Madame Nostradamus, a witty little knitter…

Since I know there are some crafty people who read this:

Project Linus makes blankets for traumatized children from birth to 18 years of age. There are chapters all over the place, the website should tell you if there’s one near you.

Warm Up America! has been around for a while and is still going strong – and you don’t even have to make a whole blanket. Just a 7″x9″ square. You can donate as many squares as you want to be stiched together by their volunteers, or you can find a WUA! circle in your area and help stitch them yourself. If you’re local to this area, JoAnn’s does a WUA! stitch party every year. Watch their class calender.

And if you’d rather make something else like scarves or sweaters or chemo caps or socks or any of the endless things that people make out of yarn and donate, LionBrand.com’s Charity Connection can hook you up. Local or national; you can search by area.

I’ve been listening to some coworkers in the break room having a conversation about gay/lesbianism, and their attitudes towards such people in general. I’ve always found it amusing and, I’ll admit, rather beneficial that when one is a quiet person, the rest of the population tends to forget that one has ears that work just fine. Not that the attitude was hostile; the general consensus seems to be “I don’t think anyone should be mistreated for their lifestyle, but if you ask me if I think it’s right, I’m going to say no.” It’s fascinating, though, to learn what assumptions people make about others, co-workers in particular. By and large, I think, most people see what they expect to see, and miss the subtleties.

And, nothing to do with anything, merely making my day better:

 Maria Callas in Norma: Casta Diva.

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas…

Just found out that there is some manner of holiday lunch here tomorrow – for which I should bring some food. It seems this is to be the opposite of the Thanksgiving lunch; there’s no turkey, no ham, no huge list of sides to bring, but finger foods, chips-and-dip, crackers, and stuff. So I’m going to make pimento cheese sandwiches and use a cookie cutter to make them tree-shaped, I think. 

I’ve also been working on Estelle’s stripey blanket and Jeanne’s hat (yeah, she’ll probably read this, but she asked for a hat, she ought to know she’s getting one…but she doesn’t get to know what colour or style, haha.), and I’m kinda in a crafty mood. I think I have one more crafty project up my sleeve..and it won’t get where it needs to go by Christmas, but that’s ok, it’ll just spread out the gifty fun. 

Meanwhile, every patient we have has decided they must talk to us before the holidays. Oy vey. Back to the phones.