Yet another year comes..

So hard to believe that is it 2020.  I still remember 2000 like it was yesterday.  Where did 20 years go?!

Still missing my big boy Piggy Pooh so very very much!  He was my shadow and him being gone leaves a deafening silence in my life.  He was forever in my face and in my business and followed me from room to room.  Oh how my heart hurts…. The rain has been steady with little respite.  I generally enjoy these wet rainy days, but with the grief of losing my sweet Bruno I feel the cold, damp, grey just reinforces my sadness.  So I must find small joys in every day and know that he is without pain now and waiting over the rainbow bridge with all my loved ones, both fur and human, for the day that I will join them.fullsizeoutput_1ee2

I always have my sweet babies come home and will some day find a final resting place for them.  Oh how cruel that our furbabies have such short lifespans…

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Little Misha is also grieving and we are doing as we can to help her.  She is such an independent little thing and prefers her solitary ways.  It is always a treat when she comes and curls up beside me.  Silly little girl.

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Haven’t felt like doing much of anything.   But did complete my puzzle.  This was the hardest puzzle ever, but such a fun challenge!  I have so enjoyed working on the jigsaws again.

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I did get all my Christmas down while the Christmas break was still on and have been working my way through drawers, closets, and cabinets cleaning and sorting.  I discovered the best ever facebook site that is neighborhood specific and you just list what you have to give or what you are looking for.  It is all free.  I have gotten a few things (dresser, toaster oven, bread machine, puzzles) and have given a lot of things.  I like that idea so much better than a goodwill trip. It’s nice to know it is going to someone who needs it.

I have been having fun playing with little vignettes here and there in the house.  With all the dreary dreary rain and cold, I wanted a nice pick me up and I think this pink does the trick.  It is so dark inside that I have been playing with my camera settings to try and get my pictures to be lighter and brighter.  Lots of shadows in this picture due to the darkness and having to put on all the lights.  This little arrangement has my grandmothers lamp and two baskets from my mom.  The teddy was my brothers and the cross stitch was a gift hand made by Christina so many many years ago.  Lovely things with many lovely memories.

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I had been exploring the food delivery systems and after much research decided to give Hello Fresh a go.  The food, so far, has been delicious, the recipes so easy and user friendly, and the packaging really simple and easy to recycle or burn except the foil lining.  I am disappointed in the dairy used in their vegetable selection, but then they do not offer vegan.  I will give it a few more weeks and then try out one of the companies that offer plant based vegan.

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Of course right as I get this meal plan, I realize I need an oven.  Mine has not worked for sometime.  So off I go to purchase a new gas stove/oven unit.  Well what should have been a simple task turned into a mess.  When the installers came we realized that my current one was hardwired in.  So I called an electrician who found it wasn’t hardwired but not grounded and was just a mess of cords and boxes laying under the stove.  He also alerted me to the fact that the gas attachment sticks up 5 inches and is in the front so the new unit will never fit…aaarrrggghhh…so next I call a plumber to come out and move the gas line attachment.  I will never ever understand why on earth the builders would have installed such a frecking mess.  So add another nice tidy sum on top of the unit.  I was absolutely not happy about all this extra and the additional days before we can have a working range!  Then just when we got the electric and gas sorted….the range would not fit into the space….lord love a duck…so it was sand and cut and wiggle and push and it was in.  Good grief what a fiasco.  But now I have an oven, and one that even has an air fryer!  So today being the first day it is operational, I will do some bread baking and fix another Hello Fresh meal.

Now that I have so much wonderful lovely time, I have been able to do more needlework and sewing.  I decided it would be nice to make the grands all these darling little pockets for Valentine goodies.  They are so simple and whip right up. I found the pattern on Moda Bake Shop.  They are just the sweetest!

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I have really been enjoying doing embroidery once again so decided I would like to use some of the vintage transfers that belonged to my dear Auntie Lena.  I just loved these days of the week pots and pans.  I added some simple coloring with a crayon to enhance the design.  I actually did a bit of research to find the dish towels for these.  They are Harringdons from London.  The quality is lovely and they are larger than the standard dish cloth.  They come in three colors; the orange/reds, blues, and greens.  I ordered enough to make three days of the week sets and some additional for other designs I have.  So that will keep me busy for some time.

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And now it is off to work on the next jigsaw puzzle and play yet another game of checkers with Jackson.  He is quite good at it and often as not can win!

