Pattern Correction

It was brought to my attention in the past day or two that there was an error in the Melinda  Cloth pattern on Row 2.  The error has been corrected.

Please accept my apology for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Obsessed With Reading

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for the  2012 E-Book Challenge.  At that time I decided my goal was to read 100 E-Books by the end of the year.  Since then, I have been reading almost every possible moment of the day.  I cannot read enough. There are so many books to be read and so little to read them. Where shall I begin? There are books about baseball. There are history books. There are books about words and language. There are books about science and medicine. There are books about nursing and psychology. There are biographies.  There fiction books. Some are action and adventure. Some are mysteries. Some are romance novels. There are books about the fiber arts such as knitting and crocheting….The list is long and the time is limited.

I hope you have a good book to read today and all days!





2012 E-Book Challenge

I have decided to sign up for the 2012 E-Book Challenge hosted by Workaday Reads

My goal is to read 100 Books-Server. I will list them by month in the tabs on the Menu above.

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012.
  2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
  3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.


  1. Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
  2. CD – 10 ebooks
  3. DVD – 25 ebooks
  4. Memory stick – 50 ebooks
  5. Hard drive – 75 ebooks
  6. Server – 100 ebooks
  7. Human brain – 150 ebooks


My Latest Project

My latest project has been consuming almost of my free time for past few weeks.  I am the person behind Dish and Wash Cloth Mania. I realized one day when looking at the site that it had a lot of dead links. I knew it had been neglected for a few months, but had no idea how desperately it needed my attention.  I was so ashamed of it that at one point I considered making it private until there was time to make the necessary changes.  Since that was not the best decision, my next choice was to jump in and work on it as hard as I do any other major project in life.

In the past two and half weeks all of the dead links have been removed. New links are being added everyday. Sometimes it takes a bit longer than I anticipate because of my habit of cross referencing patterns . For example, a round, lacy crocheted cloth will be added to each page where it fits. My motivation is to make it easier and more efficient to use the site.


End of Slump

The knitting and crochet slump has finally ended! A slipper that had been on my needles for the past few months came off this past Saturday. Another pair has been started using yarn from my stash.

I will get some pictures taken and posted in the next couple of days. They would be taken today but it is a cloudy overcast day that makes photography difficult.


Not Writing

I realized today that I have not written here in months. Life has been typically busy.

I have been in a major knitting and crocheting slump for the past few months. I am not sure what has caused it, but will try to start a new project in the next day or two.

Fall is Here

Fall is my favorite time of year. I come alive  and become energized.

Fall means:

  1. Chilly mornings and evenings
  2. Rain
  3. Getting out warm blankets, some of them handmade
  4. Flannel sheets on beds
  5. Enjoying my favorite hot beverage
  6. Jackets
  7. Reading a good book
  8. First frost of the season
  9. Driving without air conditioning
  10. Walks on leaf covered walkways
  11. The Baseball World Series
  12. Knitting and Crocheting
  13. Using the furnace occasionally
  14. Making some of our favorite foods:
    • Pumpkin Pie
    • Oatmeal
    • Pizza

Fun Day

Yesterday was fun by my standards. I fell in love with playing around on computers from the first time I saw the original Apple 11c. It intrigued me and caught my imagination and sense of fun. I was hooked. My first computer provided lots of fun and learning.

Fast forwarding more than twenty years, One of my ideas of fun is still to have computer time.  I enjoy playing around on the internet; blogging and playing around with themes. My free time yesterday was spent making some changes to this blog. My goal was to minimize some of the clutter and still place information on the site that I want to have here. That meant weeding out and replacing dead links;playing around with color changes;rearranging some pages and adding links to a side bar.

In the middle of doing those things I learned how to use and work with  custom menus in order to make them look pleasing to me. I also learned where and how  to make sticky-notes. Those were some fun and simple  skills to acquire.

There are more things to do but they will have to wait until time permits.


The Monday Rule

I have had a hard time finding things to talk about here recently.It has bothered me to the point that I have spent a lot of time thinking it. Finally this morning, an idea came! I will tell explain the Monday Rule.

Years ago when we first began our homeschool adventure, my family made up the Monday Rule.We  originally decided to do this partly because traditionally weekends were more busy than the rest of the week and we really needed the rest. It was also a day to enjoy our uniqueness as a homeschooling family.

The rule has several parts:

  1. No educational activities are to be done unless all involved agree to do them.
  2. Everybody in the house can sleep as late or often as they want, unless required by their employer to go to work outside the home.
  3. Everybody can and is encouraged to take as much or little individual down time as desired or needed and in the way that meets their own needs.
  4. Meals are to involve as little preparation as possible. The eating of leftovers is encouraged, but not required.
  5. House hold chores are kept to a bare minimum. This means the dishwasher is only run when everyone is awake and can handle the sound of it without being disturbed.
  6. There is normally some minor pickup of clutter but this is limited to what is necessary to make the home livable by common safety and health practices.
  7. The above rules apply to all members of the family and can only be changed by a unanimous decision of all involved. There is one vote per person and all votes are equal in weight.

In a nutshell: Monday has been a down day in my household for years. It has proven its value and worth for us repeatedly. Instead of dreading Monday we enjoy and treasure it.

May your day be as happy and pleasant as ours!


Steve Jobs 1955-2011 (Oct. 5 )

Thank you. Rest in Peace