28 February 2019

Think Pink

I was trying to finish my newest dress in time to wear it to work on Valentine's Day. I didn't make it. But it was finished in time for my grand niece's quinceanera in New Mexico!

I had not been to my hometown for 13 years, and the last quinceanera I attended was my grand niece's mother's when she was 15!!! I also got to see one of my closest friends from high school, whom I had not seen in more than 30 years.

What a wonderful trip and awesome vacation!

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

26 February 2019

Winter Bike to Work Day

I had every intention of riding to work on this year's Winter Bike to Work Day. Eight inches the day before put a chilly wrench in my plan.

I could have ridden the mountain bike. Really, really slow.

I decided being safe is more important than the notch in my achievement belt.

When you sign up for Winter Ride to Work Day, you are committing to ride one day in winter. Rules make it clear you may pick a different day in the case of inclement weather. The sun came out February 8, but I would have had to ride in -11 degrees in the dark for more than two hours. I can wait for another winter ride. Live to ride another day, as they say.

Most of my bosses took a ski day that day, so I got off at noon, a true treat! I settled for a wonderful winter walk along the slushy bike path with Lizard that afternoon and the next day as well. Always more fun when you're with the one you love!

Others rode. And that's fine. I'm happy for them.

But I'm also happy for me. What I did was every bit as fun and worthwhile!

25 February 2019

Snowflake Monday

A couple of weeks ago, my good friends Phil and Maryann sent gorgeous pictures of Winter Storm Nadia in the Pacific Northwest. We were longing for big snow here in Colorado, so I was mesmerized by the accumulation, although I think it created some havoc in Washington state…

Back in my very early teenage years I thought I'd have ten children, all daughters, when I grew up and got married. I filled a notebook with all kinds of future plans for these girls… Their names, the color and length of their hair, their talents and even what kind of car they'd drive.

Nadia was going to be one of my daughters. Unlike the famous gymnast of the day, my little Nadia was going to be a ballerina. My first mother-in-law's name years later was Nadine, and although I wasn't able to have children, I still thought Nadia was a terrific name, and it would be a great way to honor my first husband's mother.

Perhaps I should name snowflake patterns after the daughters I never gave birth to and take pictures of the flakes on the cars those girls were going to be driving. Can't you just see me trekking though a mall parking lot, taking pictures of crocheted snowflakes on windshields while police officers roll their eyes and security guards scratch their heads?

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, 1 optional bead for snowflake center if desired, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Winter Storm Nadia Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (popcorn stitch made), * ch 3, 1 dc in ring, ch 3, 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made); repeat from * 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in ring, ch 3, sl st in top of starting popcorn. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: Sl st into next ch 3 sp, starting popcorn st in same sp, [popcorn st in next ch 3 sp, ch 7, popcorn st in next ch 3 sp] 5 times; popcorn st in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 tr in top of starting popcorn st to form 6th ch 7 sp of Round.

Round 3: 1 sc over post of tr directly below, [ch 11, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp] 5 times; ch 5, 1 trtr in starting sc to form 6th ch 11 sp of Round.
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Round 4: 3 sc over post of trtr directly below, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, [in next ch 11 space work 1 dc, 1 hdc, 3 sc, ch 5, 3 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc] 5 times; in next ch 11 space work 1 dc, 1 hdc, 3 sc, ch 5, sl st in starting sc.

Round 5: Ch 4 (counts as 1 trtr), [1 sc in next gap between 2 dc, in next ch 5 point work (1 trtr, ch 1, 1dtr, ch 2, 1 tr, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 7, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 tr, ch 2, 1 dtr, ch 1, 1 trtr] 6 times, omitting last trtr of final repeat; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

22 February 2019

21 February 2019

4th Rock from the Sun

When Lizard and I first began dating, we would joke about a honeymoon trip to Mars to climb Olympus Mons, the second tallest mountain in the solar system and tallest mountain on the second smallest planet. (Third if you still count Pluto...)

A recent news story posed the question of how such a tiny planet came by such tall mountains. (Lava, lower gravity and limited tectonic plate movement.) Comments... well, you know how I like to collect hilarious comments...

"Surgical implants." - Christopher

"We must, we must, we must increase our crust." - Rocky

"NASA hired Bob Ross." - Norman

"Almonds." - Michael

"No erosion from rainfall?" - Mark

"All Mars footage is filmed on Devon Island near Greenland. That's how." - William

"Mars, the previous Earth, finished its 49,000-year life cycle of 7/7,000-year life cycles." - Kevin

"Skiing Mars mountains was wonderful. Of course, over time we destroyed the planet and headed this direction. The tech we brought with us broke down, and we became the missing link in Earth's history." - Jo

"No weather to blow them down." - C. Leach

"Martian Viagra." - The List

"Marsquakes." - Rita

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19 February 2019

January Joy

January got away from me before I was able to share some of the sweet treats in my indoor garden. February is bringing a few new simple pleasures, so I'll combine the two months and show you how beautiful our indoor winter has been so far.

Simply Gorgeous

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