The past few days have been spent getting things organized and finished. The special needs group newsletter has to go out in the next few days, hence I’m nose-down to the keypad typing, organizing clipart, printing 40+ copies (4 sides, 2 pages), stapling/folding/addressing envelopes, etc. Last night was our Knit Night and I discovered I was short on business cards and handouts…more typing, printing.  Recently a friend who works for our local paper told me the Oakland Press wants to do an article on me-specifically on “The Ghana Project/Key of Hope” ministry…more getting together information, photos, etc. (Yes, the press could send out a photographer, but my friend is on a very short deadline so I asked if she could use photos already taken which are saved on my disc…last night I delivered those to her.)

Today brings the second day this week of babysitting my dear grandson. During that time I still need to fold newsletters and stuff envelopes before dropping them at the post office later this evening. Life is “full” right now…I don’t mind, just have to keep my head on straight and remember which ‘hat’ I’m wearing at the time: “Knit Group”, “Special Needs Group”, “Ghana Project”, “grandma”, etc.

Sorry for the short post…it’s been rather busy around here lately!



Of Blossoms, Boys and Oh, Brother!


Today is another ‘perfect’ Spring day-46 degrees, big fluffy clouds racing across the baby-blue sky, bright sunshine and our spring bulbs are blooming. We spotted a nice, fat brown bunny in the yard-another sign of Spring; now it’s a daily ‘fun thing’ to look out the window, hoping to spot the bunny.

Yesterday brought my dear grandson who’d just had a haircut. Of course, being the proud grandma, I couldn’t resist taking his photo. He’s growing daily and now knows quite a few of his ‘colors’ and is starting to count (2 1/2).


Oh brother, you ask? One of the things some parents do while raising their children is skimp on their own health care. I’m no different (neither is my husband); when the two older boys needed braces, we forewent our own dental health for theirs. It’s been that way for many years now (no lectures, please)…and I’ve been experiencing what I thought was a popcorn hull stuck between my molar and gum for the past two days. I decided to check it out further last night when, to my horror, that’s no popcorn hull…my tooth has cracked in two! It’s not painful (about as much as when you accidentally nick your gum) but brought me to today’s adventures…getting an appointment to get it taken care of. I can just hear the lecture I’m going to receive for my lack of dental care through the years…a good 2-3 (maybe more) cavities, fillings that should be replaced as they are very old…and the list goes on. We’ll see…I’m just concerned (at the moment) about getting the cracked tooth taken care of to prevent infection (been rinsing with warm salt water…that’s one thing I remember from many years ago!). The appointment is for 3:40 p.m. today-I’ll update you when I know more.

Hope you have a wonderful, Spring-like day where you are!




PS: Turns out my tooth is now glued! I go in Monday for a crown to go over it. The dentist said that if I were to break a tooth, mine was the ‘best kind of break’ because it didn’t touch the nerve (whew!). Oh…on the above post…the “Boys” section should have included WHY I broke the tooth! Having a 14 yr. old son who came home wanting to know WHY I wouldn’t let him dye his hair BLUE caused me to bite down too hard on said tooth and it broke. I know…I’ve had several discussions with other Moms who said “in the realms of things you argue over, dying hair blue isn’t the worst it could be”…I understand, but going to a very conservative Baptist church certainly fits into the mix some, also. Anyway…tooth is doing better, I’m doing better!

Havin’ Fun!


I’ve been having fun ‘shopping’ for the giveaway gift – just so you know: I’ve been to Michael’s (crafts store), JoAnn’s (another yarn/craft/fabric store) and various other shops along the way. Finally I feel like I have a nice giveaway gift for the lucky person.  I think one of my favorite things is to plan something, whether it be a garage sale, a church dinner or any other event-I love the thinking about it then going to stores trying to come up with a good ‘plan’.

Our weather has certainly been cooperating-it’s been in the 50’s and today it’s 64 bright, shining and wonderful degrees. (If I were an outdoorsy person who loved working in the yard, THIS would be the day for it.)

Since I haven’t posted a recipe in awhile, I thought I’d give you a really tasty one that’s quick to fix:

Easy Frito Casserole

1 large bag Frito corn chips

2 (16 oz., each) cans chili & beans

1 1/2 lb. hamburger, cooked and drained

1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

1 pkg. dry taco seasoning

salsa (optional topping)

sour cream (optional topping)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Add dry taco seasoning to cooked & drained hamburger and  mix in well. Add the 2 cans beans to hamburger mixture and mix. Place Fritos in bottom of a 9 X 13 baking pan; top with mean and bean mixture. Spread shredded cheese over top and bake 25 minutes. Spread top with salsa and sour cream before serving.


