Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What's That You Say?

It's Twinnie's birthday?

Well, Alexander says, "Hi," and wonders when this party is getting started.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Tap Lessons, Two

1.  Stop and smell the clover.  And chase any insects (real or imagined) you disturb.

2.  Hold out for the good stuff.  Don't believe that the dreck from a can is the only thing in the house that you can eat.

3.  If you're afraid your Person isn't getting enough exercise, grab that yarn.  She'll chase you all around the house to get it back.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

It Would Seem That Way

It took sending this picture through two different apps and another two e-mail/message services for it to show up, but here is the Silk Scarf of Smell:
I'm not sure I remember all the steps and pathways exactly, so there still may be a dearth of photos for a day or so, but at least there is a way.

Friday, April 19, 2019

*No Pictures*

I just finished watching "Tea with The Dames", and it is one of the most delightful things I've ever seen.  It's probably not worth subscribing to Hulu for on its own, but it's close.

It's been a very stormy day here.  Tap is turning out to be like every dog we've had here (save one --- Jessie) who doesn't like to go out into the rain.  In my time with him, I'll say this a lot, I know: for a little guy, he can put up a fight on the other end of a leash.  When he digs those little feet in, it's going to take a sizable effort to get him to move.

I finished the Darn Good Yarn variegated scarf last night.  Tried to get a photo here, but my phone is refusing to send any pictures anywhere but to Instagram.  Anyway, I"m going to keep it, to avoid the possibility of it going to someone with perfume allergies.  There's no real pattern;  as the color went from grey to red to grey, I went from stockinette to seed stitch to stockinette.

Friday, April 12, 2019


If you follow me on Facebook, you've already seen this so you can move on along if you'd like.  

This is my daughter Hannah:

She has always thought she looks like Natalie Wood.

I've always thought she looks like Drew Barrymore.

Briton says he occasionally sees her in Mandy Moore.

There is no question at all, however, from whom she got her middle name.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Sadly, Chewy.com has closed its Influencer program, so there'll be no more pet product reviews as such.  There are a few other things I'd like to tell you about, though.

This might be my favorite product ever, of any kind.  
Ready for Takeoff --- you put a coat of this on your nails before base coat and color, and when you're ready to remove the polish, it PEELS OFF.  No drying polish remover.  If you change your polish often (I did every night when teaching), this is absolutely for you.  Honestly, I've never been as impressed with or in love with a product more than this one.

Before I found Ready for Takeoff, my favorite product was Adagio's Ingenuitea.
You can tell what it does from this photo.  It allows you to brew and "pour" loose tea easily.  My only issue with it is that it's a little hard to clean.  But its positives far outweigh that.

I am NOT a make-up person.   I was in college before I started using even mascara.  This, though, will never leave my spare little make-up bag.
This is a primer (and does erase pores), but is tinted and can be used as a foundation.  That isn't why I love it, though.  It makes your skin feel like a DREAM.  Silk.  Honestly.  It's a little pricey, but lasts a long time and feels divine.

A Nashville classmate introduced me to Dancers and Dogs.  The photos (individual prints and lots combined into calendars) are beautiful and adorable.

Outshine Fruit Bars are saving my weight-loss routine.  They're delicious, pure fruit and ideal for desserts.  (By the by, I've lost 25 pounds to date.)

Other things I'm a fan of, but which have probably been discussed here before:
The Body Shop Banana Shampoo (For your hair, not your bananas)
Netflix's "Santa Clarita Diet"
Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker Hand & Nail Therapy
The Sock Drawer
Yankee Candle's White Gardenia
Nestle' Splash Flavored Water

Sunday, April 7, 2019


Just a little bit of yesterday's ill humor remains.  Tap has taken it upon himself to distract me with, shall we say, digestive tract issues.  There isn't much time to brood when cleaning up messes from both ends.

On a whim, I bought a grab bag from Darn Good Yarn a while back, and I dipped into it yesterday for something to just noodle around with.  I wound up with "Crimson Fire"
and cast on for a scarf.  This yarn has a definite aroma, and not of dye.  Perfume maybe?  That maybe the spinner was wearing when she was working?  It's like when an aunt gives you a hug at a family get-together, and you smell like her for the rest of the day.  

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Every Single Thing

Every single thing that has happened today has gotten on my nerves.  Ever have a day like that?  I'm in a savage mood.

I have no idea why, which just makes it worse.  If there were some clue about why I want to snatch everyone's heads from their shoulders, there might be some countermoves to be made.  As it is, leave me alone.  And hope for a better tomorrow.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Orange and Gray

Day by day, Briton feels better.  Day by day so does his mother.

Have you tried Orange Vanilla Coke?  I am not a Coke drinker, except a 6-ounce one in a green bottle pulled from a metal tub chock-full of ice.  (I also grew up with the Southern habit of calling any soft drink "Coke.")  This sounded interesting, though, so I bought one yesterday.  It's fine.  Not stunning, but fine.  It would be brilliant for a float.

Sadly, this is all I've gotten done on my vest:
Though it was worked on at the hospital, most of my time there was spent on crosswords puzzles.  But, boy, do I love tweed yarn.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Briton has gotten himself to work today, so I have been able to crash.  And crash I have, as in, can hardly keep my eyes open.  Two naps.

He looks and sounds much better.  He's already sick of the event monitor, and has so many weeks to go. .  .

While They Play Football a Couple of Miles Away. . .

It's two sticks and a piece of string.  You have to stop and realize that occasionally.  And this is a simple slipped-stitch border. ...