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March 22, 2017

9:11 PM

Close Game

I beat a player in Words with Friends by one point last night. Talk about a close game! I headed for bed at 11:45 and got about ten hours of sleep for a change. Hopefully that catches me up, as my tail feathers have been dragging the last few days. It was good that I re-checked the knitting on the current sweater project as I had a boo boo. I fixed that and set it aside until the buttons arrive. I made a start on what I hope will be a new design. Then it came time to go to knitting. We expected a new gal to come tonight who says she wants to learn to knit and/or crochet. I told her I would bring yarn, a knitting needle and a crochet hook for her. She thanked me but didn’t show up. Hmmm… Now I’m ready to watch tonight’s episode of “Designated Survivor” where the plot thickens!

Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world, no matter what you look like. ~ Unknown

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March 21, 2017

8:19 PM

Knitting Resumed

     I didn’t knit a single stitch yesterday. Yikes! I did, however, find and order some buttons last night to use on the sweater that is on my needles. During my grocery shopping adventure, I found a 6 Layer Dip that looked interesting. It has layers of refried beans, guacamole, garden salsa, creamy salsa, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. I can only manage two or three bites at a time since it also contains chili pepper, jalapeno pepper, Anaheim pepper (which I never heard of), chipotle pepper (in the adobo sauce) and chili powder - yet it says “mild” on the label. Hmmm… I had a couple of things to go in the mail and today was senior discount day at the Food Mart until 2pm. I threw my purple coat on over my purple Mickey Mouse pants and off I went. The other day I was wearing my purple pants with stars on them.
     I picked up the mail, stopped into the credit union and then went to the Food Mart. Bill had given me the grocery store flyer with things circled for me to look at. I am here to say I do NOT like shopping that way! And since I don’t shop that often, I don’t know where a lot of the things are. One of the fellows was kind enough to assist me – a personal shopper. I finally got to the checkout stand. There was a vendor coupon for one of the items and it would not ring up any way the gal tried it. Another checker couldn’t do it either. She finally had to minus the $6.49 price and ring it up as $5.49. I’ve probably mentioned before that I memorize the prices as I shop so I watch as things are rung up. The box of chicken rung up at $7.49 even though it said $6.99 on the box. The final snafu was with the Dibs. They are still marked $2.89 on the freezer with the ice cream treats despite the many times I’ve mentioned it. Sure enough, it rang up at $2.99 so she fixed that. I felt bad for the cashier. She said it was her sixth day on the job. I told her it wasn’t her fault things in the computer are wrong. I munched on my Dibs on the drive home, finishing them as I pulled into the driveway. It is the perfect snack to cover the drive home from the grocery store!
     My heart rate was up to 110 by time I got home from that frustrating adventure. I came home with two frozen things - Bertolli Shrimp Scampi & Linguine and Banquet Salisbury Steaks. Which one I would cook was determined by which one would not fit in the freezer. Scampi it was. When I opened the package, I realized it was pretty much the same thing we have gotten from Main & Vine where you can buy various frozen meals by the pound. I also bought a container of Kicking Crab & Sweet Corn Chowder. I asked if “kicking” meant it was spicy. No one could tell me but, yes, it has a bit of a kick.
     By time I picked up the knitting needles at 3:15 this afternoon, I had not knit since Sunday night. Now that I have buttons coming, I can knit to the point where I will knit in the buttons. On the subject of buttons, I went through my button stash and pulled out all the ones I’m not likely to use for one reason or another. They are going to Barbara for the Twiddle Muffs she is making. They are knitted or crocheted hand warmers created for people with dementia so that they can have something to keep their hands warm and busy. Back to knitting the collar of the sweater.
 
