This lengthy blog pause has been brought to you by…..

….a whole bunch of things – let’s call it a life tsunami..perhaps tsunami is too big, the wrong scale for what’s been happening, but I’ve been really SWAMPED and overwhelmed.the-wave

I’ve been missing y’all though. So even though my darling readers (both of you) really deserve an extensive update, I’ve not got it in me.  Still, going with the idea that something is better than nothing here’s what I can give tonight: BULLETS.

  • My mobility from the end of February to early August was next to nothing – lots of pain & very hard to get around at all. That, coupled with increasing incontinence (I know – TMI!- but hey….), made gardening this season a joke – even with 2 beautiful keyhole gardens. That’s why no gardening speak on de blog. Sorry ’bout that. I hope to talk some about the garden in the next month, including the story of what happens If You Ask an Engineer to Design a Bean Trellis….
  • Modern medicine to the rescue -I got a steroid shot in the right ankle & another pill to take (vastly decreasing the incontinence(!) at the end of July and therefore was able to go on the first One Human Family Workshop Choir Harvest Tour – the first one in 9 years by my count. The ankle is still going pretty good and I no longer have to carry a towel and a spare set of clothes with everywhere I go…..


  • Sang way too many low notes on tour ( I spent a good deal of time singing BASS – can you say ‘stoopid’? – & then talked my face off til 2 and 3 and nearly 4 am most nights…so the voice was TOAST when I got back home.  Then I got summer bronchitis….still coughing up nasty stuff 3 weeks after the course of antibiotics and do not have my high notes back yet…..
  • Celebrated TWENTY YEARS of NOT SMOKING on Labor Day weekend. Thank you God so much.
  • I’m still knitting on my Shaelyn shawl…which I’m thinking I will give to a dear friend instead of it being for me.  I had to tink back about 8 or 9 rows because of some really stoopid mistakes, but all is well and if I really knit on it every day I’ll have the knitting done in 5 to 7 days.
  • I’m most of the way thru the foot of a sock in a retina searingly bright neon sock yarn ( I just realized I have not even put a project page in Ravelry for this yet….aack!) and gonna try out the Fish Lips Kiss Heel on this pair.
  • I’m on a hat kick…again.  I’ve made 8 hats since January – here’s a few:      .. . . …. I’ve got one on the needles right now in lovely squishy Brioche stitch and gonna make AT LEAST 5 more pretty soon.  More & better pictures will happen…at some point. STOP LAUGHING!
  • Number One Son is supposed to move from NYC to Northern Virginia soon.  I hope all goes well.
  • The Duke of Curl was supposed to start college this fall as a computer science major, but decided at the absolute very last minute NOT to take on the $10,000 debt( and not allow us to take it on either) that would’ve been necessary for that to happen.  SO he will start at community college in January and is currently looking for work and generally being a sweet fella to be around.
  • The Force of Nature is focused on going into the Coast Guard after graduation from HS in a couple of years – more specifically the Coast Guard Academy and has been visibly doing HOMEWORK and has started running for actual exercise 3 days a week; she informed me today that she is on the A/B honor roll.  We are beginning to think some kind of alien abduction/ switcheroo kind of thing took place while we were in the bathroom probably…..
  • Studmuffin is still sticking with most of my dietary changes and so has lost about 25 pounds.  He has also discovered a deep and voracious love for grapes. Eating about 5 lbs. per week with little help from the rest of us.  I’m not complaining – just a bit amused.
  • The last 3 weekends I was off doing singing things – that’s an unusually high ratio even for me. I will write about 2 of the weekends for sure and soon.
  • The pets are endlessly amusing and every one of them sheds a bunch.  I am sick and TIRED of hair control….. Still, they continue to be charming. Currently, the are two cats surrounding the keyboard, the younger one keeps tryna lick my fingers and then licks the older cat’s head…..weird.
  • My potential career as a 911 dispatcher was cut short by my inability to type 35 wpm (I got 34 wpm) ::::sigh:::::  Need to find some employment – orthodontics aren’t cheap and neither is college tuition.  Plus, we need a new roof and well, you get the idea.
  • Work on the book is ongoing but slow. I am determined to get a first draft completed by the end of December!!!  Of 2014!!!
  • I’ve been flirting with sewing clothing again.  I’ve bought fabric and patterns at least….very little sewing has occurred.
  • Been practicing the piano most days for a good bit of time ( guess what? If you practice, you get better! who knew?)and have the opportunity to do a couple of house concerts too. We’ll see…….
  • I have been horrified at the killing of unarmed black people by the police for some time – I really became aware of Driving While Black about 20-25 years ago and started learning a lot from there on in. This summer has been truly remarkable (and mostly not in a good way) for the 1) wealth of information about white police officers killing/tasering black people with impunity, 2) the staggering naivete/ignorance/apathy of most white people about how different life is for black people in the US especially when it comes to law enforcement, and yes, I am gonna write about it here too.      albert einstein                                 I’ve been sharing a lot on Facebook about it and some people close to me really do not like it but I cannot be silent about it!  Even on my knitting blog. I encourage absolutely every person on the planet to investigate what is happening for themselves – do not take “the media’s” word, do not take the police’s word, do not take my word for it – learn about it for yourself. The truth will set us all free and then justice can take place and then unity will appear.

