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Tina in Wonderland

Moving my blog . . .

Updated: 2018-01-14T15:23:48.406-06:00


moving the blog


I'm starting a new blog at wordpress, due to being tired of dealing with blogger glitches.  My new location is:

Myy writer's site is now at:

Uh oh


I had to change my blog template because the one I'd been using apparently went berserk.  So, lucky me, now I get to add 'Fix Blog' to my To Do list.  :)

Hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season, despite the little glitches.



I'm definitely not posting much this month, since it's NaNo Time!

NaNoWriMo stands for National November Writing Month. Writers from around the globe peck furiously away at their keyboards until they've written a 50,ooo word novel. I've participated the past three years and 'won' the past two. It's sort of like a competition against yourself, to see if you can do it, but when you hit 50k, the NaNo site turnes your stat bar from blue to green and you get a winner .gif to put on your website and brag about.

Anyway, that's were I am during November. Clacking away in front of the ole word processor. I've had problems lately due to a personal loss, so I'm trying to get back into finishing this project to help keep my mind off of things. Might help, might not. We'll see.

Paid and Published!


I got some wonderful news over the weekend. The editor at Page Forty-Seven liked my short story "A Day at the Flea Market", so she accepted it for publication!! AND she gave me a nice paycheck to sweeten the deal. Woo Hoo!

Here is the link to my story on their online anthology:
A Day at the Flea Market
Stop on by and check it out. You can even leave a comment there, if you like.

Ostrich and Camel Races


Last Saturday, I went to Ellis Park raceway with Barry and Tyler. When I heard there was going to be Ostrich and Camel races, how ever could I turn it down? Of course, we stayed for four horse races, and I came out ahead by $1 for the day. I don't think I did too bad, and I had fun.

(image) The exotic races were just for fun and lasted way less than a quarter mile around the track. The camels all came to a dead stop a few yards from the finish line, where they stood looking proud of themselves as the crowd 'Ahhh'ed and cheered. Above, you see them all taking a break BEFORE crossing the finsh, which is the white thing to the right. The jockey on #2 looks like he's falling off, but actually he was sliding back and forth, trying his dangdest to get his camel to move. (image)

The Ostrich races were my favorite, and hilarious! They actually had jockeys riding these poor birds, but the cool thing was every rider had been thrown off by the time the birds got done crossing the finish line. When they were loading them back up into their transport, the Renegade Bird above escaped and ran back toward the starting gate. Then he stopped to stare into his crowd of admirers and I got the picture above. Next, his buddies saw what was going on and decided to go and join him. See the picture below. (image) You couldn't hear any announcements by then, because everyone was laughing their asses off, including me. The ostriches stole a good fifteen minutes of showtime, pretty remarkable for the showoffs considering their 'race' only lasted about 10 seconds.

The New Harry Potter Movie


I saw the new Harry Potter Movie, the Half-Blood Prince, today with two of the kids. It kicked ass and we loved it. A cool thing was there were people there of all ages there, childless unembarrassed adults even. :) I think this one conforms most closely to the actual book, and it had really nice visual effects and comedic parts.

It'll be interesting, as always, to see what sort of HP inspired knitting patterns pop up. Anyway, the movie just opened today and I highly recommend seeing it.

Maizy's Birthday Video


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Click on the above to see a video of Maizy ripping into her presents on her 9th birthday, which was on June 30th but I'm just now figuring out how to upload. :) The charm necklace she's wearing was another of her gifts.


I love getting stuff in the mail



I get a big kick from getting packages in the mail, even stuff I pick out and pay for myself. :) The maillady left this in my mailbox a few days ago: Sock Innovation book, two skeins of KnitPicks Essential in Pumpkin (which were on sale!) and a darning egg. Okay, so I have absolutely no idea how to use it, but it was cute and I guess I can figure it out the next time I have a holey sock. I'm gonna make a summer shrug from the yarn, as soon as I finish the yoga socks I'm working on now.

