|ten Tavern Blues blocks|
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
|Sixteen inches of fluffy snow|
from two storms
taken January 2, 2017
|taken January 23, 2017|
Winter's work kept me busy - shoveling and shoveling.
|taken January 24, 2017|
I hated to leave the piles in the street, but I needed to clear a path to get out of my driveway.
|street looking toward my house|
taken January 24, 2017
A seventeen hour power outage (January 7, 2017 - January 8, 2017) in-between storms made life even more interesting, but thanks to the linemen who had to endure winter's wrath to restore power, I am now cozy in a warm home.
What have I been doing other than shoveling snow? I've been sewing, knitting, listening to audiobooks, and watching Netflix. My winter's work is definitely more appealing to me than Mother Nature's variety.
|sewing Tavern Blues' blocks and watching NCIS|
in the warmth of my house.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Both my maternal and paternal grandparents were immigrants. They became productive members of the American society, learned the language from their children who learned it at school, and became American citizens. They had strong work ethics which they passed on to their children. Their descendants served in the military and worked in white collar and blue collar jobs. They were proud to call America home.
Today's immigrants are no different - they want a better life, and they want their children to have a better life. America should not discriminate on those who want to start a new life, attend school, or have their family here. Today's immigrants or their descendants may become inventors, doctors, nurses, teachers, professors, farmers, business owners, etc. By turning them away, America is denying their dreams and possibly America's own prosperity.
Update: This issue is not about illegal immigrants, it is about those who have already been vetted, issued green cards an/or visa. Many of the individuals who have bee denied entry for "extreme vetting" have already been vetted and have already been in America. Many currently have jobs or are students and researchers at various universities. If you support the Executive Order have you considered that other world leaders called the White House to educate the President and his staff about the Geneva Convention? Have you considered if you leave the country, that YOU may be denied entry?
Friday, January 27, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
|Hook Book by|
|inside the Hook Book|
slots for hooks, and a small flap for miscellaneous
and a bit of felt for a sewing needle
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
|finished Hitchhiker Beyond|
Hitchhiker Beyond was an evening project, and I listened to audiobooks while knitting. After two weeks of knitting, it came off of the needles last week. I haven't blocked it yet, so I'll post another photo when that's done.
Pattern: Hitchhiker Beyond (Ravelry link) by Martina Behm
Needles: US size 6
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select (African Grey) 4 oz/114 grams
Notes: Trust the pattern: the designer knows what she is doing! The notes on the pattern advised weighing the yarn before beginning; when a 1/3 of the yarn has been used, the decreases begin. I weighed and calculated and began knitting. I had 2 grams remaining. Weighing the yarn is important - don't trust the yarn label for an accurate weight.
The pattern is easy and fun to knit.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
|box of scrap sock yarn from Kathy E|
Several years ago, Kathy sent me a box of sock yarn scraps that I used to make short-cuffed socks and many baby hats, shown here, here, here.
|the box contained a bounty of sock yarn scraps|
After winding the loose yarn into balls, I couldn't resist casting on and knitting.
|one of many baby hats from Kathy's scraps|
Thank you, Kathy for reconnecting with me and for the scrap yarn bounty you sent for the babies. I wish you well in your new calling. God bless you in your ministry.
Monday, January 23, 2017
|Tavern Blues fabrics were cut for blocks|
|these fabrics didn't make the cut|
I don't know why I delayed so long in starting this quilt. Sewing has begun: photos will be posted later this week.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
To some it may seem like a little thing - the coining of a phrase to describe falsehoods, but I draw the line when that phrase is being used to defend a person who is officially speaking for the American President.
The position of White House Press Secretary or Presidential Spokesmen should not be taken lightly, and the words spoken at an official press conference at the White House should be the truth, not lies or falsehoods or "alternative" facts. The American people should demand the truth be spoken at that podium EVERY SINGLE TIME. The press corps' job is to ask tough questions, and it is the Press Secretary's role to answer them truthfully. Trust is built on credibility; credibility, on the truth.
