Tuesday, July 17, 2018


I'm giving this audio book another 5 stars!  I don't have much to blog about.  Parkinson's and hot weather are not very compatible to say the least. I don't get out much....but still enjoy jigsaw puzzles and reading. My second sock is coming down the home stretch, but I am finding it somewhat boring. Sorry to say.

We are having lots of rain today but it is much cooler so that is good.  Yesterday it was 94 degrees  out!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018


Beverly Cleary's 'Ramona' books and 'Henry and Ribsy' are very special to me.  I just finished listening to a collection of them on Audible. (16 some hours, which passed pretty quickly....just listening off and on.   And then~~I saw the interview with Mrs. Cleary on you tube =).

  When asked about her childhood, she told how she was an only child, growing up on a farm.  She would coax her Mother to tell her stories etc. Mrs. Cleary said that after a while, their town had a library,  one of her favorite books was 'Dandelion Cottage', written by Carroll Watson Rankin. Mrs. Cleary lived to be near 100,  so to be able to read the very same book she loved as a girl is special indeed!  

It is a story about four young girls,  who were allowed to use an empty, rundown cottage at the back of a church for a playhouse.  It is a delightful story.  I went over to amazon and found Kindle is offering it for FREE!  It only takes about 2 hours to read and I recommend it highly. I just finished it yesterday....the print could be spaced not so close together, but the story is 5 stars!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sheep and Wool Festival fun...

 It is always a treat to see the finished work of ladies who are pro's at knitting.  Wish I was!

It was a lovely day and the Lord blessed me with good health for shopping lol.

I thought this was clever....a hanging feed bag.  How practical, and the sheep are fun to see. We watched one getting sheared.  You can see the one here in the picture looks like she just donated her fleece.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Look what I found!

I was in awe and wonder to find these 'Bleeding Hearts' in a back flower bed. One that just had overflow things in it.  It must be 4? years since I had a 'Bleeding Heart' and it promptly died on me.  So...I guess it reseeded itself and came forth!  Oh happy day...this is like seeing a miracle!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Vintage for me...

 I  like this antique vase so much.  From a thrift store of course! And the crocheted doily with the pansy edging.  I used to crochet all kinds of pretty doilies way back when I was in my 20's.  Then, later on I learned to tat, and that was a real challenge at first, but so dainty and pretty. Somewhere in there, I took classes in basket weaving and made some baskets. Later,  I fell in love with spinning wool from whole fleeces, which I (oh how wonderful the lanolin feels on your hands of the unwashed wool, after you cut off the nasty bits) washed and combed or carded.  Mom once said....'never pass up the chance to learn something new'. So......= )

My walnut afghan now has three rows of 'walnuts' instead of two.  I am listening to the audio book (Audible.com) by Drew and Jonathon Scott  'It Takes Two'  (of Property Brothers) while I crochet.  It is interesting, and occupies my mind while the Walnut Afghan keeps growing, slow and steady.   I am also re-reading 'The Colonel's Lady' by Laura Frantz. (it is very good!) I just finished 'The Lacemaker' by Laura Frantz  and it was a wonderful read.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

A Walnut Afghan....

I'm finally working on my Walnut Pattern afghan.  It is looking good,  it takes two rows to form the (puff) walnut, and then 2 rows of single crochet between each row of walnuts.  I've liked this pattern from the first time I saw it in the Workbasket magazine.  It's been hanging around my craft room for years, and I always found myself saving it while I sent other pattern books to Good Will. I finally am making it.  My, I sure do hope I can get it done in this lifetime! I'm not the speediest crafter.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Swinging and rolling pins...

Yesterday I was swinging here, enjoying the brisk, cool day.  This morning we had a good worship service and now..... upon browsing the 'net' this afternoon,  I find myself liking this rolling pin.  A lot!  I hardly ever bake though.  Still,   I'd like one of these. Should I or not....buy one of these?  I remember rolling and cutting out sugar cookie dough.  It can be quite a chore getting dough out of a cookie cutter.  Would this be the same I wonder?