Raw Voices

IMG_1863Let’s talk about the bike first. I walked out of my apartment and saw precisely how it happened. Bike had been locked around a fence post. The bastard pulled the fence post away and ran off with my bike. It’s ok, don’t worry. I’ve learned. And not just that you shouldn’t leave your bike wrapped around a rickety fence post, but something more, something I knew the minute I said it. You see, the Universe loves to show your foolish side. So you can learn from it’s insipidness. The night I brought the bike back from the shop, I posted a pic of me on Facebook and Twitter. And what did I say? Something about, “got my bike back. But I’m underweight and look awful.” See? I didn’t say, “THANK YOU! UNIVERSE! I GOT MY BIKE BACK! THANKS TO ALL THE WONDERFUL ENERGY SENT MY WAY TO LET ME HAVE IT BACK!” No…I was foolishly self centered and said, “ewww. Look at how bad I look.” And the Universe said, “Well, if you’re not grateful to have the bike back, I’ll let someone else have it.” And someone else did.

And you learn.

So, I have to say two things. One, THANK YOU, above all else that may rattle from my tongue from time to time for allowing this simple man a really great life. And two, I’ve learned…..I really have learned. As much as I’ve seen and explored and experienced, you still learn.

226765_453489324718538_575383135_n_optNOW! I have been soooooo waiting for this moment. I can’t tell you how excited I was to share this with you, but was waiting for it to actually happen. I was asked to do a podcast a few weeks ago. I listened to their previous one’s and thought, “Hmmm. This could be fun.” And boy was it. It was one of the best afternoon’s I’ve spent in a long time. These two interviewers were clever and fun. Accommodating, poignant….and ridiculously laughable. I haven’t laughed that much in a long time. I’m grateful to them for inviting me to sit in on their show. I hope they’ll ask me back, because I really did have a great time. So, thank you Tim and Olivier!

I hope you’ll take a listen. You’ll learn some interesting things about me I often don’t write about here.  Click here, get comfy, and laugh with us :)




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Gregory’s STOLEN Bike Bear

IMG_1860Yep. You read it right. You read it JUST right. I spent all that time busy working my butt off to get the bike out of the shop, and with your help, it was effortless and easy. I slipped over, happily paid, brought the bike home, took a dorky pic of me smiling next to it…..Woke up this morning to go to Publix…..and it was gone. Just gone. Stolen from my front door. The cable lock cut, the bike taken off in the sneaky middle of the night. This is where I think highly of the death penalty. Now, the fact that my bike was stolen is enough to make me beyond angry, but the fact that they came so close to my front door, to my little home, to my safety. THAT pisses me off more than anything. So, what do I do now? Ha! Man, oh man. Things like this happen, don’t they? I’m accustomed to loss. It’s aggravating, but what do you do? Piss, smash things, curse skyward, watch your head compress with pressure and anger?…..No, you admit the loss, accept it….and move on. So, I’m in the market for a new second hand bike. I’m scanning craigslist and will keep my eyes on garage sales in the neighborhood. (Deep breath, let it out, all will work itself out)…..oh, the irony, I tell you. I got my bike back….and some thug thought he needed it more than me. (Sending thug hopes of karmic justice). Just thought I’d let you know how things turned out with my bike.

(More deep breaths). Ahhhhh…..anger accomplishes nothing.

(Damn bike thief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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Gregory’s Busted Bike Bear

So, ever heard of a crank shaft? Well, it’s the crazy part of a bike where the peddle meets the rest of the gears. Basically, when you peddle, it turns the wheels. Unfortunately, mine fell off. Busted right off as though it had been sliced off, while peddling. My bike is my only transportation. So, watching my bike fall apart made my heart sink. Thankfully, there is a bike repair shop only two blocks away. Walked my mangled little bike up there and asked first, if they could repair it. “Of course.” Second, “Anything else you see wrong with this bike???” One busted crank shaft, a wobbly wheel, and some temperamental set of sketchy brakes later, he tells me everything that’s wrong with my bike and offers to fix it……For $70. You would think it would be easier to ditch this one and find another one at a yard sale or at the Salvation Army. But, if you’ve ever been out hunting for a second hand bike, you’ll find they aren’t as cheap as you think they should be, and if they ARE…..well, they end up with broken crank shafts, wonky wheels, and pissy break pads.

IMG_1849To make a very long story short, and I apologize for it taking so long, my bike is ready. But, I don’t have a bear (or tiger, or bee!) ready to sell to go get my bike out of the shop. So, what I thought I’d do is show you some hand dyed, hand spun skeins I have that are one of a kind (with the exception of the Cascade in blue) that I can make a bear out of FOR you, if you’d like. I have these four colors, but what I thought I’d do is, if you’d like a bear made out of one of these, I’ll whip it up. But, it would have to be first come, first served. So, if you like the red skein, I’ll make you a red bear. But that would be the only red bear. If blue is your thing? Pick the blue and I’ll whip him up JUST for you. I can only get one bear out of each skein.

