Tuesday, May 22, 2018

No more shoelaces

I start each morning with walking my 10000 steps as recommended by FitBit. If I miss a day it really feels strange. At my regular pace it takes less than two hours. Since I live in a two story house I am able to get about 10 sets of stairs done at the same time. It may sound strange but I do all this walking in my house. I am currently in Arizona and it is getting warm already. I can pace through the rooms in my house in a temperature controlled place and get it all done in my pajamas.

I do put shoes on rather than doing all this walking barefoot. I have found my feet and legs feel better throughout the day with the support from wearing shoes. And this brings on the reason for today's post. Shoelaces or rather finding a good replacement for them.

Shoelaces can be too tight or too loose. They can come undone and need to be tied again. After walking for awhile if your feet swell shoelaces may need to be adjusted for continued comfort. I found on Amazon the silicon replacements you see here. I got a three pack of white, gray and black. Each color comes with more that most shoes need but would allow for sizing to customize how they fit for you and your shoes. If you do a search for these on Amazon you can find all kinds of package combinations for single pairs to up to six and all kinds of colors if you find my choices boring.

I have used these for the past week in two pairs of my walking shoes and love them. I went from ties to slip ons. The no tie laces hold without being too tight or too loose. If you are a walker of a runner you may want to consider these for yourself.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Shop News "CozyAtoZ" on Etsy

I spent time this week getting all my finished hot pads listed. BTW, just wondering, do you call them hot pads or potholders? For no apparent reason I use both names with no favoring one name over the other.

These hot pads are real kitchen tools that can last for years. I used a smaller than normal crochet hook so the created fabric would be thick, dense and strong. The final stitching makes these double layered and closes up the potholder and I added a hanging loop for convenience. 

Made from 100% cotton these won't melt like those made with acrylic yarns. Of course they can be burnt if kept to close to flame or electric cook top elements. With the double layer these could also be used as a trivet to protect counters and table tops from hot pots or pans.

Two sizes are in the shop right now. The smaller ones are about 6 inches square and would be great for anyone. If you have larger hands or plan on using them often under larger pots you may find the larger size of 8 x 6 inches to be what you need in your kitchen.

While you would certainly consider using these in your own kitchen like I do, they also make great housewarming or bridal shower gifts or something for your favorite cook.

I love making and using these potholders using a vintage pattern that I have lost somewhere in my piles of patterns. I plan on making more in other colors so it's a good thing I have the instructions memorized.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day Gift

I did it. I headed off the flowers by choosing a gift for myself. No regrets either.

By the way did you have a great Mother's Day? Mine was quiet but good. I heard from my kids on Sunday and talked to my own mother on Saturday.

Now the gift I got myself was something I have been thinking about for awhile. I got some metal mesh bands for my fitbit. I have the Charge 2 version and these work perfectly. I can also tell you after wearing them for a few days that they feel better against my skin that the plastic bands that fitbits come with. The magnet that secures the band is infinitely adjustable and strong enough to not come undone. You can find them in lots of colors and for me I chose silver and champagne gold. The bands came in a box and inside the box each band had a protective plastic sleeve. I am so happy I got these!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Flowers As Gifts, Yes or No?

Beautiful, aren't they? For Valentine's Day and Easter my husband sent me flowers. They are lovely but if asked I might have made other choices or given him a few ideas. Christmas seems to go much the same. He says get yourself something and I think that's not quite right either. If I order or shop for a gift myself for myself that doesn't feel as if it actually is a gift. I guess I should be pleased he remembered the day. With Mother's Day coming up I wonder what color the flowers will be. 

I worked with someone who got flowers and she told her husband she didn't like them because they died. She realized after many years of marriage and strange gifts that she might have prefered flowers after all.

I have asked for things to decorate the house and was told those aren't appropriate. The ideas I gave needed to be personal but they didn't realize my home is personal to me.

The flowers come. Most of the time they smell wonderful. All of the time they look beautiful. I will say thank you and take pictures. Then I will have a new vase to keep for dust collecting or give away.