So much for brevity.  How’s by you?


The children are all gone away. I don’t have to tell anybody to brush their teeth, or pick up anything, and no fighting over the computer. No one is bugging anybody else. I can’t hardly BELIEVE it.

So for the next few days I will be doing some simple recording that I need to do and cleaning the kids’ rooms. Then on Thursday its off to North Carolina. What fun! 

I’m debating with myself about what to say about my oldest son, Will. This could turn into a *serious* whinge!  But I’ll try to restrain myself.   He’s gone to NYC to be with his girlfriend with only the most tenuous of plans for taking care of himself (i.e. a place to stay, a job, money, etc.), and regardless of what anyone with a smidgen of experience might advise. We got a call from his girlfriend’s mother telling us that he he did arrive safely (almost 24 hrs by train) but that he and her daughter’s first plan for where he was gonna stay fell through and they were looking into hotels….  I’m worried for his welfare and hopeful that he’ll be OK and relieved that he’s gone and about 15 other emotions.  Please pray for us. Thanks.

On Saturday, I got my first installment of Sundara Yarn. OH! OH! OH!  1000 yards of 100% silk laceweight in the color “Granite Falls” ; a beautiful light grey with a tinge of green.  So so so gorgeous.  After some fairly serious fondling, I put it back in its crinkly plastic bag and  went about my business.  Later on, I discovered that the dogs had gotten into it, because they know that often times, crinkly plastic bags that belong to Mommy have goodies in them.  They didn’t do serious damage but sheesh!
Yesterday, I took a yarn dyeing class at

It was really fun.  We got to dye two skeins of superwash sock yarn.  Today, I’ll rinse out my yarn and put it up to dry.  Then I’ll wind it up and see what I have.  I would love to do this again.

Then after I got home, Bill wanted to go out to dinner. July 7th is our 20th wedding anniversary.  We will be in West Virginia, so we won’t be doing anything big, so we are treating these few days without the bairns as our anniversary celebration.    We futzed around for about an hour tryna decide where to go and we finally settled on Ketchup at Bridge Street Town Center.  I was intrigued by the fact that there are only two Ketchup restaurants on the planet right now: one in Los Angeles and one in Huntsville.  What’s up with that?  it makes me laugh – somebody sold the h*ll out of Bridge STreet Town Center….

I encourage EVERYONE to go there to eat.  The food was excellent!!!  The atmosphere was great, the service was good, and the red toilet paper was unique.  I’m looking forward to taking the kids there to eat for lunch.  We paid about $30 per person and it was worth it.  I could hardly believe I was in A-ba-lama-ding-dong.  I want to try all of the restaurants over there now.


Far far behind

in all that I need to get done!  I’m dancing as fast as I can and it ain’t fast enough!  God willing I will get about 5 more swaps completed and in the mail by Friday, get the taxes done and sent off by Saturday……

My husband was gone to LA for 2 weeks for work, and  of course one of the kids was sick……that really decreased my productivity.  He came back last Friday, and am now starting to get things rolling again…..just in time to get ready for going out of the country on pilgrimage for 2 weeks.  Aack!  I think I’m the poster child for biting off more than one can chew.

And now for something completely different:  I was at the library and I found a CD by a French artist I like (Camille) .  I was playing it and my son Ian asked, “What is this?  What language is this in?”  I told him it was French, he thought for a second and said: “That’s OK. The French invented weird.”

I love that boy.