So, pick the color, claim your bear. A true one of a kind, Gregory’s Busted Bike Bear. They’ll be ready to ship by next weekend, if not sooner. So! Thank you for helping me get my bike out of the shop! And enjoy the bears!

Just click the pic of the color you’d like. Thanks again for helping me out!

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Uhhh, Bumble Bear?

IMG_1846Wanting to finish off some of the Vickie Howell yarn I had left over, and loving stripes these days, I made an attempt at a bumble bee….Hmmmm. Not sure how I feel about the little guy. I guess you’ll be the deciding factor. If you like him? Boom! I know he’s more loved than I thought. If not? Ah, well. We’ll stick with bears and tigers from now on, eh? I don’t think I’ll do another bumble bee. But, I did love playing with the stripes and loved playing with a new face and antennae. So, if you’d like to adopt my one of a kind, only one I’ll ever do Bumble Bee Bear, click here. It’s grocery day. He’s ready to ship with a signed card by me.

Now…..back to bears :)


Sheep(ish) with Boiled Peanuts

IMG_1841If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know this day was coming. You knew it would happen, and if you REALLY read this blog on a regular basis, you know were anticipating today as much as I was. That’s right, kids. It’s boiled peanut season and today I got my first big, gorgeous, beautiful, luscious delicious batch :) Oh man, oh man, oh man! Boiled peanuts are just one of those simple pleasures I look forward to. For a few months in the summer, they are a big part of my weekly diet. Love them, I tell you. LOVE them. I had been calling the produce market for a few days, asking them if green peanuts had come in yet. See, here’s the trick. Check the magnolias. Yep. When the magnolias start to bloom you know two things are ready. One, the ocean is warm enough to jump in. Two, green peanuts are ready for boiling. So, as soon as I saw the magnolias across the street brighten and bust open with a bloom, I started calling the produce market. And earlier today? They finally came in :)

IMG_1837So, while my peanuts were boiling, I worked up this little bear using some of Vickie Howell’s yarn. This is “Sheep(ish)” through Bernat. I really liked working with it. I love it’s slight fuzziness. Easily manageable, but still nice and tender. Great yarn! I’d really like to work with this stuff more. I picked the yellow because….well, damn. I really don’t have an answer. I liked it! I dunno. I was feeling inspired by the golden glow of the early summer sun, I guess :) Next time I’m at Joann’s I’ll have to pick up more colors and play some more. Yeah, really liked this yarn and looking forward to making more bears with it. As for now, this is the only one, so if you’d like to adopt him, click here. He’s ready to ship with a signed card by me.

Ok, I know I have a lot of updating to do (and I will!), but for now? Gonna go tear up some boiled peanuts! Yeee HAAAA!


Look Out For That Black Bear

I know I haven’t written very much lately. My blog posts have been mostly about selling bears. True, true. But, I figured it would be best to get my rent under control earlier, rather than flipping out at the very end of the month. But, don’t worry! I’m still filling orders and writing notes to myself about all the great things I’ve been wanting to tell you about. Like the podcast coming up, Macchia’s new vases, my trip to get my first batch of boiled peanuts of the season and the old man across from me who was a dead ringer for me at the age of 82. All sorts of things I’m looking forward to talking about, but for the moment, I’m anxious to get the month’s expenses taken care of so I can have a sense of peace.

I saw an article on Bungalower.com, which is basically a blog about my own and surrounding neighborhoods downtown. We have a black bear rummaging around. I haven’t seen him, but apparently, he’s a big one, lurking from massive oak, to heavy brush, moving stealthily through downtown.

IMG_1832So, I made this bear in his honor. I had been worried about this yarn, feeling it was too dark, you wouldn’t be able to see his eyes. Once I finished him this morning, I knew I had nothing to worry about. His little face came out great. Handsome. And the I fell in love with the flecks of color scattered about. He’s made from a yarn called “Tibet” by Omaghi Filati from Italy. I used up all the orange I had, now I have this really great black with colorful specks. He measures 12″ tall, a mix of wool and acrylic, and is ready to ship with a signed card by me. If you’d like to adopt him, click here! The sooner, the better!…..and if you live in Downtown Orlando, look out for that black bear!


