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Make one thing every day, wander like a gypsy, and shine happiness like the sun

Rainbows from night terror

A horrible terror (which I won’t describe)  vividly woke me at 4:45 this morning.  After a warm shower I still couldn’t shake it, so I started the coffee early and was looking through frosty kitchen windows and realized I had an opportunity to catch the sunrise. (The only other times that’s happened I think I’ve been in labor).  The beauty was worth it, and I made a little wren frien’ to boot.  Enjoy the day and may the sunrise banish your nightmares.  Like Florence sings “it’s always darkest before the dawn.”

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Fiber Folks-Knitting4Peace

017I’ve been working on a new project-knitting Peace Pals for the Knitting4Peace group.  I found information on the internet while searching for new outlets for my projects.  Its a wonderful group with projects that serve a real purpose and are easy and portable.  These are a few of the things I’ve done.  The mini couple is from Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec.  They’re peaceful too!  Please check out and consider contributing to Knitting4Peace at knitting4peace.org 🙂ImageImageImageImageImageImage,

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Goodbye Charlie :(

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Charlie watching TV

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Charlie eating breakfast

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Charlie on the deck

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Charlie by the fish pond with newborn Bleeding Hearts

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Charlie in the rhododendron bush

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Yikes!! There are yellow dogs! (This is NOT Charlie)

I am such a lucky girl to have a day job with dogs.  Big dogs, little dogs, red dogs, blue dogs, yellow dogs, green dogs, black dogs, and white dogs. (Just kiddin’-kinda.  One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books)  Anyhow, I’ve been so blessed to have the company of the Lovely Charlie for a year, but sadly he’s moving away.  I made this as a going away gift for his equally lovely owners. I spent the morning with “Charlie”-he is so thoughtful to pose for the camera. (Wink wink)

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Spring “Peep”ers

I had time for a walk with my daughter today. Neither of us is overly chatty, so lots of time for reflection and pictures.  Neither of us likes self portraits either, so sunlight and shadows are our photos of choice.  We saw real bunnies and, as promised, here are some pictures of  one of my recent projects-amigurumi  “peeps”!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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The birth of beer

Or venus.  For venus would be a close second for my beer sommelier or beer cicerone friends.  I’ve been in a crafting, gardening, shopping, animal loving frenzy and too preoccupied to blog, but these soon to be Seymours (cue Rocky Horror) seemed worth mention.  They start out slowly in late March and quickly gain speed.  By early summer they’re growing 8-12 ” per day.  I have them on an eastern facing wall with shaded roots and good air circulation.  The soil doesn’t have to be particularly rich, and average moisture works best for these.  I’m not certain of the variety, so I don’t want to misrepresent.  If anyone wants to throw out an opinion however, it’s greatly welcome.  I’ve been taking root cuttings over the past week or so, and find that the ziplock bag filled with moist peat moss works great. Cheers! Slainte! Salut!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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I’m Blushing:)

My humble thanks goes to graycrochet.wordpress.com who so kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award!  The only other nominations I’ve ever received usually involve cutting out thousands of tiny box tops from boxes of granola bars.  I’m not entirely WordPress certified, so I’m not exactly sure how to link or nominate others, but I’m going to do my best.  I do know how to copy and paste (thanks to my ten-year old), which I did with …

The Rules

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer 11 random questions
  4. Create 11 random questions for your nominees
  5. Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more newbie bloggers!  (no tag backs)

So here goes:

Random facts:

1.I could live on licorice, salsa, pizza, and saltines

2.I wish I could do back flips.

3. I talked to my stuffed animals with pretend walkie-talkies when I was a kid.

4.I feel compelled to save any plant from the trash of from being trampled.

5. I also feel compelled to save earth worms on the sidewalk that are too far from the dirt.

6.I’m ashamed that I’m a fiber hoarder (not the prune kind of fiber)

7.I buy things at estate sales because I feel badly that someone’s treasures may be forgotten.

8.I would change the names of all my children to something outrageous. Think Ziggy (actually my dog’s name) or Moon Unit. No one ever forgets those names.

