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3 down 2 up

3 up 2 down
As we head into the last day of eventing.
It was a talented deep field of competitors.
One teammate starting the week on injured reserve but coming off the bench to finish strong.
But as the period wore down tonight three players were looking ragged and sickly.
Let us raise our heads and cheer the noble team from Marchville on in the quest to bring home the “Final Week of School-First Week of New Job for Mister-First Week adjusting to New Daycare Place-While fighting Off Nasty Summer Cold” CUP

We may not look pretty at the finish line, but by golly, we will have made it and not lost or accidentally over medicated anyone in the process.

Look out July


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I am so thankful to all my Team Members and Sponsors for their support this year. We had a great day for the walk, near eighty degrees and super sunny. Dwyer Stadium in Batavia is a great location and this is the third year we have participated and it has grown so much since we started. I’m not very good at ball parking numbers in crowds but I would easily say the number of walking participants has quadrupled. There’s still time to help Team March reach our goal of $5000 (we are a bit shy of our goal) so please click HERE to help get us there! Every little bit helps.

I want to take a quick public bloggy moment to say a special thank you to my Cousin Courtney who has outdone her fundraising self again this year. At the time of the Walk MS on Sunday she had collected from 52 sponsors for a total of over $2,000! And a special thanks goes out to all her co-workers at Fisher-Price in East Aurora, You are helping so many Upstate NY MS patients and families – Thank You so Much!

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…but all the online thingys that take up my time on my iPhone and make me wish lust for an iPad. I don’t know about most folks but I do subscribe to quite a few online newsletters the greatest percentage having to deal with knitting stuff and to a lesser degree herbs, gardening, and natural living. These newsletters usually go beyond just an advertisement for a sale of a product, most times there are announcements of new products, or free patterns, or a just released pattern.

I thought I’d share some of my favorites that show up in my inbox throughout the month. Do try to keep in mind that I also read a ton of blogs too – but that will have to be a topic for another post.

Jimmy Beans Wool I love reading this newsletter & look forward to seeing the new limited time Lorna’s Laces colors that become available (loving the March ’12 Sea Turtle Dream). They also sponsor a Stitch Red campaign to stick-it to women’s heart disease. Not only do they tell you what’s new in the shop but suggest patterns to go with the yarns. I also enjoy the staff project section at the end of the newsletter. They carry Madelinetosh onseies, be sure to check them out, but they carry fabric, buttons, notions and so much more.

elann.com This is more of a sale flier for their great bargains on yarns, pattern books, and notions. Sometimes their staff designers have re-worked an existing pattern to work with a yarn they are promoting and the results are quite wonderful. The prices have made me do a double take.

Morehouse Farm. This is a NY farm that I have fallen in love with ever since I read their book: Morehouse Farm Merino knits : more than 40 farm-fresh designs by Margrit Lohrer. Great yarns, wonderful service, beautiful and creative patterns. Every child needs a ‘critter’ scarf or set of mittens.

Knitting Daily This is the Interweave Knitting daily email. Sometimes it’s great information, a free pattern, giveaways, KAL announcements, but other times it really is just a self promotion tool for sales.

Craftsy I signed up for this one not too long ago to get more information on their new model for online classes. You set your own pace, unlimited access to the online class, notes, and online access to the instructor. Classes are available on a variety of subjects from gardening to cake decorating, plus their site hosts independent designer pattern postings for sale and some for free. Worth checking out.

Schoolhouse Press The late Great knitting Guru Elizabeth Zimmermann‘s daughter Meg Swansen now runs the company and I want to keep abreast of the latest and greatest. What more is there to say?

Quince & Co. This company has been THE hot yarn and getting hotter! The two owning knitwear designers: Pam Allen and Carrie Bostick Hoge have been attracting other popular designers like Hannah Fettig, Cecily Glowik McDonald, and Melissa LaBarre to compliment their wearable, non-fussy, classic, visions of shape and ease of design which make me and many other knitters find it hard to decide which pattern to knit first!

If you have tried yarns and love them, be sure to look up their website from it’s band. Chances are they have a newsletter or blog. Lately I have been preferring a newsletter to reading a blog post. Go figure?(the irony has not been lost)

Tahki Stacy Charles

Classic Elite

Cascade Yarns


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I couldn’t help myself and had to post an Orange shamrock!

Even though I come from good Polish stock, St. Patty’s day always held a special place in our hearts growing up. My grandparents were married on that day because you couldn’t get married during Lent, but only on St. Patrick’s or St Joseph’s feast days. So we always celebrated Grandma & Grandpa Daminski’s Anniversary.

Gram would be amazed at the choices for a St. Patrick's Day Wedding theme today!

