Friday Fill-In

1. I'm looking forward to going to Tuscon for Rockies spring training camp with DH next week.

2. I don't handle harshness very well.

3. Italian bread is something I could eat every day.

4. Warmth and sunlight will be part of the pleasure of being in Tuscon.

5. Arizona here I come!

6. I wonder about tattoo(s).

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to reading, tomorrow my plans include going to DGS's basketball game and having lunch with DS and family and Sunday, I want to start preparations for our trip.
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:15


Book/Dogs On Thursday

"Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one . . . I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)"

A Year By The Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson
Joan is the lead character in this memoir which drew me into the story that I never wanted to end. Her year of learning about herself at a pivotal point in her life spoke to me so vividly that I wanted to know her, become friends with her, have weekly lunches, and share the marvels that she expresses so well in her book.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Rosaleen and "the Calendar Sisters" for their spiritual strength and powerful connection with Nature. The author describes Mother Nature as looking like Eleanor Roosevelt. Love that image of strength and compassion!
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Armande is an 80-year-old woman who remains artful, clever, and playful with a strong will and great determination about absorbing pleasure in life. Fantastic character!

Lailah: Have you ever discovered the exactly perfect, unexpected spot for an afternoon nap?
I have.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.2 Corinthians 4:7

Wordless Wednesday: View from the Lounge Chair


Baby Surprise Sweater

This is the Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ or BSS) from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman made with Mission Falls 1824 cotton and size 7 needles. I did it as a KAL mentioned in a previous post.

Having completed the knitting, I'm ready to do the oragami-like folding to transform this piece from blob to sweater. Lay it out with wrong side facing you.

Fold the left side toward the center. Note the green marker is moved from lower left toward the center.

Pull the side with the green matker toward the top of the sweater.

Then fold the two extended pieces to form a sleeve. Can you see the sweater taking shape?

Do the same placement on the right side of the sweater. There are many ways to seam the top sleeves. On this one, I decided to single crochet the seams on the right side using the red/orange to add some detail.

I did a simple single crochet around the neck line.

A crocheted picot finish on the sleeves added a sweet touch. Note that I added a band of stockinette amidst the sea of garter for some stitch contrast.

The buttons were in Mother's button jar from a red and white sundress that she wore in the '50s. Now her great grand-daughter will wear them. It has been slightly less than two years since Mother passed.
And, yes, it becomes a sweater!!

Excel in showing respect for each other. Romans 12:10 b


Knitting Bag

An unexpected arrival came in the mail today. I had no idea what my DD would be sending me, however when I opened it I realized it is a gift for my birthday next week!

This beautifully woven straw bag is cream accented with dark red with lining to match. I love the style, pattern, design and colors! The supple bag is perfect for my knitting!! I am just thrilled and love surprises!!

1. A change of pace is the best thing about traveling.

2. I love a good hot bath when I'm cold.

3. I often use hand lotion.

4. I'm reading The Royals and the Roosevelts right now; I am fascinated by the historical details in it.

5. Finance is something I dislike talking about.

6. When I visited Italy I most looked forward to seeing the golden Tuscan hills.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to talking with my son, tomorrow my plans include reading & knitting and Sunday, I want to have a family dinner!

You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Matthew 5:14


If Its Thursday, Its Books & Dogs!

"All other things (like price and storage space) being equal, given a choice in a perfect world, would you rather have paperbacks in your library? Or hardcovers? And why?"
Hardcover books are my preference because I enjoy the solid feel and texture of the book cover and the better quality paper. This question has led me to realize that reading is a multi-sensory experience for me as it relates to the format in itself. However, I have been purchasing books to enjoy on my iPod as well --- bringing in another sensory area.
How about YOU? What's your preference?

And this from Crochetoholic at

The Rules
1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2.Open the book to page 123 and find the 5th sentence.
3. Post the next 3 sentences.
4. Tag 5 people
From The Roosevelts and the Royals by Will Swift, a fascinating page-turner for readers who relish the details of history, page 123:
" As the congressional members awaited the royal couple in the Capitol rotunda, Vice President Garner told inappropriate jokes and stories in an attempt to ease the tension. Spotting the king and queen, he yelled, 'The British are coming!'" Leading isolationist senator William Borah of Idaho was first in line to meet their Majesties as they stood awkwardly beneath a painting of British general Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown, which no one would even had considered removing for this event."

You are tagged!!

:::: drummmm roooolll ::::

And now, the dogs!Lailah -- searching for the perfect toy!

There's no better way to enjoy the perfect toy than to roll and wiggle!

Max serenely observes how youth is wasted on the young.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great or awesome for me. But I have stilled and quieted myself, just as a small child is quiet with its mother. Yes, like a small child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD — now and always. Psalms 131:1b-3


Presidents Day

We honor two esteemed Presidents who heroically served our country.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President

George Washington, First US President

E Pluribus Unum



I am currently needling Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket in The Opinionated Knitter by EZ and the KAL notes from What? You don't think this looks even remotely like a one piece sweater? I AM shocked!! Stay tuned, oh ye of little faith! I love making these sweaters--a surprise every time! I am using Mission Falls 1824 cotton on this one. The main color is off-white with an orange/rust shade as the second color. With my size 7 circs, I am needling an EZ BSJ.
Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. 2 John 1:6



Shawnee at has tagged me for seven random facts about me, so here they are!

  1. Love to dance.

  2. Love to be outdoors whenever possible.

  3. Love water at the ocean, boating on a lake, or taking a cruise.

  4. Love flowers and landscapes, but am not a gardener.

  5. Am very visual and can be deeply moved by whatever is eye appealing to me.

  6. Am playful--enjoy wit and humor.

  7. Deeply miss teaching even after a 34-year career.

Want to play along? Check Shawnee's blog for the details!


Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.1 Corinthians 13:7


Bookin' Through Thursday With Dogs

Happy Valentine's Day to you and those you love!

"Here’s something for Valentine’s Day. Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their work since? Could they ever lure you back?"

Yes, Maggie Sefton, because the quality of her writing seemed to decline in her series of books about a Colorado knitter who happens to solve crimes. The initial books are less formulaic than her more recent efforts.
Yes, I could read her again when her writing returns to its previous compelling and literary level.

How about you? Have you abandoned a formerly fave author?

Lailah and Max enjoy their Valentines from their cyber-canine friends! Thank you to the people who obeyed their doggies and sent Valentines through the "Dogs on Thursday" swap!

*******************This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. John 15:12



Thank you-thank you to Rhonda at for spreading the love to me with this inspiring button!! Love and blessings to you!
Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself; how I praise you! Psalm 63:3



(Phone cam pic)

Dear Niece is expecting their second baby. Looking for something different to make, I settled on this star blanket at . It's been a while since I've crocheted anything of this size, so it is the right project at the right time. With a G hook and left-over soft yarns, this is an easy and enjoyable project! I've just added a round of lavender. I plan to post a better pic when I get my cam back!


All of you should be of one mind, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds. 1 Peter 3:8 NLT