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Archive for April, 2017

Garden Survival

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

We woke, washed, and checked out of the hotel, heading to Union Station. There we had a lavish breakfast buffet and then went to see the hideous destruction of Pompei, complete with a finale including shaking of the room and clouds of mist intended to simulate toxic gases. We drove south between fields which had […]


Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The conference was good. There was a lot of overlap among the sessions, so I was very glad that I went first. Nothing like preparing a good talk and then discovering that four other speakers are covering the main points you’re covering. Wodehouse has a very moving story about this situation, except that it was […]

We’re Ready

Monday, April 24th, 2017

“I think you’re ready,” our director said this evening. We’re singing the Faure Requiem, and I have to admit it’s beginning to sound pretty good. I will miss the dress rehearsal, because I will be heading up to the Big City for a conference. I am speaking in the first slot on Friday morning, so […]

Rain, Rain, Rain

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

My husband and I went out and bought more vegetable plants (he felt it was too late for all those seeds I bought), but it rained too much for planting.  Look closely at the picture above and you’ll see a container of lilies completely full of rainwater. It was also 48 degrees out. Accordingly, I […]

Fragrant Rain

Friday, April 21st, 2017

#1 son brought his family over for dinner last night. We played Apples to Apples after the meal, and I chose “rain” for the adjective “fragrant.” Entirely coincidentally, it is raining today. The sound of the rain last night lulled me to sleep and it woke me up again early this morning. This is the […]

Easter 2017

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

#1 daughter, the Good Ol’ Boy, #1 son, and the DIL came over for Easter dinner, so we had an all-adults meal with just six of us. To say nothing of the dog, who added liveliness to the day. We had pleasant conversations and plenty of good food. Said food included a butter sculpture of […]

Planting Time

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

It’s late for planting, but #1 daughter and I went to the nursery and bought plants and seeds. My porch flower boxes are full. I planted the containers and part of a postage stamp sized kitchen garden.

Good Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2017

It’s Good Friday. I should have baked hot cross buns and gone to church to sing and to contemplate the crucifixion of our Lord. But La Bella didn’t pick me up. She called, I later saw, but I was not paying attention. I stopped working in time, had dinner, and tidied the living room. I […]

Gull Stitch Layette

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Here’s a traditional knitted layette set. It’s the Elizabeth Zimmerman baby sweater and the Lullabye cap and bootees. There should also be a blanket to match. That’ll just be gull stitch with garter stitch borders. Gull lace: Row 1: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1 Row 2 and every even numbered row: purl Row […]

Road Trip Knitting

Monday, April 10th, 2017

I made great progress on another baby sweater during the road trip. I’m not wild about this sweater, frankly. The color, the yarn… the length of the sleeves… This was a Craftsy kit, including the yarn and pattern. It’s an ordinary raglan. After I took this picture, I started a row of elephants. I’m not […]

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