Thursday, January 31, 2013

Awwwwww ... I'm honored!

Denise over at Soup Spice Everything Nice blog (eat something before visiting!!)
nominated me for Liebster Blog Award!

Starting a blog and getting an audience is hard work.
If you google the Liebster Award, you will see a lot of posts
out there from folks who were nominated, but very little
about the original site/post that started it all.
Be that as it may, it's nice to get inbound links!!

So, without further ado, I shall get on with the business end of this!
The rules:

1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate
4. Choose 11 blogs with less than 200 followers and link them in your post.

hmmmm ... I like how the background color of Denise's blog
came along with my copy and paste of the rules!

Me, At Random ...

1.  I love the state of Montana (but I live in Texas)

2.  I currently have two of the cutest grandchildren on this earth ... really!

3.  I love early 20th century women's fashion ... 
Downton Abbey is one of my current faves because of the costuming.

4.  I think Leonard Cohen is the bomb!

5.  I overly think a lot of things. Sometimes I drive myself crazy, 
but sometimes I save myself from trouble through research
(i.e. HYPP in the horse my daughter will be getting next week).

6.  I love lacey things, especially making them.

7.  I hate to fly.

8.  I need to exercise more.

9.  The Arts and Crafts movement is my all-time favorite.
William Morris was the bomb!

10.  I've adopted the "Primal" lifestyle.

11.  I like the number 11. Prime at its best!!

OK ... now for the questions Denise asked of me

1. Where have you been? Your favorite travel destination?
Lots of places here in the states, but only a few drives into Mexico
and Canada way back before passports were required.
Yellowstone Park is, by far, one of the most fascinating places I've been.
2. What is your favorite herb?
3. What is your can't miss TV show?
Why, Downton Abbey, of course!
I couldn't wait for all of season 3 to air on my local PBS
so I bought the DVD and finished watching last night.
I will not spoil ... but I am still stunned!!!!!!!!!!!
4. What is your favorite vegetable?
hmmmm ... I like a lot. Kale for nutrition. And broccoli.
5. Do you have any pets?
Nino, aka as MUD on this blog.
6. Sweet or Unsweet Tea?
Unsweet ... with a chug of lemonade added!
7. What is your favorite Holiday?
As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, holidays don't mean anything to me.
Every day is special.
Personally, my wedding anniversary, June 8th. It will be 34 years!
8. Who is the person(famous, dead or living) you would most like to have over for dinner?
At the moment, I would love to pick the brain of Buck Brannaman.
9. What kind of music do you enjoy?
I like all sorts! As long as the lyrics are clean and do not promote violence.
10. What is your favorite taste? Sweet or Savory?
Savory ... all the way. Umami rules!!
11. What is your favorite Season?
Gee ... that's a hard one.
It's been 34 years since I lived in a place that had more than 2.5 seasons.
I love summer for swimming.
I love fall for its color.
I love winter for its fun in the snow.
I love spring for its warmth and flowers.
If I had to pick one, it would be spring.

My 11 Questions for My Nominees to Answer:

1.  What's your favorite book and why?
2.  Give me your all-time favorite quote.
3.  What's your favorite animal and why?
4. What do you collect?
5.  Who do you most admire and why?
6.  What's your worst vice?
7.  What's your best trait?
8.  What's your favorite sport?
9.  What's your favorite color and why?
10.  Name one of your pet peeves.
11.  What makes any particular day special for you?

And now ... the Nominees:
These are new discoveries for me and
have less than 50 followers (at this moment in time)
and deserve a LOT more!!

1.  Crawford Clan Weekly
2. Acedia's Knits and Crochets!
3.  Bird's at My Feeders!
4.  Blue Heron Quilts
5.  Too Much Yarn Not Enough Time
6.  The Pink Chronicles
7.  The Little Housewife That Stitches ...
8.  The Knitting Assassin!  (love that name!!)
9.  ScrappinHappy is ...
10.  Terry's Life
11.  Red Dancer Studio

Last words ....
Wow ... this post was a LOT of work!
But that's a good thing.
As for the 11 nominated, please don't stress over doing the same.
Participate only if you really want ... and have the time.
But I felt your blogs deserved an inbound link and
if you know anything about optimizing your blogs,
you know the value of an inbound link.
At least, one NOT coming from a link farm. ~wink~

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Too Cute for Words!

I know!
I know, I know!!
This blog is about living in threads, but I can't help myself.

I took this picture of these babies (weanlings -- not even 1 year old)
at the ranch from where we are getting Brego (see post below).
Sure am glad I had my phone handy!

I'm thinking about starting another blog devoted to Brego ...
a journal of our journey with him.
There is a need for personal on-line journals
about the care and feeding of HYPP horses.

But in the meantime ... I need to go and take some
pictures of a knitting project I've been working on!

Friday, January 18, 2013


Meet Brego!
He's been distracting me of late.
I've been knitting and spinning, but a lot of my computer time
has been devoted to him.

He's going to be my daughter's first horse.
That is her in the photo.
When we met him, he seemed drawn to Lelia.
And she had been drawn to him over and over again during
her on-line search for her first equine companion.
He's currently a 2-year old ... he'll turn 3 in April of 2013.
He's as sweet as sweet could be!
For a youngster he is quite calm and cooperative.
He's an Appaloosa with an awesome snowcap!
After the sale and transfer is complete, I'll reveal his registered name.