Seek joy and peace,

Patricia

Saying Goodbye…

My sweet sweet baby boy crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday.  He was my shadow, my heart…there are just no words and my heart is broken.  Godspeed my sweet sweet piggy boy until we meet again….

Bruno

June 7-2014 (adopted) – Jan. 5, 2020

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My Sweet Bruno aka Booger aka Piggy…

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Before I had left to go visit Nevada to welcome baby Mimi, my sweet Piggy Boy had started limping on his front leg.  A visit to the vet and the thought that it was arthritis and so meds to help with that.  Upon my return he was so much worse and would not even use the leg.  Another vet trip with X-rays and the vet saying no idea go see a specialist.  The specialist was booked out 3 weeks so I jumped on the NWBR site and asked for recommendations for local vet.  I also began to consult Dr. Google and did not like what I saw.  We were given the worst diagnosis possible, osteosarcoma.  An aggressive and nasty bone cancer.  The vet got him set up on a pain protocol and we will just take one day at a time.  I have been doing more research and will reach out to my vet again and see if it could possibly be a fungal infection in the bone….prayers prayers!!  I would have no other breed but a boxer, but oh the heartbreak as so many get cancer by age 9!  However, the joy that a crazy, silly, goofy boxer gives far outweighs the grief that always comes in the end.  I am so heartbroken over this and have cried buckets.  But I am so very very grateful that I am able to be home with him full-time.  There are lots of cuddles and hugs and yes I admit I have slept beside him on the floor a few times….dog lovers understand this all too well.  So I will spoil him and coddle him and savor every minute until he lets me know it is time to say goodby.  I pray it is an infection and if not, that I have numerous more months to love on him.

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With all the at home time, I am enjoying knitting and stitching to my hearts content.    I am trying to finish up a bunch of UFOs and clean out my knitting and stitchery baskets.  And of course, I am busy organizing and going through everything once, twice, three times…ever the perpetual organizer I am.  A few of the projects I finished up this past week…

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With a 10 year old boy in the house there is also a great deal of playing cards and games. Between Jackson and Bruno, I really have learned to slow down and relax.  I have also managed to get in time to watch my favorite Brit TV.  I am currently binging on Vera.  Love love it! For those who are Vera fans, were you aware that Brenda Blethyn is 73!  She is definitely an amazing role model for those of us in the over 60 crowd!  To be doing a full-time detective series and most all her own stunts is just so inspiring.  I do love my Brit TV for so many many reasons; 1) the characters are human not carved up look alike Barbie dolls, 2) there may be death and mayhem but they do not feel the need to film the gruesome gory details of the murder with blood and unnecessary violence, 3) who doesn’t love looking at all the gorgeous green countryside and dream of living in such lovely locations, 4) the humor is spot on, 5) oh those accents those lovely accents, 6) where else can you find such amazing period drama with clothing that is amazing, oh I could go on and on.  It is my guilty pleasure to scout out a new series and bing watch while I knit or stitch.

Comes the day and it is the New Year.  However, I have just always registered the new year as beginning in September.  That is when the summer ends and nature begins her rest to renew in the spring.  September is back to school and refreshing cool weather after the long heat of summer.  However, the calendar does not agree with me, nor does the yearly diary.  I took advantage of the day to begin some serious decluttering.  I picked the sewing room and managed to fill a large box with quilting and knitting books, patterns, and magazines I will not use.  It offered up space to better organized my closet and allow me to have everything I need in easy reach.  I am not a huge one for resolutions, but I do like to take stock of the past year and plan the new.  That is why I love Susannah Conway’s Unravel the Year workbook that I shared a few post ago.  One new thing that I do plan on adding this year however, is card writing.  Now that I am retired I fully have the time to sit and do some handwritten letters.  I already send a lot of care packages to my girls and grands, but I think a monthly handwritten card or letter would just be tops.  I remember so fondly writing to my grandmothers and how I looked forward to their letters all through my teen years and into adult and motherhood.  I have so many of them tucked away and they are treasures dear to my heart.

And now it is off to attend to my sweet Bruno and give him all the loves that I can while I am still blessed to have him here with me.

Patricia

And then it was Christmas..

Once again Christmas time is here.  This year I enjoyed the process so very much.  I had all my gift giving done and shipped before December was even upon me,  I was able to visit two of my three daughters and their children, and I have been home to just totally enjoy the process.  This year, since I knew it would be my last year working, I went a bit overboard for Christmas for the grands.  Next year will be a belt tightening again as with retirement comes prudence.  But oh what joy it brought me!

