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Back to the land of the living… and blogging.

 

How many of these "I’m sorry, I know it’s been a long time…", or "I am a blogging failure" posts can one girl write??

I’m not sure… but maybe I’m trying to find the answer… yeah, something like that.

 

In other news, several things have happened since I last wrote.  Here’s an update:

(a.) ~ Our school-building-turned-church is scheduled to be open for it’s first service November 7th!  We are super excited, but a little unsure if it will be done on time.  God does amazing things though, so we’ll see what happens!  The coffee bar is on hold until we see how things work and run at the new building.   We are holding J.A.M every Wednesday at the new building.  It’s for Kindergarten – 5th grade.  I am leading the Surprise Station, which is awesome! :)   Last Wednesday, I taught the kids a math trick/riddle that always ends in the same number.  Kind of a reflection on how God is always a constant.  It involved counting paper clips, and the kids were divided into two groups – K-2nd, and 3rd-5th.  Which group do you think did a better job at counting?

(Hooray for k-2nd!)

 

(b.) ~  The eBay business is incredibly slow.  I remember when I used to complain about having to wrap packages all day, and being worried about not having all of them done by the time UPS got here to pick them up.  Now, I’m worried I forgot to call UPS to tell them they don’t need to come because there aren’t any packages.  :(   I miss the days of 50-70 shipments leaving our house.  Meg, come back!!  John, throw us a friggin bone here!

 

(c.) ~  I’m not married… sorry Grandma.

Does anyone want to guess how much I love this ring?  (Just not sure about all the stuff that goes along with owning it….)  Maybe someday I’ll grow up.

 

(d.) ~ We are making giant leaps in the sport of cleaning the basement… (yep, I’ve officially declared it a sport.)  Because it’s that exhausting… and because I’m that cool.

(e.) ~  I finally finished knitting a "green alligator with an open mouth, and teeth, and spots."  (Well, I didn’t add spots, but Q loves him anyway.)  I’ll post pictures next time.  Q named him Fluffy, which is pretty funny, because his mouth makes him look like Jaws.

I’ll post some real pictures of Fluffy next time.  My camera battery is dead.

 

I think that about sums it up…

OH!!

We have new Internet… (much better than our band-width limiting, not very nice… etc satellite.)  We are on Virgin Mobile.  It’s incredibly fast, and we have unlimited downloads. 

 

Well, unlimited as far as The Queen allows it to be…

Which reminds me….

The Queen has a secret… You should ask her about it.

Youth Sunday was Awesome!!

Yesterday was youth Sunday, and I’d just like to say, that it went AWESOME!  The eBayQueen taught the Preschool-5th Grade "Big House" by Audio Adrenaline… while this kid:

(W., my little brother’s best friend. He’s pretty cool, and a really good kid..)

taught all those little kids a dance to go with the song.  They did great!  We even had a couple of kids doing the worm down the aisle, and another one doing the coffee grinder…  Yeah, ’cause that’s how we Presbyterians roll!  (While John Calvin rolls in his grave.)  Watching the kids dance, and have a good time was so cool!  The Queen was worried that they’d get up there and not do anything, but they did fabulous!

A. wrote the Children’s Sermon, and it was great!  She discussed the way the Bible is more relevant than a newspaper.  She showed the kids how adults use the newspaper (or internet) everyday to get news, but people should use the Bible everyday to learn how to live…. yeah.  I need to work on that. 

 

After all that, some beautiful songs were sung by the talented youth of our church and one P-Tricky, and we had our Spiritual Starbucks play.  Let me just say, the kids did WONDERFULLY!  I think they had fun acting it out, putting out props, and taking on the persona’s of the people they were representing.  I hope they learned from it, and I think the point was made to the congregation.  (I had a couple of people come tell me it was well written, and had a good message, but wasn’t too comfortable… I think that’s a good thing?  Jesus’ message wasn’t given to make people comfortable.  It was to wake them up!)  Super Tall Pastor gave closing statements, and reinforced the message with scripture, and after it was over, I think the color returned back to the Queen’s face.  She can breathe now, with another job well done on Youth Sunday!  :)

