Saturday, October 24, 2015


Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors are so dynamic, the air is clean and crisp. A cup of tea and a  fire in the fire pit. And knitting!

This weekend I finished a Waldo hat for my group halloween costume and a hat and scarf set for a friend of the hubbies.

I used Lion Brand Scarfie, that I found at AC Moore recently in the sale bin. It is gray and wine. I thought it came out nicely. The scarf if seed stitch the hat is a basic one with two and a half inch 1x1 ribbing and stockinette stitching.

I had a great many plans for knitting so many things for Christmas. I fear though I may be behind schedule as a co-worker reminded me on Friday just how close Christmas really is, or rather how close the deadline is for shipping things out to arrive in time for Christmas. It makes one start to chew the ends of the bamboo needles.   I hope that where ever you are dear reader you are enjoying clear skies and mild temperatures and some lovely refreshments.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Journey Continues

Great news, so far I have lost 6lbs. I have been in the pool two to three times a week with aqua aerobics and laps as well as a little weight lifting. My fitness coach Alexis is so patient and has a great sense of humor which is required if you use my name and weight lifting in the same sentence.

Alexis and I met on Saturday after an hour of water aerobics and an hour of volleyball (in the pool), for a 1/2 hour of weight lifting. We came up with a program for me to use for the next three weeks when we will meet again for the "official" weight in and measurements. Should be exciting!

This week I tried a new food item for dinner. Tomatoes from my own garden stuffed with couscous and quinoa. It was delicious.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Journey

I have joined the fitness center associated with our local health care system. This shall be an interesting journey.

Day One - I worked out on some of the cardio equipment and walked laps on the indoor track.

The Pros - I took the first step, and I walked into the gym, overweight and out of shape.
The Cons - You would think the seats on the stationary bikes would be a bit more cushioned.

Day Two  - I met a wonderful lady who has been a member for 8 years. Her name is Theresa and she is the member advocate. She was kind enough to give me the lay of the land, and reassure me that it was a judgement free place. Which so far has been true. I told her I wanted to try out the pool today and she let me know everything I would need was poolside, kick boards, weights for water aerobics, noodles, etc. And that Bill the lifeguard was very helpful. So I put on my suit feeling a little self conscious and entered the pool area. I headed for the exercise pool at first and did a few exercises. The lap pool only had one person in it, so I decided to try some laps. Knowing my form was rusty, I approached Bill the Lifeguard and asked if he had any advise.

An hour and a half later, I had attempted the frog kick, rather unsuccessfully. And semi-successfully learned the dolphin kick. Bill walking along the pool side coaching me.

The Pros- Made new friends, learned new swimming technique, Bill was clapping by the time I was done.

The Cons - My left shoulder hurt so badly today, I had to put some heat/ice therapy on it.

Fitness Center

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Flowers and Glitter

I usually don't go in for things that
frilly and flowery. It is just always seems like "too much", but once in a while I find a style that does appeal to me. And today was just such a day. I was in Barnes & Noble today and found a pretty little monthly planner. There is a lot of pink, lilac, teal and gold leaf. 

The use of paper calendars still hold a particular appeal to me, despite having a calendar on my phone, laptop and desktop. I still find something romantic about pretty planners and leather bound journals. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year Dear Reader!

2014 is behind and we have all of 2015 to look forward too. New possibilities, new knitting projects, new books to read, a new gardening season to plan.

What are your plans for the new year? Are you going to knit something new, try a new never knit before project or stitch?

Are you going to read more books that last year? Write a book?

The possibilities are endless.

Embrace your own 2015.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas is When???????????

So with all the best intentions, I started knitting my Christmas presents a while back, as I'm sure many of you have done. And then things started to go off the rails. The project I started for a special bookshop owner I know, wasn't turning out the way I thought it was. It was following the pattern but I just wasn't like it. So I frogged it.

I found a different pattern for a wrap that I liked, it is very easy and simple, just what I need because now I'm behind schedule. So I decided to jazz it up a bit with some striping. So what, it I had stayed with the program I wouldn't be battling two huge balls of yarn that now make it inconvenient to travel with this project and work on it in stolen moments, like on my lunch break. No I am reduced to working on it only at home. But I love it and everyone is getting one of this year! As long as I can get this one done. I vow to get it completed this weekend, but so far my knitting time has been limited to between 11:30pm and 1:00 am. Doesn't leave a lot of time for sleep. So much so that when I got up with morning to make homemade soup and bread and went for my K-cup I put the cup in the machine the mug under the dispenser and pressed the button. Easy right? Sure, I mean K-Cups are simple and time saving. Isnt' that what all the ads say? Unless your the time of person who needs a cup of coffee to make a cup of coffee. The machine stopped made it's little final sigh to let me know it was done. and I started searching for the lid to the travel mug I had just brewed my coffee into. I looked everywhere knowing I just had it as I had the cup in my hand. Oh wait, what's this? the lid is on the cup, the coffee is all over the place, great. Well thankfully some of the coffee found it's way into that little hole intended for drinking and I was able to get a couple of sips in me and straighten this mess out.

Bring me my knitting!