Merry Christmas 2020

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men.

15 And it came to pass, the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. (St. Luke 2:8-16)

May you and your families have a very blessed Christmas Day.

https://www.comeuntochrist.org/light-the-world-2020/the-christ-child

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Hope everyone is having a Happy Thanksgiving Day.  My thoughts and prayers are going out to those who, because of this very unusual and difficult year, can’t be with their family and friends on this day. My hope is that sometime next year we will be able to enjoy each others company again without the physical distancing.

Things that can help bring us happiness are remembering to give thanks for those things you have, because there are others who have less. Serving others as your abilities and circumstances allow, a donation (money or good used clothing) to a homeless shelter, helping a neighbor shovel the snow from their walk, uplifting service can be something as simple as a smile, a kind word or compliment. It helps us to be more grateful for all the Lord has blessed us with as we serve each other.

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you have love one to another.”

The Healing Power of Gratitude by President Russell M Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Happy Veterans Day 2020

For our Military, who have given service and sacrificed for our freedom!

I would like to take a moment to thank all those veterans who fought in the various wars and “police actions” for our freedom.   Thank you for your service, and thank you to your families for allowing you to do that.

I would also like to thank my Dad, who is also a Veteran!

Wedding Shawl Finished and Another Baby Flax Sweater Done

My family member’s wedding was this last Saturday. She posed for a picture of her in the shawl after the wedding :). She had some pictures taken by a professional photographer and when she gets those back, and she chose one with the shawl in it, I will post another picture. This is my Rectangular Daisy Shawl , it is one of my free pattern designs :). This took me about 45 hrs to knit but I did it over 2 months. and got it finished the Sunday before the Wedding the following Saturday, which allowed me to block it, deadline knitting is a bit stressful 😛

The second picture is the finished Blue Flax Baby Sweater. It’s a free design by Tin Can Knits and is pretty easy to knit.

I have started on the hats for the Shelter again. They are a mindless relaxing knit :).

General Conference Fall 2020

Our semi annual General Conference is this week end.  It is so spiritually uplifting and peaceful.  It is this morning from 11:00 am Central time until 1:00 pm and this after noon from 3:00 pm Central time to 5:00 pm and tomorrow same times.  If you get a chance to view the talks, I invite you to come and enjoy, we could all use some peace and comfort this year.

**Had to update the link, it works now.

Update on My Shawl and Derecho Storm Last Month

I wanted to show the progress on the wedding shawl.  The fix worked and it is progressing.  I am farther than the picture shows as I haven’t taken a new picture since this one, and as you know lace is rather unremarkable before it’s blocked :P.  When this is blocked those daisy petals will really open up.  I am on my 3rd ball of yarn and have 2 more to go, need to have this done by the 5th of next month, yikes!

I haven’t been online much lately, the 10th of last month we had what they call a Derecho storm, it is a very large and powerful thunderstorm that covered 100’s of miles with hurricane type straight line winds, it’s also called an inland hurricane.  In my area they reached 112 mph, a level 3 hurricane.  I’ve included some pictures of a little of the damage, these were taken a couple of days after the storm because it was really hard to get around on the streets for a couple of days.  I was one of the lucky ones, the apts I live in received very little damage, because the owner had just had to have the roof fixed from a similar storm the month before with straight line winds to 90 mph.  I was only without power for 27 hrs and so I didn’t lose any food, but some people were without power for 3 weeks, and it is very muggy and hot here in the Midwest in Aug!  I was without internet tho for about 2 1/2 weeks and my phone service was spotty.  The storm literally uprooted large trees or ripped off their branches or broke the trees in half, houses lost shingles, or parts of their roofs and siding. We still have branches and trees on the side of the roads for the city to pick up and dispose of and there are some side roads that are still closed to through traffic.  Not all the damaged trees have been cut down yet, a lot of them remind me of the poor Charlie Brown Christmas tree as they were stripped of their leaves and branches.  People are still waiting for companies to fix their roofs, and some lost cars to the trees that fell.  It was a mess and lasted for about 50 min, which is a long time, but like I said it was a very large storm that came through IA, ND and Northern IL, most of which lost their power for varying amounts of time.

Hope you are all well.

Remembering 9/11 in 2020

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I remember where I was when this happened, do you?

As we remember the 19th year since this heinous attack was perpetrated on the citizens of the USA, may we take a moment to remember all those who died on this day 19 years ago and thank those who helped in the aftermath. I would like to salute those heroes on flight 93, and all those who, on that day, willingly and unselfishly sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others. I also salute those in our armed services who have given their lives and those who continue to fight, selflessly putting their own lives in jeopardy to protect us and others from terrorism. They are all heroes to me and I will never forget.

My Daisy Rectangular Shawl has been Reworked for Errors

My Shawl pattern fixed

I reworked my Daisy Rectangular Shawl to fix an error I had made in the design.  It’s working out for me but since I don’t have a tech editor, I hope I have fixed it 😛  I have updated the pattern on that page.  I have only done one repeat of the 24 row pattern and this is not blocked, so the lace is … well you know how lace is before it’s blocked :P.  Another lady who knit this pattern used stitch markers between the repeats because she said it drove her crazy until she did,  but marking the repeats messed me up, guess I’m a little strange, I have no problem counting stitches between repeats and reading my work,  You use whatever works for you :).

I’ll have updates on my progress, as I have to have this done by Oct.  Hope you enjoy the pattern if you have a mind to knit it. 🙂