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Just Drove North of Flagstaff along Highway 89 up to Kanab. I used to commute from Flagstaff up to Tuba City for work, so a stretch of this was very familiar to me. I was pleasantly surprised to see one new element along the road, a certain amount of street art.

The subject matter is rather distinctive, but I can’t help thinking one of the best things about this material is the background.

An elderly Navajo working one of the craft stands told me there were a couple different people in the area putting these up. I don’t know much more.

Thought I’d share.

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P.S. My girlfriend tells me I’m not supposed to include the pictures of the child and a goat on account of she accidentally picked up a black ant taking pictures of those herself. We ejected the hitchhiker on the outskirts of…

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Garden Update

Happy Friday all. I’m procrastinating starting my work day.  It’s raining, remains of a thunder and lightning show last night. Once familiar in past locale’s, those are rare in Port Townsend, WA.  We stood on the porch with neighbors and watched it approach, heard its rumblings and watched the light show. Rain’s needed.

Realizing I’ve yet to share garden pics with you I’ve collected some.

The front yard, yet to be landscaped, perked up with perennials and annuals I tucked into place.

The window boxes are filling in. It was fun working with the colors available at the time I eagerly planted them.


Violas, which did great last summer failed this year so I just replanted the ones on the side of the house. The annual supply around here, at this time of the year, isn’t great.


Fuchsias. I’ve grown to love them. They live in the front boxes:


“Lena” is back on the porch:


The “Army Nurse” that didn’t overwinter successfully was replaced by another I potted up.  It’s  auditioning for a home in the ground.


A mystery variety that overwintered in the garage was planted next to the arbor. It thrives.


I just love that hardy varieties overwinter here and will grow to massive proportions if desired.

One rainy, cool, very early spring I noted an evening light and rainbow that was fetching. The garden was just waking up.   See the wooden frame in the back corner?  That will become a chicken coop for next spring.


I added a new raised bed framed with rocks to the backyard. It’s planted with sunflowers, milk weed, tall Echinacea, dwarf bee balm and some annuals.

Are you familiar with borage? It’s so pretty, an iridescent blue. Apparently it’s edible.  It grows like a weed.


All the lettuce is done.  The greens are getting tough and will soon be pulled.

This bed now homes mostly flowers and the garlic rings it.

One AM, a huge slug munched on leaves from the pea plants.  I let it be, observing it,  as it stuck to one spot.

The little Orca pear has three fruits on it and is gaining girth well.


I planted my first ever strawberry plants—for the birds’ enjoyment.  Need to net them next year.

The Frost Peach has a few fruits on it. Unfortunately, it has leaf curl, which I read can be treated when dormant in Feb.  It’s a gamble planting this here but I thought we’d give it a go.

The apples are gaining girth and height quickly, but barely fruiting. There’s am insect targeting them I haven’t been able to identify.

Last year’s honeysuckle and clematis boomed:

The learning process continues.  I enjoy my times out there pottering, weeding, and just throwing down a blanket and reading.

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Hawaii – Part 3 of ? – Hilo-Washed and Worn and Fabulous

Back to March. Hawaii.

Let’s finish up this trip.

Pete and I left Volcano National Park and headed to Hilo which apparently is usually doused in rain. bluebird skies greeted us.

First stop was the farmers market where we plied the crowds, exploring tables of exotic fruits and veggies.

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The back streets fascinated me. Hilo is weathered, well worn, wires hang everywhere.


The colors look faded and washed from years of rain.


Gulp!  How about that nest of wires?


Just a smidge we explored.  I recommend the Tsunami museum should you visit.


Having a crummy stay the night before in a moldy, yucky rental in Volcano we splurged on a B&B in Hilo that night that was exquisite, the Shipman House. There is a very extensive history on the website.

The home sits on a once island between two rivers. A land and man-made bridge access it. The grounds are lush and fun to explore.


Inside, family antiques abound. Note the windows that reach the floor.  The hostess explained homes were taxed by the number of doors, at one time, thus low windows meant lower tax rates. Clever, eh?



Such treasures!