View from the Zoo


(image) One of my favorite places to go is the zoo. I LOVE animals and Mesker Zoo in Evansville, IN is so much fun. My family and I went yesterday so I thought I'd post some 'View from the Zoo' pics.

(image) Above is Donna the Hippo. She just celebrated her 58th birthday!!

(image) The Jaguar is behind glass (explains the blurs) in a huge room. He can walk outside through the door behind his butt, where he has a waterfall and two pools of water to play in, plus a huge yard. This is a beautiful animal.

(image) This Zebra stands just almost close enough for people to touch. There's another one in the far right corner, but you can't really see him.

(image) I'm not sure what the heck these things are, but they're part of the new Amazonia exibit. They look kinda like a beaver, but more humpy.

(image) I love peacocks and they are running loose all over the zoo. There is nothing prettier than seeing them roosting in trees with their long tails trailing down from the branches. If you look closely at this guy, his head is bent over his back preening.

Ordered a Knitting book, etc


The closest LYS didn't have any orange sock yarn, so I indulged myself by ordering some from KnitPicks. While on the site, I had to be responsible and see what else was on sale, of course. They have a new item listed, a wooden darning egg, which I thought would come in handy for fixing holey socks, 'cuz I'm not excited to throw anything I make in the trash. (Plus, I've had some damn moths munching on a coulple, and I hope they choked on 'em! Yeah, I'm mean when it comes to moths). And a book I've been planning to buy, Sock Innovation by the one and only Queen of Socks Cookie A , is 40% off! Clicked that sucker right into my shopping cart, oh yes I did.(image)

We went to the zoo this afternoon, so I'll have some cool pics to post soon.

Maizy, Pesci, and the market bag


(image) I just finished knitting this 'To Market' Bag today, and I think Maizy (Boston on the right) and Pesci (bunny on the left) want to see if I've bought anything for them yet. LOL



Reasons it's not a good idea to keep unfinished knitting projects beside the bed:
  • 1. Kids, dogs, husband, birds, or the bunny could get into them an accidentally make the needles slip out and cause a great portion of stitches to unravel
  • 2. Moths or something could actually eat the expensive wool yarn, the part already knitted up. They seem to leave the skeins intact
  • 3. If I have more than two things started, I generally loose interest in favor of some fun new pattern.
  • 4. I don't need to have UFOs!

I bet you've guessed the reason for the Ugggh, huh. My monkey sock liked an inch being ready to bind off the toes, then it went into UFO storage by the bed. BAD, bad, bad idea. UGGH. On my quest to finish all the old stuff I'd started, I pulled out the monkey, only to find somebody from Reason 1 had fiddled with the needles and a third of stitches are dropped and unraveling. Something from Reason 1 or 2 also chewed a damn hole in the side of the nearly finished sock. It's Rippit time, though Miller Time would make me feel better.

When I looked at the lace piece I was working on, which shame on me, I haven't picked up in months 'cuz I got busy with other stuff, I don't know what the heck happened to it. It looks like it's dissentigrating on the needle. No hope for that one, either. RIPPIT

On a brighter note, I'm having fun figuring out Ravelry, and now I only have one UFO, after I frog the above mentioned ones, so I have less on my To Do list. :O)



I joined Ravelry last night and am still trying to figure out how to get around over there. I've already downloaded a pattern for the 'To Market' bag.

I've gotta get some more pictures posted on here, and I think I'm going to redecorate this blog page while I'm at it. Who know what I'll come up with. :O)



(image) Meet the newest addition to the Hayes family, Pesci the Mini Lop Bunny. We named him after the famous Joe Pesci, 'cuz they're both so cute and petite, yet macho. Kinda?

In the picture of Maizy and Einstein with Pesci, Maizy is irritated that I'm making her pose with a lowly rabbit. (Okay, she's a a teensy bit stuckup, but don't let her know I said that! LOL) She actually loves the bunny and treats him like a puppy, licking his face and hopping around in a play bow. I'll try to sneak up on her with the camera the next time they're playing.

