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Sunday, November 1, 2009
Undulating Waves Swatch
Originally uploaded by aimeedars
Another knitting class today, this one with Laura Nelkin. She the Creative Director at Schaefer Yarn, and it's fun to take classes from the person who designed the pattern. Undulating Waves is a lace pattern with beads worked from charts, so we did a swatch in class. By the end of class, I'd ripped out the swatch and cast on for the scarf (18 vs. 38 stitches).
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Originally uploaded by aimeedars
I spent Halloween at Knitting Etc. taking the "Crash Course in Crochet Critters." From the book Amigurumi World, we could select any creature we wanted to make, and I decided to do an owl in non-traditional colors. (Classmates made a cactus, bear, octopus, and apple with worm.) It was a fun day, I learned more about crochet, and had fun, as usual, with the Knitting Etc. crew.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
At the Apple Harvest Festival, I took a morning volunteer shift at the Farm Sanctuary information booth. In the afternoon, George joined me, and we had fun seeing the tons of people on the Commons, including some of my students and coworkers. We left just as it started raining.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The latest news is that the Cayuga Heights trustees are now lowering the number of deer they will allow to live to as low as 20 (all of whom will be sterilized), and they want to speed up the killing process, killing more deer sooner than their original plan proposed.
A reliable source tells us that this is due to their wanting to save money, as they will have to hire a person each year to oversee the process, and if they can kill more deer faster, they can pay out less money to this employee over time. You may have heard that the 10-year projection was that they’d be paying $1 million for their deer-killing plan and as a result, have to raise taxes by 5%. So this is how they propose reducing costs — kill more deer more quickly and allow fewer to live, as sterilization is more expensive than killing. Meanwhile, far cheaper non-lethal approaches to reducing human-deer conflicts exist, and are proven to be successful (see http://www.cayugadeer.org/alternatives.htm ) Yet, the mayor and trustees will not open their minds wide enough to save the tax payers money by trying these alternative approaches, nor have they indicated a willingness to consider changing the fencing ordinance to allow residents to adequately protect their gardens.
You can read the latest Ithaca Journal article here:
It’s important to understand that this is essentially an extermination plan, and the massacre they are proposing — to be carried out in residents’ back yards -- will be violent, bloody and a disgrace to our community.
PLEASE JOIN US
TO PROTEST THIS OUTRAGEOUS PLAN!
The trustees will meet at at Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Rd. (across from community corners). Protesters will be assembling a half an hour before the meeting. To all of you who came out last month to protest, THANK YOU! We hope you will join us again . If you have been receiving these emails and not yet participated, NOW is the time to become active! Doing nothing will result in the death of hundreds of animals and the tacit acceptance of having firearms discharged near homes and roadways, endangering our community and turning Cayuga Heights into a for wildlife.
EVERY PERSON COUNTS! Please don’t turn your back now. Your community, and the inncocents who live amongst us, depend on you to show up. Bring your own sign, or there will be extra signs there that you can hold. And don’t forget to spread the word!
Jenny Stein, on behalf of CayugaDeer.org
PS: We still have a pressing need for more people to volunteer and become more active in organizing these efforts. Now that we are getting closer to the point where the deer will actually be killed, this effort needs to ramp up and more people need to get involved. Once the killing begins, it will become much harder to stop it. So please contact us if you can help! firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Last year, I raised just over $500 through Walk sponsorships for the Farm Sanctuary for the animals, and this year, I hope to double that amount, but I need your help. Please sponsor me--your donation will be responsibly used by the Farm to protect and support the animals who need it most. You can sponsor me online at Firstgiving or send me a check made to THE FARM SANCTUARY. Any amount is much appreciated. Thank you in advance for helping me help the animals.
Monday, August 31, 2009
September 2009 Scavenger Hunt
1. Saved by the bell (Please tag as msh0909-1 and msh0909)
2. Acceptance (msh0909-2 and msh0909)
3. Bella Detesta Matribus (msh0909-3 and msh0909)
4. Mug (msh0909-4 and msh0909)
5. Cassava (msh0909-5 and msh0909)
6. Tongue-tied (msh0909-6 and msh0909)
7. Hats, hats, hats (msh0909-7 and msh0909)
8. Bun in the oven (msh0909-8 and msh0909)
9. Halal (msh0909-9 and msh0909)
10. Race Day (msh0909-10 and msh0909)
11. Autumn (msh0909-11 and msh0909)
12. Skid lid (msh0909-12 and msh0909)
13. Copper (msh0909-13 and msh0909)
14. Sleeping dogs (msh0909-14 and msh0909)
15. Stargazer (msh0909-15 and msh0909)
16. Bodacious (msh0909-16 and msh0909)
17. Baby animal (msh0909-17 and msh0909)
18. Hunky Dory (msh0909-18 and msh0909)
19. Magnetic (msh0909-19 and msh0909)
20. Blackout (msh0909-20 and msh0909)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Weekend in New Hampshire
Originally uploaded by aimeedars
We spent the weekend in New Hampshire with Diane and Shae. On Friday, we saw the Sugarland concert at Meadowbrook, which was amazing and broke attendance records. (No cameras were allowed, so I didn't take mine to the concert; little did I know the rule would not be enforced.)
