Saturday, January 13, 2007

CONTEST!!! - Are you game?

My DH Karl is finally out of Hospital since yesterday. He still has a ways to go to regain his full strength and health, but I wanted to celebrate "Life", since this was a close call.

What better way to do that, then to hold a contest! I have three little prizes, which I hope you'll like, but I'd like you to do something for it. Oh, yes, not exactly jumping through hoops, but think about life a little bit and send me a "Life quote" with your comment, hopefully with the name of the author of said quote. I'll give you some examples, ones which I found and liked very much.

I will choose three winners, which will be picked randomly. I would appreciate it further, if you would indicate if you are interested in the book, yarn or either, if your name will be picked. Thanks! ;o)

This is one ball "Fiddlesticks Knitting" Jagger Spun Zephyr Wool-Silk, 50% merino wool 50% tussah silk appr. 630 yds in a beautiful Marine Blue.

This is sock yarn from Germany which my mother so generously sent me. It will make one pair of socks. 75% wool 25% polyamid 100 g, 420 m.

Well, you can read the title page yourself. It has many projects in it, even one pair of socks.

And here are some Life Quotes for you:

John Maxwell:

A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.

Unknown Author:

Life's problems wouldn't be called "hurdles" if there wasn't a way to get over them.


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

Wayne W. Dyer:

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.

Benjamin Disraeli:

What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.

Lao Tzu:

Whatever is flexible and living will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.

It you think that's how Sam spends his days, you are almost right. A week ago we started taking him for short walks again! Yeah! And he's soooo happy about it. He manages the stairs by himself and has only one pain killer left to take. Today we'll have a follow up visit with the vet, but it's looking very good. In the evenings he's still lounging on the sofa though, a little annoyed with the flash light, but not enough to move a muscle, but I saw a little clap with the tip of his tail. ;o)


Minxxy said...

"Don't wanna be nobodys hero, don't wanna be nobodys star, don't wanna be nobodys hero, get up, get out, BE WHAT YOU ARE"

Jake Burns
Lead singer
Stiff Little Fingers

Pat said...

OK - 2 come to mind....
on a light note -
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
John Lennon

and on a deeper level -
"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therin to be content"
Helen Keller

AND......Jagger Spun Zephyr please!

Shirley in PA said...

One ought, every day at least, to hear a
little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture
and, if it were possible, speak a few reasonable
words. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I would like the book if I win. Shirley

Stephanie said...

I send you and your husband my very best wishes for good health. I can only think of my favorite quote, by Elbert Hubbard: "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." It reminds me to laugh at anything life throws at me, to always maintain a positive attitude.

I love your 9-foot Vertigo scarf - a monster in size but very pretty.

Anonymous said...

here's one I lean towards....

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. -- Winston Churchill

This is basically how my life goes. I get disability and it's not much and sure can be hard with 2 teenagers. But I don't complain because that's what life has dealt me and I "make a living by what we get". On the other hand I always look for ways to help and give to others. I've done charity knitting for the maternity ward at the local hospital. I give a shoulder to cry on and a lending ear when it's needed. And currently I give of my time to help my daughter's class learn how to knit. So my life goes on because I "make a life by what 'I' give" :)

And........sock yarn please :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear your husband is doing much better! and it looks like Sam is enjoying himself! :D

My favorite quote has always been "Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive" I can't seem to find who originally said it though.

Along the same lines there is:
"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."
- Brendan Gill

I also really like this one:
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I am with you kid Let's go!'"
- Maya Angelou

And this one is particularly good:
"Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
- Gandhi

I quite like the sock yarn, or the zephyr, but I'll take the sock yarn (as if I'll win! Ha!) If someone would prefer the zephyr that has never used it before, it is such a dream, must spread the zephyr love!

Anonymous said...

I'm a quotation nut. Here's my favorites:

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."
Douglas Adams

"However long the night, the dawn will break."
African Proverb

" There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

""The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.""
ee cummings

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
Joseph Campbell

I have tons more, but I'll stop now. :)

sgeddes said...

Glad to see that everyone is on the mend.

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.
James Dean

knitomi said...

Great to hear that Karl is doing better and is back at home, I also always appreciate an update on Sam!

I don't know who came up with the following saying, bur my mother used it all the time and it has helped me over some rough spots:
"Nichts ist so schlimm dass nicht auch was Gutes dran ist" - "Nothing is so bad that there is not some good to it"
If I should win, I would prefer the book, I just checked it out of the library last week and like it, but yarn would be wonderful too!

red fish said...

