A Quiet Easter

April 21, 2014

Goodnight and I spent most of our day sitting with a relative in hospice. We’ve been going every weekend since she got out of ICU in March.

I made the cake I had planned and it looked cheery enough to share, so I prepared it for the long drive.

I explained the cake in a previous post, but it was in memory of the little bunny babies we had in my half-barrel planter last May. The Kit Kat chocolate strips worked very well to build the planter on top of the cake. Because I also have a 4×4 post embedded in the barrel that is my flagpole, I had Goodnight make an Easter flag to go atop the cake. The photo below shows the cake from the top so you can see how the Kit Kat candy was used as the barrel staves.


I had knitted a prayer shawl for my relative and took it to her today. She has been looking very fragile on most of my visits, but today she sat up and wanted to get outside in her wheelchair for some fresh air. Her daughter covered her with the prayer shawl.

After a long stroll around the complex, we sat outdoors in a courtyard for over an hour looking at old photos. This relative knew my grandmother. My grandma was her aunt, so I got to see some photos I had never seen before.

My relative also had funeral cards for my great-grandfather and two of his brothers, none of which I had seen before. It was like a family history lesson to look at the cards.

It was a lovely Easter, really. I hope you had something in your Easter that made it lovely, too.

My interesting Easter continued . . . at the gas station

April 21, 2014

After the police officer left my house this morning, Goodnight and I went off to our Easter church service after. When it was over we headed back home, but I wanted to get gas and the Sunday paper, so we stopped at the gas station closest to home.

When I was standing in line to pay, a man walked into the station, saw me and walked right up to me. As he approached, I recognized him as a neighbor. He leaned in close-ish and asked in a loud enough voice, “So what were the police doing at your house earlier?”

His question surprised me a bit. I have nothing to hide about the police call, but it was strange to have to answer for it nearly a mile away from my house in a big city. I kind of wanted to make up an interesting story for him.

I told him that it was a 911 call from a cell phone and they could not get an exact address, but as I walked away I added, “Goodness knows I’ve had the police come to my house often enough without someone driving by and making a prank emergency call!”

As I left the gas station, my neighbor’s mouth was still gaping in wonder.

It is true statement I made. 8 have had the police come to my house many times . . . Officer Friendly was the police officer!

It was not the Easter Bunny at my door!

April 20, 2014

Now here’s a very interesting way to start Easter Sunday.

I had just gotten out of the shower and was getting dressed when I heard a loud banging. It sounded like the front door.

I went downstairs and took a peek out the window to see if it was my neighbor, but instead of seeing her, I saw a police car parked out front. I opened the door to see no one. While still standing at the door, I heard loud banging on my patio door.

I hadn’t opened the blinds yet, so I pull a few slats back to look outside only to see a v-e-r-y tall police officer standing there. I told him I had the front door opened and motioned for him to go back around the house.

I met him as he rounded the corner and apologized for not getting to the door sooner because I had been in the shower and was getting ready for an Easter church service.

He told me there had been 911 call and he was checking in out. I told him I had not called. By that time Goodnight had joined me and I asked her if she had called. She told him she had not.

Then the officer said that the call had come in from. cell phone and had triangulated to our end of the block, but with not specific address. I quickly asked him if he had checked on my neighbor first. She has had heart surgery, but I saw her early last week coming home from work and she told me she was doing well. The police officer said he had stopped at her place first.

Then the officer told me that if it had been a car driving by and calling when they passed our end of the block, it would have  sent them to our location. It could have been a drive-by prank or a real need.

As Officer Friendly’s wife, I had a deep appreciation for the frustration that this kind of call can be for the officers if it was a prank and for the victim, if there had been a real need for help but only a cell phone to make a call.

I just knew it wasn’t the Easter Bunny knocking at my door.

Free Knitting eBook

April 18, 2014

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My Plan for an Easter Cake

April 17, 2014

I have just hatched a plan to make an Easter cake that might make Goodnight smile.  

Just under a year ago, we discovered baby bunnies in my half-barrel planter in the front of the house. Of the six bunnies, five survived to scamper off when they were ready. Goodnight checked on them each day, and then in the evenings, we watched from our window as the parents made their way to the babies, fed them and tidied up the twigs and dirt that were keeping their family protected.

So, I thought it might be fun to attempt making cake to look like the front lawn, with a half-barrel planter holding some bunnies. I just picked up the supplies I thought I’d need to pull it off.

It’s really a bit too early to make the cake for Sunday, but here’s my plan. The cake will be a two-layer lemon cake with whipped frosting topped and using green tinted coconut for the grass. For the half-barrel planter, I bought dark chocolate Kit Kat bars to use as the staves. I bought a small package of  Oreos so I can crush the dark chocolate cookies for enough dirt to put in the half barrel. Then I bought itty-bitty chocolate bunnies to put in the barrel.

I really just need to set the bunnies in a close grouping on a piece of paper, so I can get a circle as a pattern for a big enough half barrel to hold the bunnies. Then I can use the paper pattern as a guide for placing the Kit Kat strips to build my half barrel.

Not too hard, right? I am not much of a cake decorator, but I am looking forward to giving this a try.