In my life I’ve learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we’re all searching for. I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t become a better person through love. ~ Marla Gibbs
 
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March 20, 2017

9:54 PM

Did My Part

I finished the bottom ribbing on the sweater and made a start on the collar/bands. Wow! I won a Words with Friends game with Ann by 192 points and I also had the highest scoring word. That is astounding since she usually clobbers me. For me to get 458 points was equally astounding, although I did have 471 points one time. My average score is 310. I just enjoy playing and putting my brain to work. Google keeps calling to verify my business listing. We’ve told them repeatedly there IS no business any longer. If you look it up on Google it shows “permanently closed.” Two different people called from there about five minutes apart today. And that reminded me that my income tax was not going to do itself so I tackled that this morning while the brain was reasonably fresh. That took me until time to head off to the chiropractor to finish. After the chiropractor, I went to the post office. The nicest young fellow was coming out as I approached the door. He said “Let me get the door for you. How are you today?” Wow! I thanked him and we chatted briefly. It’s nice to know there are still lovely young people since those aren’t the one we hear about in the news. I picked up the mail and headed off the Peninsula. I was thinking about the boots I was going to return so they could order a larger size. Despite thinking about it, I drove right past the exit that would have taken me to the shoe store. Duh… I drove on to the accountant’s house, went over my info and questions with her and left her to do her magic with my return. I went to Michael’s to see if they had any buttons that would work for the new sweater. I searched my button stash last night and found a couple that would do – yellow ducks or ice cream cones - but they don’t really excite me. When Michael’s first opened out here, they had some wonderful buttons. Now they are nothing special at all and I didn’t find anything that suited me. From there I went to Albertson’s. It is fun to shop for groceries at a place you don’t go to that often and find things you don’t usually get. I went across the street to Home Depot to get rid of my burned-out Ott lightbulb. By time I finished there I was about done in. I got home, changed clothes, and cooked the butterfly shrimp and the mushroom & spring pea risotto. We also ate some of the deviled egg potato salad I bought. Once I added pickle relish to that it tasted remarkably like what I used to make. Since dinner I’ve been trying to catch up with stuff.

Never blame anyone in your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad people give you experience. The worst people give you a lesson. And the best people give you memories. - Unknown

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March 19, 2017

8:46 PM

Sunshine

     I now have five Ear Cozy’s that are past the “pay attention” part. After last evening’s nap, I wasn’t sleepy when midnight rolled past last night. I finally toddled off to bed at 1:30 and woke to glorious sunshine this morning. I took the morning off from playing for church. Steven was home from school on spring break and wanted to play – probably to impress his girlfriend who came with him to meet his parents. We were going to have lunch with Dawn and Reign but that got cancelled so I just relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine. I was almost finished eating a small can of mixed fruit when I accidentally flipped a spoonful of heavy sugar syrup down the front of my shirt. Later I was washing a pan and splashed water all over the shirt. Way to go, Carol… By time I took a dinner break I was halfway through the ribbing on the green sweater. When that is done, I’ll knit the collar and front bands in the rust colored yarn. Hopefully I will like the result since I’m knitting with colors I really don’t like all that well. I’m watching Season 3 of “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” from 2015. There are only two left after the one I’m watching concludes. I haven’t seen any mention of another season.

It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. - Hans F. Hansen

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March 18, 2017

8:53 PM

POKR 2017

I was ready to roll when Barbara arrived this morning. We drove in a light rain to the Port Orchard Knitting Retreat. Barbara got her sale yarns set up. There were 138 people signed up and 125 showed up. There were quite a few who were there for the first time. Only one of our group who had expected to be there didn’t make it. Her basement flooded so she had to deal with that. She thought she might be able to get there by noon but she never showed. Bummer on two counts – one for missing the event and two for the reason she missed it. Three of the gals in our group won door prizes but I wasn’t one of them. One of our winners is a recent addition to our group and this was her first time there so it was nice she won a prize. Between the treats provided by the event and the snacks Barbara and I brought and shared, I never ate my sandwich. I had it in the little lunch box Ellie gave me for my birthday last year. It has a piece of blue ice that goes on the bottom so I put that in the freezer yesterday. Even when I got home around 4:30, the sandwich was still cool to the touch. When it came time for Show & Tell, I told the group “hi” from Myra per her request. I jokingly said “I don’t always knit with Myra’s yarn…oh wait…yes I do!” And then I showed the Baby Surprise Jacket, the Seahawk baby sweater and hat, and my Caedwyn Cowlette – all knit in Myra’s yarn. It is always fun to see what everyone has for Show & Tell. This year there were several baby things. When we left to come home the sun was shining. As anticipated, once I sat down and put my feet up, I dozed off and was out for about an hour. I had a helping of the corned beef for dinner and now I am knitting on a Seahawk Ear Cozy. I notice I keep switching between “cozy” and “cosy” on these things. I checked and it is officially “cozy.” Hopefully I can remember that the next time I use the word.

