Little bits

Joining Kat & the Unravelers today for Unraveled Wednesday...


I got a start on the last (or maybe not)... the latest little bit of gnome knitting last night.


Those are all the pieces so far. I feel like that little bit of pink on the needles might be the start of a hat... but it's a mystery, y'know, so who knows!?!

Whatever it is and however this all turns out, I'm already sensing a DANDY Gnome!

This is really fun. I think fun & fiddly & mysterious is just what I need right now.

Don't worry, Hexie Love Actually will be getting plenty of love again once I catch up with gnome clues!


Listening to: The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers.

The book on my nightstand has not been getting any love lately, but it's still: This Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain's Knitted History.


What might it be?

I’ve knit a few small pieces for the Gnome MKAL (5 clues released so far and I have almost caught up), but this one…


…is adorable. I am just guessing, but I think/hope it might be some sort of satchel or bag. 😍 And if it’s a boy gnome, I am loving that I chose pink! 


Heavenly Hash

I cancelled next week's hotel reservation in Chicago. I briefly entertained the notion of not cancelling, but even a high floor at Sofitel wouldn't be balm enough.

Meanwhile, we're all rolling with the punches and moving on with holiday plans. For Kate, it means planning a holiday feast with her friends Blair & Judson (aka, Bludson), with everyone sharing their traditional holiday favorites. Thus, I had a request this morning for my mom's Heavenly Hash recipe; rare was the holiday table that this dish didn't appear, even if it was made the "day of" instead of begun the day before.


It is the world's most poorly written recipe card! One should not need to make notes such as "reserve juice," or to underline additional ingredients in the body of the recipe, or use asterisks to clarify directions. Not only are components missing from the list of ingredients, they aren't even in order!! GAH!

So I sent her the card, which she appreciated for the "archival quality" ("reserve juice" is in my hand, the larger note at the bottom is in my mom's, many spills and drips), but I also rewrote the recipe and sent it in a separate document. I'm sure it could still use some tweaking, but ohmylord, it is an improvement!

Heavenly Hash
(Begin to prepare a day ahead)

(1) #2 can pineapple chunks (20 oz.), reserve juice
½ lb. green grapes
½ lb. red grapes
½ c. mini marshmallows
1 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. flour (heaping)
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
½ c. water
(3) bananas
nuts (pecans), optional
1 pkg. Dream Whip

Cut pineapple chunks and grapes in half. Add to a bowl with marshmallows.

In a saucepan, bring reserved pineapple juice & sugar to a boil. Blend flour, cornstarch & water, and pour slowly into boiling juice & sugar. Cool. Pour over fruit & marshmallows. Refrigerate overnight.

When ready to serve, add bananas, nuts, and 1 cup whipped cream (prepared Dream Whip).


The best medicine

I had the three "big kids" overnight, and a few minutes with Davy, too. He's walking more than crawling now, and is so grown up! He's so expressive and everything is so exciting to him... it's a joy. AND, I got a real "kiss" last night (he leaned in, anyway, and if not quite puckering he knew what he'd get)!


Our main activity was coloring a big Christmas Train & Tree that I picked up on a whim yesterday at Target. You just never know with that kind of thing, but this definitely captured their interest!

Junah worked mainly on the train, while the girls & I were occupied by the tree.

And this afternoon, we/they decorated my actual tree! I think this will be the extent of it, though I might string up some of my mom's pearl garland.


We watched TV: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Paw Patrol, and Diarrhea of a Wimpy Kid (if you were to ask Junah).


And here's a picture of Ginny & Malina by Junah.  :)


Miles away

I was in the back yard this afternoon helping Rusty haul his table saw/table in & out and assisting with cutting some long pieces of wood -- inside storm windows for the Garden Room are underway! I had a moment while he "measured twice," and wandered over to my family locator sign.


It sure is getting weathered!

