Thursday, July 17, 2008

Got my Package

My package rocks! Do you see those beautiful socks that were made for me YEAH!!! My spoilee did an awesome job. I can't wait to start knitting that sock yarn up. I tried on the socks and they fit perfectly. My cats think the box is a wonderful thing too. Sorry I did not post my picture sooner but I have had no computer access for the last week.


1. When Hagrid returns to Hogwarts after being sent to see the giants with Madame Maxime, Professor Umbridge questions him on his late return to school. She suspects that Hagrid had been to the mountains, but where does he tell her he has been?
d. South of France

2. Professor Umbridge comes to Hagrid's Hut and searches his cabin one evening (as she believes Harry, Ron and Hermione are there visiting him at night when they are not supposed to). When she walks past the place where Harry, Ron and Hermione are hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, Harry holds his breath. True or false?
b. False

3. A stately-looking witch in an emerald green shawl is one of the members of the Advance Guard who rescues Harry from Privet Drive. What is her name?
a. Emmeline Vance

4. What is the name of the witch who was killed two weeks after the photo of the original Order of the Phoenix was taken?
b. Marlene McKinnon

5. Which two fifth year Ravenclaw students does Dumbledore choose to be prefects?
d. Anthony Goldstein and Padma Patil

6. Which house was Rose Zeller sorted into?
d. Hufflepuff

7. What is the color of Murtlap's essence?
c. Yellow

8. Name the Ravenclaw girl who became prefect in Harry's fifth year.
b. Padma Patil

9. According to a healer's portrait at St. Mungo's hospital, which disease was Ron suffering from?
d. Spattergroit

10. Which book did Harry give Hermione for Christmas?
a. "New Theory of Numberology"

Bonus point: What movie will Robert Patterson (Pattinson?) star in this December?

I received my package and it was amazing!!!!!!! Thank you so much spoilee pictures soon to follow after I get back from vacation! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Assignment #4

"I am not weak," said Harry in a low voice, fury now pumping through him so that he thought he might attack Snape in a moment. "Then prove it! Master yourself!" spat Snape.

Well that homework assignment is done and now off I go to vacation where sorry you won't here from me for about a week because there is no computer and no email. I will try and have my daughter check on my online things though. But she is so busy with work and her life in general. So talk to you next week.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Gryffindor House Quiz

1. Who is your favorite member of the Order of the Phoenix?
2. Favorite person at Hogwarts?
I don't know because there are so many wonderful students and professors.
3. Favorite spell or charm to use?
There are so many that are very fun to use and quite useful around Hogwarts that I could not pick just one.
4. Best and worst classes at Hogwarts?
My best class is Herbology and my worst class is History of Magic, just can't seem to keep everything straight.
5. Favorite flower?
Hands down roses, I just love them.
6. What is your beverage of choice? Coffee, tea, latte, soda/pop?
Coffee, then tea and of course water, but I do have an occasional latte. I just try and watch the calorie count.
7. Favorite muggle music?
soft rock but I love it all
8. How many family members do you have?
Four (my dear husband who is a truck driver, my college daughter, and my almost graduated son, plus me!)
9. What do you do on your summer vacation? What is your Favorite vacation ever taken?We go camping, because we love the outdoors. I really don't have an all time favorite but I did love the trip to Old Man's Cave. I do have a feeling though that this years camping trip will be fun though. This is first time in a long time that my husband and I will be getting away just the two of us. It will seem strange though not having the kids along.
10. What is your favorite subject at Hogwarts? Why?
Herbology because I love watching things grow and helping them along.
11. How many pairs of shoes (footwear) do you have? Which are your favorite pair?
My husband will tell you too many, gosh I don't know. I have different favorites depending upon the season. Right now though, it is the good ole' dependable birckenstock sandals that I wear all the time.
12. How many projects do you have OTN (on the needles)?
Do I have to count because it is just too scary but I will venture a guess and say probably about 15 or so. Heck I probably have about 5 pairs of socks on needles now.
13. What is the oldest project you're working on and when did you cast it on?
A sleeveless sweater that is almost done if I would just quit knitting socks. I am a pretty new knitter so it's only been on the needles for about a year and half.
14. Favorite food(s)?
Hands down, CHOCOLATE!!!!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Quidditch Mix-up

