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August 23, 2017

11:35 AM

New Site

You may have noticed that the last journal entry had some extra symbols amidst the words. I had no idea what was happening. I erased them and they popped right back up. I contacted support and was informed that they no longer support the blog and I need to create a new page on their site builder. It would have been nice to have been notified about that but…  The new site is located HERE and click on Blog.It will be a work in progress as I see if this is going to work. I will publish the first post later tonight. 


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August 22, 2017

10:19 PM

Post Eclipse

I called my sister at 2:15 am. She was eating and said to call her back in 15 minutes. I did and then we talked until 4am my time. She said she is sleeping up to 15 hours a day. Yikes! I am lucky if I get 6-7 hours in. Bill woke me today about 10:45 when he was ready to leave. He asked if I wanted him to turn on the burglar alarm. If he turned on the in the house alarm it would have gone off when he opened the front door. If he turned on the out of the house alarm, it would have gone off when I came out of the bedroom and the sensor in the hall picked up my movement. I was ready to get up so it was not a problem. I am almost a third of the way through the second repeat of the fifth color on the cowl. I am getting there. Today has been one of hearing different comments about eclipse experiences. Three years ago today, the adoptive parents of Joanna saw her for the first time. The picture her mother shared of her in the hospital that day was truly a heart breaker. At three weeks of age, she already had her first shunt for the hydrocephaly. They were able to take her home with them a week later on her first month birthday. God had a plan for her life that has allowed her to far exceed what the doctors predicted and I thank Him for that.

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August 21, 2017

8:00 PM


     I tuned into the NASA site on my iPad about an hour before time for the maximum view of the eclipse in our area. They showed the view in both Salem and Madras, Oregon, which got the total eclipse. We had about 93% here. Since I wasn’t supposed to use the eclipse glasses over my glasses, I saw 6-8 crescents of the sun. If I closed my right eye and squinted real hard with the left eye, I could get it down to two crescents. Once that bit of excitement was over with, I settled in to knit on the cowl. I was ready to knit the third color section for the second time. Before long I could hardly keep my eyes open. I finally gave up and went to bed for a 1 ½ nap. I figured if I was that tired, I shouldn’t fight it. Dinner was some of yesterday’s trout. Off to knit more on the cowl. I’m ready to be done with this.

Hope for the best.
Expect the worst.
Life is a play.
We’re unrehearsed. - Mel Brooks
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August 20, 2017

9:30 PM

Family Lunch Date

     I must have gotten more sleep than I thought Friday night because I never got the least bit sleepy on Saturday. In fact, I was still sitting here as 1am passed. Bad girl… I did, indeed, finish the sixth color section on the cowl and got almost halfway through the first repeat of color one before calling it a night. We had missionaries from Peru at church today. They shared a story about some folks that came out of the jungle from some tribe that hasn’t been out of the jungle in over ten years. They spoke no known language but it was determined something was wrong with the baby that was with them. The missionary wife is a physician’s assistant and had medicine that would help the baby. She handed it to one of the adults with the baby and that person downed the medicine, not understanding it was for the baby. I told her about the time Clint had a headache. I gave him a Tylenol and he put it on top of his head. 😊 I left church when it came time for the second sermon so Bill and I could meet his mother, sister and brother-in-law at Anthony’s, a waterfront restaurant in Gig Harbor. I (and brother-in-law Phil) ordered the Rainbow Trout which was very good. I had two big fillets with basmati rice and green beans. I brought enough trout home for another couple of meals since Phil gave me half of one of his fillets. Bill had the trout and eggs from the breakfast part of the menu so he only got one fillet but he came home with over half his meal, too. Mother Trudy had Peach Crepes off the breakfast menu. Anthony’s features seasonal fruits in a variety of dishes. This is peach season. Sister Janice had Roasted Garlic Prawns. We ordered two Peach Slumps with ice cream and shared those for dessert. After lunch, we walked down the street to a viewpoint where we sat and visited for awhile. We hadn’t been home long when Janice called to say they had forgotten to give Bill a briefcase that belonged to his father. There were going to visit Bill’s younger brother and his family for a bit before heading back to their hotel so they were going to call later so Bill could meet them and get the briefcase. We both got in a nap before they called. I stayed home and napped more when he was gone. Hopefully I can get to sleep tonight.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. - James Baldwin

