Wednesday, November 28, 2012


A moment in time. 
a scent on a breeze

A photo is memory collected.
Revisiting a moment long gone like it is present again.
Here is my grandfather. Cap'n Colman.
That's Captain Irving Page Colman.  The shiny black hull to the right behind him is his boat. The Alice Elizabeth.  Grampa built her on his property in Scituate, Ma.  Here she is in the Scituate Boat Yard freshly painted and waiting for a spring launch.  He climbed up and down that ladder a million times and worked his arthritic knarly fingers in the cold March and April Massachusetts damp to get her ready. 
On this day he has company in his work.  I know because that is my brother Ross's  black TR3 behind him.  I am guessing this was taken the last early spring of my brother Ross's life in 1966.  He visited Grampa several times that spring, helped him get the boat ready and later sailed with Grampa in the waters off Scituate, MA. My last time spent with Ross was on this boat sailing with him and Grampa.
One picture and a thousand memories.  I can smell the salt air and feel the warmth of the wool pants and jacket Grampa is wearing.  He used to wrap me up in his wool p-coat when I'd get chilly onboard. 
One moment... a life... a shutter snap... a photo....


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I have so much to be thank ful for this year that I could burst. 
Right now I am bursting from all the delicious food my daughter made.  She cooked enough for an army and sent us home with huge to go containers so we will even have left overs.
I woke up this am and thought how lucky I was to be able to relax this year and let the younger generation take over in their own kitchens!  That was a heavenly feeling. 
I even got to snuggle on the couch with my five month old grandson while he fell asleep.

God has blessed us in so many ways this year.  It was a wonderful day.
God bless my family and friends.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

God's Eyes

My favorite picture of Mya.

Sometimes she is shy and even closes her eyes to make herself feel safe.  You know, "if I can't see you then you can't see me".
In this picture she is at Siesta Beach. The huge expanse of sand and water surrounding her.  The Gulf of Mexico behind her as far as one can see. 
Mya is not afraid.  Her eyes are on her mother and father.  Her parents are with her.   She is safe.  She is bold.  She is striding with confidence, joy, purpose.  She is exalted. 

In this same way our Father God 's eyes watch over us.   If only we will look to him in every circumstance we can feel this safe, this bold, this exalted.

King David asked in Psalm 139: 7-10
"If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast."
The Lord will watch over you
In Psalm 121:7-8, he gave us a precious promise:
"The Lord will keep you from all harm - He will watch over your life.
The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."
Blessings on you my dearest Mya.  I pray you always feel the love of God your Heavenly Father and know in your heart this safety.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My First Socks Finished

I got them both finished and they fit!
I didn't match up the stripes and that doesn't bother me at all.
The gusset on the second sock came out tighter than the improvement. 
They are soft warm and squishy.  It was 85 degrees in Florida today!  Maybe it will get cold enough so that I can really enjoy wearing them. I can hope...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My First Socks

Progress is being made!
Last night I turned the heel.
Tonight I am heading for the toe!  I love how squishy this sock feels.  It is even getting cold here on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  Florida cold 66 degrees at the moment.  Hot tea with honey, pj's cold and knit socks cold.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Frogging Sox

Not what I had in mind for my beautiful socks.  The directions were for using circular needles.  I used 4 dp needles.  I didn't think I would have a problem, but alas my brain doesn't know how to compute the necessary calculations when it gets down to the KNITTY GRITTY heal turn.... I feel so stupid.  I had my lovely ribbing and my 7" leg and all that brilliant heal flap.   The flap was calculated incorrectly and was too long by 5 stitches.  I just could not figure out where to go next.  I finally combined the directions from another dp sock and bravely went ahead and turned the heal.  I picked up 21 stitches from each side when WHAMMO I had to try and do something called SHAPE THE INSTEP???  Maybe because I have flat feet this was a foreign concept.  I tried really.  Then I frogged and this is what I am back to.
The sad unraveling of the sock.  Mile after mile of lovely knitting and getting ready to start again.  I have now found a pattern from Susan B. Anderson called "How I Make My Socks" link It is made on dp's and I have already cast on.  I will keep you posted.  My 'right brain' thinking has to do it this way.  I have to start over. 
I am going to knit for a very long time tonight in an attempt to get caught back up even though I know that is not possible.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Socks First Please

I have everything I need to make socks!
Purely delighted with myself and with thanks to Araignee link for sending me a great pattern to start out with. 
The Knitmore Vanilla Sock Pattern by Jasmine Canty link

They look like the perfect socks.
I am in buisness! They are cast on and knitting will commence.  Will keep you posted.  It doesn't help that I have the biggest feet this side of the Gulf of Mexico, but I can always give them away at Christmas.