Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 IS HERE!

Not sure whether to get excited about the new year or to start worrying about what is going to happen with all the changes expected.  Since I can't really make any difference, I'll just wait and watch.  In the meantime, we went on vacation in December to Jamaica.  It was wonderful.  We spent 7 nights and days at Hedonism II, a clothing optional resort with a beautiful beach.  Best of all, we had a deck with our own hot tub just 50 feet from the beach.  It was wonderful!  Here I am showing off a beach tote given to me by my good friend, Mayra.  She knows I love butterflies.

But we had to return and pick up Shaunti and return to normal.  So, we are freezing tonight with the first snowfall of the winter.  Only an inch or so but it makes everything seem colder.  I am posting and documenting the hats and scarves I just finished making for a local charity.  I love to crochet and I hope they will be worn to keep others warm.

On New Year's Eve we decided to get all dressed up just for the fun of it.  You should have seen Shaunti watching us very carefully because from all appearances, we were going to leave her.  But, we didn't leave just took lots of pictures.

We wish you a very happy new year and a peaceful 2017.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Post-Election 2016

Well, the election didn't result in my choice BUT there is always one side that wins and one side that doesn't win so time to move on and hope that the new President Elect is in fact what he says he wants to be, the President for everyone.  I just hope that the country gets back to civility.  It was a really hateful campaign.

So, now that we are on the other side of the election, we can continue our lives.  I have been crocheting lots of scarves to donate and just may have a local shelter that will take them.  I have been sending them to a non-profit in California that gives scarves to abusive women's shelters and homeless shelters but only in California.  I have to believe that we have local shelters just not as easy to access.  I will look harder to see about helping local folks.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful, bright sunny days and brilliant blue skies.  This was a good thing because Murray had one roofing project he wanted to finish and he got it done.  I have to admit I was biting my nails because of the steepness of the roof but he assured me that he had it all figured out.  And, he did get it done but anyone who thinks it is normal for an 81 year old man to be roofing hasn't read the statistics on that age group.  Apparently, Murray never read it either because he continues to amaze one and all.  Here are some pictures of his activity.  See how steep it is?

While Murray was roofing, I was crocheting and listening to books.  I checked on him often to be sure he was still working.  Now we have a beautiful roof.  He has totally re-roofed the entire house now.  Whew!  No more ladders I hope.

My crochet projects have been mostly scarves to donate.  They were easy and didn't interrupt my book listening.  Nothing is more frustrating than to be engrossed in your book and discover you have made more rows in the wrong pattern....and then you have to rip it out.  I have to say that ripping out crochet rows is much easier than ripping out knit rows.  Anyway, I survived and made lots of scarves. I did make one hat with a pretty little flower on the front.  The flower has a button on its back so it can be moved around.

Okay folks, that's all for now.  I'm sure there will be many more crochet projects but no more roofing projects.  Life is good around here and Shaunti wasn't sure what was going on with the ladder but she didn't like it.  She much prefers her pack to be on the ground and with her.  Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving.  We have lots to be thankful for.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Whew, today was hot.  Even the air felt hot when the breeze blew.  And, of course, Shaunti had to play Frisbee.  Since I was already sweaty from walking, I spoiled her and took her out.  After about five throws and catches I decided she must be hot and called it quits.  She turned around and carried the Frisbee into the house.  It felt good to get inside again.  Hard to believe she is now 6 years old.  She is just like a little fur person.

Murray has been finishing up the ceiling in our livingroom with stained panels inserted into the coffers.  It is beautiful.  Today he finished it up so onward to another project.  I hope he decides to work inside since it is much too hot to do anything outside.  He isn't a spring chicken anymore....well, to be honest, not for some time.  

I've been crocheting rectangles again for the HAPpy Project in Ohio which took up where HAP here in Maryland ended.  After over 10,000 afghans and several years of coordination, Deborah decided to call it quits.  Two sisters from Ohio decided to sponsor a much smaller endeavor but has still mnaged to send many afghans to wounded warriors.  I am just happy to contribute yarn and rectangles.

Other than these small efforts, I have done nothing word blogging about.  You might say that this wasn't worth it either but I made a commitment to try to post something more than once a year so....this is what you get.

Here is a picture of the ceiling.  Stay Cool!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


It feels like spring today.  Sunny and calm with a hint of warmth in the air.  Makes me want to go out and toss the Frisbee for Shaunti.  She'd like that too.  Later.....maybe.

For now, here are some finished projects.  I made the cowls to use up the lovely yarn I purchased last year.  The Red Heart Medley is soft and washable.  These will make someone a nice neck warmer.  I'll hold for now until cooler weather.

