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Just a Moment – Thirty-Three

I’ve been super busy this week, trying to get things done so I can spend two weeks away from home. I just realized I had not posted much, so here’s a Just a Moment.

Miss Wiggles modeling one of the Granny Slouch Hats I made for her.  They match the Little Sophia poncho I made for her for Christmas.



I’m glad they fit.  It’s always a toss-up whether I’m making the right size without being able to measure the head.

Thanks to for the Child Size Granny Slouch Hat pattern.

Weekly Overview 01.02.17

This tree doesn’t want to let go of its 2016 leaves!


Outside My Window… the sun is shining and it’s a brilliant blue sky, just like the above picture from yesterday’s afternoon walk.

I am thinking… that not everyone got the memo about January 2nd being a Holiday.

I am thankful for… sunshine and a teeny, tiny bit of rain (without the accompanying severe storms).

From the kitchen… silence and odor-free.

I am hoping… that Bill’s flights this month are stress-free.

I am reading… The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge); The Last Child, by John Hart (for the 100 Bestsellers List Challenge); The Tenth Gift, by Jane Johnson.

I am busy creating… crocheted hats (for granddaughters) and bookmarks (for myself).

I am hearing… Danny’s Song, by Anne Murray (on Spotify) – one of my top 5 favorite songs.  Whenever I hear it, I start singing and feel happy.

Around the house & garden…  my soil sample is gathered, ready to turn in for my Master Gardener Class.  Christmas decorations are still up – I intend to take them down in a couple of weeks.

In other news… today is Day 2 of No Added Sugar, No Snacks.  I’m doing well, thanks to the plant-based cocoa I can make in the Vitamix.

One of my favorite things… the wallpaper on my computer desktop.  I bought the 2017 Birds in The Garden Lang calendar, with artwork by Jane Shasky, which came with a free download for monthly wallpapers.  January is chickadees in a winter scene – Chickadees remind me of my Grammy; she used them frequently in her artwork.

Christmas Chickadee by Mabel A Gibson

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill has the day off, but is doing computer stuffs, including expense reports.  I’ve already had HUBA work this morning.  Hopefully our afternoon will be free to enjoy some more downtime.  David is at work.

Tuesday: I take Bill to the airport early (5:30 a.m.) so he can fly to Houston for the rest of the week.  The rest of my day will be spent trying to ignore the siren call of sweets (always an issue when I’m tired), handling any HUBA work that comes in, and catching up on Quicken.  David is off work.

Wednesday: Bill in Houston, I’ll continue with any HUBA work and Quicken.  Probably make a run to the bank and maybe even get a haircut.  Oh, and I need to drop off my soil sample in Denton.  David is off work, so maybe he and I will make an event of the trip to Denton and eat lunch out together somewhere.

Thursday: Bill is still in Houston.  Hopefully we’ll have a paycheck and I’ll be able to pay bills (a different payroll company and a mix-up in the direct deposit numbers means we will receive the first check in the mail.  Ugh.)  I’ll also continue with HUBA (as needed) and Quicken.  Hope to have Quicken caught up by the end of the week, as I only have about 5 weeks to input – the closest I have ever come to being caught up at the end of the year! David will be at work.

Friday: Bill comes home from Houston late in the evening, so I’ll be driving to the airport to pick him up.  It will be too late for him to take the trains, as the last connection doesn’t go past 8:30 p.m. on Friday.  I will need to do some general house pick-up, run the vacuum cleaner, and (hopefully) write a book review for The Last Child. David will be at work.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Saturday will be a sleeping in day, as Bill will be tired from all the travel.  And then a laundry day and repacking the suitcase, as he leaves early Sunday morning for Anaheim, CA for the Citrix Summit.  Sunday, while he’s gone, I’ll probably watch football or movies and do a lot of crocheting.  And try to avoid sweets again – maybe a nap will be in order.  David works his earlier shift on both days of the weekend.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

Fiona with her Christmas bike.


Liana with her Christmas of Little Ponies


Granddaughter’s enjoying their gifts from Grandma & Grandpa.

Another Poncho

Miss Wiggles announced last September that her poncho was too small and it was going to be cold soon! I made that poncho* for her last November (2015) and it was only just big enough for her to put over her head, so I wasn’t surprised that she outgrew it quickly.

Liana's "Coming Home" poncho, November 2015

Liana’s “Coming Home” poncho, November 2015


Last winter I made a different poncho for Fiona.

Fiona's "Little Sophia" poncho, January 2016.

Fiona’s “Little Sophia” poncho, January 2016.

This pattern** was so easy to make and the nicest thing is, I can easily add more rows to it as Fiona grows taller (as long as I hang on to the leftover yarn!).

Using this same pattern, I whipped up a poncho for Liana in about a week.

Liana's "Little Sophia" poncho, December 2016

Liana’s “Little Sophia” poncho, December 2016

Her mommy sent me a picture of Liana wearing one of the hats I crocheted for Liana last year.

Miss Wiggles with a "Beanie" hat.

Miss Wiggles with a “Beanie” hat.

I can see that I am going to have to crochet a matching hat or two for this year’s poncho!

Ponchos are fun to make.  Do you have something that you enjoy making over and over again?

*For pattern information (Coming Home poncho) and a picture of a poncho made in 2012 for Fiona with this pattern, please visit the blog post “Crocheted Ponchos.”

** Pattern info:  Little Sophie by Drops Design.


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