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About the Dragon

fullsizeoutput_210  I am an old new mommie. This means that approx. 13 years ago, at the much ripened old age of 43, and 20 extra years after MY mother, I laid an egg~ and it actually hatched! Surprise!! Yep, I found myself with a life-changing, yet amazing little dragonette in my arms–Little Drake, to be exact. The drake wouldn’t have it any other way. He is the joy of our lives.

Things have changed a lot since I first started this blog in 2005.  It was originally intended to get my head together after having my first, and only child.  I wasn’t handling it very well and needed something to distract me from the bomb that went off in my head.

For the purpose of the blog, I had wanted to document the baby stuff so I wouldn’t forget.  I also wanted to blog and document the crafts that I was into and bring it all together with another love of mine, writing.  I am a gemini and true to that nature, I have entirely too many interests and hobbies.  I am involved in the fiber arts, including knitting, crochet, and most recently, spinning… YES, I am a SPINSTER, which is the correct term for one who spins yarn out of fiber… or really, anything one can find.  I also have been into wire wrapping pendants.  I’ve made other pieces here and there, but I had wanted to concentrate on pendants and have been happy with the results.  I give them as gifts which is more appropriate for me, anyway.

My Little Drake actually got me into knitting. He was six weeks premature when he was born and he had received a tiny little hat while in the NICU. The second I saw it, I knew that I wanted to be involved in that ministry. Just having had this mind-blowing little boy (long story for another time), I knew that I could not knit in the volume needed for donations to hospitals, so I just filed it away in the back of my head. Months later, I discovered the Knifty Knitter (KK) looms in a craft store and knew that I could now knit in the volume needed in a very short time period. I could make a complete, finished hat in 30 minutes. I donated them in batches of 30 to 40 at a time and after my (had to be 4th or 5th) batch, the grand total was well over 200 hats… YEA!   I started hand knitting and crochet projects which were those in between projects so that I didn’t get bored out of my head with hats. I’ve made many different items and participated in many charity projects around the web and in my real life with my fiber friends.  My main asset is being able to tweak patterns to suit my needs and desires and I’d say that is my talent in different arenas.

During the past 9 or ten years, I’ve been spinning fiber into yarn.  This is something that I can really relax with and creating something out of basically fluff is pretty cool. People say that they relax with knitting, but for me, it’s the spinning.  I will forever be grateful to my friend Lisa of All About Ewe fame for practically giving me her first wheel.  I paid a fraction of what she ought to have been paid.  Her compassion and friendship have always been appreciated and valued.  Lisa has since given up her business and I sorely miss the time I spent there among friends tied together with our common love of yarny goodness.

Another love of mine is singing; but everyone always said that I couldn’t do it well. I sing anyway, for it’s my love. One time I was talking with my neighbor upstairs about hearing things from each others’ apartment because this is an old house. I told her that I hoped that my singing didn’t bother her. She said something like, ‘it didn’t sound like singing to her’. Oh man, the most direct comment I ever got! Then, the Drake always said that I should “join the choir or something” at our church because I was looking for things to do here in the, at the time, new neighborhood. So, I joined the choir. It was my chance! I don’t care who you are or how shy you are. If you like to sing, you WANT someone to HEAR it and LIKE it. Singers have immense egos. Check out any rock star, or any rock star wannabes. Anyway, I joined and as it turns out, HOLY COW, they actually LIKED my singing! I have even led some hymns and singing responses during the mass (we are Roman Catholic). There is some conflict here, though. Now, as far as the singing goes, if I am not practicing church songs, I have no voice. Weird, right? One day, a priest commented about a psalm that I sang. He said that I was right on the money, every note, good pitch. I had to tell him that I really can’t sing; that God gives me “the voice” when He needs it.

I love to read. I read all the Dragonriders of Pern books right up to the time Anne McCafferty said she was retiring…then she came back and I did not have the time I once had to truly get into one of her books. I also loved her “Rowan” series, and read all of those, unless there is more. Now that my hair is graying, I fancy myself looking like Damia, who has black hair with a single fat white streak of hair in the front… love it. But our similarities end there! Sometimes I use a red temporary color on my hair and all the white becomes a bright swath of RED! LOVE IT.

I’ve been trying to keep my reading material entertaining.  I have a tendency to get into very cerebral, theological material, but sadly it’s all over my head.  I grieve that the Lord did not give me the intellect to understand physics, astronomy and all the higher subjects.  I have no talent or skill with any kind of math other than managing the most basic… ugh.  My career options were nil because I could not advance in what I loved most, the sciences, simply because of being mathematically challenged.  Theology is another area I have an immense interest in.  I love unique, witty puns to the extreme! oooh, I love themed, pun-oriented stories. Does that surprise you? One time I wrote one about taking the car to a mechanic. I’ll just let your imagination do the rest.

I have been active in different churches we’ve belonged to, currently Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. In addition to being in the choir, I have been the president of a  Rosary Society, and currently volunteering for the CCD program.  Hopefully soon, I will return to serving as Lector and Eucharist Minister.

Wow.  Major, major thing that has now become an integral part of our lives, AND have written about and will continue to write about is that our LD had been diagnosed with Autism during his sixth year of life… yeah, I’m dramatic.   I mentioned before, LOTS of changes, and they just keep coming!  Well, we are adapting and dealing.  I’ve made it my mission to get educated because I need to be at the top of my game when dealing with the educational system.  Currently, LD is thriving and he’s got services in place that will help him stay successful academically.  This is a whole separate section of my life and I’m not sure how I will reflect that on this blog.  Keeping a separate page is not good enough and updating a page doesn’t seem the way to go with this…  I attended a whole 6 week workshop and became a SRP (Span Resource Parent) and VOLUNTEER with that organization.

