Classic Mittens

There is a free pattern on Ravelry, Classic Mittens No. 615. You can make mittens for all family members with this one pattern. You have a choice of using double pointed needles or two needles.

It is a quick easy pattern.  I, of course, always make some modifications to the patterns.  That’s just me.  I can’t leave well enough alone, LOL!

Here are pics of what I have done so far.

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Hillcrest Baptist Church, Ensley, Florida

As you all know, I walk my dog daily.  I tend to vary my routes to keep from being bored.  One of my routes takes me by Hillcrest Baptist Church, Ensley, Florida.  I  usually cut through their back parking lot (paved area) to avoid the high traffic on the side road and major road along the front.  It is just safer.

I also have my dog on a short leash and I carry “deposit” bags and clean up after her…always.

Today, I encountered an older woman exiting her car.  When she noticed me, she glared at me…not just stare, but glared as if I was a 3 headed demon.

I waved and smiled.  She did not reciprocate.  She glared a bit longer then turned and headed for the church.

I posted this encounter on FB and stated that this would put me off of ever visiting this church.  I also stated that if the church preferred that I didn’t cut through their parking lot, to please let me know.  So we shall see if I get a response.

Anyway, just a “hmmmmmmmm……” moment.  What would you do?

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ETA:  No response as of yet. 10-01-2015

Surviving a Tumble

First, a little background.  I walk my dog, Bella, every morning, early.  She is not a friendly dog so I try to get going just as the light is peaking on the horizon.  We usually walk 2-3 miles, depending on what is going on during the week that needs to be taken care of.

Last weekend, Sunday to be exact, We were working on a 4 mile walk.  I was pumped about being able to do that especially since I am not an athletic person nor am I a spring chicken.

Right at the 3 mile mark, Bella and I ran into a neighbor who also walks for her health.  We stopped and chatted for a bit.  (Bella likes her)

Anyway when we parted ways, I continued on down the road and then progressed to the sidewalk to get out of the way of traffic.  I had not gone very far when it happened.  As I said I was pumped about reaching 4 miles. So I was checking my phone to see how far I had gone (got an app for that) when I tripped on some uneven pavement.  Both hands were full. One held my phone and the other held the leash and doggy treats.

I could not react fast enough to catch myself and did a full face plant on the concrete.  I kissed the sidewalk rather aggressively.  Bella looked at me like I had lost my mind. She could not understand why I was face down on the walkway.

I got up as quickly as these old bones would allow and gingerly tested my ability to move.  I was still about a mile from my house.  My mouth was hurting, my knees were hurting, my arms and back were hurting.

I could have chickened out and called my hubby to come get me.  But I knew if I did not move I would be in more pain later than I was right then.  So I finished the walk.

Of course I set the phone camera on “selfie” mode so I could see how much I was bleeding and how badly my face was injured.  There wasn’t as much blood as I thought there would be probably due to the instant swelling of the lip.  My teeth did make a nice little gash on the inside of my mouth, though.  So I held a Kleenex to my face and continued on.

Once I got home, I started drinking ice water and applying ice to my face.  I should have just dumped ice in the bath tub and soaked for a few hours, LOL!

I’m still sore 4 days later, but it is getting better.  I’m still walking each morning, just not as fast or a far…just yet.  But I’ll get back up there soon.


No, not going to show a pic of my bloody face.  You really don’t want to see that.  Have a great day.


There, I’ve admitted it.  I just can’t pass up a good deal on yarn…. or a good color…..or a great fluffiness…..or a silky feeling yarn …..or a wool yarn…..

Well, you get the picture.  I have more yarn than I could ever use in a lifetime.  I need to downsize it.  Will I ever do that????  Probably, not.  I like to look at it, I like the way it feels, I like to think of all the possibilities it represents.

I’ve had some yarns for years and eventually I use it to create something great.  Sometimes the yarn tells me what it wants to be and sometimes I try to force it to be something it is not.  Then I end up with something gawd awwwfullll  UGLY!

Some yarn is just clown barf.  It doesn’t matter what you try to make, it still looks like a clown barfed it up 3 times over.

And sometimes you come across some yarn that is just perfect for a certain thing you want to knit/crochet.  It doesn’t belong in any other pattern or plan you have but just that one thing.

I found some Vanna’s Tapestry yarn.  It is perfect for mittens.  It even looks good as a scarf or socks, but it is definitely great for mittens.

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This would look awful in a sweater (at least to me).

Then there is this yarn, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.  I’ve tried it in other patterns…mehhh…did not look good. But as this shawl, it looks great.

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Then there is this yarn, Knit Picks Chroma Worsted.  It is great in this shawl. Tried it in a sweater and frogged it.  Not good in a sweater.

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Anyway, I guess I will always be a yarn addict.  I just love it!  It makes me happy.

Naval Air Museum and Pensacola Lighthouse

Oldest and I took a little trip out to the Naval Air Museum and Pensacola Lighthouse yesterday.

We wandered around the two buildings looking at old and new planes, reading up on historical things as we went.

It was not crowded at all yesterday, which was nice.  We were able to walk around without bumping into other folks.  When we got a little hungry, we at lunch at the café in the museum.

If you are ever in this area and care to visit the museum, please do so. It is a fun, informative, worthwhile trip.  Free entry, by the way.

Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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A Trip to the Veterans Memorial Park and River Walk

Hubby and I decided to take a little trip out to the Veterans Memorial Park and River Walk.  It was a nice morning and we needed to get out for a bit.

There are several statues and many bricks representing the many military folks that have served our country.  Some are still living and some are not.

I took a few pictures of this beautiful and peaceful area.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Super Moon

Youngest and I made an unplanned trip out last night to get a few shots of the Super Moon.

This is when the moon is full and closest to the Earth.

Our trip was poorly planned and we ended up at Wayside Park.  Not the best place to be at night. The area is a teen hangout and I’m sure there are some drug dealings going on.  Youngest kept an eye out for me while we were there.  We didn’t stay long.  Just long enough to take some pics and get the “H” out of Dodge.

I only had a couple of pics come out not blurred by other lights.  So I will share this one with you.

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There will be 1 more Super Moon this year.  Hopefully, we will plan our trip better next time.