This lamp was in an attic for decades. The hostess mentioned it had live wires in it, that no one was aware of. Miraculously no one was shocked by it before its restoration.


A steep lush gorge falls off below the home’s back side.


Breakfast was delicious! Nearly all this fruit came from the grounds. The host and hostess explained each fruit.



The grounds are lush and fun to explore.

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What a treat to stay at such a historical, gracious home hosted by such  welcoming folks.  Hilo was my favorite stop on our Hawaii tour.  I found it more friendly and welcoming than other places, and the window of blue-skies helped. Often, it’s wet and gray. If we return, I’d like to explore that end of the island more.

Next leg headed up the coast, more on that in a bit…


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The Twisted Yarn’s Inspirational Project

Ah!  A day off. It’s been a very busy two weeks.  Gray and cool out, the day’s line up includes a trip into the sewing room (freshly remodeled, more on that later).  Later, I’ll make jam of the apricots in the freezer and have lunch with a dear friend visiting from out-of-town.

This AM I’m nursing a full press pot of coffee and visiting the list of blogs I like to keep an eye on.

One in particular drew a smile and chuckle from me so I requested permission to share. I wish I could get a pic to move over  here from there.

Have a Visit to Twisted Yarn’s Garden Variety Crochet

Phil Saul, over at the Twisted Yarn, is the talent behind this whimsical, clever and creative project. I admire and am inspired by that.

My library of crochet includes a single crochet around edges. And that’s it.

My friend Grace got me started on the One Big Granny Square in March. I’m gonna need to Face Time her when I pick it back up to relearn the technique. There’s a pile of collected single skeins of colorful Noro Kureyon in waiting. IMG_0334

In the meantime, I’ll con’t to enjoy Phil’s talents.







Spring Knitting Projects

Simple, one skein project have been the rule this spring.

Check out this cutie pie, my niece Lily, in her In Threes cardigan I knit up in Tosh Vintage in Candlewick.  This pattern’s a breeze folks, a great investment, being sized 0-6 mo to a 5.

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I participated in Ravelry’s Madelintosh group’s Mad May this year as a motivator to get some quick projects into the gift pile.

Two super quick Last-Minute Cowls by Churchmouse made use of every last inch of a skein of Tosh ASAP in Sausilito Sky (top) and Tosh Home in Manor (bottom).  59 stitches.  Size 11 needle.  Zoom!  Each could be done in a day.  Peasy.


A skein of Tosh Pure Merino Worsted in Viridian, a stunning green, wanted to become Oaked by Alicia Plummer.  It was a little fiddly doing the chart but easy.  I modified it by casting on a child for a tighter rib and increasing to a small adult size.

It’s HUGE!  Didn’t fit the sis I intended it for.  I will likely frog it and cast on a child size next time.


This Antler Cardigan by Tin Can Knits sweater was sent off to the Syrian refugee group I knit for, Hats and More for War Torn Syria on Rav.  It was a blast to make.  I recommend it.


Here’s another hat destined for Syrian refugees, the BAR Hat in misc. leftovers. Quick. Pretty. Interesting to make. Love how the slipped stitches march up to the top.



Here’s Tensfield in Classic Elite Liberty Paints, a gift for my friend Michelle.  It used all but a few yards.  a couple I’ve made, now, with more to come.  Love it!


This guy’s actually done and blocked but not photographed.  I packed it for the Hawaii trip in March. What was I thinking?  Wool on my lap?  Anyhoo, it’s done now and I love it. The pattern is Quaker Yarn Stretcher Boomerang.

One skein of Noro Kureopatora and a size 9 needle make for a quick project that showcases a skein of yarn. You cast on and bind off when done, no weighing, it’s a great shape for wrapping around a neck.


Lastly, the big project, my Lake Breeze Cardigan in STR Heavyweight is stalled.  I love it. It’s simple. But it’s not moving quickly.  I’ve been distracted.

My goal this year is to get some sweaters done and this needs to be completed before I start another.


That’s it for now.  Summers started and knitting time has decreased, playing second fiddle to gardening and a recent sewing room rehab.  More on that later.


Happy knitting!


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