Thursday, October 31, 2013

Finished: Scarf and Wrist Warmers

I finished this scarf last weekend. It's a very easy pattern, here. I wanted to use up some yarn, so I obtained somewhat the same effect by changing colors every four rows (maybe should have switched every three or five rows?). As usual, I began too tightly and finished too loosely, but then I'm out of practice. Hopefully I'll improve with each project. I would make this scarf again; want to try it with just the one skein. I chose the other end to wrap over the top than the Red Heart photo shows. If one wanted the ends to be the same, I'm sure two halves could be crocheted and joined somehow where it would be behind the neck. I might try that approach sometime, too.

I've made many pairs of these wrist warmers, pattern here. It may be unnecessary, but for the second one of the pair, I reverse the directions, putting the thumb hole on the 4th row from the end (Row 9), toward the end of the row. Otherwise it looks wrong-side-out to me. Either way, I don't think it's exactly the same. The bluish lavender pair is smaller and will keep my hands warm while reading on cold winter nights. 

The dusty rose pair is larger and fit over gloves. They have been perfect for adding warmth while scraping the car on a frigid morning and can be removed and stuffed in coat pockets as the day warms. The prayer shawl from a recent post and the top two items date from before this old post. Nothing slow about me! (As you can see, I had a total lapse in my thinking on the lavender warmers and snipped the yarn before I slip-stitched them together. Where was my mind?!)

From the desk calendar:

"He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner."
Benjamin Franklin

(Oh dear. However, I have decided that when my current job comes to an end, I'm going to at least take a break so I can see where I stand.)

A heart turned to prayer will find its answer just as surely as the dawn's light sweeps away the darkness.

(I think pausing to see if I feel clearly led to do something in particular seems the right thing to do at this point in my life.)

Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8

This is my 200th post! :O)
Happy All Hallows' Eve!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

What's Inside?

Some of my mother's demitasse cups.

Just sharing a few photos (taken in poor light conditions) of the inside of the upper part of my old cupboard. I've shared many snaps of the outside, lower part, and top in older posts. 

She gave me this tea set as well.

Sorry for my prolonged absence. The weekends go by too quickly!

Many years ago, my mother gave me the doll below because she said that was how my life was going. Sometimes life might still seem like that, but I'm believing I'm on the brink of something wonderful!

More on the same shelf:

And of course, we have to have a quote or two from my desk calendar. After all, the year's almost over, and I'll be putting it away to take out and enjoy again in a year or two.

"No one keeps up her enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new visions." 
(author unknown)

"Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different." Katherine Mansfield

I finally finished Lark Rise to Candleford!!! Now I'm reading (re-reading the top two):

All good!

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you ... 
Psalm 55:22

Well, Dear Ones, one of these days I'll surprise you with better photos because you deserve better and prettier photos. We just all have to be patient a while longer (well, me especially).

Thanks for sticking with me. I hope you have a lovely week!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Winds of Change

Another beautiful graphic from Megan Berry!

Hi Friends!

Today it's sunny, cool, and quite windy. Change is in that wind, assuring Autumn takes its rightful place. Out on the Great Plains, however, we never really know what we'll get until it's here. (Even though the weather forecasters do their best.) Our weather swings all over the place.

I rather feel like my life is currently doing the same. I'm really having to take things a day at a time. One day looks promising that things will go as I had hoped, and the next it's either back to the drawing board, or more likely another game of Wait and See.

Even so, I must reach down and muster up all the optimism and joy I can because when I don't (and I still sometimes don't), I'm squandering that precious gift from God that is my life. Besides singing silently to myself, memorizing Bible verses, and attempting to live with a perpetual thankful attitude, I also am on the constant lookout for uplifting words from others. I'll share a few I've come across recently.

In Lark Rise to Candleford, when Laura's future is totally up in the air, we read: 

So there was Laura at thirteen with her life in ruins, not for the last time, but she grieved more over that than her later catastrophes, for she had not then experienced the rebound or learned that no beating is final while life lasts.

(So Laura hadn't learned yet what our elders always told us: "It's not the end of the world," and "This too shall pass.")

From my Kitty Calendar: 

When things go downhill,
don't go along with them.

From Joyce Meyer:

Your believing dictates your living!

From The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (via

Most of us have two lives. The life we live,
and the unlived life within us.

From Helen Keller:

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

And oft-quoted hope from The Good Book:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

And Psalm 37:4-5:

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.

From Lilac & Lavender

I'm believing God that the change in my life is an opportunity to bring forth the "unlived life" within me. But whatever my future holds, He knows best!

There now. I feel better. Hope you do, too. Have a great week!
1. I see where Joyce Meyer Ministries will air a weekly show on ABC Family on Sundays at 11:30PM central or Mondays at 12:30AM eastern. If you like to stay up late and sleep in, here's your chance to watch some of her programs.
2. What little info I have on the Kitty Desk Calendar can be found in this post: Pondering Joy.