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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Black Vest, Cha Cha Cha

I don't know much about dance, but I do believe the Cha Cha has a lot of stepping backwards as well as forwards. That is sure the story of this vest. But I'm calling it done.

black vest
Sometimes making it up as you go doesn't work as well as other times. I had to redo the bind-off row on the bottom because I did it too tight. I had to unravel and re-knit the first armhole ribbing because I did it too tight. At least I had enough brains to do the second one to match the correct version of the first. Then I did the neck ribbing a little too tight. I could wear it, and did so this morning, but it was tighter than I wanted. So I unraveled that and completely re-did it today.

Do I like the finished product? Meh. Don't like black. That's the bottom line.

However, one goal was to do an unusual enough stitch that it has a little bit of interest. After church, the lady sitting in back of me said she'd been studying it during the service and she really liked the design. So that mission was accomplished.

black vest
Of course, the big joke is that it was so warm today I hardly needed a sweater vest. But, doggone it, it was made so I wore it!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017


Just call me Pollyana. Everything looks better with sunshine on it. And who's to say that's not the true state of affairs anyway?

The common teasel becomes golden.


Cattails always glow. In fact, I need to go back and take some macro images of these. I am guilty of not looking close enough to find even more beauty. A glance a the photos, closer up, told me that. But I need better pictures to share.


And if you are looking for a skyhook to pull your thoughts upward, here you go!

sky and clouds

It was just a nice day today. Nothing spectacular, nothing awful. I'll take more of those, please.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Such a Pretty Lie

You know what's supposed to happen with "Red sky in the morning..."


Not true today! No warning needed. It was sunny and the temperature is supposed to keep rising to perhaps record-breaking levels this weekend.

I was hoping to make a matching set of pictures with the sunset, but there wasn't much of interest on that end of the day.

I'm off to work in just a bit. Hopefully I'll feel good enough tomorrow to take some advantage of the nice weather.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hangin' On

Remember the flowers Michelle brought to work three, yes THREE, weeks ago? She let me bring some home and they are still providing visual and olfactory joy. A little rough around the edges, but I'd say this was an amazingly long-lasting tidbit of pleasure that came my way.

Particularly in this year, yet another year, that I can't go to the Philadelphia Flower Show.


Usually, after the Flower Show I fill this space with pictures of beautiful flowers and displays for several weeks while we get through the gloomy parts of winter.

While we're on the edges of this subject, let's talk about why there have been fewer and fewer pictures of outdoor things on my blog this year. It's certainly not because I've lost interest in outdoor pursuits. But I have spent less time outdoors.

For one thing, in July I gave up the job taking insurance pictures. Overall, that was certainly the best choice. I'm no longer making myself insane with phone calls and paperwork and driving all over six counties. Of course, the one part of it that I miss is that I'm no longer driving all over six counties. Catching pictures of "new" little lakes or interesting tree lines or flowers that don't grow in my back yard is not a normal part of my week any more. That's the ONLY thing I miss about that job.

And I've picked up more hours working at the newspaper. Those are all inside hours (except filling the recycling dumpster, but that's not a really picturesque task). And although there are good times with nice people and it's a job I basically enjoy, it's extremely repetitive. Not a lot of interesting things to share on my blog, although you've seen quite a bit over the course of the four years I've been there.

Also, I find that after standing for 3-6 hours at work, frankly, taking a walk when I get home is not the first thing on my mind. Getting OFF the feet is good.

Then, too, there is no longer a dog waiting to be walked. And this year in particular, there has been very little snow to play on.

Since this is a very personal blog, and I do look for positive things to share, I don't manufacture events around a theme, even if it's fun outdoors. So, for now, I'm hangin' on. Hoping for more hikes and outdoor time in the future. I'm thankful for the friendships I've made through My Quality Day. If you're getting bored with my life you can hang on with me, or not. But I hope you will!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We Temporarily Interrupt These Socks

Yesterday was non-stop and when I finally got home I was so tired I completely forgot to do a blog post. Today is more normal.

I've begun working on the second fancy sock, but it has to go on a slight hold so I can finish something I need to get done.

If you have a long memory, you'll recall yet another project started and not finished. (You can follow the link if you want to see the design closer) This one was begun just about a year ago. I want a vest for bell choir, and we are supposed to wear black and white. I'm not a fan of black, so I don't own anything that will do.

Over the weekend I picked it up again because I really would like to have it done by this Sunday. Here's where it was when I started working a few days ago.

Crocheted Vest

Got the front done.

Crocheted Vest

Sewed it together and decided I'd knit the ribbing. The body of the vest is crocheted, and crocheted ribbing is possible, but I opted for the knit. About an inch to go on the bottom, then the armholes and neck.

Crocheted Vest

Think I'll have it done by Sunday?

It Fits!
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