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Trying to get my life in order between the hot flashes

Needle and thread

What’s one thing worse than hemming a pair of pants?

nnedle and thread 1

Hemming the same pair a second time.

I bought a couple of pairs of pants a month or two ago and hemmed them.  The first pair was the perfect length when I was finished.  The second pair?  Not so much.

By an inch.

An inch too long meant that I stepped on the back hem.  Every.  Single.  Step.  Every. Single.  Time.

I’ve known about this for at least a month but I HAD to do something about it last night.  Procrastination is my middle name.  I’m headed to my aunt’s house after work today for a luncheon she, my sister, and I are going to tomorrow.

Plan A Outfit was a dress.  I love wearing dresses.  I dislike wearing pantyhose and with coolish weather and my brilliant-white legs, pantyhose is a necessity.

Plan B Outfit involved the above mentioned pants.

So out came the scissors, ironing board, needle and thread.  A two-and-a-half inch hem was a bit too much for a pair of pants.  But a three-and-a-half inch hem was more than I could deal with so I cut off an inch.  You know, in case I grew and needed to let the hem down.

Or made them too short.


Culture: Part 1


Our one granddaughter is taking dance and was recently in a ballet.

Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty.

Now a four-year-old isn’t actually doing ballet but if you know anything about dance, music, or theater, then you know even the newest/youngest will have a part in a production.  1) It shows parents,  grandparents, family, and friends that the child has accomplished something for all the time and effort it takes to go to the lessons.  2) It increases ticket sales.  Who could resist seeing their special little someone on stage?


Our special little someone played one of Cinderella’s coach mice at Sleeping Beauty’s wedding.

Surprisingly this was Mr. Aitch and my first ballet.  And we were very impressed with the quality of all the dancers.  Unfortunately the quality of my photos are not that impressive.  It was dark, no flashes were allowed and I was using my iPhone.



In the opening scene the King and Queen throw a huge christening ceremony for their new-born daughter, Princess Aurora, and invite seven fairies who honor the baby with gifts of virtues and special traits.  Unfortunately one fairy, Caraboose, was not invited and she was ticked.

Caraboose shows up at the christening and casts an evil spell on Princess Aurora, which is to prick her finger on a knitting needle on her sixteenth birthday and die.  I love her hat.  It was black and acid green.


The Lilac Fairy, who had not given her gift, could not reverse the spell, however she could alter it in that Princess Aurora would not die but sleep for 100 years and be awaken with a kiss from a prince.

Knitting is banned from the kingdom though some innocent knitters are unaware of the ban and knit (and I use that term loosely). Fortunately they are not put to death for their crime but given a reprieve by the Queen. The knitting ban is serious stuff!


There’s Caraboose hiding in the background!


Princess Aurora has a big Sweet Sixteenth party and Caraboose shows up to witness the death of the Princess.  A concealed Caraboose gifts Aurora with bouquet of lovely flowers with a sharp knitting needle hidden inside


A concealed Caraboose gifts Aurora with bouquet of lovely flowers with a sharp knitting needle hidden inside. Aurora pricks her finger on falls into a deep sleep.


Caraboose leaves the party thinking her evil spell worked.


The Lilac Fairy casts a spell over all the kingdom and they all fall asleep, too.


Later, I assume 100 years later, the Lilac Fairy meets Prince Désiré while he’s out hunting with his buddies.  She gets the prince alone, shows him a vision of Princess Aurora, and gets him up to speed with all the details.  The Prince is immediately head-over-heels in love with the princess.  He agrees to go to the castle and lift the evil spell with a smooch.


Once at the castle Caraboose emerges from the shadows and tries to deter the Prince from his appointed kiss but she is not successful.  Prince Désiré lays one on Princess Aurora and all awaken.  The King and Queen approve of Prince Désiré and he and Princess Aurora marry.


Several fairy tale characters attend the wedding including Little Bo Peep and her sheep, Alice in Wonderland and the hearts, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Red Riding Hood and the wolf, and Cinderella and the coach mice.





Our special little someone is the mouse on the far right.



And here she is after the performance with the flowers we brought.


Looking forward to our next cultural event!


A 55-gallon drum of worms

I’m going to open up a huge can of worms today.  Like a 55-gallon drum kind of huge.