On Saturday, the hubby and Jackson took off to do some shopping which left me to do some sorting in the sewing room.  After a bit of sorting, I  decided to go check out one of the fun vendor malls here.  I am fortunate to have two large malls filled with amazing vendors just down the street.  They are both just packed and go on forever it seems.  I was delighted to find a few treasures and all were on sale so that was just the icing!

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Just all way too cute!  But I must stop with the holiday stuff…..

I ordered myself an early Christmas gift.  I have been looking at all the posts in my oily groups of these wonderful shelves.  I finally succumbed to this lovely.  It is so nice to have my oils out and accessible!  I have challenged myself to use my oils in new ways daily.  Is far I have been adding them to my bath with or without Epsom’s salts, I added one of my favorite scents, wintergreen, to my unscented body butter, and I used copaiba on a nasty burn I got from unknowingly microwaving a cheap ceramic cup and sustaining some nasty blisters.  I was amazed at how quickly the copaiba cleared up the burn and blisters!  Now that I can see the oils, I need to make a point to use them!!

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Oh the stitching and knitting that I can do now is so wonderful!  I finished up the dishtowel I was working on and started on this project that Becca had begun years ago.  I had forgotten the joy and relaxation that stitching brings.  I am also still knitting away on the little smock dress.  I do need to pick up stitches on the cardigan….  I find that when I come to a technique that I am either not comfortable with or just suck at, I have a tendency to just put the project to the side and leave it languishing away.  As for stitching projects, I love to stitch the projects, but turning the stitchery into a pillow, project, or framing it…not so much…so I have piles of lovely stitched pieces languishing in a drawer.  Now that I have time I may just have to complete those projects or donate them to someone who will!

When my mother passed last year, my sister suggested we purchase a new nativity for the community park.  The old one had been vandalized and destroyed as it was so aged.  It arrived and they put it up.  It is just so lovely and my parents would have loved it!

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A nativity is an essential part of the Christmas tradition.  I love the creche that she had commissioned by a local carpenter.  It is all just perfect!

Comes the day and it is Christmas Eve!  I was so excited to open the box that traveled all the way from Ireland!  Oh what delights!!

I adore how the grands art was made into Christmas cards!  So darn cute!!

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Look at this!  Harrods lovelies!  It is all just so wonderful!  Every single thing is so special and I love it!!

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And there was a Christmas pudding…which has already been eaten on!!

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It was nice having a child in the house.  Jackson was excited about his goodies and up early Christmas morning to see what ole St Nick had delivered!

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One of his favorite gifts was a survival kit.  It had a fire starter so off he want to burn all the Christmas wrap and any extra boxes or papers that I could manage to find…

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I also had these wonderful tarot cards arrive in the mail.

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Jackson loves puzzling with his grandma, but when we started this darn puzzle we had no idea what we were in for!  It is dang hard and we only manage to do a bit at a time!!  I am so happy that he enjoys working on a puzzle just like his mom, aunts, and his older siblings and cousins.

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And then another Christmas had come and gone.  Another year of festivities and making memories.  And now we are on to yet another new year and more adventures to come!

 

Freedom and Joy!!

Oh yessss that is exactly how I feel…FREE!  I am done, finished, over it, not gonna go back… I am now officially retired.  OMG I have been planning this and waiting for this and it is here!  The last few years of work were seriously misery!  The joy of being home, of being free to just be, to pursue my own dreams, to just live a life filled with peace and calm; it is heaven!  Each day as I realize this is my new life, I feel a tingle of joy running up my spine!!

But not all is quiet around my sweet cottage, as I have a new visitor who has come to stay.  Jackson, my 10 year old grandson will be living with me for a bit.  He is as excited as I am!  As I raised all girls it will be interesting to have a boy around the house.  We have is room all set up an he is enrolled in the neighborhood school.  It is an adjustment, but all is good and it is nice to have a child in the house again.

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His first week end and he was off to the coast with the hubby so I could get some much needed stuff done.  Misha has taken right to him and is thrilled I brought her a boy for Christmas, silly doggie.  They are best buds and loved exploring together.

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With the house quiet (I did not realize how noisy one boy can be) I got busy and got the latest Etsy sales processed and ready for the mail.  With retirement I will once again start  bag making on a regular schedule.  I enjoy the process and it gives me a nice little bit of extra spending money!

