Tuesday, April 11, 2017

LWB 2017

I think I may have forgotten to mention that I am going on a service trip later this month to Guatemala with Librarians Without Borders.

There's a Facebook page where you can like us and follow us.  I'm not on FB any more, but I may be pictured in upcoming posts :)

I have been busy with my sub-group, working up programming for the 7th - 10th graders.  I am the designated Spanish speaker in my group (wish me luck, I'm a bit rusty).   What does that mean?  I've been practicing reading aloud in Spanish - the first chapter of A Monster Calls - as well as translating instructions and programming information (lucky for me the book we're using with the kids was already available in Spanish so I didn't have to translate that!), buying books to donate to the school and packing.

Oh, and I've also been reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed, because critical pedagogy is the philosophy behind the school and the LWB project.  I think it's hilarious that I am reading this book.

Because I purchased so many books to donate, I have to take two suitcases.  I'm making sure that what I will be bringing home fits in just one so I can leave the second one behind.

That means that right now I'm testing space with one for my stuff:

And one for books:

I wasn't going to buy so many books, but my employer is supporting me both professionally and financially, which meant I had a personal budget allocation that could go for donations.

Needless to say, I'm super excited.  We'll be mostly in Quetzaltenango, but we're going to see Lake Atitlan and Antigua too.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Lulu is 3

My granddaughter turns 3 tomorrow (my dad's birthday). There was a party yesterday.

Masks were made - they were very popular.

Worn doubled up, even.

It was a beautiful day, so there was some outside time.

I used to have a day-care person who said if the kids weren't dirty by the end of the day they couldn't have had any fun.

Lulu knows how to have fun.

Opening packages is so much fun.

And perhaps the most amazing thing?

She had a polka-dotted cake.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thankful for Thoughtfulness

I received the most delightful gifts today. All were wrapped in very special, personalized paper.

Each had a wonderful hand-knit card.

Three spectacularly thoughtful books.

I don't know why I didn't take pictures at our pizza-party, which was at Punch ... but there will be more opportunities for photos this week so I will try to post kid pics this weekend.

Monday, March 27, 2017


I went to DC to see Boy-child Saturday.  Actually, I went Friday night because they don't have the Saturday morning flight to National any more :(

Of course I had to take advantage of the trip to pop into Fibre Space.  Such a fabulous store.

We had lunch at Lyon Hall in Arlington.  It was yummy.

Boy-child humored me and we went to the Folger Shakespeare Library which was FABULOUS.

I don't know why I'd never been before.

It's cherry blossom time right now.

Now I'm back home with my newly acquired Miss Babs Yowza in Zinfandel.   

I would say I wish we had Miss Babs available here in Minnesota, but I think it's a good thing we don't.  The sock yarns are wonderful.  I have high hopes for the Yowza.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Girl-child mentioned to me, possibly a bit accusatorially, that I haven't posted in a long time.

So here's an update.

I totally fell off the wagon and bought some linen yarn which I hope will become either a tank or a summer cardigan:

#Resist activities continue.  I asked The Girls to design a stamp with a "pussy bites back" theme.  They came up with a great one.  For the record, Zazzle wouldn't print it.  We purchased them through Shutterfly.

I also went to my first postcard-signing open house.  A knitting buddy has them regularly.  It was fun; made me feel good too.

I got my resist pin but am disappointed by how many people think it's a cute kitty pin.  I may have to get the tattoo, if nothing else to let people know that I'm serious.

I hosted a slumber party recently with The Girls and the grandkids.  Soon there will be another with just the kids.

We always have fun either way.  OK, maybe a little more fun when The Girls are away because we are a little lax when Nana is the only adult >:)

I was recently in Atlanta for work.  It went well.  Tonight I'm hoping to make it to D.C. so I can have lunch with Boy-child tomorrow.  I used to go and return in one day but they don't have the 7am departure any more...

Whilst in Atlanta I went to the High Museum.  They had this buggy textile piece which I liked a lot.

Also in art, we have a fabulous Guillermo del Toro exhibit at MIA right now.  I highly recommend it.

Poe is there, and Lovecraft too.

I discovered the Goldfish Memory shawl and have added it to my list of projects I want to knit.  Right now I'm favoring this color combo.

