Review for Herding Cats

Getting Rid of Matthew Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Vulgarities aside, the engaging flow of the plot leads the reader into a maze of farcical relationships of infidelity and marriage as only the British can. The strong characterizations kept my interest, though it was a bit difficult to "keep track of" them all! This is a story of gentility, kindness, betrayal, life with surprises aplenty!
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Dogs & Ethnic Knitting

So, my dear friend drops me off at home after our lunch. I reach into the mailbox and pull out a package from my SP12!! Excitement! Just look at these lovely gifts! The Dogs book is so funny! I was going to quote-a-quip and decided it wouldn't work without the accompanying picture. The Ethnic Knitting book is a welcome addition to my library. I have nothing like this and look forward to sitting down and enjoying the inspiration! Lip Shine accompanied the books to make a welcome gift from SP12. Sincere thanks to my pal.

The Dogs book provides a good excuse to slip in a pic of my Max and Lailah! hee-hee!


No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. ~ Micah 6:8


Child's Rib Scarf

I finished this 3x3 rib Crystal Palace Kid Merino scarf on size 4s for charity. It will certainly warm a child with its soft fuzziness. This is a make-it-up-as-I-go pattern.

The flared ends are created by the garter rows and a crocheted trim. I doubled this very fine gauge yarn to give it a little more heft.
Child's 3x3 Rib
Yarn, needles, and crochet hook of choice
CO 24 sts. (I prefer a knitted cast-on.)
Knit every row for 8 rows. ( 4 ribs garter stitch)
Row 1: Knit 3, purl 3.
Row 2: Purl 3, knit 3.
Continue the above 2 rows to desired length.
Knit every row for 8 rows. ( 4 ribs garter stitch)
Crochet Trim: Single crochet (sc) across to end, chain one, turn.
Chain one, dc one, chain 2, skip two stitches, dc one, chain 2. Continue to end.
End off.
Attach yarn to opposite end and repeat the crochet trim.
… God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. ---2 Corinthians 9:8

Plymouth Encore in a Red Box!

Excitement!!! The cutie box arrived from my Ravelry Book Club pal today!! How cheerful just to look at the box!
Love the pattern book and the wonderful Plymouth yarn! The colors are yummy! The itty-bitty wooden crochet hook is perfect for picking up dropped stitches. (not shown) The book of choice is Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, a true adventure story.
Many thanks to my pal at
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. ~ Luke 16:10


Secret Pal 12 Question & a Meme

Question #6 What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?
Mindless knitting, usually in the form of a scarf is my go-to travel knitting. This is what I took on our most recent travels on the riverboat, Delta Queen.

This 3x3 rib child's scarf lives in the zippered pouch in my purse until it is completed during travels, ball games, waiting in drive-through lines. This is Crystal Palace Kid Merino on size 4s. Can you hear it crying, "Block me! Please, block me!!"?
Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting.
I always-always pack too much yarn and never get to it! My fear of needles without yarn is almost paralyzing!!! Is there a pill for this?? I come home working on the same project as when I left. This is all about the psychological edge!

Crochetoholic at tagged me for a meme, so here we go!
Rules - You must answer each the questions with only one word & tag 4 others.
1. Where is your cell phone? Desk
2. Your significant other? Loved
3. Your hair? Graying
4. Your father? Extrovert
5. Your mother? Warm
6. Your favorite thing? Ocean
7. Your dreams last night? Bothersome
8. Your favorite drink? DCoke
9. Your dream/goal? Peace
10. Room you're in? Office
11. Your favorite hobby? Reading
12. Your fear? Loneliness
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Home
14. What you're not? Silly
15. Muffins? Danish
16. One of your wish list items? Health
17. Where you grew up? OH
18. The last thing you did? Dinner
19. What are you wearing? Dress
20. Favorite gadget? iPod
21. Your pets? Boxers
22. Your computer? HP
23. Your mood? Calm
24. Missing someone? Daughter
25. Your car? Infiniti
26. Something you are not wearing? Jewelry
27. Favorite store? LYS
28. Like someone? Friends
29. Your favorite color? Yellow
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Unsure

If you'd like to do this meme, you are hereby officially tagged. Please leave a messages in comments so I can read your responses! Thanks!
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


Reading a Summer Read

Summer Reading Summer Reading by Hilma Wolitzer

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Interweaving the lives of three women in the Hamptons, Hilma Wolitzer develops a true summer read. Light, not too compelling yet fun, this book is a surface study of three very different women. Their commonality is in the decisions and consequences women face with ensuing growth and a happy-ever-after ending.

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SP12 Question of the Week

Boy, time flies. Summer is when many of us head out on vacation/holiday. So, this week’s question/s has us wondering:
1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?
Somewhere with a nice, white sand beach
2) Where is one place you’d like to go? The Italian Riviera


Preemie Hats

The pattern for these "Preemie Beanies" is at . I wanted to do some quickie projects with left-over baby yarn. I plan to make two more and take them to our local hospital. I really enjoyed deciding on how to finish the top of each hat! I was shocked at their very tininess!! Preemie hats should fit an orange! That's amazing!

This Maggi B bag whispered my name and I said, "YES-YES!" She's glorious!

Even her innards are pretty!

I picked up a few plants to tuck in here and there in the yard. Tomorrow is planting day.

Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.
--- 1 John 3:18


Delta Queen Vacation

The company who arrived an hour after we returned from our travels have left after a week's stay. The house feels empty and quiet and DH, the doggies and I are recuperating from all the fun!

I was fascinated every time the gang plank was hoisted. We cruised five days and docked four times for shore trips.

Here is where the pilots guided us along the murky waters of the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The eagle and the colors are magnificent, though I don't know the significance of the mounted elk rack.

View from the deck

This portion of the library was just outside our stateroom and represents the many areas of the boat filled with antiques. Though I'm not an "antiquer", I do appreciate their value. Some might say I'M an antique, but that's a topic for another day!

This set caught my attention because of it's appealing contours. Surprisingly, it is quite comfortable. The foot stool fits beneath the chair when not in use.

Sadly the boat did not have an LYS, so one MUST locate them on shore. The first shop where I purchased patterns and Tonalita yarn was in Nashville, TN. The second stop was at where I purchased gorgeous-gorgeous sale---yes, SALE!---yarns.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our
by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. ---Romans 5:5