Saturday, May 30, 2015

Homemade is Not Cheap!

If you have ever made anything you know the supplies are not cheap, even if you go to the Dollar Store.  Now add your time and it skyrockets.  Most of us who are knitters know we will never get paid for our time because a simple scarf may cost hundreds of dollars.  No one will  pay for that unless they are uber rich and then they are usually very cheap people.  I made my mom a pair of fair isle gloves, the yarn was $25 and it took me 40 hours to make.  Based on what I made an hour when I worked those gloves would cost over $2000.  If I sold them I might get $50 out of them.

The main thing to remember is if someone makes you something it is done with love.  You can't put a price tag on love, but don't you dare call it cheap.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day or when I was a kid my mom often referred to it as Decoration Day.  I know many of my uncles on both sides of the family served in various wars and I thank them for that.  I do not understand why the stores feel this is a weekend for big sales (well yes I do it is called greed).  So why do people shop and feed their greed?  I found this on facebook and I think it says how we should view this day.  We are still, for now, the greatest country and we need to learn who fought for this to happen.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

OK Now What?

I took a spinning class about 3-4 years ago to learn on a spindle, the teacher suggested I take a class on a wheel to determine if I really wanted to learn to spin.  I attended the class and I came home so frustrated I cried all the way home.  The class did not help those of us who were newer than new and I was the only one in class who did not already know how to spin.  So where was the beginner class because that is what I signed up for.  The teacher was more interested in telling us about some wheel that is the ultimate in wheels and cost more than a Lexus and you have to wait for. 
I am not one to give up when I am determined to do something so I researched wheels and found one that came with a case and other goodies and a kitchen trash bag full of roving, it was like I got several hundred dollars of free stuff.  So I ordered it.  I kept it in the box because it came right before I retired.  I had things I wanted to do and figured if I set it up I would never get my list done, so it sat in the box until today.  One of my online knitting friends just got a wheel and so she started a facebook group for us.  Well that was enough to get me off my arse and set my wheel up.  So she is ready to go and I need to watch the videos I bought and read the books and get started.  I do need to find a chair that is most comfortable.  I was worried about the girls getting in the way but when I started to treadle it scared them and they ran off.

So here she is and I need a name for:  I think I shall call her Naomi after my grandmother who taught me to knit. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Do Eagles Fart?

Ok you are probably wandering what on earth is she posting now.  If you watch the Decorah Eagle cam you know how excited people get over a poop shot or ps to us who watch regularly especially when they are first born.  I suppose every living creature farts but you just don't think about it.  If you watch the short video above at about 25 seconds in when D23 bends over you can hear it fart.  It is kind of funny.  Go watch, you know you want to.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chocolate Cake for Breakfast

I always wondered as a kid why we never had dessert for breakfast like lunch and supper.  Well know I am having cake for breakfast instead of yogurt.

Who is with me?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I have 2 pink rosebushes by my chimey. One is a climber with regular size roses and the other is a tea cup rose.  They are lush with blooms right now and here is another picture of my bleeding heart out of her corner.  She is getting huge.

We Know What the Big Branch Means

If you are a frequent flyer year after year at this nest you know what that big branch means.  It arrived today and must have been heavy to bring in.  The branch will be used for when they start hovering and getting ready to branch and then fledge.  They will grab onto the branch and lift it in the air when they hover.  One more step to fledging and then soaring with the thermals. 

Finally They Are Here

I put my hummingbird feeder out around April 1 and take it down around the first freeze, usually sometime in October or November.  I have been waiting for them to show up and finally Sunday chubby is back.  I am so excited to see him again.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Millissa

I can't believe you are 25 today.  You have turned into a beautiful smart woman.  I am so proud of you.  I hope you have a great day.  I found this card on facebook and thought it was funny.

Friday, May 15, 2015

What is for Breakfast Today?

I can not believe how big the eagles are already, they are wingercising and walking and trying to self feed and stealing food and it won't be long til they are soaring with the thermals.

We had fish of course but dad brought in something small with feathers, who knows what it is but it did not take mom long to de-feather and then feed it to the hungry ones.


No this is not a liberal post about going green or the environment, you should know well enough I don't believe in that crap.  I do recycle and don't use pesticides but... anyway we have had so much rain lately that everything is overly green and my hostas are huge this Spring along with my bleeding heart who is out of her corner.

Exercise Your Brain

At the rate I knit and crochet every day my brain should be the healthiest thing in my body.  If you don't know how to do either there are many people out there in the universe who would be happy to teach you.

Knit on!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Little Yellow Duck Project

At knit group tonight I learned about this new group.  They make little yellow ducks, attach a tag and leave them for people to find.  It seems like a really cute idea, so I don't need any more projects but... how fun would it be to find one and wonder where it came from.

Check them out.

The Little Yellow Duck Project is a brand new craft initiative aimed at saving lives around the world. It is featured in the May edition of ‘Simply Knitting’ magazine.
If you can knit or crochet you can take part! A variety of well-known designers have created patterns for us, including the knitted toy designer, Alan Dart, and crochet designer, Lisa van Klaveren.
The little yellow ducks are hidden around the community as gifts for others to find. A special tag on each one invites the finder to take their gift home to brighten their day and to visit the LYD Project website to register where they found their gift.
The project has been set up to raise awareness of how we can all save lives by registering to donate blood, bone marrow, organs tissues.
Please help us cover the world in little knitted and crocheted yellow ducks and save lives in the process!

Saturday, May 09, 2015


Dad brought in lunch and there is an egg, where did it come from.  So maybe whatever they are eating had an egg in it and that means some baby wont be born.  Nature is not always kind.  Look how big they are, where did those dandelion heads go?  We are about a month from branching and fledging, say it isn't so.

Camp Loopy

Looks like we are going on safari this summer. So for June you need at least 400 yards and what you would like to see on a safari.  You can do the yarn safari and/or the fabric safari.  I love giraffes and always wanted to go on an African safari to see all the giraffes, so I am designing a pair of giraffe socks.  Stay tuned.  If you want to join in the fun check it out:

Thursday, May 07, 2015


Today is National Prayer Day.  We all know our country is in trouble and needs all the prayers it can get.  This is one of my all time favorite pictures.  Will you join me in prayer today for our country?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Do You Color?

I am  not talking about coloring your hair.  I am talking about getting out the crayons or colored pencils and sitting down and actual coloring.  There are some great adult color books out there, (get your head out of the gutter, not that kind of adult).  Dover has a lot and I have found several at Michaels as well.

It is still fun to color and it can release stress. So what are you waiting for you can go to the dollar store and get a color book and a small box of crayons for $2.  Walmart has the large color books for a dollar as well.  So get going, you can even stay in your jammies and head to Walmart and get yourself some cheap therapy.