12 July 2012

"The Sons of Martha"

I was reading a couple blogs (http://interestingmurders.blogspot.com and http://boringlifeofjohnwatson.blogspot.com) where the conversation turned to memorized poetry for a couple days. This one was quoted in part, after a time, so I found the whole story. I might work on learning it myself now.

My confirmation name is Martha, because of the Mary/Martha/Lazarus story, and being patron saint of housekeepers, women travelers, home-makers, big sisters, and, well, essentially worry-warts. Yes, this poem made me laugh with the amount of truth in it. I have absolutely identified myself with the right Saint.

The Sons of Martha

Rudyard Kipling 1907
The sons of Mary seldom bother, for they have inherited
   that good part;
But the Sons of Martha favour their Mother of the 
  careful soul and the troubled heart.
And because she lost her temper once, and because she
  was rude to the Lord her Guest,
Her Sons must wait upon Mary's Sons, world without
  end, reprieve, or rest.
It is their care in all the ages to take the buffet and
  cushion the shock.
It is their care that the gear engages; it is their care that 
  the switches lock.
It is their care that the wheels run truly; it is their care
  to embark and entrain,
Tally, transport, and deliver duly the Sons of Mary by
  land and main.

They say to mountains, "Be ye removed." They say to
  the lesser floods, "Be dry."
Under their rods are the rocks reproved-they are not
  afraid of that which is high.
Then do the hill-tops shake to the summit-then is the 
  bed of the deep laid bare,
That the Sons of Mary may overcome it, pleasantly
  sleeping and unaware.
They finger death at their gloves' end where they piece
  and repiece the living wires.
He rears against the gates they tend: they feed him hungry 
  behind their fires.
Early at dawn, ere men see clear, they stumble into
  his terrible stall,
And hale him forth a haltered steer, and goad and turn
  him till evenfall.
To these from birth is Belief forbidden; from these till
  death is Relief afar.
They are concerned with matters hidden - under the
  earthline their altars are-
The secret fountains to follow up, waters withdrawn to
  restore to the mouth,
And gather the floods as in a cup, and pour them again
  at a city's drouth.

They do not preach that their God will rouse them a
  little before the nuts work loose.
They do not teach that His Pity allows them to drop
  their job when they dam'-well choose.
As in the thronged and the lighted ways, so in the dark
  and the desert they stand,
Wary and watchful all their days that their brethren's
  day may be long in the land.

Raise ye the stone or cleave the wood to make a path
  more fair or flat - 
Lo, it is black already with blood some Son of Martha
  spilled for that!
Not as a ladder from earth to Heaven, not as a witness
  to any creed,
But simple service simply given to his own kind in their
  common need.

And the Sons of Mary smile and are blessed - they
  know the Angels are on their side.
They know in them is the Grace confessed, and for
  them are the Mercies multiplied.
They sit at the Feet - they hear the Word - they see
  how truly the Promise runs.
They have cast their burden upon the Lord, and - the
  Lord He lays it on Martha's Sons!

18 May 2012

Pocket O' Pockets ideas


16 May 2012

T5 Recruitment Propaganda

These comic snippets all belong to their respective creators/authors/artists.
I am merely borrowing them for my own amusement.

16 April 2012

100th post & NerdWars donation

100th post! Okay, enough celebrating.

Shelter Box provides tools & shelter to people in need after natural disasters strike. For NerdWars T4R3 - Giving Geeks Challenge: Natural Disasters I donated to them.
Part of what this organization provides is tangible: tools, dishes, tents, blankets. Part is not. These tools provide a way for people to help themselves. These items, with the situation, provide a purpose. And by including things like coloring books, these boxes bring not only relief and a sense that someone cares enough to help, but also Hope.

Hope is fairly easy to kindle, vital to survival, and difficult to remove completely. As Brandon Sanderson reminds us (Mistborn, p478):

The Lord Ruler continued forward, two spears sticking - as if unnoticed - from his body. Kelsier stood waiting. He looked ragged in his ripped skaa clothing. Yet, he was proud. He didn't bend or bow beneath the weight of the Lord Ruler's Soothing.


The Lord Ruler glanced at the Inquisitor that Kelsier had killed. "Those are very hard to replace." His accented voice carried easily to Vin's tin-enhanced ears.

Even from a distance, she could see Kelsier smile.

"I killed you, once," the Lord Ruler said, turning back to Kelsier.

"You tried," Kelsier replied, his voice loud and firm, carrying across the square. "But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope."

Proof of donation (for the challenge)

15 April 2012

Nerd Wars: Team OMP - Scarf Square

Team OMP - NerdWars Scarf Square: Universal Library Sign

Charted at 30 sts x 43 rows
2 colors, or treat CC as Reverse Stst.
MC shown in blue
CC shown in light yellow

Written Directions:

CO 30 sts in MC
Stst 2 or 3 until done with purl row
Even rows are knit, odds are purl when worked flat.

