Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Lost Knitting Needles

I pulled a good one yesterday. It was Homeschooler's Hour at the library. The kids went to their "class" and I dropped off some books in the book return before signing up for a study room. My books were in my knitting bag, which I took back out to the car after I dropped the books off. I took my laptop to the study room to work on some stuff while I waited for the kids. I had taken along both my laptop and my knitting because I wasn't sure which I would decide to work on.

When I got home and got my knitting out, I couldn't find my circular needles. (I had a mistake in the sweater so I was in the process of unraveling it a few rows, so the knitting was not on the needles, but I had put them in the bag!) I thought maybe the needles slipped out of the bag in the car, so I went out to check. Nope. I looked through the bag again. Nada. Then it occurred to me that maybe they got caught between the pages of a book and got turned in the library. No, surely not! But since I couldn't find them anywhere else I decided to call and see. Would you believe it? That's exactly what happened! How silly! I felt kinda foolish going back to pick them up... but I was glad to find them.

I finished unraveling back to the mistake, got the sweater back on the needles and I'm good to go!

Friday, April 22, 2005

Pet Peeve

A pet peeve of mine... mostly 'cause people don't know better, I'm sure...

When the time changed a couple weeks ago, we entered Daylight Saving Time. So if you're telling someone your time zone, it's Pacific Daylight Time (or whatever zone you're in) *not* Pacific Standard Time! Standard Time is in the winter. Daylight Time is in the summer. (Unless, of course, you live in Arizona or parts of Indiana or some other country, which don't switch to Daylight Time.)

As I was picking up phone messages today (from around the country) I had at least two people say they were in Eastern Standard Time. *sigh*

Speaking of correct word usage... I have noticed that most people know that B.C. means "Before Christ" but a lot of people think that A.D. means "After Death". It doesn't. It stands for "Anno Domini" which is Latin for "the Year of Our Lord".

Just another random piece of trivia...

(What I've never figured out is why B.C. represents English words, and A.D. represents Latin words. Maybe the Latin words for "Before Christ" also start with B and C? That's probably it!)

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Projects

Today I'm working on signs and posters for my Sonlight booth. I have 6 homeschool conventions to attend this spring/summer... 4 in May, 2 in June... and one speaking engagement with no booth. I've been labeling catalogs with my contact info, then I have bags to stuff, and books to pack. But today's project is to get my signs made.

Now I'm working up a character study for youth group. I got some great materials from "Character First" and I'm using that as my basic curriculum... but I'm trying to come up with some word puzzle worksheets to go along with the theme. There's a free downloadable word search generator at http://www.schoolhousetech.com/, but I can only use so many word searches. Wish I could find some other free programs for making other types of puzzles.