And it's official: Kate won't be traveling home for Christmas, which is the smart thing... but I'm still sad and mad and grumpy and pissed off at the world... and just one more reason to knit a gnome this month. Boo. Sights on April now, and later in summer for Maddy & Viv. Gotta run so I don't drown my keyboard...


Switching gears

Ooops, I did it again!


This is me choosing colors for another Mystery Gnome Knit-along: Leave Gnome Stone Unturned! I had fun making the last one (even with all that I-cord... which sure made a cool detail), and the KAL goes for a whole month. There's an email every day, but it doesn't always contain a clue. And, as you might recall, it's coming up on a year since I had Covid and knitting gnomes helped me get my groove back (in a bunch of ways). It just feels right.

I finally snagged an appointment for my booster! Sheesh. It wasn't easy, but I wasn't about to give up!



The Storyteller: Tales of Life and MusicThe Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved listening to Dave Grohl tell his tales! I'm not even particularly a fan of any of the bands he's been in, but he loves The Beatles... and that's pretty much where my love of music began, too. And he loves his family. And he's not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. And I admire all that. No doubt, I will listen to this again sometime.

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Next up: The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers. That's a 29-hour listen, so likely not a "finish" until 2022!


The Commonwealth of New Island

I had a few things to keep in mind as I planned our trip to the North Shore -- a weekend with no guests, work/teaching schedules -- but mostly, the opening of Rusty's New Island exhibit at the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, WI, which he'd been pulling together for months.


This is an ongoing creative project that pulls together a lot of Rusty's interests -- maps, geography, beaches & sand, painting, drawing, architecture, storytelling, etc.

But it doesn't stop there. There's a culture & history, tourism & travel, artifacts & currency... there's even a flag.


I'm the Betsy Ross of New Island, having sewn that flag in 2005 for a summit of "Micronations" in New York City, which we attended. Well, Rusty attended -- I stopped in after hanging out with fellow knit-bloggers (the first time I'd traveled to do so, and Ann & I were just a few months into the Quit -- it's going on 17 years!  What a trip!).

I found an old review of that show wherein Rusty (Lee Mothes) is quoted just a paragraph or two away from YOKO ONO.

Anyway, the exhibit at The Trout is big.


It fills the entire mezzanine and there is a lot of work on display.

There are a few pieces for sale, but a lot of pieces borrowed from their owners, and many pieces that will just never be for sale.


There are sketchbooks and notebooks on display. And the "Roger" coin, the mold for which was made by another local artist, and which Rusty had minted (it's turned up in coin collecting publications).


Random Places.



And not so random.


One of THE COOLEST NEW THINGS about this exhibit is the addition of VIRTUAL REALITY!


I'm excited that the show is up until early February because I need to go back and experience all of it!

The process is fascinating!

For more on New Island, visit the website at and for other work


NaBloPoMo 2021.30

Thanks for all your kind words & well wishes for re-entry and the other situations around here... mostly first-world problems and, well, as my husband likes to remind me:




He shared this photo with me the other day, snapped as he arrived home from the studio (he usually walks unless the weather is bad or he's on his way to/from someplace else). I love that glow from the Garden Room right over to & on the pergola. I want more! I strung up some fairy lights in the kitchen that I'd picked up on a whim, and I soon hope to be knitting a Starry Light (Rav) or four! Soaking it up for the next few weeks as the darkness continues to grow... counting the days until it starts going the other way again. I am soaking up the lightness/light, and continuing to hope... and breathe.

Wow. That's another NaBloPoMo wrap! Once upon a time, several years ago when many other friends were still blogging and some even NaBloPoMoing along with me, my friend Terry carried that NaBloPoMo spirit through an entire year! She hasn't posted in almost 6.5 years, but she still has a blog. I'm not sure I have that in me (though it's much easier to post a photo & a short post from my phone than I remembered -- all my posts from the North Shore were done that way), but I do have more to share -- I never posted about the opening of Rusty's "New Island" exhibit, which we attended the night before we left to go north, nor as much as I wanted to share about that trip and what we did (those posts were short).

Maybe I'll see you tomorrow...