Well I have to say congrats to those Hufflepuffs aren't they just clever! To win quidditch twice is pretty special. I for one don't need another round they won and the rest of us should have been paying closer attention. So again congratulations Selena! I for one have been busy shopping and putting final little things together for my Eleanor and I hope she likes everyone of them. I have one more little thing that I want to complete and then the owl will be sent off. With that note I have work to do!! Hope everyone is enjoying their time at Hogwart's and learning lots.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quidditch Round 2 Quiz

1. At the beginning of the year feast, who is the only person who rudely interrupts Dumbledore during his speech?
Answer: b. Professor Umbridge

2. Off what street is the alley where Harry first met Sirius?
Answer: c. Magnolia Crescent

3. Tonks' mother had two sisters, both pure-bloods, and both left on the Black Family Tree. What are their names?
Answer: c. Narcissa and Bellatrix

4. What spell are the students studying in McGonalgall's class when Umbridge is doing her inspection?
Answer: d. The Vanishing Spell

5. Who comes to warn Harry and the rest of Dumbledore's Army that Umbridge and her group of followers are coming to break up their meeting?
Answer: Dobby

6. Who are the members of the Order that met Harry Potter in the Dursely's house during the summer before his fifth year?
Answer: c. Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Emphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Remus Lupin, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones

7. Moody used the Disillusionment Charm on Harry.
Answer: Yes

8. Which of these Death Eaters is Sirius related to?
Answer: d. All of these

Wants to know more

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Well 10 years ago I was working in a restrant cooking and living in Ohio. I was also playing mommy and care giver to my husband grandmother who was living with us at the time.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?
Well I have a ton of laundry to do which might I add I have been doing non-stop for days now it seems. I also have some yard work to do and then some general housekeeping. Then of course some knitting but most of all I have to go and pick up my son from the last day of school. Hurray! Not that it's going to last long because he has summer school.

3. Snacks I enjoy
I love anything that is sweet and chocolate. I might add though that dark chocolate is my favorite, although not too dark.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire
Travel all around the world (especially Europe), pay off all my daughter's school loans, open a yarn shop and pass the knitting bug along to others (it would also have to include quilting so the store would have to be huge), lastly I would just enjoy life and family.

5. Places I've lived
Homer, Mich., Richmond,Ca., San Diego,Ca., Hampton,Va., some little itty bitty town in West Va.,a few places near Toledo,Oh. and then now at my new resting place Kelso,Wa.

6. Jobs I've had
Well I got tell you it seems like I have done a lot of different things I started off right out of high school in the Navy but didn't get very far expect to Alaska for three months in the dead of winter. Then I cooked in different kinds of restrants for a long time. Then I did some care giving because I throughly enjoy older people and the wisdoms that they pass along. Which lead me to going to school for a while for nursing but that has not worked out to date every time that I go back some thing seems to get in the way. Now I just don't think it is going to happen. Lately I have just been a mom and a part-time domestic goddess for others.

Dropped out of sight

I guess I really did drop out of sight for awhile and really did not mean to but my dad went into the hospital and everything here has been a little touch and go with me. Well I am back on track and have been knitting like crazy. I mean what else do you do when you can't do anything else but sit. My spoilee's gift is done and I just have a few more little things to do and get. Finally found the perfect yarn but had to go out of town to get it (my local LYS had nothing). But a road trip is always good and you get to see different things. I am really jealous of all of you who put yarn in a cauldron and come out with beautifulness. I wish all my other Griff's good luck at Quidditch and let's kick butt and take names.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

second Gryffindor Quiz

1. onihexp__phoenix______________
2. nro____ron____________
3. mayr__army______________
4. seelway___weasley_____________
5. hrigda__hagrid______________
6. ifdynrrgof___gryffindor_____________
7. dawn___wand_____________
8. oshawrgt___hogwarts_____________
9. busnim___nimbus_____________
10. bdulodeerm__dumbledore______________
11. bydob____dobby____________
12. bugmrdie___umbridge_____________
13. emionehr___hermione_____________
14. rhayr___harry_____________
15. arkreech__kreacher______________
16. riissu___sirius_____________
17. dootvlemr___voldemort_____________
18. ptrote____potter____________
19. hwgedi__hedwig______________
20. ebtahlkclso____shacklebolt_

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Another weekend gone by.......

