Saturday, February 16, 2019


Look what I found in the $3 Walmart bin -

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Have you ever seen the movie, Secondhand Lions?  It's been years since I've seen it but I remember loving it.  Can't wait to watch it again and I know it will bring me joy.

Friday, February 15, 2019

28 Days of Joy

What do I obsess over almost as much as yarn?

Pens.  Pens bring me joy.  And that's not even half of my pen collection.  That's only the pens that live on the top of my desk.  We won't talk about the drawers and boxes full of pens.  I may actually have more pens than yarn!  

I think I might have a pen problem.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Three on Thursday - Valentines

Welcome to Three on Thursday, Valentine's style.  

Nope, we're not all lovey-dovey, we're just writing in red today.  We're also joining Carole for a backwards Three on Thursday list.

My three...

I had three squares left to knit on my mitered square blanket.

And then there was one square left to knit.

And suddenly, I was done!  What a fantastic feeling!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

FO Joy

I'm very joyous today!

socks knit with Regia 6-fadig wool

I finally got around to kitchnering a pair of socks that have been languishing in the Kitchner Me pile for years.  Yes, years!  According to Ravelry, I started them sometime in the first part of 2016. I remember knitting them fairly quickly then tossing them into the dreaded Kitchner Me pile.  

If you couldn't tell, kitchnering is NOT my favorite knitting related task. 

According to Ravelry, the socks are knit with Regia 6-fadig.  They are nice and thick and I'm super excited to have a new pair of socks in the rotation.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

52 Weeks - Favorite Fashion Accessory

This week's 52 Weeks Blog Challenge topic is my biggest fashion accessory.  Considering my idea of fashion is trading the sweatpants for leggings and the old t-shirt with bleach stains for a clean white one...  Fashion obviously isn't my thing.  So, if I have to pick a fashionable accessory, it would be lipstick.

My first 'real job' boss insisted INSISTED you wear lipstick and if you didn't have your own, she'd make you wear hers.  (It was funnier than it sounds.)  And that was the beginning of my lipstick addiction.  

It doesn't have to be lipstick.  Lip balm, lip gloss (as long as it's not sticky) or even plain Vaseline will do.  But I have to have something on my lips and I have to reapply it every 15 minutes.  Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration.  Or not.  The point is, I'm addicted to.... let's just call it lip product.  

Joy, 28 days of Joy, 52 weeks blog challenge, favorite fashion accessory

And nothing brings me more joy than finding Elf's Perfect Peach lip tint on clearance.  I bought three.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dirty Santa

No, I'm not still going on about Christmas related happenings.

Simple hat knit from Dirty Santa bulky weight yarn
Dirty Santa Hat

I'm talking yarn.  Dirty Santa is this yarn's name.  It's a bulky weight from Knitted Wit that I picked up at my LYS, Center of the Yarniverse, recently.

Hemmed brim hat with fur pompom or poof, hand knit with bulky weight wool.
Dirty Santa

As you can see, the yarn pooled a bit but Sarah was happy with the effect and that's all that mattered.  

I took Sarah to the yarn shop with me in hopes of her talking me out of buying anything.  She's pretty good about that.  She's usually immune to yarn fumes.  Except... apparently not that day.  She saw the skein hanging on the peg on the wall and announced that I was going to knit her a hat with it.  And once I saw the name of the yarn, I had to agree.  There was just no way I could not buy Dirty Santa.  

The hat knit up very quickly and the yarn was a delight to knit with.  I don't normally like to knit with bulky weight - it makes my hands and wrists ache, but this yarn wasn't too bad.  

A fake fur pompom completes the hat and does a fantastic job of covering up my weird decreasing job.  I was running low on yarn and had to get creative.  The hat has a hemmed brim which used more yarn than expected.  After doing the crown decreases, I only had a few inches of yarn left to use for attaching the pompom.

Despite the funky decreasing and a mean game of yarn chicken, Sarah and I are both quite happy with the hat. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Supper - Cornbread

Today's Sunday Supper recipe is cornbread.  My dad probably rolls over in his grave every time I make my version of cornbread because it's nothing like his.  Mine is sweet and almost cake-like but I like what I like...  And this cornbread always brings me joy.

Easy to follow recipe for sweet, cake like cornbread.


2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
Blend all ingredients together until smooth but be careful not to over stir.  
Pour into a greased 8 x 8 baking dish and bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Note:  I think our oven is messed up which is why the cooking time fluctuates so much.  Also, using a  well oiled, preheated cast iron frying pan works well and reduces cooking time by about 5 - 10 minutes.