I Do Believe… I DO!!

I’ve been hybernating. Could you tell? I’ve had a bit of upset in my life, and it’s pretty much private. Hurtful people, and hurtful things have happened to those I love. I no longer have those hurtful people around, and I am much better for it. Hurtful things for those I love are another matter, that is out of my control, and for a control freak it’s a problem.  The End.

Now! On to better things…

Where were we? I have a finished sweater to show you…

I have a completed quilt top…

Socks off of the needles…

AND…drumroll please. We are having a new puppy! He/she will be born around tax day, and I just can’t wait! I’ve wanted another puppy for a long time, and this one is very special. I won’t bore you with the details now, but they will be coming.

One more thing. I’ve been gone for so long that a new and wonderful thing has come into my life that I haven’t commented on. PINTEREST!!  Oh, my!! Addicted in a big way. So fun. Here are my boards   http://pinterest.com/sissyjane/


We’re Back!


Tracey Arm

We have arrived home from the last wilderness. Alaska! It was just as beautiful as promised. The weather was way better than promised, as we had no rain. One day was grey and drizzly, but no rain to speak of.

The Disney Wonder

The ship was even more beautiful than I had anticipated. Our cabin was fabulous, and the service was impeccable! The food was so wonderful, that I’m not sure I can even describe it! Lets just say that I am dieting in a big way, starting tomorrow.Great Parking

Our son and Grandsons are leaving tomorrow for their new home. They have been away from Mom for about six weeks, and are so excited to be on their way. We are going to miss them BIG TIME! It will be so quiet around here, that I’m not so sure we will know what to do for a few days. The good news is that we can go visit them often, and Disneyland is on the way! I see a lot of trips in our future.


I know this post is rambling all over the place, but I’m trying to give everyone a quick catch up… It’s been a busy Summer!


My vegetable garden is just starting to produce, and I hope Summer holds out long enough that we get a few tomatoes…and I’m really hoping for pumpkins! We’ll see…

Cadillac Lounge

My little canine pumpkin, Audrey had more Mast Cell Tumors removed yesterday, and the surgery was just as traumatic as last Summer. It was her last surgery. I already feel guilty for putting her through it. Even with her pain meds, she cried all night. I can’t do it to her again.

If you came to catch up on my knitting and sewing adventures, I’ll be in the sewing room with Miss Audrey, so I’m hoping to get a few projects finished.

Stay Tuned!!

Busy Day…

Today is Wednesday. The best day of the week, because it’s the day I go to “Bee”! The Bee is a group of women that I truly love. We get together every Wednesday to quilt and knit together. We also have dessert, but that is just a bonus. Our time together is spent chatting, laughing and sharing our projects. We’ve done a few group projects, including a quilt for our friend Susan that recently moved. It’s my turn to be hostess for my friends in two short weeks, so I need to start thinking of a great dessert for all of us to share. We don’t count calories when it comes to the better things in life, like dessert, so the sky’s the limit.

This is a picture of my portion of a group project we did a couple of years ago. We each made an autobiographical mini quilt of ourselves. I had so much fun trying to include all of my various interests in one very little square. It measures eight and one half inches by twelve inches. The individual blocks were safety pinned together at every corner with beaded pins. We entered it in our local guild show and it was an award winner.

I’m off to make my friend a Birthday card, and then let the fun begin!

Same Dogs, Different Surgeries

Both of my dogs had surgery this time. No, I’m not kidding. The big guy, Montana needed his pearly whites cleaned, and to be neutered, and my little Audrey had three more growths. We just used the family plan, and had everything taken care of at once! I think we’ll be sick and tired of eating beans by the end of the month… Money? Who needs money?


I’ve been quilting, sewing and knitting like a mad woman. I finished my friend Susan’s quilt and sent it on it’s happy way to Colorado. I finished my hexagon Flower Garden quilt. I took a year off, and didn’t think I would ever finish this. Appliqueing the same pattern over and over was BORING, but I do love the finished quilt. I was concerned about the binding as well- all of those angles, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Einstein Jacket-Done! Talk about Boring…but it’s really warm and so comfortable on a cold day.

 Noro, Drop-Stitch Scarf – Done! I like this yarn much better than the yarn I knit it out of previously. I used a chunky Noro, and there’s just more to it. I also just have a love of Noro yarn… I’m sewing clothing, and I’m getting ready to make new cushions for two of the deck chairs.




I’m going to show you the most beautiful Foxglove, because I’m changing the subject from my knitting…
I love knitting lace, but it doesn’t love me back. I can’t read charts, but I can read the pattern when it is written. I can read it, but apparently I can’t follow it. I resorted to a lifeline, and I can’t tell you how many times today that I have ripped back to it, and started again. What is wrong with me? At this rate, I’m going to wear the yarn out. My mind is apparently gone. 

I’ve been sleeping in the sewing room with Miss Audrey, who is in her crate recovering from her surgery. We should get the Pathology report tomorrow, or maybe early next week. 

Audrey Francis


I’m really dreading this, and I think I know why I can’t knit lace…at least I’m keeping myself entertained. Fingers crossed, Miss Audrey!