Under Construction, Fam Fun, Plumber Pain


In the past year or so, Mr. Iknead and I have been finally able to have some much needed work and/or sprucing up around our house, starting last spring with having the front yard landscaped and a sprinkler system installed.  Now, it’s spring again and it looks as if most, if not all of the plants wintered just fine and are greening up nicely.  We’re newbies to the gardening stuff and have been amazed to see plants that looked like a bunch of sticks sticking up are putting out new leaves and buds.  I find gardening very …… hopeful, as in, things encased in ice a month ago are again fresh green and getting fresher and greener every day.


We had new siding put up last fall, which we love; it’s made a huge difference.  Now, we’re having a new, nicer patio put in, with tile replacing the old, ugly concrete pad.  This means that today, a concrete guy is coming to break up the old concrete to ready it for the tile.  Sledgehammer or jackhammer?  No clue but it’s sure to be loud and dirty and Josie Pug will bark herself into exhaustion.


1:38 p.m.  Still waiting on concrete guy.  Beginning to get irritated.


We still have our trip to see the St. Louis branch of the Coleman clan the end of this week.  The weather is possibly going to be a little dicey, starting tomorrow. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can get out ahead of it or better yet, they miss the forecast.  This year, we have a new baby in the mix, Carter, bringing the current total of assorted grandkids to seven little ones under four years old.  Wow!  When you put that in writing, it’s sort of mind boggling.


Bad news.  We have a leak.  The plumber is here and he’s trying to figure out where it’s coming from.  He tells me that fixing it is going to involve digging.  At least it’s outside, but still not good.  They’ve been here a while and I think they’re still trying to pinpoint exactly where it is.  See ya later fun money.  It was nice knowing ya.  Sob.

Money grows on the tree of persistence.  Japanese Proverb














Go Team Girl, Birthday Swag, More Booklove


So the big reveal Tuesday was drum roll please a girl, bringing the Iknead grandgirl total to four. Her name is Charlotte Faith, Charlie for short. The name Charlotte carries special significance for me as it was my mom’s name. Charlie is expected to make her debut this August and Mr. Iknead and I are once again over the moon excited to add another precious grand to our collection.


The Stuttgart branch of the Iknead family got me this guy, along with everything I needed to make him feel right at home.

I’ve named him Snoopy.

The Little Rock branch of the Iknead family got me this, which I’m planning to try out today.  Don’t cake pops sound fun?


I’m rereading In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White and am loving it just as much as I did the first time around.  I also downloaded a new library book yesterday, The Scar Boys, by Len Vlahos.  OK, I’m coming out of the closet with this one – I admit it, I love Young Adult Fiction.  There, I said it, my secret is out and I’m glad.  🙂


I’ve finished the first Kew sock and cast on the second last night.  Since this pattern has kicked my fanny in the past, I’m glad to say it appears to have been conquered and is now marching to the beat of my drummer.

I love my past.  I love my present.  I’m not ashamed of what I’ve had, and I’m not sad because I have it no longer.  Colette






On a whim this morning, I stopped in at TJ Maxx , mostly because I’m looking for a sort of duffle/overnight/weekender bag that doesn’t scream ugly gym bag when I carry it.  I’ve justified needing one because I’m keeping the road hot between my house in Little Rock and the grands’ house in Stuttgart.  I want something at least a little girly and just big enough for a couple of clothes changes and my bathroom/makeup gear.  Of course, since I have champagne taste on a beer budget, my ideal bag probably doesn’t exist but I’m going to keep looking.

Making the circuit at TJM, I found the toy department (I didn’t know they had toys) and scored some awesome good deals.  I think the most expensive one was a Leap Frog Xylophone for $11.00 that I can picture the grands banging on even as I  blog.  I checked and yes, it does have an off button.  The grands are coming for a visit this weekend, I can’t wait to show them the new stuff!  Check it out –


OK, I might be the only person on the planet who thinks this is so great.  Mr. Iknead finally figured out how to use the wireless thingy on our printer.  “Why are you so excited?”, you might ask.  I’m excited because I can now print patterns and what ever else my little heart desires FROM THE COMFORT OF MY CHAIR IN THE DEN, IN FRONT OF THE FIRE, WITH MY KNITTING!  Now if I could just figure out how to get the copies without moving out of my chair, life would be pretty close to perfect.  I think I need to buy more printer paper.  As Martha would say, “It’s a good thing”.

Strong people make as many mistakes as weak people.  Difference is that strong people admit their mistakes, laugh at them, learn from them.  That is how they become strong.  Richard Needham