Next on my list is an afghan in a lacy blue for a friend of mine.  Had to order the yarn so just as soon as it arrives, I have the pattern and will be crocheting.  My yarn closet has bulged again after almost being emptied but it made me nervous to be able to see the back.  I ordered some standby yarns for future afghans and then had to get some cotton for a friend's potholders and now ..... well you get the picture.  My closet runneth over.  The cowls were all made with Red Heart Medley and using a K size hook.  Now I'm off to enjoy the spring weather.

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 2016 AND LOTS OF SNOW

Well, it is January 25th!  We are experiencing the big dig from under about 17 inches of snow here at our house.  It was so deep that it was over my snow boots so my feet got wet.  Awwwww!  I know, I know, no big deal.  Anyway, it is beautiful and we have successfully reached the street although we have yet to drive anywhere.  Where would we go?  Everything is closed today.

All in all, it was a lot of snow but nothing like what was received north of us.  Guess we should be grateful that we didn't lose power, run out of oil for our furnace, or food.  I spent the time listening to books and crocheting.  You might ask what I do on other days?  The answer is the same things but it feels different when you can't do anything else.  I suppose cleaning the house is always an option but one I immediately reject until the dust bunnies wrap around my ankles and trip me.  It's not that bad but you get my meaning.

In case you didn't get any snow, here are some pictures of our recent activities.  Now back to the books and hooks.

Murray Shoveling 1st Half of Driveway

Shaunti Admiring Dad's Efforts

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Almost Thanksgiving and We Need It

Time has flown again.  I'm guessing it's either old age or too much fun.  I prefer blaming it on having too much fun.  We've been on an anniversary trip to San Francisco in June and a birthday trip to Florida in October.  So, that sounds like too much fun to me.

Anyway, we decided that we needed to treat ourselves to a repeat of our San Francisco honeymoon.  We returned to the scene of the crime, so to speak, just to see what had changed since 1970.  You might say 'A LOT CHANGED' but you'd only be partially correct.  While there were changes obviously, there were so many things that remained the same and that we could visit and remember when.  We rode the cable cars, of course, and visited Coit Tower and Sausalito and The Fisherman's Wharf.  We stayed in The Argonaut Hotel which is right on the corner of The Cannery and the cable car turnaround at Fisherman's Wharf.  It was great fun.  We prided ourselves on remembering places, and wandered all around Coit Tower looking for the same background of the city that we had taken in 1970.  We were sure 'this was the place.'  Well, the city was still there but the shrubbery was now 40 feet tall and blocked the view.  You could see the same view but it was now only visible through the shrubbery.  

Ghirardelli Square was still there but it didn't have the same thrill that it had the first time we visited.  We did buy a special Yaps Wrap for Shaunti.  She got the souvenir this time.

We spent a nice week reminiscing and then we came home.  Our fur kid was happy to see us.  We spent the rest of the summer around home, and Murray painted the house.  Yes!  The Whole House!  Not a small chore let me tell you.

To reward ourselves for Murray's effort, we decided we'd spend his birthday in Florida.  He insisted that he drive so I crocheted.  Not a bad deal for me.  Except for lots of rain on the way south, it was a fun time.  This was the rainstorm that flooded Charleston, SC.  Fortunately, we were a few days ahead of the storm so avoided any big problems.  We enjoyed some sunshine and had a great meal in St. Augustine's, Florida, enroute to the Tampa area where we spent a week at Caliente Resort.  It is a beautiful place.
Now we are home getting ready for fall and winter.  We have no travel plans but are open to new adventures in case one or two may arise.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Where Has The Time Gone?

I can't believe it is September and Labor Day!  Seems that the more free time I have, the less things I get done.  Oh wait, that's because I can just do nothing if I want.  Nice!  Anyway, the yarn closet has doubled in size lately.  I've been making lots and lots of lapghans that can be thrown over the shoulder or the lap and used by people using wheelchairs without tangling the ends in the wheels.  Quite a nice design by Kathy Griggs.  I had said I would post here at least monthly....hmmm....failed that challenge.  Must do better from here on.  Of course, I haven't had any complaints.  Here is one of the lapghans.  The size is 33x26 inches.  It is a Kathy Griggs Design.

Other than crocheting, I've been reading and upgrading my desktop computer to Windows 10.  I'm now current with the operating system and liking it just fine.  Still can't get my browser to work so have switched to Google's Chrome.  Bet Google is happy to hear that.  It works fast and imported all my favorites.  You can see why this blog has not been updated, nothing going on to write about.

If you want to read some new authors, try S.S. Lange  or Melissa Olson or Vanessa Prelatte to name a few.  Right now I'm reading the new series by Vanessa Prelatte and 'The Girl in the Spider's Web,' by David Lagercrantz.  He is a brave man to take on the Stieg Larsson millennium series.  So far he has done a good job. It is fast with lots of characters introduced so be prepared to pay attention.

So now I must get back to my books.  Have a safe Labor Day!