#134 I don’t like myself — I’m crazy about myself!! (Mae West)


And that being said, here is a list of what I think is pretty terrific about me!!

  1. I am a GREAT grandmother.  Not just good but great!!  I have so much more patience and focus now than when I had Darling Daughter.  My parenting skills weren’t stellar, but my grand-parenting skills are fabulous!! I have to also say that I’m a much better mother now than I was back then too. Darling Daughter grew into a fabulous woman too, in spite of my shortcomings.
  2. I have great legs — and I’m not a teenybopper folks.   My Darling Daughter has my legs too, and hers are also fabulous.
  3. I smell good.  Don’t laugh!!  Using a perfume/cologne that will complement your natural odor is a minefield at best.  I was lucky enough to be able to do it twice.  The first fragrance I ever wore was Jean Nate (okay, who’s laughing out there? I can hear you!!!) which I wore until about 3 or 4 years ago.  Just recently, (within the last 2 years) I started using Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom and I love it!!  So does Sweet Baboo, I might add.  AND he loved the Jean Nate too!! So there!!
  4. I am a great driver. I have had my license since 1970 and have not even been in a fender bender.
  5. I have a good attitude about my work and life in general.  Not easy to say in these whippy dippy times.  I enjoy my job and love my life with Sweet Baboo.
  6. I am a fair to middling knitter.  I still have the first pair of socks that I made over a year ago and I like to take them out and compare them to the socks that I am able to make now. Beau coup difference!! Practice really does make perfect, people!!
  7. I am also a fair to middling sewer.  (That’s sewer as in a person who sews.) I try not to obsess too much over the blogs that are out there of women who sew and knit.  I haven’t figured out how they keep their outside the home jobs, the house clean, the children happy, and decent food on the table, all while being prolific as all get out with their crafty side.  Oh, and they also blog at least once a day. I think I will stick with fair to middling.
  8. I am also a fanatic about spelling and/or grammar.  It doesn’t seem like something to be proud of, but I firmly believe that the way a person speaks or writes says alot about them.  However, there are times that I have to bite my tongue when I desperately want to correct a perfect stranger for using the word seen instead of saw, or tell them how the word frustrating or refrigerator is really pronounced.
  9. I know when to say enough is enough.

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Sunday Scribblings #133 — Style


This prompt was so easy!!

I have practically no style. Or at least no style that anybody could notice.

And no, that’s not a pathetic ploy to coerce people into feeling sorry for me.  It’s just the truth.

This is what I came up with.

  • Home decorating style — I like everything in the beige family and then add a couple dashes of color. Boring, yes.  Stylish, not so much. My sister has all the home decorating genes.  She can take 2 or 3 items and put them together and they look wonderful.  I got the knitting genes.
  • Parenting style — like many parents of my generation, I parented with a certain amount of guilt driving my decisions.  Even so, my Darling Daughter turned out pretty well (no drugs or drinking or lascivious behavior — well none that I knew of at any rate) so I guess my parenting style is also beige with dashes of color.
  • Clothing style — solid color tee shirts with solid color slacks.  I can probably count on the fingers of both hands how many print items of clothing I have owned in my life. I can literally reach into my closet in the dark and pull out a tee shirt and slacks that match at least 2 out of 3 times.
  • Personality style — I am mostly a listener and observer with people that I don’t know, but an active participant with friends.  However, I don’t make friends easily — check that, I have to know a person a long time before I can say that we are friends. I guess my personality style would be guarded but friendly.

So yes, I have a boring style. I’m a beige person wearing solid colored tee shirts and slacks that is slightly socially challenged and in need of therapy. But I’m okay with it.  Life is good.

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10 Bands/Artists that remind you of high school



  1. Iron Butterfly
  2. James Taylor
  3. Bachman Turner Overdrive
  4. Peter Frampton
  5. Queen
  6. Moody Blues
  7. Queen
  8. Grand Funk Railroad
  9. Carole King
  10. Carly Simon

And since 10 is not enough…..