A Venti Jesus, please…

This coming Sunday, is Youth Sunday at our church.  You know, where the youth lead music, children’s sermon, regular sermon (sometimes…  usually the eBayqueen aka youth leader asks our super tall pastor to do it instead.), and any other things associated with a good church service: ushering/greeters etc… 

I like to help out with the youth. Maybe I identify with them better… maybe my maturity level is just kind of low… whatever, I have fun hanging out with them, and they are fun to talk about Jesus with!   Plus, they enjoy all the goofy YouTube videos that the Queen finds, and all the hip Christian music, that  some of the… well, more mature, members of our church, wouldn’t be caught dead listening to.  :)  

In the beginning of July, the Queen asked me to write a skit about how people like to mix and match faiths to fit their needs.  And so, Spiritual Starbucks was born.  This play includes a barista, several customers, Jesus, a lawyer, and a narrator.  We’ll be serving up several drinks, such as:  Cafe Cults (actually a bottled drink the customer bought from a telemarketer, but is so bitter, she wants it sweetened up.  You know, some special Spiritual Starbucks ice, some good karma, and a Christ cookie.)  We’ll also serve a Nutmeg New Age Americano ~ featuring some of the god within all of us, good intentions, and some Buddha, Jesus, and Brahman sprinkles on top.  But no solid rock…

Finally, after working and dealing with all of these customers who can’t make up their mind, and want complicated drinks made just the right way, the barista gets to go on break and she’s thirsty.  Jesus comes out and he offers the perfect drink:  A Venti Jesus.  No mixing, matching, size preference, temperature preference, etc. required.  He’s all you need, and you’ll never be thirsty again. 

Hopefully this will work out great.  I hope the message is conveyed, and most of all, I hope the youth learn something from it… but there is one problem.

They.

Haven’t.

Learned.

Their.

Lines.

But, I’ll be praying that the little podium we use as a counter for the barista, will also be perfect for holding their lines.

Here in our county, we celebrate Independence Day on the FIFTH of July.

How was your Fourth of July?  Our family had a great day, we went to church, came home and had an awesome dinner of salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and biscuits.  (My momma, the eBay Queen is a good cook.  She’s cool like that.)  I went outside and gardened for awhile… (I need to post some pictures of the garden.),  Came inside and FINALLY finished a book, and was super excited to learn that my Ginger (aka: P-Tricky) had the evening off work, and he was coming to watch fireworks with us. 

And then….

It started raining.

and ruined any plans for fireworks…

We were going to a family friend’s house to watch an awesome fireworks display, but ended up coming home and watching PBS instead.  Don’t get me wrong, it was fun!  But it can’t compare to this:

or this:

 

We were able to see these yesterday, July 5th.  Because Franklin County is awesome.  Because they didn’t want the little children, pyros, and spoiled knitters (like me) to cry and whine for the rest of the year about their lack of fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Because we’re not going to let a little rain ruin our party… and because we have some seriously patriotic people in our community.  Thank you! 

 

 

Converse anyone?

Friday, I took a trip with P-Tricky to Converse Outlet.  See, P-Tricky is going to be the best man in a wedding in June, and is "required" to wear black Converse shoes with his tux.  (Actually, I believe he came up with the idea… I can’t wait, because I think it is super cool, and I’m going to post photos…)

These are the shoes.  P-Tricky opted for the oxfords, and Stones (the other best man), opted for high tops.

While waiting for the groom to make his decision on the shoes he would be wearing… (he was supposed to be getting some orange high tops…) P-Tricky walked around the store in the black oxfords.  He browsed the clearance rack (which was huge…), and walked around the store a few more times…..  and was hooked.

 

He found some tan/khaki oxfords on sale, bought those, and changed out of his Red Wings right outside the store… Straight up Mr. Rogers style… (without the Keds.) :)

This got me thinking… I think P-Tricky needs some more Converse.  I’ve done some checking, and this could be really fun! 

These are cool…

Check out the custom painted Nintendo Converse… Think I can get some with organ keys on them?