That was another recipe I used when teaching homeschool kids in a basic cooking class. The requirement was that you had to make a recipe, finish it, eat it, then clean up the classroom in ONE HOUR. Believe me, sometimes that was a real difficulty when I had 12-15 pre-teens, but that was part of the fun of it (for me, anyway)…the PLANNING part. This particular recipe was a real hit with the kids. At the end of the 8 weeks I sent each one home with a recipe booklet of all the recipes we had made together. Hope you try this one-it’s really tasty!

Enjoy your day!


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Oh, I Love a Good Gift!


Since my ministry: The Ghana Project/Key Of Hope is now starting it’s second year, I thought it would be fun to have a GIVEAWAY! I have listed all of the people/groups who have donated knit or crocheted squares or contributed yarn to the project and will be entering those names into a drawing. The winner(s) will be announced at the beginning of May. (this is also listed on the Ghana site).  What is the ‘gift’? As I stated on the other site, I haven’t quite figured that one out yet, but I DO know it will contain: (a) something yarny/pertaining to knitting or crochet (b) something chocolaty (c) something you will, I hope, like! You know who you are…all you contributors, and this is my way of throwing a little FUN into the day!



ps: IF you are a reader here and have not yet contributed squares, please feel free to join in. Go to:

for details.  Feel free to email me with any questions, at:

Just Had to Share…


My three handsome boys!

Eric (14 1/2), Kris (26) and Ben (20)

It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted any photos of the three of them together. This was taken last night at our (belated) Easter dinner.

Yes, I’m one proud Mom!



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Fifty Baby Hats!


The lovely ladies of my knit/crochet group put together their efforts for a project: “Stitches from the Heart” for a local hospital’s newborn babies. Each hat is unique; all are lovingly crafted. Thought I’d show off their efforts.  (I made 4)



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Happy Easter-a Little Late!


I wanted to wish all of you a Happy and Blessed Easter (yesterday) except my plans got a little thwarted. I’m slowly learning that my mind and body aren’t always on the same page:  mind says: “SURE! I can do this!” body says: “WHAT?! Are you NUTS?”  (typical of my life lately…I tend to over-do things…just a bit). Spent several hours at church Saturday helping set up and do ‘prep work’ for the huge Easter breakfast the next day. Decorated around 30 tables, peeled and sliced around 15 cantaloupes and about 12 pineapples (using a very dull church kitchen knife…sigh), skewered a ton of pineapple/cantaloupe/strawberries, washed dishes then went home for a short 1 1/2 hours, then came back for church choir practice (another 2 hours). Sunday morning, rose at 5:30 to start a egg casserole in the oven (didn’t end up getting cooked enough-had to finish it at church), worked in the church kitchen cooking & running food for a good 2 1/2 hours, then choir practice, then the service/contata…then HOME! I was so dead tired that I ended up calling my oldest son and begging off Easter dinner until today (Monday). It was a good thing Mondays are his ‘off’ day, so it worked into his schedule as well. I’m guessing I slept a good14 hours totalled, yesterday…guess I need to learn a little of that “M” word: MODERATION.  I feel MUCH better this morning, more rested and ready to tackle the day.

Today is going to the library, then beginning to ‘prep’ (Easter) dinner: baked ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn casserole, snowflake rolls and cheesecake. Not a big dinner, but with family-it’s a feast.  Have to clean up/straighten up the house a little later; not much of that to do (thank heavens!).  This has been a good Easter, albeit very tiring. Hopefully I’ll remember NEXT YEAR to exercise a little more caution/moderation and go a little easier on my body…that’s when I hate to admit that being 60 1/2 is kinda ‘gettin’ up there….sigh.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration;



A Little Splash of Color…


100_1572(close up of the Teeny Beany Baby Rooster in the pocket)


to brighten your day! My friend, Diane, asked for me to post some photos of the afghans, so today (because it’s almost 60 degrees and sunny!) I took the recently finished two afghans outside for a ‘photo shoot’! (They abliged by shining nicely in the sun!). The second afghan’s little ‘giraff’ didn’t want to pose, so I didn’t get a good close up of him. I try to match the color of the Teeny Beanie Baby to the surrounding squares, just for added pizazz. (Can you tell I’m in a great mood today? It’s sunny and almost Summer-Like outside…that ALWAYS makes me happy!)

