Archive for November, 2011

Thanksgiving Aftermath

November 29, 2011

This is Miss Kitty’s version of unzipping her pants after eating a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner.

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I’m just sitting around knitting and crocheting

November 26, 2011

I’ve been knitting and crocheting hats and gloves for the homeless. Got lots of purple yarn, as well as leftovers of a variety of colors and textures. I think I’m keeping these two hats, because they just crack me up. Or maybe I just crack MYSELF up!

It’s sock time

November 12, 2011

Our economy is in rough shape. I have always contended that it had to do with the fact that most of us don’t know how to “make” anything anymore. We don’t manufacture anything, we “job” it out, overseas, to cultures that need the money, work hard, and use their hands to make money. Manufacturing moved overseas for a variety of reasons, from high taxes, to low wages, to skilled workers. Gone are the days when one hoped their child would grow up to work in a manufacturing plant, or work as a plumber, welder or carpenter. We have become a service industry society with college graduation the equivalent of what high school graduation was many years ago. There are “trade” schools out there, but many have been plagued with bad reputations for high loan rates, and low graduation rates. Gone are the days of apprenticeship where one carpenter would take a student from high school and teach him the trade. (I am sure liability has a lot to do with that). I read that in the year 2020 there will be millions of job openings in the “trades” but with not enough skilled individuals to fill them. And that’s sad. When I taught students how to work with their hands, how to think creatively, and how to follow the project from inception through to creation, I was heard to say “I want intelligent people in the trades”. I want young people to feel it is ok to be in a career that when you sit back, or drive by, you can say “I put on that roof”, or “I helped wire that person’s house”, or “see that driveway?, I laid the pavers”. Working with your hands and head can be rewarding, and you almost always have something to show for it in the end, even if it is just a pair of socks.

Veterans’ Day 2011

November 10, 2011

My father and mother's grave at BG William C. Doyle Veteran's Cemetery

Oh Silly Me!

November 8, 2011

Conan O’Brien hosted his tv show from New York City the first week of November. As a publicity generator he had an art show at Columbus Circle. The art was very eclectic and lovingly made for him by his fans. At the conclusion of the art show, the exhibit had a “love couch” which was Coco’s (his nickname)way of hugging those of us who visited the art gallery. You simply sat on this couch, received hugs as the arms came in around you (a bit like a Pee Wee Herman couch) and the couch vibrated and talked to you. As that was going on, they took your picture and you were given a copy. I immediately “assumed the position” of how I watch Conan at 11:00 pm on our TBS channel. Of course everyone was much amused and out came all their cell phones as they took my picture having my picture taken.