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Archive for July, 2016

Grandma on a Road Trip

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Being the grandma on a road trip is different from other roles. On the one hand, I’m less responsible for things. I’m keeping in the background and being agreeable, I’m sharing the cost and the care of the children, but I don’t tell anyone what to do or make any plans. When I feel like […]


Saturday, July 30th, 2016

I’m heading out on vacation tomorrow morning. I have packed my knitting bag (though it occurs to me that I should just copy a page or two from each of these knitting books instead of taking the books along). Last year I packed Adiri #3, and I still have not finished it. How could that […]

Vacation Prep

Friday, July 29th, 2016

#2 daughter came to visit. We had lunch at Mimi’s and a DNC watch party, with nachos and watermelon. Today we went to Rick’s with #1 daughter, #1 son and his kids came by, and then the girls and the Good Ole Boy and my husband and I went out for fried chicken. There was […]

Quilting in July

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

I usually stop quilting for the summer around the Fourth of July. This year I’m continuing to work on the Little Boy’s quilt. I like these golden stars with the appliqu├ęd sports motifs. I’ve been having a devil of a time marketing them, though. The marking pencil I started with breaks every time it gets […]

End of Unemployment?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

My husband has been offered a job — assuming he passes the physical. He has been unemployed for more than a year. This doesn’t actually mean that he has been unable to find a job for a year. It’s more like he has been able to avoid finding a job for a year, while we […]

On Jackets

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

August is near, and I still have a couple of Craftsy classes to complete for my Summer School, including one on sewing the iconic Chanel-style tweed jacket. Here’s the fabric for that class: an Oscar de la Renta boucle tweed, quite lightweight, incorporating threads of rose and chocolate brown. The truth is, I tend to […]

Best Investment

Monday, July 25th, 2016

    I’ve blogged for financial advisers and medical professionals long enough that I should not have been surprised when I read the best investment advice for people my age, but I was in fact completely surprised. I hadn’t thought about it. Here it is: If you’re in your 50s, the most important thing you […]

Conference End

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

It was a nice conference and my presentations went well. I enjoyed it as a social event and learned some things. “I don’t think you know how much presence you have in a room,” one guy said. “You’ve got some fans in this room!” said a woman in one of my presentations. It was a […]

Summer Garden

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Yesterday began with a bunch of changes for the Republican Party site we manage, based on the events of the RNC. Then a workman came to the door to tell me that he’d broken a gas line. My call to the gas company required telling my story to six different people. All that got fixed […]

Delish Cardigan

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

I’m knitting Amy Herzog’s Delish Cardigan in Elann Highland Wool, Victorian Rose. I chose it with the idea of following the instructions from Herzog’s “Knit to Flatter” class precisely. I chose a pattern from the book and am being a good student, following instructions exactly according to my measurements. But I can’t bring myself to […]

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