Enjoy YOUR day! (hope it’s sunny for you, too);



Mid-Week Report


So far, this has been a nice, quiet week-no big surprises…until this morning. It seems that someone decided to siphon gas from my husband’s car during the night. Not enough to drain the entire tank, but it went from 3/4’s full to almost empty…overnight. We live on a main highway and our cars are parked outside…three cars about 30-40 feet from a main highway. Upon receiving my husband’s ‘alert’ call this morning, we checked the other two cars gas levels and found no change. When I began to think about the situation, my husband’s car would have been the easiest to do this/least likely to be seen from the road because his was ‘sandwiched’ between my car and my son’s.  Doesn’t give me a good feeling thinking there are people out there who lurk in the dark, seeking to do bad things. My husband’s response was: “Looks like it’s time to buy locking gas caps for the cars.” One more example of the effects of this current economy.

Other than that, it’s been a good week. Last night was my knit group and I was pleasantly surprised to find four new people who joined us, including  a 9 year old girl and her Mom. This little lady can KNIT! While she was there she knit a watch band for her watch, snipped the yarns,  promptly attached the watch face and wore it! Very clever! Next she began knitting a cover for her Mom’s cell phone…one very talented young knitter! Since we meet at Panera Bread, when I come in (a little early) there are usually other people sitting in the area we occupy and I have to wait until they are finished with their meals before re-arranging the tables and chairs (the management is SO good about not fussing when I do this!…I always make sure we put everything back at the end of the night, so their employees don’t have to.) While I was moving tables & chairs there were three women eating at a nearby table. I noticed, awhile later, that they were finished and standing/observing our group with smiles on their faces so I approached them. “Are any of you a knitter or crocheter?” I asked. Turns out 2 out of 3 were so I gave them our business card and website and asked them to join us in 2 weeks; you just never know! One lady who was new last night came because one of our members bumped into her in JoAnn’s craft store and invited her. It does my heart good to see my little group growing.  Last night we had 15 people; if you went to our website:

you’d see we actually have 49 people signed up, but many of them have never attended a group meeting.

Also on the Knit Scene, I braved it yesterday and bought ONE skein of sock yarn…with the 40% off coupon at JoAnn’s I only spent something like $3.47. My theory is: if I screw this up and decide that I really don’t like sock knitting, I’ll just give the yarn to one of the knit group ladies and be done with it!  I came home and cast on the required stitches onto a circular needle then remembered WHY it is you actually DO need 4 double pointed needles instead…the circular one just won’t allow for the small size (unless you know how to do the “Magic Loop” method of sock knitting with circular needles…I don’t).  I got out my trusty double points and tried the cast on. First you put the cast on stitches on one needle, then you move the stitches so that they are equally divided among 3 of the needles, then you join them forming a sort of triangle.  Sounds good, right? Well…turns out it takes more skills trying to move those little tiny cast on stitches than I thought. I put them on, started moving them and thought: “There! Got 12 stitches on that needle! Time to put on the tip cover so I don’t lose them.” Got the tip cover on, only to discover that about 5-8 of the original cast on stitches on needle #1 had all fallen off!  This happened about 3 times before I (a) got really frustrated (b) threw/placed the entire thing on the floor and (c) had to leave for knit group.  Now, I hear what you’re probably thinking/saying: “Why didn’t you take it to Knit Group and ask for help?”  (most people would do that…I’m one of the more independent/stubborn/shy people who don’t like to admit defeat…before I’ve even actually started! I’m bound and determined to give it another good try or two today and see what happens. I ‘did’, however, mention my plight to several of my knit group friends while they were merrily knitting away on THEIR socks and several said: “Bring them in! We’ll help you! I was like that when I started, too…but (insert a name) helped me and now I’m doing great! In fact I just learned the Magic Loop and I love it!”  (go figure…sigh). We’ll see…that’s all I’m sayin’…………….sigh.

During the evening a friend mentioned that she’s throwing a Thank You luncheon for several of her friends/helpers and asked me what I’d suggest.  After checking the date, it’s going to be in a month (Spring) and it’s for WOMEN, I suggested a light, sweet chicken salad on a lettuce leaf, croissants & butter, and some sort of a light, possibly whipped chocolate dessert.  I checked out quite a few chicken salad recipes on and ended up with this combination for her:

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans chicken chunks, drained
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 (8 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/3 to 1/2 C. Miracle Whip (maybe more, depending on the

amount/texture you’d like)

OR–    *  1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

In a medium bowl, whip cream to soft peaks. Combine rest of ingredients with whipped cream. Chill.

(This would make enough for approximately 6 people; I’d probably double or triple it, depending on the number of people).

That’s about all that’s going on around here (me knitting/sewing squares, of course…but you already knew that, didn’t you!). The weather is typical Michigan/Spring: in the mid 40’s, sometimes sunny, sometimes rainy but not a lot of rain. It lightly rained last night but today the sun’s out and it’s a lovely (albeit damp) day!

Have a great day…relax a little, smile a little, ENJOY YOUR DAY!