Taking You Places in Fiber Arts

Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 11:31:00 AM

Moving to Blogger Beta

Have set up a new Blogger Beta Blog:


It's much easier to use although I wish I could have found my old template. The changes are great, but there are still lots of bugs for them to fix .... posting to non-Beta Blog, using Picasa and more.

Onward and upward!

Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 5:55:00 PM

Blogger in Beta?

Must start to keep up with Blogger changes or change to some other pay type of blog account. We'll see. Haven't kept up, now see there is a trial Blogger Beta but I have issues anyway that I haven't had time to even think about fixing ... as in where did the font selection part disappear too ... this font is too small! Obviously must look at the group help sites

Saturday, September 02, 2006 at 10:09:00 AM

The story of our lives: Moving!

We are comfortably settled in a temporary house in Astana while we await the completion of the new Residence -- hopefully in a month. The dog LOVES this house -- don't know if it's because there are fewer stairs, or the stairs are carpeted, or what.

We had a pleasant, non-eventful and pretty flat two day drive up here. We stayed overnight in Balkhash on the top of Lake Balkhash (Balqash?) and of course was greeted at check in with the usual SSSR/post Soviet "no hot water" as it's summer and the city team heating pipes get cleaned.

We arrived on a Wednesday, and that weekend had a distinguished visitor which was an honor and a pleasure, and another visitor the next week. We unpacked our food, hung up our clothes, put some books and videos on shelves, set up the computers and am quite comfy. I have enough knitting to keep me busy when I can get to it. We brought our basil plant in the car, and other plants have arrived.

The internet connection has improved some, but is still too slow to download podcasats and Skype isn't always fabulous. We are hoping there will be improvement in the next house.

The "dream team" staff is fabulous and getting organized with an internet address, a copy machine and all of that so we can do the accounting. Setting up is always expensive, and I felt like a squirrel in winter when we were able to stash 3 cases of diet coke "Coke Light" in the basement. It's just not always availabe here. We had a small "Back to School" event with American and local kids, and our staff brought their kids -- two of the girls did a couple of dance numbers for us. The dog thought she was in heaven -- kids running around with chips and cupcakes at her level!

I found Turkish peaches at the Ramstor and was very pleased -- they have been delicious and just about as good as California peaches in the summer. The Turkish Ambassador told us yesterday that the Ramstor is trying to bring up more Turkish produce, which will be good for us!! No broccoli ever here, it seems, although in Almaty I think we pretty much had broccoli almost every night. Too bad.

This will be great if the internet will hold to post this ... hopefully the connection will improve tomorrow and I can get some pictures up. Happy September 2!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 at 7:24:00 AM

Packing - Day One Down

Day One is down, thanks to hubby doing 99.9% of the supervising and hardly any help from me due to not-so-wonderful jetlag. Slept 11 hours last night though but am still grumpy. Wish science could invent something for this!

The packers seem to be doing a wonderful job -- will post photos later. But this is such a huge house and I keep wondering where we'll put all of this in the new "rectangle." The packing is being done in different stages due to the temporary stay in the house in Astana -- some things will go to the warehouse to wait until the new CMR is finished, but we'll also take personal items and food with us. Have a huge pile of books and knitting ready to go with us. Tried to find some dpt needles in things I had already packed up but gave up -- too buried I guess.

We are figuring we've moved at least 17 times since we have been married, but will do a final count sometime when we can focus on it.

Sasha seems to be better after a rough weekend with some tummy thing ... we just want her to make it through the trip. We know she'll like her temp. place with the garden to run around in, and not quite so many stairs. She was 15 this summer. She has been such a fabulous dog!

I also look forward to tweaking this blog -- haven't had time to work on formats and it drives me crazy as I have to reteach myself each time it seems. One thing bugs me is the huge space between the last title and the text ... why is there that gap?

Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 11:32:00 AM

Sock fun

start of the sock stash with new needles
one Jaywalker down (sans toe sew up) and
second one on needles
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at 10:36:00 AM

July - August 2006 summer and moving!

I had a restful time in the US -- alas, very few pictures.

I spent most of my time reading, resting, and knitting.

I am giving the Orenberg shawl a break and thanks to knitting podcasts and specifically Irie Knits podcast I've take up sock knitting. Knick Knacks in Murphys, CA and Ewe-phoric Yarns in Arnold, CA revived my love for yarns and needles. My first pair is the ever-famous-on-the-internet socks, the Jaywalkers by Grumperina. I'll work my way to the drop dead gorgeous Grapevine socks by Irie, who was kind enough to post her own pattern for them.

It was wonderful to see Julia in CA and see her with Max her dog, and Dharma her new kitten. I spent a couple of days in NY with Chris, assisting him with some shopping, and in spite of the heat, managed to get to Top of the Rock on top of Rockefeller Center, see Pirates of the Caribbean II, go to the Hard Rock Cafe and even manage the Cooper-Hewitt. We also spent a LOT of time on the subway! NY is just amazing -- one hears so MANY different languages spoken!

We are about to enter the week of various stages of packing and then are off next week in the
car with the dog and the next two years of adventure in Astana!

at 10:09:00 AM

July 2006 in CA

The Lion and the Elephant in the Sierra
Mosquito Lakes
Julia with Max and Dharma, the new kitten Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:23:00 PM

Summer 2006: Things to Look Forward to Part 1

Thanks to all the wonderful blogs and websites, it's easy to keep track of any and all personal interests via the Internet. I'm so grateful!

I don't have reservations yet, but plan to get to both coasts. I think I"ll have to start a notebook for things I want to do -- and have just found this for Washington:
Feeding Desire: Design and Tools of the Table 1500-2500 at the Cooper-Hewitt

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 11:51:00 AM

Pod cast "buttons"

one day I'll figure out how to get them in the sidebar....