Saturday, we drove around Lake Winnipeaukee, ate a very tasty dinner, and then Shae treated us to a tour of the lake on a beautiful replica of a 1920s speedboat. It was so much fun to be on the water!
Sunday, we had to get back, and George didn't want to take interstates, so we drove FOREVER, although we did see some very cute towns.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The following message is from my dear friend Jen. Please visit the link to help save the orangutan's habitat!
There is a proposal to clear thousands of acres of orangutan forest in Indonesia. Orangutans have been recently released into this area, and approval of this proposal will be devastating to their habitat. You can sign the petition to stop this proposal at the Australian Orangutan Project site below.
You can also read more about Palm oil issues on the site. Please take time to read a little about Palm Oil and how not only is it affecting orangutans, but tigers, rhinos and elephants too. I urge you all, please read labels and avoid whenever possible purchasing items containing palm oil.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Proceeds will help Chuck Pappas, a former Farm Sanctuary employee who sadly had to quit his job last March after being diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer. You would not believe how expensive treatment is, and how little of it is covered by insurance. We need to help Chuck get better so he can get back to helping the animals. Chuck's plight is detailed on the 300 miles for Chuck blog as well as Chuck's own blog.
Ithaca Journal Article
Monday, June 22, 2009
Instructions: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing your fifteen too.
1. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
2. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Euginides
3. Middlesex, Jeffrey Euginides
4. Ender's Game & Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card
5. A Very Long Engagement, Sebastien Japrisot
6. He She It, Marge Piercy
7. Eve's Tattoo, Emily Prager
8. Church of the Dead Girls, Stephen Dobyns
9. A Ring of Endless Light, Madeleine L'Engle
10. Dune, Frank Herbert
11. The Little Price, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
12. Trans-Sister Radio, Chris Bohjalian
13. Inspector Rebus Series, Ian Rankin
14. Possession, A.S. Byatt
15. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, David Bornstein
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
From the Farm Sanctuary Veg for Life Website:
- Silk comes from the caterpillars of the silk moth, who protect themselves by spinning silk strands to form a cocoon.
- Each worm may produce up to a mile and half of continuous thread. To retain an unbroken thread of silk, moths are commonly boiled, baked or steamed alive when they are ready to emerge.
Many common fibers simulate the look and feel of silk, including nylon, polyester, Tencel, milkweed seed-pod fibers, silk-cotton tree filaments, and rayon.
- Angora rabbits are often kept in cramped cages for their entire eight-year lifespan.
- Males only generate 75 percent of the wool females produce; consequently, most are killed at birth because they are not as "profitable."
- The females typically endure lives of loneliness and boredom and suffer from painful bone deformities and other ailments caused by severe confinement.
- Goats raised for cashmere are typically reared in filthy, crowded conditions.
- Shorn months prior to their natural shedding time, the goats are often exposed to cold temperatures and become more susceptible to illness.
- Goats are often ear notched, de-horned and castrated without anesthesia and sold for meat after their first fiber harvest.
- While a growing number of goats are being used for milk and meat in the United States, the majority are still used for mohair.
- Intolerably sensitive to the cold and parasites, the goats often suffer from chills after their fleece is removed.
- Like other animals used for fiber production, these goats are commonly sold for slaughter when they are no longer considered profitable.
- Sheep have been purposely bred to produce excessive wool. As a result of having an abnormal amount of wool, many sheep suffer from fly infestations, skin sores and wool parasites.
- During shearing, the majority of these animals are handled roughly and their fleece is removed as quickly as possible. Injuries are common and shearers frequently cut into the flesh of terrified sheep.
- Lambs typically suffer from painful mutilations, such as tail docking and castration, without anesthesia. Sheep may also undergo mulesing, a painful process by which a four by six-inch piece of skin is cut from their tails and backside.
- When the sheep are no longer producing prime wool, they are commonly transported to slaughterhouses in overcrowded trucks. Many sheep become "downers" and are left to suffer and die slowly from neglect.
- Australia, the largest wool producer, sends many of its "spent" sheep on a long, tortuous journey by ship to the Middle East where they are sold and slaughtered.
- Felt, or compressed wool, is also a product of the cruel wool industry.
Instead of shopping for heavy, itchy wool socks and mittens or expensive angora or cashmere sweaters, choose garments made with more light-weight and colorfast materials, such as nylon, acrylic, orlon, polyester fleece, cotton flannel, synthetic shearling, Tencel, or Polartec Wind Pro.
Monday, June 15, 2009
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2. Flutterby (msh0609-2 and msh0609)
3. Great Jumping Jehosaphat! (msh0609-3 and msh0609)
4. DUDE! (msh0609-4 and msh0609)
5. Bump (msh0609-5 and msh0609)
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8. Puffy (msh0609-8 and msh0609)
10. What part of ..... don`t you understand?! (msh0609-10 and msh0609)
13. Indigo (msh0609-13 and msh0609)
15. Hott or Not (msh0609-15 and msh0609)
16. 16 (msh0609-16 and msh0609)
17. Human Nature (msh0609-17 and msh0609)
18. Persona non grata (msh0609-18 and msh0609)
19. Two G`s (either find 2 G`s or a subject when spelled has 2 G`s in it like: egg, wiggle, juggler etc) (msh0609-19 and msh0609)
20. Jazz hands (msh0609-20 and msh0609)