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Archive for April, 2018

The Best-laid Plans

Monday, April 30th, 2018

I had a very good plan, actually. My Seamwork Design Your Wardrobe Spring Collection. We were supposed to complete two items each month. I actually thought I could do two each week, for a terrific eight-piece mix and match in April. In fact, as April closes, I have one completed item and one more nearly […]

Spring Day

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

#2 son and his girlfriend went on a float trip yesterday and then joined us for dinner. #1 son had done their shuttling and hiked, then attended his son’s baseball game and his daughter’s play. #1 daughter and I took the Baby to the play as well. All of us gathered for dinner on the […]


Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Today I learned about incels, “involuntarily celibates”, men who believe that they are unable to have sexual relationships and blame it on women.  On the one hand, that sounds like what so many college boys used to say: “Girls say they like nice guys, but they really don’t; they just like handsome powerful guys and […]


Monday, April 23rd, 2018

  La Bella and I went to an excellent concert at the university. Donald Grantham’s  “J’ai ete au bal,” some Turkish-style pieces and the world premier of a choral arrangements of “The Lads of Wamphrey.”   The introduction to the concert included the plans of the student musicians who were graduating. They intended to do […]

Five Skeins

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Five skeins — or more properly, five skeins plus, since I am working from two skeins, one for each front side. One, the fifth skein I’ve used, got finished up today. I started another skein, which I guess is the seventh skein. I’m at the armscyes. I’m using size three needles  and KnitPicks sport weight […]


Saturday, April 21st, 2018

The Baby and #1 daughter’s dogs are spending the weekend with me. The Baby slept for eight hours last night. She eats well, takes her bottle without complaint, plays nicely, and doesn’t fuss over diaper changes. I worry that she’s cold, frankly. I guess this is what grandmothers are supposed to do. I brought her […]

Enjoying Sore Muscles

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

I do my 30 minutes of stepping with Wii Fit every morning — though I confess that I have actually missed a lot recently because of my houseguests and social events. Strength training has been much less routine for me. Like almost never do I even do my Daily Burn 365 classes. So today I […]

Two Hour Skirt

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

The Two Hour Skirt from Hot Patterns is super simple, but it also really looks good. I cut and sewed mine up from my Summer DYW ponte print. That print is very soft but beefy enough not to be clingy or revealing. The skirt has a seriously clever Hollywood waistband. I’ll add a photo when […]

Seamwork DYW Progress

Monday, April 16th, 2018

I had planned to make eight pieces of my DYW wardrobe in April. I was imagining PSD (Personal Sewing Day) weekends with super efficient assembly line techniques. That is not happening. My first look was two-piece dresses in print and plain coordinating fabrics. I cut and sewed my Plain & Simple Tailored Tee in an […]

Spring Flowers

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

I took these lovely spring blooms into the church for first service, led Sunday School, sang in the choir in second service, and then brought the bouquet home. We are required to remove the flowers we take to church, a very sensible rule that benefits the generous. Or slightly generous, since we get to keep […]

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