“Carpe Diem!”

laundryAfter a great evening, yesterday, of family togetherness around a large dinner (cooked by me), I fully expected that I would spend today resting but that was not to be. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a bit ‘restless’ and decide to do something on the spur of the moment…that would classify my day today. It started out nice & quiet, me knitting squares for the Ghana Project, but then I decided to go in the boy’s bedroom; that was a mistake! First I noticed that there were several baskets of clean laundry which I had not folded, so I decided to do that. While doing that, I began looking around the room and noticing that something needed to be done to somehow re-arrange the room.  On the thought that we needed more room, I began moving some of the boys clothes and asking them “What fits?”; thus began my ‘trial’. Let’s just clarify this ordeal as a many-hours project which involved a huge mountain of clothes that will go to Purple Heart; 2 dressers being emptied and moved, then re-filled; several groupings of items which will be offered on Freecycle; a pile of objects belonging to oldest son (who has his own house going on 2 years now)-things like 6 years of his elementary school yearbooks, souvenir hockey pucks and other memorable findings and still-yet, a laundry basket of my husband’s old clothes which I was too tired to sort/toss out. The room has gained a good 4 ft. X 4 ft. area of floorspace and the “Wow!” factor from both boys, so I guess it was worth it. What ever happened to my RELAXING the whole day away? Beats me! Sometimes ya just gotta “Carpe Diem!” (Seize the Day).

We had a grand dinner of twice-blessed leftovers (a small joke from the comic strip: “Pluggers”) and NOW I’m going to sit, knit and RELAX!

Hoping you’re enjoying this holiday weekend.



Published in: on November 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm  Comments (1)  

Blessings and Thanksgiving


From our house to yours: may you have a blessed and Thankful Thanksgiving.



I find great peace and joy in the following verses:

Psalm 73:23-26, 28

“Nevertheless, I am continually with Thee; Thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shall guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.” (KJV)

Published in: on November 27, 2008 at 12:17 pm  Comments (1)  

“Feelin’ Groovy”…Shades of the 70’s


Sometimes it takes a bit to jog a memory; this past weekend found me visiting “Momma” and trying to remember a crochet pattern from at least 25 years ago, more like the 70’s, actually. Due to time constraints, I was unable to actually grasp the little trick of ‘twist/turn’ the work and ended up frustrated. Last night I got out my knit/crochet books and went searching for that pattern. I found something similar and then began a search on the ‘net for the actual pattern. That took a bit of doing, but at last I was able to locate a site that not only had the pattern, but included PHOTOS! This was a real eye-opener…I could actually execute the pattern! YAY! (insert words: “Feelin’ Groovy” from the 70’s here!) The site owner was very gracious and gave me permission in include her site here:


(in left column, under “Crochet Cabana” is the crochet pattern section; it’s under “Diagonal Box Stitch”)


The pattern is called: “Diagonal Box Stitch” and makes a pattern that looks like a child’s building blocks. Once you get the little ‘trick’ of the ‘turn/twist’, it’s pretty easy from there which proves:

You CAN teach an old Knit a new Crochet! (sorry, just couldn’t resist!)



(my crochet ‘swatch’, above, isn’t great to look at-in the actual pattern each individual ‘block’ is facing a different way, making it look more complicated than it actually is.)

Published in: on November 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm  Comments (3)  

Good Friends, Good Food – Good Afternoon!

This afternoon found myself, my husband and youngest son visiting my good friends “Momma” and her husband; the ultimate intention was to deliver the shrug I had knit for her.  Included in the delivery were 4 more afghans which needed edging and also picking up 6 she had already crocheted the edgings for. To say that her ‘gift’ of crocheting afghan edgings is wonderful is putting it mildly…I greatly appreciate her willingness to do this task: Thanks, “Momma!”

Oh! I did mention good friends, good FOOD… her husband loves to cook and “Momma” had ask him to make a “Special” for us (after I told them NOT to feed us!). The Special was homemade scones with dried cherries! He used Ina Garten’s recipe (Food Network) which made them very flaky, light, buttery and TASTY! (Did I say Fattening? NO! Of course not! We DON’T discuss fattening when chowing down on deliciousness! Out of the question! I won’t tell you about all the butter and cream he said were in the recipe). These said scones were also topped with their homemade jams: peach or cherry, both of which were yummy. Along with these lovely scones was a trip to Mexico via hand-shaved Mexican cocoa which was lovingly placed into warmed milk and stirred. The result was a very unusual flavor of cocoa; I had thought it would taste almost dark chocolate in flavor and was surprised to find out it had an almost nutmeg flavor-very mild and different. (I told you my friend loves to cook…did I also add he loves to explore the ‘unusual’?  He does!)

