Thursday, May 22, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

Cooper Hospital- Second 2008 Delivery

Sunday was Mother's Day, and I was finally able to connect with NICU Judy at Cooper Hospital to make a delivery. Yay! It's always great to see her, and Cooper really needed the supplies.

It's sometimes hard to connect, as Judy has recently been on the 7P to 7A shift.

AND Cooper is STILL under construction:

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Part of New Patient Tower

Don't know if you can see it in the 2nd photo, but there's construction fencing in front of the building in progress. That is where the parking WAS. No more. They've taken down the 'Parkade" for a new patient tower.

So, to make a delivery, Judy and I rendez-vous at one of the entrances. It's a little complex in that she needs to let security know, requisition a cart, and have someone cover for her while she leaves the floor.

The cart is a NECESSITY to get the boxes to the NICU; it's in another building, and she has to use a construction access area and two elevators to get back to the NICU.

And so, we (and a nice security guard) meet:

Here's where we get to "The Good Stuff". Absolutely beautiful handmade items:

Amen Blankets and Hats:
Cooper Delivery Box 1

Knit and Crochet Blankets:
Cooper Delivery Box 2
Cooper Delivery Box 4
Cooper Delivery Box 5

You'll note that several of these have matching hats (attached with white ribbon).

Baby Cases:
Cooper Delivery Box 6

Hand-Knotted Quilts:
Cooper Box 8

And this poor box, which got all mixed up on the ride to Cooper. (The Turnpike will do that to you, sometimes!) Hats, wipes, bibs, etc.
Cooper Box 7

And here's Judy, wheeling the boxes in the door. You can't see the Security Guy in this one, but he's a really big guy in a uniform. I think he could eat my car if he really wanted to.

Oh, and did I mention it's 4 in the morning? Which would explain why some of the photos are a bit dark, no? Needless to say, it was a quick delivery, as Judy had to get back to the floor, and I was looking forward to a little shut-eye.

We have two more Cooper Deliveries planned for 2008. Dates are still to be determined. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

San Francisco

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

I love the neon:

And the murals:

The food:
La Taqueria

Eric's Sinful Avocado Roll

Mediterranean Chow

The Shopping:
SCRAP, San Francisco

Tuesday, March 25, 2008



I'm sure the rest of the Free World has seen these a thousand times already.

Yesterday's news, but the kiddos are just loving 'em:

And this little number, which one finds themself inexplicably singing in the shower:

On the whole, I'm not big into the whole "Do Things With Cats" Motif.

We HAVE a cat, but he's not into the whole "Do Things With Cats" Motif either.

A little yarn eating, sure. Maybe he'll let you take his picture when he's 75% asleep in a pile of Fun Fur novelty yarn. Beyond that, you're outta luck.

That said, I think these are pretty nifty. Someone has a little electrical firing in the brain, whips up a video, and thousands of people are watching it every day.

Ain't the "inner-nets" wunnerful?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring Has Sprung

This post is low on text, high on colorful images.

First, a little something floral:

Spring has Sprung!

And next, a little something sewn:

YES, the seams are straight. It's lying on the bed funny! The "Seam Police" may re-sheath their stitch rippers!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Spring Baskets

A project that the kids can help with, if you don't mind potting soil ALL over the house!

These work best if you start about a week BEFORE you want to present them. AND if you remember to get the supplies ahead of time.

The 'seedy things' are wheat berries.

  • Right before the project, soak the 'berries' for 8-12 hours & keep them damp.
  • Take a festive container, and line it with a Ziploc.
  • Pour some potting mixture in and dampen it.
  • Spread a thick layer of the damp wheat berries on top.
  • Trim any excess Ziploc away.

  • Cover with plastic wrap~ Yep, like a little greenhouse.

  • Trim the excess, if any.

  • Put it in a nice sunny window, and check it daily.

In a few days, you'll either have Mold-A-Rama
(Kids, Make Your Own Penicillin!)


a lovely green mess of sprouts. Take the plastic off.

(Some folks like to eat or make 'wheatgrass juice' from the sprouts.)

Once it gets started, the grass grows like wildfire. Kids like to 'cut the lawn' with scissors. They also like watering it. Remind them that it's only a Ziploc in there, not a Pool Liner!

Eventually, it starts to peter out, and you either have to transplant it into the yarn, or allow it to expire, and toss it in your composter.

This year, we decided to add a daffodil to each pot, since we started late, and wouldn't have any grass when they were delivered.

By the time the daffodil's done, the grass will be in full swing. The bulb can be saved and planted out in the yard to bloom next year.

Most of ours will be given to folks who celebrate Easter, so we popped in a little 'decorative pick'

Happy Spring, and WIP's

Happy Spring and/or Holiday of Your Choice. You pick the holiday, I'll wish you the appropriate Good Tidings. :)

For those who care, it's the Earliest Easter Ever, and My Hottie Chiropractor's Birthday.

Next year, his birthday will be the same, but Easter won't be this early again until I run out of yarn. Which of course, would be the End of the World As We Know It....

Yeah, you knew that was coming.

1. Still collecting UFO's from various and sundry locations around the house.
2. Still dreading weaving in all those ends.
3. Just finished the Easter/Spring Baskets for those who are near-and-dear to us.
4. Working on some paperwork for Ginden for the April Cooper Project.

Care for a peek at the Spring Baskets?

Between the beginning and end of this project, it appears that DS took a variety of self-portraits with the camera.

Including THIS little gem:

Orthodontist's Dream

which has orthodontists dialing up their Porsche dealers to have a copy of the 2009 catalog set aside for them.

Or else! Tee hee!

There are also several unflattering views of my posterior, which shall remain unseen for all eternity. MOVING RIGHT ALONG...