Wishing I was in Maui, but dealing with being here


I finally have a WIP to post! I love this project but find myself “tinking” often because I can’t count. Before I knit the next repeat I think I’ll “write” the chart. This is from The Sock Report and is called Zigzag Wanderer . It calls for 440 yards but my Tosh Sock only has 395. I thought I’d get away with one skein but that is obviously not going to happen. Even if I had 440 yards I don’t think it would be enough. Can’t wait to see how much it takes. I got the first skein at Stitches West at WEBS and paid less than retail. The second skein I bought last weekend at my LYS  is making this a very expensive project.

I also went to a “preview sale” at my friends yard sale last week and purchased S.A.B.L.E (Stash Acquisition  Beyond Life Expectancy), but at a really good price (75% of what she paid). I’ll post in another post soon.

Going on vacation next week and taking a few WIP’s and hoping to get them finished before I start anything new but there is always another new project waiting for me on the horizon!

If you click on the pic’s you can see the stitch definition better.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂


I guess my blog has turned into a “what I’ve been doing” rather than a philosophical look at life. That’s fine since Im not sure I have a philosophical opinion of life!

Since I last wrote two events I mentioned have transpired. First the Mad Hatters Tea Party at church on May 19th. In the May 11th post I mentioned the RSVP’s were at 60 and that I was working on getting the Queen of Tarts recipe to work. Well, we had 85 women attend and the Tarts didn’t turn out!! It was a lovely day and we had just enough food. The ladies of the church were very generous with bringing food and even though the tarts didn’t work out we had tons of cookies. The men of the church did a great job of serving and my friend Shari saved my life by helping me the whole day setting up, arranging the food and keeping me calm. The only thing that didn’t work the day of the Tea was the tea. A few days before the tea someone asked if they should bring their teapot. Teapot?! I hadn’t planned on that. And then, the water I heated in the coffee urns wasn’t hot. Who knew that the heat turned off and didn’t keep the coffee (water in my case) hot. That makes sense in that you wouldn’t want the water to keep perking the coffee if you were making coffee. One of the “older” members told me after the fact that in the past they heated BIG pots of water to brew the tea in individual tea pots. No one told me that! As it turned out it was 85 degrees and everyone wanted either iced tea or lemonade and I had both. All in all it was a great event.

The May 26th event, the Emmaus Walk Kitchen reunion, was attend by me, Kathleen, Monica and Val. Most people didn’t even RSVP. A little discouraging but “where two or more are gathered in His name, He is there”. We had good fellowship and planned to get together again in July as Helen is having a Community wide event for women in June.

WOW, June is almost half over and it’s been busy. I worked at Sunset Celebration Weekend (Sunset Magazine) on the 2nd and 3rd. It was fun getting back together with people I have worked with the last 5 years. It’s hard work for good pay and fun to be with everyone. I met another knitter on the crew and we had a great time talking knitting while we worked making sandwiches for Orowheat bread.

This weekend was the start of WWKIP week. The Wednesday night knitting group went to the Morgan Hill Farmers Market for a few hours of knitting on Saturday and then went to lunch at a local Mexican restaurant.

Two other things happened in the past month. The day after the tea I was asked to meet Pastor Tom in his office. All I could think about was “who did I offend at the tea”. Turns out the Session of the church had nominated me to be an Elder for the next 3 years. Whew, I just joined this church and already they want me to be an Elder. I didn’t know if I could do this again. I was an Elder at Immanuel and it was really stressful. However, it just so happen we were studying Moses in the Old Testament where God asked Mosses to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land and after all of Moses’ excuses God said he’d be with him and Moses agreed to lead them, so what could I say! This morning after worship I was commissioned an Elder. The other thing that happened was I was asked to be Kitchen Boss for the Walk to Emmaus in November. After praying on that I said no, not this time but that I would work in the kitchen on the team again. Then the Kitchen Boss called and asked me to be the Assistant Boss. After praying againg (and remembering Moses) I agreed to be the assistant.

David and I did go see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and really enjoyed it mainly because of the cast and the locale. The story was a bit choppy but all and all a good movie.

David and I also went to Half Moon Bay at the end of May for the day. It was great to see my friend Ruth at the HMB Wine and Cheese store.

Whew, it’s been a bust 30 days. I have several things on the calendar between now and when we go to Tacoma for 3 weeks (July 2nd-18th or 19th).

Of course knitting is always happening. I’ve completed a few projects and have a few projects in the works.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my world.

