Thursday, June 21, 2007

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall

Hello Again!
I’m am proud to show you, on this beautiful first day of summer, the very first hat I ever knit. I started knitting it last fall with some fine Malabrigo yarn from Uruguay that the lovely Laurie had presented me. It was rather slow going at first, but I pushed on and finished it in early winter:

On sale now for only $4,249.99!

I know exactly what your thinking; What on earth do they need wool for in a South American Country? My thoughts precisely! Upon asking around, I learned that Uruguay winters can get quite cold. I never imagined! Spurred on by this piece of news, I decided to find out what Malabrigo meant (shockingly chilly?). I myself was shocked when I discovered that Mal Abrigo means bad shelter. I certainly don't know where they came up with that name. I can assure you that, should you choose to purchase this hat, it will provide you excellent shelter. You will be the best sheltered chap in all the town, really! ...Maybe I’ll take a bit off the top. Shall we say $3824.99? Do let me know! I should be going now; there's a farewell party for Spring and I must get there before he takes his leave!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Did you just call me weird?

I was tagged by Laurie for Seven Weird Things About Me meme. What is a meme? I haven't the slightest idea! But anyway, let’s get right to it.

1) Ok then. Seven weird things about me meme mememe meme, la la la la la la la. It does seem a bit personal doesn’t it? But I suppose if others have done it, I should be able too. Hmmmm, well… I am mad. That’s weird isn’t it? I imagine not everyone is. So I think that should count for one.

2) I’m mad.

3) Well that wasn’t so bad. What else?!? I do enjoy making up parodies of songs and singing them out loud. I think that’s a bit weird. But then again, who am I to judge? I don’t hear other people doing it. Of course, I don’t do it in public, so I guess other people don’t here me doing it either. There are plenty of things I don’t do in public and I have never assumed I was the only one doing them. Oh dear, I believe I’m getting confused. I think I will just go with it anyway and move on. I think it should be OK.

4) I do enjoy making up parodies of songs and singing them out loud.

5) Very good! We’re moving along now! Let’s see… while we are on the subject of singing, I like to sing jingles too. I can still sing jingles that I heard more than twenty years ago. I’m afraid it’s the only thing I can remember at times. But I think it should count for another one.

6) I can still sing jingles that I heard more than twenty years ago.

7) Is it 7 already! My how time flies. I must speak to HIM about that. Just one more then! This will be easy. I like to eat peanut M&Ms. No wait, that’s not it. I am sure there are a great many people that like to eat peanut M&Ms. What was it? Yes, yes, that’s right, I do like to eat peanut M&Ms, like I said before, however, I like to eat them peanut first. That’s unusual, isn’t it? I will use that one, and I think it should definitely count.

8) Oh dear! I’ve gone over. I guess I won’t use the one about the M&Ms after all. Oh well, perhaps I can save it for a future meme. Don’t let meme forget.

Well, I gather I am supposed to tag someone else now. The problem is, I only know Laurie. And I can’t tag her back can I? What to do? Well, I suppose I shall have to tag YOU then. Yes, whoever you are, you must immediately post up Seven Weird Things About You youyou. You may use my list as an example, as I believe I have done quite a good job with it! I must go now; the tea is almost twinkling...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Welcome to The Mind of the Mad Hatter

The root of the term "mad hatter" is drawn from a time when mercury was used in the process of curing felt used in some hats. It was impossible for hatters to avoid inhaling the mercury fumes given off during the hat making process. Over time, the residual mercury caused neurological damage, as well as confused speech and distorted vision. As the mercury poisoning progressed to more dangerously high levels, sufferers could also experience psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations. Given that anyone exhibiting an altered mental state was dubbed mad at the time, the cause of such malady, and subsequent death of such people doubtless went unexplained for a long time.