Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bagpipes and Bickering and . . .

By Kath Rutledge
from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae

Quick, name three things that give you a headache. Are bagpipes on the list? How about bickering relatives? How about bombs? Well, let’s not talk about real bombs – but have you heard of yarn bombing? Yarn bombing is the art of fiber graffiti. Take a look at this Pinterest board to see what I mean. Fun, isn’t it? And actually, bagpipes can be fun, too, and relatives (when they aren’t bickering) are great. But when all three come together? Let me sum it up this way – yow.  

So, Handmade Blue Plum, the town’s annual art and craft show and sale, takes place soon. I haven’t been to Handmade in years and I’ve been looking forward to it. That is, I was looking forward to it until those "Bs" started buzzing around my head.

1st B – The Yarn Bomb.
TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) is planning its own celebration to coincide with Handmade. The night before Handmade opens, we’re going to sneak around town spreading fiber anarchy in the form of crocheted and knit yarn bombs. We’ve been planning it for weeks. We’ll have a lot of fun installing the bombs. People will have even more fun discovering them all over town. But my first headache is due to the fact that I was late with my assigned portion of the planning and Ardis was just a mite cranky about that.

  
2nd B – The Bickering Relatives:
It's not as easy as it looks.
Ardis and Geneva. Geneva and Ardis. ArdisandGenevaandGenevaandArdis. Now that Ardis is aware of Geneva and now that they know they’re related, they just might drive me crazy. I love them both, but f I hear one more suggestion or one more complaint . . .

3rd B – The Bagpiper:
Although, at first, we didn't know Hugh McPhee was a bagpiper; we only knew that he was one of Ardis’ former pupils and that Deputy Clod Dunbar wanted to locate him before some guy named Rogalla did. It wasn’t until sometime after midnight that we found out Hugh played the bagpipes. And he did not make fans among those of us who’d been sound asleep.

None of my problems are really PROBLEMS, if you know what I mean. But a little peace and a little quiet – would that be asking too much? Apparently so . . .

Have you got any pet peeves that give you headaches? What do you do for relief? 

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13 comments:

  1. I didn't know anything about yarn bombing until this post! I love it. :-)

    As for pet peeves, I would say loud neighbors. I work 3rd shift so I sleep during the day when everyone else is up (and being loud). My neighbors like to mow their yards (some mow in the morning, others mow in the afternoon, and still some mow in the evenings). It is really rough on me when they start mowing in the morning until 6:30pm. And some like to throw summer parties.

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    1. Mowing! Yes! So disruptive, but it must be terrible for someone who has to sleep during the day. If feel for you, Jen!

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    2. Loud televisions, especially when there is a group of friends or family gathered and trying to talk with each other and one idiot is afraid the are going toiss something on TV. These are family members you haven't seen in a while, turn off the TV and try talking to them.
      People in public talking loudly on their cell phones. I really do not care that your morning was horrid because there were not enough beans in your coffee. Stop ruining everyone else's day.
      Last but not least are those folks who feel they must honk their horn at you because the light has been green for
      .0009th of a second.
      When I was an undergrad, some poor deluded bagpiper thought everyone in the dorm loved his playing at 7:30 am he did switch to the dinner hour.

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    3. Those are great pet peeves, Liz! The loud television - absolutely! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. My pet peeve is my neighbor's band! Every Wednesday evening they get together in their garage and play music for three hours. My bedroom is right across the street from their band room and my room seems to move to thump, thump, thump noises. They must be playing different songs, but they all sound alike. Turning up the sound on the television is my only solution! Looking forward to reading Knot the Usual Suspects! I just love reading this series!

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    1. Oh my gosh, Kristina! That would be awful! Glad you like the books, though. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  3. I haven't heard of yarn bombing either--learn something new everyday! My pet peeve is people who don't respond/shift over/etc when you say excuse me in a crowded area/aisle.

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    1. No kidding. Try a cattle prod next time - or a knitting needle!

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  4. Thanks for the link to the yarn bombing Pinterest page. That is pretty cool! Pet peeve? Summer heat that I can not handle and so many people say it hasn't been hot yet. It gives me a headache, all right!

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  5. I'm with you on summer heat, Elaine. Especially muggy heat. Ugh. If it gets too hot, go hang out at your local yarn shop or library. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  6. I like listening to bagpipes. What I can't do for very long is country music. Don't like heat either. For relief? Leave the place where the music is playing and for the heat, go into the AC. I love the picture of you with the pipes! I think yarn bombing is cute, but not something I could do.

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    1. I like bagpipes, too, Kaye. Just maybe not outside my window in the middle of the night. But I remember one night, in the mist, with a lone piper playing on the castle esplanade in Edinburgh - coolest thing I've ever heard. Talk about the pipes calling!

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  7. I'm with Elaine and Kaye - muggy summer heat is one of my biggies. Bickering is horrible to have to be around. And, for those familiar with older bluegrass and country music - a whiny dobro. To relieve the heat I live in a house with central AC. I try to get away from the bickering if at all possible. And, since there is no cure for a whiny dobro, you just have to turn the music off. ;-)

    I love bagpipes! My daughter and I were in Scotland in 2005 and went to the Military Tattoo at the Edinburgh Castle. Part of every Tattoo performance is a lone piper playing from the highest point of the castle walls. Awesome!

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