The one where she’s back from the wilds

of southwest Arkansas, otherwise known as DeQueen, my hometown, where there are lots of chickens, lots of pickup trucks and lots of not much else.  Wireless Internet access is very spotty, if it exists at all, so no blog yesterday.  Today is a catch up, I suppose. 

Remember the Minnowknits Pinafore?  Take a look at this –


How sweet is that?

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.  George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) 



The one where the work

week is finally over and I’m psyching myself up to go down to visit my parents tomorrow.  I’m ready to get it over with.  I feel really horrible about that, how I feel, but it is what it is.  Since my mom has been in a nursing home for the past year of so, Daddy has done such a good job of shutting everyone out (including me) that could be of help and support, it’s very difficult emotionally for me to see how he’s deteriorating physically and mentally. He’s in his 80s for heaven’s sake and spends about 18 hours a day at the NH, just sitting there, trying to take care of her.  He’s quit buying food because “he eats all his meals at the NH”.  He’s skin and bones and can hardly get around.  The last time I (we – meaning me and Mr. Iknead) tried to talk to him about possibly looking into them relocating closer to Little Rock, he and I got into a screaming match and I promised myself that I was done with trying to help; I have to keep reminding myself that he is choosing to live this way, I hate it but have to live with it.  Did I mention that I’m an only child?  I am. 

Enough already.  I’m going to work on En Pointe.  This is what I have so far:


Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.  William Feather (1908-1976)



The one where Josie models

her newest WIP Wednesday offering, Wendy D. Johnson’s Catnip Socks in Araucania Ranco Multy. Terrible picture, TAAT socks just starting out look weird, I think, but here they are anyway.  Josie and the Catnip Socks

No, that’s not a tiny bra, it’s Catnip toes.

“How long does getting thin take?” Pooh asked anxiously.



The one where she asks

the age old question:  “Is it my destiny to always have at last two false starts before I settle into a sock pattern?”  Just asking……

I think I got smacked with the dummy stick between last night and now.  I just noticed about five minutes ago that the entry I worked so hard on yesterday was still in draft form, that’s right, folks, typed it, proofed it but didn’t bother to publish it.  So, the upshot of this is that today, there are two, count ’em, two entries today.  Jeez, sometimes I worry about myself :p

How ’bout a good dose of Susannah?

There, I feel much better.

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.  Seneca (5 BC-65 AD)



The one where she decides

to catch her blog up on her current reading/listening material since books are something I wanted to include in my blog.  At this moment, I have four books going, two actual paper books, one audiobook and one Nookbook.  The two book books (I can’t think of anything more precise than that) are “Madness, A Bipolar Life” by Marya Hornbacher and the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text.  Just noticed how odd these books seem when put together.  The third is an audiobook, “The Stand” by Stephen King and I’ve actually lost count of the number of times I’ve read/listened to it, and last is “The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust’s Shadow” by Krystyna Chiger and Daniel Paisner.  I know that book titles are supposed to be underlined but I can’t figure out how to do it.  If someone stumbles upon this post and can clue me in, I’d appreciate it.

It’s now 9:49 p.m.  I’m so glad I got started on today’s post this afternoon because I’ve had computer challenges this evening.  My computer and I definitely have a love/hate relationship.  Let’s hear it for thinking ahead!!

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.  John Updike (1932-    )



The one where two new

projects get posted, the En Point sweater from Interweave Knits and Swirl Socks in Araucania Yarns, Ranco Multy.  I’ve not knitted near as much I wanted to this weekend, but that’s pretty typical for me.  My reach far exceeds my grasp and so much yarn, so little time and all that.  Here’s a peek at both of them –

along with a Papoose pic

Beautiful, isn’t she?  Our sweet girl.  Such a joy!
Getting there isn’t half the fun – it’s all the fun.  Robert Townsend

The one where it’s finally

Thursday evening and my work week is finished.  I’m so looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and then going to get my hair done in the afternoon.  I’m in dire need of a cut and highlight and just some pampering. 

I’m finishing the Celebration Socks tomorrow.  I’m half way through the last pattern repeat and I am so ready to finish them and fall in love with a new pair.  I’m pretty proud of my self just for persevering.  This pair has been a challenge, I’ll say that.

More Susannah!

Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.  Mary Hirsch



The one where a time

warp seems to have occurred, since I’m absolutely positive that it’s at least midnight and the my workday should be over, but my computer insists that is only 4:48 pm.   Unfortunately, I must stay here at work another 45 minutes.  I’m having yarn fantasies; Must.Hang.On.  I can do it!  8:41 pm, I did it!

My WIP Wednesday offering – Celebration Socks

Here’s the latest Papoose pic

This is what I call her “get away with murder” smile; who can resist?
No one forgives with more grace and love than a child.  Real Live Preacher

The one where she owns

up to another vice – shoes.  Any shoes, boots, sandals, pumps, running, flats, wedges, stilettos, strappy, oxfords, loafers, thongs; I love them all.  I’m confessing this at this time because I received my latest acquisition last night, a pair of Chaco sandals, which I might add, are mindblowingly awesome and I can’t wait another minute to share

I’m told that admitting you have a problem is half the battle. : p  There will be others posted, trust me.

Still plugging along on the Celebration Socks, heels turned and in the home stretch on the leg.  They’ll be posted tomorrow for WIP Wednesday.  I’m still not crazy about them, but I’m motivated to finish them, just so I can start yet another addition to my sock wardrobe.  Any ideas?

The worst sin – perhaps the only sin – passion can commit, is to be joyless.  Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)



The one where Ooh Babies

gets posted.  As promised yesterday, here’s the tweaked Hello Dollies recipe that I’m calling …

Ooh Babies

2 cups crushed vanilla wafers

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup flaked coconut (unsweetened)

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup Heath Toffee and Milk Chocolate Bits

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

2.  In small bowl, combine melted butter and crushed vanilla wafers and press into baking pan.  Layer Toffee Bits, coconut and crushed pecans.  Pour condensed milk over everything.

3.  Bake 20 to 30 minutes, until the coconut is browned.  Cool before cutting into bars.

Josie, doing what she does best, making me smile –

Laughter is inner jogging.  Norman Cousins (1915-1990)