c they are sturdy and you get more of them (144x2 boxes vs 40x3boxes for the same price.)
tirzah and kezzi helped my pin it to the bed.
we sprayed it with rose water as we blocked it. which i can not smell b/c my head is stuffed up. but kezzi says it smells nice.

my natures bounty swap partner sent me the finished skein.

i love the felted leaves and acorns she made! so cute!

on our way to the Sukkah and ushpitzin movie i stopped at the pobox and got a package from my SP11!
here is our sukkah filled with my kids and 2 of their friends

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Days of Living History

We had alot of fun volunteering this year. Lisa, friend of Lara's was there too the first day.
It rained alot, so we went to the school house to get dry. The school marm let the girls practice writing. they also bulit brid houses and bird feeders, made their own bread, blackberry jam, sewed buttons on, washed clothes ( i dont think they will complain about helping with laundry at home after the wringer washer), planted succulants, made ropes, tin can telephones, and visited with the black smith who was a friend of ours' Dad.
Zemeira tried to write "Bella" on the slate.
she tried the pen and ink pot but got really inky hands :-)

The girls were a great help. And we were in the Paradise Post :-)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

what is up at lionbrand? get the jump on chanukah!

Free Craft PatternCrispy Holiday LatkesLion Brand® Pattern Number: craft-latkeRecipe
SIZE: 3-4 inchesCORRECTIONS: None

Delicious onion-and-potato pancakes for the traditional Chanukah dinner

Additional Materials4 large potatoes1 onion2 eggsSaltPepper2 Tbsp matzo meal1 cup Canola oil for frying.
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Crispy Holiday LatkesLion Brand®
Makes enough for four people.
Note that this recipe makes very lacy, crispy latkes. For a less lacy or less crisp texture, omit the water. These are traditionally served with sour cream, jam and applesauce.
4 large potatoes1 onion2 eggsSaltPepper2 Tbsp matzo meal
1 cup canola oil for frying.
Grate potatoes and onion (using a food processor makes this simple!) Add the egg. Fill one half eggshell with water 4 times so you've added as much water as there is egg. Stir in the matzo meal.
Cover the bottom of a heavy frying pan with approximately 1/2 inch [1 cm] of the oil. Heat until the oil is quite hot, then drop the batter into the oil. Spread the latke batter if needed so it is quite thin (the latkes should have holes in them). Cook until one side is brown, then turn and cook the other side.
Remove from pan, place on paper towels to drain.
Serve while piping hot!

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

of drashes and midnight tatrums

Tirzah is working on her drash. (speech for her bat mitzvah)
i snuck a peek at it. it makes me giggle. she is so cute. and so wise. and so grown up. when did she grow up?

last night i was dying laughing when lavell's mom called him "precious" (last comic standing)
i wonder if she had the same thought, "when did he grow up?!"

last night was a rough night for tirzah. she has a cold now. which makes her hsp flare up. at 3 am we hear a voice over our heads yelling in anguish, "i dont want to be sick any more!!!" over and over.

it has been 3 yrs of being sick, staying home cuz other people could get her sick, and i think last weekend wore us all down more than we knew. more than we realized for tirzah, too.

stupid UCDavis dr's havent returned any calls. it has been a week.

i am tired of chemo as an option, not as an option, biopsy suggestions, transplant suggestions, and viles of blood that dont give us any answers only more questions.

no one is doing anything it seems.

i found this:

sometimes the hardest thing is to do nothing, especially when it seems like noone else is doing anything. so, i think that sums it up here. not that prayer is nothing, there is nothing i can do but pray. so i pull out her shawl, and i knit and pray the stitches. some times i pray that when i am done it wont look like a fried egg, but mostly for Tirzah to be well, for G-d to fulfill His purpose for he life, for her to get to see Africa, thankful prayers for being allowed to be her mother, her gift of delight to us (tirzah means delightful and friendly) she is so brave and unquestioning. she lay in that hospital bed and said "It's ok mom, G-d has a plan for me" -so grown up. last nights moment of anguish and fear remind me she is just a little girl.

