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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Here's wishing you all a lovely holiday...Dave, MicMac, Paddywack and I got 
together again for our annual photoshoot...

We are leaving on Thursday for a Christmas cruise on the Amazon...we fly to Lima, Peru, then to Iquitos, where we board the Aqua for 7 days of adventure.
This is a short trip for us; we'll be back before New Year's Eve.

I've done a little sewing for this trip, but it's a very casual cruise, very hot and steamy, so no big wardrobe post! We won't have internet, so I'll take some pictures to show you when we get back.

This has been a bittersweet holiday season, so far; my dear friend Joan lost her
 brilliant 49-year old son from complications following a heart attack. He was a spectacular man, deeply involved with his family, including two young sons, an American Lit professor at Cal Berkeley. Such a tragedy...

Enjoy your loved ones during the holidays...


Sunday, December 1, 2013


Thanksgiving was lovely, with DD and DSIL here, just the two of them, for a lovely, relaxing holiday. The turkey was not so lovely...after more than 50 years of cooking a turkey, I UNDERCOOKED the bird...and my capitulation to Dave's wish for sweet potatoes with marshmallows (his memories, not mine!) was also less than stellar. Luckily I was so exhausted that it didn't bother me (much). Maggie and David made side dishes and Dave made pies...those were GOOD!

I have had a wonderful piece of felted wool from Emma One Sock for at least two years...it's quite heavy, a felted gray knit with fabulous black nubs...

It has a great selvage, too, that wanted to be used. I made a ruana this last
week...so easy that I didn't even use a pattern. I had to make a seam down the back so that I could utilize the selvages...

Notice the mirrors hanging from the eucalyptus tree...these pre-date the wedding mirrors-in-the-oak-tree by 15 years...also, notice the branch-coming-
out-of-the-head in most of these pictures...the photographer (that would be 
moi) forgot to check the pictures and then was too lazy to reshoot... it's 76º
outside right now, so a heavy wrap like this one isn't comfortable for too long.
It's supposed to get down in the high 20's - low 30's at night, next week, so maybe I can wear it soon.

I'm sure it will be a surprise to many that Paddywack matches the colors of the 
ruana...or vice versa...

I am participating in both Visible Monday, with the fabulous Patti from Not Dead Yet Style and in December Hat Attack with the equally fabulous Judith from
Style Crone. How lovely of these women to give us an opportunity to "show

I am still working on my Super Secret knock-off and it has been a godsend this
week; a very dear friend is going through an unspeakable tragedy and any
project I can do to divert my pain for her is welcome. She has no such diversion. Hug your loved ones tight and tell them how much you love them.
Tell them NOW.

Till later...