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Knit One Purl Two

After 20 some odd years, I’ve taken up knitting again.

Back then, I could whiz through patterns and make all kinds of sweaters, hats, mittens, slippers and scarves. There’s more that I probably did but I don’t recall now.

Let’s come forward to the future. A friend gifted me last year with needles, yarn and a pattern book. I made several attempts at different scarves and nothing worked. I didn’t like anything I did either.

Then I found this basic boat Neck Sweater. I don’t much care for acrylic yarn so I ordered up cotton black yarn. Black is one of my favorite colors. Did I say that this was purchased last year?

Yes, the yarn and the pattern sat around for a year doing nothing, until today. Today I worked my stitch gauge and then I began. Whoo boy! Talk about being focused and the Virgo in me wants this garment to be perfect. I can’t have both and have a good time if I worry about perfection.

At this writing, I have two rows done towards the cable stitch at the bottom.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday and your wishes have been granted.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“There is entirely too much charm around, and something must be done to stop it.”

Dorothy Parker

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Currently Reading:

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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What Gives?

What’s happened at WordPress? I know I haven’t posted in a month or more but the posting page is all different. The last two posts I’ve written them up in Word and had to copy them to Notepad and then post to WordPress. Things seemed moved around too. That pays me to not be consistently writing.

I stayed in today. I worked on the house. I finally finished cleaning my downstairs’ bathroom. Mind you I began this project in July and I just finished it today. Maybe I’m related to the snail or turtle families.

I also got a load of wash done, changed the sheets, folded clean clothes and put them away. The best part was taking some sit down time with Max as we watched soap operas. Our favorites are “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”

It’s been overcast today with some strong winds and rain earlier. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring but Michael and I will be staying in. I’m going to try to do nothing. If that is even possible with my Virgoness that likes to tackle lists of things to do.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Smells are surer than sounds and sights to make heartstrings crack.”

Rudyard Kipling

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Currently Reading:

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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It’s So Close

It just dawned on me yesterday that Christmas is this week, in fact, a day and a half to go. Where has the time gone?

Monday I finished up my holiday card sending. I have one or two more to send out but that is it. Our decorations are up. We have a ficus tree we decorate and a tall-standing lamp which I wrap colored-lights around it. It is very colorful with the living room lights are off.

The sun was out earlier when I was out running errands. Even though I had wet hair I was not cold which is surprising.

First stop was to the Book Exchange. I had one grocery sack of books consisting of a variety of garden books, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” a story written by a motorcyclist who road his motorcycle through Mexico, Central America and points south and looped back north. Now mind you, the owner’s immediate response was no to me because she wasn’t buying books until after the holidays. Then she realized that I’m the one who has all the interesting, the unusual books and books in good conditions. Well, she came around her desk just to have a look and took all of my books except for two. My disappointment was I wanted and needed cash, she was firm about trading. Instead of fighting her for my profit (which was $15 and change), I would use the trade to pick up books for gifts when needed. This thought pattern took the sting out of the situation and I left happy.

My last stops were to deliver small gifts to ladies who have helped me during the year with therapy for my disorders. At one I was offered coffee cake and a cup of tea, mighty yummy. The other stop I was able to take care of my chocolate fix for the day.

Now I’m home and relaxing with my kitties and that man of mine.

mz. em
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Quote of the Day:

“We are most deeply asleep at the switch when we fancy we control any switches at all.”
— Annie Dillard

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Currently Reading:
“The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart
“Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach
“New American Standard Bible”
“Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous
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Another Cold One Please

I wish I meant a cold glass of beer but I don’t. Today seems a little warmer but not by much. I know I must sound like I’m whining when some of you have walks and drives to shovel. The car’s windshield is glazed with crystals and the temperature is in the teens.

It’s just that it usually never gets THIS cold. I worry about the farmers in our area because this cold is not good for their crops.

The wind is blowing as well. Taking a nap today, upstairs in my bed and listening to the wind was soothing; although I worry now and then about a window being blown in. Being close to the ocean we do experience high wind and it can sound like a wind storm around the house. It’s a good day to stay inside snuggled up with the kitties.

Well, that’s it for today. Stay warm and happy.

mz. em
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Quote of the Day:

“There’s a whining at the threshold –
There’s a scratching at the floor –
To work! To work! In Heaven’s name!
The wolf is at the door!”
— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Currently Reading:
“The Oath” by John Lescroart
“Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach
“New American Standard Bible”
“Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous
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Let’s Try Again

It is cold here on the Central Coast. First we had rain and then the cold. Michael went out one morning to go to the store and found that the driver’s side window was frozen shut. I don’t recall in the whole time I have lived here that a frozen window has happened where I live; maybe in the North County but not here on the coast.

Watching costs we are keeping the thermostat low and wrapping up in blankets and just wearing more clothes. The cats are keeping to the waterbed or snuggled up with us under our blankets.

I hope everyone is staying cozy in your abodes.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”

Thomas Moore

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Currently Reading:

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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Not a Good Day

It’s not a good day because I worry so about our bills, the rent and now the health of Max, my older tuxedo Maine Coon mix. I’m the only one at the moment that has money coming in and it only goes so far. I can only squeeze a dollar so far.

Then there’s Max. He has been having problems using his hind legs. We noticed it back in October and mentioned it to the vet when we took the boys in for their annual checkups. At this point she noticed a sore spot on his right leg but felt it was something to watch.

Watch we did, we saw him through two more episodes; the second one here recently. Max has lost almost a pound which worries me but the veterinarian was not concerned. She checked all his other parts, Max did not appreciate the temperature check and let her know about it. Then onto the hind legs; here he did some meowing as the vet moved him around and checked reflex actions.

Dr. A’s first plan of action is to take a blood sample and to take x-rays to see what she could find in either the blood or the x-ray. We had to leave him there. Michael brought me home and he went to the grocery store for some provisions.

When Michael went to get Max the x-rays were ready and it was found everything appears to be in order. Tomorrow we call in to find out what the blood test have or have not found.

I do hope there is nothing serious. Max is too young to have anything but health.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Hospitality is one form of worship”

The Talmud

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Currently Reading:

The Oath” by John Lescroart

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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