Tuesday, April 21, 2015


We had some people working on our house this morning, so hubby and I went over to the golf course (The Duke) and had breakfast.   We sat out on the patio in the 80+ temperature and talk about beauty!!

This is what we love about Arizona!!   

Monday, April 13, 2015


We put our house on the market last week, and now we're in the constant mode of pick-up, paint-up, clean-up and all the fun things that go along with selling a home.   We've lived here for 2-1/2 years and do love the neighborhood.   We live in a 55+ community of wonderful people, but feel we must move closer to medical facilities in the valley area around Phoenix.    Instead of living 25-30 miles from hospitals and our doctors, we will be moving to an area approximately 5-8 miles away.   Not only will we save money in gasoline and auto wear and tear, we can get there quicker in an emergency.

We've had two lookers, one of which will be coming for a 2nd look, so hope it doesn't take forever to sell and buy another home.   My least favorite part of this all, is the keeping the house looking spotless every single day and all picked up every time we leave the house. 

I may or may not be posting very often to this blog for a month or so - depends on all the other activity going on.

I knitted this dishcloth this weekend - mainly to relax myself.  It's quite a simple one. 

Wish me luck in this ambitious endeavor, and I look forward to continuing to follow your blog, even if I don't comment on yours, or write on mine.

Friday, April 3, 2015


I haven't posted in a while because life at our house has been rather hectic of late.   Lots of company - I think a lot of people come to visit us in Arizona to get warm.   We had ex-neighbors from Spokane visit a couple of times in March (they're on their way home now).  Our daughter and family from Las Vegas were here last week.  Our ex-neighbors from Graham, WA (who are snowbirds and live in Apache Junction during the winter) were here yesterday for a good ole game of Mexican Train and barbecue dinner.

One of the consequences of company and procrastination is that not much knitting has been done.  Our group has cancelled our meetups because of so many other events happening at the Entertainment Center where we meet.  

This is how my socks are looking - this is still the first sock and I'm ready now to start the heel:

Now I'll take you on a trip around our yard.  Lots of things blooming.
 These are two different-colored oleander bushes.
 Don't know the name of these flowered shrubs (below and above)
 This is a Palo Verde tree - Arizona's "state" tree.

Now I'm off to start the heel on my sock. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I'm sure most of you out there have a collection of some sort - I know I have a "few"!!

I seem to be collecting yarn for my knitting, beads for jewelrymaking, paper supplies for cardmaking, books and records for my genealogy hobby, and today I'm going to talk about my inactive collection of glassware.

A long time ago, my mother gave me her pieces of pink Fosteria glassware which she had received as a wedding gift in 1935!

Thus my fever to collect pink Fosteria began in earnest, and look what happened!  Went completely out of control for a few years, but really enjoyed doing it!


I occasionally use some of the pieces, but not often.  My beautiful china cabinet is full - no room to add to the collection and frankly, have lost interest in the collection.   Hopefully one of my children would like to keep these in the family.  If not, I guess ebay here I come!
What do you collect?

Sunday, March 15, 2015


This may get "photo heavy", but it's been such a gorgeous, wonderful day and I've got photos to prove it.

First off - the weather:

Took another picture of my new cactus - named cactus mamillopsis senillis.   Can hardly wait for the other two buds to bloom out.  That'll probably happen in the next few days with our weather so warm they bloom out fast and will probably not last a long time.

We live in a 55+ resort community with lots of things to do.  One of them being a concert this afternoon by the Tuners & Crooners singing 50's songs.  Was a lot of fun and WOW what a lot of talent.

Last, but by no means least, I found some time to knit on my newest pair of socks.  Loving this Opal yarn and the colors are very pretty.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


I've been absent from here for a while, but actually I've not been doing much knitting.  Life has gotten in the way, it seems.

I think I'll "kitchener" stitch the Forza scarf together and consider it long enough.   I've added quite a bit in length to both pieces and frankly, am tired of working on it.

And.....I couldn't resist on casting on a sock yesterday.  Not that I don't have many WIP's on-the needle!!!  My friend, Tina, knits so many beautiful socks from Opal yarn so off I went to order a skein of Opal Potpourri and using a pattern called Easy Socks from Universal Yarns.  

So, what are you working on?

Thursday, February 26, 2015


I finished this dishcloth today while sitting in the waiting room of the doctor's office.   I made an identical one a couple of days ago, but the sister-in-law fell in love with it and off it went with her, along with three or four more dishcloths.  I told them it gives me pleasure to see someone happy with them - which is true!