Yarn Along

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

Lately I’ve been crocheting.
I forget what I stumbled upon that pushed my
“I wonder if I could do that” button.
Mandelas, Corner 2 Corner, Frank O’Randle, and Cherry Heart
have stretched my simple crochet beginnings.
I’m loving it with the same enjoyment I found with trying new knitting patterns.

P1080421My Rings of Change, designer Frank O’Randle using Magic Light, ICE yarn.

I’ve started reading  ‘Alaskan Skies’ series,  #1 Touching the Clouds  by Bonnie Leon.
“Kate Evans is an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. She pilots a mail-delivery plane in the forbidding Alaskan wilderness, the lone woman in a male profession. But even that seems easy compared to finding true love. She likes a fellow pilot and would even consider marrying him–if it weren’t for Paul, a mysterious man on her mail route with a gentle spirit and a past to hide. Can Kate break through the walls Paul has put up around his heart? And will her quest for adventure be her demise? “
Light reading – so far liking the author.   Linked to Goodreads

Linking today with Lisa and other talented ‘yarn people’.

She looks for wool and flax
And works with willing hands in delight
Proverbs 31:13 AMP

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Ten on Tuesday – Books


On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Books On Your To-Read List.

Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle  by Mary J MacLeod  (link)

Free-Spirit Shawls: 20 Eclectic Knits for Every Day by Lisa Shroyer  (link)

Yes, I read knitting books.

Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table  by Jenny Rosenstrach (link)

The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting by Clara Parkes  (link)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern  (link)

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh  (link)

Seaside Knitters Mystery series  8 books  by Sally Goldenbaum  (link)

Broken (Extrahumans #1) by Susan J. Bigelow  Series (link)

Charlotte Bingham has written many books. (link)
I’d like to read one to see if I like hers.

Rosamunde Pilcher, I love .  (link)
From this link, I find she has written many books I didn’t know about.

Most of these books and authors I’ve gleaned from blogs I’ve read. I don’t know it I’d read them once I held them in my hands and checked them out, but they sounded interesting.

To read others’ lists, click here.

Published in: on September 25, 2013 at 12:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Chatting on the Deck


“Chats on the Farmhouse Porch” is a group of friends
gathering to visit,
sip their favorite beverages,
nibble delicious treats
and share their likes and dislikes.

Patrice and Wendell have invited me to join the chatting.
Patrice provides the questions,
we answer.


Are you a heavy sleep, light sleeper, or somewhere in between?

I’m a heavy sleeper, most of the time I never know if/when the Farmer gets out of bed and I rarely hear the radio come on.

Are you currently reading anything interesting?

I just read ‘Love Anthony’ by Lisa Genova. Loved it! Topic autism, parts of the story are Anthony’s words.41GhotjxdrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_

Do you like to enter contests?

Not often, sometimes I comment on a blog contest – twice I’ve won.

Are you good about taking time to do things you enjoy?

Yes, see post Ten on Tuesday. Picnics.

What’s your favorite food to cook on the grill, or enjoy at a BBQ?

My Dad, missed greatly, BBQ-ed the best steaks and chicken, I can almost taste them.

To visit with other friends click here.

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One Thousand Gifts — February Joy Dare, part 2

One Thousand Gifts in2012

February Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

February 11  3 gifts found in working

The gift of a job well done

The gift of accomplishment  for persevering when learning a new knitting pattern and finally figuring it out.

The gift of rest after hard toil

February 12   3 hard eucharisteos

The estrangement  and the healing between my daughter and I.

The losing of our business and home, opening the door to new possibilities.

The illness I experienced when  at 19 the drs. gave me a week to live; married 15 months with a premature daughter. The Lord giving me the promise in Psalms 91  with long life I will satisfy ….44 years ago.

February 13  3 gifts you found behind a door today

The gift of a straightening after finding a mess in the cupboard where we toss empty plastic/paper bags

The gift of a fresh morning after opening the front door for the first time this morning

The gift of opportunity to create when I open the door of my Stash Home.

February 14  3 ways you feel the love of God

I feel God’s love in every sunset.
I feel God’s love in the Farmer’s arms.
I feel God’s love as I bow before Him in prayer.

February 15

A gift in losing something  —  During my first miscarriage I learned God could take me through what I had feared and ‘the anchor holds’.

A gift in finding something  —  finding ‘contentment in whatsoever state I’m in’

A gift in making something  —

February 16 3 gifts in shadows

Care  —  Psalms 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Comfort  —  Psalm 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Hope  —  1Corinthians 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

February 17 3 gifts giving/serving

The gift to be able organize the planning, preparation and serving of the yearly Church of God fellowship meeting meals.

The gift of hearing  ‘this is tasty’ when serving a new recipe.

The gift of being able to care for my mother-in-law occasionally.

February 18  3 gifts on paper

Gift of instructions to learn how to knit, I taught myself initially, and since all the written patterns and books I’ve read that increased that knowledge

 Gift of the first birthday card I received from the Farmer on my 18th birthday, “Fun being young, wasn’t it!”

  Gift of books, books, books, all kinds  —   children’s, novels, poetry, devotionals, instructional, cookbooks. . .

February 19  3 gifts that were “plan B’s”

I haven’t consciously set goals or made definite plans for my life that have failed. I mostly have just taken life as it came and  tried to do the best I could.  That is the Gift I was given, acceptance.

This isn’t a picture of  me, just the attitude I strive for.

February 20  a gift at breakfast lunch and dinner

The gifts of my favorite foods:

Breakfast  –  Chicken Fried Steak at the Coffee Pot (no longer in business, but it wasn’t my fault).

Lunch  –  Bacon, tomato and avocado sandwich with a cup of tomato soup.

Dinner  —  recipe from Mom  — meatloaf  !

Gifts 240-268

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Yarn Along — I tried

I tried and tried yesterday to bind off my shawl project.

Nope…It didn’t happen.

So ….

Bind Off In progess

And a hurried picture.

I’m reading Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, the scientifically proven system for reversing diabetes without drugs, by Neal Barnard (duh)….hopefully I’ll learn something to benefit my health.

 I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well.

I’m joining with


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