Grandpa was always in charge of the St. Patty’s float for his church’s entry in the annual parade. In the weeks leading up to the parade I remember helping Gram make hundreds of tissue paper carnations which would be used to cover the float and the visiting Grandpa at the workshop as he and his buddies were busy smoking their cigars and debating design elements. Ah the things we remember as kids…

Thank you all for tuning in for a Wonderful MS Awareness Week of crazy posts. I hope you learned something and enjoyed yourselves but most of all have a greater awareness of those that might be suffering from ANY invisible illness or disease. We may look great on the outside, but some days we really are just trying to fake it!

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I’m off to lunch today with my Mom (her treat – Thanks Mom!) It’s an annual fundraising luncheon with lots of who’s who, volunteers, those of us living with MS, doctors, nurses, PA’s, and fundraising extraordinaires!

Mom and I have a lot of fun, we enjoy a great afternoon out together (which we don’t get very often), a great meal at a posh location (Locust Hill C.C.), and I take a couple of photos here and there trying to act like the press (for the blog) to see what some of the trendy fashionistas of the Rochester area are wearing and go home filled with courage, inspiration, and smiles! Last years luncheon was my first time at the event and I was so filled with hope after listening to the speech by Jennifer Mason. Be sure to click over Here to read about it!

I realize this week most everyone has been all about the Green and St. Patrick’s Day, it’s been very confusing for all my story timers as I read books about green and leprechaun’s yet am wearing orange and an orange ribbon for Awareness Week. Try explaining that to 1-3 year olds! But most of the tall people got it (I hope).

Please help me turn this Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and the celebration of Green into the movement of some of your hard-earned Green into Orange! Please donate to sponsor Me and Team March as we Walk for MS this spring on Sunday, May 20th. Click here to sponsor us!

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Just in case you missed the press release earlier this year:

PANTONE 2012 Color of The Year:

Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango

So here is my Ode to Tangerine Tango!  (cue the band)

Check out this blog post from How About Orange for the latest in Tangerine Tango Sephora products.

Be Brite Baby!


photo by Chris Johns

Just my size

Another really great orange fashion post over here at gracefully50!

good for fencing?

So awesomeness from etsy….

What kids bedroom wouldn't this look cool in?

K for Kelly!

Something orange-y to knit with.

Just because he's a llama and a party animal!

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The MS Society released a new campaign this spring to help increase awareness, help MS families, patients, and assist with education and of course fundraising. (Big Sigh) I’ve been around the not-for-profit world (public libraries) long enough (14 years) to know when there is a big push coming on, and yes, this is the Big MS Walk & fundraising season…

BUT this copy did make me stop and think! It did hit HOME! And yes! IT is personal!

Shortly after I was diagnosed and accepted the news, I told close family and a select few close friends and began the process of treatment etc. Then I started to notice that things began to get a little funny with a few of my friends, and not the ha-ha funny. I thought I was strong enough to begin telling people about this disease about which I knew very little and was learning every day, and suffer the fall out, but it turns out MS really does Kill Connections! It makes it hard for some people to adapt to your disease even though they are on the fringes, they might not be your best friend, but to have them pull back, stop calling, stop asking to get the kids together for play dates, and even keep run-in conversations to small talk hurts. As a parent, I would have told my kids that these people weren’t really your friends in the first place, but golly, we were in our thirty’s! It wasn’t like I was trying to be the poster girl for MS at this point in my life either, I didn’t want lots of folks to know, I just wanted everything to go away and return to normal because my symptoms had subsided with medications after all. Cripes, this is the first time I’ve really even owned up to these feelings til now.  I do see these folks from time to time,  we chat, catch up on the kids goings on and leave it at that, but I guess there will always be a part of me that feels sad for them, I hope someday they can be strong enough for someone who will need them. But on to the positives….

MS has brought into my life so many wonderful caring people who didn’t even know I have the disease until recently! Crazy as that might seem, but if it weren’t for the disease I would not have made the choices or decisions I have in the past three years. Most of them have been family or health related with a focus on what makes us happy or content, or keeps us spending time together or apart (which ever is necessary at the time).

The MS Connection site went live this week and has been hopping since! I logged on and have been enjoying the resources and connections. I hope this format will continue and word will spread to others affected by MS; because there are days that even though I know how much my husband and kids love -love me there is no way they can ever understand how I feel inside, nor would I ever want them to, but sometimes it helps to have someone to commiserate with. Someone you just don’t have to explain a lot to, they just get it.

The MS Connection site is just one of the many resources that the MS Society funds with the Walk MS monies raised each year. So please consider giving to Team March or Walk with Me!

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