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With all this wonderful time I am busy knitting and stitching.  I have been catching up with all my favorite podcast and this year’s vlogmas by my fav podcasters, as well. It is so lovely to sit and do my own handiwork while watching podcasts by other kindred crafting spirits!  In my knitting time I finished up the sleeve on Mimi’s sweater and just have to do the front ribbing.  I also cut out a cute kitty dress to match the sweater.  I am making everything quite large so it will fit this spring.

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I have been collecting kits and fun projects for some time.  Pulled out this fun project by Moda fabrics as it was just fitting for the season.

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Since I committed to spend less time on my electronic devices I have so much more time.  In place of puzzles on the devices, I have been working my way through my puzzle stash.  I had forgotten how dearly I loved to puzzle.  I imagine I will now be rediscovering many things that I used to love!!  Jackson loves to work on the puzzles with my and is very good at finding those hard to find pieces.

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On Saturday I got some happy mail!  These adorable dog collar covers, treats, and ornament are from dear Louella who always sends me the cutest ever ornaments.  I have a special tree just for those ornaments!

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I also received this darling cross stitched ornament from another dear friend.  It is just so sweet!  Oh how I love all the handmade cuties!!

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Well it is time once again to begin my yearly review of the previous year and choosing a word/theme for the upcoming year.  I discovered Susannah Conway’s free tools for doing just that about 3 years ago and fell in love!  I have been choosing a word off and on since 2012, I think it was.  It is just an enjoyable exercise in digging a bit deeper into your self and where you currently are and where you are headed.  I so thoroughly enjoy working my way through each Unravel Your Year workbook and looking back at past ones (I keep them all neatly in a binder of course).  These can be found at https://www.susannahconway.com/unravel/.

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One of the most wonderful things about not working is that I now have time to explore my local area.  Imagine my delight when I happened upon this amazing store!!  I went to the Willamette Heritage Center as they have a myriad of darling shops along with a museum with one being a yarn shop.  I found my yarn but also this amazing new shop.  Oh look at all the wonders!  I have only dabbled a bit in working with wool but do have many supplies and patterns.  New rabbit hole to jump down for sure!!

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This was the actual reason I went to the center.  I have been wanting to knit this smocked dress by Debbie Bliss and with Mimi I now have an excuse.  I found this lovely aqua blue and it will be just the thing!

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I love how it is knitting up!  I am forcing myself to knit continental on this project.  I have always thrown my yarn and you just cannot do that if you want to do color work. I figure this is a perfect project to learn on as it is a lot of stockinette stitch.  I have the knit down pretty well, but struggling still with purling.  It just all feels so awkward when I am so used to throwing the yarn.  But I will persevere and not give up!

While out and about I also stopped by the thrift shop to find some books for Jackson.  I found so many wonderful volumes for him and for myself as well!  I absolutely loved home schooling my daughters so looked for some books on fun learning activities.  I found some treasures and will incorporate learning and experiments into our after school activities.  I think that one of the greatest gifts we can give our children (and now grands) is the great joy of learning.  It is all about finding our interests and running with them with lots of hands on activities.  I also scored a bread machine off a local free site as Jackson enjoys cooking so it will be fun to experiment with different types of breads.

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Today Jackson brought home a home made ornament.  Oh how I loved the handmade gifts from the girls!  It immediately took pride of place on the tree!!

And so I embrace all the blessing and changes that have become a part of my journey.  I revel in my new found freedom and face each day with gratitude for this blessing!

Oh happy days, indeed!

Patricia

Welcome Mimi

Oh just so very much to share since I have been away!  Three weeks ago I headed down to Nevada to be there when baby Maryellen was welcomed into the world!  She is named after my mom, who would be so excited to have seen, held, rocked, and love her.  Her siblings have been calling her Mimi since they found out their mom was having a baby, so Mimi is it for her nick name.  She is just the most beautiful and sweet baby ever!  She loves to be cuddled and I love that!

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Big sister Isabel was so very excited to be having a baby sister and was even able to attend the birth!  Mimi will just love having such a wonderful big sister!!

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This hospital was just the best!  They gave us all bracelets, I even had a grandma one!  The care that they provide and the staff was exceptional!  We should know, Becca was there 3 days waiting to have her, and then back another 2 to actually deliver!!

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Of course, Nevada in winter means snow, and we got lots of it!  Bella just loved it.

