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Me and Sock Monkey thought it would be fun to put together a map of all the places the family has visited over the last 40 years. So we got a world map. We mounted it and took a few color pins and went to work. Black pins are for Paul’s work travels, red Emily’s, green are where Paul and Emily went together, white is where the whole family went. The big pins are places we have owned a house and blue are where family live. There is one lone yellow for Tracy by herself in South Africa. She has been the farthest south in the family and Paul the farthest north with Helsinki. It was a lot of fun to do and see. Paul really enjoyed the surprise! He got to add a lot of pins from places we did not remember. How he wants to go through all the boxes and boxes of old pictures we have and sort by decade. So look forward to the next addition with old pictures to come soon.




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Sorry it has been so long since I been blogging but life got in the way. We have traveled a lot visited family and friends. Had weddings and funerals, cried some and laughed a lot! I have finished several projects and started some new ones. I thought I put up some pictures of the projects and move forward. Glad to be back!




p1020466  p1020453  finished the eleven cross stitches stoles for the wedding. They took a long time but was worth every mintue when I saw Karen’s face!


p1020445 Sweater for Debbie! And now long did that one TAKE to get to her????!!! Forever! but she was great about the wait. This was the first sweater I ever did in the round and cut with steeks. EEEkks it is hard to cut your work! But I think it came out great. It is from the book More Big Girl Knits.


p1020219 a quick request from a friend to make a christmas sock for a new daughter in law.


p1020390 Rose bud hat for Alaina from Itty bitty hats. She loved it and knows she is just to pretty for words. The pink sling was a present for Mommy made two; one gray and one pink so Alaina could ride around all snuggly!




Last picture of Dad with Alaina days before he went home to be with God! We sure do miss him!


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Christmas in Chicago, Detroit, Marquette, then New Years in Florida. Then back up to Marquette for furneral and then Bay City for Wedding. The coldest was 31 below the warmest was 78 and many plane stories to tell of canceled flights, getting flights, not having the right gates, wind on the runways. But all worth it when your with family and good friends! Was gone from December 19th (home a day here and there maybe) back January 16th. Glad to be home for a while!



 p1020213 watercolor of Alaina for our 2008 Christmas card. Had a great time painting this one. Thanks to Judy it came out great!


Can’t find other project picture right now. Made a white sweater for Alison’s mom, painted a kitchen table and bench, dyed several silk scarfs, knitted wrist bans for Karin and finished and published mom’s poem book!


So now you know where we have been, seen, loved, and opened gifts at!


Put on my needles a light blue cotton swing jacket for Carol, lace shawl for Emily Ann, and bubble pants for Alaina. Organized my project for the next six months. Have them all lined up in the craft room and ready to go.


Glad to be home back to the grind and looking for Adventures! Hello 2009!


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I had a great time last Friday at Gale’s Art studio! Gale has a small independent dyeing studio in Stone Mountain GA. She teaches there in small class of four people or less.




My class was 10:30 am to 2:30pm with open studio after. I learned a whole lot and enjoyed myself very much. We did acid dying by first soaking the yarn, roving, and scarves in Citrus Acid. You can also use white vinegar as the acid too.



I really love the scarves we made. After soaking the silk scarves in citrus acid you bunch them into a glass bowl and heat on high in the microwave. Then take the bowl out and squirt your selection of dye on the scarf.
Then back into the microwave for 45 sections and there you have a beautiful scarf. Mine looked like flowers! It was great!




I enjoyed the learning and the day with Gale. If you are interested in join her for her dying classes or felting you can get complete information about her groups @ – gale’s art fiber- and look under “threads” topic ‘classes in Atlanta” on Ravelry or feel free to email her at galesart@mindspring.com or contact her by phone 404 457 4015




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 This summer I have been having a great time driving around on the cart paths. There is just so much to see and do around town.




With the price of gas I have been using the cart for most of my errands too. Peachtree City has about a 100 miles of cart paths that are all around town. I can go workout in the morning or to the store. I also meet friends at the local restaurants. Paul and I have been taking a picnic with us just about every Sunday. We first stop for Paul’s coffee at Starbucks then off we go.





He reads the Sunday paper and I paint or draw. I have also been going by myself when Paul has been traveling. I enjoy taking time to stop and draw and paint the trees and water. I thought I would share with you the latest of my pictures.












Hope you enjoy your summer too!

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We left Japan the afternoon at 4:30 pm of May 21,2008. We had a little over 11 hour flight and touched down in Detroit Michigan on May 21, 2008 in the afternoon at 2:20 p.m.  We then waited for two hours and head off to Marquette Michigan to visit family for Memorial Holiday weekend. It was in the low 70’s F. when we left Japan and it was 53 F. when we got to Detroit and cool 43 F. in Marquette. It was COLD!


We went back to spring. This is my third spring this year. The trees are just starting to bud and the tulips and foristha are just out.


We had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to go back there are several places I still want to see and visit there. However, I am really glad I had the time I did.


I am just about finished with the Jourey Stole it should be done by the time we get back to Peachtree City. I will block and finish it at home.


I also finished the socks I was working on for Debbie. I will be able to give them to her while I am here.

Thanks for coming along on my trip I really enjoyed sharing it with you!

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This is our last night in Japan. Tomorrow we take the shuttle bus to the airport and fly back to “yesterday”! If you look at our ticket you would think the flight was only one hour while in reality it is a 12 hour flight. 

So tonight Paul made special reservations at a little tempera restaurant ” Waka Matsu Ya”. It is snuggled away in a local neighborhood about 20 minutes taxi ride away. Paul had been taken there on a work dinner and really wanted to go back together. It has 10 places to sit around the cook and he makes some wonderful and strange things to eat. Paul was told by his Japanese colleagues that there is really only about 6 real tempera restaurants in the Yokohama area and this is one of the best!

We started with the feet of shrimp, fried. It was very good and crunchy. We then had a shrimp, then asparagus, then the spine of a fish, then fish, then small potatoes and tempera corn cut from the cob, and then a large radish type vegetable that was stuffed in the cavities with shrimp and then we had a shrimp mixture served with rice, cucumber, lightly cooked scallop, small salad, and clam mi so soup. This was finished with a green tea and small scoop of raspberry gelato type ice cream. It was wonderful and everything served was delicious.


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I went into the Yokohama Station this morning to get Paul some socks and hit the bank before we go home. These pictures were taken at noon on the way back. It was not at rush hour. During rush hour it is busier. The pictures of the city are from our room 39 floors up in Shin-Yokohama. You can see the bridge and habor area and the others show you the sky line. The closest city is Yokohama and then far off is Tokyo.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and vedios.

Yokohama Station:


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