Moxie & Mel











{August 31, 2006}   Dear Mel-

Due to the rain delay, last night was…MOVIE NIGHT!

Master and Commander

We chose Master and Commander because, well, my family thinks they’re pirates and it seemed appropriate. If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend it! Aside from a few rather gory parts, it was a really good story. Of course, most people knew that, since it won 2 Oscars and had another 17 wins & 43 nominations in other ‘movie competitions’.
Here’s a summary from IMDB:

The year is 1805. Europe has fallen to Napoleon, and only the Royal Navy stands in his way to total victory. Off the cost of South America, a new conflict is brewing. Captain Jack “Lucky Jack” Aubrey (Russel Crowe) of the Man-of-War HMS Surprise is under orders to sink or capture the French privateer Acheron, which has been deployed to the region. After seven weeks of uneventful sailing, the Acheron strikes first, all but crippling the Surprise in an engagement in which Aubrey realizes his enemy’s ship is nautically superior to his own. Along with his close friend and confidant Stephan Maturin (Paul Bettany) who also happens to be the ship’s surgeon, Aubrey is now faced with the choice of retreating to England and admitting defeat or remaining at the Acheron’s mercy. Aubrey must now do the impossible if he is to survive, repair his ship, catch up to his enemy and defeat the Acheron–somehow

My favorite quote is a rather funny comment from Capt. Jack Aubrey, who quips, “Name a shrub after me – something prickly and hard to eradicate.”   Moving on…
Ah, after the rain. What a wonderful time to explore the outdoors. The air is wonderfully cool, the breeze is still moving along and everything looks so…clean. I spent some time out in the garden this morning. Most of the garden is past its prime, but we still have some hangers-on. The parsley, sage and rosemary to be specific. I love rosemary, but I’m sure I’ll address that in another post; today I was looking at flowers.

I love flowers. I love the colors, shapes and textures that each flower offers up. Nature amazes me.  The flowers around here are in a happy place today, turning their faces up to the sunshine and soaking in all the water from the storm. Even the plumeria are celebrating the tropical weather, sending out the first blooms of the season. I snapped pictures to share with you.

In the gaden

Blushing

Plumeria

Today I spent some time working on an idea for a charity. I spoke with Carrie Watts at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, which is where both my niece and nephew have been treated. After our conversation, I was sure my idea was perfect- we’re going to make items to donate to the hospital. The kids will be making jewelry (Princess) and hats (The Boy) and I’ll probably be making baby blankets. Here’s the information in case anyone else is interested:

Knitter and Crafter Volunteers

The Knitter and Crafter Volunteers donate handcrafted items to be used and enjoyed by our babies, children and their families. If you enjoy knitting or crocheting and would like to donate your items, please contact Carrie Watts at 321 841-5932 or send an e-mail to Carrie.Watts@orhs.org.

Guidelines for Knitters and Crafters

Baby & Pediatric Items

Baby Items: Mommies love the pastel colors.

Pediatric Items: Primary colors are great. (Basic red, yellow, blue)

Blankets and quilts can be in any shape or size you desire.

Booties are 3 inches on bottom; 2.5 – 3 inches heal to toe.

Full term baby hats should be 11, 12 or 13 inches wide and 7 inches long.

Clothing: Diaper shirts can be made in these sizes. Please use Velcro to close the shirts.

Small 11 inches long and 7 inches wide
Medium 11.5 inches long and 8 inches wide
Large 12 inches long and 9 inches wide

Preemie Items

Please use the pastel colors.

Preemie hats are 8, 9 or 10 inches wide and 5 inches long.

Isolette covers are 36 inches X 48 inches with ½-inch quilt batting in the middle.

Fetal Demise Items

The fetal demise gowns should be 7″ in length and have an open back all the way down. Hats are 4, 5 or 6″ inches wide and 2 inches long.

The pastel colors are pink, blue, and white.

Special Care Instructions: Because some of our precious babies are on ventilators, items that have been exposed to smoke, mothballs, perfume or pet fur cannot be used.

I’m still hard at work looming the second panel of my afghan.

Afghan

God as my witness, I will finish this thing!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

~Moxie

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