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One of the things that I have done pretty much all my life and a loved I have passed on to my girls and now the grands is doing jigsaw puzzles.  I took one and we blazed right through it and got several more.  Emmy seems to have taken after her grandma and is able to spot that elusive piece and fit it right in…..amazing for her age.  Bella was my main puzzle buddy.  We also played lots of Christmas trivia and we totally reorganized her room!

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After a few weeks in Nevada, it was up to Washington to see these munchkins!  I was only able to stay a short stop there, but we got in lots of loving.  They are all growing so darn fast!  Jayse has just grown into a young man overnight!!

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Violet had her school concert, it was so cute.  She had the role of pink panther in one of the songs and was absolutely adorable!  She is so strong and confident and will certainly go far!!

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While helping Erica with Christmas shopping, I found a Christmas game.  Oh how fun it was.  We are a competitive bunch and when Erica and Mils faced off, it made for lots of laughs and steep competition!!

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Once again so many wonderful memories made and stored away.  But oh how I miss my Ireland bunch!  Life is all about family and being with those we love, especially during the holidays.

All too soon it was back home to my doggies!  Oh how I miss them when I am gone.  My poor Booger is still limping and quite crippled up.  I had taken him to the vet prior to the journey and he was now worse.  It was off to the vet again and he is now on a series of medications.  He has somehow injured his front legs or has arthritis, but x-rays looked good.  He may need the ACL surgery if things do not improve!!  Poor Pig, it is awful to see him like this!

On this return, I brought a special package home with me!  I will be keeping my grandson, Jackson, for a bit.  Upon or arrival, we fixed up his room, got him enrolled in school, and then sent him and the hubby out to get a tree.  I had already done all the other decorating before I left for Nevada.  It will be nice to have a child in the house again!!  He has kept busy exploring and is so very helpful!

I think they did an amazing job on choosing the tree!!  It is just perfect!!

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One must always put up the Nativity.  As a child I love our nativity set and would play with it.  Over the years the chalky characters began to show wear from so many children playing with them.  I wanted one just like it as an adult, and although  I could not find one like it, I did find one by Home Interiors way back when Christina was a baby.

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This little hutch was just perfect for my collection of Santas.

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This tree is filled with all the home made ornaments that I have been gifted and have been made by my grandma, mom, or myself.  It holds so many dear memories!

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In past years I put my Christmas villages on the mantel, but this year I thought they would be quite cute under my vintage tree.

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I just love a festive house and with Christmas music playing, holiday scents in my diffuser, and a Christmas puzzle on the table, the mood is just perfect!!

I have so very much more to share, but that will be for another blog!

Merry Christmas all!

Patricia

A Perfect Day…

You know how you sometimes are blessed with those perfect days that just warm your heart and soul?  They are the ones that help us truly feel God’s blessing and leave us with inner peace and happiness?  With me they always center around family or my doggies. Well last Saturday was one of those days.  The day was spent in the lovely little town of Coburg.  Coburg turns all out for Christmas, transforming into the sweetest Christmas village filled with antique shops, little boutiques, and eateries.  My sister was visiting my nephew there, so the hubby and I jumped in the car and headed over to spend the day.  The weather was perfect and we had the best time wandering in and out of the shops, visiting, gossiping, and just catching up.

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My sister found this purse and was loving on it and I sneakily got the tag off and purchased it while she was unaware.  I had been wanting to plan a little surprise for her and this was just the ticket.  She is always the one who cares for everyone else and constantly treat others.  It was so delightful to “trick” her and let her be the one being treated!

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In our ramblings, I found a few items for myself as well.  This hand painted milk glass candy dish is quite large at around 10 inches high.  It is exquisitely hand painted and so lovely.

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One of the shops was filled with hand made lovelies and had an array of little snowmen atop old bottles and salt and pepper shakers.  I fell in love and just had to add this little sweetie to my Christmas collection.

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Such a happy and joy filled day!

Back home and realized my Christmas cactus was filled with lovely buds just bursting to bloom.  I have another cactus with pink blooms but it is not yet in bloom.  Just love these plants and the blooms are so beautiful!

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The other day while I was browsing marketplace I happened upon this Fenton basket.  The seller was asking peanuts and I just had to bring it home.  It took a few days, as I ended up sick as ever and missed a few work days so each planned meet up kept being cancelled.  But finally the basket was home….isn’t it a beauty?

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In my quest to spend less time on electronic devices, I have been puzzling once again.  I just love the Charles Wysocki puzzles as they are certainly challenging enough to keep me busy for a bit, yet fun to assemble.  As I finish each puzzle, I am bagging the best ones up and cutting the picture from the box and will be sending them off to Ireland.  All the girls are puzzlers and Christina has the perfect place in her sitting room right at the window facing out to the sea!!