4. 12 sts MC, 14 sts CC, 4 sts MC
5. 4 sts MC, 14 sts CC, 12 sts MC
6. 10 MC, 16 CC, 4 MC
7. 4 MC, 17 CC, 9 MC
8. 9 MC, 17 CC, 4 MC
9. 4 MC, 17 CC, 9 MC
10. 9 MC, 17 CC, 4 MC
11. 4 MC, 7 CC, 7 MC, 3 CC, 9 MC
12. 8 MC, 5 CC, 6 MC, 7 CC, 4 MC
13. 4 MC, 7 CC, 5 MC, 7 CC, 7 MC
14. 7 MC, 8 CC, 4 MC, 7 CC, 4 MC
15. 4 MC, 7 CC, 3 MC, 10 CC, 6 MC
16. 6 MC, 10 CC, 3 MC, 7 CC, 4 MC
17. 4 MC, 7 CC, 4 MC, 10 CC, 5 MC
18. 4 MC, 11 CC, 4 MC, 7 CC, 4 MC
19. 4 MC, 7 CC, 5 MC, 10 CC, 4 MC
20. 5 MC, 9 CC, 5 MC, 7 CC, 4 MC
21. 4 MC, 7 CC, 6 MC, 8 CC, 5 MC
22. 6 MC, 7 CC, 6 MC, 7 CC, 4 MC
23. 5 MC, 6 CC, 7 MC, 6 CC, 6 MC
24. 7 MC, 2 CC, 1 MC, 2 CC, 7 MC, 6 CC, 5 MC
25. 6 MC, 5 CC, 8 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 1 CC, 7 MC
26. 19 MC, 5 CC, 6 MC
27. 7 MC, 4 CC, 19 MC
28. 19 MC, 3 CC, 8 MC
29. 9 MC, 2 CC, 19 MC
30. 30 MC - when you reach the CC strand, catch it with the working yarn and continue
      (20 MC, twist CC with working yarn to carry up a row, 10 MC)
31. 9 MC 4 CC, 17 MC
32. 16 MC, 6 CC, 8 MC
33. 7 MC, 8 CC, 15 MC
34. 15 MC, 8 CC, 7 MC
35. 7 MC, 8 CC, 15 MC
36. 15 MC, 8 CC, 7 MC
37. 7 MC, 8 CC, 15 MC
38. 16 MC, 6 CC, 8 MC
39. 9 MC, 4 CC, 17 MC
40 - 42 Stst in MC same number of rows as beginning.


* Longtail CO gives you the first row of MC.  K 1 row, P 1 row, then you've reached the bottom row of the CC design.
* After finishing the top of the CC head, stst 2 rows in MC (should be K 1 row, P 1 row, if I counted right), then bind off. This should be very close to square (Block to true square).

Universal Library Sign charted as knitting pattern

And since I can't count sts from the image above, I added marks every 4th row & stitch in a different shade of the color the st should be (lighter blue on MC sts, darker yellow on CC sts).

*These Vs are for counting purposes ONLY. You still use only TWO colors - MC & CC.*

*These Vs are for counting purposes ONLY. You still use only TWO colors - MC & CC.*

23 March 2012


07 March 2012


Cayal hated Arkady when she was in this mood--all cold logic and acerbic wit. He preferred the other Arkady. The one who was passionate and defiant. The one who made love to him like it was a voyage of discovery. The one who wanted to make love to him. This Arkady was much less fun. This was the Arkady who'd first walked into Recidivists' Row to prove he wasn't immortal; the Arkady who brought out the worst in him.

-The Chaos Crystal (The Tide Lords), Jennifer Fallon p323-

07 January 2012

2012 Plans

Things I want to do:

this month:
- go bowling. dunno why, been thinking about it for two weeks now.
- take the train downtown & walk around the lakefront at night before all the holiday lights come down, on one of these halfway-warm nights.
- knit with Grandma
- get my work shoes/heels fixed
- return books to Adam & Sam
- spend real time with my friends

this year:
- get my motorcycle license
- learn how to build something electronic/mechanical
- regain my confidence in programming
- fully wash, detail & vacuum the car
- put Navy sticker on the back window
- repair the stack of clothes that need sewing

- go out west to really see the stars
- knit myself a sweater
- second ear piercing
- several road trips with different people
- get a tattoo of a couple lego bricks
- get a tattoo of orion on my arm

21 August 2011

30 May 2011


Caron Simply Soft - White
Size 5 dpns (I used 4 of the 5" ones)
Fluff for stuffing

Gauge not important, just don't let the stuffing go through.

CO 9, divide over 3 dpns
*k1, kfb*
stst for 1 1/2" - 2"
*k1, k2tog*
cut yarn, leaving long tail (like 16-20")
draw through rem sts, pull tight & secure/knot.
This is the monster pill, not the cloud.

Now is the odd part. With the tail threaded to a yarn needle, skim just below the knit surface, catching the backs of most sts in the path, pulling tight before changing direction. This should force pulls and puckers and lumps to form, turning the pill into a cloud. It may take a little experimentation; it is all 'freehand', after all.

I had enough left of a tail to make the hanging loop, once I wove the yarn to the point I designated 'Top' of my cloud.