The visit was short and sweet as I had to get home for an evening choir practice for the Christmas contata. I must say-we certainly packed a lot into that short time period! “Momma” gave me her ideas on the sewing of “The Jacket” and also attempted to revive my memory on how to crochet a building blocks/basketweave type pattern which we both learned many, MANY years ago while working at the phone company. She has continued to use this pattern and crochet afghans, squares, etc. while I have only a small crocheted ‘starter’ piece I had saved in a drawer, hopefully being able to look at it and remember the tricky turns of said pattern. I even tried to duplicate it in the car on the way up, but alas, I could not. (Honestly…I’m not really certain I CAN remember the pattern, but will give it a good try!) Cooking tips, food tastings, sewing advice, crochet instructions, shrug modeling and photographing…it was a very FULL afternoon visit and we all enjoyed every single  minute!

Here is “Momma” modeling her shrug:Have a great weekend!




Published in: on November 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm  Comments (2)  

The Jacket


Today I finished “Momma’s” shrug and we’ll be delivering it Saturday-photo will follow later.

Have you ever attempted a project that you’re not really sure you’re qualified for? I’m one of those people who say: “I should be able to figure out how to do this”…and then proceed to  muddle my way through; sometimes this ends in great results and others, not so successful. My ever-faithful absolutely FAVORITE Fall/Spring jacket is a case in point: I purchased it about 5 years ago at a garage sale. I love this jacket-it’s all I could want: warm, comfortable, just my size, etc. The problem? After all the loving wear I’ve put into it, it’s beginning to look down-right shabby! Last year I added a grosgrain ribbon ‘trim’ to the top of the shoulders and the edges of the pockets simply because the material at those points was fraying; that worked for awhile. The other day, wearing said jacket, I dashed in the house and happened to pass a mirror…that was a shocker- my dearly loved jacket was looking like I belonged in the rescue mission! The material on my left shoulder was totally frayed and holey, the edging around the neckline was in shreds, there were big holes on the bottoms of the sleeves; all-in-all, it was time to trash the jacket. This really bothered me and set me to thinking (dangerous ground here)…”Maybe I could SEW another one!” I need to insert here that I am definitely NOT a seamstress! The sewing machine and I are NOT friends! My sewing machine is circa 1940’s; it belonged to my Grandmother and Mother-it’s a Singer BASIC model electric, sews only forwards and backwards…that’s all! I took one sewing class in Junior High School and hated every minute. At the end of the class I had accomplished sewing the requisite ‘apron’ and a skirt…neither of which I would wear OR keep…they were a disaster!

Since that time I’ve learned to become more versed in how to use said machine, but just barely, which brings us to the present and Ebay. Having searched on-line for sewing companies (Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls, etc.) I was able to locate a pattern circa 1995, for a jacket very similar to my old one, so I bought it through Ebay. It arrived last Saturday and I set out for JoAnn Fabrics with the notion that I actually COULD sew said jacket!  I fumbled around for a good hour and finally located materials, sewing notions, etc. Today, having finished my shrug project, I sat down to review the directions.  I don’t know if you’re like me in this area or not, but when faced with a project that I’m not very confident in, I tend to procrastinate.  Yes, I read over the pattern; yes, I reviewed all the details…then promptly packed it all up and will attempt it ANOTHER DAY! I have to be in the right frame of mind to actually TACKLE something like this.

This is NOT the first time I’ve done that; I remember deciding I could actually sew a quilted headboard for our oldest son when he was about 1 year old. It was a lovely kit, many MANY pieces of various quilting materials all of which would form a wonderful, multi-car train, complete with grey corduroy clouds of smoke coming out of the smokestack!  I can’t tell you how many times I hauled that kit out, read it, got confused/scared and packed it all up again; probably a good year or more, at least. Finally one day I felt like I needed to just screw up my courage and DO IT! Did it look like the pattern? Yes. Was it totally, exactly like the directions? NO, but in the end I had accomplished creating a wonderful steam engine train with multiple colorful cars and I was happy.


NOW we come to today: yes, the directions are now resting in their cute little paper packet. It was suggested by Dar that if I get really stumped I could ask “Momma” for help…great suggestion and I will definitely keep that idea in mind.  WHEN, you ask, will I actually tackle this jacket? Well my friends, I have ALL WINTER to give it a shot! (and that’s what I’ll probably do…).  Our weather has turned cold-we’re in the 30’s with light snow on the ground which leads to me dragging out my winter jacket. I hate to conceed that it’s now time to give up Fall and crawl into winter (you know how much I dislike the cold weather/snow).

