Webster’s love.



I’ve had this dictionary since the late ’70s. It was with me through college, marriages, children, divorces, moving out of state and here it is 40 years later and totally out of date. I can’t bring myself to recycle it. I’ve gotten rid of text books, wedding bands and I’ve sold houses. Yet this dictionary continues with me no matter where I go. When I first got this dictionary, I wrote my name and my dorm room from San Francisco State in the front cover. The dorm is no longer there. It went down in an earthquake back in the ’80s. I don’t use this dictionary any more because, well, there’s Google. But yet it sits on the top shelf of my bookcase. The pages are yellowed and the back cover is torn off. The front cover is held on with tape. But I’m not getting rid of it. I have a sentimental attachment to my dictionary.

And on a different note, I had a bad coffee experience yesterday at Starbucks so this morning I made my own latte. Not exactly the same but I saved $5 and the aggravation.


Hope you all (Shawn) have a good week.

Knitting memories.


Happy Summer Solstice! We had rain here but I’m not complaining because a lot of the country is dealing with floods and super high temperatures.  It was 112 degrees in Sacramento today.  I’m glad I live in Alaska.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting lately. I get bored easily so I keep starting new projects. What do you, dear reader, like about knitting?  My favorite part is the planning.  What to make, the yarn, the needles, do I have enough stitch markers???  And then comes the knitting. I love the knitting. And I’ll admit it, I hate to finish because then I’m done. But I do finish because then it gives me an excuse to start yet another project. I really like to start a new knitting project when I travel. I always remember the piece by where I was.  I’ve got a green cable scarf I knit on my trip to San Francisco. I’ve got another one I knit when I was on a trip for skin cancer treatment. Memories.  Some good and not so good but its all in my knitting.

Knit happens.



It’s a beautiful weekend. Five minutes into my walk it started raining. I was faced with the dilemma of either turning around or powering through. Like a good Alaskan, I powered through. I’m living in Southeast Alaska. If I wait for the rain to stop, I’ll never do anything.

I ordered some yarn from England and it arrived amazingly fast. This is from TwinklyKnits. Its gorgeous and it sparkles. Now all I need to do is start knitting. It’s been added to my collection for now. My collection is starting to get a little large.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

It (was) the weekend.


I got out the Spiralizer today and made some zucchini noodles and also tried it out on an apple. I started off with a bigger spaced blade and then switched to make more of a noodle with the apple. Fun times!

Looks like we are headed into a week of rain. I figured it was a good time to wind up 900 yards of lace weight yarn and start on a Terrace Wrap. I’ve already ripped it out three times. Let’s hope I get it right this time. You definitely need sharp knitting needles when working with lace weight yarn. You may be wondering what happened with the socks I was knitting….. I think they are on their way to becoming mittens!


Eat your vegetables.


Looks like pasta… but its not! Its zucchini noodles! I’m not a big squash fan. It kinda grosses me out but I know its healthy and it seemed like the perfect thing to spiralize! Yep, I bought a Spiralizer about a year ago and I finally dragged it out and gave it a go.  Its amazing! I made these noodles in about 60 seconds. I microwaved them for a minute. I like my veggies crunchy. You could probably throw them in boiling water if you wanted but I really liked them pretty much raw. I’m going to try some more vegetables this weekend. I thought I’d also try an apple. This is a great way to eat more fruits and vegetables.