Goal : Focus


*This is the most I have ever been able to knit in garter.  I gave up on the pattern about two years ago.  How can something as mindless as garter trip me up every time? 

*I have been reminded that I need to focus on one thing at a time.  I’m not sure how to do this. Any tips?  As a NICU nurse, I spent a career doing many things , many tasks, and changing the priorities of the tasks, and changing the plan. How do I break this mold and slow down? 

*One thing I’m going to do today, besides knit, is to put the cell phone down.  I’ll let you know how it goes and if it helps. 

*I was up late AGAIN last night.  I just have more energy at night.  Farm Aide was taking place in the town next to ours .  I was waiting to see Willie Nelson .  Wow.  He was the last act and while he cannot sing much , his band and his musicians and others who got on the stage with him were worth waiting up. 

I enjoyed it so so very much.  We had a live feed of the concert. Which is good because it poured rain all day.  Music can make me so happy.  I think  it is no co incidence that so many older musicians live long long lives.  (Keith Richards, Willie, So many others could be dead by now. Instead the music keeps their minds sharp , I think) 

Willie’s son is darling!  I mean handsome!!  And he can sing and play guitar so so well.  He is in Milwaukee Tuesday and I am tempted to go see his band! 


My Plan: COMMENT on Your blogs!



At the county fair, two draft horses who didn’t know one another weren’t getting along.  See those ears flat against the horse’s head?  That’s very angry in horse talk. 

This is a knit blog.  Part of my love of it , is reading and commenting on your blogs.  I’ll get back to that tonight , I hope. The sleep study fudged my whole week up.  I had to ask Alexa twice yesterday, what the date was!  

The Cubs, after being in first place for months, are going down in flames.  It aint fun to watch.  They just are not hitting.  I’m prepared for Cubsdoom.  

Today is wash the horses for the horse show tomorrow.  The students show off their skills and it is a fundraiser and Fun time all around.  I’m off to give baths.  It is one of my favorite days at the barn!  

Finally, I’ve trapped and relocated 9 chipmunks so far this week.  I’ve taken a few days off….but I’m going to work at it later today .  🙂

I’m reading your blogs I’ve just been too tired to comment. But, I’m getting back to my normal!!!!  🙂 

Warning, Images May be Disturbing Hysterical……up to you!


Dear Person who invented the sleep study paraphernalia.  What are you , nuts?  I arrived for my study at a hospital that is 40  minutes from the country.  I was in a good frame of mind and determined to sleep well.

Very smart and professional male tech, whose body was a map of tattoos and was wearing a skull bracelet, got me ready.   I had a clean, cold  room with a fan and tv.  All I had to do was tell him when I wanted to go to sleep. Then he came in and plugged in the box that had more wires than a knitter working intarsia in 8 colors.

Tattoo skull bracelet man , returned very quickly and said the amplifier was not working.  Probably just came unplugged by housekeeping.  Nope.  Called IT .  Came back in and moved things and used only a flashlight so I could stay sleepy.  Apologized.   Again apologized.  Left and came back at least 6 more times.  Came in and said, “Im so sorry. This has never happened before, but we cannot do your test tonight without a working amplifier.  You will have to come back and we are booked out for quite a while.  IF you are too tired to drive, please, stay here and sleep .  ”

I was saying, “It’s OK.  These things happen.  I was a nurse.  ITs not your fault.  Please don’t worry about this. ”  (Im  nuts.  I should have been saying, WTF !  Call a supervisor!  I spent all day getting my knitting ready for this and I just took my meds and Im exhausted now”  ) But y’all know that just isn’t how  I roll.

I said, You know when the doc first ordered this he ordered the at home monitoring but they said you don’t have that equipment.  DO you know who does?


He came back. He took of the maze of wires and put a tiny box contraption on me.  I slept until he awoke me at 0530 and said, Kathleen, your study is done.  Please get dressed and I’ll show you out.

