Thursday, June 29, 2017


Some of the members of my granddaughter's climbing team are here from Austin, Texas. This year, there are only four; in years past, I've lost count. Really. I stopped counting at eight.

This is what they do:


That small person up on the rock face is my 16-year old granddaughter. She is roped in (on belay) so that she can't free fall from the rock face, but it's still a heart-stopping sport for family members to watch. 

I would love to have been able to do this when I was a kid. I was always up in trees, but I don't know if climbing was even a sport then, and there weren't any mountains near me. I don't think that there were indoor climbing gyms either. Now there are, and the climbers come to Atlanta to practice at two gyms, one with a higher wall than they have at home gyms so that they can practice for meets with higher walls.  

Rock on! (carefully)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I Made Crumpets!

Why? you ask.

Because I can, apparently. And because it's always %^&*^*#@! raining so I needed something to do that wasn't knitting or reading. Didn't feel like knitting or reading.

I found the recipe here. Crumpets.

They were easy to make after the hour of letting the dough rise, and the silicone rings just popped right off so I could flip the crumpets to brown the other side..

The only thing is, I like commercially-made English Muffins better.


I toasted a crumpet, put butter on it and then wonderful blueberry jam and It was beyond wonderful!!!  I will make these again and again and ...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Four Years Later

Four long years ago, I bought the pattern, yarn and beads to make this:

Photo from Susanna IC

(Seychelles by Susanna IC)

And I studied the pattern, and studied the pattern and studied the pattern, and................ then I chickened out.

But the project nagged at me.  I had the yarn:

Miss Babs Yet, in Seychelles color---made for this project by the gifted dyers at Miss Babs.

I studied the notes on others'  finished projects on Ravelry, and suddenly! I understood the pattern.

No more procrastinating! Here is the first of 19 repeats, and honestly, it is EASY! I have made other complicated projects in the past four years, and now, by comparison, this looks to be a breeze.

No mistakes so far. AND I learned how to add beads as I go. See them there? On the right?

YAY me!

(It ain't braggin' if it's true, you know.)

It just occurred to me that Miss Babs will be at SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) in October. I'm sure I'll find yarn to replace the yarn I use in this project, and LOTS more! I LOVE Miss Babs yarn and SAFF is the only place it's available in person. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


By popular demand! Um. By popular ... hey, are you still writing? So not so much popular. Maybe just curiosity... And not so much demand. Just curiosity...

Anyway, I am going to Scandinavia in the fall and someone pointed out to me that there might be:

freezing rain

and I've lived in the south since 1978 and have no footwear for any of those conditions. Off to the interwebs because it's summer here and because I wear a larger size than your average (foot-sized) person.  

I ordered these two; both have free returns so no harm, no foul.

So one of these things is not like the other. The pink (I LOVE the pink boots) wouldn't be useful in snow.  My feet would freeze. But it does rain in Georgia.  hmmmm...

The other pair (I LOVE them) would work for everything.  

Decisions, decisions, decisions.