A Sign a Kid Could Only Dream Of . . .

October 19, 2014

I spotted a sign that took me by complete surprise, but it appealed to my inner child. I had to swing around the block to make sure I read it correctly. I suspect it might appeal to Goodnight’s inner child too. I just haven’t told her about it yet.

The sign said “Come Trick or Treat with Us.”

I verified it online by checking the company website. I found the same information there.



Pearson’s Candy Company is hosting their third annual Halloween celebration.  I didn’t know they had already hosted two!

Pearson’s Candy Company was founded in 1909 in Minneapolis and moved to St. Paul 1950. In 2013, Pearson’s Nut Goodie turned 100. Even though I did not find the special wrapper with a possible code to win me a tour of the factory, I helped them celebrate 100 years by tasting their anniversary Nut Goodies and taking some to work. When I want to send a fun gift of Minnesota products, my first purchase is always a variety of Pearson’s candy: Nut Goodies, Salted Nut Rolls, Mint Patties.

I think a Halloween party at a candy company sounds like a thing to do!



Autumn Made Me Laugh Today

October 18, 2014

The wind and my ash

          had their annual clash.  

The wind won.~


Things That Were Not on My Bucket List This Week

October 16, 2014

There are some life experiences I could do without. Some of them are hard to even predict to add them on an “Un-Bucket” List.

Early Sunday morning, on the way to take Goodnight out for breakfast, I stopped at a bank ATM and tried to withdraw some cash. Does the word ‘tried’ give you a hint? The machine whirred through the automated counting process three times and then told me to remove my cash. There was no cash, yet it printed a receipt to verify the withdrawal. The whirring sound happened because there was no cash in the machine to count! The screen did not say that my transaction could not be processed. It mocked me instead and said that I had not removed my cash in time and therefore had to make another request. The bank was not open, so I could do nothing about the loss until Monday. I had to file a claim.

I did.  

Very late last night, I was heading back to my office after my long day at work when I saw a student trying to catch an open elevator. I happened to be near enough to stick my hand in the door to hold it open. I was holding my office key and the door knocked it out of my hand and down the elevator shaft it went . . .  clank, clank, kerplunk! I just stood there in amazement and peered into the very narrow crack that lead to the lost key netherworld. I had to call security to let me into my office so I could retrieve my belongings and head home. Retrieving the fallen key required filing a claim.

I did. 

As far as the missing cash from the ATM, I was assured that  my account would be credited within ten business days. The machine will be out of balance and the camera will verify that I received no cash. Thank goodness I didn’t cuss.

As for the disappearing key, that will take a lot longer. The elevator company makes regular service calls and will look for the key at that time. In the meantime, I had to fill out a request to have a replacement key made.

I did.

If I were inclined to place blame for the two above un-bucket list events, I would blame myself for being nice. I just wanted to take my granddaughter out for breakfast and I just wanted a weary student to catch the elevator.

Maybe I should stop being nice! 😉

Busy Knitting Pockets

October 13, 2014

I should maybe not have found so much to keep myself busy since my last post. I left the photo of my German-American Day Apfelkorn up so long I hope no one thought I was on a bender. It just got very busy at our house: homecoming, homecoming dance, parent/teacher conferences, work, homework, basketball open gym, drill team practice . . . etc.

When I had a quiet moment, I used it to knit pockets.

In recent days,  I had the good fortune to find some interesting sweaters and vests at thrift shops and none of them had pockets! I got the “pocket gene” from my mother and am comfortable with  knitting pockets for whatever garment might be lacking them.

I found a vest that has the cut and drape of a short coat or jacket, but it is sleeveless. The fiber content is 80% wool and 20% nylon in a nice plum color. I think it got donated to the thrift shop because the previous owner had thrown it in the washing machine. It is not felted or fulled beyond use, but it may have shrunk enough for the person not to be able to wear it. It is not stiff and  I knit patch pockets to put on the inside. I liked the look of the vest and didn’t want to change the outside. I used large snaps for the closures that are very secure.

I had some plum-colored wool at home and while the match is not perfect, it is plenty good for pockets hidden on the inside and not detectable from the outside.



I have three more knit garments that need pockets. It might seem boring but, it is quick knitting that satisfies a functional purpose for me.

German-American Day Postscript

October 7, 2014

A toast to my ancestors and a toast to end German-Day 2014.

Prost! (Cheers)   Sehr gut! (Very good!)