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Happy St. Patty's Day!!

I made Irish Potato candy to celebrate, and I plan to drink a bit of Guinness tonight. Don't forget about the 'Wearing O' the Green', or I'll give you a great big cyber pinch!

Anybody else a Mob Wars addict, the cool game you can play on facebook? I'm lovin' it myself, so email me if you play and want to join mobs. If not, forgetaboutit.

Spring is on its way


Spring must be on its way, since the sun is shining and the weather is a 'warm' and comfortable 55 degrees outside. I went to town this morning without a jacket. I'm looking forward to saying goodbye and good riddance to winter this year.

We finally got a new vacuum cleaner, since they don't usually last more than a year in our house, if that. We bought one of those yellow Dysons and that sucker really works! Plus, it has a 5-year warrenty so it should be worth the price. I'm hoping it will stand up to the stuff my kids and husband track in, not to mention the dog hair and birdseed.

And for my buddies at Dogs on Thursday, here's a picture of Capone wearing a bowler hat (which he borrowed from Mr. Potato Head). Ain't he cute and snazzy?

Schatzie Memorial Candle


This came today and really touched my heart. My friend Sue sent this beautiful 'Furry Angel Memorial' candle in honor of my Schatzie, my German Shepherd girl who passed away recently.

Capone chillin'


For Dog on Thursday, I thought I'd post this picture of Capone looking cool in his pink shades.

Computer problems


I was offline from last Monday until yesterday afternoon, due to a computer problem. When our neighbors were cutting down a tree in their yard damaged by a recent ice storm, we got a power surge through the phone lines. Our phones had no dial tone and sounded dead. So, we waited for four days until the AT&T guy came and said there was some sort of problem in the house, then left without coming in, because he said he'd have to wait for another work order. Gee, thanks for that, we thought.

Anyway, since we are on dial-up, our modem was fried. Thankfully, the hard drive and monitor were saved by our surge protector. Our computer guy switched the part out yesterday, so now I'm back up and a-runnin'.

Maizy all Dolled Up


I bet this made you either smile or do a double-take!
My daughter Brittany dressed Maizy up and took this cute picture,
which I thought would be perfect for Dogs on Thursday.



Things have been pretty dang hectic around here all year, for one reason or another.

Kentucky was hit by a terrible ice and snow storm, the likes of which noone can remember ever seeing in the state's recorded history. Two weeks and some still have no power. We were without electricity for a week, no phone or cell signal for five days. We brought in a kerosene heater that kept us warm, and heated up a mean pan of beans for supper. The National Guard actually stopped by our home twice to check on us, a surprise since we live out in the boon docks. I've never seen anything like this ice storm, and hope it doesn't happen to this severity again.

Before that, we all had a bug that kept us sick in bed for a week. At least we were feeling good when the storm hit.

Sorry about being away so long, but it was kinda unavoidable. Rest assured I should be back blogging at least once a week from now on. Kick my butt if I don't!

Merry Christmas


I just wanted to wish everybody a


Wednesday Morning


So far this year's NaNoWriMo is going better than expected. My group of writing buddies from theNextBigWriter make it a whole lot more fun than last year, since they're going thru the sleepless nights and caffiene overload right along with me. The goal is to write a first draft of a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. As of last night, my word count is 19,387. Not too shabby, huh? I want to break 25k by this Friday, so wish me luck.

In other fun news, this picture that I entered in the Halloween Costume Picture Contest on the Dogs on Thursday site WON!
Maizy & Einstein are ecstatic! (Okay, they're sorta fuller of themselves than usual, but you didn't hear that from me)

Rock the Vote


If you don't vote, then you have NO right to complain the next four years.
I voted for Obama!

View from our front porch


(image) Here's a picture Brittany took showing the great fall view from our front porch. This is such a pretty time of year.

Don't forget to go out and vote, since I think it's gonna be a close one. I'm voting for Obama.