Too Much Time in the Office

I was stuck late in the office a couple of nights ago, waiting for Hubby to finish working on reports to meet a deadline.  I didn’t have any deadlines to meet, and I didn’t want to work any more.  My brain had already shut off at 5 pm, so it wasn’t accepting reading any work emails, anyway.

But my fingers wanted to be doing something.  I did have a crochet project with me, but I didn’t want to work on it.  I wasn’t feeling it – it’s probably going to be frogged and I will be looking for another pattern to work on.

So I started doodling.  Well, I guess you could call this ‘structured’ doodling, because I was using a ruler, and trying to measure out equal spaces free hand (no protractor on hand).   I thought maybe I could come up with a decent mandala this time, I had all the time to work on it now.

I had something in mind, but I forgot what I wanted to do by the time I started drawing.  I wasn’t planning on any shading until I had finished drawing it out, but then there was a little mistake here and there, so I started to draw over the lines, and now there’s shading.



This is how far I’ve gotten.  I’ve cleaned it up a bit, and will start shading and blacking, until I decide whether to cover up the whole sheet, or stop here.  It’s not perfectly round with symmetrical designs – so much for drawing lines and measuring out spaces, lol –  but I’m getting there.

Have a good weekend, everybody!








This and That

It’s all about the weather these days, isn’t it?


So far, we’ve missed the blizzard-of-the-century that didn’t happen, and the two other storms that came after that didn’t bring the amount of snow that was forecasted.  I’m not complaining.  We got some snow, and plenty of cold, but not as much as the other areas.  I’m ready for winter to end, though.  Aren’t you?

One good thing about the snowstorms and dangerous road conditions … snow days and days off from work.  These unexpected days off add to the weekend – coincidentally, the storms blew in during the weekend, and Mondays and sometimes Tuesdays were horrible travel days.  So we just stayed home, and caught up with stuff we didn’t have time to do over the weekend.

For me, though, it also meant that it was full immersion in my newest obsession – weaving!  I was able to take a beginning class last month, and since then, it’s been non-stop weaving.  Can you imagine that I’ve put aside knitting and crocheting (except for about 15 minutes at a time), and been working on playing with the rigid heddle loom and being amazed at what can come out it?  Here’s some that I’ve finished.  I’ve written about the full experience over on my crafts blog, if you’re interested in seeing how these came about.

I finally got business cards and gift tags ordered for my charity/causes, from  If you’re thinking of getting business cards or stocking up, try them out.  You’ll get a 10% discount off your first purchase, by clicking on this link.  It’ll give me some points towards my next purchase with them, if I decide to order from them again.  Beware … they have lots of other cute stuff to tempt you … like stickers!  Never even thought of stickers to attach to gifts, donations, etc, but that’s a good idea. Maybe next time …

I’ll be going on a short trip next week … off for some hot sunshine, and away from the snow and cold!  Hopefully the weather will be warmer when I get back …

Catching Up on Reading

Relaxing on the beach means reading a good book.  Or any book.

I was already hooked when I read the synopsis of ‘A Discovery of Witches’ when it first came out two years ago or so. It’s about a search for a manuscript! Well, of course it had to be a good book, never mind what the plot was! But just like my piles of projects waiting to be finished, I had a shelf full of books waiting to be read, and so I refrained from buying the book when it first came out.

Knowing that I was going to be on the beach for a week, this time I didn’t hesitate to buy the book. And a bonus! The second book in the series was already out as well, so of course I had to buy that too, so I could continue with the story as soon as I finish the first book.


‘A book? an actual book?’, exclaimed hubby Charles. Well, yes, an actual book that I can hold, and turn the pages. If I brought the Kindle or the iPad to the beach to read, then I’d be worrying about the sand or drops of water getting on the screen, the iPad overheating or running out of battery … So yes, an actual book to the beach and if it falls on the sand or gets wet, then it’s no big deal.

And you know what? The book did get wet, from the water leaking from the cooler, shortly after the picture above was taken!  Can you tell from the picture below that it’s been wet and beat up a little?  I was a little annoyed.  I like to keep my books as new as possible, but on the other hand I also like to it to look like it’s been well read and enjoyed.  I know, it’s weird.  Anyway, I just laid it out to dry in the wind and the sun. Now, can you do that with an electronic reader? ha!


And you know why else I knew this was going to be a good book?  The main character’s parents had traveled to Africa (which always delights me), but more than that, they had travelled to Nigeria, where I grew up!  and they even mention Hausa, one of the main languages!  Wow!  That’s a first for me, usually Africa travel is to the more common safari countries such as Kenya, South Africa, etc.  Not much is said about that Nigeria trip however, and the happenings there were not so good.  Maybe the second book will have more details about Nigeria.

Ok, enough writing … going back to my reading …

Catching Up With Yarn

*Sigh* Ok, I think I’m almost back to regular schedule …. almost … maybe …
Another weekend tournament, this time in Washington, DC/Virginia. I haven’t even recovered from the one two weekends ago! And then hubby decides he wants to try camping – for the first time! – and wants me to research where we can go camping.

huh???  When I suggested this several years ago, he was adamant that he wasn’t going to sleep out in the open, in sleeping bags or tents, etc.  Now he wants to go camping?  What’s he up to?

Anyway … I’ve been keeping busy with this Special Olympics Scarf Project – it’s now up and running, and I’m trying to keep it afloat. Well, it’s not that bad – we’ve just started, and the enthusiasm is still there, so I hope it continues. I don’t know what will happen when the scarves start coming in, and suddenly the house is inundated with small packages and boxes.  I finally managed to sit down long enough to start on more scarveslike these.   Gives me a chance to try out new patterns.   And  … it gives me an excuse to buy more yarn to play with!  yaaayy!!

Crochet Playground

Here’s another larger-than-life crochet sculpture! Wouldn’t you want one near you?
P.S. I showed my husband and told him that this artist orders yarn by the ton … so they shouldn’t have any problem when I buy a skein or two! lol …

Off The Hook

playscapes: Playground Crochet by Toshiko Horiuchi. Way toooooooo cool.  The pics and article say it all. See article for more pics…

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Johnson House

Walking around Old Town, there was the general merchandise store – Johnson House.  

What drew me inside was what was on display outside.  If there was one outside, then there had to be more inside.

Walking around inside were period clothing, cowboy hats, mixed in with occasional modern-day hair accessories.  I kept looking for other crocheted pieces, and didn’t see anything until I had made a round of the whole room and on the other side of the room, almost by the exit.  If I had walked clockwise instead of counter-clockwise, I would have found it sooner.  I saw these on display, and thought I was getting closer to more.

What I found instead was this, and my day was made.

Selecting this issue from the basket, I went to the front to pay for it.  Looking at the magazine, the elderly lady dressed in 1800-style fashion asked if I crocheted, or knew how to crochet.  Of course, I replied, and hope that there are good patterns inside the issue, I added.  I then asked her if it was real.  Pulling out the price tag, she said that yes, it was authentic, and that the tag said that it was vintage.  Hmmm … more research for me.

The paper is in good condition, although faded and yellowing.  It does look real, but I’m no expert in vintage documents.  In any case, there’s a whole new world to explore with this find.  What’s inside it?  Read more

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