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Well, it was my intention to write in my blog every few days but the beginning of August turned into a busy middle of August to……. coming to an end August!  The spring and summer birds have already left (robins, orioles, wrens, swallows etc.) and the winter birds are moving down from the mountains (chickadees, cardinals and nuthatches).  The leaves are losing their brilliant various shades of green and are starting to turn pale and on their way to starting the colorful fall show.  Apples are almost here.  Pears are here.  Peaches are halfway to being gone and grapes need a little more time.  Corn is at its peak – juicy and sweet and comfort food is slowly starting to come back on the menu. 

We had Vacation Bible School last week –  I was exhasuted every night from working and doing that as well.   In another post I am going to share about my weekend in Hershey PA at a Joyce Meyer conference.


 As promised, here is a picture of my sock.   I took this a couple weeks ago, so I am already down to the heel and working that.  I love the wool and the colors.  We are going back to Michigan in early Sept. so I will have to stop at Mary Maxim again on the way home!

I started a pair of tube socks while on the way to the Joyce Meyer conference and have been working on them as well.

The other photo I wanted to share is of my Raina.  That is the back of my chair that she is resting on.  When it is hot she doesn’t want to be touched or bothered.  She looks so comfortable!


Thanks ladies for welcoming me back.  I am still not quite in the groove, but I am okay and I am on my way! 



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You have no idea (well, maybe you do!) how very frustrating it has been these last six months. I have been working so hard to get myself out of a knitting funk that has been going on, well, almost a year. It has been very frustrating.

I will search for some tiny, quick project and I am not exaggerating here… I get about two days into it and BOOM!   I drop it like a hot cake.   My various starts would then lay in this messy little pile all around “my” chair.   I don’t know what “inspired” me, probably just totally ashamed as how my “personal space” looked, but on Saturday I did something progressive.

I took all my piles of started projects and ripped them all out.  (Yes, you read that right.)   Put away all the wool, needles and accessories.  If felt good to have a clean personal space again.   Maybe the clutter was just starting to effect my thinking process.  Don’t know.

In the quiet of the morning I sat in my chair enjoying my decluttered personal space and sighed.   Then sighed again. 


What was that?  I looked around.  No one.   I sighed again.

“Knit socks.”

Okay, I stood up so I could get a better look at the clean space behind my chair.  Nothing.  This time I didn’t sigh after sitting back down.   I started thinking.  Thinking about socks.

“Knit a  pair of simple socks.”

I headed to my craft room, feeling like I needed to heed this “command”.  I opened my sock yarn tub and my eyes went right to the last batch of wool I purchased TWO YEARS ago while on my trip to Michigan.  It came from Mary Maxim (on the American side).    This is what I bought:


I had never worked with this wool before.  The colors were stunning. 

I dug around in my needles and found my #2 (US) 32″ circular needle to do it with the magic loop technique.   Down the stairs I went.   In my pattern book was the very first sock pattern I used from Cat Bordi – classic.  Nothing fancy.  

I sat down in my chair, cast on 60 and started in the business of K2P2 ribbing.   Deciding to do it all the way down the leg to the heel.  I sighed and thought ..”was this going to last?”    I waited for the next instructional “voice”.  It never came, even the whole time I sat for a couple hours going round and round on my simple sock.   The colors are so cool!  (I will take a picture tonight and post it.)   I am pressing on and trying hard to push back the knitting funk that lasted way too long!

After a couple hours I decided that I should get busy with my house cleaning, very pleased to have that warm and fuzzy knitting feeling back again!  

“Blog.”       What?

“Write in your blog.”

No use in fighting with that voice!   Here I am!




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It is really hard to believe that the last time I wrote was in the beginning of Jan. 2013.   I pledged to change my terrible blogging ways etc.    As you can see, it didn’t happen.

My Dad passed away on 3/17/2013.

He had been on comfort care in the hospital for two and a half weeks.   That is a long time to watch someone fade away.   He is with Jesus now and there is no more pain or suffering.

Still hard to believe he is gone.   My Mom is handling things well.  She has always been a strong woman.   They would have celebrated their 67th wedding aniv. in August.  Isn’t that awesome?

I have been reading everyone’s blogs – you are all such wonderful writers!  Thank you for doing some really cool stuff!

No knitting for me….. still in my funk.