So today the question is do you like to get flowers as a gift? Would you prefer other things or are you at that time in life when there is really nothing more you want?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Special Offer FromCozyAtoZ.Etsy.com

I like getting deals and I bet you do too. I wanted to give customers a chance to get a deal from me that I could afford to give for a long time. So here it is -

I am working on getting more items in the shop. With the help of Ott Lights and FotoFuze I feel like I am finally getting there, for photography at least. Next is to stop worrying about great descriptions and tags and get comfortable with getting more done. Anyone else struggle with procrastination fueled by wanting to be perfect though logically you know nothing ever is?

Anyway spend $25 and it all ships free to the US.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Reader's Digest Volume 5 2002 Nonfiction

As the title says I finished another book. This time it is a Today's Best Nonfiction edition from 2002. This book had the condensed versions of 5 very different and interesting stories.

  • 3000 Degrees by Sean Flynn
  • Cancer Schmancer by Fran Drescher
  • A Dog Year by John Katz
  • Riding the Bus With My Sister by Rachel Simon
  • The Children on Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
All of these books were interesting but the one that I stayed up a bit longer to read a bit more each night was The Children of Willesden Lane. The main character is Lisa Jura who, with many other children, was sent to England from occupied Europe during WWII to save their lives. War and survival, hard family choices, coming of age, a career as a pianist, reunification, and more all in this story. If you like history from this time period you will want to find a copy of this book.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Still Decaffeinated with Tattle Tea

Last post I talked about the coffee I bought from Coffee Bean Direct. Today I am going to share about what I got from Tattle Tea which is, I guess, what you would call a sister company.

I first ordered my loose leaf teas from the coffee company and then the two business were split apart. For convenience you can order from both places and have one bill and one shipment. The combination of coffee ordered and tea ordered together apply to the $50 required for free shipping.

Tattle Tea has some of the best prices I have ever found anywhere for good quality loose leaf teas. You can order in packages from 5 oz. to 5lbs. Of course the larger the package the lower the price is per ounce. In the caffeinated section of the site I have bought Nilgiri black tea, Earl Grey black tea, Sencha green tea and lemon and ginger green tea. I can highly recommend all of them!

Decaf Raspberry Black Tea
Going without caffeine I wanted something a bit special and indulgent. To see if I could make this whole idea work I started small ( 5 oz. ) and got three flavors, apricot black tea, raspberry black tea and orange and spice black tea. I have brewed a pitcher of all three and tried each of them both hot and iced. Picking a favorite was not hard, the raspberry flavor will definitely be ordered again and in a larger size. The orange and spice tea will be perfect for cool winter days. The apricot was good as well. All the teas have real pieces of fruits as well as natural and artificial flavors. Just opening the packages and smelling the scents was a treat. Brewing a pot made the whole kitchen smell good.

I look forward to working my way through all the choices available in green, herbals, more blacks and rooibos teas and will keep you posted. By the way this is a personal, not sponsored, recommendation. Just wanted you all to know about a great company and a great product.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Going Decaffeinated

Coffee Bean Direct Breakfast BlendOne of my goals this year is eliminating caffeine from my system. I discovered as a post menopausal woman that caffeine can stress the bladder and be a part of the reasons old ladies, ahem, leak. I reduced my intake of caffeine to one serving in the morning starting in January. Before this I sipped caffeinated drinks nearly all day, starting with coffee in the morning and changing to tea later in the day. I did notice right away that overwhelming urges to get to a bathroom NOW stopped. I feel more confident and in control. This was even though I was drinking plenty of liquid, meaning water because I like to have something to sip close by throughout the day. I am now into the first week of no caffeine at all and feel great and am pleased with myself for making this decision.