9.I wanted to set up a tattoo stand in a country store when I was a kid.

10.I read obituaries daily.  I feel like it honors the lives of people I’ve never met.  Sometimes it inspires me to try to be a better or more interesting person.

11. I have a Rainman like ability to remember birthdays.

Questions from Gray:

1. Favorite crochet pattern:  Usually changes to whatever I’m working on RIGHT NOW.  Yes, sadly I have CrochetDD (like ADD).  So, now that would be peeps. (I’ll post pics in an upcoming blog)

2.Favorite meal to cook: Homemade pizza

3.Favorite band: Collective Soul and SilversunPickups

4.Glass half empty/half full:  I WISH I was half full; in reality I’m a half empty 😦

5.Purpose of blog:  To chronicle my projects and give me a benchmark for what I actually do accomplish, as opposed to what I just dream about doing while I’m doing something else.

6.Favorite websites: etsy, homepath, craigslist, spoonflower, lark, storey

7.Incense, candles, or room spray: Incense-nag champa or patchouli.  I should have been of age at Woodstock.

8.Superpower for a day and why: Is mindreading a superpower?  How many milliseconds til I asked “Do these jeans make my butt look big?”

9.To go back in time and talk to anyone and why:  Wow-tough one.  I love historical fiction, and I think this of every character I read about. Anne Boleyn, Henry VII, Clara Barton. And also Fred Rogers.

10.Favorite animal: Skunk.  Really.  I think they’re so adorable and so misunderstood.

11.Favorite childhood memory: I had a very eclectic childhood, so there’s lots of fun memories.  Maybe eating sticky rice from street vendors in Bangkok, or walking through souks in Saudi Arabia.  Catching buses to New York and wandering around Manhattan, skating in Peachtree Park in Atlanta.

Nominees:

1. Gwenniesgarden.wordpress

2.Notyouraveragecrochet.wordpress

3.Kathrynrubidoux.wordpress

4.MMM..Meditation, Mental health, and Mindful crochet at delemares.wordpress

Questions for Nominees:

1. If you could move to any place/county, what would it be?

2.Would you turn your hobby/craft into a job?

3.What age in your life would you go back to and why?

4.What is your dream job?

5. What job would you never want to do?

6. Best present you ever received?

7. Best advice you’ve ever received?

8.Ideal vacation?

9. Favorite type of food (Chinese, Mexican, Vietnamese, etc.)?

10.Would you rather be president (prime minister, etc) or royalty?

11. If you lost one of your senses (sight, hearing, etc.) which could you live without?

 

So my most humble thanks again to Gray and I hope my nominees have as much fun as I did!  Best wishes for a happy weekend!

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“Of courserous, can’t you?”

If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals…. That was my FAVORITE movie when I was a kid.  Now to watch it is sometimes painful nostalgia, as the cinematography seems so primitive.  Kind of like how it’s fun to use an old fashioned hand crank egg beater for about a minute, then it gets old might quick.  Anyhow, I was fortunate to be able to visit the Waccatee Zoo in South Carolina this week, and these are my new friends.  I know that some think zoos are cruel, and sometimes I agree, but this zoo is peaceful, clean, and has a kind aura.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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The River Rocks

I’ve been doing small projects lately as it’s all I seem to be able to wrap my head around.  The recent rains have made the river swell, but luckily I plucked these before the waters rose.  ImageImagechet, riverImage

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Stinky Lemonade

You know the saying “When life gives you lemons…”? Well, the pictures tell this story.  The smell is slightly lingering-the upside is that the cats aren’t interested in the little owl 🙂ImageImageImageImage

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She asks for so little

At the behest of my truest and oldest friend, I’m saddling up to the stool to type a meager post.  Probably no surprise that the long winter is chilling my spirit.  Anyhow- my daughter begged to keep this bonsai in her room and promised to care for it better than her hamster (who also died).  I snuck it and all it’s dead leaves out of her room to the plant infirmary (aka southeast facing laundry room window) and have been willing it to come back to life.  Maybe it’s my muse, as the little leaves are slowing pushing out of the dead branches.ImageImageImageImage

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