Oh the joy of aging, this week was my pleasure once again to have the lovely colonoscopy procedure.  The prep is as usual awful, but the procedure is painless and fast.  I did find it quite fascinating that they now keep you sedated but awake during the procedure so you actually have front row seats of the procedure on the big screen.  While some may find that a bit much, with all my research and learning about the human anatomy, and most recently the gut and microbiome, I was most fascinated.  Unfortunately being so heavily sedated I cannot remember much but as a dream.  I got a clean bill of health and can put that procedure behind me for hopefully another 7-10 years!  I do credit colon health with a WFPB diet.  Speaking of WFPB, I am doing the 21 day UC Davis challenge.  Every year they come out with a new cookbook of amazing plant based foods and offer a 21 day challenge.  It is great for both beginners stepping into a WFPB diet and those already following one.  The recipes are amazing and there are daily educational videos.

Oh my but this was another lovely week end.  Is it getting older that makes us savor each minute so dearly and treasure each day?  I am not sure, but I know for me, I try to recognize blessings in each day and live with a spirit of gratitude.  But onto the week-end..  The local Scottish Rite center was holding a doll show Saturday.  Be still my heart!  The center was filled with dolls of every age and size!

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I have wanted a Chatty Cathy forever as I had one as a child.  But at $125 I was going to pass!

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I did however, bring home this sweet baby!  It is Madame Alexander’s Pussy Cat.  I thought at first she was Puddin, as I have been looking for Puddin and they are very much alike.  Isn’t she just the cutest?  I imagine this baby will end up with a new layette and wardrobe and go to little Mimi.  When my girls were little, my mom bought them all Madame Alexander baby dolls.  They loved them to tatters!

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After the doll show I found a few estate sales.  I did make a huge haul on clothing at one of them and some Christmas puzzles!  I also found an amazing deal on some Hummels! Look at these sweeties!

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I have wanted these Valentine ones forever, and the sweet little birthday girl.

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I spent the rest of the week end playing in my oils and mixing up some blends.  I also started the task of wrapping the Christmas gifts.  I just have a few more things to buy and I will be finished.  I have enjoyed the process so very much this year and now I am enjoying wrapping it all up in pretty paper and bright ribbons!

Yes it has been a most lovely few weeks!  Next week I will be getting out my Christmas decor and decking the halls!!

Tis the Season,

Patricia

By the lovely seaside…

Two weeks into the new job and it was off to Cannon Beach for a meeting.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  The trip there and back was a wonderland of gorgeous fall color and foliage.  We chose back roads to better enjoy the glory and splendor of the beautiful PNW.  It was certainly worth it!

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The resort was right on the beach and was just a stairway and small path to the beach.  You all know how much I love green overgrown paths!

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Cannon Beach is not our usual beach, as it is a bit further afield.  But I do think it is by far my favorite beach!  I love the impressive iconic Haystack Rock.  It is a beach made for long leisurely walks and I managed to get several in while there.

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The doggies absolutely love the beach!  Misha goes crazy with the zoomies and spinning round and round.  I love to see the pure joy that both of them experience when on the beach.

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I did manage to check out the community.  What a darling town with lots of little alley ways and hidden treasures to discover!

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One of the hidden treasures discovered was a lovely walking path through a wooded area.  It was just the perfect way to end the day; a lovely long hike deep into wooded wonderland.

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All too soon it was over and time to return home and back to the regular routine.

Unfortunately upon my return I was taken quite ill with one monster cold/flu, resulting in a sinus infection.  I have always taken my strong immune system for granted, but as my 40 something MD likes to remind me, I am not that young anymore…..  This cold/flu thing really took hold.  I never miss work, but ended up going home in the morning on Tuesday and still home on Thursday!  Good grief!! I love being home, but not when I am so sick all I can manage is the couch and binge watching Brit mysteries as I doze in and out of sleep.  But today I am beginning to feel human again and tomorrow is another day!

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And now it is Halloween and the end of yet another month.  I love this season of holidays and the cool crisp air and rich splendor of colors that Autumn delivers.  I did not get out my Halloween decor this year, what with starting another job and all, I will just go big for Christmas mid November!  And yes, I am still listening to my lovely Christmas music on Pandora!  This year I have been very organized with my Christmas shopping and am quite proud of myself.  I have nearly all the gifts bought and will begin wrapping this week end.  With some of my loves across the sea, I must get those packages off quite soon!  I have enjoyed the process of finding just the right gifts this year so very much!