I do love the flavors of coffee and tea however and I have no intention of missing out on those and water only all day is kind of boring. Ordering whole beans from Coffee Bean Direct allow me to have my favorite flavors and even discover some new ones. I am also not limited by time of day and that is a nice plus. I started my decaf coffee trial with a Breakfast Blend described in the following way on the Coffee Bean Direct website.
Some of us just cannot handle the caffeine, no matter what the time of day! This blend offers the delicious flavor of our traditional Breakfast Blend, without the caffeine many of us need to learn to live without. This medium-bodied blend of light and dark beans has just a hint of acidity and tartness. Ideal as a morning cup, it has a smooth and subdued flavor that stands up well to cream and sugar.
The first time around I used our coffee maker and was very pleased. Having a hot cup of coffee is how I like to start my day. I sit and sip while I read blogs and news on Feedly or browse Instagram to see what my family is up to or just finish waking up and before I start exercising. I do want to try this coffee as a cold brew as well. Over the years I have experimented with cold brew coffee, almond milk and sugar free Torani flavorings. Warm summer months are coming soon and I love iced coffee as a treat.

Coffee Bean Direct is a personal favorite of mine. This post is my own uncompensated endorsement. They are a great company with excellent service, carefully roasted coffees from all over the world, pricing that I find reasonable and prompt shipping which is free if you spend $50 dollars or more. They even take the time to educate you with their packaging. Tips you want to take advantage of so that the product they send you is the best it can be when you use it.

To learn more you can start with the About Page on CoffeeBeanDirect.com. Of course these days all companies have a social media presence and here is where you can find my favorite coffee roasters, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

I'll be back soon to tell you about the tea I ordered. So good!
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Monday, April 16, 2018

CozyAtoZ on Etsy

Spring Floral HeadbandBlue Headband with tiesBlue Paisley HeadbandBrown Calico HeadbandWhen I first opened an account on Etsy in the olden days of 2006 I used the name Cozy and it served me well. It was short and easy to type and remember. It was a generic word that fit my vision and goals and that still works for me today. I really do want to make the world a cozier place.

Black Headband with Crocheted Lace TrimPastel Plaid HeadbandOver time as new websites and new accounts came along the name Cozy was sometimes not available so I started using CozyAtoZ. That is the user name I use for Twitter and Pinterest. During those days I was on Artfire, Etsy and Zibbet so being Cozy at all places from A to Z fit. So in getting all things matching I changed my Etsy shop name to CozyAtoZ recently and having the same username in more places make me happy.

Purple Crochet HeadbandTurquoise and Brown Hair AccessoriesThe shop closed last year for awhile and is reopening this spring. The first items are in the shop with more to come. In the meantime I am seeing how long I can offer free domestic shipping and if it might make a difference in how often my creations get to go to other people to use and get cozy.

Eight of the the headbands in the shop so far have a fabric middle that was hemstitched. This is a process that puts holes on fabric so that an edge can be crocheted. The crocheted trim and ties gives these headbands a soft look that you aren't likely to find anywhere else but in my shop.

Red Knit HeadbandThere is also a red knit headband in the shop. The design is my own. I just love the red color. This headband will be very comfortable to wear because it is very stretchy. With ties you can personalize your fit.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Smiling Today

I am. I am smiling today. Looking out my window I see a Palo Verde tree covered in bright yellow blossoms. How could anyone not smile at a sight like that.

I hope you find something to smile about today too.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Five Fabulous Pieces of Art

I was going through my Etsy favorites this morning to find some things to share. I tweeted and pinned a few items from different shops but I wanted to share more from one shop in particular. I love the watercolor art from the shop Geninne. The one woman art show is based in Santa Fe NM and has been on Etsy for about 10 years. She has had thousands of sales and thousands of wonderful reviews. You only need a quick browse in the shop to see why. If you are in the mood for a new piece of art for your home the hard part will be choosing.

If you want to know more about the artist Geninne Zllatkis she blogs at Geninne's Art Blog and has a beautiful instagram feed too.

Guilty of a silly mistake today. If you know what it is leave me a comment.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Another Reader's Digest Condensed Book

Just finished another of my gifted books. As I finish these I have been considering what to do with them. One thought is to pass them on to a thrift store. Another idea I have been considering is to offer them for a bit more that postage and packaging on Ebay. I would be an absolute beginner on Ebay but it might be fun. Any thoughts or tips from more experienced Ebay sellers?

This volume has 5 stories in it and they are all nonfiction.

