Thursday, October 23, 2014


Friendship isn’t a big thing —
it’s a million little things.

~Author Unknown

 I am so touched by all
the help I have received
from each of you concerning
my dress and shawl knitting,
Thank you. I am knitting
along and have faith that
I will meet my deadline.
If I don't? I received a long
distance phone call from a
dear friend letting me know
she has a shawl that will be
perfect and can get it to me
in time.
 The weather here has turned
cooler making for perfect outdoor
under cloudless skies.
I even had to wear a
light jacket and socks
this morning!
 Do any of you buy
magazines just for the
ads? I bought the latest
issue of Vogue Knitting
just so I could frame this
page from the ads.
 I have been meaning to
show you the thoughtful
gifts that Maria from
Cats, Crafts and Penguins
sent me as part of the Pay
it Forward I signed up for.
Maria  is so talented, and
so sweet,  she even
sent a gift for Miss Bette,
which is a huge hit.
My mail box has been
busy this week. I received
some beautiful yarn and
stitch markers from a giveaway
I won hosted by the lovely
Andi of My Sister's Knitter
and a God's eye, a hand carved owl,
body butter and healing salve all from
the amazing Kim and her family at
Thank all of you ladies, I love everything
and am so blessed to have each of you
as we travel along in this life.
I just hugged you in my thoughts, I
hope you felt the squeeze.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


thank you

Thank you for all the
comments on yesterday's
post, they were most
helpful. After a good
night's sleep I've decided
to give a try.

No stress.

The pattern is simple, something
I wanted so it didn't conflict
with the design of the dress.
If it doesn't work out
then I will pick something
up in town, right?

I think I can do it!

Joining Ginny

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I get by with a little help
from my friends.

~ John Lennon

I need your help if you have
a moment.

As many of you know my son
is getting married next Saturday.
The wedding is outdoors and
the evenings are turning cool.
Above is a quickly snapped
photo of my dress; I'm sorry
for the poor quality, it's dark,
and it's been a long day, I'm tired.

I need a wrap.

I am thinking of casting on this
and using Malabrigo Sock Yarn
in TerraCota [it's orange].

What do you think? Please be
honest, I don't have a lot of time.

Thank you in advance.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Look at a tree, a flower, a plant.
Let your awareness rest upon it.
How still they are, how deeply
rooted in Being. Allow nature
to teach you stillness.

-Eckhart Tolle


 [Granddaddy long leg egg sack]

[Crab spider]
It's really amazing what
you can see in this world
when you take the time
be still and look.


I wish that for you too.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Advice From a Tree
*Stand tall and proud
*Go out on a limb
*Remember your roots
*Drink plenty of water
*Be content with your
  natural beauty
*Enjoy the view

~ Joynne Raftis


I loved getting to spend time
with Emerson, my granddaughter,
even if it was only for a little while.
She left early Saturday morning,
and with my Mike working and
Alex away on for a bachelors
fishing weekend for his brother,
I have had the house to myself.

There was the some house loving
and bedding to wash, the vacuum
cleaner saw some action, along
with the dust cloth. Is my home
the only one that seems to grow
dust daily? It's a never ending
battle. I even scrubbed the kitchen
floor [always on my hands and
knees, it's my way].

The weather this weekend was
perfect! Sunshine, cool breezes
and no bugs, I'll take it. It felt
so good to hike for hours.

I stayed up way too late knitting
on several projects and watching
old movies.  Have you seen Mr. Lucky?
Cary Grant learns to knit! It's worth
watching just for the knitting scenes
and I love movies that make me laugh
out loud.

I discovered a new potato chip which
may not be a good thing. ;)  and a new
dish to prepare for's wonderful!

My guys are all now home and I'm
prepared for a new week; it's going
to be a good one!

Weekending with Karen

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Lets just be who
we really are.

I've had a productive week,
how about you?

I finally have  a menu for
the rehearsal dinner, which
is in two weeks! Yikes!

I ordered my dress from this
site recommended by Ginny;
my fingers are crossed that
it fits, since menopause I wake
to a new body each morning so
I'll let you know when it arrives.
Then all I need to do is find shoes.

I want [need] to gut my kitchen
and remodel in the worse way.
I found my dream oven, but need
to convince my Mike that almost
$20,000 is worth it. I think it's an
heirloom piece and a great invest-

I also would like to order a new
mattress, the one we have is
a little hard for me [Mike loves it]
and I discovered this company.
Do you have a wool mattress? If
so I would love to hear what you

There was a terrible storm the other
night, but it carried in much cooler
weather and I for one am thankful.
I have enjoyed taking a book sent
by a dear friend outside to read in
the hammock.

I have eaten a romaine, beet, feta
and pistachio salad every single
day for lunch, it's so good.

There is a special six year old here
for a few days and I don't think I
need to tell you how that makes
me feel. She is growing so fast
and I'm thankful I get some time
with her.

I have one question for you before
I say goodnight.  I have been thinking
about putting together a trip to Ireland.
A trip that takes in sheep, wool and all
the great knitting spots the country has
to offer. Oh, and seeing a few castles
would be awesome too. I wondered
if any of you out there would be interested
in going too?  It would probably take six
months to a year to get everything mapped
out, but first I wanted to see if anyone
was interested in going with me? Think
about it okay? I know we would have a

Sweet dreams to all of you and have a
great weekend.


Sunday, October 12, 2014


Autumn is here. It may be the
sneakiest season; it disguises
itself with warm winds and late
evening golden light. It wraps
itself in colors that look like
fire and the slowly fading sound
of crickets at night. It comes
without warning or apology,
and before you know it, the
air is cold and the leave are falling
and the summer you thought you
were enjoying is just a memory.
Sly. So sly.

~ Tyler Knot Gregson


I need to realize it takes longer
than a week for bones to heal,
even if it's a small bone like a
toe, ahem.

Although the thermometer
has reached almost 90 degrees
the last two days I'm pretending
it is the season for wool accessories.
I have spent the weekend watching
old movies, knitting a hat and
a pair of mittens. 

Now bring on the cold weather!

Weekending with Karen