Knotty Musings

Ideas, philosophies, and evil plots to take over the world through love hatched here.

I Am Enough

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically
liberates others." ~ Marianne Williamson

Remove the Nots

Remove the Nots

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Snowy Saturday

Hello friends,

I haven't posted much here this week and I can't really say that it's because I've been busy as much as it's because I've been enjoying my downtime. I've been spending time with friends, crocheting, trying to catch up on my e-mail, and just chilling before the next round of classes begin.

We got a pretty good snowstorm last night so it appears some of today's exercise will be shoveling. I think I"m going to sit tight today, watch a movie or two and crochet! I'll put a pot of soup on and take it easy today.

Southwestern Cauliflower and Ham Soup

"Serve hot with a slice of cheese bread. Enjoy!"


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
3 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
1 cup chopped cooked ham
1 1/2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1/4 cup potato flakes
5 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro ( I omit because I don't care for cilantro)

In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion in oil until just beginning
to brown. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Stir in cauliflower, bring
to a boil again and cook until cauliflower is tender, 2 to 5 minutes.
Remove half of cauliflower mixture and puree in a blender or food
processor until smooth. Return to pot with ham and cheese and cook until
cheese is melted. Stir in potato flakes and heat through. Serve topped
with cilantro.

What are you going to do?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Blanketing With Love

Good morning friends,

I participated in the Project Linus Make a Blanket event yesterday and it was very cool!!! It was awe-inspiring to see so many people united for a single cause. This picture is one wall of bundled blankets; this was 1 hour into the event. I heard on the news last night that over 1000 blankets were donated. That is just amazing to me. I will definitely be doing it again.

Today I have 1 document to finish for my WORD class, then review for the 2 hour timed test that I will take later today. I hope to do better than the last one.

Other than that, I will be lazing about with yarn and hook in hand.

How about you?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Whew!!!! Miracle of Miracles!!!

Well it appears that Zinger might be hinting that she wants a bath lol!!!!

Hello friends,

I haven't posted here in awhile because I have been BURIED in finals prep. With that said, I am very happy to report that I ACED the final with a perfect score of 100%!!!! I think the professor was as surprised as I was. She high -fived me as she handed it to me. The only thing remaining for finals now is 4 more documents for the WORD class and then awaiting grades so I can turn them in for tuition reimbursement.

I can enjoy a blissful 2 week break!!! Crochet, visiting with friends, and downtime here I come!!!

Speaking of crochet and knitting, tomorrow I will get to do it for the majority of the day!!! I'm participating in the Project Linus Make A Blanket event in the morning and guild in the afternoon. Ahhhhhhh heaven!!! Community potluck and yarnie stuff!!

That's about all of the excitement going on in this little corner of the world.

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Thoughts on Love

Hello friends,

I haven't checked in for awhile for I thought it was time to update the blog. I hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful Valentine's Day, whether you are single, married, dating, or otherwise. I think that perhaps at this time of year more than most, it is important to reframe love.

A good number of people think that Valentine's Day is less important if they don't have a "special someone" to share it with. But I pose this question: Did someone you love - a family member, friend, acquaintance, etc let you know they cared by at least saying "Happy Valentine's Day, making a phone call, etc? Better yet, did you?

I believe in love and the way that love can change people. If there was ever something magical, it is love. What love really requires is that we give of ourselves, therefore, there is no price tag that can be placed on love and those who measure love by how much something costs don't truly know how to love. I love knowing that I'm thought of; that is what matters to me. If I'm shown that I'm thought of by the one I love, I don't care what form that takes - that is not the important part to me.

Put away the rulers. You cannot measure joy.
Tuck away the scale. You cannot judge
happiness by how much it weighs. Put
away the microscope, you cannot see love
in your heart. So, how do you know joy,
happiness and love exists? You must have

Like the flowers in the picture: they are beautiful, they were chosen with love for the message they carry, even the bouquet name has meaning. What they said to me, however, is "Even though I may not be there in person, I love you, you are on my mind and in my heart. Thank you for being a part of my life."

I came across this essay from Bob Perks that perfectly illustrates the way I feel about love:

All stories copyright 2009 Bob Perks
Today's message:
"Love Notes"
By Bob Perks
It's that time of year again when the
pressure to find love, give love, express
love is all measured in dollars and cents.
I was at a local florist this morning and
saw a bouquet of roses in a plain vase for
I am sure some of you will be quick to say
that's a bargain. I understand some areas
that same dozen would be so much more.

I must ask why a single rose was just $2.50
a few weeks ago and now, now love costs more.
My friend, I am writing to tell you love costs
While speaking to an older couple recently,
I asked how they stayed in love for so long.
"Love notes," she replied.
"Oh, you leave each other little notes?" I followed.
They looked at each other and smiled.
"Not written notes. She looks at me and I note
that it means, "I love you!"
"He touches my hand and I note that after all this
time we still hold hands."
"She calls my name and like notes of music I hear
her love song."
"He lies next to me in bed at night and I note his
heart beats only for me."
They both laughed, smiled and he put his arm
around her.
I noted how much in love they really are.
How much does love cost? Hold hands, smile,
call their name.
Are you taking notes?

"I believe in you!"
I encourage you to share my stories but
I do ask that you keep my name and contact
information with my work.
If you would like to receive Bob's Inspirational
stories, please visit

and submit your email address.
"I Wish You enough!"
© 2001 Bob Perks
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear
much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."

Bob Perks, P.O. Box 1702, Shavertown, PA 18708-1702, USA

You are loved!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Still Here and Ticking Along

Hi friends.

I haven't updated the blog so it's probably time to do so.

On the great hair debate, I didn't end up getting any of the styles on this page (mainly because I couldn't get the pics to print to show the hairstylist). I opted for a chin length bob which I like for the length but will go back to have corrected this weekend b/c they didn't blend my waves well so I have "wings" on the side of my head.

We are supposed to get a heck of a snow storm this weekend just in time for Valentine's Day-the forecasters are saying 8-10" of snow which will definitely put a crimp in the celebrations of some. We have a pretty low key one planned - just dinner so we should be OK.

Finals prep still has me busy and then I'm looking forward to 2 weeks off from classes before the spring quarter starts.

I'm ready for spring and have been doing a little planning of what to plant in the gardens this year. Unfortunately, I'll be taking classes through the summer quarter, but things will be OK.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Great Hair Debate and Other Musings

Good afternoon friends,

It is official: David, the love of my life, has infected me with a cold. The watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, aches and pains kind of cold. To be fair, his was worse as he had the chest cold and sounded awful for most of last week. So I'm home trying to nurse it since I didn't think that talking 10 hours on the phone would be helpful when I barely have a voice to begin with and the throat is scratchy.

I need a haircut; my hair is in my face and hard to manage. I have wavy hair but the waves don't appear until my hair is at my jawline. I'm looking for something a little more professional since I will soon be chatting people up for internships. Let me know what you think of these styles.