  • Public Enemies by John Walsh. This book covered a few of the cases shown in the TV show America's Most Wanted. The behind the scenes look at the crew that makes that show happen was interesting.
  • Diana's Boys by Christopher Andersen. I have no way to know how true any of this book is. The author describes the lives of Diana's boys, William and Harry, and how they were effected by two very major events. Those events were the divorce of their parents and the death of their mother. Of course much has happened to these young men since this book was written in 2001.
  • No Finish Line by Marla Runyan. Marla was the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympic games. Marla's story including some highs and many lows was inspiring.
  • An American Insurrection by William Doyle. More that I ever knew about the struggle to integrate the university in Oxford Mississippi by James Meredith and the Kennedy adminstration. 
  • Hits Below the Beltway by Dave Barry. First published in 2001 so much of what Mr. Barry pokes fun at in Washington is still happening or not as the case may be. Hilarious read!

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Finishing Feels Good

Finishing feels almost as good as starting a new project, for me anyway. This afghan was started the week Jim was in the hospital and was finally finished yesterday. The long slog through the middle was tough but I have a new couch this needed to be on and so I continued a row or two an evening. It has been washed now too and I actually took a short nap under it yesterday afternoon. 

The pattern, which I change from lots of stripes to big blocks of color, came from the blog Clementine Knits and the pattern's name is Chevron Gradient Afghan.

In other random and barely useful news I change my Etsy shop name from plain jane Cozy to CozyAtoZ. This change means my blog, pinterest and twitter accounts as well as the newly renamed shop all use CozyAtoZ. I like it when things match.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

March for Our Lives and a Resolution

I don't know how many of you may have watched coverage of the Washington DC event March for Our Lives yesterday but I saw some of it. Since I am a cord cutter I found my live stream on Twitter. I didn't get to see all of it since I was a bit late to the party. What I had a chance to see was inspiring, the music, the speeches, the messages, the 6+ minutes of silence, the young children and teens too.

I am confessing to some guilt as well. Why? Let me see if I can clarify for you and myself. Do you remember a saying that goes something like "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem?" I do and if you do that's good and if it is new to you maybe you will find it useful. Anyway I figured out that by not voting on an issue I find important over these last many years makes me part of the problem. I believe that on a national, not state or local, we need to improve our gun laws. I have voted twice in my life, once at 18 and in 2008 for Barack Obama. All the other times I just figured the country would move along, taking care of what needed to be done and my vote wouldn't really matter.  My guilt comes from not making my stand with at the very least a simple vote. It does matter.

It matters because if more people like me voted maybe we wouldn't have our chaotic commander in chief. It matters because maybe the assault weapons ban of the 90's would have been strengthened rather that allowed to expire in 2004. It matters because maybe a healthcare system that was working for so many could have been improved rather that gutted. Even if a majority on a given issue doesn't agree with me my vote means I have a voice at the table. At the table is where compromise and progress can take place.

You can't complain if you don't vote. One of the speakers yesterday said it is time to REV up. Let's do this!


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Summer of Eagles

I have always like watching birds. It is a joy to see them in the yard, cooing doves, frantic hummingbirds and cheerful songbirds. I don't always know their names but that doesn't change my happiness when I get to sit and watch.

Last summer on the lake it seems like everytime we went out on the water we saw eagles, more that any other year before. I loved it. Jackson Lake is home to many birds, pelicans, ducks, Canadian geese and of course eagles. The picture below is just one of many. I wish the pictures were better but it is hard from a boat and birds are not real cooperative when it comes to posing. 

Isn't he handsome? I think "he" anyway.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

What I Read

 Another volume of my Reader's Digest collection has been finished. I had forgotten how enjoyable it is to breeze through the condensed stories in these volumes.

I think I read Prizes by Erich Segal years ago but liked reading it again.

Eyes of a Child was frightening and I had to be careful to end on a calm part so I could sleep at night after reading some of it.

Secret Missions was set in WWII Florida and it was interesting to learn how involved in the war that state was.

More Than Meets the Eye was okay. I felt like the story needed more depth but maybe in its full form I would have liked it better.

