Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trying to Make This Sweater

I'm trying to make this sweater and having trouble with the sleeves:


So far I have this:

I don't know if I messed up and should have made it wider, or if I should attach at the yellow arrow and let the sleeve "rest" and sew the sleeve starting at the arrow and through to the wrist?

If this makes ANY sense to you and you have any suggestions, please enter it in the comment area. This is an old pattern with a new name, I don't remember the old name. Anyway, it's not a new pattern. Thanks for reading this.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Some Personal Thoughts about Christmas

Some are for celebrating it.

Some are against it.

For what it's worth, it's not a salvation issue, so I don't really care one way or another.

Halloween: I used to go to my bedroom, turn the AC on and watch TV and ignore anybody who came. Then I thought: This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! So, do you know what I do? I buy candy, I buy Christian coloring books, I buy Christian bookmarks, pencils, pens, stickers. Kids might not go to other houses, but they ALWAYS come to mine. And sometimes I sing a chorus to the kids, after they sing to me. Yes, I ask them for a song. And I give the parents something, too: the Gospel of John. Why not? Why let the world hijack the day that the Lord has made? Ha! Double ha!

Christmas: So, Christ was not born in December. Many Christians know that. Probably born at the end of September or early October. God does not command us to celebrate it. However, the custom of people was that on Christmas Day, members of the church would go to their pastor's house and brings gifts of food for him and his family. Then St. Nicholas got in there at some point in history, I really DON'T care when that happened, but it certainly did.

I have two choices: Ignore the day and treat it like any other day. Or, I can celebrate the birth of my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I choose: BOTH. It's a day like any other, because of the above, and I celebrate the culmination of the promise of God to send a Savior, God the Son. If the world wants to tell me Happy Jesus's Birthday in September, I'll say, "Yes!" And if they want to say it in December, I'll say, "Yes!" and give them a Gospel of John, too. I refuse to let somebody hijack any day of the year, whatever the celebration, and boycott "the day that the Lord has made."

In fact, I remember my son’s school, Calvary Baptist. This is their version of Jingle Bells. They used to have bells their little hands would ring, and the 4 and 5 year-olds singing it sounded very sweet:

Christmas bells, Christmas bells

Ring them out today!

Tell the world that Jesus came

To take our sins away!

So, there it is. Yeah, I'll put up some decorations, have the boys over for dinner, or whenever they show up. But here, in my house, Santa Claus has never been over, we've always had a cake and sung Happy Birthday to Jesus Christ and thanked Him for salvation through belief in Him as the Messiah, the risen Savior, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

What's not to like?

Debaters: I don't debate. I won't argue the issue. I'm sharing my thoughts and our family history. I think a lot of us are going to be really surprised in Heaven. Some of us will be ashamed, probably most of us. I'm sure I will. But I'll be there, because I believed on the Lord Jesus Christ in 1982 and nothing can separate me from the love of God. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Good night.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

No More Chain 2

No more chain-2 or chain-3 in the turning chain. No matter what I do, it always leaves a gap. Now, at the end of a row, I've started making a chain stitch, and in THAT SAME STITCH, a half double crochet. It evens out when you come back and close either with a double crochet or a slip stitch if you're done with the piece.  See below how neat it looks.
AND, when I attach this to another piece, I have something to grab that won't make a hole or gap, which irritates me. There we go, no more Chain-2 to substitute a double crochet at the beginning of a row or round. By the way, I don't use this for lace or doilies.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I hugged Slinky and YUCK!  DOUBLE YUCK! *X( angry*X( angry*X( angry

Looks like when I let them out, he found lizard poop and rolled in it, and I didn't notice it. I had to put their bedding to wash, and now I NEED a bath. I just bathed them. Botheration! *X( angry

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I Like Charlie's Soap


I use it for laundry, for pre-washing, if I'm out of dish washing liquid, to clean the bathroom. If it's dirty, I can use Charlie's Soap.

I just read this article:


from their newsletter. I know about dust mites, but from one Monk to another, imagine my horror! ICK AND EEK!

I do wash our pillows, but I'm guilty of washing most laundry in cold water. From now on, the pillows and bed clothes will be washed in hot water and of course, with the Charlie's Soap. For those of us who are sensitive or allergic to corn, this is a blessing. No skin irritation, no itching in my eyes, no nasty fumes or perfumes. It's just laundry soap. It does the job and then some. And that's all I want from it.

(The usual disclaimers: I don't work for them, just one happy customer.)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Eddie and the Pumpkin!

Eddie, cutting up the pumpkin we harvested last week. Plenty for fritters and soup!! :)

Friday, May 26, 2017

He's Just Wondering...

If I'm going to pet him or not. That's just the way Slinky is made, always wanting affection.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Am I a Soldier of the Cross

Am I a Soldier of the Cross
 by Isaac Watts

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.