Tuesday, October 6, 2015

10 On Tuesday

One of the most stressful things in life is to lose a loved one. The shock lasts for a while and sometimes you are just paralyzed. Out of the loss and grief come blessings if you can believe it. Last year when my brother died I was overwhelmed by the support my family received. It also made me more aware of what I can do for others who are grieving. 10 Things To Do To Be Supportive When Someone Dies 

1.  Text or send a message. Sometimes people just aren't up to talking about their loss. Messages are good because they can get back to you when they are ready. And those little messages are what helps to uplift somebody.  It took me months to respond to all the messages and texts but there were days when I just wasn't up to talking.  And everyone understood.
2. Ask what you can do to help. From canceling appointments to childcare. They all help. 
3. Offer to cook or bring food over. Something that freezes works well. A lot of people simply can't eat from the stress of it all. But when they can all they need to do is heat it up. 
4. Send a plant. Sounds silly but I cherish the plants we received and I love watching them grow. Something that can be planted outdoors is especially nice. 
5. When they are ready just visit and simply give them a hug. Just that feeling of warmth is comforting. 
6. Send a card. Sounds ordinary but I still have cards that I have not even opened from last year. Every once in a while I open one and it feels good to know that so many people care. 
7. Cry with them. People hold it in sometimes and just really need to let it out. And they need to be told it's ok to cry. 
8. Make a donation or help them set up one if it's needed.  Sometimes there are children left behind, or even pets or an organization that the beloved was passionate about.  
9.  Acknowledge their feelings.  It may seem crazy to you but everyone reacts to death differently.  
10.  Simply let them know that you are there.  Even if they don't need you at first, the months that follow are harder than you think.  Offer to take them out or come over and have a drink.  The grief process is long and different for everyone.

Thank you Carole for this wise and helpful prompt.  

Monday, October 5, 2015



It was a weekend of love
We visited friends 
Had dinners out
Spent Sunday watching football
Nicole cooked all day - home made calamari, cookies, pizza bread, and kept going
Family came for dinner
I worked on some knitting patterns
We enjoyed and appreciated each other

How was your weekend?

Joining Karen

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Birthday Socks

I started these beach-like socks over the summer and can not believe how long they took to finish.  I used Madeline Tosh Sock with size 0 needles.  I swore the entire time that they would be too small for my mom but when I put them on the sock blockers they were perfect.  Now even with size 0 needles I can normally whip out a pair of socks in short order.  I swear my knitting mojo left the building this past summer.

I woke up to 52 degrees this morning.  I think it will return with necessity of keeping warm soon.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yarn Along

Not much new on the knitting scene.  I am working on samples for the class I am teaching.  Last night was the first night and my students are awesome.  One more week of Beginning Knitting then onto the Advanced session.  I created some simple patterns for them to follow.  The scarf above is one of them.  

Reading - not so much..... 

I did join Goodreads so there's a step in the right direction!  

Joining Ginny.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

10 on Tuesday

Life is about learning but I have learned that the older I get the less patience I have.  Carole's prompt today is 10 Things I Wish I Could Learn Instantly:

1.  Photoshop.  I have played around with it (as is evidenced by the above photo) but I know it does so much more.  It's just having the patience (and time) to sit and do it.
2.  Play the guitar.  I learned when I was in 4th grade but I didn't stick with it.  I wish I had.  
3.  Web design.  I want to do my blog over and design my web page (I have had the website for years but there is nothing on it).  
4.  Dancing.  I know how to dance and I have rhythm but doing it with a partner would be neat.  
5.  How to weave on a floor loom.  I could get the weaving down but that warping part is a bit intimidating.  
6.  Paint.  I had such a good time last year at Paint and Vino.  My painting was OK but I'm sure with practice (again - it takes time) it would be pretty nice.
7.  Sew.  I would love to make my own project bags.
8.  Investing.  I try to keep up with the stock market but I still feel like I'm missing the boat.  And I really do need to know more.  I'm sure my 401K isn't invested as wisely as it could be.
9.  Skiing.  On the snow that is.  
10.  Meditation.  I like to sit and have quiet time in the morning but I never really get to the part where I am actually meditating.  I'm sure there is so much more to it.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Our little town had its country festival. The spinners were invited so spin we did. With the exception of the wind the weather was beautiful. They had lots of activities for the kids, animals, antique farm equipment and fire trucks. 

We celebrated my moms 73rd birthday with dinner and a birthday pie instead of a cake. And now I am ready to face a very busy week ahead. 

How was your weekend?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Confessions of an Addict

A bag addict that is (OK - food too, but we are talking about bags right now).  I have had my eye on this one for a while and when I noticed they were offering free shipping I clicked "purhase".  

It's a bag by Yarn Pop.  And while it's meant to be a knitting bag I have been using it for much more.


The material is a nice canvas.  And it has owls so how happy am I?

I love the grommets on the side of the bag.  They have many uses and I'm looking forward to trying them all out.

I love that I can throw all my stuff in there and just go.  Even my big camera.  I can see this bag being used for a while.

Are any of you bag addicts?  I don't have much in the way of clothes or shoes, but bags?  Oh my.


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