I posted a while ago about my dinosaur of a computer and my dilemma of upgrading.

mac vs pc2

So, do you have experience with either of these two systems/products or both?  Which do you prefer and why?  Just leave a comment about your experience with the pros and cons.  And can a PC and Mac be networked together?

I will monitor the comments before they are posted so if yours doesn’t show up right away, you now know why.

March 17

Are you wearing green today?

My St. Patrick’s Day starts off with one of my favorite treats: Irish Soda Bread.  I’ve tried to make it myself but it just doesn’t come out quite right.  Plus I’m the only one who eats it in our house.

So I usually buy a loaf every time I see it in the market…which only happens in March.


One of these is at my house with a big wedge cut out of it.  Yum!

Greening up

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up (and hopefully Spring as well)  I thought I’d freshen up an old wreath for my front door.


I found this wreath at a yard sale in Ohio when I was visiting my BFF in 2000.  It was a nice big 24″ grapevine wreath but very sad-looking.   The colored baby’s breath, eucalyptus branches, dried statice, and faded red paper bow were original.  I added the yellow and dark red flowers and the leaves with blue berries.  It was my late-August/early September front door decoration.   I removed everything from the wreath and started over.


I was inspired by this lovely refreshingly green wreath at my local Joann Fabric store.  It was on sale for $24.99 but just didn’t have the heft I wanted.  I’ve discovered that with a red door that bigger and more contrast are better.

So I purchased some green and white fake dogwood, some green shiny stuff made from tiny Styrofoam balls, and a couple of bunches of a small white flower.  I cut some apart and stuck them in between the branches of the wreath util I was satisfied.

Then I hung it on the front door and took a picture if it.


First attempt.  Even though this photo is straight on, the wreath looks lopsided.  I didn’t notice it until I saw the photo.


Second attempt.  I moved some things around.  Better but still not quite there.


The finished wreath.  I love it.  And yes, I always add the USA flag to my front door.  Except at Christmas.

I think this looks fresh, green, springy, and ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

Are you ready for Spring?

Mind games

A coupe of days ago I posted about turning my clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time earlier in the day.  I actually did this around 11:00 a.m.  Did it work?  Not really.

mind game op

It was me.  I kept reminding myself that it was an hour earlier than it really was.

So much for that mind game.

I didn’t go to the market Sunday morning after Mass as we didn’t really need anything.  I got my knitting out and promptly fell asleep for about an hour.

After our carb-heavy pancake lunch, I washed the griddle (too big for the dishwasher) and checked my email and played on my iPad.  And fell asleep.  Again.

Getting a good nights sleep Sunday night was out of the question.

So yesterday instead of playing another mind game, I played a body game.  Mr. Aitch wasn’t home last evening and I was restless.  I went outside and raked leaves from part of the yard, picked up fallen branches and twigs, spread the clumped up flowerpot soil I dumped out last fall, put back part of the collapsed rock wall around the raised beds in the front of the house, straightened the solar lights around the raised beds, and evaluated what else needed to be done.


I went to bed at 10:15 last night, fell right to sleep and woke up 10 minutes before the alarm went off.

The wear-out-the-body game worked.  I sit all day at work and I don’t get much exercise.  I need to change that and do something every day. It’s supposed to get to 60 degrees toady so I plan to work outside again.


It ain’t broke, why fix it?

My home computer was purchased in 2005.  That means it’s traveled around the sun nine times.  Nine Earth-Years.  I’m not sure what that translates to in Technology-Years.  It seems like computer technology changes quite often.  Daily?  Twice a month?  For the sake of argument let’s say it changes once a month.  12 times a year.  That means my computer is 105 Earth-Years.  (I got it in July 2005).

old computer

I’m running Windows XP.  Beginning on April 8, 2014, Microsoft is discontinuing support on Windows XP.  I’m already having issues with my browser as it is very outdated so I can’t see or do certain things on the Internet with my current setup, like access support for some of my other electronic devices.

Our office just purchased a cute little tablet-that-converts-into-a-PC which I took to the conference in Orlando last month.  Once I figured out Windows 8, it was fine.  But I don’t use this device regularly so I don’t remember the ins and outs.

windows 8

Upgrading an operating system AND expecting it to work seamlessly (IMO), is like trying to unburn toast.  It just doesn’t work.  I know for a fact that my Office 2003 will not work with the new Windows OS.  It didn’t work with Mr. Aitch’s Windows 7 computer so I’m sure it won’t work with 8.  What other surprises await?