  • Boston
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Three Dog Night
  • REO Speedwagon
  • Steppenwolf
  • ZZ Top
  • Guess Who and so on and so on and so on………………

Ten on Tuesday — come try, it’s fun!!

And yet more fabric…..


I am on a buying binge — sheets, pillowcases, doilies, linens of any kind — can’t seem to get enough of them. I haven’t actually done anything with them yet, other than print out the tutorial of what it is that I want to make and then make sure that they stay together. I’m guessing that I am subconsciously stocking up with things to do this winter.  Check out this latest bunch. All nice and freshly washed and dried on the clothesline. The pink one at 12:00 is going to be pillowcases for Darling Daughter’s bed, the orange yellow and green at 2:00 is undecided at this moment, but I really liked it and bought it anyway.  The maroon in the middle will be the contrasting back for some sofa pillows for DD, the blue and green plaids will be toppers for my living room end stands or pillow coverings for my sofa.  Not sure about the striped — might be bibs for a friend of DD’s, might be chicken stuffies.  (The blue and white is my bed sheet. )

Friday Fill-Ins #93


1. One of the best concerts/plays/movies I ever saw that I really didn’t think I’d like was believe it or not, Titanic.  I thought it would be sappy and trite. I was way wrong. Loved it.
2. My homemade spaghetti sauce is a recipe I recently made (or meal I recently ordered) that was delicious!
3. It’s time for putting the gardens to bed and putting the patio furniture away. Sniffle……
4. A frozen slurpie from Cumberland Farms (79¢ no matter what size) is quite refreshing.
5. If I never hear the words awesome, like, my friends, maverick again, it’ll be too soon.
6. To one side of the curving road was a rock, and on the other was a hard place.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing and saying over and over how glad I am that the week is over, tomorrow my plans include a trip to the Salvation Army with Darling Daughter and GrandDolly and Sunday, I want to take in a yoga class and then knit the afternoon away!!!

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Pencil pocket for notebooks and tutorial!!!


I carry notebooks with me all the time — practically every time I think of something even remotely important, I want/need/MUST write it down — so even though I always have a notebook at hand, having a pen or pencil is a horse of a different color.

And in a seemingly unrelated vein, I also have turned into quite the “internet tutorials collector”, if you will.  I spend WAYYYY too much time on the internet, surfing for the next great thing that I want to make.


This is what I found a couple nights ago on WhipUp and of course it was an “aha!!” moment. The link for the tutorial is here. Who couldn’t use one of these themselves, not to mention gifts? A nice new Moleskine with a nice new pencil pocket to go with it. I wouldn’t mind opening one of those, if sewing wasn’t my thing. BTW, my own Moleskine is next in line for one of these little cuties, but for now, here is a pic of one of my notebooks and my “I would literally just lay down and die if I lost it” calendar, both sporting their brand new pencil pockets.

Another kimono for GrandDolly


This is the other fabric that I bought for GrandDolly’s second kimono — the next one that I make for her (yes, I’ve already bought more fabric, I’m sick I tell ya!!) will be a bit larger, as she has already grown out of the first one that I made for her!!  No worries, my friend at work has a 4 month old that it may not fit now, but it definitely will later.  This one turned out great too — she looks fabulous in it with her little black gaucho pants that she wears often. The pattern is called Simple Kimono Wrap and I found it at Habitual.

Just before I started this newest round of sewing, I had mentioned to Sweet Baboo that we really needed to do something about the sewing/crafting/computer room that we share.  He had comandeered my table for the computer, leaving me with a card table (I KNOW, can you believe it???) with a promise that we would bring the computer desk up from the basement soon.  And that was about a year ago so I didn’t think that casually mentioning it again would be a bad thing. So, on a sunny afternoon in September…….

This is my “staging” area before. UGH!! I do tend to be a slob at times. Okay, most times.

And this is after — beaucoup improvement, eh?

And our new computer corner with aforementioned desk installed …with Sweet Baboo computing away…..

And this, joy of joys, is my table returned to me so that I can now have both of my sewing machines out at the same time!!

Yes, everything is definitely good in our little corner of New England.