Lady of the Fringe

it's a magpie's nest

6 May
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I like to make things, read, listen to music, play games on my computer, chat with friends and eat. When my husband cooks for me, it makes me feel very pampered. I'm fascinated by languages, and can say a few words in several when my memory is working; mostly "hello", "please", "thank you", "excuse me" and "goodbye".

My greatest claim to fame is a youtube video I created to demonstrate the use of a hand held tool to cut leather into lacing strips. Watch here.

"You never know exactly what you will find in a magpie's next, but you can bet it will be shiny," applies pretty well to my craft room. "Oooh! Shiny!" Yes, I'm easily distracted.

Oh, right... I was going to list some of my favorite reading: Nation by PTerry, The Hero and the Crown, The Blue Sword, Hunting Party and sequellae, Neuromancer, Fahrenheit 451, Catseye, The Time Traders, Jinnian Footseer, After Long Silence, LOTR, Gossamer Axe, The Incomplete Enchanter, Hammered and sequellae, Shards of Honor, Barrayar and the rest of the Miles Vorkosigan books, anything by Terry Pratchett, the Deryni series, McCaffrey's Pern and Crystal Singer serieses, The House on Mango Street, Esperanza Rising, The Ship Who Sang, Island in the Sea of Time, O'Reily's HTML Pocket Reference, the poetry of Robert Frost, The Door in the Hedge, A Knot in the Grain, Holding Wonder, Charmed Life, Howl's Moving Castle, Pathology of the Fetus and Newborn, 501 Spanish Verbs, poetry of Pablo Neruda, anything by Sharyn McCrumb (yes, even Bimbos of the Death Sun) and here I'm going to stop lest I be up all night adding books to the list.

I am a cancer survivor. My oldest daughter, born with DS and a CHD, died from complications of pulmonary hypertension at age 37. Pediatrician at the hospital told her dad and me she would die before she was two, and if she managed the extraordinary feat of living that long would certainly die before she was ten. Same pediatrician recommended we put her on the waiting list for the state hospital immediately and not get attached. I rejected his recommendation, and never looked back. Stories about her are at The Incredible Gift.

You can find photos of my crochet stuff here on Flickr. And I am finally on Face book, where I have a public photo album called Yarn Arts, and one especially for the royal blue and gold pieces meant to support pulmonary hypertension research and awareness called Team PHenomenal Hope Hats. You can get there by adding /magpie49 to the standard fb url.