i used to deliver papers for the boston globe. i hated sundays, you could only carry 5 papers at most at one time. one cold autumn day i say a cat catching a field mouse. i took a paper and beat the cat.

then i twisted the paper into a cone and scooped the mouse up. i cried all the way home, woke my daddy from a sound sleep and begged him to fix the mouse.

last week i looked at sam and told him to fix my daughter.

there is only One who can fix her. i want to scoop her up and present her to my Father, "Fix her, Make her better."

i am prone to momentary tantrums, i blogged one this spring cuz tirzah is determined to go to africa and work with Aids children/orphans. a continent of unrest. where muslims kills muslims. what will they do to a jewish girl who loves Jesus more than breath? seeing the muslim darfur refugges in israel, brings my heart so much Hope.

there aren't conditions to letting go. as much as she is mine, she doesn't belong to me.

She is His. She always has been. So Abba, please fix her. Heal our Tirzah girl. Dont let her be sick anymore. hurt any more.

(btw-the mouse was fine, stunned by being caught, mouthed, beaten out of the mouth and scooped up, but fine. i named him ear force one cuz dad was working the security for the presidential plane's landing that week)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tirzah and Married2it

Tirzah's dr appt went Ok. that is about it. they have no idea why it happened.

i haven't spoken to a real person at UCDavis. but she sees kidney specialists there, and i am wondering about gastro or something dr's.

she seems great. i am going to pick up aloe juice which i had looked for over a week ago, because it is supposed to help with HSP intestinal flare ups.

happy things:

my mom's friend TrainingHearts made me this button for my group idea for women married to men whose vocation is of a more Etheral nature, pastors, rabbis, etc... including youth and music ministry.

isnt it awesome?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Tirzah-my Delight

Last night around 9pm, tirzah thgrew up several oz of blood.

this is something we were told to watch for since her HSP can cause intestinal blockages or ruptures.

sam took her to the ER as i took the kids to my mom's.

dad drove me down there. i sent a mass text to my dear friends on the way there

(about 20 min drive)

when i arrived i was already beaten there by my friend and prayer warrior Sue.

several other filtered in after me, to wait with us and pray for tirzah.

tirzah the shmee was back there elegantly asking for something to throw up in,

which even that is done like a refined lady.

they gave her a shot but it didn't help. what they gave her later in the IV did.

after several rounds of xrays and ultrasounds,

they couldn't find a visible tear or reason for so much blood.

so we came home, have slept for a few hours and will be taking her

in for a follow up with DrD. i am not fond of him but he is well acquainted with HSP.

All this said, please Keep Tirzah in your Prayers.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Holly is having a contest. post it on your blog and get and favorite ‘comfort’ pattern, and be entered to win some great yarn. Lorinda told me.
if you say I sent you and I will get an extra entry too :-)

lorinda also says that Becky wants to know what to do with Rowan 4-ply. tell her, and you could win some yarn. if all goes well you could be making what you told her.

update to add: for Marsha's contest
What three things would you take to a desert island with you, and why?
1-my family
2- books
3-my dremel pro with a solar battery attachment :-)

what no spinning or knitting?
well i have visions of a coconut crafted turkish spindle and could boil down the palm frwans and spin the fibers, then fashion a pair of knitting needles from drift wood and make our clothes.
but ofcourse non of this would be possible with out my beloved dremel :-)

the family- cuz i couldn't live without them:-D
the books- duh, cuz they are books

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The start of a beautiful collection

this time last year sam bought me a wheel, the one on the left.

