Tuesday, October 7, 2014

So Tonight In Idaho.......

...the entire state is trying to figure out how time-consuming hobbies amongst heterosexual couples have been caused by gay people, or at least by gay marriage.  Because that, as it turns out, is one of the arguments our governor tried to use in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to persuade them to allow Idaho's same-sex marriage ban to stand.  I don't think one is allowed to call someone an idiot in a legal ruling, but they came pretty close in a (for attorneys) rather humorous ruling striking down Idaho's ban today:

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"[Governor Otter] also states, in conclusory fashion, that allowing same-sex marriage will
lead opposite-sex couples to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in extramarital
affairs, take on demanding work schedules, and participate in time-consuming
hobbies. We seriously doubt that allowing committed same-sex couples to settle
down in legally recognized marriages will drive opposite-sex couples to sex, drugs,and rock-and-roll."

This is not a political blog, nor do I want to turn this into a place to debate anything political, but I did think my fellow crafters would appreciate the humor--especially since it comes from a man who spent much of HIS free time out at bars drinking and racked up a DUI while Lieutenant Governor, which seems to have been the catalyst for his first wife to ask for an annulment.  And as Idahoans, we are no strangers to providing the nation with political humor.  Remember Larry Craig?  Not only is he from Idaho, he's from my home town.  There would have been a "home of" sign, but the town only has 150 people and doesn't have an actual public men's room anywhere, so we didn't have anywhere to hang it.  So, we're sort of used to the ridiculous, but apparently we can still be shocked.  With hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, ski resorts, wilderness, golf courses, trails, bike paths, wineries, and horses on any lots bigger than half an acre, everyone in the entire state has a time-consuming hobby.  Except, apparently, our governor.  And not a single one of us knew it was because of same-sex marriage, which wasn't legal until today.  But I guess we really, really, REALLY know how to plan ahead here. Guess I need to go turn on the music, grab a glass of wine, and hit the knitting!

When One Door Rots, Another One is Filled With Fabric.......

You might have noticed a sudden upturn in my crafting productivity lately.  Sadly, there isn't an accompanying big new amount of free space in the sewing room--it's probably not even really any less frightening--but I am up to 89 finished projects so far this year.  Why this sudden upturn in creativity?  Because the garden was a dismal, dismal failure this year, so at this time of year when I would normally be canning I have nothing to can.

One of my beds of tomatoes got hit by a fungus, but new extreme heat patterns did the rest.  People can debate global warming all they want, but the lovely thing about science is that it doesn't need one to believe in it--it just is.  And my garden really just isn't this year.  I had such an overabundance of tomatoes last year that there's nothing we really needed this year, but some soups would have been nice.  However, pulling weeds is something my back can't do this year, my allergies have gone completely crazy, and so the garden and I have been taking time apart.  Normally, this week the garden would freeze, though we had such a late, hot summer that it isn't going to be doing that here any time soon, so we might actually get some tomatoes after all, but it does mean that I'm not trotting downstairs every morning to fire up the canner.  So, I have free time this year.  So,

 
It needs to be ironed, but this is the latest chalkboard table runner. The idea is good and I think they will be very handy, but besides the fact that they are really hard to make, the fabric-trimmed ones aren't very practical because these really shouldn't be washed. Now I want to use them for entertaining, which means food is GOING to end up on them and, because this is the way things like this work, it is going to end up ON THE FABRIC PART. What then? So, while this is not nearly as decorative, it's going to be a much better gift, and the fact that it was easier to do is just a nice little perk..............