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August 19, 2017

8:01 PM


     I was still knitting at 12:30am and was ready to start the fifth yarn color on the cowl. I don’t especially care for vertical stripes on a cowl but this is what Hula Hut wants so…  It was a short night…..again. Ann told me about a show she has been watching called “The Durrell in Corfu” - “a series based on the autobiographical novel by Gerald Durrell, the naturalist, explorer, writer and conservationist, which tells the story of his family settling on Corfu island in 1933 after his father's untimely death. They lived there until 1939. His mother was rather eccentric and allowed the 8 to 14-year-old Gerald to keep wildlife as pets. He also made friends among the local humans.” It certainly has some beautiful photography! I watched some episodes while knitting on the Hula Hut cowl. By time I stopped to cook a steak for dinner, I had joined the sixth color. When I finish knitting that section, I will go back repeat all six colors. As 7:30 rolls past, Bill is expecting a guy who wants to look at the trailer. When he was out in the garage this afternoon, he spied a squirrel up in the rafters and at some point, it ran behind the sheetrock on the wall. I hope it doesn’t have a nest in there somewhere! Let’s see if I can finish the sixth color section on the cowl before bedtime.

The happiest of people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything. – Unknown

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August 18, 2017

7:39 PM

Painful Bite

     I was up and going by nine this morning. I have six colors of yarn to use on the cowl and there are 26 rows to each repeat. The pattern has 10 repeats but Cathei wants 12 repeats so I got through the first color plus four rows of the second color last night. I took a dinner break about 6pm tonight at which time I was ready to wind the fourth color into a ball and begin knitting it. I cooked a bag of Pasta and Peas with Parmesan Cream Sauce to which I added some corn and bits of chicken. I figured everything except the chicken would be soft. Wrong! Twice I bit down on something that sent a sharp shooting pain up my tooth. I hadn’t taken any Ibuprofen since 9:30 this morning so I took a couple of those. Then I proceeded to wind the yarn into a ball and continue knitting. Tom came today, mowed the lawn and pressure washed the deck so it can be re-stained. I was quite to content to be home for the day after a busy week. Here is the newest Lacy Top.

What you see has limits. Imagination is boundless. - Folasade Fasoyiro

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August 17, 2017

10:24 PM


I got eight hours sleep last night for a change! The tooth felt better this morning although it still “feels” if I bite on it except for soft foods. Before heading to the chiropractor this afternoon, I decided to eat an ice cream bar. Boy, was THAT the wrong thing to do! I had to rinse my mouth with warm water afterwards to calm things down again. Today was my sister’s birthday, but with everything that has been going on, I neglected to get a birthday card mailed off to her. I called her this afternoon and we chatted for a while. The Hula Hut yarn was in today’s mail so I got the first mini skein wound into a ball and cast on for the cowl and then it was time to head off to rehearsal. There were only 5 musicians tonight. Another one of the musicians also does the overhead and this was his week to do it. The other attendee was our sound man. Rehearsal was short and sweet. Bill wanted a couple of things from the grocery store so I stopped on my way home and took care of that. And that was my day. My schedule is clear now until Sunday morning. Yay!

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. - Henry Ward Beecher

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August 16, 2017

8:52 PM


There was no chewing on THE tooth once the numbness wore off. Yowser! It was hurting more as the evening wore on. I finally took 600 mg Ibuprofen and that helped. I headed to bed just past midnight. I managed to sleep until the alarm went off at 8:30. I hoped the tooth was going to be pain free today but that wasn’t the case so I ate soup for breakfast. Even the left side of my face hurt. There were nine Fiber Friends today. Yes, I told them the story about the dentist buying the baby top. I stopped on the way home and got a Swedish meatball frozen dinner so I’d have something soft to eat. This afternoon I took a Tylenol and napped for a little over an hour. My mouth seemed to feel better after that although the side of my face still hurt. Soon it was time to go knit with the gang. I worked on my Lacy Top and it is getting close to done. Yarn from Hula Hut for the cowl is on its way. Knitters love squishy mail.

The giving of love is an education in itself. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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August 15, 2017