Me and Little Drake fooling around with 3D glasses
Me and Little Drake fooling around with 3D glasses

Though I can’t envision this to become a really popular blog, please enjoy. I invite any comments and suggestions that you may have. Though I welcome negative responses, as well as positive, I will not tolerate obscenities or behavior that is uncalled for. Please keep in mind that this is a family friendly blog, so don’t write anything you would not want your child to be exposed to. For this, I thank you in advance.

**Please be aware that due to unwanted SPAM, I have set my comments to require that I approve every one. I’m really sorry if this inconveniences anyone, but I’m usually pretty good with keeping abreast of new comments.**


16 thoughts on “About the Dragon

  1. I have been a lector and loved it. My favorite reading are ones from Isaiah that start with “Thus sayth the LORD…”

    My husband’s grandmother knitted hats for babies in the hospital where she lived. Over time she knitted hundreds if not thousands of them. Our daughter wore her hats at the hospital and they stayed on so much better than the ones the hospital had. What a great ministry!

  2. Thank you for posting a comment on my page. It was quite insightful. I really couldn’t find the root meaning of the name “Lauria.” I just keep seeing information about it being a small city in southern Italy. I think that there is mention of a warrior – Roger of Lauria, but it doesn’t give me much more information than that. I have to keep hunting I guess.
    Congratulations on having a little one. That has to be the greatest gift one can ever have. I’m still way too young, but I can certainly stand from afar and admire such a blessing as having a child.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, experienceauri.

    From the English perspective, there are quite a few foreign words that, if you look close, you can make out an english word or something close. That is what I do when looking at Spanish words. I am in the choir at our church that is mostly Hispanic and sing in spanish, as well. Taking Spanish in high school has really helped me out with pronounciation. Though I am learning words here and there by comparing the two languages, I still cannot converse in Spanish. One good thing is that recently after announcing a hymn in Spanish, which was written down for me, most of the congregation thought I spoke the language… oh boy!

  4. I used to be a good writer of the German language (b/c of High School) and I could read it with ease. After a time frame of “way too long” I lost alot of my abilities with the language. I also had to take 2 years of mandatory Latin classes and that was tremendous for me. It gave it such an understanding of Romance languages. It’s my goal to get back to German though. I felt very accomplished with having a good handle on a second language. We’ll see how it goes.
    P.S. You can write as much as you’d like on my page. I love comments.

  5. I see that you are a fan of Dragonriders of Pern. Have you read Eragon and Eldest? They are great dragon stories.

    Hey Nicole, thanks for stopping by! I read almost all of the Dragonriders of Pern books. I can’t put them down once I start!

    No, I’ve not read Eragon or Eldest… I did read that later this year, a third book is coming out. I saw the trailer for the Eragon movie, but have not seen it. I don’t know what I want to do… read it first or see the movie first. I love collecting dragons and I’ve sculpted one with outstretched wings, but sadly a picture was not taken. I am also wondering if a dragon figure is on the market from the movie.

  6. My webstats show a lot of visitors to my site that came from your link…..thank you SO much! I am truly honored to be listed through your site.

    Lee Begelfer

    Hi Lee…
    I think it was your 3/26/07 entry… I Love that Sarong and it’s colors. I may also have you listed on my other blog, which is really my knitting blog, called “DragonKnits”. It was my second blog and I am having a problem when I comment… it doesn’t direct people to my knitting blog, only to my primary blog, which is this one.

    I am new to the blogosphere and still have not figured that one out beyond just setting up a totally different account, but I really don’t want to do that.

  7. I am so pleased you like the Sarong. It was actually designed on a whim and I have been surprised at the people that have purchased it, and my girlfriend who has recreated it now for the 3rd time. If you are interested in the pattern, please email me directly and I will send it to you at no charge for all of the traffic you have generated to my site!
    You are not alone with these web issues….I have had nothing but major issues with my site for months. The web designer will fix something, then a week later the same problem occurs. That, and I am learning coding on my own so I can try and fix what he isn’t doing, and it is a nightmare!

    Thanks for the pattern, Lee. After I get done with a couple of projects on the needles, I will be trying it out for sure… and will use my beloved sari silk! Never actually worked with it. I was sort of intimidated by the luxuriousness of it, but now that I have a definite project lined up, I will not hesitate. I just hope I have enough to work with, but without checking, I am pretty sure that I do. I will be writing you privately, as well… thanks for the email.

  8. I am so pleased you like the Sarong. It was actually designed on a whim and I have been surprised at the people that have purchased it, and my girlfriend who has recreated it now for the 3rd time. If you are interested in the pattern, please email me directly and I will send it to you at no charge for all of the traffic you have generated to my site!You are not alone with these web issues….I have had nothing but major issues with my site for months. The web designer will fix something, then a week later the same problem occurs. That, and I am learning coding on my own so I can try and fix what he isn’t doing, and it is a nightmare!

  9. As an elderly mother myself (nearly forty when I hatched my only chick!), I can so identify with the sheer pleasure of a new small hatchling. Very sorry to hear about LD’s diagnosis, but it sounds as if he has chosen a lovely, warm and caring nest to roost in. Alienora

    1. Thank you, Alienora (I love that name but not sure how to pronounce it). In some ways, I wish we did have another child, and we did try, but at my age I’m sure that it would be even more risky than when I had LD; but still, I am sad that he doesn’t have any other siblings. Thanks so much for coming by. I’m just starting to read more than yours and I’m sure that I won’t be disappointed.

      1. Thanks for your comment on my name. It is pronounced Ali u nora, and is a very unusual one! Yes, I often wish we’d have another child (though my son has a much older half brother from my husband’s first marriage) – but, at the time I was a full time teacher and over forty.

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