Dogs on Thursday -- Third Dog?

Sometimes I think we have three dogs. Crazy, I know. There's Max. There's Lailah. There's Stuffy. Wait. Stuffy? Same colors. Usually with Lailah. Doesn't seem to eat much, though. Never needs to go outside. Never heard her bark. She is a St. Bernard--not a Boxer. Loves to play.

Yep, Stuffy is definitely a low maintenance dog.
Then when you call, the Lord will answer. Yes, I am here, He will quickly reply.
~ Isaiah 58:9



Made this January mid-month square with the Yahoo Monthly Dish Cloths KAL. I am making the squares for a blanket. The group makes two cloths per month with several lines of the pattern emailed per day. Such a fun, mystery KAL! I am currently working on another square using a flower pattern from the archives for this group. My squares are made with WW yarn and a size 6 or 7 needle. Join in at Yahoo Groups!

There's a "Knit Kit" at this link that is so clever and compact to carry along anywhere! It will be available in March. Love this idea!

Do click into this link to see a clever presentation of an important message done in a knitterly way!
Therefore, as it is written: Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:31


A Ghan Again

A favorite pattern is McCall’s leaflet 837-NB. It's called a Crocheted Border Afghan, but I refer to it as a "Tapestry Ghan" because that is what it looks like to me. Using worsted weight yarn and a size G hook, I've made two of these ghans and really enjoy the process. If I make another one, I'll use an H hook to loosen the stitches a bit.The yarns are carried across each strip which yields a heavy, warm blanket.
The red flowers with yellow centers are in the center strip, which is crocheted first. The next strip is crocheted on one side with a matching one on the other side.

Work continues in this way using the various charts and colors until the ghan is the desired size. I just may be up for making another one of these!

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2


Happy Ghan

The youngest of our seven grands wanted a fuzzy blanket, so I crocheted a "Happy Ghan" using close-out "Happy" yarn from Idena along with stash DK in grey/black. I chained with a J hook until the size was right, then mindlessly double and triple crocheted until I used all the yarn.
Since my DS is an Ohio State alum, the blanket is grey and scarlet. The trim is crocheted with Patons Chunky Tweed. I did three bars of triple crochet, chain three, and repeat with 2 triples-chain 2-2 triples in the corners. Little DGS will be four-years-old at the end of the month, so I'll send this off to him with some other happy-birthday gifts.
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
~ Psalm 13:5


Wishful Drinking -- Sad

Having enjoyed Carrie Fisher's humor in the past, I anticipated the same refreshing experience in her most recent book. Based on her stand-up act, this book is a sardonic account of her mental illness and addictions. Her list of excruciatingly painful experiences range from her parents, her step=fathers, her movie role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, her affairs and marriages, to her self-destructive addictions and assorted recoveries. While her wit is evident, her bitterness permeates the book. When she mentions her teen daughter, I can only wonder what challenges her child faces with a mother who's an addict in and out of treatment centers, among other treacheries. For a promotional video, see

Ultimately I felt profoundly sad for this pathetic woman. I do pray for the author to find solace and peace.
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. --Psalm 33:20


Friday Fill-In #106

1. It's January; hope is renewed.

2. Sleep is what I crave most right now.

3. Cork and wine go together like plastic and Diet Coke.

4. Faith is so nourishing.

5. Let us dare to believe.

6. I love my home.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to crocheting a blanket, tomorrow my plans include wrapping birthday presents, and Sunday, I want to read-read-read!

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
~ Matthew 5:7

Clean Slate for the New Year

This poem is so true!! I received it in email and immediately looked around to see if someone was watching me! I mean, how did they know, for heaven's sake??! What?? I'm not the only one? There is comfort in numbers!!
Cleaning Poem
I asked the Lord to tell me
Why my house is such a mess.
He asked if I'd been 'computering',
I had to answer 'yes.'
He told me to get off my butt
And tidy up the house.
And so I started cleaning up...
The smudges off my mouse.
I wiped and shined the topside.
That really did the trick...
I was just admiring my work..
I didn't mean to 'click.'
But click I did, and oops.
I found A real absorbing site.
That I got SO way into it.
I was into it all night...Sigh
Nothing's changed except my mouse
It's very, very shiny. I
guess my house will stay a mess...
While I sit here on my hiney.
No, O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what He requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
~ Micah 6:8


Dogs on Thursday

Max wonders if he was ever as goofy as Lailah!! Actually, he wasn't!

M & L have been boarded for a while following DH's second total hip replacement. We're at the point now that they'll be returning home today or tomorrow. I'll put them outdoors or in travel kennels when DH is up and about on his walker.

They had so much fun playing with the grands over the holidays. Four little kids and two dogs was lively at times with all the giggling and wiggling!

Here is an interesting stitch pattern from Vogue knitting. I'm going to use it for a blanket block.
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
~ Matthew 5:7