NaBloPoMo 2021.29

Re-entry is exactly as described. It's been 10 days since I've been to work! I'm not really complaining, as I do like to be busy, but 10 days on my own terms...

I slept like crap last night. Woke to a message from Kate warning me that the stupid new variant may affect her travel (in the form of reinstated quarantine upon return), so that's up in the air and, as you might imagine, NOT MAKING ME HAPPY. I had a great idea but am having problems ordering it for Maddy & Viv. And Ali's been dealing with a not-fun situation(s) at work, plus one of her employees had emergency surgery the other day!


Rusty & I are going to a movie tonight. I can't remember the last time I was in a theater.


(I even found unused gift cards in the app -- from who knows when? And I am going to have a beer!)


NaBloPoMo 2021.28

The holiday wreath/decor parade continues!


Yesterday, I replaced the wreath on the fence with the twig one that I'd purchased (and forgot about) for that location. The twig wreath is much more subtle, but also looks great against the weathered wood.

The pergola location allows me to enjoy the fresh wreath so much more!

Shortly after I did the switcheroo, it started to snow.


So pretty.


My friend Peg gave me some boughs that they'd cut on their property up north, along with some dogwood branches that she found on the curb. I love how they're kind of wild and crazy on the front porch... but I had to bring in my planter to thaw overnight before sinking the branches into the dirt!


I ran across a wreath that Junah made while we were camping, and it was the perfect addition to the back door for Thanksgiving! (I love those patterned leaves.)

Holy cats, only two days to go for NaBloPoMo!! I've been a terrible blog reader and comment responder, especially since vacation, but I hope to start catching up! Thanks for reading & hanging in with me!


NaBloPoMo 2021.27


How it started:


What happened next:




How it's going:


That's a wrap for tree lights this year! And, yes, it does seem like I do battle with the damn lights every flippin' year... some of them, anyway. I don't know what's with the lights on the top section -- they're not new, but they're whiter & brighter! It all looks more balanced in real life.

This is in preparation for another sleepover with the kiddos next weekend, and they'll help with decorations. Tomorrow, we'll pull down the boxes and I'll sort the kid-/non-kid-friendly ornaments! And I just might leave it like that until Kate arrives and she/we can finish. (But maybe not.)

Last week, I'd read about a drop-in class at a local garden center to make a succulent pinecone arrangement, and was reminded this morning. I was 50/50 on it until I got all those dead lights off and decided I needed a break! The "drop-in" part was the best! There were only a few people there when I arrived at noon, and most of them I knew! My mom's neighbor, Julie, was there with two of her daughters, her son, and a few of (her six) grandchildren -- and it was her birthday! They were nearly finished with their pinecones, but she invited me to sit down, and we spent a few minutes catching up. I'm very happy with how my project turned out, but the kids' were amazing!!!


NaBloPoMo 2021.26

Today was Wreath & Swag Day!

I already hung the wreath at home that I made for myself. I'm thinking of moving it to the pergola, where last year's wreath was hung, so a) I can enjoy it more, and b) hang the twig wreath on the fence that I bought specifically for that spot... and forgot about! What a dope.

There was some running around, getting a door hanger for Ann's, but wow...

IMG_2906 worth it! I love how that turned out -- just the smallest hint of red, and the color of that bow is perfect!


I also picked up an inexpensive fresh swag at the grocery store for the back porch.

The pinecone wreath that my sister made for me, has been on my front door for YEARS, but it was in really bad shape, having lost pinecones here and there over the years. Some I've saved, tucking them in if I could, and I've been able to fudge it until now... it's taken a couple of bad hits over the past few weeks, and I was contemplating trashing it.

Well, on one of our hikes during our trip to the North Shore, I spotted the exact types of pinecones that I needed, and Rusty offered to gather.


I got out my glue gun and fixed it right up! The new ones look... fresher! I'm sure it won't be long before they blend right in (and maybe you can't even tell).