Since I am determined to be a more active reader I have gone back to GoodReads and listed my latest reads there. I am a list maker at heart and GoodReads makes it so darn easy, I'm hooked.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

All of the Above With Norman Lear

In the last couple months I have pretty much given up watching televisions with two exceptions, the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. I use podcasts as background noise to my days and to inform and entertain me. I have blogged before about a couple of my favorites, HumaNature and Telemetry.

Another favorite among so very many is Wait Wait Don't Tell Me from NPR. The only way I heard that show before was on road trips when the only station on the radio was Public Radio. At other times Jim likes music too much for me to have a chance to listen to talk shows. Now with my little Podcast Addict app I can listen whenever I want.

Earlier this week I heard an episode of Wait Wait from 2016 that had Norman Lear as a guest. He was so much fun to listen to that I stopped what I was doing and did just that. He was 93 when this particular show aired and he was asked about what got him so far and what could he say to others hoping to live so long. His words have been in my mind all week and I want to save them here.

I heard those words as instructions for living a life with a sense of accomplishment and the joy of being able to look forward to new things. Sounds good to me, in fact, it makes me smile just to think about using this phrase myself. 

As for Mr. Lear who is now 95, he has a podcast of his own. I have listened to several episodes and been delighted. The show is "All of the Above with Norman Lear" and as of this writing there are 38 episodes ready to listen to. So far I have listened to episodes with writers, actors, musicians and other performers from Michael Angelakos to Rita Moreno to RuPaul.

From Yellowstone to Hollywood, my curious mind wants to hear about it all.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Reflections on Jackson Lake

In organizing my photos recently I keep coming across images that bring back so many memories. I plan to blog about lots more of them here mostly to create a record for myself but you (any readers) are welcome to come along.

I took this picture on our last day on the lake last summer. It was such a lovely day without wind so the water was like a mirror. The mountain straight ahead it Mt Moran which is just to the north of Grand Teton. At the base of Mt Moran is a small bay that is peaceful and stunning.That is true especially in the fall when the slopes are blazing with gold, orange and red.

That day it was just Jim and I taking the boat out one last time before taking it from the buoy we kept it on and hauling it home to be stored for the winter. It was a day of gratitude for the weather and for Jim's great recovery from his heart attack. Jackson Lake is a place very dear to me and if you ever get a chance to explore it do so and I think you will find yourself falling in love like I did.

Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park 2017
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Art in Mazatlan

One thing I was enthralled by in Mazatlan during our single day there on the cruise was the amount of art everywhere you looked. It was on the sides of buildings, sculptures along sidewalks and of course in shops. I saw these figures in a parking area close to the cruise ship port. I found them fascinating.

Come on over to the blog and click on this picture to zoom in and see the details.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

 Once long ago I made a ladder yarn shawl. It was the first time I had ever made this pattern and it turned out big, very big. It would be the perfect size for and 8 foot tall person. So over time I found other things to do with it. It has, at one time or another, been a mantle scarf at a fireplace, a dining room curtain and currently it is a second layer over a shower curtain in a guest bath. If you click to enlarge the picture you can see that is has lots of pretty colors in it including a soft yellow along with pinks and orange and a frosty aqua.

Not wanting a pink bathroom or orange or aqua the aforementioned yellow led me to a search for yellow bath rugs. I already have some yellow towels so the search was on to complete the look in my head. I had no luck finding anything I liked. Being in need of more projects to get done or put off like I always do I decided to dig up my old puff stitch rug pattern. The problem? I couldn't find the pattern but I had made it before. So after buying some lemon yellow Red Heart yarn cause that stuff wears like iron and playing with a couple hook sizes and beginning a couple times and frogging I was on my way. I came up with a long rug to go in front of the sink and a hexagon to step onto getting out of the tub.

Next for this bathroom? I want some decor for the walls and I have some crafty ideas in mind. If I get them made I'll post here later.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday not Wordless

Taken on a day that we first got up close and personal with bison in Jackson in 2011. We were safely watching from inside a vehicle. I recently moved to this open air natural zoo and was in love and in awe. The animals, the mountains, the lakes and waterways, I love it all.

I was going to make this wordles and failed.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Over the Weekend

I was given a couple dozen Reader's Digest books. I have lined the up on a shelf to be my bedtime reading for the next little or probably long while. I keep you informed here about progress and recording it for my own satisfaction.