Hope you’re having a WARM, great day!



Published in: on November 18, 2008 at 11:02 am  Comments (1)  

Quiet Day Around Here…


Just sent the 2 yr. old grandson home (after having him for 5 hours); sitting here ‘relaxing’ and sipping some nice, hot orange spice tea. In a few minutes I’ll have to jump in my minivan and, along with youngest son, go pick up a slightly used twin bed mattress for our bottom bunk bed. You see, youngest decided to move his bed upstairs, so there went the second mattress and lately it seems we have no spare bed for any overnight teens.

It’s now starting to become a lovely fall afternoon, after a very chilly morning filled with grey clouds, some rain and generally a poopy day (so glad to see the sun!). We’ve already had our first snowfall, I think it was Monday-not a lot of snow, but enough to cover the ground and keep us shivering at the 30 degree temperature (just a forethought of temps to come, I’m sure). Hey, it’s Michigan-time to get used to the cold! (Can you tell I’m no fan of cold weather/snow/winter???).

While searching for something interesting to blog about I came across these ‘fun’ tests:

http://www.mylifetime.com/lifestyle/home-crafts/which-craft-fits-your-personality (which craft fits your personality)

(this was mine)

Get Handy
You’re social but also super-meticulous. Intricate handiwork such as knitting, embroidery and needlepoint suits your personality best. These crafts are portable (little to no cleanup required!) and allow you to socialize with pals while you purl or chain-stitch your cares away  (HOW FUNNY!)

(this was mine:)

You’re 6:49 a.m.

You’re the time of day right around sunrise, when the sky is still a pale bluish gray. The streets are empty, and the grass and leaves are a little bit sparkly with dew. You are the sound of a few chirpy birds outside the window. You are quiet, peaceful, and contemplative. If you move slowly, it’s not because you’re lazy ? it’s because you know there’s no reason to rush. You move like a relaxed cat, pausing for deep stretches that make your muscles feel alive. You are long sips of tea or coffee (out of a mug that’s held with both hands) that slowly warm your insides just as the sun is brightening the sky.

What time are YOU?

Sometimes a little mindless fun is just what you need to sort of let your mind ‘veg’ a little…at least they amused me yesterday!

Hope you’re having a good week;



PS: Boy, sometimes you’d think I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached! I originally started this blog with the idea of saying that I only have 5 inches more to knit on “Momma’s” shrug, then it will be ready to sew it up…then it’s done! YAY!

PSS: Have you ever had a project that seemed to be ‘never-ending’? The shrug for “Momma” is becoming just that. I thought I had measured correctly and only had 5 inches to complete, but upon stretching it out on the floor for a more exact measurement with the metal tape measure, it seems it’s more like 8-9 inches! That wouldn’t seem like much, but it sure seems like I’ve been laboring over this item for months! Sorry for the complaining-just hoping to get it finished and to my dear friend BEFORE Thanksgiving!

Published in: on November 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

And the Winning Price is…


$1.99/9 for a gallon of gas tonight! Can you believe it? I can’t remember when I paid that low for gas; this was at a Valero station (this company is new to our area). While driving back & forth to church this evening taking youngest son to a Teen evening, I was checking out all the local gas stations. Most were hovering at around $2.29/9 for credit, or $2.09/9 for cash sales. When I pulled into the Valero station, their sign said $2.02/9 but when I went to actually pump the gas the pump read $1.99/9…ya could’ve knocked me over with a twig!

The weather is getting colder and rainy…looks kinda like we could be in for the “S” word soon…Yuck!



Published in: on November 8, 2008 at 9:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rockin’ Grammie


Sometimes I’m just ‘behind the times’ when it comes to certain ammenities; specifically: music on CD. I know that might sound a bit strange, but I just discovered (again) how much I enjoy knitting and listening to music. Our household is full of guys who love to play video games; we have 2 tv’s and 2 computers, hence I live in a ‘media household’. At any given time (when all are home) the sounds emitted are, to me anyway, bothersome. Last week I found myself in a quandry: I was wanting to knit IN QUIET and the surrounding ‘air’ was filled with all sorts of sounds from “Guitar Hero” (youngest son), some sort of army/fighting game (middle son) and “World of Warcraft” (husband). I was getting frustrated, to say the least! My youngest suggested I borrow his cd player & headphones and listen to a cd of my chosing. Let’s just put it this way: I don’t HAVE many music cd’s! I dug around and found a REO Speedwagon cd (“You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna FIsh”)-great cd-ROCK & ROLL! The guys were chuckling at my bopping around (while sitting in my recliner) and singing to my heart’s delight. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve enjoyed doing that; it brought back fond memories of my single days when I would come home from work, put a stack of 5 long-playing records on the player and knit…good times! This memory and the current experience brought me to the present; went to Amazon.com and ordered cd’s of several favorite groups (“Chicago”, “Bread”) and am looking forward to ‘bopping and knitting’ a lot in the future! When I sat down and tried to remember some of the groups I used to like listening to, I was almost stumped. I don’t listen to radio these days, just not fond of much of the so-called ‘music’ of the day. Am thinking of checking upstairs for the boxes of old LP records and beginning ordering some of my old favorites…on CD! Look out world, GrammiePammie’s Rockin’ & Knittin’!