I had to take off the bow & the star garland that I had wrapped around it -- that garland was so old, there were hardly any stars left (and most of those fell off in the unwrapping). I think I'll leave it unadorned this year.

I really don't want to, but I think I'm going to get our tree up over the weekend and wrangle with the lights. The kiddos are going to sleep over next weekend and they'll help decorate (after I organize decorations into kid-suitable and not!).


NaBloPoMo 2021.25

Happy Thanksgiving and/or Thursday!


I am thrilled with all the new growth, blossoms & buds on this little "Thanksgiving" cactus! There's a larger one upstairs that's just starting to form buds and will definitely be putting on a show for Christmas... which is one month from today!!


Amaryllis Watch 2021 has officially begun! I ordered these from Modern Daily Knitting, and one will either go home with Ali today or I'll take it to Ann's. I have some bulbs of my own that are "resting" in the basement, and they'll be ready to re-pot in a week or so. The Garden Room is getting full.


NaBloPoMo 2021.24: Re-entry


I ran to the credit union, to the P.O., cleaned & prepped our Airbnb (with Rusty's help) ("football" guests arriving Friday), to Sam's & KC&T for a pick-up/delivery, to the grocery store for... y'know (except that we're having LASAGNA instead of turkey), and stopped off at Ann's on the way home.


PAINTING! It was 47F today, and apparently warm enough for painting. This may or may not be the last painting day this year, but the major stuff is done, and I'm so happy!

There are football guests arriving there on Saturday, but Rusty & I already cleaned/prepped before we left for the North Shore, so it will just be some last-minute details.

I'm looking forward to spending the day with Ali & her family tomorrow!!


NaBloPoMo 2021.23

Sunrise this morning in Minnesota:


We left mid-morning and stopped briefly in Duluth to visit my cousin — possibly for the last time there as they are preparing to move full-time to their place in Northern Wisconsin!

Sunset on the road this evening in Wisconsin:


We arrived home a couple hours later. Back to reality, rested & refreshed!


NaBloPoMo 2021.22

It was our last full day on the North Shore and we didn’t do much more than soak up the relaxation vibe, though we did take one short walk (and went out for dinner).


Rusty’s on that photo, right under the sun. It was a gorgeous day, but cold. The rocks were icy in spots, so extreme care (I remember the way to urgent care, but glad we didn’t have to make another trip). And I saw ISS over the lake one last time before we go.

At this writing, I have turned the heel on the Christmas stocking and am working towards the toe! I haven’t had nothing-but-knitting time in ages!



NaBloPoMo 2021.21

It’s been a stick around at home day, and I have done a lot of knitting!



There was a little snow this morning and drama in the sky, and it’s been pretty windy, but we got out for a short hike, watched some boats go by — big & little, and also an intrepid little duck — and went out to watch ISS fly over (for the 2nd time since we’ve been here). All in all, a pretty great day!


NaBloPoMo 2021:20

We arrived at our cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior last night at around 5:30 or so. We're staying at a place called Breezy Point and, well, last night we could certainly understand that moniker!

We had a quiet evening in, after having a late lunch in Chippewa Falls on the way... just snacked and chatted and watched some big lit-up lake boats go by.

This morning it was much calmer... I slept in a little (HELLO, VACATION!) and woke up to sunlight reflected on the lake. Whoa, brightness! And solar gain throughout the day... it was 79 in the cabin at one point, with the thermostat set to 60F.

We hung out in the cabin for most of the day. Rusty was doing some drawing/writing and I was knitting! I've started the Christmas stocking for Sebas(tian)!

About mid-afternoon we drove to Two Harbors and found a map, scoped out a hiking trail, and hiked down to Agate Beach and looped back through an old neighborhood. Then we went to the hardware/general store -- I needed some colored pencils to do a little charting for the stocking -- and to the grocery store for provisions for tomorrow. It's supposed to be stormy & cold (maybe a little bit of snow), so we're staying in again for most of the day, watching the Packers vs. Vikings (in enemy territory!), and then we'll go for dinner to a very nearby restaurant.