Do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the new one to come? ~ Rumi

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March 17, 2017

6:33 PM

St. Patrick's Day Feast

     That was definitely a strange movie last night. I had to find the plot written out somewhere to make sense of what happened. Then I watched “Bones.” There are only two episodes left before the show ends for good after 12 seasons. By 11:30 the corned beef was getting nice and tender and very tasty. Sleeping till 10:30 this morning sounded like I got lots of sleep until I saw my note that said I went to bed at 4am. Hmmm… It sure doesn’t take much to get one’s days and nights turned around when you don’t have to get up and going in the morning. I immediately set my alarm clock for tomorrow morning. Barbara will pick me up around 8:30 to go to the Port Orchard Knitting Retreat which is 9-4. I have the green cardigan and a couple of hats I can knit on while there. As noon approached I sautéed the cabbage in butter and olive oil and then enjoyed my lunch of corned beef and cabbage with baby red potatoes. Yum!
     The boots I ordered the other day were waiting at the Post Office so I got ready to go into Key Center. I’ve always wanted to just throw on my coat and go in my nice fleece lounge pants so I decided this was the day. After all, the pants were purple and my coat was purple so off I went. I picked up the mail and just before turning into the Food Mart parking lot, I remembered I wanted to stop into the credit union and get some cash just in case I find something I
want to buy in the stash sale at tomorrow’s retreat. I stopped for the money first and then went to the grocery store. It was raining steadily during my outing so I was quite ready to head home when I finished my errands. Just as I turned onto our road an alarm sounded. At first I thought it was the phone but then I saw that the tire light had come on along with a message saying “pressure.”  Oh my… I turned around and drove back into Key Center and up the hill to Glen Cove Auto Repair where Bill takes the car for our oil changes. I explained my dilemma to Matt, the very nice young man who runs the shop with his father. He took the car right in and within a few minutes he came into the waiting room with a handful of pink insulation – a mouse nest that he found on top of the engine. Of course, that had nothing to do with the pressure issue but… It seems that the pressure in the back tires was 28 and 30 in the front tires when both should be 35psi. He figured they had just gotten low enough to trigger the sensors. He was the one who found the two oil leaks, so he checked and said it looks like the dealership fixed it correctly this time. 
     I finally made it home. I tried on the boots and decided I needed a larger size. I ordered the same size as the ones I’m replacing but I got those years ago. I called the local branch and they don’t have it in the larger size. However, I can take these in there for the return and they will order the larger size which will be shipped to my home at no extra charge. Can’t beat that. Anyway, when all was said and done, I couldn’t help but chuckle over the fact that I had the little “snafu” when I was out in my lounge clothes. Guess that’ll teach me!
 
Joys are always on the way to us.  They are always traveling to us through the darkness of the night.  There is never a night when they are not coming. - Amy Carmichael
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March 16, 2017

