Monthly Archives: August 2009

Pollyanna’s Kids Play with Fire, too!

Hey, just a quick one – oh, Anna-Liza here, as you’d probably figure out in a sentence or two. The Longmont Festival on Main was last night, the fire show was awesome, baby!  That’s not just me being biased – it really was. We haven’t had a chance to review the video yet, but I’ll post whatever I can for you soon (I hope).

In the meantime, however, here’s a clip that was taken by my knitting buddy Sam, of her daughter and Mr. B and Mr. R playing with fire in front of the crowd.

Millie’s dad and Darlin’ K were right there spotting, but poor Mr. B still managed to give himself a burn. He had a sparkler, and  he forgot it was in his hand and put it on his leg – poor little dude. So that was all the fire spinning for him that night, but he was really good at it – thought of some crowd-pleasing moves all by himself – I hope he decides he’s willing to try it again a little more carefully! He’s got stage presence, and that’s not easy to achieve.

Millie did great with her palm torches (and she’s just so cute!), but I have to say I’m especially proud of Mr R, who has been practicing and practicing to get ready for this show. He got a lot of “Hey, man, that was cool!” from his school friends after, so I’m pretty sure he’ll be doing this again.

Knitting Sprite and Zombie Son are both fire spinners, too, so this is pretty much a family thing. We should do a Partridge Family thing, with a bus and tours … Darlin’ K’s already got a name – Burning Hot Lava!

Oh, yeah, the video! Here ’tis:

Edited to add: There’s also a nice short video showing bits of the whole festival here, including the aerial dancers, Casey, Holly, Will and Chase, all from the fire show.

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Pollyanna Sews Again (Well, She Thinks About It)

Hi Anna-Liza here. I’ve just been given a sewing machine (thank you, Darlin’-K’s-Grandma-Evelyn!), and I’m thinking about sewing stuff. Actually, I’ve been thinking more and more about getting back into sewing, and then the sewing machine gift came along – thank you Universe and Evelyn!

I’m itching to play with my new toy, but I haven’t sewn anything much in years and years. So I’ve been scouting around for some easy, almost-instant-gratification type projects. And here’s a terrific place to get ideas. I found The Object Project from a reference on Twitter. (I also find music and fun people there).

Here’s one of my absolute favorite sites, the Craft magazine craft archives! They post cool crafty stuff every single day, not all sewing by any means. Coolify a boring old lampshade! Build a play kitchen for your kidlet for $10! Make a summer dress out of a worn-out men’s dress shirt! It is The Coolness. You can keep up with them on Twitter – follow @craft and you’re set.

Of course, there’s also Stitch magazine, which I really like but also which my company publishes. But I would like it even if I didn’t work for the publisher! Cross my heart!

Other good sewing sites, anyone? As I said, I’m out of practice, but I used to be a pretty solid intermediate-level seamstress.

And if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Denverish – to – northern – Coloradoish, remember to come to the Festival on Main and the fire show!! Be there or be bored!

Mr. Pollyanna Is Playing with Fire. Again. Come Watch!

Hey, Anna-Liza here. It’s that time of year again – Mr. Pollyanna, aka Darlin’ K, is doing the fire show at Longmont’s Festival on Main. (If you watch the slideshow on that website, you’ll see some shots from last year’s fire show). 

This year it will be on Friday, August 28th. The city closes several blocks of Main Street, between 3rd Ave. and Longs Peak Ave. (which should be 7th, since the one south is 6th and the one north is 8th … but I digress). Remember Darlin’ K and his fire spinning prowess? Of course you do! But here’s a reminder:

K Main St Fest 08

 k-fire-staff-steamboat

Sharon & K taken by Guy Mason

This year, he will have Chase, who is almost as beautiful to watch as Darlin’ K (okay, I might be a little biased there), Casey the Fire-Footed Break Dancer, and Melinda, who is a multi-fire-toy player – she can do fire hoops, fans, poi, and I don’t recall what else. There will also be aerial dancers! Yes! Aerial dancers on Main Street! And Mr. R will make his official fire-performing debut.

The whole Festival is a great late-summer party. Almost everything is free, including bouncy houses and inflatable slides, those ginormous bungee-cord things that look scary even with your feet firmly on the ground, live music, dancing, a capoeira demonstration, gymnastics, games — I always have a blast. This year, there will be two small airplanes parked on 4th Avenue, including a 1928 Travelair. And demo rides of electric vehicles – at the other end of the powered transportation spectrum.

And there’s going to be a Tulip Fairy. I don’t know either, but that’s what the website says.

The Festival runs from 6 to 9:30, and the fire show is from 7:30 to 9:30 at the intersection of 6th and Main. See you there! To quote Mr. B, “I love festivals!”

Pollyanna Plays with Farm Animals

Lyda here.

On a hot Sunday in July, I went to the Orange County Fair. On my own. Despite the heat. Do I get my medal now?  I had a great time, and I took so many pictures that I will have to dole them out in several posts.

First up:  A few of the farm denizens

 “You’re an animal, baby, yeah!

Apparently I only thought he said that in the movie. If he didn’t say it during a photo shoot, he should have.  But I digress…

 Oh behave!

This is what greeted me as I entered the barnyard:

It's the Entrance Duck!

Here she comes - Duck!