And now off to work on that baby sweater, I am just finishing up the sleeves and ribbing.  It is cute as can be and I will post a pic next blog.  Baby Mimi is close to making her debut  so knit I must!  As I knit I have started watching Vera on Acorn.  I cannot believe I just now discovered that series!!

Happy Haunting!

Patricia

 

Blogging

Today while looking back through my blogs, I realize that in December it will be 10 years since I started blogging! It is such a fun trip down memory lane to look back at all those blogs and relive so many many happy memories!  Why do I blog? There are myriad reasons.  I love having a written and pictorial record of my life as it offers me much joy and memories as I look back through those blogs.  Oh how I wish we had this technology when my children were young.  What joy it would bring to be able to have tangible record of all the wonderful memories that were created as they grew.  Memories can be so enhanced with a written and pictorial record.  It is in the mundane that most all of life’s wonders take place, what we see as the daily grind will someday be remember as the beautiful precious moments that make up life.  Another reason I blog is to leave a record for my descendants.  I have a few journals from my maternal great grandma and grandma.  How fun it is to read about my mother as a baby and child through their eyes.  I often wonder what life was like for my mother, grandmothers, and aunts. My children and grandchildren will have written evidence of their importance in my life and how deeply they are loved and cherished. They will see the memories we made together through my eyes along with a pictorial history. They will have an understanding of what life was like for me; the daily mundane and the special events and times.  Along with my blogs they will have years of pre-blogging journals.  What I do not blog for is to influence others or to develop a huge following.  I do not promote my blog, it is personal and if others discover it and enjoy my musings that is ok too.

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Comes the day to begin my foray back into the work environment. It was nice to be greeted by these lovelies and makes the transition back into work not quite so painful.  I am just finishing up the first week and it is amazing how easily I can fall back into the routine of it all. Yet, I do miss my sweet days of pottering about the house without a care in the world!

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With the days not yet falling into darkness early, I am still able to get home in time to enjoy some sunny days hanging out in the front room working on my studies while the doggies bask in the sun.  I love coming home to those sweet faces and all the doggie kisses!

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I have been getting in some knitting time too.  In the evenings I like to put on a favorite Brit series and knit some rows while my favorite inspectors solve cases of deadly doings in the small quaint British countryside villages.  My project has been the baby sweater for baby in waiting Mimi.  I do love how this is knitting up so quickly.  I was concerned about the pattern directions, but they are very easy to follow.  I am delighted to have a return of my knitting mojo I tell you!

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My plan is to make this dress to match out of one of these three fabrics.  I am leaning toward the kitties…

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My bestie received the Wildes Meer shawl and posted this picture.  I am so happy she loves it!  I had also sent her some of the duplicate Hummels I had collected.

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Although I did not bring out my Halloween decor this year, I have been playing around and moving things here and there.  This is by far my favorite room in the house. It is nice to just mix it up a bit…

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Oh how I love Autumn.  The colors are so splendid and never disappoint!  While out on my walk the other day I just had to snap this shot…..so lovely!!

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In my quest to spend less time on my phone and social media, I am doing much better with the dizzy spells that I was experiencing from visual vertigo.  I have not missed playing those silly games and am finding that I am spending more time knitting and reading.  I also have been putting together jigsaw puzzles on the table instead of online!   It is just so insidious how technology creeps in and takes over!

And now it is off to prepare some lovely vegan dishes to get me through the work week.

Happy Autumn!

Patricia

 

 

Gearing up…

Countdown begins to the day I am walking back into that world of work.  I have mixed feelings. I have loved my time at home, yet I feel a sense of obligation and responsibility to continuing to work within my career for a bit longer.  I have met most of my savings goals, but just a wee bit more would be optimum. So back into the fray I go come Monday  morning.  I have long believed that the USA has created unhealthy work environments that promote burnout.  All the research that I have conducted in my PhD programs backs that up as factual.  We work too long hours with too little paid time off and are expected to do more with less.  It creates so many many work problems and actually costs employers more in loss of productivity, increased turnover, and excessive absenteeism. But hey try explaining that to most corporate entities and well don’t waste your breath.  Some European countries are trying on the 4 day work week and have actually found that employees are more productive.  Of course if we did that here in the USA we would use it as a reason to demote staff to part time and pay that much less for the same amount of work….sigh….capitalism….