The Last Omaghi Tiger

IMG_1820IMG_1822IMG_1823There was just enough the Omaghi Wool from Italy to finish up one last tiger. BARELY. Whew! Now, the other tiger the other day went to so fast, I whipped this guy up last night and this morning. He’s got the claws, of course, AND! he has a very snazzy tail. I’m loving the whiskers. And that does it for the Omaghi. Nice. He measures 12″ tall from head to toe and is ready to ship with a signed card by me. If you’d like to adopt him, click here. Now, this is only the third tiger I’ve done, so I don’t do them often. So, again, I like to consider him “collectable.”  If this tiger gets adopted today, I get a chance to rest the hands for a day :) Which is a pretty nice thing to look forward to it. And what will I do with my time? I’m feeling like a bike ride up to this little Cuban place up the road for a Cafe Con Leche. Beautiful! I’ll be sure to take pictures and bog about it. Something like, “Never Judge Something by How it Looks.”

“Why, Yes….Yes, I Am.”

IMG_1816Nearly almost finished with all of the Omaghi Filati from Italy. The tiger and lion were exceptionally popular yesterday. So, I decided to finish it all of with a bear. Of course, right? But, the face on this little guy with his white muzzle gave me the notion of him sitting in a room, comfortably on a table, or bedside. And when asked, “Are you the little bear that has come to keep me safe?” His reply, with just the hint of a smile, would be the very quiet and admirable, “Why, yes….yes, I am.” I might have just enough to do another tiger, but for now, it looks like this is all that remains of this really cool wool from Italy I’ve had the best time playing with.

IMG_1818If you’d like to adopt him, click here. He’s ready to ship with a signed card by me, measures a poofy 12″ and is ready to stand on guard.

A Teased and Tussled Mane

IMG_1800I played around with the idea of another lion yesterday. Too hot to go outside. Watched some great disaster films (weird guilty pleasure), nibbled on a salad (mostly fresh tomatoes, another guilty pleasure), and knit my little heart out working on this lion. Now, I don’t do them often, for the simple reason of the mane. Man, that mane can take some work. Truly! I crochet each of those threads all around his head, THEN separate the strands individually, THEN tease the whole bit with a tiny comb. But, what a great effect it ends up being. He looks good! I made him up with some of that amazing wool from Italy that I still have tons left of.

IMG_1809So, tomorrow I’m working up a tiger with it….Should look nice. Who am I kidding? He’ll be ADORABLE. I have most of the bits and pieces ready. I just need to stuff and sew. And as I took a photo of him, I could only think, “Wow….he does look like Hobbes….when the PARENTS see him.” If you’d like him, click here.

IMG_1802So, if you’d like to adopt my lion, click here. I don’t do them often, so consider this not quite one of a kind, but a definite rarity. Total collector’s item. He’s ready to ship with a signed card by me. Snag him fast! Really, I mean it :) Oh! Check it out. I even gave him claws on his paws! And a poofy, teased tail!

Stamp Out Hunger

SOH2015_button_linkSo, not sure if you’re aware, but if you’re not, then that’s why I’m here :) Tomorrow, May 9th, is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the post office. It’s pretty simple, any can of food you have, or any non perishables in a box, you place in a grocery bag and place at your mailbox. The mailman picks it up, and off it goes to be distributed to your local food banks. I’m a big fan of things like this. I truly am. It is an effortless way to help your local charities fight hunger. I know what hunger is. I’ve experienced it many times in my past. And I may not have much now, but this is a very easy and convenient way to share the same blessings that have been bestowed upon me. I’ve learned to shop well, eating well on a limited budget. And it can be done! Cans of tuna were buy-0ne-get-one-free this week at Publix. So, that is a very easy way for me to help out and keep a can for me, and a can to donate. Cans of beans were on sale %50. Boom! A can for me, a can to help out. Now, your grocery bag doesn’t have to be busting at the seams. If you have a can or two in your cupboard of something you haven’t really a fancy for, by all means, hand it off to the post office tomorrow and help out someone hungry. Get your little plastic grocery bag, raid your pantry and see what you can help out with. Nice! Little things, everyone doing little things truly does make a big difference. :) If you want more info, here’s a link to the post office website explaining the whole deal.

IMG_1780I still have this little guy. So sad, so unwanted :) He’s been lingering around my apartment for a week now and I just look at him sadly. I keep telling him, “Don’t worry, man. The right one will come along and take you home.

Gonna head out now outside and enjoy the evening. Remember my last post about my pizzas? We’ve affectionately started calling them “tortizzas.” With the left over tortillas wraps, we’re busting out some quesadillas and watch “Agent Carter.” Funny how Phillip has me learning more about this comic book, cosplay world that he adores so much. I’ve recently learned I’m dating an “Otaku.” Not sure what it is? Ha! Then you’ll just have to look it up. :)

Don’t forget to spend the evening raiding your cupboard!….oh! And give that sad bear a home! Peace!




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