Anyway, after the hardware/grocery stop, we went to McQuades Pub & Grill for an early-ish dinner (we had carry-out from there last year), and then came home to settle in. I had my alarm set so we could watch ISS go over, and then I took a photo of the amazing almost-still-full moon over the lake.


My phone picked up a few stars, too!


NaBloPoMo 2021.19: Mind blown

Kate shared an Instagram account with me yesterday that is BLOWING MY MIND!

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Obviously, I'm in good company since the author/maker blew her own mind! I don't know about you, but I look at that photo and see fabric -- a nice silk scarf, maybe, and then see a pasta-maker, and wonder what the angle is, having a scarf come through a pasta-maker... and THEN realize that it's actual freakin' PASTA!!

Even if you don't follow her, it's worth peeking at her Instagram.

Lordy, she wrote a book about making flowers... from paper!


You can "look inside" and, wow, similarly mind blowing.

Talk about your Eye Candy for a Friday.

We're on our way to the North Shore! I'll check in tomorrow, and the next day, and the next... since it's still November. Heh.


NaBloPoMo 2021.18: 3TT

Joining Carole & friends for Three Things on Thursday... 

I've been doing this NaBloPoMo thing for a few years now, and I thought it might be fun to look back at a few November 18ths of the past.


On November 18, 2009, the first year that I participated in this month-long exercise, I'd shared finished a scarf!


I ended up giving that scarf to my mom. I love that colorway, and the scarf turned out great, but I don't know what happened to it!



At long last, I'd begun the prep work (clearing space) for a little remodeling project and among the things I found in the process were a couple of knitting pattern pages torn from magazines.


I'd knit both of those patterns in the mid '80s when I lived in Oregon.

WW Holiday Dress 1980s

"'s this little dress that made me a knitter"

This photo of the actual dress was not included in the original post -- I must have found it later. Quite the "little" project for a relative newbie, eh? Look at all those elements!



In 2016, I was getting messy and creative...


Dyeing yarn! I'm going to have to work on making time for this again. I miss it so much and acquired some new-to-me equipment a few months ago that I'm dying to try, not to mention the stash of ready-to-colorize yarn!

One of the bases I'm excited to dye -- and then knit -- is KnitPicks' Felici Worsted. It's the same fiber content -- 75% Superwash Merino Wool + 25% Nylon -- as the sock yarn, but WORSTED! And when I do eventually get around to it, that's what I'll use to knit Viv's new socks! They ought to wear so much better.


It's always so interesting to dive into the archives... thanks for humoring me!


NaBloPoMo 2021.17

In the car on the way to my house on Saturday afternoon.

Ginny: "Lalala lalala la lala la lalala lalala la lala la..."

Me: That's a pretty song, Ginny! What's it from?


G: It's from nothing! I made it up! I make up songs, and forget them, and just make up another one... over and over and over!!

Me: 😍 ❤️❤️❤️ 😍


NaBloPoMo 2021.16

The holiday spirit is ramping up! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if we're not already speeding toward Christmas as November begins, we sure are by the time we gather to give thanks. I continue to receive letters addressed to "The North Pole," I made those wreaths last week, trees for the Airbnbs* have been delivered and will go up soon (with very simple decoration), and over the weekend it was confirmed that...

Kate will be home for Christmas!


I sure wish Maddy & Viv could come home, too, but I'm hopeful & looking forward to an extended visit next summer!

I'll be driving down to ORD in mid-December to pick up Kate and we're going to stay down there for a night before driving home; she'll fly back to Scotland on New Year's Eve (cheapest flights!). Can't wait!!

*The Packers play on Christmas Day, so we both have guests for actual Christmas... I just had to do something more than a tabletop tree!


NaBloPoMo 2021.15

So, first the snafu referenced the other day...