On a more positive note, I am excited to say I have a wellness coach.  My first meeting is next week.  I have been looking at research that supports wellness coaching as a successful means to making positive lifestyle changes to lose weigh and increase fitness.  Since I am also working on my coaching certification, it will be interesting to work with a coach.  I will be evaluating and learning from her coaching skills as I also work on my own needed changes.  I’ll not tell her that though!

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Along with addressing my fitness and nutrition, I am also seriously changing my use of technology.  See I got hooked on some of those silly games you can play on your phone.  It seemed like such an innocent thing to pass the time while I was traveling or waiting at appointments. But heck if it didn’t rather become a bit of an obsession…good grief.  I am prone to vertigo and noticed all that screen time was creating visual vertigo. So cold turkey it was, deleted all the games and got out a puzzle from the cupboard.  I have always loved puzzles and have always had one going.  When the girls were teens,  they along with their friends, would often stop and try to fit a few pieces together.  It is a great activity that gathers everyone around the table and allows for lots of conversation.  I had allowed virtual puzzles to overtake my regular puzzle table.  I do think technology has a place and great value, but I also think it can be used as a distraction and is a huge time sapper. I notice that too much screen time also impacts my ability to fully concentrate.  So away with the games and limited time on any social media is also a part of my plan to optimize continuing to live a bliss filled life!

With the change in seasons and cooler weather, comes the desire to drink copious amounts of tea.  A bit ago my bestie Mia gave me some of the most amazing teas ever. Well I ran out so had to reorder and of course try out some new to me blends.  Let me tell you this tea company is the best!  The company is Oregon Tea Traders and they are based in Eugene.  I love that I am supporting a local Oregon company.  Check these out.  Notice the one called Oregon Rain!  Oh also notice those cute turkeys that I found at a local charity shop.  I love vintage turkeys and nab them whenever I see them!

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With the return of my knitting mojo I have been busy.  When I was in Nevada, my sweet Emmy asked if I would take her dolly home and dress it.  I couldn’t say no.  This is the same outfit as I knitted for my momma a bit over a year ago right before she passed away.  I could hardly bring myself to even look at those patterns or kits for a year.  But knowing the pleasure that Emmy would get from the dolly and knowing my momma was smiling down on me as I knit it helped.  I will make some additional seasonal outfits. These patterns are from Mary Maxim.  My mom loved Mary Maxim and would pour over the catalog. Over the years she has knitted pretty much every sweater Mary Maxim had that featured color work patterns and she knitted probably close to 100 of their color work stocking patterns.  All of kids and the grands have benefitted from her prolific knitting skills!

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I also completed the shawl.  It blocked out so beautifully!  I have to say I loved this pattern!  It is Wildes Meer from Voolenvine.  It was so intuitive and the directions were clear and easy to follow.  Just a bit over a year ago I didn’t think I could knit lace and in the ensuing year I have made numerous lacy shawls.  This shawl was my first dip into applied border and I loved the look it can give!  I am sure I will knit this pattern again.

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When I was in Nevada I took some of my yarn for Becca to dig through.  She spotted this hand dyed worsted weight from Knitted Wit and wanted a baby sweater for Mimi.  It has been awhile since I have knit a baby garment but feeling so successful after the shawl I cast it on.  I am loving this knit as well.  Worsted knits up so fast and looks so lovely.  I did question her choice of color as I wanted a nice girly pink, but she loved this turquoise and so turquoise it is.

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I have a confession to make, I have already turned on the Christmas music!  I usually wait until mid November, but heck the season is soooo short and I just adore Christmas music.  I especially like jazzy Christmas.  I also plan on decorating earlier as well.  As I get older and pass into the next stage of life’s journey, I realize that life passes very quickly so it is imperative to enjoy every minute.  If I love Christmas music then I can darn well listen to it all year!!  My mom loved Christmas music and had a lovely collection of records. They would come out, if I recall, in early November as well and as she got older she also listened to it when she wanted; no matter the season!!  I usually prefer silence and rarely having any music playing, but if there is to be music it will be Christmas or soft piano and classical.  That is my HSP empathic nature.

And now I must back to my last research paper for this term. I have one week left in the course, but am determined to complete this paper before I being the new job on Monday. Although it is never a joy to write papers, I love doing research and if your research is complete the papers almost (almost I say not completely lol) write themselves.  So off it is to shift gears and put on my scholar cap.

Be Bliss filled,

Patricia