When I was a kid these were some of the best books I ever read. That was at a time when I was moving from children's books to adult novels and biographies. A kind neighbor subscribed to receive the Reader's Digest volumes and let me borrow them. The first time I read "Roots" by Alex Haley it was the condensed version in one of these volumes. That was years before the miniseries came to television.

Anyway I recently posted about reading "Lake News" by Barbara Delinsky. Over the weekend on Sunday and then on Monday I read the other three books in this volume which is #6 from 1999.

Jeffery Deaver's "The Devil's Teardrop" keep surprising me with plot twists right up until the end. Nicholas Sparks wrote another tearjerker with "A Walk to Remember". The last story was "Thunderhead" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It was a great story about a mysterious hidden city in the Southwest.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Lake News by Barbara Delinsky

Compared to From Here to Eternity this was a quick and enjoyable read. The outcome of happily ever after was predictable but that is not always a bad thing, is it? I was interested in how the childish views of parents were changed as adult children interacted with their parents in difficult times.

The main story involved misinformation in print media. How fitting today. I read a lot of news and bias is easy to spot but does bias mean untruth? Sometimes yes and sometimes no.Facts are facts and digging down to them through all the noise on television and online is so hard. I say don't give up, just keep reading. Lily ( the character in the book ) didn't give up. She got to know her mother, she got an apology, she got the boy, she got happily ever after.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

From Here to Eternity by James Jones

I was given a copy of "From Here to Eternity" by a friend and have been reading it over the last month or so. At different times I read passages to Jim. He spent 20 years in the Navy and found parallels between shipboard life in the Navy and barracks life in the Army. I don't know about the movie, I've never seen it, but I am sure it doesn't come close to the in depth lives exposed in the story found in the pages of a ragged 60 year old copy. Alcohol, punishment, loneliness in a crowd, shallow relationships that are easily walked away from, living in the moment or rather living on paydays and then enduring the tedium until the next one.

The story takes place in peace time Hawaii and ends in the first days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. There are no happy endings here but life does go on.

The linked picture below is through Amazon and I get a little bit if you click and then make a purchase. Not much but you might help me knit a hat or two and I say thanks.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Knitting This Week

This afghan was started the first week of June last year. At the time I needed something to do with my hands while I kept watch over a hospitalized husband. I found the pattern on the Clementine Knits blog and a run to Joann's for needles and yarn and I had my hospital survival kit all complete.

After Jim came home and summer went on, the afghan got put away for other projects. Let's not discuss WIPs (works in progress) in this post okay? With the Olympics starting last week I once again needed an easy to follow pattern for all the tv watching time. I admit I watch NBC in the afternoon and again each evening. I have enjoyed so much of it, skiing, snowboards, speed and figure skating and more. I only have an antenna right now so I don't get the cable channels but what I can see is enough.
The afghan is coming along very well. I may even get it finished before the closing ceremonies. We'll see.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope your day is a happy one. Mine will be quiet because I am in one place and Jim is in another. It is what it is. 

I am going to ask you a favor. Please, if you came here from a reader like Feedly or from a link on social media like Twitter leave a comment, say hello and let me know how you got here.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Crocheted Viking Hat

Out and about, don't remember where my grandson saw a guy with a bearded Viking hat on. His immediate reaction was, "I want one of those. Can you make one Grandma?"

With those words a search was on for a pattern. I found a couple on Etsy and chose one to buy. The instructions were well written but had in my mind a major flaw. Nowhere could I find the amount of yarn required so I had to guess when I went to Joann's to get yarn. For the gray helmet part I ran short and had to improvise but I think it all worked out.

I texted this picture to the requesting grandson and he approved so the hat was put in the mail today. According to the Post Office he should have it by Wednesday.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Olympics Watching

It, the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea started this week. I started watching last night. I have no idea how someone's knees withstand the pounding of mogul skiing. I also saw some figure skating and was very happy for how the US couple did with their routine. Tonight is the Opening Ceremony and I will be watching again. In fact I will be busy every night for the next couple of weeks during NBC's prime time show. Will you be watching too?

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