7:59 PM

The Finish

     Another night where I dozed off in the recliner. Off to bed at 2am where I remained until just past 10am. It was wonderful to wake to sunshine for a change! I was barely out of bed when the UPS truck arrived with my iron from Hamilton Beach. Even it had one place where the silver paint is chipped off but there weren’t any scuff marks like on the other ones. All I can say is that in the process of testing these things, the people doing it aren’t careful in handling the irons. Oh well… Once I had my morning coffee, I dug out the crockpot and put the corned beef on to cook. Yes, I know it is a day early but there is enough to eat on for two days or more unless it shrinks up to nothing. Knit Picks had a sale on sock yarn. The colors in the Garden Bloom pack were gorgeous but I don’t knit socks so I was saved. I had just taken my first bite of lunch when the phone rang. Max, with an accent, asked to speak to the owner of the business. I told him the business has been closed for two year so that took care of that. And then I found out from Bill that the same guy called yesterday so I checked the phone log and, sure enough, the same number called yesterday. He asked to speak to the owner of the business so Bill told him there was no business and then he asked to speak to Carol. Will he take us off the calling list now? Probably not. I was halfway through the ribbing on the last sleeve of Gabriel’s sweater when I started knitting today. With the sunshine, I didn’t even need the Ott Lite! Of course, that thought had no sooner crossed my mind than the sun disappeared and I had to turn the light on. And next thing I knew, it was raining! It was another one of those off and on days. I finished Gabriel’s sweater then picked up one of the three Ear Cosy hats on my needles and finished that. It was the one in Seahawk colors. The corned beef still needed more time so I ate something else for dinner. I’m watching a movie called “Exposed” that is a bit on the strange side and I’m going to start another Ear Cosy and use up the rest of the Seahawk color yarn. This yarn is rather on the harsh side. I think I’ll wash this one and see if it softens up.

I never knew how strong I was until I had to forgive someone who wasn't sorry, and accept an apology I never received. – Unknown

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March 15, 2017

9:23 PM

Ides

Eating taco chips with slightly spicy salsa before going to bed might not have been the best plan. Off to bed at 12:30. I turned the alarm off before it sounded at 8am. That could have been a dangerous move because I dozed off, waking about 8:30. I still had plenty of time to do what needed doing. I opened up the garage this morning and found the passenger door on the car standing wide open. I didn’t do it. I wondered if that had affected the battery but the car started with no problem, thank goodness. There were 10 Fiber Friends today. I finished the sleeves on Gabriel’s sweater except for the ribbing. Bill wanted Italian for lunch so I went by Massimo’s and got Scalloppine Piccata for him and Linguini del Golfo for me. After lunch, I tried to work my way through email, etc., but I finally slept for about 45 minutes before time to head off to The Blend. It was nice to make the trip in the daylight. I got the ribbing done on one of Gabriel’s sleeves. The end is in sight. Speaking of sweaters, Shanna says that Joanna grabs her new sweater, says “Carol” and then wants the sweater put on her. Does that just turn my heart to mush or what! Now to finish out this Ides of March.

One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring. – Aldo Leopold

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March 14, 2017

7:52 PM

Slow News Day

I was still sitting here as 3:30am rolled past and this time I hadn’t dozed off. Seven hours of sleep held me pretty well except for little yawning spell early this afternoon. When I was an inch into the body of the green cardigan, I decided to save that to work on at Fiber Friends tomorrow. I picked up Gabriel’s pullover and resumed knitting the sleeves. I have the body of the sweater stuffed into a cloth bag so that it isn’t rubbing against my pants all the time as I turn it repeatedly to knit the sleeves. Our bit of entertainment for the day was provided by several birds – big stellar jays and little juncos – vying for the critter food we put out for the squirrels. The alarm is set for 8am so I’m not still sleeping when I’m supposed to be opening the church doors for Fiber Friends!

I have peace today. Not because there are no storms in my life, but because God is my peace in the midst of the storms. - Unknown

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March 13, 2017

8:37 PM

Shifted Gears

I finally got the pattern sorted but decided that the cables wouldn’t show up that well in this tweedy yarn. I shifted gears and decided that since I have two colors of the yarn – a green and a rust – I’ll do another Baby Sophisticate cardigan. I’ve knit three of them now and they always seem to be well received. It was 12:30 by time I came to this conclusion so I got the pattern ready to begin today. I dozed off in the recliner, woke at four and went to bed. I didn’t get up until almost 10:30. I was dreaming that we bought a house in California sight unseen. I don’t know where we were supposed to be at the time but we were going to walk to California to see the house. Uh huh… I watched a couple episodes of “Midsomer Murders” this afternoon while knitting on the cardigan. I just have one left to finish this season of the show. I don’t know if another season is in the works or not. I see there will be another season of “Death in Paradise” - a show Barbara and I both like. I’m munching on Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies for tonight’s dessert. The boxes seem to be half the size and twice the price from bygone days. I guess that is less calories overall.

Faith makes all things possible; love makes all things easy. - D. L. Moody

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