I recently shared a great karma Airbnb story about a couple moving to the area and staying with us. We have a lot in common, and they're great people! We met in passing a couple of times and had frequent, friendly communication while they were here. Originally booked Friday-Wednesday, they inquired about extending their stay by about three days, but I was only able to offer them one because of the impending arrival of football fans for the weekend. The new checkout date was Thursday; I saw that afternoon that they'd left a review, and Airbnb prodded me to reciprocate. I left work on Thursday, stopping at the grocery store for supplies for both properties, planning to head right upstairs and get started on laundry/cleaning... and my heart dropped as I rounded the corner to home and saw their car in the driveway! I sent them a text, and among other things asked if I could run up to talk with them... what's going on? Before I even went upstairs, I texted the important people at work to see if I could get most of Friday morning off. New to Airbnb and a bit frazzled by their house situation (purchased via a friend, sight unseen), overwhelmed by things that need to be done there, it was just a big mix-up/misunderstanding. Of course, they were mortified, but willing to leave right away if they had to! It worked out to have Friday morning off, so I didn't have to kick them out on the spot, and luckily they were planning to make their exit by 7:30 am because of an appointment. This is where I thank past-me for having extras of most of the important things... mattress pads, sheets, duvet covers, towels, etc. It all worked out, but WHEW!!

Originally, I was going to have the girls overnight on Friday, but by then I was frazzled, too, and still had to finish readying Ann's house, so we postponed the sleepover date until Saturday.

I drove out to get them in the afternoon and was about to leave the house when I received this note:


Ali wrote, "They come with demands!" So I stopped at the store on the way, and we ate all those things between Saturday night & Sunday afternoon, along with lots of playing and watching a couple of shows/movies.

Ginny was the first to wake (two whole hours before Malina) and immediately spotted snow on the garage roof. Ali & I completely forgot about the forecast for snow, so the girls weren't really prepared. In fact, lately Malina's been wearing whatever shoes are closest to her feet and they don't always match, so she had one slip-on and one very strappy sandal, but luckily she always has an extra pair or two at my house (often switching when she's over). Ginny couldn't wait and had to get out there, so I bundled her up as best I could -- it wasn't super cold outside!


And eventually Malina, too!


It wasn't long before the pristine snow in the backyard looked like this -- and many more tracks by the end of the day! It was so fun to watch them...


It snowed lightly on & off all day, which was also super fun for our football fans -- there's nothing like a little football in the snow at Lambeau Field! (And there's still snow on the ground this morning.)


It was sticky, heavy snow, so we even got our first snowman of the year!


NaBloPoMo 2021.13: Museum of Me

The second exhibit in my Museum of Me is A Collection... this will undoubtedly be a permanent, rotating exhibit because there are lots of Collections. Ahem.


This is a collection of mice, and it's one that I infrequently add to myself.

It's all because of my dad... he called me MOUSE from infancy; it stuck through childhood and well into adulthood. He's the only one who ever really called me by that nickname, but everyone knew it... and that's how this collection was born. Because if I'm called Mouse, then I must like mice... and collect them. Right? Whatever. I have a collection of mice and I love them all!


This one (above) is the smallest. He's one of three that I bought (often in threes), though I can only find two right now. They used to hang out on my computer keyboard but Malina-Little-Magpie-Hands found them, so who knows? (She's something else!)


This is the second-smallest, standing 1" tall, and not in the group photo because I forgot about him! (They're mostly HIMs.) And this one I also purchased myself -- just last year, in fact, at a gift shop on the North Shore -- with full approval, if not encouragement, from Rusty & Kate. There's a lot I like about this one... size, heft, shine, and that tail.


This one was a gift from my mother. She never called me Mouse, but she's one of the largest contributors to the collection! He is also made of some sort of metal and has a nice weight.


This roly-poly one feels like stone, and is signed on the bottom. His little ears & tail are made of leather.


I'm pretty sure this one was also from my mom... from mother to daughter, one mom to another. (I don't think Dad ever gave me a mouse.)


If any of my mice was a HER, it would be this one. And this one is also signed; seems made of glass. Those big eyes! and ears! and what looks like a single tooth! the roundness to the belly! He's really sweet.


