Archive for the ‘travel’ Category


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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Hello Everyone

I know it has been a while since my last blog entry but I have been a very busy girl. Since I last wrote I have visited back home in Michigan, had Emily and Alaina visit here for a four day weekend, finished Tracy’s brown Ana Sweater, finished the Mystery Stole 4, worked on several cross stitched shawls for the wedding. I have also put on my needles a red sweater for Debbie instead of the shell from More Big Girls, a white lace cardigan for Alison’s mom. But the most fun I have had is hand dying and had dye painting silk scarves for Christmas.


So to catch you up on all the happening I thought I would just take you through some pictures.


The third week in September Emily Ann and Alaina came to visit. We had a BALL! There was:


Bath time.


Nap time:  


A Visit to the “World of Coke”
















We went out to dinner, out for lunch, and lots and lots of shopping!!!

Alaina was so good and we had a great time together.



I then went to visit up north to attended the “Reaching Higher Gala” I had a great time and was able to help raise some much needed funds for a wonderful organization.


My daughter Tracy meet me at the airport and whisked me away to the Detroit Zoo! I had not been to the zoo in years and loved it. The weather was on the chilly side. I have become a true southern gal. But the animals were all out and running around. We meet up with Carrie, Sarah, and Ali. We had a great time together and closed the place down. I thought they may have to go find us and drags us out.




We Saw:



 and Tigers and


  and Polar Bears OH MY




We ate Indian Food at Priya My favorite Indian place to eat ever! What a treat!

I visited with my three dearest friends. Patsy, Kathy S. and Karen.


I went to Lunch and had dinner with Karen then I went to Karen’s knitting class at one of my all time favorite knitting stores. Ewe-Nique Knits


  I had a wonderful time and so miss Karen. But good friends always keep in touch!!!!!


Karen had a surprise for me she had got me a gift certificate from “Stonehedge Fiber Mill” in East Jordan Michigan. Which I thought was wonderful but then found out that I had just bought some of thier yarn at the “Knitch” in Atlanta for Debbie’s red sweater. I did not even know it until I got home. All I knew is I loved the touch and the color. Should have known.

I am Knitting the Bountiful Bohus by Chrissy Gardiner it is in the book More Big Girl Knits. This is one great book. It really helps with sizing and making the best looking piece possible. the sweater is done in the round then you cut steeks to create the opening. This is the first time I will ever use Steeks. Wish me luck. I will have to take some pictures and write about this one!

It has been soft and just great to knit.


I have also been have a great time making dyed scarfs. I have really enjoyed the results some are more free form, others are hand painted.



I also finished the Ana Sweater for Tracy. Thank God! It really came out nice and so very soft.



I finished the sweater just as the car came to pick me up for the airport to head home. I was so glad to have it done. The truth was that I had to finish it I had no more room in my suitcase to take it back. Done Done Done.


So this is what I have been up to. Hope all is well with you take care.

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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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