For the Love of Meatloaf

September 21, 2014

Yesterday marked the beginning of another season for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion public radio broadcast. As part of the festivities, there was the live performance at the Fitzgerald Theater from 5-7 p.m. 

A $5 meatloaf and mashed potato supper was served beginning at 6:00, with other food and beverage items available at an additional charge.

Following the radio broadcast, Garrison took to a stage set up on Exchange Street outside the theater and hosted a three-hour street dance with music by The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band.

Garrison also held a variety of contests for prizes. My favorite contest has always been the Loon Calling Contest. Both Angel and Goodnight had the talent for that!  

I do like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, too.








She Did the right Thing – Part 2

September 19, 2014

This morning, Goodnight told me about a comment one of her teachers made in class yesterday.

They were talking about citizenship and who/what makes a good citizen. Interestingly enough, the teacher did not mention voting, volunteerism, driving at or below posted speed limits, helping one’s neighbors, never showing up late to work . . . etc., if you get my drift. He said fat people and sick people can’t be good citizens and that a healthy diet and good exercise program would make one a better citizen. 

Needless to say, we had a chat. We chatted about a lot of things. I had to filter my own agenda of “food deserts” in the inner cities, absent parents who shirk financial responsibilities and thrust their own children into poverty, human abuses and torture that set people up for lifetimes of incapacitation and disadvantage, politicians who abuse public money for private gain  . . .    I’m old. I’ve seen a lot.

Here are the questions I suggested she ask that same teacher today.

1) Was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt not a good citizen because he contracted polio … twelve years before he was elected into our country’s highest office?

2) Was Timothy McVeigh a good citizen because he was slender when he bombed the Oklahoma Federal Building?

3) Are deaf people/blind people/soldier amputees not good citizens just because they lack hearing/vision/limbs?

4) (Directed to the teacher) Are you not a good citizen because you have stage four kidney failure?

I also told Goodnight that I would pay her for asking the above questions in class today because it would present the opportunity for a candid discussion of stereotypes … and ignorance.  Hopefully the obese kid in that class won’t commit suicide or have an inferiority complex about himself and his abilities and dreams.

Goodnight accepted my challenge. I sent her to school with a list of “fat and sick” people who have contributed an awful lot to culture, medicine, education, science, literature, etc.  I cautioned her to ask her questions and make her points respectfully because ignorance is not best changed by humiliation and then even by her respect, she can set a good example. 

She Did the Right Thing – Part 1

September 19, 2014

I finished knitting Goodnight’s scarf. It’s 74″ x 10″ of wool seed stitch with 29 stitches on #9(US) needles. When I folded it for the photo below, I did it so I could show the different colorways in the scarf. It looks like three separate scarves, but it ‘s not.



I gave it to Goodnight this morning and she did the right thing. She immediately unfolded it, wrapped it around her neck, snuggled into it and exclaimed, “This’ll work. Thanks, Grammy!”

Interesting Things I Saw Today

September 18, 2014

I spotted a college-aged student removing his hooded sweatshirt with a one-handed tug of the hood. He appeared to more or less back himself out of the sweatshirt while holding his outstretched arm above his head, hood in hand. I have never, ever seen that move!

I spotted a man riding a bicycle with a kitchen sink strapped to the back of his bike!

I spotted a labyrinth that I hadn’t known about before. I found a place to park and walked the grassy, brick-lined path to the center and then back out again. It has always intrigued me how long a walk one can actually take in such a small space. The David Barton Labyrinth and Reflective Garden is located next to the library at Metropolitan State University on East Seventh Street in St. Paul.


And then, I spotted a dancing goat. Well . . .  to be proper, I spotted The Dancing Goat. It is a recently opened coffee-house in the same neighborhood as the labyrinth. It was the sign that caught my eye. What an interesting and fun name! The interior is very cozy, with a staircase leading to the second story for additional seating.


What can I say, but thanks for making my day more fun!

Bridges, Benches, and Beauty

September 15, 2014

Oh sure, the weekend chores got done, but first . . . a walk in the park. I needed the lift!









Happy 200!

September 12, 2014

I could not let this special time go without mention.

Happy 200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner!

I am not much of an artist, but I designed the graphic below. The second number zero has the words of the Star-Spangled Banner typed across it in white to continue the stripe theme from the first number zero. 

I wish I could be in Baltimore at Fort McHenry for this event, but thanks to PBS’s Great Performances, I can at least watch the concert and fireworks that will be held there. 


The only problem is . . .

September 11, 2014

Finally some quiet time in my day. It has been hectic since I got up at 4:00 this morning. I am sitting by the fireplace, listening to some music, sipping some hot tea and knitting a wool scarf for Goodnight.

The wool is variegated slightly and I have five different colors that I will mix and knit into the seed stitch.


The only problem is . . . I am not at home yet. I work until 10:00 tonight and I am on my dinner break. The music was a free download from iTunes and the fireplace . . . should I even admit that it is a corny app? I wanted to try it before I show it to Goodnight.


Whatever gets me through my 15-hour Wednesdays, right?

Speaking of Ribs . . .

September 9, 2014

My ribs are still sore and a wee bit crunchy. I can breathe much better, but I don’t sleep on the injured side yet.

One of the police officers who was on scene for the rib injury assault came to the house for a visit. He just wanted to check on me and chat. He stayed two hours . . . on the recent Labor Day holiday!

My rib theme has continued around here. I baked a rack of BBQ pork ribs. There is a wholesale rib place not far from where I live. Yum!


I also baked stuffed celery ribs as my vegetable side dish. Some folks put celery in their stuffing. I put stuffing in my celery! I baked the stuffed celery ribs until they were hot, but not too tender. I didn’t want mushy ribs. I don’t know too many folks who like celery as a hot vegetable. I do



It may seem wacky, but knitting ribs and eating ribs helps me cope with the discomfort of my injury in a more positive way.


Wrapped Ribs

September 3, 2014

My tribute to ribs continues.

I am now working on a wrapped rib scarf.  It is a simple 2×2 rib with the K2 stitches wrapped every sixth row. It has an orderly look to it and I like the rhythm of slipping the stitches back and forth as I wrap.



There is a reason for my tribute to ribs. I am in the middle of my recovery from dislocated ribs. I did not fall. It was something that happened to me. My ribs were wrapped to hold them still until the crunching sound and the movement stops. I decided the best way to cope was to just go with the rib theme until I feel better.

My ribs are knitting while I knit ribs.

Broken Ribs

August 30, 2014

No . . . my ribs are not broken.

I am knitting a scarf in the broken rib stitch. It is an easy two-row pattern and I wanted to see what it looked like in two colors.

Here’s the right side.


Here’s the wrong side.


I like both sides!


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