This is a "gumdrop" ornament with "almond half" ears and a "licorice" tail. I bought this one year when everyone got a gumdrop ornament of some sort.


This one is also made of metal -- brass, I believe -- and is the lone survivor of what once were three -- they were all different sizes, and I think this is either the smallest or the middle one. These "note holders" were a gift (and rarely used as such).


But this one, also metal, is from a pair of bookends, and they are definitely used for the intended purpose! In fact, I only nabbed one of them because the other could not be called from duty. I love these hard-working guys.

And now we come to the last two mice in the exhibit... priceless treasures.


Made of porcelain by my Grandma Blum, and bearing the mark. Poured by Grandpa, finished/painted by Grandma. I love the painted claws and those poor gigantic chipped ears! My grandparents had an at-home ceramics business out of their home for years after retiring from their day jobs. Grandma was a pretty talented artist, and also a born teacher. I have quite a few pieces made by them, but this one is hands-down my favorite.


The last treasured piece in this MoM exhibit was made by first-grade "Maddie," aka MADDY! With it's enormous ears and nose, and that curling tail, she knew even then what I liked!

A few of these pieces reside on the bookshelf (not far from the piggy bank that was subject of my first MoM exhibit), a couple in my computer/workroom, but the majority are in the "Depression Glass Cupboard," which holds all manner of treasures, and gives you a big fat clue about the subject of at least one future exhibit.


Thanks to Kym for this wonderful idea, the Museum of Me! It's fun to look at, photograph, think and write about these things that are part of ME.


NaBloPoMo 2021.12

Due to a misunderstanding & scheduling snafu requiring the curator's attention this morning*, today's opening of the latest Museum of Me exhibit has been postponed. 


Here are some cute gnomes, instead. I made a special stop at Aldi while running errands on Wednesday and had quite a workout pulling this one from the middle of the pile. But worth it! Arguably, one could say that I have a (small) collection of gnomes (I've given away most of the knitted ones)... but I don't actively seek them out to "collect," and I am pretty particular about them.

Stay tuned!

*There's a story there that will be told before the end of the month! Snafu = NaBloPoMo blog fodder!


NaBloPoMo 2021.11: 3TT

Joining Carole & friends for Three Things on Thursday... 

In this case, three photos.


A little earlier than last year, and in person rather than virtual, I attended a wreath-making workshop last night. I loved last year's wreath, but decided to make a different style.


And I made two!! The first photo is the wreath that I made for myself; the second is the one I made for Ann's house.

It was really fun to make them, also wine & treats, and I didn't even mind listening to Christmas music!


My friend Ann also made two wreaths and that's the back of my car last night. You can almost smell it!

The weather is still crazy warm for November and these could really do with a little cold!! But I also really loved wearing sandals yesterday while I was running errands. Heh.


NaBloPoMo 2021.10: Unraveling

Joining Kat & the Unravelers today for Unraveleding Wednesday... (I'm sensing an ongoing theme).



I worked around the entire blanket once, then across the "top," and... it didn't appear to be working. I'd suspected that I picked up too many stitches, and it turns out that I was right.



To a muggle, it might all be fine, but I could see that motifs were becoming misshapen. I was hearing my inner voice say, "it'll block out," but if I've learned one thing in all these years, it's that those three words are among the most dangerous words of all!

So today, I was literally UNRAVELING...


...and hearing that song in my head as I did so! Tomorrow's another day.


Listening to cool guy Dave Grohl read his memoir, The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music.

I've finally cracked a book from the stack on my nightstand: This Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain's Knitted History.

Enjoying both a lot!


NaBloPoMo 2021.9

Whew, the day got away from me!

I knew that Randy, Ann's housepainter, was at her house yesterday so I stopped by on my way home to take a look and I am thrilled!! He was packing up as I arrived but I'm glad I caught him so he could see/feel my happiness!