A Rare Weekday Morning Off

April 15, 2014

I have a rare weekday morning off. I have a late start and then I work through the dinner hour. I don’t mind. The reason for the late start is a project I have been involved with. In the meantime, what to do with a quiet morning?

I am roasting a carrot for dinner. Sound like a light dinner? No worries. Check out the carrots I found. They are pictured with my 20-oz. water bottle. It might be hard to tell, but the carrots are as thick as the water bottle, too. 



While the carrot is in the roaster, I am knitting a winter scarf to donate. It will get added to a pile of knitted goods that I tend work on between March and October for each oncoming winter.  I like the rhythm of the garter paired with a 2x2rib.


As I knit, I am listening to a music program called A Musical Feast for Passover narrated by Itzhak Perlman. I am not Jewish, but I must admit to being appreciative for such a well-done program. The music is lovely and I have always respected Mr. Perlman. If you find yourself with a quiet hour and would like to hear the program, click the link. You will see a blue audio box with three sections of the program and their corresponding run times. Start at the top and when that one ends, click the next section, etc. It’s appropriate for Holy Week, too. It’s really  a very lovely program.

I also have a good cup of coffee by my side!


I hope you find ways to enjoy your day, too.



It creaked. It groaned. It broke.

April 14, 2014

Early Saturday morning, Goodnight and I went out to run an errand. When we came back from our errand, it was raining. I drove the car into the garage and pushed the remote to close the garage door.

As it closed, it creaked, then groaned loudly, then closed with a loud thud and a crash. The crashing part was one of the panels slipping out of alignment and leaving a gap for the rain to get into the garage. I assessed the situation as I picked up pieces of the garage door.

What to do on a Saturday morning with a gap in the garage door, rain coming down and colder temperatures on the way? I went into the house and got my appliance records and found the phone number of the company that installed the door. They did not have weekend hours, but the technician who answered the phone was kind enough to speak to me long enough to  tell me what the service charge would be come the work week, when they make service calls.

I  did not want to spend that much, but I did not have to decide at that moment anyway. I went back out to the garage and looked at the door again. I wanted to fix the gap as soon as possible because I did not want the rain to get in and I did not want the colder overnight temperaturee to cause my furnace to run more than it needed to.

I tried to lift the panel back in place. It was much too heavy. I needed something to help me pry it up and then shift it back into place. I found just the thing I needed:  a long wrought iron rod that could act as a lever to do the lifting for me. It worked beautifully!

With the door panel back in place and the gap in the door taken care of, I could see what else had caused the door to creek and groan, though I’m not sure why it happened so suddenly. I retrieved my socket head screwdriver set and found the right size I needed.

I tightened 48 lag screws and in the end, found that I only needed to replace one roller, which I figured out how to do while I was tightening lag screws. The door is running smoothly again and Gram saved oner $100 for a service call.


Illusion Knit Easter Egg Face Cloth – Solid Color Egg

April 8, 2014

I took the time to re-work the Easter Egg Illusion Knit Face Cloth and make it less expensive for knitters who might want to make one with a solid color egg.

I asked my Granddaughter to choose the colors for this project. I am making some to send to her great-grandmother (my mother).

When viewed from an obtuse angle, the Illusion image is visible as in the photo below.


If you view the knitted piece while you are knitting the front, or at a 90-degree angle, the image is hidden in the stripes used to make the image. See the photo below.


If you would like to try the Easter Egg Illusion Knit Face Cloth Solid Color Egg, click the link to get the pdf.

Happy knitting!


The Demon in the House

April 8, 2014

I came across a lovely line in a classic piece of literature this morning. I really enjoy the works of Victor Hugo and I was reading Chapter 3 of  his “Toilers of the Sea.”

As the chapter begins, we read about Gilliatt, who has purchased a small haunted place in Guernsey. What was peculiar about the house? Read the excerpt. I could never be afraid of such a demon . . . or perhaps I would BE the demon for I would surely do what is referred to as peculiar . . .


I am rather fond of soup, worsted, needles, making mittens . . . and late night knitting!



Easter Egg Illusion Knit Face Cloth -Striped Egg

April 7, 2014

With Easter just around the corner, I came up with an Illusion Knit Easter Egg Face Cloth. I was highly influenced by the four pastel colors of Bernat Handicrafter Sweets and Delights Cotton in 12-ounce skeins that was on sale when I wandered around the craft store this afternoon. If you plan to make only one, then use approximately half an ounce of each of four colors.

When the completed face cloth is viewed at an obtuse angle, the egg image is clearly visible, as in the photo below. Just set the piece down on a flat surface and step back a bit. You’ll see it!

Easter Egg Face Cloth Egg Image

When viewed at a ninety-degree angle, the image disappears into the stripes used in the Illusion method as you can see below.

Easter Egg Face Cloth Stripes

To knit the Easter Egg Illusion Knit Face Cloth Striped Egg, click the link to get the pdf.

NOTE: In the file I uploaded yesterday, I had skipped two lines of knitting. I inserted them and then changed the subsequently affected line numbers. The link above is the corrected file.

The directions are for the knitted portion of the facecloth itself. Borders may be added as you wish. I have made some with knitted borders, some with crocheted borders, and left some plain. Start to finish, plus typing the pattern, I completed the project after dinner.

Happy knitting!


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