Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. (Just keep in mind that i didnt move my blog to wordpress untill this last fall…. not too shabby)

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Rambles and Reflections


Sew… a Needle Pulling Thread

sew 1If you didn’t know already, I love making presents for people. Unfortunately, I frequently railroad my creativity by forgetting to think outside the fiber box (well, the box in general… this post is specific to the fiber box… which if there is a such thing, I would like one for my birthday *laughs*)

I knit presents. I crochet presents. But this year, I was reminded that I could SEW presents.

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in My Projects


Spreading Holiday Cheer at Every Stop

On the elevator.

Each year I have to say that I’m impressed at the decorating that my employer does. Keep in mind I’m not a big holiday/Commercial Christmas/decorate to the max kinda person – it takes a bit for me to raise an eyebrow at. And every year, my employer does that. This year, they have extended their outside decorations on the east side of the building across the west side (we take up 2 city blocks, I do believe). It’s really tastefully done, which is a nice step away from some of the more gaudy displays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Not Fiber Related


I made the list…

santa ornamentI finally made the list and this is the explanation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 26, 2014 in Not Fiber Related


In Other Household Hobby News…

I’m fairly certain my youngest, Squirt, does not read my blog. Granted, I hope that one day she (and the others) will come here to read my words.

That aside – I’m sure I have shown a few small little moments on Instagram with the woodworking that is going on in my home. Oh… don’t worry – its not me ;) Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 23, 2014 in Not Fiber Related


A Christmas Story: Boots and Tiger

My dad always thought I’d be a veterinarian. I love animals – all animals of all kinds. I was known to save everything possible and try to take in all animals in need. He made a joke once when I was in college that I couldn’t be trusted in a fish store because even with a fish, I’d bring home the one with one eye, swam sideways and stuttered.

I did run a betta rescue for a long time. But that’s a different story.

I had so many pets – some standard and others not-so-much. The story of Boots and Tiger is pretty simple (one of the more simple rescue stories I have, actually). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Not Fiber Related, Rambles and Reflections


A Christmas Story: Mikey

When I was around 11 or 12, the holidays rolled around as they always did – this year the tree was in question…. again. When you think about it though – the tree really isn’t a necessity for anything holiday related so if you have to find 25$ somewhere, just don’t buy the tree. So – we were again faced without having a tree.

But we can take a few steps back in this story and make the note that my mother loves blue spruce trees and she always wanted one. Our house was “in town” but at a dead end… probably 50 feet from being in the country… until they built the nursing home in the 2 or so acres behind our house, we had a lot of woods on 2 sides of our house. Several acres behind us (enough to go deer hunting) and hundreds of acres to the West of us – that’s the land that we cut the cedar tree down on… and that land, the land West, did not belong to us.

But in all of those woods – there were lots of maple trees, oak trees, … lots of trees, but very very very few evergreen type trees. And, most especially, no blue spruce trees. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Not Fiber Related, Rambles and Reflections