He brought a friend and some scaffolding so he could get to the shingled gables and paint them "Mulberry Silk." The sky was already getting dusky when I got there, but I had to take a couple of photos. There's plenty more to do... for a reminder, here's the PLAN. We're/HE'S getting there! It's going to be so amazing when the dark "Still Water" frames all of the windows. It'll tie it all together so nicely! Randy thinks he might still have a painting day or two yet this year?


NaBloPoMo 2021.8

It was a great birthday weekend, with just the right mix of busy & not busy, some accomplishments, and time spent "with" the people most important to me!

But first, another Airbnb story for you because I believe it helped to set the tone (not that the tone of a birthday weekend isn't already great)...

I had a guy booked for a stay in September with his girlfriend, and then he tested positive for Covid and couldn't fly. Rather than canceling and losing most of his $$ (because of options that he chose when he booked), I suggested that he reschedule (which he didn't know was an option). Done! Rescheduled for a stay in November... arriving on Friday the 5th. I sent my usual "here's what's going on" message on Wednesday, per usual... and radio silence. Hm. We'd previously communicated via the app with no issues, and I'm not one to badger, so... I waited... and wondered... did he & his girlfriend break up? He couldn't have tested positive again?? Alas, I finally hear from him early Friday afternoon -- I'm generous in saying that it was hours before they were to check in -- and due an emergency, he couldn't leave and could they reschedule again, or maybe his gf & her mom or a friend could come for a night and at least get something out of it.

My reply was polite, but firm in my disappointment at such late notice because there was no chance I'd have another booking for the weekend, while also understanding that emergencies arise. As an Airbnb user, myself, I'd hate feeling that I'd lost, so I allowed them to reschedule one more time! (Third time's the charm? We'll see in mid-January!!) They were very appreciative and blah blah blah.

I reconciled myself to having the weekend "off," though, truthfully, one of the great things about this Airbnb gig is that there's rarely anything I need to on the weekend except perhaps answer a question. I messaged Rusty to let him know...

And I swear to the goddess, an hour later I had a last-minute booking! Arriving that very day, in fact, and staying a day longer than the original guy. Turns out they're from Southern California, artists/map-makers, around our age, moving to the area, and needing a place to stay while they wait for the moving van and get their new house ready.

You can't make this stuff up!

So, KARMA, BABY!! It comes around... and sometimes you barely have to wait for it!

On Saturday, I had nice chats with Annie (including a sighting of the elusive Mack!) & with Kate; saw Ali for a minute; had chatted a few days earlier with Maddy (time zones y'know). I even had a text from my stepdad... a rare occurrence. My dad didn't always call, but this is the first year that it wasn't even a possibility, so it was really nice to hear from Joe.

We walked down and spent some of my $63.58 (age/birth year) birthday gift from Maddy on Saturday night. The weather continued to be amazing, and we were very comfy sitting outside with outdoor fireplaces and heaters (set on low).

Rusty's been super busy getting things together for the show that's opening in less than two weeks, so he went to do some of that on Sunday morning, and I picked him up on the way out to Ali's. Time to tuck Ducky in good & tight for the winter!


First, I had some things to put in (including mouse deterrent) & things to take out. Last year, we just put a big blue tarp over it and it was OK, but not great -- it's super windy out there and it wasn't in the greatest location, either. This year, I sprung for an actual cover that came with straps and everything! Ducky's tucked between the pole barn & the chicken coop, and it should fare much better.


Flo & the other girls will keep an eye on things! (It is not easy taking photos of chickens!)


It was... LEAFY! There already was a pile when we got there, then Junah drove a little lawn tractor around the yard and collected more as Rusty raked them into a bigger pile. The kids had a blast jumping in... and disappearing! I think Ginny's in there somewhere...

We had broasted chicken & a few potatoes/fries -- those not left in the parking lot where they were spilled. LOL. You already know about that amazing cake!

And look at this:


He's taking numerous unaided steps in a row! Even more with a lawnmower. Here we go!

I hope all y'all had a great weekend, too!