A Day to Celebrate

October 6, 2014

Heute ist der German-Americane Day in den Vereinigten Staaten. Meine Enkelin und ich werde zum Abendessen zu feiern. Wir werden Nürnberger Bratwürste, Spätzle, glasierten Karotten und kandierten Kirsche Nussriel. Kein Bier, aber wir werden die deitschen Tee zu trinken.

Today is German-American Day in the United States. My granddaughter and I will celebrate at dinner. We will have Nuremberg sausages, spaetzle, glazed carrots, and candied cherry nut bars. No beer, but we will have German tea.


And I think I need to hit the hardware store again and finally buy that four-pound cross peen hammer so we can play Hammerschlagen this evening.

German-American Day was celebrated in the 1800’s, but faded with the onset of WWI. It was not revived until 1983.

Here is the link to this year’s Proclamation.

Auf Wiedersehen!










“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”

October 4, 2014

Now I can show you what happened to half of the hex nuts I got for craft and movie night.

First of all, the movie Goodnight and I watched was Frozen and one of the songs in it is “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” So I decided it might be fun to try making snowmen from the hardware. 

We painted them white and used two coats of paint. When they were dry, we glued the hex nuts together stacking them as you can see in the photo below. I decided to knit a hat and scarf for my snowman.

Goodnight hasn’t had the time to finish her snowman because of her schoolwork and her job. She will get to it as her schedule allows.

The flat sides of the hex nuts make a sturdy base for the snowmen to stand and I may use them for napkin rings.

The largest diameter hex nut I was able to get at the hardware store was 1 1/4 inch. I would have preferred a 2-inch diameter nut for the base so my Christmas cloth napkins would fit, but I went with what they had at the store for now.


The Plural of Fleur-de-lis

October 2, 2014

It started some time ago . . . last summer to be exact. I took a day trip to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin and noticed the depiction of the fleur-de-lis in some of the stained glass windows there.




Before I left the shrine property, I stopped in the gift shop and purchased a Christmas ornament of the Fleur-de-lis image. I gave it away as a gift.


I’ve seen the fleur-de-lis image before, but was never really smitten. I am now and will show you why in just a moment, but I do notice them now. I can’t say that I really look for them because they can show up in interesting places, like the craft store,


or even a thrift shop.


Not long ago, I wandered around the Cathedral of St. Paul, MN. I was taking photos to send to my cousin. We share what has come to be called “Sunday Sideshows” and I wanted to show her the art and architecture of the large church on the hill.

I’ve been in the cathedral before and can name the different kinds of marble used. I know the name of the architect who designed the church and the name of the artist who designed the rose windows so very long ago.

But . . . oh my goodness! I never zoomed in on the grille that covers one of the two sets of organ pipes in there. THAT is the plural of fleur-de-lis!!!


This week, about the same time I decided I needed to buy hex nuts for a craft project with Goodnight, I also decided  to knit something with a fleur-de-lis design . . . or perhaps I should say the plural of fleur-de-lis design.

I would have charted it myself, but don’t feel the need to re-invent the wheel. I found  perfectly wonderful charts online and settled on one from Noelle’s Noodles Blog. 

I have begun knitting a handbag. I decided to repeat the fleur-de-lis chart three times across the width in two separate rows on both sides of the bag. I have already knit some ribbing that will be folded over and used as a casing for a thickish twisted cord handle. Below the ribbing, I have begun working the fleur-de-lis chart from the top down.

As for the colorway, I was completely influenced by a recent purchase of a lovely plaid autumn fleece jacket. I am using #4(US) needles with the worsted so I get a dense fabric for the bag.



BTW, the plural of fleur-de-lis is fleurs-de-lis.

Craft and Movie Night

September 30, 2014

I have a craft and movie night planned for Goodnight. The craft will go with the movie . . . or vice versa. I didn’t see it on any crafty or artsy websites, so I can’t give you a link. The idea came to me yesterday at work.

I have purchased what we need for the project, but I didn’t go to the craft store. I went to the hardware store. No hints except for the photo below. More later, after the project has been completed. 


Keeping a Birthday Promise

September 29, 2014

A few days ago, my blog buddy, Carol E, wrote a post about banned books and mentioned that it was also her birthday. For her birthday gift, she requested that any interested readers promise to read a banned book. I told her I would do that and I told her the book I chose was Run, Rabbit by John Updike.

Carol E: I am well underway with my reading, but because I already tote too much stuff back and forth to work, I decided to download the free e-Book version to my device.

Happy Birthday, Carol E!

Below is the virtual cover to my virtual book in my iBooks library.



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