Published in: on November 8, 2008 at 12:35 pm  Comments (2)  

Another little craft project…


One of my friends at church brought this idea-a crocheted necklace made from ladder ribbon. I had never seen anything like it and (of course) immediately wanted to learn how to make them. (Please excuse my necklace ‘model’…she’s only a roll of paper towels and a white pillow case, but she serves her purpose). The ladder ribbon comes in a variety of colors, I chose a bright multi-color; mine didn’t come out as ‘open’ as the original, but it will work. The finished product ends up looking like a string of colorful beads (my photo doesn’t do it justice) and the necklace is very light and airy. Total time to make? about 45 minutes; experience level: very easy-just simple chain stitch. You can get about 3 necklaces from one ball of this ribbon, so it ends up being very cost-efficient also.

Just thought I’d share…



ps: I made mine in the ‘large’ size-you can also make them in small and medium.






Pattern can be found here:

Also, I just did a ‘search’ for Trellis Yarn and found that AMAZON.COM has Lion Brand “Trellis” Yarn!  (11/30/09)

Published in: on November 8, 2008 at 9:40 am  Comments (3)  
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Visitors from ‘afar’…



Yesterday brought a surprise (only surprise because I got the wrong day but…) visit from my dear friend “Momma” and her daughter, Cindy (or…Cynthia Catherine, if you chose). “Momma” is my friend who lovingly crochets the borders on the Ghana afghans and she had returned two more, only to pick up 6 more to ‘edge’! She lives about 2 hours away from me and her daughter brought her for a doctor visit and a “Pammie” visit (Thanks, Cindy!). “Momma” and I have been good friends since sometime in the fall of 1969; we’ve seen each other through many a trial and blessing, children, grandchildren, etc. This time when she came she brought gifts (I shouldn’t say ‘this time’ because she always brings gifts when she visits! What a friend!). The gifts were total surprises-(she’s very good at keeping secrets! First, in a bag were two jars of Smucker’s Low-sugar Raspberry jelly (my all-time favorite!) the information from which she happened to wheedle out of me during a phone conversation when I mentioned that I was having trouble locating that particular flavor in our local stores. Second was a very colorful, diagonally crocheted afghan which she had knit for me! The funny part of it all was that she & I had talked of the various colors she was using and that it was going to be a gift (she named it her “Happy Afghan”); she said I asked her: “Are you sure that the person receiving it will like it being very colorful?” (little did I know!) I totally LOVE it! The colors are hard to describe, but I’ll try: she began with a medium solid purple, followed by a varigated purples, then solid claret (burgundy), then a rather electric solid blue, followed by varigated blue/tangerine/yellow/green, then a solid avocado, solid bright yellow (another favorite color), then a bright varigated red/orange/bright yellow/, finishing up with a solid tangerine! It is bordered in the same solid bright yellow, which just finishes it off perfectly! I couldn’t have put together an afghan that I liked more, if I did it myself! Oh! Another ‘extra’…she crocheted it in a pattern that I learned many…MANY years ago and then promptly forgot! It’s a sort of twisted blocks design in which you crochet a small square, then turn it and crochet on the side, then turn it again…believe me, it’s very interesting to look at (easy, if you remember how to do it!) and comes out looking very complicated….WELL DONE, “MOMMA”; I LOVE IT!!! (she also included 11 afghan squares for the Ghana Project, all done in the yarns from my afghan…what a friend, eh?!)

To say I was thrilled is putting it mildly; I treasure our friendship and I’m very glad to call her my close friend. I hope that in your lifetime you can experience at least one close friend who knows all your secrets, all your faults, and still loves you just the same. They are very precious and rare; to be treasured and kept close to your heart.



ps: I tried my best to photograph the afghan because I wanted to share all the wonderful color changes “Momma” incorporated into it, but my photography skills didn’t quite match up to my expectations. Oh well…you get a kind of idea of it’s spendor, anyway!


Here’s the afghan (and me)-“Momma” decided to capture the moment!