 

 

 

 

 

Basic black and white

Basic black and white never looked better

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were anatomy lessons for one and all:

How do you tell a female pig...

How do you tell a female pig...

 

 

 

 

 

from a male pig?

from a male pig?

 

 

 

 

 

There were baby chicks – hi Marin! – in an incubator, even though it was hot enough to fry eggs…

Oh.

Sorry, guys.

Chickies inna baskit

Chickies inna baskit

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta watch out for that Swedish chef, chicks

There were almost-newborn piglets. There was quite a crowd, so I didn’t get a great picture.

Hog heaven

A little hog heaven

 

 

 

 

 

The sow was grunting while the piglets were eating. It was a weird noise. Was she happy? Was she annoyed? She might have been talking to the sow in the next pen. Or complaining about the humans.

 There were Watusi cattle who were not bothered at all by the heat, of course:

Wah-wah-a-wah-tusi!

Wah-wah-a-wah-tusi!

 

 

 

 

 

That’s a lot of bull.

And there were, of course, fiber animals.

The bunnies were pretty miserable in the heat.

Just one of the many hot buns

Just one of many hot buns

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The sheep were either used to it or too hot to complain.
Let me out of here! I was framed!

Let me out of here! I was framed!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
I don’t know if it was the heat that was getting to this guy, or what…
Dude, what was in that last marguerita?!

Dude, what was in that last marguerita?!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A goat and a sheep walked into a bar…
 
I don’t want to start any rumors, but these two seemed  more than just friends.
The love that dare not speak its name

The love that dare not speak its name

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And of course:
One llama

One llama

Two llamas

Two llamas

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Next time:  Fair Fiber  (You know you want it.)
 
And coming soon to a blog near you:  Fair to Middlin’ Food, and Fierce Competition of the Table Setting Kind

Pollyanna and the Tiny Zombies of Literary Doom

Lyda here, as if y’all couldn’t figure that out.

Anna-Liza just sent me links to some ThinkGeek products that I just have to share.

She really needs the Self-Rescuing Princess shirt

while this Newbie Geek onesie is perfect to have in waiting for her grandchild on the way.

This 8-bit Dynamic Life t-shirt is not a suitable candidate for Black Valentine’s Day – unless you only have one shirt.

But of course the one that I love is: INVASION OF THE TINY PLUSH ZOMBIES!! Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of that page. Do they have the best jobs ever, or what?

And in related news…

The LA Times reports on the zombification of Jane Austen. Did they turn the gifted writer into a zombie? No, but someone did add zombies to one of her classics, creating a book called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies“. Also out: “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” – check out the Noodly Appendages on the cover, all praise to FSM. And yet, somehow, Mr. Darcy has become a vampire… or is that vampyre?

Jane is not the only author going zombie. H.G. Wells has been mutated too. And Mark Twain has gone the way of the undead as well.

I include the links, not to endorse the books – I haven’t read any of these – but as proof that real life is weirder than even my imagination.

So, while I was wandering around the zombie book section in that huge virtual bookstore, I found these, which owe their titles at least to some classics: “Love in the Time of Zombies” and “Fried Green Zombies“.

And lastly, I must report some Christopher Moore books which I’ve missed until now: “Fool: A Novel“, “A Dirty Job” and “You Suck: A Love Story(a sequel to “Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story” that begins just after the first book ends).

How could I have missed THREE of his books???

I blame the zombies. A zombie is always a great fall guy. What is he going to do about it, moan?

But I digress.

I see a trip to the library in my immediate future.

I just hope the zombies haven’t eaten the librarians’ brains. I don’t think the undead can use the Dewey Decimal System.

Pollyanna, Zombie Collector

Lyda here.

I found a humor blog called pleated jeans, where I found this post about My Father, The Zombie. I think the Resident Sith Master could identify with some of that post, living as he does with a zombie-obsessed mom and her Zombie Army. That would be me. In case y’all have forgotten because the zombies have eaten your brains. And if they were my zombies, please accept my apologies.

But I digress…

And then on Quantum Moxie I found this post on the mathematics of zombies which lead me to this article:”Mathematical Model for Surviving a Zombie Attack” which discusses the zombie infection study published in this book on infectious diseases. My kinda research.

Quantum Moxie also has this post commenting on writer/director/producer John Hughes’ death, which includes this You Tube video montage of his movies (“Weird Science” “The Breakfast Club” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” “Pretty in Pink” … there’s a whole list here) – appropriately set to “Teenage Wasteland”. And that led me to this montage set to “Don’t You (forget about me)” which led me to discover this documentary in progress named after that song.

But I digress again…

I am in no way implying that anyone connected with any of John Hughes’ films is or ever was a zombie.

Although we haven’t heard from some of those actors in a while…

Zombies. Back to zombies.

AMC is looking to make a zombie series based on the graphic novel series The Walking Dead.

Want to make your own zombie flick? Be inspired by this trailer for “Colin” (warning – zombie images that some might find gory) which was a hit at Cannes and was made for only $70.00.

But maybe y’all are frightened of all these zombies? Check out What to do in a zombie attack. The family that slays zombies together, stays alive together.

See? Now we’re all prepared for the zombie apocolypse.

Zombies don’t scare us anymore.

Paying our taxes for zombie weapons… now that scares me.