Category Archives: housekeeping

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~ John Burroughs

Is it just me or did 2008 just fly by?  It seems like I was just posting my farewell to 2007 and it’s already time to bid 2008 goodbye.

All in all, 2008 was a pretty good year (for both knitting and my life in general).

I finally found my sock mojo:

And, I developed some sweater mojo:

I should be finishing another sweater soon:

I knit a bunch of wash/dishcloths:

And, I knit something I needed:

The highlight of 2008 was definitely finding Sadie.  She is such a joy to have around and I firmly believe that she was destined to be my dog.

Unfortunately, I did experience heartbreak again this year.  I had to say goodbye to my beloved Samantha.    My big wish for 2009 is to get through the year without any of my pets dying.   (It’s been a rough couple of years.)

Since I detail all of my projects on Ravelry, I’ve decided to do something different with this blog (well, at least for 2009).   For the next 365 days, I am going to take one picture a day and post it here.    I’ve decided I want to challenge myself to look more closely at the world around me and also to document each day in my life.    I have no idea what I’ll find to photograph each day, but I’ll figure it out.  I also want to experiment with Picnik and discover more of their editing tools (I tend to use the same ones over and over).      I’ll still do knitting posts from time to time, but for the most part this blog is going to become a picture blog.

Happy New Year!


I haven’t been knitting much this week. I’ve been distracted.

Late last year I moved from a 3600 sq. foot home into a 700ish sq. foot home. Obviously, this presented some storage issues. I’ve been trying various organization methods for the last few months and finally found a solution this past weekend. One of my solutions was a dedicated cabinet for knitting WIPs:

I’ve also been distracted by a migraine that’s trying to sneak up on me. I don’t get them very often (thank goodness), but when I feel a migraine coming on, I can sometimes prevent it by the timing of medicine and other tricks. So far, I’ve had a headache for three days, but the migraine is being kept at bay. Hopefully this continues because I really don’t have time to be incapacitated right now.

The other morning I followed this truck all the way through town:

I was intrigued by the license plate “MAW” and tried to imagine what kind of person had such a vanity plate.

A stereotypical redneck? A very old farmer?

I finally pulled up next to the truck at a stoplight.

It was a middle aged man in a suit. He was picking his nose.

Certainly not what I expected, but it cracked me up.

I hope knitting gets done soon. My fingers are getting restless.

New digs

Welcome to my new home on the web.   Thank you for making the trek over here to join me. I’ve been thinking about leaving Blogger for a month or so.  I had been surfing around to see what was out there and trying to decide if it was worth it to pack up and move to new digs. In the past couple weeks, I received almost daily emails from readers letting me know that my blog was acting up.   Most folks couldn’t comment and some of them couldn’t even get the page to load.  I did all that I could do to find the problem and then emailed Blogger.  After three of my emails went unanswered, I decided to take the plunge.Thank you to the people who did comment to tell me about your blog software.  I checked out all the suggestions and created test blogs on all the sites.   However, none of those sites made me  say “Yes!  I want to blog there!”

My decision was made for me when I saw the blog that Kristi and Otis set up at WordPress.  I started surfing around the WordPress site and loved almost everything I saw. 

One of my favorite features is the comments.  I will actually be sent your email address when you comment (what a concept – Blogger!).  I can finally respond to folks via email.   That was one thing that drove me nuts about Blogger:  I didn’t know who many of my commenters (is that a word?) were and I wanted to respond to many of them.

I started another test blog here at WordPress.  I intended to dual blog for awhile to make sure I liked it.  I also wanted to give myself time to learn new software and get everything set up. 

I thought it would take me two weeks to accomplish all of that.

It took me 24 hours. 

Yes, WordPress is that easy!  I think it’s even easier than Blogger.

I decided not to import my old Blogger blog into this blog.   I am going to leave the old blog up because there’s a lot of information there that I know I’ll need in the future.   I’m going to clean up the old blog a bit, but not post anything new there.

I have this main page completely set up and I will be adding additional pages as I have time.  (You can see where they’ll be by looking at the top of this page:  Next to the “Home” and “About” tabs are where these new pages will be.)   

I fully realize that, like all new loves, my affection for WordPress may fade a bit once we’ve spent more time together.  For now, I’m enjoying the honeymoon.