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1.   Anything is possible
when you believe in God’s power.
 2. Your team is paramount to your success (friends, family, staff, church,associates).
3. The impossible becomes possible when you start believing.
4. God has plans for your life that you haven’t tapped into yet!
5. A bad decision doesn’t have to become a bad habit. 
6. When you focus on your goal/work you can’t be stopped.
7. You can make some things matter more than they really do.
8. When you create momentum with quality work the wind brings traffic to you. 
9. Fear isn’t always
 apparent sometimes it’s subtle.  And can be deadly if left unchecked.
10. God gives you the plan but you determine whether or not it’s executed.
11.   You won’t make it to your goal if you don’t hold your course.
12.  You must fight to
stay positive in the face of negativity. That’s the only way
to get things done.
Christmas is over.   A deep winter has settled in.  Tomorrow is 2013 and I am ready to start another year!   
I am waiting patiently for my new Kindle Paperwhite to arrive.   This will be my first experience with the ebook/ereader and I am sooooo excited.  Feel free to give me book suggestions etc.   The first book to be loaded on my kindle is going to be a New King James Bible!
My father continues to linger/shut down – refusing to eat and not aware that we are even in the room.   I bought with my Christmas money one of these:
It is called a Survival Strap and it is made from parachute cord.  Since my Dad  was in the 101st Airborne in WW2 it is my HONOR to wear this for him.  
Sorry I have been so slack on my posts.   I am going to start with a new commitment for 2013.    I do read your posts – they are so wonderful and inspired.

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There is no doubt in my mind that without the Lord in my life,  I would be so messed up!   The silence in my blog is for the reason most people cringe and hang their head without words.    My 87 year old Dad is very sick and the family is taking one day at a time.  The decision is his as to whether he wants to get better (by eating and drinking and taking his meds) or by refusing all services and passing from this earth – probably feeling that enough is enough.   I don’t really blame him! 

Thank goodness I started early on the decorating and tree hanging etc.  The last thing to go up was the manager that came from Germany in the late 1800’s through my husband’s side of the family.   The manger characters  are very tender plaster casts – fragile is a more accurate description!    It is always a joy to put this tradition filled manger up.


Have you ever seen a live manager?

Like this one?


Or maybe this one?


You are all animal lovers, so possibly you have.  

This is Misha – and she believes that this manger was set up JUST FOR HER!

I love her boldness and her Russian Blue shaped face! 

The tree (not a real one – my oldest daughter almost was put in the hospital the last time I wanted and got a real tree for Christmas) stand is screwed down to a large board and the top of the tree is tied in two different places to make sure that those  silly sisters don’t pull it down.    No sentimental or precious glass ornaments are on this years tree!

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You already know that sunshine is a HUGE factor in how I “take on the day”.    If it is dark, gray and gloomy (especially in the winter months) it has a tendency to send my mind heading  down a gloomy  kind of day road.   If the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue then no matter how cold it is, I am in a much better frame of mind.

Here is Misha – another sun worshipper.

She follows the sun throughout the house – sometimes we “fight” for the same small spot!  She always wins (her claws are sharper)!

Does the sun have the same effect for/on you?

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I call her “My Baby!” when she stops by my place of employment – everyone knows I am talking about my baby girl Abby.   She will be 22 in a couple weeks.  My oldest daughter looks JUST LIKE her father, and Abby looks like my grandma, my Mom, and yes…… me. 

She works in retail part time, and part time as a music teacher at a music studio – teaching guitar, flute and bass guitar.     She gets her music talent from her momma…..   ahem!   I want to say that her abilities are far better than I ever thought of accomplishing.   I am Joan Baez and she is Zakk Wylde or Randy Rhoads………it’s that generation thing.

This photo was taken on Saturday at the music studio’s annual recital.  My Abby is on the right and the lovely girl on the left is one of her older students Amanda.  She did super!    It was a great recital and I walked away just so proud of my daughter!

She can make me so angry at times.  I remember the many years of homeschooling her and her sister and I would say, she gave me the most “trouble”.  Not academically, but in rebellion and attitude.    That sweet face doesn’t look like it would be possible to be a rebel does it?   Wrong!  🙂

As an adult she has made some decisions that her father and I advised against.  The decisions required her to move out of the home because they were out of line with our rules.   Though it was stressful, we still love each other and doesn’t make me any less proud of her achievements.   It is all part of growing, making mistakes, fixing mistakes etc  for the child AND  the parents!

The knitting funk is still hanging on.   I get a twinge now and then to make a sock but I never follow through.    Sigh.

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