I haven’t seen the sunrise in a long time.  Big deal.  It was gorgeous though.  I stopped at our favorite place and got an order of blueberry pancakes and chicken sausage for Fireman and I.

I didn’t knit a wink.  I did wind some yarn tho.

First photo of in house study :


No gels or spray allowed in your hair.


The tiny second apparatus for in home monitoring.  The difference is there is no heart rate recording going on and no video of you as you sleep to see if you snore positionally.

Im tired.  Big nap on board for this afternoon.   Person who reinvented the study …thanks.  Much easier to sleep but I think I could have slept on a bed of needles by midnight last night

Little Flirt Skirt !


First things first!!!!  Skirt knit portion DONE.  I love it.  

Stats:  Pattern: Little Flirt Skirt

They say it is an intermediate level skill.  I disagree, I’d say it is a little more than easy.  You change needles sizes 4 times during the pattern.  I made it smaller than the smallest size on the page.  Al is tiny.  

I used Skacel Yarn in KENZIE by HIKOO.  This is a fabulous New Zealand yarn in merino, nylon, angora, alpaca and silk.  160 yards/skein .  I used 5 I think.  

I’m sad I’m finished!!!!!!  The seamstress now will add the elastic to the band at the waist and sew it closed!  


Fezzik found the porch froggy this morning.  He had so much fun with this live toy.  I took it away and, yes, I did.  I did.  I not ashamed.  I washed his paws with cat shampoo because…..salmonella. addeddoorporch.jpg

This is my father’s cabin currently.   He built it in 1987 and sold it around 1997.  I met the new owners and told you that I sent my dad a book of photos.   My Uncle told me in an email that my father was thrilled about it.  I haven’t heard from my father……oh well.  I’m sure I will at some point.  I like to be thanked. 


Garden Survey Summary: 

60% of us are tired of weeding.

42 % of us had deer eat our flowers this summer.

20% of us over winter bulbs inside our homes

42% of us have been given garden goodies from neighbors this summer/fall

16% of us have gotten a tick.  (Before I go off on a rant about this you have to listen to NPRs podcast Patient Zero . .It is fascinating and will help educate us all in Tick borne illnesses) 

55% of us only planted flowers, no food crops, this summer.

46% of us dug up a plant to give to someone else this summer!

Bye for now bloggy pals.  It is absolutely gorgeous out.  Perfect weather.  70-80 Sunshine. No  humidity.  Treasuring every second of it.  


Quick Post


My sister the Veterinarian, is a Zoo Member in Minnesota .  Anyone can be.  They offer photography classes.  She just started.  This is her photo of a grizzly.  WOW.

I did read all you blogs last night but was too tired to make comments. I’m sorry. If you have a like button, I hit it.  Tree work, paddle boarding and mostly digging up a very difficult perennial to split it had me exhausted!

I have 10 more rows on the skirt. I’ve  LOVED this project.  Hope to finish it later today.   Off to the barn. They have a big open house tomorrow and Im helping with food and cleaning. 🙂


Weekend Was Amazing


Here is me after we took another tree down Saturday.  I’m a lumberjack ok?  Do you know what lumberjacks eat?  They eat dairy free ice cream!  It is nourishing.   


I should have finished the skirt yesterday, but I got sidetracked.  I saw a wreath like this at the farmers market for 30 dollars.   IT cost me all of 5 dollars to make.   Wheeeee. I love it.  


Did I already show you Lincoln and I at the barn last week?  Gheesh my hair needs thinning!  I braided Lincoln’s mane.  He is huge and is so so sweet. 


Finally,  thanks my dear Kim pal.  She sent me these adorable tassle stitch markers.  I LOVE them .  I am nearing the end of the pretty skirt.  Wish me luck . I used those stupid interchangeable needles that came undone twice.  Last night I spent an hour picking up its dumb drop of many stitches.  I said a lot of bad words.  Anyone like those dang things?  I live for wooden needles. Not interchangeable. 

Happy MONDAY!  Thanks for taking the survey.  I’ll post results soon.