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I enjoy sitting on the swing on our porch watching the critters in the back.  Mostly the assortment of birds, a pair of rabbits, a racoon and a crazy squirrel. As I watched him swing on feeders, jump from limb to limb and play on the playground that God gave him for his pleasure. Not a care in the world. I grabbed my camera, wondering if I went out the screen door would I chase him away. I decided to give it a try.

Victory! As I crept closer it was apparent he could care less about the intruder. He actually seemed to pose for me. This caused me to do some reflection on the importance on what is on ‘my plate’. Is there a playground around me to enjoy. I do think so!  Like knit night for fellowship, building relationship, encouragement on a project I am working on and wonderful teaching and tips to help me improve my skills. I am really grateful for the things God has given me for my pleasure. Like the critters in our back, knit night, friends, family, challenges that remind me I have a friend in Jesus that stregnthens me, gives me wisdom and a playground to keep the child in me alive.

This is a landmark year for me. I have actually graduated to the level of applying for Social Security. This puts a great smile on my face. #1- I just don’t feel this ‘mature’. ( I’m living long, not growing old). #2 – Social Security not government issued. It’s my relationship with my Lord, my family and my friends. These are the foundations I can stand on and when I relax to smell the coffee (Starbucks or Seattle’s Best) and enjoy the playground around me. I sure hope you are enjoying yours………. Judah!


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When our friend Abigail began planning a dinner party you could hear the excitement in her voice sharing about the invitations she e mailed, the menu she was planning as well as hints about surprises she had up her sleeve. Beginning with gifts she gave us. Faith recieved handmade stitch markers, Chosen our new mascot, something she had been wanting. No, not the mascot but the gift it was. (more on that in another post) and I, Judah, a keychain sock blocker sock with #1 dbn’s by Knit Picks. Her adorable son was involved in the process. It is such delight watching the interaction as the respect and affection they openly displayed.  She induldged us with her family recipe of Chicken Catchatori.


We probably would have gone back for seconds, even thirds but we were overwhelmingly tempted to save room for the dessert RB made especially for us.

Individual cherry cheese cake

We left full. Full of the meal we knew was made with lots of thoughts and affection. Full of unexpressable emotions as I sat around drinking in the evening. Full of the blessing of friendship. There is a special knitting (excuse the pun you knitters) of our hearts and it is the gift that keeps on giving.

Than Abigale began to play a numbers game with us. Pull the number out of the bag. She and RB would do the ‘shopping’ for us according to the numbers we drew. Can you imagine the shock when they dropped bags and bags of fiber… sock yarn, dishcloth cotton, on our lap. All types and colors. She was sharing her stash and we were the recipeints of her generousity. Now I really am in a delema, what to knit and where to start. I think I have an idea although it may sound a bit obsessive, but I think it will work. My only delema is which magazines do I remove from the bathroom. Then I can replace them with a couple balls of yarn and assorted dpn. Gotta go and knit a keychain.

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Hole in the Wall

Some of you know our sons farm down in Belle Glade, Florida where you will find their product of sweet corn and beans in your local grocery store under the Branch Brand label. Well one of the field entrances is called ‘Hole in the Wall’ and guarded by  the ‘Ol’ Man’. We don’t always get a chance to see him so we keep a camera handy for the times he does show himself. He’s fat but not as long as one would think.  Just don’t get too close andDO NOT feed him, he will find his own food.

 OL MAN      

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Week Ends!

The Everglades 

The week ends just go so fast. Like and ice cream cone on a hot summer day. Most of them I spend at catching up time. It’s like trying to catch up on sleep. Just can’t be done. Saturday I played hookie though. My husband was going down to Belle Glade and do some work for our sons so I tagged along. I knew eventually we would put that airboat in and head south for the Everglades. Well, before dark we put in south of the alley and headed farther south. The evening was wonderful. Stars were plentiful and the air was cool but not cold out there on the water. I went to enjoy the night scenery, he goes to gig frogs. Not many frogs but we did chase up a few birds and saw a few gators. The silence, serenity and the sounds of the night in the grasslands is awesome. One can’t help but wonder at the WONDER of our Creator when we take the time to let Him speak to us through all the diverse mediums He has at his fingertips. Can’t wait for our next ride.


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When I am not spending time doing the ‘normal’ daily activities I like to read, knit( like these booties for our granddaughter), bird watching, orchids, take photos of life around me and especially spend time with our family and friends. Life is good. I am living long and not getting old. I don’t care what ‘they’ say, life is very good. My husband supports me in all my endeavors…. and I in his. He is a wonderful southern boy who would rather gig frogs, ride his airboat, and spend his leasure time fixing things for our sons. He is a great husband, father and grandfather. Grandbaby #9 is due anytime now. Did I say life was good? It is when you enjoy what you have. All those ‘Have Nots’ waste too much energy I can use doing my thing

Pink Mary Jane baby booties with pink heart buttons.

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