How do you say..

Do you remember ages 5-10 (especially boys) and their fascination with bathroom humour? Take two teens, ages 14 & 16, turn them loose with the built in Mac translation program and they can get extremely weird. After going through mixing and matching between English, German, Spanish and French, they wandered further. Not being able to read the Japanese or Chinese, they put it aside in favor of “guess what this Dutch phrase is.” Not satisified with simple declarative sentences, they moved on to such challenges as “I like to play in the road as a car hurtles around the corner,” “Are sheep allowed to drive cars?” and “I will dance a polka on your grave.” Noah listened to Miriam read Nederlandisch and tried to guess what words she had entered. Of course they had to test out the extent of the vocabulary present, concluding that Bablefish has a great fund of words.
For Elena, it was just too much.


Today I was once again startled when a coworker commented on multi-tasking. “I am no longer amazed that you knit, talk, and seem to know everything that is going on, I am just looking for you to be able to knit and type on the computer at the same time.”

I could do that, I thought, using voice recognition software…..

Meanwhile, May Day 1 is complete except for grafting the toe; the leg on the second sock is complete. As previously mentioned, the yarn is STR Lemon Grass. The leg is knit on 2,75mm Sox Stix, then I dropped to 2,5mm rosewood dps for the heel and the foot. Two full repeats of the pattern on the leg, one on the instep, then two more on the foot top, but only the center section. When I get to the foot on the second sock, I will move the pattern over so as to have a complete leaf type structure in the middle for the last two repeats.


Interior arches, stairs, and layered openings off the cental courtyard open to the night sky.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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2 Responses to How do you say..

  1. Amy says:

    Hi,Holly! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I appreciate your advice!

    I’ve enjoyed cruising your blog–you are a great sock-knitter!

  2. amanda j says:

    Hmm, my boy is seven and his little sister four. They can amuse themselves for hours talking about bodily functions. Although they have never watched South Park they are enamoured with Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo. Charming.

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