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going on. Where to begin? I’ve had coffee with Kathleen K. twice since our Emmaus work weekend. We have planned a get together on the 26th of May for those who worked who would like to get together. I used Evite for the first time to invite everyone. We’re planning a light breakfast and sort of a planning session to see what folks would like to do with this group. Found out the Helen is planning a get together in June with a similar plan. She is including all who worked the Walk.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party is a week from Saturday at our church. I hope we’ll have enough food. I heard that the RSVP was over 60!!vToday I scoped out the serving pitchers and platters in the church kitchen. Went to a couple of places to see about plates, plastic ware and didn’t get anything. Tomorrow I’ll just go to Party City. Several folks said go to the Dollar Store but I didn’t like the quality (or lack of really) their things.

Right now I’m try the recipe for the Queen of Tarts tarts. So far the cookie dough shells aren’t working. Maybe my dough wasn’t cold enough. Will do another batch in just a bit.

Tomorrow night there is a Emmaus Community potluck. I’m going because it is being held at my church here in town and not 30 miles away. Going to make Pioneer Woman’s Olive Cheese Bread.

Tomorrow David and I plan to see the new movie with Judy Dench The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The review this morning was only two stars and not well like. But with the huge cast of legends I’m sure it will be good.

I wanted to make a sweater for Kathleen’s grand daughter for a christening gift but didn’t like any of the yarn at Michael’s. I’m such a yarn snob. I’m going to see if I can find the called for yarn at one of the local shops this weekend. The pattern is Burnett from Berroco.

Well, guess I better go check the cookie tart shells and figure out how to dow it. I’ve got 5 other women making them and I want them to be successful!

Dinner Tonight!!!

Made Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Two Dipping Sauces.

have I been? I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I wrote anything here. What have I been doing? A little knitting, and getting ready for and working the Walk To Emmaus retreat last weekend.

I am physically and mentally tired. I’m not used to sleeping on a blow up mat in a sleeping bag, getting up at the crack of dawn (well 6:00 a.m. anyway), being on the run all day, lifting heavy pots, pans and ingredients,cooking for 67 women,  and going to bed after 11 p.m. and then doing it all over again the next day. However it was a wonderful weekend working with my sisters in Christ and serving others. I’ve already sent in my request to work again in November. Call me crazy♥ My new friend Kathleen and I are working on a 4th Day Reunion with those who worked in the kitchen on this walk. We don’t want to lose touch with these wonderful women.

Knitting wise, I finished Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf in Noro Silk Garden. This is part of the Knitting Eileen’s Stash Project. I’m taking a break from her stash and working on mine. I have a cable scarf and Monkey III sock (2nd sock) to finish.

Today was the first Bible Study session on The Story. Pastor Tom will be using this study to preach from for 31 weeks in the next year (broken into three 9-10 week sessions). I’m  looking forward to being part of a small group again.

Here’s a picture of the scarf I finished for Eileen. Noro isn’t my favorite yarn. When I first started knitting I thought Noro was fabulous and so colorful. Now I dislike the twigs in the Silk Garden and the scratchiness of most of their yarns. Most of the rest of Eileen’s stash is Manos Classica. This is another one of the yarns I knitted with when I first started. I love the colors but don’t usually knit with heavy worsted yarn these days.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

FO Friday………

Two finished projects this week. One for me and the other is part of the Knitting Eileen”s Stash Project. The fingerless gloves are made from Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes  and the pattern is also from Blue Sky Alpaca, One Cable Mitts. They are meant to go with the Burberry Inspired Cowl. The scarf is  made from Ritratto which actually has a glitter but is hard to see in the photo.

I’m working on another Knitting Eileen’s Stash Project that should be done by next Friday. I also started a cabled scarf that will be up on WIPW and I hope to get back to my Monkey III second sock. It makes me crazy having so many projects on the sticks and yet I keep looking for more!! I suppose it’s part of the fun of being a knitter.

I’ll be 64 in a few weeks. Apparently my HMO can’t wait for me to be 65 because they sent an advertisement for their Senior Advantage Medicare Plan. Wait, let me get through 64 first!! Friends tell me I’ll get lots of this kind of mail the next few months. Guess they all just want to wish me happy 65th  birthday early.

I’m already the only one at work collecting Social Security (I took it at 62). Soon I’ll be the only one on Medicare working there. I’m the only one at work with grey hair that doesn’t try to cover it up. I’m old enough to be proud of every grey hair and wear it with pride. I’m old enough to be mother to several of my co-workers  and some I could be their grandmother.

There are some advantages of getting older:

  • Senior discount at the movie matinee
  • Senior discount at the craft store one Wednesdays
  • 5% off at some grocery stores
  • Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
  • In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
  • No one expects you to run into a burning building.
  • There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
  • Things you buy now won’t wear out.

My husband and I were talking this morning about how time seems to go faster now than it did when we were younger. He remembers being in the Navy and how slow those 4 years went. On the other hand, he can’t believe he’s been out of the Navy for over 40 years. I’m hoping the next few years don’t fly by and that I can enjoy my Senior Years.



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