7:05 PM


     I finished the hat on my needles and cast on another one so I was good to go today for a knitting project. We left here about 10:15 in case there was a delay due to the chip seal work. They had not yet gotten to our road so we were fine and made it to the dentist’s office almost half an hour early. Last time I was there, the dentist was enthralled with my knitting and that was just an orange acrylic hat. The gal I was going to give the Fiona Top to wasn’t at church on Sunday. Since I still had it, I thought it would be nice to show him something nicer than the hat. He was really impressed and asked if I sell my knitting. I told him I do on occasion. He asked if he could buy this piece? I told him the cost of the yarn. He asked what I wanted for it. I jokingly quoted him the price of the root canal. We laughed over that and then he left the room. He came back a few minutes later, handed me a crisp, new $100 bill and said, “Do you want to trade?” I was shocked but, needless to say, I made the trade!
     Since I arrived early, he did the shots so I’d be ready when he finished with his other patient. I didn’t feel any of the three needles he stuck in the gum to numb the area! The dental dam wasn’t as daunting as anticipated. We joked about not wanting him to drop anything down my throat during the procedure. I could see the variety of tools passing between the dentist and his tech. He said the crack in the tooth went all the way up to the nerve so it’s good I’m went in when I did. I was done by noon. Bill had gone across the street to get something to eat so I walked over there. I couldn’t bite on the tooth for an hour but I needed something to eat. I didn’t see anything on their menu that suited me so we went across the street to The Spar, Tacoma’s oldest saloon. The place seemed to be a favorite of the senior crowd. There was a table of 11 older guys behind me. I ordered a Swiss Mushroom Burger so I could cut the meat into small bites and chew on the “good” side of my mouth. By time we arrived back at the corner gas station, they appeared to be done chip sealing the road. We drove carefully but cars coming told us didn’t even bother to slow down. We didn’t really want goopy stuff on our car! We hadn’t been home long before I went back for a two-hour nap. Time for a snack before I pick up my knitting. The Hula Hut gal asked me to knit a cowl for her sample stash. Since it was her yarn I used for the Fiona Top, I told her the story about the dentist buying it. She thought that was great.
You're never fully dressed without a smile. - Sia
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August 14, 2017

8:09 PM

Stupid is as stupid does

     I heard about an accident near us a few days ago. It involved a pickup towing a boat. I wondered what happened. Our fire chief issues a weekly report of things the fire department responds to during the week. Last week there were two 2-car head on collisions, another 2-car collision and then the collision I mentioned above. One of the head on collisions involved a drunk driver. The collision involving the boat occurred when a pickup towing a boat attempted to pass a slower vehicle and a third vehicle pulled out from a side street. Seriously? How stupid does one have to be to pass another vehicle when towing something? It boggles my mind how many vehicle accidents we have here on the Peninsula. As I’ve said before, it makes one want to stay home.
     I don't know if watching a brief run-through of the root canal treatment procedure was a good or a bad idea – especially the part that showed what could go wrong! I think I liked what the receptionist in my regular dentist’s office told me. As I drove out of here this morning I found a sign saying they will be chip sealing our road tomorrow, too. Oh joy! I went to the grocery store and picked up a bag of Asian salad for the Sew Gals potluck at Ellie’s. Despite my stop, I was the first one to arrive. There were seven of us today. The wires got crossed somewhere. Deanna was told Grace wasn’t coming so she didn’t call about giving her a ride. Oops! Carol V was cutting out vest patterns. She plans to make vests for the upcoming auction to raise money to support Rabbit Haven, a local non-profit rescue and shelter for domestic rabbits. Since Carol acquired the two bunnies, she has become obsessed with bunnies despite the fact they chew on her furniture. Barbara is also involved with that organization and fosters bunnies from time to time. My sister had a bunny years ago. We tried to have one with Clint but that didn’t last. I have a picture of him holding the bunny under its front legs with the hind legs dangling. It was hard to say who was more distressed – Clint or the bunny. 😊
     When I started the car this morning I got an alert saying the oil needed to be changed. Since we just did that six days before, I knew something was amiss. I drove into Key Center and went to the shop that did the LOB so they could reset the oil change indicator. The young fellow made several unsuccessful attempts before going back into the shop for help. Another young guy came out and fixed it. It is easy enough to do. For turn key ignitions like ours, you turn the key one notch and press both the gas and brake simultaneously for about 20 seconds. The display will say “Resetting Oil” so you keep it pressed until it says “complete.” Now I know how to do it if they fail to reset it after a future oil change. I picked up the mail and headed home. I decided to drive past our street and see how far down the road the chip seal job would go. I expected to find a sign but I found the chip seal crew. They had started at that end of the road, although I couldn’t tell how much further down the road they went. They were working on a side street. I was able to talk to the supervisor and he guesstimated 11am for our side street tomorrow. He said he could get us out, regardless. I turned around and went home, arriving there a little after four.
     Going through today’s email I found one from Schwan’s at 1:59pm which said “We're sorry to see you go! We have received a cancellation request and your Schwan's Representative will no longer stop by to provide home delivery." Then I saw another one from them at 2:59pm which said “Oops! Please disregard the notification below indicating your service has been changed.” This was most interesting since I do not now, nor have I ever had, an account with Schwan’s. My friend Wanda has used that service and if I lived alone, I might be inclined to give it a try. I nodded off for a little over an hour around five. My plan for tonight is to finish the hat on my needles and cast on for another one. If Bill drives me to the dentist tomorrow, I need something to work on in the car.

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. - Walter Hagen
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