It could become a Habit….

… a Franklin Habit

Yes, that is correct – The Panopticon was at Mecca today doing a photo shoot for his 1000 Knitters Project.  And was it busy!! 

I pulled in the parking lot shortly after noon and it was packed. 

There had to be 500 knitters vehicles in the lot.

So, I parked and made my way inside Mecca got my number and began the wait to knit on the scarf and spend a few minutes with Franklin. 

It was so enjoyable – Franklin is brilliant.  And, it was his birthday.  Even better!

I spent the afternoon knitting with friends.  Of course Rob and Matt were there.  And, when I was walking around I stumbled into Christy and she led me to Marcia and Sharon and Dirty Sue.  With much laughter and general merriment I waited for my number to be called.  Before long Ewe-niss and 2 of her lovely daughters showed up.  It was an amazing afternoon and before it was over Laurie rounded out the fun! 

I cannot think of a better way to spend an afternoon – or with a better group of people!

I even managed to knit a row or two!  And, I watched the most amazing, fastest, ENGLISH knitter in all of North America.  I think we should have a little Knitting Throw Down… I am telling you.  This knitter would whoop the Yarn Harlot (sorry Stephanie) needles down!  I am hoping one of you Lansing Knitters will share with me the name of this most agile of knitters!  And, in advance, I apologize to this Mystery Knitter for not paying attention when her name was said.

I am headed off to soak in the bathtub and then I am crawling in bed. 

Too much excitement for this girl today!!

You want me to sign what?

So, I had orientation for school today and when I left there I headed over to pick up my text book.  


Because I have 5 chapters to read by class time on Monday.  Yes – you read that right, 5 chapters!

We can say good bye to knitting this weekend…  it was nice while it lasted!!

So, I am now armed with my “scrubs” for my clinicals, a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff, and my text book.  I have gotten as far as rectal temperature taking – I needed a break and my kids did not want me to practice on them!!  Even after I reminded them I had done this to them before…

Yes, you can imagine the reaction that got around here!!!!!  Ahhh, motherly revenge is so amazing!!  The power!!

Well… they deserved a bit of motherly revenge for their behavior and attitudes lately.  Teenagers!

There have been many a time when my mind goes back to a lovely presentation that I had the privilege to attend when my children were very small.  The speaker was a wise woman with a great amount of sage advice.  I remember her talking about a time when her husband was traveling and she had a colicky baby that would not stop crying.  In utter desperation, she laid the screaming baby safely in it’s bed and went and laid on her bed, crying herself.  The only words she could find to utter were from the Kyrie.  Truly simple and beautiful words – Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord have mercy.  She said when she was at her wits end, these words helped. 

I was so fortunate to not have colicky babies – but, I do have teenagers with an advanced case of teenage-itis. 

Those words have become my mantra some days!

And, today was one of them!!

Heidi sent me a text message this afternoon – a very interesting text message.  “I need to talk to you about signing something.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox”  (the number of x’s and o’s sent off warning bells… ) 

So, she shows up after school with this instruction from her ‘boyfriend’.  You need to type something up that says you give permission for me to date him – he turned 18 today. 

Silly kids, Heidi is 17 – not 16.  Hmmm, the plans they concoct huh?

Needless to say I did not sign anything…. And, Heidi is not speaking to me.

Teenagers – Lord have mercy on me!

If you like snow….

If you like snow….

head to West Michigan!

Without sun it is truly a grey and white world… and yes that is about 2 feet of snow on top of the “hibernating” hot tub….

Add some sunshine, it is not much more colorful.  My grill is burried under that snow mound.

It snowed like mad most of yesterday afternoon and it looks like it continued for a good sum of the night. 

No school for the kids today – funny how teenagers get all giddy like they did in grade school with a day off of school. 

A good day to stay indoors and knit!

Positives and Negatives

Positives and Negatives

The knitting continues … all that is left is to pick up stitches at the bottom and knit the box stitch border and the applied i-cord trim.  I thought I had a longer addi – but alas, I do not.  So, I will start with the arm hole i-cords and work on getting a longer needle to pick up stitches around the bottom.  I love how this is turning out – and yes, in the infamous words of Kramer “… I am lovin’ every minute of it!!”

I had a conversation with a friend today that was so uplifting.  She is an incredibly positive person – even in the face of adversity.  Conversation with her always leaves me feeling optimistic and upbeat, and I told her so.  After I spoke with her, I called my father – who has been having some serious health issues recently.  My call was two-fold – to find out how he was feeling today and to just spend some time talking with him.  As we hung up he thanked me for my call.  He wanted to share with me how much he looked forward to my calls.  I realized that I was as important to him as my friend was to me.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I know that my dad loves me.  But, it was nice to hear that my calls were a bright spot for his day. 

For the past several months, I have been working through being unemployed in a very dismal Michigan market – and there have been times when it would have been so easy to slide down the slippery slope of “poor pitiful me”.  Now, I am not saying I did not slip there a few times – but, I tried not to go there. 

In this journey I have found that I need to avoid some situations as they seem to push me down into the “Poor Pitiful Me Abyss”.  That was a revelation moment for me – negativity breeds negativity.  It becomes all to easy to complain.  I was becoming a person I did not like very much – at all.  And, I found myself attracting more negativity!  Ugghh!  How unattractive.  And, how utterly unproductive!

So, with a fresh reminder that each day my attitude is my choice to make – like the fresh fallen snow outside my door – each day I have a clean slate to make all my own.  And, with a positive attitude and joy in the day I am moving forward. 

How easy it is to miss the blessings that surround us when we are focused all that is negative.

So, gentle readers, I challenge you – are you a positive, inspiring influence on those around you? 

Go be that today where you live!

The end is in sight!

Hello Everyone!  My knitting frenzy is paying off – I am in the home stretch of the “Outside the Box Vest”.  I managed to get a good sum of knitting done last night whilst the Idiot Box talked to me.  What was on, you ask?   I have not a clue.  Nothing note worthy, that is for sure.

We are having a bit of a heat wave here today – it is a whopping 25 degrees outside!  After the frigid weather we have been having this feels downright balmy! 

Although – we did get about 12 inches of snow between yesterday afternoon and this morning…. and I think more is on the way!  But, the sun managed to peek out today and spread a little light on my corner of the world.  I savored every minute of it – because the sun has gone back into hiding – cloud cover has replaced the sunny brightness.

Okay – back to the home stretch of knitting – have a good evening all!

Never measure anything in bed….

Oh boy – so, I am just a knitting fool. 

And, as I was a such knitting fool last night, I measured – in bed people, yes – in bed. 


It seems that everything looks bigger in bed!  No pun intended – truly.  I measured and it was 9 inches – but in the cold light of the morning and measuring on a flat surface – it was a mere 7 inches. 

Yeah… my thoughts exactly.

I will spare you all the foul language that was floating around here this morning as I was frogging back to knit those 2 more inches. 

But, I am back on track now.  I have just the left front to finish – then I can do the shoulder bands. 

I am climbing in bed to knit and watch some of the idiot box…  and I will not be measuring anything!! 

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