What a perfectly horrible morning.

Jack Jack is sick, and has kindly left piles of nasty stuff right where I step. I’ve bathed my feet twice this morning. I called the vet but we agree to wait and see if he becomes lethargic before I take him in.

We had to stay closed an hour and a half past opening this morning because the host store’s computer had problems. I also had to deal with an employee issue this morning, so I headed into work early.

Hey, first snow! It’s really slippery out there. I turned a corner and glanced off a parked car. Lovely. Minimal damage, though, thank God.

So! Time to reset the day.


Nai-Nai’s Favorite

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I’m making this – but as a blanket, not a dishcloth, using Bernat Blanket. It looks great so far, and I think it’ll make up a nice, thick, warm afghan.

Originally posted on knitta.net:

I love giving wash cloths as gifts. They are quick, and add a little touch of heartfelt luxury to the morning ritual. This one was for a friend’s birthday, and doubles as wrapping for a piece of handmade soap. I can’t really say that I wrote the pattern; I’m more like a scientist, splicing the genes of two compatible knits: the Chinese Waves Dishcloth, and the classic Grandmother’s Favorite. I love the Chinese Waves stitch pattern, but knitting it in a plain old rectangle never seemed to have that well-finished look that the diagonal knit Grandmother’s Favorite has, while the usual garter stitch of the latter lacks the satisfying weighty thickness of Chinese Waves. Because Chinese Waves has some intrinsic diagonal lines to it, the end result almost looks like it wasn’t knitted on the diagonal at all (at least to the untrained, un-knitter’s eye). As an added…

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Thankful Thursday

I am so thankful for my friends!  Truth be told, I find it hard to make and keep friends.  Thank God that He’s given me some good friends in recent years.  He’s also slowly helping me learn how to be one. I treasure my friendships.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13

A wonderful new song from the Getty’s:

I’m also thankful for Kevin Vickers.  He’s a credit to Canada.

October 21, 2014

So hard to get up this morning! Work was something else today, also.

The good news is that as of this morning I officially have lost 40 pounds!

I ended up having only a pumpkin protein shake and a coffee for breakfast, then completely missed lunch.

We were going to head to Cambridge to check out a movie this evening, but we got caught up in a traffic jam. 😐

We spent 2 hours getting one highway turnoff away, then headed back home.

T had the choice of restaurants, and he chose Boston Pizza. Good choice, little man! They have 3 choices on the menu that look good and have calorie counts for them printed in the description. I can’t tell you how much easier that makes eating a a restaurant.

It’s getting late, but I hope to get some reading in tonight!


October 19, 2014



Potato soup for dinner.  Nummy.  You can find the recipe here. It’s really good with the Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish that I’m treating myself to.

G’s back went out and my lower back doesn’t feel too great, either. We did some running around this morning but all in all it was a quiet day.

Bible study tonight, chapter 6 of Romans.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. 

What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.  

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6, ESV)