I’m not looking forward to this at all: transferring files, bookmarks, programs, and learning a new operating system.

new computer

I guess I’ll just have to figure out how to work in a new computer out of my already stretched-to-the-max paycheck.

Spring forward

I’m sure that by now most of you reading this in the United States know that we turn the clocks ahead one hour tonight.  And if you happen to live in one of the few states that doesn’t do this, well, I’m jealous.  This action is called Daylight Savings Time.   In the fall we turn the clocks back an hour and this is called Standard Time.  I understand the concept but I still don’t like the first week (or two) as it takes my body and brain longer and longer to adjust each time we do this, though not as much in the fall.


My bladder was up by 6:40 this morning so I dragged myself out of bed and stayed up.  Usually when the rest of my body doesn’t HAVE to get up by a certain time, I crawl back into bed and go back to sleep.

So far this morning I’ve put a load of clothes in the washer, watched the deer scamper through the yard, thawed a mini-loaf of pumpkin bread, had my morning tea and pumpkin bread, put the clean dishes away, got my hand sewing together, got my current knitting project out, and written a post.

Maybe if I turn the clocks ahead now, I won’t have any trouble falling asleep tonight as my brain will already be on the accelerated schedule.

Do you do anything special to get through this time change?  Or does it not affect you?

It started yesterday afternoon

The scratchy feeling in my sinus cavity and the cactus that was growing in my throat began yesterday afternoon.  3:49 pm to be exact.  Or that’s when I noticed it.

I was (and still am) tired and achy.

Sleep wasn’t happening.  At least the kind of sleep I wanted and needed.

I’ve discovered that when I am sick, I have weird dreams.  Between getting warm and comfortable, clutching a wad of tissues, and blocking out my snorting and my (and Mr. Aitch’s) snoring, I dreamt I had to stack blocks in a bizarre game of solitaire that never ended.  Every time I closed my eyes, the game would start over.

I became fully conscious an hour before my alarm was to go off so I just got up and was ready for work way too early.  The half-hour power nap on the sofa this morning was the best sleep I had all night.

Going from 86 degrees in Florida to 30 degrees here might have been a factor.  Most likely it was someone on the plane or in the airport that wanted to share their cold.

And it’s snowing again.

Have a great day.  And stay well!


After biking (the kind with pedals) around the hotel grounds this morning, we decided to relax a bit.


By the pool.


Yes, that’s my knitting.  A pair of  wool mitts.  Pattern is called Treads.  I’m writing from my iPad so getting the link to show up is challenging.  I’m relaxing, so if you want to find it, I’m sure you can. Or leave a comment and I’ll look it up I and get back to you in a few days.

I’m having a hard time believing it’s still winter at home. We’ll be returning to this soon enough.


Grandson sweater

Other than a couple of pairs of baby booties, I had not knit anything for our grandson, who turned one year old last month.

I knit sweaters for his twin sisters for Christmas 2013 and had enough yarn left over to knit a sweater for him.


I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s February baby sweater on two needles but tweaked the pattern a bit by increasing the beginning stitch count to 70 stitches.

I also added buttons and button band down the the entire front and ribbing at the cuff.   \

Okay, so maybe I just used her outline for the increases at the top of her sweater to make this top-down raglan sleeved sweater.

Is this sweater different enough that I can post the pattern?

The yarn is Louet Gens 100% Merino Wool light/worsted weight, 100 g/175 yd.

I used two entire hanks of the Pewter and  part of a hank of the Linen.  I knit the sleeves until I ran out of yarn making the ribbing extra long so the cuff can be folded back or not.

The buttons are almost a perfect match.  Not that they need to match.  I preferred less contrast so the stripes would be stand out more.



L-sweater-Feb-2014I added satin ribbon to the button side to give the button band more stability.


Added the same ribbon to the buttonhole side and did machine buttonholes in the ribbon before hand sewing around each buttonhole to secure the ribbon to the sweater.


Of course I had to show the model.


He’s a sweetheart!