brought to you by the letter P

still in my PAJAMAS.. I would like to share with you some PHOTOS…first, some


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Yes, what a wonderful array of beautiful material I got from   she sent me two boxes with fabulous stuff from Norway and I couldn’t be more pleased!!!!!!! A big huge thanks to her for helping me to connect with my roots and for sending such an amazing collection of stuff…(much much more than you can see in the picture)

The parrot bag above I made from an old tablecloth for a patio table I never used.  I got the idea from RAVENHILL…. in one of her posts, she had cut up old table cloths to make gift bags…. so I used a totebag I really love as a pattern and made the bag from the round center panel.  I still have about 4 meters leftover from the sides….. I might go crazy and make some matching placemats and napkins!!!


I am such a PACKRAT that I always have whatever I need on hand to make something.


sensible people find nothing useless.

-La Fontaine


bread, recipe and where I stole the idea.

just  a quick little note here….. I got my inspiration to make the bread from ANGRY CHICKEN…… her braid was so excellently done and it looked so delicious that I had to make it immediately.  so to her I say thanks for the recipe and here is a link to get you started some yummy bread……..

and for your viewing pleasure, a photo……..

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     Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain psychic characteristics: keen sensing, playful spirit, and a heightened capacity for devotion. Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength.  They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack.  They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances……they are fiercely stalwart and very brave. 

-from Women Who Run With the Wolves by…Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.


I think that  my mother is a good example….and she got that from her mother……and I hope that I’ve got it , too.         HOWL!!!!!!!!!

Time for an update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

holy cow!!!! over a week since my last update.  Not because I have been too busy…. but just because, as you all know…. life marches on!!!  and how lucky we are that it does!!

But, I have been productive.  In addition to the lively upbringing of my 3 children and diligent upkeep that my husband requires I have been busy providing the fambly with HOMEMADE!!!!  (the best kind, you know) 

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WARSH RAGS!!!!!!!!!

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A SCARF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

whew!!!  I am finishing up all these so that I can get started on some ANDEAN knitting. Meanwhile… progress on the Moon Quilt continues… well as quilting on the log cabin/crazy quilt.   Such satisfaction to have so many projects going and to see the progress.

The full moon is coming…. I can feel it…. a howl is stuck in my throat ready to let loose!!!


  1. Eat
  2. Rest
  3. Rove in between
  4. Render Loyalty
  5. Love the children
  6. Cavil in Moonlight
  7. Tune your ears
  8. Attend to the bones
  9. Make love
  10. Howl often.

(from Women Who Run With the Wolves…. by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.)

winter vacation is over.

YEEHAW.  the kids go back to school today.

the fine young son thought that the vacation was  a bit short while I feel that it felt


I don’t believe that you will find it in any dictionary, but if you have kids, you might be able to understand the word completely.  I am sure that you can define it without a doubt and use it with confidence.  ETERNIOUS.  adj. ongoing and unending.

In other news, I was able to pull this hilarious comic from one of the funny e-mails that people like to forward around the internet world.  In  a perfect world I guess……



and still yet in other news, I start my day with a coffee pot that is new and makes just a bit more than the old one did….. and with insulation (a concept totally ignored in housebuilding in this neighborhood anyway) keeps the coffee hot while I sip on it throughout the day.  Simple pleasures…….

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Isn’t it beautiful?????????

And finally….. the middle child…. the slightly pre-hormonal child…..has turned 10.  She is 10 now.  10.  She wanted clothes for her birthday.  I had to guide her just a bit in her selection……..I had to say NO NO HELL NO to the short shorts to be worn with tights and YES YES HELL YES to the jeans with the suspenders, which are worn down for fashion purposes…..the rebel years are starting to begin……..

happy birthday little one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The birthday girl.  The cake maker. The cake.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ya rat!!!!!!!!!!!

2008, the year of the rat/mouse…….

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my husband brought me this music box from his trip to Hokkaido…


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and finally, here’s just a little preview of stuff to come for someone…


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by the way, some of you, including my kids, got a kick out of the pooh/piglet joke. I must give credit where credit is due, I got that from my sister.  Thanks for a good one!!!!!

today’s riddle…..

What did the near-sighted porcupine say when he backed into a cactus one day???


“excuse me, honey.”


On that note, I wish you all the best  in 2008.  I look to you,  friends and family , for inspiration and creativity.  I hope to meet up with you all here, to share our creations, a bit of humor and some love.