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Let’s Make a Deal

Of all the wisdom imparted to me by my mom, there was one thing I think she missed–or I might not have been listening. Here it is:

Life is All About Trade-offs

(To be honest, Mom did say “No one said life was going to be fair” and that’s certainly a corollary!)

Think about the things we trade off every day:

  • Fashion vs. comfort
  • Time working vs. time with family
  • Time with family vs. me time
  • Doughnut vs. swimsuit

Recently the fam sat down and made a list of needful and wantful expenses for the summer. Sadly the needful side of the list was really long. And then, last Friday, we had to add one more item when my exhaust system sprang a leak. Clarification: my CAR’s exhaust system sprang a leak. If you’ve suffered through this, you know the symptom. A previously quiet car suddenly sounds like it has several Harley engines propelling it down the street.

It’s not dangerous, it’s just embarrassing to me. But not for my daughter, who giggles every time I accelerate from a stop.

But it really got me thinking about trade-offs. What am I willing to forgo to stop sounding like the hot rod from hell? Would I give up a home improvement project? A summer trip? Buying yarn?

Here’s a hint: You’ll hear me coming from blocks away, and you’ll know me by the yarn trailing out the car windows.

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Yarn Hot Rod

June 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm 4 comments

Blog, Interrupted

Dearest Blog,

Hi. How have you been? Lonely, huh?

I’m writing to apologize for neglecting you these many months. The thought of you has haunted me like the nightmares of pregnancy.

I dreamed I put the baby down and then forgot about her for weeks and weeks and when I finally remembered to check on her she had shriveled to the size of a mouse.

It’s not you, it’s me. Despite the buckets and pails of writing I do in my professional life, your blank screen still intimidates me. And then there’s that dang Midwestern upbringing. Will I have anything to write that doesn’t sound self-aggrandizing and less than perfectly humble? How did Garrison Keillor overcome his origins? (Of course, Keillor  writes about his origins, so there’s that I suppose.)

But, in the end, I can’t quit you, blog. And so I’m back. Asking—no, begging—for your forgiveness, and recommitting to our slightly one-sided friendship.



July 3, 2011 at 9:28 am 3 comments

2010 in review

Just when I thought about beating myself up over my spotty blog performance for 2010, the stats helper monkeys at sent me a high level summary of my overall blog health. If mine is a “Wow,” how do they rate the ones that post every week…or every day? Hmmm…methinks that WordPress wants to keep bloggers coming back for more. (And upgrading to the paid features.)

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Here’s What Else WordPress Had to Say

Featured imageA Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 57 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 27mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 20th with 35 views. The most popular post that day was Chocolate Dogs and Cakes.

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for yarn bowls, yarn bowl pottery, dandelion dye, yarn bowl, and julie knowles pottery.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Chocolate Dogs and Cakes July 2010



Yarn Bowls July 2010



About April 2010


Cast of Characters April 2010


Dandelion Dye Day May 2010
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Oh, dear WordPress! You have exonerated my mediocre blogging record for 2010 and given me cause to hope for happy, fruitful blogging in 2011. What would I do without you? :-p

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January 2, 2011 at 11:00 am 3 comments

1 year out from corporate mordor

This blog post from one of my favoritest bloggers, Mary Scott Huff, reminded me that January first marks a one-year anniversary for me. Is is now one year since I jumped from the relative security of a full-time, corporate, middle-management j.o.b. for this life of carefree (hahaha) pursuit of the freelance, homespun life.

How has it been? Careening on the edge, for the most part, with a grand flourishing finale.

How has it felt? Absolutely awesome, with a side of scary, and a deep, satisfying finish.

From Thanksgiving to Christmas I was able to put about 150 Hunger Games-related presents under trees all over the country, thanks to my Etsy shop. I have landed some wonderful new freelance clients. I have made awesome new acquaintances and friends through Ravelry, Etsy, Twitter, and Facebook…some of you even read my humble blog–THANK YOU!!! And, perhaps most importantly, we still own a house, both old jalopies, and are still able to put kibble in the bowls of the kitties and woof. No one had to be sold to the glue factory to pay the electric bill.

It’s not quite what I pictured. I am spending many more hours making PowerPoints than spinning wool and clicking needles. But, the effects of the long, long journey through Mordor are beginning to disappear. The eye is fading. The shire smells sweet again.

Happy New Year to us all.

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December 31, 2010 at 10:10 am 2 comments

I Haven’t Forgotten

I promise to get back to my wool prep just as soon as I can. Lately I’ve been busy singing for my supper.  Well, maybe not singing, but certainly I’ve been up to my neck in PowerPoint and brochure design.

In the meantime, No-name’s fleece is as plucked free of VM as she’s going to get. Some locks just aren’t worth the time. I have started working on Angel’s fleece in the evenings, in-between working on this scarf for charity.

It’s going to a the Colorado Peke and Pom rescue. I found this group on Ravelry.  Being a Pom-Mom myself, I couldn’t resist.

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May 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

The First Post

Like facing a blank piece of paper, or a blank word processing screen, the first post is the hardest. Good thing no one is following me!

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April 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm 1 comment

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