Monday, September 10, 2018

Learning new things

Today I learned that Mini steals yarn - whether I’m finished with it or not. She stole a ball right off my spot on the couch that was connected to the beginning of a blanket. She wrapped the strand all over the family room and up the stairs. Somehow I only lost about 5 stitches. When she was done, she deposited it in our room near my dresser where I’d be sure to find it. I was not pleased...

Today  I was not up for working on the blanket associated with the ball of yarn above, so I decided to learn something new. I’d seen a couple of articles on Tunisian Crochet. I have some super soft yarn, and a Tunisian Crochet hook. I watched a video. I read up on the technique. I figured I’d give it a shot.  I like it. I like the result which is thick and snuggly. I like the technique. It’s different and I’m not very fast, but I’ll get there! I’m about 1/4 of the way done with a scarf. Yes, I am pretty impressed with myself!

Tomorrow I’m going to learn new things, too! I’ve got bible study in the morning. I always learn something there!

Tomorrow afternoon I’m headed to my shooting class. I’m so so excited! I am hoping they can help me with my aim. I don’t know if it’s the glasses combined with the eye protection or just the eyes, but I need a little help in that department. I’m looking forward to using the simulator as well as trying out  a bunch different weapons. I’ll be learning lots.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Hug your loved ones

We had a funeral to attend on Saturday for a young man who was 23. His family is keeping his cause of death a secret, but we assume is was either a drug overdose or suicide. His parents are devastated as are his grandparents and siblings. His friends were scattered around the room with their parents and significant others. Many of them were still in shock and are so sad that their friend is gone forever.
This kid had the best of everything growing up. He had cats, played soccer, took music lessons, went on family vacations, and was on a crew team. He came from a very close knit family that was so incredibly proud of him. He went to a college known for turning out highly successful people. He was an amazing musician who taught underprivileged children how to play the guitar. How could this terrific kid be so incredibly selfish as to do drugs or to take his own life? What could be so bad that he needed this horrific and permanent solution to a temporary problem... it just incredibly sad...
So - hug your children, each other, and your parents tight. Life is too short.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The starting bell

Today was our first bell rehearsal of the year!
Yesterday I was a bit ambivalent, but today I am excited.

Leeds Bell Choir did a fantastic job! We started slow and steady and finished up ringing through a long - but fun - piece. I am so proud of each and every one of them.

Tomorrow Emmanuel will have their first rehearsal. I’m sure it will be just as fun and productive. We will be missing two ringers, but we will manage.

I’ve got to get information for festival together because I want both choirs to attend in the spring. I know they will all benefit from the classes and from the time away together.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018


Already? How did that happen?
Bell rehearsals start tomorrow and Thursday. I’m prepping music and finishing up the last couple of foam pad covers. And yet, I am tired. I feel like I could use another month before starting up the ringing year.  I’m also tired of being the leader, the director, the responsible one. I just want to show up and ring... one more year and then I might be able to step back behind the table. I miss ringing. I love it. Maybe I can sub in once in a while... I need to keep my skills up!

Saturday, September 01, 2018


I ended up making 2 Dragonfly blankets for 2 different charities - both cancer related. It was hard to get one done on a schedule, but the second was due to the charity sooner than the first. I did nothing but work on those blankets for a week. My house is upside down, the laundry basket overflows, but those blankets went into the mail yesterday.
I hope they both bring a lot of money!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Dragonfly

So... yeah... I forgot about the dragonfly blanket that I need to make and send for PJ’s auction before September 13th. I have some coral yarn that is a really lovely color. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how much money it will bring in. I know that if I make it out of Aran, it will bring in a tidy sum.
I’ll be heading out to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to get some yarn in Aran.
PJ was a very special girl and I want her family to be able to offer the scholarship in her name - so... whatever it takes,
In the mean time, I’ll work on the coral version - a deserving person just came to mind. I’ll send it to that family when the time is right.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

One stitch at a time

I’m working on using up the yarn I have in the house. I’m using it up, albeit slowly. Yesterday I whipped up a chunky lap blanket and delivered it to the church - along with 6 chunky skeins that my friend gave me for Prayer Shawl that I don’t really have time to turn into a blanket. One of the other ladies scooped it right up! I was so glad to hand that huge bag of yarn over!
Tomorrow, I should finish up the shawl I’m working on now. I’ve only got one ball of yarn left, so the end is in sight. After that, it’s time for some scarves and mittens. I need a break from the big stuff.