YES!!!   P-tricky can be Goldmember, and I’ll be Foxy Cleopatra!!

Here’s to you P-Tricky… let’s be shoe buddies (and BFF’s etc…;) for life… <3

Fab-u-lous Yarn That Makes me Drool

I'm almost finished knitting this rabbit for A:

(Really, he has taken me too long to complete… I should be finishing him right now…)

BUT, rather than finish the kitchener stitch weaving that is required to finish his feet, and then moving on to the tedious job of stuffing his head, and placing his eyes…

I'm looking on Etsy…

shh.. Don't tell A…

I'm going to finish it tonight… but right now, I'm getting inspiration for the next project. After Q.'s alligator of course.  I haven't found a pattern yet…

Sometimes, I see yarn, and it makes me giddy… 


I LOVE this yarn… it is wool, and think how awesome it would look felted! This yarn would be perfect for making the woven, felted purses the eBayqueen taught the Girl Scouts to make.  You can find it here.  Seller: MySweetSpot2



This one is called "Before Midnight"… hand-dyed superwash merino… I'm not sure what I would make with this, but I LOVE the color!  You can find it here.  Seller: pigeonroofstudios




Knitting Harry Rabbit, required me to learn how to knit in the round on double pointed needles.  I love knitting in the round, and I am convinced I can make socks now.  I've considered making socks for my favorite leprechaun (P-Tricky), and what better yarn than this Lucky Leprechaun hand dyed merino?  You can find it here.  Seller: spinningtheweb


I could spend hours, and hours just browsing Etsy…  but I've gained a little inspiration… and I'm going to go finish Harry Rabbit.

Church Coffee Bar? Yes Please!

I LOVE coffee… (Hence the blog name ~ CoffeeandKnits~)  There's nothing better than a good cup of coffee, with a little milk, and some Splenda…  To add to my excitement about my favorite beverage, I've recently  learned coffee is also good for you!  It's full of antioxidants, and helps lower blood sugar.  A good thing for us diabetics… (of course the coffee is supposed to be de-caf to help lower blood glucose, but if I wanted to drink de-caf, I'd just drink dirt…)

If you find you actually would like to drink dirt, you can find dirt tea at www.earthdrinker.com… PLEASE drop me a line after you've tried it.  I'd like to interview you for my blog…

 

I was flipping through a "churchy" magazine one  Sunday when our family was assigned to nursery duty. 


(Please note: I do not recommend reading a magazine while on nursery duty, but there was one baby that day… and J. pretty much had it covered.  The baby's therapy bill has already been paid…)

The magazine talked about churches and outreach, creative things to do with the building, etc… It also talked about churches going beyond the regular coffee thermos, and having an all out Starbucks style coffee shop inside the church!!  I WANT TO DO THIS! 

How do I get started?  I am in the beginning stages of figuring all of this out… I have yet to approach the session (a thought that terrifies me…) We are renovating an old school as our new church building…where do we put a coffee stand?   I don't know if we should charge, or accept donations?  I think the donations or charges should benefit Hope House, missions, and youth group.  How do I convey that to church leaders?  Mixed coffee drinks or just different coffee flavors?  Should we have cookies/donuts/ other breakfast-y foods?  I have no idea how to run a coffee stand, what does it entail?…

I DO know that this seems like a good idea.  I DO know I feel led to be a big part of it…. and I DO know how to make a good cup of coffee, can follow a recipe to a T, and make mean chocolate chip cookies…After that, I'm kind of lost.  Any input or advice on how to proceed with my crazy idea would be appreciated… Leave me a comment, and let me know what you think! 


