Friday, June 27, 2014


Life is sweet right now.  Retiring from work, and I'm enjoying spending my days with my grandson and having time to do what I want when I want to do it.  I've been crocheting.  Here is a photo of an afghan I did to be donated.

It's not finished in this photo, but it's done now.  I love the pattern.  It's called the Vintage Fan Ripple afghan, pattern found on Ravelry for free.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Justin's Pre-School Graduation Day

My grandson graduated from pre-school today.  I always used to think that "graduation" from pre-school and kindergarten was a little over-the-top.  But the teachers planned such a sweet little ceremony for the parents and grandparents to enjoy.  And in a way, the children were "graduating" into a new stage of their childhood.  They are on their way to a bigger school, with exposure not just to their small group of 19 children, but they'll be in a school with hundreds of children from kindergarten through fourth grade.

I was especially touched that no child left after the ceremony without hugs from each of their teachers.  I think it was for the teachers' sakes as much as for the children.  The day was called "Goodbye Day".   I was teary-eyed.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Donation 'Ghan

6 days until my life changes drastically.  Hopefully, for the better.  While I'm trying new medications to help me, I've been trying to keep my mind and hands busy to keep the racing thoughts, the doubts and anxiety and the palpitations away.  Here is an afghan I hooked to use as a donation to St. Mary Medical Center.

I've been investigating the idea of doing more charity work, and they have a program called Healing Environments.  One of their groups consists of off-site crafters.  They are searching for people to make lapghan sized afghans or quilts, shawls, caps and other items for people who are receiving chemotherapy, dialysis, or are hospitalized for long periods of time, and especially for hospice patients. 

This will be my first donation for that group.  It's called the Vintage Fan Ripple and the pattern is free on Ravelry.  I'm happy with the way it turned out.

Your kind thoughts and prayers for my work situation would be appreciated.  Thanks!