The reason why I have spent so much time on the computer
involving him is because he has a genetic issue called HYPP.
We seriously weighed the issue and because our trainer/teacher/friend
has a LOT of experience working with HYPP horses
and the fact that this syndrome is very manageable,
we went ahead and decided to get him.

It's a complicated issue and Brego will be trained and boarded
with our friend at her Painted Prairie Ranch as his "forever" home.
I wish I could explain why we choose a "complicated" situation
for Lelia's first experience of being a horse owner ...
but it's just one of those things.

If you read about HYPP on the various horse forums, 
it would cause you to run away, shrieking, in the opposite direction.
But I had read the veterinarian pages first and 
found so much of the hysteria to be exactly that ... hysteria.
And yes, we trust our friend that much.
There is no way she would have approved the purchase
if she felt it was going to cause us heartache and trouble.

Brego is what is known as N/H for HYPP meaning 
he has only one copy of the gene.
He got it from his N/H mama.
Unfortunately, the gene is dominant so he has the syndrome
even though he has been asymptomatic so far
and it is our intention to keep him that way.
He is gelded ... we will not be passing this on.

In a perfect world, this would not be an issue.
But this is not a perfect world and I found out a LOT
about the "underbelly" of horse breeding here in the US.
Honestly, no one should be breeding a horse that is either
H/H or N/H.
H/H guarantees passing the syndrome;
N/H is a 50/50 chance.
Brego got the wrong roll of the dice.

But he stole our hearts.
And my daughter has a sterling opportunity to prove
her mettle as a horse owner.
And the fact that she wants to work 
in the large animal veterinary field is a definite plus!

I will encourage Lelia to write all about
her experience with Brego in her blog.
What people really need are REAL LIFE experiences,
told in first-person, about horses who have HYPP.
There are thousands (most likely tens of thousand) of horses who have HYPP.
But I had a very difficult time finding those first-hand stories.

Do you know what really takes the cake in all this?
I'm the one who uncovered Brego's HYPP status.
With NO equine experience.
I was looking at his bloodlines and discovered
that he is several generations down, on both side,
from a quarter horse named "Impressive."
I thought: "cool ... how impressive was this horse?"
So I googled him. He was easy to find as he
is very famous in the quarter horse world.
He was well-named; he was gorgeous!
And HYPP has been traced back to him.
He never showed the condition, just passed a mutated gene.
When I called my trainer/teacher/friend and told
her Brego had Impressive as an ancestor,
she responded with a simple: "Oh."
Then, after a long pause, asked about his status.
It was unknown at that moment, but I had
already asked for a genetic test from the seller
since the seller did not know.

That's another underbelly of the horse world.
Not everyone is forthcoming in these issues (and there IS more than one).
We were dealing with the equine manager of the selling ranch,
not the actual owner, and I truly believe the manager did not know.
But either the current owner, or the ranch that sold
them the mama, who was pregnant with Brego at the time of the sale,
did not reveal the status.

I called the ranch, from whom they got the mama, outright 
to ask about the mama's status and was told she is N/H.
Some one, somewhere, was keeping the status quiet.
Needless to say, I'm not naming names as I do not
know who was trying to keep this on the hush-hush.
Nor am I prepared to confront ... I just want my daughter happy.
Brego makes her happy.

If you've followed me this far in this rather long post,
the bottom line, what I learned, is to research, research and research
some more when making a choice to buy a horse.
Know what the genetic issues of any particular breed may be
and get the prospect tested!
These tests are not overly expensive (HYPP cost all of $30)
and knowledge is power.

Thank goodness I'm a curious sort of person.
We are going forward with eyes wide open!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Adding to Stash

For anyone who crafts by hand, the word stash is loaded.
That can be a good thing or a bad thing.
It all depends on how much, what type, and whether the sun is warm and shining.

For me, at the moment, it is a good thing.
And the sun is shining ... at least for this one day.
Tomorrow is another thing.

This is leading up to a confession ... I went shopping.
Got an email early last week from one of my favorite local yarn shops
Everything was on sale, including the already on-sale items.
Who could resist? I'm always willing to help a shopkeeper who is wanting
to minimize the amount of time spent on year-end inventory!
Mirasol Lachiwa l from Peru
60% Pima Cotton
40% Linen
This is going to be perfect for the Texas summer!
I just need to learn how to shape knitted garments.
Schulana Mosco
67% Viscose
20% Mohair
13% Nylon
Not the most "natural" yarn in the world, although viscose is considered
a "natural" fiber even though the process to create it uses a 
lot of chemistry.
But the feel is fabulous and it sparkles.
I'm a sucker for yarn that has a nice hand and sparkles!
M&K ECO Baby Bomull from Switzerland (I think)
100% Cotton
The color is what drew me to this yarn.
When I saw it, I thought "poppy red."
Not sure what to do with this amount, but I'm sure Ravelry will have something.

At the moment, my stash is at a very acceptable, manageable level.
Here's hoping I don't get any emails from nice yarn shops!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Looking forward to Spring!

I always look for to Pantone's Fashion Color Report.
They do one for spring/summer and one for fall/winter.
If you check out all the runway shows they had last fall for
this upcoming spring, you will see these colors in many of the collections.

I think my favorite is Poppy Red, although I really like them all!
Linen would probably look awful on me, but I still like it.

Which one do you like best?

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