I admire Chuck Todd for holding Presidential Spokesman, Kellyanne Conway's feet to the fire on Meet the Press. Every American citizen whether they supported this president or not should be outraged when anything less than the truth is presented by President Trump, his cabinet, or his spokesmen.
The world is watching our new President and his cabinet. The world is watching the American people. The world is watching the American press. Our republic and our values are being tested.
"Alternative" facts from the White House cannot be tolerated nor should Americans be asked to tolerate them. Once we turn a blind eye to the little things; they gradually become big things.
"Alternative facts" are NOT little things!
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
|Road Less Travelled |
Quilt of Valor
60 x 70 inches
The Road Less Travelled
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Road Less Travelled is QOV #110
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
|Worlds Without End|
by Greg Olsen
I saw a large print of the painting at the Nativity Walk that I attended with Sue in early December. I marveled at the image and sent a photo to Kristi (Thankful Me) when she commented that the Nativity Walk sounded a lot like the one her church hosts. Kristi told me the name of the painting and the artist, which is what directed me to the website where my finger hovered over the "order" button.
Pondering who sent the mystery gift, I came to the conclusion that it must be Kristi since she is the only one who knew specifics about the painting. After I thanked Kristi in an email, she confirmed that the print was from her. This print reminds me that the mysteries of the Universe are not mysteries to God and that He marvels in them and in us.
Kristi, thank you again for the print, Worlds Without End.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
|Zombie BBQ socks|
I keep a project in my Tuesday Night Knitting bag: an easy project that doesn't require a lot of attention, so I can chat. Currently, my project is using the Zombie BBQ yarn that Ellen gave me last March.
Since I only work on the socks on Tuesday evenings, they aren't progressing very fast, but they are fun to knit. Thanks again for this fun yarn, Ellen!
Monday, January 16, 2017
|two favorite quilt block patterns|
|block that works for a Quilt of Valor|
|a finished block|
Do you keep a book of notes for the patterns you like and may use again?
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
57 x 70 inches
Quilt of Valor
This is QOV #109
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
|Standing: Oscar Lund, Nils Gabrielsen, Barbara and Bob Rohn, my Mom,|
Harold and Alma Schmidt, Linda Keldsen, Art Rohn. Seated: Karen Gabrielsen,
Naomi Lund, and Lydia Rohn
December 1970 or 1971
Oscar and Naomi Lund owned the grocery store in Kinnear for many years. At the rear of the store was the local post office, and Oscar was the postmaster. Naomi worked at the store and also gave piano lessons. Oscar was quite a jokester and had a booming laugh.
Nils and Karen Gabrielsen lived down the hill from my Mom and also had a dairy farm. Nils parents Gabe and Mary lived there before Nils and Karen took over the farm. Both Gabe and Mary were deaf, but Mary and my Mom visited often by "finger writing" on the kitchen tablecloth. Nils and my brother Rich were the same age, and they spent a lot of time running around together.
Barbara and Bob Rohn also had a farm in the immediate area - about a mile northwest of my Mom. Besides farming, Bob also drove school bus, and Barbara (my cousin) later worked in the school business office. Since Bob and my brothers were close in age, they chummed around together while growing up and probably got into a lot of trouble, too.
Harold and Alma Schmit lived and farmed a mile south of my Mom. Their son, Marvin now runs the farm. I always remember the loving care Alma had for her aging mother-in-law.
Art and Lydia Rohn lived and farmed a mile east of my Mom. Lydia was one of my 4-H leaders and Art worked for Midvale Irrigation. They were Bob's parents. One of my best friends in school was their daughter, Cathy.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
|Maple Leaf Peace Cowl|
Pattern: Project Peace Cowl (Ravelry link) by Christina Campbell
Needles: US 6
Pagewood Farm YUKON (Maple Leaf)
Cherry Tree Hill Sock (Teal)
Monday, January 9, 2017
|United We Stand|
57 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor
United We Stand is the first QOV for 2017 and quilt #108.