Monday, October 28, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

LoveFest Video

Our previous male cat used to lick this little girl a lot, 
and she loved it so much.

And I was sad for her after we put him down,
wondering if she would miss it and be okay.

Then when we got the new kitten,
I was hoping that someday
he would take over the LoveFest duties.

But then it took awhile for the cat and the kitten
to be okay being around each other..

And even longer for them to play together..

But now they are finally loving on each other,
and hopefully for many years to come.

♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, October 17, 2013

John MacArthur + a Quote

So, I’ve been listening to parts of the Strange Fire conference this week.  It’s being held in California, but anyone can listen to it streaming live on the Internet.

In fact, here’s a link, if you are so inclined:  Grace to You  The  conference, though, is over tomorrow (Friday) night.

That link is to Grace to You, the ministry of John MacArthur.  He is a pastor, author and speaker, and is my very most favorite Bible teacher.  He’s written tons and tons of books, a Study Bible and lots of commentaries.  There’s just gobs of teaching there.

In fact, that website has all his sermons available for free.  You can watch and listen to them or even read them -- I think most of them have been transcribed.  Sometimes I read while I listen!

And, of course, sometimes I listen while I knit!  ♥

That’s what I’m doing with this conference.   J It’s been so cool to be able to listen to it live a half a country away.  In fact, they said that more people are listening to the conference via the Internet than are actually attending the conference.  Isn’t technology wonderful?  Well, usually, anyway.  haha

I have especially enjoyed the music, both at the conference and what they play online while they’re at lunch or whatever.  What a treat!  I haven’t heard a pipe organ like that in years!

Okay, so the conference will be over tomorrow, but the website has good stuff on it for probably forever.   J  

Oh, and you can also get John’s free podcasts downloaded to your computer or smart phone.   

I have listened to them for years and years (before there were podcasts!) while I practiced my calligraphy.  

I love a good 2-fer!  ♥ ♥ ♥

Anyway, I bring all this up to share this fabulous quote that they said today:

"It's not that we get more of the Holy Spirit,
it's that He gets more of us."  
-- Steve Lawson

Isn’t that a good one??

Lucky Dog

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Zyflamend--My Newest Favorite Product

Do you know about Zyflamend?
It’s for inflammation.

You know *everything* is about inflammation, isn’t it?

Heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis,
fibromyalgia, even my hypothyroidism…

I forgot that.

So when Mr. Man was needing some more Zyflamend 
(it keeps his elbows from hurting),
I realized that I needed some, too!

Like I’ve always said, I may be slow, but I eventually figure it out.  LOL

Here is a link to their website,
so you can read about all their products:

And here is a link to their main product on Amazon,
so you can read all the reviews:

(And you know how much I love to read Amazon reviews!)

Lucky Dog

Thursday, October 10, 2013

From Homemade to Handmade

Well, it happened again.  
I keep learning things the hard way when I knit!

So I began knitting that Basketweave Scarf for Mr. Man,
you know, and soon I realized: 

the edges were all so bumpy!

I was following the pattern all right,
but they didn’t have any provision
for making the edges pretty.

It didn’t bother Mr. Man, but it bothered me. 
And after awhile, I just couldn’t stand it anymore. 
So off to the Internet I went, searching for help.

I wasn’t sure if I could just add an edge, or what,
so I looked on Ravelry for a pattern that could help me out. 

Unfortunately most of them were just like the one I was using. 


Then I used Mr. Google and, voilĂ ,
I found someone who addressed the edge treatment
that she used on her basketweave scarf pattern.  (!)

She adds 2 stitches to the pattern,
one on each end of the row. 

She slips the first one purlwise,
and knits the last one on the row.

This makes for a very lovely “chain” edge on your scarf,
which looks so nice and professional. 

It’s those kind of details that can take something
from “homemade” to “handmade”.   ♥♥♥

So, off to unravel again.  J

But in all my researching, I also found
a basketweave pattern that included 2 knit rows
in the pattern repeat. 

Ooh, I was happy about that…

You see, the Basketweave Scarf is just a lot of knits and purls. 
You knit 4 and then you purl 4,
and then you knit 4 and purl 4. 

And so on and so on. 

And when you switch back and forth
between those two stitches so much,
things just got a bit floppy to me.

This knit row is just the ticket to “cinch” things up
every once in awhile.

So, I tried the pattern with these 2 changes
and it works out great!

And along with a pretty edge,
my new pattern even makes the scarf reversible.
That is, the pattern is the same on both sides.

How great is that??

So, whether it’s knitting or whatever you’re into these days,
persevere!  Don’t settle!

As homemaker/cooking TV star, Beverly Nye, would say: 
“You’ll be so glad you did!” 

J  J  J

Lucky Dog

Friday, October 4, 2013