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
Scott Adams

I love the orange shawl! (and the blue zephyr yarn)

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear all is going well with your DH. Great News!

from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver:

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the dessert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

I would get a "kick" out of the sock yarn, if I win.

Anonymous said...

I can't at all think of a quote, but I would like to print all the ones written here, to make myself think more. Glad to hear Karl is out of hospital. It must have been very frightening. All the best to you both.

Anonymous said...

"We do not remember days, we remember moments." ~ Cesare Pavese

I am sure as you waited by you DH's side in the hospital, you remembered all the special moments you have had together. So glad you will have many, many more and that he is back home!!

Love that Marine Blue Fiddlesticks yarn!

So Sam gave a little clap of his tail?! hehe! Reminds me of this quote I once saw (a non-life quote thrown in for fun): "Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes." Gene Hill - The Dog Man

Hugs from Sasha, Samson and Gabi to Sam and Biko

Carrie K said...

Aw, Sam is so cute! I'm so happy to hear about Karl. I'll have to think of a quote, but what a great contest!

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. -Marcus Aurelius

PS: There's no place better than home, glad to hear your DH is safe and sound at home.

PPS: Delurking to jump in on this contest.

Dipsy Doodle said...

Oh yes, celebrating life, that's what we should do every day, shouldn't we? And a contest - yummy! Here you go - I'm collecting quotes since I was 10 years old, so there's quite a bunch to choose from. And I thought, as most of the ones you'll be getting here will be in english, you'll be getting something in good ol' German from me for a change:

Wenn du an dem, was dir wichtig ist, festhältst, wenn es dir so wichtig ist, dass du dafür Schwierigkeiten in Kauf nimmst, um es zu erreichen, dann wirst du dein Ziel erreichen. Richard Bach, Eins Sein

All the very best to your husband!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm kinda frustrated! I've tried to comment twice now and It keeps getting lost!One more time!
" This is the blessed life- not anxious to see far down the road nor overly concerned about the next step, not eager to choose the path nor weighted down with the heavy responsibilities of the future, but quietly following the Shepherd, one step at a time."
Streams in the Desert
Oh, I like the yarn, lovely lovely yarn.

meg said...

Monika, I am so happy Karl made it home and is on the mend. What a relief!

Same goes for Sam healing up, too.

Here's a little Ghandi quote that I try to remember when I think about how I wish things were. “We must become the change we want to see.”

I love that Jagger Spun, it's FAB! If I get lucky and win I would so take that. If not, I'm just glad things are getting back to better for you all!

Anonymous said...

"May all beings, everywhere, be happy and free and may the thoughts and actions of our lives contribute to that happiness and to that freedom for all."

Sanskrit- author unknown

hakucho said...

I'm so glad your husband is better :)

Violiknit said...

Great to see Sam is doing well!
What a fun contest!

Here's my quote:

"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model."

-Vincent Van Gogh

Bliss said...

I am glad to hear your husband is home and on the mend. "A clap of the tail" from Sam indeed!

One of my favorite quotes about life is:

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

And also:
A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she is in hot water.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

But one of my favorites of hers is:

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

And apropos for today (MLK day)...
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I spied the marine blue zephyr and lust was born.

blissfulknitter AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

This is a quote I've lived by...
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." -- Anonymous

My own personal *knitting* quote:
"If at first you don't succeed...frog it and start over"--R. Ferguson

Marianne said...

"Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky." Rumi

This is my favorite quote in the whole world! Marianne

Marianne said...

Oh, and sock yarn, please! :)

Nanette said...

I hope your DH gets better soon! I loved the quotes - here's my personal favorite:

"When you're going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill

Anonymous said...

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." - Katharine Hepburn (who, by the way, was a knitter)

I would love that marine blue Zephyr for a shawl. :)

(apologies if this posted multiple times. Blogger keeps timing out and I can't tell if it went through or not.)

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear your husband is home and feeling better. And also that your dog is doing better too. I can imagine trying to keep an active dog still and quite is much like trying to keep an active toddler still. My quote:

Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -- Gandhi

I would choose the sock yarn.

Anonymous said...

So glad your husband is getting better!
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow--Anonymous

If I win I would like the sock yarn please

Anonymous said...

"As you look back on your life, you'll find that you seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you."
-Wayne Dyer

I love the Zephyr!

Anonymous said...

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it* William Durant

Glad to know that your family is on the mend, the new year brings hope and glad tidings!
I have to admit that I like the blue yarn..........
And I love your wool peddler shawl. I have the same book, I have made two shawls from it myself, the Japanese Kimono shawl and the Birds nest Shawl. It really is worth it..... now I have to try that one!
If I get the blue yarn, that may be what I do! LOL Best wishes!