Saturday, August 18, 2018


5 more days, and you can start nominating Knitters' Hunks and Knitters' Chicks!

A couple of you have already let me know who your nominees are, but I'm not putting anything in permanent ink until next weekend.  I know from personal experience that sometimes names pop into your head at the very last minute.

It's been sort of a quiet Saturday here.  My headache eased up enough to allow me to read a bit.  I'm giving a book I began a while ago a second chance:
Elizabeth Keckley (the titular dressmaker) is a heroine of mine.  Naturally, anything having to do with Lincoln fascinates me, too.  Mary Lincoln was quite a piece of work --- I doubt that anyone with less patience and kindheartedness than Abraham would have been able to build a life with her.

My Hero of Heroes.

Friday, August 17, 2018


6 of one, half a dozen of the other. . .  days until Knitters' Hunk and Knitters' Chick nominations can begin!

I'm not feeling all that wonderful today.  For the last three or four days I've been battling sinus headaches, and it has finally taken its toll.  Just going back to bed has been my default.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


7 days until you can nominate for Knitters' Hunk and Knitters' Chick!  (For those of you who prefer smaller numbers, that is 1 week.)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


8 days until you can nominate Knitters' Hunks and Knitters' Chicks!

(This always comes to my mind when I hear "8"!)

I finished Eleanor Oliphant this morning.  Just after writing my post yesterday, the book took a sharp, serious turn, plot-wise.  I was still engaged, but the tenor changed dramatically.  Still, it's a book I recommend.  And now I'm on to choosing my next read.

I made a trip to Dollar Tree today, to pick up a few odds and ends.
The index cards were an aim, as I use them during the contests.  The crosswords book is to satisfy a puzzle itch.  The pattern book was a complete surprise, laying on top of a messy scrum of all sorts of things.  It was as if it were saying, "I've been waiting for you!"

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


9 days until you can submit Knitters' Hunk and Knitters' Chick nominations!

I am late to a lot of parties.  I scarcely ever go to movies, so by the time I watch a film via streaming, or borrow a DVD from Netflix, everyone's fever has come and gone.  Since I read non-fiction almost exclusively, novels that everyone else has long since read and fawned over don't often appear on my radar.  Hence,

If memory serves, Kathy's daughter talked about this book in one of her reading posts over the last few months.  Briton read it long ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it, and it is his copy that I've borrowed and am just sailing through. What an engaging read.  Most of you have probably already read it;  did you like it this much?

Monday, August 13, 2018


10 days until Knitters' Hunk and Knitters' Chick nominations can start coming in!

I'll be accepting nominations the 23rd, 24th, and 25th, with an eye toward starting the voting on Monday, August 27th.  The plan right now is to use the 26th to announce this year's Hall of Fame inductees, but that might change. 

Watch this space. . .

#Chewy Influencer --- August

Fancy Feast produces a dry food?  Perhaps for a while now, and I simply never noticed.

ANYway, both Riley and Erin are enjoying this food.  The kibbles are smaller than most of the dry foods I have fed them in the past, which seems to make things easier on Erin's 19-year-old teeth.  In perfect honesty, whether I buy this in the future will depend on its cost.  If I do buy it, though, I know it will be met with approval.

As per the Influencer agreement between myself and, I choose and receive products each month.  I use them with my pets, then give my honest reviews here. Neither myself, nor Chewy, receives any money.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Who Am I?

One night this week, via Plated, I made myself fish tacos.  Another night, also via Plated, I made a peach and raspberry cobbler.  I am not a cook.

Today, I put this little bugger together.  I'm not all that handy.
The brass umbrella stand that my father kept his collection of canes and walking sticks in finally gave up the ghost after 20+ years in my parents' house and 8 years here.
That extra-long walking stick in the middle actually belonged to my husband;  I gave it to him when he got a little too weak to walk steadily.  Second from the left is Daddy's rattlesnake cane.  Yep, a full rattlesnake pulled over a cane.  The black cane there under Mona Lisa is 
Dr. House's flame cane.

I won it in an online auction.  It is signed by Mr. Laurie:

In that last photo, there's Daddy's canes, Daddy's chair, the Tennessee Titans pillow my mother made for Daddy, and a framed picture of Hannah, Briton, Daddy, and Mama at the Tennessee Aquarium.  One of my favorites.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Kathy asked some fun questions on her blog this morning;  thought I'd give them a go.

Do you like to go on guided tours, or go it alone?
As with all else in my life, I prefer going solo.

When you go to a yarn shop, do you look at all the yarns?
I do.  I find sale yarns first, then work my way around from there.

When was the last time you swam in a pool?
Never, because I don't know how to swim.

What's your favorite college or university team to follow?

What station is your car radio set to?
I don't know;  I never, ever listen to the radio in the car.

Really.  Never.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

House Rules

One of my multitude of Spence cousins got in touch with me after reading the superstitions post a few days ago.  Her mother was my father's younger sister, and evidently had a way around the "don't-go-back-once-you're-on-the-road" rule.  If you do go back, you can sit down in the place you left, then safely restart.  I never heard that exception, but it may come in handy someday.

She also talked about leaving a place through the same door you entered.  Though I didn't originally recall that, I did after she mentioned it.  One of our aunts was particularly vigilant about that one.

Speaking of vigilance. . .
All weekend, there has been a male cardinal in the holly bush outside this window in the den.  There has also been a sparrow hopping up and down the screen on this same window.  Riley has been thoroughly enthralled.

Friday, August 3, 2018

#ChewyInfluencer --- OOOOPS, Still July

Oh, my goodness, I totally forgot to post my second review for my second Chewy product, and that needs to be rectified.

Because this stuff is amazing:

Yes, I have good things to say about virtually everything I receive from Chewy.  This, though, is absolutely, positively, easily the best cat litter I have ever used.  It scoops beautifully, it scarcely tracks at all, and it kills all the odors that three cats can manufacture.  Kills dead.  It's fabulous.  


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