"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Last weekend as I watched neighbors planting things and putting seeds in the ground and enjoying the lovely 70 degree weather, I was thinking "I was born and raised here, I don't plant a stinking thing until Memorial Day."  And this is why:

This morning's Landscape, and really, this is just the weather Gods being sarcastic at this point.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


David, Paul and I recently travelled to Ventura, California, to visit with our dear Anna and her boyfriend Ryan.  Also, Ryan's parents came to town and we all had a wonderful time together.   We toured a bit, ate a lot, and laughed a whole lot.  It was a great time, and although I found it hard to fly away from Anna at the end of the trip, I am comforted by the knowledge that she is happy and loved and living in paradise.  

Ventura, north of LA, is so breathtakingly beautiful.  I had not been there before (Anna recently moved there from Orange County) and was completely taken by the colors and by the unexpected surprise of an actual fabulous down town, not a common feature in most California cities.  

We stayed at the Crowne Point hotel on the beach in Ventura.  It was so beautiful, and perfectly situated for me to have easy access to the outdoors and the Pacific Ocean.  
The view from our deck.  

The opposite view from our deck… Paul!
The grounds between the hotel and the beach were so perfect.

Anna and Ryan at a park adjacent to their apartment complex
Look at that view behind them!
4 Mourers in one place, it doesn't happen often enough.  
On Anna and Ryan's deck.  It was a bit foggy this day, but on clear days
the view is like the one pictured above at the park.  

Ryan is very talented on the acoustical guitar and treated us to some of his music.

I had to throw this photo in.  It's posted on pools throughout California.
I am still left wondering….. how do they check patrons of the pool
for evidence of recent intestinal events?


In addition to knitting and learning how to walk again (remember the knee project?  It's still underway) I have been finding time to do some cross stitch.  Also I am sewing a batik quilt for son Paul, but am not showing that off until it's all done.  I posted a sneak peek earlier in my blog.  

Anyhow, my current cross stitch project is a Tam's Creations design called Paperchains.  I tend to do LARGE cross stitch projects, and this is yet another.  I really enjoy Tam's Creations, and especially those done all in one color, in this case, a variegated floss.  

About 1/2 finished… I think.  


I have been plodding along on my sewing and needle crafts, but certainly haven't posted anything for quite a while.  Sometimes life gets in the way of my hobbies.  

I knit and have worn this beautiful scarf, called "Hitchhiker."  The pattern is available on Ravelry.  

Oh my do I love this scarf!!  I knit it using a Wollmeise sock yarn, hand-dyed, difficult to find, expensive and I'd say worth every penny.  This yarn is fabulous to work with, it has just the right texture, stretch, and softness.  I loved this color way, as I rarely wear blue tones, but this had enough of "my" earth tones mixed in to make it work for me.  And, I didn't plan it, but like how my whimsical heart necklace peeks out from under the scarf.  

It's such a privilege to be able to afford such a luxury once in a while.