December 10th, 2004

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It's time for another Zoey story....

Ya'll remember Zoey, right? The honkin' big, overgrown Irish Wolfhound puppy that has adopted me? And hasn't had her visit by the brain-fairy yet? Yeah, that Zoey.

Well, see, yesterday I got my boss's Christmas present - every year he sends out grapefruit. My partner and I decided a few years ago (since we do the actual ordering and setting up shipments) that we would get something else for us, as long as the price was comparable. Works out much better - just how much grapefruit can a small family eat, anyway?

*ahem*, I digress. Anyway. This year I got a really nice wooden bowl (it'll be used to hold my shuttles, I think) full of oranges and tangerines. About, oh, 2 dozen in all. Nice. The fruit looks pretty good, the bowl is gorgeous, I sat it on the bar and everyone was happy. The kids and I watched 101 Dalmations, then went on off to bed.

Zoey has discovered the joys of futons. It is *just* the right height for a wolfie to lounge on, it's almost wide enough for her to sprawl on, and you can hide things under the quilt. And use the arms as a head rest. Also for sharpening your teeth, but not when the silly humans are around. It's way cool, and must have been made with her in mind. (You Do See what's coming, yes?)

She likes to jump up on the futon and chew on her bones/scavenged items fromm the trash can/exotic wood left lying around; you know, the usual stuff a dog chews on. That way, she can "hide" the evidence when someone walks in - you shove your whole head under the quilt, see, and then you're invisible. Amazing how that doesn't seem to work for us 2-legs, but there ya go.

This morning, as Himself is getting his jacket, he notices something......different....about the futon. "Mama!" he said "Dere's an Orange in here! Zoey stoled it!" Hmmmmmmmmm. There still appears to be 12 oranges in the bowl. Zoey, meanwhile, is practising her innocent look. I go in to find........a tangerine. In the middle of the futon. No sign of damage, no juice spills/stains; the tangerine looks intact.

I go to pick it up........ugh. It's squishy.

Upon closer examination, I discover 2 small punctures in the skin. I also discover that the tangerine is dessicated. She had managed to suck all the tangerine's lifeblood out of it, while it (I'm sure) lay there whimpering in abject pain. She then tired of it's lifeless husk and left it there to be discovered by a poor, innocent bystander, who will be haunted by the memory of it's drained husk for, oh, maybe 5 seconds.

I hesitate to think of the carnage I will find facing me tonight when I get home.........there were 11 oranges and 11 tangerines left in the bowl (on the bar, remember) when we left.
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I just bought my birthday present.....a 60" Glimakra Mora from a lady in Oklahoma. The wonderful, thoughtful, terrific Kae has said she'll help me get it down here from up there......Whoo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wanna *see* it? Go here: Happy Birthday to Me!

OK, so it's not my dream loom...yet. This one only has 4H..but I can upgrade it easily. I've been talking with Joanne Hall (of Elkhorn Weaving Studio in Montana; she's a Glimakra dealer and v.v.v.knowledgeable) about it, and it looks like I can do it for a little less than my LeClerc 45" 4H can bring. Wow...a 60" 8H loom. In my house. Awesome!

Whee!!! 60" of sweet swedish weaving pleasure. What in the hell am I going to do with a 60" loom? And where am I going to put all the stuff that's now cluttering the weaving room? *g*

I've been lusting after a Glimakra for a while, ever since Carolyn got hers. The sheer quietness of it, the large shed..yeah. I've had a bad case of lust.

Anyone out there in LJ world want/need a loom? *g* Seriously - the LeClerc is now officially For Sale. 45", 4H, 6T, 2 reeds - 8 and 10 dent, bench, and lease sticks. I think I have a spare heddle hook or 2 lying around here. No boat shuttles, unfortunatley, but you can find them pretty cheap on Ebay. I can toss in a stick shuttle or 2. Buyer needs to arrange pick up...blah blah blah. I'd like $700.

Seriously. It's a nice loom, it's just a little too noisy for me right now. Himself won't sleep if the loom is going, so my weaving time is The countermarch with it's quiet texsolv heddles should take care of *that*.
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