Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Yarn Along

I'm still working on the Moab Shawlette.  I finally got into a good rhythm and have about 10 rows to go.  And then it's on to blocking.  

Speaking of blocking I realized yesterday that I have about 3 projects I still have to block!  Maybe I'll get to it over the long weekend.  Maybe I'll also get around to deciding which book I want to read!

Joining Ginny.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

I love simple.  It just makes life easy.  And I'm not always good at keeping things that way either. Sometimes you just have to sit back, be quiet and think.  I love the ToT that Carole picked this week. It wasn't difficult to come up with this list.   10 Seemingly Ordinary Things That Bring You Joy.

1.  The smell of my dog.  Strange huh?  I love how he smells and since he is my shadow I can usually smell him often.  I loved the smell of my yellow lab too.  It makes me sad that I can't remember his smell anymore and he's only been gone a few years.
2.  Finding different things to photograph.  My hubby bought this hibiscus a week ago and I have been having fun with it.
3.  My pumpkin iced coffee from Dunkin.  It's baaaaaack......
4.  Walking into my house and it's already clean.  I can sit and relax  This doesn't happen often enough though!
5.  Sitting around the fire at night.  We have been making fires most nights as long as it hasn't been raining.  I have been getting some good knitting time in around the fire.  I'm not too sure how my FO's will smell though.
6.  Playing games with the family.  We have been on a Mille Borne kick lately.  It has created some late nights.
7.  Being out on the deck at night with the lights on.  I will either knit or we play games out there. We are trying to come up with a way to extend the season with an outdoor heater.  The other issue is finding a way to keep the wind under control.  We are working on that now.
8.  Getting yarn catalogs in the mail.  Webs and Knitpicks are my fun places.
9.  Petting our chinchilla.  His fur is so soft and you can't help but smile when you tough him.  And he loves it too.
10. Ice cream at the end of the day.  I find a way to do it most days.  And we found a new ice cream place to visit.  The Ice Cream Barn.  Oh my gosh it is so fresh.  A wonderful treat once in a while.

Monday, August 31, 2015


Before I talk about the weekend I just wanted to thank all of you who left me kind comments last week.  I felt like I got a great big hug from each and every one of you.  It was a very quiet week.  I didn't do much.  I didn't even really knit.  But I felt OK.  And like I said  before, life goes on.

This past weekend was Samfest at Slater Mill and they asked us to come and spin.  It was a nice day listening to music, checking out different craft vendors and enjoying good company.  

Our guild holds it's meetings at Slater Mill each month but I never really walk around and get to admire it's beauty.  It such a pretty spot.  So the weekend was refreshing and we are ready to take on a new week!

How was your weekend?

Monday, August 24, 2015

One Year

I have wrote this blog post in my head a hundred times.  Then I wasn't going to write it at all.  I try and keep my blog a positive space.  Most of you come here to read about yarn and what I'm making. I include some personal stuff.  Some I leave out.  Who wants to hear about negativity?  We live in a world full of negative.  

In thinking about the negative I realized there is positive in almost every negative situation.  And that's what I choose to focus on.  It's been a year since my brother's accident. Three days later he lost his life.  It was all a blur for the next few months.  Trying to recover from the death of a loved one is more than anybody would want to handle.  Then add the dynamic of trying to operate a business he ran and it becomes both overwhelming yet cathartic.  

Over the years I spent with my brother both personally and in business I learned that no matter what is going on around you - business goes on.  I snapped into business mode as soon as the accident occurred trying to do what I thought he would want. I have spent the last year doing just that. And I have learned.  The obvious is that life can change in an instant.  We all know this.  We are jolted into this reality whenever we lose a loved one.  Accidents happen.  There are things we can not control. You can't stop people from doing what they want to do even if there is some element of danger.  That would be like telling me not to knit.  You gotta do what you love.  And you have to laugh.  Even at the times where you don't think it's appropriate!  I occasionally make a comment about my brother and will make some sort of joke - people aren't sure what to think, but that's how we were.  We always found humor even in the strangest of circumstances.  

These were the last words my brother "spoke" to me.  I still have the texts.  I'm glad his last word to me was "Thanks" because I knew he always appreciated what I did.  I'm also glad we had that conversation about the boat inspection because the text before that ended in "WTF".  How's that for last words?  To be honest, his true last words after the accident to the driver who was with him before he lost consciousness were"Oh Shit".  See what I mean about a sense of humor in the strangest of times?  

I have also learned how kind people can be.  And how generous.  Generous with their time, their money, their words.  Truly amazing.  Life is different now.  Very different.  When the sadness creeps in I try and find some positive.  Because I know that's what he would do.  

P.S.  Click here to learn what my brother Michael was about.  He's the first one speaking.  And I know - we don't look anything alike!   

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Yarn Along

My knitting mojo kinda left the building for a few days.  I have managed to work on socks because that requires no brain cells.  I still want to sit at the beach every time I work on these.

If I have no knitting mojo you know there is zero reading happening.

Well that's a wrap!

Inspire me - what's on your needles and nooks these day?  Join me at Ginnys.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Sunny and hot was the weekend we got. Saturday I spent most of the day in the shade knitting my shawl. There was a gentle breeze which made it delightful to be outside. Sunday turned out much hotter than expected but I didn't notice for a while. The entire family went to the Fall River Grand Prix to watch the races. Sadly our company didn't have any boats in the race (they don't have a suitable class for us to run) but we had a blast as spectators. We got to watch the first race from a huge sailboat and enjoyed the bay breeze. By the time the first race ended I was feeling a bit out of sorts. Within the hour I was nauseous and pretty dehydrated. I never had that happen before!  So by the time the second race went off I was sitting in the shade with a big bottle of water. So much for the photos I wanted to take!  We had a great time though and I can't wait for next years race.  You can't beat that much fun and action - and only 5 minutes from home! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

At The Fair

It's time for the Washington County Fair and the RI Spinner's Guild was in attendance again. 

There was LOTS of food.

And what's a fair without a tractor or two?

And lots of animals.  Especially cute babies.

And of course this was my favorite part.  

We spun till the sun set and even after that.  See you next year Washington County!


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