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Archive for May, 2015

HotPatterns Peasant Blouse

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

This is the old HotPatterns Peasant Blouse, not the new Refined Peasant Blouse. I watched the tutorial for the new one, though, and found it very helpful. It often referenced what must have been customer complaints about this one so I was aware of some of the issues. This is my wearable muslin, made from […]

Goji Berries

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Last night I got eight hours of sleep, albeit with 21 wakings, for the first time all month. This probably explains my feeling of excitement about the day ahead. I am planning a PSD, though there will be work and housework involved as well. I am also trying out the Superfoods, which are mostly weird […]


Friday, May 29th, 2015

  The nice UPS guy brought me a bunch of packages in the rain. There were books, and a big box of super foods. More of my free goodies for review. Goji berries Chia seeds Cacao powder Raw cacao nibs Whole grain quinoa MCT oil Glucosamine supplement Vitamin D3 pills I don’t know what to […]

Sleep and Data

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

I write about sleep a lot, largely because I don’t get enough of it. I now know this for a fact because the new, fancier Fitbit my daughter gave me tells me so. In fact, it tells me that I have not gotten eight hours of sleep in any night since Mother’s Day. The problem […]


Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

I’ve almost finished the monogramming class at Craftsy, in the sense that I have watched all but one lesson. I have not so much as taken the cover off the machine, but it appears that machine embroidery is partly about software and partly about getting the fabric and hoop and machine in the right places […]

The Meaning of Meals

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Meals of Memorial Day weekend: Saturday… Breakfast was hash brown casserole, sausage, orange and grapefruit, sparkling blood orange juice, and tea. Lunch was turkey and avocado on a ciabatta roll and a lemon cupcake at Briar Rose. Dinner was grilled chicken, potatoes, squash, and watermelon. Sunday breakfast was homemade sweet rolls with cream cheese icing, […]

Battlefields and Memorial Day

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Many of us ignore the original point of Memorial Day and spend it shopping instead. I get that. I’m not big on remembering sad things like deaths, and military deaths are not less sad to me than other deaths. Visiting graveyards is no comfort to me, and the military cemetery where my father’s grave is […]

Memorial Day

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

We started the day with breakfast… …and computers. Then we went to Battlefield Park. They have created some great interpretive exhibits since the last time we were there. Including a driving tour with CD which allows you to look out upon the fields where 2500 people died on December 7th, 150 years ago. It’s history. […]

Boxy Socks

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Here are the Boxy Socks from Sarah White’s new book, Colorwork Knitting. No, they were not on my to-do list, and yes, there are things I need more than a pair of fancy socks, but I was reviewing the book, so I needed to make something from it. Good book. While today is a rainy […]

Holiday Weekend Ahead

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

I’m heading into a long weekend with #2 daughter on her way with her young man, who does not yet have a nickname, and plenty of great plans to enjoy some time off. My closet is, as you can see above, reasonably tidy if not cultish, but the rest of my house is not. I […]

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