Monkeys in Kansas

Recently, I knit a scarf for my second to youngest little brother, C (7).  He had been asking me to make one for a couple of years, but I never could find quite the right pattern.  On my last trip to Barnes and Noble, I finally found the perfect one in this magazine:


Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, Fall/Winter 2009

This edition has several knit animal scarves, a bear, monkey, zebra, and pig.  These are all knit in garter stitch, so it's incredibly quick and easy, and a good project for beginners learning to shape.  (I think the most difficult thing for me was stitching the mouth, and making up… but then again, I hate sewing up the projects!  I wish I could pay someone to do it for me…)


  I chose the monkey scarf for C.. The eBayQueen calls him monkey, and he's always loved them.  I used a very soft dark brown acrylic for the scarf body, and a ball of ecru cotton for the mouth and ears.  The pattern calls for felt eyes, but I decided to use buttons instead… (I had originally wanted to use some vintage buttons, but A, C, and Q all thought the particular buttons I had chosen looked too creepy. )


Here is a close up of his face. :)   He is stitched onto the scarf so that the top is open for pockets!

I hope C. loves his scarf… Right now, I'm making a bunny for A. (pictures later… lots of knitting in the round…)  as for the next project…


The shorter little goofball (Baby Q.) has requested an alligator… and it needs to be bright green… and it needs to have spots… and it needs to have an open mouth… and….

Books I'm Reading…

We've been to the library quite a few times lately.  I counted the library books we, as a family have checked out… and well, I'm pretty sure we're past the limit… (Does our library have a limit?? Checking now…)  Baby Q checked out every Spiderman book our library owns, A. has several art books, American Girl Books, and more, C. picks out whatever looks good, and J. has a book about Hurricane Katrina. 


I love, LOVE to read, and I love the library.  In fact, at one time, I wanted to be a librarian (I still think it would be an awesome career, but eBay, tape guns, and #7 boxes called to me instead…)   Right now, I am reading:


The Given Day by Dennis LeHane

I was so excited to find this one.  I had wanted to read this since I saw Dennis Lehane on the Today show in 2008, promoting the book. 

Here is what they had to say about it:

Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, Dennis Lehane's "The Given Day" tells the story of two families — one black, one white — swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses. Featuring a number of the most famous and influential figures of the era, including Babe Ruth, Jack Reed, Calvin Coolidge, Eugene O’Neill and W.E.B. Dubois, the novel is a remarkable work of historical fiction.

You can watch the interview, and read an excerpt from the book here.





The Library: An Illustrated History, by Stuart A.P. Murray

This is a wonderful book with beautiful photographs and illustrations.  Here's what Amazon had to say about it:

In this remarkable story, Stuart A.P. Murray traces the elaborate history of the library from its very beginnings in the ancient libraries of Babylon and Alexandria to some of the greatest contemporary institutions – the Royal Society of London, the Newberry Library, the Smithsonian, and many others. Illustrated with 80 rich color photos, readers can follow the fascinating progress of the institution we now know today as the library. A rich textual and visual resource, "The Library" will delight patrons and library staff alike.


I would like to dedicate this post to P-Trick… without whom, I would still be using J's library card to check out books because my fines exceeded the $10 limit, and I do not carry cash.  You the man… :)


Criminal Minds, I Would Like to Thank You for my Nightmares…

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I am afraid of doll people. Thanks to an incredibly frightening episode of Criminal Minds "The Uncanny Valley", I have decided to steer clear of all dolls and doll related items. I kind of hope we never sell another doll on eBay either… At least not until they make it mandatory to have some kind of doll license or something… You know, like a gun license. I want it to involve a psychological screening. Wait… If you watched last night's episode, you might have doubts about the psychological screening too! Scratch that: If you know how to sew a wig, like to put lots of makeup on other people, and occasionally have tea parties with your "friends" who are in a drug induced stupor: DO NOT BUY FROM US!!!

Yes, those are women… dressed as dolls with sewn on wigs and lots of makeup… in a drug induced stupor… having a tea party.

All joking aside, I visited a discussion board on eBay devoted to this episode here, and I love the real life doll collectors. Their take on this whole thing was pretty funny, and they all seemed sane. Thank you for being so kind, doll people! After all, we all know who you really have to watch out for… those knitting people… with their sticks and needles… ;)

 

If you are game for a few nightmares, and can sit stationary for one hour, I recommend watching this episode. It was very well written, and will creep the average person out. Maybe I'm just a pansy… what did you think of it?