Well another week has pasted us by it is absolutely unbelievable how fast this year is going by. My college daughter has been home and we are getting ready to take her back for the summer because she will be working on campus. My one quilt group is getting ready to end their meeting's for the summer until Sept. School for my son is almost done although he will be going to summer school to make up some missing credits. Myself, I have been knitting and sewing up a storm. I almost done with one of my items for my spoilee and have got another idea cooking. I will have to see how that goes though but I'm sure I will have that done also. Well time to go to bed so that I can start another early morning considering it is Monday. Urgh!!!!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


1. Which of Arabella Figg's cats ran out from under the car?

a. Mr. Tibbles

2. Which of the following is NOT one of Albus Dumbledore's middle names?

a. Ignatius

3. Which educational decree introduced a High Inquisitor to Hogwarts?

d. 23

4. Apart from Harry, Ron and Hermione, who was the first person to enter the Hog's Head that showed an interest in Harry's Defence Against the Dark Arts classes?

b. Neville Longbottom

5. In the first Quidditch match of the year which player attempted to score first?

a. Angelina Johnson

6. What kind of bush does Harry hide behind to listen to the news?

b. Hydrangea

7. Why is Mundungus Fletcher disguised as a woman when he witnesses the DA (Dumbledore's Army) meeting in the Hog's Head pub?

b. He was banned from the Hog’s Head pub 20 years ago.

8. When Harry and Cho go on their first date to Madam Puddifoot's in Hogsmeade, what is it decorated with for Valentine's Day?

c. Golden cherubs and pink confetti

9. How old is Sturgis Podmore and where does he live?

a. 38 and number 2 Laburnum Gardens Clapham

10. What did Fred and George Weasley do to Montague?

a. Forced him head-first into a Vanishing Cabinet on the first floor.

Monday, May 26, 2008

In the garden

I have been just slaving away in the castle gardens. The kitchen will appreciate my efforts though along with all the herbs that have planted and then pruned. There is a great big beast that keeps laying and stomping with in the gardens and the herb beds. I keep trying to catch it but have been primarily unsuccessful. So maybe I need a different approach to this problem, I don't know. Well I still have lots of work to do and not enough time. There does need to be a time in which to rest also so off to bed with me.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cooling Down.....

They say that the weather here at the castle is supposed to be cooling down, yeah!!!! Can't wait for the spot of rain that is supposed to show itself tomorrow. The castle was much cooler today which left me feeling a little more refreshed than I have been lately. So.....not so much knitting today but more of other things like trying my hand at some different potions (homework don't you know). It sure is hard trying to keep up with everything and still keep good grades. Well it is getting late and there is class tomorrow early in the morning. I even have a full day and meetings in the evenings so will not be able to meet for dinner. So sorry, my loss I'm sure.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hot Stuff

Well I have to tell everyone that I am looking for a spell to conjure up some cooler weather in my neck of the woods. Just can't stand the heat but there is always a bright side my swap partner's handmade gift is coming right along. You see with all the heat all I want to do is sit and knit although I can't say that this a bad thing. Although my studies have been suffering lately because of it. If I did not have a daughter that is savvy with the computer I would be trouble. She is studying so hard though with her full schedule of classes. She is Emma Scrimgeour. I know, I know she's even in a rival house but what am I to do. She does do good work and does help keep me on top of things.

Monday, May 12, 2008

HSKS 5 assignments done!

Well we are off and running again. I have to say that this swap is probably the most exciting yet. With all the freedoms of the swap kits and handmade items I am excited to get to work on my spoilee's items. I think I even have an idea cooking already. To be able to shop and not feel guilty is wonderful, I do enjoy the search for new and different things in which to send out into the world and I'm so lucky to have someone who is international. So here we go with the fun. I hope she is excited as I am.