I finished the first of a pair of Phalangees but I'm not sure if I'll make the second one.  I'm afraid it's kind of big (I have very small wrists) and a sproingy yarn would have been better for the pattern.  This is one of my knitting goals for the year: matching up yarns to patterns.  Alas, good matches are still sometimes elusive.

I do like the pattern; it's very clever.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Up?

Not much happening with me lately.  Just watching the news in awe ... strange times.

I went to the Planned Parenthood fashion show fundraiser which was a fun outing.   The only tickets left were standing room only, so the shots aren't great but you get the feel of it:

This lovely woman is the CEO of PP's mother:

I did not get a photo of the condom wedding dress but this one is pretty awesome.

My dates were Girl-child and DIL.

Also, it's been unseasonably warm this past week so I actually walked around the lake last weekend.

I don't know what this was about.

There were a bunch of people out there, which I would not do when it's 60 degrees out.

That's all I've got.  Grandkids and knitting update soonish.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


I helped out at the counter-demonstration yesterday ... we outnumbered the pro-lifers about 15::1.  While it's disheartening that we have to counter-protest, it's balanced out by the fact that huge numbers of people are ready to take action.  I do enjoy seeing democracy in action.  

Note to self:  check out your signs to consider what the message may be if only part of it is visible:

I discovered this pin and liked it so much I came home and ordered a few::

Resources for resistance

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Orange is the New Black

Tomorrow we will see the presidency transfer from a black man to an orange man. While I don't feel the need to learn to be happy, I do feel the need to be mindful.  It won't be the end of the world.  We will survive it, and our democracy will survive.

Or so we hope.

Here are a few random things about the transition.  Most of them make me smile.

At least someone in Scotland still has a sense of humor.  Easy for them.  Let's hope we can keep things in perspective and keep laughing.  I always did love The Twilight Zone.  Maybe this Trump presidency won't be so bad?

There is a lot of fodder out there for the press corps, whether they are allowed access to the White House or not.  Let's hope they do their job.

Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia is one of my favorite yarn shops anywhere.  Turns out they are the ones handling the donated hats.  I have already heard from a person who will be wearing one of my hats.  Perhaps I will hear from more.  I think it's perfect - a shop where I tend to drop a lot of money is supporting a cause I also support.

My fellow Minnesotan, Garrison Keillor, is looking for a new religion.  Been there, done that.  I never did find a religion that didn't leave me feeling disappointed and/or disillusioned.  Don't know what else to say about that.

Speaking of Minnesota, the shops here are running out of pink yarn.  Minnesotans are, if nothing else, predictable.

And one of our senators from Minnesota has been spicing up the news about the confirmation hearings - particularly with deVos and Perry.   Really.  And people didn't take him seriously when he transitioned from comedy to politics.

I think I'm ok with the fact that I'm not marching on Saturday.  I would not like it, I only like the idea of it.  I don't like crowds.  I don't like being outside all day.  Instead, I will be getting my volunteer orientation at Planned Parenthood, which I think will have more impact in the long run.

Stay strong.  Resist.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Knitting Update

I knit a lot of pink hats - mostly for the pussyhat project, although I threw in this one too, which I had on hand:

Mostly I knit regular hats because the leftover pink yarn I had on hand was silk (Ella Rae) and alpaca (Blue Sky Melange).

Which would not have worked well with the pussyhat pattern.

They're all on Ravelry if you're wondering about patterns.

Many were knit on the cruise, which turned out to be very therapeutic.

I received a yarn donation for this one.

And I also picked up a couple of pink yarns at Needlework Unlimited before they closed.

So I used the "official" pattern for one.

I also knit grandson a pair of slippers.  He wants to have slippers like all the grown-ups.

And I knit this random cowl as part of my attempt at putting my stash to good use.

This hat was made with the leftover yarn from the Bella mittens I made for Girl-child.

And I got a last-minute request for a (not pussyhat) pink hat for Boy-child's girlfriend, so this was made.

And when all the other hats were done I finished a Koolhaas for me - started before the cruise.

Hats are so satisfying.  I used some new patterns and made a couple using old favorites.  Most were for a good cause. Now I'm on to my 2017 knitting goals, which means I'm back to the blankie, making more socks and looking to start the first of a good looking lineup of projects.

Happy knitting!