Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Resolutions, 2011

I'm all for accountability, so here I am posting my New Year's resolutions for all the world to see. And fortunately I've actually remembered to do it before the new year started! So without further ado, here they are!

Learn Spanish. Do you know how annoying it is to live in Texas and not be able to communicate with a large segment of the population? I was in the grocery store yesterday--the kind where you sack your own groceries--and wanted to ask an older lady if she needed help but wasn't sure she'd be able to understand me. In more selfish terms, you don't get the best tacos in town from Anglos. So Chris and I will be firing up Fluenz and giving it another shot for the new year.

Visit my grandmother once a month. My poor grandmother has been neglected by yours truly for years. I really only see her at Christmas and at random points throughout the year when other relatives are around. To say that visits are few and far between might be the understatement of the new decade. So I'm finally going to get on the ball.

Go to confession once a month. Speaking of "few and far between", this is a basic part of Orthodoxy that I've turned into a rare treat. So I'm shooting to go 12 times a year instead of twice a year.

Lose weight. Just kidding--I actually resolve to double in size this year. :)

Volunteer at the Salvation Army. Pretty self-explanatory.

So, anyone want to share their resolutions, or will my comments section remain empty as usual?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Sad Anniversary

Has it really been 3 years since I first issued this? I hope the links aren't dead. Today is the third anniversary of little Tyler's passing after only 6 days of life, so I'm doing my annual tradition of reposting this (although I think I missed a year--sorry). The need still remains; so those of you who knit, crochet, and sew are still needed to do this charitable act. I know I've been posting stuff like this a lot lately, and I'm sorry--I think it'll tone down once the holidays are over. But think about doing this--if not for me, then for Tyler.

My friend who gave birth at 25 weeks--her baby died yesterday morning. They were able to hold him one last time. I wanted to pass along this information that has been in the back of my memory banks for years, but that I've only thought of again as I think of him. This is for Tyler.

There are groups all over the country who make receiving blankets for infants who die after birth, are stillborn, or are even miscarried (very tiny blankets). After the baby is gone, the grieving family will still have the blanket to hold on to during those difficult times (and there will be many of them). So for my readers who can knit, crochet, and sew, here's a list of those places:

Afghans for Angels - Headquarters
Afghans for Angels - State Chapters
Afghans for Angels - Starting a New Chapter (if your state isn't represented)
Texas Moms of Tiny Angels

I had hoped to have more, but there are a lot of dead links lurking about.

In addition, NICUs are in constant need of baby clothes for preemies--chances are good your local hospital would love to get some from you. And if you don't knit, crochet, or sew (or if you're like me, you only sew, and you find that knitting and crocheting are skills in higher demand), note that Afghans for Angels always needs old-fashioned safety pins and postage stamps to mail the blankets.

Thanks everyone. Hope you all had a merry Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Note to Self

Take hats and scarves to Salvation Army on December 23rd, not the 24th. They were closed!! The shelter opens at 5:00, so we'll try again then.

We've got nasty rain here, but it's better than last year's freakish snow that sent us skidding slowly into a ditch. Now that we have a 5 minute ride to church, we should actually make it this year.

Merry, merry Christmas to all!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

11 Hats, 3 Scarves


... all on their way to the Salvation Army shelter (the only homeless shelter in Denton County) tomorrow. Here's hoping next year is even more fruitful!

Happy Christmas Eve to everyone.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Awww 2: The Second Hat

My original Caps for Good hat has a new buddy.


This one probably won't be taking such an exotic trip--it'll go to a local hospital for newborns.


It's quite a bit smaller than the other hat--perfect for preemies!


I want to see everyone else's hats! Get knittin'!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Awww.

Isn't it cute?


I've completed my hat for Caps for Good! I put it in my icon corner so it would be blessed.


I'm very liberal with what I put in my icon corner. When Christmas gets closer, there'll be a box of hats and scarves for the homeless sitting on it.


I think it looks rather sweet there. Here's a close up:


Finally, the most important picture of all:


Big thanks to Hammy for holding still.

It only took me two days! Get crackin', knitters and crocheters! It ain't hard!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pith!

I like to use the Loquacious Loquat as a force for good ... and occasionally evil, but it's a rather benign evil. Since the holidays are fast-approaching, I thought this would be an excellent time to use it as a force for good.

All you knitters and crocheters should get your needles and hooks (or, if you're like me, your knitting looms) ready to help Warm Up America! in the fine act of making baby hats for wee ones in the world's most impoverished countries! The Caps for Good Campaign will run until February 28, 2011, and the dainty little hats you make will go towards reducing infant mortality in the crucial first month of life. And what knitter/crocheter doesn't love to knit/crochet dainty little things for babies? Not one, I tell you--not one!

I'm a bit of an overachiever when it comes to putting my hands to use for charity, so I was a bit saddened when I read that they just want each knitter/crocheter to make just one cap. So I'll pop another Klonopin to calm my twitchy hands and quote this from the Action Kit (which you should definitely read yourself if you're thinking of doing this):
Making a cap is important - but so is telling your friends, family and co-workers about this project and enlisting
their support. So instead of making a bunch of caps by yourself, make one cap and then encourage others to
make a cap too. This will result in more caps and more people who care about this issue and feel empowered to
make a difference.
They've got a point (I guess ... grumble ...), so I'll use my social media connections to spread the message. And I expect you to do the same while working with your needles and hooks and looms and soft, washable yarn.

Also, don't forget that hospitals need hats and other supplies for mothers who don't have anything for their new babies, and they also need preemie stuff in the NICU. You don't have to stop at one hat!

Remember when I used to blog? Yeah, I do too.

Sorry, faithful readers of the Loquat. You've been staring at the same post for two months now. Apologies for the lack of loquaciousness on the Loquat. To break the silence, who wants a list of things going on in my life right now?

1. I'm done Christmas shopping.
2. I'm sick.
3. I'm almost done knitting a scarf.
4. I have a new kitty named Tuna (female).
5. I'm looking forward to Christmas.
6. I've got sticky fingers.
7. I just threw a balled-up piece of paper at Miss Lemon.
8. I'm drinking a Pepsi.
9. I'm still in my jammies (see #2).
10. I hate wrapping presents.

More pithy posts later.