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



The one where I’m totally pumped

and not just because it’s Friday.  On a whim this afternoon, I went to T.J. Maxx, mostly to kill some time, and scored two Le Creuset baking dishes, a 14 inch oval and a 10 1/2 x 7 inch rectangle, for $43.00.  Is it weird that I photographed them so I could post pictures?  I think they’re beautiful!


I also have a FO for FO Friday to show off, the Namibia Socks.  I’ve actually been finished with them for a couple of weeks, but just haven’t had time to take photos and get them posted.  That’s my own fault – if I’d do it more often, I wouldn’t have to learn how to post and such all over again.  Practice, practice, practice.  Here they are:IMG_1292

Here’s a little detail –IMG_1293

Nice, don’t you think?  (Pay no attention to the wonkiness of the pics, can’t quite get it right today).

It’s been a good day.

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.  Charles Dickens