Rappard Wee Peggy circa 1979

i had no idea whatto do withit. so jessica and i took a drop spindle class.

i tried and tried and soun and spun, and then got the Ashford traveller in January.(middle)

it made such a difference in my spinning. i also got the hi speed flyer for it. oooh! sooo much fun!

now a dear friend is moving away. she brought the antique wheel on the right. i know nothing about it yet.

the girls are very excited b/c we can all spin at events and at home and not take turns. :-D

this is the nature's bounty yarn i spun up
see the beads

a confession

My Nature's bounty Swap package arrived.
Here is what I am to spin up. SOOOOOOOOOO pretty!
i hope my partner likes her fiber, though it is not as colourful as this!

I realized I only have 3 weeks to go til Tirzah's Bat Mitzvah.
I also realized I was ready for the last colour.
This was terrifying, since i had yet to order the last colour!
so i went to Sarah'syarns, placed the order.

an hour after the order was placed it was in the mail! how awesome is that?!
so yesterday it arrived. the order was placed friday!
so i am all set to knit, but i don't have the pattern with me!!!! ( i am at my mother's)
i am now thinking i was too distracted by sox.
how disracted you might ask?
well below is the evidence of my startitis.

toe up german honey bees in schaeffer anne yellows
jaywalker's in KP essential stripes meadow something colourway
persephone in mama E's arn
KP old sock yarn in footlets style for the littler girls
and the stripey sock.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

homeschool giveaway.
go enter here:
part of the prize is the bumper sticker my dad designed, like over 15 years ago :-)


matched stripes and butterfly wings

perfectly matched stripes :-) Online sock yarn from Miss MiniSoup
perfect socks for boys.

BUTTERFLIES- there are no rules for the holocaust butterflies, totally creative liscensing! i have a Doc. of links and craft ideas for butterflies if you need ideas!

Picnic Swap

Gabriel was my fabulous Picnic swap partner. He sent me this fabulous package. i love the yarn and the fiber! (tomatoes from the farmer's market 24 lbs for $10 in the background. perfect for picnic sandwiches with cheese and basil)

the kids loved their sandwiches :-) and we can't wait to get some apples from noble orchards and make the carmel apples. It was wonderful to get to meet this talented young musician!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

When smoke gets in your eyes...

At 3 am we were up sniffing out the source of smoke, we couldnt find it, why?
it is in the next county.
we have sealed the house up, the asthma kids have puffed on their inhalers,
and we have settled in for the day.
the air purifier from when we lived in colorado is coming in handy ( the big fires there were further away but dumped ash all over us.)
Yesterday was our first school day. when i get the pictures from dad i will upload them. Zemeira did wonderfully at kindergarten, but assumed she would magically know yersterday how to write stories without help and with out copying. the fact that she couldn't reduced her to tears. poor bella girl!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

of Jetplanes, Helicopters, and Heatstroke

We went to the Chico AirFest this weekend.

we hung out with the coast guard guys the most. here are the kids going into the Hercules HC-130, which has a cute face like a KC-130/135 which is my favourite plane. next to it was mom's favourite the harrier, actually 2 different harrier models.

i have actually seen this plane in Demo's and was disappointed it was just gonna sit there.

for micah, my helicopter friend in alaska we got a picture with the helio guys.

Tali was scared of the jets at first but was ok after watermelon and being able to see what made the noise helped too. here she is with her whistle. the kids got some nice goodies from both the USAF and coastguard, i let chai shake the soldiers hands

it was a pretty decent air show, but having lived them my whole life is was so ready to go home. turns out, i had heat stroke and spent most the afternoon and evening on the bathroom floor. guess i should drank more when i was forcing fluids down the kids. it was 103 in town and approx 120 at the airport. yuck!

Butterfly collecting

"In an effort to remember them the Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition for all to remember."
Tirzah and Kezzi are collecting butterflies to send to the Houston Holocaust Museum.
Why butterflies?
Because of the poem and book of the same title:

The Butterfly
The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing against a white stone....
Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.

by Pavel Friedman, April 6, 1942
Born in Prague on January 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on September 29, 1944.
If you would like to send butterflies email me for details:
yarn yenta at yahoo of course
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